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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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5,417 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,417
Reviews: 1,589
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 139
Gots: 602 | FT: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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Photo of drperm
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The taste of summer.

12 oz bottle at the Jerusalem Garden, Asheville. This American Wheat beer was a perfect complement to my Middle-Eastern vegetarian platter (falafel, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh, kalamata olives, and hommous with pita).

The fruitiness from the weizen yeast perked right up with the Mediterranean spices and the Saaz finish cut right in with the olive oil in the food to make this a quencher.

Another stellar offering from Bells!

drperm, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of bcolflesh
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a case of this on sale at Westy's (Camp Hill, PA) for $27 to take to a Labor Day picnic.

I tried one this afternoon and I thought it was pretty good - easy drinking and tasty with no real aftertaste. I had some "everything" sourdough pretzels with it and they were a perfect accompaniment.

bcolflesh, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an ever so slightly hazy golden amber with lots of bubbles rising to the top into a short-living white head that dissipates to a swirl and ring quickly leaving traces of lacing. Aroma is sweet with bready wheat balance with the citrus hops with lemons and oranges. Taste follows the aroma with the big wheat backbone up front and a slight hop bitterness in the finish with mainly citrus. A hint of spices show up in the taste that I didn't get in the smell. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation and makes for a very drinkable summer wheat beer.

gford217, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of bearcamp
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been wanting to try this beer for a while now. Figured I pick one up before the end of summer. Got a mixed 6 pack from the local store.

Served from the bottle in a snifter glass. About a 1 inch head the quickly dissipates. Little lacing around the glass as it goes down.

Smell is somewhat pale fruit as well as the taste. I smell a bit of orange peel. The after taste is pretty good. Also a yeasty taste, as this beer is unfiltered. Did the light test and can see all those yeasties floating around. I don't mind!

This is a very drinkable beer. I will definitely pick this up again

bearcamp, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy orange with a nice creamy head that retains decently and leaves some patches of lace on my glass. Good looking for an APWA.

S: Not very intense--some notes of spice, wheat, and a yeasty fruitiness.

T&M: A bready wheat flavor with some zesty citrus and lemon. It's a light beer, for sure, but it's not light on flavor. Orange is prevalent, for sure. Very crisp and refreshing. A lighter body with a smooth, crisp feel.

D: Crisp, refreshing, and flavorful. A little heavier than some other wheat beers, but still solid.

BamaBeerBuff, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of johnd513
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an orange color with a head that disappears quickly. The taste is wheat, orange and some banana. This is the perfect summer beer. Best enjoyed on the beach. I have had this beer on tap while out at the bar and it just doesn't seem as good unless its enjoyed on a nice summer day.

johnd513, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very cloudy, dirty light orange look to it with some head but it settles down quickly. Aroma is malty and yeasty with a touch of fruit. A refreshing citrus fruity flavor with some spices and hops. Not complex but enough there to make a good wheat and excellent for the summertime.

changeup45, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of youngleo
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a little head that left some bubbles around the glass. Ale was cloudy yellow in color with floaties. Left a little lacing with every swallow. Head was slightly offwhite. Had a lot of settling at the bottom of the bottle.
Smelled of hops, citrus, and a little malt.
Had a slightly dry aftertaste. Im not saying that was a bad thing. Also of hops, citrus, and ever so lightly bitter.
Felt good in the mouth, carbonation was right.
Good tasting ale. The problem is, it tastes so good you I had a tendency to drink faster than I should. With the little higher alcohol content you would have to be carefull.

youngleo, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of pweis909
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours yellow to orangey, with a creamy head that exhibited decent retention. Hoppiness is not prominent in aroma or flavor but in balance with taste. As would be expected in an American wheat, there are no prominent esters more commonly associated with Bavarian wheats. Tasted slightly sweet, caramelly and appealing, with a dry finish. Surprisingly, does not have a prominent grainy wheat flavor but seems more like a mildly hopped American pale ale. While not a complex beer, it is a decent summertime quencher.

pweis909, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of scooter231
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, slightly orange hued gold color with a decent amount of head that disappears way too quickly. Kinda hazy, some floaties.

Nose is citric, sweet, malty. Some banana notes, and lots and lots of grassy notes, with a little hint of spicyness near the end. Wheaty for sure. Smells very refreshing.

Taste has wheatyness, more banana, and orange zest flavors. The finish has a real bready, toastyness to it, more than just wheaty. Talkin bready roasted.

Mouthfeel is pretty chewy, fluffy. Overall this is a pretty tasty beer, I'm glad I picked one up.

scooter231, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a relatively clear light orange yellow color. I say relatively clear because there is a good bit of floaties even with a very slow pour to try and avoid them. The head was practically non-existent, but I expected it to be that way with the slow pour so I won't judge it on that. The small ring of bubbles does leave a little lacing as it is consumed.

S: It has a very subtle aroma like many other wheat based beers. The wheat aroma is there as well as an orange citrus aroma with just a hint of spicing. For the style, I really like the aroma.

T: The taste follows the nose. Wheat, orange, and spicing in a very tasty mix. The spice is more than I expected based on the smell. This is a very good tasting beer for the style.

M: It is relatively thin, but I expect it of this style. The spicing and carbonation give it some interest in the mouth.

D: I could knock these back one after another. I wish this were available in Georgia because it would likely be my lawn mower beer. It is very refreshing but doesn't lack flavor.

GatorBeerNerd, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of gabeerfan
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange-gold. Fairly thin head that falls to a thin ring. Some floaties in the glass. No evidence of carbonation in the glass, but it is there.
Somewhat light aromas. Mostly wheat with some lemon, orange, spice notes.
Wheaty flavors with orange juice, honey, and hints of lemon. Spice is very faint, almost undetectable.
Medium-light mouthfeel. The hidden carbonation come out in the mouthfeel. Gets a little watery near the back of the palate.
Farily drinkable. Decent flavors.
This would be a good lawnmower beer. Hopefully we will start getting Bell's in GA soon so I can try some other offerings.

gabeerfan, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of OldYoda
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass - a fairly aggressive pour produced a minimal head and no lacing. Appearance is a fairly cloudy gold - the beer almost looks flat as it sits in the glass. When held to the light the beer is semi-opaque and very little carbonation is evident.

Smell is very subdued - just not much there as far as I can tell. Kind of strange in my experience not to pick up more from your first whiff of the glass.

Taste gives a little bit more than what I expected from the lack of smell. There is a spicy underpinning and a bit of orange and clove.

Mouthfeel is fine - a little evervescent but clean and refreshing.

Drinkability is great at this ABV - several of these would be fine.

Overall I'm a little disappointed with this offering from Bell's. I guess my high opinion of their Two Hearted Ale led me to expect more from this beer than it delivered.

OldYoda, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of crayphish
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 5L keg into a glass. This brew poured a cloudy orange gold color. Decent fluffy head, nominal lacing. Smell is a spicy grain note with hints of citrus. Taste is along those same lines with a respectable amount of hops present. A very clean refreshing brew, very drinkable.

crayphish, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of MSchae1017
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy Orange-gold with decent white head that doesn't hold all that well or lace.

The smell is bready with subtle saaz spiciness.

The taste is similar, with more saaz coming through as the beer warms.

Medium light body with effervescent carbonation.

Overall, decent, nice saaz presence but could be more.

MSchae1017, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of sholland119
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a fluffy white head. The head dissipated quickly and leaves no real lacing.

Smell has a bit of grainy malt but otherwise nothing really going on.

Taste has a bit of sweet fruit and a bit of spice but, as with the nose, the taste is disappointingly subdued.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. This is drinkable but bland. I was fond of last year's batch but this year something is missing...like flavor.


sholland119, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Bubba83
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to Kegatron for sending this to me in a trade. Poured at 45 degrees into a tulip glass.

Pours a light orange sunrise color with bright white and vivaciously bubbling head. Good spiderweb lacing and thin rim of head stays all the way through to the finish. Chill haze is present with some cloudyness.

Smells really nice with wheat and citrus highlights of orange. Nothing overpowers anything and it's just really pleasant.

The yeast is not overdone in the flavor, which is something I am critical of when it comes to german and belgian wheat beers. Usually the american wheat beers just don't do it right though, it's usually off balance or has some off flavors. Bell's has done a great job keeping everything in balance, we can be proud of this and Gumballhead. Orange peel, lemon zest, wheat stays present...

Good mouthfeel, light yet effervescent, pops in the mouth and remains fun to drink.

Great drinkability. Leaves you wanting more and is easy to quaff. A great summer session beer that I wish I could get my hands on more easily.

Finally a summer seasonal that is exciting to drink while remaining refreshing.

Bubba83, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at the local brew-puub.
Poured a nice yellow-orange color with a small frothy head.

Smells like a spicy wheat and hint of lemon/citrus.

Sweet and bitter all in the same up front then fades to a slight hop finish.

Very crisp and feels good going down.

Could drink a lot of this.

GoodKnight1220, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of BDIMike
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice cloudy straw color. Thick and frothy white head with great retention. Slight carbonation throughout.
Smell is a somewhat faint. What you can smell is a good fresh wheat smell. A little bit of citrus and coriander as well.
Taste is slightly timid as well. The wheat taste is very fresh and nice. Spice is a little subdued but kicks in the end.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and nice. There is also a good dry finish, which makes me take another sip.
Drinkability is good because of the dry finish and the smooth mouthfeel. There is enough taste to drink a good six-pack of these, but nothing that blows you out of the water. A very strong selection in warm weather.

BDIMike, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice hazy light gold color with frothy white head with good retention and lacing. Smell is a bit earthy, some grass that is, and bit of citrus, some malt as well. Taste is good but somewhat bland. I went to school in Kalamazoo and never understood the Oberon hype and now that I'm out, and a BA, I still dont. Some malt, some grassy hops, a kiss of citrus, but otherwise pretty bland. Mouthfeel is light and crisp which does seem about perfect. Overall not bad, just a little over-hyped IMO.

bunnyhustle, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of halfP1NT
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed this on 6/9/08.

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is a very cloudy, light amber with a thin head that quickly recedes.

Smell is yeasty and bready with light notes of citrus wheat.

Taste is difficult to detect at first. It is bready and yeasty without much else going on. There are some sweet floral flavors as well. A little bit of citrus comes through.

Lots of carbonation, this beer is pretty crisp and refreshing. There are no overwhelming flavors here, but it's a nice summer brew.

halfP1NT, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of smerkinb
1.55/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured a dull light orange with almost a 1" head. Very minimal lacing. Smells a bit soapy, musty--I can't really detect any malt/bread/yeast or anything else for that matter.

Tastes like soap. Some faint malts struggling valiently to get to my taste buds, but they never quite make it. Mostly I feel like I took a big gulp of dirty dishwater.

I heard such great things about this beer, read so many positive reviews and was really looking forward to it. For those reasons I may try one more to be fair but this was pretty awful for me.

From notes.

smerkinb, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of youngblood
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Very cloudy, orange/gold swirling mist inside the glass. About one finger of head floated on the top and disapated quickly. Left small amount of lace on the glass.

S - This could be my favorite part of the beer. It contains a fantastic wheat backbone (like sniffing a handful of fresh pulled wheat) but continues on with a refreshing citrus afterscent. The orange and lemon scents were like an oasis inside of the wheat.

T - The flavor follows the scent closely. The brewery doesn't lie in comparing this beer to a summer afternoon. The taste is refreshing with an immediate wheat recognition on the palate. The citrus taste is acknowledged through the nostrils.

M - This is a smooth beer. It gently flows over the tongue and is well balanced, not too heavy nor light.

D - This beer has exceptional drinkability between the freshness of the citrus and the low ABV. This is one for summer afternoons.

youngblood, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This wheat beer poured a cloudy, deep yellow color with a thin white head and a ton of carbonation release. Not a lot of lace down the glass, though there was some...

S= The aroma of this ale was full of what is good about a wheat beer and devoid of the usual bad points. I certainly got a nosefull of pleasant, sweet wheat malt backbone with many hints of citrus peel and spice too.

T= I am not a big fan of America pale wheat ale, but this is better than any other I have had. I actually enjoyed the interplay of the wheat and citrusy flavors in this beer. All flavor notes were in balance, nothing offensive at all. The finish left me wanting another sip.

MF= Though this beer was very summer-y, it is a wheat beer so it had a heavier mouthfeel. Body was on the high side of medium. Carbonation was high/active and lightened the feel considerably.

D= I am surprised to find myself saying that I thought this was a great beer. Living in Chicagoland, Goose Island's 312 rules the wheat beer market, and I have to say that Oberon is a far superior beer. Since my wife loved it too, I will definitely be drinking more of this one.

spointon, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy dark apricot color with a lasting white head.

S- floral tangerine peel and a spiced grains of paradise type aroma. other various citrus peels and coriander become evident as it warms.

T- pretty much a mirror image of the smell with added noble hop bitterness and a nice dryness. fruity and citrus, i wonder what spices they put in here.

MF- light and refreshing, the feel of wheat protein keeps things from getting watery. very thirst quenching.

D- entirely drinkable, another non-aggressive flavored beer that would appeal even to non beer drinkers.

hustlesworth, Aug 05, 2008
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,417 ratings.