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

Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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4,149 Ratings
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Ratings: 4149
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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Photo of goblue3509


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

Pours a cloudy orange color with a nice one and a half finger head. The aroma of he beer is of citrus and wheat. The taste is much of the same it is of citrus and wheat. The beer had an orange placed in it which threw off my sense of taste a little bit after my initial first couple of sips. The mouthfeel was very little to no carbonation. Overall this is a very refreshing beer. You could drink alot of these on a warm summer day, it does have a very good flavor to it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2009 22:16:43 | More by goblue3509
Photo of aggiearcher13


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

On tap yesterday at Jordan's Big Ten.

A: Golden and slightly hazy. I remember this being a cloudier beer before, but this year it seems kind of clear to me. About an inch of head on it that hangs around and clings to the glass as it fades. Great color for a summer seasonal.

S: Wheat, orange, some spice to it. A good smelling beer, pretty mild.

T: Mild orange and lemon, spice, some bitterness from the hops. Yeast.

M: Pretty solid body to it, it's really nice.

D: Very drinkable, very refreshing. A great summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2009 21:15:53 | More by aggiearcher13
Photo of beerwolf77


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

What great beer. This beer is a beautiful orange color. It almost matches the label on the bottle. Decent amount of head that lasts well past the first few gulps. The aroma reminds me of juicy fruit gum. So fruity almost candy like. Then there's the flavor. Like a burst of oranges and lemons with hints of grassy wheat. It tastes like juicy fruit too. I enjoy how this dances on my tongue then finishes semi dry. I've been known to crush several of these at one sitting so to say it's very drinkable would be an understatement. I will go on record and say I love this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 01:32:47 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of jjboesen


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

Another one from Larry Bell, who has provided many a thirsty BA with many a good beer. The Oberon is of course a cloudy gold brew with minimal head and no carbonation. The nose is greeted with a veritable fruit bowl of aroma, one that blends alomond, orange and raisin. Mom always told me to eat more fruit. An occassional swirl will reprise a good rendition of the initial aromas.

The palate detects a sweet honey taste that drops off to a minimal bitterness. There is a spicy aftertaste, as well. A very light quaff for any warm summer evening. Of course, not one for a cold Michigan winter. Larry has other brews for that.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2009 23:41:58 | More by jjboesen
Photo of BluesDaddy


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had Oberon in May as part of a beer dinner at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta. I was not expecting much, wheat beers (or ales) not being my "thing". Man, was I surprised. Poured on tap into a pint glass, this beer is a cloudy pale orange - really quite lovely in its own right. The aroma was somewhat fruity, but not hoppy. I didn't spend too much time on admiring it, however, and tasted it - wow, talk about being blown away. This beer is simply so much more full flavored than any other wheat beer I've tasted, and perfectly balanced. Just when you think it might start to be a bit cloying, the bitterness kicks in and vice versa - a very "clean" tasting beer. I liked it so much I pretty much finished the pint before the actual appetizer course was served (Molly at the Porter was kind enough to "top off" my glass when it was). On top of all this, my wife, who is NOT a big beer drinker, truly loved it - the first time I've known her to really LOVE a beer. Since the dinner, I've purchased this in a six pack. While not quite as tasty as on draught, still a wonderful and refreshing beer to have at home.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2009 16:26:20 | More by BluesDaddy
Photo of JoshuaJ


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

Had on tap at Mac's Pizza Pub.

Pours a hazy, yellow-orange with a creamy head and excellent lacing.

Smells of orange and lemon rinds, and cereal grains. Yeasty and wheaty.

Tastes so, so refreshing. The kiss of citrusy hops meshes very well with the slight biscuity malts and eventual cereal grain finish. Extremely crisp. Finishes dry, prompting for another sip.

Carbonation is moderate and adds to the refreshing character of this beer. Medium bodied, at best, this is an extremely drinkable brew. At an 5.8% ABV, I'd go ahead and session this on a hot summer day. A fantastic brew to grill out with, or just sit and enjoy good company.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2009 18:38:36 | More by JoshuaJ
Photo of dublife1


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Porter's Pub in easton, Pa. Nice 1 finger head with smells of wheat and grass. Taste is very good and slightly creamy, yet crisp. This is a beer that could be sessioned on a hot summer day with ease. Mouthfeel is very good and lets you know you are drinking something better than most. This beer does exactly what Bell's wanted it to. Another top quality offering by Bell's.

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2009 16:33:10 | More by dublife1
Photo of Kolsch


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Zoso's Bar, Greensburg PA.

Appearance: Yellow, clear and very pilsnerish. Nice head that remained a cusp throughout drink.

Smell: Sweet Orange with slight hop odor.

Taste: Sweet up front and upon swallow, finishes dry. I detect a very orange taste to this that is different and I like it. Wheat and Hops are at the back end of this beer and not very prominent.

Overall: I like this version of the American Pale Wheat Ale. Most APWA overdose on the hops, this lets the flavors shine through. Well done Bells!

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2009 01:35:40 | More by Kolsch
Photo of civilizedpsycho


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy with and orange-yellow color. One finger head that dissipates slowly.

Smell: Somewhat strong orange smell (some of which I'm sure comes from the orange slice).

Taste: Pretty powerful citrus flavor and a light orange taste that's not nearly as powerful as the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thin, crisp, and doesn't linger too long.

Drinkability: Great, I could go to a bar and drink this beer all night. It's not too sweet and the citrus isn't too powerful. All around good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2009 21:19:03 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of glid02


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

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a one-finger, slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sugar-coated pears with hints of mandarin oranges. As it warms a bit of spiciness wafts out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pears, mandarin oranges, and hints of apple all start things off - toeing the line of being too sweet. Near the end of the sip very light spicy notes enter into the equation before a mildly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this is a very good wheat beer, my only qualm being that it's very close to being overly sweet. Still, worth a shot on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2009 21:02:51 | More by glid02
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

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

A very nice beer overall, I am happy that Bell's finally made its way to SC.

The beer pours a nice luminescent yellow with orangey-red notes. There is some nice cloudiness and a thin crown that disappears quickly but laces well.

The smell and taste both have characteristics that I can only describe as chardonnay-like...sorry. There is some oaky butteriness, some light ripe fruit, very different and impressive.

This leads to a nice mouthfeel as well, crisp with just enough body.

I could drink quite a few pints of oberon, one of the better summer beers I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2009 16:48:07 | More by grayburn
Photo of Mistofminn


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Downtime on Wednesday during the Twins game.

On tap from the bar. Served in a pint glass, color is a hazy golden orange. Decent white head, minimal lacing.

The nose is lots of wheat malts. Sort of sweet smelling, with a dash of spice. Also a noticeable hop bitterness, at least noticeable from a wheat beer standpoint.

Pretty good taste. When I first got into craft beers, I had a lot of wheat beers, and I loved them. Since then, I have kind of thought they where bland. This one is definitely heavy on wheat. There is also a substantial citrus and spice taste to if. Nothing to special, but for an American wheat beer, it's pretty impressive.

Mouthfeel is cripa nd smooth at the same time. A strong carbonation makes for a crisp stinging feeling, while the heavy wheat malts make it sweet and smooth. Overall very drinkable.

Another solid offering from Bell's, and another of their brews that make it to the top of it's class.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2009 00:43:01 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of unclejimbay


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

Reviewed @ E Street JB, 5/15/09
Draft>pint glass
A 3.5 - orangish amber in color, smaller head than normal, could have been the pour?
S 3.5
T 4.0 Citrus and malty caramel in taste. Semi sweet malt base with a deep citrus finish.
MF 4.0 - Medium+ in body, Medium in carbonation
D 4.0 - I dig this for a seasonal Bell's offering. I am always excited when it comes out in the spring!

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2009 14:05:48 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of steanu


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

This is a beer that's awesome on Tap but it's terrible in a bottle.

A-It's got kind of a dark orange color if I can remember correctly.

S-It's got a nice orange scent to it.

T- When it's actually on tap it tastes REALLY good. Kind of similar to Blue Moon.

M- It feels great in the mouth it goes clean.

D- Its great on tap but it's not good in a bottle. It's way overpowering if it's in a bottle. At least to me it is.

Overall, Oberon is a tap Beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2009 17:11:02 | More by steanu
Photo of hardy008


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -Had a hazy gold color with very little head and no lace.

Smell - Very light smell, a little bit of orange.

Taste - Much better than the aroma. Could taste orange and lemon with sweet malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. It would be easy to have several of these.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2009 01:34:12 | More by hardy008
Photo of LordAdmNelson


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

A- Not bad, a nice straw gold color with a small to moderate head.

S- Somewhat weak. Citrusy, slightly sour.

T- Pretty good. Decent amount of citrus and bittering hops paired with a slight wheaty backbone. Hint of pine/grass/earth in the finish.

M- Medium to light bodied. Well carbonated. Nothing special, but nothing bad.

D- Good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2009 06:47:37 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of lordofthewiens


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

On tap at The World of Beer. The beer was a hazy yellow color with a thick white head that left a good deal of lacing. It had a grassy/outdoors aroma, with a little citrus. Lemony citrus taste, some malt. The beer was medium-bodied, very refreshing. Would be a great beer on a hot summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2009 15:52:11 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of dukedevil0


4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at sharp edge creekhouse outside of Pittsburgh

A: pours a pale golden yellow with a finger of head that reduces down and leaves lots of lacing behind on the glass.

S: very citrusy scent which didn't quite expect, it's actually not intense but us the dominant smell, orange peel and I keep searching for yeast or wheat and it's either barely there or I
Making it up in my head because I just had a saison

T: tastes like someone e put orange slices in my beer, very citrusy, very surprising flavor to me but I like it, it's a very light flavor that isn't intense

M: a little thin but that will gel in the sessionability

D: I want to give this a 5 here because it may be the most sessionable beer I have ever had, but! I can't help but think they could make it even better. Low abv, low abv taste, great easy flavor.

This feels like the grandson of hopslam and the son of two hearted, I'll be continually drinking this for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2009 23:20:11 | More by dukedevil0
Photo of BeerSox


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

On-tap into pint glass.

Pale yellow-orange hue with a white one and a half finger head, strong lacing. The aroma has bready grain, with some slight hints of the hops. Citrus, orange peel and lemon, is in the front on top of some light grain aromas. A slight creamy overtone is there. Lighter bodied.

This one came with a bit of hype, but I'm glad I tried it. It's very refreshing, and not like other beers of the same style which seem to over-do the citrus characteristics. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2009 23:58:47 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Vonerichs


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap while sitting outside at the local Taphouse during 80F and sunny weather. Let me just say it fit that setting perfectly.

Hazy light orange color.

Smells like a typical wheat beer with slight hints of orange.

Tastes the same. This actually does have a very clean taste and the citrus has a very fresh feel. Taste is all orange and wheat tang, with a bready yeast finish with some bittering hops to boot.

Good carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

I could drink a boat load of these during the summer. This is a classic summer session beer.

I will admit I'm not the biggest fan of wheat beers, but as far as they go this would be towards the top of my list.

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2009 23:43:36 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of Thorpe429


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

G: Poured into, of course, a Bell's Oberon pint glass.

A: Pale golden-orangish-yellow (enough colors?) with a naze haze.

S: The pale wheat is definitely there, and somewhat obscured by a citrus spiciness.

T: Citrus and spice along with the wheat backbone.

M: Quite light and crisp; good carbonation.

D: A very nice summer beer and one that is quite sessionable indeed. My gateway beer to the craft world.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2009 05:44:01 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Infamous7100


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

One of my favorites...just now got around to reviewing.

A: Pours a golden/strawlike color. Kind of like hte label says, "the color of a summer afternoon." Unfiltered and cloudy. About a one finger, smooth head in my pint glass. Minimal lacing.
S: Hits with a fruity/bready scent at first. Alchohol peeks through a little, but the fruits overpower it. I'm picking up a lot of lemon and orange in this. A little bit of a grapefruit as well. Some hops do make themselves known too.
T: At first I get the lemon/orange flavor along with the malty sweetness. This fades into a little bitterness as the hops come through. Together, the blend perfectly. Very crisp and smooth.
M: Mild carbonation. Mild hang in terms of the alcohol and hops. As previously stated, very crisp and smooth.
D: This has session written all over it and is the perfect outdoor brew. It doesn't fill you up, but it will satify your tastebuds.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2009 21:14:07 | More by Infamous7100
Photo of UDbeernut

New York

3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking for this since it was brewed again. on tap served in a standard pint glass

a: light straw yellow color, slight 1/4" head with fair retention. Did reduce to lace rings around my glass. slightly cloudy but not much compared to other wheat styles.

s: light aroma, slight citrus and wheat

t: to be honest, I found the taste to be bland. I found it to be well balanced, but did not really notice much citrus character. the most I found was a slight sweatness from the wheat and perhaps any spice used.

m&d: light mouthfeel, extremely drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2009 09:50:13 | More by UDbeernut
Photo of stace


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

On tap at Poor Phil's.

So happy Bell's is back in Illinois! This is the beer that made me fall in love with Bell's. Okay, let's go...

Appearance: Not very cloudy, not much head. By the time I got my glass it was mostly lace.

Smell: To be honest, I'm not getting much of anything off this. Nothing bad, though.

Taste: Ahh, this is why we drink it, isn't it? Lovely. Wheat beer taste, a little sweet but not too much.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, light. Great summer beer.

Drinkability: Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes. Hot day, glass of Oberon? Yes yes yes. Seriously, though, it's quite drinkable, almost sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2009 00:17:14 | More by stace
Photo of Thanby


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy honey color, not much head or lacing. Smells of mild honey, orange and lemon, and a wheat malt to support it all. Taste is smooth and a little dry, yeasty, the citrus flavors are present all the way through, mild hopping in the background, and a wheat malt. Relatively clean finish, a good all-round wheat beer that's easy to drink and goes well with the proper cuisine.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2009 00:45:41 | More by Thanby
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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