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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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4,967 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,967
Reviews: 1,573
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 131
Gots: 417 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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Photo of techfed87


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a weak, thin head. Color is a clouded yellow, with heavy sediment throughout.

Smell is yeast-like, with a heavy emphasis on wheat content.

First sip is very similar to that of the scent. The first quality that comes out in the beer is that 1. this is not a filtered beer. It's the flavor that comes from all the combined sediment that has developed in the brew. The second quality that comes out is that of wheat. It brings out the main qualities of the genre that most beers only add on as a garnish.

I've heard that as a beer, Oberon is basically Bell's flagship summer brew. And while it may not be my favorite genre of beer, I will definitely stand behind my loyalty to Bell's Brewery for making fine beers. Cheers to summer!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 03:38:13 | More by techfed87
Photo of BarBEERian


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

Oberon just looks like a summer delicacy, filling the glass in a warm-colored combination between a dark and unfiltered lemonade color and an orange juice pumped up with steroids. The thickness seems almost overpowering (almost smoothie-like), with a nose that speaks of spiciness and floral and citrusy-orange pulses. The foamy and off-white head is the only thing that would make you think this isn't a beast of a wheat beer, but the taste is what convinces you.

With the first sips you can already tell this isn't a dangerous beer, but it's also no slouch with some smooth and creamy touches of citrus fruit sliding over the tongue like slippery river water. The orange is clearly the most pronounced flavor, but it's certainly mellow. I've had the beer before at the bar with an orange slice served on the top, and it definitely has a very different flavor profile without the added fruit. But I stand by the assumption that if a brewer wanted it to have more orange flavor, they would have brewed it in.You don't add extra cucumber to a California roll. Even so, the smooth orange flavor gets patted down by the nice wheat and lemon end notes. Where some wheat beers go for the kill, Oberon hangs back and chooses smoothness over chunkiness. If you've ever had a thick and intense wheat beer, then you'll understand what I'm saying.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 17:31:49 | More by BarBEERian
Photo of backfat


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

tried one fresh as a daisy out of the bottle. a lot better than my keg review. pours a slight hazed yellow/straw with a frothy two finger head with lots of large bubbles and a slowly dissipating froth leaving intense lace and bits of white particles of sediment throughout. smells of strong sour yeast, coriander, sweet clementine, grassy hay, and floral hop aromas. i like how bold it is now that it's fresh, but some of the barnyard funk shows up unpleasantly as it warms, but being an american style wheat, we'll keep it cold. tastes of orange rind bitterness. starts tart with a bold grainy flavor throughout. a bit of a thin body and great carbonation. enjoy fresh!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 14:15:14 | More by backfat
Photo of Spiekerbox


4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this both on tap and in bottle (this review) already this year

A- Cloudy orange-amber color, pours with slight head that dissipates quickly.

S- Notes of citrus with a hop smell present that is not overpowering, overall not a strong scented beer in general.

T- Delicious beer that has a slight hoppy flavor and hints of orange, with a wheat malt base that is very noticeable.

M- Crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation not a strong aftertaste but what is there is welcome.

D- Could drink this all day and night, and just reminds you of summer. Refreshing beverage that can't be ignored once it is started. I wait all winter for this beer to be released, Oberon day is the official start of spring for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 03:21:38 | More by Spiekerbox
Photo of bierenutz


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this earlier this p.m. on tap at an Oberon release in West Bloomfied, MI.
A-Golden light amber cloudy color with a smallish head and minimal lacing on the glass.
S-Very mild hops aroma with only hints of lemon and spice. I tried to get more as I drank this but it just wasn't there.
T-Refreshing, crisp beer that was light and had only minimal bitterness. An easy beer to drink many and often.
M-Moderate carbonation with mild bite and pleasant afternotes.
D-This is one of those perfect summertime beers that you could drink all night if that was your goal and beer was your beverage of choice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2010 02:31:52 | More by bierenutz
Photo of levifunk


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

Just had this on tap at Boston's in Middleton for the Oberon release. This is actually the first time I've had this beer, and it was really good. Reminds me of Leinenkugel's sunset wheat, but a lot better. This will be a great beer to keep around during the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2010 02:09:26 | More by levifunk
Photo of tai4ji2x


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

12oz bottle. the batch number has washed off, but i believe the trader i received this from (forgot who it was - sorry!) assured me it was fresh. tasted in early june 2009.

very golden yellow w/ straw tones. hazy, almost cloudy. 1-finger head, fades to thin wispy layer. splotchy initial rings of lace, but they almost all just slide back down.

aroma: freshly squeezed orange and lemon, w/ hint of pineapple. notes of yeast and bread. whiffs of american and euro hops. very "fresh" overall in the aroma - quite fragrant despite not being a weissbier.

taste: more fruity citrus, light bready malt, touch of yeast. moderately hopped with mixed american and euro characteristics, giving a zesty, mild to moderate bitterness, both citrusy and grassy. mild acidity underneath that is both bright and fruity. a bit of resinous bitterness peeks through in the finish, which detracts ever so slightly.

light to medium body, as acidity and resins bring a crispness along with the moderate to almost fizzy carbonation. fluffy in the middle before finishing resinous again.

if more american wheat ales were like this, i'd be happier about the existence of this generally unremarkable "style".

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 12:14:16 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of bigfnjoe


3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a plastic cup from a bottle at a Tigers spring training game in Lakeland, Florida. Pours a very cloudy orange. Aroma is very citrus. Tastes mostly like lemon and orange peel. I couldn't drink many of these, as the citrus is a little too overwhelming. As is, its a decent to good white ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 20:04:39 | More by bigfnjoe
Photo of cooncat


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

Let me start by saying I'm not a huge fan of Bell's brews, and Wheat beers are not anywhere near my favorite style. That said, we'll be judging this one strictly to BJCP and be as fair as can be. Picked this up as a single from the Save-On Tobacco and Beverage store in Mentor, OH. Cost for a single was $1.66.

The pour into my SA glass produces a hazy, straw yellow turbid brew, with about a finger's worth of rocky/foamy head. The head has decent retention, but there is very little lacing. Plenty of 'floaties', but that is to style.

The nose is pretty faint, but I'm getting light citrus notes along with grassy hops and a malt sweetness.

Taste is somewhat spicy, blending in a light lemony background, along with the aforementioned grassy notes. There is ample sweetness behind the light hops ... nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium, due to a slightly reduced carbonation level, but refreshing none-the-less. Drinkability is good, as this is a very easy to drink brew, with a modest alcohol content.

If you are into Wheat beers, this would be an excellent choice. Its classic and well done. Recommended as a good session brew.

Na Zdravje!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 00:21:01 | More by cooncat
Photo of Liverpool08


3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow orange, a bit hazy. Aroma is nothing special, a little citrus and hops. Taste
is the same nothing really stands out. Again some citrus, a little hops. Something like a wheat beer but not quite. Not sure what this is going for. Its a little weak in flavor for a wheat beer. I guess its ok for a summer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 22:54:27 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of Lerxst


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

A-Pours copper in color with a 1/4" white head that fades fast and left just a bit of lacing.

S-Nose is somewhat lacking, but what is there is pleasant enough. Some citrus hops, grain and malt.

T-The grain/wheat is at the forefront here with some hops in the background and a semi-sweet finish.

M-Crisp with carbonation fitting the style. Body is somewhat on the light side of medium.

D-It drinks fairly easily, it just doesn't stand out.

A decent offering from Bells. Its not bad, it just isn't that special.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 14:35:20 | More by Lerxst
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is an unspectacular, albeit popular, offering from Bell's.

A – Obnoxious appearance, like cheap orange juice or a rusty-looking flat mimosa. Orange-yellow, cloudy, no head or lace.

S – Pedestrian aroma; pale malt and slight yeasty spice.

T – It tastes a lot like a macro lager, and a little like a wheaty spicy Belgian-inspired summer beer. Blue Moon is probably better in some regards, though I guess not on an overall basis (I haven't had Blue Moon in a, well, you know...)

M – Pretty crisp and refreshing.

D – I don't care for the style, but as far as the style goes, this is in the middle of the heap.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 07:47:48 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of u2carew


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz long neck. Consumed 1/29/10

A) Pours with a two finger white head. Hazy. Visible sediment. Upward carbonation. Lacing is big bubbled, semi sticky. Yellow orange in color.
S) Grainy. Citrus notes. Subtle hints of caramel.
T) Sweet caramel and nutty flavors up front mixed with some floral notes. Then moves to a summer-ish wheat flavors. Finishes with a light earthiness and subtle hops.
M) "Chewy". Light to medium body. Mellow fizz. Fairly smooth.
D) A nice drink for the summer time... I shouldn't have horded it so long - January is cold!

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 23:02:29 | More by u2carew
Photo of jonziefle

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a copper colored amber, ever so slightly cloudy. One finger white head that doesn’t stick around long but leaves a thin layer. Nice lacing, but not overwhelming.

Smell: Sweet hops at first, mainly grapefruit, with an apple juice smell deeper down. Mild adjunct lager like malts hidden in as well. Above average sweetness.

Taste: Moderately sweet lager like malts, with hops mixed in (but their taste isn’t distinct, more general). Ever so slightly sour as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good carbonation tingle. Moderately filling.

Drinkability: A decent offering, but not quite the summer wheat ale I was looking for. It’s a little too lagery and sour, with not enough mild malt sweetness. Also, none of the usual wheat spices. On a blind taste test, I could not even tell it was a wheat beer.

Buy Again? No, there are many better beers in this style.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 00:14:47 | More by jonziefle
Photo of callmescraps


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

Grabbed some of this while making the Hopslam run. Kind of cool that it's fresh for the AZ market.

Appearance- A cloudy golden color. Two inches of soapy, stark-white head dissipate and lace nicely. Some particulate matter floating around which, while not uncommon, is not the single most appealing factor.

Smell- Lots of lemon rind. Some nice wheat, and plenty of yeast. A touch of spice, but only a touch. A little bit of wet hay left in the barn.

Taste- The lemon really comes up front. There is also a grassy herbal note in there. Then it sweetens out on the biscuit malt, and finishes pretty clean.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation, not too thick. Nice.

Drinkability- Goes down easy. The lemon citrus is a little prominent, but I could have several before tiring.

This is yet another nice Bell's offering. I really enjoy it and wish it was more available. Would be great on a hot summers day.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 03:33:00 | More by callmescraps
Photo of RichieS2


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

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an odd orange color, a little too dark to be considered golden. There is little if any head and the brew itself is cloudy with sentiment as too be expected from this style.

Smell: Definitely floral, the orange coriander and peel is evident. There is also some pleasant hoppiness beneath the citrus.

Taste: Excellent! To me this is the flagship of Bell's and for good reason. The sweetness of the wheat and the citrus blend together perfectly for a flavor that is unique to wheat beer and very satisfying. Some slight hoppiness with the finish.

Mouth feel: Relatively light, going down quite easily.

Drinkability: Great flavor and low body makes this the perfect summer beer. The keg offered at Meijer's is a great idea for a party.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 21:48:23 | More by RichieS2
Photo of JMD


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

A: Cloudy, dark straw color with orange and peachy tones. Small white head that fades quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

S: Big aroma of wheat and hops. Grapefruit and tangerines, some light floral notes.

T: Same as the aroma, wheaty and hoppy. Light malt notes, some bread and honey. Big fruitly hop flavor, grapefruit, mandarin oranges and tangerine.

M: Light to medium bodied with ample carbonatin. Very smooth.

D: Great example of an American wheat. Great flavor and character compared to all the other bland wheats around. If this was available in CT, it would be a staple in my fridge throuhout the summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2010 15:06:10 | More by JMD
Photo of jjhbrfdds


3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color,has a nice head that does lace and lingers,I think this beer is a tad thin some wheat and malt and hop balance a hint of lemon zest but I was not impressed,I could drink this beer all day then never miss it again,its by no means bad but just unimpressive and a tad overpriced,I guess ya call this a gateway beer I suppose its a heavy hitter in the summer months

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 16:46:33 | More by jjhbrfdds
Photo of CMW


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

A - Pours a hazy yellowish/orange color with a bright white one-inch head. Although the haze is thick, I can see a fairly high level of carbonation working its way toward the top of the glass.

S - A fair amount of yeast, orange, and lemon.

T - A very mild flavor but there are certain characteristics that stand out. Citrus from orange and lemon seems to dominate upfront. Next is the good mixture of malt and yeast. Somewhat bready but not overpowering.

M - Light but the carbonation has a little bite to it.

D - Very drinkable, especially in the hot summer sun. Not sure why I choose to review this in January.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 19:29:03 | More by CMW
Photo of BlackBearForge


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

Oberon pours a clear coppery orange full of suspended particles. A fizzy white head, not as large as it should have been due to a lack of a vigorous pour on my part, falls quickly leaving non-sticky slippery lacing.

Aroma is full of bready malt with a citrusy, lemon orange tang with hints of caramel.

Flavour has a very nice orange marmalade toast component, very nice. The malt is very yeasty and biscuity, with grainy wheat and a pleasant honey taste. Bitterness is mild but enough to balance the sweet malts. The finish has some floral hop notes.

Mouthfeel is on the medium side of light and very creamy and smooth with enough carbonation to tingle on the tongue.

Oberon is a very satisfying, quenching type of beer, easily a very nice summer drinker. As it is it's tasty enough here at the start of Winter! As with all Bell's beers, highly recomended.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 01:39:59 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of tigg924


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

Appearance: clear, orange-gold in color, high carbonation, 1/4 inch head

Smell: citrus, caramel, and malt

Taste: wheat, citrus, caramel, and malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: A very drinkable a brew that appeals more in warmer times. I could have four. Slightly complex for the style. Solid, but I like other Bells brews better.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 16:10:44 | More by tigg924
Photo of adamette


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

Live review. Poured from the 12 oz. single that I bought as a single for $1.66 at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio a few weeks ago into my Fat Head's 0.5 L rastal pint glass. This review is long overdue as I have visited the Brewery, the Eccentric Café and have seen Oberon in so many places and I finally bought one. I want to say that I love the label which is remarkably close in color to the body of the beer but more than that it is sunny, happy and attractive. Incidentally "9344" stamped on the back label, whatever that means.

A opaque orange body with lots of visible sediment floating about under a one inch creamy white head. I love this look. 4.5

S Nice lightly sweet wheat ale with very little hops to the nose. I find this smell interesting. 4.0

T A very soft, lightly sweet wheat taste with the nice grain presence and minimal alcohol tastes. It is easy to see why this beer is so popular. There is also the possibility of a light citrus but not the typical lemony taste but actually an orange taste that is just so welcome in this style. Very good indeed. 4.5

M Appropriately chewy, thick without being so much as to be distracting. Nice and smooth too. 4.0

D Very good indeed, maybe the best feature of the beer. 4.5

Notes: A classic, american session beer that everyone should try.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 14:08:50 | More by adamette
Photo of babaracas


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

This is available year round in FL. Pours a very hazy orange, one finger white head, clump of sediment that quickly settles. Smell: lightly toasty and buttery, wheat, fruity and ever so slightly citric. (but a little too buttery). Taste: again, wheaty and buttery, spicy hops, citrus oils - lemon and orange. Tangy, fluffy-ish feel, spicy drying finish (kind of rye like, maybe caraway?). This was actually pretty good. Bottled Dec 1, 2009.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 04:09:52 | More by babaracas
Photo of earthboundagain


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

From Notes:

A: Is this apple juice or a beer, but it does have a nice white head.

S: Wheat and citrus in no particular order.

T: Ok we have some big citrus mixed in with some soggy what crackers. This one is balanced, maybe a little too balanced.

M: Light and crisp., like drinking sunshine.

D: this one is like drinking a beer flavored water, and I could put back a few.

Thoughts- this beer is a nice brew, and I could session it in the summer time, but it is not the biggest on the flavor department.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 20:40:36 | More by earthboundagain
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3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Amber in color and hazy, with about one finger worth of head... Pretty nice lacing. Looks like a good wheat.

S: Not a lot going on here for me.... Wheat, with a citrus hops and a good amount of yeast.... not much else.

T: A balance of sweet and tart.... It starts a very yeasty, then tames to a nice sweetness and finishes with a little tart in the hops. Not much aftertaste...

M: Med bodied with a nice carbonation....

D: Not a bad beer.... but not anything special either. It is quite drinkable and would not be to bad after a nice hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 05:03:48 | More by mralphabet
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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