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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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5,327 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,327
Reviews: 1,585
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 139
Gots: 570 | 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 kurtissellen
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 28, 2008
Photo of mikeepeck
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 25, 2008
Photo of wspscott
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

poured a nice hazy yellow from a 12 oz bottle. thin lacey head. smells of malty honey with some citrus and some nice hops peeking their heads out in there. taste is very fresh and well balanced hop vs malt value. feels medium bodied on the tongue, nice carbonation, tiny bubbles. a very drinkable refreshing beer! Bell's can't go wrong in my book so far. their amber ale is simply amazing for the style too! wish i woulda bought a six pack of these! these would be second to none on a hot florida day. I love it.

righlander, May 14, 2008
Photo of jamie2dope
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very special thanks goes out to my buddy, and TKS partner in crime, Jess, for picking up this, and Bell's Pale Ale during her weekend in Detroit. Poured in to a Sam Adams pint glass a gold, slightly murky color, with a good looking white head, and lots of air bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Nose left something to be desired somewhat; certainly floral, with a bit of spice, but not exactly bursting with aroma. Taste reveals lots of pleasant tastes such as orange peel, wheat, chamomile, cream, spice, and a light grassy hop presence. Body is just a bit above being considered light for my taste, and is balanced in every sense of the word. Everything molds together in a lovely sort of way that I have not experienced in a while. A six pack would be very easy to polish off tonight, but I think I will hold back, and enjoy the six pack over the course of a few nights. A very good session brew from Bell's. I drank a Sam Adams Summer Ale before cracking this one open, and have to say that it did not even compare. This is one Summer wheat beer that I would frequent if it were available in my area. Cheers.

jamie2dope, May 14, 2008
Photo of NDZonie
4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I purchased a 6-pack of Oberon from my local Michigan beer store in May. This is Batch #8397.

The appearance is excellent with a wonderful golden hazy color.

The smell is wonderfully clean with a Witbier profile. It's taste is fantastically clean with a corriander mouthfeel.

Being 5.8% alcohol by volume it's definitely not a session beer.

NDZonie, May 13, 2008
Photo of hooligan
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6-pack bottles bought from the Fresh Market, Clearwater/Safety Harbor Florida

Beer pours a chunky gold with a thin head that dissipates quickly with no lacing or sticking to the side of the glass. By "chunky" I mean there is actual wheat and yeast particulate throughout the beer suspended as if in jello... instead of settling to the bottom - kinda neat.

Beer smells clean, faint whiff of noble hops, citrus, wet straw, spent grain, and honey.

This beer is very clean on the palate, the party is started by a mild dose of hops, pairing up with a chewy, spent-grain (oatmeal?) malt character - without the resident syrup-sweetness usually present in wheat beer. This maltiness is accompanied by a strawlike earthy yeast character that's cleaned up at the end by another refreshing bite from the hops.

Mildly thick beer with a very light fizz. I can imagine myself drinking copious amounts of this beer - and I'm not really even a fan of the style.

hooligan, May 13, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass.

Appearance was a slightly cloudy orange color. The bartender left little to no head, but what remained was white and the carbonation showed itself.

Smell was faint but of what I could tell there were hints of citrus that made it slightly sweet.

The taste was light and sweet. The fruit and sweetness came out but did not overpower the wheat and hops. The carbonation was not as pronounced as I thought when I first looked at it.

Overall, this is a solid beer and a good summer beer. One of the better wheat beers that I have had lately. Highly drinkable and one that I will definitely order again.

PhillyStyle, May 12, 2008
Photo of chiapete
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy , hazy orange color with nice white fluffy head that left fairly quickly and left spot lace down glass.

aroma was faint but what was there seemed very sweet and fruity. light wheat , a little citrus almost seemed like a little peach aroma.

taste was a good wheat beer : light sweet a good mix between the hops and the malt . a little sweet but not over done. a little nut taste in the back.

No after taste , easy drinking pretty refreshing. a slight bitterness but nothing bad.

chiapete, May 12, 2008
Photo of burnstar
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light murky gold with a large head. Very light wheat aroma. Tangy wheat taste with a bit of underlying malt and sweetness. Finishes a bit dry with a touch of grassy hops. Well balanced. Pretty decent for an American wheat beer. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Easily drinkable. Overall a nice summer beer.

burnstar, May 12, 2008
Photo of botham
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a light amber orangish color with a single finger of off white head that dissiaptes within a few seconds.

aroma is of light wheat malt and a bit of aromatic hops. not much else, as the aroma is quite faint to begin with.

taste is more of the same, with a nice balance between pale malt, wheat malt, and floral hops, with a touch of citrus.

mouthfeel is light bodied with an ultra crisp and clean finish. a smooth texture with soft CO2 make this one pleasant on the palate.

drinkability is good. this is a smooth and refreshing brew with a solid profile. one of the better pale wheat ales out there.

botham, May 11, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled this beer in bottle-form at Eulogy Bar in Philadelphia...
Pours a hazy, cloudy, light color with a decent-sized foamy and frothy head that lingered on for a while before slowly receding and leaving a fine amount of lacing around the serving glass...
Strong aroma of ripe citrus and fresh florals... very heavy suggestion of what on the nose, as well...
Taste was super-thick and creamy, with a strong orange, sorbet flavor that was immense and dominating on the tongue... Flavors of ripe florals, fresh citrus, nectarines, oranges, and tangerines were very noticeable and assertive...
Creamy, rich mouthfeel and a very full-flavored, and big depiction of the style...
Great stuff with an equally good level of drinkability...

dsa7783, May 11, 2008
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,327 ratings.