Oberon Ale
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Oberon AleOberon Ale
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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #41
Ranked #22,362
3.84 | pDev: 12.24%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Oberon AleOberon Ale
Notes: 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. Made with only 4 ingredients, and without the use of any spices or fruit, Oberon is the color and scent of sunny afternoon.
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GMoneyMagic from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Well, I was drinking these out of a 16oz. Glass pint glass. They smelled good, they tasted even better and I had about 5 or 6 before I had to get up and go pee.
Wholly cow! I... What... my this is a fantastic buzz!
Man, if you can get these fresh.... Why not!

Dec 29, 2020
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Gold in color with great clarity. There’s a quarter inch of of frothy beige on top. Light lacing. The aroma is of pale wheat. I’m tasting pale wheat and faint earthy hops. The mouth is a bit watery.

Sep 27, 2020
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yellow with very little carbonation and three fingers of yellowish head.

Smells like beer.

It’s like your average beer with a little more punch to it, something like apricot. But not really.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

I got this in Asheville North Carolina and I’m drinking it in California August 19, 2020.

Aug 20, 2020
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jonathanm99 from Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful hazy orange, 2 finger fluffy white head fades with a decent amount of lacing. Smell is sweet and bready, with just a hint of the hops coming through. Taste is slightly sweet and a bit of citrusy hops right on the front which turns into a more bready sweetness on the finish, very well balanced. *Almost* has the banana note of a hefeweizen. The genius of Bells beers is that they’ve mastered how to get both the hops and the malts to be present on the palate without either excluding the other at all. Feel is terrific, smooth and moderately carbonated. Has all the banana smoothness that you get in a Hefeweizen, which is probably what makes it seem as though that flavor is there.

Overall, this is not going to wow you like a barrel aged imperial stout or a double IPA. Don’t expect it to. But what it does, it does incredibly well, and it’s probably my favorite summer beer.

Aug 01, 2020
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Griffin2 from Virginia

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 6/09/2020 into a Willi Becher pint glass.
L - Pours a clear amber color with a solid white head.
S - Smells of caramel malts.
T - Tases of light lemon with some malt sweetness on the finish.
F - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Very easy drinking beer.

Jul 25, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours just a bit darker than straw gold. Moderately hazed with lots of streaming bubbles and a fabulous rocky bone white head. Outstanding look.

Citrus fruit aromas strong on the nose, providing evidence of tart wheat with just a bit of white pepper.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with clean grain and a bit of honey sweetness. Then the tart wheat arrives with moderate citrus and general tartness. White pepper and white grape show up with some nice creaminess in midstream. The finish is nice and tart.

The brew is medium light with a nice grassy dry finish.

Overall, this is an awesome summertime feeling brew.

Jun 13, 2020
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Milktoast75 from Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured in English pint glass. Beer was pushing 40 days old purchased from a smaller store.

Delightful, delicious beer. I don’t pretend to be a wheat beer expert but I’ve drank enough beer to know this one is a winner.
Beer has the look of a standard wheat with a bit more hazyness. Cross between straw color and light caramel. Clinging lacing that is friendly enough to hang around through most of the beer.

Not going to spend a lot of time on descriptions of taste but suffice to say: citrus, yeast, touch of spice, fruit with wonderful carbonation that makes it all dance across your tongue. Finish is crispy, satisfying and clean.

My go to Summer and all around beer is Two Hearted but for this Summer I’m thinking there’s a new kid in town. Very glad I picked up a six pack.

Jun 06, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

As far as the style goes this is a home run. Pouring an unfiltered golden orange with large carbonation and head from this 12 fl oz bottle condition into a hefewieß glass. A larger than 2 finger head slowly dissolves into a small white creamy like lacing. The smell is of citrus, wheat (naturally), and carbon displacement.

Front notes are smooth clean 2-row wheat, ale yeast gives this a more earthy taste, and a bit of citrus from the hops. I do also get a bit of the same mysterious backend flavor I find from drinking Magic Hat #9 sans the fruit undertones. This is both refreshing and delightful. Thankfully there are no oats used in the making of this beer, providing a cleaner malt taste than some of the beers within the style (looking at you blue moon).

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and a dry finish, which is delightful as sometimes wheat tends to be a little overwhelming on the palate.

May 25, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, light amber appearance with an average size white head and light lacing. Soft fruit and wheat in the aroma. Fruity, flowery taste complimented by spices and some mild hoppiness. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated with a finish that is slightly bitter.

May 23, 2020
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Kok17 from Michigan

4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The taste of a Michigan summer. Smooth enough to drink one after another on a lazy afternoon. I do get that banana flavor that seems to be characteristic of wheat ales, but overall it's very pleasant.

May 22, 2020
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TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Extremely drinkable with a ton of flavor. Heard so much about this from Michigan friends, I had to give it a try. Nice balance between the sweetness of the wheat and malt and spicey hops.

May 17, 2020
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

4.91/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: cloudy yellowish color with moderate head and lace
S: wonderful fruit upfront with a floral mild hop backend
T: follows smell but with just a touch of mild wheat to finish it off
F:mild coating that is not too heavy not too light goes down smoothly
O: a wonderful refreshing wharf ale that invites another

May 11, 2020
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RedbirdRona from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Summer is near when you can find yourself an Oberon. One of the great summer beers imo. Incredibly well balanced and flavorful for its simplicity. Taste is orange and spicy hops. I could drink this all day all summer long. Cheers!

Apr 25, 2020
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beer9973 from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

So balanced all around. Can drink all day every day. Pours more amber than golden with chunks. Light to medium head. Smells crispy and yeasty (pretty average for a American Wheat/Hefeweizen). Taste like a mild malt with sweet wheatiness. One of the finest American hefeweizen in production.

Apr 24, 2020
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BaseballNBeer from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 3/4/20. Opaque golden straw color. Decent 1 inch head. Smell is slightly funky. The wheat comes through in the taste. It has a crisp mouthfeel with strong carbonation, which is nice. As I drink it, the lacing is visible. Solid beer overall with a consistent experience from past years.

Mar 26, 2020
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BrucehQ0983 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

One of the most balanced wheat ales of our time. Larry Bell has hops by the balls.
Nice crisp mouthfeel, citrus and wheat, dark straw hue, overall the most fantastic wheat ale I can recommend ! Not to mention, Bell's has the most balanced beers available, with short shelf life, to make sure the beer drinker enjoys it at the peak of its flavor:)

Jan 26, 2020
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4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I mean what’s not to like about this beer? Perfect for any season. Has a nice orange peel flavor to it. It’s a little hoppy and loaded with flavor.

Dec 17, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

L: Lively, thick, creamy head. Colored darker than I expected (toasted wheat?), and it's kristalweizen clear.

S: This beer was bottled 110 days ago, and I'm picking up offnotes. Letting it rest for 20 minutes disappated them.

T: A bit woody, like Helles lager (or cardboard). Sweet malt, faint grassy hops, and pale malt.

F: Light bodied. The head was all flash and no fury, but it's trying, I have a steady stream of carbonation 10 minutes later. Remarkably smooth. Clean finish.

O: It was okay. I've seen cooler things done with wheat. Have you ever had a Hitachino Nest?

Oct 14, 2019
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a light hazy amber with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly to a thin film. Bright wheaty orange aroma. Taste follows the nose with a slight hop bitterness that is well balanced. Smooth with moderate light body and carbonation. Very nice drinkable brew. I wish I had another one in the fridge!

Sep 25, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An easy pour from a pint can yields a fat finger of off-white creamy froth with long retention that slowly becomes rocky. A rich soapy ring forms as the head settles leaving large arches of lacing. Dark-ish golden-straw, hazy and translucent with lighter colored highlights.

Bold smell of toasted bready wheat, pale and sweet malts greet the nose with some funky grass, distant fruit cocktail and herbal hops.

Parallel to the smell yet lighter, the taste features wheat malt, toasted Wheat Thins and cracker. Neutral on sweetness and mildly bitter the fruit is now orange and apple, hops are more citrus flavored with some spice. The finish is fast and clean, almost crisp. A mildly bitter/spice aftertaste lingers briefly.

Medium light body and overly carbonated, it's still a smooth easy drinker. Alcohol is in disguise. Some of the bitterness comes from toasted wheat.

Sep 02, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz can; 25518 PKGD 060519 001556; purchased single off shelf... poured into over-sized wheat beer glass)

L: yellow-amber liquid, slight haze; two-finger tall blanket of pearly-white foam... head breaks down, leaving spitty cap

S: fresh orange rind (light grapefruit kiss), fruit-clustered whole-grain muffin; fantastic potency with a perfumy (lip-balm) overtone; ready-made, no citrus slice required...

T: grassy-herbal hop pop up front, with a big fruity back-flow; aftertaste is (again) like a fruity muffin, more fragrant (orange) fruit than cakey malt; rather bready grain flavors linger... each sip full of flavor; mellow spicy buzz

F: despite the head falling out, don't be fooled - healthy infusion of gas in this one... the body has a subtle doughy chew to it, no doubt greased by hop resins... do love a domestic wheat with substance and sudsy sizzle

O: before this moment, had Oberon maybe once over the past decade, but several times when I'd first encountered it... not sure exactly how old this can is - quick search of batch finder on Bell's site didn't return any results... at any rate, one of the better (widely-available) American wheat beers; could easily have several in succession (1443)

Aug 20, 2019
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, packaged on 4/15/19.

Pours hazy, medium amber with a decent sized white head that fizzles out fairly quickly. Huge orange citrus notes in the aroma. Pretty impressive that they get that level of orange aroma without using orange peel or actual fruit. Some wheat, coriander, and floral hops gently make their presence known. The wheat is stronger in the flavor but it is also very fruity tasting. Medium-light bodied and refreshing.

An easy drinking beer that is best suited for warm weather. Made a nice pairing for some leftover ribeye steak and salmon that we put into tacos.

Aug 18, 2019
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Color is a hazy and deep summer orange. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Lots of visible yeast and protein.

Wheat, citrus peel, and coriander are upfront on the palette. Cloves and Belgian spices are present too. Floral and herbal.

Taste follows the aroma quite well, along with bread malt too. Also tasting some slight caramel in the back. Spices are present in the aftertaste. Medium-light bodied.

Aug 05, 2019
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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with green leanings and an off white head.

smells of bright citrus notes and wheat and spice backed by a floral bouquet.

Bright clean and refreshing. A nice balance of bitter citrus sweet whole grain wheat and floral spice.

Aug 03, 2019
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SAUbrewcrew from Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I don’t see the big craze here really. A bit overrated. For a big citrus orange type brew I would really prefer a blue moon over this any day. Maybe I had a bad batch that was super bitter, probably not though. It did have a really good look and feel though, even if the taste wasn’t there for me personally.

Jul 29, 2019
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