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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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4,903 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,903
Reviews: 1,571
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 127
Gots: 383 | FT: 4
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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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Photo of Bierguy5


3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the tap pours a hazy golden color liquid with a white foamy head. The head did not stay very long, and there was minimal lace on the glass. Smell was a wonderful combination of oranges and spices. Tastes grainy, slightly sour with some zestyness to it. Seems like corriander or another spice is in this, almost like a Belgian Wit, but not quite. The finish was very yeasty, and seemed a bit off to me. It almost seemed sandy at the end. Light body, and probably could have used more carbonation. Overall, this is not bad, but something about the finish just didn't seem right to me. Could be refreshing, I may try this one again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2004 13:34:00 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of beergeek279


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

Served at Kelly's in a pint glass. The color was golden, with a wispy white head. The smell was a very slight wheat and yeast. The taste was a nice citrus, with a slight clove taste, and a strong yeastiness to it. Mouthfeel seemed a bit undercarbonated for a wheat beer. As for drinkability, this would be a very nice session beer and could have quite a few of these.

A fine beer for this upcoming summer. A nice, refreshing treat that I probably will have quite a few of. Thank you Larry Bell!!!

Serving type: on-tap

05-18-2004 01:05:07 | More by beergeek279
Photo of JackTheRipper


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

A: Hazy yellow in color with a somewhat thin, sticky head.
S: Slightly yeasty~wheaty at first. Hop aromas are a fairly pronounced floral smell.
T: Lemon zest over the whole palate, which I'm thinking it tied in with getting a big noseful of the hoppy aromas. Hops are crisp and sharp, with a sweet, malty finish.
M: Medium in body with a nice dry finish. No real lingering aftertaste noted.
D&N: Just a flat out awesome summer beer. Refreshing as hell, with really nice aromas and flavors. Well done, Larry!

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2004 13:10:32 | More by JackTheRipper
Photo of murphyl


4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ironically, my first introduction to good beer was Oberon, two years ago at a local "beer garden" (read: student dive with better-than-average tap offerings). It's been my favorite summer beer since, and I thought I'd revisit the old standby...

Appearance: Bright golden orange, rather cloudy, with a limited amount of head that left moderate lace. Definitely an unusual color as far as wheat beers go, but then again Oberon isn't exactly a traditional wheat beer, so I'm willing to let this slide.

Smell: Heavy-duty citrus and floral notes, with a limited degree of hoppiness. If you get this at a bar where they insist on putting fruit or some such nonsense in or on the glass (horrors!), you won't be able to pick up the hops at all, even if you pick the obscenity out right away - the hops are that low-key.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Meyer lemon and bergamot flavors up front, fading into some unintelligible sweet flavors and a weak malty finish. Not a heavyweight beer by any means, but quite refreshing with all that citrus.

Drinkability: An eminently sessionable beer and a good all-around summer quaff - goes well with just about any summertime food you'd care to name, and you can have four or five sitting on your back deck without hurting yourself too badly.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 02:14:36 | More by murphyl
Photo of cerevisiaephilus


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

Well this is a strange wheat beer indeed. Tastes more like a trippel to me, but a little on the weaker side. I got some very heavy fruit notes in the nose, but more reminiscent of a belgian than a wheat beer, heavy ester notes that seem lighter in a wheat beer. Very sweet heavy fruity taste, not very good for the style, but I don't care, I think this is more of a wheat tripppel or something like that than a wheat beer proper. I drank four of them in a row after a couple Optimators on draft, so I'm fairly drunk, but I would say this is a drinkable beer that I will return to. Again, not very good for the style, too sweet and not 'wheaty' enough, but very interesting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2004 06:42:32 | More by cerevisiaephilus
Photo of Sixpack595


4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yellow-orange in color, slightlt coudy with a thin white head. Aroma is lemony with a floral hop note. Flavor is light and fruity with a strong malty base. Sweetness is balanced almost a hint of a sweet tart. Flavor is moderately dry with a very slight sweetness lingering. Mouthfeel fairly light without being watery. Drinkability is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 07:05:01 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of Redrover


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the twisted spoke in Chicago. The beer was a nice hazy rusty yellow. Nice nose with some spicy notes and a clear malt/grain aroma.

Very good summer beer. I liked the subtle hopping and the fresh taste of malts/wheat. Beer did not have much of the banana/clove taste, but did have a hint of lemon in the background.

Very easy drinking beer with a fresh bracing mouthfeel. I’m glad this beer is becoming more available as it is always a welcome sight.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2004 15:38:51 | More by Redrover
Photo of ngandhi


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

Light and not very grainy on-tap with a distinct noble hop character that makes this the ultimate summer beer. Somewhat floral, but moreso soothing than anything else. While the bottles have varied from ambrosia to wet bread, the draught has been consistent. Oberon is somewhat spritzy, but has enough malt character to prevent this from washing out. While Three Floyd's Gumballhead challenges, defies, and excels beyond the style of a pale American wheat, Bell's Oberon is the benchmark and few can rival its subtle craft.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2004 19:58:25 | More by ngandhi
Photo of koolkat

United Kingdom (England)

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

THe beer pours a nice very light yellow. It has some nice wheaty overtones without all of the clove and phenolic tastes usually found in wheat beers. All in all a decent beer that is rather drinkable on a hot summers day.

As far as drinkability goes I am sure I could easily plow through a sixer of this stuff and still not tire of it. Alltogether nothing remarkable but still a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 01:34:19 | More by koolkat
Photo of bnuttz


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

twelve ounce bottle serving

Appearance: a nice golden hue, very cloudy, yeast sediment is present, a nice head on this one

Smell: smells of yeast, and wheat, there is some fruitiness in there too

Taste: bread, and and fruit, a slight hoppy aftertaste. This is a great one for the summer, I can picture myself drinking quite a few of these around the grill

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 01:22:01 | More by bnuttz
Photo of elmocoso


3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Seems like this could be a good session beer.

I poured into tow glasses and the first was crystal clear, the second one poured with a plump of sediment. Ahhh, brewers yeast!

There seems to be more nose on the yeasty glass. It is a sharp fruitiness in the nose and mouth, Esters from the yeast, i suppose.

The taste is bread and malt and a has a little of a wine/champaign puff to it. It definitely grows on you.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 02:49:51 | More by elmocoso
Photo of bewareOFpenguin


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

A summer wheat. Mmmm. Poured a cloudy darkish yellow. It's best taste feature is it's dryness, as noticed by wife, the wine connosieur. Comparitably to a good champagne, although better IMHO. Some fruityness, little hops, but oh that dryness. It kept that feature thoughout.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2004 14:41:29 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Photo of jahred


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm - I'm not usually a fan of American-style wheats, but I've heard got things about Oberon. Pours a darky, cloudy yellow color with a thick white head. The scent is a bit disappointing - almost nothing. Maybe just a very slight yeasty scent, and as the beer warmed just the faintest hint of hops.

The taste was much better, though. Floral, fruity and sweet wheat, with a slight balancing hoppy aftertaste. Very, very juicy (for lack of a better word). Lots of bananas and apples.

Full-bodied and easy to drink. I hope to be opening up many of these this summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2004 14:32:42 | More by jahred
Photo of jimdkc


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

Cloudy golden color with a small white head that disappeared down to a thin film quickly. Smell is mildly malty with wheat and a hint of lemon. Taste starts like other wheat beers: lightly sweet malt, wheat and yeast flavors and a lemony fruitiness... but then finished with a nicely spicy hop finish. Not enough hops to overpower the wheat beer feel, but enough to be a bit different for a wheat beer. Mildly sour aftertaste. Light to medium body, not too much carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable. A very good American wheat.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 04:05:20 | More by jimdkc
Photo of stewart124


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

After opening a bunk bottle I tried again and poured a winner. The off beer had a skunked feel to it. I tried to make my way through it but couldn't make it past a couple drinks.

Pours a pale orange with a cloudy haze and slight white head. Smells of a sweet fruity aroma but this is mild. The taste is a smooth creamy body with hints of fruits and that hefe character that we look for in these brews. Hits the tongue and dries it out a bit with the esters swimming all over the mouth. Very soothing as it hit the throat and pleases the tastebuds. Decent hefe and I can't wait to drink it on a warm summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 01:30:44 | More by stewart124
Photo of marcellaproust


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't get much of a head on the pour; couldn't detect a smell either in the glass. But the taste charms: refreshingly lacks the overkill on banana and clove. I taste wheat and yeast for the first half, and subdued hops finish out the second. Mouthfeel is wonderful--it's a "light" summer beer in taste profile but the body is weighty enough to hold its own. A pretty beer, as most weiss are - cloudy and lemonade-yellow.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 02:57:31 | More by marcellaproust
Photo of FFudnam


4.55/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2004: Just purchased my first case (this year, heh.) and the Oberon maintains its wonderful flavor profile. I wholeheartedly agree with the review written by feloniusmonk. Could I have said it better? Perhaps, but his review sums it up nicely.This stuff rocks my world.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2004 22:23:37 | More by FFudnam
Photo of moulefrite


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good wheat beer, but it ain't no German. A darned good faker though, the beer pours a vibrant pastel golden yellow, and offers up a nice snowy head and above average stick. Aromas are somewhat sour-they lack any of the hallmarks of the style, ie. banana, clove, bubble gum...more emphasis on hop here. Flavors are of a hoppy version of a German Weisse, with a good dose of sticky malt to boot. A sour aroma remains in the glass as i finish this thing? A nice job, and one I'll revisit, but gosh darned it, not in the same league as its percursers.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2004 00:37:32 | More by moulefrite
Photo of jsolack


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has to be one of the cloudiest beers I've ever drank. It looks like banana puree... Head is very think and lasts. Lots of lacing.

Sweet bread and yeast are the first two things I smell... defenitly different than a typical Hefe... no banana smell.

A very sweet and tasty brew. Very grainy in mouth with a bread like finish. Very good.

Super thick and creamy in mouth. Coats tounge well.

A great brew. Unique taste and smell along with great feel in the mouth makes this beer a winner.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 22:21:05 | More by jsolack
Photo of proc


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

2004: Ah, spring has arrived.
This year's version of Oberon is a bit more cloudy that last year. It pours out to a wonderful, pastel, bright yellow in the glass with a nice head. The aroma is still that of wheat and yeast. This year's version is less hoppy than previous years and more on the fruity side. This, in my opinion, makes this beer a wonderful summer treat. I'll take Oberon and its citrus/wheat taste over a traditional banana/clove hefe' any day. Yes, I am a homer on this one. It still screams summer to me. Its not complex, nor should it be. Satisfying and delicious? Yes.

2003:Oberon still rocks. This year's version is quite different from year's past. It pours out to a pastel-golden color in the glass. Cloudy, but not as "orange" in color as in year's past. The signature Bell's yeast taste has been subdued and this IMO, is a good thing. The taste is more straightforward in the style of a hefe/wheat without the ultra-agressive hop presence of year's past. This may be the most refreshing version of Oberon ever. Yum. I'm going to get one right now....

2002: Somewhat more carbonation this year. Lighter in citrus taste as well. Pours to a cloudy, golden color with white lacing on the glass. Still an excellent summer thirst quencher. This wheat beer is in a class of its own. There is no other wheat beer that tastes like it.

2001: A fantastic summer beer. Unfiltered, somewhat yeasty, with a light citrus taste. This is what a summer beer is all about. A treat during the warm months.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2004 02:09:50 | More by proc
Photo of GreenWBush


2.93/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presented as part of a Bell's Oberon "kick-off" at a local bar. Basically, the promotion sucked me in on promises of "free tastings" and "give aways!"

I was hoping that this might be a Bell's sponsored event, but it in fact was the local beer retailer yes-man get together. I felt completely out of place with the utter creepiness of suits drinking Oberon out of the bottle, wolfing them down like they're going out of style.

So the sample ended up being a shotglass full of Oberon and a Bell's keychain bottle opener. Whoop de freckin' doo.

Focus. Back to the beer. Oberon, fresh 2004 sample, 12 oz. bottle.

Pours out the "Oberon Orange Juice" much like other weiss-beers with a few yeasty chunks and some scary black floaties. When I was just handed the bottle, I asked for a glass and the douche-bag took it upon himself to pour it into a glass for me. That *wasn't* what I was asking for. Worst. Pour. Ever. The beer managed a decent lacing, nevertheless. The Mrs. pour revealed only a slight head, a no-no for the style.

The nose was all banana-clove yeastiness, with a larger than normal dallop of hops and a strangely bubblegummy aroma.

There's a strange amount of bitterness here. It almost seems sour, a hint of brettonmyances. Overall there was a nappy foot-funk underlying all flavors in both samples. There is also a strange amount of raggedness to the beer that had no place in the style. I don't think this would really be that refreshing of a summer drink except for the mouthfeel. The puckery hop consistency and the slightly thin mouthfeel all make this quite easy to shwill (for people that like that) but not really drinkable, in my book.

Not one of my favorites from Bell's, and I fear I might not like it at all if offered in a blind hefe-weiss taste off.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2004 01:16:52 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of merlin48


3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazy, honey, golden color..short lived white head fades quickly without any lacing. A wee bit of sediment is observed on its way to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is impressive, with oranges, vanilla, and a hint of cloves.. Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation, some creaminess, and some hops twang. Taste has banana and cloves, but a biscuity yeast seems to dominate...this ale may be past its prime. The finish is of tart fruit, like green apples, and this seems out of place. Overall, it's pleasantly drinkable, and the carbonation sticks around to hold everything together. Not my favorite Bell's, but worth a try if you get a fresh one.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2004 05:46:09 | More by merlin48
Photo of UnionMade


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

The beer pours a turbid harvest gold, some chunky yeast floats in suspension, settling to the bottom after a few sips. A thick off-white head tops the liquid, settling into a squat layer about an eighth inch thick, keeping like a champ. Blobbly lace clings to the glass.
The aroma is fairly authentic. Soft wheat malt supports mild banana and phenolic clove, with a suggestion of strawberry. No apparent hops, with a slightly minerally quality to the malt.
The flavor starts out light, just a soft wheaty malt and yeast that pervade throughout. The clove is much stronger than the aroma suggests, providing a pleasing spiciness atop mild banana and pear esters. A bit minerally in the finish, the banana dropping out considerably in favor of a delicate wheaty tartness. No aftertaste, snapping off clean in the swallow. Medium bodied, with a smooth, slightly powdery mouthfeel supported by spritzy carbonation.
Not quite up to german standards, but much better than most american interpretations. A solid summer thirst quencher, not quite appropriate for the January weather I drank it in, but I cranked up the heat and wore flip flops and shorts in an attempt to recreate the experience. Not really, but it sounds like a good story, right?

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2004 09:23:29 | More by UnionMade
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on-premise at KBC. Cloudy, good color but no real head. Lemony flaver, certainly sptrizy and refreshing. KBC's taproom, the "Eccentric Cafe," though, leaves a little to be desired. Exposed brick just makes it seem cold, not much of crowd (of course it was a football Sunday and they had no TV). Seemed to be run by artsy college students.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2003 14:40:16 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of stoutman


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

Soft yellow brew, the color of scrambled eggs. Pleasant with a unique, almost lemony nose: few things edible or otherwise come to mind: it's not woody or bready, not particularly fruity or citrusy. The palate IS obvious: very smooth, creamy, dry, quenching. not malty, not hoppy, yet medium bodied: it must be all about yeast. But that aftertaste...typical of all Bells...

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 03:51:03 | More by stoutman
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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