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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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5,573 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,573
Reviews: 1,594
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 147
Gots: 665 | 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 Buebie
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a tulip. Hazy golen in color with little transaprency due to its hazy unfiltered character.
The appearance is pretty ugly, big nasty chunks floating in the glass, almost looked like bugs they were so big.
The head however was pretty nice. Nice 2 finger white fluffy head with decent laceing and some retention.

Smell is carmely and sweet with a lemon quality.

Taste is crisp and tart with a fruity backbone and a dry clean finish.
Some lemon character to the flavor, as well as some grassy hops.
Very clean summer brew.

Most summer ales I dont much like, this is the first I can really tolerate. It has wonderful flavor, decent thickness in mouthfeel and nice laceing.

All around a great brew, just a bit rough on the appearance side.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden color with minimal head.

Scent of wheat and malts with some citrus and a mild honey sweetness.

Wheat and citrus dominant in flavor, lingers into maltiness with more wheat and finishing fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, though I would prefer more carbonation.

Photo of Getinthevan
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this out of a 12oz bottle. Right off the bat, this beer has a nice orange/amber color with lots of wheat sediment at the bottom of the glass. Truly a great looking beer.

Smell was very high in wheat and a little bit of oranges. Definitely one of those beers to prepare for, as it will be a nice treat.

Taste was awesome. It was very full, wheaty and had a great smooth, almosty buttery aftertaste. This stuff is certainly on my "get" list whenever I hit up the liquor store again!

Mouthfeel was very pleasant and satisfying. No dead spots, no wasted fluidity, just delicious and refreshing wheat ale going down the hatch on a hot summer day!

I had to stop myself from drinking the whole six pack as soon as I got it! Man this stuff is addicting as soon as you open it! Go get it if you haven't tried it, it's that good.

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

Served from a 1.32gal mini-keg into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a bright and hazy golden color. Puffy and creamy white head leaves droopy rings and sheets of lace.

S: Aromas of toasted grain, spicy yeast, caramel, and sweet apple. At times the aroma reminded me of a west Michigan apple orchard (apple with other earthy aromas).

T: Nice toasted malt/grain flavor. Citrus-y hops become pronounced around mid glass. Biscuity/bready malt as well.

M: Smooth and sticky with a nice prickly/toasty/spicy undercurrent. Nice dryness.

D: Very easy to drink...summer is here!

Photo of Walker8810
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy golden hue with and inch of foam. aroma of bananas and cotton candy - very sweet smelling. Sharp taste with a fair amount of carbonation. nice sweet flavor with a slight bitter hop finish to it. mouthfeel is middle of the road. very drinkable. would pick it up again if i were in the mood but would not actively seek it out.

Photo of buffettfan
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap out for lunch.

I'd heard a lot about this beer and couldn't wait to try it.

Appeared average, nice color, veyr little head. Smelled of citrus, very pleasant.

Taste was very smooth, with crisp citrus notes. Easy to drink. A GREAT summer beer, wish we could get it in Arizona!

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark yellow or golden color, with a large thick head. Minimal lacing leftover.

S: Lots of distinct wheat scent, a tad of spicy yeast scent.

T: Nice balanced mix of wheat and citrus. Not much spice, but there a spicy after taste, which is great.

M: Very light and really crisp beer.

D: An excellent summer beer, smooth and drinkable for all day.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy yellow with a half finger head.

S- Very crisp and clean but not much else.

T- Clean, crisp and refreshing with a nice subtle toasted malt backbone.

M- Light and smooth.

D- I feel kinda dumb for just buying the single.

This is one fantastic summertime brew. I finally realize what all the hype is about.

Photo of Gtreid
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Hazy golden, yellow, with almost two fingers of pure white head, that leaves nice, thick lace.

A: Buscuity and sweet malts, lemon, some citrus and grainy hops, wheat. This is just what a summer brew should smell like.

T: Again bready, with lemon and other citrus. The sweet malts and grainy hops are balanced very nicely.

M&D: Light body. The moderate carbonation makes for an excellent mouthfeel. At 5.8% ABV the drinkability is way up there. This is a great summer selection. Just another example of why Bell's is my favorite brewery. Skal.

Photo of Matty1918
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Deepsouth for this sample.

Pours a hazy golden color with a minimal white head.

A nice sweet, clean aroma with hints of grain.

That first sip took me for suprise. There is a nice mild spice up front with some mild citrus mixed in. Then towards the end there was a nice mild nutty grain finish with a slight hoopy bitterness. Almost like a mild banana bread. Very well balanced in my book.

Mouthfeel was good a little carbonation but nice.

A nice summer brew and I wish I could get these around my neck of the woods.

Photo of kbeals
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a hazy, golden color. There's about two and a half fingers of fizzy, white head. Some floating particles also make an appearance. Lacing was somewhat lacking, but overall the appearance was pleasing. Smell wasn't overly exciting. Definitely grainy, with a citrusy zest to it. The taste was much the same. A hint of citrus complements the wheat well in my opinion. The beer was very smooth and pretty fizzy. I could probably drink these all day if I had the money. I would defintely recommend this beer.

Photo of KeefD
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with no head and minimal lacing. Aroma of malted wheat, orange zest and spices. Taste is much the same. Big time wheat malts, somewhat sweet, but not overpowering, hints of orange and coriander. This thing is very smooth and creamy, amazingly easy to drink and probably the best summer beer there is. I'm not one to go on about wheat beers, since they are from my favorites, but this one is great. Definitely a good session beer for the summer months.

Photo of slatetupelo
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very hazy golden color with hints of yellow, there are some particles floating also. The head is white but small and dissipated quickly leaving little lacing.

S - The smell is slightly sweet with hints of orange and very grassy/earthy aromas also.

T - Before I knew what style of beer this was I thought to myself that it tasted like a mix of a light pale ale and a wheat beer, it makes sense that this is an American Pale Wheat Ale. Taste is mostly wheat with some mild citrus hints and very little bitterness. It's pretty light on the toungue.

D - Wheat beers really aren't my thing but these were fairly enjoyable, I'd drink another one but it wouldn't be my go-to beer.

Photo of vtfan77
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Hazy straw with an orange tinge. About a half inch of white head forms upon pouring.

S- Very nice wheaty aroma accented by citrus zest and some spices. I can't quite identify the spices, but they add an interesting and appetizing twist.

T- Actually a bit sweet upfront, but it quickly dries out to produce a nice wheat flavor. A small but noticeable dose of hops gives it a nice herbal kick, along with just a touch of bitterness on the finish. A lush, wheaty taste lingers in the mouth for a few seconds after the beer goes down.

M- Light, but not too light, with a good dose of carbonation.

D- Outstanding. Some might say it's bit too high in ABV to be a true session beer, but that wouldn't keep me from knocking these back all day.

This is a great American wheat beer, and a fantastic summer beer. I could down these by the sixer on a hot summer day. It's really nothing out-of-this-world in terms of flavor and complexity, but who cares? The world needs good, solid beers like this that you can just sit back and enjoy. Recommended.

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

A - Pours gold in color with an almost milky cloudiness. Some yellow shows up at the edges of the glass. The white head rose to proportions that were just above average and displayed average retention. Lacing was average as well.

S - Wheat is one of the stronger aromas but is not too strong overall. Staying in the background are notes of honey and yeast. Some fruity hops show up on the very end.

T - Wheat is strong in the flavor but is balanced well with everything else that is going on. Honey, pale malt, and yeast are easily noticed in the flavor and provide a nice compliment to the wheat. Fruitiness at the end is mild and citric in nature (think orange and a little grapefruit).

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish starts out with a typical wheat twang but hops come in and make it very interesting for the style.

D - Drinkability is quite good. It is refreshing and goes down pretty easy. The flavors are pleasing and the alcohol is low enough to have a couple of them. I would drink more of the Oberon and recommend it to anyone looking for a good summer beer.

Photo of everetends
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at HopJacks in Pensacola. Served in a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a beautiful light orange. Had some debris in it. Was served with no head other than a thin wispy ring that did what it could with the lacing. I will chalk that up to a less than stellar pour. Still a good looking brew.

S: This is where it was lacking in my opinion, but still not bad. Smelled only of wheat and citrus.

T: Great. Lots of wheat up front with some nice hoppy notes, citrus (nice heavy orange), and malt. A great balance to this beer.

M: This beer is a bit on the light side but it works for the beer. Still has good coating and leaves a nice citrus aftertaste. Very refreshing and crisp.

D: I really liked this beer. It has the refreshing nature of a wheat but still has some hop backbone. Very nice.

Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a imp pint glass. Hazy light orange with suspended particles and a white head. Smells like faint smooth orange, not hoppy citrus, just orangey. Light taste of orange on top of light malt. Beautiful balance. This is what macro brews should use as a standard when they reference "easy drinking". The perfect balance and light wheat, orange, and malt flavors make a delightful beer. This beer will turn people from macro to micro.

Photo of Donnie2112
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: was pouring pale yellow until I spilled the yeast into the bottle, now it looks like orange juice. nice film of head and pretty lacing.

smell: very light smells of bubble gum and light malts a bit of citrus there as well. The last thing that I smelled was a little bit of sweet grapes

taste: very light sweet malt and a bit of the bitterness in the malts at the end

mouthfeel: medium light body, medium carbonation...not bad

drinkability: this is a real summer bear. It's quite light and drinkable and I am enjoying it with some eggs.

Photo of jockstrappy
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with a small white head, not much lacing. Main aroma is orange peel, with a hint of sweet malt. Taste is very balanced...citric and sweet up front with a touch of bitterness on the backend. This brew washes away very clean, and begs for another sip. I could drink this all damn day!

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

Pours gold with a finger of quickly fading foam sitting on top. The nose is wheat and citrus, with the taste backing that up. It's cris and refreshing. More than anything, though, the balance is striking. It's got a tinge of sweetness and fruitiness, but just enough to bring out and highlight the wheat without overpowering it. You'd never call it hoppy, but it doesn't err on the other side either.

People list this as one of the great American summer beers, but I'd be pleased to drink such a well-balanced ale any time of year.

Photo of Homerbag
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with little head retention.

Smells is of good wheat and citrus, nothing that jumps out too much.
Very easy to drink with a citruisy, spicy wheat flavor that makes it refreshing and not terribly complex. Feel is clean and proper for style.

There is not much to say about this one. Well done, simple, and fun to drink. Very sessionable and refreshing when the weather is warm.

Photo of kurtissellen
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Emptied into an oversized wine glass and looked a golden orange with small head that quickly faded. Got whiffs of doughy bread and oranges, as for the taste very refreshing and thirst quenching, I could have finished off many more on a hot day like today. Nothing is too overpowering in this brew and is extremely well balanced and other than the wheat it was hard to pick out anything else in this one. Excellent summer drinking beer I'll be picking more of this up.

Photo of PiecefulToker
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy, orangish-yellow, much like the background color on the label.

S: Nothing too spectacular, some citrus, very little to no hop presence.

T: I really like this beer. I am usually very skeptical of any wheat beer, but this does not have the overpowering yeastiness of some other wheat beers in the same/similar style have had. There are subtle but very noticeable hints of citrus (tangerine?), honey, and very slight spiciness that I can't nail down. Not overpowering, and not too bland: this is a very well balanced beer.

M: Very nice with appropriate carbonation.

D: Exceptional. I could drink these all day, especially in hot weather out on the patio.

Overall, I am really enjoying this beer. As mentioned earlier, I am usually somewhat reluctant about wheat beers, but this is inspiring me to expand my horizons. Another excellent beer from Bell's.

Photo of Strix
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy yellowish orange with a head that fades fairly quickly.

Smell is wheaty, citrusy, and spicey.

Wow, this is well balanced, and honestly better than I thought a beer from this style could ever be. Crisp citrus, balanced with toasted bready flavors and a slight twang at the end. Really nicely done. A great summer beer.

Drinkability very high on this one. Reccommended.

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

12 ounce bottle with yeast at the bottom, swirled and poured into a weizen glass, yields a hazy golden-orange body topped with a finger of rocky white head that retains at a foamy sheet and leaves fluffy rings of lacing.

Smells rich and wheaty; slightly nutty with a touch of citrus.

Taste is sweet and orangey, rich and nutty with a slight peppery note, a little tinge of apple and banana and the barest essence of tangy hops.

Smooth, medium-bodied, and lip-smacking good. Superb drinkability.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,573 ratings.