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

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Ratings: 5,684
Reviews: 1,616
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 161
Gots: 796 | FT: 6
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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

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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Ratings: 5,684 | Reviews: 1,616
Photo of Vengeance526
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a small white head that slowly fades away and leaves light lacing.

Light aroma of wheat and lemon upfront with a touch of spice in the background.

A lot of wheat comes out again in the taste and light hints of citrus quickly follow. Somewhat grainy but not bad. Some lemon and orangepeel evident in the finish.

Light body with light carbonation. As a whole, this is nothing special but as a summer beer it is enjoyable all the same on a hot day. Quite refreshing, has its place during the summer.

Photo of ebby82
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color, somewhere between the yellow of adjunct lager and the haze of a Heifweizen. A nice, two finger head. the smell is nothing overwhelming, but it obviously smells like wheat, and perhaps a bit of fruitiness. The taste is nice, I struggle for words to describe it. The mouth feel is smooth, and its a very drinkable beer. Although I don't love this beer, I certainly like it, and its one of the better session beers I have come across.

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

Thanks to Gabriel for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a very vibrant straw color with a pronounced cloudiness and a bit white head.

S: Quite a bit of the wheat comes though on the nose to provide a definite sweet, cereal aroma. There is a hint of tartness as well, but overall a very light nose.

T: A similar story when it comes to the flavor. Light on the palate with some lemon and wheat flavors, almost berliner weiss like. Still, some sweetness comes through at times.

M: Quite light on the tongue with a crisp carbonation that would definitely make this one refreshing on a hot day.

D: I do not understand why this beer does not get slammed like others of a similar style do. This is really no different than most of the beers being advertised by brewpubs as "hefeweizens".

Photo of squaremile
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Let's be honest, this is a summer easy drinking beer that is trying to be nothing but that. On that level, it excels. Awesome THICK foamy head that is around forever, nose is mild and the taste is wheat, yeast, and pale malts. Mouthfeel is light and the beer is crazy drinkable. I don't like this summer beer stuff normally, but if I had to drink one, this is it.

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

A: poured a pineapple yellow with a half finger head and great lacing.

S: big wheat malt aromas with very faint citrus and spice notes.

T: mostly wheat like the nose amd some malt sweetness with faint citrus.

M: light body with a good amount of carboation and a slightly sweet and crisp finish.

D: very drinkable beer for a hot summer day and would enjoy some pool side.

Photo of jwhancher
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Mad Mex. Pours a very light amber, almost golden with a tint of red. Smells wheaty with a little hop nose. Mostly lighter malts hit the nose. Tastes like banana wheat with a touch of clove. A tad bit of citrus is apparent. Maybe a little chalk. A little honey sweetness is also noticeable. Slightly bitter with good carbonation. Refreshing as it's rather light tasting. Good summertime beer; a thirst quencher.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Oberon Ale poured a lighter amber color, with a good head, that dispated with the beer, and there was small sized sediemnt present as well. The beer smelled like wheat and oranges. The taste wsa of a very flavorfull wheat beer, and there was a very strong orange taste as well. It was lighter but very flavorfull, easy to drink. Overall a really good beer, I would have it again, great summer ale.

Photo of DuffManOhYeah
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had a lot of Oberon over the years, and I think the 2010 batch is the best I've had, but I'm still pretty indifferent to the beer overall. It's nice because it's release typically marks the beginning of summer, but I find it to be highly overrated. I like many of Bell's products, but I'm not much of an Oberon fan.

A- If there's one thing I do like about Oberon, it's its appearance. It is a very pretty golden and orange beer, a little cloudy. Makes for a good beer to have your picture taken next to by the pool. (I also really dig the label design on the bottle and this year's Dali-themed mini kegs, but that doesn't really count for beer appearance)

S- To me, Oberon's downfall is its smell. I also expect more of a citrusy and crisp nose but every Oberon that I've ever been around has had an unappealing yeasty smell, reminiscent of a college apartment the morning after a kegger.

T- Average summer beer taste-- some honey, orange and citrus. Yeast flavor is also very apparent. I typically don't like to put fruit in my beer, but Oberon is best served with a slice of orange. This makes it above average but I can give the beer by itself only an average rating.

M- Nothing special.

D- Bit of a heavier beer, but also can be more refreshing that others. The drinkability can really depend on what you're doing and what time of year it is: it is highly drinkable outside in the warm sun while you watch the sweat bead down the glass, but not so much in fall when you're inside and the batch has gotten older.

Photo of chickenflea
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle. Yellow gold cloudy color. Very nice white head. Doughy aroma with some spice. Lightly sweet up front. Medium-to-light body. Silky soft texture. Very pleasant. One of the most pleasant memories of my life was playing disc golf in August with my brother in Michigan after years of being gone from the state. A six-pack of Oberon was involved, so I am partial to this beer for sentimental reasons. The quintessential summertime beer.

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

A - Hazy light orange with a foamy white head, lively carbonation

S - Wheat, bananas, bit of orange, minimal hops smell. Cloves.

T - Bananas, honey, malt with a lingering orange finish

M - Light bodied with nice carbonation. Super refreshing on a hot day.

D - I find this beer extremely drinkable, one of my go-to summer beers. I can easily throw back 2-3 after a day of yardwork in the sweltering Georgia heat. Great beer from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of Nerudamann
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look - mostly like a typical wheat beer. Hazy golden brown color. Fairly cloudy with a good 2 finger foam that dissipates relatively quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - Strong light beer type of smell. Heavy hop, early type of smell. Maybe a little bit of citrus.

Taste - slight hopiness, but good balance. Definitely seems to be a citrus taste in there somewhere. Earthy, like the smell.

Mouthfeel - medium thickness, a little creamy.

Drinkability - This would be a good summer beer. Light, not too filling, not too high on abv, but high enough. No lingering aftertaste.

Photo of airohead2001
2.34/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - This is a tasty looking summer beer. Hazy light orange with a nice one finger head that sticks around for a while. No lacing, but that is expected of a light summer brew.

S - Smell is what you would expect for a wheat beer. Cloves, light sugar, orange, tangerine. Very little hop profile.

T - So this is pretty much where things fall apart. Cloves. And some bananas. And that's it. No citrus hops, no malt backbone. Cloves and bananas. And more cloves.

M - Thin and bubbly. The carbonation was so strong that the overpowering taste hits the roof of your mouth in a not so pleasant way.

D - This is just about as drinkable as your typical Miller Lite or High Life. Now don't get me wrong, when I'm unwinding with my buddies and looking for a night out, nothing beats 8 or 9 Miller Lites or High Lifes - but, that is certainly not what I'm looking for in a craft beer.

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

Picked up a single from AJ's in Scottsdale in late February for $1.79. Part of batch 9506 bottled on 12-2-09.

Beer poured a clear golden color with a nice long lasting white head. Nose is wheat and hints of citrus. Taste is wheat, lemon, grass, and white pepper. Mouthfeel is lively and refreshing, good carbonation. The Saaz hops liven things up. Overall drinkability is good, this makes for a good lawnmower or early fall tailgate beer.

Photo of Erish
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a wheat beer glass.

A: The one finger head gives way to a nice ring of white foam. The color is honey gold. There was a nice looking vortex of carbonation that formed immediately after the pour.

S: Clover, orange, a bit of lemon, sweetness, faint honey aroma.

T: The orange and sweetness are nicely balanced by grassy hops in the intro, honey, lemon and more hops in the middle, and a lingering lemony, grassy hop finish.

M: Light, silky, refreshes the palette.

D: I could drink this beer all summer long.

Go Hawks!

Photo of ChadQuest
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Solid wheat beer, to me it's not one of the top beers in the style, but it's for sure a very solid one i wouldn't hesitate to buy a 6er of to take to a friends house to grill or hang out with.

Hazy golden sun color, white thin band around edge, citrusy with a very slight yeasty character, but the orange is forefront and standout. mouth feel has medium carbination and a slightly viscious consistancy, very drinkable during the summer months but not appealing to me during the other 6, and this is one of the few beers id rather drink chilled then room temperature.

Photo of taez555
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear bright orange body with a white head.

Nose is really quite mellow with only some fresh malt and mild wheat smells peaking through.

Taste is medium bodied and very. Definitely a wheat beer backbone but with a slightly more American pale ale sort of mix to it. Yeast, wheat, and some mild spice notes. Has a pale ale sort of cracker taste to it as well. Hops are actually pretty big in this and almost overpower the subtle wheat flavors. Lots of citrus and an chalky earth flavor. There's a flowery flavor that starts to come out as it warms. Hop bitterness is also pretty big in this beer and shines above the malt slightly.

An interesting beer. Very drinkable and nice. Hops are big in this beer and really give it a strong potpouri type flavor alongside an earthy summer wheat beer.

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

Pours a bright golden orange with huge plume of white, frothy head that lingers and leaves good lacing. Smell is of lemon, pepper, yeast, fresh dried grain, light sweetness. Taste is big on sweet citrus, cut down slightly with the spice and finnishing with the tastes of fresh grain and bread. Medium bodied for the style, actively carbonated. A nice, refreshing beer maybe a touch on the sweet side.

Photo of magine
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours an cloudy light orange color with a thick chunky white head. Has a very nice head and good retention. Nice lace as well. Good looking brew for this type.

Brew smells of citrus, lemon, wheat, yeasts.

Brew is creamy smooth, has the nice citrus flavor and a nice malty wheat flavor as well. Thick mouthfeel and spiciness that was a bit unexpected. Spice peppers the tongue slightly. Finishes clean, just coating the tongue with a bit of dryness. Very sessionable.

This is a very good drinkable brew, would be excellent for summer or any time of year for that matter.

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

Had a couple of tall 20 glasses the other night at paisano's in tr with dinner. Pours a light yellowish gold with a thick, slowly dissipating head. Smell is rather weak as expected in a wheat offering. Tastes of wheat and light hops and i will say this is better on draft than in a bottle although i like it either way! Clean finish. Light mouthfeel and slightly watery and easy to drink a pile of this stuff! Another winner from Bells!

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

This beer arrived in a bottle with a frosty stein next to it. In the stein the beer was a clear yellow-golden color with a big white fluffy head.

The aroma was very undistinguished with just a kiss of very light malt. One the palate, the wheat gives it an appropriately thick mouthfeel. The flavor starts mild but it ends with quenching bitterness.

This is a refreshing beer appropriate for summer and it went well the the light lunch that accompanied it.

Photo of bruachan
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

good head on this one, though i suppose special props don't go out to wheat beers with decent foamage. gold in color

sweet wheaty aroma, with a suggestion of hop. a touch of spice, perhaps

definitely wheaty flavored, too. more spice here (certainly than i would expect of a US wheat). sweeter than i remember this guy being. functional bitterness. i think the wheat itself is what is making it spicy. a little lemon

as APWAs go, this one is quite good (gumballhead might be its only competitor). but i still regularly order other things

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

Another taste of good Bell's stuff thanks to beandip.

A: A perfect pour in my SA Perfect Pint glass yields an airy 1.5 finger head that fades slowly with a slight lacing over the mostly clear, slight hazed wheat yellow color.

N: Mostly toasty malt aromas, some wheat as well in there. Some nice grassy and spicy hops also stick out, with a little citrus as well. A nice juicy hop aroma overpowers most of the other aromas.

T: Starts with quite a bit of a nice spicy and juicy hop flavor. Lots of fruity hop flavors, citrus, little tangerine, apricot, tropical fruits, etc. It adds a slight bitterness but not too bitter, more drinkable. Some wheat flavors and toasty malts. Lighter malts are there, with more orange peel, citrus, zest, etc.

M: Medium to lighter body with lower but OK carbonation. Would have liked a little more carbonation.

F: Somewhat bitter on the finish, with a combination of the hops and orange peel flavors. It also helps that it is pretty dry, it dries quite a bit, almost too much. More citrus and orange peel hops, with a little tangerine and zest, as well as a touch of minerality.

A pretty good ale, summer ale that is, tasty, doesn't go overboard on anything, but doesn't stand out either, drinkable as well, but not a lot of character. I could def pound a few of these in the summer, but it comes on a little too dry, especially for the type of beer it's trying to be.

Photo of pootz
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Pours a clouded orangey-gold in the glass.

Sufficient but not large white cap one expects on an unfilterd wheat...fair lacing on glass....soft carbonation.

Aroma is demure; biscuit,honey and citrus peel.

Thin body light character, gritty mouth feel.

Tastes like a liquid version of wheat biscuit with honey-lemon filling...turns dry in the finish, light lemon snap at the end.

Decent enough new wold wheat ale.

Photo of jampics2
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Winking Lizard. I'm well over half way into my beer tour, let's call this one #53. In the past, I've loved this beer, then hated it, and now grown to accept it. I think it's a nice gateway beer and a great summer sipper.

A hazy gold beer with a nice head and lace was brought to the table in a pint glass.

Nose is full of pale wheat malt, orange peel, and sweet bread crust. Maybe just a touch of coriander as well.

Taste is interesting. Pleasant and unique, but certainly straddling a few styles. It's got a Belgian witbeer taste with huge sugary sweet malt and then almost a tangy wheat and orange thing going on. Saaz adds a touch of earthy spice.

Crisp and dry finish. Heavy on the carb, not distracting, but still a bit prickley.

Overall, this is an easy drinking summer beer. One I like again, after thinking it was too dumbed down for my sophisticated palate. I guess that's a mark of maturity, but don't expect me to accept any BMC soon ;)

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

A- Clear gold with a thin, white head.

S- Sweet malt with a touch of fruit and some yeasty character.

T- Very clean overall; slightly neutral fruit, malt body with some yeast notes going on. Not much of a hop presence, but a touch of bitterness is there.

M- Medium body with a nice carbonation.

D- Really easy-drinking beer; great for a nice hot day.

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