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

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Ratings: 5,608
Reviews: 1,602
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
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 Chaney
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Welcome to Oberon season! This is the time of year when half the bottle shops in my area stock half the store with a wide variety of craft brews, and the other half... Bell's Oberon!

I now have a full supply of this in the fridge, thanks to a weekend party we hosted for my wife's work. I thought I was doing the good BA thing by buying a small amount of this to hopefully convert some of the Bud/Corona drinkers to craft beer. Little did I know, some of them knew a craft beer or two, knew it tasted better than macro-muck, and they ALL brought six packs of... you guessed it!

A: Fairly murky, apricot-orange color, with a slight 1/2 finger or so froth that dwindled down to a diluted Alka-Seltzer formation. Nice retention.

S: Puts the capital "W" in Wheat! Fruit of the citrus variety along with sour dough bread and massive bails of wheat.

T: Crisp, satisfying, fruity, and with a fruit juice quality that makes for a great summer brew. It finishes every bit as smooth as it starts.

M: No booze detected, no sugar high created in my body, and the palate came out about as clean as the glass.

O: A lot of people bag on this brew, and to be honest, I used to be one of them. In previous year's batches, I got a distict vomit aftertaste on this one. Perhaps my tastes have changed? Dunno. However, the brew I just drank was very well done...

Photo of RoadPhish
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A--light, golden orange color--no head remained once the beer settled into the glass

S--unfortunately, no orange or lemon aroma

T--hints of lemon and orange

M--did not go down as expected--a rough texture on the back-end

O--Oberon is a good summer brew, but I would recommend Bell's Two Hearted Ale (IPA) over this particular American wheat ale, regardless of the season.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light murky yellow with little to no head.

The smell was very light and rather boring with just a little hint of biscuit.

The taste was pretty straight forward. Not really any bitterness that could be picked up with a little malt on the back.

It is a summer beer for sure but it is just too boring for me with many other better options out there.

Photo of zbuc919
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oberon... the taste of summer here in Michigan!

Had this on tap and in the bottle many times, pours a nice hazy golden orange color. Tastes like a citrusy wheat beer, perfectly refreshing. My favorite beer in the wheat category. Often served with an orange however I prefer a lemon to swipe around the rim prior to each sip to provide a little sour with the citrusy sweet wheat. Delicious!

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

A: cloudy straw color with a thick, fluffy white head.

S: Lots of wheat aroma with a touch of citrus.

T: Very Sweet malt and wheat with a citrusy finish.

M: Smooth and light.

O: I am not a fan of american wheat ales....but as wheat ales go, this would be one of the better that I've had.

Photo of rundocrun
3.14/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden color with a finger of white head that fades within a minute.

S - Almost no aroma to speak of, unfortunately. If I really strain to pick something out, I get a generic bready wheat and floral hop aroma.

T - Mildly sweet up front with moderate hop bitterness that follows through the finish. Some spiced estery banana flavor plays around in the background.

M - Thin body with bright, tingly carbonation. Sweet, sticky finish.

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
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
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
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
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
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
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
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
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
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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