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

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86
very good

5,635 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,635
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 155
Gots: 747 | 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:
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 zimm421
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Appears a hazy yellow with an orange tint. Has an average head that doesn't leave much lacing.

Smells of oranges and lemons with a good wheat aroma as well. Tastes very sweet. Lots of wheat, as well as a little tartness from the lemons and oranges. There is a slight bitterness towards the end, but nothing that really stands out.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. A very refreshing beer that goes well with warm weather.

Photo of jakeyb
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a thin 1 inch head. Pleasant aroma. Hints of mint (?) and lemon zest. Medium body and carbonation, without any drastic hints of anything. While not incredibly complex, still a very refreshing beer, perfect for throwing back a few on a summer evening. All hail Oberon.

Photo of jpittman80
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow. Big foam at first that dissipates surprisingly quick for a wheat, with very little lacing. Yeast visible in bottom of glass.

S - Light, tart fruits (apricot? peach?) That's about it.

T - Taste is very crisp and cleaned with the tartness of the aforementioned light fruits. Very subtle hint of hops in taste and bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with a pleasant level of carbonation.

D - This would be nice to drink for a day out in the sun. Very refreshing and not overly sweet or bitter.

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

Beer is yellow and hazy, forms a head of small white bubbles that doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is slightly sweet and has a little but not much fruit aroma to it.

Medium body, nice carbonation in the mouth. Some sweetness, finishes wet. Some grainy bitterness in back. Its a good summertime light ale for drinking after a hot day.

Photo of champ103
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a semi hazy yellow color. A large white head forms with good retention. The rocky foam gently recedes after a minute to a ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: Lots of citrus aromas. Orange peal and lemons are up front and center. A slightly sweet aroma. Husky wheat, grass, and some spices linger on.
T: Full of citrus flavors that follow the nose. The fruity flavors are fairly tart. Lightly sweet and husky grain. Lots of spices as well.
M/D: A little thin, but good carbonation. Really easy to drink. The alcohol is a little high for a summer session beer, but not hard at all to put a few away.

A very nice summer beer. Fairly simple, but very enjoyable. Something I would recommend.

Photo of RTrain12
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle poured in to a pint glass.

A: Pours a light straw yellow with a off white head measuring a 1/4". Head faded away immeadiatley. Lots of carbonation inthe glass with alot of yeast floates.

S: Smells of citrus, yeast, and wheat. Nothing really strong coming from this one.

T: Citrus with some wheat. Almost no bitterness. Fisishes clean.

M: Meduim bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

D: I would perfer a 2 Hearted Ale over a Oberon. This is not a bad summer beer. Just personal preference. I had to check this one out, maybe I'll pick it up again next summer.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

P- Al's of Hampden

A- A nice pour with a dense head but only one finger thick. A nice sticky lacing as well. A gold color with yeast suspended in the beer.

S- a light citrus aroma but more of a wheat smell. Smell is that of a lager with some hints of citrus.

T- a strong tart citrus flavor in the taste. It is like a orange/lemon wheat combination.

M- smooth and thin. Citrusy with dry wheat complements.

D- easy to throw back. Overall not a bad beer. It was good to relax with after mowing the grass.

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Batch #9601 bottled on 3/8/2010 tasted on 4/17/2010

Aroma - Wheat spice with a slight hint of lemon citrus

Appearance - Clear yellow with a big white head. Following the pour just a trickle of residual carbonation left in the glass. Decent lacing.

Taste - A lot of flavor working here. Citrus fruit with a sharp fruit bitterness with a touch of hop bitterness present too. Not really what I would call sweet with lemon citrus flavors.

Notes - Good mouthfeel that is medium to slightly thin.

Photo of pointyskull
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I've heard so much about Oberon I thought I'd try when my local bar offered it on tap.

Modest head that dissipated quickly, which gave way to a wonderful citrus/orange aroma.

Mouthfeel didn't wow me as much as the smell, but that doesn't diminish its high drinkability. Plus, the above bar ABV is well-hidden.

I could see this an easy drinking summer beer while hanging out outdoors, but in a bar setting with more robust offerings I was hardpressed to find anything to make me want to go back to it.

All in all, somewhat underwhelmed given the truly exceptional Bell's product I've had before.

Photo of Tinfoilrcr
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- deep rich, hazy gold. Almost no lacing. Not a lot of head, but what is there dissipates quickly.

N- a citrus wheat, some clove, and crisp freshness.

T- Sweat wheat and hint of lemon. Crisp sparkling of hops, but not over powering at all.

M- Lots of carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

D- Goes down very easy. Could (and will) drink this all night....

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

Pours a hazy golden straw with a white head about one finger tall.

Wheat, lemon, and clove aromas.

Begins with a crisp, wheat grain taste with light pear and banana undertones.

Smooth refreshing mouthfeel, light carbonation but somewhat of a thin feel.

Average drinkability. Definitley worth trying, especially on a warm summer afternoon.

Photo of robwestcott
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle to a dogfish head signature glass - a rich summer golden color with a nice foamy white full finger head that lasts but a minute or two before fully dissipating.

entirely enjoyable, albeit predictable summer wheat. best when ice cold.

Photo of johnwarne
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer haiku for you:

"American wheat--
Easy to drink and enjoy:
Bell's a great option".

An easy wheat to enjoy and goes down smoothly: one of Bell's seemingly ubiquitous options [honestly, does anyone know of a small brewery with more options?!]. Not worldclass, but a nice option for your consideration.

Cheers!

Photo of ksimons
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden ale with a light covering of lace on top and visible sediment in the glass

S-a sweet wheat smell, citrus, very clean and crisp smelling

T-bitter hops is the dominant taste with some sweet wheat taste to balance it out

M-crisp, light body, medium carbonation

D-very drinkable for the summer though not my favorite as I prefer sweeter beers, but glad I tried it

Photo of magnj
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - 1 finger white fluffy head from average pour into pint glass. Pale yellow body would have been clear but there was more yeast sediment than I expected so it has some slight particulate floating around. Carbonation appears moderate with a scattering of medium-large bubbles.

S - Light bready aroma and mildly spicy hops. Slightly fruity as it warms but overall pretty clean. Inviting for the connoisseur but still mild enough not to scare off a casual drinker.

T - Again really clean with a slight fruity note. Tastes kind of like a Blonde Ale with a little bit of wheat. Pretty nice hop flavor, not bitter but the malt profile is so low that it comes through.

M/D - Thin light body is somewhat deceptive given it's ABV. Ends dry and clean. Easy to drink, wish I could get it here easily.

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

A: Hazy gold, with a hint of orange. Very little head

S: Lot of tropical fruit on the nose (Pineapple, mango) which I'm not used to in beer.

T: A hint of the fruit comes through with some citrus, though the taste is mostly of the wheat and yeast

M: Medium carbonation, starts heavy but ends very crisp

D: I don't know why it took me so long to try Oberon, but I can see this having a home in my fridge for the duration of summer

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a medium-sized white head. The aroma is wheat, pepper-like spices and citrus. The flavor is heavy on the wheat, black pepper and orange. Reminds me of orange sherbet. Very low bitterness. Low carbonation and a medium, creamy soft mouthfeel. This would be a great beer to drink on a hot summer day.

Photo of mdfb79
3.27/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 4/10/10 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

a - Pours a murky pale yellow with no head or carbonation. Does not look very good.

s - Smell is almost non existant. A little bit of wheat and faint hints of citrus fruits.

t - Taste is wheat and bready malts, as well as some citrus again. Actually pretty good.

m - Medium body and high carbonation.

d - I think this was an ok wheat ale. The taste was pretty nice but there was nothing to the smell and it looked terrible. I would give it another try though just based off the taste.

Photo of AmberMan22
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this on tap last night and couldn't pass it up.

Pours a slightly hazy lemon color, with a nice white cap formed by super-tiny bubbles. good amount of lace is left behind.

Smell is orange zest and wheat, wonderfully fresh hops.

Taste is where this Oberon comes to life. An orange-tinted undertone to back up the taste of freshly cut wheat. Mix in a blast of bright hops, and we have a winner.

I found this to be extremely drinkable. This beer surprised me more than any other at how fast I drank it without noticing. The 5.8% ABV is masked well beneath the sweet blissful flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, and that makes it just that much easier.

I didn't care much for this category before, but as I try more and more APWA, I just realize I hadn't been drinking the good stuff before.

Photo of billab914
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It feels like the first day of summer opening this beer up. Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Oberon pint glass. I hadn't seen this glass in a while but I had to dig it out just for the occasion.

The beer poured a pale gold color with a frothy white head that took up the remainder of the pint glass. It's slightly cloudy but there is a steady stream of carbonation bubbles visible rising from the bottom of the glass. The head had pretty decent retention as I drank it as well.

The aroma is a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The bready yeast aroma seems to be the strongest in the nose but the wheat and citrus really help make it a delicious and refreshing aroma.

The taste is similar to the nose in that it's a mix of wheat, citrus and yeast. The yeast flavor that was strong in the nose seems to take more of a reserved role in the taste. The sweetness of the wheat is nicely balanced with the tangy citrusness it has. It has a very good clean and refreshing taste.

the mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, after having this many times this is the only real summer beer I look forward to and continue to drink regularly. Excellent beer overall and by far the best of the style, that I've tried at least.

Photo of Espenoza
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Golden in color, very hazy, you can literally see the particles suspended. I almost want to swirl the glass to make it act like a snow globe.

S - Not a very strong smell, but decent. Definitely wheat and slight citrus notes.

T - Strong Wheat, grainy hops, citrus on the back end

M - Very light, and just the right amount of crispness.

I could drink these all day, not a beer I would order at a restaurant but definitely something I would have handy in the fridge for a lazy day.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy honey color; a moderate head upon pouring, but it quickly fades. A few bubbles struggle up from the bottom, sustaining a thin film and ring around the glass.

Smell: Summer smell of orange, lemon, banana, with some light spiciness in the mix. Wheat and yeast provide the backbone to the smell.

Taste: Blended citrus flavors up front. Crisp feel gives it a nice kick. Sweet malt and yeast come through in the middle of the sip. The finish turns citrus again, with a hoppy floral twist. It finishes the way it starts - crisp and fresh. A very slight bitterness remains afterward. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Crisp feel, although it is almost creamy up front. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: As it says on the bottle, "An American wheat ale with the color and scent of a summer afternoon." For me, this is a great brew to casually drink on a hot Midwestern summer afternoon. Crisp, refreshing taste, low-medium alcohol content, and there is something brewed in there that just reminds me of summer.

Photo of jrish
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into snifter.
Right off the bat one can tell this beer is light in the ass. Goldish color fills the glass with minimal head. Decent citrus - orange aroma is present at first sniff Very light malty bitters, on this wheaty ale. Nice carbonation resulting in a very drinkable, spring/summer beer.

Photo of nastley3
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer when poured into glass had a nice frothy white head, and was very cloudy. Laced the glass fairly well. This beer does not have a very strong smell, I could not pick up on any hops just from smell, it reminded me of most wheat beers. This beer has a very nice, calm taste. It is balanced and smooth, leading to a high score on the mouthfeel and is all around a very drinkable beer. Certainly a beer worth trying.

Photo of jonasfjt51
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Remarkably I'd like to see/taste what this would be like with freshly squeezed lime.
Flying SaucerKC
Draft
As with most Bell's it doesn't disappoint
Agreed I could enjoy more....
Like opening day Bells new Oberon signals "summer" is here.
Change the furnace filter, it will be hot before you know it.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,635 ratings.