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

Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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4,153 Ratings
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Ratings: 4153
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 ne0m00re


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on-tap at Fabian's in Columbus, Ohio in a straight-sloped pint glass.
A: Crisp golden honey, amber. Very clear. Poured with a cream, dense head that slowly died to a film.
S: Slightly musty, citrus (orange), and peach with bright, slightly piney hops. The beer in general comes off as fresh and crisp.
T: Bread with fresh orange juice, peach, and citrusy, piney hops. It leaves a crisp orange zest to linger.
M: Creamy and frothy, slightly syrupy, but crisp.
D: Awesome, even for the style.
For me, this almost defines the hefeweizen, pale wheat style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2010 00:53:01 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of tykees88


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at dicky's wild hare in fort wayne.

A- comes out with a little bit of off white head. A cloudy orange color that lets you know this baby has some yeast.

S- It smells of orange and a little bit of hops. The orange really stood out to me though and was about all I could smell.

T- The taste was great. The orange flavor was a gentle but strong upfront on the palate hit. I could taste some malt in the beer and the bitters on the end were very minimal.

M- The mouthfeel here was a creamy dreamsicle type feel. It was one of the creamiest feeling beers I have ever had.

D- I could rate this higher but am not going to because I think that after 3 or 4 of these I would want something else. I could drink this all through the summer and like it every time, however, I can't see myself drinking more than a few. I was surprised on the abv on this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 23:36:43 | More by tykees88
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

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

A: Slighlty hazy orange-amber color, with minimal head and lacing.

S: Mild citrus, hop and wheat present. More citrus than anything.

T&M: Slight hoppy flavor with mostly hints of citrus. Heavier wheat malt base that is good but not overpowering. Crisp, medium bodied.

Refreshing beverage that is very good for the style. Probably one of the best Amer. Wheats I've tried.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2010 21:34:15 | More by cdizinno
Photo of DAEverett

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good easy drinking summer beer. Non destinct smell doesn't measure up to taste. Very appealing color matched by drinkability. Soft aftertaste, small fruit flavors. Some enjoy with an orange I just squeezed a few drops in so actual fruit wouldn't over power taste. Better on tap than bottle. Had 4 on a warm spring night and was very happy with my choice.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 06:10:19 | More by DAEverett
Photo of chaz01


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Draught pint at a local Oberon Release Party, indicating that the first of this beer has arrived in our area for the season.

A: Murky, cloudy pale orange, with very little head.

S: Lemon and orange citrus aromas with some grassy tones.

T: Hoppy bitterness up front with some lemony flavor.

M: Light, refreshing mouthfeel with a dry lemon flavored finish which can be a little harsh.

D: Very drinkable and refreshing, pairs well with any seafood or appetizer/salad course or by itself on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 05:56:03 | More by chaz01
Photo of bierenutz


3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this earlier this p.m. on tap at an Oberon release in West Bloomfied, MI.
A-Golden light amber cloudy color with a smallish head and minimal lacing on the glass.
S-Very mild hops aroma with only hints of lemon and spice. I tried to get more as I drank this but it just wasn't there.
T-Refreshing, crisp beer that was light and had only minimal bitterness. An easy beer to drink many and often.
M-Moderate carbonation with mild bite and pleasant afternotes.
D-This is one of those perfect summertime beers that you could drink all night if that was your goal and beer was your beverage of choice.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2010 02:31:52 | More by bierenutz
Photo of levifunk


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

Just had this on tap at Boston's in Middleton for the Oberon release. This is actually the first time I've had this beer, and it was really good. Reminds me of Leinenkugel's sunset wheat, but a lot better. This will be a great beer to keep around during the summer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2010 02:09:26 | More by levifunk
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 07:47:48 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of cagocubs


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

This last summer I have noticed this beer gaining in popularity around the Chicago bars. Was at a bar and chose Oberon over Gumballhead next door. Similar beers.

A: light apple juice gold, nice big white foam head

S: Smells crisp with citrus and wheat coming through.

T: Very crisp and refreshing. Sweet, fruity, and earthy (wheat?). I felt like there needs to be another taste present.

M: Good, light, crisp, and refreshing.

D: High, very drinkable on those spring/fall warm nights.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2009 03:21:01 | More by cagocubs
Photo of Tucquan


3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this at "The Downtown" pub in Warsaw, Indiana on 2009-04-17. Had this again on 2013-04-09 from a 1-week old bottle and liked it more than in 2009 so I raised my rating.

The ale is a very transparent golden color with a short, white head. There's light lacing that sticks around.

There's a crisp, light wheat grain taste and a bit more hop bitterness than you typically find in a summer wheat. I liked this hops surprise.

There's a certain, distinct other flavor that is hard to place for me. Maybe light-candied fruit that balances nicely with the hpos.

The mouthfeel is light-medium and the carbonation is medium.

A very refreshing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 11:43:51 | More by Tucquan
Photo of bigbelcher


3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge rocky head served from a jockey box at the Big Pour in Scottsdale. eventually settled down. Color is golden with a slightly orange tint. The aroma is very fruity. Definantly an ale with a nice citrus note. The taste is simply that of a fruiity wheat beer. I am sure it is going to be a big hit here in Arizona, the girl pouring it said it would be available year round in Arizona starting next month. Mouthfeel is pleasantly light. There is a citrusy lemony note which is prominent but not overpowering Aftertaste is bready and clean.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2009 16:59:10 | More by bigbelcher
Photo of deapokid


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to give those cool looking mini-kegs another try, although they have caused me some trouble in the past (i.e. lack of carbonation, aluminum flavor). Yet, if Bell's Oberon is available in this fridge-sized tub 'o beer, it can't be all that bad an idea.

I'm not completely sure I properly classified the serving type, but I doubt that's a huge issue.

Oberon poured a big foamy white head with limited retention and a thin, orange color. Look is summery and refreshing and I'm quite surprised that it maintained all of the personality it has in the traditional 1/2 keg.

Smell is sweet, wheaty and citrusy, but never heavy. Its lack of artificial aromas is actually quite welcoming and it's nice to find a summer ale that doesn't strain to be conventional.

Taste is light, floral and a little hoppy. There is also a nice tangerine bite with a mild spiciness at the close. Wheat character isn't masked, allowing some nice banana esthers to peak out in every sip.

Mouth is extremely light, refreshing and tasty. As the beer warms, a mild bitterness peaks out that nicely offsets the sweeter moments.

This is insanely drinkable and probably the best American Pale Wheat I've ever had. I often feel like APWs come off as a poor man's hefeweizen, but this brew is a cut above and has a taste that is all its own.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2009 02:38:16 | More by deapokid
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served up on draft at Tom's Oyster Bar in Detroit, right near the tunnel. Two finger beige head sat atop a light gold body. Smell of orange, light citrus. Taste was slightly sweet, apricot, mandarin orange with bitterness most pronounced in mid-swallow. Finish is rather dry. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel is a delight, balanced just about right. Overall, rather good stuff and pretty interesting wheat beer, I can see why this has such a strong local following this time of year.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2009 03:56:22 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of xfactor9600


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer this afternoon after a rough week at work. I've had it many times out of the bottle, but this was my first draft experience.

A nice summer orange color, topped with a thin head. There is a citrus aroma that is obvious upon poor (sorta like Blue moon). However, the taste is more refined with hints of orange and other citrus. The beer itself has a nice feel in the mouth and goes with a variety of dishes. I like this beer out of the bottle very much, so it it did not disappoint me on draft.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2009 22:06:07 | More by xfactor9600
Photo of ffejherb


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, PA.

A - Clear golden/light amber body with large bubbles of carbonation throughout and over a finger's width of creamy bright white head that yielded lots of thick, foamy lacing.

S - Light citrus notes paired with sweet caramel and pale wheat malts. Pretty simple, subtle aroma.

T - Sweet malty flavor with a light citrusy character. A touch of floral hops emerge in the backend. Finishes with a hint of toasted grains and a subtle bready character.

M - Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Texture is perhaps slightly syrupy overall. Finishes with a subtle hop bite on the back of the tongue.

D - Oberon is a great summer beer, no doubt about it. Simple and easy to drink, especially during the warm weather months.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2009 22:26:43 | More by ffejherb
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the local Mellow Mushroom. Came out a murky gold with a thin white head on top. Decent sticky globbing on the glass edge. Smells like lemon bread, sweet malts, corn, and hints of spices.

The mouth is creamy, but with a nice touch of carbonation on the tongue. This is a very flavorful, unoffensive beer. Nice buttery flavors mix with a sweet backbone. This is bready as all get out. I really like this one. Great for the summer. I will definitely get this again...and again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2009 19:38:38 | More by Onenote81
Photo of Goldopelgt


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

A- Pours a straw color with a thin whitish head that disappears fairly quickly with little to no lacing...

S- Very sweet...orange peels and lemon, what you would expect from a summer brew...

T- On par with how it smells...sweet, with some orange, but also some spice....what you would find with any good wheat...

M- A little thin here...not bad, but just thin...decent carbonation, light bodied, and crisp...

D- A good summer brew, not my favorite, but by no means bad...definitley one you could find yourself drinking over and over on a hot day...

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2009 01:49:15 | More by Goldopelgt
Photo of Slatetank


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

I had this from a 5 liter draft can. Poured chilled into a tulip.

A - A hazed dark golden w/ 2 finger rocky frothy head. There is a nice effect of visible carbonation and a light cap of large bubbles

S - A yeast and wheat odor dominates w/ lemony hop notes

M - Creamy feel w/ a soft yeast texture, moderate carbonation, med body and sweet nutty finish

T - The taste is crisp with lemony notes as the carbonation subsides w/ puffed wheat cereal flavor that has a creamy edge. The flavor of yeast is present w/ a nice mellow spice from wheat and hints of American hops are there as it finishes

D - High drinkability and smooth quaffability - perfect ale for summer since it is light in mouthfeel but not light on flavor.

Serving type: can

08-04-2009 11:28:06 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Box4Rocks


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is and always will be my go to summer ale. It is always great to experience the change in the flavor as thier stash matures from the beginning of summer to the end of summer. I always try to pick up a late summer batch before the season ends.

The color of the ale is reminicent of a summer evening as the sun starts to set. A fiery orange color with the creamy white head acting like the last of the cumulus clouds in the summer sky. The aroma is floral with fuity notes and allows the hops to present themselves but not overpowering. The taste is citrusy and sweet perhaps the hop flavor gets lost a little in the malt but I won't argue. Perfect to drink when it is not too cold, but still above room temperature just to take the heat of the summer day away.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2009 17:14:34 | More by Box4Rocks
Photo of bgreg3


4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They poured this baby into a 16oz oberon glass, I got it as a present to take home , o boy!

app- a hazy gold color that looks likie it'd be a wheat beer, the foam sticks around the ring of the glass, but not much of a foam head.

Smell-wheat flavors, with maybe some corn or rice in the smell as well , not that good of a sniffer.

Taste- citrus flavors come along strong ,
I taste slight grapefruit, but stronger lemon zest this beer has a wheaty grainish finish. quite good, actually damn good.

MF-light to medium body with a crisp summer finish. a very wheaty way to beat the summer heat.

Drinkability- very drinkable I think I could drinka mini keg to myself on my day off, haha

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2009 23:47:33 | More by bgreg3
Photo of rdub


3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap into a standard pint glass. Nice golden color with a thin head fading away quickly. The lacing was minimal. Cloudy.

Your standard wheat ale aroma. A tiny bit of banana.

Taste was easy drinking with a mild wheat and banana flavor. Smooth mouth feel with tiny little bubbles.

Easy to drink. Let's hop on the mower.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2009 23:31:40 | More by rdub
Photo of GordonQuid


5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 5 litre mini keg to 22oz pisner glass.

Nice cloudy, hazy, golden nectar from the god's! Like a mixture of the sun and clouds on a perfect summer's day!

Taste is perfection for an American Wheat style! Profound in flavor truely one of a kind in this style. Wheat malt blended with low-alpha hops and perhaps a nice spicey saaz and orange rinds.

Exceptionally smooth and drinkable! This should be every wheat lover's summer staple beer!

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2009 20:10:26 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of cvaypai


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

On tap taken from notes.

Appearance - Beautiful golden orange like the sun, cannot see through, lots of yeast sediment. Poured with 1 finger frothy head that doesn't last long and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell - Smells very fruity, you can pick up a bready smell and a tiny bit of hops, love the smell. Bananas and a bit of cherry. Small amount of citrus hops detected.

Taste - Sweet up front with good wheat and yeast flavor, nice bite on the end with a good bitter finish. The hops are subtle but add so much to the taste. Very bready taste but very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Maybe just a tad bit over carbonated and a bit of a weird mouthfeel, can't put my finger on it, but it does not hurt the integrity of the beer.

Drinkability - All day long, especially in the summer, great beer for the summer definitely. Just right.

Great summer beer from Bell's.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2009 18:48:17 | More by cvaypai
Photo of nicksta


2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer confuses me. The look was a solid, dark yellow beer with a thick foam head. The smell was wheat and citrus. I'm thinking of a breakfast bed. The beer was thick and the foam was velvety. The drinkitbility was okay for its thickness. However, the taste was terrible. A quick slam of semi-sweet citrus that is too heavy on the lemon. The beer ends with an unbalanced bitterness for more than half of the drink. Maybe I got a bad mini-keg.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2009 23:09:56 | More by nicksta
Photo of xtremejammn


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent pale Wheat Ale.

Appearence: Pours an inviting somewhat bright orange color with a head that fades after a few minutes leaving a little lacing afterwards.

Smell: The bottle is right, it definetly reminds me of a sunny afternoon, smells of orange peel and spice.

Taste: Tastes of a lemon/orange citrus with a slight spicy aftertaste, very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Not too bubbly, won't hurt to savor it.

Drinkability: A light carbonation makes it easy going down, but a slightly bitter aftertaste contradicts it a bit. Good.

Bottom Line: A good summery beer, nothing amazing but definetly something worth trying. Ta ta.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2009 19:50:35 | More by xtremejammn
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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