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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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5,235 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,235
Reviews: 1,580
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 136
Gots: 533 | 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 nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%

This beer reminds me a lot of the GooseIsland Summerale.
A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a decent head that is gone after 2-3 minutes.
S: Lemony, citrus smell that is pleasing to the nose. Nothing skunky here.
T: A little tart, a little biting, good carbonation. A good bier to have with BBQ or other meat products.
M: Fine. Nothing exciting.
D: This is a good session bier; could have many of these and not feel guilty.

Find youself some of this and enjoy.

07-02-2008 23:53:49 | More by nocheinsbitte
Photo of cwocasio


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

This beer is a great choice for a summer night. It has a great smooth taste that is fully refreshing and holds a hint of citrus in closing. The color I think is great, transparent, yet not to light for a beer of its kind. For those who are looking for a summer ale with more solidity I believe this to be the right choice.

07-02-2008 04:25:52 | More by cwocasio
Photo of tempest


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Paired with a BBQ, friends, and a backyard.

Pours a hazy light orange with a white head. The aroma has a creamy orange and malted wheat. The flavor is a nice mix of spicy and citrus hops flavors from the Saaz with the sweet wheat for balance. That creates a pleasant balance of citrus fruit, mellow malts, and spicy/bitter hops - all in a great summer beer. What a deal.

07-01-2008 01:28:47 | More by tempest
Photo of Beerbuddha


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Appearance- Cloudy orange yellow appearance with a huge white head. Lacing was minimal but present.

Smell- Not much but I could detect a biscuit aroma with a citrus aroma as well.

Taste- Very citrusy with a nice clean wheat taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall- A great summer beer but overall nothing too impressive.

06-30-2008 18:50:50 | More by Beerbuddha
Photo of KBomb


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Oberon pours a rich golden yellow with a small light head that sticks around a little. The aroma is of bright fruit and some toasty wheatiness. The taste a little grassy but nuanced by some fruit and citrus. The back end has a surprising amount of sour flavor that definitely lingers a while. This is a moderately light beer with a crisp mouthfeel. Very drinkable.

Oberon is packed with lots of great summer flavors that goes down pretty good. I can't tell if the punch of sourness/bitterness at the end is surprising or distracting, but I would still say this is an fine summer brew.

06-29-2008 00:02:49 | More by KBomb
Photo of argock


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass

A: Inviting hazy yellow-orange with thick, frothy bright off-white head with plenty of lace

S: A bit light in the aroma department with very soft pear and apple aromas, soft biscuit and yeast, and lemon-wheat.

T: Very flavorful for a pale wheat with soft fruit flavors of pear and banana, tangy wheaty lemon, and drier apple flavors with a light touch of malt and soft herbal hops.

M: Super smooth with light but pleasing aftertaste. Light bodied as you'd expect.

D: A great summer beer and another great Bell's product. Bottle-conditioning helps this beer a little.

06-28-2008 18:52:43 | More by argock
Photo of JayQue


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Nice summer cooler. Pours a dark straw/light orange hazy color with a medium size white head. Head retention is ok. Leaves a little lacing.

Light aroma - wheat and citrus, fairly mild. Taste is ok. Typical wheat beer with a little more lemon than usual. Detected a bit of hops at the end. Flavors all work, very mild and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is rich enough and smooth like you would expect from a wheat beer. Drinkability is good. Abv is light (surprised that it is as high as it is). Would probably be nice on tap. Nothing memorable, but a nice, fairly light beer.

06-28-2008 13:41:50 | More by JayQue
Photo of Absumaster


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

A hazy, orange beer with a settling head.

Smell is estery with fruity notes and spices. Straw and a nice, grainy maltiness, clearly wheat. It smells a bit like a Weizen without the correct yeast.

Taste of wheat with straw-like maltiness. The wheat makes the beer a bit rough. Yeast is clean, but leaves some fruity notes. There is a light bitterness that is above average for a German wheat beer. It falls into place with this beer. The hops are mild and a bit grassy, definatelly not US hops.

06-27-2008 19:35:00 | More by Absumaster
Photo of doubleipa


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Had this at KClingers in Hanover. Appearance - small creamy head. Color was yellow an dcloudy. Aroma -banana and yeasty. Taste - very smooth and the wheat lingers, creamy tending towards syrupy. Kinda of different than most wheat beers. I think th edifference is the creamy mouthfeel.

06-26-2008 21:56:59 | More by doubleipa
Photo of NCBeernut

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%

Really great summery looking bottle, carefully poured into a hefeweizen glass to keep out as much sediment as possible.

A: Careful pour, but still a slight hazy nice golden color. Nothing too stand-out for the style though.

S: Honestly, the smell is very light, and not too much of a "wow" factor, but if you close your eyes and let the smells really get into your nose this beer seriously smells just like summer, maybe the beach without that odd seaweed/fish smell that you encounter at some beaches. This summer-like smell is unmatched by any other summer beer so I gave it mega points here for uniqueness and ability to create such a nice summer feel.

T: Dominated by yeast. Very light fruity flavors that just come through in the background. Dry finish. A little bit of that same summeriness comes through in the taste as well.

M: Kind of chalky, even on a careful pour. I tried it with the sediment poured in, and it just intensified this "chalkiness." Has a nice level of carbonation but the chalkiness was kind of a turn-off.

D: If it wasn't for the odd mouthfeel, definitely more points here. This is a nice beer to try at least once during the summer. Just KEEP THE YEAST OUT!

I feel like my review of this beer might be a little higher if I was drinking it out on the deck of a beachhouse, or on a nice sandy beach. Too bad no glass containers on NC beaches. Oberon minikeg anyone? But, really, Oberon is an experience.

06-26-2008 16:05:08 | More by NCBeernut
Photo of Domingo


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

A crisp summer wheat ale in the vein of Sunshine or 312.
Pours a nice golden color. I swirled the bottle a little to get the yeast sediment out and discovered quite a bit that made it a little more cloudy. Lots of yeast was down there, so treat this much the way you would a German weiss.
Smells wheaty, but there's a hop presence in there, too. Citrus is there, but not shoved down your throat as a cheap cover-up. It smells like real, fresh orange zest.
Tastes pretty run of the mill at first (grain-based, citrus, bitter finish) but as it warms even slightly, there's a nice biscuity flavor that comes out. I like it.
Goes down easy on a really hot day (90-plus) and it has a good amount of flavor for a pale wheat. Definitely one of the best of it's kind for sure. Way to go Bells. For a style that can be boring, this stands out.

06-26-2008 02:53:24 | More by Domingo
Photo of PorterLover83


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a cloudy golden straw. Almost like a light apple cider. Head stayed for a little while. Citrus tones in the nose with a slight hop presence. Orange, coriander mix well. Taste has a spicy citrus start with wheat malt and then gives way to a hoppy bitterness. On the lighter side of medium for the mouth feel. Very good drinkability, hits the spot after a grass cutting session.

06-25-2008 23:18:09 | More by PorterLover83
Photo of Buebie


3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a tulip. Hazy golen in color with little transaprency due to its hazy unfiltered character.
The appearance is pretty ugly, big nasty chunks floating in the glass, almost looked like bugs they were so big.
The head however was pretty nice. Nice 2 finger white fluffy head with decent laceing and some retention.

Smell is carmely and sweet with a lemon quality.

Taste is crisp and tart with a fruity backbone and a dry clean finish.
Some lemon character to the flavor, as well as some grassy hops.
Very clean summer brew.

Most summer ales I dont much like, this is the first I can really tolerate. It has wonderful flavor, decent thickness in mouthfeel and nice laceing.

All around a great brew, just a bit rough on the appearance side.

06-25-2008 00:31:53 | More by Buebie
Photo of paco1029384756


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours cloudy golden color with minimal head.

Scent of wheat and malts with some citrus and a mild honey sweetness.

Wheat and citrus dominant in flavor, lingers into maltiness with more wheat and finishing fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, though I would prefer more carbonation.

06-24-2008 00:28:43 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of Getinthevan


4.47/5  rDev +17.3%

Poured this out of a 12oz bottle. Right off the bat, this beer has a nice orange/amber color with lots of wheat sediment at the bottom of the glass. Truly a great looking beer.

Smell was very high in wheat and a little bit of oranges. Definitely one of those beers to prepare for, as it will be a nice treat.

Taste was awesome. It was very full, wheaty and had a great smooth, almosty buttery aftertaste. This stuff is certainly on my "get" list whenever I hit up the liquor store again!

Mouthfeel was very pleasant and satisfying. No dead spots, no wasted fluidity, just delicious and refreshing wheat ale going down the hatch on a hot summer day!

I had to stop myself from drinking the whole six pack as soon as I got it! Man this stuff is addicting as soon as you open it! Go get it if you haven't tried it, it's that good.

06-23-2008 15:45:33 | More by Getinthevan
Photo of GbVDave


4/5  rDev +5%

Served from a 1.32gal mini-keg into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a bright and hazy golden color. Puffy and creamy white head leaves droopy rings and sheets of lace.

S: Aromas of toasted grain, spicy yeast, caramel, and sweet apple. At times the aroma reminded me of a west Michigan apple orchard (apple with other earthy aromas).

T: Nice toasted malt/grain flavor. Citrus-y hops become pronounced around mid glass. Biscuity/bready malt as well.

M: Smooth and sticky with a nice prickly/toasty/spicy undercurrent. Nice dryness.

D: Very easy to drink...summer is here!

06-22-2008 13:24:47 | More by GbVDave
Photo of Walker8810

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -10%

pours a cloudy golden hue with and inch of foam. aroma of bananas and cotton candy - very sweet smelling. Sharp taste with a fair amount of carbonation. nice sweet flavor with a slight bitter hop finish to it. mouthfeel is middle of the road. very drinkable. would pick it up again if i were in the mood but would not actively seek it out.

06-21-2008 23:36:08 | More by Walker8810
Photo of buffettfan


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Had on tap out for lunch.

I'd heard a lot about this beer and couldn't wait to try it.

Appeared average, nice color, veyr little head. Smelled of citrus, very pleasant.

Taste was very smooth, with crisp citrus notes. Easy to drink. A GREAT summer beer, wish we could get it in Arizona!

06-19-2008 16:51:27 | More by buffettfan
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

A: A dark yellow or golden color, with a large thick head. Minimal lacing leftover.

S: Lots of distinct wheat scent, a tad of spicy yeast scent.

T: Nice balanced mix of wheat and citrus. Not much spice, but there a spicy after taste, which is great.

M: Very light and really crisp beer.

D: An excellent summer beer, smooth and drinkable for all day.

06-18-2008 15:42:50 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of Pauly2X


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

A- Cloudy yellow with a half finger head.

S- Very crisp and clean but not much else.

T- Clean, crisp and refreshing with a nice subtle toasted malt backbone.

M- Light and smooth.

D- I feel kinda dumb for just buying the single.

This is one fantastic summertime brew. I finally realize what all the hype is about.

06-15-2008 21:18:46 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of Gtreid


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Hazy golden, yellow, with almost two fingers of pure white head, that leaves nice, thick lace.

A: Buscuity and sweet malts, lemon, some citrus and grainy hops, wheat. This is just what a summer brew should smell like.

T: Again bready, with lemon and other citrus. The sweet malts and grainy hops are balanced very nicely.

M&D: Light body. The moderate carbonation makes for an excellent mouthfeel. At 5.8% ABV the drinkability is way up there. This is a great summer selection. Just another example of why Bell's is my favorite brewery. Skal.

06-14-2008 19:52:50 | More by Gtreid
Photo of Matty1918


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

Thanks to Deepsouth for this sample.

Pours a hazy golden color with a minimal white head.

A nice sweet, clean aroma with hints of grain.

That first sip took me for suprise. There is a nice mild spice up front with some mild citrus mixed in. Then towards the end there was a nice mild nutty grain finish with a slight hoopy bitterness. Almost like a mild banana bread. Very well balanced in my book.

Mouthfeel was good a little carbonation but nice.

A nice summer brew and I wish I could get these around my neck of the woods.

06-13-2008 01:12:02 | More by Matty1918
Photo of kbeals

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +17.3%

Pours out a hazy, golden color. There's about two and a half fingers of fizzy, white head. Some floating particles also make an appearance. Lacing was somewhat lacking, but overall the appearance was pleasing. Smell wasn't overly exciting. Definitely grainy, with a citrusy zest to it. The taste was much the same. A hint of citrus complements the wheat well in my opinion. The beer was very smooth and pretty fizzy. I could probably drink these all day if I had the money. I would defintely recommend this beer.

06-12-2008 00:47:03 | More by kbeals
Photo of KeefD


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

Pours a hazy golden color with no head and minimal lacing. Aroma of malted wheat, orange zest and spices. Taste is much the same. Big time wheat malts, somewhat sweet, but not overpowering, hints of orange and coriander. This thing is very smooth and creamy, amazingly easy to drink and probably the best summer beer there is. I'm not one to go on about wheat beers, since they are from my favorites, but this one is great. Definitely a good session beer for the summer months.

06-12-2008 00:23:15 | More by KeefD
Photo of slatetupelo


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

A - Pours a very hazy golden color with hints of yellow, there are some particles floating also. The head is white but small and dissipated quickly leaving little lacing.

S - The smell is slightly sweet with hints of orange and very grassy/earthy aromas also.

T - Before I knew what style of beer this was I thought to myself that it tasted like a mix of a light pale ale and a wheat beer, it makes sense that this is an American Pale Wheat Ale. Taste is mostly wheat with some mild citrus hints and very little bitterness. It's pretty light on the toungue.

D - Wheat beers really aren't my thing but these were fairly enjoyable, I'd drink another one but it wouldn't be my go-to beer.

06-10-2008 17:35:35 | More by slatetupelo
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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