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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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87
very good

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Reviews: 1,649
Hads: 6,131
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 188
Gots: 1,164 | FT: 9
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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: 1,649 | Hads: 6,131
Photo of frazbri
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, straw yellow topped by a bright white head, two fingers tall. Good Lacing. Citrus aromas of lemongrass and straw. Sweet and citrussy. Lemon zest and an earthiness in the flavor. Bitterness only as balance. Medium-light in body, yet tongue coating.

Oberon is one of my favorite summer beers. It doesn't fit neatly in to any catagory. This beer might be best defined as a double wit, or some other clever new style expansion. It's a great beer to sit on the docks and watch the boats come in. Oberon is still THE Michigan summer thirst quencher. (561 characters)

Photo of JoeyHotrod
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Edit: Tried this beer again recently and enjoyed it more this time. My ratings have been slightly upped, from my original 3.85

The original review is below:

First time trying Oberon and fairly underwhelmed.

To be fair American Wheats are far from my favorite beers, I adore The Hefeweizen, but feel The American Wheats lack in comparison.

So perhaps my opinion was clouded before the first taste.

From an apperance standpoint, I would rate this beer pretty highly. It's cloudy... has a nice thick head when poured into my Paulaner Hefe glass and in general is how one would expect a beer of this type to look.


From a smell standpoint, to be honest I can't really smell much. There is a bit of a spicy sort of smell. Can't put my finger on what it is excatly though. I do think it smells good though whatever it may be. Wheaty for lack of a better term, not as experienced in terms in terms of reviews of some of you, so please excuse my lack of a proper term.


The taste is solid and has the traditonal citrus taste again that you would expect from an ale of this type, but much like most American Wheat beers, lacks the complexity of The Germans and thus loses some points in my book.


That being said for what it is, it's solid enough, if not great.


This beer is dangerous, because it's easy to drink alot of and to drink quickly, due to it's easy going nature.

Expected more from this brewery though and while I would rate most of their brews in the excellent range, this one is mearly good.

Not something I'm likely to buy too often, but could see myself buying it two or three times a year, when in the mood for something different. (1,678 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a bright yellow orange with a nice bubbly head on top. No complaints here. Aromas of sweet wheat grains and a good dose of tropcial fruity flavors. A hint of spiciness wafts up into my nose as well. Refreshing.

First sip brings a nice pale/wheat maltiness upfront along with a refreshing fruity, citric flavor that rolls across the tongue nicely. Soft spiciness makes itself known on the way down along with yeast notes. Easily one of the tastiest American wheat beers around and one I look forward to each summer.

Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth and slightly creamy. Much more body here than most wheats, which makes me happy. This is an all around great summertime brew. Seriously drinkable and refreshing...I could see a six pack disappearing on a hot summer day no problem! (800 characters)

Photo of Star80
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy golden yellow color. There were some chunks at the bottom which I managed to put into the beer. Head is very fluffy and white due to the wheat malting. Some lacing. Smells sort of like a good hefeweizen. I can smell banana, fresh fruit (strawberry?!), and some vanilla spice. Nice! Taste has an up front snap followed by banana flavors; finished off by a little hop kick where I usually get clove spice from the German hefe's. Not too rich in the mouthfeel. This could be a good beer to prepare someone for a real German HefeWeizen. In otherwords, this beer isn't as complex as some of the other wheat beers of the world, but is very drinkable nonetheless. (675 characters)

Photo of karst
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oberon is the color and scent of a summer afternoon poured into a pint glass.
Head nearly white sustained by nice beading from the higher level of carbonation. Lace persists, although not much of a test since this brew drinks fast. Great with a pulled pork sandwich like the one I am having from Sweet Water Bar-B-Que (famous in the Ft. Leonard Wood area).
Americanized version of a Hefe Weizen (without German Weizen flavors and aromas of banana esters and clove-like phenols) brewed with Saaz hops. Spicy and fruity, O.G.1.057 (530 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very good offering from the Bell's family of beers. Poured out to a dark golden yellow color with a medium head that maintained a presence all the way to the bottom of the glass. Strong notes of citrus and fruits were detected from the get go. Flavors of wheat, citrus and biscuts were noted most. This brew also had a unique smoothness, almost reminding me of butter. Finished smooth and slighly bitter. Not a bad beer at all. Recommended. (440 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass with an orange wedge. A cloudy pale gold color with a decent white head that leaves nice lacings around the glass. It smells citrusy, a lot like oranges. Also smells of strong of hops, and some wood-like notes. This beer tastes of mildly bitter hops at first, followed by a lemony-orange flavor that is finished with a warm bread taste. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied. This one makes a wonderful summer beer. Definitly worth a try! (454 characters)

Photo of whynot44
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light/medium body, very cloudy golden color with a moderate white head that subside to a nice lace.

Aroma is mild, a bit of fresh bread, yeast and coriander.

The taste is also tangy, yeasty wheat with a touch of citrus, a bit of hops bite and a dry finish. Very good.

This will be an excellent summer refresher, should go very well with a little beer can chicken.. (376 characters)

Photo of deejaydan
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, hazy yellow orange. Nice head and lacing on this. Aroma is faint, yet fruity. Perhaps it's my consumption of these on hot summer days, but the aroma also reminds me of a barbeque. Taste is slightly dry and spicy of hops. Not the thick, rich sweet malt that I was used to in previous batches. Mouthfeel is okay, a bit thin for me but well carbonated. This is *THE* Midwest summer beer, at least for now. It's hard to imagine a ride on a boat, or a backyard grilling session without oberon. (504 characters)

Photo of SupaCelt
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance was of a super cloudy, copper toned, glass full of sludge. A fresh keg spewed forth this less than ready to be served offering. It had a tannish wheat style head and produced no glass garnish. It just was not looking like a proper way to start the Oberon season.

The nose had orange peel scents and yeasty accents. Smells light and wheaty.

The taste was just unimpressive. I hope this glass was just a premature serve, because this was not the stuff I once knew. There was an unpleasant bitterness that didn't fit the picture quite right. It is hard to characterise. Watery and off bittered with no help of a sweet backbone. WTF? Disappointment to be sure.
I remember this particular beer being a heck of alot mo' betta around the turn of the century ( maybe 98, 99, 00 ). I used to look forward to its arrival during those days. Yeah, it was about the only micro I had ever dipped into in those dark ages. Malt liquor and other macros were my bread and butter and Oberon was my only trump card. Still, I think it has depreciated in character and taste since then based on the last few sixers I've drained. Now I had a crummy glass off tap too. I am shocked and hurt. I want my Solsun back! I have hope. (1,226 characters)

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If you are in the mood for a beer you don't have to think much about and a lot of at once, look no further. This is a great summer session beer. Not anything spectaclar, but quite tasty and best to drink when fresh.

Nose is a bit bready and fruity, hints of spice, quite nice. Taste is very smooth and refreshing. Quite fruity, a bit herbal almost, notes of citrus and a bready undercurrent. Finish is quick and fruity, again, nice.

This was one of the first micros I've ever had, and the first Michigan one period. The 2005 version is the best I've had yet. Worth a try if you've never partaken, there seems to be two distinct groups when it comes to Oberon, those who love it and those who loathe it.

Slàinte! (722 characters)

Photo of soper2000
2.8/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From scrawled notes:
Arrives at the table with some doubts. The beer is a super light, almost yellow orange but with a decent head, which quickly recedes. Aroma is of malt and wheat. I don't get many bannana or hop notes from the nose. Taste is well balanced but just lacking something for me. Starts grassy, has a little citrus kick in the middle and finishes with wheat accents. Mouthfeel seems a little too thin in my opinion. While it's very drinkable, this just does nothing for me. In a way I was hoping for beer more in the vain of Gumballhead, but what i got was more crossover beer/Berghoff-esque. Will try again, but I'm not too excited about it. (657 characters)

Photo of unit555
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A well crafted beer overall. The appearance was clear with a deep yellow color. The head had a light appearance but persisted the whole way to the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was nice with strong smells of citrus and wheat that carried into the taste. The beer was quite drinkable and would have been better outdoors on a nice day (instead of the continual crappy winter we are currently suffering in Pittsburgh).

The only downside to this beer was the mouthfeel. Too much bite on the tongue keeps me from following the first beer with a second. (555 characters)

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit out of season, but what the heck? Pours a cloudy yellow and has no head after a few seconds. It has a very yeasty, buttery aroma with a few citrus notes. The flavor is refreshing, light, but with a full body, and a decent bitterness that persists throughout... Not bad at all. It is nothing like a German wheat, but it is it's own beer. I hope to try a fresher example this upcoming summer. (396 characters)

Photo of shippos
2.64/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

courtesy of ninjaworm via bif 13

poured a hazy yellow with a large frothy white head. freash grain aroma with a doughy raw bread quality. sweet body at first and a fairly balanced mass-appealing taste to follow. probably pretty good during the summer, but note any other time for my tastes. I do get a citrusy note in the end followed by some alcohol. (354 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of mntlover
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy with light orange hints on yellow background nice yeasties floating around. White head with lace, good looking beer. Aroma is grainy wheat light bananna and clove with citrus hints, little subduded. Taste is wheaty with tangy citrus tangerine mixed with banannas finishes lightly peppery with hints of clove and a touch of bitterness. Unique flavored wheat not bad but think I prefer the more traditional flavor. Mouthfeel is good a good medium nice almost creamy. Drinkability is good the citrus element is a little strange but growing on me as I finish. Thanks to merlin48 for the sample. (603 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear amber with a bleach white head. Loads of carbonation filling up all sides of the glass. Smells of orange peels, among other fruits, and relatively spicey. A great sniffer indeed. Tastes very malty at first, with a well balanced middle when the hops start showing, and finishes very hoppy with a nice spciy bite. Well done. A great brew, the first I've had from Bell's, and based on this it won't be the last. Recommended, indeed. (448 characters)

Photo of walleye
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

#101 on rate beer.com starting over with a mich beer.poured hazy golden with average size white head with lots of floaties. aroma malts, fruity, yeast, orange and hints of lemon.flavor sweet with some bitterness orange,banana, and hint of honey. had this after working outside in the heat (88)and the beer was very cold It was pretty good as it warmed the taste started to deminish (381 characters)

Photo of nortmand
1.96/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

That's a yeasty bitch! Pours opaque orange, with a ton of yeast floaties(too damn many), I'd better find something to read on the pot for tomorrow morning.
Smell's,,,,neutral. Maybe some citrusy wheat?
Just not real flavorful, but there is a bit of wheatiness and a background citrus flavor. Oh, wait yeast sandwich. Virtually no aftertaste.
Mouthfeel.... well, it''s carbonated, that's gotta count for something, right?
Actually pretty drinkable, not much there, so not much there to complain about. Oooohhh... Larry Bell, you're tricky. (542 characters)

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

I'd heard about this beer and I was looking forward to trying it when I went out to Michigan on business. I was not disappointed and I am not a huge fan of wheat beers, but this one was great.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. The beer was a cloudy yellow orange color. The aroma was full of pear, apple, and pale malt aromas.

The first thing I noticed in the flavor was the buttery character to it. Very unique and good. The malt is very bready and has the distinct wheaty taste. There are also some light notes of citrus, particularly orange.

The beer is very soft and comforable on the palate and is a good all-around beer. I could drink this beer all day if I could get a hold of it again. (696 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured out a very murky and cloudy yellow with a white head that almost shot up over the top of the glass. The head stuck around for a bit and left rings of lace as this was drank. The aroma was yeasty with a bit of spice and a lemony zip to it. Also there was a good amount of sweetness present in the nose. The flavor started off with doughy malt and lemony notes and a bit of banana. There were also notes of various spices through that taste. It finished with a dry spicy after taste. Mouthfeel is medium and feels pretty heavy on the tongue. This is pretty tasty and wheat beers are usually not my thing, but I could drink a lot of this if I was in the mood. Great example of the style and a great beer. (713 characters)

Photo of lackenhauser
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this in the store but shyed away from it since Im not the biggest wheat beer fan around. Went to dinner that nite and it was the only decent thing on tap. Poured a nice lite hazy orange color. Not a lot of aroma-slightly floral,almost a touch grassy. Nice crisp flavor-touch of citrus. Some fruit notes in there but I cant honestly say what kind. Very well balanced and refreshing. Good summer beer or a great alternative to anything heavier you might have with a meal. (473 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow - ahhh - unfiltered Bell's Beer! Virtually no head on this pour. Yeast is evident on nose, with fruity hint - apricots?

Champagne-like mouthfeel. A bright beer. Pineapple, yes...apricot and plenty of Bell's signature - hops. The finish bites back nicely. A complex beer closest to a belgian white style - but done in an American (Bell's) fashion. Summer beer delivered well. (389 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellowish orange color with a 1" head. The aroma was of strong citrus and yeast. The flavor was decent as the wheat gave a grainy texture to the brew, while citrus and yeast tones were strong. Possibly a touch of honey flavor in there too. Kind of sweet for wheat brew.

The mouthfeel was dry and smooth at the start. The finish was dry with a light graininess. Enjoyable, and an overall nice brew. (417 characters)

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 1,649 ratings.