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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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very good

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Ratings: 6,045
Reviews: 1,717
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
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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 BeerlyLegal87
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The color of this beer is medium light with a pretty cloudy look and a thin white head.

Smell: There is not much of a smell besides a faint wheat aroma that is pleasant but underwhelming, and just a hint of fruit.

Taste: There is a very faint bitterness balanced out by wheat and very mild fruitiness.

Mouthfeel: Slight carbonation with an otherwise smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with an orange hue as well. Yeasty nose with a distinct hay character to it. Grassy, yeasty palate with a lemony citrus touch, lots of grainy wheat malt and a fairly mild hop bitterness.

Not bad at all, but I would probably enjoy this sort of thing more if the weather was nicer. I guess it was pretty solid but I just wasn’t really in the mood…

Still, recommended.

Photo of unit555
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A well crafted beer overall. The appearance was clear with a deep yellow color. The head had a light appearance but persisted the whole way to the bottom of the glass.

The aroma was nice with strong smells of citrus and wheat that carried into the taste. The beer was quite drinkable and would have been better outdoors on a nice day (instead of the continual crappy winter we are currently suffering in Pittsburgh).

The only downside to this beer was the mouthfeel. Too much bite on the tongue keeps me from following the first beer with a second.

Photo of tbrown4
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. -> Weyerbacher tulip. Gift from Frank from Allentown, PA

A - Slightly hazy orange/dark gold. Thin small bubble head. Little bit of carb.

S - Not a lot here. Faint sweetness, round earthiness.

T - Full bodied. Decent hop bitterness up front and in the after-taste. Decent amount of earthy sweetness in the middle. Very slight mellow citrus hints. Almost has a creamy taste to it.

M - Average, not saying that's a bad thing at all. Not too viscous. Just enough to spread the flavor around.

D - Total session beer. Pretty decent full bodied flavor without being a palate killer. Could easily put back several of these on a warm summer day. When I can find it I'll grab a 6 pack or so, would probably do this twice per season.

Photo of weatherdog
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a weiss glass

It pours a honey gold color with a very surprising amount of what I presume are yeast chunks. They are everywhere in this beer just suspended like the beer is Jello. It's not really an attractive site. I don't mind yeast in my beer but I like it to integrate into it and make it cloudy, not sit there making it speckled. The head is fluffy and white with a decent retention level.

The nose is fairly bland with some minor orange. There also is just the slightest fruitiness from the yeast but not nearly to the level as a German wheat beer. A little bit of breadiness is also present.

The flavor is also pretty bland and void of any assertive flavors, most just a little breadiness and some wheat malt. A subtle bitterness balances the light sweet finish. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full with a higher level of carbonation. Drinkability is well above average for this beer even with the fuller body. This is my definition of an average beer. I know how popular this beer is with newer craft beer drinkers as well as BMC drinkers looking for a change. It is unoffensive, pretty well made and light in flavor. In exchange for making this a great conversion beer it suffers from having any character.

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

Just had the 2008 release at Brannigan Brothers in Lansing. They tapped it at midnight. Tasted slightly different than last year.

It poured with a thick white head, good retention, and lots of lacing. It was a cloudy pale orange color. I am happy to see that it is cloudy this year. I've seen it clear and it doesn't taste as good

There was a slight citrus aroma in the smell. Not as strong as in prior years.

Great taste, although a little watery. Also less citrusy than before. There is a noticeable hop finish this year too - it's crisp. Don't quite know why that is.

Good mouthfeel. You feel the hoppy finish in the back of your mouth and in your throat.

Excellent drinkability. I would've stayed to have more but I only brought a $5 with me - got me two pints for opening night.

A great beer! Maybe it's just an early batch that needs to mature a little but the hop flavor is new and I haven't decided if I like it yet. I love my hops, but with Oberon it's different.

You can't go wrong, with an Oberon.

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 gtn80
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a plastic cup in a hotel room. I'm aware that's not the best serving vessel, buts it's all I had.

Appearance: hazy, golden color, head disappeared quickly.

Aroma: citrus, spices, bit of malt

Taste: Citrus, lots of wheat, some malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: a bit thin

Drinkability: for a summer wheat, I could drink a bunch of these, definitely would be nice on a hot summer day.

Photo of fbone
3.51/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was looking for an outstanding handcrafted wheat ale when I picked up this one.It's ok ,by far not the icon I was looking for but it goes down good.

A-Dark yellow with yeast suspended throughout.Were did the head go?

S-weak,not strong,no comment.

T-good,orange peel+coriander

M-med to light body with good bubbles.

D- Very easy to drink if you like yeasty brews.

The price was expensive ,the beer was ok.

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

Enjoyed on tap at a small pizza joint outside of Orlando.

Small white head retains as a cap over golden with yellow edges. Good lacing. Aromas are faint fruitiness and wheat, with flavors mirroring what I'm getting on the nose. Stone fruit and fresh graininess. It's a weird combination of sour and ripe fruits. A crispy, thin mouthfeel helps it all go down smoothly. Not sure I'd reach for this again, what with all the other incredible Bell's offerings!

Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Pours a cloudy, brilliant sun orange with a off-color single finger head of foam.

Heavy on the citrus, orange and lemon accompanied by a crisp snap of wheat.

Tropical and citrus fruits, with a wheat backbone.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

Overall, not the greatest offering from Bell's but a nice, humble brew.

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a golden straw color with lots of small yeast particle floating about. The head is small and wispy and leaves a small ring.

The aroma is of over-ripe apples, toffee, and caramel, not really what I am expecting out of a wheat ale. There are some floral and peppery notes as well.

The taste is of wheat malt, has some apple flavor as well as lemon. The beer has a brown sugar like sweetness and has some floral and honey notes to round out the flavor.

The beer has a moderate body with fizzy carbonation; lightly sweet on the palate. A tad sticky in the end. Finishes clean.

While it doesn't really look or smell that great, it tastes fine and drinks easy. Its definitely on the thicker side for the style but it works.

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

Oberon is a staple in Michigan, particularly in the Kalamazoo area, it is one of the few craft brews that normal people around here drink, and it's widely available, often on tap in places that only have the big 3 available otherwise.

Oberon pours orange with a nice head, the nose on it is lightly malty with a hint of citrusy hops in the background.

The flavour is a straight malty beer with some spice and bananas on the very back end. This is an easy drinking summer quaffer with a bit of character, but it's not spectacular by any means.

Mouth and drinkability, both decent for the style, nothing remarkable.

Bottom line: Oberon is a beer that I tend to drink during the summer due to the aforementioned availability. It's not a bad beer, but I personally feel there are better alternatives, particularly Arcadia's Whitsun, which is also fairly easy to run into here in Michigan. Oberon isn't bad though, and I respect the fact that it has opened a lot of people up to craft beer locally.

Photo of u2carew
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz long neck. Consumed 1/29/10

A) Pours with a two finger white head. Hazy. Visible sediment. Upward carbonation. Lacing is big bubbled, semi sticky. Yellow orange in color.
S) Grainy. Citrus notes. Subtle hints of caramel.
T) Sweet caramel and nutty flavors up front mixed with some floral notes. Then moves to a summer-ish wheat flavors. Finishes with a light earthiness and subtle hops.
M) "Chewy". Light to medium body. Mellow fizz. Fairly smooth.
D) A nice drink for the summer time... I shouldn't have horded it so long - January is cold!

Photo of MmmIPA
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy,yellow,effervesent body with a huge thick white head.Not bad lacing on the glass.Banana and pepper smells.Banana,pepper,coriander and some lemon zest in the taste.Very easy mouthful,almost seems flat.But there was deffinetly carbonation.Good beer,but something seems off.Very drinkable non the less.Great session beer.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy and dark yellow or light orange in color. It is almost the color of light woodwork like that in my kitchen. Frothy head. Light malt nose. Smooth attack with a creamy mouthfeel. Very complex in that it goes through numerous flavors very quickly. Cream, honey, citrus and grain are all flavors that I can detect. Easy drinking but I wouldn't call it a "great" beer. I rated it a C on my scale.

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

Tried this on tap this evening. Poured a SOP murky, pale slate-gold with a tight 1/4" head of mildly clinging white foam dancing on a fountain of numerous bubbles.

Nose is very mild, citrusy if anything. Initial taste on the tongue is like the nose - mild, citrusy (faint lemon), maybe some spiciness, kinda creamy. The tastes level off on the pallete and it finishes sharper on the throat with more pronounced flavors of the initial tastes. Aftertaste is slick, but not unpleasant.

This is a safe beer. No real adventure to speak of. This would fall into the "if nothing else is available" category it would be a good beer, but I'll pass on buying more.

Photo of DjRon
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Expect more from Bell's. But good.

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

Bought a six pack of this beer at Woodman's during a recent beer run.

This beer has a nice white foamy head and the aroma smells crisp and the citrus/apple/light fruity flavors conjures up memories of warm summer days by the lake.

It's definitely a great summertime beer. I plan to buy more of this and make this more of my go-to session "lawnmower" beer when the seasons change.

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

Appearance- Cloudy orange yellow appearance with a huge white head. Lacing was minimal but present.

Smell- Not much but I could detect a biscuit aroma with a citrus aroma as well.

Taste- Very citrusy with a nice clean wheat taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall- A great summer beer but overall nothing too impressive.

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

Consumed 03/26/08 at Hopjacks in Pensacola, Florida.

Medium unfiltered yellow beer. Modest head.

Aroma of wheat. No cloves, bananas, etc... present.

Unremarkable mouthfeel up front. Flavor is typical American wheat ale: a little sweet, a little metallic and almost all wheat. Some subtle lemon notes appear and are welcome. It might be my imagination, but I thought I caught a hint of a clove flavor in there. Some parching as beer sits in the mouth a moment.

Not a favorite style of mine, but a very drinkable example.

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark yellow hue with a white wispy head and minimal trail down the glass.

S: Malty wheat aroma with a grassy background and slight hops.

T: Similar to the smell there is a malty wheat aroma that is on the grassy side and finishes slightly hoppy.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Good wheat beer – refreshing on a hot day.

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

Look: Pale yellow, slightly hazy. Decent head, forms a foamy ring.

Smell: Very wheaty, bread, grains

Taste: Roughly the same. The grains and bread hit very hard at the end.

Feel: Light bodied. Good carbonation. Refreshing on a hot day.

Overall: A good go-to beer for a hot summer day.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very good offering from the Bell's family of beers. Poured out to a dark golden yellow color with a medium head that maintained a presence all the way to the bottom of the glass. Strong notes of citrus and fruits were detected from the get go. Flavors of wheat, citrus and biscuts were noted most. This brew also had a unique smoothness, almost reminding me of butter. Finished smooth and slighly bitter. Not a bad beer at all. Recommended.

Photo of ms11781
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tedwarhc. Batch 10384, bottled 04/27/2011. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy straw color with a finger of white foam for a head. Head reduces to a thin white cap but does leave some decent lacing on the glass.

The aroma is wheat, floral and lemon/citrus-like. Definitely more wheat than floral or lemon. Maybe some spice. Probably slightly stronger than a typical wheat beer but the characteristics aren't unexpected.

The taste follows very closely with the nose. The wheat flavor is unmistakable and stands out above the others. Light floral hops plus some citrusy notes are present as well. Slight spiciness, not a lot but noticeable.

Light/medium body with medium carbonation. Definitely feels light on the palette. Carbonation quickly dissipates as the beer warms leaving it to feel pretty smooth going down.

Pretty much in line with a standard beer of the style, perhaps everything is kicked up a notch, or at least seems that way. Probably very refreshing on a hot summer day, especially if you wanted to consume a few.

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