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

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86
very good

5,639 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,639
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 155
Gots: 754 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

Bell's Oberon is a wheat ale fermented with Bell's signature house ale yeast, mixing a spicy hop character with mildly fruity aromas. The addition of wheat malt lends a smooth mouthfeel, making it a classic summer beer.
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Photo of pmccallum86
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with visible sediments. Smooth head with a medium thickness.

The smell is of saaz hops and perhaps a fruity pear banana aroma.
Very nice smelling beer for the variety.

The taste is like the smell, a slight hop flavor hits first followed by a citrusy fruity flavor wave. Pear, banana and light spices.

Smooth refreshing mouthfeel, light carbonation and a somewhat thin feel.

Very drinkable beer, this beer is amazing after a round of golf on a warm day. Very nice example of the style.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served up on draft at Tom's Oyster Bar in Detroit, right near the tunnel. Two finger beige head sat atop a light gold body. Smell of orange, light citrus. Taste was slightly sweet, apricot, mandarin orange with bitterness most pronounced in mid-swallow. Finish is rather dry. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel is a delight, balanced just about right. Overall, rather good stuff and pretty interesting wheat beer, I can see why this has such a strong local following this time of year.

Photo of hosehead83
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass
Deep, tawny, orange/gold with big, fluffy head.
Aroma-Fresh wheat, mown grass,and orange zest
Taste-Clean wheat, orange citrus with a bit of orange-rind bitterness in the finish. Very refreshing and drinkable. Sessionable and "pitcher-worthy'.
Oberon has a bit of a cult following in this part of the country, (mainly Michigan and Northwest Ohio). The release of Oberon in early Spring means that Summer is just around the corner. The last few years it's release has also coincided with the Detroit Tigers opening day, which is considered to be a holiday in these parts. Oberon is also special to me because it is the first craft beer that I ever tried, and opened my eyes (and taste buds) to the great new world of great tasting crafted beer.
My mouth is watering. Get Some!!!

Photo of Cylinsier
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz.

Pours a clear wheat gold with a minimal white head.

The smell is wheat malts and a bit of floral hoppiness.

Tastes like wheat malts with a bit of tartness almost like a white wine.

Mouthfeel is average, moderate carbonation presence.

Pretty decent, an easy beer to drink a few of. Worth trying.

Photo of xfactor9600
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer this afternoon after a rough week at work. I've had it many times out of the bottle, but this was my first draft experience.

A nice summer orange color, topped with a thin head. There is a citrus aroma that is obvious upon poor (sorta like Blue moon). However, the taste is more refined with hints of orange and other citrus. The beer itself has a nice feel in the mouth and goes with a variety of dishes. I like this beer out of the bottle very much, so it it did not disappoint me on draft.

Photo of vandeg
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

By far one of the more different tasting ales I've tried, has wonderful color and aroma with great taste. Mouthfeel of it is something that leaves something to be desired of, little on the thick side for such a medium bodied beer.

The taste on the other hand is a little more complex then most beers, its main feature is the fruity notes. Though this isn't a beer I'd buy often it is a beer everybody should try. Its a good beer by itself and would be something that would go good with food, especially being that its particularly sweet.

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

I'm having this with dinner tonight. 12 ounce bottle bought in Philadelphia, on to the beer:

Electric orange in color, topped by a thin, but well retaining head. There is a lot of shreeded wheat arom hitting the nose. A pinch of orange and honey makes things interesting. In its taste, there's more than the standard wheat. Mellow bitterness, orangesicles with cream in the middle. Slightly sweet. Shredded wheat ends the journey.

Quite pleasant. Thumbs up on this offering.

Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, PA.

A - Clear golden/light amber body with large bubbles of carbonation throughout and over a finger's width of creamy bright white head that yielded lots of thick, foamy lacing.

S - Light citrus notes paired with sweet caramel and pale wheat malts. Pretty simple, subtle aroma.

T - Sweet malty flavor with a light citrusy character. A touch of floral hops emerge in the backend. Finishes with a hint of toasted grains and a subtle bready character.

M - Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Texture is perhaps slightly syrupy overall. Finishes with a subtle hop bite on the back of the tongue.

D - Oberon is a great summer beer, no doubt about it. Simple and easy to drink, especially during the warm weather months.

Photo of kegger22
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured orange with yeast suspended all over the place and a tiny head that immediately disappeared. The aroma was not much, my nose has let me down again. The taste? I liked this and I generally shy away from beers that have the word wheat anywhere in their description. Lightly sweet, lightly lemon with no bitterness, no aftertaste. Mild, pleasant. Medium bodied, with all the yeast, a fair amount of carbonation. Drinkability is excellent. Especially in the summertime.

Photo of mklinger
3.31/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle mit hefe into a weizen glass, with last inch of beer in the bottle swirled to pick up all the yeast.

A: Dark golden, slightly orange in color. Poured a full two finger head that stuck around quite awhile. Lots of effervescent carbonation visible. Obviously it was cloudy due to the swirling of the yeast into the glass.

S: Strong wheaty aroma along with the smell of yeast. Pleasant but mild

T: Taste is similar to the smell though I taste a good amount of rich barley to balance of the wheat flavor. Very mild hops, a hint of citrus in the first of the taste and a slight lingering bit of bitterness -- not much, just enough to notice. The yeast adds a bit of complexity to the beer, too.

M: Nice creamy mouthfeel to this beer with a playful carbonation. This beer feels good going down

D: Easy to drink, pleasant but not all that enticing to make me want another. It's nice enough.

Photo of Onenote81
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the local Mellow Mushroom. Came out a murky gold with a thin white head on top. Decent sticky globbing on the glass edge. Smells like lemon bread, sweet malts, corn, and hints of spices.

The mouth is creamy, but with a nice touch of carbonation on the tongue. This is a very flavorful, unoffensive beer. Nice buttery flavors mix with a sweet backbone. This is bready as all get out. I really like this one. Great for the summer. I will definitely get this again...and again.

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

Had 8.9.09
This beer pours a nice orange- copper color with a one and a half finger fluffy white head that leaves ample amounts of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma of yeast and hops with a slight fruitiness. Taste is mainly of tart, citrusy fruits, orange most notably. There are some undertones of grainy malts with a strong dollop of corriander. Medium body, medium carbonation, clean, smooth, nice beer to sit with for a night.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam adams glass.

A - Pours a light orange color with some haze and a small white head that recedes quickly to a fill with minimal lacing.

S - Definite bread smell with some mild citrus feel. There is some slight hop character.

T - Taste like a mix between an APA and a German Hefe. Initially there is some sweetness and banana tastes that are immediately subdued by some hop character and a nice dry finish with some bitter after taste.

M - Very nice CO2 balance and a very nice crispness.

D - Refreshing great summer beer!

Photo of CheapHysterics
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a weizen glass. Nice golden orange color with a good head that lingered for a while. Not much sediment even though I swirled the last inch of beer in the bottle before finishing my pour.

S - Really sweet smell. Orange, yeast, a little pine. Very pleasant.

T - not nearly as sweet as it smells, but some definite sweet maltiness, as well as citrus, and some bitterness on the finish. Very good tasting and well-balanced.

MF - a lot of carbonation, maybe a little too much, but otherwise good.

D - Could drink all day long, great summer beer.

Photo of bigdan908
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour into a pint glass. It pours a nice golden orange color. What little head I got from the pour dissipated rather quickly. There is thin lacing that lasts the whole glass.

S - It smells of yeast and orange. A little Saaz hops also come through.

T - Phenomenal. The initial taste of the yeast then as it progresses to the mid palette the citrus kicks in. I get oranges on the roof of my mouth and a nice, though very slight, bitterness due to the hops.

M - Very good mouthfeel. The wheat definitely adds body to the beer and it makes it feel substantial. No wateriness.

D - This is a highly drinkable beer. Although it is technically at the outerlimit to be a session beer, the alcohol is barely noticeable. This is a beer that can be drank in mass during the hotter times of the year. IMO, it is a session beer.

Photo of CptAubrey
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into goblet. It's bottle conditioned, and I chose to pour it without the sediment.

A: Pours deep yellow with sticky white head.

S: Floral, herbal hops predominate with malt and a touch of grain beneath. It's a VERY hot day and this beer smells VERY appetizing. It's like a beer flower.

T: Soft sweetness blends well with herbal hoppiness. Slightly tart backbone throughout. Smooth finish with low to moderate hop bitterness. Delicious and refreshing! A well-balanced combination of pleasant flavors without any harsh surprises.

M: Light-medium body, moderate carbonation. Soft mouthfeel (similar to a good Munich helles lager) gives the impression of lightness without being weak or watery.

D: I could drink this beer all day! But alas, this is my last one!

Overall, this is a fantastic beer. I wish I could get this in NJ. Must try on a hot summer day.

PS: I've tried this beer with sediment mixed in as well. This obviously changed the character of the beer, but it was just as enjoyable. Try it both ways.

Photo of jlb307
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A: golden straw color, plenty of sediment floating around, but not very hazy. Had a fizzy white head which turned into some very light lacing.

S: Hints of sweet citrus and bubblegum. Plenty of wheat on the nose.

T: Pretty good taste, some fruit and mild spices with a touch of hops. Left kind of an odd aftertaste towards the back of the mouth.

M: A little fizzier than I was expecting, but pretty light in body.

D: I've had better wheat beers, but this is a pretty decent example of a good one for the Summer. I'd have it again.

Photo of disastermouse
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - dark straw colored, head fades quickly with no lacing. Beer is cloudy opaque.

S - Hops, yeast, grass.

T - Sweet, mild hops. Very mild flavor, the wheat is there, sweet, undemanding and refreshing.

MF - Prickly, full, not watery at all, surprisingly.

D - Summer beer. Would be easy to drink, but it's not 'challenging' at all.

For a wheat beer, this one has more flavor than many I've had.

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

A- Pours a straw color with a thin whitish head that disappears fairly quickly with little to no lacing...

S- Very sweet...orange peels and lemon, what you would expect from a summer brew...

T- On par with how it smells...sweet, with some orange, but also some spice....what you would find with any good wheat...

M- A little thin here...not bad, but just thin...decent carbonation, light bodied, and crisp...

D- A good summer brew, not my favorite, but by no means bad...definitley one you could find yourself drinking over and over on a hot day...

Photo of jhu1995
2.56/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a slightly cloudy, straw color with a fluffy white head that lingers. Some very faint spicy aroma but not much else. Taste was bland with not much going on. Some pepper notes and some mild bitterness. Light-bodied. A somewhat uninteresting and non-descript beer.

Photo of bcgpete
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Hazy orange color with a creamy half inch head that dissipated into a film and a bit of lacing on the glass. Little carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

The smell is quite sweet, fruity, mainly oranges.

The taste is strong on the citrus, a little more lemon than orange.

The carbonation is excellent in this beer, very good summer ale.

I could drink a good bit of this while enjoying the insane humidity of the gulf coast. Excellent wheat ale.

Photo of Lolli1315
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- 12 oz. bottle poured into my pint glass. There is about a finger of head, hazy orange color. Seems to be a lot of particles floating in the beer. Not very much lacing.

S- Immediately hit with the smell of citrus and in particular it is lemon and orange, the orange seeming to come through the most.

T- As expected, there is a huge citrus taste. The lemon comes through a lot more even though I felt I could pick up more orange in the smell. The lemon is a little to much for me.

M- Nice amount of carbonation in this beer and medium bodied. I think this is one of the most intriguing parts of this beer, works well.

D- The lemon in this beer is a little heavy for me. It certainly is not bad, but I can only enjoy that heavy lemon taste so much. Great for a summer day though when you just want to sit back, relax, and enjoy a nice beer.

Photo of hossua34
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A murky orange-gold. Unfiltered, with visible particulate suspended in the glass. A medium head with decent retention and moderate lacing.

S - Literally smells "bright"; it's not entirely describable. Wheat, orange and yeast. Smell is full and balanced.

T - Robust wheat beer flavor. Hints of orange and spice - just perfect. What wheat beers like Shock Top and Blue Moon wish they could taste like.

M - Thicker than your average summer beer. However, not heavy in the least.

D - On a hot summer day, one of these could easily turn into six in no time.

Among my friends, Oberon has become almost synonymous with summer. Minikegs of Oberon, which are only available in the summertime, are essential for any barbeque, camping trip or casual get together. I have yet to try a better summer wheat beer.

Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this from a 5 liter draft can. Poured chilled into a tulip.

A - A hazed dark golden w/ 2 finger rocky frothy head. There is a nice effect of visible carbonation and a light cap of large bubbles

S - A yeast and wheat odor dominates w/ lemony hop notes

M - Creamy feel w/ a soft yeast texture, moderate carbonation, med body and sweet nutty finish

T - The taste is crisp with lemony notes as the carbonation subsides w/ puffed wheat cereal flavor that has a creamy edge. The flavor of yeast is present w/ a nice mellow spice from wheat and hints of American hops are there as it finishes

D - High drinkability and smooth quaffability - perfect ale for summer since it is light in mouthfeel but not light on flavor.

Photo of MisterSH
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle given to me by a friend. These are unavailable around here, I had never even heard of this beer until now.
Poured it into a weizen glass.

Explosive head, eventually settled down around 3 fingers, and stuck around for a long time. Color is straw golden with a slightly orange tint.

Aroma is very fruity. There is a prominent grape note, and something faintly earthy as well.

Taste: First impression is fruity wheat. There is a very, very slight spiciness. The beer is quite low on carbonation and mouthfeel is pleasantly light. There is a lemony note which is prominent but not at all overpowering, which gives way nicely to a decently hopped, citrus-like finish. Aftertaste is bready and clean. Refreshing.

Not exactly complex in its flavor, this beer is straightforward, delicious, and outrageously drinkable. An exceptionally easy going summer session beer and would probably have a broad appeal to macro drinkers as well. I would certainly pick this up from time to time if it were available in my area, esp. on hot summer days with friends.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,639 ratings.