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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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4,970 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,970
Reviews: 1,573
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 131
Gots: 420 | 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 ibashmuck


4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a six pack solely on the basis of it's grade here at BA. Medium foam head on a beautiful cloudy gold body. Smells of citrus and banana, with a little floral hint. Taste is near perfection, with the citrus accentuating but not overpowering. Wheat could be just a tad stronger. Very thick on the mouth, like I need a fork to eat it. This is a very, very good brew, among the best American Wheat Ale's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 16:37:23 | More by ibashmuck
Photo of Ragingbull


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy and dark yellow or light orange in color. It is almost the color of light woodwork like that in my kitchen. Frothy head. Light malt nose. Smooth attack with a creamy mouthfeel. Very complex in that it goes through numerous flavors very quickly. Cream, honey, citrus and grain are all flavors that I can detect. Easy drinking but I wouldn't call it a "great" beer. I rated it a C on my scale.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 15:28:45 | More by Ragingbull
Photo of wheatyweiss


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

Poured into a weiss glass.

Pours a light straw with a heavy cloud. Head is big and leaves a nice amount of lace.

Nice malt flavor, wheat and pale malts, very subtle, almost wish it was a little more prominent. Bready, doughy yeast aromas with peach and green apple.

Flavor is sour green apples with a saison like sourness that makes this one a very refreshing summer brew. Nice flavors of wheat and fruit, that rides on yeast. Not much for hops here. Very sweet and candy like. There is a cotton candy like flavor here.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and slick. Carbonation is good.

Another nice beer from Bells.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 00:09:49 | More by wheatyweiss
Photo of julian


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

Received in a trade from cpferris. Thank you!!!

OK after being disappointed by Gumballhead, I'm giving Oberon a first try from the same trade. Poured into a Rochefort Goblet.

A: pale tangerine/yellow in color. extremely cloudy. beautiful bubbly white pearl head from the pour which quickly dissipated.

S: very strong citrus aroma. I could notice is as it was being poured and even now as the glass sits next to me while I type. Smells of wheat and is slightly bready up front followed by a strong zesty citrus aroma.

T&M: very crisp and refreshing with good carbonation. Up front there's a strong wheat and yeast taste with a barely noticeable hop profile (good!). subdued citrus flavors follow mixed with a sweet wheat malting that is almost hiding away in the background. mild peppery spicing.

D: Although crisp, there's a slight "heaviness" to this beer for some reason. ABV is on the higher end of average but on a hot summer's day I could see myself easily forgetting these facts.

EDIT: Also, anyone notice the pic of the bottle has an upside down label?

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 04:30:10 | More by julian
Photo of LittleBreeze

New York

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

I'm not really a fan of wheat beers. But I've been enjoying this one. It lacks the harsh "after taste" or bitterness I associate with most wheat beers. It is crisp and fruity. Outstanding balance between wheat, lemon (citrus) and malts.

Mouthfeel is a little creamy

Drinkability is great. Light but full flavored. One of my favorite summer drinks.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 04:03:16 | More by LittleBreeze
Photo of happygnome


4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: poured a hazy orange/dark golden color with abotu a half inc of head that dissapeared quickly leaving a little lace ring around the edge of the glass, there seems to be some yeast floating in the beer as well
s: strong wheat matls accompinied by lemons, and a slight citrusy hop bitterness
t: lemons, bannanas, wheat malts dominate the palalte, not much bitterness but there isnt supposed to be.
m: edium to light bodied beer with good carbonatoin

overall, i really enjoyed this beer, perfect for a hot summers day

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 20:02:45 | More by happygnome
Photo of Beerking721


4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As stated on the label... the color and scent of a summer afternoon. This beer is a great warm weather companion that will not only "quench" a thirst but also leave the imbiber wanting more!

A= A rich amber color with requisite cloudiness. Upon glass entry, a reasonable head and resulting lace as consumption ensued.

S= Definate light fruit with a hint of sweet wheat.

T= Smooth and quenching with an off-dry finish.

M= 30% weight to viscosity ratio. Chewy.

D= "Session" ready .

Pairing suggestion: Puffed rice encrusted talapia with mango chutney.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 21:12:42 | More by Beerking721
Photo of leif86


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden with a haze. Large chunks of yeast. White foamy head with decent retention.

S: Smells like what you would expect a pale wheat ale to smell like. Very citrusy and slightly floral and earthy.

T: Lemons and bananas. Lemons and bananas. Finishes with a little subtle bitterness that lingers for about 15 seconds.

M: Not overly carbonated, actually a little creamy in texture. Easy to put down.

D: Very light without being watery. I could go back for more.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 16:44:11 | More by leif86
Photo of Stinkypuss


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

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass. A nice head forms on the pale orange cloudy body. Lace is left behind.

Smell: Yeast, bready malts, some wheat, some spice.

Taste. A very flavorful brew. Some citrus fruityness, mildy bitter hops and clove like spice. Somewhat lemony with suggestions of dried orange peel. Very flavorful and stronger than your typical wheat.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied. A moreish taste that grows on you as you sip.

Overall: Really good, paired nicely with BBQ chicken on a stick. This is the type of beer with its light crisp flavor profile and mild spice notes, that could pair with a variety of spicy and flavorful dishes.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 19:37:38 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of thisisshsas


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

had this at a 4th of July Party at a friend's house. Beer poured a hazy gold orange and had no visibility. Had no extraordinary smell. the taste was very smooth with very little bite as an aftertaste, but there was a richness to it that clearly separated it from a Lager. Not recommended as a session beer just because of the filling nature the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 00:50:31 | More by thisisshsas
Photo of nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

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

This beer reminds me a lot of the GooseIsland Summerale.
A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a decent head that is gone after 2-3 minutes.
S: Lemony, citrus smell that is pleasing to the nose. Nothing skunky here.
T: A little tart, a little biting, good carbonation. A good bier to have with BBQ or other meat products.
M: Fine. Nothing exciting.
D: This is a good session bier; could have many of these and not feel guilty.

Find youself some of this and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 23:53:49 | More by nocheinsbitte
Photo of cwocasio


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a great choice for a summer night. It has a great smooth taste that is fully refreshing and holds a hint of citrus in closing. The color I think is great, transparent, yet not to light for a beer of its kind. For those who are looking for a summer ale with more solidity I believe this to be the right choice.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2008 04:25:52 | More by cwocasio
Photo of tempest


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

Paired with a BBQ, friends, and a backyard.

Pours a hazy light orange with a white head. The aroma has a creamy orange and malted wheat. The flavor is a nice mix of spicy and citrus hops flavors from the Saaz with the sweet wheat for balance. That creates a pleasant balance of citrus fruit, mellow malts, and spicy/bitter hops - all in a great summer beer. What a deal.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 01:28:47 | More by tempest
Photo of Beerbuddha


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

Appearance- Cloudy orange yellow appearance with a huge white head. Lacing was minimal but present.

Smell- Not much but I could detect a biscuit aroma with a citrus aroma as well.

Taste- Very citrusy with a nice clean wheat taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall- A great summer beer but overall nothing too impressive.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 18:50:50 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of KBomb


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oberon pours a rich golden yellow with a small light head that sticks around a little. The aroma is of bright fruit and some toasty wheatiness. The taste a little grassy but nuanced by some fruit and citrus. The back end has a surprising amount of sour flavor that definitely lingers a while. This is a moderately light beer with a crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Oberon is packed with lots of great summer flavors that goes down pretty good. I can't tell if the punch of sourness/bitterness at the end is surprising or distracting, but I would still say this is an fine summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 00:02:49 | More by KBomb
Photo of argock


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass

A: Inviting hazy yellow-orange with thick, frothy bright off-white head with plenty of lace

S: A bit light in the aroma department with very soft pear and apple aromas, soft biscuit and yeast, and lemon-wheat.

T: Very flavorful for a pale wheat with soft fruit flavors of pear and banana, tangy wheaty lemon, and drier apple flavors with a light touch of malt and soft herbal hops.

M: Super smooth with light but pleasing aftertaste. Light bodied as you'd expect.

D: A great summer beer and another great Bell's product. Bottle-conditioning helps this beer a little.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2008 18:52:43 | More by argock
Photo of JayQue


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice summer cooler. Pours a dark straw/light orange hazy color with a medium size white head. Head retention is ok. Leaves a little lacing.

Light aroma - wheat and citrus, fairly mild. Taste is ok. Typical wheat beer with a little more lemon than usual. Detected a bit of hops at the end. Flavors all work, very mild and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is rich enough and smooth like you would expect from a wheat beer. Drinkability is good. Abv is light (surprised that it is as high as it is). Would probably be nice on tap. Nothing memorable, but a nice, fairly light beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 13:41:50 | More by JayQue
Photo of Absumaster


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy, orange beer with a settling head.

Smell is estery with fruity notes and spices. Straw and a nice, grainy maltiness, clearly wheat. It smells a bit like a Weizen without the correct yeast.

Taste of wheat with straw-like maltiness. The wheat makes the beer a bit rough. Yeast is clean, but leaves some fruity notes. There is a light bitterness that is above average for a German wheat beer. It falls into place with this beer. The hops are mild and a bit grassy, definatelly not US hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 19:35:00 | More by Absumaster
Photo of doubleipa


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

Had this at KClingers in Hanover. Appearance - small creamy head. Color was yellow an dcloudy. Aroma -banana and yeasty. Taste - very smooth and the wheat lingers, creamy tending towards syrupy. Kinda of different than most wheat beers. I think th edifference is the creamy mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2008 21:56:59 | More by doubleipa
Photo of NCBeernut

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Really great summery looking bottle, carefully poured into a hefeweizen glass to keep out as much sediment as possible.

A: Careful pour, but still a slight hazy nice golden color. Nothing too stand-out for the style though.

S: Honestly, the smell is very light, and not too much of a "wow" factor, but if you close your eyes and let the smells really get into your nose this beer seriously smells just like summer, maybe the beach without that odd seaweed/fish smell that you encounter at some beaches. This summer-like smell is unmatched by any other summer beer so I gave it mega points here for uniqueness and ability to create such a nice summer feel.

T: Dominated by yeast. Very light fruity flavors that just come through in the background. Dry finish. A little bit of that same summeriness comes through in the taste as well.

M: Kind of chalky, even on a careful pour. I tried it with the sediment poured in, and it just intensified this "chalkiness." Has a nice level of carbonation but the chalkiness was kind of a turn-off.

D: If it wasn't for the odd mouthfeel, definitely more points here. This is a nice beer to try at least once during the summer. Just KEEP THE YEAST OUT!

I feel like my review of this beer might be a little higher if I was drinking it out on the deck of a beachhouse, or on a nice sandy beach. Too bad no glass containers on NC beaches. Oberon minikeg anyone? But, really, Oberon is an experience.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 16:05:08 | More by NCBeernut
Photo of Domingo


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

A crisp summer wheat ale in the vein of Sunshine or 312.
Pours a nice golden color. I swirled the bottle a little to get the yeast sediment out and discovered quite a bit that made it a little more cloudy. Lots of yeast was down there, so treat this much the way you would a German weiss.
Smells wheaty, but there's a hop presence in there, too. Citrus is there, but not shoved down your throat as a cheap cover-up. It smells like real, fresh orange zest.
Tastes pretty run of the mill at first (grain-based, citrus, bitter finish) but as it warms even slightly, there's a nice biscuity flavor that comes out. I like it.
Goes down easy on a really hot day (90-plus) and it has a good amount of flavor for a pale wheat. Definitely one of the best of it's kind for sure. Way to go Bells. For a style that can be boring, this stands out.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 02:53:24 | More by Domingo
Photo of PorterLover83


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden straw. Almost like a light apple cider. Head stayed for a little while. Citrus tones in the nose with a slight hop presence. Orange, coriander mix well. Taste has a spicy citrus start with wheat malt and then gives way to a hoppy bitterness. On the lighter side of medium for the mouth feel. Very good drinkability, hits the spot after a grass cutting session.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 23:18:09 | More by PorterLover83
Photo of Buebie


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a tulip. Hazy golen in color with little transaprency due to its hazy unfiltered character.
The appearance is pretty ugly, big nasty chunks floating in the glass, almost looked like bugs they were so big.
The head however was pretty nice. Nice 2 finger white fluffy head with decent laceing and some retention.

Smell is carmely and sweet with a lemon quality.

Taste is crisp and tart with a fruity backbone and a dry clean finish.
Some lemon character to the flavor, as well as some grassy hops.
Very clean summer brew.

Most summer ales I dont much like, this is the first I can really tolerate. It has wonderful flavor, decent thickness in mouthfeel and nice laceing.

All around a great brew, just a bit rough on the appearance side.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 00:31:53 | More by Buebie
Photo of paco1029384756


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden color with minimal head.

Scent of wheat and malts with some citrus and a mild honey sweetness.

Wheat and citrus dominant in flavor, lingers into maltiness with more wheat and finishing fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, though I would prefer more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 00:28:43 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of Getinthevan


4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this out of a 12oz bottle. Right off the bat, this beer has a nice orange/amber color with lots of wheat sediment at the bottom of the glass. Truly a great looking beer.

Smell was very high in wheat and a little bit of oranges. Definitely one of those beers to prepare for, as it will be a nice treat.

Taste was awesome. It was very full, wheaty and had a great smooth, almosty buttery aftertaste. This stuff is certainly on my "get" list whenever I hit up the liquor store again!

Mouthfeel was very pleasant and satisfying. No dead spots, no wasted fluidity, just delicious and refreshing wheat ale going down the hatch on a hot summer day!

I had to stop myself from drinking the whole six pack as soon as I got it! Man this stuff is addicting as soon as you open it! Go get it if you haven't tried it, it's that good.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 15:45:33 | More by Getinthevan
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 4,970 ratings.