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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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very good

1,663 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,663
Hads: 6,195
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 188
Gots: 1,216 | 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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Reviews: 1,663 | Hads: 6,195
Photo of MichaelNickerson
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light orange with a dominate white head which disappears rather quickly.

Smell: Mild aroma with initial scent of wheat and yeast, followed by a strong orange fruit aroma.

Taste: Heavy wheat flavors followed by intense citrus oranges. Lacks much carbonation, but otherwise is quite smooth.

Mouthfeel: Average dryness. Reminds you of the summer months of sunshine and relaxation. Doesn't quite leave you wanting another sip, but makes you crave summer-like food. (492 characters)

Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. I'm from Michigan and this is a Michigan beer making it that much better. You have to try this beer at some point it is my favorite beer!! (158 characters)

Photo of morayeel
5/5  rDev +29.9%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of gabeerfanswife
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Some friends got a hold of one of those mini kegs of this stuff. So it was a very large can.

A: hazy like a wheat beer; straw in color.

S: bready with a bit of tang.

T: very different than a wit or hefe; a lot more barley taste. Kind of a straw flavor but with some tangy aftertaste.

M: creamy and smooth.

D: I could drink this all day but I won't. Its the queen of tailgating beers, especially if you are looking for better offerings than BMC. (451 characters)

Photo of psyphin
2.74/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy golden yellow, two finger head with little lacing.

S - A very unpleasant yeast phenolic is popping out at me mixed with some mellow wheat undertones.

T - Its definitely a yeast derived aroma and flavor I dont care for in this beer. The underneath malt is mild and theres no hop flavor.

M - Right to style. Medium light body mated to a good amount of carbonation

D - I had a difficult time getting through this one. Obviously its a popular beer but something in the yeast is really killing it for me. (512 characters)

Photo of grizzly700
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into glass with quickly disappearing head.. Usually I garnish this with an orange.. Today did not have any but either way a good beer for a nice 90 degree day... Usual wheat beer taste but I really enjoy these on hot days.. Will get couple cases again in 2011.. (268 characters)

Photo of Espenoza
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Golden in color, very hazy, you can literally see the particles suspended. I almost want to swirl the glass to make it act like a snow globe.

S - Not a very strong smell, but decent. Definitely wheat and slight citrus notes.

T - Strong Wheat, grainy hops, citrus on the back end

M - Very light, and just the right amount of crispness.

I could drink these all day, not a beer I would order at a restaurant but definitely something I would have handy in the fridge for a lazy day. (486 characters)

Photo of armiakhe
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The appearance of this OBeron Ale from Bell's Brewery was a pale orange almost gold with a white foam edge. The smell a slight citrus with grainy in it. The taste was a little bit of grain with an orange character taste with a hop to it as well. The overall quality of the beer was very good and I'd recommend it. (313 characters)

Photo of Thaddeus
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden orange, with about a finger of a frothy white head.

Aroma & Taste: Not an overpowering nose, has orange notes with some grain. The beer is medium bodied with orange and citrus. There is also a slight bitter, earthy aftertaste. Great summer beer, especially when garnished with an orange. (307 characters)

Photo of hoffhin2
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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! (326 characters)

Photo of gogreen99
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A great summer beer. Tastes like summer - light and refreshing to drink when it's hot outside. Yeasty with citrus after notes. Cloudy yellow body with a mildly hoppy aroma. The beer maintains a crisp and refreshing taste. Frothy white head holds the body of the beer. (267 characters)

Photo of WillKorn
4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I initially thought this beer was supposed to be of a very strong orange flavor because of the picture and how people always put oranges in it, but now I know it is a very nice wheat ale with a citrus yeast to add that flavor. Also, Larry Bell's intentions were to never have orange slices in this beer. Very light beer with good flavor for a nice summer day. (359 characters)

Photo of Tylergross1
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oberon is one of my favorite beers, I especially enjoy drinking this beer as the temperatures begin to rise and I can enjoy it outdoors. As advised I requested this beer without the orange to really get a feel for the taste of the recipe. I could definitely taste the fruity notes in the beer and it made for a very smooth and crisp taste. (339 characters)

Photo of MakenziMantey
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is a medium yellow. The aroma you get is a slight fruit smell and is not that overpowering. Tasting this beer it is fruity with a little tang to it and it goes down pretty smoothly. (204 characters)

Photo of Michelleluw
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I love almost all of Bell's beers, however Oberon tends to be a bit overrated. I get an artificial orange taste from it. I know during production no orange is added to the beer, however I can't get the off taste to go away. Nonetheless, this is a nice summer beer for the beer. They have cans now too! (301 characters)

Photo of capilial
4.77/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is the definition of summer. Refreshing, smooth, crisp, and citrusy. I do believe it needs to come from on tap, cans/bottles don't provide the same enjoyment. (168 characters)

Photo of Joseph01
4.82/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Color - Yellowish, Cloudy

Aroma - Fruity, orange characteristics

Palate - Smooth, orange notes, bitter aftertaste

Overall - Tastes great, would make a wonderful Summer afternoon beer! (187 characters)

Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
4.88/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am going to be a stereotypical Michigander right now but this is my absolute favorite beer for the summer. I love the light citrus notes and the smell of hops when you open it. Bell's does a great job with this beer and there is no question to as why it does well. Even when you first pour it looks phenomenal with it's light amber color! (340 characters)

Photo of Maiora13
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful well rounded Ale. Perfect for summer evenings. The Citrus aroma rounds the full body a wheat ale can often have making it uniquely light for a wheat ale. (163 characters)

Photo of EmGM
4.69/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Look: golden hazy color
smell: sourdough bread, lemon citrus
taste: smooth, crisp and refreshing
aftertaste: doesn't linger, nice dissipating taste
overall: one of my favorites (177 characters)

Photo of livin4jc
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle from Wine Country Illinois, Homer Glen, Illinois
Apparence:
A orange-amber cloudy color. You can see the wheat and hops in the beer. Unfortunately, first glance I could only think of a drug-test specimen!
Aroma:
A wheaty fruit filled-frangrance made this beer quite appealing to me.
Taste:
Medium bodied and refreshing. You could taste the Saaz hops and a distinct but not overpowering citrus flavor. A quality well-balanced beer.
Mouthfeel:
Smooth, creamy, and not very carbonated. Great for the summer evening grill-outs.
Drinkability:
Very refreshing. A good wheat beer and not overpowering. This is the best wheat beer I have had! However, I'd have to leave it in the bottle! (706 characters)

Photo of bradley194
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an extremely refreshing beer to drink. I am not a huge wheat beer guy, but this beer I really enjoyed.

Poured a pale orange color with a two finger head which dwindled away fairly quickly.

Strong smell of citrus; orange, a little lemon.

Taste is extremely refreshing. Not a strong wheat taste. Has a good deal of carbonation to it.

Very citrusy as far as taste is concerned. Hoppy but not bitter.

Very good beer overall.

Perfect for the warmer months. (466 characters)

Photo of fbone
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was looking for an outstanding handcrafted wheat ale when I picked up this one.It's ok ,by far not the icon I was looking for but it goes down good.

A-Dark yellow with yeast suspended throughout.Were did the head go?

S-weak,not strong,no comment.

T-good,orange peel+coriander

M-med to light body with good bubbles.

D- Very easy to drink if you like yeasty brews.

The price was expensive ,the beer was ok. (413 characters)

Photo of habanosdarklord
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First beer review. Batch#10313 or bottled on 3/31/11.

A- Pours a straw yellow/orange. Slight haze in the body, creamy looking head.

S- On the nose I get a nice sweetness from the malt. Fresh citrus in the background.

T- Refreshing beer, sweet malt, light floral and citric notes. Bready finish.

M- Creamy with good carbination.

Overall, this beer is great. Bell's has another winner with this one. Everything I want in a wheat ale, and I am not that big of a fan of them. Perfect summer beer to kick back with. (517 characters)

Photo of metal850
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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. (355 characters)

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 1,663 ratings.