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

Not Rated.
Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

6,045 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 6,045
Reviews: 1,717
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 184
Gots: 1,099 | FT: 8
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:
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 6,045 | Reviews: 1,717
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.02/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

The body is a cloudy copper with some light orange tint to it. The head is creamy, full, and sticky. Rings of broken-up lace form all the way down the sides of the glass, occasionally connected by a little sliver of foam. Nice and cloudy as the yeast floats in suspension.

The aroma is wheaty, sure, but aside from that, there isn't really anything notable going on here. Some grassy and earthy notes, but overall, disappointing. The flavor does improve somewhat as it brings in brightness with some orange zest. Again, though, not much complexity or character here. Just sort of blah.

The mouthfeel is about what you would expect. Light to medium, a bit closer to medium. The carbonation is there, but not overwhelming. Really, this is a beer that I could go my whole life without even yearning for again. Bell's makes some great stuff, but this is not their best work.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

( Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a hazy golden yellow with a gentle carbonation and a nice creamy white head that turns into a thin film on the top.

S- This beer has a clean faint smell of yeast and soft wheat there is a faint hint of old hops that are very gentle.

T- This beer has a very light wheat and pale malt taste with some faint notes of citrus characters. Not really lemon or orange just citrus. A slight acidic dryness finishes the beer with a very light hop note.

M- This had a medium mouthfeel with some fizz that makes it a bit more full.

D- There is not much complexity or uniqueness to this beer. It is very smooth but it doesn't have any strong wheat beer qualities nor are the hops really a major character. Nice and gentle for a summer quafting.

Photo of bigsteve45
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

way overrated. Bells coors lite

Photo of Fugazme
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oberon poured a nice golden/hazy glass with a 1/4 inch white head. An average looking beer.

It smelled sweetly of orange and cinnamon. Somewhat lemony and a touch of malt.

Taste was strawberry and apricot. Not extremely impressive, but nothing horrible. It got a tad metallic at the half point.

This was a decent beer. Have had much better from Bell's.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice cloudy yellow colour with a lovely white frothy head. Smell is very strong of wheat; perhaps a llittle grassy. Smells refreshing. Flavour is actually much more bitter than one would think. It's a nice, well-crafted, refreshing beer, but I don't hold it in the same regards as many other folks do. Still a good Summer beer, though.

Photo of hotstuff
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a large envigorating white creamy head with fine bubbles. The aroma appeared to be citrusy. The lacing was sparse on the sides of my glass. It was bitter tasting and it left a lingering aftertaste. I was expecting a better brew than what this one turned out to be.

Photo of Jinholic
3.04/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my wheat beer glass.

Appearance - 1 finger of pure cloudy head body isn't all that hazy(lots of yeast chunks in there but no haze), golden in color got some okay lacing on this though.

Smell - Get that yeast up front with fruits in the back very pleasant to smell.

Taste - Good blend of the yeast and fruit get lots of lemon in all the way through. The lemon is very over powering in the taste I don't get much else on the back end either.

Mouthfeel - A bit rough up front with the carbonation though it does smooth out I couldn't call this a clean finish. A bit dry for a summer beer and for a wheat beer at that.

Overall - I was hoping for more on this one as I love a good wheat beer but this didn't seem to be 100% unfiltered and as with most American pale wheats the lemon was way overboard here the more I drank the less bready it got while just slamming the lemon down. That said if your a fan of pale wheat go grab it and see for yourself.

Photo of lucasra1
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Mild fruit and spice notes on the nose and palate, has a full bodied mouth feel but lacks the accompanying flavor. Overall it is not as exciting as it has become known to be, but at the same time it is an easy-drinking beer.

Photo of Timmush
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2 words...let down.
Yuk. This beer had nothing appealing to it.
Color looks like a cloudy budweiser. No head, and had no aroma.
Now the taste. Boring, nothing there. it is as if I watered down a Witbier. I wanted more out of this beer.
If you had your pick between this and a hop-sun, I would go with the hop-sun.

Photo of bubseymour
3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - extremely bright orange color like tang. Lots of floaties and yeast in there which never sits well with me. minimal head.

s - some faint malt but I really don't smell much else

t - not overly impressed. Tasted metallic and crisp with not much else going on. Tastes like a mediocre American Pale Ale but the wheat taste is missing.

M - acceptable

O - I thought this was a very average pale ale. Ok if offerred but is really very run of the mill.

Photo of schoolcb
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light gold with a head that doesn't last. Carbonation is good and thin towers of bubbles keep a thin white lace lingering around the ring. Not much aroma, just a bit of malt and yeast, no hop whatsoever. This beer has a subdued flavor profile. A little malt flavor, a little yeast flavor, a light citrus hint from the Saaz hops, and some hop bite which continues into the aftertaste. A light refreshing beer that would fit in the "lawnmower" category.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is an unspectacular, albeit popular, offering from Bell's.

A – Obnoxious appearance, like cheap orange juice or a rusty-looking flat mimosa. Orange-yellow, cloudy, no head or lace.

S – Pedestrian aroma; pale malt and slight yeasty spice.

T – It tastes a lot like a macro lager, and a little like a wheaty spicy Belgian-inspired summer beer. Blue Moon is probably better in some regards, though I guess not on an overall basis (I haven't had Blue Moon in a, well, you know...)

M – Pretty crisp and refreshing.

D – I don't care for the style, but as far as the style goes, this is in the middle of the heap.

Photo of danronian
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden yellow with a small, wispy head.

Hard to ascertain a smell. Doesn't smell bad but the minimal smell of honey and clover is hard to get but pleasant.

Taste is of a light honey wheat-beer but nothing outlandish going on. I was expecting something more complex than this.

Overall not a summer beer I'll try again though I wouldn't say it's below average either.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like a Belgian Wit, deep honey colored with thin white head., wnd little retention. Aroma is a bit yeasty with heavy wheat malt presence. Very crisp on the palate which reminds me of a belgian style. Flavor is mediocre. A somewhat generic bland flavor to it that reminds me of Blue Moon's white. No great flavors really jumping out at you. Finishes slightly bitter, and a little stale.

Photo of bearcamp
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been wanting to try this beer for a while now. Figured I pick one up before the end of summer. Got a mixed 6 pack from the local store.

Served from the bottle in a snifter glass. About a 1 inch head the quickly dissipates. Little lacing around the glass as it goes down.

Smell is somewhat pale fruit as well as the taste. I smell a bit of orange peel. The after taste is pretty good. Also a yeasty taste, as this beer is unfiltered. Did the light test and can see all those yeasties floating around. I don't mind!

This is a very drinkable beer. I will definitely pick this up again

Photo of Trilogy31
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a sunshine gold with two fingers of fluffy head in my duvel tulip. Aromas of wheaty bread, carrot??, slight hints of citrus and yeast. Very light and refreshing if not a bit watered down. Taste brings some light bread, a slight citrus and yeast funk finishing with a nice touch of acidity and carbonation.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy golden straw yellow. Respectable lacing throughout the session.
S: Typical wheat beer, I'm not finding the words to describe it. Nothing spectacular
T: Citrusy and slightly hoppy. I can definitely taste the wheat aspect, as well as the pale aspect.
M: fine carbonation, very refreshing.
D: Quite drinkable, although not much in the flavor department. Admittedly I'm not a wheat guy, but for what this beer is, it's enjoyable. After I finish this 6-pack, I probably won't purchase another.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a pint glass.

A- Frothy two finger white head, very clear yellow straw color, nice carbonation
S- Very plain aroma, wheat and bready/malt is present, slight citrus and lime aromas, nothing special.
T- The taste is exactly the same as the aroma, slight citrus and lemon taste but nothing really stands out, some malt and breadiness is present but nothing else, very bland.
M- Light/medium mouth feel, nice carbonation, slight bitter aftertaste.
O- I was a little let down after drinking this beer, noting special stands out, the only big positive note for me would be that its refreshing on a hot summer day, would not pay to drink again

Photo of bstewyb
3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Nice 2 finger head. Quite cloudy, rich honey color.

S - Wheat & citrus with slight yeast

T - Cool, with slight wheat and tiny citrus. Clove and apple notes. Light and well balanced. Slightly bitter at the end.

M - Not too thick, slight carbonation. Tingles at the end.

D - Refreshing & nice. Nothing overwhelming, good summer drinking beer. Very nice.

Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a decent white head that dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is ok.

S - Smells clean and bright. A hint of lemon and wildflower is present. Fresh cut wheat is able to be picked up as well.

T - Tastes slightly citrusy with a subtle lemon-like sourness. A little orange maybe? Backbone is wheat flavor and an even malt profile which is somewhat biscuity. Maltiness is present but flavor is subdued to a faint afterthought.

M - Feels almost moderate in body. Not as light as I like my APWA's. Carbonation is a little less than desirable for my liking, but acceptable.

O - This beer is interesting. It's got some extra flavor than most APWA's, but at the cost of higher ABV and a more moderate mouthfeel. I'd surely drink it again, but as it removes itself from my regular APWA summer rotation due to the higher ABV and increased mouthfeel. Sorry Bells, love ya, but others have got you beat in my book.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is around two fingers high, and is a smidge off-white in its shade. Its texture is extremely frothy, as expected, with good retention too. Some lacing is left on the glass.

S: Lots of bready wheat on the nose. Not particularly estery; then again, it's not a hefeweizen. The mild hop character helps compensate with subtle pine and citrus. It's simplistic, but it's not trying to be anything more than a gently-hopped wheat beer.

T: The opening character is surprisingly heavy in peaches and apricots. Afterwards, wheat notes take over, and creates a slightly intrusive finish combined with subtle hopping. It becomes slightly more enjoyable when some of the hops come out and conceal the wheat flavor slightly.

M: Dry yet refreshing, it goes down easily without parching the palate. There is some residual sugar around to beef up the body and balance some of the more bitter characteristics. Powerful carbonation, as expected.

O: Barring a couple offerings, a lot of this brewery's offerings are pretty average - this included. I guess I'm just not a huge fan of standard (non-hefeweizen, non-hoppy) wheat beers. On the other hand, I understand why this is popular - it's easy going and very drinkable. I'd never refuse one, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.09/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a foggy darker yellow color with a medium white head. Aroma of yeast and light hops. Light bodied with flavors of hops and fruit but not in big doses. Finish is crisp and progressively bitter throughout the glass. I found this to be a little mundane but it was not too bad.

Photo of jdhilt
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Typical summer ale, light bodied, light-medium carbonation and a cloudy pale yellow. Pours a one-fingered, white head that settles quickly but leaves some lace. Looking for the wheat and not finding it, this is a pale without the bitter hoppy aftertaste. 12oz bottle $1.75, from Liquor Barn, Lexington, KY.

Photo of RTrain12
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle poured in to a pint glass.

A: Pours a light straw yellow with a off white head measuring a 1/4". Head faded away immeadiatley. Lots of carbonation inthe glass with alot of yeast floates.

S: Smells of citrus, yeast, and wheat. Nothing really strong coming from this one.

T: Citrus with some wheat. Almost no bitterness. Fisishes clean.

M: Meduim bodied, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

D: I would perfer a 2 Hearted Ale over a Oberon. This is not a bad summer beer. Just personal preference. I had to check this one out, maybe I'll pick it up again next summer.

Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Fresh 12oz bottle in pint glass.

a - golden color with white top and a little cloudy with some visible particles.

s - smells wheaty and spiced, maybe some apple going on there. No biggie.

t - funky. I'm not sure what it is but something is just not right with me. I'll try more this coming summer with the hope that last years was just not that good.

m - this is where this beer really makes a bust with me. It leaves something on the tongue - something not good. Maybe a spice that doesn't agree with me - like you need to go brush your tongue and rinse with some mouthwash.

d - the redeeming note is that it's pleasantly carbonated, and light enough to be sessionable. But this would not be my first choice for a summer beer.

Bell's Oberon and Dreamweaver are smash hits yet they are my two least favorite of their popular beers. They can make a killer IPA like Two-hearted (which I would gladly grab over Oberon in a summer swelt) to my beloved Kalamazoo stout which is just delightful. At Troegs in 2010, we attended their saturday tasting and got the trays and filled every growler we could find. When the waitress came and grabbed our trays, none of us had finished the dreamweaver or the oberon. The waitress was surprised enough to say, "Wow, didn't like the dreamweaver or the oberon?!" None of us did. Oh well. The rest were great! And even the scratch beat the Oberon. Hands down.

edit: And NO! I'm not throwing an orange slice in the bottle! If it needs an orange or a lemon, package it with one.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 6,045 ratings.