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

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Ratings: 5,604
Reviews: 1,602
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 151
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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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Photo of chinchill
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours with relatively little head and the head is short-lived.

S - quite fruity: aromas of apricot and citrus.

T - fruity but a little more sour than sweet. Not a big fan of wheat beers but this one's not bad. Still, not a great finish.

M - thin; near watery

O - pleasant; has, in my experience, a unique character.

Photo of dcloeren
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to prototypic for this bonus

A: poured a pale straw yellow with two fingers of fizzy white head. The head didn't stick around very long but left a thin cover throughout the beer

S: the smell is pretty lacking... Getting faint hints or oranges and spice

T: follows the nose... Nothing that is standing out in particular. Faint citrus and spice but very refreshing

M: light medium body with great carbonation complementing it throughout the whole beer.

O: overall I thought this was a very refreshing beer that I would want to have pool side. Not the best wheat beer ivehad, but I would definitely pick up a sixer if it was available here

Photo of lurpy1
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drunk straight from the bottle in my hotel in East Lansing. If there is anything more pathetic than drinking beer alone in a hotel room, I would like to know about it.

Not a really strong bouquet to Oberon, vaguely bakery, pretty good.

As with most wheat beers, the taste is light, not real complex, almost similar to a commodity beer. But this tastes good. One sip makes me want another. It is smooth, with a good balance of carbonation.

It is in my opinion very hard for a a wheat beer to get much love from purists who expect something more daring. But this stuff tastes good. It's not an earth-shattering beer, but Oberon strikes me as a superlative summer beer that would go down great at a ball game or after mowing your lawn. Will get again, especially as the mercury goes up.

EDIT 7/30: I've continued to seek out and throw down the Oberon as the mercury continues to rise. It has really become our go-to beer for the dog days of summer. Accordingly, I've thrown a bit more respeck and love its way in the ratings.

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

Attractive golden in appearance, with a rich white head. Big loopy lace.

Nose is a brisk citrus wheat, with some yeastiness. Feels like Summer!

Malty flavor, with definite citrus accents and a little sharpness at the finish. This is a well-balanced and highly drinkable warm weather session ale. Tasty!

Photo of MowryJC
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner flute.

A - A nice hazy light honey color topped with a four finger rocky head that leaves moderate curtains of lace down the glass. The nicest part of the experience.

S - Wheaty, grassy notes with a distinct lager smell, a whiff of slight citrus and spice.

T - Bready malt with my less favorable aspects of wheat beers, a slightly unpleasant grassiness. Tiny bit of lemon. Spicy floral hops at the end to break it off with very little lingering taste.

M - Nice and spritzy, the carbonation really scrubs your tongue, leaving a pretty clean aftermath.

Overall, a very drinkable mouthfeel and texture, but ranks in the average wheat beer to me. For the style, though, this is a pretty good beer. Definitely for the summer months.

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

Tasting a summer beer on a cold windy spring day is not ideal but at least it's fresh. I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but this one I really like. It pours a lovely golden color leaving a two finger head that quickly dissipates. The smell is surprisingly intense and reminds me of lagers my dad drank.

The mouthfeel is full and satisfying. The taste is a lively spritzer of apples and cherries. The carbonation is intense and really assaults the back and sides of the tongue.

How I wish this were a hot summer day because this would be one helluva thirst quencher after a long hot round of disc golf.

Oberon, King of the Fairies and Wheat Beers, thine beer is most quaffable and thine humble bottle cap most colorful.

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

A- The pour resembles a Heffeweisen, golden cloudy pour with a generally decent sized fizzy head. slight retention.

S- pears, orange peel, slightly boozy. A lot of wheat in this one. This almost smells like a Belgian white. The yeast makes a subtle appearance in the background.

T- Yeasty, with a lot of weatness as well. Citrusy with a slight orange peel taste. biscuty... the aftertaste is a little sour and takes away from the sweet notes at the beginning.

M- well balanced with the carbonation. The yeast lingers on the palate, which is okay, but the alcohol in this one was surly present. Coming in at 5.8% you really wouldn't expect to taste it as much as you would think.

D\O- Oberon is a medium bodied Wheat ale, that drinks like a Belgian white/ Being that the yeast and fruity notes in this one calls for a heavy drinker. Well done, another generally good beer from Bell's.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium yellow with decent clarity and a tall wite crop of thick foam which has moderately good retention.

Aroma-Bready wheat aroma is in the forefront with some light floral hops to back it up. Some spritzy, spicy character from the wheat. Light orange and lemon aromatics emerge as the beer warms. Clean and elegant, but not a whole lot going on here.

Flavor-Bready and wheaty up front before fading to show some floral and spicy hops along with a hint of lemon citrus. Lightly sweet in the foreground, this beer relatively dry with moderately low hop bitterness. There's a little bit of earthy yeast in the finish as well. Once again, clean but not too interesting.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body and moderately high carbonation-nearly effervescent, though it develops some creaminess across the palate.

Not very interesting, but then again I don't think its supposed to be. This beer accomplishes what it's supposed to-it is a light, refreshing, quaffable summer ale.

Photo of Jimmys
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a dull orange hue. off-white fluffy head with a very minor residual head. definitely hazy.

S: a spicy fruitiness. orange slices. honey. crisp aroma.

T: wheat flavor is good. not cloying or sticky, but more refreshing. citrus flavor could be coming from the yeast or the hops. or both. either way a light floral fruitiness is definitely detectable. slightly sweet, fruity finish.

M: medium body with some medium/high carbonation. not effervescent, but still very refreshing.

D: great summer beer. light easy drinker, but great flavor as well.

Photo of brewdenver
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint from Pearl Street Pizza, Indianapolis, IN.

A: Nice appearance off tap. A tad cloudy, golden in color. Medium lacing and fingers with a decent head off the pour that died relatively fast.

S: Citrus, slight grapefruit, orage, resin are some notes to the nose here. Enjoyable to smell with a nice character all around.

T: Balance of hops, malts and specialties really make this an easy drinking beer with some real character. Finishes a tad earthy and slightly dry.

M: Spritzy and medium modies on the tongue and cheeks.

O: Truly a beer for the summer. Just wish I could get this in CO.

Photo of weizenbob
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oberon seems to be a lot of people's introduction to craft beer in Michigan. I too cut my teeth on Oberon many summers ago. This bottle was from batch 10278 (bottled 3/18/11). I popped the cap and poured into a weizen glass, swirling the last bit in the bottle to ensure maximum haziness in the glass. Most bars and restaurants serve this with an orange garnish but I'll pass.

The pour yields three fingers of fluffy white head. Retention is moderate. There is a nice amount of lacing touching the glass. The beer is robustly golden in color with a lot of haziness from the suspended yeast. It's a beauty.

Amid the wheat beer range, Oberon's aroma is more akin to a Belgian white than a German Hefeweizen. Citrus essence (orange and lemon in particular) comprise a large portion of the scent. Yeastiness is certainly present on the nose. Overall the aroma is fairly dry.

The flavor is pretty unique. I remember that when I first became aware of Oberon I had a difficult time distinguishing it from Blue Moon, the other non-lager that everyone around here drank in the summer. It's actually a pretty night and day difference. There is a strong wheat bite here that is way up front on the tongue. The citrus does come through in the form of orange, but not in a sweet way. The whole experience runs pretty tart. There is a much bigger hop presence than one would find in traditional wheat beer styles, and it contributes a significant bitterness to the brew. The finish is dry with a lingering hop bitterness. As a noob it just tasted like my first good beer; as a lover of wits and hefes it defies expectations.

Oberon is medium bodied. The carbonation level is medium. It's tart and dry so it feels lighter than it actually is. It goes down like palate cleansing refreshment. This beer is pretty much a Michigan institution as it appeals to craft and non-craft drinkers alike. To a Michigan beer drinker, the first availability of Oberon is an indicator of Spring's firm arrival and the eminent hope of Summer's warmth and beauty. It is a reliable brew that is available nearly everywhere that you can buy a beer. At 5.8% ABV it is hardly a true session beer, but it sure feels like it. Price-wise Oberon is mid-ranged, but it seems to find a permanent presence in the seasonal rotations of many a Michigan beer drinker.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz for Oberon.

Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a decent white head that dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is ok.

S - Smells clean and bright. A hint of lemon and wildflower is present. Fresh cut wheat is able to be picked up as well.

T - Tastes slightly citrusy with a subtle lemon-like sourness. A little orange maybe? Backbone is wheat flavor and an even malt profile which is somewhat biscuity. Maltiness is present but flavor is subdued to a faint afterthought.

M - Feels almost moderate in body. Not as light as I like my APWA's. Carbonation is a little less than desirable for my liking, but acceptable.

O - This beer is interesting. It's got some extra flavor than most APWA's, but at the cost of higher ABV and a more moderate mouthfeel. I'd surely drink it again, but as it removes itself from my regular APWA summer rotation due to the higher ABV and increased mouthfeel. Sorry Bells, love ya, but others have got you beat in my book.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

I remember loving this last year so how could I turn this down once it came out?

This beer pours a very hazy extraordinarily pale straw body with a slender finger of foam on top. The smell is rather nonchalant, it has that sweet wheat aroma along with zest of orange. I think if the smell was more perfumed I might find it a little better than I do. There is nothing wrong with the taste at all. It's got that standard wheat flavor, with the citrus fruit finish. The hops are there, but they don't get in the way. There is a kind of acidic finish to this beer that, I eventually got used to but it was rather cloying on the tongue in a different sort of way. While it's not a wow, kind of beer there is something about all of the elements put together that just made this beer stand out from all the other summer styles of beer. If it's warm outside, this is what you'll find me drinking.

Photo of StLThrash
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

I remember liking this beer a lot better in the past. The only other times I've had it have been on tap, but I saw it this weekend in bottles and picked up a six pack.

A - Hazy, unfiltered yellowish-orange with a one finger cap that dissipated rather quickly. No lacing.

S - Here's where I was dissapointed. Didn't really smell as well as I remember. Not much citrus in the nose as I remember. Lots of toasted malts and bready. No real hoppiness as well.

T & M - Was much better when really cold. When it warmed, it became really bready / biscuity. More toasted malts then the citrusy hop flavor I remember. Alcohol became more prevalent as it warmed, although it's still a low ABV.

Wasn't really impressed. Expected more from this one and wasn't as refreshing as a summer seasonal should be in my opinion.

Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Has a simple four finger white head which falls pretty quickly, not that impressive. Kind of soapy looking. Body is cloudy murky yellow, dark buttery with pin sized head bubbles of carbonation from the bottom, but stops after drinking a bit. Head and collar is totaly absent after some time drinking.

Bouquet is a noticeable but simple wheat chew with baked bread. Nothing big and expressive but nothing small either. Kind of hot spicey to a degree. Perhaps even a hint of diacetyl butter like sensation.

Taste is sweet wheat in flavor, with a good body. Finish brings the bread quality, but it's the swallow that brings it out, making it really whispy. Ah.. refreshing. However it also feels like watered down orange juice after some time drinking, strangely roof top dry in the palate after some time.

Overall pretty easy drinking, feels like summer to me. Could be better but it will do.

Photo of nova009
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler of this at South Park Tavern in Dayton. Poured into a pint glass

A- pours a pale hazy golden yellow, nice white fluffy one finger head appears and slowly dissipates, spotty lacing sticks to the glass

S- citrus especially lemon, bready malt, a slight spiciness to it especially clove, decent nose

T- similar to the nose, less citrus than expected, the bready malt really takes over in the taste, slightly sweet with a little bit of spice added in, not an incredible taste but not bad either

M- light and smooth, carbonation is balance perfectly, crisp and refreshing

D- overall a decent spring/summer beer, light and refreshing, easy to take down, a staple session beer for warmer weather

Photo of Miketwolf21
2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I remember last year liking this beer much more. I remember a full and nearly creamy wheat palate with herbal and slightly citrusy hops that made it a perfect beer for summer. This year it tastes much more flat. I bought this the week it came out so it was fresh and as I moved through the six pack the beer did not show any colors. Boring taste that does not have any inspiration in it.
Well here is a review of this years first batch:
Served at various temperatures, I found that having it cold actually kept the beer tasting crisp, which is better than just boring. A moderate amount of carbonation revealed spicy hops and cracked wheat flavors, but the scent was mixed with more cardboardy and metallic flavors. Still it was a muted nose.
The flavor was refreshing for the first drink but as I continued through the beer, I found nothing intriguing. Which is not all bad if the flavors are clean and vivid. But the flavors just don't come alive. The hops are too muted for such a bland wheat profile. No creaminess either. The carbonation is pretty good, but this just seems watery and minerally.
Too bad, I used to love the price and availability of this summer beer. This could use some lovin'. I taste no inspiration in this beer.

Photo of mryuk
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours an unfiltered golden yellow with a finger of head.

smell is earthy hops with a bit of orange and yeast.

taste is light, slightly bitter with a bit of sour. wheaty malts are definitely coming through.

mouth is light-medium bodied with high carbonation.

overall oberon is only ok. I used to enjoy this beer a lot more but at this point it is just very plain for e.

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

pours an slightly cloudy orange color with strong white head. decent lacing. smell is strongly of the wheat malt with slight hint of citrus. taste is clean and crisp, with strong wheat presence lightened but hard to distinguish spices and slight citrus notes. mouthfeel is very nice, medium bodied. refreshing. very nice for an American Pale Wheat which is not amongst my favorite styles, but all around this one is solid.

Photo of junker18
2/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If this was a macro attempt at a craft brew, it wouldn't get a C rating. For as bland as it is, I'm actually kind of angry it has such a high ABV, which precludes me from having 6 of them on a Saturday afternoon without getting more sauced than I'd prefer.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer taster (4 ounces).

Appearance: Pours a golden color with mild carbonation. Head fades quickly but leaves moderate lacing as it recedes. Not a lot to say here.

Smell: A very "round" scent...definitely reminiscent of a witbier, with that familiar citrus-type nose. However, it's not a sharp citrus, but more of a gentle mix with the wheaty malt. More bready than anything.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts out kinda bland. Hops become noticeable quickly. Very chewy in the middle, with good citrus accents. Foams right up until swallow. Aftertaste is a shocking sort of pungent grapefruit bitterness. Not bad, but not as good as I remember it.

Overall: Eh. Bell's makes a LOT of better brews...it's odd that this one enjoys such tremendous accolades in the summertime --- at least, it's odd to me. Oh well, not a bad buy, anyway.

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

This pours a hazy orange with a two finger white head that dies down and leaves a little lace. On the nose there is wet grass, lemon rind, and wheat. It's a simple nose that to me seems like it's missing something. In the mouth there is a hop presence, mostly spicy rather than bitter, that together with the wheat make up the majority of the taste. With the lemon and especially the spicy hops, I want to call the taste here zesty. As it warms up there seems to be some pale malt behind everything. The body is medium, definitely heftier than I thought it would be, and the spiciness hangs on long enough to be really interesting and satisfying. I like this beer pretty well, and while it isn't a staple for me because I don't often crave the style, it's definitely a beer I would bring places in the summertime.

Photo of output01x
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A slow pour yields a 2-finger foamy off-white head atop a hazy pale straw-colored body. The head diminishes in minutes but leaves heavy lacing on the glass sides.

Strong wheat and mild citrus on the nose. Not overly strong, but definitely pleasent.

A light citrus character like orange soda starts each sip. A slightly spicy wheat flavor follows. The flavors are not bold at all, but more mellow and complimenting.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation makes Oberon crisp, refreshing, and very drinkable. Great for a hot day or with a BLT.

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

I love this beer. I have had it on draft at Buffalo Wild Wings, and shortly after, out of a bottle into a glass.

The beer is a good spicy wheat ale, and tastes like summer. It has an orange glow, and goes down smoothly.

Want an orange? Throw one in. This beer drinks no differently than Blue Moon or Shock Top, however, it's better and has an even higher ABV% content!

Try it today!

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

appearance: Cloudy orange yellow. Off white head with thick lacing.
smell: crisp citrus, slight sweetness.
taste: juicy orange. some sweetness at the start with dry, crisp finish.
overall: nice tasty concoction. Early Spring refreshing brew here. Better than expected.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,604 ratings.