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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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Ratings: 5,609
Reviews: 1,602
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 152
Gots: 716 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

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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.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A- Pours a golden orange with sediment settling to the bottom.
S- Citrus, orange, a very bright smelling beer.
T- The orange and citrus aromas are present in the taste as well, also wheat taste is present. Tastes like a summer afternoon.
M- Good carbonation, very tingly. Good consistency and thickness.
D- I could drink these all afternoon sitting out in the sun. Always a good summer standby.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy and bright yellow, radiates the light very nicely. Pure white head holds very nicely and actually retains a small cap for most of the beer. Impressive for a pale wheat ale.

Reasonably good aromatics, not too terribly powerful, but pretty good for style. Obviously a fair amount of sweet chaff; some spiciness in there for fun, along with a tiny prick of fruity hops.

A wonderful balance of fullness and thirst quenching here. Quite flavorful, no ingredient skimping to make it "light", but also very easy to drink and not get full. The wheat is indeed pale, with plenty of herbal, earthy hopping. Other flavor notes include a bit of fruit, some phenolics, and a delightful crispness that imparts a smack of medicinal carbonation.

Impressive for a pale wheat.

Photo of xare
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured as an orangish-amber with a thin white head that didn't lace. Average appearance, but a tad darker than most wheat ales.

Smell was truly exceptional. Smelled just like an excellent pale ale with just a faint hint of wheat - truly nice for a wheat pale ale. Didn't give off wheaty aromas as so many do.

Taste was somewhat strange. Tasted a little like an alcoholic bread flavor. Didn't really distinguish itself from being alcohol with a touch of wheat (which is nice at times, but doesn't endear me to drinking more of it).

Mouthfeel was decent, went down smooth. Nothing else of note though. Did begin to warm up (and become more like alcohol the more it warmed up).

Drinkability wasn't great. I finished the beer but I wouldn't search this beer out again. Might have it if it was free, but I don't think that Oberon was worth searching out, especially when I can drink anything else Bell's makes.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Had two bottles - one for me and one for my dad. Pours a murky orange. Very little carbonation in one of the beers while the other is completely flat. Smell is mildly spicy and earthy. Taste is pretty average. Some citrus and wheat flavors come out, but not a whole lot else, unfortunately. A pretty average brew, but good for a hot day.

Photo of berserker256
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was at a Detroit Casino last night when I saw Oberon on tap. I figured I'd take a break from losing money at the blackjack table and have a good beer. It was delicious. I'm hard-pressed to find an American wheat beer better than this. It had a nice orange/gold color with nice head and tasted fruity-sweet. It didn't come with an orange slice either which is a good thing. I hate when people put crap in my beer. I've reviewed this beer out of the bottle and gave it a similar review from what I recall. But I also think that it helps turn luck around because I started doing way better at the blackjack table. I may have to make a tradition out of this now before I start playing from now on...

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

Oberon is the king of fairies in a Midsummer Nights Dream, he ensures we all love summer ales.

Pours with a little head that leaves only fairy dust in the wind. Looks most like a cloudy citrus fruit of any beer i've ever seen.

Smells like nothing. Some hops some cut grass, mostly nothing.

Some wheat, some hops, some spicy pepper. Its like eating a pepper sandwich on wheat bread.

Finishes sweet, dry, and carbonated. Like making love to pop rocks.

I don't know where you magic pixies came from but I like your pixie drink. Thanks to Jw347.

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

A great summer beer to win over some macro lovers.
Appearance is good with a decent 1.5 finger head.
Smell is very faint, but some quality malt and citrus (maybe orange).
Taste is a bit more pronounce with some malt that is a touch sweet and lighter malt than the nose.
Mouthfeel is good. Medium to light on the tongue.
Drinkability is quite good, it is sessionable but also very light.

Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Cloudy orange with a frothy one-finger head. Seems like it wants to be a hefeweizen.

Aroma: Wheat upfront with a hint of orange and sweetness. Seems straightforward.

Taste: Sweet and bready with mild hop bitterness. Not much else to detect here.

Mouthfeel: Hop bitterness and breadiness dominate the palate here. Some dryness/sweetness as well.

Drinkability: Very drinkable on a hot day. Smooth. Not very complex nor over-simplistic. Just right and just enough to garner it a taste.

Photo of tjkurz
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful summer beer hazy orange/yellow smells of citrus and hops. Tastes of great wheat and some citrus fresh and refreshing but not weak. Mouthfeel is substantial and grainy. Drinkability - my favorite summer wheat beer - I try others only to be disappointed - I had to pick up a sixer of these this summer to finally scratch my summer beer itch.

Photo of boralyl
3.57/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours one finger woth of white head. The retention isn't very good, and leaves minor lacing. It is a hazy golden color with lots of tiny sediment floating throughout.

S - Has a lemon/citrus smell, as well as a wheat aroma.

M - A lighter bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Has a slightly smooth feel that ends crisp and refreshing.

T - The wheat taste hits up front, followed by the citrus flavor and a pepper spice rounding up the end. Has a pretty good mixture of flavors.

A very refreshing beer, that is easily drinkable. It's a great beer for the summer.

Photo of corey0212
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is definitely the beer I was most looking forward to trying this summer, and thanks to moose3285, now I can!

Pours a very hazy lemony yellow, nice-looking but fast-fading white head, rings of lacing on the glass. Smell is wheaty, lots of lemon and grassy hops. Taste is very sweet, citrusy hops, slightly bready. Crisp and refreshing, very tiny and active bubbles. I could see drinking this all summer. Really great summer brew...I'd love to see this distributed in MA.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy golden color with two finger white head. Little retention but excellent lacing.

S - Very sweet aroma with hints of lemon and a citrusy hop smell.

T - Very sweet lemon flavor up front. A citrusy hop taste comes in but is not overwhelming. The grainy wheat tasts is not very strong at all.

M/D - Medium bodied and chewy. Very crisp feel as well. A very drinkable wheat ale.

I would not have guessed this to be a wheat ale at all. It is more like a sweet pale ale. I like it.

Photo of Hoptrollop
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised when I found out this was a wheat beer, it was while I was drinking my second glass. Once I knew that I could pick up some of those attributes but mainly in the nose and mouthfeel. The hops really overwhelm the wheat but then the finish is sweeter then the usual pale ale.

Photo of ibashmuck
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a six pack solely on the basis of it's grade here at BA. Medium foam head on a beautiful cloudy gold body. Smells of citrus and banana, with a little floral hint. Taste is near perfection, with the citrus accentuating but not overpowering. Wheat could be just a tad stronger. Very thick on the mouth, like I need a fork to eat it. This is a very, very good brew, among the best American Wheat Ale's I've had.

Photo of Ragingbull
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy and dark yellow or light orange in color. It is almost the color of light woodwork like that in my kitchen. Frothy head. Light malt nose. Smooth attack with a creamy mouthfeel. Very complex in that it goes through numerous flavors very quickly. Cream, honey, citrus and grain are all flavors that I can detect. Easy drinking but I wouldn't call it a "great" beer. I rated it a C on my scale.

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

Poured into a weiss glass.

Pours a light straw with a heavy cloud. Head is big and leaves a nice amount of lace.

Nice malt flavor, wheat and pale malts, very subtle, almost wish it was a little more prominent. Bready, doughy yeast aromas with peach and green apple.

Flavor is sour green apples with a saison like sourness that makes this one a very refreshing summer brew. Nice flavors of wheat and fruit, that rides on yeast. Not much for hops here. Very sweet and candy like. There is a cotton candy like flavor here.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and slick. Carbonation is good.

Another nice beer from Bells.

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

Received in a trade from cpferris. Thank you!!!

OK after being disappointed by Gumballhead, I'm giving Oberon a first try from the same trade. Poured into a Rochefort Goblet.

A: pale tangerine/yellow in color. extremely cloudy. beautiful bubbly white pearl head from the pour which quickly dissipated.

S: very strong citrus aroma. I could notice is as it was being poured and even now as the glass sits next to me while I type. Smells of wheat and is slightly bready up front followed by a strong zesty citrus aroma.

T&M: very crisp and refreshing with good carbonation. Up front there's a strong wheat and yeast taste with a barely noticeable hop profile (good!). subdued citrus flavors follow mixed with a sweet wheat malting that is almost hiding away in the background. mild peppery spicing.

D: Although crisp, there's a slight "heaviness" to this beer for some reason. ABV is on the higher end of average but on a hot summer's day I could see myself easily forgetting these facts.

EDIT: Also, anyone notice the pic of the bottle has an upside down label?

Photo of LittleBreeze
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not really a fan of wheat beers. But I've been enjoying this one. It lacks the harsh "after taste" or bitterness I associate with most wheat beers. It is crisp and fruity. Outstanding balance between wheat, lemon (citrus) and malts.

Mouthfeel is a little creamy

Drinkability is great. Light but full flavored. One of my favorite summer drinks.

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

a: poured a hazy orange/dark golden color with abotu a half inc of head that dissapeared quickly leaving a little lace ring around the edge of the glass, there seems to be some yeast floating in the beer as well
s: strong wheat matls accompinied by lemons, and a slight citrusy hop bitterness
t: lemons, bannanas, wheat malts dominate the palalte, not much bitterness but there isnt supposed to be.
m: edium to light bodied beer with good carbonatoin

overall, i really enjoyed this beer, perfect for a hot summers day

Photo of Beerking721
4.72/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As stated on the label... the color and scent of a summer afternoon. This beer is a great warm weather companion that will not only "quench" a thirst but also leave the imbiber wanting more!

A= A rich amber color with requisite cloudiness. Upon glass entry, a reasonable head and resulting lace as consumption ensued.

S= Definate light fruit with a hint of sweet wheat.

T= Smooth and quenching with an off-dry finish.

M= 30% weight to viscosity ratio. Chewy.

D= "Session" ready .

Pairing suggestion: Puffed rice encrusted talapia with mango chutney.

Photo of leif86
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden with a haze. Large chunks of yeast. White foamy head with decent retention.

S: Smells like what you would expect a pale wheat ale to smell like. Very citrusy and slightly floral and earthy.

T: Lemons and bananas. Lemons and bananas. Finishes with a little subtle bitterness that lingers for about 15 seconds.

M: Not overly carbonated, actually a little creamy in texture. Easy to put down.

D: Very light without being watery. I could go back for more.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass. A nice head forms on the pale orange cloudy body. Lace is left behind.

Smell: Yeast, bready malts, some wheat, some spice.

Taste. A very flavorful brew. Some citrus fruityness, mildy bitter hops and clove like spice. Somewhat lemony with suggestions of dried orange peel. Very flavorful and stronger than your typical wheat.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium bodied. A moreish taste that grows on you as you sip.

Overall: Really good, paired nicely with BBQ chicken on a stick. This is the type of beer with its light crisp flavor profile and mild spice notes, that could pair with a variety of spicy and flavorful dishes.

Photo of thisisshsas
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this at a 4th of July Party at a friend's house. Beer poured a hazy gold orange and had no visibility. Had no extraordinary smell. the taste was very smooth with very little bite as an aftertaste, but there was a richness to it that clearly separated it from a Lager. Not recommended as a session beer just because of the filling nature the beer.

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

This beer reminds me a lot of the GooseIsland Summerale.
A: The pour is a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a decent head that is gone after 2-3 minutes.
S: Lemony, citrus smell that is pleasing to the nose. Nothing skunky here.
T: A little tart, a little biting, good carbonation. A good bier to have with BBQ or other meat products.
M: Fine. Nothing exciting.
D: This is a good session bier; could have many of these and not feel guilty.

Find youself some of this and enjoy.

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 5,609 ratings.