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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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4,768 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,768
Reviews: 1,560
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 122
Gots: 345 | FT: 4
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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:
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Photo of goodbyeohio


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

very light ginger-aley straw colored appearance with light orange highlights. clear. very bubbly like champagne with little to no head. mild aroma of wheat and some sweet orange along with simple syrup. taste is refreshing, buttery wheat with a crisp lightly bitter finish. grassy. lacks any real flavor depth. slightly corny. goes down mad easy. good summer quencher but in this category there are many better beers. ok for what it is. more taste as it warms, but who really wants this at room temp?

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2005 00:40:32 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of chicagoabbot


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

On-tap at Emma's Bar in River Falls, WI. Kind of on the dark side for a pale wheat ale, the head doesn't get too big and dies pretty quickly. Fairly clean in the nose. Not a huge wheat character, but has a decent malt profile. Hops are not huge. Taste is ok, fairly clean. Not that sharp though. Mouthfeel is fine but not exceptional. Doesn't really compare to the classic champions of this style...Gumballhead comes to mind in this price range, although that's going to be a lot harder to find than Oberon in most regions.

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2011 05:47:52 | More by chicagoabbot
Photo of gabe23

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 00:18:49 | More by gabe23
Photo of SWMeyer4141


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Yellow/Orange with a 1 1/2 inch finger bubbly off white head. Very little bit of lacing sticks around.

Smell-Not too much really going on. I can get the wheat and some citrus as expected.

Taste-I definitely get the wheat/yeasty/biscuity taste. Some citrus and some banana as well.

Mouthfeel-Light carbonation and not too much body. Still pretty crisp and refreshing.

Oberon-If I can access this beer in Tx I would buy this beer for a beach trip, or a warm summer day, or after a hard days work. However it's not easy to get here, so I will not seek this out. I can live with it or without it, but If you can access this beer, very refreshing beer for all occasions.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 03:24:00 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of jifigz


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: The beer pours a clear orange/yellow with a nice head that lingers for quite a while. The beer left great lacing throughout the drinking process.

S: The aroma is of very light wheat and some sweetness.

T: This beer is extremely light on the palate. There isn't much flavor at all other than a mild wheat flavor. There is a tiny bit of hop bitterness towards the end of the swallow. There may also be some notes of light citrus and some spice.

M: This beer has the creamy wheat like MF that I have come to expect from American wheat ales.

O: This isn't a bad beer, and the longer I took to drink my glass and the warmer the beer got the more I appreciated the flavor. The warmth also started to bring out some more complexity that I didn't notice at colder temperatures. A pretty good summer ale and I like the allusion to the Fairy King and Shakespeare.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 15:36:33 | More by jifigz
Photo of SwillBilly


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

12 oz bottle

Appearance: Pours a hay colored gold, hazy with visible suspended yeast. A nice, 1 finger, fizzy and foamy head fades to a small lacing on Oberon.

Smell: Yeasty and bready notes are present as well hints of fresh cut hay and wheat.

Taste: Starts crisp with a slight hop bitterness, citrusy and grassy. The middle is very mild with a distinctive wheat presence while the finish is dry with a lingering, slight hoppiness. Also, has a very mild sweetness in the finish reminding one of fresh, light fruits.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and semi dry with a medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is lively.

Drinkability/Notes: Thanks to Phatz for picking this up for me. I was looking forward to Oberon, but I was left looking for more. I nice expample of an American Wheat Ale, crisp and clean with a nice wheat and yeasty flavor but it could use a little more oomph ala Gumballhead. Hops are present but ever so slightly, this is definitely a summer beer, its so light on the palate. A session beer through and through but if your looking for something more you might be dissappointed. A decent beer and highly drinkable. Recommended with reservations.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 21:10:33 | More by SwillBilly
Photo of breakingbland


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle marked "12076 pkgd 6/06/13 A" in to a pint glass.

Appearance: A clear beautiful golden. The one-finger head was composed of fine/medium bubbles. There was some flaky sediment.

Aroma: Slight malty sweetness. The hops aroma was floral in its character.

Taste: This beer has a good but not a notable profile. The malty sweetness has a slight roasty character, and the hoppy component is not too strong. The hops linger as a grapefruit taste.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a medium body with an appropriate level of carbonation.

Overall: Refreshing and drinkable. This is a dependable beer and is, of course, readily available in my area (Michigan). The only disappointment is that the flavor profile isn't too interesting but this is probably due mainly to the style of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 17:50:41 | More by breakingbland
Photo of scottyb88


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

Bottled June, 2010

A- pours a cloudy and particle filled dark yellow with 1.5 head

S-light dose of citrus and peach with some spice

T-just kind of there, but nothing really blowing me out of the water; a hint of citrus rind and wheat with some spice at the end

M-decent mouthfeel that is quite full with nice carbonation; aftertaste is really nice

D-great summer beer out in the sun, but it's nothing complex or really flavorful IMO

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 21:39:02 | More by scottyb88
Photo of pootz

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Pours a clouded orangey-gold in the glass.

Sufficient but not large white cap one expects on an unfilterd wheat...fair lacing on glass....soft carbonation.

Aroma is demure; biscuit,honey and citrus peel.

Thin body light character, gritty mouth feel.

Tastes like a liquid version of wheat biscuit with honey-lemon filling...turns dry in the finish, light lemon snap at the end.

Decent enough new wold wheat ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 01:17:08 | More by pootz
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 02:12:18 | More by OldYoda
Photo of beergoot


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle data: 12856 PKGD 03/26/14

Produces a hazy yellow body with a long-lasting, thick, white head. Wheat and cereal grain aroma with a wet grass and slightly lemony smell. Light cracker flavor with a bold bitterness; tart; grapefruit. Medium bodied; crisp and very dry finish.

A reasonably interesting, easy drinking wheat beer. A little bit juicy, much more dry and sour overall. I seem to recall being more impressed with a mini-keg version of this beer that I brought back from a trip to Michigan a few years back. Still, a fair enough beer that I'll go back to the next time I come across some. Makes for a nice warm-weather thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2014 22:20:22 | More by beergoot
Photo of Reed415


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

A - Pours a Very hazy yellow color, Minimal head, Unfiltered

S - Orange peel and yeast in the nose

T - Orange sweetness, Small amount of hops, dry wheat ending.

M - Medium body, minimal carbonation

D - An enjoyable beer but nothing special. I would prefer a Hop Sun

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 01:53:24 | More by Reed415
Photo of andrewmartin


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

I am a big fan of Bell's, but have to say that American wheat is probably my least favorite style, so here goes..

Had this on tap at the County Cork Irish Pub (previously the Yards Club) in old Hilliard

A: Poured a cloudy orange with a rather small head for the style

S: Imparts a strong yeast character with citrusy notes as well.

T: No doubt this is a wheat beer, as this flavor dominates. As the beer warms, more yeast flavors are noticible, and not necessary in a good way.

M: Pleasent biting mouthfell with a smooth and slightly creamy texture

D: A good one for the warmth of summer

As I said, this isn't my favorite style of beer, but Oberon is one of the better American wheat beers I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2006 18:31:43 | More by andrewmartin
Photo of Lauthaha


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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer taster (4 ounces).

Appearance: Pours a golden color with mild carbonation. Head fades quickly but leaves moderate lacing as it recedes. Not a lot to say here.

Smell: A very "round" scent...definitely reminiscent of a witbier, with that familiar citrus-type nose. However, it's not a sharp citrus, but more of a gentle mix with the wheaty malt. More bready than anything.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Starts out kinda bland. Hops become noticeable quickly. Very chewy in the middle, with good citrus accents. Foams right up until swallow. Aftertaste is a shocking sort of pungent grapefruit bitterness. Not bad, but not as good as I remember it.

Overall: Eh. Bell's makes a LOT of better brews...it's odd that this one enjoys such tremendous accolades in the summertime --- at least, it's odd to me. Oh well, not a bad buy, anyway.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 04:02:19 | More by Lauthaha
Photo of Jadjunk


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A popular summer beer by Bell's Brewery, Oberon is commonly found in most package stores that carry a craft beer selection in the Atlanta area. The recent appearance of summer kegs of this beer remind me that this is a bottle that I should do a review of.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Bell's Tulip. Served at 44º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp frothy head of a slightly off-white color. Retention is about average, and the head thickens as it settles down to a thin creamy surface blanket. Lacing is lacking as well. Body color is a golden yellow, very hazy with tons of pulpy yeast sediment to be found through the entire beer. An interesting appearance and very "summery", although the head quality is a bit shallow and the plentiful sediment is going to either make or break fans of the beer. 3

(Smell) Aroma is mostly a mild wheat base with subtle hints of citrus and mild bittering hops of a low Alpha Acid variety, as the overall beer smells neither hoppy nor fruity by comparison. A slight crackery yeast accelerates the light aromas of the beer and also contributes a mild peppery smell, neither a frontrunner of the aroma. In this regard, the beer is very mild and approachable to many, although the potential for it to expand in any direction has never been higher. Potency is a bit low and this makes many of the subtle aromatics difficult to pick up, although a less subtle banana and clove come in as it warms a bit. For a simple aroma, it's pleasant and still manages to pack some charisma and diversity into the smell. 3.5

(Taste) Flavors include a yeasty wheat cracker malt profile with a bit of bitter orange and lemon peel to pair. Finishes very dry. The dominant flavor is certainly the wheat, and like in the aroma, most of the remaining flavors that could be are very mild and hard to pick up, so they come through in small doses. Overall, this is a light flavored beer so it's highly drinkable save for the slightly too-tart and dry finish which detracts from the drinkability a notch. It's enjoyable for those who are mostly interested in wheat with little extra on the side. 4

(Mouthfeel) Semi-crisp body texture is a decent pair for the brunt of the wheat malt. Mild bitter citrus fruit on the finish along with a heavy cracker and resiny yeast profile seems to finish this beer very dry, a bit too much so to do it good. Alcohol presence is low to none. Body is light. Decent pair for the taste. 3

(Overall) This is a highly drinkable and enjoyable summer beer. There's nothing too complex about the flavor but the subtleties compliment the brew well. I find this as a beer that could go anywhere; it's not too far from being a Hefeweizen, yet it carries some subtle Wit qualities with it as well. For a Pale Wheat ale, this is a pretty nice candidate for a session beer, although the resiny dry finish clashes a bit with the rest of the beer and drags down drinkability a bit. There's not much that makes this beer highly original amongst the rest of the bunch, but it is likely to be a good choice for those who are looking for a simple, yet enjoyable mild wheat ale to pass the hot summer months. 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 19:54:46 | More by Jadjunk
Photo of yemenmocha


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous appearance of pale gold with slight haze, and mountainous rocky white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind an abundance of lace. Fresh beer!

Nose has light fruit and a clean grain aroma that is subdued.

Palate has a lightly sweet wheat component with balancing citrus to give it some complexity. Finish is somewhat fruity-tart, in a good way, and is rather easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2009 02:35:02 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of silentjay


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

semi-cloudy brownish orange pour with a small bright white head that sticks around and clings to the glass ok.

aroma is very fruity and surprisingly hoppy. wheat and yeast give some lemon, spice and tropical fruit. nothing too exciting, but decent.

more lemony citrus than orange in the flavor which is backed up by a modest amount of coriander (many time overdone in this style) as well as some white pepper. It is sweetened up with some strong honey flavors. a bit of grassy, earthy hops round things out. not bad. may be a bit too fruity/sweet.

body is good. almost medium mouthfeel with just enough prickly carbonation and some corn-syrup stickiness left in the mouth.

goes down well. a bit too sweet, but its not over-the-top on the sweetness nor the spice. the slight hop bite helps to keep this well-balanced and relatively drinkable. a decent warm-weather brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 04:51:43 | More by silentjay
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 01:04:52 | More by OzarkElmo
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

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

Nice summer seasonal, with quality to be a year round light wheat brew.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Somewhat festive/naive label motive with a hand-drawn like sun emblem over an orange label. Back label offers a small note higlighing its character as that of a summer wheat ale. Shows batch number (9696: April 20, 2010), and Alc. by Vol. (5.8%). Serve in a weissbier glass.

A - Hazy deep gold-orange pour with some particles. Fair head, with medium to low retention, shy surface memory and some lacing

S - Lightly wheaty nose, yeast woven with a sweet fruity sense, orange peal and a touch of spice.

T - Sweet wheat sense, with a gentle spicy touch, a bit fruity.

M - Light-medium body with generous but not overwhelming carbonation, and semi-dry finish after the lingering fruitiness.

D - Nice summer seasonal, works well rather informally and without much pretense.

Notes: Nice one, nothing to rave about, but very reliable and pleasing, or maybe those are actually reasons enough to rave about even it is not that memorable...

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 16:54:55 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of brewerburgundy


3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, ceramic mug, bottled 5/22/13.

Have to admit I can't see the color through the glass, but it pours a light golden wheat with a nice creamy off-white head. The retention is decent.

Pungent dry grass/hay, a little funky yeast, and coriander. Crisp, yet a little dirty, funky, and interesting.

Same as the aromas, strong wheat with a little grassy, herbal hop.

It has a pretty full mouthfeel, rounded and definitely like a wheat beer. Nice medium carbonation level.

I have heard some rave about this in the past as a spring/summer beer and now I know why. This would be a great beer for some warm days; it's refreshing with some complexity and great representative of the American Pale Wheat Ale style.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 21:31:55 | More by brewerburgundy
Photo of j_rod22


3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - golden pour with a medium/small white head, hazy yellowish with

S - tangy orange, pears, grapes, tons of hops, lemons, and some orange peel?

T - cereal, some hints of earthyness yeast and wheat, nice touch of citrus. definitely get hints of the wheat/tart/sour notes

M - sour yet refreshing wheat ale, nice notes of fruity and earthy combinations. Very enjoyable brew

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 06:37:03 | More by j_rod22
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 tigg924


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

Appearance: clear, orange-gold in color, high carbonation, 1/4 inch head

Smell: citrus, caramel, and malt

Taste: wheat, citrus, caramel, and malt

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, semi-sweet

Drinkability: A very drinkable a brew that appeals more in warmer times. I could have four. Slightly complex for the style. Solid, but I like other Bells brews better.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 16:10:44 | More by tigg924
Photo of bsp77


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

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into water glass at work. Two Fridays in a row that someone brought beer in, and this time we got Bell's!

Appearance: Cloudy, burnished yellow-orange with small, but persistent head.

Smell: Strong orange smell upfront with wheat and Saaz hops in the background. Unfortunately, the smell becomes muted a couple minutes after pouring.

Taste: Orange flavored citrus countered by spicy (and ever so slightly bitter) Saaz hops. The wheat taste is fairly minimal. The taste of this beer is truly unique, as it seems like an orange flavored Pilsner.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation. Really feels more like a Pilsner despite being a wheat ale.

Drinkability: One of the ultimate summer beers, even though it could use a little more depth. Easy to keep drinking on a nice warm Minnesota day.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 20:10:59 | More by bsp77
Photo of Rootdog316


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

Presents with a cloudy orange color and a white head. Aroma of wheat malt, lemon zest, and citrus fruits. Flavor is nice and light with citrus, wheat, and a little bit of hops. Major difference between this and other pale wheats is that it was not that sweet. Still, a pretty decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2008 13:55:31 | More by Rootdog316
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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