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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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86
very good

6,045 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,045
Reviews: 1,717
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 184
Gots: 1,100 | 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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Photo of zeff80
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz bottle pours out a cloudy, pumpkin-like color. There was white, one-finger head and some lacing. I smelled lemon and other citrusy flavors. I could definately taste the yeast flavor and the citrus, as well. The mouthfeel was a little grainy, but it was still pretty drinkable. I think it is a good wheat.

Photo of geexploitation
4.68/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This American wheat beer pours a bright yellow amber with a creamy white head that sticks around throughout. The nose is quite light, with wheat, clove and a touch of coriander -- in some ways, this smells more like a Belgian witbier than a German-style wheat beer. Maybe the only thing missing is orange peel? The taste is quite pleasing, with plenty of citrus notes up front, followed by some doughy yeast, nice acidity, and a hop-based tingle at the end. Very well balanced. Perfect body, nicely acidic, flavorful. This one's a winner, and it gets bonus points for being a wheat beer from America and not sucking.

Photo of belgaridub
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a light golden color with a white head. Moderate amount of carbonation, good head retention and lacing as well. It looks great, I can't wait to taste this thing.

I have to get my nose really close to the beer to get the smells to come out and play, but with a little agitation and close sniffing I get mostly wheat, with some citrus scent as well.

The taste is also wheaty with a slight citrus accent. I can feel the hops just a bit at the end. This strikes me as a very balanced beer, with nothing jumping out or dominating over everything else. It has some sweetness at the outset and finishes with a nice little bit of bitterness.

Very nice smooth mouthfeel, light and jumpy with the carbonation, but not so light that it feels like nothing.

Overall, a very drinkable and well-balanced beer. Very enjoyable, and makes me feel like summertime, as it is supposed to.

Photo of jamesdergen
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden, cloudy straw color with a decent semi-sticky white head that dissipates quickly but some sticks around throughout. Some sediment suspended in the brew.

Smell: Big wheat aromas with a mild grassy hop background.

Taste: Huge amounts of wheat flavor with some hefe-like banana/clove flavors in the background. Very refreshing!

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The carbonation is a little much, but still light-bodied and easy-drinking.

This is a great summer beer that I'll have to break out for a cookout sometime this summer. I love beers like this that have great taste and are also very drinkable and refreshing.

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

From notes of 05/01/2006 visit to BoneDry

Poured a dark hazy golden color, thick, dense white head. Lace was impressively thick and sticky.

On tap was served a bit too cold. I allow it to warm.
Smell devoloped into a mixture of citrusy, spiced, yeasty dough and wheat.

Taste is what you would expect for the style. Nothing overtly out of character. Nice, crisp and clean finish.

Medium-light bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Though it may be cliche, I found it to be quite refreshing. A definite session beer. Highly drinkable.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came a honey straw color with a light fog to it and a thin creamy film of head.

Smelled of an underlying sour wheat, some dry powdery gumballs and a light grassy hop.

Tasted of light powdery wheat and baking flour with a light sticky melon and powdered sugar. I’m also getting an odd bit of lime popsicle.

The mouth feel is creamy and smooth but tragically heavy for the style with a light tingly carbonation.

Not too bad. The color’s nice, but the heaviness combined with the sweetness made this one a little much.

Photo of carln26
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured from the bottle a dark gold, very hazy topped by a short lived white head. There is a ton of sediment in the glass no matter how carefully I pour. This is my second bottle, and I know this sixer was well cared for, so I suspect this is normal for the beer. The aroma is very light. It has a touch of lemon citrus, yeast bread, and just a bit of candy malt. Citrus bite up front followed by light caramel malt with a herbal hop and citrus finish. This is a great summer beer. Crisp and light mouth feel. Extremely drinkable. 6%ABV? Hard to believe.

Photo of bort11
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Bubbles on North Oak in Gladstone

A- Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. The thing that jumps out is the swirling sediment, which I find very attactive. The particle are all tiny specks the smae size and dance in the carbonation. It's very hazy but the color is a bright golden orange. The head from my pour is about a finger high, a pretty bright white color. It fades to a thin lacing on the surface.

S- The smell is not very strong. I have to get my nose right down in the glass to get the full effect. It is very wheaty/yeasty. A bit of orange and other spices. Nice, but could stand out more.

T- The yeast and wheat are predominant, making the taste a bit biscuity. Not very sweet. A slight hint of spices, coriander.

M- Nice medium body. Well balanced carbonation. Finishes clean. Quite enjoyable.

D- Oberon is very easy to drink and quite enjoyable. The clean finish is very refreshing, wonderful for summer. I could easily drink these all night.

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

I had this on tap at the Berkley Front in Michigan. It was served in a pint glass with an orange wedge.

Smelled wiezeny and citrucy, and tasted like a classic hefe-wiezen. Maybe not as malty or heavy as Schnieder's, but pretty good anyway. I'll probably try it in a bottle next, since I can buy it close to home.

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

bought a bottle at world market in lansing, michigan. ($1.49)

pours a dark starw (if that makes sence?) with hints of light orange, big pilowy head that falls into a thin sheet.
the aroma wheatie, breadie, yeastie, hint of citrus.
the flavor is wheatie, rich, hint of citrus, bit of spice, some hop flavor.
the mouthfeel is nice, little thin so it goes down easy on a summer day.
oberon is the sign that summer is here.

ps. i still miss solsun!

Photo of zjungleist
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange in color with a fluffy white head. Smells like cirtrus and hops with a tiny bit of yeast as well. The taste has some wheat, a bit of citrus, and some slightly bittery hops. It reminds me of a witbier's big brother, but not that much bigger. Mouthfeel is average, standard, medium, a little foamy maybe. I dig it. Way drinkable.

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Excited to see this new seasonal across the border in the better beer state, MO.
Pours a super hazy, yeast laden straw color. Copious amounts of head are well maintained. Aroma is almost candy like, I pick up some freshly made lemon hard candies, along with the usual suspects of wheat, a little biscuity, and lots of malt. What is missing are some spices and hops, not much of that in the nose. Wow, flavor is really where this shines. A huge mouthful of wheat, some licorice, followed by an almost cloying sweetness. This is an interesting take on the style (I'm used to the trad'l Heffes), much bigger body, complexity in flavor differing from those coming from the yeast and hops. This is not as quaffable as the afformentioned style, but quite enjoyable as a single. I will certainly miss the days when this beer is gone. I look forward to trying some other seasonals from this amazing brewery.

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

Poured a hazy orange due to unfiltered bottle conditioning. Nice thick head with good retention.

Subtle aroma of citrus, some spice, and a little creaminess.

Flavor is bready, a little spicy, with subtle citrus flavors. I'd say the yeasty, bready flavors are most dominant, making this a beer with a somewhat subdued flavor.

Nice mouthfeel. Pretty smooth and creamy, but with adequate carbonation to keep things lively.

For whatever reason, I never found myself wanting two ina row of these. It seemed a little a heavier than some other wheat ales I've had.

A tasty beer, but a little let down after all the hype I heard. I'd go for another sixer, but wouldn't go out of my way to pick this up.

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

Oberon ale is probably my favorite "summer" beer. As I was enjoying my first of the year on my porch this weekend, one time I actually had to look at my glass after I took a sip because I thought there was an orange slice in my beer. This is a classic summer wheat beer that has a whole variety of fruity undertones. the beer itself has almost an orange tinge to its appearance. They finish fementing Oberon in the bottle, so it is best (even fruitier) out of a keg or tap, but even with a bottle you are in for a treat.

Photo of joedon
2.72/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No head, lacing, little carbonation. Just a cloudy, orange-juice color.

Tiny aroma of wheat and a little citrus.

Taste was very bland, citrusy with a touch of malt.

OK mouthfeel for a wheat beer but no distinctive flavor or aftertaste.

Barely drinkable. A real disappointment. Maybe something wrong or outdated with the keg?

Photo of evanackerman
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

well, this is one of the most refreshing beers i've ever encountered!

beer pours a beautiful hazy light orange with a huge head.


aroma is of wheat and orange zest, quite nice.


taste is a nice clean wheat ale taste with a subtle hint of orange followed by a touch of hop bitterness that rounds out the finish quite well.

mouthfeel is on the thin side but still very enjoyable.

this beer is certainly not the most flavorful or complex, but for what it is, a refreshing summer session beer, it is superb. something to look forward to when the weather turns nice.

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

12oz single, Steve's - University

Batch 7287...oberon signifies the changing of the seasons, its 70 degrees and gorgeous out in Wisco

appearance: dusted off a hefe glass that had been getting lonely all winter, oberon pours a bright golden orange, a little on the cloudy side, pour leaves a huge fluffy white head with oustanding retention

smell: fresh yeast aromas, a nice clean wheat aroma, lemon peel, orange citrus, quite bready...the smell of summer

taste: very smooth, grassy wheat presence, zesty lemon peel, fresh orange, lightly toasted malt, pulpy, light fruity hops...plenty of citrus. a very clean and refreshing summer seasonal

mouthfeel: clean, crisp, rereshing...light-medium body

drinkability: can be consumed in mass quantities

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This pours a cloudy light orange with two and a half fingers of frothy white head, great retention, a small amount of lacing. Nose is very yeasty and wheaty, a slight orange and lemon citrus note, fairly strong. Taste is a nice bready wheat malt, strong notes of citrus, slight grassy hop finish. Medium bodied, smooth medium carbonation, fairly creamy smooth feel. Overall this is a really nice American wheat ale, nothing particularly special, but a very solid summer beer.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

to note, this was served in a Pilsner Pokal Glass

A - pours a delightful straw/golden color with heavy carbonation streaming up the side, there was half a glass of head at first but that was probably due to the glass, a second pour yielded a finger-thick off-white head

S - kind of a typical hoppy aroma at first, but subsequent whiffs indicate definite hints of both honey and citrus aromas

T - surprisingly smooth, especially for the amount of carbonation, has a honey sweetness to it that quenches quite well, followed by a great dry finish

M - medium bodied, and VERY well balanced, not too sweet and not too bitter

D - high, i hope to have more Bell's while here visiting MI and I hope they're half as good as this, a great brew

btw, believe it or not, i had this at a department store, at the little cafe thing in Marshall Fields at Somerset Mall, weird but cool

Photo of mcallister
3.66/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazey pumpkin orange with a nice frothy white head with no lacing. Smells of orange rind and a slight wheatiness. I have had the Oberon in previous years and never really understood all the excitement about it's release. But this one is either a little different or I am. I like this one; I'm not sure what's different but it seems much more complex and fruity. Nice tangerine, orange flavors with a very good refreshing mouthfeel. Great drinkability especially this time of year in Ohio.

Photo of Crosling
1.82/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Extremely cloudy tangerine colored juice in color with a thin, creamy head. Doughy, lemony, citrusy nose with a light hint of orange, which may smell more like cheap tang. Raw, hearty wheat with a bit of skunk and spoiled fruits. Hoppy for an American wheat, with spicy, floral notes. Pretty full-bodied and creamy for a wheat beer. Not good, at all.

Photo of guinness9880
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy orange with a nice 2 finger head

S-Smells of a malty lemongrass

T-A very malty beer with hints of citrus, not exactly what I would expect from a summer ale. Doesn't have quite the crisp refreshing taste you would expect from a seasonal of this type. This seems just very ordinary nothing jumps out tast wise. Mild carbonation with a thin mouthfeel nothing to great.

This isn't a bad beer just not what I would be looking for in a summer seasonal, there are better examples (Gumballhead!)

Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

March 27, 2006 the release date of Bell's Oberon.
This brew was my first real sample of craft beer back in the mid to late nineties. It has always been one of my favorites. I know when Oberon is in the stores, warm weather is on the way. Since joining BA and learning about craft beers, I've been anticipating the release of this beer, and here is the review. I must admit its been a year or two since I've had this.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Hefeweizen glass.
Batch code 7274. Packaged on March 1st 2006.

Pours a very cloudy, faint orange, almost yellow color. Gigantic, three inch thick, frothy white head. Minutes go by before the head starts to fade, leaving tons of sticky, clingy lacing, everywhere. Smell is not what I remember. Mostly, bready, yeasty aromas, with wheat and malts in the background. Weak citrus smell, maybe lemons and spice. I remember a huge citrus smell, more like oranges and lemons. Maybe this beer has changed over the years or maybe my palate has changed. Taste is a little weak, lots of yeast,bread, malts and finishes with a slightly bitter lemony, citrusy flavor. Hints of bananas. Lots of carbonation with a slightly dry feeling. Medium to light feel,thin and smooth. A great session beer, especially during the Spring and Summer months. I'm a little disappointed in the taste and smell, I thought both were stronger than I remember. Anyway, still one of favorite beers and one I'll enjoy all Summer long. Oberon is back, baby! Thank you Bell's!

Photo of jlh8643
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an appropriate glass. Can't tell what the numbers mean on the backside of the bottle. An aggressive pour created a small white head that disappeared fast. A fair amount of sediment and yeast are in suspension. A lot of carbonation bubbles race to the top. Banana esters with a little bit of wheat malt and some floral hop aroma. The body is light. Bananas start things off again. Light citrus hops on the mildly dry finish. A good summer brew.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a hint of orange. Hazy due to the yeast with a small white head about 1/2" high.
Smell was inviting with scents of spice, yeast, fruit, hops and malt.
Taste was spot-on with the nose with spice, yeast, fruit, hops, malt and a slight alcohol bloom late.
Good effervescence, medium-bodied. Good aftertaste that doesn't linger overly long. A solid brew but middle of the pack, not a front-runner. Worth a try though.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 6,045 ratings.