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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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Ratings: 5,444
Reviews: 1,588
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 140
Gots: 612 | 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 HeyItsChili
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours hazy orange with golden highlights. Lots of particles floating around in there.

S - Light syrup sweetness, pears, green apples.

T - Orange, lemon citrus zest, wheaty, bready base.

M - Medium bodied, fair carbonation, smooth, pleasant.

HeyItsChili, May 22, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy,copper color with a nice head and lace.
The aroma of hops,wheat and malts.

The taste starts off sweet with wheat and malt notes. Hops are followed by mild citrus hints.

The feel was light body and medium carbonation with a smooth yet dry finish.

Notes: A very memorable beer with a memorable taste. Great for warm weather or even the fall season. I had it while in Philly and I wish I could find it in NYC.

Lexluthor33, May 22, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy, hazy, particle-filled yellow-orange. The off-white head is tall, fluffy, and rocky, with good retention. Lacing is very attractive.

S: Wheaty and firmly spicy. Some sweet, fruity hints; applesauce and pears, mostly. A bit yeasty as well.

T: Robust wheat flavors, with some spicy/herbal hop flavors. Definitely fruity as well. Pears and soft apple flavors. Yeasty notes linger and fade in and out.

M: Medium bodied; perhaps on the full-side for a wheat ale. Carbonation is soft, lending a creamy feel.

D: It doesn't jump out at you, but then beers of this style probably aren't designed to. So, so drinkable. A lovely summer beer. One of the few Bell's beers that lives up to the considerable hype, in my mind.

Clydesdale, May 22, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a sixer of this beer in a trade with Kiefdog, Thanks Kevin!

12oz bottle served in a weiss glass.

Cloudy yellow color with a fluffy white head that left a good deal of lacing.
Bitter Euro-hops and malted wheat in the aroma.
The taste is kind of earthy upfront before the sweetness kicks in, soon followed by a dry bitter finish and then a sticky sweet after taste. Very Nice!
Light/medium body with mild carbonation, good and drinkable.

JoeyBeerBelly, May 22, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold with a lot of large clumps of fluculated yeast floating around. One finger white foam head and decent lace

S: Orange peel, possibly just a citrusy hops though, but not bitter. No malt. A pleasing smell.

T: Biting, but refreshing. Still citrusy and still no malt. Not at all offensive

M: Haltingly biting

D: Easy, light.

mdwalsh, May 20, 2009
Photo of gabe23
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy deep yellow color with a fizzy white head. Nice retention and decent lacing.

S - Mild aroma of citrus, spice, and fresh baked bread. A slight estery banana scent is detectable also.

T - Very wheaty flavor with a citrus sourness and a hint of spice. A little hop bitterness leads to a dry finish. Nothing special, really.

M - Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Quite refreshing.

D - Overall, this is a mild tasting beer that is easy to drink. It's not my favorite wheat beer, but it does hit the intended target of being a good summertime beverage.

gabe23, May 20, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a one-finger, slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated pears with hints of mandarin oranges. As it warms a bit of spiciness wafts out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pears, mandarin oranges, and hints of apple all start things off - toeing the line of being too sweet. Near the end of the sip very light spicy notes enter into the equation before a mildly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is a very good wheat beer, my only qualm being that it's very close to being overly sweet. Still, worth a shot on a hot day.

glid02, May 19, 2009
Photo of Ralphus
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I knew nothing about Bell's Oberon when I saw it, but the label design must have worked because I picked it up anyway. It's a fairly nice and safe beer overall and one that your friends, wife or even you might enjoy outside on a patio.

The look is quite cloudy and haze of particles gives your glass a semi frosted look at all times even though it isn't. Color-wise it's a pale yellow on the sides bordering towards orange on the center.

The smell is like sweet floral nectar. It's very faint and you have to pull it in but it's nice and has a hint of vanilla. In the taste you get some hops right away followed by a fairly floral and slightly sweet fruity flavour. It's an interesting twist on the order of balance as beers are generally sweet initially with a hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is good.. a touch over-carbonated but otherwise fine. And the drink itself is interesting enough that a few of these is not out of the question.

Ralphus, May 18, 2009
Photo of Aenema
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy orange straw with a foamy white, 2 inch head with little lacing.
Smell - Citrusy hops really caught my attention.
Taste - Citrus, perhaps orange, with a biscuity malt, some spicy, particularly peppery notes and a hoppy bite.
Mouthfeel - Moderate to high carbonation with a light body. Crisp finish.
Drinkability - Very drinkable.

Aenema, May 18, 2009
Photo of TheNightbird
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden hazy color with a orange hue. Nice long lasting head.

S- Yeast, wheat, the bottle does not lie it does smell like a summer afternoon. Hint of carmel.

T- Spice, wheat, soft fruit and yeast.

M- Soft medium body, with little carbonation.

D- Great Drinkability.

TheNightbird, May 18, 2009
Photo of Martin2D
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden yellow with a huge head that retains and laces. Apparent heavy carbonation

S - Hints of spice, maybe clove and wheat smells.

T - Mild wheat flavor accompanied by some heat from spice. Very mild in flavor, but lots of complexity.

M - Medium-heavy carbonation and light in body.

D - Extremely drinkable due to the light flavors and body. Complex and delicious as well though.

Martin2D, May 17, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ugly bottle. Translucent custard colored liquid with a foamy white head. No lace but strong retention from glass top to bottom.

Smells of like a bag of oats and yeasty wheat funk.

Tastes like lemon citrus and wheat. Mild herbal hop in back lingers for a drying aftertaste. Pretty standard stuff here albiet done well.

For what it's worth I don't like wheat beers and I liked this one. Goes good with a sunny day.

donkeyrunner, May 17, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Batch #9055. Poured a cloudy yellow with a very slight hue of orange. Some particulates with a foamy white head. Aromas are of grass, wheat, lemon, and yeast. Tastes are similar - wheat, lemon rind, dried grass, with a nice balanced hop finish. Really nothing wrong here, but Oberon has never really wowed me like other Bell's offerings.

barnzy78, May 17, 2009
Photo of kels
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I've had this tons of times - it's not my favorite pale wheat ale, but it's really solid and a good, readily available go-to.

Appearance: Pours very clear golden-yellow with some orangey-copper highlights. The 2 finger white creamy head fades and retains at a 1/2 finger with some lacing sliding down the glass. Good carbonation shows throughout.

Smell: Good clean and crisp wheat pairs with a subtle citrus hop.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is full of wheat and a slight hop presence that's not too bittering. Slightly present yeast, a little tartness and some crisp malts in the aftertaste. Taste is not terribly distinct not flavorful...more balanced and mild. Feel is decently carbonated, a little on the wet, thin side.

Drinkability: Very high - the light feel and subtle flavors make it refreshing and easy to down. I prefer the ST Hop Sun or the 3F Gumballhead in this style, but this one is definitely solid and worth a try.

kels, May 17, 2009
Photo of grayburn
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer overall, I am happy that Bell's finally made its way to SC.

The beer pours a nice luminescent yellow with orangey-red notes. There is some nice cloudiness and a thin crown that disappears quickly but laces well.

The smell and taste both have characteristics that I can only describe as chardonnay-like...sorry. There is some oaky butteriness, some light ripe fruit, very different and impressive.

This leads to a nice mouthfeel as well, crisp with just enough body.

I could drink quite a few pints of oberon, one of the better summer beers I have had.

grayburn, May 17, 2009
Photo of cnjohn19
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of the best summer ales...thats all that needs to be said...pours a cloudy light orange, typical of the wheat ale...inviting white foam which stuck around...smells of wheat bread and hint of orange fruit...taste is moderate, not too much but very refreshing and crisp...you'll get the orange fruit and what you'd expect from a summer wheat ale...not typically a big fan of this type of beer as i like the stronger tasting beers...but bell's has got this one right...

its popular for a reason...def. pick up a six pack for any upcoming trip to the beach and enjoy on the back porch around late afternoon....you'll think me later if you do...

cnjohn19, May 16, 2009
Photo of AVDeuph
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Everyone loves Oberon...we'll see how it stands up to my super-critical beer snob reviewing prowess (jk, I like it too, and this is like my 8th review).
This serving was poured into a pilsner glass by the way, just for kicks (also cause I thought it would look nice).

A: Nice semi-hazy pale orange color, with a decent sized head. Head retention is average, Lacing is sort of distributed in a non-committal manner across the glass.

S: Mild citrus aromas, the aromas aren't really giving away too much, preferring most of the experience to be tasted.

T: Orange peels, light wheat taste, and no banana-like flavors (this definitely is an American wheat, so at least it distinguishes itself well).

M: Moderate carbonating and a light body. Extremely clean finish.

D: Goes down easy, as advertised.

While Oberon is definitely a leader in the light summer beer class, I'm pretty sure that it essentially holds its popularity on the basis of bridging the gap between lighter and full flavored beers. Nothing special, simply a nice tasting, easy-to-drink ale that has its place firmly in the heart of the Michigan faithful.

AVDeuph, May 16, 2009
Photo of czfreeman
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After attending a Bell's brewery launch party last weekend at Barleys Taproom in Greenville, SC. I was very excited about purchasing my first Bells six-pack and giving it a proper review.
Pour a hazy tangering-amber/lemony color, v ery nice fluffy white heasd caps this brew. Active bubbling, looks readyto drink!
Smells of musty wheat grains, yeast comes through in a slighty spicy note finishes dry,lemony-sweet, almost a meyer-lemon note in there.
Upfront in flavor, creamy sweetish citus. Almost like candied orange peel, or dried apricot. The wheat flavor comes into balance with a nice hit of mustiness, however sweetish fruits dominate. A fine bit of lingering yeast spiciness is left on the palate, leaving your tongue tingling for another sip. As I drink, even candied ginger comes to mind. I do enjoy this sweetness, however, its as refreshing as a cool glass of lemonade on a hot day.
Drinkability is good, however, I personally prefer a German Hefe or Belgian Wit over the American Wheat style. I would like to cook with it however, A nicely spiced, gingered Thai noodle dish, or very must Muenster cheese would marry beautifully into this brew This is a good offering, and now that it's finally avaliable in SC I see myself buying this brew in the hot summer months ahead.

czfreeman, May 16, 2009
Photo of beerman207
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've seen some reviews on here that indicate this is better on tap. I hope so because I had some pretty high hopes for this brew and was a bit let down.

A-It's orange in color with 1 finger of head that doesn't stick around long and a litle lacing left on the glass

S-The nose was weaker than expected with a faint orange smell as well as some bread after really searching for it.

T- It has a nice wheat flavor with a slight citrus flavor coming through from a mild hop presence. The bitterness from the hops is a bit underwhelming and I was left wanting more to come through even though it's probably not really keeping to the style. But for personal taste, I wanted some more flavor coming through.

M- The mouthfeel is quite good and is probably the best part of the beer.

D- I'm going to have to give this a try on tap since I was definately a bit let down by the bottle. I am typically happy with Bell's brews but this one didn't really win me over.

beerman207, May 16, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Downtime on Wednesday during the Twins game.

On tap from the bar. Served in a pint glass, color is a hazy golden orange. Decent white head, minimal lacing.

The nose is lots of wheat malts. Sort of sweet smelling, with a dash of spice. Also a noticeable hop bitterness, at least noticeable from a wheat beer standpoint.

Pretty good taste. When I first got into craft beers, I had a lot of wheat beers, and I loved them. Since then, I have kind of thought they where bland. This one is definitely heavy on wheat. There is also a substantial citrus and spice taste to if. Nothing to special, but for an American wheat beer, it's pretty impressive.

Mouthfeel is cripa nd smooth at the same time. A strong carbonation makes for a crisp stinging feeling, while the heavy wheat malts make it sweet and smooth. Overall very drinkable.

Another solid offering from Bell's, and another of their brews that make it to the top of it's class.

Mistofminn, May 16, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed @ E Street JB, 5/15/09
Draft>pint glass
A 3.5 - orangish amber in color, smaller head than normal, could have been the pour?
S 3.5
T 4.0 Citrus and malty caramel in taste. Semi sweet malt base with a deep citrus finish.
MF 4.0 - Medium+ in body, Medium in carbonation
D 4.0 - I dig this for a seasonal Bell's offering. I am always excited when it comes out in the spring!

unclejimbay, May 15, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. Thanks, Kadonny!

Pours a hazy golden color. Decent white head doesn't last too terribly long. Some nice lacing.

Big wheaty nose. Some spice, and a little bit of fruity hops.

Flavor essentially follows the nose. Wheat malt and a very, very light hop bitterness. Also light spicing. Bone dry finish. Just doesn't seem like there's much depth to the flavor.

Very crisp and refreshing. Easy drinker. Body doesn't seem as light as most wheats. Very smooth.

Gyle41386, May 15, 2009
Photo of steanu
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer that's awesome on Tap but it's terrible in a bottle.

A-It's got kind of a dark orange color if I can remember correctly.

S-It's got a nice orange scent to it.

T- When it's actually on tap it tastes REALLY good. Kind of similar to Blue Moon.

M- It feels great in the mouth it goes clean.

D- Its great on tap but it's not good in a bottle. It's way overpowering if it's in a bottle. At least to me it is.

Overall, Oberon is a tap Beer.

steanu, May 14, 2009
Photo of Ek0nomik
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Pint Glass

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color. Lots of floaties in the glass. Probably a mixture of wheat and yeast.

Smell: A whole whiff of wheat. Wheat beers never smell the best to me.

Taste: The first sip I wasn't quite sure, but the more I drink the more I like it. A nice blend of wheat flavors at the front, finishing with a nice citrus splash.

Mouthfeel: Just right. Light to medium body. A nice feel on a warm day.

Drinkability: I'm not sure how often I'd dish out the money for an Oberon. I think there are some better priced wheat beers for the quality. I'm glad I tried it though, and I'm sure it will make an appearance somewhere in my coming Summer.

Ek0nomik, May 14, 2009
Photo of brewdoc75
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer a ton of times, time to review it.

Tasting note: Drank immediately after mowing the lawn.

A: Yellow with yeast floaters. Very clumped together rather than cloudy. Soft white head sits atop. Strong carbonation.

S: Grassy, carapils malty, and floral are the first three things I notice. I get a hint of lemon zest as well. Smells a bit like a pilsner. Definitely getting the aromas of saaz hops.

T: Slightly tart and a hint of sweetness from the malts. The hops are definitely present with a definite "pilsner" character. The hops are floral and slightly spicy. I do get a hint of lemon throughout as well.

M: Light bodied. Crisp, clean and finishes dry. Nice carbonation.

D: This is really an exceptional American wheat. Maybe not the best, but definitely an icon. Tastes kind of like a pilsner/wheat hybrid with the saaz hops. I like my American wheats with a bit more citrus character, but this beer is great in other ways. It has elements that please the beer geek, but at the same time may lure over a non-craft beer drinker. I will continue to enjoy this summer after summer.

brewdoc75, May 12, 2009
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
84 out of 100 based on 5,444 ratings.