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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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5,518 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,518
Reviews: 1,588
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 146
Gots: 642 | FT: 5
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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 emmasdad
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Schmittymack for sharing this one at a recent tasting. Poured a hazy golden color with a small lingering white head. Aromas of wheat, light straw and honey. On the palate, this one was light bodied and smooth, with flavors of wheat, honey and light citrus.

emmasdad, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of ejl4
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A) A pale straw color, with hints of yellow in the light. Slightly hazy as expected with a wheat beer.

S) Malty, sweet, with no truly discernible hop character on the nose. Light citrus character.

T) Very sweet up front with a slow mild bitterness. A light wort flavor.

M) Smooth, but light with moderate carbonation.

O) A great wheat beer with a nice citrus flavor. A great beer to drink in the heat of summer.

ejl4, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sister went to Michigan and brought back a sixer of this for me, since Bell's is a brewery I've always wanted to try, but can't get it anywhere around here. How nice!

A: Pours a cloudy, straw yellow, very "rich" looking. Dense, cotton-like white head on top, leaving behind lacing and dissipates very slowly.

S: Smells fairly neutral, but some pleasant floral notes, orange peel, and sweet wheat.

T: Sweet, grassy malts combine with a citrus hop punch. Not all that bitter (beer is about a month old), but has a pleasant hop flavor. Nice dose of lemon zest going on, and an odd, though pleasant, candy wax flavor.

M: Light to medium body, great carbonation, very pleasing all the way around.

O/D: Why can't we get Bell's around here? If they make a style of beer like this taste good, I can only imagine how their others are. It's a "summer" kind of beer that should be enjoyed year-round. Definitely give this a try.

mostpoetsdo, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of paxchristi
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from Trader Joe's.

Appearance- Poured a magnificent looking beer from a 12 ounce bottle into a 16 oz. mug. The head filled the mug to the top, and so I had a good 2-2 1/2 inches of head. White and fizzy. It receded fairly fast, but it left beautiful lacing. Hazy orange...it almost seemed thick. It was clearly well balanced with carbonation, as bubbles consistently fizzled to the top. Totally professional.

Smell: I thought the smell was a bit on the subtle side. Citrus, hops, and wheat malts. Perhaps even a bit on lemon?

Taste: Citrusy front, malty middle, and a slightly bitter finish. Its a probably about a 50 IBU or so. Solid. Medium body with enough burn give hop fans a thrill and in order to balance the very serene malts. The malt definitely balances the beer well with both pale and wheat malts.

Mouth: Well balanced carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Mild summer evenings are perfect for this beer on the palate.

Overall: A very strong effort. In fact, if I were to make a collection of my top 10 American Summer Ales, this would probably be in there some where. A total session beer. I could drink this one all evening. Will definitely get this one again.

paxchristi, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 6/15/2011. Hazy orange color with a thin white head that dissipates after a minute. Mild nose with soft wheat aromas, citrus and a touch of yeasty spice. Fairly malty body with a touch of that citrus character. Nice creamy carbonation. I get a hint of alcohol on the back end, which is the only relatively negative thing I can find to say about this beer. Other than that, it's a really tasty American wheat beer that I really enjoy drinking by the pool.

BeerAmbassador, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of chicagoabbot
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Emma's Bar in River Falls, WI. Kind of on the dark side for a pale wheat ale, the head doesn't get too big and dies pretty quickly. Fairly clean in the nose. Not a huge wheat character, but has a decent malt profile. Hops are not huge. Taste is ok, fairly clean. Not that sharp though. Mouthfeel is fine but not exceptional. Doesn't really compare to the classic champions of this style...Gumballhead comes to mind in this price range, although that's going to be a lot harder to find than Oberon in most regions.

chicagoabbot, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) Hazy orange with about a half inch of white head that stuck around for a bit and formed a nice little white cap. The lacing was good. I don't mind sediment in my brew, but this was a bit like a medium pulp OJ.

S) Wheat, orange, mild hops and some spice.

T) Wheat and grain, definite citrus, mild hops.

M) A pretty light body, with light carbonation IMO. I will say I was picking up the feel of the sediment in my mouth. I've, had this one before in the bottle and on tap, just don't recall it being this chunky.

O) This is a pretty good tasting, and pretty easy drinking summer brew. I'd go for it again to be sure. I am thinking, this particular bottle had more sediment in it than most.

RoamingGnome, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of coachdonovan
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of a 7/13/11 bottle, there is a fair amount of sediment, most of which ends up in my glass. Very, very cloudy, this reminds me of a glass of pineapple juice.

Aroma is wheaty and grainy and yeasty - about what you'd expect. Taste is similar with touches of lemon and spice and biscuit. There is a much-needed kiss of hops at the end to distinguish this American wheat from its European brethren.

It's not overly sweet or yeasty, so surely the drinkability is there. It's certainly not my favorite style, but I think I'll have no problem working my way through the case (received as a gift) as summer starts to wind down.

coachdonovan, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an Ommegang glass. From notes. Reviewed 14 June 2011.

A: Some stark-white head. Cloudy yellow.

S: Very little. Sweetish. Wheat? Cloves?

T: Sweet, spicy, and light. Clove and/or cinnamon. Vaguely sharp. The aftertaste is delicate and clean. My main complaint is that the spice lends a vaguely artificial vibe to the beer.

M: Slightly above average. Again, light.

O: Maybe least favourite Bell's, though I wasn't partial to Oarsman either. I don't like the spice profile. The beer was actually pretty okay, but I wouldn't have another. Not recommended.

AgentMunky, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of HumanParaquat
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a sunny yellow-orange with a haze of visible wheat sediments. Forms a pillowy, bright white one-finger head, but it doesn't stick around for long. Minimal lacing.

Nose is mild, but pleasant. Mostly a wheat malt and orange aroma with some hints of mango and honey.

The taste starts out decent up front with an orangey, bready sweetness; but that leads into a lingering aspirin-flavored finish. The alcohol is also a bit more noticeable than it should be for a "summer beer".

The mouthfeel is light, creamy and smooth with some crisp, moderate carbonation.

Oberon seems to be very popular here in the midwest, and I had high expectations with it being a Bell's product. I wouldn't say this was a horrible beer, but I'm very disappointed.

HumanParaquat, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 7/26/11. On tap in Milwaukee.

A - Pale straw yellow with an orange glow. Slightly hazy. One finger of fluffy white head.

S - Citrus & grain. A fairly weak nose

T - Citrus and some grainy notes with a light clove background flavour. Slightly sweet with a very slightly bitter, dry finish.

M - Light body. Medium carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Neighbor bought one of those huge cans....that poured like it was from the tap...but was in a can. The Oberon from Bells is a very good wheat beer. The color is cloudy light amber with nice off-white head. The scent is spicy with hints of orange. The taste is very good...proper balance with hops and malt with a good spice and tinge of orange peel. The mouthfeel is very easy...definite session ale.

WoodBrew, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drinking this beer at a pool party on a lazy sunday afternoon.

Poured into a solo cup(no glass allowed near pool).

Appearance: orangey and deep gold bodied beer with a nice creamy white head. This is what summer would look like if it was a beer!

Smell: light malt and wheat profile that is just oozing the smell of citrus!

Taste: The beer is very nice! That smooth wheat beer flavor comes in to play immediately, but is very mellow. The citrus is integrated right into the wheat. A lot of fresh oranges and a little bit of lemon zest. No bitter notes from hops.

Mouthfeel: Its light bodied, crisp, refreshing and flavorful. Low to moderate carbonation that is spot on!

Overall: I just can't call it summer until i have had this awesome beer by bells! Both sessionable and flavorful...its an elegant and classic brew on a hot day!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Groomsy
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single bought for $2.09 in a mix-six pack. Bottled on 05/03/2011, poured into a wheat beer glass.

Appearance: Pours a radiant, golden orange color, maybe just a few shades darker than a beer such as Blue Moon. Fairly clear body with some sediment in suspension and topped by a frothy head of two fingers, leaving behind loose strings and rings of lacing on the glass. Holy cow, it really DOES look like a summer afternoon... Nice looking brew.

Smell: Faint nose here, but crisp. Comprised mainly of wheat malt sweetness, some crisp citrus (mainly orange), and just a hint of some floral/citrusy hops. Not a bad nose, but was expecting more in strength. Great balance for what is there, though.

Taste: I'm swooned away from a smooth, sweet malt presence that glides over the tongue oh-so-wonderfully, accented by fresh wheat. Some citrusy (orange peel, namely) and floral hops kick in directly after with just a hint of spices (coriander/pepper?) on the back of the palate. There's a little bit of a bready/biscuit flavors underlying all of this as well. A lively and refreshing summer beer, very well balanced and super-drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth and refreshing with a good amount of carbonation from the bottle conditioning. Medium-bodied brew with a crisp finish. Incredible drinkability.

Overall: The best summer seasonal I've had so far (which isn't many, honestly), and this is by far the best wheat ale I've drunk. Great drinkability, nice fruity and refreshing flavors, and just a solid brew overall. Would definitely drink again if given the chance.

Groomsy, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Trystero
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It really isn't summer until Oberon shines in your glass, so now that the summer is more than half over, I can find time to review it. For me, it's the pinnacle of summer beers to which I compare all other to. Enjoyed it on draft, from the bottle, room temp and ice cold. It works on all occasions.

Appearance: Warm, golden, sun-faded wheat. The color of radiant beems filtered through a curtain on a summer afternoon. Pours thick, sediment swirling, frothy 2 finger cream head riddled with fizz and carbonation.

Smell: Bouquet of fresh squeezed citrus mixed with light airy floral notes, carried by smooth grains, cereal and summer wheat.

Taste: Initial sip is full of warming acidity, like fresh squeezed citrus. Lemon zest, orange peal. Then comes the smooth, mellow wheat and grains. Refreshing and juicy. As it warms the citrus notes become more apparent and pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation appropriate for the style. Refreshing in only a way Oberon can be.

Overall: The paragon of summer wheat ales.

Trystero, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of mjpolzin
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the perfect easy drinking beer for a hot summer day.

I was at a function where there wasn't pint glasses available so I was stuck drinking it out of the bottle so there isn't much I can say about its apperance and very little I can say about it's smell so I will have to come back and edit that part.

The taste was a nice, subtle malty, wheat taste with a little touch of a fruity twang. Sometimes I don't like a wheat beer that has too much of a wheat taste but this did not. It was refreshing meaning I was able to drink a few of them very quickly. Also, the alcohol content is enough that you get a little effect from it but not so much that you have to worry about it kicking your ass on a hot summer day.

mjpolzin, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy, unfiltered orange/golden. Nice puffy head that leaves a lot of lacing along the side. A good looking beer.

S - Not a lot of smell to this one, mostly some bready malt, hints of spice

T - Taste is fruity and bready with a touch of spice. Lemon, orange, zest, mixed with some wheat and biscuit, and a touch of coriander. Good blend of everything here. Quite good.

M - A full taste, crisp and refreshing, perfect for a hot summer night.

Overall - Very good beer, refreshing, full bodied. Certainly a rite of summer

BeerBuckeye, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Wadsey
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oberon, packaged on May 17, 2011 and consumed July 28, 2011

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours cloudy deep gold with a modest but creamy head.  Foamy arcs race up sides of glass with each sip and slowly sink to beer's surface. Medium effervescence and some sediment floating in beer.

S: Orange peels, wheat tang and toasted malts. Additional aromas include orange blossoms and biscuits. Simple but effective. 

T: Some malty sweetness up front before above characteristics settle into palate. Medium-light bitterness. A bit of grass comes out in finish. 

M: Medium-light body and corresponding carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. 

O: Oberon is a solid representation of the American Wheat Ale style, and I find it very quaffable. I think it packs too big of a punch to be sessionable, though. 

Wadsey, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of ONUMello
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy yellow-orange color, thin quickly dissipating head.
S: Sweet wheat, stone fruit and tangerine.
T: As others have said: wheat, citrus, honey, spice. But oh so refreshing!
M: Medium-bodied, rounded yet crisp.
O: This is a summertime staple in my fridge. Extremely refreshing, sessionable, and nice to drink any time the temperature rises.

ONUMello, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is yellow and hazy with a small white head that sticks around for a while, leaving some random lacing on the pint glass. The aroma is of slightly sweet malt, subtle spices and/or herbs, and a light floral presence. The flavor is decent, with some nice citrus character. Oberon has a creamy mouthfeel and is medium in body. The beer is malt forward, though the finish brings just a hint of hops. Overall, a decent summer brew.

Huhzubendah, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of NCBeerFan
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite summertime brews, and with the 100+ temps we've had lately, this has been a staple. Pours a light, hazy orange with a finger of quickly dissipating off-white head. Has a pleasant aroma of oranges, tangerines, and wheat. The taste closely follows the nose, with a light, zesty sweet orange flavor coating the tongue, with just a hint of hop spiciness. This beer is well-carbonated, as it tickles the tongue and goes down really smooth, although there's that same hop spiciness on the finish. This is just a really solid summertime brew, and is really tasty alongside a fruit salad.

NCBeerFan, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful hazy orange color w/ a white two finger head that lingers. Wonderful carbonation and lacing on this beer. Can't see through the beer at all, even w/ the light color. Fantastic.

S- Nose is wheat, fruit, hops, some malt. Very mild smelling, but balanced and very pleasant. Pear and apple as well.

T- Same profile as the nose. Super tasty, especially for the style- I could drink these all day and never tire of the taste. It's not over the top, just really tasty. Nice finish. Can't get over how tasty this brew is (and I'm usually a Tripel/Quad guy).

M- Very thin, but the hop character coats your mouth and lingers into the aftertaste along w/ the malt. Nice...

O- I'd never really had this beer, but Bell's has a winner here. This is a fantastic brew taste wise, and for the style- it's great. I will not hesitate to pick this up again- especially in the warm months. Cheers.

jayhawk73, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of fields336
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz served in SN Snifter
Bottled on 5/18/11

A: Golden yellow with 1 finger creamy carbonated white head. vigorous bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Slightly hazy, with some gobs of lacing sticking to the side of the glass.

S: sweet, bready and wheaty, some spices are present. Some lemon or citrus is also in there. No hops discernable

T: Sweet, and bready, with a decent amount of hops surprisingly. This is a really nice tasting beer, it lingers for a while on your tongue, but then wiped away. There is some fruitiness, and spiciness there.

M: really creamy, and feels nice. medium bodied and yet still light. Begs you to take another sip as soon as you put the glass down. finishes really nicely, not super dry but kind of dry.

O: This is a great summer beer, one of my favorites, I'm glad that this is a year round beer in FL. Glad to trade this or include as an extra anytime.

fields336, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of beagle75
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Hazy, medium orange-golden color with one finger of persistent white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass and flaky pale-colored particulates settle to the bottom.

S: Bready and clean, with airy floral aromas that stop well short of becoming fruity--green bell peppers, perhaps.

T: Begins off-dry, with mild bready malt that features balanced acidity and estery fruit into the middle. Hops provide adequate but nuanced leafy and floral aromatics, fading out in the middle but becoming resurgent alongside some polite bitterness. There is also a peak of crisp minerality into the middle, resetting the malt presence but never banishing it. Lingering esters evoke mild canteloupe fruit.

M: Medium viscosity, substantial and creamy on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: An effective re-imagining of what a wheat beer can be, Oberon features subtle charms that cannot steal headlines quite like the hopped-up American wheat ales. Look for a significant wheat contribution in the malt and texture qualities, and yeast that is borderline English.

beagle75, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served cold on-tap at Shamrocks in St. Paul.

As typical for bars these days, the pint glass is completely filled with no head at all. I understand wanting together hot money's worth ($5.50 in this case) but I prefer a little top.

Slightly cloudy pale golden orange color.

Very mild wheat ale aroma. No noticeable hop aroma.

Flavor is also light but enjoyable. Good wheat ale base but without the usual banana flavors that come from a German yeast.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, light bodied, well-balanced, and easy drinking.

Overall a good American wheat ale but not really remarkable.

GilGarp, Jul 21, 2011
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,518 ratings.