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Bell's Oberon Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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4,145 Ratings
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Ratings: 4145
Reviews: 1514
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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Photo of bmwats


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler pour into a plastic cup...in my hotel room.

A: Light golden hue. Pours about a half finger, foamy white head. Settles slowly, leaving a blanket, a beer ring, and substantial sticky residue. Lots o' beer ring lacing.

S: Wheat, paper, and just a touch of lemon and an indistinct subtle spice....maybe parsley or basil.

T: Wheaty, with just a bit of bite, and some subtle floral and fruity components.

M: Light body. Kind of a stale feel with a brassy finish.

D: Goes down really soft and easy.

Atmosphere is really good. Nice hue, decent head, and a lot of persistent lacing. Nose is subtle combination of wheat, citrus, sweet notes, and Italian spice. Very well done. Flavor is very wheaty with soft, but distinct flora and fruit. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: growler

07-17-2012 03:50:04 | More by bmwats
Photo of metal850


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Two fingers of fluffy off-white head that falls to a film of bubbles and leaves nice lacing, color is yellow-orange and hazy.

S: Nice subtle breadiness, light vanilla and floral hops.

T: Smooth, mild, vanilla and caramel, nice hope flavor and bitterness to balance.

M: Smooth medium carbonation and creamy.

O: Very nice, smooth, quite a tasty brew.

Serving type: growler

08-28-2011 22:15:11 | More by metal850
Photo of sommersb


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill from Chuck's in Bowling Green, KY.

Appearance is mostly clear, yellow color, with about 3 fingers of off-white head. Lacing is good and there's lots of carbonation.

Aromas are of wheat malts, fruits and bubble gum. Also a slight bubble gum smell is present.

Taste is crisp with a nice, light bitterness. Flavors of citrus and lemon give it a tart zing.

Mouthfeel has a medium body, with medium-high carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter.

Overall a good refreshing summer beer.

Serving type: growler

06-03-2011 05:20:12 | More by sommersb
Photo of nova009


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at South Park Tavern in Dayton. Poured into a pint glass

A- pours a pale hazy golden yellow, nice white fluffy one finger head appears and slowly dissipates, spotty lacing sticks to the glass

S- citrus especially lemon, bready malt, a slight spiciness to it especially clove, decent nose

T- similar to the nose, less citrus than expected, the bready malt really takes over in the taste, slightly sweet with a little bit of spice added in, not an incredible taste but not bad either

M- light and smooth, carbonation is balance perfectly, crisp and refreshing

D- overall a decent spring/summer beer, light and refreshing, easy to take down, a staple session beer for warmer weather

Serving type: growler

04-10-2011 21:16:26 | More by nova009
Photo of pburland23


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting to enjoy during today's Phillies game.

Poured from said growler into my Phillies shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a hazy orange with about a finger of crisp white head. Good head retention and decent lacing.

Big inviting wheat aroma with hint of lemony citrus notes around the edge. Taste is also big on wheat, a little grassiness some lemon, and a hint of banana and perhaps cloves. It has a very summery taste.

Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Very quaffable summer beer. Oberon is one the summer seasonal releases I look forward to each year.

Serving type: growler

04-03-2011 17:49:37 | More by pburland23
Photo of ThaBobfather


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a frothy white bleachex head.
Smells high of spice notes and wheaty bread.
Taste is well noted in light yeast and lemon zest.
Finish is zesty with notes of yeast on the end.
Drinks great for the summer and is highly refreshing.

Serving type: growler

07-11-2010 00:16:59 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of wspscott


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler in pint glass

A: lite gold color, crystal clear, poured a thick white head that disappeared quickly and left a little lace.
S: Hints of yeast fruitiness, no hop presence.
T&M: Very crisp but not in a watery sense. The growler seems to have stolen some of the carbonation that I remember from drinking straight from the tap. The hint of yeast fruitiness (maybe a hint of the classic wheat banana flavor) is the most apparent taste, with a hint of hops in the background.
D: One of the perfect summer beers and a great gateway beer. I will have no problem finishing the growler tonight.

Serving type: growler

05-24-2008 20:14:58 | More by wspscott
Photo of beerdeity

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was transported in a "bubba" over a long distance, so I am not sure of the effect on the beer was. That said, it poured nicely offering a golden to lightly orange colour, with a slight creamy head. The nose was citrus, with a distinct orange undertone. The mouthfeel was smooth and silky. The taste was a nice apricot-like taste, with a subtle hop finish. The beer balanced out nicely by mig-glass, offering a very drinkable second.

Serving type: growler

08-09-2006 20:23:15 | More by beerdeity
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is around two fingers high, and is a smidge off-white in its shade. Its texture is extremely frothy, as expected, with good retention too. Some lacing is left on the glass.

S: Lots of bready wheat on the nose. Not particularly estery; then again, it's not a hefeweizen. The mild hop character helps compensate with subtle pine and citrus. It's simplistic, but it's not trying to be anything more than a gently-hopped wheat beer.

T: The opening character is surprisingly heavy in peaches and apricots. Afterwards, wheat notes take over, and creates a slightly intrusive finish combined with subtle hopping. It becomes slightly more enjoyable when some of the hops come out and conceal the wheat flavor slightly.

M: Dry yet refreshing, it goes down easily without parching the palate. There is some residual sugar around to beef up the body and balance some of the more bitter characteristics. Powerful carbonation, as expected.

O: Barring a couple offerings, a lot of this brewery's offerings are pretty average - this included. I guess I'm just not a huge fan of standard (non-hefeweizen, non-hoppy) wheat beers. On the other hand, I understand why this is popular - it's easy going and very drinkable. I'd never refuse one, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 20:50:24 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of jTmakkiCx


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Has a nice hazy yellowish-golden color. Left an interesting settlement in the bottle. Had about 1 finger of white head with nice lacing. Not a strong smell, hints of wheat and citrus. Taste is sweet, with a detectable honey-ness, and pleasant lingering bitterness. Feels smooth and refreshing in the mouth. Overall, an enjoyable beer but not particularly noteworthy.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 01:38:41 | More by jTmakkiCx
Photo of sonnens4


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Somewhat hazy, golden-yellowish color, with a decent size white head.

Smell: Hint of citrus, but mainly a strong smell of wheat.

Taste: Citrusy, good balance, refreshing and somewhat wheat-y.

Overall: Very delicious! perfect for the warmer weather coming soon

Mouthfeel: Creamy, and somewhat light.

Serving Style: Bottle

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 00:00:51 | More by sonnens4
Photo of OMills


3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Golden hazy color. White head about 1 finger. Head retention lasted about 45 seconds until forming a cap with great lacing. Looks great in a weizen glass.

S-Wheat and a little bit of orange/citrus.

T- Very wheaty taste with citrus playing a supporting role. Taste fresh and refreshing.

M- Medium carbonation with nice body.

O- A nice refreshing beer for those warm days. Nothing immaculate but i would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 04:43:48 | More by OMills
Photo of BrewThru_29


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What can I say...I'm a sucker for pale wheat ales and this is a good one.

Pours a hazy bright orange. Nice big white fluffy head. Great retention/lace. Looks like summer.

Smells of orange peel, citrus, little banana.

Taste is a nice orange citrus fruit flavor up front followed by a little sweet banana flavor that lingers. Finishes with just the right touch of hops to make it refreshing.

Nice creamy mouthfeel. Could easily pound a few of these out on the back porch doing some grilling.

Overall, this is one of my favorite summer seasonals, and one I will keep coming back to.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 22:51:08 | More by BrewThru_29
Photo of lochef81


3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This ale embodies summer in every facet. The pour is a hazy pale golden hue with a fluffy white head that leaves a nice film and some lacing. The nose is a refreshing blend of citrus (mostly oranges) and light malts and subdued hops. The mouth is light and easy, definitely something you could knock back a sixer of and not be full. The flavor is delicious and very light and refreshing. There is a very natural citrus flavor along with a slight malt finish. It is actually surprising that the abv is as high as it is given how smooth and light this drinks. Definitely a beer to enjoy sprawled by the pool or on the beach. Refreshing is the best I can say.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 03:24:13 | More by lochef81
Photo of hoffhin2


4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance : Orangjsh golden yellow

Smell: Orange and wheat smell

Taste: Citrus taste given off by the orange, and has a very good balance. Fruity aftertaste.

Overall: Oberon is my second favorite bell's beer following behind their two hearted. Sorry Larry Bell, I prefer a nice slice of orange in my pint with it as well!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 12:50:01 | More by hoffhin2
Photo of Vogie


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oberon has returned! I had been craving one for quite some time. This beer is the embodiment of Spring/Summer. It reminds me of warm summer afternoons mowing the lawn, grilling steaks on the deck with friends and family, or laying out on the beach overlooking Lake Michigan. It is very well balanced with a more banana, lemon, and orange taste upfront with a slight hop bitterness on the backend. Not sure if your supposed to do this with American Pale Wheat's but I left two-thirds in the bottle and swirled. It made the appearance slightly cloudier and had a more yeasty flavor to it. Very carbonated and refreshing throughout. I would consider this a session ale even with the ABV above 5%. I can't wait for the 16oz cans later this month!


Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 20:31:23 | More by Vogie
Photo of pknyc

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 03/20/2014, opened 04/05/2014

A: Pours a cloudy gold. A slightly aggressive pour yields a 2 finger white head which dissipates to a rim with a small cap. I wish there was more retention.

S: Wheat, citrus zest, some nice spice in there. A little bit of funkiness, which is unexpected but enjoyable. Nose reminds me a little bit of a saison.

T: Nice toasted/bread malt. Citrus and pepper spice. Herbal hops. I don't think this beer really fits into a category. An enjoyable warm weather beer.

M: Medium with complimentary carbonation. Almost creamy, but the carb cuts that.

O: Enjoyable warm weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 19:50:31 | More by pknyc
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy lemon yellow, softly pastel with a finger of white foam that fell fast. Nose is golden wheat with a bit of sweetness on it. Bright lemon zest rounds out the nose. Taste is a bit maltier than I expected. medium light rather than light. The mouthfeel is creamy and has plenty of carbonation to keep that in check. The wheat is crisp and dry. The middle of the beer is juicy with sweet lemon peel and tart lemon too. There is a bit of a sour taste lurking in the shadows that never really steps out but it gives the drink a slight pucker. The middle of the beer is juicy with fruit. Refreshing and crisp with a drying finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 13:07:19 | More by utopiajane
Photo of TurboChief


4.76/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great beer, not as strong as I remember but I still enjoy it. It came out on march 23 and I just bought it for the first and definitely not the the last time of the season. I believe this is the best beer Bell's makes. In my opinion the mini keg does taste a little better than the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 20:53:36 | More by TurboChief
Photo of oss68

New York

4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap at Orangeburg NY Holiday Inn ( Chris is bringing in some nice beers ). This beer has nice balance with both malt and hops coming through. Very drinkable , a really good summer beer. Herby, biscuity hops and good carbonation.
Wheats are not my first choice but I would definitely get this again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2014 20:39:45 | More by oss68
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one inch head. Good lacing down the glass.

Smells like wheat, cloves, and herbal hops.

Pretty similar tastes. A hoppier wheat than typical- the hops are of the herbal/grassy variety, with some wheat bitterness, cloves, and pear.

Light bodied and crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Been waiting to try this one for a while, glad I was able to.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2014 03:07:36 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of barczar


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden lemon with a frothy ivory head that leaves spotty lacing as it dissipates.

Wheat, grain, orange, and lemon form the aroma. Fairly balanced.

Flavor is fairly malty throughout, finishing toasted lightly. Underlying lemon complements the soft wheat well. There's a touch of peppery spice and bitterness that surfaces late.

Body is moderate to a bit full, but is countered by carbonation on the high side.

Fairly nondescript, really. Almost seems to leave a watery impression. Surprised there's not more hop character.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 23:08:12 | More by barczar
Photo of Swettenham_Shire


2.43/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass...

Appearance: light gold color with mild lacing
Smell: pretty basic. I'm getting that Yuengling lager scent
Taste: follows the nose; nothing special, but maybe a hint of fruit/hops at the finish
Mouthfeel: smooth; easy to drink a few of these while boating in the summer
Overall: not very impressed; there are better pale wheat ales around

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 01:46:05 | More by Swettenham_Shire
Photo of nickapalooza86


4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

pours a straw orange, 2 fingers of white head, nice lacing very cloudy

Smell is tons of wheat, orange and lemon zest, straw, almost a little Berliner tartness in the nose. It smells like goin outside on a crisp summer morning, which is what they were going fore and they nailed it!

Taste is sweet malt, wheat, orange, lemon, honey covered biscuits, slight hop bitterness

Mouthfeel is actually pretty full from the wheat, but at the same time it is extremely light and refreshing

A great wheat beer that I drink every year, get atleast a couple 6ers!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 14:35:20 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of SteveB24

New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance; hazy straw, with mild evident carbonation and a nice amount of white head that retains well for a wheat beer.

smell; not too complex but definitely something there, a strong, wheat aroma, with a hint of malt and alcohol.

taste; reminds me of a wheat beer meets lager, the wheat flavor is strong but a yeasty, bready flavor rides right along with it, tiniest bit of malt in there as well.

mouthfeel; medium light, but pretty full bodied for a wheat beer. slightly creamy.

overall; in terms of wheat beers, this is a very solid choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 02:09:24 | More by SteveB24
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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 4,145 ratings.