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

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Ratings: 5,577
Reviews: 1,595
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
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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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Photo of Azurescens
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle batch number 10265 poured into hair of the dog tulip, reviewed on 6/9/11.

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw color with off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: Pale malts, herbal hops, some wheat and yeast as well.

T: Like the aroma, pale malts, wheat, some honey notes as well as herbal hops and yeast.

M: Crisp, light-medium body with moderate carbonation that finishes dry.

O: Light, refreshing, easy drinking summer beer.

Photo of mooselvlt
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a beautiful Golden wheat color, hazy with carbonation present. 2 fingers of a frothy off white head. Slowly fades into a wispy white-top. Good lacing. Nice looking brew!

S - light citrus (orange & lemon), yeast, malts. Not a very strong nose though, very subtle.

T - Like the nose, but more forceful. Citrus hops, with a good mix of malty backbone. Lingering light bitterness.

M - About what I would expect, fairly light-bodied. Carbonated and pretty smooth. Very drinkable on this warm evening.

O - I think its a solid wheat. This isn't my favorite style but for the summer months, I could see myself enjoying this one. I like it and glad I'm trying it. I usually shy away from the wheats.

Photo of MadCat
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Taphouse on Queensway in Hampton, VA.

Appearance: Served in a pint glass, a light ambery color, one finger of white head, some lacing

Smell: Wheaty, a little hoppy, some barley malt, not too strong of an aroma

Taste: More wheat flavor, decent hop bitterness, but none of the classic Hefeweizen flavors (which is why it is an American Pale Wheat Ale)

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body, good carbonation, kinda creamy feel

Overall: Good, but not as good as I was hoping for. This was the only Bell's brew they had at the Taphouse, so that is why I picked it. I don't intend to buy this again, but I will still try other Bell's brews.

Photo of danronian
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow with a small, wispy head.

Hard to ascertain a smell. Doesn't smell bad but the minimal smell of honey and clover is hard to get but pleasant.

Taste is of a light honey wheat-beer but nothing outlandish going on. I was expecting something more complex than this.

Overall not a summer beer I'll try again though I wouldn't say it's below average either.

Photo of danmouer
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bells oberon is a classic example of an American wheat ale. ..And a classic example of what is wrong with the style.
First The beer pours a very handsome hazy gold. Just what a summer beer should be.

The nose is nonexistent. Where is the malt? The grain? A little hint of grassy hops?

The flavor is moderately light and refreshing. ..As it should be. But where is the fruit yeast? Where the sweet hint of malt?

It's all neutral, clean, and largely without character, except for a.bitter hop spine that puckers rather than cleanses.
Give me a hefeweizen or a wit fo my summer beer. At least those have character.

Photo of nukem5
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Great copper color with decent head nice legs clinging to walls of glass.

S: Smells of citrus and fruity malt in the back with a little touch of honey.

T: Pale malts with some fruity citrus hops on top.

M: Medium body with a good bit of carbonation and holds thruogh to bottom of glass.

O: A very good beer with a great reputation as a beer from a spectacular brewery.Definitly would drink again and again.

Photo of McNealc31
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The run of summer seasonals continues with Bell's Oberon Ale. Pours a very light and hazy yellow with a sizeable head and great lacing.

The first sip is surprising because there is more body and flavor than expected. There's some grass, some malt, and a bit of spicy hops. Even though there is some wheat malt in this, it doesn't taste like most wheat beers. A hint of orange and sour lemon in the finish.

It's not as light and crisp as most summer seasonals, and it doesn't have the right flavor for someone looking for a wheat beer.

Oberon isn't bad, but there's nothing really happening here that will make me want to have it again.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a six pack of Bell's Oberon Ale the other day from Meijers for $8.99. Oberon is pretty much a summer time necessity here in Michigan and I have been drinking it every summer since I was 21. Bottled on April 26, 2011 Batch# 10332. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- I have always liked the label on this beer, you just can't mess with the Oberon sun. I also really like that bells started adding the date on the bottle with the batch number, it makes it much easier to find out the freshness. It poured a nice looking yellowish orange color with three and a half fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that left lots of spotty lacing. I can see why they claim its looks like a summer afternoon, it just does.

S- I pick up a good amount of malted wheat that gives it a bready and malty like aroma at first. Then i Pick up the citrus that mainly consists of Orange and lemon rinds along with what smells like a a half and half mixture of floral and citrus hops. The combination of the citrus and wheat makes for a great aroma that beers like blue moon wish they could achieve.

T- Every thing that I picked up in the aroma is all present in the taste and is balanced and integrated well. Up front the wheat shines through and has a nice bready flavor to it and is not sweet, it makes for a good backbone for this beer. In the middle is where I pick up all those citrus rinds that leans more towards the oranges. In the finish I get a slight bit of the hops mixture that I picked up in the aroma, it's pretty subtle just like the the light amount of bitterness on the finish that helps tie everything together.

M- It was crisp and refreshing, light to medium bodied, and it had the perfect amount of carbonation, a little more head retention would be nice, but thats starting to be picky.

Overall I think Oberon is one kick ass Pale Wheat Ale, and is the perfect summer time beer, I have yet to have a beer that is better suited for a hot summer afternoon in mid Michigan. I find that many Pale Wheat Ales that are similar to Oberon never have as good as balance of wheat and citrus as this one has. Everything about this beer is spot on and right where it should be. The drinkability is about as good as gets, more times then I can count I find my self craving one of these in the summer, I always grab a six pack for all summer time activities, everything from disc golf, camping, canoeing, fishing, mowing the lawn, just about anything. If you are in need of the perfect summer time brew, Oberon is for you, it is just so damn good tasting, crisp and refreshing. Oberon is one of my favorite beers from Bell's and the my favorite summer time beer, I couldn't imagine a summer in Michigan with out it.

Photo of sommersb
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill from Chuck's in Bowling Green, KY.

Appearance is mostly clear, yellow color, with about 3 fingers of off-white head. Lacing is good and there's lots of carbonation.

Aromas are of wheat malts, fruits and bubble gum. Also a slight bubble gum smell is present.

Taste is crisp with a nice, light bitterness. Flavors of citrus and lemon give it a tart zing.

Mouthfeel has a medium body, with medium-high carbonation. Finish is slightly bitter.

Overall a good refreshing summer beer.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a Belgian Wit, deep honey colored with thin white head., wnd little retention. Aroma is a bit yeasty with heavy wheat malt presence. Very crisp on the palate which reminds me of a belgian style. Flavor is mediocre. A somewhat generic bland flavor to it that reminds me of Blue Moon's white. No great flavors really jumping out at you. Finishes slightly bitter, and a little stale.

Photo of kevinv
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 10251, bottled March 4th, 2011. Well, that kind of sucks since I just bought this a few days ago and was hoping to get it a little fresher. I figured Oberon would have a pretty quick turnover in stores...guess not.

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with about a half finger of white head. Rather quick fading of the head, leaving behind no lacing. Visible bubble carbonation.

S - The nose is predominantly wheaty/grainy with a light fruitiness. Pretty basic.

T - More flavorful than the smell would suggest. Crisp, moderate bitterness up front with pale malt and wheat characteristics. Subtle spicy hops and again a light fruitiness. The finish is somewhat chalky. A bit of an orange-peel tastes lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Smooth and creamy high-medium mouthfeel. Pretty high carbonation. Above average.

O - Overall, this beer is good for what it is. It's an easy-drinking summer beer for those hot days. Probably won't always be my first choice, but it's definitely one I can see myself returning to.

Photo of TheDudeRules
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams imperial pint glass.

A lazy yellow color. A little darker than straw but lighter than honey. Chunks of sediment bob weightlessly to and fro. Like astronauts in space. Two full fingers of off white head. Lacing remains caked to the side of my glass. Smells light and fresh like a spring day. Lemon zest and light citrus. Grass and some wheat. Very carbonated, but not overly. Light lemony citrus and bready. Almost kind of chewy. Feels like I want to bite down after my sip. Very easy to drink. A perfect summertime beer.

Photo of elephantrider
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy orange color with a head that does not last long when poured into the glass.

S: Hint of citrusy hops but mostly wheat.

T: Citrusy hops, kinda lemony, sweetness from the wheat with a crisp finish. Good balance between the grains and everything else.

M: Definitely light bodied. Smooth drinking.

O: This is one of my goto summer beers on a hot day. Always refreshing. Another good beer from Bells.

Photo of Treebs
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Salty Dog Cafe in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

A: Poured a nice cloudy orange with some nice straw colored tints around the edges when sun passed through. Quickly disappearing thin white head that leaves a little film on the top with no real lace to speak of.

S: I pick up some citrus and some wheat with the little malted barley as well. Nothing really jumps out as special to me.

T: The taste pretty much followed the nose. A nice citrus with a little bitter hops. Nice wheat flavor that carried on through out each drink. Again nothing really stood out or popped.

M: Light to medium bodied. Very crisp and smooth. Nice mouthfeel but leaves a little dry.

O: Pretty standard pale ale for me. Had some nice flavors but nothing that specifically brought me back for more.

Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tedwarhc. Batch 10384, bottled 04/27/2011. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy straw color with a finger of white foam for a head. Head reduces to a thin white cap but does leave some decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma is wheat, floral and lemon/citrus-like. Definitely more wheat than floral or lemon. Maybe some spice. Probably slightly stronger than a typical wheat beer but the characteristics aren't unexpected.

The taste follows very closely with the nose. The wheat flavor is unmistakable and stands out above the others. Light floral hops plus some citrusy notes are present as well. Slight spiciness, not a lot but noticeable.

Light/medium body with medium carbonation. Definitely feels light on the palette. Carbonation quickly dissipates as the beer warms leaving it to feel pretty smooth going down.

Pretty much in line with a standard beer of the style, perhaps everything is kicked up a notch, or at least seems that way. Probably very refreshing on a hot summer day, especially if you wanted to consume a few.

Photo of BelgiumBill
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.70 for a 12oz single bottle at Total Wine

I poured this into a pint glass and a surprisingly thin white head emerged that quickly receded to a thin blanket and ring.

It was very golden in color - like 18kt. Not too pale like 10kt and not as dark as 24kt.

It threw off scents of wheat and citrus - I thought I caught some fleeting grapefruit in there, too.

It's taste was wheat forward and some hops biting on the side of the tongue. Strong carbonation helps provide a clean finish.

Overall, a good value and a good summer brew. I had this after coming back from the pool with some pizza. A good middle of the pack summer ale.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass

A- Pours a hazy bright golden yellow color with a two finger pillowy head with some pretty high carbonation. Leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Wheat, lemon, and a mild floral aroma. Not very complex but smells very fresh

T- Lemon, wheat, honey, and a mild floral hop taste

M- Smooth, crisp, refreshing, finishes dry

O- Clean, crisp, refreshing, and smooth drinking summer beer

Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Yellow, light orange, hazy with a smaller white head with okay retention. Loving the color of this beer. Nice lacing.

S: Light bready malt, a bit of lemon and fresh hay.

T: Wheaty, bready and a bit fruity (oranges and lemon) to start. Then some sweetness comes through before finishing tart.

M: Medium body, a bit thicker than I thought. A bit prickly carbonation.

O: A very summertime beer. Looks and smells like summer. Decent drinkability. A little too much flavor and tartness to drink all afternoon.

Photo of zeledonia
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw yellow, slightly cloudy, with a nice white head that holds up well and leaves lovely maze-like lacing.

Smell is very faint, even as the beer warms up. Main smells I get are ripe wheat, a bit of hops, and a touch of yeast. The smell, like the taste, is warm and clean.

Tastes warm, crisp, and clear. Starts out quite grainy, in a pleasant way. A nice gentle hop flavor/bitterness comes in late and lingers through the clean finish. Overall, it's very smooth and pleasant, though it doesn't have a ton of depth or complexity.

Body is medium-light, with above-average carbonation. Stays in the mouth for just as long as I want it to, then finishes crisp and clean.

A very good summer session beer. Refreshing, clean and crisp, with a nice dry finish.

Photo of scottbrew4u
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Served a hazy orange to light amber color with a proper frothy white head on top. This head persists and gives great lace to the sides of the glass as you drink it down.

S: Light roasted grains, wheat and some honey sweetness mix with fresh citrus and floral hops. Very clean crisp smell and pleasant all the way.

T: Sweet honey, banana, wheat and light roast of grains balanced by a citric and floral hop profile. Amazing balance as the sweet and bitter dance back and forth with each other. Touch of vanilla comes through as well as some pleasant esters from the yeast.

M: Light to medium body with a smooth carbonation that is perfect for style.

D: Hard to pass on a second one of these as the flavors and overall balance of this beer are so clean and easy to drink. It has a refreshing quality that stands on its own. Again Bell's has put together a great beer!

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

Bell's Oberon Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Jet Ink #10229
Served in a hotel mini glass

Pours a brass colored yellow with an orange tint. Nice trails of sticky lacings on the side of the glass.

Whiffs of freshly cut grass, herbs and wheat.

Interesting beer as I take my first few sips. Refreshing and flavorful at the same time. Flavors of dry wheat, grains and finishing with a real nice hop presence on the finish. Super drinkable at a well hidden 5.8% ABV. Really good seasonal beer from Bell's.

Photo of phiberoptik
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper orange with a quick dissipating light foamy head. You can tell this is a light bodied warm weather beer.

Smells of wheat, floral notes, and some yeast. Typical expectations with nothing really jumping out of the glass at me.

Flavors of oranges, more yeast, a little maltiness, and a light bit of alcohol in the fiinish.

Light bodied and very easy drinking. Nice tongue prickling from the carbonation this beer screams beaches, barbecues, decks, and pools. Matter of fact, this past weekend I enjoyed some for lunch while building a fence in 80 degree weather. Perfect!

Photo of MattyG85
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy and bright golden orange with a light amount of particles floating around. Decent sized white head quickly fades into a patchy layer. Small amount of lacing.

Smell: Lots of wheat and bready malts with a good amount of citrus and hints of spice. Light amount of citrus hops.

Taste: A nice sweet taste from the wheat, malts, and orange with a hint of lemon. Faint hint of citrus hops in the background. Fruity sweetness is nicely balanced by the malts.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A very solid summer wheat ale from Bell's.

Photo of Transatlantic
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy yellow with shades of orange. White one finger head that dissipates at a normal rate, leaving beautiful lacing behind.

S - A nice crisp citrusy malt smell. First sign is lemon with a bit of orange or possibly a melon of sorts. A cracker sorta bread like smell sneaks in through the end.

T - Not bad at all. Very well balanced and perfectly carbonated. It delivers a slightly tangy citrus taste followed by a very faint hop bitterness. I want to say a floral hop of sorts.

M - Light bodied and crisp. Perfect for the hot weather!

O - This is a very easy drinking beer. It's no wonder it's such a popular brew in the Bell's lineup.

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light orange with a decent head and not much lacing.

S: Smells like a witbier. Very citrusy with some spiciness in the background. Nice and refreshing.

T: The wheatiness is a little more apparent in the taste. Citrus notes and not much bitterness follows. Nice and clean.

M: Pretty light body with a nice crisp finish.

D: If I could obtain this beer more easily it would definitely be a go-to summer beer. Nice and light without being thin or watery.

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