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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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4,920 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,920
Reviews: 1,571
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 127
Gots: 388 | 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 weatherdog


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a weiss glass

It pours a honey gold color with a very surprising amount of what I presume are yeast chunks. They are everywhere in this beer just suspended like the beer is Jello. It's not really an attractive site. I don't mind yeast in my beer but I like it to integrate into it and make it cloudy, not sit there making it speckled. The head is fluffy and white with a decent retention level.

The nose is fairly bland with some minor orange. There also is just the slightest fruitiness from the yeast but not nearly to the level as a German wheat beer. A little bit of breadiness is also present.

The flavor is also pretty bland and void of any assertive flavors, most just a little breadiness and some wheat malt. A subtle bitterness balances the light sweet finish. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full with a higher level of carbonation. Drinkability is well above average for this beer even with the fuller body. This is my definition of an average beer. I know how popular this beer is with newer craft beer drinkers as well as BMC drinkers looking for a change. It is unoffensive, pretty well made and light in flavor. In exchange for making this a great conversion beer it suffers from having any character.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 19:06:35 | More by weatherdog
Photo of brewdub17


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Thick head from the wheat with an unfiltered pale brass body underneath.

Smell: The wheat creates a pleasant aroma that combines fruit characters with a slight spicy note from the light amount of hops. A lot of complete fruit smells are noticeable.

Taste: Up front is a mix of fruity tastes with small hints of alcohol that creates a warmth for the sweet flavors towards the end to cover.

Mouthfeel: A slight but noticeable alcohol presence hits parts of the mouth. Not a strong carbonation is found.

Drinkability: The mix of sweet and fresh characters from the wheat and malts makes is very refreshing but not too overpowering. An alcohol flavor seems a little too noticeable for the ABV and style.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 16:52:38 | More by brewdub17
Photo of beersensei305


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a yellow orange with a white head that dissapates quickly leaving some lacing arond the glass. The smell is fruity, some earthy grassiness, mild hops. The beer is crisp wheaty, mild hops, and nice fruit sweetness. Nice carbination and goes down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 01:39:59 | More by beersensei305
Photo of prdstmnky


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*review from notes on 5/26/10*

Batch #9678

Fairly aggressive pour leaves a solid inch of frothy head, with moderate lacing. Some floral and grassy notes in the smell, as well as some citrus coming through. A real nice citrus sweetness upfront in this ale, with some nice earth and wheat tones in the finish. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:33:17 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of EricHeff


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy yellow and has about 1 fingers width of head on top that dissolved pretty fast. I think it smells really fruity and wheaty. The taste has a good amount of hops and a lot of carbonation. Theres some citrus taste in there too, kind of like orange. It is very easy to drink and not a bad summer beer at all.
So far I have liked everything I have had from Bells. My only complaint with them is that their bottle designs are just plain ugly.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 17:21:58 | More by EricHeff
Photo of ratrod53


4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer pours a nice golden yellow with a nice 1" head wich lingers for a bit then dies down to a light skin that floats on top. The only thing that hold this beer's loog back is it has a lot of yeast floating in it that might turn some people off. But not me.

S- At first it smells like it's going to be a vary hoppy beer but then I got a little wiff of fruit of some sorte and wheat and it smells like a real cool beer perfect for summer.

T- You get a good amount of hops right away but just a quick I got a lot of wheat and just a taste of some fruit.

M- Good carbonation right on the money. It real light great for them hot summer days after work. The hops gives it little kick also.

D- I've had this beer before twice from a bottle and one on tap at Bell's this is a really good beer of theirs they did a good job. Now that it's getting colder out I prolly wouldn't go seeking it out now, but it could easily fill out my six pac if I couldn't find a winter beer. But I would drink this all the time in the warm weather if I could.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 23:41:48 | More by ratrod53
Photo of RickS95


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

Pours a golden orange with lots of stuff suspended in it. The head is thick and white, and resembles a cloud. Good head retention.

Has a pleasant summer smell. A little bit of fruit comes thru, seemingly apricot and some form of citrus. A mild hoppiness is also present.

Like the smell, has a pleasant warm-weather taste. A little bit of fruit comes thru to keep any bitterness in check.

It's complex in the mouth. You get some hoppy bite initially but it mixes well with the fruit and wheat almost finishing with a hint of sweetness. Very refreshing without being astringent.

I liked this. I'm normally not fond of summer beers, but the subtle sweetness of Oberon won me over. On top of that, it's got above average ABV, but it still drinks well.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 01:44:06 | More by RickS95
Photo of ralree


1.95/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A: Gold, extremely cloudy and full of ... stuff. The stuff seems to be suspended like dirt in a lemon jello. Actually looks kinda gross, but whatever. No head to speak of. Meh.

S: Smells sour, overbitter, too grainy. Reminds me of cheap beer. This doesn't look good so far.

T: Tastes rather awful. I think this one might have gone bad. But Bell's Brew Finder says it should be good until November, so I can't be blamed. Reminds me of the bland German beers I've tried, with extra bitterness and less sweetness. Pretty awful - was expecting a lot more. Aftertaste of dirt. Maybe I've lost all taste for wheat beer.

M: Overcarbonated, medium-light body, astringent, dry. Doesn't help the flavor.

D: I can't drink any more. I'm going to pour it out. Maybe I have a bad sample, maybe I just don't like this style, but I can't stand this one. It's not worth the pain to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 02:42:19 | More by ralree
Photo of mirish72


4.7/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lucky enough to have a friend who makes mid west beer runs and to able to sample this. Pours an orange amber with lots of good stuff floating around. There is an overpowering orange aroma going on from start to finish, really amazing stuff, I can only imagine what it tastes like fresh. This is a perfect summer beer, it is incredibly refreshing and worth tracking down if possible.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 23:28:33 | More by mirish72
Photo of shand


4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice orange color with a decent head. Head retention isn't great.

Smell: Smells citrusy, wheaty, and just a bit grassy and hoppy. Very very nice.

Taste: Well, this stuff tastes really freakin' good. It's a very crisp beer, with the citruses and hops taking center stage. There's a bit of a wheat aftertaste that makes this an interesting ale. Very delicious and unique for the style.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day.

A very great widely distributed beer that'd be great on both a hot day and a cool day. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 02:26:04 | More by shand
Photo of TMoney2591


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

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Figured I'd grab one o' these guys before they disappear for the rest of the year. It pours a pretty clear pale straw, riddled with particulates, topped by over a finger of healthy white froth. The nose comprises orange peel, mandarin orange flesh, puffed rice, and wet wheat. The taste comprises corn syrup, wheat, light mandarin orange, and flowers. The body is light, with a light carbonation and a thickly watery feel. Overall, a decent APWA, nothing close to special, but highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 21:42:01 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of kneeland

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bell's does it again. I don't think I've had anything by them which I didn't enjoy. This was the type of ale that I really like. It's smooth, but has a grittiness to it.

It's got a citrus flavor, and it seems like it wants to be a weizen. It's interesting, and very nice.

The color is a cool light orange color, intriguing almost. There's almost no head to this, but any foam would not sit right with this flavor.

Bottom line, I like Bell's, but it's too expensive down south here, so I don't get it as much as I'd like.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 18:41:30 | More by kneeland
Photo of SBXLII

New York

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

A nice white-yellow hue, very reminiscent of a quality Belgian hefe. Although you could tag the usual banana, clove and citrus labels, this establishes something more enjoyable. Unfortunately seasonal, this could last through the fall. Relaxed palette, not overwhelmingly wheat or feminine, pleasantly subtle, would definitely pair well with certain foods. Larry Bell should really get his stuff to the east coast more consistently. I'd surely stock this in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 17:25:36 | More by SBXLII
Photo of tubacharlie


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

A good whiff reveals a spicy smell of fresh mown wheat with lemony yeast overtones.

This annual offering is rich with sediment, especially if it is near the end of the barrel and the bar keep rocks and rolls it for you before drawing a pint. The result is a dense cloud of orange-amber slosh, almost the shade of a milky Orange Julius.

After a few swigs, only a light foam remains from the two-finger head, but plenty of carbonation is released in the mouth as the citrus notes accent the lightly toasted whole wheat bread (with a bit of peach jam) flavor.

A good all-around summer staple with plenty of punch.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 03:07:31 | More by tubacharlie
Photo of lstokes


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This had a nice orange appearance with sediment very visible and some carbonation making its way up, and smelled like sour wheat malt with some apricot notes and something almost like cotton candy.

It tastes sweet from the start, maybe starting citrusy and moving towards the wheat/yeast character, but finishes like a good tart/peppery wine. I don't love the sweetness, and for that reason am marking it down, but it's still a very good beer, and the mouthfeel is thick and prickly. Wouldn't seek out but would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 05:50:18 | More by lstokes


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy Golden Straw. Decent sized bubbly white cap. Decent retention. Some nice light bubbly lacing. Some yeast sediment that settles to the bottle of the glass.

Grassy and Floral, Lemon zest and citrus. Wheat and sunshine. Spicy, peppery, yeasty. Nice hop aroma for style.

Crisp wheat. grassy lemon and floral hop flavor. Pleasant mild hoppy bitterness. Spicy yeast esters.

Light bodied. Crisp, high carbonation, refreshing. Slight stickiness. Good mouthfeel for style.

Very sessionable. Bubbly and refreshing and hoppy. Great summer/warm weather brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 18:01:18 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Photo of TheFightfan1


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

Poured into a Weizen glass.A hazy yellow color with thick tiny bubbled white heading. Decent lacing left around the glass.

Smell is mostly dominate of wheat malts.A touch of spicey and medicinal aroma as well.

Taste has a bit of everything however. The wheat malts a still the main course but the backing flavors of fruit,and spicey hops are meshing perfectly.

Mouth is light bodied,very smooth and that good subtle spicey hop linger that finishes you off.

A drinkable and very good tasting brew. Give it a shot on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 16:49:09 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of MsMandy


4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep golden hue, cloudy

S- Smokey, wheat heavy fragrance

T- Starts smokey. Strong, yeasty wheat middle. Similar finish. Aftertaste is pleasant.

M- Light-medium body, medium/good amount of carbonation

D- Great Flavor! Easy and extremely enjoyable to drink. One of my favorite summertime wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 23:26:25 | More by MsMandy
Photo of adkirkish


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured golden yellow w/ a frothy sturdy white head.

A: Smells of citrus zest, pale malts, and a light citrus hop aroma.

F: Flavor mimmicks the aroma, lemon/citrus zest upfront, but not overpowering, back up by light pale malts. Didn't get any wheat charachter or flavor. Very refreshing without the citrus astringency.

M: Light-Medium body mouthfeel and carbonation. No creaminess / alcohol warmth.

O: Very refreshing and perfect for summer. Where other summer beers are watered down, this beer actually has some supporting body with the pale and wheat malt.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2010 19:04:14 | More by adkirkish
Photo of tjsdomer2


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick, cloudy, honey-like. Yeast sediment permeates Bell's Oberon Ale. It almost seems like carbonation just slowly floats suspended in the beer, as if it weren't even moving. I have never seen something like this in a beer. Wonderful foam and good lacing.

Smell: Spicy, peppery hops. Some yeast and malt as well. Overall very good. Nothing exciting, but it's well balanced.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Initially I taste a lot of excellent spicy hops. The hops pervade throughout the entire beer. A bit of bready malt in the background. Also I taste something sort of buttery and sweet that adds to a good, creamy mouthfeel here as well. Great overall.

Drinkability: Very little to complain about. Maybe a bit too much bitterness for some people.

Overall: Only the smell leaves something to be desired. One of the easiest wheat beers to drink in my opinion.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2010 05:30:28 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of cbutova


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #9822.

A- Into a weizen glass a very chunky yellow-orange. A giant foamy white head builds and retains well. Tons of spotty lace dispersed on the glass.

S- Light grainy malt and a ton of citrus juice hints. Good overall strength.

T- Wheat and caramel malt provides a backdrop for a fairly zesty citrus profile. Earthy and floral hops round out the flavor. The orange flavor really comes out when it warms.

MF- Very creamy light body with high carbonation. Light bitterness from hops. This one goes down very smooth.

DB- A good fruit flavor in this beer, it tastes pretty fresh and the citrus is not overly zesty. Pretty well balanced and definitely refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 02:10:25 | More by cbutova
Photo of grizzly700


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into glass with quickly disappearing head.. Usually I garnish this with an orange.. Today did not have any but either way a good beer for a nice 90 degree day... Usual wheat beer taste but I really enjoy these on hot days.. Will get couple cases again in 2011..

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 17:20:42 | More by grizzly700
Photo of Dunkle


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Served in a tall glass with an orange. Orange and cloudy with two inches of head.
S: Like a fresh orange!
T: The taste is of wheat, orange, and light citrus hops that leave a slightly bitter aftertaste. Well-balanced.
M: Light-medium bodied as the style would suggest. Smooth and carbonated well.
D: Exceptionally easy to drink. Great session beer. I've had a six-pack in a night and know many others who have as well.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2010 02:23:55 | More by Dunkle
Photo of bskrtz


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

A) Straw yellow, hazy summer ale. A bit thinner than most traditional Witte's but still very appealing

S) Zesty lemmon, mild spice, sour dough malt and mild hops

T) Very refreshing and mild. A juicey thirst quencher. Low alcohol.

M) Ample carbonation, thin, mild

D) A very good example of the American version of Witte Beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 00:18:15 | More by bskrtz
Photo of Foxxypants


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nothing special for a wheat ale. Yellow in color, head was quick to recede.

S: Again, nothing too special. Pleasant, with citrus and wheat.

T: Very smooth beer, very nice wheat flavor, with subtle flavors including citrus.

M: Light and carbonated, the way I generally like it.

D: Very good beer to relax and enjoy on a warm day. A good all-around easy drinking beer, and one of the best wheat beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 22:11:41 | More by Foxxypants
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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