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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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4,979 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,979
Reviews: 1,573
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 131
Gots: 425 | 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.

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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
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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
Photo of mralphabet


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
Photo of climax


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oberon poured a gold/orange, cloudy with several floaties. A good fizzy white head faded lazily.

Aroma is very wheaty, not extremely potent though. Other notes included hints of citrus, alcohol, and soda crackers.

Flavor is very wheaty as well. Bits of bitter lemon and crackers pretty much make up the rest.

Body is light, but not watery. Carbonation is relatively mild and keeps a the chalky yeast feel crisp.

Perhaps drinking this one in the middle of December isn't doing this beer justice. Given that, I'm sure it"d be excellent on warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 00:05:38 | More by climax
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous appearance of pale gold with slight haze, and mountainous rocky white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind an abundance of lace. Fresh beer!

Nose has light fruit and a clean grain aroma that is subdued.

Palate has a lightly sweet wheat component with balancing citrus to give it some complexity. Finish is somewhat fruity-tart, in a good way, and is rather easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 02:35:02 | More by yemenmocha
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3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale orange. Small head that disappears into a thin film. Spots of lacing on the glass. Smells of honey, malt and a tad of pineapple. Tastes sweet and citrusy with a malt backbone. Quite refreshing. Mouthfeel is nice on the carbonation front, but I can't help the feeling that this is a little too syrupy. It's light and sweet and quite easy to drink a bunch. Where are the hops? Perhaps faded away as this beer is a summer seasonal. I'd love to have it super fresh.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 23:30:55 | More by tegelaar
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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this at a nicer Publix grocery store. Poured into a standard pint glass. Stamp on bottle says 9467. Enjoying this as I watch the Magic/Pacers game.

A: Very light orange with some cloudiness. Decent head with different sized bubbles, retained with half the glass downed.

S: Big time honey on the nose, light oranges, some candied figs and the slightest touch of some ground spice like nutmeg.

T: Honey honey honey with a touch of mild spice. The light citrus in the smell does not come through on the tasting side. I say honey, but this is not artificially sweet-tasting at all. Oberon is a pleasant and refreshing brew, just like the bottle says.

Drinkability: I'll do my best to save one for a later tasting.

Value: At around $12.00 a six pack, you could do better, but you could also do worse.

This is a must try for someone who thinks Blue Moon is the best beer out there. Similar to BM but lots better.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 01:29:06 | More by WeezyBoPeep
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack of this beer at Woodman's during a recent beer run.

This beer has a nice white foamy head and the aroma smells crisp and the citrus/apple/light fruity flavors conjures up memories of warm summer days by the lake.

It's definitely a great summertime beer. I plan to buy more of this and make this more of my go-to session "lawnmower" beer when the seasons change.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 19:14:50 | More by MysterySwirl
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Capone's in Norristown PA for $3.50 (tax included)

Appearance: Pours the color of pumpkin skin with a 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and lace. The body is slightly hazy.

Smell: Not much going on here. Wheat, a lightly sweet fruit...perhaps pear, and a touch of pale malt.

Taste: Fruity malt (again I'm getting pumpkin and pears but also orange now), a small hop tinge, slightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Slightly oily, medium body, fairly satisfying.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 23:47:46 | More by koopa
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This last summer I have noticed this beer gaining in popularity around the Chicago bars. Was at a bar and chose Oberon over Gumballhead next door. Similar beers.

A: light apple juice gold, nice big white foam head

S: Smells crisp with citrus and wheat coming through.

T: Very crisp and refreshing. Sweet, fruity, and earthy (wheat?). I felt like there needs to be another taste present.

M: Good, light, crisp, and refreshing.

D: High, very drinkable on those spring/fall warm nights.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2009 03:21:01 | More by cagocubs
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: light gold, cloudy.

S: Weak but pleasant

T: A little bit sharp, but good. Not to much hops.

M: Smooth, but like I said a bit sharp.

D: Pretty good, but it's better in a bottle than a glass

Overall good. I'm not sure if this is a bad bottle, but I've been more impressed by this beer in the past before I tried to review it.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 18:34:48 | More by aaronhanson
Photo of Tucquan


3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this at "The Downtown" pub in Warsaw, Indiana on 2009-04-17. Had this again on 2013-04-09 from a 1-week old bottle and liked it more than in 2009 so I raised my rating.

The ale is a very transparent golden color with a short, white head. There's light lacing that sticks around.

There's a crisp, light wheat grain taste and a bit more hop bitterness than you typically find in a summer wheat. I liked this hops surprise.

There's a certain, distinct other flavor that is hard to place for me. Maybe light-candied fruit that balances nicely with the hpos.

The mouthfeel is light-medium and the carbonation is medium.

A very refreshing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 11:43:51 | More by Tucquan
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3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So to set the story, about 6 months ago me and the Mrs. took a drive to an animal shelter in York County, PA where we picked up a puppy that the wife had her eye on for weeks. I wanted to name the little guy after a beer, and we chose Oberon (a beer I've had but not yet reviewed). So now, my little man is a 70lb monster and he's still growing. On to the review...

Appearance: A rough pour yields a cloudy, light golden colored brew with a small bit of very thin bubbly head that doesn't hang out for very long. There is a little bit of runny, soapy lacing.

Smell: A very mild sweetness with a slight grassy kind of smell. Overall it's very subdued and difficult to pick up.

Taste: Sweet, almost a fruity kind of sweetness, with virtually no bitterness. There's a bit of a grassy wheat kind of taste, but it's the sweetness that sticks out the most.

Mouthfeel: A nice refreshing medium body with good carbonation and a great overall texture.

Drinkability: Overall a tasty brew. It has a great mouthfeel, and a nice sweet taste to it. Definitely a beer you can enjoy throughout the whole night. Not my top choice in styles, but good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 03:59:35 | More by krisandajt
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


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

Drank a lot of this in Milwaukee. It was kind of the Midwest wheat beer, although Blue Moon had been making inroads.

Not really my style, although Bell's is one of my fave breweries. Well made, good wheat flavor. An orange probably goes better with it than a lemon, if you're into that kind of thing. I think there's plenty of citrus flavor already in it, and an appreciable degree of wheat, soft body, easy enough to drink. One of the best representations of a wheat beer, and certainly the best east of Sierra Nevada that I can think of.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 17:15:17 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge rocky head served from a jockey box at the Big Pour in Scottsdale. eventually settled down. Color is golden with a slightly orange tint. The aroma is very fruity. Definantly an ale with a nice citrus note. The taste is simply that of a fruiity wheat beer. I am sure it is going to be a big hit here in Arizona, the girl pouring it said it would be available year round in Arizona starting next month. Mouthfeel is pleasantly light. There is a citrusy lemony note which is prominent but not overpowering Aftertaste is bready and clean.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2009 16:59:10 | More by bigbelcher
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New York

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

Reviewed solo served out of a pint glass.
Appearance: slightly cloudy and wheat colored and poured a 1 finger white head which dissipated rather quickly and left minimal lacing.
Smell:wheat and a hint of green fruit.
Taste: opens with wheat and light grains as a hint of unripened green apple and light malt character emerges from the middle to the end leaving a light and grainy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation and crisp and rather clean

Drinkability: I would have this again and recommend this to someone who wants a relatively light bodied wheat andmalt profile and simple flavored ale with little aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 00:34:14 | More by capra12
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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