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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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5,314 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,314
Reviews: 1,585
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 139
Gots: 564 | 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 RickS95
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours a golden orange with lots of stuff suspended in it. The head is thick and white, and resembles a cloud. Good head retention.

Has a pleasant summer smell. A little bit of fruit comes thru, seemingly apricot and some form of citrus. A mild hoppiness is also present.

Like the smell, has a pleasant warm-weather taste. A little bit of fruit comes thru to keep any bitterness in check.

It's complex in the mouth. You get some hoppy bite initially but it mixes well with the fruit and wheat almost finishing with a hint of sweetness. Very refreshing without being astringent.

I liked this. I'm normally not fond of summer beers, but the subtle sweetness of Oberon won me over. On top of that, it's got above average ABV, but it still drinks well.

RickS95, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of ralree
1.95/5  rDev -48.8%

A: Gold, extremely cloudy and full of ... stuff. The stuff seems to be suspended like dirt in a lemon jello. Actually looks kinda gross, but whatever. No head to speak of. Meh.

S: Smells sour, overbitter, too grainy. Reminds me of cheap beer. This doesn't look good so far.

T: Tastes rather awful. I think this one might have gone bad. But Bell's Brew Finder says it should be good until November, so I can't be blamed. Reminds me of the bland German beers I've tried, with extra bitterness and less sweetness. Pretty awful - was expecting a lot more. Aftertaste of dirt. Maybe I've lost all taste for wheat beer.

M: Overcarbonated, medium-light body, astringent, dry. Doesn't help the flavor.

D: I can't drink any more. I'm going to pour it out. Maybe I have a bad sample, maybe I just don't like this style, but I can't stand this one. It's not worth the pain to me.

ralree, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of mirish72
4.7/5  rDev +23.4%

Lucky enough to have a friend who makes mid west beer runs and to able to sample this. Pours an orange amber with lots of good stuff floating around. There is an overpowering orange aroma going on from start to finish, really amazing stuff, I can only imagine what it tastes like fresh. This is a perfect summer beer, it is incredibly refreshing and worth tracking down if possible.

mirish72, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of shand
4.38/5  rDev +15%

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice orange color with a decent head. Head retention isn't great.

Smell: Smells citrusy, wheaty, and just a bit grassy and hoppy. Very very nice.

Taste: Well, this stuff tastes really freakin' good. It's a very crisp beer, with the citruses and hops taking center stage. There's a bit of a wheat aftertaste that makes this an interesting ale. Very delicious and unique for the style.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated and goes down smoothly.

Drinkability: I could drink this all day.

A very great widely distributed beer that'd be great on both a hot day and a cool day. Highly recommended.

shand, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Figured I'd grab one o' these guys before they disappear for the rest of the year. It pours a pretty clear pale straw, riddled with particulates, topped by over a finger of healthy white froth. The nose comprises orange peel, mandarin orange flesh, puffed rice, and wet wheat. The taste comprises corn syrup, wheat, light mandarin orange, and flowers. The body is light, with a light carbonation and a thickly watery feel. Overall, a decent APWA, nothing close to special, but highly drinkable.

TMoney2591, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of kneeland
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Bell's does it again. I don't think I've had anything by them which I didn't enjoy. This was the type of ale that I really like. It's smooth, but has a grittiness to it.

It's got a citrus flavor, and it seems like it wants to be a weizen. It's interesting, and very nice.

The color is a cool light orange color, intriguing almost. There's almost no head to this, but any foam would not sit right with this flavor.

Bottom line, I like Bell's, but it's too expensive down south here, so I don't get it as much as I'd like.

kneeland, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of SBXLII
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

A nice white-yellow hue, very reminiscent of a quality Belgian hefe. Although you could tag the usual banana, clove and citrus labels, this establishes something more enjoyable. Unfortunately seasonal, this could last through the fall. Relaxed palette, not overwhelmingly wheat or feminine, pleasantly subtle, would definitely pair well with certain foods. Larry Bell should really get his stuff to the east coast more consistently. I'd surely stock this in the fridge.

SBXLII, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of tubacharlie
4/5  rDev +5%

A good whiff reveals a spicy smell of fresh mown wheat with lemony yeast overtones.

This annual offering is rich with sediment, especially if it is near the end of the barrel and the bar keep rocks and rolls it for you before drawing a pint. The result is a dense cloud of orange-amber slosh, almost the shade of a milky Orange Julius.

After a few swigs, only a light foam remains from the two-finger head, but plenty of carbonation is released in the mouth as the citrus notes accent the lightly toasted whole wheat bread (with a bit of peach jam) flavor.

A good all-around summer staple with plenty of punch.

tubacharlie, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of lstokes
3.58/5  rDev -6%

This had a nice orange appearance with sediment very visible and some carbonation making its way up, and smelled like sour wheat malt with some apricot notes and something almost like cotton candy.

It tastes sweet from the start, maybe starting citrusy and moving towards the wheat/yeast character, but finishes like a good tart/peppery wine. I don't love the sweetness, and for that reason am marking it down, but it's still a very good beer, and the mouthfeel is thick and prickly. Wouldn't seek out but would drink again.

lstokes, Sep 30, 2010
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Hazy Golden Straw. Decent sized bubbly white cap. Decent retention. Some nice light bubbly lacing. Some yeast sediment that settles to the bottle of the glass.

Grassy and Floral, Lemon zest and citrus. Wheat and sunshine. Spicy, peppery, yeasty. Nice hop aroma for style.

Crisp wheat. grassy lemon and floral hop flavor. Pleasant mild hoppy bitterness. Spicy yeast esters.

Light bodied. Crisp, high carbonation, refreshing. Slight stickiness. Good mouthfeel for style.

Very sessionable. Bubbly and refreshing and hoppy. Great summer/warm weather brew.

CHILLINDYLAN, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured into a Weizen glass.A hazy yellow color with thick tiny bubbled white heading. Decent lacing left around the glass.

Smell is mostly dominate of wheat malts.A touch of spicey and medicinal aroma as well.

Taste has a bit of everything however. The wheat malts a still the main course but the backing flavors of fruit,and spicey hops are meshing perfectly.

Mouth is light bodied,very smooth and that good subtle spicey hop linger that finishes you off.

A drinkable and very good tasting brew. Give it a shot on a hot summer day.

TheFightfan1, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of MsMandy
4.38/5  rDev +15%

A- Deep golden hue, cloudy

S- Smokey, wheat heavy fragrance

T- Starts smokey. Strong, yeasty wheat middle. Similar finish. Aftertaste is pleasant.

M- Light-medium body, medium/good amount of carbonation

D- Great Flavor! Easy and extremely enjoyable to drink. One of my favorite summertime wheat beers.

MsMandy, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of adkirkish
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

A: Poured golden yellow w/ a frothy sturdy white head.

A: Smells of citrus zest, pale malts, and a light citrus hop aroma.

F: Flavor mimmicks the aroma, lemon/citrus zest upfront, but not overpowering, back up by light pale malts. Didn't get any wheat charachter or flavor. Very refreshing without the citrus astringency.

M: Light-Medium body mouthfeel and carbonation. No creaminess / alcohol warmth.

O: Very refreshing and perfect for summer. Where other summer beers are watered down, this beer actually has some supporting body with the pale and wheat malt.

adkirkish, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: Thick, cloudy, honey-like. Yeast sediment permeates Bell's Oberon Ale. It almost seems like carbonation just slowly floats suspended in the beer, as if it weren't even moving. I have never seen something like this in a beer. Wonderful foam and good lacing.

Smell: Spicy, peppery hops. Some yeast and malt as well. Overall very good. Nothing exciting, but it's well balanced.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Initially I taste a lot of excellent spicy hops. The hops pervade throughout the entire beer. A bit of bready malt in the background. Also I taste something sort of buttery and sweet that adds to a good, creamy mouthfeel here as well. Great overall.

Drinkability: Very little to complain about. Maybe a bit too much bitterness for some people.

Overall: Only the smell leaves something to be desired. One of the easiest wheat beers to drink in my opinion.

tjsdomer2, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of cbutova
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Batch #9822.

A- Into a weizen glass a very chunky yellow-orange. A giant foamy white head builds and retains well. Tons of spotty lace dispersed on the glass.

S- Light grainy malt and a ton of citrus juice hints. Good overall strength.

T- Wheat and caramel malt provides a backdrop for a fairly zesty citrus profile. Earthy and floral hops round out the flavor. The orange flavor really comes out when it warms.

MF- Very creamy light body with high carbonation. Light bitterness from hops. This one goes down very smooth.

DB- A good fruit flavor in this beer, it tastes pretty fresh and the citrus is not overly zesty. Pretty well balanced and definitely refreshing.

cbutova, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of grizzly700
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured into glass with quickly disappearing head.. Usually I garnish this with an orange.. Today did not have any but either way a good beer for a nice 90 degree day... Usual wheat beer taste but I really enjoy these on hot days.. Will get couple cases again in 2011..

grizzly700, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Dunkle
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

A: Served in a tall glass with an orange. Orange and cloudy with two inches of head.
S: Like a fresh orange!
T: The taste is of wheat, orange, and light citrus hops that leave a slightly bitter aftertaste. Well-balanced.
M: Light-medium bodied as the style would suggest. Smooth and carbonated well.
D: Exceptionally easy to drink. Great session beer. I've had a six-pack in a night and know many others who have as well.

Dunkle, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of bskrtz
4/5  rDev +5%

A) Straw yellow, hazy summer ale. A bit thinner than most traditional Witte's but still very appealing

S) Zesty lemmon, mild spice, sour dough malt and mild hops

T) Very refreshing and mild. A juicey thirst quencher. Low alcohol.

M) Ample carbonation, thin, mild

D) A very good example of the American version of Witte Beer.

bskrtz, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Foxxypants
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

A: Nothing special for a wheat ale. Yellow in color, head was quick to recede.

S: Again, nothing too special. Pleasant, with citrus and wheat.

T: Very smooth beer, very nice wheat flavor, with subtle flavors including citrus.

M: Light and carbonated, the way I generally like it.

D: Very good beer to relax and enjoy on a warm day. A good all-around easy drinking beer, and one of the best wheat beers I've had.

Foxxypants, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of gtn80
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

Poured from a bottle into a plastic cup in a hotel room. I'm aware that's not the best serving vessel, buts it's all I had.

Appearance: hazy, golden color, head disappeared quickly.

Aroma: citrus, spices, bit of malt

Taste: Citrus, lots of wheat, some malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: a bit thin

Drinkability: for a summer wheat, I could drink a bunch of these, definitely would be nice on a hot summer day.

gtn80, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of armock
3.85/5  rDev +1%

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of wheat and orange citrus scents

T - like the smell is wheat upfront with some good orange citrus flavors

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is an awesome summer beer super refreshing with a great taste thats easy to drink all day long in the summer heat worth hunting down for the summer

armock, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of clarkm04
3.43/5  rDev -10%

Appearance- A hazy yellow color. Medium to light carbonation. Light white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell- Light notes of bready malts and coriander. Very subtle smells.

Taste- Very bready in the malts, a hint of coriander. Unlike some unfiltered wheats, this beer is non-existent of the orange or lemon flavor. Very little bitterness. Not quite as smooth of a finish I would like for a wheat but very tastey.

Mouthfeel- Slight carbonation across the tongue. Rather smooth.

Drinkability- Very high given the style and relative light balance of the beverage.

Overall- I very good summer ale for sure. I much larger fan of other wheat beers such as North Coast's Blue Star or Avery's White Rascal but it's a solid beer.

clarkm04, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of epicness
4.83/5  rDev +26.8%

A: Hazy golden body topped with a whispy white minuscule head.

S: Floral and citrus hops mixed with bread malts. Not very much to write about with appearance or scent. Very straightforward.

T: Tangy wheat with a small bit of vanilla on the front. Some fruity spices and light herbal hop flavor in the middle. The finish is bread malts with some coriander.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: I put the beer down in about 10-15 seconds. Once I got my first taste, I couldn't stop drinking it. Nectar of the gods sums this up perfectly. Mix the PERFECT taste with a decent ABV and you have a session brew.

epicness, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of UpNorthLager
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

Sometimes ales are a little too sweet and caramelly for me, so at times, I'm hesitant to choose an ale. This was a good one. A full-bodied flavor, the malt wasn't too sweet - but there was that hint. A little hint of hops balanced nicely. I might have had another had the tenderloin not just come off the grill then. I guess this beer reopened an avenue of beers for me that had been under construction.

UpNorthLager, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Shrews629
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%

Appearance - Orangish yellow and cloudy with a nice soapy white thick head. Leaving a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Looks decent enough.

Smell - Nice notes of orange citrus. Even detecting some floral hops. Picking up the wheat in the background. Nicely balanced.

Taste - Getting some grapefruit and some orange in the taste. Only a small amount of bitterness coming in at the back of the throat. Just getting a slight bit of alcohol in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Thin, refreshing, crisp, thirst quenching. Maybe only the slightest bit watery.

Drinkability - Very nice summer brew. Easily drinkable. Perfect after a hot, hard days work. This beer is better than most summer wheat beers I've tried.

Shrews629, Aug 20, 2010
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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