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

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Ratings: 5,633
Reviews: 1,607
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 155
Gots: 742 | FT: 5
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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 scooter231
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale, slightly orange hued gold color with a decent amount of head that disappears way too quickly. Kinda hazy, some floaties.

Nose is citric, sweet, malty. Some banana notes, and lots and lots of grassy notes, with a little hint of spicyness near the end. Wheaty for sure. Smells very refreshing.

Taste has wheatyness, more banana, and orange zest flavors. The finish has a real bready, toastyness to it, more than just wheaty. Talkin bready roasted.

Mouthfeel is pretty chewy, fluffy. Overall this is a pretty tasty beer, I'm glad I picked one up.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a relatively clear light orange yellow color. I say relatively clear because there is a good bit of floaties even with a very slow pour to try and avoid them. The head was practically non-existent, but I expected it to be that way with the slow pour so I won't judge it on that. The small ring of bubbles does leave a little lacing as it is consumed.

S: It has a very subtle aroma like many other wheat based beers. The wheat aroma is there as well as an orange citrus aroma with just a hint of spicing. For the style, I really like the aroma.

T: The taste follows the nose. Wheat, orange, and spicing in a very tasty mix. The spice is more than I expected based on the smell. This is a very good tasting beer for the style.

M: It is relatively thin, but I expect it of this style. The spicing and carbonation give it some interest in the mouth.

D: I could knock these back one after another. I wish this were available in Georgia because it would likely be my lawn mower beer. It is very refreshing but doesn't lack flavor.

Photo of gabeerfan
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy orange-gold. Fairly thin head that falls to a thin ring. Some floaties in the glass. No evidence of carbonation in the glass, but it is there.
Somewhat light aromas. Mostly wheat with some lemon, orange, spice notes.
Wheaty flavors with orange juice, honey, and hints of lemon. Spice is very faint, almost undetectable.
Medium-light mouthfeel. The hidden carbonation come out in the mouthfeel. Gets a little watery near the back of the palate.
Farily drinkable. Decent flavors.
This would be a good lawnmower beer. Hopefully we will start getting Bell's in GA soon so I can try some other offerings.

Photo of OldYoda
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass - a fairly aggressive pour produced a minimal head and no lacing. Appearance is a fairly cloudy gold - the beer almost looks flat as it sits in the glass. When held to the light the beer is semi-opaque and very little carbonation is evident.

Smell is very subdued - just not much there as far as I can tell. Kind of strange in my experience not to pick up more from your first whiff of the glass.

Taste gives a little bit more than what I expected from the lack of smell. There is a spicy underpinning and a bit of orange and clove.

Mouthfeel is fine - a little evervescent but clean and refreshing.

Drinkability is great at this ABV - several of these would be fine.

Overall I'm a little disappointed with this offering from Bell's. I guess my high opinion of their Two Hearted Ale led me to expect more from this beer than it delivered.

Photo of crayphish
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 5L keg into a glass. This brew poured a cloudy orange gold color. Decent fluffy head, nominal lacing. Smell is a spicy grain note with hints of citrus. Taste is along those same lines with a respectable amount of hops present. A very clean refreshing brew, very drinkable.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy Orange-gold with decent white head that doesn't hold all that well or lace.

The smell is bready with subtle saaz spiciness.

The taste is similar, with more saaz coming through as the beer warms.

Medium light body with effervescent carbonation.

Overall, decent, nice saaz presence but could be more.

Photo of sholland119
3.16/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a fluffy white head. The head dissipated quickly and leaves no real lacing.

Smell has a bit of grainy malt but otherwise nothing really going on.

Taste has a bit of sweet fruit and a bit of spice but, as with the nose, the taste is disappointingly subdued.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. This is drinkable but bland. I was fond of last year's batch but this year something is missing...like flavor.


Photo of Bubba83
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to Kegatron for sending this to me in a trade. Poured at 45 degrees into a tulip glass.

Pours a light orange sunrise color with bright white and vivaciously bubbling head. Good spiderweb lacing and thin rim of head stays all the way through to the finish. Chill haze is present with some cloudyness.

Smells really nice with wheat and citrus highlights of orange. Nothing overpowers anything and it's just really pleasant.

The yeast is not overdone in the flavor, which is something I am critical of when it comes to german and belgian wheat beers. Usually the american wheat beers just don't do it right though, it's usually off balance or has some off flavors. Bell's has done a great job keeping everything in balance, we can be proud of this and Gumballhead. Orange peel, lemon zest, wheat stays present...

Good mouthfeel, light yet effervescent, pops in the mouth and remains fun to drink.

Great drinkability. Leaves you wanting more and is easy to quaff. A great summer session beer that I wish I could get my hands on more easily.

Finally a summer seasonal that is exciting to drink while remaining refreshing.

Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on-tap at the local brew-puub.
Poured a nice yellow-orange color with a small frothy head.

Smells like a spicy wheat and hint of lemon/citrus.

Sweet and bitter all in the same up front then fades to a slight hop finish.

Very crisp and feels good going down.

Could drink a lot of this.

Photo of BDIMike
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice cloudy straw color. Thick and frothy white head with great retention. Slight carbonation throughout.
Smell is a somewhat faint. What you can smell is a good fresh wheat smell. A little bit of citrus and coriander as well.
Taste is slightly timid as well. The wheat taste is very fresh and nice. Spice is a little subdued but kicks in the end.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and nice. There is also a good dry finish, which makes me take another sip.
Drinkability is good because of the dry finish and the smooth mouthfeel. There is enough taste to drink a good six-pack of these, but nothing that blows you out of the water. A very strong selection in warm weather.

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

Pours a nice hazy light gold color with frothy white head with good retention and lacing. Smell is a bit earthy, some grass that is, and bit of citrus, some malt as well. Taste is good but somewhat bland. I went to school in Kalamazoo and never understood the Oberon hype and now that I'm out, and a BA, I still dont. Some malt, some grassy hops, a kiss of citrus, but otherwise pretty bland. Mouthfeel is light and crisp which does seem about perfect. Overall not bad, just a little over-hyped IMO.

Photo of halfP1NT
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed this on 6/9/08.

Poured into a pint glass, this beer is a very cloudy, light amber with a thin head that quickly recedes.

Smell is yeasty and bready with light notes of citrus wheat.

Taste is difficult to detect at first. It is bready and yeasty without much else going on. There are some sweet floral flavors as well. A little bit of citrus comes through.

Lots of carbonation, this beer is pretty crisp and refreshing. There are no overwhelming flavors here, but it's a nice summer brew.

Photo of smerkinb
1.64/5  rDev -57%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured a dull light orange with almost a 1" head. Very minimal lacing. Smells a bit soapy, musty--I can't really detect any malt/bread/yeast or anything else for that matter.

Tastes like soap. Some faint malts struggling valiently to get to my taste buds, but they never quite make it. Mostly I feel like I took a big gulp of dirty dishwater.

I heard such great things about this beer, read so many positive reviews and was really looking forward to it. For those reasons I may try one more to be fair but this was pretty awful for me.

From notes.

Photo of youngblood
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Very cloudy, orange/gold swirling mist inside the glass. About one finger of head floated on the top and disapated quickly. Left small amount of lace on the glass.

S - This could be my favorite part of the beer. It contains a fantastic wheat backbone (like sniffing a handful of fresh pulled wheat) but continues on with a refreshing citrus afterscent. The orange and lemon scents were like an oasis inside of the wheat.

T - The flavor follows the scent closely. The brewery doesn't lie in comparing this beer to a summer afternoon. The taste is refreshing with an immediate wheat recognition on the palate. The citrus taste is acknowledged through the nostrils.

M - This is a smooth beer. It gently flows over the tongue and is well balanced, not too heavy nor light.

D - This beer has exceptional drinkability between the freshness of the citrus and the low ABV. This is one for summer afternoons.

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

I poured this beer from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A= This wheat beer poured a cloudy, deep yellow color with a thin white head and a ton of carbonation release. Not a lot of lace down the glass, though there was some...

S= The aroma of this ale was full of what is good about a wheat beer and devoid of the usual bad points. I certainly got a nosefull of pleasant, sweet wheat malt backbone with many hints of citrus peel and spice too.

T= I am not a big fan of America pale wheat ale, but this is better than any other I have had. I actually enjoyed the interplay of the wheat and citrusy flavors in this beer. All flavor notes were in balance, nothing offensive at all. The finish left me wanting another sip.

MF= Though this beer was very summer-y, it is a wheat beer so it had a heavier mouthfeel. Body was on the high side of medium. Carbonation was high/active and lightened the feel considerably.

D= I am surprised to find myself saying that I thought this was a great beer. Living in Chicagoland, Goose Island's 312 rules the wheat beer market, and I have to say that Oberon is a far superior beer. Since my wife loved it too, I will definitely be drinking more of this one.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy dark apricot color with a lasting white head.

S- floral tangerine peel and a spiced grains of paradise type aroma. other various citrus peels and coriander become evident as it warms.

T- pretty much a mirror image of the smell with added noble hop bitterness and a nice dryness. fruity and citrus, i wonder what spices they put in here.

MF- light and refreshing, the feel of wheat protein keeps things from getting watery. very thirst quenching.

D- entirely drinkable, another non-aggressive flavored beer that would appeal even to non beer drinkers.

Photo of jushoppy2beer
2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After hearing some good recommendations of the on-tap version of this beer, I was disappointed with the bottled product that I tasted. I will finish my six-pack, but will not eagerly anticipate the remaining five bottles. This beer pours very nicely, building a nice head that laces well as you drink. Being unfiltered, it sports a nice amount of attractive sediment that is kept in motion through the opaque orangish liquid by a well-balanced carbonation. The smell is light citrus, and the taste on the palate is slightly lemony but otherwise bland. It does leave a bitter aftertaste, but not a particularly pleasant one. The lack of real flavor is surprising for a summer wheat ale, and is the one thing that makes it only average in drinkability.

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

A very light but cloudy straw color with a nice white head and good lacing. The aroma is light wheat and maybe a hint of lemon, not real pronounced. The taste is more definitive with lemony floral hops and biscuit wheat. Crisp and well carbonated, very drinkable. There's a touch of grape and plenty of bitter clove. Easy drinking. Solid as a light and refreshing brew. Some bite to keep you honest. Bell's does it again!

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange that left a one-finger head that left lacings. A spicy smell mixed of cloves and pepper with some orange peel slipped in. Crisp as it hits the tip of the tongue but a smooth, medium-bodied beer, the spices are prevelant but the orange and lemon citric notes are in there as well and tasty. A slightly dry finish, this is a good summer beer and one that anyone can enjoy.

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

Shipped back from my Indiana trip. Poured from a 12oz bottle, with a batch number (May bottling), into a pint glass. It was a hazy yellow/straw color. It had a 2 finger white foam that stuck around for a bit and then settled into a broken foam. Good carbonation and lacing.

The aroma was wheat malt with citrus and spice (corriander?) in the back. Smell wasn't as good as some others in this style but still good. The taste was good as well. It had a drier finish that I would have preferred but still good. Good wheat base and the spice gave it a good kick. Mouthfeel was good.

Overall, it's a pretty good beer that I finally got to try on my trip to folks. Had a couple times on tap and then a couple bottles from this sixer before shipping the rest home to Texas. On-tap was excellent. Highly recommend. Wish they had it available here in the beer desert none as Texas. Would go well in my summer rotation.

Photo of larsee01
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz glass bottle (back in Chicago!!) assertively poured into Hoegaarden hexagonal pint glass

A--Milky, cloudy, radiant pumpkin pie with a thick, creamy head. Light yeast floaties. Beautiful.

S--Awesome. Sweet candy/caramel malt with bready sourdough yeast. Spicy phenol twang.

T--Starts same as smell. Sweet malt and sour breadiness. A touch of blueberry? Spicy zip with mild phenols. Mild yet complex. Hops pop up at finish for a perfectly balanced bitter effect. I'm happy there is no lingering bitterness. Buttery biscuit aftertaste. Exceptionally well-balanced.

M--Medium-bodied and silky smooth. Coats the mouth gently and persistently.

D--Not like an ice-cold High Life, but certainly sessionable.

Photo of illidurit
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks cpferris for the bottle. Pours a hazy saffron color with a weak head that looks like it's composed of air bubbles, not CO2. Accordingly, it fizzes out leaving no lacing. Aroma is bready with some mealy wheat. Flavor is unripe banana/honeydew with a touch of clove and a bready, yeasty base. Crisp and clean, extremely refreshing despite a substantial body. Really easy to drink, and a beer I wish was readily available to me for use during hot summer days.

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

12 ounce bottle, no dating evident, has a bottle code of 8488.

Appearance: slightly hazy but mostly clear medium golden, very light orange highlights. Head is dense, off-white, limited, and dissipates very quickly leaving minimal lacing.

Aroma: Limited. Some lightly bready wheat notes, and a little spiciness. Really needs to warm to room temp to smell much of anything.

Taste: apricot, some orange spice, a little hint of maybe bergamon spice, some very limited clove hints. Kind of a mish-mash of spice flavors, but none really dominate, or shine. Minimal to no hops evident.

Mouth: Slightly slick, medium full, with a notable tingly carbonation.

Overall: Drinkable as lawnmower beer, but deeply unexceptional from a brewery capable of much, much, much more.

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

Some friends got a hold of one of those mini kegs of this stuff. So it was a very large can.

A: hazy like a wheat beer; straw in color.

S: bready with a bit of tang.

T: very different than a wit or hefe; a lot more barley taste. Kind of a straw flavor but with some tangy aftertaste.

M: creamy and smooth.

D: I could drink this all day but I won't. Its the queen of tailgating beers, especially if you are looking for better offerings than BMC.

Photo of Zadok
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Very cloudy with large particles floating throughout the consumption. Little to no head and minimal lacing.

S-Not a big nose here, a little bit of cloves and citrus but not much else.

T-Kind of a citrus /hoppy flavor. Quite unusual to say the least.

M-Light body with a hoppy carbonated finish.

D-Decent session summer beer I suppose. Never really seemed to hit the mark of what they were after.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,633 ratings.