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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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5,319 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,319
Reviews: 1,585
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 139
Gots: 566 | FT: 4
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a medium-sized white head. The aroma is wheat, pepper-like spices and citrus. The flavor is heavy on the wheat, black pepper and orange. Reminds me of orange sherbet. Very low bitterness. Low carbonation and a medium, creamy soft mouthfeel. This would be a great beer to drink on a hot summer day.

Mora2000, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 4/10/10 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

a - Pours a murky pale yellow with no head or carbonation. Does not look very good.

s - Smell is almost non existant. A little bit of wheat and faint hints of citrus fruits.

t - Taste is wheat and bready malts, as well as some citrus again. Actually pretty good.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - I think this was an ok wheat ale. The taste was pretty nice but there was nothing to the smell and it looked terrible. I would give it another try though just based off the taste.

mdfb79, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of AmberMan22
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on tap last night and couldn't pass it up.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon color, with a nice white cap formed by super-tiny bubbles. good amount of lace is left behind.

Smell is orange zest and wheat, wonderfully fresh hops.

Taste is where this Oberon comes to life. An orange-tinted undertone to back up the taste of freshly cut wheat. Mix in a blast of bright hops, and we have a winner.

I found this to be extremely drinkable. This beer surprised me more than any other at how fast I drank it without noticing. The 5.8% ABV is masked well beneath the sweet blissful flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, and that makes it just that much easier.

I didn't care much for this category before, but as I try more and more APWA, I just realize I hadn't been drinking the good stuff before.

AmberMan22, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It feels like the first day of summer opening this beer up. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Oberon pint glass. I hadn't seen this glass in a while but I had to dig it out just for the occasion.

The beer poured a pale gold color with a frothy white head that took up the remainder of the pint glass. It's slightly cloudy but there is a steady stream of carbonation bubbles visible rising from the bottom of the glass. The head had pretty decent retention as I drank it as well.

The aroma is a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The bready yeast aroma seems to be the strongest in the nose but the wheat and citrus really help make it a delicious and refreshing aroma.

The taste is similar to the nose in that it's a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The yeast flavor that was strong in the nose seems to take more of a reserved role in the taste. The sweetness of the wheat is nicely balanced with the tangy citrusness it has. It has a very good clean and refreshing taste.

the mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, after having this many times this is the only real summer beer I look forward to and continue to drink regularly. Excellent beer overall and by far the best of the style, that I've tried at least.

billab914, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of Espenoza
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Golden in color, very hazy, you can literally see the particles suspended. I almost want to swirl the glass to make it act like a snow globe.

S - Not a very strong smell, but decent. Definitely wheat and slight citrus notes.

T - Strong Wheat, grainy hops, citrus on the back end

M - Very light, and just the right amount of crispness.

I could drink these all day, not a beer I would order at a restaurant but definitely something I would have handy in the fridge for a lazy day.

Espenoza, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy honey color; a moderate head upon pouring, but it quickly fades. A few bubbles struggle up from the bottom, sustaining a thin film and ring around the glass.

Smell: Summer smell of orange, lemon, banana, with some light spiciness in the mix. Wheat and yeast provide the backbone to the smell.

Taste: Blended citrus flavors up front. Crisp feel gives it a nice kick. Sweet malt and yeast come through in the middle of the sip. The finish turns citrus again, with a hoppy floral twist. It finishes the way it starts - crisp and fresh. A very slight bitterness remains afterward. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Crisp feel, although it is almost creamy up front. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: As it says on the bottle, "An American wheat ale with the color and scent of a summer afternoon." For me, this is a great brew to casually drink on a hot Midwestern summer afternoon. Crisp, refreshing taste, low-medium alcohol content, and there is something brewed in there that just reminds me of summer.

KickInTheChalice, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of jrish
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into snifter.
Right off the bat one can tell this beer is light in the ass. Goldish color fills the glass with minimal head. Decent citrus - orange aroma is present at first sniff Very light malty bitters, on this wheaty ale. Nice carbonation resulting in a very drinkable, spring/summer beer.

jrish, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of nastley3
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer when poured into glass had a nice frothy white head, and was very cloudy. Laced the glass fairly well. This beer does not have a very strong smell, I could not pick up on any hops just from smell, it reminded me of most wheat beers. This beer has a very nice, calm taste. It is balanced and smooth, leading to a high score on the mouthfeel and is all around a very drinkable beer. Certainly a beer worth trying.

nastley3, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of jonasfjt51
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Remarkably I'd like to see/taste what this would be like with freshly squeezed lime.
Flying SaucerKC
As with most Bell's it doesn't disappoint
Agreed I could enjoy more....
Like opening day Bells new Oberon signals "summer" is here.
Change the furnace filter, it will be hot before you know it.

jonasfjt51, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at home into a standard pint glass. This is one beer that signals the start of warm weather....yeah!

A: A cloudy dark golden color with a perfect one finger white head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Citrus fruits with hints of orange, lemon, banana coupled with some slight yeasty wheat smells. Slight bready sweetness is there too.

T: Very light and citrusy up front. Flavors of orange, lemon and banana coupled with a slight yeasty flavor that is almost clove like. Yeast and citrus is much more prevalent from tap. There is some sweeter bready malts in the middle. The finish turns bitter with a nice earthy floral hop bite that ends in some bitterness and crispness. Very nice drinkable beer that is very enjoyable.

M: Creamy up front, smooth, crisp bitter ending and no alcohol presence at all.

D: Very high, these are very enjoyable, especially when the weather turns warmer.

Overall a great drinking lighter style beer that is very enjoyable and very drinkable. Like I said, a sure sign of summer. There is a reason this is my wifes favorite beer, it's just so damn easy to drink. Another winner by Bells.

Kadonny, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the grumpy bulldog. served into a budweiser golden wheat pint glass, heh.

A- this one pours out a clear golden orange colored body with a tiny white head. the head vanishes quickly leaving behind little to no lacing.

S- bready malts with a little bit of orange. not much in common with the typical wheat beer. slightly hoppy.

T- bready malts. the orange comes through a little stronger in the taste than the smell. a small citric hop finish.

M- light bodied. ample carbonation. crisp, clean, and refreshing.

D- oberon is on the shelves. summer is almost here. i drink this one often.

jwinship83, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of jmich24
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A:Cloudy yellow in color with an orange hue. Half inch creamy white head. Many yeasties floating round. Solid lacing.
S: Spicy, citrus (more orange than lemon)
T: Wheat, orange, some spiciness. Subtle hoppiness.
M: Nice carbonation feel, crisp finish.
D: Very drinkable. I could easily drink 6 of these on a warm afternoon.

Summertime mainstay in my fridge. Look forward to the release of Oberon every spring.

jmich24, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of IronLover
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep hazy orange-yellow. Nice carbonation that steadily feeds the creamy head. Nice lacings on the glass. Light citrusy, orange aromas and flavors. Light hoppy beginning that seems to magnify at the finish. Not as much character as I expected after such a nice pour. Good refreshing carbonation. Very easy to drink. Will make a nice summer picnic ale.

IronLover, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of DerekP
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Almost solid gold with a number of tiny grayish-black floaties near the bottom. Quality lacing & refreshingly appealing head.

Smell: Faint oranges on top of toasted wheat bread.

Taste: A nice balance of wheat grains, slightly oily hops, & citrus chords. Grainy-hop presence is a bit astringent. Finishes with a lingering quality that fades out just in time.

Mouthfeel: Bitter up front with a silky lathering on the roof & tongue.

Drinkability: Medium body with a lighter taste. I definitely could enjoy more than a few.

DerekP, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap at Fabian's in Columbus, Ohio in a straight-sloped pint glass.
A: Crisp golden honey, amber. Very clear. Poured with a cream, dense head that slowly died to a film.
S: Slightly musty, citrus (orange), and peach with bright, slightly piney hops. The beer in general comes off as fresh and crisp.
T: Bread with fresh orange juice, peach, and citrusy, piney hops. It leaves a crisp orange zest to linger.
M: Creamy and frothy, slightly syrupy, but crisp.
D: Awesome, even for the style.
For me, this almost defines the hefeweizen, pale wheat style.

ne0m00re, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes on 10/26/09

A - hazy tangerine orange with fluffy white head that laced well and retained a thin cap. Multitude of bubbles rising from the bottom of the tulip. 4.5

S - Very wheaty, touch of tanginess, bubble gum, banana, and clove. 4.0

T - Light biscuity maltiness, followed by lots of bubble gum and a touch of butterscotch and banana. Cloves are more apparent in the aftertaste. 4.0

M - light in body, well carbonated and smooth. Very velvety for a light beer. 4.5

D - Please and thank you. 4.5

Notes - Light and refreshing body, HUGE flavor.

DmanGTR, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of tykees88
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at dicky's wild hare in fort wayne.

A- comes out with a little bit of off white head. A cloudy orange color that lets you know this baby has some yeast.

S- It smells of orange and a little bit of hops. The orange really stood out to me though and was about all I could smell.

T- The taste was great. The orange flavor was a gentle but strong upfront on the palate hit. I could taste some malt in the beer and the bitters on the end were very minimal.

M- The mouthfeel here was a creamy dreamsicle type feel. It was one of the creamiest feeling beers I have ever had.

D- I could rate this higher but am not going to because I think that after 3 or 4 of these I would want something else. I could drink this all through the summer and like it every time, however, I can't see myself drinking more than a few. I was surprised on the abv on this one.

tykees88, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of spoons
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A slightly cloudy yellow with a nice top of white head.

Smells great. Definitely some citrus by way of orange and lemon peel and spice.

Tastes like a slightly acidic candy. The lemon and orange come through again. Plenty of carbonation. Nice and creamy for an american wheat. Seems to clean the tongue with each sip.

A nice beer. Great for summer BBQ's.

spoons, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of philbe311
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A -Three fingers worth tightly packed, slightly fizzy, slightly rocky, whimsical white head... Impressive retention for the style... A pale golden yellow color with a distinctive glowing orange hue... A moderate amount of moderate paced small bubbled carbonation rises throughout...

S - Wheat... Lemon... Sweet oranges... Grassy notes... Slightly floral... A tad bit musky...

T - Sweet mandarin oranges... Lemon zest... A little bit of perfume in the back of the throat... Just a slight kiss of muted hops bitterness on the finish that lingers through the aftertaste...

M - Light bodied... Easy drinking... Ultra smooth... Limited carbonation... Crisp and very refreshing...

D - Insanely quaffable... A could drink these one right after another without any regret... While there is nothing "outstanding" about this beer, it's just solid all the way around and my glass was empty before I knew what happened...

philbe311, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Hoegaarden glass.

A hazy golden straw color. Small white head, minimal lacing. This probably wouldn't win any beauty contests, but it certainly isn't unappealling.

Smells of lemons and other citrus fruits. Also smells floral and grassy. And a bit like fresh spices. Even a tad peppery.

Tastes like summer, like the bottle says. Fresh, clean, and crisp. I pick up lemon grass and coriander, as well as some nice sweetness from the wheat.

This isn't the most complex beer, but the light mouthfeel is actually very welcomed and refreshing. The flavor is very pleasant and easy to drink. I've been doing yardwork all day, and I just took a little Oberon break. Now back to work... And another Oberon in a little while.

AleWatcher, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slighlty hazy orange-amber color, with minimal head and lacing.

S: Mild citrus, hop and wheat present. More citrus than anything.

T&M: Slight hoppy flavor with mostly hints of citrus. Heavier wheat malt base that is good but not overpowering. Crisp, medium bodied.

Refreshing beverage that is very good for the style. Probably one of the best Amer. Wheats I've tried.

cdizinno, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Evocatus
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden yellow, like those golden apples. Healthy white head. Aroma had hints of sweet grain mixed with citrus; however, it wasn't too strong. Taste had mixes of citrus, some spice kick to it, hoppy bittnerness going down, and a bready/grainy texture. Could have been a little thicker and better carbonated. Overall a great beer to kick back with.

Evocatus, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of kylehayworth
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Mild golden amber color, with a touch of orange hues, the head is clean white and fades quickly.

S: Gentle touch of hops, citrus and grapefruit/orange.

T: Sweet orangy taste to it, minimal hops here.

M/D: It has good carbonation, easy drinking.

This is a pretty good, but an average beer.

kylehayworth, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of standupjack
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bell's is one of my favorite standbys in Michigan. It's a seasonal summer brew that is definitely better on tap than in bottles. Mini kegs won't be released for another month or two, so I picked up my first six-pack of the spring yesterday.

Hint of fruit and spices in both scent and taste, a cloudy orange-ish color, a bit of hoppy bitterness. Very refreshing drink. Seems to be more bitter and less fruity from the bottle than from tap, but I haven't sampled this year's draft. ABV percentage puts you in a good place after a few.

We often say around here that when Bell's Oberon is released, it means summer is upon us. I bought this on a nearly 80-degree day in Michigan this week, upon the rollout of this year's batch. This definitely enhances the summer experience, and is a great beer to sip on a scorching hot day on the lake. This definitely is a staple of our summers and once again, Bell's doesn't disappoint.

Pour some on your burgers on the grill, too. Adds some fruity, spicy flavor.

standupjack, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of DAEverett
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good easy drinking summer beer. Non destinct smell doesn't measure up to taste. Very appealing color matched by drinkability. Soft aftertaste, small fruit flavors. Some enjoy with an orange I just squeezed a few drops in so actual fruit wouldn't over power taste. Better on tap than bottle. Had 4 on a warm spring night and was very happy with my choice.

DAEverett, Apr 02, 2010
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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