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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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Ratings: 5,577
Reviews: 1,595
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 148
Gots: 669 | FT: 5
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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

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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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.

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

hazy yellow with orange highlights...2 finger white head that settles to a thin cap that leaves some lacing down the glass...steady carbonation

clean and crisp with subtle citrus hops

wheat and a slight hop presence, but not too bitter....hint of yeast....some tartness with a crisp malts aftertaste....nicely balanced and mild...decently carbonated body is a bit on he thin side

very drinkable, but the ABV makes me stop around 3 or 4 in one sitting...the nice mix of a light body and subtle flavoring add to it's refreshing taste

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

From the bottle into a pint glass it pours a hazy light orange color with a one finger white head. Leaves some lacing down the glass. The smell is yeast, wheat, hint of spices, nothing amazing but a little above average for the style. The taste is pretty good, I'm not huge on wheats but I do enjoy them. This one has the taste of wheat, kind of citrusy, overall pretty refreshing and crisp. Easily drinkable, I could do this one all day especially on a nice summer day. Compared to some other wheat ales/pale wheat ales I think this is one of the better ones I've had. I'll hopefully be getting this one more often this summer.

Photo of eljefe21
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy golden in color. Two finger billowy head that slowly fades.

S: A touch of some spicy, dry smell, but not much else.

T: Well balanced crisp flavor with a perfect hint of spice.

M: Crisp carbonation up front and a satisfying, quenching, dry finish.

D: Bottle says its a summer ale and that it is. Love to drink this one when the weather gets warm. It's a nice mixture of light flavor and quaffability.

Served: in a weizen glass.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy orange-tinted-straw, more orange than many wheats. Held up to the midday window, suspended yeast particles can be seen filling the glass. Smooth, creamy white head that diminishes to a light film across the surface; more fizzy as the glass empties.

Nose is bright and sweet, though not as bready up front as I was expecting. I can't say this is necessarily negative, as it smells wonderful nonetheless. Bright, clean citrus that seems to be a careful and expressive balance of lemon and orange.

That missing bready quality comes through on the tongue. A quick and fun interplay of orange, then wheat, then orange again. A light splash of lemon comes in next, to brighten the overall experience. A few more sips and the yeast starts to poke through, but not forcefully. Rounds out the palate with a nice slightly sour bready twang.

Medium bodied, as expected due to the cloudiness and suspended yeast. Rich, but not thick -- a good thing in a wheat. Lots of lively carbonation, and quite quenching. Somewhat dry on the finish, which despite bringing things down a notch beckons me to take another sip (gulp, perhaps) to quench the dryness.

Very drinkable. Flavorful enough that every sip is pleasant, but not so in-your-face flavorful as to make every sip a chore to decipher. I can nail down the flavors in a few sips, then sit back and simply enjoy them while I finish the glass.

Photo of praufs01
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clear yellow with a light foamy white head and lots of little yeast particles floating around.

Aroma - Very faint sour yeast and orange citrus smell.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied brew that is perfectly carbonated.

Taste - Light sour dough flavor up front. The middle is zesty with a hint of orange and white pepper. The finish is clean and warming as though the alcohol were higher than 5.8%..

Overall - Very clean refreshing brew. Although a little weak in flavor, it's definitely a beer that would appeal to a lot of people.

Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic, Oberon is a hazy pale yellow with a large, dense white head with long last leaving decent lace.

Smell is wheaty, with a touch sweet cereals.

Taste is similar, but not as bland as I find most APWAs to be. One of my least favorite styles, but this is probably the best example I've had of it. Something about it tastes very fresh.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, sharp actually, especially on the finish, with a lingering prickle on the tongue. Medium bodied.

Drinkability is ok, easy enough to suck down, but I still don't like the style, and would always rather have something with more flavor. And that sharp mouthfeel doesn't work for me at all.

Photo of jera1350
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light golden yellow with suspended particles throughout. One finger white head that quickly shrinks to a ring. Minimal lacing.

S- Wheaty, pretty strong yeast, light citrus. Crisp and fresh smell.

T- Crisp wheat with a hint of citrus and yeast. Light and fresh.

M- Light bodied, nice lively carbonation on the palate.

D- Simple drinking, refreshing summer brew. Definite session here.

Photo of MadTown1000
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy medium-yellow with a slightly orangish tint. About an inch of foam that settles to a quarter inch over a few seconds. Pretty standard wheat beer appearance. Interesting stationary bubbles stay suspended in it.

Nice, slightly citrusy smell, not overpowering. Taste isn't overpowering with citrus either, the way some wheat beers are. You can taste the wheat in this one, but it's very balanced - I wouldn't necessarily have called this a wheat beer if I hadn't known (and I'm not a wheat beer fan, so that's a positive.) Surprisingly mild taste if anything, but it sticks with you for a good long time. Seems a bit heavy, so not a great score in drinkability, but overall a real solid beer, for wheat fans and otherwise.

Photo of carp420
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz->an imperial pint glass

pours into the glass a nice golden amber color with a soft bubbly head that faded quickly, coated the beer well and laced all the way down

smells of floral wheat and citrus, lemon and orange spicyness and dry biscuity malts

taste very much the same, mainly lemon spice, wheat, malty and biscuity- mainly after it warmed some

mouthfeel is nice and crisp, with a dry finish, somewhat creamy and carbonated well

drinkabiltiy is very high, a nice sessionable brew, great hot weather beer,

my first bells offering, not overly impressed but am glad they finally made it to georgia, can't wait to try some of their other highly touted beers

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

Appearance: It pours a nice cloudy yellow with a beautiful white foamy finger of head.

Smell: The majority of the smell seems to be a nice sweet wheat aroma, but there is definitely some citrus smell in this beer.

Taste: This beer starts with some orange and lemon to it. It then has a really nice sweet tastes and a nice dry finish.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. This has a super smooth finish.

Drinkability: This beer is insanely smooth and is by far my favorite session beer. It is also the beer that has converted quite a few of my friends to like better beer.

Photo of dublife1
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Porter's Pub in easton, Pa. Nice 1 finger head with smells of wheat and grass. Taste is very good and slightly creamy, yet crisp. This is a beer that could be sessioned on a hot summer day with ease. Mouthfeel is very good and lets you know you are drinking something better than most. This beer does exactly what Bell's wanted it to. Another top quality offering by Bell's.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is strong, malty, yeasty, very inviting. It pours a clear straw-yellow - not inspiring, but at least the white head is nice and thick and hangs around for a bit. Flavor is fairly strong and refreshing, if not complex - malty with a wheaty undertone and a touch of fruit. Texture is smooth and just a little fizzy.

Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A nice citrusy, wheaty aroma.

T: Tasted of wheat, yeast and various citrus elements. Not the most complex of tastes (this style rarely accomodates complexity), but not bad.

M: A nice amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable, lightweight summer beer. Not to be confused with much more complex beers, but solid nonetheless.

Photo of blackearth
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, yellowish color, almost like grapefruit juice. Has a puffy white head that thins, but then lasts. Orange and citrus aroma with faint hop and yeast notes. Light bodied, crisp with citrusy flavors and a slightly sweet aftertaste. Very refreshing. One of the best summer beers ever brewed.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice cloudy yellow colour with a lovely white frothy head. Smell is very strong of wheat; perhaps a llittle grassy. Smells refreshing. Flavour is actually much more bitter than one would think. It's a nice, well-crafted, refreshing beer, but I don't hold it in the same regards as many other folks do. Still a good Summer beer, though.

Photo of bosco7
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden/straw color with an orange tinge. Frothy head. Summery indeed.

Hay, orange, floral hops and some yeasty notes in the nose.

Starts with orange and lemony hop flavors that move into a hard to describe sweet flavor. The finish is mildly spicy and floral. Bitterness is balanced as one might expect.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with plenty of carbonation. Overall this is a well crafted beer and is nice company on a warm day. I just don't understand the hype associated with it. Still very nice.

Photo of redneckchugger
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass, big thick white head, pale cloudy body.
Interesting nose, buttered popcorn, and orange zest. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say the butteriness was from diacetyl, but i loved it.
No butter in the taste tho, sweet, mandarin orange , with some lemon peel, and a bit of yeasty esters.
Beat wheat beer i have had to date.

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

On tap at Zoso's Bar, Greensburg PA.

Appearance: Yellow, clear and very pilsnerish. Nice head that remained a cusp throughout drink.

Smell: Sweet Orange with slight hop odor.

Taste: Sweet up front and upon swallow, finishes dry. I detect a very orange taste to this that is different and I like it. Wheat and Hops are at the back end of this beer and not very prominent.

Overall: I like this version of the American Pale Wheat Ale. Most APWA overdose on the hops, this lets the flavors shine through. Well done Bells!

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,577 ratings.