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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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86
very good

6,063 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,063
Reviews: 1,723
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 184
Gots: 1,121 | FT: 8
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

Bell's Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.
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Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a stately orange color with a cloudy body and very little head. Nose is heavy on the citrus fruit and wheat but not much else and seems a bit heavy for a refreshing summer beer as this is purported to be.

The taste is again very fruty but with a lighter texture that is more in line with what's expected from a wheat beer. Hop and barley do not figure heavily in the taste. More citrus, perhaps somer berries as well, and the faintest hint of familar banana. Tart but clean in the finish.

A little too fruity and sweet to be a regular part of my rotation but I can see the appeal.

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

Cheers again to limesmut for this one.

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Batch 7832.

Oberon has a nice cloudy burnt straw color with a two finger bright white bubble filled head that dies down to a thin layer. Lacing is pretty sticky to the sides of the glass throughout tasting. Smell is quite pleasing, hints of spiced orange and wheat. Flavor starts off with a nice malty/wheat taste and finished with a crisp citrus hop bite. Orange pops up again on the tounge, but very mild. Very clean light bodied mouthfeel. Good solid beer from Bell's. Could definitely share a few of these with friends around the grill on a hot summer day.

Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my new mug. This beer pours a somewhat cloudy medium golden color with an orangish hue. Head is a good finger thick when poured before eventually settling to a nice surface layer with a good, thick ring lining the inside of the glass. leaves some decent lacing. Aromas of wheat, malt and citrus or lemon are present. Tastes pretty much like it smells. Wheat and malt upfront followed by hints of citrus and grapefruit. The fruity aftertaste lingers. Has a full bodied and crisp mouthfeel with high carbonation. Easy to drink in the way well crafted beers should be! A real winner from The fine folks at Bell's. I will drink this again for sure.

Eric

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

Had this on tap at Gallo's Tap Room (submitted a beerfly review, but it does not appear yet)

Pours a very nice pale orangeish colour that tapers from bottom of the glass up.

A very nice smell of fresh subtle wheat.

Fresh taste that is complimented by (as previous reviews have said) grapefruit aftertaste that lingers.

Carbonation lingers resulting in a fresh feeling that makes me take another sip.

Had this on a warm summer afternoon, and I could have had 2 more, time permitting. I am going to pickup a 6 pack very soon, but will probably come back to Gallo's to get it on tap.

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy, glowing pale orange and gold hue, topped by just over two fingers of fairly dense head that slowly dissipated.

S: Pale malt and wheat grain scent up front, a little sweet fruit and citrus in there as well.

T: The introduction is a fantastic wave of wheaty malt goodness straight to the palate, with a crispness that maintains a light fruit flavor leading into the middle, followed by the carbonation and flavor bubbling over the back of the tongue into a slightly dry and refreshing finish. Lingering hints of wheat and hops cling to the palate, making for one hell of a beer.

M: Near perfection on this, with a solid amount of carbonation, but enough to complement the flavor characteristics and make for an absolutely delightful finish. Very well done in this category.

D: Whether it's a day for an outside BBQ or late night summer party, this beer hits the mark for refreshing taste and composition. A great take on the wheat ale tip.

Photo of oakbluff
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a straw coloured golden sun shine. Not much head. Nose- strange flavour coming across- I don't know what that is?? taste- light citrus, some alcohol flavour, and an almost macro creamed corn type taste. Hard to figure out. Its a difficult to describe beer, but is decently tasty at the same time. I can see why this is Bell's big seller for the summer time. Its refreshing, full of flavour, but non offensive at the same time. I wouldn't look long and hard for this again, but was worth picking up a six pack.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Oberon is a staple in Michigan, particularly in the Kalamazoo area, it is one of the few craft brews that normal people around here drink, and it's widely available, often on tap in places that only have the big 3 available otherwise.

Oberon pours orange with a nice head, the nose on it is lightly malty with a hint of citrusy hops in the background.

The flavour is a straight malty beer with some spice and bananas on the very back end. This is an easy drinking summer quaffer with a bit of character, but it's not spectacular by any means.

Mouth and drinkability, both decent for the style, nothing remarkable.

Bottom line: Oberon is a beer that I tend to drink during the summer due to the aforementioned availability. It's not a bad beer, but I personally feel there are better alternatives, particularly Arcadia's Whitsun, which is also fairly easy to run into here in Michigan. Oberon isn't bad though, and I respect the fact that it has opened a lot of people up to craft beer locally.

Photo of JohnW
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a conventional glass (not wheat beer style) pale amber colour, and cloudy as expected of an unfiltered wheat beer.From the aroma, I would not have guessed it as a wheat beer (certainly not in the German style) as it was more sweetness malty and hints of citrus rather than the cloves and bananas you expect. Taste leaned more on the malty side of fruitiness, and as others suggested, grassy and fairly sweet, though not unpleasant to my taste. Little or no bitter hop characteristics at all. I enjoyed this fairly well, and would have it again, though it has little in common with wheat beers as in the German tradition. Maybe a shade too sweet for my taste, would not class it as an outstanding beer, but pleasant enough on a hot summers day and easy to drink.

JohnW (while in Tampa FL) May 2007
B'ham UK

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tall wheat glass from a 12oz long neck brown bottle with a crimped on cap.

Hazy golden color very cloudy with all the suspended yeast particles floating around. Tall white creamy head dissapated on the quick side,leaves a coat of lace down the glass.

The aroma were clean on the faint side,grassy,fruity with some light hints of carmell. Smells reminisent of apricot nectar a combination of the fruityness and the yeast character, no real wheat aromas were present. A slight perfumyness also noted.

Bitter dried fruit tastes,tart an apricot/peach type fruityness,odd taste for a wheat,finishes with an unripen fruit taste and hints of citrus.

Grainy texture, some roughness on the palate,not like that of a typicla wheat. Odd tasting beer,not one of my favorites from Bell's. Might need to get used to the taste of this one. Wouldn't really want to have another.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with no freshness date. The color is a pale and cloudy amber and is topped by a frothy white head that is about 1 finger high.The aroma is fruity and a slight bit citrusy. I detect a faint bit of banana in there as well. The taste is mildly fruity, apples, oranges and bananas. There is a very faint hoppiness in the taste too. The mouthfeel is tangy and zesty and very refreshing. It goes down easy.

Photo of morayeel
5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy, dull orange. One finger head that fades to some moderate lacing.

S – A very nice grapefruits smell.

T - Very good. Starts off as your typical wheat beer, but then fades to a very nice ripe grapefruit taste that lingers in the aftertaste. Not too complex, but very simple and very good. The flavor doesn't feel added like some, but compliments the rest of the beer very well.

M - Great, not acidic or too sweet, very crisp.

D - High. No alcohol taste to speak of, I could drink these all day.

A great summer brew. Every year I cant weight until the first kegs hit my distributors so I can get one. This is my favorite summer brew and everyone who has tried it loves it. It’s a great hit at summer cook outs.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Packaged on 2/20/07 according to Bell's website: Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin and wispy white head. The aroma has some citric hops upfront, along with a tangy wheatiness, some yeasty bread and a slight graininess. The flavor has some citric and floral hops upfront also, with some yeastiness and a fruity wheat character. The mouthfeel is crisp with a carbonation bite, drinkability is good. A drinkable wheat beer, nothing more.

Photo of Caesar1pup
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmm, if you think you'll enjoy a summer seasonal based on a wheat beer, without any fruitty flavors such as cherry or rasperry or apricot, then this may be your beer. Very drinkable and therefore loved by those looking for the lighter refreshing side of craft brews. This is one of those you would enjoy on a hot summers day watching the ballgame. Not a fan of the wheat beer but I could drink more of these.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a snow white head that quickly drops to leave nice lacing.

Smells citrusy. A hint of lemon and a wheatiness on the nose.

Taste is very wheaty. Light citrus initially. Slightly grainy, with some orange and lemon zest.

Light and fluffy in the mouth.

I'm hard pressed to find a better summer brew. Nicely made and very refreshing.

Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, no date.

A - Hazy, dull orange, almost a light brown, looks good though. One finger head that fades to some moderate lacing.

S - No real nose to speak of, which I guess is better than smelling bad. Maybe a hint of mellon, but I could be imagining that because that's what I expect to smell from the taste.

T - Very good. Starts off as your typical wheat beer, but then fades to a very nice ripe cantalope taste that lingers in the aftertaste. Not too complex, but very simple and very good. The flavor doesn't feel added like some, but compliments the rest of the beer very well.

M - Good, not acidic or too sweet. Decent carbonation.

D - High. No alcohol taste to speak of, I could drink these all day.

A great summer brew. Maybe too sweet for some, but nothing crazy. Not too complex, but what it does, it does well. A very refreshing and balanced, if simple, beer. Definitely one to pick up for some hot summer days.

Photo of BMoney575
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Sampled on 4-29-07
Batch 7842
Bottled on 2-28-07

Pours a light golden color with a nice white head, good lacing. Lots of little floaters in the glass though.

Smell is slightly sweet, little bit of malt and a little bit of citrus hops. Very light and easy.

Taste is good, pretty sweet with some a good summer spiciness. Bitterness is subdued and well balanced.

Mouthfeel is good, lots of carbonation adds to the spicy flavors.

Drinkability is very good, you could polish off a sixpack of these no problem. A welcome summer beer and a staple in my fridge.

Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sun golden body filled with small floaters. Low carbonation and an off-white creamy head with good retention and lace.
Fresh grass and lemon scent. Abit of grain and floral notes and a creamy feel to the scent.
The first impression of the taste is a fresh and invigorating sensation. There's a touch of orange mingled in with the overall sweet malts. There is good balance with a much hoppier aftertaste than I'd have expected.
Medium body and good coating.
Great summer brew. Highly drinkable but in the higher abv end of the session beers.

-Oelergud

Photo of Redwood21
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance starts out well enough with a hazey golden color and a nice white head, but the head quickly went away and died leaving no trace at all. which is a little of style wise.
the smell is of malt wheat yeast and smells good over all. almost a little fruit sweetness as well

the taste seems spot on style wise. it is a little dry with some sweet fruit flavorful cut with yeast and malt very low hops and seems relatively high in carbonation which leads into mouthfeel
its nice and medium bodied, with a somewhat high carbonation which is typical for this style,
very drinakable especially in the warmer months, a more bodied beer that pairs great in summer time

Photo of psinderson
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

Appearance: Dark golden and murky. Thin white head that disappears quickly.

Smell: A bit of yeast, but really not much there.

Taste: Some citrus and yeast. Mild bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Typical drinkability for a wheat.

Not bad, but not impressive either.

Photo of BWH3
2.59/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bell's Oberon 12 oz Bottle at 40 F in a Pint Glass

A: golden straw colored beer with foamy white head with above average retention. The beer is very effervescent and is only slightly hazy.

S: the aroma is grainy with a strong wheat flavor that dominates the nose. Low hops aroma almost undetectable. No banana or clover esters from the yeast. No citrus or spiciness from the hops.

T: strong wheat taste which lasts throughout the sampling. Little residual sweetness and finishes dry and crisp. No spiciness from the hops, wheat, or yeast. No citrus or floral qualities from the hops. Wheat taste is grainy, not sharp or tart.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation.

D: Sessionable, but that is about it. Take it to a BBQ or the beach because this certainly won't offend anyone (nor will it leave them with a lasting impression of how good a Bell's beer can be).

Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 7832. The beer pours a hazy straw yellow with a decent frothy head. The aroma was of sweet fruits and bubblegum. The taste had a good sweetness and a decent yeast bite. The beer was nice and crisp with decent carbonation. This a good yeast beer, especially for summer.

Photo of scott
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

V.07
Pleasant hazed dark yellow representative of the style. Looks filtered so the yeast haze is present, but not off-putting. Nice rocky head that subsides into a film.
Blissful aroma of lemon zest, wheat and a bit of hops that facilities the need for a deck to truly enjoy this.
Aroma lends itself to the tongue. Tart, and compunctual.
Crisp, clean and very easy to drink. Maybe a tad creamy for ultimate refreshness and multiple bottles. Recommended.

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

When poured it had a large head was light and foamy leaving decent lacing. The color is a golden and cloudy. Can smell wheat, yeast and citrus and small amount of floral hops. Has a wheat and orange peel flavor with some floral hop that gives it a little zip. A light and crisp beer that I could see myself sitting by a campfire with on a warm summer night.

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

Objectively - cloudy straw color, dry, tart nose with fresh dough. Tastes clean and soft, with a mild husky grain flavor, and more fresh dough - must be the yeast and wheat. A really great American wheat style - very drinkable and well-crafted.

Subjectively - As with Fat Tire, I'm just not feeling the hype here. Also, from reading other's comments, some people seem to imagine this is some kind of Belgian wheat. It's not, so don't be disappointed if you don't taste citrus and coriander! It's an Americanstyle wheat!

Photo of adams82
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From batch # 7850, packaged March 7th, 2007. Fresh.

Pours a pale, cloudy, golden color with a thin and filmy white head which leaves a moderate amount of lacing behind. Smells of citrus; lemons and oranges, bready yeast, moderately sweet malt notes and spicy hops. Tastes zesty and sweet, yeasty; sweet malts tones and soft graininess up front balanced by a nice spicy hop presence with the bready yeast notes throughout. Mouthfeel is smooth and robust, perfect levels of carbonation exist making this easy to consume in massive quantities.

Oberon is a true summer beer; light, refreshing, full of crisp flavors and it hits the spot every time. If other great beers such as Two Hearted Ale didn't exist, I would almost ask "Why drink anything else?".

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