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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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Reviews: 1,649
Hads: 6,128
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 188
Gots: 1,163 | FT: 9
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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: 1,649 | Hads: 6,128
Photo of Jonoesh5
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A recognizable beer for it's unique spice, Oberon is a classic Bell's brew.

An opaque golden body sits underneath an almost pure white head. Common with most Bell's brews, yeast suspension is very noticeable. Smells of clean soap and crispy hops–nothing but a bright summer day. First sip is loaded with peppery, bitter spices and hops. Eventually grapefruit and orange citrus comes through, and finally the wheat malts make an impression. Surprisingly for such a low ABV, the alcohol taste is at the forefront of each sip, which for me, is more of a Con than a Pro. A soapy, smooth mouthfeel partners with a carbonated aftertaste (a distinct Bells' characteristic).

Overall, I've had better wheat ales, but none as spicy as Oberon. In my opinion, the alcohol/boozy taste was off-putting, as it took away from the bitter hops and wheat malt balance that makes this beer shine. Definitely recommend for anyone who's never had Bell's before! (944 characters)

Photo of TheElectricOne
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz. can into a tulip glass

Looks nice; orange, hazy and fresh with a thick white head that dissipates rather quickly. Not much in the way of lacing. Smells OK, lots of spice with a dash of citrus. Underlying bread from the malt. Tastes like a good solid summer ale, with lots of wheat, and floral notes from the hops. Just like the smell, a dash of citrus, just enough to be there but not overwhelming. Medium bodied and creamy. Overall, a really solid, if not overwhelmingly great summer drink; packaged in probably my favorite summer vessel and with a beautiful label. I'd buy again for sure. (611 characters)

Photo of Michelleluw
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I love almost all of Bell's beers, however Oberon tends to be a bit overrated. I get an artificial orange taste from it. I know during production no orange is added to the beer, however I can't get the off taste to go away. Nonetheless, this is a nice summer beer for the beer. They have cans now too! (301 characters)

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A damn near perfect summer/spring beer, crisp clean refreshing and delicious. Tart but not too much so, fading quickly into a wheaty beer without the unpleasant flowery taste of a european wheat beer. Smells kinda fishy though, scent is somewhat unpleasant but not so bad as to ruin or really even significantly harm the beer. a small bit of lemon comes through as well (369 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a nice foamy white head. Sweet, fruity and wheat smell. Taste is delicious. Has just enough of a spice to it. Very well balanced wheat taste too. Great beer. Don't drink just one of them. (198 characters)

Photo of dank203
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lot of zest. Bit of something resembling funky/farm qual. Lot from the yeast. Good amt of hops. Slight candy/fruit sweetness. A very flavorful, intense bite, ale. (167 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice head that dissipates quickly. The head is a white and foamy color. The beer itself is a cloudy pale straw that looks pretty good. The appearance strongly resembles a Hefeweizen.

The beer smell has some very strong fruity notes. The beer smell has strong clover and banana notes that are pretty good. The beer also has a slightly sweet and damp wheat smell surrounding the banana and clove.

That taste shares the same notes as the smell. The taste has a light banana and clove taste that is accompanied by a stronger and earthy wheat taste with a lightly citrus hop taste to balance things out,.

The beer feels fairly medium bodied and thick. The beer certainly has body and is a bit thick in the feel with texture to it.

Overall, a fairly good beer and worth getting each year. Highly recommend. (821 characters)

Photo of tlema1
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love Bells, but I don't care for this as much as I used to...I know it's very popular, and sought after, but it's not what I want in wheat style summer ale (157 characters)

Photo of CraigP83
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw color, sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Smells of faint strawberries and lemon zest. Taste follows the nose, at the very end you get a bit of the wheat. Nice refreshing beer. 5.8% ABV (199 characters)

Photo of streeter
4.81/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer means summer is here in MI. Very not certain slightly citrus flavor of paired with an orange wedge. Very refreshing. Cloudy appearance. Sediment in bottles. Excellent wheat. (183 characters)

Photo of MSUpackman
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer and I always look forward to its release every summer. This is the perfect beer to drink while sitting around a campfire or after a long day of work while you bar b que some steaks or burgers. (217 characters)

Photo of Nick0424
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It's -5 degrees here in lovely detroit metro area michigan and I'm drinking this mostly average but extremely satisfying summer ale. Very hoppy and the wheat is definitely in the aroma. Solid brew all together. (210 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the bottle at a friend’s party. Couldn’t judge appearance. Minimal insight into aroma. Crisp taste with cereal/wheat malt, citrus rind, hop spice. Medium body, creamy texture, above average carbonation, clean finish. (225 characters)

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)

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 1,649 ratings.