1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

4,950 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 4,950
Reviews: 1,572
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 130
Gots: 406 | FT: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 4,950 | Reviews: 1,572 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Bottle from the brewery. Refreshing, particularly in Indian Summer day. Pleasant malty aroma on a medium yellow body with a lot of white creamy head, that leaves droplets of lace. Creamy mouthfeel, easy drinking above average mouthfeel. Pleasant beverage throughout, wheat well integrated, mild bitterness that finishes a tad sweet from wheat.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 02:18:38 | More by Sammy
Photo of t0rin0
t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

08-22-2012 00:17:21 | More by t0rin0
Photo of djrn2
djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.3%

01-10-2012 17:23:07 | More by djrn2
Photo of Thorpe429
Thorpe429

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

G: Poured into, of course, a Bell's Oberon pint glass.

A: Pale golden-orangish-yellow (enough colors?) with a naze haze.

S: The pale wheat is definitely there, and somewhat obscured by a citrus spiciness.

T: Citrus and spice along with the wheat backbone.

M: Quite light and crisp; good carbonation.

D: A very nice summer beer and one that is quite sessionable indeed. My gateway beer to the craft world.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2009 05:44:01 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of BuckeyeNation
BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Oberon: King of the Fairies in William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. It's a little past midsummer night I'm afraid, but an early July day will have to do.

Significantly hazy lemon-amber with a large, bone white head that falls sloooowly and settles at a thick disk for nearly the life of the beer. A decent amount of lace in scattered scraps finds its way to the glass. The nose is of wheat and spice with a hint of pear-like fruitiness.

I'm enjoying the taste and the mouthfeel very much. Oberon is more flavorful than the vast majority of wheat beers and is both light/easy drinking and substantial at the same time. The flavor profile is equal parts untoasted wheat malt and softly bitter, spicy-herbal hops. Again, there are subtle, but unmistakable, pear and green apple notes.

The beer favors sweet right out of the chute and on the backstretch, while favoring dry and crisp at the wire. It's also blessed with a quality body/mouthfeel that matches the flavor perfectly and is just right for a summer seasonal; not overly thin like many.

This just might be my favorite wheat beer to date. Bell's has done a wonderful job with Oberon and I now wish that I had picked up an entire six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 18:30:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of metter98
metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a quarter-finger high off white head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of wheat in the nose along with notes of orange peels.
T: The taste has a very slight amount of sourness along with flavors of wheat, notes of orange peel and hints of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very flavorful for the style and is also quite drinkable. It is a good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 01:42:53 | More by metter98
Photo of brentk56
brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pear nectar with a modest head that leaves a couple of lacing waves

Smell: Tangy sour orange aroma

Taste: Starts with a wheaty and orange fruit flavor; mid-palate, a burst of brown sugar appears and hangs around ; the finish develops a pithy tartness

Mouthfeel: Medium body (surprisingly thick for the style) with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Unusual flavor profile for the style, but rather enjoyable

Thanks, DrunkenPanther, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2006 17:19:49 | More by brentk56
Photo of nmann08
nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5%

12-09-2011 23:34:53 | More by nmann08
Photo of mikesgroove
mikesgroove

South Carolina

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

Don’t ask me how I had one of these left in my fridge all this time, but I found it last night and decided to give it a try. Poured a nice golden amber, with a nice yellow hue. A nice medium sized head of white fizzy foam started on top and then faded gently down into just a thin film across the top. Some decent side glass lace. Smell was light, lots of grain with a somewhat muted hoppiness in the back, kind of pilsner like. A light bread like base made up most of it. The taste was pretty straightforward. Light bodied summer ale, lots of wheat with a hint of orange peel in for good measure. There was the slightest touch of a bitter pine finish at the end. Overall this was a nice summer brew. It came off a little bit bigger then your average light ale and had a decent bright flavor profile. I would say this would fit nicely on a warm day and it was a quality session ale. I really can not fault it, it is what it is, and it was decent.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 01:21:53 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of Phyl21ca
Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy yellow ale with some white haze and a medium bubbly white head with average retention. Aroma of weak wheat with some discernable hops. Taste is quite refreshing with a nice dose of wheat back with some sensible Saaz hops, which provide character without shadowing all the malt. Body is above average and about right for the style. Very enjoyable beer overall and would make a great session beer for hot summer days.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2006 19:54:01 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of acurtis
acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-15-2012 03:26:27 | More by acurtis
Photo of BEERchitect
BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undoubtedly among the most popular summer beer on the market, Bell's Brewery has carved out a niche in the hot weather market with a fruity-sweet but balanced taste that truly captures the essence of the season.

Its hazy straw color highlights its racy carbonation; fueling a tall column of froth that pops to whet the taste with its strong and playful perfume. Orange, mango and apricot are illuminated by the bready sweetness of angel food cake and damp cereal grain. Its spicy waft is delicately of pepper, mint and herb.

Over the middle, its whimsical creaminess is slowly replaced with playful acidity, reminding the palate of fruit juice and white wine- mimosa perhaps. A glimmer of lemon, banana and bubblegum reads notions of hefeweizen before the signature grain and leaf medley of American wheat beer sets in.

Its closing taste is smooth, creamy-dry and with an herbal bitterness, similar to sassafras and soft white pepper. Sweetness continues to dissolve and exposes the elements of grain, leaf, mint, clove and even vanilla.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2014 17:51:12 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of womencantsail
womencantsail

California

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gabriel for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a very vibrant straw color with a pronounced cloudiness and a bit white head.

S: Quite a bit of the wheat comes though on the nose to provide a definite sweet, cereal aroma. There is a hint of tartness as well, but overall a very light nose.

T: A similar story when it comes to the flavor. Light on the palate with some lemon and wheat flavors, almost berliner weiss like. Still, some sweetness comes through at times.

M: Quite light on the tongue with a crisp carbonation that would definitely make this one refreshing on a hot day.

D: I do not understand why this beer does not get slammed like others of a similar style do. This is really no different than most of the beers being advertised by brewpubs as "hefeweizens".

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 21:49:51 | More by womencantsail
Photo of ygtbsm94
ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

07-17-2013 23:12:58 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of kjkinsey
kjkinsey

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-01-2011 18:46:00 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of ChainGangGuy
ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

Appearance: Pours a yellow-orange body with a full, foamy head that evaporated rather quickly.

Smell: An aroma that's discreetly wheaty, with only a very, very minor amount of clove and banana.

Taste: A brief malt sweetness with hints of orange juice and lemon before a burst of yeasty sourdough kicks in. The taste of freshly grated nutmeg synches up with the light, spicy hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. High carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Lively, smooth, and refreshing. Oh, and I really do appreciate the restrained wheatiness, Bells!

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 03:52:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Texasfan549
Texasfan549

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

12-07-2012 05:18:56 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of jaydoc
jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-26-2013 20:16:37 | More by jaydoc
Photo of kylehay2004
kylehay2004

Florida

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

1.5 finger white head on a hazy pale golden yellow body. Some lacing. Mild aroma dominated by pale malts with mild wheat and fruity notes. Lots of refreshing wheat flavor with melon citrus and peppery notes. Light body and medium carbonation. Overall highly drinkable with nice flavors which follow the aroma well.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 03:27:35 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of spycow
spycow

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

01-18-2013 04:31:45 | More by spycow
Photo of oberon
oberon

North Carolina

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

It is very much a Michigan summertime staple,although my friends stock up to drink it year a round.Good cloudygold'orange color,taste of orange in the palate along with a little buttery tinge.The butteriness comes through for me on tap,have drank way to many of these I think,and boy I do miss it so!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2003 08:07:53 | More by oberon
Photo of GRG1313
GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +5%

05-15-2013 03:16:42 | More by GRG1313
Photo of Knapp85
Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

A really great beer for the spring and summer. The beer is an orange golden color with a nice head on it. The aroma screams citrus more specifically orange. The taste is citrusy just like the aroma. The aftertaste is juicey and refreshing with a little tingle in the back of the tongue. The wheat gives the beer a light mouthfeel which in turn makes this brew quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2011 02:20:19 | More by Knapp85
Photo of TMoney2591
TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Figured I'd grab one o' these guys before they disappear for the rest of the year. It pours a pretty clear pale straw, riddled with particulates, topped by over a finger of healthy white froth. The nose comprises orange peel, mandarin orange flesh, puffed rice, and wet wheat. The taste comprises corn syrup, wheat, light mandarin orange, and flowers. The body is light, with a light carbonation and a thickly watery feel. Overall, a decent APWA, nothing close to special, but highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 21:42:01 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of zeff80
zeff80

Missouri

4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle pours out a cloudy, pumpkin-like color. There was white, one-finger head and some lacing. I smelled lemon and other citrusy flavors. I could definately taste the yeast flavor and the citrus, as well. The mouthfeel was a little grainy, but it was still pretty drinkable. I think it is a good wheat.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 00:16:07 | More by zeff80
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 4,950 ratings.