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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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5,311 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,311
Reviews: 1,585
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 139
Gots: 563 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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Photo of Lauthaha
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer taster (4 ounces).

Appearance: Pours a golden color with mild carbonation. Head fades quickly but leaves moderate lacing as it recedes. Not a lot to say here.

Smell: A very "round" scent...definitely reminiscent of a witbier, with that familiar citrus-type nose. However, it's not a sharp citrus, but more of a gentle mix with the wheaty malt. More bready than anything.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts out kinda bland. Hops become noticeable quickly. Very chewy in the middle, with good citrus accents. Foams right up until swallow. Aftertaste is a shocking sort of pungent grapefruit bitterness. Not bad, but not as good as I remember it.

Overall: Eh. Bell's makes a LOT of better brews...it's odd that this one enjoys such tremendous accolades in the summertime --- at least, it's odd to me. Oh well, not a bad buy, anyway.

Lauthaha, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

This pours a hazy orange with a two finger white head that dies down and leaves a little lace. On the nose there is wet grass, lemon rind, and wheat. It's a simple nose that to me seems like it's missing something. In the mouth there is a hop presence, mostly spicy rather than bitter, that together with the wheat make up the majority of the taste. With the lemon and especially the spicy hops, I want to call the taste here zesty. As it warms up there seems to be some pale malt behind everything. The body is medium, definitely heftier than I thought it would be, and the spiciness hangs on long enough to be really interesting and satisfying. I like this beer pretty well, and while it isn't a staple for me because I don't often crave the style, it's definitely a beer I would bring places in the summertime.

EricCioe, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of output01x
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A slow pour yields a 2-finger foamy off-white head atop a hazy pale straw-colored body. The head diminishes in minutes but leaves heavy lacing on the glass sides.

Strong wheat and mild citrus on the nose. Not overly strong, but definitely pleasent.

A light citrus character like orange soda starts each sip. A slightly spicy wheat flavor follows. The flavors are not bold at all, but more mellow and complimenting.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation makes Oberon crisp, refreshing, and very drinkable. Great for a hot day or with a BLT.

output01x, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of carlspeed
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%

I love this beer. I have had it on draft at Buffalo Wild Wings, and shortly after, out of a bottle into a glass.

The beer is a good spicy wheat ale, and tastes like summer. It has an orange glow, and goes down smoothly.

Want an orange? Throw one in. This beer drinks no differently than Blue Moon or Shock Top, however, it's better and has an even higher ABV% content!

Try it today!

carlspeed, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

appearance: Cloudy orange yellow. Off white head with thick lacing.
smell: crisp citrus, slight sweetness.
taste: juicy orange. some sweetness at the start with dry, crisp finish.
overall: nice tasty concoction. Early Spring refreshing brew here. Better than expected.

cindyjeffsmith, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

This brew settles a foggy orange with a fingers worth of white fluffy head that quickly dissipates. Some spotty lacing is left clinging to the glass.

The nose is subtle, offering some pale qualities including some wheat and a dash of orange and corriander.

The taste follows suit for the most part. Some wheat and sweet malt are noticed up front, followed by the citrus fruit characteristics.

The mouthfeel is medium and smooth, without filling me up. A great summer ale that can be drank all day and night.

Overall, a case of this is in order for our Memorial day weekend camping trip this summer. However, it leaves my palate unsatisfied, demanding more. Could crank it up a couple notches.

ChugginOil, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

A really great beer for the spring and summer. The beer is an orange golden color with a nice head on it. The aroma screams citrus more specifically orange. The taste is citrusy just like the aroma. The aftertaste is juicey and refreshing with a little tingle in the back of the tongue. The wheat gives the beer a light mouthfeel which in turn makes this brew quite good.

Knapp85, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of clarkkr
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

12 oz bottle -> tulip glass

Pours bright, cloudy, pale straw color with about a finger of creamy looking head. It's got a lot of carbonation and a ton of lacing around the rim. It smells faintly hoppy with a hint of citrus. The taste is similar, but with much more intensity. It's got a good pale ale malt build with wheaty and citrusy flavors, and the hops do a wonderful job of rounding out the flavor instead of dominating it. It's super creamy and velvety on the pallate. I really like this beer=)

clarkkr, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of chcfan
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Bottle into Schneider Weisse glass

Deep gold in color with the fluffy, white head I'm used to seeing in wheat beers.

Aroma is sort of citrusy with a hint of hops in the background.

Same goes for the taste.

This used to be my favorite warm weather beer. I've since found some that I like more, but I plan to pick up at least a six around this time every year to get the spring season started right.

chcfan, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a very pale straw-yellow with a full white head.

S: Not much her at all. A bit of citrus and zest, but not to much coming through.

T: A bit of hops, wheat tang, and citrus.

D: Great drinkability here. I downed most of the sixer and could have finished it off.

Overall: A great summer beer with a lot of refreshment properties. This is the kind of lawnmower beer that summer is all about. That being said, this APWA doesn't hold a candle to Gumballhead.

JohnnyChicago, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of pburland23
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Picked up a growler at Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting to enjoy during today's Phillies game.

Poured from said growler into my Phillies shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a hazy orange with about a finger of crisp white head. Good head retention and decent lacing.

Big inviting wheat aroma with hint of lemony citrus notes around the edge. Taste is also big on wheat, a little grassiness some lemon, and a hint of banana and perhaps cloves. It has a very summery taste.

Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Very quaffable summer beer. Oberon is one the summer seasonal releases I look forward to each year.

pburland23, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

A - Very nice yellow color with a slight haze and hue of orange. Big bold white head that stuck around.
S - A ton of wheat in this nose and not much else. If you search for it you can find some banana,lemon, and clove but it is hiding in their.
T & M - Great flavor profile here. Wheat dominates the front with some malt in there as well. Then some light citrus fruits including lemon and orange creep in. The is a bitter spice that rounds it out. The beer is actually more medium bodied in my opinion with light carbination.
O - Great summer and warm weather brew.There is not a strong flavor that weighs on the palate over time. Refreshing on the palate and very smooth when it goes down.


CuttDeez, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Appearance-Yellow/Orange with a 1 1/2 inch finger bubbly off white head. Very little bit of lacing sticks around.

Smell-Not too much really going on. I can get the wheat and some citrus as expected.

Taste-I definitely get the wheat/yeasty/biscuity taste. Some citrus and some banana as well.

Mouthfeel-Light carbonation and not too much body. Still pretty crisp and refreshing.

Oberon-If I can access this beer in Tx I would buy this beer for a beach trip, or a warm summer day, or after a hard days work. However it's not easy to get here, so I will not seek this out. I can live with it or without it, but If you can access this beer, very refreshing beer for all occasions.

SWMeyer4141, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Kelly88
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Had on tap at the Cock and Bull. Served in an imperial pint.

A- pale yellow. Pretty hazy. Bright white head that settles to a hybrid of a cap and a solid ring. Really not as murky as most wheat beers.

S- the first time I've actually smelled wheat in a wheat beer. Small amounts of lemon and a few traces of clove. Nice smelling beer.

T- kind of a more low key version of the nose. The wheat is combining with a sweetness that I can't put a finger on. With out this mystery sweetness this would be a pretty bland beer. A slight alcohol taste on the finish.

M- very light and very Nice. Smooth and light on the sip and a nicely timed carbonation bite on the swallow. This is the best aspect of this beer.

Overall an easy drinker that is only about 5 steps above bmc in my opinion. Smell and flavors leave alot to be desired but the drinkability and feel are great for a hot summer day or when the reds have a come from behind victory on opening day.

Kelly88, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of VMWhelan
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy straw color with a thin white head.

Nose is dominated by lemon zest and wheat with a little bit of spice to it.

Taste is lemon, wheat, some grassiness, and some good floral hop flavors. Definitely a warm weather beer.

Mouthfeel is initially very crisp. Medium body and kind of sticky with high carbonation.

Drinkability is high. I can't find a big flaw with this one, other than it being cold and rainy. I'm looking forward to this one when the weather breaks.

VMWhelan, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of haddon
4/5  rDev +5%

poured from bottle into tulip. golden color like the sun hitting a field of wheat in late Summer. lots of carbonation bubbles with sediment throughout.

mostly wheat on the nose. perhaps a tad of clove and banana from the malts and a trace of hops.

flavors of lemon, spice, clove with a dry aftertaste.

light body with ample amount of carbonation

this is a drinkable beer. I think the wheat was subdued enough to bring out other notes and add depth. good example of class

haddon, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of Brunite
4/5  rDev +5%

A - This beer pours a nice golden yellow with a nice 1" head.

S - Smell is some mild hoppiness along with some citrus.

T- You do get a good amount of hops right off the bat. As things settle...some lemon tartness is noted. The backside has some pleasant biscuit/bready notes with just a perfect touch of sweetness. The finish is dry, but refreshing.

M - Light bodied and decent carbonation.

O - Very nice beer. Better than your average American wheat. I really like the balance of the light hoppiness and the dry biscuit. Refreshing like an ESB almost.

Brunite, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of schmidtn
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

I have enjoyed many of these once called Solsun bers. Sometimes with lemon or an orange, but tonight I had it plain.

Appearance is hazy and golden. A medium thick head that dissipated too quick. A nice lace was left.

It smells of yeast, honey, and mild hops.
A nice yeasty, sweet taste followed by a slight tart aftertaste.

Good carbonation, with a lingering coating on the palette

Very drinkable. With or without fruit.

schmidtn, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of beerhan
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Had this year's first batch fresh on tap

A-Golden color with decent carbonation and some floaties. Very thin white head, medium carbonation.

S-Lemon, citrus, grass. Very simple.

T-Lots of citrus and no hoppiness to it. Very sweet, wheaty.

M-Very drinkable, goes down smooth and is refreshing.

O-A decent summer beer. A little to heavy though in comparison to other wheat beers. I was a big fan of this when I was younger but this really doesn't do it for me anymore.

beerhan, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

On-tap at Red's for Oberon Day 2011. Served in a pint.

A: Medium gold color, sligtly cloudy. Decent head and excellent lace.

S: Faint wheat and muted hops.

T: Light hop spices, semi-sweet malt with a bit of minerals in the finish. As the beer warms, biscuit, then esters emerge.

M: Very light, well carbonated, medium creaminess.

O: Flavors are all clear, but too understated.

I like this, but I was somehow hoping for more. Will look forward to trying it again to see whether another tasting reveals anything more.

AmericanGothic, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

A: Purs a hazy golden orange body. Head is white, small (2 fingers with a hard pour), bubbly, & no lacing.

S: A simple, decent nose of citrus, wheat, & sweet malts.

T: A nice citrus & wheaty upfront flavor, followed by some bready malts.

M: A very light and crisp texture, medium-light body, medium carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink. One of my go-to cheap beers when I'm visiting family in FL. Don't expect something "amazing," but if you want a nice wheat ale for the summer, this is it.

BrewCrew2010, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of beerdown77
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

This pours yellow orange with one finger of head and a lot of sediment. I smelled yeast and malt. This is a high quality wheat beer that has some spice to it. Oberon is a wheat beer/pale ale hybrid that is a refreshing take on the wheat beer, a style that do not usually prefer. I tasted very subtle spice...perhaps clove, but certainly not any gross coriander or banana Blue Moon nonsense. The medium body makes it drinkable, but its a little sweet and malty, I would stick with one or two of these.

beerdown77, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of BigBelly
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%

I love a good wheat beer, and while this definitely is not a hefeweizen, its one of the best American wheat beers that I've ever had. Like most American wheat ales, it misses the strong clove or banana scent other wheat beers give you, and instead has a nice floral nose to it.

The aftertaste is a bit fruity with a slight nip of hops and this is where it really separates itself from most wheat beers. The color is a bit lighter than a Belgian wheat beer and looks a tinge lighter than honey, more like straw.

Unlike most American wheat beers, this one isn't overly spiced and covered up with large amounts of coreander. It's very drinkable with an average abv. which is good for barbecues and hanging outdoors. I believe it stands out on its own and is really what an American wheat beer should be.

BigBelly, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours hazy lemon with a thin pure white head. Fresh lemony wheat nose. Sugar cookie malts with lemon zest and herb hops with some spice. Wheaty tang. Light, crisp and round.

Easy summer drinker and I could see where it's a gateway beer, but nothing to get excited about and hot up to what I've heard about this brewer. Then again, tough to get much out of this style so maybe they get kudos just for trying.

StJamesGate, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%

Fresh 12oz bottle in pint glass.

a - golden color with white top and a little cloudy with some visible particles.

s - smells wheaty and spiced, maybe some apple going on there. No biggie.

t - funky. I'm not sure what it is but something is just not right with me. I'll try more this coming summer with the hope that last years was just not that good.

m - this is where this beer really makes a bust with me. It leaves something on the tongue - something not good. Maybe a spice that doesn't agree with me - like you need to go brush your tongue and rinse with some mouthwash.

d - the redeeming note is that it's pleasantly carbonated, and light enough to be sessionable. But this would not be my first choice for a summer beer.

Bell's Oberon and Dreamweaver are smash hits yet they are my two least favorite of their popular beers. They can make a killer IPA like Two-hearted (which I would gladly grab over Oberon in a summer swelt) to my beloved Kalamazoo stout which is just delightful. At Troegs in 2010, we attended their saturday tasting and got the trays and filled every growler we could find. When the waitress came and grabbed our trays, none of us had finished the dreamweaver or the oberon. The waitress was surprised enough to say, "Wow, didn't like the dreamweaver or the oberon?!" None of us did. Oh well. The rest were great! And even the scratch beat the Oberon. Hands down.

edit: And NO! I'm not throwing an orange slice in the bottle! If it needs an orange or a lemon, package it with one.

Hellabeerguzzler, Feb 26, 2011
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,311 ratings.