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

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Reviews: 1,663
Hads: 6,199
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 192
Gots: 1,223 | FT: 8
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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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Reviews: 1,663 | Hads: 6,199
Photo of VoodooBear
2.96/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 16 oz. can, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow color with a white, two finger head. Leaves some good lacing.

Smell: It has a strong aroma of grains and a hint of lemon peel.

Taste: It has a grainy, citrus taste. Nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing and easy easy to drink, your typical summer beer. Average carbonation.

Overall: Nothing to write home about. It doesn't stand out in any way, but I guess that's fine for some beers. It's still nice and refreshing like all the other craft offerings that flood
the market during the summer months. (592 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Pours a cloudy, brilliant sun orange with a off-color single finger head of foam.

Heavy on the citrus, orange and lemon accompanied by a crisp snap of wheat.

Tropical and citrus fruits, with a wheat backbone.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing.

Overall, not the greatest offering from Bell's but a nice, humble brew. (319 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 91/100 (171 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

This beer occupies the category of American Pale Wheat Ale and perhaps defines it. It pours a little darker and more golden than many of the Belgian Witbieren but it pours cloudy with a nice creamy head. Yeasty bread and citrus aromas preface rich malt flavors – a little more than with some Witbieren but it works. It may also have a touch more hop than some Witbieren but they are nicely balanced by the malt and alcohol. If Bell’s have added any spices they have not added much. Here the spiciness comes from the yeast and the hops. (539 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

Packaged 4/23/14.

Pours a murky yellow-orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of wheat, grain, fruit, and slight spicy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, grain, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but a bit too thick in the mouthfeel to be a refreshing Summer beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle. (728 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%

Beer poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours orange with little head. Smells of wheat and slight orange. Tastes of wheat with slight citrus, nice finish, with good, heavy carbonation. Overall a pretty good beer. (223 characters)

Photo of BWED
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A- Hazy golden, with white hues. White head is a dense pad with some wet lacing around the glass.

S- Wheaty citrus and a floral and grassy character. Smells fresh, like early summer.

T- Citrus and some great toasty and sweet malt notes. A little bit of a grassy flavor.

M- Wet and smooth. Clean and easy to drink. Refreshing for summer.

O- This is a classic, and one I hold close to my heart. One of the first crafts I had, and one I will always remember. So fresh, clean, and easy to drink. Great wheat traits, with out the yeasty, banana and cloves aroma and taste, like that of the Weizen style. (647 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

DATE REVIEWED: August 10, 2014... GLASSWARE: Rare Vos shaker... OCCASION: Shark Week 2014 kicks off...with another mockumentary?!...APPEARANCE: hazy to the point of opaqueness; burnt yellow body; simple white head; little effervescence... AROMA: some pitchy yeast and bubblegum is planted in a malty base; gentle hops round out the profile ... PALATE: light body, slightly active; soft from tart to finish, barely suggesting an ale in the wheat; highly drinkable... TASTE: bright,slightly sou lemon and light malts; some pepper and clove arrive late;remarkably flavorful for a refresher...OVERALL: much better than Shark of Darkness, much to my disappointment of the latter; Oberon is crisp, remarkably balanced, and on par with Victory’s Whirlwind--a worthy case mate for Bell’s Two Hearted... (799 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: Cloudy, light orange. Frothy head that quickly turns into a slim lace.
Smell: Lemon and orange.
Taste: Same as smell.

I think this is a very good offering. The fact that it didn't have decent head retention or barely any lacing was really surprising. Orange and lemon are the dominating factors, but nothing near exploding with those flavors. However, it's a nice, light, crisp brew that would really hit the spot served pretty cold during a hot day. I could see myself getting this again. (504 characters)

Photo of beerlust
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Ok, here's the wheat beer that I really enjoy. One of the few exceptions to the strict 'no-wheat' policy
that I have. I regularly purchase 3 cases or more each year. I'm into 'local' beers and Bell's makes some
of the best around. This is a great lighter beer alternative to my steady diet of IPAs and double IPAs
Don't stockpile this, get some fresh or on tap.
I have tried most of the other AWPA's listed on the right side of the page, and disliked them! I'm willing
to try wheaties, just don't like 'em. I'm a big fan of both Southern Tier and Boulevard, but their wheat
beers still suck. (594 characters)

Photo of joe12pk
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Bright, cloudy yellow-orange. One inch head stay awhile with excellent retention. Nice lacing.

S - Lemon and orange

T - Orange and lemon play off the wheat quite nicely. Faint malt.

O - Very tasty and refreshing! Hard to believe it's 5.8 ABV, so don't knock 'em down too quickly. (327 characters)

Photo of Jethro6191
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy gold with a thin white head. Some lacing. The aroma is grainy with lemon and orange pith notes. Wheat, bread, lemon, lemon zest, and orange flavors. The mouthfeel is light and grainy. The finish is fairly dry and slightly grainy. Nice Summer beer. It is light, refreshing, and flavorful. (309 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a pale gold colored beer with a very hazy body, and a slight head of airy foam. Aroma consists of little more than faint wheat malt. Nice hoppiness, with high bitterness and a grassy, citrusy hop flavor. The yeast strain gives a well-rounded fruitiness. Otherwise, nothing much else here. It is well-carbonated and refreshing.

Nothing too special, but a pretty drinkable beer. It reminds me of the early days of micros when everyone made a generic American wheat. (473 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy straw color with yeast floaters all around. The finger of white head dissipates slowly but steadily. The nose is yeasty. The flavor profile follows the nose and, of course, has plenty of wheat upfront.

This offering is slightly tastier than the average wheat beer but it is certainly nothing special. (316 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle packaged on 5/29/14 into New Belgium globe

A-Pours a hazy medium gold color with a small white head that dissipates fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

S-Smell is of light fruits and citrus, hops, and wheat.

T-Tastes of light citrus and sweet malt up front, followed by some wheat bread taste and finished with some dry hops for a nice amount of bitterness.

M-Mouthfeel is light, tangy, and highly carbonated.

O-Overall a refreshing beer but no outstanding qualities about it. (498 characters)

Photo of MaineBrewing
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A -pours a cloudy straw color with bright whit one finger head, loose bubbles. Appears lively thoughout and left a little lacing.

S - very subdued aroma of balanced malt and hops. Little bit of citrusy pine hop but only faint, melds right into a nice fresh barley malt aroma. Little bit of a fruity yeast character towards the end.

T - very balanced taste to match the nose. There is ample Bittering hops but only slight flavor hop notes of grass and lemon, nice mellow malt character throughout. Ends bitter and dry. Fruity Esthery character in the nose did not come through in the taste.. The taste is similar to a pilsner but with a little more malt forward.

M - mouth feel is a little chewy from the wheat, ample carbonation though to set it off a little. Finishes nice and dry.

O - I was glad to get this on a trip to Virginia, wanted something not distributed to Maine but easy drinking and the wife might like. This was spot on, nice crisp pilsner esque flavor profile thats a little maltier with a meaty body from the wheat, departure from the bombardment of fruity wheat beers common in these parts in summer, not knocking my socks off by any means, but a solid brew nonetheless. (1,196 characters)

Photo of Jmamay22
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a cloudy and hazy darker yellow. Some chunks of yeast can be seen suspended in the beer despite a careful pour. Head settles out to a thin collar.

Smells of wheat, citrus and a general yeastiness. Nothing sticks out too much.

The flavor begins with an initial smooth wheat flavor. No real fruitiness. Finishes with a fairly assertive hop bitterness. Bitterness is well short of a pale ale, but stronger than most American wheat beers.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side do medium bodied. Medium level of carbonation.

Straightforward American wheat ale with an enjoyable hop presence that leaves the yeasty wheat flavor intact. A good summer brew, but climbs up a bit in abv compared to many others in the same style. Not out of place though. (757 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

poured from can into snifter

A- pours a cloudy and hazy golden-orange color with a small creamy white head that reduces to a small layer floating on top, specs of lace

S- spicy character up front with some peppery notes, crisp wheat, a hint of berry sweetness, toasted malt

T- a subtle berry sweetness flavor follows the nose, followed by peppery wheat, lemon and some white wine qualities. Light herbal bitterness on a toasty finish

M- medium body and carbonation, creamy mouthfeel with a smooth and crisp finish

O- super drinkable and a great fit for summer. Not something I'd buy regularly but hit the mark on a hot day (629 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle picked up at a Meijer store; packaged on May 30 2014. Served well-chilled.

Pours a muddy pale yellow colour, topped with one finger's worth of bubbly, soapy white head that soon fades into a loose collar and filmy cap. Modest amount of lace. The aroma is zesty and fresh, with notes of lemony citrus, sweet wheat malts, mango and apricot. A little subdued, but I definitely like what I am sensing.

A delicious pale wheat ale. Lots of wheat malt sweetness, although the banana-and-bubblegum notes common in German-style offerings are kept to a minimum in this one. Instead, their bready goodness is complemented with hints of orange, lime, apricot, and wet grass. Mildly spicy finish, with a slightly earthy bitterness that doesn't linger on the palate all that long. On the heftier side of light-bodied, with zippy carbonation that gives this brew a crisp, satisfying feel on the palate. Very drinkable; tastes considerably lighter than it actually weighs in at.

Final Grade: 4.16, an A-. Bell's Oberon Ale is one of the finest American-style wheat beers I've ever had, combining the hearty wheat malt backbone of a quality German hefe, the citrusy hop notes of an American IPA, and the light, crisp, refreshing nature one should expect from this (frequently mundane) style. A great beer that comes highly recommended - I'd be buying this regularly if it were available on this side of the border. (1,415 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/19 canned date
The beer pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy off white head that provides good coverage throughout drinking and gives a decent lace. The nose is wheat/malt sweetness upfront (no bubblegum) followed by a subtle citrus character from the hops and has an almost negligible yeast presence. The taste is off-putting when fridge-cold, but has cracked wheat sweetness and balanced hops as it enters that 40-50 degree sweet spot. It's a relatively light-bodied ale with foamy (almost chewy) protein/carbonation, modest and balanced hop/wheat/yeast presence, minimal lingering bitterness, and undetectable alcohol. Though I still prefer the two hearted cans, this beer is affordable/available and perfect for that outdoorsey can crushing itch. (755 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours an opaque straw color with a lot of unfiltered wheat haze in the glass. Heavy lacing for a wheat beer and a very fluffy white head; it took me three pours to get it all in the glass.

The smell is a little bit bubble gum, wet straw, cloves and coriander. Unfortunately, none of the smells come through well; the scents are all muted.

The taste mostly follows the nose with a hint of orange, banana and spices but nothing comes through strongly. I believe this would be a better beer if at least one of the tastes or smells were to stand out.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for a wheat beer. Thick and chewy as well as a little oily.

Overall this beer appears to have potential but no taste or smell really stands out. It is smooth and drinkable but I have the feeling this could be so much better. (821 characters)

Photo of HuskerTornado
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into sensory glass. Appearance is a hazy medium gold color with a small white head that dissipates fairly quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell is of citrus, light fruits, hops, and wheat.

Tastes heavy on citrus and sweet malt up front, followed by some wheat bread taste and finished with some dry hops for a nice amount of bitterness. Mouthfeel is light, tangy, and highly carbonated.

Overall, a good summer beer that is worth a go every year. (466 characters)

Photo of spoony
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 16 oz can into a nonic.

A-A short-lived off-white head leaves a bit of lacing on the glass as it fades. The beer is murky and straw in color with only a stray bubble or two of carbonation visible.

S-The aroma is musty with wet wheat grain dominating my palate. There is a touch of lemony bite in there, as well as some vague hop aromas, but also some metallic grain and a bit of skunkiness. Maybe my can isn't fresh?

T-The taste follows the smell mostly with slightly sweet, doughy wheat flavors, a touch of lemon, some vague grassy hop flavors, and a bit of skunkiness. It is quenchable, but not terribly interesting.

M-The heft is light to medium with a semi-crisp carbonation that attack my palate softly rather than aggressively and pairs well with the flavors and style.

O-Perhaps my can was old, but I was a bit let down by this beer. I was hoping for something quenchable but with a bit more substance than a typical wheat beer. Oberon, however, just felt watered down and hastily assembled. It isn't terrible, but I don't need to drink it again. (1,066 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undoubtedly among the most popular summer beer on the market, Bell's Brewery has carved out a niche in the hot weather market with a fruity-sweet but balanced taste that truly captures the essence of the season.

Its hazy straw color highlights its racy carbonation; fueling a tall column of froth that pops to whet the taste with its strong and playful perfume. Orange, mango and apricot are illuminated by the bready sweetness of angel food cake and damp cereal grain. Its spicy waft is delicately of pepper, mint and herb.

Over the middle, its whimsical creaminess is slowly replaced with playful acidity, reminding the palate of fruit juice and white wine- mimosa perhaps. A glimmer of lemon, banana and bubblegum reads notions of hefeweizen before the signature grain and leaf medley of American wheat beer sets in.

Its closing taste is smooth, creamy-dry and with an herbal bitterness, similar to sassafras and soft white pepper. Sweetness continues to dissolve and exposes the elements of grain, leaf, mint, clove and even vanilla. (1,040 characters)

Photo of Mikecap
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into a nonic pint.

A: Hazy golden with two fingers of fluffy white head, fades to a slight lace.

S: Citrus fruit, spice, some clove up front. Some bready malt and biscuit but more citrus than anything else.

T: Very similar to the nose, spices, lemon, a bit of doughy flavor and some earthy tones. Well rounded and tasty.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation and low bitterness. Refreshing and smooth.

O: A very nice pale wheat here from Bells, and the 16 oz can format makes it even better. (520 characters)

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 1,663 ratings.