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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

5,311 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,311
Reviews: 1,585
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 139
Gots: 563 | FT: 4
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 slatetupelo
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

A - Pours a very hazy golden color with hints of yellow, there are some particles floating also. The head is white but small and dissipated quickly leaving little lacing.

S - The smell is slightly sweet with hints of orange and very grassy/earthy aromas also.

T - Before I knew what style of beer this was I thought to myself that it tasted like a mix of a light pale ale and a wheat beer, it makes sense that this is an American Pale Wheat Ale. Taste is mostly wheat with some mild citrus hints and very little bitterness. It's pretty light on the toungue.

D - Wheat beers really aren't my thing but these were fairly enjoyable, I'd drink another one but it wouldn't be my go-to beer.

slatetupelo, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of vtfan77
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%

A- Hazy straw with an orange tinge. About a half inch of white head forms upon pouring.

S- Very nice wheaty aroma accented by citrus zest and some spices. I can't quite identify the spices, but they add an interesting and appetizing twist.

T- Actually a bit sweet upfront, but it quickly dries out to produce a nice wheat flavor. A small but noticeable dose of hops gives it a nice herbal kick, along with just a touch of bitterness on the finish. A lush, wheaty taste lingers in the mouth for a few seconds after the beer goes down.

M- Light, but not too light, with a good dose of carbonation.

D- Outstanding. Some might say it's bit too high in ABV to be a true session beer, but that wouldn't keep me from knocking these back all day.

This is a great American wheat beer, and a fantastic summer beer. I could down these by the sixer on a hot summer day. It's really nothing out-of-this-world in terms of flavor and complexity, but who cares? The world needs good, solid beers like this that you can just sit back and enjoy. Recommended.

vtfan77, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of csmiley
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

A - Pours gold in color with an almost milky cloudiness. Some yellow shows up at the edges of the glass. The white head rose to proportions that were just above average and displayed average retention. Lacing was average as well.

S - Wheat is one of the stronger aromas but is not too strong overall. Staying in the background are notes of honey and yeast. Some fruity hops show up on the very end.

T - Wheat is strong in the flavor but is balanced well with everything else that is going on. Honey, pale malt, and yeast are easily noticed in the flavor and provide a nice compliment to the wheat. Fruitiness at the end is mild and citric in nature (think orange and a little grapefruit).

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish starts out with a typical wheat twang but hops come in and make it very interesting for the style.

D - Drinkability is quite good. It is refreshing and goes down pretty easy. The flavors are pleasing and the alcohol is low enough to have a couple of them. I would drink more of the Oberon and recommend it to anyone looking for a good summer beer.

csmiley, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

Had this on draft at HopJacks in Pensacola. Served in a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a beautiful light orange. Had some debris in it. Was served with no head other than a thin wispy ring that did what it could with the lacing. I will chalk that up to a less than stellar pour. Still a good looking brew.

S: This is where it was lacking in my opinion, but still not bad. Smelled only of wheat and citrus.

T: Great. Lots of wheat up front with some nice hoppy notes, citrus (nice heavy orange), and malt. A great balance to this beer.

M: This beer is a bit on the light side but it works for the beer. Still has good coating and leaves a nice citrus aftertaste. Very refreshing and crisp.

D: I really liked this beer. It has the refreshing nature of a wheat but still has some hop backbone. Very nice.

everetends, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

12 oz bottle poured in to a imp pint glass. Hazy light orange with suspended particles and a white head. Smells like faint smooth orange, not hoppy citrus, just orangey. Light taste of orange on top of light malt. Beautiful balance. This is what macro brews should use as a standard when they reference "easy drinking". The perfect balance and light wheat, orange, and malt flavors make a delightful beer. This beer will turn people from macro to micro.

aubuc1, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of Donnie2112
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

appearance: was pouring pale yellow until I spilled the yeast into the bottle, now it looks like orange juice. nice film of head and pretty lacing.

smell: very light smells of bubble gum and light malts a bit of citrus there as well. The last thing that I smelled was a little bit of sweet grapes

taste: very light sweet malt and a bit of the bitterness in the malts at the end

mouthfeel: medium light body, medium carbonation...not bad

drinkability: this is a real summer bear. It's quite light and drinkable and I am enjoying it with some eggs.

Donnie2112, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of jockstrappy
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a small white head, not much lacing. Main aroma is orange peel, with a hint of sweet malt. Taste is very balanced...citric and sweet up front with a touch of bitterness on the backend. This brew washes away very clean, and begs for another sip. I could drink this all damn day!

jockstrappy, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of Larrytown
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours gold with a finger of quickly fading foam sitting on top. The nose is wheat and citrus, with the taste backing that up. It's cris and refreshing. More than anything, though, the balance is striking. It's got a tinge of sweetness and fruitiness, but just enough to bring out and highlight the wheat without overpowering it. You'd never call it hoppy, but it doesn't err on the other side either.

People list this as one of the great American summer beers, but I'd be pleased to drink such a well-balanced ale any time of year.

Larrytown, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

Cloudy orange with little head retention.

Smells is of good wheat and citrus, nothing that jumps out too much.
Very easy to drink with a citruisy, spicy wheat flavor that makes it refreshing and not terribly complex. Feel is clean and proper for style.

There is not much to say about this one. Well done, simple, and fun to drink. Very sessionable and refreshing when the weather is warm.

Homerbag, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of kurtissellen
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Emptied into an oversized wine glass and looked a golden orange with small head that quickly faded. Got whiffs of doughy bread and oranges, as for the taste very refreshing and thirst quenching, I could have finished off many more on a hot day like today. Nothing is too overpowering in this brew and is extremely well balanced and other than the wheat it was hard to pick out anything else in this one. Excellent summer drinking beer I'll be picking more of this up.

kurtissellen, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of PiecefulToker
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

A: Hazy, orangish-yellow, much like the background color on the label.

S: Nothing too spectacular, some citrus, very little to no hop presence.

T: I really like this beer. I am usually very skeptical of any wheat beer, but this does not have the overpowering yeastiness of some other wheat beers in the same/similar style have had. There are subtle but very noticeable hints of citrus (tangerine?), honey, and very slight spiciness that I can't nail down. Not overpowering, and not too bland: this is a very well balanced beer.

M: Very nice with appropriate carbonation.

D: Exceptional. I could drink these all day, especially in hot weather out on the patio.

Overall, I am really enjoying this beer. As mentioned earlier, I am usually somewhat reluctant about wheat beers, but this is inspiring me to expand my horizons. Another excellent beer from Bell's.

PiecefulToker, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of Strix
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

Cloudy yellowish orange with a head that fades fairly quickly.

Smell is wheaty, citrusy, and spicey.

Wow, this is well balanced, and honestly better than I thought a beer from this style could ever be. Crisp citrus, balanced with toasted bready flavors and a slight twang at the end. Really nicely done. A great summer beer.

Drinkability very high on this one. Reccommended.

Strix, May 30, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

12 ounce bottle with yeast at the bottom, swirled and poured into a weizen glass, yields a hazy golden-orange body topped with a finger of rocky white head that retains at a foamy sheet and leaves fluffy rings of lacing.

Smells rich and wheaty; slightly nutty with a touch of citrus.

Taste is sweet and orangey, rich and nutty with a slight peppery note, a little tinge of apple and banana and the barest essence of tangy hops.

Smooth, medium-bodied, and lip-smacking good. Superb drinkability.

cvstrickland, May 27, 2008
Photo of mikeepeck
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%

Took a few bottles to the beach to do my first reviews. It was a warm, early summer evening, and the perfect time for a summer ale.

A: Deep orange-yellow, very cloudy, and not much head retention

S: Citrus and berries, with a light sunny smell from the hops and the wheat

T: fresh and refreshing, the carbonation is light and cleans out the mouth nicely. ends with light, citrus hops that taste just like the smell, and I get a little spice, especially in the aftertaste.

M: Light and clean, but lingering in the back of the throat due to the wheat. Thirst-quenching.

D: It's a summer ale, you could drink a whole 6-pack easy.

It tastes like a Blue Moon Summer beer to my girlfriend, and I think it's a great summer ale. I like it a lot, and now I finally know what all those Michigan Bell's fans are raving about.

mikeepeck, May 25, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Oberon has a hazy yellow body with a head that resembles white cotton candy as far as consistency goes. The head has great retention and it leave behind plenty of rings and sheets of lacing.

The aroma has a wheat twang to it with lots of spicy, peppery phenols.

Oberon's most pronounced flavors probably come from the phenols. A little bit of anise, some pepper and perhaps a bit of coriander. A big wheat backbone backs up the phenols, with a bit of a twang to it. Just a hint of lemon zest in the background.

The mouthfeel is solid, featuring a good, creamy feel to it.

I can understand how Oberon has been a gateway to the world of craft beer for so many people over the years. It's a solid, easy drinking beer that suits the summertime very well.

Hojaminbag, May 24, 2008
Photo of wspscott
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

Growler in pint glass

A: lite gold color, crystal clear, poured a thick white head that disappeared quickly and left a little lace.
S: Hints of yeast fruitiness, no hop presence.
T&M: Very crisp but not in a watery sense. The growler seems to have stolen some of the carbonation that I remember from drinking straight from the tap. The hint of yeast fruitiness (maybe a hint of the classic wheat banana flavor) is the most apparent taste, with a hint of hops in the background.
D: One of the perfect summer beers and a great gateway beer. I will have no problem finishing the growler tonight.

wspscott, May 24, 2008
Photo of BucBasil
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. The beer is a bright and hazy orange color typical of the style with a very tall slightly off-white head. Some golden hues shine through.

Smell: Heavy citrus aroma, orange obviously but also some lemon. A grassy and pretty clean note finishes out the aroma.

Taste: Immediate sensation of assertive citrus flavor, followed by a wheaty, almost grassy note. Sweet, but not too much so. Very consistent all the way through.

Overall, this was a good refreshing drink perfectfor relaxing with on a hot day. This would be great to just take a 6-pack to the beach and just hang out for a few hours with. Subtle, but still nice and flavorful, this is a good beer.

BucBasil, May 23, 2008
Photo of Goliath
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%

Pours a hazy light orange color with a thin layer of white head. Decent retention.

Aroma is ok. A slight citrus quality and a sweet maltiness.

Taste is alright, but nothing too great. Some citrus quality, and a little bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. I would have been happier if it were a little thinner with more carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. With low alcohol it is certainly sessionable, but flavors are unimpressive.

Goliath, May 19, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A-Very cloudy goldne yellow with little head maybe 1 finger and no real laceing to speak of.
S-Very citrus scent hints of grapfruit and orange as well as the hops come through.
T-Citrusy very light and crisp also has the light hops flavor that makes the finish nice and clean.
M-it is a little overly carbonated but not to bad it goes down just like the rest of the beer very clean with almost no taste left in your mouth.
D-This would be a great summer beer to just keep around the house easy to drink and very refreshing.

SpecialK088, May 18, 2008
Photo of jkrich
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%

12 oz bottle with code 8343 on back label. The ale poured a very clear, golden and light orange color with a sustained white head with plenty of lacing. When I poured the last amount from the bottle a tremendous amount of yeast sediment immediately clouded the ale. which is not typical of "american" wheat ale.

There was a very faint aroma of hops with a largely spicy, malty and yeasty aroma.

The flavor reminded me of a wit style ale with the faint tangy,orange flavor, however, without the complexity of flavor normally found with that style. I recall drinking this a couple of years ago and finding it more flavorful and satisfying then.

This one is fairly light bodied with a lack of carbonation normally found in wheat style beers.

I was a little disappointed in this one. It is not my favorite style but I remember this one having more flavor a couple of years ago. It is
a sessionable ale even at 5.8 percent ABV.

jkrich, May 18, 2008
Photo of oneeye
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%

I had this on draft while waiting for my pizza.

A. Sparkling yellowish/orange with nice carbonation and a little fluffy head.Leaves a bit of lace behind as well.
S. Smells of citrus and orange.You can detect some wheat and hops.
T. This is a very refreshing beer.Tastes like it smells. Nice citrus taste with a nice clean,crisp finish.No aftertaste as you take your next sip.
M/D. A bit thin but easy to drink.Very tasty summer beer.I bought a six pack to go along with my pizza and for the remainder of the night.

oneeye, May 17, 2008
Photo of Finn
4/5  rDev +5%

Appearance: cloudy light orange with a nice frothy white head

Aroma:smells of oranges, sweet, spicy malt, yeast

Taste: melllow, smooth, hints of citrus with a light caramel touch

mouthfeel: Medium/strong carbonation with a smooth medium body

Drinkability: Very high

Finn, May 16, 2008
Photo of sleazo
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

A-Pours a pale and very cloudy straw yellow. Smallish head settles nicely ino a wispy cap.

S_Lightly toasted cereal grains with a good portion of acrid wheat. There is also a spicy yeast character as well.

T_Much like the smell with a lingering wheat twang. The aftertaste though does leave a bit of a grassy hop bite almost like a pilsener. This does manage to keep thigs from veering into too much into the realm of wheat dominance. A nice blend of sweet, bitter and acidic flavours. The yeast also makes its' presence known in the finish and has a bit of black pepper like spice though I would not call this a too yeasty of a beer.

M_Light and crisp yet not completely lacking body. The healthy carbonation makes this a a very refreshing summer brew.

D_A nice summer ale, one I would drink if I could get my hands on it in NYC.

sleazo, May 15, 2008
Photo of akogrady
3.85/5  rDev +1%

A - Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. A cloudy light golden color with about 2 fingers of dense white foam. Head slowly faded, but left plenty of lacing.

S - Could smell the hops through the wheat, although the overall smell of the beer was generally weak, making undertones harder to pick out.

T - Taste was very well balanced. The hops, while providing a substantial backing to the wheat flavor, stayed well in their place. Some nice undertones, maybe citrus. Very nice.

M - Good body, a little heavy on the carbonation. Has a bit of a carbonation bite at the end.

D - Very drinkable. A good conversation beer.

akogrady, May 14, 2008
Photo of Natural510
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%

Pours a bright golden color from 12oz bottle, with minimal head which quickly dissipates. Still, it leaves a nice lacing on the glass.
Smells of wheat and faintly of barley & hops.
Smacks of wheat flavor with a subtle hop edge. Malted barley is there, though not outspoken. Subtle lemon & grassy aftertaste.
Hops & carbonation leave a somewhat noticable feel in the mouth.
Overall, this does go down smooth, but not a particularly outstanding or notable summer wheat ale. It's missing spices and anything else to differentiate itself from the pack. Definitely one of the lesser Bell's brews I've experienced.

Natural510, May 14, 2008
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