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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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Ratings: 5,577
Reviews: 1,595
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 148
Gots: 668 | 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

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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Photo of spoons
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

A slightly cloudy yellow with a nice top of white head.

Smells great. Definitely some citrus by way of orange and lemon peel and spice.

Tastes like a slightly acidic candy. The lemon and orange come through again. Plenty of carbonation. Nice and creamy for an american wheat. Seems to clean the tongue with each sip.

A nice beer. Great for summer BBQ's.

Photo of philbe311
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A -Three fingers worth tightly packed, slightly fizzy, slightly rocky, whimsical white head... Impressive retention for the style... A pale golden yellow color with a distinctive glowing orange hue... A moderate amount of moderate paced small bubbled carbonation rises throughout...

S - Wheat... Lemon... Sweet oranges... Grassy notes... Slightly floral... A tad bit musky...

T - Sweet mandarin oranges... Lemon zest... A little bit of perfume in the back of the throat... Just a slight kiss of muted hops bitterness on the finish that lingers through the aftertaste...

M - Light bodied... Easy drinking... Ultra smooth... Limited carbonation... Crisp and very refreshing...

D - Insanely quaffable... A could drink these one right after another without any regret... While there is nothing "outstanding" about this beer, it's just solid all the way around and my glass was empty before I knew what happened...

Photo of AleWatcher
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Hoegaarden glass.

A hazy golden straw color. Small white head, minimal lacing. This probably wouldn't win any beauty contests, but it certainly isn't unappealling.

Smells of lemons and other citrus fruits. Also smells floral and grassy. And a bit like fresh spices. Even a tad peppery.

Tastes like summer, like the bottle says. Fresh, clean, and crisp. I pick up lemon grass and coriander, as well as some nice sweetness from the wheat.

This isn't the most complex beer, but the light mouthfeel is actually very welcomed and refreshing. The flavor is very pleasant and easy to drink. I've been doing yardwork all day, and I just took a little Oberon break. Now back to work... And another Oberon in a little while.

Photo of cdizinno
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slighlty hazy orange-amber color, with minimal head and lacing.

S: Mild citrus, hop and wheat present. More citrus than anything.

T&M: Slight hoppy flavor with mostly hints of citrus. Heavier wheat malt base that is good but not overpowering. Crisp, medium bodied.

Refreshing beverage that is very good for the style. Probably one of the best Amer. Wheats I've tried.

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

Pours a nice golden yellow, like those golden apples. Healthy white head. Aroma had hints of sweet grain mixed with citrus; however, it wasn't too strong. Taste had mixes of citrus, some spice kick to it, hoppy bittnerness going down, and a bready/grainy texture. Could have been a little thicker and better carbonated. Overall a great beer to kick back with.

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

A: Mild golden amber color, with a touch of orange hues, the head is clean white and fades quickly.

S: Gentle touch of hops, citrus and grapefruit/orange.

T: Sweet orangy taste to it, minimal hops here.

M/D: It has good carbonation, easy drinking.

This is a pretty good, but an average beer.

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

Bell's is one of my favorite standbys in Michigan. It's a seasonal summer brew that is definitely better on tap than in bottles. Mini kegs won't be released for another month or two, so I picked up my first six-pack of the spring yesterday.

Hint of fruit and spices in both scent and taste, a cloudy orange-ish color, a bit of hoppy bitterness. Very refreshing drink. Seems to be more bitter and less fruity from the bottle than from tap, but I haven't sampled this year's draft. ABV percentage puts you in a good place after a few.

We often say around here that when Bell's Oberon is released, it means summer is upon us. I bought this on a nearly 80-degree day in Michigan this week, upon the rollout of this year's batch. This definitely enhances the summer experience, and is a great beer to sip on a scorching hot day on the lake. This definitely is a staple of our summers and once again, Bell's doesn't disappoint.

Pour some on your burgers on the grill, too. Adds some fruity, spicy flavor.

Photo of DAEverett
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good easy drinking summer beer. Non destinct smell doesn't measure up to taste. Very appealing color matched by drinkability. Soft aftertaste, small fruit flavors. Some enjoy with an orange I just squeezed a few drops in so actual fruit wouldn't over power taste. Better on tap than bottle. Had 4 on a warm spring night and was very happy with my choice.

Photo of chaz01
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draught pint at a local Oberon Release Party, indicating that the first of this beer has arrived in our area for the season.

A: Murky, cloudy pale orange, with very little head.

S: Lemon and orange citrus aromas with some grassy tones.

T: Hoppy bitterness up front with some lemony flavor.

M: Light, refreshing mouthfeel with a dry lemon flavored finish which can be a little harsh.

D: Very drinkable and refreshing, pairs well with any seafood or appetizer/salad course or by itself on a hot summer day.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ive been very excited for this beer, as has everyone else in the Bell's distribution network. For us this mean the onset of summer.

Poured into my new Paulaner weizen glass. I did the classic wheat beer swirl to disturb the sediment.
A- A bright, light orange and yellow beer. Naturally its totally clouded. It looks like a summer sun. On top sits a frothy white head that can stand out over the top of the glass. It stays substantial and leaves all kinds of lacing.

S- Nice bright smell. Strangely Im getting lots of buttered popcorn. Behind that is orange coriander and other spices. There is plenty of that wheaty snap.

T- Very balanced. Plenty of floral hops and orange matched with a wheaty bite. It finishes almost candy sweet.

M- Light, crisp and fluffy. Fairly dry with a nice clean finish. It really makes you want more.

D- This is one of the quintessential summer ales from the midwest. To me this beer screams back porches, BBQs and lawmowers. I will be seeing lots of this in the months to come

Photo of techfed87
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a weak, thin head. Color is a clouded yellow, with heavy sediment throughout.

Smell is yeast-like, with a heavy emphasis on wheat content.

First sip is very similar to that of the scent. The first quality that comes out in the beer is that 1. this is not a filtered beer. It's the flavor that comes from all the combined sediment that has developed in the brew. The second quality that comes out is that of wheat. It brings out the main qualities of the genre that most beers only add on as a garnish.

I've heard that as a beer, Oberon is basically Bell's flagship summer brew. And while it may not be my favorite genre of beer, I will definitely stand behind my loyalty to Bell's Brewery for making fine beers. Cheers to summer!

Photo of BarBEERian
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oberon just looks like a summer delicacy, filling the glass in a warm-colored combination between a dark and unfiltered lemonade color and an orange juice pumped up with steroids. The thickness seems almost overpowering (almost smoothie-like), with a nose that speaks of spiciness and floral and citrusy-orange pulses. The foamy and off-white head is the only thing that would make you think this isn't a beast of a wheat beer, but the taste is what convinces you.

With the first sips you can already tell this isn't a dangerous beer, but it's also no slouch with some smooth and creamy touches of citrus fruit sliding over the tongue like slippery river water. The orange is clearly the most pronounced flavor, but it's certainly mellow. I've had the beer before at the bar with an orange slice served on the top, and it definitely has a very different flavor profile without the added fruit. But I stand by the assumption that if a brewer wanted it to have more orange flavor, they would have brewed it in.You don't add extra cucumber to a California roll. Even so, the smooth orange flavor gets patted down by the nice wheat and lemon end notes. Where some wheat beers go for the kill, Oberon hangs back and chooses smoothness over chunkiness. If you've ever had a thick and intense wheat beer, then you'll understand what I'm saying.

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

tried one fresh as a daisy out of the bottle. a lot better than my keg review. pours a slight hazed yellow/straw with a frothy two finger head with lots of large bubbles and a slowly dissipating froth leaving intense lace and bits of white particles of sediment throughout. smells of strong sour yeast, coriander, sweet clementine, grassy hay, and floral hop aromas. i like how bold it is now that it's fresh, but some of the barnyard funk shows up unpleasantly as it warms, but being an american style wheat, we'll keep it cold. tastes of orange rind bitterness. starts tart with a bold grainy flavor throughout. a bit of a thin body and great carbonation. enjoy fresh!

Photo of Spiekerbox
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this both on tap and in bottle (this review) already this year

A- Cloudy orange-amber color, pours with slight head that dissipates quickly.

S- Notes of citrus with a hop smell present that is not overpowering, overall not a strong scented beer in general.

T- Delicious beer that has a slight hoppy flavor and hints of orange, with a wheat malt base that is very noticeable.

M- Crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation not a strong aftertaste but what is there is welcome.

D- Could drink this all day and night, and just reminds you of summer. Refreshing beverage that can't be ignored once it is started. I wait all winter for this beer to be released, Oberon day is the official start of spring for me.

Photo of bierenutz
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this earlier this p.m. on tap at an Oberon release in West Bloomfied, MI.
A-Golden light amber cloudy color with a smallish head and minimal lacing on the glass.
S-Very mild hops aroma with only hints of lemon and spice. I tried to get more as I drank this but it just wasn't there.
T-Refreshing, crisp beer that was light and had only minimal bitterness. An easy beer to drink many and often.
M-Moderate carbonation with mild bite and pleasant afternotes.
D-This is one of those perfect summertime beers that you could drink all night if that was your goal and beer was your beverage of choice.

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

Just had this on tap at Boston's in Middleton for the Oberon release. This is actually the first time I've had this beer, and it was really good. Reminds me of Leinenkugel's sunset wheat, but a lot better. This will be a great beer to keep around during the summer.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. the batch number has washed off, but i believe the trader i received this from (forgot who it was - sorry!) assured me it was fresh. tasted in early june 2009.

very golden yellow w/ straw tones. hazy, almost cloudy. 1-finger head, fades to thin wispy layer. splotchy initial rings of lace, but they almost all just slide back down.

aroma: freshly squeezed orange and lemon, w/ hint of pineapple. notes of yeast and bread. whiffs of american and euro hops. very "fresh" overall in the aroma - quite fragrant despite not being a weissbier.

taste: more fruity citrus, light bready malt, touch of yeast. moderately hopped with mixed american and euro characteristics, giving a zesty, mild to moderate bitterness, both citrusy and grassy. mild acidity underneath that is both bright and fruity. a bit of resinous bitterness peeks through in the finish, which detracts ever so slightly.

light to medium body, as acidity and resins bring a crispness along with the moderate to almost fizzy carbonation. fluffy in the middle before finishing resinous again.

if more american wheat ales were like this, i'd be happier about the existence of this generally unremarkable "style".

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a plastic cup from a bottle at a Tigers spring training game in Lakeland, Florida. Pours a very cloudy orange. Aroma is very citrus. Tastes mostly like lemon and orange peel. I couldn't drink many of these, as the citrus is a little too overwhelming. As is, its a decent to good white ale.

Photo of cooncat
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying I'm not a huge fan of Bell's brews, and Wheat beers are not anywhere near my favorite style. That said, we'll be judging this one strictly to BJCP and be as fair as can be. Picked this up as a single from the Save-On Tobacco and Beverage store in Mentor, OH. Cost for a single was $1.66.

The pour into my SA glass produces a hazy, straw yellow turbid brew, with about a finger's worth of rocky/foamy head. The head has decent retention, but there is very little lacing. Plenty of 'floaties', but that is to style.

The nose is pretty faint, but I'm getting light citrus notes along with grassy hops and a malt sweetness.

Taste is somewhat spicy, blending in a light lemony background, along with the aforementioned grassy notes. There is ample sweetness behind the light hops ... nice balance. Mouthfeel is medium, due to a slightly reduced carbonation level, but refreshing none-the-less. Drinkability is good, as this is a very easy to drink brew, with a modest alcohol content.

If you are into Wheat beers, this would be an excellent choice. Its classic and well done. Recommended as a good session brew.

Na Zdravje!

Photo of Liverpool08
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow orange, a bit hazy. Aroma is nothing special, a little citrus and hops. Taste
is the same nothing really stands out. Again some citrus, a little hops. Something like a wheat beer but not quite. Not sure what this is going for. Its a little weak in flavor for a wheat beer. I guess its ok for a summer drinker.

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

A-Pours copper in color with a 1/4" white head that fades fast and left just a bit of lacing.

S-Nose is somewhat lacking, but what is there is pleasant enough. Some citrus hops, grain and malt.

T-The grain/wheat is at the forefront here with some hops in the background and a semi-sweet finish.

M-Crisp with carbonation fitting the style. Body is somewhat on the light side of medium.

D-It drinks fairly easily, it just doesn't stand out.

A decent offering from Bells. Its not bad, it just isn't that special.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is an unspectacular, albeit popular, offering from Bell's.

A – Obnoxious appearance, like cheap orange juice or a rusty-looking flat mimosa. Orange-yellow, cloudy, no head or lace.

S – Pedestrian aroma; pale malt and slight yeasty spice.

T – It tastes a lot like a macro lager, and a little like a wheaty spicy Belgian-inspired summer beer. Blue Moon is probably better in some regards, though I guess not on an overall basis (I haven't had Blue Moon in a, well, you know...)

M – Pretty crisp and refreshing.

D – I don't care for the style, but as far as the style goes, this is in the middle of the heap.

Photo of u2carew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz long neck. Consumed 1/29/10

A) Pours with a two finger white head. Hazy. Visible sediment. Upward carbonation. Lacing is big bubbled, semi sticky. Yellow orange in color.
S) Grainy. Citrus notes. Subtle hints of caramel.
T) Sweet caramel and nutty flavors up front mixed with some floral notes. Then moves to a summer-ish wheat flavors. Finishes with a light earthiness and subtle hops.
M) "Chewy". Light to medium body. Mellow fizz. Fairly smooth.
D) A nice drink for the summer time... I shouldn't have horded it so long - January is cold!

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

Appearance: Poured a copper colored amber, ever so slightly cloudy. One finger white head that doesn’t stick around long but leaves a thin layer. Nice lacing, but not overwhelming.

Smell: Sweet hops at first, mainly grapefruit, with an apple juice smell deeper down. Mild adjunct lager like malts hidden in as well. Above average sweetness.

Taste: Moderately sweet lager like malts, with hops mixed in (but their taste isn’t distinct, more general). Ever so slightly sour as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good carbonation tingle. Moderately filling.

Drinkability: A decent offering, but not quite the summer wheat ale I was looking for. It’s a little too lagery and sour, with not enough mild malt sweetness. Also, none of the usual wheat spices. On a blind taste test, I could not even tell it was a wheat beer.

Buy Again? No, there are many better beers in this style.

Photo of callmescraps
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed some of this while making the Hopslam run. Kind of cool that it's fresh for the AZ market.

Appearance- A cloudy golden color. Two inches of soapy, stark-white head dissipate and lace nicely. Some particulate matter floating around which, while not uncommon, is not the single most appealing factor.

Smell- Lots of lemon rind. Some nice wheat, and plenty of yeast. A touch of spice, but only a touch. A little bit of wet hay left in the barn.

Taste- The lemon really comes up front. There is also a grassy herbal note in there. Then it sweetens out on the biscuit malt, and finishes pretty clean.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation, not too thick. Nice.

Drinkability- Goes down easy. The lemon citrus is a little prominent, but I could have several before tiring.

This is yet another nice Bell's offering. I really enjoy it and wish it was more available. Would be great on a hot summers day.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,577 ratings.