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

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very good

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Reviews: 1,665
Hads: 6,202
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 192
Gots: 1,224 | FT: 8
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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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Reviews: 1,665 | Hads: 6,202
Photo of yeastlovehoppiness_jess
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy flaxen color. Pretty thin with bubbles clinging to the glass, but not much head.

S - It smelled a little fruity: mango, apricot, grapefruit.

T - Its taste was a little sour, but fruity and yeasty.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, and pleasantly tangy.

O - It was interesting and definitely not bad for a wheat beer. I'd drink it again. (348 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brown amber, head settles in at 1/4-1/8 of an inch. Aroma is massive and full...nice nutty and sweet spice in smell. Pronounced banana bread flavor, but traces of too sour notes. Hop bite. Starts flavorful, finishes astringent and thinner. Refreshing as a cooler, I was looking for far less acidity and sourness, as implied by the smell. OK, not a favorite, though. Just too sour... (394 characters)

Photo of mooseo
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pilsner.

A - Cloudy golden hues with small bits of yeast sediment floating and clinging to the sides. Huge 3 finger head with decent retention.

S - Lemon citrus and floral scents are immediately evident, with bready yeast and wheat aromas coming through as well.

T - Sweet citrus (lemon and orange) flavors up front, followed by bready malts and spice (cinnamon?). The finish is spicy with a big lemon zest. Leaves a nice lingering bready aftertaste.

M - Light-medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Very refreshing.

D - Decent American wheat ale. The drinkability is superb. I expected a bit more complexity, but the dominant citrus profile is very satisfying. (689 characters)

Photo of Bruiser81
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was a light orange color and very cloudy with a solid white head, which didn't stick around long. The aroma was nice, orange peel, coriander, wheat, and a sort of grassy hop character. The taste wasn't bad but not near as deep as the smell. A slight bready flavor hits up front followed by a citrus-wheat flavor. At the back of the throat is when the slight hoppiness kicks in for a nice finish. A bit of yeast in the aftertaste. The carbonation is low so it goes down very smooth. A thin to medium mouthfeel. This beer would be very drinkable during those hot summer days. (583 characters)

Photo of DNICE555
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice summer wheat on tap at the Farmhouse. Nice head. A bit yeasty for me. Balanced mouthfeel goes down pretty easy on warm summer day. I'd much prefer a hopslam or two hearted but not bad for the style. Bell's has yet to produce a beer that I have not liked. (264 characters)

Photo of CJStout
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seemed to be a very ordinary pour - pretty good head, nice lace, not as cloudy as I would expect but had interestingly large ""floaties". They were about the size of a grain of sand (not conditioning from bottom either) and did not seem to clump or combine.

Nose was pleasent. Mouthfeel was appropriately full. Moderately carbonated. Taste had a little too much alcoholic twang to it. IMHO detracts from the flavor of the style.

Pretty good, but would not purchase again. (477 characters)

Photo of davesway10
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For an Excellent seasonal offering, this is the one. by any means, not the best beer one the market. but. If you just want a solid good beer to drink on a hot summer day this is it. nice taste, nice feel excellent drinkability what more could you ask for . (256 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overrated but of course Im also not a big wheat beer fan.

appearance: cloudy golden, with orangish tint, liek a witbier

smell: hint of hops, and a tad of citrus smell

taste: rich and slight nutty, slight hops

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty, slightly thick

drinkability: good quality, not my favorite, but a great crossover beer from macros. Suprised about the alchol content. it was very easy to drink. Serve with a lemon and i think the bud drinkers can handle this. Especially if they like Blue Moon. (521 characters)

Photo of malloyca
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange gold with a medium, foamy head. Faint aromas of yeast, mild citrus and some spice. Pleasant and grainy on the palate, there is a lot of carbonation in this which lends nice mouthfeel but obscures the flavors a bit. For this style, though, that's ok. Very refreshing. I would not hesitate to throw six of these in an iced bucket in the back yard on a hot day. (378 characters)

Photo of Natural510
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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. (608 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Total Wine Tampa FL for 2$

Appearance - Hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint acing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes. There are also some particles floating around in it.

Smell - Breads/grains, lemons, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn mixed with some malts and grains. There is also some light hops and some lemons. It ends with a malty/grainy aftertaste with a light fruitiness.

Overall - Quite drinkable, but also quite boring. Not a whole lot of flavour going on. A good beer to session I suppose but not something I'd pick up again. (714 characters)

Photo of Nick0424
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's -5 degrees here in lovely detroit metro area michigan and I'm drinking this mostly average but extremely satisfying summer ale. Very hoppy and the wheat is definitely in the aroma. Solid brew all together. (210 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date reading 03/07/2013, so this beer was bottled exactly three weeks ago today. My first bottle this year, and probably about as fresh as I'm gonna get it! I am highly indebted to this beer for being one of the beers that opened my eyes to the world of craft brewing. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields a disappointing quarter inch of white fizz, which quickly dies out. Cloudy lemon-orange colored body with a small bit of sediment floating around.

S - Smells of yeast, wheat, bit of fruit sweetness. A fairly weak aroma, to be honest.

T - Very grainy; wheat, corn, yeast. Some light, crisp, citrus fruits. Lightly bodied, light carbonation, tastes pretty damn fresh.

M - Feel is crisp and fruity, yet leaves a dry feeling behind.

Overall, while my tastes may have changed since I had my first Bell's Oberon Ale, it remains a flavorful and highly drinkable beer, by all means. This beer is the classic epitome of a summer beer, in my opinion, and it will always hold a special little dirty drunken place in my heart. Nothing ridiculously complex, so don't go expecting a 5 star beer, yet this is a must-have, must-drink, all summer long type of beer.

Bell's Oberon Ale ---3.5/5 (1,256 characters)

Photo of koolkat
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

THe beer pours a nice very light yellow. It has some nice wheaty overtones without all of the clove and phenolic tastes usually found in wheat beers. All in all a decent beer that is rather drinkable on a hot summers day.

As far as drinkability goes I am sure I could easily plow through a sixer of this stuff and still not tire of it. Alltogether nothing remarkable but still a decent beer. (394 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Salty Dog Cafe in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

A: Poured a nice cloudy orange with some nice straw colored tints around the edges when sun passed through. Quickly disappearing thin white head that leaves a little film on the top with no real lace to speak of.

S: I pick up some citrus and some wheat with the little malted barley as well. Nothing really jumps out as special to me.

T: The taste pretty much followed the nose. A nice citrus with a little bitter hops. Nice wheat flavor that carried on through out each drink. Again nothing really stood out or popped.

M: Light to medium bodied. Very crisp and smooth. Nice mouthfeel but leaves a little dry.

O: Pretty standard pale ale for me. Had some nice flavors but nothing that specifically brought me back for more. (807 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazy, honey, golden color..short lived white head fades quickly without any lacing. A wee bit of sediment is observed on its way to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is impressive, with oranges, vanilla, and a hint of cloves.. Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation, some creaminess, and some hops twang. Taste has banana and cloves, but a biscuity yeast seems to dominate...this ale may be past its prime. The finish is of tart fruit, like green apples, and this seems out of place. Overall, it's pleasantly drinkable, and the carbonation sticks around to hold everything together. Not my favorite Bell's, but worth a try if you get a fresh one. (660 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours with relatively little head and the head is short-lived.

S - quite fruity: aromas of apricot and citrus.

T - fruity but a little more sour than sweet. Not a big fan of wheat beers but this one's not bad. Still, not a great finish.

M - thin; near watery

O - pleasant; has, in my experience, a unique character. (321 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the tap pours a hazy golden color liquid with a white foamy head. The head did not stay very long, and there was minimal lace on the glass. Smell was a wonderful combination of oranges and spices. Tastes grainy, slightly sour with some zestyness to it. Seems like corriander or another spice is in this, almost like a Belgian Wit, but not quite. The finish was very yeasty, and seemed a bit off to me. It almost seemed sandy at the end. Light body, and probably could have used more carbonation. Overall, this is not bad, but something about the finish just didn't seem right to me. Could be refreshing, I may try this one again in the future. (648 characters)

Photo of DeaconBluez
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i have let this bottle sit probably for bit to long, so i am guessing it will have a bit of an outcome on my review.

it puored hazzy yellow. the head did not last all that long.

it smelled of light spices and citrus, some lemon maybe.
tasted very malty. the citrus and spice is still there, but the malt is in full effect in the taste. alcohol is not that storng to me.
mouthfeel is carbonated and very thin.
drinkablity is good. it very well could be a good session beer (480 characters)

Photo of johnwarne
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer haiku for you:

"American wheat--
Easy to drink and enjoy:
Bell's a great option".

An easy wheat to enjoy and goes down smoothly: one of Bell's seemingly ubiquitous options [honestly, does anyone know of a small brewery with more options?!]. Not worldclass, but a nice option for your consideration.

Cheers! (317 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odd duck here. This is very different from previous versions, meaning the hops are almost gone. Too bad, as that was a highlight of the beer. Hope they bring the hops back. Nice head with great lace, very fresh citrusy flavors; good body, balanced. Nice nose. Wheat beer finish. Very drinkable. (294 characters)

Photo of StLThrash
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

I remember liking this beer a lot better in the past. The only other times I've had it have been on tap, but I saw it this weekend in bottles and picked up a six pack.

A - Hazy, unfiltered yellowish-orange with a one finger cap that dissipated rather quickly. No lacing.

S - Here's where I was dissapointed. Didn't really smell as well as I remember. Not much citrus in the nose as I remember. Lots of toasted malts and bready. No real hoppiness as well.

T & M - Was much better when really cold. When it warmed, it became really bready / biscuity. More toasted malts then the citrusy hop flavor I remember. Alcohol became more prevalent as it warmed, although it's still a low ABV.

Wasn't really impressed. Expected more from this one and wasn't as refreshing as a summer seasonal should be in my opinion. (854 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a thin 1/2" white head that recedes rapidly with faint lacing. Color is a golden orange and very cloudy with much sediment in suspension.
Aroma: yeasty bread, wheat grass, and a slight citrus hop smell.
Mouthfeel: mostly watery although not super light bodied, there is a slight stickiness that clings to the roof of the mouth and the back of the throat. Finish is fairly dry with a little alcohol burn in the aftertaste.
Flavor: Oberon has a nice balance combination with sweet and fruity flavors mixed with a tangy hop bite.
Overall: This is an excellent beer and very refreshing. (604 characters)

Photo of thisisshsas
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this at a 4th of July Party at a friend's house. Beer poured a hazy gold orange and had no visibility. Had no extraordinary smell. the taste was very smooth with very little bite as an aftertaste, but there was a richness to it that clearly separated it from a Lager. Not recommended as a session beer just because of the filling nature the beer. (350 characters)

Photo of clarkm04
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- A hazy yellow color. Medium to light carbonation. Light white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell- Light notes of bready malts and coriander. Very subtle smells.

Taste- Very bready in the malts, a hint of coriander. Unlike some unfiltered wheats, this beer is non-existent of the orange or lemon flavor. Very little bitterness. Not quite as smooth of a finish I would like for a wheat but very tastey.

Mouthfeel- Slight carbonation across the tongue. Rather smooth.

Drinkability- Very high given the style and relative light balance of the beverage.

Overall- I very good summer ale for sure. I much larger fan of other wheat beers such as North Coast's Blue Star or Avery's White Rascal but it's a solid beer. (726 characters)

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 1,665 ratings.