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

Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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4,139 Ratings
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Ratings: 4139
Reviews: 1513
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 trumick


1.78/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a straw cloudy color with small head that quickly disapeared. Smell is of grainy wheat and a sweet, citrus, yeasty almost unpleasant scent. The taste is a real disappointment, it is just sweet. A sugary sweet taste with no balance whatsoever. It leaves the palate with the same sweetness. It does have nice carbonation but the sweet taste is too overpowering. I could only drink one. Give me some salty peanuts for cryin out loud. I Won't drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2004 03:39:55 | More by trumick
Photo of trancefishy


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out pretty hazy yellow-hay colour, with thin head and some lacing.
nose is faint, but smells slightly of yeast and some citrus.
taste is a nice sweet malt, balanced out with a small amount of hops. the hops seem to have an orange/lemon/citrus aspect to them. the sweetness of the malt is definately the main thing i pick up on with this beer, though.
mouthfeel is creamy with good carbonation. incredibly drinkable with it's relatively low ABV.
this beer is on tap everywhere here in marquette, and so i often get it. i find on tap it's a bit lackluster compared to the bottle, which i'm drinking now.
marketed as a summer beer, it seems to come out a bit different from year to year. a good summer staple, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2004 01:06:24 | More by trancefishy
Photo of livin4jc


4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle from Wine Country Illinois, Homer Glen, Illinois
A orange-amber cloudy color. You can see the wheat and hops in the beer. Unfortunately, first glance I could only think of a drug-test specimen!
A wheaty fruit filled-frangrance made this beer quite appealing to me.
Medium bodied and refreshing. You could taste the Saaz hops and a distinct but not overpowering citrus flavor. A quality well-balanced beer.
Smooth, creamy, and not very carbonated. Great for the summer evening grill-outs.
Very refreshing. A good wheat beer and not overpowering. This is the best wheat beer I have had! However, I'd have to leave it in the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 05:00:06 | More by livin4jc
Photo of garthwaite


3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle. This one pours a cloudy gold with a small beaded head. Very mild aroma of wheaty sweetness with some spicy hops, & a hint of clove. Very light in the mouth with spicy hops & high fruitiness. Understated flavors of banana, lemon, tart green apple are evident. Finish is clean with some gentle peppery bitterness. Well balanced, easy-drinking, but somewhat uneventful brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 19:00:48 | More by garthwaite
Photo of profzoom


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

This wheat beer pours a hazy golden color. Its smell is crisp and very indicative of its wheat nature. Its taste is tart and sweet, and again it is quite apparent that this is a wheat beer. It is slightly more carbonated than most beers I drink, so the mouth is greeted with a pleasant tingly sensation with each sip. A fine beer from a very fine brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2004 03:52:34 | More by profzoom
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


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

Cloudy in appearance on the pour. Color is a dark amber-orange. Sparse head (despite the aggressive pour) faded quickly to an "edge-only" ring. Scant lacing of the glass. Aromas have notes of orange peel, fresh bread dough, and some spicy notes as well. Flavor continues the aromatic trends. Suprisingly low levels of wheat flavor noted. However, this plays well with the spicy/zippy/zingy flavors of citrus. Hops are present in the background, showing up with more pronounced flavor near the end. Aftertaste is sweet and doughy. Very balanced. Good mouthfeel and very drinkable. Excellent summer beer. Another winner from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 18:02:26 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of ppoitras


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" bright white head above very cloudy light amber brew. Head doesn't last too long, but then most wheats don't, and laces average or a bit below, also not unexpected for the style. Aroma is kind of an earthy, wheaty aroma, and not a strong as I would expect. Taste is subtly citrusy, combined with a nice wheat malt body. Mouthfeel is good, and the drinability is very good. A nice summertime brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2004 22:41:08 | More by ppoitras
Photo of RoyalT


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

Appearance – Very hazy and inviting yellow with a strong, white head that rose up nicely and left little pools of foam on top of the liquid.

Smell – Well, it smells like an American grain-based Pale Ale with a hint of wheat and a light, almost-soury lemon note.

Taste – The wheat is second to the grain, but there’s just enough of it to smooth things out. Again, there’s a light hint of lemon, not enough even to turn things sour, but just enough to be noticed. The grain is a higher-than-normal grade, making the all-around taste relatively good.

Mouthfeel – Very smooth, almost creamy, with a light carbonation that avoids the usual fizziness of American efforts.

Drinkability – This is not my style of choice, but for what it is trying to do I think it’s a solid effort by Bell’s.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2004 00:17:53 | More by RoyalT
Photo of BobLuvBeer


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

Appearance: Straw in color,. Nice creamy head, which slowly settles, but does not disappear.

Aroma: Citrus yeast aroma.

Taste: Wheat flavor is very strong, with a hint of citrus’s in the finish.

Very well balanced overall. Thick and yet smooth at the same time. Almost a buttery finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2004 19:37:37 | More by BobLuvBeer
Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Oberon: King of the Fairies in William Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. It's a little past midsummer night I'm afraid, but an early July day will have to do.

Significantly hazy lemon-amber with a large, bone white head that falls sloooowly and settles at a thick disk for nearly the life of the beer. A decent amount of lace in scattered scraps finds its way to the glass. The nose is of wheat and spice with a hint of pear-like fruitiness.

I'm enjoying the taste and the mouthfeel very much. Oberon is more flavorful than the vast majority of wheat beers and is both light/easy drinking and substantial at the same time. The flavor profile is equal parts untoasted wheat malt and softly bitter, spicy-herbal hops. Again, there are subtle, but unmistakable, pear and green apple notes.

The beer favors sweet right out of the chute and on the backstretch, while favoring dry and crisp at the wire. It's also blessed with a quality body/mouthfeel that matches the flavor perfectly and is just right for a summer seasonal; not overly thin like many.

This just might be my favorite wheat beer to date. Bell's has done a wonderful job with Oberon and I now wish that I had picked up an entire six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 18:30:48 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Shaw


3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My friend's girlfriend brought a sampler of Bell's brews down to Florida from her home in Indiana. Thanks Anna and Adam for sharing. I haven't seen Bell's in Florida.

I have to confess that I like the name for this beer. Why not name your summer ale after a Shakespeare character? Good choice. The beer doesn't quite live up to the great name, though.

Maybe it's because I'm a big fan of German wheat beers. American wheats seem bland to me. But since I just had Samuel Adams' Hefeweizen, I think Bell's Oberon Ale is just a tad too light. I would hope for a bit more substance. But this beer is still quite drinkable. It is a decent summer choice for drinking on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2004 06:48:21 | More by Shaw
Photo of euskera

North Carolina

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

Had this in Cincy last weekend.

Nice strawberry-blonde color. Holds its head well.

A liitle soapy at first taste, flowery after that will just a hint of tartness with the citrus overtones.

A nice change of pace from what I usually imbibe. Recommended for a nice summer Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2004 16:58:34 | More by euskera
Photo of DPMomutant


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a cloudy gold body. A fairly thick, creamy/fizzy head with some stickiness as it goes down.

The smell is of wheat and touch of spices. Fairly good.

This has warmed a bit before my taste of this. The taste is wheaty and spice like the smell. A bit sweet to my taste as well. Doesn't hurt it any but a bit unexpected.

The carbonation is moderate and the consistency is good just leaning a bit toward watery (only as opposed to oily). Feels refreshing going down.

This is a quality session beer for the warmer weather. Good enough to have a few on a warm day. I might get another 6er or two before the summer ends, hopefully supplies last that long.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2004 05:02:58 | More by DPMomutant
Photo of Gueuzedude


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

Pours a hazy straw color with a hint of orange. No real head when poured but when roused forms a thinish white head. Aromas of yeast, fresh bread, wheat, and a bit of lemony acidity. The taste is spritzy, lemony, with a hint of yeast imparted complexity (perhaps a hint of banana and a bit of clove). This is a nice easy drinking hot weather beer. I like the bit of lemon-acidity, whithout which this beer would be a dud. As this beer warms up the fruitiness picks up a bit. There is a nice bit of spiciness, which seems to be from a hop contribution. Certainly recommended if you are in need of Summer time refreshment.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2004 00:41:26 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of Soybomb


4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice cloudy gold with a foamy head that drops down to just some lacing.

Smell: Some citrus and flowery hop aromas come out, but nothing overpowering.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Tastes good, some citrus flavors, nice carbonation gives it a refreshing crisp taste initially and on the finish. Light bodied excellent summer beer.

Notes: I think I'd rather have two hearted ale, but its another solid beer from bell's.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2004 04:35:33 | More by Soybomb
Photo of murphyl


4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ironically, my first introduction to good beer was Oberon, two years ago at a local "beer garden" (read: student dive with better-than-average tap offerings). It's been my favorite summer beer since, and I thought I'd revisit the old standby...

Appearance: Bright golden orange, rather cloudy, with a limited amount of head that left moderate lace. Definitely an unusual color as far as wheat beers go, but then again Oberon isn't exactly a traditional wheat beer, so I'm willing to let this slide.

Smell: Heavy-duty citrus and floral notes, with a limited degree of hoppiness. If you get this at a bar where they insist on putting fruit or some such nonsense in or on the glass (horrors!), you won't be able to pick up the hops at all, even if you pick the obscenity out right away - the hops are that low-key.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Meyer lemon and bergamot flavors up front, fading into some unintelligible sweet flavors and a weak malty finish. Not a heavyweight beer by any means, but quite refreshing with all that citrus.

Drinkability: An eminently sessionable beer and a good all-around summer quaff - goes well with just about any summertime food you'd care to name, and you can have four or five sitting on your back deck without hurting yourself too badly.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 02:14:36 | More by murphyl
Photo of Sixpack595


4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yellow-orange in color, slightlt coudy with a thin white head. Aroma is lemony with a floral hop note. Flavor is light and fruity with a strong malty base. Sweetness is balanced almost a hint of a sweet tart. Flavor is moderately dry with a very slight sweetness lingering. Mouthfeel fairly light without being watery. Drinkability is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2004 07:05:01 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of koolkat

United Kingdom (England)

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

THe beer pours a nice very light yellow. It has some nice wheaty overtones without all of the clove and phenolic tastes usually found in wheat beers. All in all a decent beer that is rather drinkable on a hot summers day.

As far as drinkability goes I am sure I could easily plow through a sixer of this stuff and still not tire of it. Alltogether nothing remarkable but still a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 01:34:19 | More by koolkat
Photo of bnuttz


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

twelve ounce bottle serving

Appearance: a nice golden hue, very cloudy, yeast sediment is present, a nice head on this one

Smell: smells of yeast, and wheat, there is some fruitiness in there too

Taste: bread, and and fruit, a slight hoppy aftertaste. This is a great one for the summer, I can picture myself drinking quite a few of these around the grill

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2004 01:22:01 | More by bnuttz
Photo of elmocoso


3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Seems like this could be a good session beer.

I poured into tow glasses and the first was crystal clear, the second one poured with a plump of sediment. Ahhh, brewers yeast!

There seems to be more nose on the yeasty glass. It is a sharp fruitiness in the nose and mouth, Esters from the yeast, i suppose.

The taste is bread and malt and a has a little of a wine/champaign puff to it. It definitely grows on you.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 02:49:51 | More by elmocoso
Photo of bewareOFpenguin


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

A summer wheat. Mmmm. Poured a cloudy darkish yellow. It's best taste feature is it's dryness, as noticed by wife, the wine connosieur. Comparitably to a good champagne, although better IMHO. Some fruityness, little hops, but oh that dryness. It kept that feature thoughout.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2004 14:41:29 | More by bewareOFpenguin
Photo of jahred


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm - I'm not usually a fan of American-style wheats, but I've heard got things about Oberon. Pours a darky, cloudy yellow color with a thick white head. The scent is a bit disappointing - almost nothing. Maybe just a very slight yeasty scent, and as the beer warmed just the faintest hint of hops.

The taste was much better, though. Floral, fruity and sweet wheat, with a slight balancing hoppy aftertaste. Very, very juicy (for lack of a better word). Lots of bananas and apples.

Full-bodied and easy to drink. I hope to be opening up many of these this summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2004 14:32:42 | More by jahred
Photo of jimdkc


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden color with a small white head that disappeared down to a thin film quickly. Smell is mildly malty with wheat and a hint of lemon. Taste starts like other wheat beers: lightly sweet malt, wheat and yeast flavors and a lemony fruitiness... but then finished with a nicely spicy hop finish. Not enough hops to overpower the wheat beer feel, but enough to be a bit different for a wheat beer. Mildly sour aftertaste. Light to medium body, not too much carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable. A very good American wheat.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 04:05:20 | More by jimdkc
Photo of stewart124


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

After opening a bunk bottle I tried again and poured a winner. The off beer had a skunked feel to it. I tried to make my way through it but couldn't make it past a couple drinks.

Pours a pale orange with a cloudy haze and slight white head. Smells of a sweet fruity aroma but this is mild. The taste is a smooth creamy body with hints of fruits and that hefe character that we look for in these brews. Hits the tongue and dries it out a bit with the esters swimming all over the mouth. Very soothing as it hit the throat and pleases the tastebuds. Decent hefe and I can't wait to drink it on a warm summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 01:30:44 | More by stewart124
Photo of marcellaproust


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Didn't get much of a head on the pour; couldn't detect a smell either in the glass. But the taste charms: refreshingly lacks the overkill on banana and clove. I taste wheat and yeast for the first half, and subdued hops finish out the second. Mouthfeel is wonderful--it's a "light" summer beer in taste profile but the body is weighty enough to hold its own. A pretty beer, as most weiss are - cloudy and lemonade-yellow.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2004 02:57:31 | More by marcellaproust
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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