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

Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale
BA SCORE
3.82/5
6,870 Ratings
Bell's Oberon AleBell's Oberon Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,072
Reviews:
1,815
Ratings:
6,870
pDev:
12.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
232
Gots:
1,778
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 6,870 |  Reviews: 1,815
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy light orange color, little head but white lace retains well. Enormous chunks of yeast sediment floating throughout the glass, some of the biggest I have seen. Grassy aroma in the nose, as well as orange and yeast.

This wheat ale is very well balanced in my opinion. Begins on the fruiter, wheat side. Finishes slightly dry and mildly hoppy. Mouthfeel is such that it takes nothing to sip this brew, and one could easily have many on a warm summer evening. Slight carbonation to start with, and finishes smooth and dry. A nice interpretation of an American wheat, and a great summer brew at that.

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Photo of Redrover
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the twisted spoke in Chicago. The beer was a nice hazy rusty yellow. Nice nose with some spicy notes and a clear malt/grain aroma.

Very good summer beer. I liked the subtle hopping and the fresh taste of malts/wheat. Beer did not have much of the banana/clove taste, but did have a hint of lemon in the background.

Very easy drinking beer with a fresh bracing mouthfeel. I’m glad this beer is becoming more available as it is always a welcome sight.

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Photo of BitterPachyderm
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #9080

Poured into my SN pint glass. A rough pour produced a gorgeous five finger voluptious creamy head. Some sticky lacing clung to the sides of the glass. A medium yellow to orange body that was a bit cloudy. Floater alert! Floater alert! Floater alert!

The aroma was not as powerful as I had expected. There is a faint whiff of Florida oranges and a dash of coriandor.

You get a strong hit of coriandor up front, with a slightly bitter finish. Loads of wheat coming through...not a whole lot of complexities.

The mouthfeel did seem a bit thin, and low on carbonation.

With almost no alcohol presence, this is something I could drink days on end and never get upset.

I had had this brew on tap many times before and loved it! Maybe this bottle wasn't the best, but this is a damn fine beer. I go against the grain on this one, and recommend it to be drank as cold as possible. Despite this bottle, I know that this is a solid summer offering from Bell's...and one that is hard to beat!

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of phisig137
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a friend drive this down with him from Michigan. Pours an outrageously murky dirty straw color with a one finger head. Decent retention leaves behind a nice lacing on the glass. Beware when you swirl and pour the yeast out of this one... it doesn't have a yeast layer on the bottom, it has a veritable yeast slurry. Never seen that much yeast in a bottle conditioned beer. There are also some floating chunks in the beer as well. Not exactly a pretty beer.

Aroma is light and refreshing. Slight banana hints, with strong notes of wheat. Slightly sweet and nutty, this is an enjoyable nose.

The flavor is also nice and light. Mostly wheat flavors, especially unmalted wheat. Tastes almost raw and cereal like. No hops can be detected, and the malt flavors are integrated with the wheat nicely. Light and refreshing, the mouthfeel is creamy and well carbonated. Drinkability is excellent.

Overall, I really enjoy this, and it would make a fantastic lawnmower beer. I tend to prefer my wheat beers to be German (I just love their yeast strains), but this stands out among the American style wheat beers. After hearing so much about it, I'm not disappointed at all. Everything that I've had from Bell's has been great, and I can't wait to try some others.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy, bright orange, foamy head with solid retention and lacing. The aroma is light citrus and herbs, floral and bread like qualities as well. The flavor is mango, orange, herbal notes. Very juicy and refreshing, the perfect beer for a sunny afternoon.

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Photo of Dave_in_GR
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle into a pint glass. Appearance is great, a light yellow-orange color with lots of carbonation and a finger-width of foamy white head. Smell is dominated by citrus flavors, but with some spices (coriander?) as well. Taste is very similar, with the sharpness of the coriander blending nicely with the citrus and wheat flavors. Mouthfeel is very light bodied and clean - quite a bit of carbonation as well. This is a great summer beer.

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured Oberon into a Sam Adams Tumbler.
A - Pours a cloudy bright yellow with yeast particles turning around in the glass.
S - The aroma is of yeast, hops, light citrus.
T - Taste follows the aroma. Light citrus and yeast with light hops.
M - Medium.
O - Nice wheat beer for lawn mower season. Cheers!

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Photo of deapokid
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided to give those cool looking mini-kegs another try, although they have caused me some trouble in the past (i.e. lack of carbonation, aluminum flavor). Yet, if Bell's Oberon is available in this fridge-sized tub 'o beer, it can't be all that bad an idea.

I'm not completely sure I properly classified the serving type, but I doubt that's a huge issue.

Oberon poured a big foamy white head with limited retention and a thin, orange color. Look is summery and refreshing and I'm quite surprised that it maintained all of the personality it has in the traditional 1/2 keg.

Smell is sweet, wheaty and citrusy, but never heavy. Its lack of artificial aromas is actually quite welcoming and it's nice to find a summer ale that doesn't strain to be conventional.

Taste is light, floral and a little hoppy. There is also a nice tangerine bite with a mild spiciness at the close. Wheat character isn't masked, allowing some nice banana esthers to peak out in every sip.

Mouth is extremely light, refreshing and tasty. As the beer warms, a mild bitterness peaks out that nicely offsets the sweeter moments.

This is insanely drinkable and probably the best American Pale Wheat I've ever had. I often feel like APWs come off as a poor man's hefeweizen, but this brew is a cut above and has a taste that is all its own.

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer a ton of times, time to review it.

Tasting note: Drank immediately after mowing the lawn.

A: Yellow with yeast floaters. Very clumped together rather than cloudy. Soft white head sits atop. Strong carbonation.

S: Grassy, carapils malty, and floral are the first three things I notice. I get a hint of lemon zest as well. Smells a bit like a pilsner. Definitely getting the aromas of saaz hops.

T: Slightly tart and a hint of sweetness from the malts. The hops are definitely present with a definite "pilsner" character. The hops are floral and slightly spicy. I do get a hint of lemon throughout as well.

M: Light bodied. Crisp, clean and finishes dry. Nice carbonation.

D: This is really an exceptional American wheat. Maybe not the best, but definitely an icon. Tastes kind of like a pilsner/wheat hybrid with the saaz hops. I like my American wheats with a bit more citrus character, but this beer is great in other ways. It has elements that please the beer geek, but at the same time may lure over a non-craft beer drinker. I will continue to enjoy this summer after summer.

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Photo of jera1350
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a light golden yellow with suspended particles throughout. One finger white head that quickly shrinks to a ring. Minimal lacing.

S- Wheaty, pretty strong yeast, light citrus. Crisp and fresh smell.

T- Crisp wheat with a hint of citrus and yeast. Light and fresh.

M- Light bodied, nice lively carbonation on the palate.

D- Simple drinking, refreshing summer brew. Definite session here.

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Photo of FloridaDrinker
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a medium gold with a nice thick head that dissipated quickly. The smell of oranges was very pronounced with a touch of lemon as well.

Taste was orange/citrus with a hint of banana and spice. The hop bitterness came through at the middle and continued to fade into the finish. Carbonation was moderate. Very good mouthfeel and excellent drinkability. Oberon is a great summer beer.

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Photo of jp32
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass with an orange wedge. A cloudy pale gold color with a decent white head that leaves nice lacings around the glass. It smells citrusy, a lot like oranges. Also smells of strong of hops, and some wood-like notes. This beer tastes of mildly bitter hops at first, followed by a lemony-orange flavor that is finished with a warm bread taste. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied. This one makes a wonderful summer beer. Definitly worth a try!

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Photo of ffejherb
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown, PA.

A - Clear golden/light amber body with large bubbles of carbonation throughout and over a finger's width of creamy bright white head that yielded lots of thick, foamy lacing.

S - Light citrus notes paired with sweet caramel and pale wheat malts. Pretty simple, subtle aroma.

T - Sweet malty flavor with a light citrusy character. A touch of floral hops emerge in the backend. Finishes with a hint of toasted grains and a subtle bready character.

M - Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Texture is perhaps slightly syrupy overall. Finishes with a subtle hop bite on the back of the tongue.

D - Oberon is a great summer beer, no doubt about it. Simple and easy to drink, especially during the warm weather months.

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Photo of hero27
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6913.

Pale, somewhat hazy, golden yellow. Head is fizzy but lasts surprisingly well. Aroma is orange peel & light malted wheat. Very clean and smooth taste of lemons, oranges, and maybe a hint of spices as well..goes well with the unfiltered yeast texture. Light body with a nice 6% alcohol kick to it.

This beer, in some ways, surprised me. I wasn't expecting too much from a summer wheat such as this, but it was a nice treat. Unfortunately, I only had one of these..I really wanted to grab another as soon as it was gone. A six-pack would definitely be worth a buy to enjoy in the summer.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thick, cloudy, honey-like. Yeast sediment permeates Bell's Oberon Ale. It almost seems like carbonation just slowly floats suspended in the beer, as if it weren't even moving. I have never seen something like this in a beer. Wonderful foam and good lacing.

Smell: Spicy, peppery hops. Some yeast and malt as well. Overall very good. Nothing exciting, but it's well balanced.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Initially I taste a lot of excellent spicy hops. The hops pervade throughout the entire beer. A bit of bready malt in the background. Also I taste something sort of buttery and sweet that adds to a good, creamy mouthfeel here as well. Great overall.

Drinkability: Very little to complain about. Maybe a bit too much bitterness for some people.

Overall: Only the smell leaves something to be desired. One of the easiest wheat beers to drink in my opinion.

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Photo of drcarver
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy organe with no head just some white film particles float about within.

S - Sweet, wheat toast aroma with a bit of root vegetable earthiness mixed in.

T - Very sweet with a hint of orange. There is some earthiness as well.

M - Smooth and dry with a nice tingle on the tongue.

D - Goes down easy

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Photo of BierFan
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Batch number of 8923 tells me that it was bottled on January 8th, 2009.

Real big fluffy white head sitting on top of a cloudy orange body. No carbonation that I can see. I should have busted out a weizen glass for this beauty. Light grassy and flowery aroma. Flowery hops and spicy yeast taste.

Amazing wheat beer. Do yourself a favor and track down a fresh sixer of this.

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Photo of Epetrena
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nastley3
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer when poured into glass had a nice frothy white head, and was very cloudy. Laced the glass fairly well. This beer does not have a very strong smell, I could not pick up on any hops just from smell, it reminded me of most wheat beers. This beer has a very nice, calm taste. It is balanced and smooth, leading to a high score on the mouthfeel and is all around a very drinkable beer. Certainly a beer worth trying.

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Photo of golf_sierra
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of my favorite summer wheat beers. Not too sweet, a little bit of spice. Pleasant easy drinking enjoyable summer afternoon beer. One of Bell's classic s

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Excited to see this new seasonal across the border in the better beer state, MO.
Pours a super hazy, yeast laden straw color. Copious amounts of head are well maintained. Aroma is almost candy like, I pick up some freshly made lemon hard candies, along with the usual suspects of wheat, a little biscuity, and lots of malt. What is missing are some spices and hops, not much of that in the nose. Wow, flavor is really where this shines. A huge mouthful of wheat, some licorice, followed by an almost cloying sweetness. This is an interesting take on the style (I'm used to the trad'l Heffes), much bigger body, complexity in flavor differing from those coming from the yeast and hops. This is not as quaffable as the afformentioned style, but quite enjoyable as a single. I will certainly miss the days when this beer is gone. I look forward to trying some other seasonals from this amazing brewery.

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Photo of movieclockstar
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of walaguh
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bell's Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 6,870 ratings
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