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

Not Rated.
Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
87
very good

1,650 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 1,650
Hads: 6,137
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 188
Gots: 1,171 | FT: 9
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 1,650 | Hads: 6,137
Photo of tviz33
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, served in a weizen glass.

A- Cloudy golden/ light orange-yellow body with a sort soapy white head that settles quickly.

S- Wheat, citrus, spices.

T- Citrus and spice come first, backed up by the wheat flavor. Crisp hop notes and a very clean, refreshing finish.

M- Almost perfect feel. Just right carbonation and medium-light feel.

O- Wonderful summer beer. (391 characters)

Photo of jman42
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sitting on my deck on the first day of summer (or last day of spring) on a beautiful afternoon - the perfect setting for this beer.

Appearance - Nice cloudy look typical of a wheat ale. Beautiful light orange color - as the bottle says "color of a sunny afternoon".

Smell - Nothing spectacular about the aroma. Kind of like heading south on a gal just out of the shower (sorry). Perhaps there is a slight citrus scent to it, but certainly not a "spicy hop character" and I'm really reaching on that.

Taste - Things start getting good again. I typically like big bold ales and this ain't one of them, but it has a very drinkable taste to it. The kind I could put down all afternoon at a bbq or on the beach (in fact, I need to bring a bunch on vacation).

Mouthfeel - Nice. Has a slightly creamy mouthfeel to it. No biiterness lingering around. In fact, even a few minutes after finishing my glass, my mouth is still happy.

Overall - A great summer beer. As in sitting around outside on a summer day kind of beer.


Follow-up 8/22/2014: Bought some bottles for a Gulf Shores, AL beach house visit - HUGE hit. Then filled a growler at Moondog Growlers in Marietta, GA on the drive home. Got to say I'm not impressed with fresh version. Just nothing to it. Looking forward to comparing it with a can tomorrow. (1,316 characters)

Photo of SaltofOH
4.78/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From a mix-and-match six pack. Packaged on 5/7/14.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy gold with a hint of orange. 1/2" thick, foamy, just off-white head settles to lasting lacing. Consistent, small effervescence.

Aroma: Slight fruity hoppiness right off the bat. Orange peel fruitiness in the background with a clean, grassy bittering hop smell. Smell gets sweeter as it warms.

Taste: Clean, salty, tingly arrival. Slightly tart. Flash of malty sweetness across mid-palate, then a strong, clean (but lasting) bitterness. Leaves me wanting another sip right away.

Mouthfeel: Small bubbles, highly carbonated in a good way. I keep expecting it to feel slick, but it never does. Midweight.

Overall: This is one of those beers I buy consistently every year, and having it today reminds me why. This is a well-balanced, well-crafted, easy drinking beer. Spot on for style. (868 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12oz bottle dated 5/14/14. I just got back from visiting Bell's in Kalamazoo, MI and saw the 10 gallon system where Oberon was 1st created

A - Cloudy yellow with no clarity. TONS of sediment showing off its unfiltered nature. 2 fingers of head and nice sticky lace left all over the glass. Lots of yeast settles down at the bottom of the brew, showing off the bottle fermentation

S - Spicy hops and floral notes. Wheat

T - Orange and tangerine's, wheat, slightly spiced hops. Tasty as hell. Well balanced.

M - Medium bodied and well carbonated. Slight spice on the tongue.

O - An awesome summer brew I look forward to every summer. This beer is the taste of summer to me! An all-time great brew. (702 characters)

Photo of PvtSnowball
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into my stella glass. Purchased from one of the local quick marts.

A: Orange haze. Not quite what I would call cloudy. Moderate head with decent retention.

S: Floral wheat with moderate hop notes. Very nice.

T: Very balanced. The Wheat, hops and citrus are very well blended. Impressive.

M: Outstanding carbonation for the style. Very smooth and somewhat rich.

O: This is a world class summer brew. Will buy again. (435 characters)

Photo of WineHo
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

:) REALLY THURST QUENCHING! Smells REFRESHING! Got 1st 6 pac Saturday after work. Had to get another 6pac Sunday to watch 2014 NBA Championship. Even tasted great with Sunday dinner(Smoked Baby Back Ribs & Sauerkraut) Only small down side was making sure I got the residue out the bottom of the bottle by pouring 3/4 of the brew into my glass then swirling the rest around the bottle until residue loosened up; then pour the remainder in my glass. (Got to get all that flavor in my glass! (SMILING) Ma New Summer Brew! :) (521 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle data: 12856 PKGD 03/26/14

Produces a hazy yellow body with a long-lasting, thick, white head. Wheat and cereal grain aroma with a wet grass and slightly lemony smell. Light cracker flavor with a bold bitterness; tart; grapefruit. Medium bodied; crisp and very dry finish.

A reasonably interesting, easy drinking wheat beer. A little bit juicy, much more dry and sour overall. I seem to recall being more impressed with a mini-keg version of this beer that I brought back from a trip to Michigan a few years back. Still, a fair enough beer that I'll go back to the next time I come across some. Makes for a nice warm-weather thirst quencher. (649 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16oz cans!

A-hazy orange with thin white head
S- orange peel. Slight spice notes...my nose isn't really identifying anything In particular.
T- classic unfiltered wheat earthiness followed by the spice wave ending with orange
M- Not super smooth, but very drinkable
O- this beer reminds me of summer. Easy drinking and good flavor. (331 characters)

Photo of smythie86
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a translucent golden color, and a nice fruity smell. It matches nicely with the description on the bottle of "the color and scent of a sunny afternoon".

It has a nice taste that I found I grew to like more as I drink more of it. It has a very good wheaty/hoppy taste with a good amount of kick to it. The sweet aftertaste left in my mouth was also very enjoyable. (378 characters)

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

Pours a hazy, pale yellow. Generous two-finger head. Smells a touch grassy and floral.

Wheat cracker malt flavor with a slightly spicy and grassy hop finish. A bit of residual sweetness toward the finish but it ends on a dry note. The dryness evolves to a citrus note. Body is medium-light. Easy to drink, has a thirst quenching quality to it.

A decent session ale for warmer weather. Great for drinking while you are outside grilling up some love. Love the 4 pack, 16 ounce cans for $6.99 -- definitely a bargain. (517 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy, corn yellow with a smallish half finger head. Retention is pretty bad actually while still able to get some loose tendrils of lacing up on the glass.

Wheat, lemony and bright with mild amount of grain and bready character. Powdery coriander and spicy clove, no fruity esters in this. Hopped nicely with some grass and citrus edges.

Cracker like malt is light and allows the wheat and spices to shine. Lemony and bright, the wheat is snappy and makes up a large part of the flavor profile. Coriander and clove are soapy and spicy adding more kick than the mild grassy hops. Soapy finish and drying with some accompanying bitterness.

Medium bodied with a high carbonation that toes the line between bright and just too much. Alcohol is minimal and the drying feel and clean finish is admirable.

Been waiting for awhile to try this and since Bell's finally made it down to San Diego I got my chance. The wheat is featured front and center with enough going on to keep it interesting and relevant in the craft revolution of over hopped everything. Oberon is gonna fit right in fine for the ever sunny days around here. (1,130 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw gold with a thick cap of creamy white head. Head has great retention and leaves nice lacing throughout the beer. The aroma is light, with hints of fruit. The taste is also mild but a bit more robust with some nice esters, a little bit of bread and a slight earthy quality to it. It has a good light weight to the body and it's not fizzy despite the volumes of carbonation. A nice take on the traditional wheat, easy drinking and with a good flavor. (468 characters)

Photo of JimKal
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.
A: Pours a very cloudy gold with a significant head that live some nice lacing as it fades. I've gad this before on draft but this is a really nice looking beer, in my opinion, when poured from a can. In fact, I really didn't enjoy it as adrift beer but I do love this from the can. The can states unfiltered and unpasturized.

S: Pretty standard wheat aroma.

T: The hops really come through with this wheat. Nice but not overpowering bitterness.

M: Medium body

O: It is summertime here in NC and this hit the spot after some yard work. When the weather gets hot I tend to like lagers, Wheat, and Wits. This is really one of the better ones. Look for it in Bell's new 16 ounce cans. (706 characters)

Photo of JohnnyJam
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle with the date code of 11/21/13 clearly visible on the label into a pint glass and get 1/4 finger of head.

A: Pours a clear, golden amber color with 1/4 finger of head that dissipates fast and leaves almost a complete covering on the top of my glass. Pretty good lacing present.

S: Smell of wheat and citrus is present.

T: Taste of dried apricots, citrus and wheat. Tastes juicy and finishes a little dry.

M: Goes down good enough. Medium- bodied and highly carbonated. Finishes dry.

O: I guess that I'm not a fan of this style so I will be objective because I can't get too excited about this beer. I like the aroma of banana and clove and a chewy wheat beer. This is not that kind of beer. It is not a beer that I could drink too much of and I will not buy it again. (806 characters)

Photo of Toemas
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Purchaser 7-11 Northern Blvd Douglaston, 6 pk 10.49....nice.

Beautiful. Great Packaging , no joke.

Promises to bring scents and colors of summer afternoon.
Delivered close , real close... got a nice not real hazy American Wheat.

grassy , lite hop , lie spice, some anise/agastace/licorice .
yeast had settled... but it is real new in their fridge, week old at best, got a nice clean pour...cake at bottom probably less headache

listed 5.8 % - didnt seemj boozy at all , very drinkable pending wheat beer headache.

real nice summer beer.

The pull downs keep me honest , weighted avg for the important stuff.... (616 characters)

Photo of EvoRich
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pale yellow, slightly hazy. Decent head, forms a foamy ring.

Smell: Very wheaty, bread, grains

Taste: Roughly the same. The grains and bread hit very hard at the end.

Feel: Light bodied. Good carbonation. Refreshing on a hot day.

Overall: A good go-to beer for a hot summer day. (291 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a vibrant light orange color.

The aroma has slight wheat, grain, a hint of orange peel, some herbal and grassy qualities.

The flavor follows with that bright grain flavor in the front, a slight grass in the middle, with a lack of any flavor other than metallic on the finish.

The beer drinks with a medium to light body with high drinkability, but a huge lack of flavor. (391 characters)

Photo of hops202
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A - very hazy light orange color

S - grains and spices with some coriander/honey, but not incredibly pungent in any way

T - Wheaty malt with citrus, not orange, seems to be more like lemon rind. Hard to place exactly.

M - full body

O - an excellent summer beer! (299 characters)

Photo of RyanPoff
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy golden with a faint orange glow under bar light. Little head or lacing retention.

S: coriander grains spices with hints of grapefruit and honey. Quite appealing in the spring and summer.

T: tangy citrus bite with little hops and malts that fade into the background. Almost shandy like.

M: peppy, carbonated fresh and crisp. Perfect for a summer day (360 characters)

Photo of longjohnsilver
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh dry hay taste with a good bitterness. Has sour notes of a dark cherry. Overall well balanced without being overly complex. Very drinkable white. Not for the sweet tooth.

Minimal head as it was poured.

Smell was too subtle to rate in this environment. (258 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Agree with other top reviewers - this is one of best US Wheat Beers.
Try Carton's Wit Whale for a brand new offering to compare.

A: Rich firm head, that overcaps the glass and descends very slowing to into a "man on the moon" crater face and canyons of lace.

S: Too mild. Low maltiness, but apricot style fruit. Low yeast. The taste is much greater than the aroma.

Taste: Wheat Malt with apricot/lemony fruit is checked by the bitter, mild hops - nicely balanced. Astringent citrus rind with a creamy body. (apricot/orange creamsicle?)

MF: A round, full body. Slightly spicy, peppery in the follow through. Very appetizing, great summer beer, great food beer, and like Carton Wit Whale built for summer seafood, esp shell fish. Ends crisp, refreshing.

Great summertime, must try. I wish this came in cans. Good boat beer. (831 characters)

Photo of MBbeerking14
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oberon is a beer from Bell's Brewery

This is one of my all time favorites! As a little kid I remember my friend's dad always drinking Oberon, and was determined to try one once I came of age. I was not disappointed! Oberon Day in March is the beginning of summer for Michigander's, and for good reason.

The beer pours orange and cloudy with a medium sized head. The smell is of oranges, wheat, and cloves. Oberon is a wheat beer, and wheat is known to give some beers a cloves taste. A smooth well balanced beer, and tastes like it smells. One can put in an orange as a garnish, however I prefer to drink it as is. Very smooth and crisp finish.

Drinkability: Perfect for a warm sunny day, there isn't many more refreshing beers for the summer. I could easily drink more than one of these as it is quite drinkable. For those outside of Michigan who have never tried it, I highly recommend it! (894 characters)

Photo of Augusta3
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oberon is a great beer to enjoy in the warm summer months!
Appearance: very cloudy with a golden yellow color. Around a one inch head and came with an orange slice
Aroma: citrus wheat
Taste: great citrus flavor with a great subtle hop that balances the strong wheat flavor
Overall: Oberon is very refreshing and easy to drink. Definitely recommend it on a hot summer day! (372 characters)

Photo of Tylergross1
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oberon is one of my favorite beers, I especially enjoy drinking this beer as the temperatures begin to rise and I can enjoy it outdoors. As advised I requested this beer without the orange to really get a feel for the taste of the recipe. I could definitely taste the fruity notes in the beer and it made for a very smooth and crisp taste. (339 characters)

Photo of Foyle
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a thin 1/2" white head that recedes rapidly with faint lacing. Color is a golden orange and very cloudy with much sediment in suspension.
Aroma: yeasty bread, wheat grass, and a slight citrus hop smell.
Mouthfeel: mostly watery although not super light bodied, there is a slight stickiness that clings to the roof of the mouth and the back of the throat. Finish is fairly dry with a little alcohol burn in the aftertaste.
Flavor: Oberon has a nice balance combination with sweet and fruity flavors mixed with a tangy hop bite.
Overall: This is an excellent beer and very refreshing. (604 characters)

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 1,650 ratings.