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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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5,572 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,572
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 147
Gots: 664 | 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 Kelly88
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Cock and Bull. Served in an imperial pint.

A- pale yellow. Pretty hazy. Bright white head that settles to a hybrid of a cap and a solid ring. Really not as murky as most wheat beers.

S- the first time I've actually smelled wheat in a wheat beer. Small amounts of lemon and a few traces of clove. Nice smelling beer.

T- kind of a more low key version of the nose. The wheat is combining with a sweetness that I can't put a finger on. With out this mystery sweetness this would be a pretty bland beer. A slight alcohol taste on the finish.

M- very light and very Nice. Smooth and light on the sip and a nicely timed carbonation bite on the swallow. This is the best aspect of this beer.

Overall an easy drinker that is only about 5 steps above bmc in my opinion. Smell and flavors leave alot to be desired but the drinkability and feel are great for a hot summer day or when the reds have a come from behind victory on opening day.

Photo of VMWhelan
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy straw color with a thin white head.

Nose is dominated by lemon zest and wheat with a little bit of spice to it.

Taste is lemon, wheat, some grassiness, and some good floral hop flavors. Definitely a warm weather beer.

Mouthfeel is initially very crisp. Medium body and kind of sticky with high carbonation.

Drinkability is high. I can't find a big flaw with this one, other than it being cold and rainy. I'm looking forward to this one when the weather breaks.

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

poured from bottle into tulip. golden color like the sun hitting a field of wheat in late Summer. lots of carbonation bubbles with sediment throughout.

mostly wheat on the nose. perhaps a tad of clove and banana from the malts and a trace of hops.

flavors of lemon, spice, clove with a dry aftertaste.

light body with ample amount of carbonation

this is a drinkable beer. I think the wheat was subdued enough to bring out other notes and add depth. good example of class

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

A - This beer pours a nice golden yellow with a nice 1" head.

S - Smell is some mild hoppiness along with some citrus.

T- You do get a good amount of hops right off the bat. As things settle...some lemon tartness is noted. The backside has some pleasant biscuit/bready notes with just a perfect touch of sweetness. The finish is dry, but refreshing.

M - Light bodied and decent carbonation.

O - Very nice beer. Better than your average American wheat. I really like the balance of the light hoppiness and the dry biscuit. Refreshing like an ESB almost.

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

I have enjoyed many of these once called Solsun bers. Sometimes with lemon or an orange, but tonight I had it plain.

Appearance is hazy and golden. A medium thick head that dissipated too quick. A nice lace was left.

It smells of yeast, honey, and mild hops.
A nice yeasty, sweet taste followed by a slight tart aftertaste.

Good carbonation, with a lingering coating on the palette

Very drinkable. With or without fruit.

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

Had this year's first batch fresh on tap

A-Golden color with decent carbonation and some floaties. Very thin white head, medium carbonation.

S-Lemon, citrus, grass. Very simple.

T-Lots of citrus and no hoppiness to it. Very sweet, wheaty.

M-Very drinkable, goes down smooth and is refreshing.

O-A decent summer beer. A little to heavy though in comparison to other wheat beers. I was a big fan of this when I was younger but this really doesn't do it for me anymore.

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Red's for Oberon Day 2011. Served in a pint.

A: Medium gold color, sligtly cloudy. Decent head and excellent lace.

S: Faint wheat and muted hops.

T: Light hop spices, semi-sweet malt with a bit of minerals in the finish. As the beer warms, biscuit, then esters emerge.

M: Very light, well carbonated, medium creaminess.

O: Flavors are all clear, but too understated.

I like this, but I was somehow hoping for more. Will look forward to trying it again to see whether another tasting reveals anything more.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Purs a hazy golden orange body. Head is white, small (2 fingers with a hard pour), bubbly, & no lacing.

S: A simple, decent nose of citrus, wheat, & sweet malts.

T: A nice citrus & wheaty upfront flavor, followed by some bready malts.

M: A very light and crisp texture, medium-light body, medium carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink. One of my go-to cheap beers when I'm visiting family in FL. Don't expect something "amazing," but if you want a nice wheat ale for the summer, this is it.

Photo of beerdown77
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours yellow orange with one finger of head and a lot of sediment. I smelled yeast and malt. This is a high quality wheat beer that has some spice to it. Oberon is a wheat beer/pale ale hybrid that is a refreshing take on the wheat beer, a style that do not usually prefer. I tasted very subtle spice...perhaps clove, but certainly not any gross coriander or banana Blue Moon nonsense. The medium body makes it drinkable, but its a little sweet and malty, I would stick with one or two of these.

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

I love a good wheat beer, and while this definitely is not a hefeweizen, its one of the best American wheat beers that I've ever had. Like most American wheat ales, it misses the strong clove or banana scent other wheat beers give you, and instead has a nice floral nose to it.

The aftertaste is a bit fruity with a slight nip of hops and this is where it really separates itself from most wheat beers. The color is a bit lighter than a Belgian wheat beer and looks a tinge lighter than honey, more like straw.

Unlike most American wheat beers, this one isn't overly spiced and covered up with large amounts of coreander. It's very drinkable with an average abv. which is good for barbecues and hanging outdoors. I believe it stands out on its own and is really what an American wheat beer should be.

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

Pours hazy lemon with a thin pure white head. Fresh lemony wheat nose. Sugar cookie malts with lemon zest and herb hops with some spice. Wheaty tang. Light, crisp and round.

Easy summer drinker and I could see where it's a gateway beer, but nothing to get excited about and hot up to what I've heard about this brewer. Then again, tough to get much out of this style so maybe they get kudos just for trying.

Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Fresh 12oz bottle in pint glass.

a - golden color with white top and a little cloudy with some visible particles.

s - smells wheaty and spiced, maybe some apple going on there. No biggie.

t - funky. I'm not sure what it is but something is just not right with me. I'll try more this coming summer with the hope that last years was just not that good.

m - this is where this beer really makes a bust with me. It leaves something on the tongue - something not good. Maybe a spice that doesn't agree with me - like you need to go brush your tongue and rinse with some mouthwash.

d - the redeeming note is that it's pleasantly carbonated, and light enough to be sessionable. But this would not be my first choice for a summer beer.

Bell's Oberon and Dreamweaver are smash hits yet they are my two least favorite of their popular beers. They can make a killer IPA like Two-hearted (which I would gladly grab over Oberon in a summer swelt) to my beloved Kalamazoo stout which is just delightful. At Troegs in 2010, we attended their saturday tasting and got the trays and filled every growler we could find. When the waitress came and grabbed our trays, none of us had finished the dreamweaver or the oberon. The waitress was surprised enough to say, "Wow, didn't like the dreamweaver or the oberon?!" None of us did. Oh well. The rest were great! And even the scratch beat the Oberon. Hands down.

edit: And NO! I'm not throwing an orange slice in the bottle! If it needs an orange or a lemon, package it with one.

Photo of aval89
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pale hazy golden color.. bright white head with tight bubbles.. lots of active carbonation streaming up..

S: lots of wheat on the nose with crystal malts pulling through..faint fruit aromas are also present..

T: again lots of wheat flavor upfront.. more sweet malts & some spiciness with a lemon peel bitterness.. bitterness isn't too much..

Mf: light thin bodied .. crisp clean finish..

D: makes for a refrshing easy drinker.. quaffer.

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

Pour a golden straw color with lots of small yeast particle floating about. The head is small and wispy and leaves a small ring.

The aroma is of over-ripe apples, toffee, and caramel, not really what I am expecting out of a wheat ale. There are some floral and peppery notes as well.

The taste is of wheat malt, has some apple flavor as well as lemon. The beer has a brown sugar like sweetness and has some floral and honey notes to round out the flavor.

The beer has a moderate body with fizzy carbonation; lightly sweet on the palate. A tad sticky in the end. Finishes clean.

While it doesn't really look or smell that great, it tastes fine and drinks easy. Its definitely on the thicker side for the style but it works.

Photo of NOOGIE
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Poured 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Nice layer of foam with an active carbonation and golden yellow color.

Smell: Simple smells of heavy wheat, hops and clean water.

Taste: Spicy hops mix well with a sugary sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Everything balances out nicely in the mouthfeel with the spicy meets the sweetness and melds very good.

Drinkability: Good drinkability, perfect for warmer days of summer and one you can drink slowly and enjoy.

Photo of rings
2.23/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Oberon is now huge and is Bell's top selling beer, with annual release parties at local taverns and beer stores each spring. You know a beer is ubiquitous when I can purchase a six pack at Walmart, accompanied by the stupid smiley face logo promoting a price drop to $7.54 per six pack (don't ask me why I was at a Walmart, but it wasn't intentional).

Having long consumed it, I was obviously familiar with the beer. I never drink it with friggin' fruit, but that's just me. Oberon pours pale orange or dark straw in color and the head dissipates quickly. The body is thin and there is a soft citrus aroma on the nose. The first sip strikes the upper palate with a shock of bitterness and the taste rolls back on the tongue with all the grace of a used gym sock. It lingers on with a mix of bitterness, acidity and dirty laundry. While much of the distastefulness can be covered up or balanced with the slice of orange, the same can also be said of a Corona or Sol with a lime. This really isn't an honestly pleasant quaff.

While I don't mean to be overly harsh, because the beer is palatable, it's certainly not even close to being worth all the fuss it generates. In fact, it's below average, particularly for what is supposed to be a "refreshing" summer wheat beer ... instead, it's stringent and way too bitter. There are many, many better tasting and more consistent choices out there, in my opinion.

While I love Bell's Brewery and the vast majority of their offerings--and I adore wheat beers--this just simply isn't one of them. Even though I'm obviously in the minority in that opinion judging by Oberon's sales.

Photo of tbrown4
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. -> Weyerbacher tulip. Gift from Frank from Allentown, PA

A - Slightly hazy orange/dark gold. Thin small bubble head. Little bit of carb.

S - Not a lot here. Faint sweetness, round earthiness.

T - Full bodied. Decent hop bitterness up front and in the after-taste. Decent amount of earthy sweetness in the middle. Very slight mellow citrus hints. Almost has a creamy taste to it.

M - Average, not saying that's a bad thing at all. Not too viscous. Just enough to spread the flavor around.

D - Total session beer. Pretty decent full bodied flavor without being a palate killer. Could easily put back several of these on a warm summer day. When I can find it I'll grab a 6 pack or so, would probably do this twice per season.

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

An amber beer that smells of malts and hops and has a white head that leaves behind some lacing. This smells pretty wheaty and citrusy also. It is crisp and tastes like a slightly heavier than normal wheat beer with more flavor and more hops than I would expect. I would drink bottles of this and glad I can find it at a lot of bars.

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

A - this beer pours a nice golden orange color. It has a thick white head that left good lacing on the glass. There is plenty of suspended yeast floating around as well.

S - This smells of pale malts and a touch of wheat. There is also some hop presence, as well as some citrus.

T - I am getting the pale malts and wheat up front. There is some fruitiness and a good hop presence as well. There is also some good citrus notes.

M - It has a medium-light body with high, crisp carbonation. It goes down very smooth, and has a good feel for the style.

D - the drinkability is pretty good. It goes down easy, and I think it is a good beer for the summer time. I like this beer, and I think it is a good addition to the bell's lineup.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off tap at Grami in Chicago this beer was served to me with an orange slice. The color was hazy lemon yellow with two fingers of rocky, yellow-tinted head. The cap retained itself beautifully and the lacing was in solid bands. The aroma was light but inviting: wheat and crystal malt. The flavors were similar. I tasted crystal malts, wheat, a little sweetness and some bread-iness which gave it a doughy quality and a slighty bitter finish when the touch of hops came through. Rather light and subtle, yet possessing finesse. For this reason, coupled with the light body/carbonation, would make it a great session beer.

Photo of ninaturner
4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden with a hint of orange. About a one finger head. Unfiltered bits cause a cloudy look.

Aroma: Great aroma. Citrus -- orange and tangerine. The wheat also comes through with regard to smell.

Taste: Light, citrus...barely any bitterness. Mild carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is good. You can taste some of the filaments, but adds to the character of the beer and is very good. Slightly thick compared to other beers of this style.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable.

On-tap is SO much better than the bottle.. makes a world of difference, but both are great. One of my favorite beers.

Photo of gopens44
3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours as a very hazy straw color with a very muted head. The floating stuff is in suspended animation in the beer. It's like those lucite paperweights only more hazy and yellow

S - I know that several have gotten citrus in the nose, but all I'm getting is malty. It's not very cold, so I would imagine that if there was anything else to be sniffed, I'd get it. I don't.

T - Just like the nose. Malty. I get a little of the citrus in the taste but it's not overwhelming. A little bitter, but it's not the most demanding calling card of the taste.

M - Significant carbonation with a light yet silky mouthfeel. Not too much aftertaste.

I'm not incredibly impressed by this. Maybe an orange wedge could tune it up, but I'm not into all that.

Photo of Rifugium
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First had: ?

A: Slightly hazy, golden color. Nice white head, some lacing.

S: Citrusy hops, grains, sugary sweetness.

T: Light, citrusy, with a not-to-strong hop bite, toasted cereal grains.

M: Light-medium body with some carbonation.

D: Drinkable, crisp, good for summertime. In other words, a wheat beer. Decent overall, but not something I reach for often.

Photo of etn3000
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this a few times. It's an unfiltered beer, meaning sometimes you'll get particles of stuff floating around in your beer, which I don't mind at all. For an American Pale Wheat Ale, it's more on the edge of the bitter side, but still has a taste that most American Pale Wheat Ale drinkers will appreciate. This is a good beer, but is it one of my favorites, probably not.

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

Thanks to THECPJ for this one!

A: Pours a clear golden color with lots of small carbonation bubbles. Nice one finger head with decent retention. Wisps of lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Dominated by wheat and some citrus/zest. A little bit of hops as well.

T: The flavors from the aroma cake through on the flavor. Very wheat with lots of zest. Nice little hop kick, has a slightly sweet finish.

M/D: Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall I really like this beer. It is not very complex, but is very well made. Very refreshing, I can see it being a great summer beer.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,572 ratings.