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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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5,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,221
Reviews: 1,579
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 136
Gots: 526 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of erz316


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

12 floz bottle with 9130 on the back, poured into speckled hen wheat pint glass.

A - good dark straw colour once the yeast gets flowing. not that much head for a wheat beer, about one finger and thats all. the head is white and has some pretty big bubbles on the top.

S - the nose is pretty much just wheat, not much else. it is also quite faint, and can seem almost clean at times. decent amount of yeast in the background. maybe some soft sweetness like a mildly sweet fruit, like a soft apple or pear. as the beer warms it the nose gets a bit more intense, but the flavours remain the same.

T - this is quite a sweet beer. the initial is a very yeast and bready wheat flaour, I really like the taste of this wheat, and am glad I poured it in. aside from that, there is a blunt level of sweetness that is unavoidable. the finish stays the same, but has some of the hops come out for the first time. the aftetaste is just slightly wheaty.

MF&D - a very carbonated medium light body. quite drinkable, but no where near my first choice if I want a wheat beer.

10-01-2009 00:56:55 | More by erz316
Photo of dmfrench


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

A creamy, mellow, and flavorful wheatale.

A: Hazy goldenrod with a persistent off-white two-finger head.

S: Sweet spicy wheat malt and some fruity tones... maybe green apple? Pear?

T: Repeat of the nose, with buttery bread and a certain creaminess.

M: Creamy and heavy.

D: Quite high.

10-01-2009 00:33:29 | More by dmfrench
Photo of pzrhsau

District of Columbia

4.38/5  rDev +15%

I have had this beer on tap, in mini-keg, and in bottles. I have had it in bottle the most, so that is what I am reviewing.
Appearance is a good cloudy wheat ale. It pours with a slight head on it.
Smell: The beer has a good wheat aroma with a slight citrus scent to it.
Taste: I was blown away by this beer. I spent a summer in Belgium, and this beer reminded me a lot of the witbeers and the lighter more refreshing beers I had over there. It has a nice subtle citrus tone that blends well with the wheat.
Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and not too carbonated.
Drinkability: My beer of choice for summer, I could not get enough of it.
My only issue was that I did not notice a huge change from bottle to tap. I was expecting to be blown away, but it was the same beer I always had. Either way, this is a great American summer beer.

09-30-2009 20:46:48 | More by pzrhsau
Photo of blackenmn


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Appearance and Smell- Poured a nice bright orange with a nice thick head which dissipated completely after a bit and left just a hint of lacing. Smell was very inviting, heavy citrus specifically orange. Definitely a thick herby yeast scent which complimented the abundance of orange nicely.

Taste and Mouthfeel-Taste was of toasty citrus. Definitely alot to this thing. The hops definitely come through and linger with the dry finish. Definitely a bit of carbonation, liked how the juicy citrus was in unison with the herby toasty like taste in this.

Drinkability-Pretty light feel to this thing and multi-dimensional enough to stay interesting. This thing definitely drinks with ease.

09-28-2009 01:04:49 | More by blackenmn
Photo of deapokid


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Decided to give those cool looking mini-kegs another try, although they have caused me some trouble in the past (i.e. lack of carbonation, aluminum flavor). Yet, if Bell's Oberon is available in this fridge-sized tub 'o beer, it can't be all that bad an idea.

I'm not completely sure I properly classified the serving type, but I doubt that's a huge issue.

Oberon poured a big foamy white head with limited retention and a thin, orange color. Look is summery and refreshing and I'm quite surprised that it maintained all of the personality it has in the traditional 1/2 keg.

Smell is sweet, wheaty and citrusy, but never heavy. Its lack of artificial aromas is actually quite welcoming and it's nice to find a summer ale that doesn't strain to be conventional.

Taste is light, floral and a little hoppy. There is also a nice tangerine bite with a mild spiciness at the close. Wheat character isn't masked, allowing some nice banana esthers to peak out in every sip.

Mouth is extremely light, refreshing and tasty. As the beer warms, a mild bitterness peaks out that nicely offsets the sweeter moments.

This is insanely drinkable and probably the best American Pale Wheat I've ever had. I often feel like APWs come off as a poor man's hefeweizen, but this brew is a cut above and has a taste that is all its own.

09-23-2009 02:38:16 | More by deapokid
Photo of pavandal


3.85/5  rDev +1%

This fella poured a straw gold color with no head. Looks like a nice refreshing summer ale!

Smell was deep and malty. You could really notice the malt scent, which gave it a sweet, caramel like smell. There was a faint hop smell, but nothing discernible or worth writing home about.

This is a summer sipper, alright! It's very light on the mouth, but it's got a soft hop bite riding on top of a soft, fizzy wave. I tasted notes of the aforementioned caramel, but this guy is so light the taste leaves your pallet as quickly as it came. Judging on taste, I wouldn't rate this all that high, but I would bump it up because if it is drank in context (summertime!), it's a perfect sipper.

Super drinkable, I'd order it on a deck somewhere, waiting on a some bbq!

09-17-2009 03:42:50 | More by pavandal
Photo of McGuire75


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

A- A cloudy golden orange, with some visible sediment.

S- Wheat, subtle herb, and zest aromas with a small floral hint.

T- Fresh and light citrus taste, very clean with a fruity start. The finish takes a slight turn for the hops, which is a good thing in this summer brew.

M- Feels crisp but not bright and clean. It leaves my mouth watery but without a lot of residual flavor. There is a crisp and refreshing carbonation without being overpowering.

D- Oberon is self billed as having "the color and scent of a sunny afternoon", whereas I would say it is more like a cool, bright, & crisp summer morning where the dew is still on the grass and sunglasses aren't quite needed. I have enjoyed this summer after summer in bottles,in mini kegs, and on tap. Oberon is one of my top 5 summer brews, and I will be looking forward to it next summer.

09-17-2009 01:26:52 | More by McGuire75
Photo of pmccallum86


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours a cloudy golden color with visible sediments. Smooth head with a medium thickness.

The smell is of saaz hops and perhaps a fruity pear banana aroma.
Very nice smelling beer for the variety.

The taste is like the smell, a slight hop flavor hits first followed by a citrusy fruity flavor wave. Pear, banana and light spices.

Smooth refreshing mouthfeel, light carbonation and a somewhat thin feel.

Very drinkable beer, this beer is amazing after a round of golf on a warm day. Very nice example of the style.

09-16-2009 02:11:21 | More by pmccallum86
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Served up on draft at Tom's Oyster Bar in Detroit, right near the tunnel. Two finger beige head sat atop a light gold body. Smell of orange, light citrus. Taste was slightly sweet, apricot, mandarin orange with bitterness most pronounced in mid-swallow. Finish is rather dry. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel is a delight, balanced just about right. Overall, rather good stuff and pretty interesting wheat beer, I can see why this has such a strong local following this time of year.

09-15-2009 03:56:22 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of hosehead83


4.68/5  rDev +22.8%

Poured into a standard pint glass
Deep, tawny, orange/gold with big, fluffy head.
Aroma-Fresh wheat, mown grass,and orange zest
Taste-Clean wheat, orange citrus with a bit of orange-rind bitterness in the finish. Very refreshing and drinkable. Sessionable and "pitcher-worthy'.
Oberon has a bit of a cult following in this part of the country, (mainly Michigan and Northwest Ohio). The release of Oberon in early Spring means that Summer is just around the corner. The last few years it's release has also coincided with the Detroit Tigers opening day, which is considered to be a holiday in these parts. Oberon is also special to me because it is the first craft beer that I ever tried, and opened my eyes (and taste buds) to the great new world of great tasting crafted beer.
My mouth is watering. Get Some!!!

09-14-2009 12:15:51 | More by hosehead83
Photo of Cylinsier


3.23/5  rDev -15.2%

12 oz.

Pours a clear wheat gold with a minimal white head.

The smell is wheat malts and a bit of floral hoppiness.

Tastes like wheat malts with a bit of tartness almost like a white wine.

Mouthfeel is average, moderate carbonation presence.

Pretty decent, an easy beer to drink a few of. Worth trying.

09-05-2009 15:56:08 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of xfactor9600


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

I enjoyed this beer this afternoon after a rough week at work. I've had it many times out of the bottle, but this was my first draft experience.

A nice summer orange color, topped with a thin head. There is a citrus aroma that is obvious upon poor (sorta like Blue moon). However, the taste is more refined with hints of orange and other citrus. The beer itself has a nice feel in the mouth and goes with a variety of dishes. I like this beer out of the bottle very much, so it it did not disappoint me on draft.

09-04-2009 22:06:07 | More by xfactor9600
Photo of vandeg


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

By far one of the more different tasting ales I've tried, has wonderful color and aroma with great taste. Mouthfeel of it is something that leaves something to be desired of, little on the thick side for such a medium bodied beer.

The taste on the other hand is a little more complex then most beers, its main feature is the fruity notes. Though this isn't a beer I'd buy often it is a beer everybody should try. Its a good beer by itself and would be something that would go good with food, especially being that its particularly sweet.

09-02-2009 11:26:19 | More by vandeg
Photo of DoubleJ


4/5  rDev +5%

I'm having this with dinner tonight. 12 ounce bottle bought in Philadelphia, on to the beer:

Electric orange in color, topped by a thin, but well retaining head. There is a lot of shreeded wheat arom hitting the nose. A pinch of orange and honey makes things interesting. In its taste, there's more than the standard wheat. Mellow bitterness, orangesicles with cream in the middle. Slightly sweet. Shredded wheat ends the journey.

Quite pleasant. Thumbs up on this offering.

09-02-2009 01:45:15 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of ffejherb


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

On tap at The Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, PA.

A - Clear golden/light amber body with large bubbles of carbonation throughout and over a finger's width of creamy bright white head that yielded lots of thick, foamy lacing.

S - Light citrus notes paired with sweet caramel and pale wheat malts. Pretty simple, subtle aroma.

T - Sweet malty flavor with a light citrusy character. A touch of floral hops emerge in the backend. Finishes with a hint of toasted grains and a subtle bready character.

M - Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Texture is perhaps slightly syrupy overall. Finishes with a subtle hop bite on the back of the tongue.

D - Oberon is a great summer beer, no doubt about it. Simple and easy to drink, especially during the warm weather months.

08-28-2009 22:26:43 | More by ffejherb
Photo of kegger22


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured orange with yeast suspended all over the place and a tiny head that immediately disappeared. The aroma was not much, my nose has let me down again. The taste? I liked this and I generally shy away from beers that have the word wheat anywhere in their description. Lightly sweet, lightly lemon with no bitterness, no aftertaste. Mild, pleasant. Medium bodied, with all the yeast, a fair amount of carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. Especially in the summertime.

08-27-2009 05:27:52 | More by kegger22
Photo of mklinger

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -13.4%

Poured from a bottle mit hefe into a weizen glass, with last inch of beer in the bottle swirled to pick up all the yeast.

A: Dark golden, slightly orange in color. Poured a full two finger head that stuck around quite awhile. Lots of effervescent carbonation visible. Obviously it was cloudy due to the swirling of the yeast into the glass.

S: Strong wheaty aroma along with the smell of yeast. Pleasant but mild

T: Taste is similar to the smell though I taste a good amount of rich barley to balance of the wheat flavor. Very mild hops, a hint of citrus in the first of the taste and a slight lingering bit of bitterness -- not much, just enough to notice. The yeast adds a bit of complexity to the beer, too.

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel to this beer with a playful carbonation. This beer feels good going down

D: Easy to drink, pleasant but not all that enticing to make me want another. It's nice enough.

08-21-2009 23:32:49 | More by mklinger
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Had this on tap at the local Mellow Mushroom. Came out a murky gold with a thin white head on top. Decent sticky globbing on the glass edge. Smells like lemon bread, sweet malts, corn, and hints of spices.

The mouth is creamy, but with a nice touch of carbonation on the tongue. This is a very flavorful, unoffensive beer. Nice buttery flavors mix with a sweet backbone. This is bready as all get out. I really like this one. Great for the summer. I will definitely get this again...and again.

08-19-2009 19:38:38 | More by Onenote81
Photo of Jayli


4/5  rDev +5%

Had 8.9.09
This beer pours a nice orange- copper color with a one and a half finger fluffy white head that leaves ample amounts of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma of yeast and hops with a slight fruitiness. Taste is mainly of tart, citrusy fruits, orange most notably. There are some undertones of grainy malts with a strong dollop of corriander. Medium body, medium carbonation, clean, smooth, nice beer to sit with for a night.

08-16-2009 15:35:24 | More by Jayli
Photo of JoEBoBpr


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured into the Sam adams glass.

A - Pours a light orange color with some haze and a small white head that recedes quickly to a fill with minimal lacing.

S - Definite bread smell with some mild citrus feel. There is some slight hop character.

T - Taste like a mix between an APA and a German Hefe. Initially there is some sweetness and banana tastes that are immediately subdued by some hop character and a nice dry finish with some bitter after taste.

M - Very nice CO2 balance and a very nice crispness.

D - Refreshing great summer beer!

08-16-2009 01:46:26 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of CheapHysterics


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

A - Poured into a weizen glass. Nice golden orange color with a good head that lingered for a while. Not much sediment even though I swirled the last inch of beer in the bottle before finishing my pour.

S - Really sweet smell. Orange, yeast, a little pine. Very pleasant.

T - not nearly as sweet as it smells, but some definite sweet maltiness, as well as citrus, and some bitterness on the finish. Very good tasting and well-balanced.

MF - a lot of carbonation, maybe a little too much, but otherwise good.

D - Could drink all day long, great summer beer.

08-14-2009 04:00:50 | More by CheapHysterics
Photo of bigdan908

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

A - Pour into a pint glass. It pours a nice golden orange color. What little head I got from the pour dissipated rather quickly. There is thin lacing that lasts the whole glass.

S - It smells of yeast and orange. A little Saaz hops also come through.

T - Phenomenal. The initial taste of the yeast then as it progresses to the mid palette the citrus kicks in. I get oranges on the roof of my mouth and a nice, though very slight, bitterness due to the hops.

M - Very good mouthfeel. The wheat definitely adds body to the beer and it makes it feel substantial. No wateriness.

D - This is a highly drinkable beer. Although it is technically at the outerlimit to be a session beer, the alcohol is barely noticeable. This is a beer that can be drank in mass during the hotter times of the year. IMO, it is a session beer.

08-13-2009 02:37:14 | More by bigdan908
Photo of CptAubrey

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

12oz bottle poured into goblet. It's bottle conditioned, and I chose to pour it without the sediment.

A: Pours deep yellow with sticky white head.

S: Floral, herbal hops predominate with malt and a touch of grain beneath. It's a VERY hot day and this beer smells VERY appetizing. It's like a beer flower.

T: Soft sweetness blends well with herbal hoppiness. Slightly tart backbone throughout. Smooth finish with low to moderate hop bitterness. Delicious and refreshing! A well-balanced combination of pleasant flavors without any harsh surprises.

M: Light-medium body, moderate carbonation. Soft mouthfeel (similar to a good Munich helles lager) gives the impression of lightness without being weak or watery.

D: I could drink this beer all day! But alas, this is my last one!

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I wish I could get this in NJ. Must try on a hot summer day.

PS: I've tried this beer with sediment mixed in as well. This obviously changed the character of the beer, but it was just as enjoyable. Try it both ways.

08-11-2009 02:49:07 | More by CptAubrey
Photo of jlb307


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: golden straw color, plenty of sediment floating around, but not very hazy. Had a fizzy white head which turned into some very light lacing.

S: Hints of sweet citrus and bubblegum. Plenty of wheat on the nose.

T: Pretty good taste, some fruit and mild spices with a touch of hops. Left kind of an odd aftertaste towards the back of the mouth.

M: A little fizzier than I was expecting, but pretty light in body.

D: I've had better wheat beers, but this is a pretty decent example of a good one for the Summer. I'd have it again.

08-09-2009 01:05:24 | More by jlb307
Photo of disastermouse


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

A - dark straw colored, head fades quickly with no lacing. Beer is cloudy opaque.

S - Hops, yeast, grass.

T - Sweet, mild hops. Very mild flavor, the wheat is there, sweet, undemanding and refreshing.

MF - Prickly, full, not watery at all, surprisingly.

D - Summer beer. Would be easy to drink, but it's not 'challenging' at all.

For a wheat beer, this one has more flavor than many I've had.

08-08-2009 22:29:42 | More by disastermouse
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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