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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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5,520 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,520
Reviews: 1,588
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 146
Gots: 641 | 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 brewdenver
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint from Pearl Street Pizza, Indianapolis, IN.

A: Nice appearance off tap. A tad cloudy, golden in color. Medium lacing and fingers with a decent head off the pour that died relatively fast.

S: Citrus, slight grapefruit, orage, resin are some notes to the nose here. Enjoyable to smell with a nice character all around.

T: Balance of hops, malts and specialties really make this an easy drinking beer with some real character. Finishes a tad earthy and slightly dry.

M: Spritzy and medium modies on the tongue and cheeks.

O: Truly a beer for the summer. Just wish I could get this in CO.

brewdenver, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of weizenbob
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oberon seems to be a lot of people's introduction to craft beer in Michigan. I too cut my teeth on Oberon many summers ago. This bottle was from batch 10278 (bottled 3/18/11). I popped the cap and poured into a weizen glass, swirling the last bit in the bottle to ensure maximum haziness in the glass. Most bars and restaurants serve this with an orange garnish but I'll pass.

The pour yields three fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is moderate. There is a nice amount of lacing touching the glass. The beer is robustly golden in color with a lot of haziness from the suspended yeast. It's a beauty.

Amid the wheat beer range, Oberon's aroma is more akin to a Belgian white than a German Hefeweizen. Citrus essence (orange and lemon in particular) comprise a large portion of the scent. Yeastiness is certainly present on the nose. Overall the aroma is fairly dry.

The flavor is pretty unique. I remember that when I first became aware of Oberon I had a difficult time distinguishing it from Blue Moon, the other non-lager that everyone around here drank in the summer. It's actually a pretty night and day difference. There is a strong wheat bite here that is way up front on the tongue. The citrus does come through in the form of orange, but not in a sweet way. The whole experience runs pretty tart. There is a much bigger hop presence than one would find in traditional wheat beer styles, and it contributes a significant bitterness to the brew. The finish is dry with a lingering hop bitterness. As a noob it just tasted like my first good beer; as a lover of wits and hefes it defies expectations.

Oberon is medium bodied. The carbonation level is medium. It's tart and dry so it feels lighter than it actually is. It goes down like palate cleansing refreshment. This beer is pretty much a Michigan institution as it appeals to craft and non-craft drinkers alike. To a Michigan beer drinker, the first availability of Oberon is an indicator of Spring's firm arrival and the eminent hope of Summer's warmth and beauty. It is a reliable brew that is available nearly everywhere that you can buy a beer. At 5.8% ABV it is hardly a true session beer, but it sure feels like it. Price-wise Oberon is mid-ranged, but it seems to find a permanent presence in the seasonal rotations of many a Michigan beer drinker.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz for Oberon.

weizenbob, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a decent white head that dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is ok.

S - Smells clean and bright. A hint of lemon and wildflower is present. Fresh cut wheat is able to be picked up as well.

T - Tastes slightly citrusy with a subtle lemon-like sourness. A little orange maybe? Backbone is wheat flavor and an even malt profile which is somewhat biscuity. Maltiness is present but flavor is subdued to a faint afterthought.

M - Feels almost moderate in body. Not as light as I like my APWA's. Carbonation is a little less than desirable for my liking, but acceptable.

O - This beer is interesting. It's got some extra flavor than most APWA's, but at the cost of higher ABV and a more moderate mouthfeel. I'd surely drink it again, but as it removes itself from my regular APWA summer rotation due to the higher ABV and increased mouthfeel. Sorry Bells, love ya, but others have got you beat in my book.

PreacherBrewer, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Vdubb86
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

I remember loving this last year so how could I turn this down once it came out?

This beer pours a very hazy extraordinarily pale straw body with a slender finger of foam on top. The smell is rather nonchalant, it has that sweet wheat aroma along with zest of orange. I think if the smell was more perfumed I might find it a little better than I do. There is nothing wrong with the taste at all. It's got that standard wheat flavor, with the citrus fruit finish. The hops are there, but they don't get in the way. There is a kind of acidic finish to this beer that, I eventually got used to but it was rather cloying on the tongue in a different sort of way. While it's not a wow, kind of beer there is something about all of the elements put together that just made this beer stand out from all the other summer styles of beer. If it's warm outside, this is what you'll find me drinking.

Vdubb86, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of StLThrash
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

I remember liking this beer a lot better in the past. The only other times I've had it have been on tap, but I saw it this weekend in bottles and picked up a six pack.

A - Hazy, unfiltered yellowish-orange with a one finger cap that dissipated rather quickly. No lacing.

S - Here's where I was dissapointed. Didn't really smell as well as I remember. Not much citrus in the nose as I remember. Lots of toasted malts and bready. No real hoppiness as well.

T & M - Was much better when really cold. When it warmed, it became really bready / biscuity. More toasted malts then the citrusy hop flavor I remember. Alcohol became more prevalent as it warmed, although it's still a low ABV.

Wasn't really impressed. Expected more from this one and wasn't as refreshing as a summer seasonal should be in my opinion.

StLThrash, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Has a simple four finger white head which falls pretty quickly, not that impressive. Kind of soapy looking. Body is cloudy murky yellow, dark buttery with pin sized head bubbles of carbonation from the bottom, but stops after drinking a bit. Head and collar is totaly absent after some time drinking.

Bouquet is a noticeable but simple wheat chew with baked bread. Nothing big and expressive but nothing small either. Kind of hot spicey to a degree. Perhaps even a hint of diacetyl butter like sensation.

Taste is sweet wheat in flavor, with a good body. Finish brings the bread quality, but it's the swallow that brings it out, making it really whispy. Ah.. refreshing. However it also feels like watered down orange juice after some time drinking, strangely roof top dry in the palate after some time.

Overall pretty easy drinking, feels like summer to me. Could be better but it will do.

smakawhat, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of nova009
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at South Park Tavern in Dayton. Poured into a pint glass

A- pours a pale hazy golden yellow, nice white fluffy one finger head appears and slowly dissipates, spotty lacing sticks to the glass

S- citrus especially lemon, bready malt, a slight spiciness to it especially clove, decent nose

T- similar to the nose, less citrus than expected, the bready malt really takes over in the taste, slightly sweet with a little bit of spice added in, not an incredible taste but not bad either

M- light and smooth, carbonation is balance perfectly, crisp and refreshing

D- overall a decent spring/summer beer, light and refreshing, easy to take down, a staple session beer for warmer weather

nova009, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Miketwolf21
2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I remember last year liking this beer much more. I remember a full and nearly creamy wheat palate with herbal and slightly citrusy hops that made it a perfect beer for summer. This year it tastes much more flat. I bought this the week it came out so it was fresh and as I moved through the six pack the beer did not show any colors. Boring taste that does not have any inspiration in it.
Well here is a review of this years first batch:
Served at various temperatures, I found that having it cold actually kept the beer tasting crisp, which is better than just boring. A moderate amount of carbonation revealed spicy hops and cracked wheat flavors, but the scent was mixed with more cardboardy and metallic flavors. Still it was a muted nose.
The flavor was refreshing for the first drink but as I continued through the beer, I found nothing intriguing. Which is not all bad if the flavors are clean and vivid. But the flavors just don't come alive. The hops are too muted for such a bland wheat profile. No creaminess either. The carbonation is pretty good, but this just seems watery and minerally.
Too bad, I used to love the price and availability of this summer beer. This could use some lovin'. I taste no inspiration in this beer.

Miketwolf21, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of mryuk
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours an unfiltered golden yellow with a finger of head.

smell is earthy hops with a bit of orange and yeast.

taste is light, slightly bitter with a bit of sour. wheaty malts are definitely coming through.

mouth is light-medium bodied with high carbonation.

overall oberon is only ok. I used to enjoy this beer a lot more but at this point it is just very plain for e.

mryuk, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Blanco
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an slightly cloudy orange color with strong white head. decent lacing. smell is strongly of the wheat malt with slight hint of citrus. taste is clean and crisp, with strong wheat presence lightened but hard to distinguish spices and slight citrus notes. mouthfeel is very nice, medium bodied. refreshing. very nice for an American Pale Wheat which is not amongst my favorite styles, but all around this one is solid.

Blanco, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of junker18
2/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If this was a macro attempt at a craft brew, it wouldn't get a C rating. For as bland as it is, I'm actually kind of angry it has such a high ABV, which precludes me from having 6 of them on a Saturday afternoon without getting more sauced than I'd prefer.

junker18, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Lauthaha
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer taster (4 ounces).

Appearance: Pours a golden color with mild carbonation. Head fades quickly but leaves moderate lacing as it recedes. Not a lot to say here.

Smell: A very "round" scent...definitely reminiscent of a witbier, with that familiar citrus-type nose. However, it's not a sharp citrus, but more of a gentle mix with the wheaty malt. More bready than anything.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts out kinda bland. Hops become noticeable quickly. Very chewy in the middle, with good citrus accents. Foams right up until swallow. Aftertaste is a shocking sort of pungent grapefruit bitterness. Not bad, but not as good as I remember it.

Overall: Eh. Bell's makes a LOT of better brews...it's odd that this one enjoys such tremendous accolades in the summertime --- at least, it's odd to me. Oh well, not a bad buy, anyway.

Lauthaha, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy orange with a two finger white head that dies down and leaves a little lace. On the nose there is wet grass, lemon rind, and wheat. It's a simple nose that to me seems like it's missing something. In the mouth there is a hop presence, mostly spicy rather than bitter, that together with the wheat make up the majority of the taste. With the lemon and especially the spicy hops, I want to call the taste here zesty. As it warms up there seems to be some pale malt behind everything. The body is medium, definitely heftier than I thought it would be, and the spiciness hangs on long enough to be really interesting and satisfying. I like this beer pretty well, and while it isn't a staple for me because I don't often crave the style, it's definitely a beer I would bring places in the summertime.

EricCioe, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of output01x
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A slow pour yields a 2-finger foamy off-white head atop a hazy pale straw-colored body. The head diminishes in minutes but leaves heavy lacing on the glass sides.

Strong wheat and mild citrus on the nose. Not overly strong, but definitely pleasent.

A light citrus character like orange soda starts each sip. A slightly spicy wheat flavor follows. The flavors are not bold at all, but more mellow and complimenting.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation makes Oberon crisp, refreshing, and very drinkable. Great for a hot day or with a BLT.

output01x, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of carlspeed
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. I have had it on draft at Buffalo Wild Wings, and shortly after, out of a bottle into a glass.

The beer is a good spicy wheat ale, and tastes like summer. It has an orange glow, and goes down smoothly.

Want an orange? Throw one in. This beer drinks no differently than Blue Moon or Shock Top, however, it's better and has an even higher ABV% content!

Try it today!

carlspeed, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Cloudy orange yellow. Off white head with thick lacing.
smell: crisp citrus, slight sweetness.
taste: juicy orange. some sweetness at the start with dry, crisp finish.
overall: nice tasty concoction. Early Spring refreshing brew here. Better than expected.

cindyjeffsmith, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew settles a foggy orange with a fingers worth of white fluffy head that quickly dissipates. Some spotty lacing is left clinging to the glass.

The nose is subtle, offering some pale qualities including some wheat and a dash of orange and corriander.

The taste follows suit for the most part. Some wheat and sweet malt are noticed up front, followed by the citrus fruit characteristics.

The mouthfeel is medium and smooth, without filling me up. A great summer ale that can be drank all day and night.

Overall, a case of this is in order for our Memorial day weekend camping trip this summer. However, it leaves my palate unsatisfied, demanding more. Could crank it up a couple notches.

ChugginOil, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really great beer for the spring and summer. The beer is an orange golden color with a nice head on it. The aroma screams citrus more specifically orange. The taste is citrusy just like the aroma. The aftertaste is juicey and refreshing with a little tingle in the back of the tongue. The wheat gives the beer a light mouthfeel which in turn makes this brew quite good.

Knapp85, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of clarkkr
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle -> tulip glass

Pours bright, cloudy, pale straw color with about a finger of creamy looking head. It's got a lot of carbonation and a ton of lacing around the rim. It smells faintly hoppy with a hint of citrus. The taste is similar, but with much more intensity. It's got a good pale ale malt build with wheaty and citrusy flavors, and the hops do a wonderful job of rounding out the flavor instead of dominating it. It's super creamy and velvety on the pallate. I really like this beer=)

clarkkr, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a very pale straw-yellow with a full white head.

S: Not much her at all. A bit of citrus and zest, but not to much coming through.

T: A bit of hops, wheat tang, and citrus.

D: Great drinkability here. I downed most of the sixer and could have finished it off.

Overall: A great summer beer with a lot of refreshment properties. This is the kind of lawnmower beer that summer is all about. That being said, this APWA doesn't hold a candle to Gumballhead.

JohnnyChicago, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of pburland23
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting to enjoy during today's Phillies game.

Poured from said growler into my Phillies shaker pint glass.

Beer pours a hazy orange with about a finger of crisp white head. Good head retention and decent lacing.

Big inviting wheat aroma with hint of lemony citrus notes around the edge. Taste is also big on wheat, a little grassiness some lemon, and a hint of banana and perhaps cloves. It has a very summery taste.

Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Very quaffable summer beer. Oberon is one the summer seasonal releases I look forward to each year.

pburland23, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very nice yellow color with a slight haze and hue of orange. Big bold white head that stuck around.
S - A ton of wheat in this nose and not much else. If you search for it you can find some banana,lemon, and clove but it is hiding in their.
T & M - Great flavor profile here. Wheat dominates the front with some malt in there as well. Then some light citrus fruits including lemon and orange creep in. The is a bitter spice that rounds it out. The beer is actually more medium bodied in my opinion with light carbination.
O - Great summer and warm weather brew.There is not a strong flavor that weighs on the palate over time. Refreshing on the palate and very smooth when it goes down.


CuttDeez, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Yellow/Orange with a 1 1/2 inch finger bubbly off white head. Very little bit of lacing sticks around.

Smell-Not too much really going on. I can get the wheat and some citrus as expected.

Taste-I definitely get the wheat/yeasty/biscuity taste. Some citrus and some banana as well.

Mouthfeel-Light carbonation and not too much body. Still pretty crisp and refreshing.

Oberon-If I can access this beer in Tx I would buy this beer for a beach trip, or a warm summer day, or after a hard days work. However it's not easy to get here, so I will not seek this out. I can live with it or without it, but If you can access this beer, very refreshing beer for all occasions.

SWMeyer4141, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of Kelly88
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Cock and Bull. Served in an imperial pint.

A- pale yellow. Pretty hazy. Bright white head that settles to a hybrid of a cap and a solid ring. Really not as murky as most wheat beers.

S- the first time I've actually smelled wheat in a wheat beer. Small amounts of lemon and a few traces of clove. Nice smelling beer.

T- kind of a more low key version of the nose. The wheat is combining with a sweetness that I can't put a finger on. With out this mystery sweetness this would be a pretty bland beer. A slight alcohol taste on the finish.

M- very light and very Nice. Smooth and light on the sip and a nicely timed carbonation bite on the swallow. This is the best aspect of this beer.

Overall an easy drinker that is only about 5 steps above bmc in my opinion. Smell and flavors leave alot to be desired but the drinkability and feel are great for a hot summer day or when the reds have a come from behind victory on opening day.

Kelly88, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of VMWhelan
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy straw color with a thin white head.

Nose is dominated by lemon zest and wheat with a little bit of spice to it.

Taste is lemon, wheat, some grassiness, and some good floral hop flavors. Definitely a warm weather beer.

Mouthfeel is initially very crisp. Medium body and kind of sticky with high carbonation.

Drinkability is high. I can't find a big flaw with this one, other than it being cold and rainy. I'm looking forward to this one when the weather breaks.

VMWhelan, Mar 31, 2011
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,520 ratings.