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

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Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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5,508 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,508
Reviews: 1,588
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 142
Gots: 638 | FT: 5
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002)
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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of iconoklaztor, thanks! The color is a very light but cloudy orange. It smells more liek a pale ale than a wheat beer as described on the label. The taste definitely reveals the wheat and makes for a nice ale. This is very drinkable and a perfect summer offering that I am glad to have tried.

ArrogantB, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice, hazy blonde pour. A little lacing around the rim, but fairly easygoing on this pour. Fresh tap, but I would have perhaps expected a bit more foaminess than usual from that.

S: A light bubblegum, wheaty aroma. A little bit of a yeasty - but not quite fruity - scent. Nice, easy, and light.

T: Some citrus flavours, a little bit of the bubblegum flavour. A touch of bitterness comes out on the finish. A decent tasting brew, but I'd give it just above average.

M + D: Pretty lively and expressive carbonation. Maybe a little heavier than what I might expect from a lighter style, but still reasonably drinkable. I probably wouldn't actively seek it out, but I imagine I'd accept it if offered, of course.

Proteus93, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of bradley194
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an extremely refreshing beer to drink. I am not a huge wheat beer guy, but this beer I really enjoyed.

Poured a pale orange color with a two finger head which dwindled away fairly quickly.

Strong smell of citrus; orange, a little lemon.

Taste is extremely refreshing. Not a strong wheat taste. Has a good deal of carbonation to it.

Very citrusy as far as taste is concerned. Hoppy but not bitter.

Very good beer overall.

Perfect for the warmer months.

bradley194, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a pale orange in hue, slightly hazy, with a thin receding head. No lacing.

S: Yeasty bread smells. Notes of the wheat are definitely recognizable on the nose as well.

T: Light tastes of malt and wheat, dry and well balanced, with just the faintest hint of light hops. The finish is clearly malt with that familiar wheat beer linger.

M&D: Solid mouthfeel, quite light overall, with very light carbonation. Drinks smoothly and goes down easily. I'm not a huge wheat beer guy but the flavors in this are quite good and I very much enjoyed it.

SIRIUS2, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, Batch#8333 poured into my Nugget Nectar pint glass

A: Hazy amber with a thin white head

S: Not much right away but swirling it a bit reveals some lemon and orange along with some wheat

T: Definite orange presence right off the bat along with the wheat. Fairly light with not too much going on here. The finish is dry with a metallic tinge coming through briefly. Good for the style

M: Very pleasant and the drying finish makes me take another sip.

D: I could drink a ton of this over summer.

DefenCorps, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of guthrie
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I had a very nice night at work and came home to discover my husband had stocked the fridge with Oberon...ain't love grand!
Poured a bottle into a big Duvel tulip. I didn't get much head, but may have been too cautious in my pour. A pretty, warm, hazy orangey color. Some sediment swirling about. Wheaty, citrusy smell. The same wheat and citrus in the taste, as well as a little malty sweetness, followed by a little tangyness after the swallow. Nice and crisp. After a few sips I can pick out more maltiness in the smell. Not too much effervescence in the feel. Light on the tongue. Very drinkable. Nothing too complex, but I think that's how it's supposed to be. Gosh darn it, I like it!

guthrie, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice cloudy orange color. Clearly some nice unflitered pieces floating around in here. A nice white head that left a good amount of lacing.

S- malty, some wheat, and some citrus maybe oranges.

T- Wheat, malt with a little citrus in there also.

M- medium bodied and nice carbonation also

D- Very easy and drinkable brew. Nice crisp and light. Not the most flavorful but overall very enjoyable.

nrbw23, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of charlzm
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 03/26/08 at Hopjacks in Pensacola, Florida.

Medium unfiltered yellow beer. Modest head.

Aroma of wheat. No cloves, bananas, etc... present.

Unremarkable mouthfeel up front. Flavor is typical American wheat ale: a little sweet, a little metallic and almost all wheat. Some subtle lemon notes appear and are welcome. It might be my imagination, but I thought I caught a hint of a clove flavor in there. Some parching as beer sits in the mouth a moment.

Not a favorite style of mine, but a very drinkable example.

charlzm, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of NCSUdo
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, batch 8333

A: Murky light golden under a medium sized, foamy white head. A little lace, decent retention.

S: Malt character is a little thin in the nose. Mostly some grassy hops. A bit of citrus. Not bad, but could be a little better.

T: A little yeasty, wheat stands out here, sweet, bit of hops mixed in. Pretty good.

M/D: Medium body, good carbonation. Drinkability is really good on this one. Could easily drink this all day long during a hot summer afternoon.

NCSUdo, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of Baileyuk
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured with good head and produced good lasting lacing throughout. There were numerous obvious particles in my beer and it poured a cloudy orange. The smell was Malt, Malt, Malt. Nothing too complex which at first worried me about the upcoming taste.

However the taste was a pleasant surprise, again nothing complex but very refreshing. For a wheat beer it was very drinkable and I could put back a few, a great summer beer.

Baileyuk, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of iconoklaztor
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice hazy orange! Its a beautiful beer

Not much to note on the smell but the beautiful beer makes up for it.

The taste is refreshing and crisp. Not to in the way of taste or complexity.

Overall, this is a refreshing beer and a great way to start spring!

iconoklaztor, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of bassmantin
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very bright golden color with nice white clingy head. This is a very attractive beer. It glows in the glass.

Smell is a bit bland, not a whole lot sticks out. Not a whole lot to the taste either. It's just a nice refreshing beer. You're not going to be overwhelming or challenged by anything here, but this would be a good beer for a warm summer day. Not a lawnmower beer but a good BBQ beer.

bassmantin, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good little summer beer here. Its very light and crisp and a little citrusy. I'm not a huge wheat fan so this didn't overwhelm me but it was one of the better ones that I've had. It wold be rather tasty on a hot ass summer day. It went well with the cheese and cracker I was eating.

Tilley4, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of travloh
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into standard pub glass, 50F.

cloudy yellow, straw color with 1 inch head that is gone in a hurry. Suspended particles throughout. Moderate carbonation.

This stuff is pretty good. Crisp and refreshing, like a summer brew should be. Semi sweet, fruity aftertaste that does not linger long. I also taste the faintest of orange flavor.

the lightness and crispness makes this beer perfect for those summertime activities where you want something refreshing that will not slow you down by being too heavy.

Drinkability is good, too. I can see enjoying several of these as I work the grill on a warm night in July.

I think this would be a beer that I would give to someone who has never had a craft beer before. It's leagues better than a BMC product, but because of its lightness it won't send em running back to mama.

travloh, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of jettjon
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date, into a pint glass, this one's a hazed orange color with no sediment in the pour, though quite a bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Thin pale cap fades quickly yet leaves spotty, clingy lace along the sides of the glass all the way down. Not much on the nose, just a whiff of bready wheat and yeast. Tastes of sweet malt and mild citrusy hops, with a hint of orange juice. Mild all around. Mouth is of middle-low viscosity, smooth, with moderate carbonation keeping things crisp but not overly lively. Drinkability is good; it's definitely a refreshing spring/summer quencher.

Overall: A solid American wheat beer with enough citrus character that "no orange slice is required." Worth a try.

jettjon, Mar 27, 2008
Photo of GreenCard
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pale straw, slight haze, medium layer of white froth, OK head retention

Aroma: spicy pumpernickel bread and hints of orange

Flavor: medium sweet malt balance up front that only slightly dries out from a light wheat acidity; hints of caramel, herbally hops, and a biscuity note; finishes semisweet with a honeyish aftertaste

Mouthfeel: medium body, light carbonation, soft & chewy texture

Other comments: Not as good as when I tried it on tap about 4 years ago.

GreenCard, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of jeremyd365
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got a fresh bottle from the year's new batch. Everything about it was great except it didn't smell as strongly as I remember it.

Poured a medium, hazy copper color. Medium body with a strong flavor, but not overly so. Definitely a very drinkable beer. Spring has arrived!

jeremyd365, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just had the 2008 release at Brannigan Brothers in Lansing. They tapped it at midnight. Tasted slightly different than last year.

It poured with a thick white head, good retention, and lots of lacing. It was a cloudy pale orange color. I am happy to see that it is cloudy this year. I've seen it clear and it doesn't taste as good

There was a slight citrus aroma in the smell. Not as strong as in prior years.

Great taste, although a little watery. Also less citrusy than before. There is a noticeable hop finish this year too - it's crisp. Don't quite know why that is.

Good mouthfeel. You feel the hoppy finish in the back of your mouth and in your throat.

Excellent drinkability. I would've stayed to have more but I only brought a $5 with me - got me two pints for opening night.

A great beer! Maybe it's just an early batch that needs to mature a little but the hop flavor is new and I haven't decided if I like it yet. I love my hops, but with Oberon it's different.

You can't go wrong, with an Oberon.

toolbrew, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of MiScusi
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled coded 7949 and per Bell's Website it was bottled last May, making this about 10 months old.

Pours a cloudy light apple juice color, white head froths up and then fades pretty quickly. The smell is only faintly wheat with a lot of banana nut that comes out with vigorous swirling to release the aroma. The taste was really light and refreshing, even for something that's probably a little past it's prime. The taste had some hops still but only very light. Overall I can't wait to get a real fresh bottle b/c I am hoping there is potential here.

MiScusi, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of beeroclock
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright golden color with lots of haziness from the wheat, carbonation bubbles visible. Some head, little lacing. Smells of citrus peel, lots of it. Tastes even more of citrus, lemon dominates. A very good feel, some heaviness that sets on your tongue. Definitely a summer brew, it's so citrusy it almost loses you for a moment on that it's a beer. A very good example of this style

beeroclock, Mar 04, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to DrBayern - Pours a gorgeous cloudy sunset orange in a weizen glass, with a nice white holding head. Smell is nice and citrusy, with predominantly orange scents, along with light yeasty and hearty wheatiness. Taste is nice, rich and quite full bodied for a wheat. Wheaty thick mouthfeel, but still nice and bubbly and refreshing. Very nice and flavorful for the style.

JDV, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of pb9613
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the best summer beer brewed in Michigan.

The light golden oarnge color looks like a sunset over Lake Michigan.

The smell has a slight citrus undertone which matches well with a slice of orange. This is the way it is normally served in West Michigan.

The taste is sightly hoppy with a slight citrus undertone.

The beer has a nice thick feel on the palate.

There is just the right amount of flavor so that you can drink several on a summer night and not have beer overload.

A must try summer beer.

pb9613, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess this is the wrong time of year to review this one, but I will take it when I can get it.

Hazy golden hay color with a nicely sized fuzzy white lid.

The aroma is gentle citrus, earthly grainy wheat, and lightly spicy yeast.

Orangey-lemon citrus fruits introduce the taste with a subtle allure. Bready, earthly wheat and yeast mellowly take over, while fruity pears round the edges of the tongue. Mildly bitter finish of earthly hops and spice. A nice and easy medium body with just the right amount of refreshing carbonation.

Really good, incredibly balanced, flat out tasty, and damn refreshing. For sure one of the best pale wheat's I have ever laid lips on. A must attain summer beer that is even great in the winter.

Slynger, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of hops4me
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled the glass with a cloudy orange appearance. The fluffy white head crackeled away and left foam clinging to the glass. Smelled of lemon, orange, and slight pepper. Mouthfeel was light to medium. It tasted crisp with an intial spicy bitterness. This gives way to a pleasant orange flavor. It finished with a subtle sweet toasty aftertaste.

This beer is a great example of a what a summer beer should be. I will definitely be seeking this out once the warmer months come back.

hops4me, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

During the summer months, this beer is as popular as the macros. Well, not quite, but there's a definite buzz when the season rolls around.

Looks like a cloudy sunset in Northern Michigan, but enough bad poetry. It's orange/yellow and, well, cloudy. So I guess my metaphor wasn't too bad.

Smell and taste are both loaded with citrus flavors. The taste also has a grainy, almost bread-like thing going on. You'll like it if you put oranges on your sandwiches. I personally don't, but it's still not bad (the flavor, that is. Not putting oranges on a sandwich. That's kind of wierd).

It felt a bit like a full wheat. Almost chewy at times.

The one great thing about this beer is that it's very very easy to drink. It didn't blow me away, but I never got sick of it either. That and a crisp aftertaste make it a very drinkable beer.

ElGrecoVerde, Jan 18, 2008
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,508 ratings.