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

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Ratings: 5,631
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 155
Gots: 741 | 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 jgreenearrow
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Fluffy, thick 1' white head develops at the top of the pour. Effervescent carbonation present throughout the glass maintaining an 1/8' head throughout. Some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Bready malt dominates the nose accompanied by some faint lemon notes.

T: The Bready malts and some sweetness meet the tongue at the onset. Lemon and orange citrus flavors join in the middle. Smooth crispness and slight bitterness present in the finish of the sip.

M: Light body and ample carbonation give this beer a refreshing summery mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a good beer. Malts dominate, but the added citrus and bitterness of this unfiltered beer give it the complexity of a quality summer ale.

Photo of Holland
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: golden in color with a small half inch head that dissipates, leaving nice lacing and a thin foam layer on top

S: grains, bitterness, and earthy

T: sweetness starts it off with the wheat, then it transitions to some earthiness and bitterness. Then I can taste the wheat in the aftertaste.

M: light-medium body with fairly heavy carbonation. It's between crisp and smooth, with nice aspects of both.

O: good summer beer for easy drinking, but there are plenty more options out there.

Photo of OldGreyBeerd
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A golden color, slight haze with orange tone.

S - Light citrus with wheat and yeast.

T - Crisp with mild hops overtone. A little tangy.

M - Mild creaminess but with a tingle and bite on the after taste.

First time I had this beer was on tap into a pint glass. It had a creamy head that held to the bottom. I liked it enough to pick up a case of bottles. Bottles are a little more carbonated, but still provide a good pour and taste close to the draft.

Photo of habanosdarklord
4.19/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First beer review. Batch#10313 or bottled on 3/31/11.

A- Pours a straw yellow/orange. Slight haze in the body, creamy looking head.

S- On the nose I get a nice sweetness from the malt. Fresh citrus in the background.

T- Refreshing beer, sweet malt, light floral and citric notes. Bready finish.

M- Creamy with good carbination.

Overall, this beer is great. Bell's has another winner with this one. Everything I want in a wheat ale, and I am not that big of a fan of them. Perfect summer beer to kick back with.

Photo of ujsplace
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

This brew pours a hazy, golden colored brew with a white frothy, two fingered thick meringue-like head that leaves ample lace clinging to the sides.

Smells of wheat, bready yeast and sweet tangy malts.

Tastes of wheat, sweet toasty malt, spicey notes - maybe a hint of citrus and a mildly bitter finish.

Light, crisp and refreshing - a nice summer quencher...

Another well-crafted brew from Bell's. Well balanced and highly sessionable - here comes the sun...

Photo of nickthegun12
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

love this beer!...and i don't usually say that about american wheat ales...

orange to yellow in color....with a nice white head....with lots of carbonation...

the smell is fresh almost citrus....

very full bodied, for an american wheat, in taste...nice small bitterness...citrus comes to the taste as well....

the feel is smooth almost creamy....

overall this is a great, if not the best, american lawnmower beer!

Photo of Soonami
1.99/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Batch 10264 from the bottle Bell's Oberon, poured into a Brooklyn Tulip.

This beer is off. I'm not sure if this what it is intended to taste like, but it smells and tastes like soybean milk. It has a weird cereal, bean-y smell and taste. I could not finish it and poured it out. It didn't taste very much like wheat or citrus, but mostly like old tofu. Not good.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazed golden color with a largish, fluffy, foamy, light bubbly head. Pretty good retention leaving a thin lace.

S - Grainy wheat with a slight spicy and lemony aroma. Faint yeasty and fruitiness as well. Not bad.

T - Mostly a grainy malty flavor with a slight lemony citrus kick toward the finish. A very slight spiced flavor as well. Very smooth maltiness. Faintest hop finish with the lemony/citrus kick at the finish.

M - Very smooth and creamy body with a medium feel and a good carbonation.

D - Very easy to drink and pretty enjoyable to drink as well. Goes down so easy and is smooth. Great summer beer feel.

Notes: Batch 10252 Bottled: 3/9/11. Nice pale wheat (a style I'm not a big fan of) that is smooth and very easy to drink. Solid malt and wheat backbone with some spice, citrus, and hops to spice it up a bit. Not my favorite beer, but a nice refreshing summer beer.

Photo of mrseano
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours hazy orange/straw color with very visible sediment. White head recedes in size quickly but stays present for remainder of drink.

S: Citrusy wheat. Bit of funky orange peel.

T: Slight orange, medium body (fuller taste than expected), slight hop presence but not as much as many Bell's.

M: Get a creamy texture, may be from all that sediment floating around in the beer. Carbonation is obvious in this beer which adds to pronounced mouthfeel.

O: Good beer. It would be a quality beer to have sitting out on a patio with friends, and a better alternative to Blue Moon if you like a slight orange hint in your beer. Smell could use a bit of improvement, however.

Photo of engagechad
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark - Glen Allen va - poured into Ommegang belgian glass

Pours a hazy orange wit decent head. Smells of kind of danky wheat and grain. Tasted like a funky wheat although it was good.

Over all I didn't really enjoy the beer and IMHO If i were going for an am pale wheat I'd go for Souther Tier Hop Sun

Photo of BarryMFBurton
2.56/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in Brownsburg, IN (advertised as a Summer seasonal), in a flavor-concealing frosted glass. Not my favorite serving style, so I let it sit for about 10 to get a feel for the beer itself, not just the temp.

A: It's an orange-golden mixture, thicker than a PA, but nowhere near a bock. There's just a little bit of head, but what's there stays for the duration.

S: Nothing strong. Sweet teases in the form of berry and some subtle leafiness. Really though, it's quite weak. I walked over to the jukebox at one point, and my main whiffs still comprised mostly of fried chicken from the kitchen (even with my nose in the glass). Oh well; some of the best beers I've had lacked prominence in the nose. If God wanted us to just smell beer, he wouldn't have given us taste buds. Not a deal-breaker for me, personally.

T: Uh-oh...turns out the weak nose was a warning for the taste that followed. Cheap, cheap, cheap! Some pronounced grainy qualities, but other than that, it's a weak BMC. Hops are just an afterthought once you get past the disappointing skunkiness.

M: Super carbonated, even for a draft. I can only imagine it's to distract from the taste...

O: No thank you. It's strange, because I've heard such good things about this brewer (usually with an honorable mention of their Two-Hearted Ale). What are you doing, Bell's? Just because it's summer doesn't mean you can sell cheap, cold beer with less flavor for the same price.

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

A: Pours a nice hazy, but bright apricot color with a fluffy off-white head and nice lacing.

S: Typical wheat and grain smell, with faint ripe banana and other fruits.

T: Nice earthy hop presence backed by a somewhat sweet tasting malt base.

M: A bit cloying at first, but it seems to thin out as you drink. Good carbonation.

D: Very high, this is a great summertime beer!

Photo of THECPJ
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head

smell: wheat, citrus,

taste: wheat, citrus,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very crisp and clean summer beer. Cant wait to enjoy more of these outside on the deck.

the CPJ

Photo of Genghis22
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy pale yellow. Big frothy white on white head.

S - Bready sweet malt with a touch of ripe citrus. Faint hint of lemongrass. Mostly smell the wheat/ malt backbone.

T - Cool, crisp, refreshing. There is a certain creaminess about it that I really dig. Sweet, but not cloying. A smooth and sweet cream like flavor comes over the tongue, and the aftertaste is slightly bitter. Mandarin oranges, but very slight.

M - Medium to light body, with nice tight prickly carbonation in the tongue, but the carbonation fades away quickly as it goes through the mouth on the way to the throat. The finish is creamy, with the aftertaste being dry and crisp.

O - A delicious summer beer that I would drink a ton of if it were readily available. Smooth and tasty. I really wish Bell's was distibuted to CA.

Photo of cdrogers
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to Sam Adams glass.

Appearance> Golden in color. Very clear, not much haze at all. Long-lasting white head.

Smell> First smell hit me with room-temperature smashed strawberries. It smelled a lot like I was making strawberries and shortcake, nice warm-sweet aroma. Citrus hit after the strawberry and then I could smell the wheat coming through. Light and wonderful.

Taste> Light to medium wheat flavor, hops come through, but definite fruit as well as other citrus notes (read the smell description above).

Mouthfeel> Medium carbonation, medium body.

Overall> Exceptional session beer. Very smooth and the fruit and other citrus notes make this great. Not overwhelming with the body and it's an all-around great American wheat beer.

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

Pours a hazy, pale yellow with a 3-finger, white head that has pretty good retention and leaves splotchy lace.

The smell is lemon zest and a bit of wheat.

The taste is lemon, the wheat and a bit of yeast. There isn't any trace of bitterness even with the pleasant lemon hops; I didn't notice any alcohol either.

Mouthfeel is medium tending toward light and has steady carbonation.

Overall: This is a very nice, easy drinking beer that is good for summer drinking. The ABV is not so high that you couldn't drink a few on a warm/hot day

Photo of STKPICR0720
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer surprised me a little. I was thinking light summer brew and got something alot different. Allthough this beer is a summer brew it still has a little bite to it that makes me think this couold be offered year round.

The beer still has the great hoppy taste that Bell's is so known for and yet it is not a filling beer. I easily drank a 6-pack and still felt like eating.

I would easily grab another 6-pack and drink this whether I was at the beach, lake or had just got done mowing the yard.

Photo of esv
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A) Orangey straw. 1/4 inch head that quickly flattens but continues to cover the beer. Light grain and spiciness.

S) Spice and gentle malt-sweetness

T) Spicey, reminds me of a witbier. Soft grain. A hint of bitterness. A slightly cloying sweetness.

M) Light-Medium

O) While I wasn't crazy about it, I'm not really sure how it stacks up against the style. I'm not very familiar with the style.

Photo of mechamifune
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow into a tulip glass. A slight white head develops and quickly dissolves.

Smell is a bit of citrus and kind of an herbal/grassy kind of note. Pleasant, but for this style it could stand to be a little more quaffable.

Taste is great, makes one think of a pleasant spring day. Obvious wheat, but the citrus and tropical fruits present work so well with it. Just a great taste profile for this style of beer. No obvious bitterness or hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is just right.... not over carbonated like a lot of beers in this category end up being. Finishes smooth but retains a sense of crispness.

Overall this is a very good beer for the style and a great, easy drinking warm weather beer. Also would make for a great transition beer for someone coming over from the macro world. A lot of flavor without feeling too "big". Another fine performance by bells.

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

Transparent dull gold with yeast swirling throughout the body. Bubbly white head that vanishes. Subtle aroma of apple, wheat, butter, vomit, and withering floral. Tastes of wheat, light grain, slight citrus, yeasty, sour note, with some apple that merges with hops towards the finish. It fades out with some sweet banana notes that cover the tongue. Light carbonation with light-medium bodied. The aroma is hard to overlook. It holds the beer back.

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

Poured from a fresh 12 ounce bottle.

A: Very pale golden-yellow body with a big and foamy white head. A bit hazy with rather weak retention and some splotchy lacing. It looks good for the style.

S: Somewhat muted overall. Light citrus (orange, lemon) come through, along with a certain grassy quality that seems very fresh and spring-like. No hops here.

T: A solid wheat-based foundation is immediately evident, followed up with some (and I use this very loosely) faintly tart citrus - orange and lemon zest, again. Some spice comes through in the linger, but no as much as a Belgian Wit would bring. Very refreshing and extremely easy drinking.

M: Light-bodied, not watery, bubbly and crisp. Finished a bit drier than I would have liked for the style, though.

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

On-tap at Rooster's Beak.

A: It is a clouded pale yellow color with a thick two fingers of white head that has good retention and lacing.

S: Lots of wheat, lemon, pear, and a touch of spice.

T: Grassy flavors, some lemon, and pear.

M: The body is light and highly carbonated with a clean finish.

O: This is refreshing and quite quaffable.

Photo of FRivard
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap from Mr. B's in Rochester

Appearance is a pale golden color lots of carbonation and a whisp of pale white head

Smells of orange citrus abound citrus hops all over the nose

Tastes of orange lemon zest and biscuits

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice clean finish

Overall I finally got around to a formal review after thousands of servings over the past ten years my spring time staple extremely drinkable a go to around the BBQ pit and just about any other activity outside in the spring/early summer.

Photo of harrymel
3.24/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a yellow golden ale with haziness. A less than single finger, fine and loose white head falls nearly immediately to a sheet of the same with a central dissipating cap. No lacing.

S: Nice and floral. Candied wheat. Slightest of lemon citrus nose. This is a light and airy nose which is not really complex, but nonetheless engaging. Nice.

T: Citrusy. Overly acidic on the initial. The alcohol is evident, which I did not expect, given the level of it. Floral as well here. The yeast is also a key player, simple yeast flavor. The taste is overall, meh.

M: Medium to light with higher carb than anticipated. Finish is off dry.

O: Well, I'm not impressed, but I'm also not disappointed.

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

A: Golden, yellow hue; bubbly and a bit hazy from the sediment floating around; decent head that loses its retention fairly quickly but manages to keep a quarter finger thickness; big circular lacing

S: Lots of grassy, grainy nodes; there is a bit of orange and lemon zest; a touch of yeasty quality too but really this just has a nice grassy base

T: A pleasant subtle hop bitterness with lots of grassy wheat grains and a touch of pepper spiciness; also some orange and lemon rind toward the finish

F: Light to medium body; beer sticks nicely to the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue

O: This is a great example of the style and a near perfect grilling/camping/lawn-mowing/summer beer; way easy to drink

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,631 ratings.