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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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5,424 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,424
Reviews: 1,589
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 139
Gots: 607 | 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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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Photo of bamojr
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a very light amber color. Decent head, but limited retention. As far as flavor is concerned, it has a slight bitter flavor with a spice back. It also has a good amount of citrus, which is nice for a good summer ale such as this.
The high point of this brew is its great flavor, which is much bolder than most other wheaty summer ale's I have had and is quite refreshing.

It is most certainly worth a try if you can find it near by, but I wouldn't make a special trip to Michigan for this one.

bamojr, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of mjaskula
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.
Served in something close to a pint glass. the beer is hazy-golden with a thin white head. There is quite a bit of sediment in suspension and in the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is full of lemon zest, citrus, wheat and florals. It has clean and smooth wheat flavor with a little bit of banana.

Mouthfeel is a little bit thicker than it should be and slightly sweet. Overall it's a very nice beer for summer.

mjaskula, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of adam42381
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours cloudy golden color with a 1 finger white head which dissipates very quickly. Lots of sediment floating around. No lacing.

Smell: Orange and coriander are dominant with hints of wheat and yeast.

Taste: Orange is the first thing you notice up front along with just a hint of spice. Mildly bitter hops in the middle followed by a bittersweet malt flavor at the finish. Aftertaste is a little bread-like with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a high amount of carbonation which gives it a bit of a bite. Goes down quite smooth.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. Goes down very smooth on a hot summer day.

Overall: This is a very good summer wheat beer. It may be a bit to fruity for some tastes, but I quite enjoyed it.

adam42381, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into weizen glass at 45 degrees.

Pours with 2F of white, tiny-bubbled head over a well-clouded yellow-to-golden body. Some lacing.

Meaty wheaty malt aroma, with a lightly sweet tangerine orange accompanyment. Some cinnamon as well.

Rich & thick on the palate, with plenty of doughy yeast, coriander-like spice, juicy, citrusy hops. Honey sweetness. Nice lingering aftertaste of orange peel / zest - almost orange soda like. Velvety, with a finish that is rather oily and rich.

Good drinkability - but it is filling for the style.

Mouthfeel was my favorite aspect of this one.

BeerImmediately, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of scottyb88
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June, 2010

A- pours a cloudy and particle filled dark yellow with 1.5 head

S-light dose of citrus and peach with some spice

T-just kind of there, but nothing really blowing me out of the water; a hint of citrus rind and wheat with some spice at the end

M-decent mouthfeel that is quite full with nice carbonation; aftertaste is really nice

D-great summer beer out in the sun, but it's nothing complex or really flavorful IMO

scottyb88, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of atremains
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap the other day at the flying saucer in raleigh, decided to pick one up before traveling back to mass.
A - The color of this beer I like; solid pale honey I'll call it. The head, not so much; thick and white for about 10-15 seconds and then it vanishes. There is almost no lacing to speak of.
S - Very bready, slightly slightly hoppy, orange.
T - Also quite bready, slightly sweet, and citrus. It starts with a bit of orange but the bulk is very solid wheat.
M - Crisp, medium, carbonation is not too bad. I'll admit the mouthfeel was better on tap, or I was just happy to be drinking this beer after a very disappointing drink at Natty Greene's.
D - If this beer was available around here I'd most likely be drinking quite a lot of it over the summer.

atremains, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of ryanonline
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

nice clear fiery orange before my swirl and pour, cloudy after. thick but short lasting white head. not a whole lot of lacing.

smells fruity and yeasty. orange and bread like. even a slightly sour nose. a touch of vanilla or banana.

sourdough and orange in the first sip, sweet banana and light floral hops follow. sour dry finish.

mouthfeel is fullbodied and foamy, with a nice residual sweetness all backed up by that sour dry finish.

very well balanced beer means great drinkability.

I've been putting this one off for god knows what reason (I LOVE everything that bells comes out with) and now I am satisfied.

ryanonline, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, batch 9772,

A: Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a moderate white head, some lace.

S: A mild nose, some notes of lemon Pledge and wheat, some orange, but I'm not too excited at this point.

T: Orange heavy right off the bat, with some notes of white spice mid-palate. Hops are relatively high for the style leaving a bitter pine finish, this is nowhere near pale ale bitterness, but it is there.

M: Biting carbonation, crisp, lemony aftertaste. Relatively light-bodied and easy going on the palate.

D: I finally get to try the Midwest summer classic, Bell's Oberon. For the style it's above average, better than Blue Moon, but it does remind me a lot of that beer, the bitter spice component is similar in both beers.

Halcyondays, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of silentjay
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

semi-cloudy brownish orange pour with a small bright white head that sticks around and clings to the glass ok.

aroma is very fruity and surprisingly hoppy. wheat and yeast give some lemon, spice and tropical fruit. nothing too exciting, but decent.

more lemony citrus than orange in the flavor which is backed up by a modest amount of coriander (many time overdone in this style) as well as some white pepper. It is sweetened up with some strong honey flavors. a bit of grassy, earthy hops round things out. not bad. may be a bit too fruity/sweet.

body is good. almost medium mouthfeel with just enough prickly carbonation and some corn-syrup stickiness left in the mouth.

goes down well. a bit too sweet, but its not over-the-top on the sweetness nor the spice. the slight hop bite helps to keep this well-balanced and relatively drinkable. a decent warm-weather brew.

silentjay, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of washburnkid
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at a small pizza joint outside of Orlando.

Small white head retains as a cap over golden with yellow edges. Good lacing. Aromas are faint fruitiness and wheat, with flavors mirroring what I'm getting on the nose. Stone fruit and fresh graininess. It's a weird combination of sour and ripe fruits. A crispy, thin mouthfeel helps it all go down smoothly. Not sure I'd reach for this again, what with all the other incredible Bell's offerings!

washburnkid, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is cloudy lemonade, and it includes the thin chunks of levitating lemon flesh. It has a slight orange tint to it. Now I understand why the carrier suggests decanting: whole hunks of sediment settle to the bottom after being worked from the bottle. That's the first time I've ever seen that in a beer. Two fingers of billowy white head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a foamy cap and ring around the edge.

Smell: Faint lemon citrus and coriander. It's much more of a witbier in that sense. There's just a hint of pepper spice.

Taste: Zesty lemon citrus, coriander, and Orange Crush. There is a very surprising and appreciated spicy hop bite, which leaves a lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is the scent and taste of a sunny afternoon? Ha! It's tasty, smooth, and easy drinking, but I'm a little turned off by the Orange Crush. It does not stand out on its own -- it reminds me too much of Blue Moon -- but the hop bite at the end does provide uniqueness.

TheQuietMan22, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of alabencki
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, Michigan beer!

Poured from bottle into a wheat beer glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a large off-white head that never really goes away at all, even after sitting for a half-hour.

Smells of coriander and citrus with some pale malts and white wheat in the background of the scent. Subtle grassy hops aroma, with just a tiny bit of something that smells like honey (I am unsure as to whether or not honey is used to flavor the beer).

Taste is pretty much exactly what you smell... Coriander and citrus, honey flavor, subtle grassy hops and white wheat.

Overall a very well balance, very well done beer.

alabencki, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Dogfish Head standard pint. Pours hazy yellow orange with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of wheat, fruit, malt, and skunk. The flavor is of skunk, subtle malt, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew, but wasn't really that great either. If the skunky aspect was not present it and there was more of a fruit aroma this could be nice. I would still drink this again, but just not anytime soon.

thagr81us, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of bundy462
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright orange, very bright. Thin frothy white head. Clearly unfiltered.

S: Orange and lemon, slight flowery hop.

T: Wheat with a nice orange twist. A nice hop balance to go along with it. A very nice brew.

M: Very smooth but just enough of a hop bite to keep the wheat profile in check.

O: Great Summer brew.

bundy462, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Amalak
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had on a swing through Chicago.
A- Nice gold color and mostly opaque. It has a great white head that leaves a good amount of lace. Very bubbly, as well.
S- Nice vegetable rye scent.
T- The rye does come through and malt sour is there as well. There's a wheatyness to it. Carbonated. Refreshing, yet nothing truly jumps out. But very good effort.

Amalak, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap at Flying Saucer, Kansas City, MO, into a pint glass

Pours a relatively cloudy pale yellow. It is clearly unfiltered (or at the most only partially filtered). Almost no head; the white foam had already dissipated by the time the glass got to me. Not much lacing to speak of. This looks like your average American Pale Wheat.

Prominent aromas include wheat, of course, though less tangy than it usually is, and a sweet honeysuckle sort of floral component. There is also a certain non-wheat graininess. A light spritz of lemon and some sugar - like a small smear of cake icing. Sweeter than most APWAs I've had, but good.

The taste follows the nose big time. Lots of dried wheat flavor and a floral yeast flavor. That other-grain smell comes across as breakfast cereal on the tongue, like regular Cheerios and table sugar. A gentle kiss of hops on the back ends of the tongue and a malt-sweet finish round out this beer.

Mouthfeel at first feels a little bit thicker than I like an APWA but I come to see that the higher non-wheat sweetness of this beer calls for a slightly thicker mouthfeel. Drinkability is nice; the beer is easygoing despite it being something of a sweetness bomb.

This is among the best American Pale Wheat Ales that I've had. It is different than, say, Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat or Goose Island 312, but that difference is helpful. A good session choice in the summer.

Reaper16, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of dball
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This summer beer is impressive. It's a summer seasonal with a full flavor and a fine blend of hops. As a wheat beer the wheat is suttle and pleasant and not too overbearing at all. The smell brings a floral sweetness that is modest and attractive. It also drinks well with good food and compliments fresh fish.

dball, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of GPHarris
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger thick white head into a pint glass. the body is clear, bright and bubbly yet has some floaties in it.
s - smells slightly malty with floral hops.
t - crisp and dry. hints of breadiness with some slight floral hoppiness and sweet malt.
m - medium thickness and crisp.
d - excellent summer session.

GPHarris, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of bristol2120
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale coppery/golden, with a decent head that subsides quickly, leaving a thin layer of foam and a good amount of lacing. Nice floral aroma, with piney hop notes detectable in the background. Taste features more maltiness than I expected, and some woody vanilla notes in the aftertaste. Okay, mouthfeel, but could have benefitted from a bit more combination I think. Though not my favorite style, this is a solid, drinkable brew.

bristol2120, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of jhenderson88
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type: bottle poured into a glass.

Appearance: A beautiful golden murky color.

Smell: Citrusy and summer sweet smell

Taste: great taste of citrusy fruits, sweet with a light carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, clinging to the back of the mouth.

Drinkability: A great beer, easy to drink.

I found a mini keg and will buy it next time I see it, it's a great beer.

jhenderson88, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at PNC Park while watching a very rare Pirates victory!

The woman behind the counter poured a 12oz bottle into a plastic cup. A nice 1 ½ fingers of eggshell head sat upon a clear (I am pretty sure) golden-orange body. The head held itself pretty well and actually managed to stick (somewhat) to the sides of the cup.

The nose is dominated by a grainy wheat character. You can detect some hops in the background, but they are masked by the cereal-like aroma.

The taste is pretty much right what the nose indicates. The wheat is present from start to finish. Starts off with a citrus flavor that fades quickly to a spiced (cloves) finish.

The mouth feel is medium semi-slick, with moderate carbonation.

This is a pretty tasty and drinkable beer...especially while sitting outside at the ballgame!

mgbickel, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first encounter with a Bell's product.Enjoyed at Bossanova's on 6/15/10.

A-Pours a pale,straw/orange.Decent one finger white head with spotty lacing.

S-Sweet citrus,frosted mini-wheats and pale malt.

T-Much like the nose.Syrupy citrus,sweet malt and
wheat bread.

M-Light,crisp and refreshing.Good carbonation.

D-Drinkability on this one is very high especially after mowing on a Summer day.

StlHopHead77, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of HosP
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found in the fridge left over from a pick 6 a couple weeks ago!

A - Light orange with some haze to it. Nice white head to it.

S - Get a mix of orange with wheat scents. Not a big hop smell.

T - Good balance of hops and malt. Sweet honey taste mellows out the drink. Has a nice finish of orange.

M - Good carbonation with a light mouthfeel. Very smooth beer.

D - I could easily fill a pick 6 of these. Very drinkable summer beer, especially after a long day!

HosP, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of regspeir
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft at Pinocchio's into a standard pint glass
Poured a hazy lemon gold with a modest white head. Lacing was ample and lasting. and lemon Nose was citrus upfront, especially orange, with some wheat and breay malt obvious as well. Taste started with sweet citrus moderated by malts and finishing with a crisp and pleasing bitterness. Mouthfeel was average for this style, lighter than medium with good carbonation. This was, like everything from Bell's seems to be, a solid offering I will try again.

regspeir, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Head is massive, fluffy, and white, top is nice and creamy, you see the fairly large bubbles on the side, beer is crystal clear (some floaties because its BC), bright gold, not pale or straw, full colored

S: Good clean aroma, crisp and grassy hops, backed by some wheat and malt sweetness, mild but very nice

T: Very sweet, that grassy hop note is still there, but most of the flavor is dominated by sweet honey, that hop note provides some balance so that it doesn't kill you with sweetness, but it is still too much

M: An aggressive pour knocked some of the carbonation out, but judging by this beer and the other 5 in the pack, its not overly carbonated, decent, not ultra light, slightly less than medium to medium

D: Nothing "wrong" with it, just not my thing, too sweet

Notes: This beer shows all the signs of a well made beer, which I've come to expect from Bell's. However being good is far short of being great. The flavor just doesn't work for me, it is much too sweet. A wheat ale should be crisp and bright, but this feels heavy and sugary.

dpodratsky3, Jul 13, 2010
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,424 ratings.