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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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5,570 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,570
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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Photo of biggred1
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy blonde with tons of suspended yeast particles visable and a nice creamy white head that leaves some fine lacing behind as it melts. The nose is mild and consists of wheat malt and a bit of orange zest. The flavor is pretty much like the smell with just a little bit of spiciness. Light bodied with mild carbonation. It's a shame, I really used to look forward to this beer in the summer and it was one of the first beers that really turned me on to craft beer in the first place. Oberon is still a fine beer but I think my palate has changed over the years and it just doesn't do it for me anymore, but it did turn me on to all the other great offerings from Bell's.

Photo of aggiearcher13
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap yesterday at Jordan's Big Ten.

A: Golden and slightly hazy. I remember this being a cloudier beer before, but this year it seems kind of clear to me. About an inch of head on it that hangs around and clings to the glass as it fades. Great color for a summer seasonal.

S: Wheat, orange, some spice to it. A good smelling beer, pretty mild.

T: Mild orange and lemon, spice, some bitterness from the hops. Yeast.

M: Pretty solid body to it, it's really nice.

D: Very drinkable, very refreshing. A great summer beer.

Photo of schmitter
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is incredible, I cant believe it doesnt have a higher rating.

It poured a beautiful, sunny orange with a thick, foaming head. Taste was surprisingly hoppy, but also crisp like most wheats. I could tase the traditional citrus notes (orange, lemon) along with a strong presence of hop and grain.

It went fantastic with my seafood salad/softshell crabs.

The bottle said something about it tasting or smelling like a sunny day and i cant help but agree; this is one of the best wheats i've tried.

Photo of yesyouam
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Oberon Ale is a clear, bright golden ale with a thin white head that fades to a film and leaves nice lacing. It has a spicy hop aroma; floral, resiny and a touch sweet. Nice. A note of honey lingers in the nose. It has a creamy, chewy medium body and a dry, slightly acidic finish. It's a crisp and bitter flavor, like citrus tea with a biscuity backbone. It's a bold and proper use of wheat.

Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What great beer. This beer is a beautiful orange color. It almost matches the label on the bottle. Decent amount of head that lasts well past the first few gulps. The aroma reminds me of juicy fruit gum. So fruity almost candy like. Then there's the flavor. Like a burst of oranges and lemons with hints of grassy wheat. It tastes like juicy fruit too. I enjoy how this dances on my tongue then finishes semi dry. I've been known to crush several of these at one sitting so to say it's very drinkable would be an understatement. I will go on record and say I love this beer.

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

Another one from Larry Bell, who has provided many a thirsty BA with many a good beer. The Oberon is of course a cloudy gold brew with minimal head and no carbonation. The nose is greeted with a veritable fruit bowl of aroma, one that blends alomond, orange and raisin. Mom always told me to eat more fruit. An occassional swirl will reprise a good rendition of the initial aromas.

The palate detects a sweet honey taste that drops off to a minimal bitterness. There is a spicy aftertaste, as well. A very light quaff for any warm summer evening. Of course, not one for a cold Michigan winter. Larry has other brews for that.

Photo of number1bum
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy orange tinted golden color with a frothy two fingers of off-white head. Keeps a mostly full lace and leaves some very nice rings of stick on the sides.

Smells of wheat and zesty citrus, with some orange peel and slightly tart lemon. Some grass and a hint of honey sweetness round it out.

Taste also has a wheat base with a primarily orange citrusy flavor on top. It's a zesty sort of orange, slightly bitter but also fresh and a bit juicy. Tastes like the zest of an orange with a bit of sweet orange juice tossed in. There's some honey sweetness as there was in the smell, as well. Finishes with a quick snap of hop bitterness and some grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel is a hair under a medium body, still plenty crisp despite being a bit fuller in the mouth than many summer brews.

This is one of my favorite summer beers. It's tasty and refreshing, with plenty of flavor for a summer beer but also very sessionable. A real winner.

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

A - Dark yellow/honey colored that was unfiltered and had floating sediments. White head dissipated quickly with not much lacing.

S - Not a very strong aroma but it had a semi-fruity and dry aroma with hints of wheat, lemon, orange, and ginger.

T - It had a very "monotone" flavor and it remained the same throughout the palate. No hops present and it started off kind of sweet from the fruits and finished kind of tart and semi-dry. It was lighter on flavor that I was expecting.

M/D - It had a medium body with little carbonation, semi-dry aftertaste kind of like a champagne but was overall refreshing on a hot summer day.

Not a bad choice from Bell's...not my favorite American Pale Wheat Ale but certainly a solid choice for the summer time!

Photo of sarahspat
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Oberon and I go way back. This beer played an integral role in epic bike rides of summers past. Makes me feel all nostalgic and sappy to think of it. This is the very first craft beer I ever loved... this is the beer that really made me become interested in beer, which brought me to Founders. After a steady diet of Founders beers, Oberon began to seem weak and pitiable to me. With even more maturity, I can finally appreciate Obie for what it is: a great, super drinkable, thirst-quenching summer wheat beer. I have tried a lot of summer wheats lately and I have reached the conclusion that Oberon is indisputably one of the best. But onto business...

Batch 9116. Bottled April 30, 2009. Enjoyed on July 3, 2009.

Pours a very cloudy golden orange... and I'm resisting the urge to compare the color to the sun. Tons of suspended particles and yeast. Head is off-white with flecks of cinnamon. No lacing; not much retention.

Smells of freshly cut grass, oranges and lemons. Tastes the same. Crazy delicious orange flavors.

Medium body; extremely drinkable. Definitely one of the best summer beers I've had. I am no longer resentful of the insane marketing and omnipresence of this beer. All of its accolades and its popularity are well-deserved. I'm glad I can appreciate this brew again (not so hops-crazed anymore). Brings back good memories.

Photo of Buggies
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice cloudy (and chunky!) golden yellow. Head disapates to a thin fizzy one. Not much going on in the nose. Wheat and yeast with a little citrus. Taste is nice. Citrus with sweet malt and hops in the background... almost subdues. This beer seems to be a very basic example of the style. Though it does have a little spice in the background... it is a bland beer. Nothing really interesting enough to make me excited to drink this. Worth a try though.

Photo of jpro
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright - if you're drinking this beer indoors, stop immediately and proceed to the nearest patio / deck / beach / etc. For this ale, indoors = blah... outdoors = yes! (a la Marv Albert).

The appearance of this ale is nice: it pours a bright, honey gold with a fluffy white head that dissipates yet maintains a presence throughout consumption; lots of tiny carbo bubbles. The beer has a slightly earthy aroma, with some sweet malty notes and is a touch bready - aroma is kind of typical of a bottle conditioned ale. The taste starts off sweet, but has a nice, light bitter finish - hints of spice throughout; definitely not something that'll sweep you off your feet. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied, nice carbonation for a summer brew. This stuff is quite drinkable - kind of surprised that the abv is 5.8% (seems like it should be lower) - very refreshing!

Again, probably enjoyed best outdoors on a nice sunny day -

Photo of SeaBrew40
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy golden hue, from the floating particulates and swirling yeast. Very light carbonation with no head retention or lacing. Has a very homebrewed aroma. Light hopping, present more through bittering than aroma. The more subtle fruit flavors of the wheat are masked by the bitterness. I would have preferred less bittering to allow the wheat/fruit flavors be more pronounced. Not really what I think of when I want a summer seasonal, but a pretty good, interesting beer nonetheless.

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

Pours easy, thick head to a thin white line; slight lacing. Great color; opaque yellow/orange

Coriander, pepper, orange peel hit the nose.

crisp cereal taste, It's the first thing that comes to mind, don't ask. lol.

Sets up well, easy to drink. You can 'drink' this beer; nice if your havin' 1 or several... /thumbs up

Photo of jsh420
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

batch #???? the backside label was upside down and no batch # printed

pours clear yellowish orange until i gave the last of the bottle a swirl and poured the rest to get out all the yeast out of the bottom - small white head that left no lacing

smells of wheat and citrus and somewhat musty

taste is heavy on the wheat but also has a good amount of citrus fruit - with both flavors lingering on the aftertaste

mouthfeel is great - very active carbonation - crisp clean finish

drinkability is great - this is just what you what out of a summer seasonal - i dont think i would drink this beer much if it was a year round beer outside of summer but they dont and it hits the spot on hot summer days

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

Appearance: Pours a lighter gold color with only a touch of haziness. Carbonation is lively and head remains for a few moments prior to receding.

Smell: Citrus notes overpowers any wheat presence. Aroma is both floral and citrusy.

Taste: Spicy elements not perceived in the aroma are the first tastes to jump out. Milder citrus flavors accompany the spices. The wheat base then builds upon the second half of the tasting. There is also a hoppy bite that is more noticeable than other pale wheat ales.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style- medium-bodied with a little sting from the hops and spices.

Drinkability: Very drinkable and enjoyable. ABV is a little higher than other pale wheats, though this should not affect overall drinkability.

Overall, an interesting and unique take on pale wheat ales. Refreshing yet tasty.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

4.0 A: Hazy golden yellow color. Big frothy white head with good retention and moderate lacing.

3.5 S: Aroma is just chock full of wheat and mainly just wheat. No spiciness of any sorts and just a touch of herbal hops.

3.0 T: Overall, this is pretty bland. Neutral wheat flavor. Not really any hops. I'll admit that the subtleties come through after the second or third beer, but that's not good enough for me.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Not bad.

3.5 D: This is incredibly smooth and not bad, but it is a little boring. Still, I wouldn't mind having a few every once in a while.

Photo of ajmoody76
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought this at the local beer store. thank you bells for bringing your beer back to IL. twelve ounce bottle into an imperial pint. cloudy straw color. white head. no lace. looks good though.

fruity nose. good hop aroma. has that wheat thing going. no off odors.

sweet and fruity on the tongue. bitter citrus aftertaste. good for style.

mid body. adequate carbonation. i have always been a fan of this beer.

Photo of BluesDaddy
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had Oberon in May as part of a beer dinner at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta. I was not expecting much, wheat beers (or ales) not being my "thing". Man, was I surprised. Poured on tap into a pint glass, this beer is a cloudy pale orange - really quite lovely in its own right. The aroma was somewhat fruity, but not hoppy. I didn't spend too much time on admiring it, however, and tasted it - wow, talk about being blown away. This beer is simply so much more full flavored than any other wheat beer I've tasted, and perfectly balanced. Just when you think it might start to be a bit cloying, the bitterness kicks in and vice versa - a very "clean" tasting beer. I liked it so much I pretty much finished the pint before the actual appetizer course was served (Molly at the Porter was kind enough to "top off" my glass when it was). On top of all this, my wife, who is NOT a big beer drinker, truly loved it - the first time I've known her to really LOVE a beer. Since the dinner, I've purchased this in a six pack. While not quite as tasty as on draught, still a wonderful and refreshing beer to have at home.

Photo of alkemy
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour was a cloudy yellow/orange color into my glass with about two inches of fluffy head. Scent was a bit mild. Citrus with an almost sugary hint. I was really looking forward to this beer as fellow user buschbeer really likes it among many other favorable reviews. However, I was pretty disappointed. Wheat and light citrus flavors (maybe even a hint of cardboard), but I felt it was pretty bland. Carbonation was just right. This isn't hateful, but I've certainly had better wheats.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Badger pint glass

Pours a golden amber color with a moderate haze and a medium white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing on the side of the glass.

Fruit and bread in the nose, attractive bouquet

The wheat is quite powerful, then a nice jolt of zesty cirtrus
A crisp and enjoyable beer

Very well balanced, great for the warm weather. I can drink one after another - the carbonation is just right and the finish is sharp and clean.

Photo of ibbjamin
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My girlfriend just got back from a trip back to the hometown in the midwest and brought back 9 12 oz bottles of this. She picked the up for $8.49 for a six pack of 12oz bottles from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. Three bottles didn't make it back.

We attended UW-Madison and this was the beer of choice for us chilling in the summer on the terrace listening to bluegrass and having good time with friends. Those were the best days and this was the best summertime brew. Served on tap at the terrace, I'm not sure if anything could have beat it for those hot summer days chilling on the lake. So I pour a cold one into a pint glass on this 100+ degree day and reminisce of the good ol' days. I digress...

An inch and a half of somewhat frothy off white head. Not much head retention. A light orange very cloudy, murky wheat color. Well carbonated. Minimal lacing.

Smells like a great balance of wheat, light yeast, lemons, orange, sweet malts and citrusy hops. Very light and refreshing on the nose.

Taste is light and refreshing. Sweet malts perfectly balanced with citrus hops and the crisp finish of a wheat beer.

Medium body, extremely smooth, and a drinkability that is second to none.

Best summer session beer. Period. To be enjoyed on a hot day, and if you get this one on tap, it tastes twice as good as out of the bottle. One of my all time favorites.

Photo of thecarster1
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a weizen, little more than a fingers worth of head, hazy honey coloring, decent retention, great lacing that lasts the whole beer, leaves some head on the glass on the way down, good amount of carbonation, particles floating throughout, great looking label.

s- sweetness, citrus (lemon rind, grapefruity?), wheat, i get some almost white wine dryness as the beer warms.

t- floral sweetness, citrus, good wheat character, finishes pretty dry, makes you wanna drink more.

m- good body, goes down very easy.

d- pretty drinkable, i could have a few of these, you can't really tell the 5.8% only a little in the dry finish.

Photo of colts9016
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour into a wiezen glass at 46 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger white creamy frothy head that has some retention. The body of the beer is a medium light gold color. There is some carbonation bubbles in the beer. The clarity of the is hazy, there is particals suspended in the beer.

Nose: A light wheat notes with fragrant flowers, citrus, and malt. In the background of the beer is a subtle sweetness.

Taste: A moderate amount of wheat flavor, fragrant floral esters, citrus, and malt. There is a touch of sweetness

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is creamy, touch astringent, and slightly carbonated. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. This one of my most hated styles of beer. I have not been able to find a good respresentive, until now. This is a nice pale wheat ale, it has great flavor, a good head and clean finish.

Photo of DarbyOGill
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a pale gold color with about a finger of white creamy head and it is very cloudy. (Note: I pour the floaties in so this is part of the cloudiness. Another Note: I am not downgrading the score due to cloudiness/floaties because it does tell you to decant, but I like them!)

S: Smells very fruity and bready, not much else to say, has a good nose to it.

T: Strong flavors of wheat hit the palette. Following this is a nice perfectly crisp citrus hops to balance the flavor. I also get a nice yeasty taste from the floaties.

Overall: This is one of my favorite beers. It is immediately replaced whenever I run out. I love the balance and flavors in this beer on a summer day. I squealed in enjoyment when I saw the sticker at the liquor store saying it was back, and I don't squeal often. Perfect outdoor beer (which is why I almost always pick up a pitcher when at the UW Terrace). If you haven't had this beer yet, GET IT!

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

Had on tap at Mac's Pizza Pub.

Pours a hazy, yellow-orange with a creamy head and excellent lacing.

Smells of orange and lemon rinds, and cereal grains. Yeasty and wheaty.

Tastes so, so refreshing. The kiss of citrusy hops meshes very well with the slight biscuity malts and eventual cereal grain finish. Extremely crisp. Finishes dry, prompting for another sip.

Carbonation is moderate and adds to the refreshing character of this beer. Medium bodied, at best, this is an extremely drinkable brew. At an 5.8% ABV, I'd go ahead and session this on a hot summer day. A fantastic brew to grill out with, or just sit and enjoy good company.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,570 ratings.