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

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86
very good

5,635 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,635
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 155
Gots: 745 | FT: 5
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

Bell's Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.
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Photo of rwathree
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into tulip glass.

I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I'll give just about anything Bell's makes a go.

A: Beautiful, opaque amber color that turns golden when held up to light. The white head dissipates quickly, leaving a fine lace. There's visible sediment, but that's never bothered me.

S: Aroma's really bizarre here, in that it reminds me of unpleasant things but is still enticing. I guess the nice thing to say is that it smells like orange rind...but borders on rotten fruit. (My wife replaced rotting fruit with soap, but also likes the aroma.) Maybe it's my poor sense of smell, but I like this despite what it's telling me.

T: Strong citrus flavors up front -- lemon zest, orange -- quickly cleared away by just the right amount of hop bitterness. There's a bit of an aspirin aftertaste at the end that fights with the citrus, but it's the latter that lingers on my tongue. Pleasant overall.

M: Surprisingly creamy for a lighter beer, and effervescent. The aspirin aftertaste does make for a somewhat gritty finish, but as with taste, this is a minor flaw.

D: My bias against the style aside, this is a very drinkable beer. Worth sipping and savoring so that some of its eccentricities can come through. I wouldn't want to drink this as a session beer, but it could easily be done on a hot day.

All told, Bell's has made an American Wheat Beer that I can get behind, which is no small feat.

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

A- 3/4 inch head that disappears quickly. Body is hazy orange

S- Wheat with orange and lemon

T- Its crisp and easy to drink, wheat and orange just like the smell. I usually drink this with an orange wedge. I'm reviewing it without.

M- light with some carbonation.

O- This is my go to summer wheat beer. just has that right combination of flavor for my taste. A few summers in Michigan surly helped this opinion.

Photo of tobelerone
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a refreshing and crisp beer with subtle flavors. Very easy drinking hot summer day beer, the flavors and alcohol emerge a bit as the beer warms. A little one dimensional, it's simply a quencher, without a lot of notable traits. Hops are muted, keeping the bitterness in check along with any more interesting flavors. I know this is a favorite of the Midwestern set but I had it back to back with Southern Tier's Hop Sun and I found the latter to be much more interesting and flavorful while still retaining the drinkability.

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice honey amber with a short, 1/8 inch head that dissipates some but has decent cling. Very clear, with moderate carbonation. Light malt and faint ripe fruit in the nose--not a prominent smell. There is some hop zest in there, to boot. The first thing on the palate is sweet fruit smoothness mingling with bread notes. There are also citrus hop flavors making their presence felt--crisp but not at all bitter. The finish reminds you of sweet, ripe fruit. The mouthfeel is medium- to lighter-bodied, with nice effervescence. Smoothness and zest in terrific balance.

I'm not a huge fan of this style, but this ranks right up there with some of the best wheats I've had. It's no surprise from Bell's: Very solid command of flavors and balance in this one. Well-worth a taste, especially in these summer months.

Photo of Marty30
3.21/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 bottle poured into a Weihenstephan glass at fridge temp.

A. Cloudy golden body with a 2 finger fluffy white head.Lacing stuck all over the glass.

S. Smells of lemon and wheat with a bit of pine.A touch of clove.

T. Taste is of lemon hopbite and a smooth earthy finish.

M. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation.

Overall not a bad brew don't know if I would seek this out again but I wouldnt turn it away either.

Photo of Bfarr
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange the thin white head. Light citrus aroma. Light wheat and crystal malt with light hop balance and lightly dry and sweet finish. Smooth, lightly tacky linger.

Aside from the tackiness it has a nice flavor combination with good hop presence. Certainly an easy drinking beer suitable for anyone.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a pint glass.

A- Frothy two finger white head, very clear yellow straw color, nice carbonation
S- Very plain aroma, wheat and bready/malt is present, slight citrus and lime aromas, nothing special.
T- The taste is exactly the same as the aroma, slight citrus and lemon taste but nothing really stands out, some malt and breadiness is present but nothing else, very bland.
M- Light/medium mouth feel, nice carbonation, slight bitter aftertaste.
O- I was a little let down after drinking this beer, noting special stands out, the only big positive note for me would be that its refreshing on a hot summer day, would not pay to drink again

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow, cloudy, nice 2 inch head. TOns of lacing.

Smell - Sweet fruits, orange, wheat, lemon, grassy aroma. Some hops are present, along with some spices.

Taste - Pretty sweet and fairly strong pale wheat ale. Plenty of orange, corriander and pepper to it. Plenty of sugar adds flavor and smoothness. Malts and yeast add some grassy-like flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light, thin, very easy to drink. Not much done to mouth other then some sweetness at first. A slight bitter aftertaste from the wheat.

Overall - Nice and tasty, and a little more aggressive then most wheat ales. One of the better wheat ales ive ever had. Its not overally sweet but its stronger at 5.8% so this will sneek up on you for as easy it is to drink, espically on a hot summer day.

Photo of amphion1065
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whitemomba for this bottle. Poured into a Duvel snifter at fridge temp.

Appearance-wise, it's a dead ringer for Polar Orange Soda: slightly hazy, yellow bordering on orange. A wisp of a head, but there's some nice retention.

The smell is yeasty, with just a slight floral note. A hint of lemon peel, but the bread or grain-like aspect of the smell dominates.

The taste follows pretty closely on the smell. That yeasty characteristic returns, accompanied by a sweet floral undertone. There's a slight bitterness in the finish that becomes more apparent as the beer warms, but it's pretty innocuous.

This is a very easy beer to put down. Drinkable without being overly thin, with a lively carbonation that contributes to a very pleasant mouthfeel. If drinkability were still an officially recognized category, I'd be hard-pressed not to give it a 5. As it stands, Oberon is a refreshing summer beer that I'd happily keep around as the humidity climbs in Boston.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. at about fridge temp. bottling code 10335 translates to 4-12-2011 (about 2 1/2 months in the bottle)

pours out a clear crisp golden color. big fluffy white head that settles to a thin retentive layer. just small bits of lace. definatly some chunks of sediment, exspecially in my previous glasses. this pour i tried to pour smoothly and leave the last bit in the bottle.

aromas mostly of crackery, almost bready malts. clean earthy aromas, nothing really special.

clean, crisp, refreshing taste. lots of nice wheat and light bready malt balanced by a subtle lemon citrus and apricot fruity hop. not much bitterness, just noticable.

a nice mouthfeel, light, but a nice balanced simple taste keeps you coming back for more.

great choice for an easy drinker around the forth, but ill take me some two hearted any day over this. still, one of the wheat beers out there that stands out just a little bit more than the rest.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2L mini-keg poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy amber color with a small white head with almost no lacing. Nose is fruity, yeasty and a bit malty.

Taste is smooth and crisp a bit sharp but very tasty and very easy drinking. Mouthfeel is creamy and refreshing. Overall it's very good.

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy light gold color under a modest pale white head. The smell is quite pleasant, with pear notes being most noticeable. The taste is good too, with hints of green apple, clove, and grass, and even a bit of piney hops in the finish. Hops are more noticeable in this beer than is typical for wheat beers. I'd describe the taste as something of a cross between a wheat beer and a pilsener. Pretty unique, and quite refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of KajII
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

Poured a cloudy medium yellow with small yeast particles hovering throughout. The head was white, frothy and average in size with some really nice lacing and great retention. The aroma was strong with the scent of wheat, a mild grain malt and a flowery hop. It also had notes of orange, honey and a hint of spices. It tasted mildly sweet and a tad acidic with notes of orange and wheat in the beginning then matured to be a bit more on the spicy side with a nice hoppy finish and left the flavor sticking around for a short while. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and smooth and creamy in texture with a lively carbonation. Overall a unique tasting brew with all the flavors of summer.

Photo of centbeerfest
4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a frozen pint glass and served with an orange
Deep golden hazy color with an excellent head. Nicefruit bouquet. Hits the mouth with a crisp and welcome depth. Not a light unassuming beer but more of a spicy complex flavorful beer
This has lunch written all over it.
Added the orange halfway through. Don't recommend. Dulled the flavor and lessened the impact.

ithis would be a fantastic beer if you were buying a keg for both casual and more interested beer drinkers to enjoy.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, light orange color. Has a small, frothy head that dissipates slowly down to a creamy cap that leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a light, lemon/orange citirc smell with a bit of dry wheatiness.

Taste: Has a mild bitterness up front backed by a significant citrus flavor. Finishes wheaty and bitter with a hint of sweetness and spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. Exactly to style.

Overall: An above average wheat beer but nothing exceedingly memorable. A good summer seasonal but perhaps a tad over-priced.

Photo of bamadog
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review is from notes taken on 6/25/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a lemony yellow,bright golden-like color and it starts with a big, billowy two-finger head that looks a bit like merengue; body is just a touch hazy, but you can still through it and plentitude of carbonation that is present; head eventually fades to a thin and uneven, yet full cap; a few patches and strands of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Not very big, but I can't say I'm surprised as this isn't the most robust of styles; there is a light, bitter citric presence that has a touch of lemon to it; dry, cracked grainy wheatiness; smells light and refreshing overall.

Taste: Really matches the nose to a "T" -- definite bitter citric presence that has a touch of lemon to it; toasty, dry wheatiness; touch of a saccharine sweet malt to it that adds just a touch of balance to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Body is just a touch over light in terms of weight; carbonation is crisp, and comes across bright and lively; a thin, semi-dry sticky coating is left all over the palate; the lively carbonation and slight acidity to the drink leave the belly feeling just a little warm; just a "good" feeling beer.

Overall: I kind of fell away from this one last summer and haven't gone back to it in a while, but I'm glad I did. Definitely solid and well worthwhile, especially on a warm summer day/night as it comes across as crisp and refreshing, and could easily be drank all day long as the ABV is moderately low.

Photo of 96Bravo
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An outstanding beer. Fresh, clean taste with citrus notes. May be enjoyed with slice of orange, if desired. Very drinkable and an outstanding entre for those who are used to macros. One of my favorite beers and looked forward too each Spring. Very glad Bell's is available here in PA.

Photo of r3o
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with a white head, bubly not much lacing, smells kind of mold/moist and bread, it has a bitter taste, mostly malt, I could not get much hops. On the mouth it was crispy, medium light body, good carbonation. Overall a cool beet, refreshing.

Photo of GossageBrewery
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This American Pale Wheat Ale poured a hazy lemon color and it produced a very nice white head that has great retention. The lace is average. The aroma is full of soft wheat and pear. The taste of this wheat ale is very nice. It is very drinkable, and it is light in body. The flavor consists of wheat, green apple and pears. There is also a nice hint of floral hops thrown in. Overall it is nice and sweet at the start and finishes crisp and somewhat sour on the backend. This is an awesome summer beer. This might be one of my favorite wheat beers that I have ever tried. I will be stocking up the fridge with this summer treat!

Photo of EJ6759
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear yellowish orange color with a small white head that gathers around the edges. Wheat and spicy notes in the aroma; a touch of lemon. The palate is light and refreshing, smooth on the tongue and lightly carbonated; not a bad finish. Good balance between sweetness in the malt and some dry spice and floral flavors. A little citrus in the flavor as well. Overall, refreshing and satisfying. Attention-grabbing for an American Wheat beer.

Photo of CoalPorter
2.41/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Naragansett pint glass. (Hey neighbor, have a Gansett!)

a - visibly effervescent, 2 inches of sticky white head that collapses very slowly leaving light lacing, orangey gold color, very hazy but still slightly translucent

s - subtle notes of orange and wheat, but not much aroma overall

T - some wheat cracker flavors to start, slightly sweet in the middle, with mild bitterness finishing out that lingers

M - bubbly and light, somewhat cleansing, but dissipating almost immediately

D - I found this a forgettable example of a summer wheat. Not quite refreshingly clean enough to be a lawnmower beer, but also without the depth of flavor and complexity that makes great wheat beers. First thing I haven't liked from Bells.

Photo of Franch
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oberon means summertime in michigan. a clean, crisp, slightly sweet wheat beer, sitting outside at a garden bar or at the pool...

how can you go wrong? it's the best of the american wheat ale style, and for those of you in michigan, you know what i mean - drinking an oberon may as well make the sun come out.

Photo of Spartan517
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is one that got me into craft beer. It has a golden color with some haziness. There is a 2 finger white head that leaves some nice lacing. The smell is of wheat, clove, and a little peppercorn. The taste pretty much follows the nose with wheat, clove, orange, lemon. The mouthfeel is crisp and light with a nice ammont of carbonation. While this was one of my favorites a few years ago, now it seems somewhat run of the mill for a wheat beer as I've had much better recently. Still, I would never turn this down at a bar or a friend's house.

Photo of Janderson91
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #10384. Packaged on 04/27/11. Love the new packaging dates! Enjoyed on 06/16/11 while watching the Tiger-less U.S. Open.

A - Very hazy straw yellow color with noticeable sediment. Two finger white head recedes to a thin layer very quickly. Leaves decent splotchy lacing. Good looking wheat beer.

S - Spicy hops, bananas, clove, that characteristic wheat sweetness. Maybe a little alcohol presence too actually, which is surprising. Overall, I like it though.

T - Similar to the nose. Wheat sweetness balanced by some spicy light hops and some clove, peppery flavors. Finish is nice and dry leaves a very balanced flavor on the palate for just a few moments.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty light as you would expect with good, prickly carbonation.

O - Overall, this is close to a perfect summer beer. A must-have to get through a summer in Alabama.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft in a pint glass

A: Hazy, straw yellow color with a spongy white head.

S: Subtle aroma that’s kind of bitter with pine or floral hints. I was having trouble picking up the aroma from a draft beer poured into a pint glass, very much used to catching it from an empty bottle.

T/M: Medium to high carbonation, some citrus, floral hops, very crisp and refreshing, it’s very smooth and almost has a creamy texture.

I know it’s a wheat but it tastes more like a pale. It’s a great beer, I just wish I had stuck with it for the entire evening.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,635 ratings.