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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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5,169 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,169
Reviews: 1,577
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 131
Gots: 509 | 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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Photo of dismal


4/5  rDev +5%

From the bottle into a pint glass it pours a hazy light orange color with a one finger white head. Leaves some lacing down the glass. The smell is yeast, wheat, hint of spices, nothing amazing but a little above average for the style. The taste is pretty good, I'm not huge on wheats but I do enjoy them. This one has the taste of wheat, kind of citrusy, overall pretty refreshing and crisp. Easily drinkable, I could do this one all day especially on a nice summer day. Compared to some other wheat ales/pale wheat ales I think this is one of the better ones I've had. I'll hopefully be getting this one more often this summer.

06-11-2009 21:59:06 | More by dismal
Photo of eljefe21


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

A: Hazy golden in color. Two finger billowy head that slowly fades.

S: A touch of some spicy, dry smell, but not much else.

T: Well balanced crisp flavor with a perfect hint of spice.

M: Crisp carbonation up front and a satisfying, quenching, dry finish.

D: Bottle says its a summer ale and that it is. Love to drink this one when the weather gets warm. It's a nice mixture of light flavor and quaffability.

Served: in a weizen glass.

06-11-2009 04:50:14 | More by eljefe21
Photo of wnh


4.53/5  rDev +18.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy orange-tinted-straw, more orange than many wheats. Held up to the midday window, suspended yeast particles can be seen filling the glass. Smooth, creamy white head that diminishes to a light film across the surface; more fizzy as the glass empties.

Nose is bright and sweet, though not as bready up front as I was expecting. I can't say this is necessarily negative, as it smells wonderful nonetheless. Bright, clean citrus that seems to be a careful and expressive balance of lemon and orange.

That missing bready quality comes through on the tongue. A quick and fun interplay of orange, then wheat, then orange again. A light splash of lemon comes in next, to brighten the overall experience. A few more sips and the yeast starts to poke through, but not forcefully. Rounds out the palate with a nice slightly sour bready twang.

Medium bodied, as expected due to the cloudiness and suspended yeast. Rich, but not thick -- a good thing in a wheat. Lots of lively carbonation, and quite quenching. Somewhat dry on the finish, which despite bringing things down a notch beckons me to take another sip (gulp, perhaps) to quench the dryness.

Very drinkable. Flavorful enough that every sip is pleasant, but not so in-your-face flavorful as to make every sip a chore to decipher. I can nail down the flavors in a few sips, then sit back and simply enjoy them while I finish the glass.

06-10-2009 15:56:38 | More by wnh
Photo of praufs01


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Appearance - Clear yellow with a light foamy white head and lots of little yeast particles floating around.

Aroma - Very faint sour yeast and orange citrus smell.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied brew that is perfectly carbonated.

Taste - Light sour dough flavor up front. The middle is zesty with a hint of orange and white pepper. The finish is clean and warming as though the alcohol were higher than 5.8%..

Overall - Very clean refreshing brew. Although a little weak in flavor, it's definitely a beer that would appeal to a lot of people.

06-08-2009 22:08:04 | More by praufs01
Photo of ccrida


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic, Oberon is a hazy pale yellow with a large, dense white head with long last leaving decent lace.

Smell is wheaty, with a touch sweet cereals.

Taste is similar, but not as bland as I find most APWAs to be. One of my least favorite styles, but this is probably the best example I've had of it. Something about it tastes very fresh.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, sharp actually, especially on the finish, with a lingering prickle on the tongue. Medium bodied.

Drinkability is ok, easy enough to suck down, but I still don't like the style, and would always rather have something with more flavor. And that sharp mouthfeel doesn't work for me at all.

06-07-2009 03:00:48 | More by ccrida
Photo of jera1350


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

A- Pours a light golden yellow with suspended particles throughout. One finger white head that quickly shrinks to a ring. Minimal lacing.

S- Wheaty, pretty strong yeast, light citrus. Crisp and fresh smell.

T- Crisp wheat with a hint of citrus and yeast. Light and fresh.

M- Light bodied, nice lively carbonation on the palate.

D- Simple drinking, refreshing summer brew. Definite session here.

06-06-2009 00:43:50 | More by jera1350
Photo of MadTown1000


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a slightly cloudy medium-yellow with a slightly orangish tint. About an inch of foam that settles to a quarter inch over a few seconds. Pretty standard wheat beer appearance. Interesting stationary bubbles stay suspended in it.

Nice, slightly citrusy smell, not overpowering. Taste isn't overpowering with citrus either, the way some wheat beers are. You can taste the wheat in this one, but it's very balanced - I wouldn't necessarily have called this a wheat beer if I hadn't known (and I'm not a wheat beer fan, so that's a positive.) Surprisingly mild taste if anything, but it sticks with you for a good long time. Seems a bit heavy, so not a great score in drinkability, but overall a real solid beer, for wheat fans and otherwise.

06-05-2009 23:15:16 | More by MadTown1000
Photo of carp420


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz->an imperial pint glass

pours into the glass a nice golden amber color with a soft bubbly head that faded quickly, coated the beer well and laced all the way down

smells of floral wheat and citrus, lemon and orange spicyness and dry biscuity malts

taste very much the same, mainly lemon spice, wheat, malty and biscuity- mainly after it warmed some

mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with a dry finish, somewhat creamy and carbonated well

drinkabiltiy is very high, a nice sessionable brew, great hot weather beer,

my first bells offering, not overly impressed but am glad they finally made it to georgia, can't wait to try some of their other highly touted beers

06-04-2009 23:03:14 | More by carp420
Photo of OnThenIn


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Appearance: It pours a nice cloudy yellow with a beautiful white foamy finger of head.

Smell: The majority of the smell seems to be a nice sweet wheat aroma, but there is definitely some citrus smell in this beer.

Taste: This beer starts with some orange and lemon to it. It then has a really nice sweet tastes and a nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. This has a super smooth finish.

Drinkability: This beer is insanely smooth and is by far my favorite session beer. It is also the beer that has converted quite a few of my friends to like better beer.

06-04-2009 20:06:06 | More by OnThenIn
Photo of dublife1


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

On Tap at Porter's Pub in easton, Pa. Nice 1 finger head with smells of wheat and grass. Taste is very good and slightly creamy, yet crisp. This is a beer that could be sessioned on a hot summer day with ease. Mouthfeel is very good and lets you know you are drinking something better than most. This beer does exactly what Bell's wanted it to. Another top quality offering by Bell's.

06-03-2009 16:33:10 | More by dublife1
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

Aroma is strong, malty, yeasty, very inviting. It pours a clear straw-yellow - not inspiring, but at least the white head is nice and thick and hangs around for a bit. Flavor is fairly strong and refreshing, if not complex - malty with a wheaty undertone and a touch of fruit. Texture is smooth and just a little fizzy.

06-02-2009 23:40:31 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A nice citrusy, wheaty aroma.

T: Tasted of wheat, yeast and various citrus elements. Not the most complex of tastes (this style rarely accomodates complexity), but not bad.

M: A nice amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, lightweight summer beer. Not to be confused with much more complex beers, but solid nonetheless.

06-01-2009 12:49:54 | More by avalon07
Photo of blackearth


4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

Pours a cloudy, yellowish color, almost like grapefruit juice. Has a puffy white head that thins, but then lasts. Orange and citrus aroma with faint hop and yeast notes. Light bodied, crisp with citrusy flavors and a slightly sweet aftertaste. Very refreshing. One of the best summer beers ever brewed.

06-01-2009 02:28:45 | More by blackearth
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

3.03/5  rDev -20.5%

Pours a nice cloudy yellow colour with a lovely white frothy head. Smell is very strong of wheat; perhaps a llittle grassy. Smells refreshing. Flavour is actually much more bitter than one would think. It's a nice, well-crafted, refreshing beer, but I don't hold it in the same regards as many other folks do. Still a good Summer beer, though.

05-31-2009 18:42:34 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of bosco7


4/5  rDev +5%

Hazy golden/straw color with an orange tinge. Frothy head. Summery indeed.

Hay, orange, floral hops and some yeasty notes in the nose.

Starts with orange and lemony hop flavors that move into a hard to describe sweet flavor. The finish is mildly spicy and floral. Bitterness is balanced as one might expect.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with plenty of carbonation. Overall this is a well crafted beer and is nice company on a warm day. I just don't understand the hype associated with it. Still very nice.

05-30-2009 21:20:38 | More by bosco7
Photo of redneckchugger


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured into a weizen glass, big thick white head, pale cloudy body.
Interesting nose, buttered popcorn, and orange zest. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say the butteriness was from diacetyl, but i loved it.
No butter in the taste tho, sweet, mandarin orange , with some lemon peel, and a bit of yeasty esters.
Beat wheat beer i have had to date.

05-30-2009 14:01:26 | More by redneckchugger
Photo of Kolsch


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

On tap at Zoso's Bar, Greensburg PA.

Appearance: Yellow, clear and very pilsnerish. Nice head that remained a cusp throughout drink.

Smell: Sweet Orange with slight hop odor.

Taste: Sweet up front and upon swallow, finishes dry. I detect a very orange taste to this that is different and I like it. Wheat and Hops are at the back end of this beer and not very prominent.

Overall: I like this version of the American Pale Wheat Ale. Most APWA overdose on the hops, this lets the flavors shine through. Well done Bells!

05-30-2009 01:35:40 | More by Kolsch
Photo of bstewyb


3.05/5  rDev -19.9%

A - Nice 2 finger head. Quite cloudy, rich honey color.

S - Wheat & citrus with slight yeast

T - Cool, with slight wheat and tiny citrus. Clove and apple notes. Light and well balanced. Slightly bitter at the end.

M - Not too thick, slight carbonation. Tingles at the end.

D - Refreshing & nice. Nothing overwhelming, good summer drinking beer. Very nice.

05-29-2009 22:59:00 | More by bstewyb
Photo of Anthony1


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Serving Type- bottle poured into a 0.5L weissen glass

appearance- c cloudy honey hold with a 1-2 inch off white head. good retention with good lacing

smell- smelled of orange, hops, clove, wheat, and banana. It was a very mild smell though.

taste/mouthfeel- a citrus taste with a mix of light clove and lemon. a light/medium body that drinks smooth. it is a tad bitter after taste.

drinkability- I'm very glad that Athens georgia now carries bell's beer as of 5-11-09. I've hear so much from my friend who lives a few miles from their brewery. I've recommended it to all my friends

05-28-2009 14:44:02 | More by Anthony1
Photo of BitterPachyderm


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Batch #9080

Poured into my SN pint glass. A rough pour produced a gorgeous five finger voluptious creamy head. Some sticky lacing clung to the sides of the glass. A medium yellow to orange body that was a bit cloudy. Floater alert! Floater alert! Floater alert!

The aroma was not as powerful as I had expected. There is a faint whiff of Florida oranges and a dash of coriandor.

You get a strong hit of coriandor up front, with a slightly bitter finish. Loads of wheat coming through...not a whole lot of complexities.

The mouthfeel did seem a bit thin, and low on carbonation.

With almost no alcohol presence, this is something I could drink days on end and never get upset.

I had had this brew on tap many times before and loved it! Maybe this bottle wasn't the best, but this is a damn fine beer. I go against the grain on this one, and recommend it to be drank as cold as possible. Despite this bottle, I know that this is a solid summer offering from Bell's...and one that is hard to beat!

05-28-2009 14:25:12 | More by BitterPachyderm
Photo of drcarver


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

A - Hazy organe with no head just some white film particles float about within.

S - Sweet, wheat toast aroma with a bit of root vegetable earthiness mixed in.

T - Very sweet with a hint of orange. There is some earthiness as well.

M - Smooth and dry with a nice tingle on the tongue.

D - Goes down easy

05-27-2009 00:07:53 | More by drcarver
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours a hazy/murky yellowish gold with a thin white head, leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is interesting, almost like a green apple jolly rancher, some grain, fruitiness, pretty sweet with a slight citrusy hop aroma.

Actually a pretty complex taste for a pale wheat light looking ale. Some graininess and grassiness upfront, some nice fruit undertones, green apple, mango, some wheat, with a very nice hop finish to balance it out. This is a wonderful brew.

This is a great summer ale, wonderfully simple yet complex, very drinkable. Bell's has yet to disappoint me.

05-25-2009 20:06:45 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of righthereisay


4.6/5  rDev +20.7%

What a great seasonal beer. When I say seasonal, I mean late spring and summer.

The best of the summer beers. I am a stout / dark beer enthusiast, but during the summer, this is as good as it gets. I love the flavor, not light, not too much citrus, it is great for a really hot summer day.

05-23-2009 19:27:14 | More by righthereisay
Photo of civilizedpsycho


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

Appearance: Slightly cloudy with and orange-yellow color. One finger head that dissipates slowly.

Smell: Somewhat strong orange smell (some of which I'm sure comes from the orange slice).

Taste: Pretty powerful citrus flavor and a light orange taste that's not nearly as powerful as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thin, crisp, and doesn't linger too long.

Drinkability: Great, I could go to a bar and drink this beer all night. It's not too sweet and the citrus isn't too powerful. All around good beer.

05-22-2009 21:19:03 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of basscram


3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured into my pint glass from bottle. pours nice and thick, color light orange, sediments. Head is about an inch thick and goes away in a couple minutes.

Smells of an almost ripe orange, but very light.

First taste is easy and I have to really sit and savor it see what I can taste. I taste a slight green pepperish taste. It does of course have some kind of citrusy taste to it, more along the lime flavor lines.

I take quite a few more swallows and sips and I really am enjoying this beer. You could make this a regular drinker for sure. I'd have it anytime. You could even chug it if you like I bet. Most of the flavor kicks the front sides of your tongue and the taste doesn't register on the middle of it.

lacing on glass, goes away pretty quickly. Sediments sink to bottom of glass by the way. Not sure if I should have stimulated the bottle before pouring. I really didn't know what to expect from this style of beer. a slight head stays around the outside edges of my glass too.

All in all. A fantastic beer! I recommend it highly.

05-22-2009 04:03:57 | More by basscram
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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