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

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Reviews: 1,670
Hads: 6,249
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 192
Gots: 1,263 | FT: 7
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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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Reviews: 1,670 | Hads: 6,249
Photo of strattor
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange due to unfiltered bottle conditioning. Nice thick head with good retention.

Subtle aroma of citrus, some spice, and a little creaminess.

Flavor is bready, a little spicy, with subtle citrus flavors. I'd say the yeasty, bready flavors are most dominant, making this a beer with a somewhat subdued flavor.

Nice mouthfeel. Pretty smooth and creamy, but with adequate carbonation to keep things lively.

For whatever reason, I never found myself wanting two ina row of these. It seemed a little a heavier than some other wheat ales I've had.

A tasty beer, but a little let down after all the hype I heard. I'd go for another sixer, but wouldn't go out of my way to pick this up.

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Photo of dfried
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oberon ale is probably my favorite "summer" beer. As I was enjoying my first of the year on my porch this weekend, one time I actually had to look at my glass after I took a sip because I thought there was an orange slice in my beer. This is a classic summer wheat beer that has a whole variety of fruity undertones. the beer itself has almost an orange tinge to its appearance. They finish fementing Oberon in the bottle, so it is best (even fruitier) out of a keg or tap, but even with a bottle you are in for a treat.

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Photo of joedon
2.72/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No head, lacing, little carbonation. Just a cloudy, orange-juice color.

Tiny aroma of wheat and a little citrus.

Taste was very bland, citrusy with a touch of malt.

OK mouthfeel for a wheat beer but no distinctive flavor or aftertaste.

Barely drinkable. A real disappointment. Maybe something wrong or outdated with the keg?

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Photo of evanackerman
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

well, this is one of the most refreshing beers i've ever encountered!

beer pours a beautiful hazy light orange with a huge head.

aroma is of wheat and orange zest, quite nice.

taste is a nice clean wheat ale taste with a subtle hint of orange followed by a touch of hop bitterness that rounds out the finish quite well.

mouthfeel is on the thin side but still very enjoyable.

this beer is certainly not the most flavorful or complex, but for what it is, a refreshing summer session beer, it is superb. something to look forward to when the weather turns nice.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Steve's - University

Batch 7287...oberon signifies the changing of the seasons, its 70 degrees and gorgeous out in Wisco

appearance: dusted off a hefe glass that had been getting lonely all winter, oberon pours a bright golden orange, a little on the cloudy side, pour leaves a huge fluffy white head with oustanding retention

smell: fresh yeast aromas, a nice clean wheat aroma, lemon peel, orange citrus, quite bready...the smell of summer

taste: very smooth, grassy wheat presence, zesty lemon peel, fresh orange, lightly toasted malt, pulpy, light fruity hops...plenty of citrus. a very clean and refreshing summer seasonal

mouthfeel: clean, crisp, rereshing...light-medium body

drinkability: can be consumed in mass quantities

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Photo of cubedbee
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This pours a cloudy light orange with two and a half fingers of frothy white head, great retention, a small amount of lacing. Nose is very yeasty and wheaty, a slight orange and lemon citrus note, fairly strong. Taste is a nice bready wheat malt, strong notes of citrus, slight grassy hop finish. Medium bodied, smooth medium carbonation, fairly creamy smooth feel. Overall this is a really nice American wheat ale, nothing particularly special, but a very solid summer beer.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

to note, this was served in a Pilsner Pokal Glass

A - pours a delightful straw/golden color with heavy carbonation streaming up the side, there was half a glass of head at first but that was probably due to the glass, a second pour yielded a finger-thick off-white head

S - kind of a typical hoppy aroma at first, but subsequent whiffs indicate definite hints of both honey and citrus aromas

T - surprisingly smooth, especially for the amount of carbonation, has a honey sweetness to it that quenches quite well, followed by a great dry finish

M - medium bodied, and VERY well balanced, not too sweet and not too bitter

D - high, i hope to have more Bell's while here visiting MI and I hope they're half as good as this, a great brew

btw, believe it or not, i had this at a department store, at the little cafe thing in Marshall Fields at Somerset Mall, weird but cool

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Photo of mcallister
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazey pumpkin orange with a nice frothy white head with no lacing. Smells of orange rind and a slight wheatiness. I have had the Oberon in previous years and never really understood all the excitement about it's release. But this one is either a little different or I am. I like this one; I'm not sure what's different but it seems much more complex and fruity. Nice tangerine, orange flavors with a very good refreshing mouthfeel. Great drinkability especially this time of year in Ohio.

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Photo of Crosling
1.82/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Extremely cloudy tangerine colored juice in color with a thin, creamy head. Doughy, lemony, citrusy nose with a light hint of orange, which may smell more like cheap tang. Raw, hearty wheat with a bit of skunk and spoiled fruits. Hoppy for an American wheat, with spicy, floral notes. Pretty full-bodied and creamy for a wheat beer. Not good, at all.

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Photo of guinness9880
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy orange with a nice 2 finger head

S-Smells of a malty lemongrass

T-A very malty beer with hints of citrus, not exactly what I would expect from a summer ale. Doesn't have quite the crisp refreshing taste you would expect from a seasonal of this type. This seems just very ordinary nothing jumps out tast wise. Mild carbonation with a thin mouthfeel nothing to great.

This isn't a bad beer just not what I would be looking for in a summer seasonal, there are better examples (Gumballhead!)

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March 27, 2006 the release date of Bell's Oberon.
This brew was my first real sample of craft beer back in the mid to late nineties. It has always been one of my favorites. I know when Oberon is in the stores, warm weather is on the way. Since joining BA and learning about craft beers, I've been anticipating the release of this beer, and here is the review. I must admit its been a year or two since I've had this.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Hefeweizen glass.
Batch code 7274. Packaged on March 1st 2006.

Pours a very cloudy, faint orange, almost yellow color. Gigantic, three inch thick, frothy white head. Minutes go by before the head starts to fade, leaving tons of sticky, clingy lacing, everywhere. Smell is not what I remember. Mostly, bready, yeasty aromas, with wheat and malts in the background. Weak citrus smell, maybe lemons and spice. I remember a huge citrus smell, more like oranges and lemons. Maybe this beer has changed over the years or maybe my palate has changed. Taste is a little weak, lots of yeast,bread, malts and finishes with a slightly bitter lemony, citrusy flavor. Hints of bananas. Lots of carbonation with a slightly dry feeling. Medium to light feel,thin and smooth. A great session beer, especially during the Spring and Summer months. I'm a little disappointed in the taste and smell, I thought both were stronger than I remember. Anyway, still one of favorite beers and one I'll enjoy all Summer long. Oberon is back, baby! Thank you Bell's!

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Photo of jlh8643
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an appropriate glass. Can't tell what the numbers mean on the backside of the bottle. An aggressive pour created a small white head that disappeared fast. A fair amount of sediment and yeast are in suspension. A lot of carbonation bubbles race to the top. Banana esters with a little bit of wheat malt and some floral hop aroma. The body is light. Bananas start things off again. Light citrus hops on the mildly dry finish. A good summer brew.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a hint of orange. Hazy due to the yeast with a small white head about 1/2" high.
Smell was inviting with scents of spice, yeast, fruit, hops and malt.
Taste was spot-on with the nose with spice, yeast, fruit, hops, malt and a slight alcohol bloom late.
Good effervescence, medium-bodied. Good aftertaste that doesn't linger overly long. A solid brew but middle of the pack, not a front-runner. Worth a try though.

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Photo of DeaconBluez
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i have let this bottle sit probably for bit to long, so i am guessing it will have a bit of an outcome on my review.

it puored hazzy yellow. the head did not last all that long.

it smelled of light spices and citrus, some lemon maybe.
tasted very malty. the citrus and spice is still there, but the malt is in full effect in the taste. alcohol is not that storng to me.
mouthfeel is carbonated and very thin.
drinkablity is good. it very well could be a good session beer

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Photo of oggg
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my brother for bringing me this one.

Pale yellow but not BMC pale. Weak head, surprisingly. No sediment and not hazy. Mild floral hop aroma. On the tongue this beer is a bit flat; tries to show some wheatiness. Minimal hop bitterness. Not sure if this brew has any life. Quite bland. Maybe an odd estery note towards the end. Not very crisp. So very thin.

Cool label, boring beer.

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Photo of stof0048
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*Poured from a 5L keg
A: Hazy golden color with a thick head that quickly turns into a ring around the glass. Moderate lacing sticks to the glass.

S: Not a very potent smell... hints of lemon or other citrus, very light smell.

T: Wheat, citrus, faint malts, almost non-existent hops... overall a very light citrus taste that would be great for a hot summer day.

M: Very light body, quickly glides over the tongue, moderate carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink, this is a great beer. Would definitely be a nice one to have around during the summer months.

I would recommend this beer to anyone looking for a very light and crisp beer. Very clean taste but still delivers. Subtle reminder of Gose, good stuff. Will definitely have to try more of Bell's.

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Photo of SpecialCare
2.92/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is cloudy, golden, and with a decent head that quickly fizzles away to nothing. I think I must have had an old bottle, because all the delicious things other posters smell in the nose aren't in my glass. Overly sweet and skunky nose. Taste is citrus to start, nice earthy malt to finish. Unfortunately, as it warmed, the taste shifted to match the nose. Wishing I had this on tap, at the beginning of summer... I think the drinkability would be much higher. Currently, I'm not sure I want to finish the one I have.

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Photo of hero27
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6913.

Pale, somewhat hazy, golden yellow. Head is fizzy but lasts surprisingly well. Aroma is orange peel & light malted wheat. Very clean and smooth taste of lemons, oranges, and maybe a hint of spices as well..goes well with the unfiltered yeast texture. Light body with a nice 6% alcohol kick to it.

This beer, in some ways, surprised me. I wasn't expecting too much from a summer wheat such as this, but it was a nice treat. Unfortunately, I only had one of these..I really wanted to grab another as soon as it was gone. A six-pack would definitely be worth a buy to enjoy in the summer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy light orange color with a huge fluffy white head. Unlike other american interpretations, this one actually looks like a hefeweizen. The aroma has the classic hefe attributes, but is rather fiant. Bananas and cloves are present, but not strong. The taste is good for an American Pale Wheat; a little smaller than a hefe. Very fruity during the sip, and more so in the aftertaste. Quite nice. The mouthfeel is about the same as most hefes, and thicker than most American interpretations. Overall, this is yet another wonderful beer from Bell's.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, batch# 6973 (7-18-05) poured into a pint glass.

Hazy orange with a tall white head that lives a long life and leaves globs of lace as it goes down.

Malted wheat, lemon peel, a little spice (coriander?), and a hint of floral hops. Nice, but it needs a pinch of more hops.

The malted wheat is upfront in the taste as well. The citrus and spice are muted, but the hops are a bit bolder and lead into a dry finish. The mouth could use some help, its a bit thin. Good session beer.

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Photo of rteis
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

great summer beer when you're thirsty... you've got to pour it into a glass if coming from a bottle... on draft is the best way, but a good pour from a bottle is a close substitute. seems that is has changed over the past few years and not for the better. not sure if they are messing with the recipe or if they are making so much of it now that quality is suffering... also can have a good one on some days and not so good at a different place... quality is very sporatic

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A hazy Orange, likely caused by the Polyphenoles in the Saaz Hops used to brew this fine summer beer. Nice off white head. Loaded with yeast.

Smell: Fruit, Sweet oranges, lemon grass, coriander, a regular potpourri of dried flowers

Taste: hard candies and sweet breads, hazelnuts soaked in orange juice and laced with edible flowers, Christmas dried oranges, maybe cloves too.

Almost no wheat in either the smell or taste. This beer is all fruit and flowers.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth with just enough carbonation to make your tongue tingle without having a bite.

Drinkability: High, very high. Easy on the stomach, mind, and palate.

Notes: Oberon is significantly more creamy and more aromatic on tap than in the bottle. Also, it is better in the spring/early summer than in the fall/late summer. In spring it is crisper and the aromas are more flowery whereas the beer begins to smell more of rotten oranges by September and loses something in its body. The mouthfeel, smell, and drinkability all suffer.

Or… I just get sick of it by fall.


It's now October 12th and last night I had what will be my last pint of Oberon for the season. It tasted, looked, and felt like Miller Lite with a few drops of Blue Moon in it. This is definitely not a beer that ages well. Drink it young and early!

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Photo of sopor
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 7016
I poured, then swirled, thenpoured again and got all of the lovely yeast this brew has to offer, Left with a pint of creamy wheat color with one finger of creamy white head. Not just hazy, no light due to my pour. Bubbles? I don't know! I can't see into this haze. Smells yeasty and sweet.

Tangy and breadlike wheaty malt flavors. Perhaps a little basic, but still a good refreshing summer brew. I've heard people talk about how this beer changes over a summer, and I do think I liked this earlier in the summer.

Light body with biting carbonation is refreshing. Very quaffable, but that can be a problem as this beer has snuck up on me when I've had it on tap. Thank god that bar is 3 blocks from home!

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Photo of Opethsprite
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color is a beautiful, pale, pale orange. It would be a very nice-looking beer if there was any TRACE of head. But alas... The nose is fairly complex--there is a hint of orange in the delicate hops. Those are some awesome hops to taste, by the way! Medium-bodied with a syrupy aftertexture. A delicious beer!!!

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Photo of rousee
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For this style, it is an okay effort. Hop Sun and Gumballhead are much better but this is a decent honorable mention. I can almost guarantee w/o trying it that this beer is much better on-tap vs. bottle. Apricot murk flat carbonation, nice maltiness, hoppiness is pretty well balanced but the flatness is what kills this beer. Still quite decent though.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 1,670 ratings.