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

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Ratings: 5,631
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 155
Gots: 741 | FT: 5
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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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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 bosco7
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden/straw color with an orange tinge. Frothy head. Summery indeed.

Hay, orange, floral hops and some yeasty notes in the nose.

Starts with orange and lemony hop flavors that move into a hard to describe sweet flavor. The finish is mildly spicy and floral. Bitterness is balanced as one might expect.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with plenty of carbonation. Overall this is a well crafted beer and is nice company on a warm day. I just don't understand the hype associated with it. Still very nice.

Photo of redneckchugger
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass, big thick white head, pale cloudy body.
Interesting nose, buttered popcorn, and orange zest. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say the butteriness was from diacetyl, but i loved it.
No butter in the taste tho, sweet, mandarin orange , with some lemon peel, and a bit of yeasty esters.
Beat wheat beer i have had to date.

Photo of Kolsch
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
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!

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 Anthony1
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type- bottle poured into a 0.5L weissen glass

appearance- c cloudy honey hold with a 1-2 inch off white head. good retention with good lacing

smell- smelled of orange, hops, clove, wheat, and banana. It was a very mild smell though.

taste/mouthfeel- a citrus taste with a mix of light clove and lemon. a light/medium body that drinks smooth. it is a tad bitter after taste.

drinkability- I'm very glad that Athens georgia now carries bell's beer as of 5-11-09. I've hear so much from my friend who lives a few miles from their brewery. I've recommended it to all my friends

Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.07/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #9080

Poured into my SN pint glass. A rough pour produced a gorgeous five finger voluptious creamy head. Some sticky lacing clung to the sides of the glass. A medium yellow to orange body that was a bit cloudy. Floater alert! Floater alert! Floater alert!

The aroma was not as powerful as I had expected. There is a faint whiff of Florida oranges and a dash of coriandor.

You get a strong hit of coriandor up front, with a slightly bitter finish. Loads of wheat coming through...not a whole lot of complexities.

The mouthfeel did seem a bit thin, and low on carbonation.

With almost no alcohol presence, this is something I could drink days on end and never get upset.

I had had this brew on tap many times before and loved it! Maybe this bottle wasn't the best, but this is a damn fine beer. I go against the grain on this one, and recommend it to be drank as cold as possible. Despite this bottle, I know that this is a solid summer offering from Bell's...and one that is hard to beat!

Photo of drcarver
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy organe with no head just some white film particles float about within.

S - Sweet, wheat toast aroma with a bit of root vegetable earthiness mixed in.

T - Very sweet with a hint of orange. There is some earthiness as well.

M - Smooth and dry with a nice tingle on the tongue.

D - Goes down easy

Photo of GodOfBeer
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy/murky yellowish gold with a thin white head, leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is interesting, almost like a green apple jolly rancher, some grain, fruitiness, pretty sweet with a slight citrusy hop aroma.

Actually a pretty complex taste for a pale wheat light looking ale. Some graininess and grassiness upfront, some nice fruit undertones, green apple, mango, some wheat, with a very nice hop finish to balance it out. This is a wonderful brew.

This is a great summer ale, wonderfully simple yet complex, very drinkable. Bell's has yet to disappoint me.

Photo of righthereisay
4.6/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a great seasonal beer. When I say seasonal, I mean late spring and summer.

The best of the summer beers. I am a stout / dark beer enthusiast, but during the summer, this is as good as it gets. I love the flavor, not light, not too much citrus, it is great for a really hot summer day.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of basscram
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my pint glass from bottle. pours nice and thick, color light orange, sediments. Head is about an inch thick and goes away in a couple minutes.

Smells of an almost ripe orange, but very light.

First taste is easy and I have to really sit and savor it see what I can taste. I taste a slight green pepperish taste. It does of course have some kind of citrusy taste to it, more along the lime flavor lines.

I take quite a few more swallows and sips and I really am enjoying this beer. You could make this a regular drinker for sure. I'd have it anytime. You could even chug it if you like I bet. Most of the flavor kicks the front sides of your tongue and the taste doesn't register on the middle of it.

lacing on glass, goes away pretty quickly. Sediments sink to bottom of glass by the way. Not sure if I should have stimulated the bottle before pouring. I really didn't know what to expect from this style of beer. a slight head stays around the outside edges of my glass too.

All in all. A fantastic beer! I recommend it highly.

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

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours hazy orange with golden highlights. Lots of particles floating around in there.

S - Light syrup sweetness, pears, green apples.

T - Orange, lemon citrus zest, wheaty, bready base.

M - Medium bodied, fair carbonation, smooth, pleasant.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy,copper color with a nice head and lace.
The aroma of hops,wheat and malts.

The taste starts off sweet with wheat and malt notes. Hops are followed by mild citrus hints.

The feel was light body and medium carbonation with a smooth yet dry finish.

Notes: A very memorable beer with a memorable taste. Great for warm weather or even the fall season. I had it while in Philly and I wish I could find it in NYC.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy, hazy, particle-filled yellow-orange. The off-white head is tall, fluffy, and rocky, with good retention. Lacing is very attractive.

S: Wheaty and firmly spicy. Some sweet, fruity hints; applesauce and pears, mostly. A bit yeasty as well.

T: Robust wheat flavors, with some spicy/herbal hop flavors. Definitely fruity as well. Pears and soft apple flavors. Yeasty notes linger and fade in and out.

M: Medium bodied; perhaps on the full-side for a wheat ale. Carbonation is soft, lending a creamy feel.

D: It doesn't jump out at you, but then beers of this style probably aren't designed to. So, so drinkable. A lovely summer beer. One of the few Bell's beers that lives up to the considerable hype, in my mind.

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

I got a sixer of this beer in a trade with Kiefdog, Thanks Kevin!

12oz bottle served in a weiss glass.

Cloudy yellow color with a fluffy white head that left a good deal of lacing.
Bitter Euro-hops and malted wheat in the aroma.
The taste is kind of earthy upfront before the sweetness kicks in, soon followed by a dry bitter finish and then a sticky sweet after taste. Very Nice!
Light/medium body with mild carbonation, good and drinkable.

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

A: Gold with a lot of large clumps of fluculated yeast floating around. One finger white foam head and decent lace

S: Orange peel, possibly just a citrusy hops though, but not bitter. No malt. A pleasing smell.

T: Biting, but refreshing. Still citrusy and still no malt. Not at all offensive

M: Haltingly biting

D: Easy, light.

Photo of gabe23
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy deep yellow color with a fizzy white head. Nice retention and decent lacing.

S - Mild aroma of citrus, spice, and fresh baked bread. A slight estery banana scent is detectable also.

T - Very wheaty flavor with a citrus sourness and a hint of spice. A little hop bitterness leads to a dry finish. Nothing special, really.

M - Light to medium body with lively carbonation. Quite refreshing.

D - Overall, this is a mild tasting beer that is easy to drink. It's not my favorite wheat beer, but it does hit the intended target of being a good summertime beverage.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Ralphus
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I knew nothing about Bell's Oberon when I saw it, but the label design must have worked because I picked it up anyway. It's a fairly nice and safe beer overall and one that your friends, wife or even you might enjoy outside on a patio.

The look is quite cloudy and haze of particles gives your glass a semi frosted look at all times even though it isn't. Color-wise it's a pale yellow on the sides bordering towards orange on the center.

The smell is like sweet floral nectar. It's very faint and you have to pull it in but it's nice and has a hint of vanilla. In the taste you get some hops right away followed by a fairly floral and slightly sweet fruity flavour. It's an interesting twist on the order of balance as beers are generally sweet initially with a hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is good.. a touch over-carbonated but otherwise fine. And the drink itself is interesting enough that a few of these is not out of the question.

Photo of Aenema
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy orange straw with a foamy white, 2 inch head with little lacing.
Smell - Citrusy hops really caught my attention.
Taste - Citrus, perhaps orange, with a biscuity malt, some spicy, particularly peppery notes and a hoppy bite.
Mouthfeel - Moderate to high carbonation with a light body. Crisp finish.
Drinkability - Very drinkable.

Photo of TheNightbird
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden hazy color with a orange hue. Nice long lasting head.

S- Yeast, wheat, the bottle does not lie it does smell like a summer afternoon. Hint of carmel.

T- Spice, wheat, soft fruit and yeast.

M- Soft medium body, with little carbonation.

D- Great Drinkability.

Photo of Martin2D
3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden yellow with a huge head that retains and laces. Apparent heavy carbonation

S - Hints of spice, maybe clove and wheat smells.

T - Mild wheat flavor accompanied by some heat from spice. Very mild in flavor, but lots of complexity.

M - Medium-heavy carbonation and light in body.

D - Extremely drinkable due to the light flavors and body. Complex and delicious as well though.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ugly bottle. Translucent custard colored liquid with a foamy white head. No lace but strong retention from glass top to bottom.

Smells of like a bag of oats and yeasty wheat funk.

Tastes like lemon citrus and wheat. Mild herbal hop in back lingers for a drying aftertaste. Pretty standard stuff here albiet done well.

For what it's worth I don't like wheat beers and I liked this one. Goes good with a sunny day.

Photo of barnzy78
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Batch #9055. Poured a cloudy yellow with a very slight hue of orange. Some particulates with a foamy white head. Aromas are of grass, wheat, lemon, and yeast. Tastes are similar - wheat, lemon rind, dried grass, with a nice balanced hop finish. Really nothing wrong here, but Oberon has never really wowed me like other Bell's offerings.

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