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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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5,327 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,327
Reviews: 1,585
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 139
Gots: 569 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy orange with a white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S-Citrus notes on the nose, mostly orange, and some malts as well as a touch of hops.

T-The sweetness of this beer blew me away. Besides an overwhelming sweet flavor there was once again some citrus, mostly oranges and just a hint of lemon. Its more malty than hoppy, but pretty balanced.

M-Leans to the syrupy side than carbonated.

D-The sweetness of this beer made it a one and done for me. I had this in a bottle last year and I don't remember it being so sweet.

Overall, I was disappointed. The bottle I had last year seemed much better. I had thought about purchasing as six pack of this, but now I don't think I will. I know this beer is loved by many, but its not my favorite.

thegodfather2701, May 24, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, looked up batch number, brewed on 3/23/10.

This was a difficult review for me. I liked it, but it was complex and had many different characteristics for me to pinpoint.

Firstly, use caution when pouring this beer! A bit too quick, and you will end up with chunky floaters of protein throughout. It's a lot prettier when its orange and clear with a nice white head that sticks in rings. Smell is light-but-sweet spiced bread with an alcohol flare. Taste was a combo of grapefruit and orange zest, and wheaty, with a certain 'greenness' to it. Body was carbonated well, and the beer finished with some of that particular candy sweetness that I detect from Bells offerings. In the end, crisp and refreshing and quite easy to drink a few.

sixerofelixir, May 24, 2010
Photo of jhp40219
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 5-liter mini-keg into a standard pint glass.

A - Depends on how you look at it. In a lighted area, it appears an amberish orange. Hold it directly up to the light and it is a murky yellow. So it is quite a bit more appetizing if you don't hold it directly up to any light source. A hard pour produces a nice thick two finger off-white head that disappears pretty quickly leaving only a ring of bubbles around the glass that leaves a slight lace.

S - Orange rinds, biscuits, fresh hops, malts, and a hint of lemon.

T - The orange taste is immediate. Give it a couple seconds and the hops and malts come through, followed by that hint of lemon.

M - A little thin with a bit too much carbonation for a pale ale. Overall, not too bad, but certainly not remarkable.

D - Very nice! Good ABV, not too strong but not weak by any means. Definitely refreshing and a great summer beer!

jhp40219, May 24, 2010
Photo of cratez
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle at The Dish in Ormond Beach, FL.

A: glowing, hazy yellow, one finger of white foam, spotted lacing on the pint glass.
S & T: zesty, resinous orange peel, tangerine and clementine, some lemon juice, citrus, doughy wheat and pale malts, elegant spiciness throughout.
M: delicate, silky body with a crisp and sharp finish.
D: awesome summer quencher from Bell's. Not as flavourful or complex as Three Floyd's Gumballhead, but still a great take on the style.

cratez, May 23, 2010
Photo of aasher
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale Straw yellow with slight orange tint. Not very cloudy with slight, white head.

Smell: Smells slightly of yeast and has hints of orange

Taste: Good flavor. Orange is present but not overpowering. Not overly yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Nothing too impressive. It's light and normally has good carbonation. Can be a little dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Is both light and flavorful.

This is one of my favorite summer seasonals. It is very drinkable both on tap and out of a bottle. Finishing off a six pack should be no problem. Is a great session beer and I'd recommend it to anyone who's a fan a Pale Wheat Ales.

aasher, May 22, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden with a slight white head and plenty of particles floating around. The aroma smells strongly of wheat, biscuity malt, grassy hops and a hint of zesty orange. The flavor follows up with a very nice wheat malt profile that is softly accentuated by grassy herbal hops, and some citrus notes. I also detect some light spice notes, perhaps some coriander, but nothing to the extent that you would find in a Belgian wit. The body is light with fairly spiky carbonation and a nice dry finish that makes this very refreshing. Very drinkable and still one of my favorite summer beers.

Story time: When I turned 21 I was mostly just interested in drinking what was on sale. I thought that ordering a Killian's meant I was going for the quality stuff. Then someone at a party asked if I had ever tried Oberon. I fell in love with it right away, and it lead to Bell's Amber, then that lead to Two Hearted and Kalamazoo Stout and then on to other great brewers and beer. I raise my glass you Larry bell, and... drunk guy at party. You changed my life for the better!

zoso1967, May 22, 2010
Photo of suretolose
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this selection from a bottle into a pint glass. It a light golden color with some residue floating in it. It starts with a nice head that fades fast.

The aroma is faint. Orange with wheat and a little yeast.

The taste is light citrus and somewhat dry, a little bread flavor as well.

An ok beer, but not really my favorite. A little to dry for me

suretolose, May 19, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice summer seasonal, with quality to be a year round light wheat brew.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Somewhat festive/naive label motive with a hand-drawn like sun emblem over an orange label. Back label offers a small note higlighing its character as that of a summer wheat ale. Shows batch number (9696: April 20, 2010), and Alc. by Vol. (5.8%). Serve in a weissbier glass.

A - Hazy deep gold-orange pour with some particles. Fair head, with medium to low retention, shy surface memory and some lacing

S - Lightly wheaty nose, yeast woven with a sweet fruity sense, orange peal and a touch of spice.

T - Sweet wheat sense, with a gentle spicy touch, a bit fruity.

M - Light-medium body with generous but not overwhelming carbonation, and semi-dry finish after the lingering fruitiness.

D - Nice summer seasonal, works well rather informally and without much pretense.

Notes: Nice one, nothing to rave about, but very reliable and pleasing, or maybe those are actually reasons enough to rave about even it is not that memorable...

Daniellobo, May 19, 2010
Photo of Spica66
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale orange color. Murky (cloudy). Fluffy head. Good retention.

S: Aromas of wheat and citrus, mixed with nice hops.

T: Very light tasting. Wheaty, complex. I love this beer.

MF: Middle of the road creaminess. Medium Carbonation level.

D: I have had many opportunities to not stop drinking this beer on a given day, and I have always made that choice!

Every year, this beer means Spring will soon be Summer!

Spica66, May 17, 2010
Photo of OtisinAZ
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S- The smell was of light citrus and floral hops.

T- Taste was very light and refreshing as a wheat beer should be. Small fruity, and wheat malt notes.

A- poured a light orange, hazey, with a small white head. lots of carbonation.

Very drinkable beer.

OtisinAZ, May 16, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the new Whole Foods in Schaumburg. Nothing better than some beer while you are shopping!

A: pours a pale orange, slightly cloudy, huge 2 finger fluffy head, nice retention with some sticky lacing

S: the aroma is mild but I do pick up lots of citrus, notes of orange and lemon, some noticeable wheat, and a touch of citric hops on the finish

T: starts grainy with notes of toast and cereal, followed by notes of orange, banana, and lemon, nice and refreshing, very light, good wheat flavor

MF: light and refreshing body, medium carbonation

D: nicely put together wheat beer, with lots of fruitiness and a pretty prominent malt presence.

homebrew311, May 15, 2010
Photo of DAllspaw
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap poured into pint glass.

A = wonderful straw color, reminiscent of Hennepin, a personal fav so already biased. Great lacing which rings down the glass as you drink. Definitely cloudy, with noticable sediment.

S = light, citrus, some funk, nothing too strong.

T = wonderful balance of hops and light malt, more malt taste than expected from color.

M = fair carbonation, a slight bit of tannin on the front of the tongue and malt on the back. Very solid presence, not too light. A bit of creaminess, nice touch.

D = just a very solid beer, certainly drinkable, all night long.

DAllspaw, May 15, 2010
Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught @ The Headkeeper: This one pours a hazy straw-yellow color. There was a bit of a frothy white head on it. It left some lacing. The nose is grassy, floral, and a hint of citrus. The taste is pretty similar. Grassy and floral notes, as well as corn, citrus and some faint wheat. Nice, and fairly refreshing. A good summer beer.

Boto, May 14, 2010
Photo of Brettster
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a local bar. Served a hazy orangeish yellow with a one finger head. Has a slight fruit smell, maybe some orange. Has a nice refreshing subtle citrus flavor. This is a smooth and refreshing summer beer. I will definitely hvae this again.

Brettster, May 14, 2010
Photo of samie85
2.63/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes; originally consumed 5/02/10.

A-Pours a hazy yellow with a two finger white head. Suspended yeast floaties.

S-Very mild citrus- lemon and lime. A bit of wheat as well.

T-Lemon and lime bitterness upfront with not a whole lot else going on. A little bit of perceivable wheat to balance things a bit.

M-Light bodied with ample, prickly carbonation.

D-I'm not a big fan of the lemon/lime hop profile or of Pale Wheat's it seems. If this beer funds Bell's to continue to make great beers like Two Hearted, and Hopslam though, then so be it.

samie85, May 13, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw-yellow color; some residual yeast. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with good retention. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Wheat malt and light-colored fruits. Some muted, mild spices.

T: Wheat malt, light-colored fruits and citrus. Crisp and refrewhing. Subtle bitter hops for good balance.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Very refreshing and not overly sweet or bitter.

Haybeerman, May 13, 2010
Photo of BuckyFresh
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. Pours a hazy golden/yellow with a frothy one-finger head. Average head retention and lacing. Not much carbonation to speak of, although my view is slightly obstructed by suspended yeast bits.

Smell: Smell is pretty subdued, with a pretty even balance between citrus and bready yeast. The wheat is definitely a player as well, but the aroma really isn't that complex and doesn't bowl me away.

Taste: Very creamy texture and a refreshing blend of wheat and citrus fruits. There is a bit of bitterness, but nothing about this beer is overpowering; in fact, it almost seems a bit muted. I guess they're going for a summer thirst-quencher, but I'd like a little more zing.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is really pretty pleasant. Medium-bodied, creamy, and a tartness that excites the senses. Pleasant is the operative word here.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to toss back a couple of these. The fact that no one aspect of this beer sticks out makes it fairly unoffensive to the palate.

BuckyFresh, May 13, 2010
Photo of zimm421
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a hazy yellow with an orange tint. Has an average head that doesn't leave much lacing.

Smells of oranges and lemons with a good wheat aroma as well. Tastes very sweet. Lots of wheat, as well as a little tartness from the lemons and oranges. There is a slight bitterness towards the end, but nothing that really stands out.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A very refreshing beer that goes well with warm weather.

zimm421, May 11, 2010
Photo of jakeyb
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a thin 1 inch head. Pleasant aroma. Hints of mint (?) and lemon zest. Medium body and carbonation, without any drastic hints of anything. While not incredibly complex, still a very refreshing beer, perfect for throwing back a few on a summer evening. All hail Oberon.

jakeyb, May 10, 2010
Photo of jpittman80
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow. Big foam at first that dissipates surprisingly quick for a wheat, with very little lacing. Yeast visible in bottom of glass.

S - Light, tart fruits (apricot? peach?) That's about it.

T - Taste is very crisp and cleaned with the tartness of the aforementioned light fruits. Very subtle hint of hops in taste and bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a pleasant level of carbonation.

D - This would be nice to drink for a day out in the sun. Very refreshing and not overly sweet or bitter.

jpittman80, May 08, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a head of small white bubbles that doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is slightly sweet and has a little but not much fruit aroma to it.

Medium body, nice carbonation in the mouth. Some sweetness, finishes wet. Some grainy bitterness in back. Its a good summertime light ale for drinking after a hot day.

drabmuh, May 08, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a semi hazy yellow color. A large white head forms with good retention. The rocky foam gently recedes after a minute to a ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: Lots of citrus aromas. Orange peal and lemons are up front and center. A slightly sweet aroma. Husky wheat, grass, and some spices linger on.
T: Full of citrus flavors that follow the nose. The fruity flavors are fairly tart. Lightly sweet and husky grain. Lots of spices as well.
M/D: A little thin, but good carbonation. Really easy to drink. The alcohol is a little high for a summer session beer, but not hard at all to put a few away.

A very nice summer beer. Fairly simple, but very enjoyable. Something I would recommend.

champ103, May 06, 2010
Photo of RTrain12
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle poured in to a pint glass.

A: Pours a light straw yellow with a off white head measuring a 1/4". Head faded away immeadiatley. Lots of carbonation inthe glass with alot of yeast floates.

S: Smells of citrus, yeast, and wheat. Nothing really strong coming from this one.

T: Citrus with some wheat. Almost no bitterness. Fisishes clean.

M: Meduim bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

D: I would perfer a 2 Hearted Ale over a Oberon. This is not a bad summer beer. Just personal preference. I had to check this one out, maybe I'll pick it up again next summer.

RTrain12, May 06, 2010
Photo of Dodo2step
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P- Al's of Hampden

A- A nice pour with a dense head but only one finger thick. A nice sticky lacing as well. A gold color with yeast suspended in the beer.

S- a light citrus aroma but more of a wheat smell. Smell is that of a lager with some hints of citrus.

T- a strong tart citrus flavor in the taste. It is like a orange/lemon wheat combination.

M- smooth and thin. Citrusy with dry wheat complements.

D- easy to throw back. Overall not a bad beer. It was good to relax with after mowing the grass.

Dodo2step, May 04, 2010
Photo of jwhawkins81
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch #9601 bottled on 3/8/2010 tasted on 4/17/2010

Aroma - Wheat spice with a slight hint of lemon citrus

Appearance - Clear yellow with a big white head. Following the pour just a trickle of residual carbonation left in the glass. Decent lacing.

Taste - A lot of flavor working here. Citrus fruit with a sharp fruit bitterness with a touch of hop bitterness present too. Not really what I would call sweet with lemon citrus flavors.

Notes - Good mouthfeel that is medium to slightly thin.

jwhawkins81, May 02, 2010
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,327 ratings.