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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

5,569 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,569
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 147
Gots: 660 | FT: 5
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 TLove
2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Supremely disappointed after all I've heard about this beer (and considering how well-ranked it is by my respectable peers). Not well-balanced AT ALL. This beer has its attributes, but I'd go for a Blue Moon any day.

Color was orange-tinted and holds its head pretty well, though does not pour particularly thick. Looks like a bubbling sediment-laden riverbed.

Smells awful. Kind of like Busch light, only with less of the gag-reflex.

Taste is better. Sourdough and cheddar cheese, citrus flavors of orange and lemon. But taste dissipates rather quickly and does not leave any real lasting wheat mouthfeel.

Over-carbonated and does not lend any real substance or flavor once moved around the mouth.

Finish is surprisingly smooth and

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

Bottle into Sam Adams lager glass.

Pours pale straw, with a hint of orange, very hazy, with a dense one-finger off-white head on top that sticks around nicely. Really nice lacing.

Nose is tangy wheat/light pale malt, some yeast (clove?).

Taste is yeasty, tangy wheat. Very light hoppy bitterness towards the finish. There's a light, fresh breadiness about the beer that I'm really loving towards the finish. You can tell it's super fresh. Finish is bready, yeasty. Bit of citrus.

Mouthfeel is light to medium carbonation, light bodied.

Top notch for a style I'm usually really not crazy about. It's odd, but it actually reminded me more of an abbey singel crossed with a wheat beer.

Photo of bigdeuce
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an outstanding, craggy head. True spotting down the glass. Opaque throughout the glass. Smells of fruity esthers, wheat and tangy banana. All the fun ceased for a bit, as it was very hoppy. I was expecting wheat and banana. Tasted like an APA, maybe a bad bottle? Was fresh and crispy, just not a true american "wheat" ale. However, very crisp, light and easy to drink. I would have rated it higher if it had been an APA.

Photo of CHSLBrew
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a pint glass. First bottle of my first 6-pack of the year, enjoyed while reading "The Long Walk" on the patio.

A-Glowing golden hazy beer. Crisp, clean white head, 2 full fingers of nicely-sustaining head.

S-Yeasty, wheaty aromas, slight citrus with minimal phenols.

T-Refreshingly malty with that wheaty twang. Bitterness balances the grainy malts appropriately, with an ever-so-slight citrus twist. Finishes grainy and bitter, dry.

M-Medium-high carbonation. Light mouthfeel, fits in perfectly with the refreshing taste.

D-Highly drinkable. Danger: you will want another while lounging outdoors on a beautiful summer afternoon.

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

This one pours a hazy copper color with some yeast visible. A thick white head dissipates pretty quickly to a foam but leaves some rings of patchy lacing.
The smell is mostly wheat with some gentle citrus and banana, along with a light spice. A light malt blends with an earthy, herbal hops in the aroma as well.
The wheat is in the taste as expected, accompanied by a tanginess. The other elements found in the aroma are a little lighter in the taste. A little bit of orange is in here that wasn't as detectable as in the aroma. There's a sweet malt up front as well, though hops are more of an underlying character that comes out with a little bitterness in the finish.
This one is smooth and fairly creamy with a crisp bite. It's a lighter-bodied brew with gentle but adequate carbonation.
This one's very sessionable and a good brew all around.

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

Appearance: Good carbonation, and it pours a hazy orange. I can see yeast floating inside. Nice thick head..goes away quickly..to a foam layer.

Aroma: Wheat, some spices too. Maybe a little citrus

Taste: Wheat, a good amount of breadyness follows. The taste is pretty sweetish overall. Finishes off with very little bitterness

Mouthfeel: Goes down extremely well. Crisp finish. Somewhat creamy while still on the tongue..then just a great crispness to finish off

Drinkability: Highly drinkable..its a wheat after all. Tastes great, goes down well

Recommended

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.

Photo of naterock
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Willi, with a cloudy golden color and a foamy white head that dissapates quickly.

Smells kinda funky, with a wheat malt and a good array of spices in the background. A grassy hop.

Tastes like a heartier wheat than I am used to. Good spices like coriander and some orange peel with a sort of undescribable spice that I can't put my finger on. Some bittering hops are present in the finish which is what I think sets this wehat apart from most.

Mouthfeel is really close to perfect but loses me on the carbonation which is a bit too high. kinda dry but crisp and refreshing. Oxy-moron I know but some how it pulls it off. Drinks incredibly easy especially on a hot day. Truly a great beer and I look forward to it's next release.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a really nice cloudy yellow color, but a deeper hue of yellow than most wheat ales, i guess thats where the pale comes from, a little more malt can go a long way i suppose.

smell is good, has a nice spicy yeast aroma to it, not much malt or hops though.

taste is good, after a long day i'm tempting to make it a perfect but i know that would be doing an injustice, but its a good tasting beer.

mouthfeel is good, crisp and refreshing

drinkability is very high, wheat beers are my favorite session beers.

Photo of UDbeernut
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

Photo of minterro
3.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Cloudy golden look with a that when poured is thick and disappears into a pretty think but constend foam. Seems alive with many bubble of carbonation rises

Smell: the malt smells a bit smokey but sweet, clean and pure smell.

Taste: Very well balanced bitter taste. SOOO smooth going down.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation for me, not too overcarbonated when u let it linger, I feel this is a flaw in many beers. Again very smooth with a midium body.

Drinkability: I would like to have another

Conclusion: Great beer overall, would definitely recommend this beer to anyone. Being in college it isn't a beer i would be able to buy year round, however it would be on my list for when I have some extra spending money and looking for a good relaxing beer. Bell's sure knows how to brew their beer TRY IT!

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

A - cloudy like you'd expect a wheat beer to be, though pale, with a white slightly fizzy-ish head.

S - sweetish and something that I'm not sure I can identify. I don't know if it's related to hops or wheat (if I had to guess though, I'd say hops, or even yeast).

T - light and refreshing, though less depth of flavor than I'd been expecting. My favorite flavors come at the end and seem to be quite wheaty or grassy and last for a while.

M - light and crisp.

D - I could see making an afternoon out of this beer easily, but I'd prefer a classic hefe to this.

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.

Photo of projectflam86
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice cloudy orange color with bit froth that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Sweet citrus and wheat nose. Not alot else coming through.

T- Wheaty bread flavor with orange peel and spice in the finish. Slight hoppy presence in there somewhere with minimal esters. A bit of an alcohol bite but not too much.

M- Crisp and light with a nice amount of carbonation.

D- Easy going down and a nice example of the style. Highly drinkable.

Photo of BeenJammin
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oberon has a nice appearance. It is pale, straw in color with a pretty large white head. It smells like wheat and lemons. The flavor and mouthfeel are fairly light but it has a nice lemon and sweet malt flavor. It has a decent drinkability mainly because it has, "the color and scent of a summer afternoon". That qoute pretty much says it all, it is good for what it is.

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

wow. I don't love wheats by any stretch. but this is a grand looking beer, with even displacement of the sediment. nice bright orange yellow color and a frisky white head that remains for lacing.

orangey, cirtusy scent right up front. yeasts come through after that.

slightly yeasty and citrus flavors initially. the hop flavor is balanced and smooth n the posttaste. mild bitterness at the end.

very light feel, with a needless sense of macro lager type carbonation.

easy to drink, really delicious for the style an expressive of the summer beer that fills your mouth with an easy time.

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

Poured into a weizen glass; golden color with a somewhat thick, white head. Cloudy like a wheat beer should be.

Smell is exactly what you'd expect: bread and wheat with a hint of hops and citrus.

Amazingly refreshing, citrusy, and fruity. Definitely one of the best "summer" beers I've had. For what it is and sets out to be, this beer is great.

Photo of raninator84
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this given to me by a distributor at work. I had bought one a week before the new release so I know it was about a year old, it tasted horrible, the beer had definitely gone bad. I figured I would give the fresh one a shot, glad I did.

A - Exactly what I like to see, cloudy golden and bottle conditioned goodness.
S - The smell isn't exactly pleasing at first then the orange peel, and wheat flavors build up. Definitely a summer brew.
T - Carbonation and wheat flavors hit the palate first, followed by a refreshing taste of orange peel and citrus that is well balanced.
M - Lots of carbonation a bit of hops, but a generally refreshing feel, I could see me drinking this one on a 90˚ day this summer.
D - I feel that this is one of the better seasonal summer brews, and would recommend everyone to try.

Photo of mwagner1018
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden, slightly cloudy wheat present, poured with about 1 finger of very white light head, clears quite quickly.

S- Fantastic sweet, fresh, light and airy, with a nice lemon zest aroma, slight note of spice.

T- Very simple and clean in a good way, just enough hops to balance the flavor.

M- Crisp, nice texture and residual sweetness, with just a slight bitterness, clean and very fresh. Good light carbonation.

D- Yes, this beer completely fulfills my spring desire to have a nice refreshing balanced beer. I have always liked Oberon when I'm in the mood for a solid American Wheat...this one is top notch.

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

Thin, bone white head, mixture of bubble sizes, dissipates swiftly, equally light lacing. Light cloudy yellow color, opaque in spite of lightness, does have that gauzy summertime look to it. The nose at once anchors itself solidly in your nostrils and spaces out the scents to avoid the kind of density which makes it seem blockish, soft spoken lemon peel, wheat germ, white bread, pinch of sweetish baking spices, more so offers an unassuming earthiness. Medium-bodied, holds onto its weight throughout, from the first sip balance and restraint are clearly among its hallmarks. The wheat, oat, bread dimension round and without greenness, some residual sweetness in the orange, lemon citrus, surely doesn't require an actual wedge. Cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander spice unobtrusively present. Perhaps some apricot or peach fruit notes. Even the carbonation is demure, if there's any real complaint it may actually be tactful to a fault. Cleans up well through the finish.

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Batch 8992, packaged on February 26, 2009.

A: Hazy light orange with a nice two-finger head.

S: Hops, citrus, and sugar.

T: Like a cross between a pilsner and a wheat beer. Spicy hops, sweet bready malt, and lemony tartness. Quite unlike any other wheat beer I've ever had.

M: Light with plenty of carbonation.

D: Unique and refreshing. Recommended.

Photo of KI9A
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy, cloudy, bubbly medium orange color. Big 'ol puffy head. Ok retention, nice lace chunks.

S: I'll be damned if it doesn't have the "scent of a summer afternoon"! Fruity, wheaty, yeasty.

T: Follows smell. Citrusy/corrander Wit-ish taste. Some bitterness on the back. very pleasing.

M: Some sourness covers mouth. Refreshing as hell.

D: Will pick more up to quaff this summer. Strangly reminds me of a Wit, but heavier, tastier.

Photo of craftaddict
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ever so slightly hazy golden amber with lots of bubbles rising to the top into a short-living white head that dissipates to a swirl and ring quickly leaving traces of lacing. Aroma is sweet with bready wheat balance with the citrus hops with lemons and oranges. Taste follows the aroma with the big wheat backbone up front and a slight hop bitterness in the finish with mainly citrus. A hint of spices show up in the taste that I didn't get in the smell. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with tons of carbonation, good summer drinking.

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

I have heard great things about this one so I wanted to give it a try. At first pour I am getting a nice sweet aroma, not too much head and it receeds slowly. Like the scent, a nice sweet taste, some yeast. Slightly hazy but nothing I did not like. Light body. Overall a good beer from Bell's. I would probably go out and buy this again, great for nice summer days in rainy Ohio.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Time to try one of the Bell's lighter offerings.

A fluffy light head forms atop the pale gold colored beer. Head fades rather quickly.. A touch cloudy, but not too much. Certainly more towards the end when the sediment comes into the glass.

Very light aroma. A little yeast a little bread. Slightly sweet

I try never to write this, but sometimes you just have to... "The flavor follows the aroma." There, I said it.. Nice flavor and it's a touch sweet, nice bread flavor and a nice touch of yeast.. The slightest hit of spice, but very subtle.

Mouth feel is bright and the body is very light. Very drinkable and a wonderful session beer. Not too bad at all.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,569 ratings.