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

Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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very good

4,154 Ratings
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Ratings: 4154
Reviews: 1514
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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Photo of otterbearfla


3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

1 finger head

Appearance : hazy, light golden color

Smell : Wheaty and crisp.

Taste : Light for a wheat ale, sweet, wheat malt, hints of citrus and lemon salt spice.

Mouth feel : Smooth but light for a wheat ale.

Overall Truly a summer ale reflecting the Sun on the label. Light and refreshing. A good deck beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 03:13:15 | More by otterbearfla
Photo of BeerDocT


3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance 3.50: Poured out a hazy, light golden color with a nice 1/2" head. Clearly bottle-conditioned, this beer has excellent lacing.

Smell 3.50: Nice and crisp bouquet. Some brief hints of clove, but no banana (not a bad thing, IMHO) and some other yeasty notes floating around.

Taste 3.75: Front is light and slightly sweet, with a very refreshing hit of the lovely bottle-conditioned bubbles. Middle is smooth and has a pleasant taste of wheat malt, but I also detect some reliable barley malt in this. Very light treacle tastes at this level. Finish is smooth and refreshing (notice a pattern?) with hints of spice. Aftertaste is quickly gone, but -again-- smooth and refreshing.

Mouthfeel 3.75: Very refreshing carbonation level in this beer.

Overall 3.75: Great wheat, one of the best that I've tried this season. Better late than never! This brew is pleasant, light and refreshing. I do not think that it is a straight wheat, but regardless, it is well worth the hype and worth tracking down.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 20:56:38 | More by BeerDocT
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - clear tangerine color liquid with white head, some sediment is suspended in this one

Smell - orange peel, wheat

Taste - wheat, orange peel, tangerine

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, a bit of sourness on the finish

Overall -
Not sure if this was a bad bottle or what, but this was a letdown. I'd be willing to give it another shot down the road

Price point - $1.89/12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 02:24:06 | More by keithmurray
Photo of WillWillows


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Opened the bottle and decided to sip from there. Nice mouthfeel, good initial taste, smooth with a little after bitter but not unpleasant. I can see why this is a good middle of the afternoon sit on the terrace and talk beer. I could drink this from the bottle or the glass and be happy. Nicely done Bell's. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 01:32:49 | More by WillWillows
Photo of nofalltoofar


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an imperial pint glass

A: Extremely cloudy gold, like a glass of orange-juice. Can't see your hand through it. The head dissipates quickly leaving small white lacing on the side.

S: Sweet, fruity: citrus and mango

T: Really weird, but not bad. Kind of like the bastard love child of a fruit smoothie and a beer. Crisp, extreme fruit presence between citrus orange notes and semi-bitter tones. A bit of sweetness, but not enough to note

M: Moderate carbonation. Rather thick, surprisingly so for a beer of this color. Not oily, but definitely not runny.

O: Archetypal summer beer. Delicious, crisp, refreshing; the fruit doesn't hurt. It's a bit strong for a summer ale, but it's not so chuggable as to make an issue out of it. Pool, grill, beach: this beer is a good friend in these situations.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 23:04:36 | More by nofalltoofar
Photo of BeerlyLegal87


3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The color of this beer is medium light with a pretty cloudy look and a thin white head.

Smell: There is not much of a smell besides a faint wheat aroma that is pleasant but underwhelming, and just a hint of fruit.

Taste: There is a very faint bitterness balanced out by wheat and very mild fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbonation with an otherwise smooth mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2013 22:40:59 | More by BeerlyLegal87
Photo of vandemonian


3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bell's Oberon Ale is a boring wheat ale.

A: Yellow colour and a 5 mm head that dies pretty quick. 3.5

S: Smells very grainy. Almost like oats. 3.5

T: Wheaty base with and some slight bitterness. Not much else happening. 3.25

M: Low carbonation. 3.5

O: 3.25

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 03:07:39 | More by vandemonian
Photo of jjamadorphd


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Oberon was a fruity surprise, but watery to the mouth. It had that run-of-the-mill beer look, although it had decent lacing down the glass. There are distinct scents of oranges or maybe even tangerines that you can taste distantly from the hops. It was light and refreshing if not bold and filling. A decent beer - one that you want to try if you had enough of the darker variety for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2013 03:33:48 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz single picked up at Pinocchio's in Media, PA. Poured into a Stella glass.

AP: Bright gold colour with a 1" white head that fizzles down to a 1/4", decent lacing. There's both carbonation bubbles and sediment floating suspended in the liquid which reminds me of looking at a clear bottle of Aloe Vera or a lava lamp. Funky.
AR: Straw, hay, cracker, orange, funky yeast, a bit of lemon sourness.
T: Biscuit and cracker malt base with some wheat notes, soft note of lemon tartness and a touch of orange rind. Finish has a bit of a sour and bitter bite with a touch of pine and pink grapefruit and yeasty funk.
M: Too carbonated for my tastes, so much so it takes away from actually fully tasting the flavours of this beer. Finish has a kind of oily moist coating on the tongue and then starts to turn slightly dry.
OV: It's a decent Pale Wheat Ale, but I doubt I'd buy this again when I can get Lagunitas Sumpin Sumpin. I know, different takes on a PWA, apples to oranges, but this is somewhat mundane to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:17:41 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
Photo of teromous


2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle date says 04/25/13 A.

A: Pale golden color with lots of carbonation and a ton of visible sediment. Thin white head. Be careful when pouring this one or you'll find yourself with lots of sediment. The head fades quickly and the beer leaves some modest hints of lacing. Not as much head as I'd expect with a wheat ale though.

S: It has that wheat twinge smell. It's a bit like sour fruit. It's a pretty normal smell for the beer. I would like more complexity to the aroma though. It's okay but nothing special.

T: I get a bit of grain character, mostly wheat which is expected. It has no perceivable bitterness. There is a faint hop character, a bit earthy. Yeast flavor abound. There isn't really anything unique to the beer. The two flavors that stand out the most to me are the earthy, a bit woody hop flavors that come out first. Secondly the yeast comes in and finishes it off. I suppose depending on your pour you could have a different experience in the latter flavor. I had a lot of yeast in my glass so that was a major contributor. I would like more grain flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty good. There is some bitterness to balance out the smoothness from the wheat, and the carbonation is good. I wouldn't call it outstanding but it's good. I would like more presence in the mouth, and I feel that it would raise the rating a lot.

O: Having tasted a lot of wheat beers from Europe and the U.S. it is sometimes frustrating to have a beer that doesn't live up to the standards of a beer that can be had in nearly every bar. Even with the differences between the American Pale Wheat Ale and something like a Hefeweizen, there is a certain punch and craftsmanship that you look for, that is common in both styles. I don't feel that this beer meets that standard. I know people who enjoy this beer, and enjoy it for what it is. I seem to be on the opposite side of the fence. All I can judge is the sample that I have, which was bottled at the end of April. Given the chance, I would like to try this fresh and on tap for a re-review.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 19:01:19 | More by teromous
Photo of deebo


2.89/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

I've had this one several times both on tap and in the bottle and have never really cared for it all that much even though I keep thinking it should be right up my alley. Review of a slightly older bottle (3/7/13) that has been sitting in the fridge.

A-Poured into a pint glass this beer gives off a couple fingers of large bubbled pure white head with decent head retention and lacing. Light golden in color with lots of yeast sediment floating.
S-Wheat and spiciness abound. Hints of sweetness and a little fruitiness.
T-Upfront wheat that quickly is overtaken by a zesty spicy character that finishes long with a moderate bitterness.
M-Seems a bit high in carbonation that adds to the zingy spicy finish. Body starts off nice but is quickly overtaken by the spice and bitter finish.
O-The spicy, bitter hops overwhelm this pale wheat beer. Not as quenchable as a less bitter wheat beer that I crave in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 01:22:28 | More by deebo
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A pale golden colour with good white lacing, quite a medium haze to it, but fairly clear.

Smell has apple, wheat lightness and a bit of estery yeast. Some light floral character, fruity and wheat germ come forward on the profile. Crisp.

Taste has a big green apple note, yeasty lemon, marzipan and almond, a bit of subtle clove and spice character. Light with a easy drinking body, crisp finish with a lingering wheat character. Some zesty citrus and spice on the finish. Nice and rounded body that lingers on the finish and is quite refreshing.

A nice zest summer wheat. Light and refreshing, the wheat has a nice profile on the body but its flavour is a bit in the backdrop to the citrus, still the flavour compliment is quite nice and a tasty combination. More hop forward than wheat.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 22:40:43 | More by mick303
Photo of nprittie


3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: Bright golden, straw color with thin head that disappears rather quickly

S: Slight breadiness with some citrus

T: Citrus, oranges, some sour dough

M: Highly carbonated, refreshing on the palette

O: This wheat ale has a beautiful bright appearance and a refreshing mouthfeel that pairs well with warm weather. High drinkability, would have a few in a row. Not my favorite Bell's beer, but pretty good for a wheat beer. Would recommend for those that want a lighter ale that's not hoppy.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 22:26:21 | More by nprittie
Photo of puckinright


3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, golden orange with a one finger fresh white head. The head fades quickly and the lacing is minimal. Smells of wheat and citrus, but very little, if any hop aroma. Tastes of wheat up front, w/ a dry cereal component. Finishes crisp with light citrus. Mouthfeel is a bit too highly carbonated for my liking.

Overall, a refreshing summer beer that I would have again but would not necessarily seek out.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 22:45:20 | More by puckinright
Photo of jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer is cloudy orange-golden in colour, with a small to medium sized white head that fades quickly.

Smell contains wheat and dry cereal. I don't get a lot of hops from the nose.

Taste contains wheat upfront, with a decent hop component, but not as flavourful as I would have expected. Some light fruit. Dry cereal.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Heavy for a wheat.

Overall, disappointing. Not bad but not something I would go back to.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 21:34:18 | More by jrenihan
Photo of general_staal


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have had a couple of different Bell's beers and this one was not my favorite. It was good by most beer standards but by Bell's standards I don't think it is their best.

It had a very nice appearance. It poured a nice golden honey color with a very nice head around 3/4 to 1" and some nice lacing on the glass.

It didn't have a very distinctive smell for me. I will admit my nose was a little stuffed, but I still didn't get any special smell. It had a bit of a wheaty smell.

Taste was good but not great. It was wheaty and a little malty but not much else was going on. It did have a good beer flavor, but nothing too distinctive.

Mouthfeel was what made this beer. It had a very nice carbonation and a refreshing feel on the tongue. It was enjoyable to drink based on this.

Overall it was a pretty good beer, but it wasn't my favorite Bell's product.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 00:25:15 | More by general_staal
Photo of Hermanater


3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

AP: like cloudy honey but not so thick. Robust, white head after the bottle swirl to get the sediments mixed in.

AR: citrus-y, almost sour. Rising dough smell is faint at first but seems to come alive more and more as the beer sits in the glass.

M: light and not near as effervescent as one might expect from a bottle conditioned beer.

TA: much hoppier than your standard wheat beer. Has a typical wheat sweetness with a hoppy bitterness than remains after the swallow. Seems like many Wheats are bittered with spice and rind. This certainly seems to possess a greater hop load than the normal wheat beer.

I recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 20:23:55 | More by Hermanater
Photo of Libationguy


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Dark straw color with gold and orange hues. Beer shows some chill haze.

Citrus, lime zest, saltine cracker, cat pee, meyer lemon.

Lemon zest, yellow apple, hop bitterness and crisp acidity.

Medium bodied with firm carbonation and a dry finish.

Did not care for the ammonia in the nose.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 19:46:49 | More by Libationguy
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 22:54:51 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Bills453


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

Poured from a bottle.

Appearance - a yellow orange straw color of summer!

Smell - straw, yeast, grass, wheat.

Taste - very similar to the smell.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, cool and refreshing.

Overall - one of my favorite summer beers. I feel like this offering from Bells often gets too much flack from the craft beer community.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 00:18:28 | More by Bills453
Photo of Snebbu


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Clear Golden Color – little lacing and head

Aroma: Citrus, subtle herbal/spicy scents

Taste: Strong wheat malt flavors to start, with subtle bitter orange throughout. Light hints of coriander to finish. Bit of a dry, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation but smooth.

Overall: Decent summer wheat beer. Not a very complicated brew, with the base flavors coming from the wheat profile (sweet malt) with more of a bitter orange taste than sweet. This combination makes for a balanced taste and light hints of spice (coriander). Not a bad choice, but not my first choice either. However, the lingering after taste is actually pretty awesome and makes you want more!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:47:48 | More by Snebbu
Photo of Beric


3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle poured into footed pilsner (still don't have a Weizen glass...)
Served: 14 July 2013

Appearance: A nice, full bodied hazy golden color with a foamy white one-and-a-half finger head. The head didn't stick around for too long, collapsing in on itself but leaving some nice initial lacing on the sides of the glass. Got lacing down about one half of the 12oz glass. Love the bottle colors and art- looks like pure bottled Summer.

Smell: Smells very crisp- nice and clean with just a hint of spiciness and citrus. Other than that the beer has a very minimal smell profile, but the absence of any off smells makes it good in my book.

Taste: This is a pale wheat, so of course it's not going to be overly complicated. I was pleased by the subtle hints of spicy funk that I got every now and then (probably from the yeast), and the refreshing citrus tastes that seem to be right up front. On the back of the palate, there's a lot of malt sweetness (probably made sweeter by the wheat). The beer finishes semi-dry, surprisingly.

Mouthfeel: This one felt a little overly carbonated for my tastes. The bubbles just felt a bit too big on my tongue. With the unfiltered beer, I would have loved to see a little less carbonation and a little more emphasis on the smoothness that the suspended yeast can provide, similar to a German-style Hefeweizen.

Overall: This is a great summer beer and I can see why it is beloved by many in Michigan. It is an unimposing beer with great flavor at a good price point. I would definitely buy this again, and certainly bring it to summer BBQs, as it's sure to be an easy-drinking crowd pleaser.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 01:21:09 | More by Beric
Photo of gillagorilla


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Duvel tulip (bottled on 6/6/13)

A: Pours a big 3 finger head.

S: Nice wheaty head that smells almost like a saison.

T: Refreshing. Very wheaty. Just tastes like a wheaty pale ale, which I guess it is from the style, but this is my first one in the style. A bit like a stronger saison. Quite a bit of farmhouse in here.

M: Nice and smooth, with only a bit of crispness.

O: Not bad, but it isn't really my style, but it is much better than regular APAs. I didn't finish it but I could see me finishing it if someone brought it some place. I made beer pancakes with the rest of it and they were delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 23:05:52 | More by gillagorilla
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Grand Trunk pub in downtown Detroit, just prior to the Tigers game. First beer after a long drive on a humid afternoon.

Poured into an unlabeled nonic, served with an orange, which I removed. Honey golden in colour, a bit hazy, though still a nice bright brew. About a half inch of head that survived as a steady layer of foam.

Orange peel, lemon, mild wheat ale notes, spices. Refreshing and summery, and about on par for the style. Certainly a bolder nose than others of the type.

Malt sweetness, big citrus in the form of orange and lemon, mild drying spiciness. Very refreshing, this beer disappeared in a matter of minutes. Not particularly complex, but on a hot summer day such as this, it absolutely hit the spot.

It's not usually my style, and I probably won't make a special point of seeking it out, but if I see it on tap again this summer I will certainly order another. Refreshing summer ale - an above-average pale wheat ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 07:05:31 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of breakingbland


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle marked "12076 pkgd 6/06/13 A" in to a pint glass.

Appearance: A clear beautiful golden. The one-finger head was composed of fine/medium bubbles. There was some flaky sediment.

Aroma: Slight malty sweetness. The hops aroma was floral in its character.

Taste: This beer has a good but not a notable profile. The malty sweetness has a slight roasty character, and the hoppy component is not too strong. The hops linger as a grapefruit taste.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a medium body with an appropriate level of carbonation.

Overall: Refreshing and drinkable. This is a dependable beer and is, of course, readily available in my area (Michigan). The only disappointment is that the flavor profile isn't too interesting but this is probably due mainly to the style of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 17:50:41 | More by breakingbland
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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