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

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Ratings: 5,639
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 156
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 gabe23
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy deep yellow color with a fizzy white head. Nice retention and decent lacing.

S - Mild aroma of citrus, spice, and fresh baked bread. A slight estery banana scent is detectable also.

T - Very wheaty flavor with a citrus sourness and a hint of spice. A little hop bitterness leads to a dry finish. Nothing special, really.

M - Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Quite refreshing.

D - Overall, this is a mild tasting beer that is easy to drink. It's not my favorite wheat beer, but it does hit the intended target of being a good summertime beverage.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a one-finger, slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated pears with hints of mandarin oranges. As it warms a bit of spiciness wafts out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pears, mandarin oranges, and hints of apple all start things off - toeing the line of being too sweet. Near the end of the sip very light spicy notes enter into the equation before a mildly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is a very good wheat beer, my only qualm being that it's very close to being overly sweet. Still, worth a shot on a hot day.

Photo of Ralphus
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I knew nothing about Bell's Oberon when I saw it, but the label design must have worked because I picked it up anyway. It's a fairly nice and safe beer overall and one that your friends, wife or even you might enjoy outside on a patio.

The look is quite cloudy and haze of particles gives your glass a semi frosted look at all times even though it isn't. Color-wise it's a pale yellow on the sides bordering towards orange on the center.

The smell is like sweet floral nectar. It's very faint and you have to pull it in but it's nice and has a hint of vanilla. In the taste you get some hops right away followed by a fairly floral and slightly sweet fruity flavour. It's an interesting twist on the order of balance as beers are generally sweet initially with a hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is good.. a touch over-carbonated but otherwise fine. And the drink itself is interesting enough that a few of these is not out of the question.

Photo of Aenema
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy orange straw with a foamy white, 2 inch head with little lacing.
Smell - Citrusy hops really caught my attention.
Taste - Citrus, perhaps orange, with a biscuity malt, some spicy, particularly peppery notes and a hoppy bite.
Mouthfeel - Moderate to high carbonation with a light body. Crisp finish.
Drinkability - Very drinkable.

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

A- Golden hazy color with a orange hue. Nice long lasting head.

S- Yeast, wheat, the bottle does not lie it does smell like a summer afternoon. Hint of carmel.

T- Spice, wheat, soft fruit and yeast.

M- Soft medium body, with little carbonation.

D- Great Drinkability.

Photo of Martin2D
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden yellow with a huge head that retains and laces. Apparent heavy carbonation

S - Hints of spice, maybe clove and wheat smells.

T - Mild wheat flavor accompanied by some heat from spice. Very mild in flavor, but lots of complexity.

M - Medium-heavy carbonation and light in body.

D - Extremely drinkable due to the light flavors and body. Complex and delicious as well though.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ugly bottle. Translucent custard colored liquid with a foamy white head. No lace but strong retention from glass top to bottom.

Smells of like a bag of oats and yeasty wheat funk.

Tastes like lemon citrus and wheat. Mild herbal hop in back lingers for a drying aftertaste. Pretty standard stuff here albiet done well.

For what it's worth I don't like wheat beers and I liked this one. Goes good with a sunny day.

Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Batch #9055. Poured a cloudy yellow with a very slight hue of orange. Some particulates with a foamy white head. Aromas are of grass, wheat, lemon, and yeast. Tastes are similar - wheat, lemon rind, dried grass, with a nice balanced hop finish. Really nothing wrong here, but Oberon has never really wowed me like other Bell's offerings.

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

I've had this tons of times - it's not my favorite pale wheat ale, but it's really solid and a good, readily available go-to.

Appearance: Pours very clear golden-yellow with some orangey-copper highlights. The 2 finger white creamy head fades and retains at a 1/2 finger with some lacing sliding down the glass. Good carbonation shows throughout.

Smell: Good clean and crisp wheat pairs with a subtle citrus hop.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is full of wheat and a slight hop presence that's not too bittering. Slightly present yeast, a little tartness and some crisp malts in the aftertaste. Taste is not terribly distinct not flavorful...more balanced and mild. Feel is decently carbonated, a little on the wet, thin side.

Drinkability: Very high - the light feel and subtle flavors make it refreshing and easy to down. I prefer the ST Hop Sun or the 3F Gumballhead in this style, but this one is definitely solid and worth a try.

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

A very nice beer overall, I am happy that Bell's finally made its way to SC.

The beer pours a nice luminescent yellow with orangey-red notes. There is some nice cloudiness and a thin crown that disappears quickly but laces well.

The smell and taste both have characteristics that I can only describe as chardonnay-like...sorry. There is some oaky butteriness, some light ripe fruit, very different and impressive.

This leads to a nice mouthfeel as well, crisp with just enough body.

I could drink quite a few pints of oberon, one of the better summer beers I have had.

Photo of cnjohn19
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

one of the best summer ales...thats all that needs to be said...pours a cloudy light orange, typical of the wheat ale...inviting white foam which stuck around...smells of wheat bread and hint of orange fruit...taste is moderate, not too much but very refreshing and crisp...you'll get the orange fruit and what you'd expect from a summer wheat ale...not typically a big fan of this type of beer as i like the stronger tasting beers...but bell's has got this one right...

its popular for a reason...def. pick up a six pack for any upcoming trip to the beach and enjoy on the back porch around late afternoon....you'll think me later if you do...

Photo of AVDeuph
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Everyone loves Oberon...we'll see how it stands up to my super-critical beer snob reviewing prowess (jk, I like it too, and this is like my 8th review).
This serving was poured into a pilsner glass by the way, just for kicks (also cause I thought it would look nice).

A: Nice semi-hazy pale orange color, with a decent sized head. Head retention is average, Lacing is sort of distributed in a non-committal manner across the glass.

S: Mild citrus aromas, the aromas aren't really giving away too much, preferring most of the experience to be tasted.

T: Orange peels, light wheat taste, and no banana-like flavors (this definitely is an American wheat, so at least it distinguishes itself well).

M: Moderate carbonating and a light body. Extremely clean finish.

D: Goes down easy, as advertised.

While Oberon is definitely a leader in the light summer beer class, I'm pretty sure that it essentially holds its popularity on the basis of bridging the gap between lighter and full flavored beers. Nothing special, simply a nice tasting, easy-to-drink ale that has its place firmly in the heart of the Michigan faithful.

Photo of czfreeman
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After attending a Bell's brewery launch party last weekend at Barleys Taproom in Greenville, SC. I was very excited about purchasing my first Bells six-pack and giving it a proper review.
Pour a hazy tangering-amber/lemony color, v ery nice fluffy white heasd caps this brew. Active bubbling, looks readyto drink!
Smells of musty wheat grains, yeast comes through in a slighty spicy note finishes dry,lemony-sweet, almost a meyer-lemon note in there.
Upfront in flavor, creamy sweetish citus. Almost like candied orange peel, or dried apricot. The wheat flavor comes into balance with a nice hit of mustiness, however sweetish fruits dominate. A fine bit of lingering yeast spiciness is left on the palate, leaving your tongue tingling for another sip. As I drink, even candied ginger comes to mind. I do enjoy this sweetness, however, its as refreshing as a cool glass of lemonade on a hot day.
Drinkability is good, however, I personally prefer a German Hefe or Belgian Wit over the American Wheat style. I would like to cook with it however, A nicely spiced, gingered Thai noodle dish, or very must Muenster cheese would marry beautifully into this brew This is a good offering, and now that it's finally avaliable in SC I see myself buying this brew in the hot summer months ahead.

Photo of beerman207
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've seen some reviews on here that indicate this is better on tap. I hope so because I had some pretty high hopes for this brew and was a bit let down.

A-It's orange in color with 1 finger of head that doesn't stick around long and a litle lacing left on the glass

S-The nose was weaker than expected with a faint orange smell as well as some bread after really searching for it.

T- It has a nice wheat flavor with a slight citrus flavor coming through from a mild hop presence. The bitterness from the hops is a bit underwhelming and I was left wanting more to come through even though it's probably not really keeping to the style. But for personal taste, I wanted some more flavor coming through.

M- The mouthfeel is quite good and is probably the best part of the beer.

D- I'm going to have to give this a try on tap since I was definately a bit let down by the bottle. I am typically happy with Bell's brews but this one didn't really win me over.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Downtime on Wednesday during the Twins game.

On tap from the bar. Served in a pint glass, color is a hazy golden orange. Decent white head, minimal lacing.

The nose is lots of wheat malts. Sort of sweet smelling, with a dash of spice. Also a noticeable hop bitterness, at least noticeable from a wheat beer standpoint.

Pretty good taste. When I first got into craft beers, I had a lot of wheat beers, and I loved them. Since then, I have kind of thought they where bland. This one is definitely heavy on wheat. There is also a substantial citrus and spice taste to if. Nothing to special, but for an American wheat beer, it's pretty impressive.

Mouthfeel is cripa nd smooth at the same time. A strong carbonation makes for a crisp stinging feeling, while the heavy wheat malts make it sweet and smooth. Overall very drinkable.

Another solid offering from Bell's, and another of their brews that make it to the top of it's class.

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

Reviewed @ E Street JB, 5/15/09
Draft>pint glass
A 3.5 - orangish amber in color, smaller head than normal, could have been the pour?
S 3.5
T 4.0 Citrus and malty caramel in taste. Semi sweet malt base with a deep citrus finish.
MF 4.0 - Medium+ in body, Medium in carbonation
D 4.0 - I dig this for a seasonal Bell's offering. I am always excited when it comes out in the spring!

Photo of Gyle41386
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. Thanks, Kadonny!

Pours a hazy golden color. Decent white head doesn't last too terribly long. Some nice lacing.

Big wheaty nose. Some spice, and a little bit of fruity hops.

Flavor essentially follows the nose. Wheat malt and a very, very light hop bitterness. Also light spicing. Bone dry finish. Just doesn't seem like there's much depth to the flavor.

Very crisp and refreshing. Easy drinker. Body doesn't seem as light as most wheats. Very smooth.

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

This is a beer that's awesome on Tap but it's terrible in a bottle.

A-It's got kind of a dark orange color if I can remember correctly.

S-It's got a nice orange scent to it.

T- When it's actually on tap it tastes REALLY good. Kind of similar to Blue Moon.

M- It feels great in the mouth it goes clean.

D- Its great on tap but it's not good in a bottle. It's way overpowering if it's in a bottle. At least to me it is.

Overall, Oberon is a tap Beer.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Pint Glass

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color. Lots of floaties in the glass. Probably a mixture of wheat and yeast.

Smell: A whole whiff of wheat. Wheat beers never smell the best to me.

Taste: The first sip I wasn't quite sure, but the more I drink the more I like it. A nice blend of wheat flavors at the front, finishing with a nice citrus splash.

Mouthfeel: Just right. Light to medium body. A nice feel on a warm day.

Drinkability: I'm not sure how often I'd dish out the money for an Oberon. I think there are some better priced wheat beers for the quality. I'm glad I tried it though, and I'm sure it will make an appearance somewhere in my coming Summer.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer a ton of times, time to review it.

Tasting note: Drank immediately after mowing the lawn.

A: Yellow with yeast floaters. Very clumped together rather than cloudy. Soft white head sits atop. Strong carbonation.

S: Grassy, carapils malty, and floral are the first three things I notice. I get a hint of lemon zest as well. Smells a bit like a pilsner. Definitely getting the aromas of saaz hops.

T: Slightly tart and a hint of sweetness from the malts. The hops are definitely present with a definite "pilsner" character. The hops are floral and slightly spicy. I do get a hint of lemon throughout as well.

M: Light bodied. Crisp, clean and finishes dry. Nice carbonation.

D: This is really an exceptional American wheat. Maybe not the best, but definitely an icon. Tastes kind of like a pilsner/wheat hybrid with the saaz hops. I like my American wheats with a bit more citrus character, but this beer is great in other ways. It has elements that please the beer geek, but at the same time may lure over a non-craft beer drinker. I will continue to enjoy this summer after summer.

Photo of hardy008
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -Had a hazy gold color with very little head and no lace.

Smell - Very light smell, a little bit of orange.

Taste - Much better than the aroma. Could taste orange and lemon with sweet malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. It would be easy to have several of these.

Photo of UA8
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Pours a hazy golden color with a medium white head.

S- Light wheat and citrus notes.

T- Wheat malts upfront, midpalate has a touch of sweet citrus, finishes with a touch of bitterness.

M- Somewhat syrupy with a moderate carbonation.

D- A solid wheat beer somewhat inconsistent when compared with years past. Worth trying and solid summer drinker.

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

A- Not bad, a nice straw gold color with a small to moderate head.

S- Somewhat weak. Citrusy, slightly sour.

T- Pretty good. Decent amount of citrus and bittering hops paired with a slight wheaty backbone. Hint of pine/grass/earth in the finish.

M- Medium to light bodied. Well carbonated. Nothing special, but nothing bad.

D- Good session beer.

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

Poured a hazy yellow/orange color with moderate white head. White particles floating throughout. Light malt. Aroma of citrus - grapefruit,orange,tangerine, pear, peach. One or more of those, I cannot decide. More citrus than wheat for me. Flavor of grain, citrus. Easy, smooth finish. Very easy going down. Not overly flavorful - all the aromas and flavor are subtle, and that is no necesarily a bad thing. IMO a very good summer session beer.

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

On tap at The World of Beer. The beer was a hazy yellow color with a thick white head that left a good deal of lacing. It had a grassy/outdoors aroma, with a little citrus. Lemony citrus taste, some malt. The beer was medium-bodied, very refreshing. Would be a great beer on a hot summer day.

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