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

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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: 1,217 | FT: 8
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:
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 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 silver0rlead
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of Caesar1pup
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of theWrkncacnter
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (965 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 (558 characters)

Photo of Redwood21
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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 (678 characters)

Photo of psinderson
2.98/5  rDev -22.6%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of BWH3
2.59/5  rDev -32.7%
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). (875 characters)

Photo of atsprings
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of scott
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of CFbeermaker
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (357 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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! (523 characters)

Photo of adams82
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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?". (756 characters)

Photo of xav33
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bell's Oberon Ale
12 oz bottle
Packaged 02/07, consumeth thou 04/07
Medium pour in a Weizen glass

Poured a hazy gold with a large fluffy mostly lasting white head with fair lacing.

Smelt of moderate orange and flowery wheat.

Taste was upfront moderate bittersweet and sour orange, coriander and flowery wheat followed by a strong sweet candied orange and bitter wheat doughy yeast on an average length finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, fizzy, slightly oily on a dry finish.

Overall, a fantastic summer quencher that tastes like heaven in one's mouth. (577 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold, copper color with a good white head. There's a lot of nice looking lace forming above the 1/8" of retention. Smells like a wheat beer. Wheaty with crisp light citrus and floral hops. Taste is pleasant and refreshing. The slick smooth light body has a mild dryness and fine but tingly carbonation. Not bad. Very drinkable and good for the summer.

Good wheat beer and worth getting if that's what you're feeling like. (429 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Foggy gold with a thin creamy white head clinging to the surface. Smells of sweetened wheat malts and muted yeasty fruit. The sweetness in the flavor seems to curb the edge of the grain, finishing with a lingering tangy quality and a flicker of pepper. This would be even better if the Saaz came through more to balance, but its enjoyable as it is. Medium-light, crisp body means easy-drinkin'. This'll be great for the summer, though I'll probably never feel the need to pick up more than a sixer. (498 characters)

Photo of beermanbrian
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Couple of warm days have me itching for a summer brew. Picked this one up tonight.

Golden color with a bone white head that dissapears before i can start typing. Film leaves some ok lacing. Smell of wheat. Also pick up some grassy notes and just a hint of citrus. Taste is mostly wheat with a faint orange bite and a little bit of yeast spicyness. Not as highly carbonated as I would expect for this style. Overall a nice summer brew and another solid offering from Bell's. (476 characters)

Photo of Magpie14
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a dusty gold and yellow color with decent lacing. It glows in the glass and is awfuly active, or I should say, bubbly.

Smell: sweet malt nose along with hops and wheat, most notably wheat. Nothing to exciting going on in my glass. Slight citrus and fresh oranges smell.

Taste/Mouthfeel: hops push through a little more and help balance the malt and wheat. Hops provide a small amount of spice which is paired nicely with sweet oranges and a sort of lemony zest. Always is and has been very drinkable in the warm days of summer and compliments most grilled food wonderfully. Goes down smooth and is carbonated nicely.

Last years brew seemed a bit more sweet to me, this year has more of a unfiltered wheat type of taste.
What do you know another great beer from the people down in K-zoo! Oberon has been a staple beer in my favorite brews, so it is hard to say anything bad. (889 characters)

Photo of moklett
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow-orange with fair amounts of sediment and a frothy white head. Doesn't have a very powerful smell, but smells fresh and light, maybe slightly fruity like orange with some flowery hops. Taste is crisp and very nicely melded. Its fizzy on the tongue and very refreshing! (289 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a two and half finger head. Shows great retention and spectacular rings of lace. Wheat malt and mild grassy/floral hop aromas. Sweet upfront, pale malt and soft wheat tones; followed by a light melon fruit note and gentle clove spice. Aftertaste is very tame, with a timid hop bitterness and floral hop flavor that blends very well with the spice and achives a near perfect balance. This appears to be a American Pale wheat ale that has not been stripped of it's German ancestral roots. Moderate carbonation and medium body derive some texture from unfiltered wheat and suspended yeast to form a nice creamy mouthfeel accented with yeast complexity. Finishes mostly clean with only a hint of residual wheat and a mention of spice. Highly quaffable for sure and a testament to how satisfying this style can be. (848 characters)

Photo of dogger6253
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sort of a light golden-yellow in color with an inch of foamy, white head, minimal lacing.

Smells of yeasty wheat bread with bananas and honey. Also hints of grass and citrus; oranges and lemons.

Taste is highly wheat with orange definitely coming through. Hops come through a little as well. Some spiciness and a little honey too.

Pretty complex taste for how light and drinkable this is. A little dry, but very refreshing. I'm looking forward to knocking out the next 5 in my fridge. (493 characters)

Photo of zdk9
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not the most spectacular summer beer, but a decent session brew.

A- Very murky. Color is a dark yellow, with a mild green tint. Good carbination on the glass. Head is one fingers worth of merange that stays forever.

S- A neutral scent, with a touch of sulfer. I don't like the smell of this beer at all, it reminds be of Natty light.

T- A good balance of light flavors. Nice citrus hops presence combined with a sweet wheatiness.

M- A little sharp with carbonation.

D- A solid session beer. Although the smell isn't very flattering the taste more than offsets this (but I wouldn't suggest this one for the tulip glass.) (634 characters)

Photo of david131
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer screams refreshing.

A- A little cloudy. Light orange/yellow liquid with a great fluffy white head. There is some great retention and lacing.

S- Some citrus- orange and lemon that is backed by a yeasty, bready aroma. Not very strong in the nose- but hitting on all cylinders for what it is. And hey, sometimes it's nice to not have your nose buried in a tulip glass.

T- Same as the smell, but much more powerful. The citrus comes out nicely. The yeast helps to improve this one.

M- Good amount of carbonation adds to the flavor. There is a perfect amount of dryness bringing you back for more.

D- I can not think of a beer that I would enjoy more on a hot and humid summer day out by the lake. I seem to be enjoying this a lot more than last year- maybe I just needed something simple again. (832 characters)

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