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

Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale

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86
very good

4,153 Ratings
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Ratings: 4153
Reviews: 1514
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%


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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FRivard

Michigan

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

Served on tap from Mr. B's in Rochester

Appearance is a pale golden color lots of carbonation and a whisp of pale white head

Smells of orange citrus abound citrus hops all over the nose

Tastes of orange lemon zest and biscuits

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a nice clean finish

Overall I finally got around to a formal review after thousands of servings over the past ten years my spring time staple extremely drinkable a go to around the BBQ pit and just about any other activity outside in the spring/early summer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 16:23:21 | More by FRivard
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hoffhin2

Michigan

4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance : Orangjsh golden yellow

Smell: Orange and wheat smell

Taste: Citrus taste given off by the orange, and has a very good balance. Fruity aftertaste.

Overall: Oberon is my second favorite bell's beer following behind their two hearted. Sorry Larry Bell, I prefer a nice slice of orange in my pint with it as well!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 12:50:01 | More by hoffhin2
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jasrbrd

Florida

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

This beer is reminiscent of another Bell's beer, the great Two Hearted Ale, but the Oberon is a wheat ale. It's also not as strong as the Two Hearted Ale but Oberon still packs a 5.8% punch, although it doesn't taste it. Nice color (although a beer's color has never really mattered to me - give me the taste!) with a pleasant fruit aroma which is also not that strong or overwhelming. Highly recommend you give this one a try especially if you like Summer ales.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 21:54:59 | More by jasrbrd
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patelc75

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very nice wheat ale for the summer. Taste permates well but slightly overcarbonated but nice robust malt taste. Got it at Pelly's Liquors in Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago, IL, which also has a bunch of good beers including Great lakes burning ale

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 23:03:17 | More by patelc75
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burkyburk

Illinois

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

A- Light color, barely any head.
S-Smells like summer! Summer fruits/light bread.
T-Wheaty/bready, notes of citrus fruits, particularly orange and lemon.
M- Very light and refreshing.
O- It was quickly compared to Blue Moon by my peers. I found it a bit more pleasing, more flavorful. A great "day at the lake" beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 20:41:15 | More by burkyburk
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zbuc919

Michigan

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

Oberon... the taste of summer here in Michigan!

Had this on tap and in the bottle many times, pours a nice hazy golden orange color. Tastes like a citrusy wheat beer, perfectly refreshing. My favorite beer in the wheat category. Often served with an orange however I prefer a lemon to swipe around the rim prior to each sip to provide a little sour with the citrusy sweet wheat. Delicious!

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 03:24:56 | More by zbuc919
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msh4k3

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into ping glass. Packaged 2/23/2012

A. Translucent yellow bottom, and a dull orange on top. 1 1/2 finger head.

S. A little citrus, a little of the malts, and a little wheat. A little more than you get on some macros.

T. A hint of lemon, then a bit of biscuity malts. Then you're left with a hint of a hop/wheat bitter after taste which is pretty nice.

M. Real creamy, and easy to drink. Little bitter back end which wants you to drink more.

O. Its a pretty good Wheat Ale. Pretty mild, smooth, and creamy beer. Pretty decent price point $8sih a 6 pack with a decent ABV. If you're a fan of bells malts and style then this shall suffice you on a hot spring/summer day!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 01:37:38 | More by msh4k3
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Hermanater

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

AP: like cloudy honey but not so thick. Robust, white head after the bottle swirl to get the sediments mixed in.

AR: citrus-y, almost sour. Rising dough smell is faint at first but seems to come alive more and more as the beer sits in the glass.

M: light and not near as effervescent as one might expect from a bottle conditioned beer.

TA: much hoppier than your standard wheat beer. Has a typical wheat sweetness with a hoppy bitterness than remains after the swallow. Seems like many Wheats are bittered with spice and rind. This certainly seems to possess a greater hop load than the normal wheat beer.

I recommend.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 20:23:55 | More by Hermanater
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rborthwick

Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours an apricot color with modest head retention. A good bit of spent yeast in the bottle. Citrusy nose with a hint of grapefruit. This beer as not as sweet or orangy as a lot of other wheat beers. I actually think its taste is similar to Bass Ale of all things. This beer from Bells is not even in the same league as two hearted ale. I was disappointed in this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 01:33:30 | More by rborthwick
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NDZonie

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I purchased a 6-pack of Oberon from my local Michigan beer store in May. This is Batch #8397.

The appearance is excellent with a wonderful golden hazy color.

The smell is wonderfully clean with a Witbier profile. It's taste is fantastically clean with a corriander mouthfeel.

Being 5.8% alcohol by volume it's definitely not a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 22:25:55 | More by NDZonie
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Smithj86

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oberon poured from the bottle a cloudy, golden orangey color with a rapidly fading white head. Nicely carbonated, with little bubbles dancing about and nice mouthfeel. The flavor is smooth, with nice hops presence that is flavorful but not overpowering. Exceedingly tasty. And dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 23:19:55 | More by Smithj86
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MysterySwirl

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack of this beer at Woodman's during a recent beer run.

This beer has a nice white foamy head and the aroma smells crisp and the citrus/apple/light fruity flavors conjures up memories of warm summer days by the lake.

It's definitely a great summertime beer. I plan to buy more of this and make this more of my go-to session "lawnmower" beer when the seasons change.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 19:14:50 | More by MysterySwirl
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BarBEERian

Montana

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Oberon just looks like a summer delicacy, filling the glass in a warm-colored combination between a dark and unfiltered lemonade color and an orange juice pumped up with steroids. The thickness seems almost overpowering (almost smoothie-like), with a nose that speaks of spiciness and floral and citrusy-orange pulses. The foamy and off-white head is the only thing that would make you think this isn't a beast of a wheat beer, but the taste is what convinces you.

With the first sips you can already tell this isn't a dangerous beer, but it's also no slouch with some smooth and creamy touches of citrus fruit sliding over the tongue like slippery river water. The orange is clearly the most pronounced flavor, but it's certainly mellow. I've had the beer before at the bar with an orange slice served on the top, and it definitely has a very different flavor profile without the added fruit. But I stand by the assumption that if a brewer wanted it to have more orange flavor, they would have brewed it in.You don't add extra cucumber to a California roll. Even so, the smooth orange flavor gets patted down by the nice wheat and lemon end notes. Where some wheat beers go for the kill, Oberon hangs back and chooses smoothness over chunkiness. If you've ever had a thick and intense wheat beer, then you'll understand what I'm saying.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 17:31:49 | More by BarBEERian
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jakeyb

Michigan

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

Pours golden orange with a thin 1 inch head. Pleasant aroma. Hints of mint (?) and lemon zest. Medium body and carbonation, without any drastic hints of anything. While not incredibly complex, still a very refreshing beer, perfect for throwing back a few on a summer evening. All hail Oberon.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 13:36:58 | More by jakeyb
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Hanby

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Oberon pours a cloudy orange- amber, with big white head foaming at two fingers, then settling to a thin lingering lace. I said cloudy, but that cloudiness is not there until you pour the last bit from the bottle.

Smell: There's a lot of wheat on the nose up front, with some orange peel and spice.
Taste: Orange rind and lemon zest jump out at first and invite you in. There's a light and crisp hop presence. All throughout, the wheat malt and yeast flavor stands out and holds it all together.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp are how I'd describe mouthfeel here. Carbonation is good.

Overall: The good folks at Bell's have done the world a great service here. Oberon is a great, light, refreshing summer beer, perfect for a hot day under the sun, or a rainy day wishing the sun would show it's face. The balance of zesty citrus with the sweet and mellow wheat malt backbone combine to make a beautiful ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 02:34:48 | More by Hanby
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downeyj4

Michigan

4.64/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

There's a reason why this is the leader of Bell's Brewery. It's a great beer. It's great to drink on a warm day. Your friends drink it too. It's on tap just about everywhere (In Michigan at least...). It comes with an orange, sometimes. There is a great amount of citrus and the Saaz hops really bring it all together. Overall, one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 03:52:53 | More by downeyj4
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yeastlovehoppiness_jess

Iowa

3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy flaxen color. Pretty thin with bubbles clinging to the glass, but not much head.

S - It smelled a little fruity: mango, apricot, grapefruit.

T - Its taste was a little sour, but fruity and yeasty.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, and pleasantly tangy.

O - It was interesting and definitely not bad for a wheat beer. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 01:47:48 | More by yeastlovehoppiness_jess
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murphyl

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Ironically, my first introduction to good beer was Oberon, two years ago at a local "beer garden" (read: student dive with better-than-average tap offerings). It's been my favorite summer beer since, and I thought I'd revisit the old standby...

Appearance: Bright golden orange, rather cloudy, with a limited amount of head that left moderate lace. Definitely an unusual color as far as wheat beers go, but then again Oberon isn't exactly a traditional wheat beer, so I'm willing to let this slide.

Smell: Heavy-duty citrus and floral notes, with a limited degree of hoppiness. If you get this at a bar where they insist on putting fruit or some such nonsense in or on the glass (horrors!), you won't be able to pick up the hops at all, even if you pick the obscenity out right away - the hops are that low-key.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Meyer lemon and bergamot flavors up front, fading into some unintelligible sweet flavors and a weak malty finish. Not a heavyweight beer by any means, but quite refreshing with all that citrus.

Drinkability: An eminently sessionable beer and a good all-around summer quaff - goes well with just about any summertime food you'd care to name, and you can have four or five sitting on your back deck without hurting yourself too badly.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 02:14:36 | More by murphyl
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mogul37

New York

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this one on tap at several bars and restaurants, always served in a pint glass and usually with an orange slice (though I usually separate it from the beer). Sweet smell and taste that goes down very smooth. My favorite beer in this style, since it has more flavor than comparable beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2007 04:11:13 | More by mogul37
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Walker8810

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 23:36:08 | More by Walker8810
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stace

Illinois

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

On tap at Poor Phil's.

So happy Bell's is back in Illinois! This is the beer that made me fall in love with Bell's. Okay, let's go...

Appearance: Not very cloudy, not much head. By the time I got my glass it was mostly lace.

Smell: To be honest, I'm not getting much of anything off this. Nothing bad, though.

Taste: Ahh, this is why we drink it, isn't it? Lovely. Wheat beer taste, a little sweet but not too much.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy, light. Great summer beer.

Drinkability: Yes, yes, a thousand times, yes. Hot day, glass of Oberon? Yes yes yes. Seriously, though, it's quite drinkable, almost sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2009 00:17:14 | More by stace
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MithosYggdrasil

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 6 Pack of Bell's Oberon Ale from Avenue Liquor in Milwaukee, WI on 4/24/09. It was a unusually warm day (80 Degrees), so I figured drinking this ourside before I went out for the evening would be a good idea. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy, straw like golden orange color. A wee bit of lacing, though not that great of head retention.

Smell: The orange bottlecap is obvious after getting a whiff, as you get the scent of citrus, as well as a bit of spice and wheat.

Taste: Fairly similar to the smell, with a fruity balance and refreshing taste.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth, though not long lasting.

Drinkability: Overall, I would agree with an older post here; it's a good beer to drink on a warm day when you don't quite feel up to drinking a macrolager and somewhat enjoyable. However, I don't believe the cost justifies the taste. I don't think I'd ever buy a 6 pack to myself, but I'd go half and half with some a friend on it, put it in a created six pack or have it on tap at two locations that I know carries it.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 23:09:38 | More by MithosYggdrasil
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etn3000

Minnesota

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

I've had this a few times. It's an unfiltered beer, meaning sometimes you'll get particles of stuff floating around in your beer, which I don't mind at all. For an American Pale Wheat Ale, it's more on the edge of the bitter side, but still has a taste that most American Pale Wheat Ale drinkers will appreciate. This is a good beer, but is it one of my favorites, probably not.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 22:19:52 | More by etn3000
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ejl4

Vermont

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

A) A pale straw color, with hints of yellow in the light. Slightly hazy as expected with a wheat beer.

S) Malty, sweet, with no truly discernible hop character on the nose. Light citrus character.

T) Very sweet up front with a slow mild bitterness. A light wort flavor.

M) Smooth, but light with moderate carbonation.

O) A great wheat beer with a nice citrus flavor. A great beer to drink in the heat of summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 15:52:32 | More by ejl4
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yorlummass


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a perfect summer beer. It has the fullness of a heavier beer with a lighter hint of fruit in it. Perhaps not the most appealing winter taste but is best for summer evenings in the sun. Has a similar feel to a Magic Hat #9 but is considerably more seasonal and less versatile.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 10:11:41 | More by yorlummass
Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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