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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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5,509 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,509
Reviews: 1,588
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 143
Gots: 637 | 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 NODAK
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is full of lemony citrus and cracker-like wheat. A very good aroma for a summer beer.

Cloudy and golden in complexion. Not surprisingly for a pale wheat beer. Nothing different.

Starts out nice and bright, with a good dose of lemon and citrus comprising much of the body with a high level of carbonation. Fades into a good hit of wheat and cracker that helps finish the beer out on a delicious note...only a slight note of hoppiness is present; pretty minor. Wheat lingers a little after the swallow..it's definitely a defining characteristic of the beer.

Absolutely delicious summer beer here!! Extremely easy to put down and I'd imagine it'd be awesome on a hot day.

NODAK, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of mtrctyjoe
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Initial Thought: Holy crap this is awesome beer...

Amazing truly american wheat ale .... spicy and fruity - great for the summer time. If you like a good wheat beer, try this one.

I truly love this beer. One of the best. I have yet to drink a bad beer from Bell's.

mtrctyjoe, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of msproles
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Went looking for a few summer beers to wrap up the hot months down here in the south and came across this one.

As a fan of wheat beers (originally starting with the Blue Moon Belgian White), I figured it was a safe bet.

The appearance was typical of a wheat beer, cloudy, but not too much so. Has the typical yellow straw color.

Smell was faint, just a hint of the yeast.

While not overly flavorful, it does have the taste one would expect from this type of beer.

It was an easy drinking beer, definitely could have had more. I would buy this again when I am in the mood for a change of pace.

msproles, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of confer
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellow, cloudy with lots of floating yeast.
S- Very faint wheat ale aroma. Barely there.
T- The more I drank the better I liked it. Wheat flavor with a fruit hint maybe apricot.
MD-This is a fantastic summer beer. It is one of the best American unfiltered wheat beers I have had.

confer, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of Tee76
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small white head. Leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass

S - A slightly fruity/spicy aroma with the presence of malts

T - Tastes like it smells, fruity and a bit "spicy" with a light herbal flavor.

M - Medium body, with decent carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable without all the spices getting in the way like they do with some beers. Goes does smooth and is quite refreshing..great beer for a hot day.

Tee76, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw yellow with a nice white head and a good amount of sediment floating lazily about the glass.

The smell is light with hints of banana, peaches, and some flowers.

Taste follows with more lemon up front, fruit in the middle, and a good lemon and hop finish. Great refreshing taste.

The feel is light and creamy. Nice and unobtrusive.

This was pretty damn good. I've been putting this one off for some time and I'm glad I finally went for it. Good go-to for the style.

RomaniIteDomum, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of seanyfo
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back from Kentucky by my good mate Feech.

bottle poured into a Delirium Tremens chalice

A- Pale blonde, cloudy with lots of yeasty sediment in the bottom. 1 finger whispy head reducing quickly with minimal lacing.

S- Lots of peach, belgian yeasty spices,

T- Fresh pressed apple juice, some peach again,maybe a litle orange, faint hop bite and alcohol in the semi dry slightly watery finish.

M- A bit thin on the ground, medium carbonation

D- It is certainly refreshing and drinkable but the flavours are just understated and appearance lets it down also. Not bad.

seanyfo, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of nickfl
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A hazy, golden body, topped with a small head of white foam. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A slightly floral aroma of orange and coriander with a nice base of bready malt.

T - Tangy wheat and a bit of vanilla up front. Some fruity spices and light herbal hop flavor in the middle. Finishes with bready malt and more yeast character with some more coriander.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Quite drinkable with a very nice body and good wheat character. The spices get just a bit phenolic in the middle and this characteristic is emphasized by the herbal hops. This is not a bad beer, though it isn't something that really does it for me and I would not seek it out again.

nickfl, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle has a classic Helios for the artwork, on a field of orange; very summery!

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy white head that gradually disappears. A fair amount of fine grained sediment floats suspended in the liquid.

Has a spicy barley smell to it. Notes of grass and even a little lemon.

Though I generally am not a fam of wheat ales, I count this beer among my summertime favorites. Unlike a lot of the weak dishwater beers that pass themselves off as wheat beers, this one is full of flavor. Light, spicy, and slightly fruity, it is perfect to quench the thirst on a hot summer day. Some sweet malt pops up underneath as you sip, folowed by spiciness along the tongue, ending with a nip of bitterness.

This has a smooth and refreshing mouthfeel, which in turn lends to it being a highly drinkable beer. An excellent summer session beer, I highly recommend this for the next cookout! A word of advice, though, don't ruin the taste by popping a lemon or orange in it. Enjoy it as Bell's intended.

TheHoppiest, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of kbnooshay
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color. The haze is more like tiny floaters that a haze. Aroma is kinda malty, yeasty and sweet. Flavor is doughy and sometimes too sweet. This was really refreshing.

Due to its presence all around the city of Chicago on our vacation I had a lot of this and it certainly grew on me.

One of my more enjoyable summer beer experiences. Unlike most summer wheats there is a decent amount of alcohol in it. Not that 5.8 will kick your ass but it has a little more oomf that most summer beers don't have.

kbnooshay, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of Spider889
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For what it is Oberon is a great brew. It's light in body and very easily drinkable. The color is a wonderful golden orange with a nice foamy white head. It smells of orange peel, lemon, and other interesting spices.

It's semi-sweet and you get a nice dose of wheat flavor, again followed by orange. Not my favorite beer but it's an excellent choice for the summer and I could easily drink this all day.

Spider889, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of bamojr
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a very light amber color. Decent head, but limited retention. As far as flavor is concerned, it has a slight bitter flavor with a spice back. It also has a good amount of citrus, which is nice for a good summer ale such as this.
The high point of this brew is its great flavor, which is much bolder than most other wheaty summer ale's I have had and is quite refreshing.

It is most certainly worth a try if you can find it near by, but I wouldn't make a special trip to Michigan for this one.

bamojr, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of mjaskula
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.
Served in something close to a pint glass. the beer is hazy-golden with a thin white head. There is quite a bit of sediment in suspension and in the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is full of lemon zest, citrus, wheat and florals. It has clean and smooth wheat flavor with a little bit of banana.

Mouthfeel is a little bit thicker than it should be and slightly sweet. Overall it's a very nice beer for summer.

mjaskula, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of adam42381
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours cloudy golden color with a 1 finger white head which dissipates very quickly. Lots of sediment floating around. No lacing.

Smell: Orange and coriander are dominant with hints of wheat and yeast.

Taste: Orange is the first thing you notice up front along with just a hint of spice. Mildly bitter hops in the middle followed by a bittersweet malt flavor at the finish. Aftertaste is a little bread-like with just a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a high amount of carbonation which gives it a bit of a bite. Goes down quite smooth.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability. Goes down very smooth on a hot summer day.

Overall: This is a very good summer wheat beer. It may be a bit to fruity for some tastes, but I quite enjoyed it.

adam42381, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into weizen glass at 45 degrees.

Pours with 2F of white, tiny-bubbled head over a well-clouded yellow-to-golden body. Some lacing.

Meaty wheaty malt aroma, with a lightly sweet tangerine orange accompanyment. Some cinnamon as well.

Rich & thick on the palate, with plenty of doughy yeast, coriander-like spice, juicy, citrusy hops. Honey sweetness. Nice lingering aftertaste of orange peel / zest - almost orange soda like. Velvety, with a finish that is rather oily and rich.

Good drinkability - but it is filling for the style.

Mouthfeel was my favorite aspect of this one.

BeerImmediately, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of scottyb88
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled June, 2010

A- pours a cloudy and particle filled dark yellow with 1.5 head

S-light dose of citrus and peach with some spice

T-just kind of there, but nothing really blowing me out of the water; a hint of citrus rind and wheat with some spice at the end

M-decent mouthfeel that is quite full with nice carbonation; aftertaste is really nice

D-great summer beer out in the sun, but it's nothing complex or really flavorful IMO

scottyb88, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of atremains
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap the other day at the flying saucer in raleigh, decided to pick one up before traveling back to mass.
A - The color of this beer I like; solid pale honey I'll call it. The head, not so much; thick and white for about 10-15 seconds and then it vanishes. There is almost no lacing to speak of.
S - Very bready, slightly slightly hoppy, orange.
T - Also quite bready, slightly sweet, and citrus. It starts with a bit of orange but the bulk is very solid wheat.
M - Crisp, medium, carbonation is not too bad. I'll admit the mouthfeel was better on tap, or I was just happy to be drinking this beer after a very disappointing drink at Natty Greene's.
D - If this beer was available around here I'd most likely be drinking quite a lot of it over the summer.

atremains, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of ryanonline
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

nice clear fiery orange before my swirl and pour, cloudy after. thick but short lasting white head. not a whole lot of lacing.

smells fruity and yeasty. orange and bread like. even a slightly sour nose. a touch of vanilla or banana.

sourdough and orange in the first sip, sweet banana and light floral hops follow. sour dry finish.

mouthfeel is fullbodied and foamy, with a nice residual sweetness all backed up by that sour dry finish.

very well balanced beer means great drinkability.

I've been putting this one off for god knows what reason (I LOVE everything that bells comes out with) and now I am satisfied.

ryanonline, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, batch 9772,

A: Pours a cloudy dark yellow with a moderate white head, some lace.

S: A mild nose, some notes of lemon Pledge and wheat, some orange, but I'm not too excited at this point.

T: Orange heavy right off the bat, with some notes of white spice mid-palate. Hops are relatively high for the style leaving a bitter pine finish, this is nowhere near pale ale bitterness, but it is there.

M: Biting carbonation, crisp, lemony aftertaste. Relatively light-bodied and easy going on the palate.

D: I finally get to try the Midwest summer classic, Bell's Oberon. For the style it's above average, better than Blue Moon, but it does remind me a lot of that beer, the bitter spice component is similar in both beers.

Halcyondays, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of silentjay
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

semi-cloudy brownish orange pour with a small bright white head that sticks around and clings to the glass ok.

aroma is very fruity and surprisingly hoppy. wheat and yeast give some lemon, spice and tropical fruit. nothing too exciting, but decent.

more lemony citrus than orange in the flavor which is backed up by a modest amount of coriander (many time overdone in this style) as well as some white pepper. It is sweetened up with some strong honey flavors. a bit of grassy, earthy hops round things out. not bad. may be a bit too fruity/sweet.

body is good. almost medium mouthfeel with just enough prickly carbonation and some corn-syrup stickiness left in the mouth.

goes down well. a bit too sweet, but its not over-the-top on the sweetness nor the spice. the slight hop bite helps to keep this well-balanced and relatively drinkable. a decent warm-weather brew.

silentjay, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of washburnkid
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at a small pizza joint outside of Orlando.

Small white head retains as a cap over golden with yellow edges. Good lacing. Aromas are faint fruitiness and wheat, with flavors mirroring what I'm getting on the nose. Stone fruit and fresh graininess. It's a weird combination of sour and ripe fruits. A crispy, thin mouthfeel helps it all go down smoothly. Not sure I'd reach for this again, what with all the other incredible Bell's offerings!

washburnkid, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is cloudy lemonade, and it includes the thin chunks of levitating lemon flesh. It has a slight orange tint to it. Now I understand why the carrier suggests decanting: whole hunks of sediment settle to the bottom after being worked from the bottle. That's the first time I've ever seen that in a beer. Two fingers of billowy white head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a foamy cap and ring around the edge.

Smell: Faint lemon citrus and coriander. It's much more of a witbier in that sense. There's just a hint of pepper spice.

Taste: Zesty lemon citrus, coriander, and Orange Crush. There is a very surprising and appreciated spicy hop bite, which leaves a lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is the scent and taste of a sunny afternoon? Ha! It's tasty, smooth, and easy drinking, but I'm a little turned off by the Orange Crush. It does not stand out on its own -- it reminds me too much of Blue Moon -- but the hop bite at the end does provide uniqueness.

TheQuietMan22, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of alabencki
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ah, Michigan beer!

Poured from bottle into a wheat beer glass. Pours a hazy golden color with a large off-white head that never really goes away at all, even after sitting for a half-hour.

Smells of coriander and citrus with some pale malts and white wheat in the background of the scent. Subtle grassy hops aroma, with just a tiny bit of something that smells like honey (I am unsure as to whether or not honey is used to flavor the beer).

Taste is pretty much exactly what you smell... Coriander and citrus, honey flavor, subtle grassy hops and white wheat.

Overall a very well balance, very well done beer.

alabencki, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Dogfish Head standard pint. Pours hazy yellow orange with a one finger white head. Maintains excellent lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of wheat, fruit, malt, and skunk. The flavor is of skunk, subtle malt, and wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew, but wasn't really that great either. If the skunky aspect was not present it and there was more of a fruit aroma this could be nice. I would still drink this again, but just not anytime soon.

thagr81us, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Amalak
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had on a swing through Chicago.
A- Nice gold color and mostly opaque. It has a great white head that leaves a good amount of lace. Very bubbly, as well.
S- Nice vegetable rye scent.
T- The rye does come through and malt sour is there as well. There's a wheatyness to it. Carbonated. Refreshing, yet nothing truly jumps out. But very good effort.

Amalak, Jul 27, 2010
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,509 ratings.