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

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86
very good

5,692 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,692
Reviews: 1,616
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 161
Gots: 804 | FT: 7
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.
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Ratings: 5,692 | Reviews: 1,616
Photo of hossua34
4.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A murky orange-gold. Unfiltered, with visible particulate suspended in the glass. A medium head with decent retention and moderate lacing.

S - Literally smells "bright"; it's not entirely describable. Wheat, orange and yeast. Smell is full and balanced.

T - Robust wheat beer flavor. Hints of orange and spice - just perfect. What wheat beers like Shock Top and Blue Moon wish they could taste like.

M - Thicker than your average summer beer. However, not heavy in the least.

D - On a hot summer day, one of these could easily turn into six in no time.

Among my friends, Oberon has become almost synonymous with summer. Minikegs of Oberon, which are only available in the summertime, are essential for any barbeque, camping trip or casual get together. I have yet to try a better summer wheat beer.

Photo of Slatetank
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of MisterSH
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle given to me by a friend. These are unavailable around here, I had never even heard of this beer until now.
Poured it into a weizen glass.

Explosive head, eventually settled down around 3 fingers, and stuck around for a long time. Color is straw golden with a slightly orange tint.

Aroma is very fruity. There is a prominent grape note, and something faintly earthy as well.

Taste: First impression is fruity wheat. There is a very, very slight spiciness. The beer is quite low on carbonation and mouthfeel is pleasantly light. There is a lemony note which is prominent but not at all overpowering, which gives way nicely to a decently hopped, citrus-like finish. Aftertaste is bready and clean. Refreshing.

Not exactly complex in its flavor, this beer is straightforward, delicious, and outrageously drinkable. An exceptionally easy going summer session beer and would probably have a broad appeal to macro drinkers as well. I would certainly pick this up from time to time if it were available in my area, esp. on hot summer days with friends.

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

Poured into Town Hall Weizen Glass

Pours 1/2 finger of white head. Fades down quickly. Leaves some lace. Color is a dark straw yellow with a lot of yeast sediments in the glass.

Aroma: Orange peel, lemon zest, and wheat are the main flavors I am smelling. Not a lot, but it makes for a decent summer beer.

Taste: A lot of spices are here that aren't in the aroma. I get some orange peel, lemon zest, clove, and some other mixed spices. Also has the typical wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel: A little crisp, but a tad smooth as well. Fairly light bodied. Decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a fruity zest aftertaste, but somewhat dry.

Overall, I like this beer for what it is. It is very simple and refreshing for a hot summer day. I could drink more of this.

Photo of Box4Rocks
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of JohnWaynes44
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy yellow with bits of yeast floating. Thin head dissipated with very little stuck to glass. Smelled very wheaty in bottle, but is less prominent in glass. This has a citrus aroma of orange and lemon.

Wheat is noticeable right off, very earthy and grainy. Orange, coriander, and bitter lemon rind, but not overpowering spice and citrus like so many summer ales. This has nice subtle notes of these popular additives, but it's dominant characteristic is the wheat. Malts are not non-existent.

Mouth tingles with fizz and citrus. Heavier than usual in this style. This is a very good summer ale.

Very drinkable and sessionable.

I like it best when very cold. Oddly enough, I like this beer best from the bottle. I know this will be unpopular with most BA's but try it from both vessels before cursing me.

Photo of Rhynes2
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my first beers by Bell's Brewery. Poured a cloudy orangish shade. I have heard this beer is sometimes cloudy and sometimes clear. It's a decent beer with with light citrus notes. Im normally not a big fan of wheat in beer but this beer has is very well balanced and I must admit, I like it. Very foamy head and it stays around for a while. Even though it's not one of my favorites, i will be trying more from Bell's.

Photo of Tromba
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a cold pint glass.

A: I've had this beer many times on tap and in bottles. Sometimes it's slightly cloudly other times it is clear. Today it's clear. Color is a bright gold/yellow with a little bit of sediment in suspension. Head is white and dissipates quickly, leaving a ring around the edge - no lacing.

S: Not much. A slight hint of sweet wheat malts.

T: A light wheat malty sweetness up front followed by a bit of orangey citrus character and ending with a pleasant, subtle bitterness. Note: this beer is often served with an orange wedge to intensfy that citrus character - this review was done with no orange wedge.

M: Medium-light body and crisp. Great for a hot day. Finishes clean.

D: Easy drinking. Starts to get a bit heavy after a few though. Maybe not quite a session beer, but it may be for some. This beer has a great reputation in the midwest and deservedly so. Even those who are not attracted to craft beer will probably like this one.

Photo of jrallen34
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a bottle into a pint glass.

This pour a cloudy gold with a white head. It smells citrus and hops.

It taste orangey, hoppy in the bottle, light coriander and a tad bitter at the end. This is summer sessional, but a decent one at that.

Photo of bgreg3
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
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

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.

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

Oberon a American pale wheat ale by Bell's...

A- Nice golden hue with plenty of yeast sediment in the glass. Thick upfront head that falls to quarter inch froth that leaves decent lacing for a pale wheat ale.

S- Sweet malts and wheat upfront with traces of hop scents are there. Yeast is also noticable in the head.

T-M- Clean refreshing taste of wheat and yeast backbone. This is then followed by mild but present hop definition. Sweet beginnings to bitter end. Very nice normality with the complex ingredients. Smooth on the tongue with mild astringentcy on finish.

D- Drinkable as any pale wheat beer with the help of smooth and refreshing flavor that masks the 5.8% alcohol content. Great summer wheat ale.

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!

Photo of BARFLYB
4.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle poured into sa DFH curved pint glass.

A- Oberon pours out a bright golden color with sediment seen in the liquid, oh well. A nice foamy white head reaches an inch before vanishing into nothing, no lace.

S- The smell is great for a wheat ale. I get some wheat but moreso im getting oranges, honey and sweet malts. I really like the smell.

T- More of the same with a fair balance between wheat, orasnge and sweet malts. The yeast that came from the bottle is probably enhancing the taste, Im glad I included it.

M- Smooth and somewhere in between light and medium bodied. Cafrbonation is low making for a smooth sipper. No bitterness at all in this fresh bottle tells me that the hops used were not major.

D- Easy as pie. I usually don't go for APWA all that much because I find them boring, but this has a bit more going for it in terms of flavor. The alcohol is low which keeps me coming back for more.

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

Drinking from a tumbler right now, typing on iPhone.

A - a bit murky, nice white head that leaves minimal lacing.

S - crisp, sweet, light malts. Apple? Good? Yes.

T - again nice and crisp, bitter fruit with a nice, bready finish.

M - not quite as light as I had expected, but fine for a pale.

D - if this were available around me, I'd be stoked to pick this up for a summer seasonal.

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

A wonderful, spritzy summertime ale. It took a while to grown on me, but I am now a fan.

Pours a sparkly cornsilk yellow with a vigorous, fluffy head, Don't be surprised by a dose of sediment suspended in the beer, though.

The aroma is pleasantly sour, with a healthy dose of pale malt and some wheaty bitterness to it. The flavor is wheaty, slightly sour, and grassy, with only a slight hop bitterness building on the finish.

The mouthfeel is thin and slick.

A remarkably drinkable summertime treat.

Photo of thekanna
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a large, frothy white head and active carbonation.

S: Wheat malts and yeasts with some residual sweetness and spiciness.

T: Beautiful sweet wheat malt leads to notes of citrus, fresh cut flowers, coriander, pepper, and phenols. Ends with hops that are just bitter enough to add a nice refreshing bite.

M: Extremely creamy and smooth. Ends somewhat thin.

D: I used to kick back during undergrad summers in Michigan with a couple of these. This brings back memories of vibrant sunny days without a care in the world. Even now, drinking a few bottles (wherever I can find them) changes my outlook on life, no matter how down I feel at that moment. This is a wonderful beer by Bell's, and should be more widespread in distribution.

Photo of cvaypai
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of Smithj86
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oberon poured from the bottle a cloudy, golden orangey color with a rapidly fading white head. Nicely carbonated, with little bubbles dancing about and nice mouthfeel. The flavor is smooth, with nice hops presence that is flavorful but not overpowering. Exceedingly tasty. And dangerously drinkable.

Photo of nicksta
2.65/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

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.

Photo of goblue3509
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of biggred1
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy blonde with tons of suspended yeast particles visable and a nice creamy white head that leaves some fine lacing behind as it melts. The nose is mild and consists of wheat malt and a bit of orange zest. The flavor is pretty much like the smell with just a little bit of spiciness. Light bodied with mild carbonation. It's a shame, I really used to look forward to this beer in the summer and it was one of the first beers that really turned me on to craft beer in the first place. Oberon is still a fine beer but I think my palate has changed over the years and it just doesn't do it for me anymore, but it did turn me on to all the other great offerings from Bell's.

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.

Photo of schmitter
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is incredible, I cant believe it doesnt have a higher rating.

It poured a beautiful, sunny orange with a thick, foaming head. Taste was surprisingly hoppy, but also crisp like most wheats. I could tase the traditional citrus notes (orange, lemon) along with a strong presence of hop and grain.

It went fantastic with my seafood salad/softshell crabs.

The bottle said something about it tasting or smelling like a sunny day and i cant help but agree; this is one of the best wheats i've tried.

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Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,692 ratings.