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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: 6,194
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 188
Gots: 1,216 | 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: 6,194
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)

Photo of BarrelBrother
4.63/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oberon Ale is my favorite summer brew plain & simple. I love weiss type beers in the summer because they are so refreshing. Oberon is unusual and simply damn tasty with a slice of lemon. The appearance is the usual cloudy weiss look but a bit more golden. The aroma is unique with citrus notes and nutty overtones. The taste is solid with a drinkability to last all summer long!! Sit on your deck and sip an Oberon as the sun sets on a weekend evening; almost heaven (IMHO). If you like summer weiss brews, this one will become one of your favorites quickly. (558 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served very cold. Cloudy light gold color with a milky thin froth. Nose was sweet pear.

Basic taste, with some light toastiness in the aftertaste.
Shallow carbonation. Smoothed out as it warmed.

Not too impressed with this beer, which seemed to be a basic wheat summer brew. Good looks and nose, but not even very drinkable. Would've liked a little more of a thick mouthfeel.

Will have to try this beer again. (421 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at KClinger's.

Apperance: Body is a very hazy yellow-peach color and has a foamy, rocky head of about an inch with below average retention.

Smell: Interesting. A dry and hoppy breath of Saaz and some citrus flavors of lemon and orange.

Taste: This is a unique beer. It's like a witbier but not quite. The taste has light spicy nutmeg, some clove, and loads of citrusy orange and lemon and a really odd sweet aftertaste. It's like cake-mix. It's um, different. Yeah. Different.

Mouthfeel: Nice and light, like a witbier ought to have. The taste gets in the way though.

Drinkability: I could see these going fast if it's your style. But it's just a little too strange for me. But, I did finish my pint unusally fast, trying to figure this one out. So, drinkability is good. (796 characters)

Photo of trumick
1.81/5  rDev -53%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a straw cloudy color with small head that quickly disapeared. Smell is of grainy wheat and a sweet, citrus, yeasty almost unpleasant scent. The taste is a real disappointment, it is just sweet. A sugary sweet taste with no balance whatsoever. It leaves the palate with the same sweetness. It does have nice carbonation but the sweet taste is too overpowering. I could only drink one. Give me some salty peanuts for cryin out loud. I Won't drink this one again. (467 characters)

Photo of Southernbrew
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago.

Nice looking light orange color, average head.

Big yeast and light citrus aromas, so far on target for a wheat beer.

Very creamy, little carbonation. Very light flavors in every department. Yeast and orange flavors are most noticable but not particularly strong.

Not too impressive, I was excited to try a Bell's product, but I probably should have picked something else, pretty boring. (432 characters)

Photo of trancefishy
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out pretty hazy yellow-hay colour, with thin head and some lacing.
nose is faint, but smells slightly of yeast and some citrus.
taste is a nice sweet malt, balanced out with a small amount of hops. the hops seem to have an orange/lemon/citrus aspect to them. the sweetness of the malt is definately the main thing i pick up on with this beer, though.
mouthfeel is creamy with good carbonation. incredibly drinkable with it's relatively low ABV.
this beer is on tap everywhere here in marquette, and so i often get it. i find on tap it's a bit lackluster compared to the bottle, which i'm drinking now.
marketed as a summer beer, it seems to come out a bit different from year to year. a good summer staple, recommended. (730 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 garthwaite
3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle. This one pours a cloudy gold with a small beaded head. Very mild aroma of wheaty sweetness with some spicy hops, & a hint of clove. Very light in the mouth with spicy hops & high fruitiness. Understated flavors of banana, lemon, tart green apple are evident. Finish is clean with some gentle peppery bitterness. Well balanced, easy-drinking, but somewhat uneventful brew. (400 characters)

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

This wheat beer pours a hazy golden color. Its smell is crisp and very indicative of its wheat nature. Its taste is tart and sweet, and again it is quite apparent that this is a wheat beer. It is slightly more carbonated than most beers I drink, so the mouth is greeted with a pleasant tingly sensation with each sip. A fine beer from a very fine brewery. (355 characters)

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

Cloudy in appearance on the pour. Color is a dark amber-orange. Sparse head (despite the aggressive pour) faded quickly to an "edge-only" ring. Scant lacing of the glass. Aromas have notes of orange peel, fresh bread dough, and some spicy notes as well. Flavor continues the aromatic trends. Suprisingly low levels of wheat flavor noted. However, this plays well with the spicy/zippy/zingy flavors of citrus. Hops are present in the background, showing up with more pronounced flavor near the end. Aftertaste is sweet and doughy. Very balanced. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable. Excellent summer beer. Another winner from Bell's. (630 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (526 characters)

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