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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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4,958 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,958
Reviews: 1,573
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 130
Gots: 410 | FT: 5
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 dball


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

This summer beer is impressive. It's a summer seasonal with a full flavor and a fine blend of hops. As a wheat beer the wheat is suttle and pleasant and not too overbearing at all. The smell brings a floral sweetness that is modest and attractive. It also drinks well with good food and compliments fresh fish.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 03:45:24 | More by dball
Photo of GPHarris


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick white head into a pint glass. the body is clear, bright and bubbly yet has some floaties in it.
s - smells slightly malty with floral hops.
t - crisp and dry. hints of breadiness with some slight floral hoppiness and sweet malt.
m - medium thickness and crisp.
d - excellent summer session.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 00:23:52 | More by GPHarris
Photo of bristol2120


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale coppery/golden, with a decent head that subsides quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam and a good amount of lacing. Nice floral aroma, with piney hop notes detectable in the background. Taste features more maltiness than I expected, and some woody vanilla notes in the aftertaste. Okay, mouthfeel, but could have benefitted from a bit more combination I think. Though not my favorite style, this is a solid, drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 03:24:49 | More by bristol2120
Photo of jhenderson88

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type: bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: A beautiful golden murky color.

Smell: Citrusy and summer sweet smell

Taste: great taste of citrusy fruits, sweet with a light carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, clinging to the back of the mouth.

Drinkability: A great beer, easy to drink.

I found a mini keg and will buy it next time I see it, it's a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 07:22:18 | More by jhenderson88
Photo of mgbickel


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

Enjoyed at PNC Park while watching a very rare Pirates victory!

The woman behind the counter poured a 12oz bottle into a plastic cup. A nice 1 ½ fingers of eggshell head sat upon a clear (I am pretty sure) golden-orange body. The head held itself pretty well and actually managed to stick (somewhat) to the sides of the cup.

The nose is dominated by a grainy wheat character. You can detect some hops in the background, but they are masked by the cereal-like aroma.

The taste is pretty much right what the nose indicates. The wheat is present from start to finish. Starts off with a citrus flavor that fades quickly to a spiced (cloves) finish.

The mouth feel is medium semi-slick, with moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty tasty and drinkable beer...especially while sitting outside at the ballgame!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 20:51:12 | More by mgbickel
Photo of StlHopHead77


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

This was my first encounter with a Bell's product.Enjoyed at Bossanova's on 6/15/10.

A-Pours a pale,straw/orange.Decent one finger white head with spotty lacing.

S-Sweet citrus,frosted mini-wheats and pale malt.

T-Much like the nose.Syrupy citrus,sweet malt and
wheat bread.

M-Light,crisp and refreshing.Good carbonation.

D-Drinkability on this one is very high especially after mowing on a Summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 17:21:10 | More by StlHopHead77
Photo of HosP


3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found in the fridge left over from a pick 6 a couple weeks ago!

A - Light orange with some haze to it. Nice white head to it.

S - Get a mix of orange with wheat scents. Not a big hop smell.

T - Good balance of hops and malt. Sweet honey taste mellows out the drink. Has a nice finish of orange.

M - Good carbonation with a light mouthfeel. Very smooth beer.

D - I could easily fill a pick 6 of these. Very drinkable summer beer, especially after a long day!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 01:37:14 | More by HosP
Photo of regspeir


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

Draft at Pinocchio's into a standard pint glass
Poured a hazy lemon gold with a modest white head. Lacing was ample and lasting. and lemon Nose was citrus upfront, especially orange, with some wheat and breay malt obvious as well. Taste started with sweet citrus moderated by malts and finishing with a crisp and pleasing bitterness. Mouthfeel was average for this style, lighter than medium with good carbonation. This was, like everything from Bell's seems to be, a solid offering I will try again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2010 02:23:46 | More by regspeir
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Head is massive, fluffy, and white, top is nice and creamy, you see the fairly large bubbles on the side, beer is crystal clear (some floaties because its BC), bright gold, not pale or straw, full colored

S: Good clean aroma, crisp and grassy hops, backed by some wheat and malt sweetness, mild but very nice

T: Very sweet, that grassy hop note is still there, but most of the flavor is dominated by sweet honey, that hop note provides some balance so that it doesn't kill you with sweetness, but it is still too much

M: An aggressive pour knocked some of the carbonation out, but judging by this beer and the other 5 in the pack, its not overly carbonated, decent, not ultra light, slightly less than medium to medium

D: Nothing "wrong" with it, just not my thing, too sweet

Notes: This beer shows all the signs of a well made beer, which I've come to expect from Bell's. However being good is far short of being great. The flavor just doesn't work for me, it is much too sweet. A wheat ale should be crisp and bright, but this feels heavy and sugary.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 02:06:15 | More by dpodratsky3


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

Poured 12oz bottle into Wisconsin Beer Fest mug.

A: A Thin white head, leaves slight lacing. A hazy body of orange.

S: Hints of clove and banana, a bold aroma.

T: A pleasant cream to the body of this beer. A nice and medium body for a wheat. The balance of malts and hops are well done.

M: Nice, warming mouthfeel. Very nice to find a creamy wheat beer.

D: This I find to be a very drinkable beer, in regards to style and overall impression the beer gives off. Many more sips are needed to find the subtle hidden flavors.

Notes: This is a great beer for the style, a goto for a lighter beer that has a nice warming body to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 19:18:05 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of brewmudgeon


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

a 4 Amber with a dense head that persists well as a cap and leaves abundant lacing. A bit darker and more serious looking than expected for a summer wheat beer with a sun logo.

s 3.5 somewhat muted but spicy nose. the wheat is present as well. hard to tell how much the spice is amplified by partially masked alcohol.

t 3.5-4 it's apparently 5.8% abv, but seemsa little more potent than that. wheat and a vague spiciness are shot through with warming alcohol.

m 4 the body is much fuller than i expected, the carbonaton ample and pretty creamy. this one is a texture-forward beer, particularly for an American wheat.

d 4 i'm having a hard time thinking of this as a summer beer. it may be brewed for mass consumption, but in an Oktoberfest rather than lawnmower-beer sort of way. the heft, mouthfeel and strength support that impression (it does not, of course taste anything like a fest beer). this beer is well-balanced and encourages moderately paced quaffing, but beware of its punch (particuarly if you're drawing from a 5L minikeg).

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 02:08:05 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of ThaBobfather


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color with a frothy white bleachex head.
Smells high of spice notes and wheaty bread.
Taste is well noted in light yeast and lemon zest.
Finish is zesty with notes of yeast on the end.
Drinks great for the summer and is highly refreshing.

Serving type: growler

07-11-2010 00:16:59 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of WestValleyIPA


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Zatec fluted glass. Decent 1 finger of white head, golden color. Smells of tart citrus and a light yeasty bready scent. Tastes like tart citrus flavors, especially lemon. Some other typical wheat beer flavor. Refreshing, and a little more hop prevalent than other wheats. Could drink a couple more if these if need be. Bell's does not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 04:22:45 | More by WestValleyIPA
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: light amber color; cloudy, thin head that dissipates quickly
S: sweet, white-bread smell
T: flavorful, but not intense; I detect hints of tea, lemon; it is light, a good summer beer; sweet, not bitter
M: pleasant feel on the tongue, despite the lack of head
D: very easy to turn to get another

Recommended for a hot summer day where you don't want to compromise the breadth of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2010 22:36:17 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of portia99


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (batch 9730) received in trade with mothman. Thanks Ben. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

A - Poured a glowing, translucent pale orangey gold with a one finger cap with white foam. Foam dies rather quickly down to a thick and uneven collar and a few islands on the surface.

S - Very wheat dominated aroma - grainy, cereal-like, light tanginess, light herbal/floral hops. Some citrusy oranges and lemon.

T - Flavors are light and refreshing. Very wheaty and cereal grainy with some touches of spicy cloves, floral hops, lemon and orange. A medium level hop bitterness gives a nice crispness and a small bite to the flavor too.

M - Light bodied with ample carbonation. Very prickly and fizzy on the tongue. Flavors are subtle overall but very crisp, making this a great thirst quencher.

D - This beer could disappear so quickly...a great refresher on a warm day. Nicely spicy and wheaty. Goes down like water. Really great on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 22:12:50 | More by portia99
Photo of ballz50401


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

Poured from a 5 liter mini-keg into a Weizen glass. Pours a slighly hazy golden color with a big white head and low carbonation. Leaves very nice lacing. Smells of fresh citrusy fruits, tangy and tart. Has a very nice clean wheat malt profile with some lemon notes. Has a nice meduim body mouthfeel that goes down smooth. Very nice easy drinking wheat.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2010 20:21:21 | More by ballz50401
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

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

From notes from a while ago...

A - Poured a foggy honey yellow with even carbonation and thin head.

S - Hops, clove, touch of citrus.

T - Clove, banana, hops are nicely balanced & subtle.

M - Very smooth and silky. Even. Not overly watery, not too much of a bite.

D - Really easy drinker. Could toss these back all day and night. Soft & subtle with a nice flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 19:25:39 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of hangh


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice hazy golden beer with light carbonation. Thin about 1" head that dissapates quickly leaving a little lacing.

S - Nice hop smell of wheat and a little malt underneath. Medium smelling beer that is nice to sniff.

T - There are some citrus and wheat tastes up front that give way to a sweet finish. It's a sweeter wheat beer but a great summer day beer.

MF - Light bodied, mild carbonation

D - Easy to drink and good in the heat.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 17:57:19 | More by hangh
Photo of jporf911


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

It's Summer, and this is a great brew with which to spend it.

Appearance- Slightly cloudy, medium yellow-gold with ample head that gives way to good lacing.

Smell- Aromatic hints of citrus, sweet malt, wheat, and hops.

Taste- The citrus from the smell returns but isn't overpowering. Bread-based malts mix with mildly spicy hops, then a dry citrus returns after swallowing.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium body that is pleasantly crisp and finishes dry.

Drinkability- If it's warm outside and the sun is shining, this is a great brew with which to relax and enjoy the Summer days.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2010 01:44:17 | More by jporf911
Photo of dasenebler


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale gold, with tiny suspended particles of yeast. The head is less than inspirational, as are the retention and lacing.

Aroma is excellent: fruity yeast esters combine with a citrusy american hop character to form a distinctive nose. Very nice.

There is a lot going on in the flavor of this beer for an American wheat. The yeastiness and bready malt character has much more depth than most beers in this style, and the production of fruity, estery flavors is also well above average. There's a seductive sweetness to this brew as well, a la ripe peaches or apricots. Part of this comes from dry hopping (I think?) and juicy hop flavors. The mouthfeel is even better: creamy and full, with a delicate and soft effervescence. Aftertaste is biscuity and slightly bitter, though overall bitterness is low for this ale.

One of the best summer beers out there. Light, yet complex.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 22:15:35 | More by dasenebler
Photo of steveh


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Strange to see that I've never reviewed this beer; staunch supporter that I am. Difficult to review to the American Pale Wheat style, but I'll be objective.

Bottled on May 3, 2010 (not terribly old).

A -- Hazy, deep golden -- yeast suspension is ghostly. Thick, light tan head that settles to a foamy cap with very nice lacing.

S -- Spicy hops, light peach citrus esters, mild DMS. All very inviting.

T -- A mildly citrus character hits first, followed by a nice balance of wheat and bready malts -- nearly Weizen-like -- even Wit-like. Finishes with spicy hops and a nice blend of graininess and citrus.

M -- Light medium body with a soft mouthfeel that finishes dry and crisp.

D -- As the 5.0 defines, Exceptional.

Those who tend to compare this to macro swill confound me, there is so much character in this brew that can't be found in any B, M, or C -- I wonder if any new beer drinker is getting beyond extreme brews.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 21:32:20 | More by steveh
Photo of jtucker7


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is truly a perfect summer beer, with a far deeper taste than I initially expected. On the first sip there is a light taste of citrus with a fairly well rounded finish, but every sip that follows brings a different experience, deeper citrus notes and the bitterness rounds out well the further down the bottle I got. At its price point it is truly a great beer for a summer party, or just sipping alone outside.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 23:54:31 | More by jtucker7
Photo of Baraka


4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark straw, almost golden with a thin, quickly dissipating head that shows traces of carbonation bubbles

S: Spicy yeast, lemon, orange aromas dominate the nose

T/M: Intense wheat character with a liberal amount of fruit aromas, predominately lemon and orange. The appears to be a bit of hop bitterness on the finish, but it is very mild and overpowered by the other characteristics. Very tasty beer.

D: Very high: The crisp flavor and low ABV make Oberon one of the most delicious and sessionable summer beers I've ever had. Very highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 17:46:15 | More by Baraka
Photo of neotempest


4.78/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oberon signifies the start of summer. Serve with a orange, and allow a bit of foam to form to induce the C02 and release the great flavor. I enjoy this beer as it is in the middle of my hops tolerance range with Bells two hearted ale being too strong for me, I opt for this beer for all the summer season. I think of it as a bit like blue moon but with much better hops flavoring.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2010 02:54:07 | More by neotempest
Photo of Vengeance526


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

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a small white head that slowly fades away and leaves light lacing.

Light aroma of wheat and lemon upfront with a touch of spice in the background.

A lot of wheat comes out again in the taste and light hints of citrus quickly follow. Somewhat grainy but not bad. Some lemon and orangepeel evident in the finish.

Light body with light carbonation. As a whole, this is nothing special but as a summer beer it is enjoyable all the same on a hot day. Quite refreshing, has its place during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 02:40:57 | More by Vengeance526
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 4,958 ratings.