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

6,058 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,058
Reviews: 1,722
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 185
Gots: 1,114 | 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 billab914
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It feels like the first day of summer opening this beer up. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Oberon pint glass. I hadn't seen this glass in a while but I had to dig it out just for the occasion.

The beer poured a pale gold color with a frothy white head that took up the remainder of the pint glass. It's slightly cloudy but there is a steady stream of carbonation bubbles visible rising from the bottom of the glass. The head had pretty decent retention as I drank it as well.

The aroma is a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The bready yeast aroma seems to be the strongest in the nose but the wheat and citrus really help make it a delicious and refreshing aroma.

The taste is similar to the nose in that it's a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The yeast flavor that was strong in the nose seems to take more of a reserved role in the taste. The sweetness of the wheat is nicely balanced with the tangy citrusness it has. It has a very good clean and refreshing taste.

the mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, after having this many times this is the only real summer beer I look forward to and continue to drink regularly. Excellent beer overall and by far the best of the style, that I've tried at least.

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

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass. A nice head forms on the pale orange cloudy body. Lace is left behind.

Smell: Yeast, bready malts, some wheat, some spice.

Taste. A very flavorful brew. Some citrus fruityness, mildy bitter hops and clove like spice. Somewhat lemony with suggestions of dried orange peel. Very flavorful and stronger than your typical wheat.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied. A moreish taste that grows on you as you sip.

Overall: Really good, paired nicely with BBQ chicken on a stick. This is the type of beer with its light crisp flavor profile and mild spice notes, that could pair with a variety of spicy and flavorful dishes.

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

I'm having this with dinner tonight. 12 ounce bottle bought in Philadelphia, on to the beer:

Electric orange in color, topped by a thin, but well retaining head. There is a lot of shreeded wheat arom hitting the nose. A pinch of orange and honey makes things interesting. In its taste, there's more than the standard wheat. Mellow bitterness, orangesicles with cream in the middle. Slightly sweet. Shredded wheat ends the journey.

Quite pleasant. Thumbs up on this offering.

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

Paired with a BBQ, friends, and a backyard.

Pours a hazy light orange with a white head. The aroma has a creamy orange and malted wheat. The flavor is a nice mix of spicy and citrus hops flavors from the Saaz with the sweet wheat for balance. That creates a pleasant balance of citrus fruit, mellow malts, and spicy/bitter hops - all in a great summer beer. What a deal.

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

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Has a simple four finger white head which falls pretty quickly, not that impressive. Kind of soapy looking. Body is cloudy murky yellow, dark buttery with pin sized head bubbles of carbonation from the bottom, but stops after drinking a bit. Head and collar is totaly absent after some time drinking.

Bouquet is a noticeable but simple wheat chew with baked bread. Nothing big and expressive but nothing small either. Kind of hot spicey to a degree. Perhaps even a hint of diacetyl butter like sensation.

Taste is sweet wheat in flavor, with a good body. Finish brings the bread quality, but it's the swallow that brings it out, making it really whispy. Ah.. refreshing. However it also feels like watered down orange juice after some time drinking, strangely roof top dry in the palate after some time.

Overall pretty easy drinking, feels like summer to me. Could be better but it will do.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap a while ago at Barley's in Asheville, NC. Just getting around to reviewing it now from notes. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a great head and decent lacing. The smell is lightly grainy and extremely creamy. A little unusual for the style, but very appealing. Taste is similar. Fruity, fresh wheat up front and then a nice taste of fresh cream on the finish without the mouthcoating feel of the cream. In fact the mouthfeel is quite light but still a little grainy. Delicious summer beer. This would be a go-to summer wheat if it were available. Better than Goose Island 312, not as good as Gumballhead.

Photo of weeare138
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a hazy, straw toned yellow with a fluffy, 3 finger cap that slowly fades out into a clumpy head. Lots of lacing beads around the glass.
Smell is of light citrus featuring lemon zest, fresh grain, and a touch of American yeast.
Taste is of the same aromas but toned down a notch in a somewhat bland flavor. Not bad but nothing jumping out either that makes me want to continue with this one.
Mouthfeel is smooth, light up front, citrusy, and easy drinking. I probably should've had this before the Expedition, which is a hard act to follow.

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

This bottle is sampled due to the efforts of tsmthrs and Secret Santa BIF 2006.

This beer pours a cloudy yellow orange colored beer without much head formation.

Smell is sweet and fruity to the nose. Sweet wheat malt and bread aromas make up the bulk of the scent here. The fruity aroma here is mostly the understated scent of apricot and muskmelon with a touch of honey.

Taste is sweet and bready at the start of the glass. Slightly spicy in flavor this tastes much like a Belgian witbier. The taste of coriander is in this one and a honeysuckle and orange flavor. Very low bitterness level.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a drinkable summer beer here. I could have asked for more head formation but that is no biggie. The sweetness here probably will turn off some people but other than that I can recommend this.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

( Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a gentle carbonation and a nice creamy white head that turns into a thin film on the top.

S- This beer has a clean faint smell of yeast and soft wheat there is a faint hint of old hops that are very gentle.

T- This beer has a very light wheat and pale malt taste with some faint notes of citrus characters. Not really lemon or orange just citrus. A slight acidic dryness finishes the beer with a very light hop note.

M- This had a medium mouthfeel with some fizz that makes it a bit more full.

D- There is not much complexity or uniqueness to this beer. It is very smooth but it doesn't have any strong wheat beer qualities nor are the hops really a major character. Nice and gentle for a summer quafting.

Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Typical summer ale, light bodied, light-medium carbonation and a cloudy pale yellow. Pours a one-fingered, white head that settles quickly but leaves some lace. Looking for the wheat and not finding it, this is a pale without the bitter hoppy aftertaste. 12oz bottle $1.75, from Liquor Barn, Lexington, KY.

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

A 12 oz bottle purchased at Capone's. Seem's perfect for a mid-August day.

A: The ale is indeed pale, looking like a hefe weizen with a slightly lessened turbidity. Light shone through the glass reveals a deep yellow color, burnt cornbread-like. The head has laced a few patches in the glass.

S: Light and airy, the beer has a low level of sweet tartness that makes the mouth water in anticipation. The tartness has some citrus (fruit, not hop) notes floating around too.

T: A spectrum of flavors strike the palate on first sip. Orange peel and lemon sweetness highlight the first. They are followed by a solid wheat and malt body, thick but restrained enough to allow the fruits to shine through. As I sip this, it conjures up memories of the St. Bernardus witbier, refreshing with a slight tartness and some pepper.

M: The mouthfeel is light but full of flavors, citrusy with a peppery bite. Solid beer, I'd love to try it out of one of those 5L kegs.

D: Easy to drink, this is a great summer ale. The light flavor will not overwhelm the palate and its tartness makes you go back for more.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy can into a nonic, the beer is a hazy, unfiltered, yellow-gold coloring with a frothy, bubbly, tall, clingy, white head. Aromas of orange rind, lemon zest, toasted grains, banana, clove spice, subtle grassy notes, and some bready qualities. Very enticing aromas. Flavors are fruity and bready forward, with a solid dose of lemon and orange on a toasted grain backbone, with subtle banana highlights and a healthy spice blend. Very balanced and extremely drinkable. The body is smooth and light, again making this an incredibly easy drinker. The aftertaste is toasty and bready, with subtle citrus notes still hanging on. Smooth, light finish, with a frothy linger at the end. Good beer.

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy light copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell feature a sociy wheat malt and an estery yeast.

The taste was upfront spicy with a gradual blending of citrus and caramel. Hints of coriander and perhaps cloves detected as well.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style. Closer to a wit.

Overall a tasty wheat ale.

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

Thanks to bboven for this brew.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little foamy white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, yeasty, slightly spicy, slight caramel. The taste is malty, yeasty on the most part, some slight spicyness. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice Pale Wheat Ale.

Photo of ppoitras
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head above very cloudy light amber brew. Head doesn't last too long, but then most wheats don't, and laces average or a bit below, also not unexpected for the style. Aroma is kind of an earthy, wheaty aroma, and not a strong as I would expect. Taste is subtly citrusy, combined with a nice wheat malt body. Mouthfeel is good, and the drinability is very good. A nice summertime brew.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz received as a cool extra from aqsprint.. poured into my New Belgium snifter.

1" head... good lacing and a fleeting bubbly cap... brew is hazy honey gold...

aroma is pale malts and subtle hoppy fruitiness... more aroma than most American Wheat ales than I'm used to.

Bell's does well with the flavor.. I can see many BMC drinkers getting down with the Oberon.. smooth pale malts with enough wheat to make it "not" that interesting.. for me.. it's more like a summer brew that made it into my fall fridge...

I hate bagging on the PNW brews.. but Oberon is one of the middle of the road brews where it kicks the hell out of most PNW pale wheats. Oberon would destroy Widmer Hefe in a heads up tasting...

good brew.. very tasty.. very refreshing.. Jon.. thanks a bunch.. I appreciate everything.

3.5/3.5/4/3.5/4

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

Neighbor bought one of those huge cans....that poured like it was from the tap...but was in a can. The Oberon from Bells is a very good wheat beer. The color is cloudy light amber with nice off-white head. The scent is spicy with hints of orange. The taste is very good...proper balance with hops and malt with a good spice and tinge of orange peel. The mouthfeel is very easy...definite session ale.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 7/26/11. On tap in Milwaukee.

A - Pale straw yellow with an orange glow. Slightly hazy. One finger of fluffy white head.

S - Citrus & grain. A fairly weak nose

T - Citrus and some grainy notes with a light clove background flavour. Slightly sweet with a very slightly bitter, dry finish.

M - Light body. Medium carbonation.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- packaged 3/27/13. consumed 7/10/13.

A: A raging, swirling effervesce storms within a tangerin-orange body with a dense nature with some macro-floaties whirling about. A sea-shell white head is creamy of 1 inch high and has good retention with a good lace stickage.

S: Soft lemon pulp, grapefruit but very weak from my standpoint. Consumed 4 months after packaging may have had some effect.

T: Flavor is tangerine-orange, bright citrusy nature, Orange and grapefruit juices, hops seem fresh and bright, no dry hopping here, some bready character with a pulpy grapefruit finish.Wheat body adds a creaminess and soft mellow feel.

M: Creamy, bready medium full body with a strong sense of carbonation.

O: Overall the hops are juicy, pulpy, with a refreshing tart lemonade quality perfect for sipping poolside on a hot summer day. Refreshing tart, not overly bitter, easy consuming nature, good. Not to compare apples to oranges, but after hearing alot about this, is not on the same level as thier two hearted, but then again not many beers are.

Photo of tobelerone
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a refreshing and crisp beer with subtle flavors. Very easy drinking hot summer day beer, the flavors and alcohol emerge a bit as the beer warms. A little one dimensional, it's simply a quencher, without a lot of notable traits. Hops are muted, keeping the bitterness in check along with any more interesting flavors. I know this is a favorite of the Midwestern set but I had it back to back with Southern Tier's Hop Sun and I found the latter to be much more interesting and flavorful while still retaining the drinkability.

Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale Straw yellow with slight orange tint. Not very cloudy with slight, white head.

Smell: Smells slightly of yeast and has hints of orange

Taste: Good flavor. Orange is present but not overpowering. Not overly yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Nothing too impressive. It's light and normally has good carbonation. Can be a little dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Is both light and flavorful.

This is one of my favorite summer seasonals. It is very drinkable both on tap and out of a bottle. Finishing off a six pack should be no problem. Is a great session beer and I'd recommend it to anyone who's a fan a Pale Wheat Ales.

Photo of vfgccp
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A – Light yellow honey. Thin, white head sits low in the glass.

S – Fruity with a light acidity. Green apple, white grapes. Some white bread deeper in the nose.

T – Honey, with white bread-like malt. Soft, woody bitter note.

M – Light body with a lightly sweet finish.

O – Great drinkability, a nice summer beer. Reminds me of 21st Amendment’s, Hell or High Watermelon sans the watermelon.

Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a sixer from a friend after his band, http://www.chuckanutdrive.net/ , did a midwest tour recently. Thanks, Steve!

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a hazy yellow straw color with just a thin cap of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was fairly neutral, just a whiff of wheat, without any outstanding characteristics. The taste had a more pronounced wheat flavor, with a refreshing tangy flavor on the finish I couldn't quite name.

The body was good, solid but light. Drinkability was very good, I could see draining a sixer on a summer afternoon with no trouble. Overall, a very good beer and if it were regularly available to me, it would be in my regular rotation.

Photo of flagmantho
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on 6/27/12, so pretty fresh!

Appearance: rich straw-hued body with tons of haze. Head poured a relatively unimpressive thin finger of frothy white foam. The rest is pretty great, though.

Smell: rich, wheaty aroma with a hint of citrus and a hint of graininess. It's good, and I like that it's definitely not a hefeweizen -- this is clearly a well-done American wheat.

Taste: nice flavor of wheat and malt. Not too sweet, and just grainy enough to give it a little character. The hint of citrus gives just a little bite, too. Hops seem pretty subdued, but that's part of the style.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent level of carbonation. It's getting close to nicely creamy, but isn't quite there.

Overall: I rather like this beer. I wouldn't usually order this style, but for Oberon I'd make an exception. I just wish Bell's were distributed in my state.

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

A: poured a pineapple yellow with a half finger head and great lacing.

S: big wheat malt aromas with very faint citrus and spice notes.

T: mostly wheat like the nose amd some malt sweetness with faint citrus.

M: light body with a good amount of carboation and a slightly sweet and crisp finish.

D: very drinkable beer for a hot summer day and would enjoy some pool side.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 6,058 ratings.