Bell's Oberon Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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5,577 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,577
Reviews: 1,595
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 148
Gots: 670 | 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

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip glass.

The color is a hazy yellowish/orange with two finger of foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a nice wheat aroma with some slight funk that comes into some bitterness before coming back into a nice sweetness.

The taste is grapefruit and bitter hops mixed with citrus flavors. There is some rose pedal flavor that comes up into the flavor and turns things around. There is a bit of a juicy-fruit flavor that comes and goes before retreating into the background.

The feel of this beer is a good drinking beer with some interesting flavor notes and a body that is full of surprises. This beer is smooth and still sweet with some things tied in the back end with malts.

Photo of AEArider
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Light" and "refreshing" tend to be catch words for beers that don't usually bring a lot to the table in terms of complexity or overall quality. Well, this is an exception. Poured a slightly hazy orange with a very fluffy head, leavings lots of lacing. Smell was dominated by citrus, but not in an overbearing or artificial way, rather, well complimented by yeast/wheat tones. Tastes delicious. Hits the mouth with a crisp explosion of citrus, ending with an enjoyably hoppy bitterness that lacks in other interpretations of the style. Loved the mouthfeel. . . light enough to drink at a summer bbq without compromising on what really makes a good beer a good beer.

Photo of rwmiscik
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is one of my favorite seasonals. poured out of a mini keg into a snifter. It pours a hazy amber color and you immediately smell citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit. it is medium bodied and as I drink it right now I am being reminded of a creamsicle. has lots of orange and i get a little bit of a vanilla note.

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

Pours a hazy amber hue. Lots of sediment in the bottle. Medium head with some lacing present. Vibrant citrus and floral aromas jump out with sweet candy, and a funky wheat. the wheat flavor is very sweet and crisp. It coats the mouth with a tingling 'pull' on the palate in the finish. Definitely a good beer for the summer.

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

I've had this on-tap and in bottles. Pours a lovely golden color with a bit of haze to it. Healthy head to it with good retention and very nice lacing. Pretty to look at for sure. Aroma is that of earthy, funky, yeasty, hoppy and citrusy notes...complex and well balanced. Tastes of citrus, hops, yeast and some funky taste that mostly gives off wheat notes. For a mild ale, it is surprisingly complex.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. VERY drinkable...especially enjoyable in warm weather!

Photo of Valmor88
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark wheat/gold appearance. Cloudy. Two+ fingers of white head that stick around, and eventually leaves nice lacing.

S: Yeast, hops and citrus at first, then some subdued wheat tones come in.

T: Wheat is big here, with some spicy hops here and there. Orange citrus mixed in there as well. Seemed different with each sip. Nothing is overpowering, though - a mild taste. It is still a pale wheat.

M: Creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel. Decent carbonation leads to a smooth finish.

O: Really enjoyed this on tap, and will have to buy a six pack.

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a clear orange/yellow with a nice head that lingers for quite a while. The beer left great lacing throughout the drinking process.

S: The aroma is of very light wheat and some sweetness.

T: This beer is extremely light on the palate. There isn't much flavor at all other than a mild wheat flavor. There is a tiny bit of hop bitterness towards the end of the swallow. There may also be some notes of light citrus and some spice.

M: This beer has the creamy wheat like MF that I have come to expect from American wheat ales.

O: This isn't a bad beer, and the longer I took to drink my glass and the warmer the beer got the more I appreciated the flavor. The warmth also started to bring out some more complexity that I didn't notice at colder temperatures. A pretty good summer ale and I like the allusion to the Fairy King and Shakespeare.

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

Poured into a footed, straight sided glass similar to a Stange glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. Bottled Aug 2nd, 2011.

Appearance: As served the beer is a rich, hazed golden amber color with a ¼” white head that recedes slowly. Sipping leaves scattered bits of lacing. By the end of the beer the head and lacing are gone.

Smell: The aromas involve some wheat and a goodly amount of fruitiness that is definitely citric and smells a lot like orange.

Taste: The flavors include some nice light crisp sweetness from the malt that is nicely tinged with traces of orange and lemon, including enough zest like character to give the beer some zip. None of the flavors dominates the others and so the beer has a nice light complex character not always found in Pale Wheats I’ve tried.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is on the light side of medium and goes with the refreshing flavors that fill the mouth. The carbonation is persistent. The finish begins in the sweet fruitiness which persists for a while until everything turns nicely dry at the end.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: I found this one nicely drinkable and it has earned a place among my top choices for future purchase in this style of beer. It is a smooth drinker and quite refreshing. The last half of the beer also went quite well with the Cheese Quesadillas and green salad that I had for lunch. My overall impression is that yet again Bells has come up with hit rather than a miss. While it s not a home run it clearly a base hit is at least a double or even a triple bagger.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Although this is not a bad beer in any way, shape, or form, it has been deified locally, much like Fat Tire or other "flagship" brews from microbreweries. And like most of those beers, they are not the best offerings from their respective breweries.

Oberon is a very good beer, but not the great that a lot of locals believe it is. A good beer that you will never turn down, but you also might not ever seek out.

Photo of smbslt
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint with what seemed like the correct amount of care but roiled this yeasty, highly carbonated, turbid, yellow-orange brew into a fearsome seemingly undrinkable mess.

The dry grass colored, creamy head developed from the fine carbonation - substantial enough to support a yeast chunk until it dissolved and left a brown stain.

Spent plenty of time smelling the grass and honey aromas wafting up. It had to settle at some point.

The taste and feel were much better than what I had expected based on its appearance. Hints on grass and flowers intermingled with very subtle hops and very little malt. Light and tart - a good warm weather or beer. The feel was clean and crisp.

More care in its delivery my bump my score in the future.

Photo of taigor
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a regular pint glass.

A - Poured very cloudy bright orange color with thin head that quickly dissipated leaving average lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of citrus, earth hops and wheat.

T - Just like smell very fruity and bitter with hints of wheat and dry hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied with lots of carbonation.

O - Good summer Pale Wheat Ale. I would recommend it or have another one.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy straw/gold. head is bright-white and quickly dissipates to a faint ring around the top. Nice carbonation pulls from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: A little tart. Some pale malt and the sharp tang of wheat. Grass and some apple. It's simple, but spot on.

Taste: Wheat and lots of it. Some lemon zest and grass. A touch earthy as well. Faint spiciness lingers in the back. Nothing too crazy going on here.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium with a solid carbonation. A touch dry, but easy to drink. Clean and smooth.

Overall: Delightfully middle of the road. Just enough flavor to keep things interesting. I can see where this could dominate a summer market. It's clean and refreshing.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

The body is a cloudy copper with some light orange tint to it. The head is creamy, full, and sticky. Rings of broken-up lace form all the way down the sides of the glass, occasionally connected by a little sliver of foam. Nice and cloudy as the yeast floats in suspension.

The aroma is wheaty, sure, but aside from that, there isn't really anything notable going on here. Some grassy and earthy notes, but overall, disappointing. The flavor does improve somewhat as it brings in brightness with some orange zest. Again, though, not much complexity or character here. Just sort of blah.

The mouthfeel is about what you would expect. Light to medium, a bit closer to medium. The carbonation is there, but not overwhelming. Really, this is a beer that I could go my whole life without even yearning for again. Bell's makes some great stuff, but this is not their best work.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,577 ratings.