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

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Ratings: 5,639
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 155
Gots: 754 | 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 bruachan
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

good head on this one, though i suppose special props don't go out to wheat beers with decent foamage. gold in color

sweet wheaty aroma, with a suggestion of hop. a touch of spice, perhaps

definitely wheaty flavored, too. more spice here (certainly than i would expect of a US wheat). sweeter than i remember this guy being. functional bitterness. i think the wheat itself is what is making it spicy. a little lemon

as APWAs go, this one is quite good (gumballhead might be its only competitor). but i still regularly order other things

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

Another taste of good Bell's stuff thanks to beandip.

A: A perfect pour in my SA Perfect Pint glass yields an airy 1.5 finger head that fades slowly with a slight lacing over the mostly clear, slight hazed wheat yellow color.

N: Mostly toasty malt aromas, some wheat as well in there. Some nice grassy and spicy hops also stick out, with a little citrus as well. A nice juicy hop aroma overpowers most of the other aromas.

T: Starts with quite a bit of a nice spicy and juicy hop flavor. Lots of fruity hop flavors, citrus, little tangerine, apricot, tropical fruits, etc. It adds a slight bitterness but not too bitter, more drinkable. Some wheat flavors and toasty malts. Lighter malts are there, with more orange peel, citrus, zest, etc.

M: Medium to lighter body with lower but OK carbonation. Would have liked a little more carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter on the finish, with a combination of the hops and orange peel flavors. It also helps that it is pretty dry, it dries quite a bit, almost too much. More citrus and orange peel hops, with a little tangerine and zest, as well as a touch of minerality.

A pretty good ale, summer ale that is, tasty, doesn't go overboard on anything, but doesn't stand out either, drinkable as well, but not a lot of character. I could def pound a few of these in the summer, but it comes on a little too dry, especially for the type of beer it's trying to be.

Photo of pootz
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Pours a clouded orangey-gold in the glass.

Sufficient but not large white cap one expects on an unfilterd wheat...fair lacing on glass....soft carbonation.

Aroma is demure; biscuit,honey and citrus peel.

Thin body light character, gritty mouth feel.

Tastes like a liquid version of wheat biscuit with honey-lemon filling...turns dry in the finish, light lemon snap at the end.

Decent enough new wold wheat ale.

Photo of jampics2
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Winking Lizard. I'm well over half way into my beer tour, let's call this one #53. In the past, I've loved this beer, then hated it, and now grown to accept it. I think it's a nice gateway beer and a great summer sipper.

A hazy gold beer with a nice head and lace was brought to the table in a pint glass.

Nose is full of pale wheat malt, orange peel, and sweet bread crust. Maybe just a touch of coriander as well.

Taste is interesting. Pleasant and unique, but certainly straddling a few styles. It's got a Belgian witbeer taste with huge sugary sweet malt and then almost a tangy wheat and orange thing going on. Saaz adds a touch of earthy spice.

Crisp and dry finish. Heavy on the carb, not distracting, but still a bit prickley.

Overall, this is an easy drinking summer beer. One I like again, after thinking it was too dumbed down for my sophisticated palate. I guess that's a mark of maturity, but don't expect me to accept any BMC soon ;)

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

A- Clear gold with a thin, white head.

S- Sweet malt with a touch of fruit and some yeasty character.

T- Very clean overall; slightly neutral fruit, malt body with some yeast notes going on. Not much of a hop presence, but a touch of bitterness is there.

M- Medium body with a nice carbonation.

D- Really easy-drinking beer; great for a nice hot day.

Photo of malty
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Even though I've enjoyed this(to varying degrees) many times, I've yet to formally review it. Batch 9602.

Forced poured (with the yeast utterly disturbed) into a 20 oz. handled Warsteiner mug. Pours a murky golden yellw with just a tinge of copper. The bright white fluffy head sits undisturbed at 1 1/2". Some visible moderate carbonation along with suspended yeast particles. Good amount of fractured rings of lace.

Smells of yeasty esters, musty, sweet pale & wheat malt and a wet stone mineralness. The back label reads that it smells of a summer afternoon. My summer afternoons never smelled like this.

The flavor is clean, sweet and definitely more yeasty than in the past few years. The hops really don't give off much flavor, but they do make this ale somewhat chalky in texture (more of a mouthfeel remark). The yeast & wheat malt make for a welcoming experience on a hot summer afternoon like today. The flavor still seems a bit sweet to my pallet. Has a saltine craker-like taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel is between light & medium with a sweet and semi-chalky finish. Carbonation is perky and perfect.

Drinkability is good for hot weather. Nonintrusive and a friendly gateway/non-thinking beer.

Overall Oberon has vastly improved in 'heft' and drinkability over the past 5 years or so, (at least to my perception). I go through about a case or so a summer as it is a good 'go to' beer when you have company over/cookout, etc. I bet Bell's will can (12 oz.) this soon. The wheat malt flavor/texture is very good - better than most of this style's competitiors, who seem very thin and very weak.

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

A-The beer pours a hazy orange color.

S-There is a slight fruity ester smell and some oragne-like aromas.

T-There is a sweet malt taste first that fades as the bitterness balances the beer out.

M-It has light to medium body mouthfeel that is enhanced by the higher level of carbination.

D-Overall the beer is very drinkable for the abv it's fermented to. The carbination is high but it, along with the bitterness balances the beer's sweet taste out well.

Photo of aepb1
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Golden nearly opaque with a small white head

S- Light wheat and a little citrus. Not a whole lot of fragrance going on here

T- Nice balance between the hops and malt. This is surprisingly sweet and great for a nice summer beer, or a year round beer down here in Florida ;-)

M- Nice mouthfeel, the sweetness is present throughout so I think it's part of that mouthfeel as well. Not sickening, just certainly present

D- Love it and I drink it quite often!

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

Pours a cloudy yellow, verging on orange colour with a nice white head. The smell of orange and wheat is quite nice. The taste had orange with some faint lemon with the bready wheat beer flavour. A little bit of hops in the taste too. Very smoothly carbonated and an awesome beer for sitting outside with on a nice day.

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

like it say's on the bottle Oberon our summer ale. an American wheat ale with the color and scent of a summer afternoon. This is a delicious beer that is unfiltered and full of flavor, Pours a cloudy amber orange color with a nice rich mouthfeel. Perfect for relaxing on the porch on a summers day.

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

Had this on tap at my local watering hole, The Village Inn, on my last visit.

Appearance- Comes off of the tap a hazy amber-orange with a thin sheet of white head sitting across the top. Dies back to nothing in short order. No real lacing or active beading.

Smell- I don't find a whole lot interesting to be going on here. Smells mildly of wheat, with a cereal graininess as well. Can't say I really pick up on much else. Doesn't smell bad but doesn't really capture my attention.

Taste- Wheat and cereal up front, not a whole lot else. Flavors are mild and not particularly strong, decent but unimpressive. Finishes fairly watery.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is alright apart from the finish as mentioned in the flavor profile, which comes across to me as fairly water. In terms of drinkability, it wouldn't be too hard to put back a couple of these, but I find the flavor profile to not be terribly impressive, especially for Bell's. I would reach for most of their other standard offerings to session before Oberon.

Overall, I'm not terribly impressed with Oberon. I've had it a number of times and can't say it has ever really stuck with me. There are many other examples in this and other similar style categories that I'd choose first.

Photo of damndirtyape
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle (batch 9672 - no date on bottle) poured into a shaker pint glass

Appearance: Hazy gold yellow color - if you look close you can see the suspended yeast floating and not moving. The yeast even slows down the bubbles moving up through the glass. The off-white head died down really fast and left a very thin foam around the edge. No lacing at all.

Smell: Hints of pineapple mixed in with citrus and a sweet smell. Quite appealing.

Taste: Everything perfectly blended into one drink - mild bitter finish, citrus at the start, malt in the middle. Quite refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation on the tongue (just a hint spicy) - coats the whole throat nicely as it goes down. Indeed a great summer ale.

Drinkability: I could easily have another one. Other than the lack of lacing it's a very drinkable summer ale - perfect for hot days and it goes well with meals and by itself.

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy orange with a white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S-Citrus notes on the nose, mostly orange, and some malts as well as a touch of hops.

T-The sweetness of this beer blew me away. Besides an overwhelming sweet flavor there was once again some citrus, mostly oranges and just a hint of lemon. Its more malty than hoppy, but pretty balanced.

M-Leans to the syrupy side than carbonated.

D-The sweetness of this beer made it a one and done for me. I had this in a bottle last year and I don't remember it being so sweet.

Overall, I was disappointed. The bottle I had last year seemed much better. I had thought about purchasing as six pack of this, but now I don't think I will. I know this beer is loved by many, but its not my favorite.

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

12 oz bottle, looked up batch number, brewed on 3/23/10.

This was a difficult review for me. I liked it, but it was complex and had many different characteristics for me to pinpoint.

Firstly, use caution when pouring this beer! A bit too quick, and you will end up with chunky floaters of protein throughout. It's a lot prettier when its orange and clear with a nice white head that sticks in rings. Smell is light-but-sweet spiced bread with an alcohol flare. Taste was a combo of grapefruit and orange zest, and wheaty, with a certain 'greenness' to it. Body was carbonated well, and the beer finished with some of that particular candy sweetness that I detect from Bells offerings. In the end, crisp and refreshing and quite easy to drink a few.

Photo of jhp40219
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 5-liter mini-keg into a standard pint glass.

A - Depends on how you look at it. In a lighted area, it appears an amberish orange. Hold it directly up to the light and it is a murky yellow. So it is quite a bit more appetizing if you don't hold it directly up to any light source. A hard pour produces a nice thick two finger off-white head that disappears pretty quickly leaving only a ring of bubbles around the glass that leaves a slight lace.

S - Orange rinds, biscuits, fresh hops, malts, and a hint of lemon.

T - The orange taste is immediate. Give it a couple seconds and the hops and malts come through, followed by that hint of lemon.

M - A little thin with a bit too much carbonation for a pale ale. Overall, not too bad, but certainly not remarkable.

D - Very nice! Good ABV, not too strong but not weak by any means. Definitely refreshing and a great summer beer!

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

12oz bottle at The Dish in Ormond Beach, FL.

A: glowing, hazy yellow, one finger of white foam, spotted lacing on the pint glass.
S & T: zesty, resinous orange peel, tangerine and clementine, some lemon juice, citrus, doughy wheat and pale malts, elegant spiciness throughout.
M: delicate, silky body with a crisp and sharp finish.
D: awesome summer quencher from Bell's. Not as flavourful or complex as Three Floyd's Gumballhead, but still a great take on the style.

Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale Straw yellow with slight orange tint. Not very cloudy with slight, white head.

Smell: Smells slightly of yeast and has hints of orange

Taste: Good flavor. Orange is present but not overpowering. Not overly yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Nothing too impressive. It's light and normally has good carbonation. Can be a little dry.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Is both light and flavorful.

This is one of my favorite summer seasonals. It is very drinkable both on tap and out of a bottle. Finishing off a six pack should be no problem. Is a great session beer and I'd recommend it to anyone who's a fan a Pale Wheat Ales.

Photo of zoso1967
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden with a slight white head and plenty of particles floating around. The aroma smells strongly of wheat, biscuity malt, grassy hops and a hint of zesty orange. The flavor follows up with a very nice wheat malt profile that is softly accentuated by grassy herbal hops, and some citrus notes. I also detect some light spice notes, perhaps some coriander, but nothing to the extent that you would find in a Belgian wit. The body is light with fairly spiky carbonation and a nice dry finish that makes this very refreshing. Very drinkable and still one of my favorite summer beers.

Story time: When I turned 21 I was mostly just interested in drinking what was on sale. I thought that ordering a Killian's meant I was going for the quality stuff. Then someone at a party asked if I had ever tried Oberon. I fell in love with it right away, and it lead to Bell's Amber, then that lead to Two Hearted and Kalamazoo Stout and then on to other great brewers and beer. I raise my glass you Larry bell, and... drunk guy at party. You changed my life for the better!

Photo of suretolose
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this selection from a bottle into a pint glass. It a light golden color with some residue floating in it. It starts with a nice head that fades fast.

The aroma is faint. Orange with wheat and a little yeast.

The taste is light citrus and somewhat dry, a little bread flavor as well.

An ok beer, but not really my favorite. A little to dry for me

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

Nice summer seasonal, with quality to be a year round light wheat brew.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Somewhat festive/naive label motive with a hand-drawn like sun emblem over an orange label. Back label offers a small note higlighing its character as that of a summer wheat ale. Shows batch number (9696: April 20, 2010), and Alc. by Vol. (5.8%). Serve in a weissbier glass.

A - Hazy deep gold-orange pour with some particles. Fair head, with medium to low retention, shy surface memory and some lacing

S - Lightly wheaty nose, yeast woven with a sweet fruity sense, orange peal and a touch of spice.

T - Sweet wheat sense, with a gentle spicy touch, a bit fruity.

M - Light-medium body with generous but not overwhelming carbonation, and semi-dry finish after the lingering fruitiness.

D - Nice summer seasonal, works well rather informally and without much pretense.

Notes: Nice one, nothing to rave about, but very reliable and pleasing, or maybe those are actually reasons enough to rave about even it is not that memorable...

Photo of Spica66
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale orange color. Murky (cloudy). Fluffy head. Good retention.

S: Aromas of wheat and citrus, mixed with nice hops.

T: Very light tasting. Wheaty, complex. I love this beer.

MF: Middle of the road creaminess. Medium Carbonation level.

D: I have had many opportunities to not stop drinking this beer on a given day, and I have always made that choice!

Every year, this beer means Spring will soon be Summer!

Photo of OtisinAZ
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S- The smell was of light citrus and floral hops.

T- Taste was very light and refreshing as a wheat beer should be. Small fruity, and wheat malt notes.

A- poured a light orange, hazey, with a small white head. lots of carbonation.

Very drinkable beer.

Photo of homebrew311
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the new Whole Foods in Schaumburg. Nothing better than some beer while you are shopping!

A: pours a pale orange, slightly cloudy, huge 2 finger fluffy head, nice retention with some sticky lacing

S: the aroma is mild but I do pick up lots of citrus, notes of orange and lemon, some noticeable wheat, and a touch of citric hops on the finish

T: starts grainy with notes of toast and cereal, followed by notes of orange, banana, and lemon, nice and refreshing, very light, good wheat flavor

MF: light and refreshing body, medium carbonation

D: nicely put together wheat beer, with lots of fruitiness and a pretty prominent malt presence.

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

on tap poured into pint glass.

A = wonderful straw color, reminiscent of Hennepin, a personal fav so already biased. Great lacing which rings down the glass as you drink. Definitely cloudy, with noticable sediment.

S = light, citrus, some funk, nothing too strong.

T = wonderful balance of hops and light malt, more malt taste than expected from color.

M = fair carbonation, a slight bit of tannin on the front of the tongue and malt on the back. Very solid presence, not too light. A bit of creaminess, nice touch.

D = just a very solid beer, certainly drinkable, all night long.

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

Draught @ The Headkeeper: This one pours a hazy straw-yellow color. There was a bit of a frothy white head on it. It left some lacing. The nose is grassy, floral, and a hint of citrus. The taste is pretty similar. Grassy and floral notes, as well as corn, citrus and some faint wheat. Nice, and fairly refreshing. A good summer beer.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,639 ratings.