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

Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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4,155 Ratings
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Ratings: 4155
Reviews: 1514
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%

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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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Photo of JonesyMSU

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

Bell's Oberon Ale is one of my favorite wheat ales. I'm from West Michigan, so I have a natural affinity for this brew, but I've had lots of beer in my days (especially while attending Michigan State University) and Oberon will always be a favorite of mine.

It's smooth, dark pour finishes with a decently thick head and is accompanied by orange and wheat aromas. It has a slightly bitter and hoppy after-taste, but has a smooth and warm, yet slightly dry feel on the palate, which adds to its crispness. Accompanied by an orange slice, this 'American wheat ale with the color and scent of a summer afternoon' is perfect for accompanying warm weather and summer parties with your friends. Beware - the bottles aren't twist-offs. I would say that this beer is somewhat similar in respects to the orange-like qualities of the Blue Moon Belgian white, but surpasses it and others in its class and will be enjoyed by wheat-loving beer enthusiasts.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 03:07:33 | More by JonesyMSU
Photo of klkatz


3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

given to us by a neighbor from michigan (thank Lori and Mike)... they suggested drinking with an orange... though in some bars it's a lemon... tried orange... i can see it's good for summer, but no for me.

smells tangy, citrusy - 3

appearance - dark orange, hazy, nice thick head for a wheat... - 4

good mouthfeel - hard to distinguish the nuances of taste

bubbly and refreshing...

overall 3.5

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 01:33:49 | More by klkatz
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a very hazy orange color. A finger or so of a white head that slowly fades away

Smell: grassy and wheaty. Some citrus. A bit musky

Taste: opens up with a grassy wheat taste, not as musky as the smell. Gives way to a light citrus fruit taste

Mouthfeel: light drinkable.

Overall: a good not great summer beer. I love how it is at almost any bar with taps in Michigan over the summer, but that also means I will only get it as a last resort and certainly never in a bottle besides to drink a super fresh one every year

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 19:36:36 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of Sieves

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A perfect compliment to a summer afternoon. This beer pours well with grilled fish or steak. This seasonal brew is available from April to October. Best served in a chilled glass this beer will provide a modest head. Usually served with an orange slice, this beer will satisfy any thirsty mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 02:56:45 | More by Sieves
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2012 19:46:02 | More by ckollias
Photo of blackcompg


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

Poured from their 12oz bottle, from a 6-pak that my mother in law brought me from MI...

Appearance - Pours a finger of white eggshell head, body is a golden opaque lite orange, leaves some nice webbed lacing after the session.

Smell - wheat bread, faint citrus, lite minerals and light coriander.

Taste - full wheat flavor, bready malts, light citrus of orange and lemon, some light coriander spice, longer into the finish I get some meadowy hops and just a touch of grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, silky smooth, but not quite creamy. Carb is heavier side of medium, but very smooth and foaming which gives a wonderful smoothness and excellent drinkability. Finish is clean and crisp and just slightly dry.

Overal - The perfect blend of a wheat beer and a pale ale, very refreshing, this beer tastes like summer, and pretty sessionable at 5.8%. Highly recommend for almost any meal, or for enjoying with friends on a warm evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 02:09:10 | More by blackcompg
Photo of Mavigo


4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this plenty of times before, summers over so I'd figure I'd have one more, poured into a pint glass.

A: a hazy orange-gold, with a short off white head which evaporates quickly and leaving some lacing.

S: Smells like wheat, citrus peels, orange, lemon, yeast, hops

T: very mellow flavor, tastes like wheat, yeast, hops, has light citrus tones to it

M: On the more carbonated side but doesn't have any negative effects on the beer, makes it more refreshing, airy, light, crisp, easy going. A definite summer beer.

O: Great beer from the homeland and from one of my favorite breweries, this is a must have beer for any form of summer relaxation, captures the the essence of summer. Try one.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 01:31:30 | More by Mavigo
Photo of BeerKangaroo


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

Glad to be back in Michigan to sample/re-review an old favorite from when I lived in Michigan.

A: hazy pale yellow colored body and left a one finger white head that died within thirty seconds. Some nice ringy lacing was left. Some light slow carbonation was seen rising.

S: some moderate flavors of wheat along with notes of orange and lemon.

T: basically the same with a slight added hops to it and a nice bit of light sourness to it.

M: light with a decent amount of carbonation hitting the tongue, but in a nice and acceptable way for the style.

O: this is a good summer beer that is quite drinkable and makes me want to move back to Michigan just so I can have it in the summers.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 03:10:37 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of tectactoe


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had both in bottle and on tap. Oberon pours a cloudy, pale golden-orange color. Slight amounts of sediment in the beer actually look inviting rather than scary (like pulp in your orange juice). Thin, wispy white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. It's hard to get a powerful nose from this stuff, but what you do get is full of orange zest, mild clove, mild cooking spices, a tad of grain, and a bit of wheat. The taste is very closely tied to the smell - nice and robust for a wheat-style beer, backed with a citrusy-orange peel flavor and a nice kick of spice that hits about halfway through and lasts til the end. Hops are present, but faint and come out near the latter half of the taste. Some graininess is also present, but not overpowering or notably predominant. A hint of clove can also be detected from nearly start to finish. Medium-thin bodied with a soft amount of carbonation make this beer easy to drink.

Oberon is a great summer time wheat beer with a somewhat unique flavor profile for this style. A solid choice all around.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2012 12:44:47 | More by tectactoe
Photo of metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color. It poured with a quarter-finger high off white head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of wheat in the nose along with notes of orange peels.
T: The taste has a very slight amount of sourness along with flavors of wheat, notes of orange peel and hints of spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very flavorful for the style and is also quite drinkable. It is a good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 01:42:53 | More by metter98
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

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

A: Pours a very hazy to cloudy pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine dark sediment near the bottom of the glass. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a very small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat with some lighter notes of citrus/orange rind and pepper spiciness.

T: Light to moderate amounts of orange rind and some peppery spiciness. Nice light wheat flavor in the background, behind the citrus and spiciness. Light amounts of bitterness but it does not linger.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Extremely easy to drink and enjoyable, would be very refreshing on a hot summer afternoon. Nice and light, I'm glad I got this one to review (since after my move it is no longer distributed to where I live).

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 17:24:00 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two of them, both served from a bottle, poured into a cup at the baseball park in Chicago. Tigers 8-6 over the White Sox. Not the ideal container, but it will do at the ballpark!

Kind of orangey and hazy, great head and lace, great looking beer.

Very malty and fruity, bready notes, sweet citrus, wheat. Slightly spicy and hoppier than most wheat beers. Very nice, one of my new favs from bell's.

Body is light and easy to drink, yet thick and chewy like a wheat beer should be.

Definitely try this one if you like wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 20:28:00 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Mojo


3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very cloudy (due to lots of particulate) pale gold. There was about a one finger white head with good retention and a fairly good amount of lacing. Smell is very subtle with some bread, apples, oranges, and grassy notes. Taste is very mild, almost no bitterness, just about perfect for a hot summer day. Honestly I expected more from this, but it is not bad at all, just not spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 03:47:49 | More by Mojo
Photo of Lawl3ss


2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(From notes)

Served well chilled in an Imperial shaker. I appreciated that the bartender asked if I wanted lemon or not before adding it. I declined.

Look- Hazy butterscotch, served with a half-finger of loose suds that falls quickly. Nice lacing. Poor retention for a wheat ale.

Smell- Bready, vague citrus rind, lemon pepper.

Taste- Floury, grainy, subdued spice, light citrus. Fades to pizza dough and soft pine. Aggressive finish. Simcoe/Summit perhaps? A little rough for a wheat ale.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, moderate carb. Slick on the swallow. Finishes tart, slightly astringent.

Overall- Not really my cup of tea, but ok. I felt no need to finish the 20 oz.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2012 03:35:25 | More by Lawl3ss
Photo of stakem


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a standard pint. The brew appears a pale straw yellow to gold color that is fairly hazy. A white finger of head sits atop composed of rather large bubbles. As it fades, it leaves some spots and strings of lace on the glass.

The smell includes some wheat grain coupled with hints of sulfur, cheese and modest herbal hops. Overall not a bad smelling brew but not the finest either.

The taste is surprisingly sweet almost like orange zest. It is faintly reminescent of an orange tick tack candy that lost much of its flavor. As it warms up, across the back is a solid inclusion of sulfur.

This is a medium to light bodied brew that is light in the feel with a modest amount of carbonation. It is fairly easy drinking but I could do without the sulfur aspects. For a summer brew it isnt bad but it also isnt something I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 15:09:13 | More by stakem
Photo of searsclone


4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

According to the brewer's website, this beer was bottled in Feb '12 and has a shelf life of 6 mos. I'm reviewing it at 6 months and 18 days. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. left some in the bottle to swirl around to get the yeast loose to get it all into the glass.

Lots of floaters before the swirl, cloudy after. brownish yellow straw color with a quickly dissipating bright white head and OK lacing

smell is bread and citrus and bubblegum

tastes sour at first, then gets sweet from the Belgian yeast with banana and bubble gum and finishes clean

crisp and perfectly carbonated, chewy and creamy. really nice

I would like to have more of the yeast flavor up front, but that's just my personal preference. overall, a really good beer that's easy to drink and very flavorful

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 03:15:29 | More by searsclone
Photo of TheMultiYeast


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow with two fingers of head.

Hearty yeast notes with banana and mild citrus..more grains and herbal quality.

Pleasant citrus notes again in taste with zesty yeast, very little spice, herbal aftertaste.

Refreshing..good outdoors.

Solid seasonal from Bell's

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 02:20:17 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of waggy


4.88/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a amazing beer. By far the best i have had. Only issue i have is it's so smooth that you can drink a 6 pack easy.

I got a 6 pack as a gift. i was amazed and loved this beer. takes the place as my new favorite beer.

It is very smooth, great flavor, great looking and goes great with cheeseburgers and friends.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 01:33:36 | More by waggy
Photo of yorlummass

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a perfect summer beer. It has the fullness of a heavier beer with a lighter hint of fruit in it. Perhaps not the most appealing winter taste but is best for summer evenings in the sun. Has a similar feel to a Magic Hat #9 but is considerably more seasonal and less versatile.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 10:11:41 | More by yorlummass
Photo of MacQ32

South Carolina

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

A - Pours a light lemon/straw golden with lots and lots of sediment, mmm. Decent half inch of near white head, mediocre retention, decent lacing.

S - Sweet caramel and slightly toasty malts, grassy, lemon, a little biscuity, wheaty, and slightly yeasty.

T - Grainy to grassy/lemony, biscuity and then wheaty/spiced (coriender?) at the finish. Citrus flavors linger from begining to finish.

M - Lighter bodied, very very drinkable, medium/appropriate carbonation.

O - Not really my favorite style of beer but definitely a solid/refreshing beach/lawnmower beer. Well balanced, one of the beast light pales/wheats ive had easily

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 03:13:32 | More by MacQ32
Photo of jimmah120


3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this out of a mini-keg on the fourth o' july.... so on-tap, right?

Pours a great looking unfiltered orange-gold. Smell is spice, wheat, pepper, with uted floral/grassy hops. Taste is much the same: wheat, spice, flowers, grass, pepper. Very easy to drink, moderately carbonated, with a light feel.

Pretty good session beer, especially in the summer time.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2012 00:45:00 | More by jimmah120
Photo of Bitter_Echo


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

Pours a cloudy yellow-ish cream with incredible invited 'ick'. Yumm. Smells saison-like in a way, fresh, rural, bready; off notes muted and inviting. Taste is malty, grain, slightly bitter, creamy. Hinting notes of banana and lemon citrus. Some sustain. Mouth-fell is creamy, substantive and refreshing with fair to medium carbonation.A good solid, well constructed craft beer. I've looked at this for year never trying, but want to discover other hoppy ales more often than not so haven't reached for this until now. Yet it is a well constructed American ale derived from hefe-weizen style, and I see that shouldn't ignore.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 23:52:22 | More by Bitter_Echo
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy yellow color with a massive 2 finger frothy snow white head that faded slowly and left good lacing and rings sticking to the sides.

Smells of wheat, toasted grains, hay, grass, lemon, light floral hops, biscuit and yeast; pretty grainy for a summer beer and lacking the typical lemon and fruity essence.

Tastes of wheat, toasted grains, hay, grass, lemon, light floral hops, biscuit, light caramel, tea leaf, yeast, herbs and spices like coriander; it's grainy for the most part, and while the taste is decent, it is just not refreshing for a summer ale.

Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, with a medium body, average carbonation and a malty finish.

Bland and average come to mind thinking about this beer overall. It was not bad tasting, but not very good tasting either and lacked any real summer beer excitement for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 03:58:17 | More by CHickman
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

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

a hazy orange yellow with a half inch of foamy white head and good retention.
smells fresh and citrusy. scents of lemon, wheat, orange.
slightly bitter up front with a sweet malty/citrus backbone. slightly tart finish from the citrus. very tasty.
light body, high carbonation, very refreshing summer ale.
not bad for a summer beer, and definitely glad i got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 00:36:16 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. PKGD 06/29/12.

A: Pours a bright slightly hazy light golden amber with a 1 finger white head. Just a little bit of visible carbonation. Head sticks around for a while.

S: A lot more wheat than I first expected. Its a pleasant aroma, malt backing.

T: Up front with wheat and hop, some malt coming in at the end. Alcohol is very well hidden. I like the balance this ale offers.

M: Light bodied, crisp and very smooth. Great summer beer.

Overall an enjoyable beer that I think anyone would like. Certainly worth a shot, like anything this brewery puts out.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 23:30:30 | More by CloudStrife
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 4,155 ratings.