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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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4,884 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,884
Reviews: 1,570
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 125
Gots: 380 | FT: 4
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:
No notes at this time.

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


3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although this is not a bad beer in any way, shape, or form, it has been deified locally, much like Fat Tire or other "flagship" brews from microbreweries. And like most of those beers, they are not the best offerings from their respective breweries.

Oberon is a very good beer, but not the great that a lot of locals believe it is. A good beer that you will never turn down, but you also might not ever seek out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 02:55:04 | More by Shibbykaiyai
Photo of smbslt


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint with what seemed like the correct amount of care but roiled this yeasty, highly carbonated, turbid, yellow-orange brew into a fearsome seemingly undrinkable mess.

The dry grass colored, creamy head developed from the fine carbonation - substantial enough to support a yeast chunk until it dissolved and left a brown stain.

Spent plenty of time smelling the grass and honey aromas wafting up. It had to settle at some point.

The taste and feel were much better than what I had expected based on its appearance. Hints on grass and flowers intermingled with very subtle hops and very little malt. Light and tart - a good warm weather or beer. The feel was clean and crisp.

More care in its delivery my bump my score in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 03:49:46 | More by smbslt
Photo of taigor

New York

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Poured very cloudy bright orange color with thin head that quickly dissipated leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of citrus, earth hops and wheat.

T - Just like smell very fruity and bitter with hints of wheat and dry hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied with lots of carbonation.

O - Good summer Pale Wheat Ale. I would recommend it or have another one.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 19:58:42 | More by taigor
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy straw/gold. head is bright-white and quickly dissipates to a faint ring around the top. Nice carbonation pulls from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: A little tart. Some pale malt and the sharp tang of wheat. Grass and some apple. It's simple, but spot on.

Taste: Wheat and lots of it. Some lemon zest and grass. A touch earthy as well. Faint spiciness lingers in the back. Nothing too crazy going on here.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium with a solid carbonation. A touch dry, but easy to drink. Clean and smooth.

Overall: Delightfully middle of the road. Just enough flavor to keep things interesting. I can see where this could dominate a summer market. It's clean and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 04:56:22 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

The body is a cloudy copper with some light orange tint to it. The head is creamy, full, and sticky. Rings of broken-up lace form all the way down the sides of the glass, occasionally connected by a little sliver of foam. Nice and cloudy as the yeast floats in suspension.

The aroma is wheaty, sure, but aside from that, there isn't really anything notable going on here. Some grassy and earthy notes, but overall, disappointing. The flavor does improve somewhat as it brings in brightness with some orange zest. Again, though, not much complexity or character here. Just sort of blah.

The mouthfeel is about what you would expect. Light to medium, a bit closer to medium. The carbonation is there, but not overwhelming. Really, this is a beer that I could go my whole life without even yearning for again. Bell's makes some great stuff, but this is not their best work.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 00:05:42 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Photo of julian89


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

Rating on 9/30/2011 4.65

I'm coming back to re-rate this...

Appearance - Pours a very opaque, light orange/yellow color. Has a thin white, clean looking head.

Smell - Citrus, spices, and wheat. Very clean distinct smells.

Taste - Has a citrusy wheat taste. Very sweet in my opinion which was somewhat surprising.

Mouthfeel - Quite light (like a summer ale) with quite a bit of carbonation.

Overall -Such a great simple summer wheat. I like a few of these chilled on a clear summer day. Pretty good day if you ask me.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 16:33:08 | More by julian89
Photo of haazer


3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a weizen glass, bottle date 8/2/11.

A- Brew pours about 3 fingers of white head that bubbles down to a nice cap. The brew itself is cloudy orange and gold color, and serious bubbles from loads of carbonation. Some lace on sides.

S- Pale malt and wheat grains. An ok mix of citrus and faint clove. Not much to the aroma really.

T- Interesting blend of citrus and banana flavors. They really work well together. There's a faint background taste of bubble gum. The pale malt is present too. Aftertaste is somewhat of an orange sorbet.

M- Light, silky smooth body. Lively amounts of carbonation tickle the tongue. This is one of the easiest drinking brews. Soooo quaffable.

O- Though the nose was rather weak, this is a real pleasant wheat beer. Super refreshing, and maybe the easiest drinking I've come across. This would make for a great summertime brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 03:20:05 | More by haazer
Photo of jsisko01


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a very cloudy, light orange color, similar to that of orange juice. Has a thin white, clean looking head.

Smell - Strong hints of citrus, spices, and wheat.

Taste - Has a citrusy wheat taste with a somewhat bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Feels kind of light with quite a bit of carbonation.

Overall - Not a bad beer. Taste is a little strong but I can handle it.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 03:00:17 | More by jsisko01
Photo of heebes

Ontario (Canada)

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

PKGD 8/17/11

Pours a semi cloudy light orange with a thin white head. Nose is citrus, wheat, grass, slight caramel maltiness. Mostly light fruit upfront in the taste. Sweet orange, lemon zest, wheat yeast strain. Sharp bitterness / tang throughout the mouthfeel. Becomes dry and chewy in the finish.
Overall, a pretty good summer sle offering from Bells. Very fruit driven, abundance of orange zest and standard wheat ale backbone give you a Michigan summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 20:59:30 | More by heebes
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Yankee pint at Buffalo Wild Wings in suburban Detroit.

This beer appears a cloudy pale golden hue, with one finger of creamy foamy white head, which leaves a low wall of lace around the glass in the process. It smells of soft spicy, sweet wheat, mild citrus, and faint yeast. The taste is sweet, almost sugary wheat malt, mild coriander, citrus, and an echo of yeast. The carbonation is quite low, the body medium weight, and rather smooth. It finishes with a drying citrus, sharp wheat edge.

A very refreshing wheat beer, well-balanced and enjoyable, especially after the soul-sucking delay of the lost-luggage experience with Delta.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2011 05:58:03 | More by biboergosum
Photo of DUBinMIA


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear straw yellow until the yeast hits it.. then it becomes a hazy yellow golden color... thick 2 in. head with lots of foam and lace.

Smell has a grainy wheat likeness that i really enjoy in what i would call a wit beer, there calling it summer ale, but its really nice and then yeast and some citrus hop notes accent the finish.

taste is smooth wheat malty flavor with some yeast in the middle. floral and citrus hops towards the end that give a very refreshing finish that i love... very well done... not to complex but enough that it is interesting and easy to drink.

thicker body lets the flavors linger with medium carbonation.

overall a great beer... very happy with this one!!! must try!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 00:47:50 | More by DUBinMIA
Photo of Paincane


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

A: Poured into pint glass with hazy, opaque golden color and a thin white head. Mild lacing left behind. Unfiltered with sediment floating.
S: Wheat and fruity aromas with slight malt smell detected.
T: Wheat with some fruit present. Bit of citrus and malt. Leans toward sweetness at first and then cedes to a bitter finish.
M: Light-medium bodied with active carbonation.
O: A very drinkable summer wheat beer. Quite enjoyable. Would definitely have another.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 02:01:31 | More by Paincane
Photo of tvv375ia


3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-poured cloudy with a lot of suspended particles and light bronze in color

S-sweet fruits, oranges, pears, apples along with some wheat bread

T- taste doesn't come through as strong as the smell fairly light taste of the fruit salad of the nose followed up by some spice like white pepper

M-nice carbonation light bodied summer ale

O-I would have like more of the smell to carry into the taste but overall it is a really good easy drinking summer beer

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 02:14:01 | More by tvv375ia
Photo of afdempse


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

The beer of my college years. I'll try to be objective...

Pours a nice hazy orange-ish blond color. White frothy head with staying power.

Yeasty, sweet, bready scent with some floral notes.

Clean, wheaty flavor with just a kiss of spicy-floral hops. Alcohol comes through in the breath just enough to let you know that this is a bit stronger than your typical summer thirst-quencher.

Low-moderate carbonation that enables more of the wheat flavor to come forward, as well as ease drinkability. Not as dry as I would prefer for a session beer, but not overly sweet in the finish, either.

Overall, a good American Wheat that I look forward to every year.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 02:35:07 | More by afdempse
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

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

I was happy to get ahold of some Bell's brew. We don't get distribution in New Jersey. I had to find a store in Pennsylvania.

This is a very good looking summer ale. The head is thin and the coloring is a golden, orange. There is also a decent amount of sediment.

It smells really good. I get wheat from the top. There wasn't much more than that, but the smell is very clean.

The clean flavor continues into the taste. I get a little malt as well.

This would be my "go-to" summer beer if it was available. Too bad it doesn't get here.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 23:03:03 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of oline73


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

I had this on-tap, poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a half finger of off white head. There is some lacing.

Smell: Mildly sweet with a strong grain presence. Spice from the yeast with citrus fruit notes and some mild banana.

Taste: Not very sweet, lots of wheat and spice. Mildly fruity with a crisp and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly, fluffy carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This is always a good one. Well balanced and crisp. I'm a big fan of the spice and fruit notes.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2011 21:53:47 | More by oline73
Photo of BigMike


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

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a two finger white colored fluffy head. It sticks around briefly and then leaves some nice lacing.

S: Nose consists of, wheat, lemon zest, spice and d'anjou pear.

T: Taste is pretty much spot on to what the nose gives. More flavor in this beer then most wheats. Very enjoyable.

M: Smooth and easy to drink. Light body but not watery or overly light. Excellent summer brew.

Overall: I'm not the biggest wheat beer fan around but this is probably the best one i've had. Surprise...a really good beer from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 23:05:13 | More by BigMike
Photo of thedoubler55

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow that leaves a nice frothy head at the top, nice sticky lacing around the glass as well.

S: Wheat and lots of orange, very pretty nose on this brew.

T: Citrus hops upfront, grassy and earthy, little bit of lemon zest as well.

M: Light to medium body, perfect balance of carbonation.

O- Bell's is by far my favorite brewery, and this beer is just another reason why, this is a fantastic summer brew, all around fantastic!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 18:30:29 | More by thedoubler55
Photo of woodychandler


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had purchased a 5L CAN on my last excursion to Pinocchio's and I had it sitting in the reefer awaiting an appropriate moment to tap the sucker when my neighbor invited me over for a backyard BBQ. He thought I was joking when I said that I had a keg that I would bring with me, not knowing the scope of The CANQuest (TM).

From the CAN: "An American wheat ale with the scent and color of a midsummer night's dream."; "[2011] Art by Philip Kaufman".

The trick with an oversized CAN like this is to have it on the edge of a table or sink so that the glass can be held far enough below the tap to create some head. I got a finger of soapy, bone-white head with decent retention from my pour. Color was a very cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose had a wheat-like sweetish snap to it which was very pleasant with dinner. Mouthfeel was quite soft with an initial orange and lemon citrusiness on the tongue, but then the mustiness of the yeast took hold. Finish was dry and musty and quite pleasant. I may be drinking the remainder for a couple of days so it is a good thing that I like it.

Serving type: can

09-05-2011 20:27:12 | More by woodychandler
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3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pilsner.

A - Cloudy golden hues with small bits of yeast sediment floating and clinging to the sides. Huge 3 finger head with decent retention.

S - Lemon citrus and floral scents are immediately evident, with bready yeast and wheat aromas coming through as well.

T - Sweet citrus (lemon and orange) flavors up front, followed by bready malts and spice (cinnamon?). The finish is spicy with a big lemon zest. Leaves a nice lingering bready aftertaste.

M - Light-medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Very refreshing.

D - Decent American wheat ale. The drinkability is superb. I expected a bit more complexity, but the dominant citrus profile is very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 20:15:00 | More by mooseo
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

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

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a nice white fluffy head that leaves a nice spotty lacing.
Aromas begin with a boat ton of wheat and grainy maltiness. A slight sourness from the wheat as well. The hops are nice and citrusy and slightly earthy as well. I really like this so far.
The tastes are really different than i have experienced in a beer before. I love the grainy wheat flavors mixed with the citrus hops flavors. I though I hated wheat beers but I really just hate Hefeweizen yeast. The slight sourness is also very pleasant. Such. Clean distinct flavor profile.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. The finish in nice a crisp and clean but still full of flavor from the unique grain bill and hop combo.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer. So different from anything I havehad recently. I wish I had this locally so I could session this all summer. I will definitely be picking up a 6 pack (or a case) next time I see this during the warmer months. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 23:50:44 | More by claspada
Photo of king75


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

A- a hazy orange color, lots of bubbles, can see bits of yeast and wheat floating around, solid inch of creamy off color head.

S- Can smell oranges, a lot of wheat and yeast permeate this brew, with a slight aroma of hops present throughout.

T- Has a nice crisp citrus flavor at the beginning, then switches over to a slightly bitter wheat and yeast flavor. Almost seems a little off balance.

M- Is light bodied, smooth with a slight tangy citrus feel afterwards.

Overall, a classic summer beer. This years was not as good as some years past but still a solid beer that I will come back to next summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 19:26:30 | More by king75
Photo of burns1066


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

Oberon, like its namesake, is about as summery as you can get. Light, pleasant aromas, fruity wheat taste, and an even, light carbonation make this a great quaffing beer. Pours golden and a bit cloudy, as one would expect. It's a good counterpart to something a little bigger, like Sam Summer Ale. An enjoyable brew, one that makes summer seem even nicer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 17:32:08 | More by burns1066
Photo of TheStig


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Translucent tangerine with a moderate head. It didn't linger too long and didn't immediately vanish.

S- Wheat, sweet grass and a tart finish that is vaguely citrus.

T- Delicious! Crisp and light with a subtle sweetness that eventually reveals a delicate hop flavor. It's as the bottle sez-- summery.

M- There's nothing outstanding of note either way-- nothing offensive and nothing extraordinary. This isn't a bad thing-- for me anyway-- it's a tasty beer for a summer day.

O- I suppose from a critique standpoint, there's not much I can wax poetic about with this beer, but the bottom line is that it's a good beer to quaff with friends. I'll be having this again!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 02:20:34 | More by TheStig
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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy straw in appearance with pure white head. Decent head retention but not much lacing.

S- Wheaty! Fresh cut grass smell mixed with a bit of lemon.

T- Oh so refreshing! Very nicely crisp, almost reminiscent of a classic German pilsner in its malt profile. Lemony citrus flavors carry through into the taste as well, rounded out with some really great grassy hop flavors.

M- Very smooth with a medium mouthfeel. It seems as though they have attained the PERFECT balance of bitters and malts.

I’m glad I finally got my hands on this beer before summer is over. I will actively seek this one out once summer rolls around again next year.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 22:24:28 | More by tdexterc
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 4,884 ratings.