Beer Review – Bell’s Oberon Ale

I picked up this bottle of Bell’s Oberon Ale during a recent lunch time beer run to The Foodery. I didn’t plan on picking this up, but since I remember enjoying the Oberon Ale last summer, and since I had yet to review it, I just had to buy a bottle. The fact that there was a mini heat wave in the Philly weather forecast also influenced my decision to buy a bottle of this summer seasonal from our friends in Comstock, MI.

Below is what Bell’s Brewery has to say about their Oberon Ale:

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.

And now for my review…

  • Appearance: Cloudy, pale orange color. Lots of fast rising bubbles. Bits of sediment floating throughout. Tops out at an inch of head that dissipates slowly and settles down to a thin layer of off white foam. Moderate lacing.
  • Aroma: Lemon and orange zest. Honey. A hint of cloves. Fresh baked wheat bread.
  • Taste: Lightly carbonated with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Light citrus and clove flavors from start to finish. Some honey sweetness. No bitterness whatsoever.
  • ABV: 5.8%

Like most summer seasonal beers, there is nothing bold or over the top about the Bell’s Oberon Ale. This beer is crisp, clean, and very refreshing. While it’s not the first beer that I would turn to on a hot summer day, I certainly wouldn’t turn one down either. It’s just a good beer. And did I mention the pretty label and bottle cap?

7 replies »

  1. The Orberon is the one Bell’s product that I’m sort of “meh” about. Although in fairness to them, it has a lot more to do with my general dislike of the style than it does their product.


    • I can understand that. You either like a style or you don’t. Have you had the 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon Wheat? Had my first of the summer season yesterday afternoon. Talk about a thirst quencher! I sucked that beer down in record time.


    • They definitely make some quality beers. Two Hearted Ale, Hopslam, and this one are my favorites so far. Oarsman Ale is pretty good too. Didn’t care much for the Expedition Stout though, but would definitely give it a second chance.


  2. Great pictures of a what sounds like an okay beer. If this isn’t a first beer you would turn to on a hot summer day, what would be?


    • It was a bit better than ok, just not as good as I remember it last year is all. Then again, we were at Misconduct having a fine lunch, so that may have been a factor.

      On a really hot summer day, I’d have to go with the Hell or HIgh Watermelon Wheat, a Prima Pils, a Dale’s Pale Ale, and anything else along those lines. Or even better… a Gin and Tonic or a hand crafted Mojito with lots of ice!


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