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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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5,569 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,569
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 147
Gots: 660 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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Photo of earthboundagain
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes:

A: Is this apple juice or a beer, but it does have a nice white head.

S: Wheat and citrus in no particular order.

T: Ok we have some big citrus mixed in with some soggy what crackers. This one is balanced, maybe a little too balanced.

M: Light and crisp., like drinking sunshine.

D: this one is like drinking a beer flavored water, and I could put back a few.

Thoughts- this beer is a nice brew, and I could session it in the summer time, but it is not the biggest on the flavor department.

Photo of mralphabet
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Amber in color and hazy, with about one finger worth of head... Pretty nice lacing. Looks like a good wheat.

S: Not a lot going on here for me.... Wheat, with a citrus hops and a good amount of yeast.... not much else.

T: A balance of sweet and tart.... It starts a very yeasty, then tames to a nice sweetness and finishes with a little tart in the hops. Not much aftertaste...

M: Med bodied with a nice carbonation....

D: Not a bad beer.... but not anything special either. It is quite drinkable and would not be to bad after a nice hot summer day.

Photo of climax
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oberon poured a gold/orange, cloudy with several floaties. A good fizzy white head faded lazily.

Aroma is very wheaty, not extremely potent though. Other notes included hints of citrus, alcohol, and soda crackers.

Flavor is very wheaty as well. Bits of bitter lemon and crackers pretty much make up the rest.

Body is light, but not watery. Carbonation is relatively mild and keeps a the chalky yeast feel crisp.

Perhaps drinking this one in the middle of December isn't doing this beer justice. Given that, I'm sure it"d be excellent on warm summer day.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous appearance of pale gold with slight haze, and mountainous rocky white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind an abundance of lace. Fresh beer!

Nose has light fruit and a clean grain aroma that is subdued.

Palate has a lightly sweet wheat component with balancing citrus to give it some complexity. Finish is somewhat fruity-tart, in a good way, and is rather easy drinking.

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

Pours a cloudy pale orange. Small head that disappears into a thin film. Spots of lacing on the glass. Smells of honey, malt and a tad of pineapple. Tastes sweet and citrusy with a malt backbone. Quite refreshing. Mouthfeel is nice on the carbonation front, but I can't help the feeling that this is a little too syrupy. It's light and sweet and quite easy to drink a bunch. Where are the hops? Perhaps faded away as this beer is a summer seasonal. I'd love to have it super fresh.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack of this at a nicer Publix grocery store. Poured into a standard pint glass. Stamp on bottle says 9467. Enjoying this as I watch the Magic/Pacers game.

A: Very light orange with some cloudiness. Decent head with different sized bubbles, retained with half the glass downed.

S: Big time honey on the nose, light oranges, some candied figs and the slightest touch of some ground spice like nutmeg.

T: Honey honey honey with a touch of mild spice. The light citrus in the smell does not come through on the tasting side. I say honey, but this is not artificially sweet-tasting at all. Oberon is a pleasant and refreshing brew, just like the bottle says.

Drinkability: I'll do my best to save one for a later tasting.

Value: At around $12.00 a six pack, you could do better, but you could also do worse.

This is a must try for someone who thinks Blue Moon is the best beer out there. Similar to BM but lots better.

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

Bought a six pack of this beer at Woodman's during a recent beer run.

This beer has a nice white foamy head and the aroma smells crisp and the citrus/apple/light fruity flavors conjures up memories of warm summer days by the lake.

It's definitely a great summertime beer. I plan to buy more of this and make this more of my go-to session "lawnmower" beer when the seasons change.

Photo of koopa
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased at Capone's in Norristown PA for $3.50 (tax included)

Appearance: Pours the color of pumpkin skin with a 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and lace. The body is slightly hazy.

Smell: Not much going on here. Wheat, a lightly sweet fruit...perhaps pear, and a touch of pale malt.

Taste: Fruity malt (again I'm getting pumpkin and pears but also orange now), a small hop tinge, slightly sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Slightly oily, medium body, fairly satisfying.

Drinkability: Sessionable.

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

This last summer I have noticed this beer gaining in popularity around the Chicago bars. Was at a bar and chose Oberon over Gumballhead next door. Similar beers.

A: light apple juice gold, nice big white foam head

S: Smells crisp with citrus and wheat coming through.

T: Very crisp and refreshing. Sweet, fruity, and earthy (wheat?). I felt like there needs to be another taste present.

M: Good, light, crisp, and refreshing.

D: High, very drinkable on those spring/fall warm nights.

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

A: light gold, cloudy.

S: Weak but pleasant

T: A little bit sharp, but good. Not to much hops.

M: Smooth, but like I said a bit sharp.

D: Pretty good, but it's better in a bottle than a glass

Overall good. I'm not sure if this is a bad bottle, but I've been more impressed by this beer in the past before I tried to review it.

Photo of Tucquan
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this at "The Downtown" pub in Warsaw, Indiana on 2009-04-17. Had this again on 2013-04-09 from a 1-week old bottle and liked it more than in 2009 so I raised my rating.

The ale is a very transparent golden color with a short, white head. There's light lacing that sticks around.

There's a crisp, light wheat grain taste and a bit more hop bitterness than you typically find in a summer wheat. I liked this hops surprise.

There's a certain, distinct other flavor that is hard to place for me. Maybe light-candied fruit that balances nicely with the hpos.

The mouthfeel is light-medium and the carbonation is medium.

A very refreshing beer.

Photo of krisandajt
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So to set the story, about 6 months ago me and the Mrs. took a drive to an animal shelter in York County, PA where we picked up a puppy that the wife had her eye on for weeks. I wanted to name the little guy after a beer, and we chose Oberon (a beer I've had but not yet reviewed). So now, my little man is a 70lb monster and he's still growing. On to the review...

Appearance: A rough pour yields a cloudy, light golden colored brew with a small bit of very thin bubbly head that doesn't hang out for very long. There is a little bit of runny, soapy lacing.

Smell: A very mild sweetness with a slight grassy kind of smell. Overall it's very subdued and difficult to pick up.

Taste: Sweet, almost a fruity kind of sweetness, with virtually no bitterness. There's a bit of a grassy wheat kind of taste, but it's the sweetness that sticks out the most.

Mouthfeel: A nice refreshing medium body with good carbonation and a great overall texture.

Drinkability: Overall a tasty brew. It has a great mouthfeel, and a nice sweet taste to it. Definitely a beer you can enjoy throughout the whole night. Not my top choice in styles, but good nonetheless.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank a lot of this in Milwaukee. It was kind of the Midwest wheat beer, although Blue Moon had been making inroads.

Not really my style, although Bell's is one of my fave breweries. Well made, good wheat flavor. An orange probably goes better with it than a lemon, if you're into that kind of thing. I think there's plenty of citrus flavor already in it, and an appreciable degree of wheat, soft body, easy enough to drink. One of the best representations of a wheat beer, and certainly the best east of Sierra Nevada that I can think of.

Photo of bigbelcher
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge rocky head served from a jockey box at the Big Pour in Scottsdale. eventually settled down. Color is golden with a slightly orange tint. The aroma is very fruity. Definantly an ale with a nice citrus note. The taste is simply that of a fruiity wheat beer. I am sure it is going to be a big hit here in Arizona, the girl pouring it said it would be available year round in Arizona starting next month. Mouthfeel is pleasantly light. There is a citrusy lemony note which is prominent but not overpowering Aftertaste is bready and clean.

Photo of capra12
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed solo served out of a pint glass.
Appearance: slightly cloudy and wheat colored and poured a 1 finger white head which dissipated rather quickly and left minimal lacing.
Smell:wheat and a hint of green fruit.
Taste: opens with wheat and light grains as a hint of unripened green apple and light malt character emerges from the middle to the end leaving a light and grainy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation and crisp and rather clean

Drinkability: I would have this again and recommend this to someone who wants a relatively light bodied wheat andmalt profile and simple flavored ale with little aftertaste.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.85/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle has a freshness code of 9138. Pours a very hazy golden color with a large sized cap of fluffy white foam. Retention is good and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. The only eyesore with this beer is the fairly large chunks of yeasty brown sediment that settle near the bottom of the glass.

Smell mainly consists of ripened orange flesh and crisp, tangy wheat. There is some underlying bready yeast aroma and maybe even a touch of kaffir lime leaves and grassy hops.

Taste has some characteristics of a typical American wheat ale, but has a creamy, yeasty flavor that reminds me of a German hefe without the banana and cloves. There is a definite, but soft hop flavor and just enough bitterness to finish clean and easy. Leaves nary a hint of aftertaste. This is one amazing summer beer and one I would buy by the case if it were to be available in Texas. Deee-licious!

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hard to believe it's been five years since I first started getting into beer. I say this because this was one of the first brews that I really, truly enjoyed and after all this time, I wondered if this would still be as good as I remembered it. Sure enough, I found this down in Durham, North Carolina on my way home from being on the road all summer and had to grab it. Toss in a mild night tonight and this one's finally ready to review!

Loved the pour - this has a gorgeous carbonation and glowing amber hue to it and there was a nice head as well. Not a lot of lacing in my glass but darned if the bubbles in this beer aren't pretty to look at! The taste wasn't as fruity as I remember it. Yes, there's wheat in here, floral notes, some soapiness and mild amount of bitterness and resin on the level of a West Coast Pale Ale but this is just a bit too sharp for me. There's probably an equal amount of pale and wheat in this ale but the beer just can't seem to make it's mind up. Nevertheless, it's working for me and the consistency of it is just right!

This is not a session beer but so what? Summer's past and I'm still enjoying this just as much as when I had the rest back in August. Judging by the number of reviews on here, a lot of people have given this a shot and it seems to have enough fans on here. If I could find it on tap again, I'd have it in a heartbeat. This bottled version of it didn't quite live up to the memories I had of quaffing this in the Bay State.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewery. Refreshing, particularly in Indian Summer day. Pleasant malty aroma on a medium yellow body with a lot of white creamy head, that leaves droplets of lace. Creamy mouthfeel, easy drinking above average mouthfeel. Pleasant beverage throughout, wheat well integrated, mild bitterness that finishes a tad sweet from wheat.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap first time in a sampler. Liked it imediately. I searched around over the next few days until I found a distributor that stocked or sold it. Bells definately has some good brews. The Oberon is currently one of my favorite summer brews.
Has a decent white head with an orangish yellow color; cloudy; smells and tastes of citrus and spices. Very refreshing and easy to drink.
Just as good out of the bottle into a pilsner as it is on-tap.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass. Found this in the back of my DBF, mid October likely isn't the best time of year for this style.

Pours a golden amber color with noticeable sediment floating througout. Frothy 2 finger head and sticky lacing along the sides of the pint glass. Smells of sweet citrus and plenty of wheat and field greens. Taste isn't nearly as strong as the nose. Much sweeter than other wheat beers but still has the earthy tones that keeps me coming back to this style. Only complaint would be the taste is a little too watery for a bottle conditioned ale. Mouthfeel is pretty think. Drinkability is high for the right time of the year while middle of October isn't that.

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

got a sixer of the obie ale. Not gonna lie, one of my favorite styles.

A- Nice light golden orange color lots of yeast floating about

S-Really didn't notice much smell maybe a bit o wheat

T- To me starts out wheat mid kinda neutral ends of fruit citrus floral and after maybe even a hint of hop?

M- Medium to light body with a medium carb

D- I would say med to high drink ability nice flavor

Photo of psyphin
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Hazy golden yellow, two finger head with little lacing.

S - A very unpleasant yeast phenolic is popping out at me mixed with some mellow wheat undertones.

T - Its definitely a yeast derived aroma and flavor I dont care for in this beer. The underneath malt is mild and theres no hop flavor.

M - Right to style. Medium light body mated to a good amount of carbonation

D - I had a difficult time getting through this one. Obviously its a popular beer but something in the yeast is really killing it for me.

Photo of beertunes
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a sixer from a friend after his band, http://www.chuckanutdrive.net/ , did a midwest tour recently. Thanks, Steve!

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a hazy yellow straw color with just a thin cap of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

The aroma was fairly neutral, just a whiff of wheat, without any outstanding characteristics. The taste had a more pronounced wheat flavor, with a refreshing tangy flavor on the finish I couldn't quite name.

The body was good, solid but light. Drinkability was very good, I could see draining a sixer on a summer afternoon with no trouble. Overall, a very good beer and if it were regularly available to me, it would be in my regular rotation.

Photo of erz316
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 floz bottle with 9130 on the back, poured into speckled hen wheat pint glass.

A - good dark straw colour once the yeast gets flowing. not that much head for a wheat beer, about one finger and thats all. the head is white and has some pretty big bubbles on the top.

S - the nose is pretty much just wheat, not much else. it is also quite faint, and can seem almost clean at times. decent amount of yeast in the background. maybe some soft sweetness like a mildly sweet fruit, like a soft apple or pear. as the beer warms it the nose gets a bit more intense, but the flavours remain the same.

T - this is quite a sweet beer. the initial is a very yeast and bready wheat flaour, I really like the taste of this wheat, and am glad I poured it in. aside from that, there is a blunt level of sweetness that is unavoidable. the finish stays the same, but has some of the hops come out for the first time. the aftetaste is just slightly wheaty.

MF&D - a very carbonated medium light body. quite drinkable, but no where near my first choice if I want a wheat beer.

Photo of dmfrench
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A creamy, mellow, and flavorful wheatale.

A: Hazy goldenrod with a persistent off-white two-finger head.

S: Sweet spicy wheat malt and some fruity tones... maybe green apple? Pear?

T: Repeat of the nose, with buttery bread and a certain creaminess.

M: Creamy and heavy.

D: Quite high.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,569 ratings.