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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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Ratings: 5,572
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 147
Gots: 664 | 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 xnicknj
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at new wave in philly

Pours a completely clouded orange color with some golden hues. Fluffy white head with splotchy lacing and faint filmy retention.

Strong scents of fruit with orange and grapefruit. Bready malt, citrus juice and faint pith.

Some bitter hoppiness right up front with orange and grapefruit. Plenty of juicy flavor, but tempered by bready malts and wheat. Some slight caramel with wheat and faint sweetness. Finishes with citrus and hops, light dryness.

Medium body, drinks nicely, easy on the tongue, crazily easy to drink from top to bottom.

Photo of manitouman84
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a 1 finger head with a nice amber/yellow color. For an american wheat there are many mild complexities to the flavor of this beer that keep it interesting to return to. Mild hop bitterness leaving the citrus, malty, wheat flavors to come through. Finishes very clean and dry. Refreshing and crisp, the perfect summer beer to quench your thirst.

Photo of DWilliams76
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer is upon us and this is a great summer beer. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. Lovely straw color with a 1 finger head. The taste is a nice light wheat beer with hints of orange. Agaiin, the perfect summer session beer. Mouthfeel was deadon and what you would expect. Overall, one of my favorite wheat ales. If you can get it, drop it in the fridge, mow you lawn and enjoy! You will find it an extreme easy-drinking pleasure.

Photo of 6thomas3
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dull shade of earth brown, modest carbonation bubbles breaching the surface, limited head that quickly fades into nothingness

Smell - Subtle hint of wheat wrapped with a clean dirt smell infused with delicate fruit and floral burst with added malt and hop

Taste - Initial natural flow across the palate that builds up to and teases the taste buds only leading to an apex of pain free bite

Mouthfeel - Uniform smoothness with ample moisture release

Overall - Effortless drinkability and splendid seasonal

Photo of dhartogs
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice cloudy golden beer, I love the cloudy stuff.
S: Not a whole lot to me on the nose, but smells a little yeasty with some malts.
T: For a wheat beer it has a little maltiness to it, none of the off putting overly wheat, yeast in a lot of summer wheat beers.

This has become my go to summer beer and I can drink it almost any time. With a meal, slowly or drink one fast after some excercise. I always have a 6 pack on hand.

Photo of BB1313
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 4/1/11. 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. This beer's unfiltered w/ sediment. Pours a burnt yellow, decent head and lacing. Smells like fresh air, very subtle. I'm picking up fresh lemon and grass. This one has very earthy flavors. Slight amount of citrus mixed w/ a gentle bitterness. Spices are prevelant. Overall, the aromas and flavors are underwhelming, but refreshing. Mouthfeel is light, lots of carbonation, pretty crisp. I like Oberon, but it's definitely missing something.. it always seems bland, IMHO. I still have one or two each year.

I'm a huge fan of Bell's, but I never understood all the hype around this one. Yes, it's great for spring/summer, but there are too many other options out there w/ better flavors and aromas.. I still respect this beer though.

Photo of lisomiso
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To me, it's difficult to review this beer. It's a solid American Wheat - pretty color, smells lovely, and I've just sucked down most of the bottle effortlessly - but perhaps it's a bit cloying? Could be a bit crisper?

I don't know. All I can think about is May, in college, on the porch, enjoying the sunshine, and I'm having a hard time not slipping an orange slice into my glass.

Photo of mikeborglum
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice wheat beer; Poured a 12 oz. bottle in mug; very hazy yellowish amber color with thin white head and good lacing; nice malty wheat aroma as you would expect with a touch of the herbal hops; very sweet taste all the way to the finish with a good balance of hops; excellent on the palate with good body and creamy texture; no noticable carbonation and smooth finish; not a very complex beer but certainly an excellent wheat beer, not sure it's worth the price but it is probably as good as wheat beers get.

Photo of Jinholic
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my wheat beer glass.

Appearance - 1 finger of pure cloudy head body isn't all that hazy(lots of yeast chunks in there but no haze), golden in color got some okay lacing on this though.

Smell - Get that yeast up front with fruits in the back very pleasant to smell.

Taste - Good blend of the yeast and fruit get lots of lemon in all the way through. The lemon is very over powering in the taste I don't get much else on the back end either.

Mouthfeel - A bit rough up front with the carbonation though it does smooth out I couldn't call this a clean finish. A bit dry for a summer beer and for a wheat beer at that.

Overall - I was hoping for more on this one as I love a good wheat beer but this didn't seem to be 100% unfiltered and as with most American pale wheats the lemon was way overboard here the more I drank the less bready it got while just slamming the lemon down. That said if your a fan of pale wheat go grab it and see for yourself.

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

this beer poured with great color and a good amount of head. it's a pale golden yellow with yeast and particles still floating around as you drink. the smell, when first poured, was overwhelmed by yeast; however it soon mellowed out. The taste is malty and caramely with a slight hop finish. goes downed very smooth and is very drinkable. this is a very great beer.

Photo of ColdPoncho
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/31/2011...probably shouldve reviewed this sooner.

A - Yellow body, loads of floaties. Fine look, but theres a lot going on in the beer. Small white head on top.

S - light tangy citrus, light malts.

T - A nice light taste profile, mildly sweet citrus notes and malty/vanilla flavors. A bit dry. A good taste, for sure. Perhaps it is crisper when fresher.

M - Really quite nice. A medium-thin body, smooth. Just about right, it seems.

O (D) - I like this beer. Good summertime beer, for sure. I do think it's a bit expensive, so it may not be my go-to for the summer months, but Its a good beer.

Photo of SeaUrchin
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

iv had this beer many many times, when i get dragged to a dive bar in the summer its always on tap, have had bottles but this review is on tap, served into a pint glass, now its time to write how i feel about the sun god

appearance - pours a golden orange, decent head and moderate carbonation. just how i remembered it

smell - a bit of malts up front with the smell of cold bread that was baked that morning, finishes with a slightly citrus note

taste - starts with a bit of hops that fades into a refreshing bread and lightly roasted malt notes, finishes with a slight citrus note, after taste has always been a bit of a turn off for me, i cant identify it but its a bit bitter and a bit tart, but not in a sour kind of tart, just enough to get me salivating

mouthfeel - a light smooth feeling over the tongue, almost like skim milk

drinkability - easy to drink, goes down smooth

overall - this beer will always represent summer to me and for that i must have one every year, generally not my first choice but always an option, its a tried and true beer for those hot summer nights

Photo of Trilogy31
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a sunshine gold with two fingers of fluffy head in my duvel tulip. Aromas of wheaty bread, carrot??, slight hints of citrus and yeast. Very light and refreshing if not a bit watered down. Taste brings some light bread, a slight citrus and yeast funk finishing with a nice touch of acidity and carbonation.

Photo of burkyburk
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light color, barely any head.
S-Smells like summer! Summer fruits/light bread.
T-Wheaty/bready, notes of citrus fruits, particularly orange and lemon.
M- Very light and refreshing.
O- It was quickly compared to Blue Moon by my peers. I found it a bit more pleasing, more flavorful. A great "day at the lake" beer.

Photo of vfgccp
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A – Light yellow honey. Thin, white head sits low in the glass.

S – Fruity with a light acidity. Green apple, white grapes. Some white bread deeper in the nose.

T – Honey, with white bread-like malt. Soft, woody bitter note.

M – Light body with a lightly sweet finish.

O – Great drinkability, a nice summer beer. Reminds me of 21st Amendment’s, Hell or High Watermelon sans the watermelon.

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

A hazy orange-gold with a three-finger, white and sticky head. very good lacing and a very active, effervescent carbonation.

The aroma is very bready with a bit of citrus. It smells like a lemony bread dough.

A light-medium body. The flavor is immediately bready. A bit of orange comes through in the middle, along with some earthy tones that are joined by wheat in the smooth, semi-dry finish.

A pretty good little wheat ale. Very enjoyable on this warm Georgia day.

Photo of jgreenearrow
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Fluffy, thick 1' white head develops at the top of the pour. Effervescent carbonation present throughout the glass maintaining an 1/8' head throughout. Some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Bready malt dominates the nose accompanied by some faint lemon notes.

T: The Bready malts and some sweetness meet the tongue at the onset. Lemon and orange citrus flavors join in the middle. Smooth crispness and slight bitterness present in the finish of the sip.

M: Light body and ample carbonation give this beer a refreshing summery mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a good beer. Malts dominate, but the added citrus and bitterness of this unfiltered beer give it the complexity of a quality summer ale.

Photo of Holland
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: golden in color with a small half inch head that dissipates, leaving nice lacing and a thin foam layer on top

S: grains, bitterness, and earthy

T: sweetness starts it off with the wheat, then it transitions to some earthiness and bitterness. Then I can taste the wheat in the aftertaste.

M: light-medium body with fairly heavy carbonation. It's between crisp and smooth, with nice aspects of both.

O: good summer beer for easy drinking, but there are plenty more options out there.

Photo of OldGreyBeerd
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A golden color, slight haze with orange tone.

S - Light citrus with wheat and yeast.

T - Crisp with mild hops overtone. A little tangy.

M - Mild creaminess but with a tingle and bite on the after taste.

First time I had this beer was on tap into a pint glass. It had a creamy head that held to the bottom. I liked it enough to pick up a case of bottles. Bottles are a little more carbonated, but still provide a good pour and taste close to the draft.

Photo of habanosdarklord
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First beer review. Batch#10313 or bottled on 3/31/11.

A- Pours a straw yellow/orange. Slight haze in the body, creamy looking head.

S- On the nose I get a nice sweetness from the malt. Fresh citrus in the background.

T- Refreshing beer, sweet malt, light floral and citric notes. Bready finish.

M- Creamy with good carbination.

Overall, this beer is great. Bell's has another winner with this one. Everything I want in a wheat ale, and I am not that big of a fan of them. Perfect summer beer to kick back with.

Photo of ujsplace
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

This brew pours a hazy, golden colored brew with a white frothy, two fingered thick meringue-like head that leaves ample lace clinging to the sides.

Smells of wheat, bready yeast and sweet tangy malts.

Tastes of wheat, sweet toasty malt, spicey notes - maybe a hint of citrus and a mildly bitter finish.

Light, crisp and refreshing - a nice summer quencher...

Another well-crafted brew from Bell's. Well balanced and highly sessionable - here comes the sun...

Photo of nickthegun12
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

love this beer!...and i don't usually say that about american wheat ales...

orange to yellow in color....with a nice white head....with lots of carbonation...

the smell is fresh almost citrus....

very full bodied, for an american wheat, in taste...nice small bitterness...citrus comes to the taste as well....

the feel is smooth almost creamy....

overall this is a great, if not the best, american lawnmower beer!

Photo of Soonami
1.95/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Batch 10264 from the bottle Bell's Oberon, poured into a Brooklyn Tulip.

This beer is off. I'm not sure if this what it is intended to taste like, but it smells and tastes like soybean milk. It has a weird cereal, bean-y smell and taste. I could not finish it and poured it out. It didn't taste very much like wheat or citrus, but mostly like old tofu. Not good.

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

A - Hazed golden color with a largish, fluffy, foamy, light bubbly head. Pretty good retention leaving a thin lace.

S - Grainy wheat with a slight spicy and lemony aroma. Faint yeasty and fruitiness as well. Not bad.

T - Mostly a grainy malty flavor with a slight lemony citrus kick toward the finish. A very slight spiced flavor as well. Very smooth maltiness. Faintest hop finish with the lemony/citrus kick at the finish.

M - Very smooth and creamy body with a medium feel and a good carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink and pretty enjoyable to drink as well. Goes down so easy and is smooth. Great summer beer feel.

Notes: Batch 10252 Bottled: 3/9/11. Nice pale wheat (a style I'm not a big fan of) that is smooth and very easy to drink. Solid malt and wheat backbone with some spice, citrus, and hops to spice it up a bit. Not my favorite beer, but a nice refreshing summer beer.

Photo of mrseano
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours hazy orange/straw color with very visible sediment. White head recedes in size quickly but stays present for remainder of drink.

S: Citrusy wheat. Bit of funky orange peel.

T: Slight orange, medium body (fuller taste than expected), slight hop presence but not as much as many Bell's.

M: Get a creamy texture, may be from all that sediment floating around in the beer. Carbonation is obvious in this beer which adds to pronounced mouthfeel.

O: Good beer. It would be a quality beer to have sitting out on a patio with friends, and a better alternative to Blue Moon if you like a slight orange hint in your beer. Smell could use a bit of improvement, however.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,572 ratings.