Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #42
Ranked #24,138
3.84 | pDev: 12.24%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Very Good
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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ANIMOUL from Vermont

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

Poured from a 12 oz can purchased from 802 store in Manchester. No known birth date. Pours orangish yellow with minimal to no head. Mostly bland with no much taste other than carbonation. Bad batch? Not sure.

Aug 28, 2021
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Reef from South Carolina

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

On tap!

Hazy golden color, two fingers varying white head. Solid lacing and cap.
Pear,grass, citrus aromas.
Lemon, pear, light floral flavors.
Light hop zing, crisp and dry. Light bodied.
Perfect summer beer.

Jul 23, 2021
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

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

From a 12oz bottle dated 4/6/21 into a pint glass.

Pours a very murky light yellowish brown with about two fingers of white head that dies down fairly quickly to a thin white cap. Ok lacing. A fair amount of small sized suspended particulate matter is visible.

A decent spice character to the aroma. Kind of like lemon pepper. Almost tingles in the nose. Grains in the background.

Light lemon zest in the taste. Spiciness in the background.

Medium bodied mouthfeel. Zesty aftertaste. Higher than average carbonation.

If I wanted a go-to wheat beer, this could easily be the one.

Jul 08, 2021
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izraelc from New York

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

Pours a hazy gold. Light fruit aroma. This is what a summer wheat ale should taste like. Not overly fruity or bitter. Smooth and clean with a light malt finish. Very refreshing.

Jul 03, 2021
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Flowbeer from Georgia

4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love wheat beers so I decided to try this Oberon because it was an American wheat, though it’s considered an Ale, which made be worry about it being too hoppy, like other “Hazy” beers on the market.
Though I like a bit of hops/IPA’s, I don’t really want it in a wheat beer, which is not considered an “ale”. This offering is very good. It has a nice cloudy “haze” that all good wheat beers should have, and a great taste that goes down smoothly with very little bitterness. I’m happy of my first purchase of this interesting wheat beer and the only negative I could say is the attempt to add to much hops to make it a semi-IPA. Let it be a full-fledged Wheat beer and don’t feel the need to over-hop it! This beer is great, but would be even better if it didn’t try to be an IPA, my opinion.
The pour, head, color & cloudiness is exactly what I look for in a wheat ale....I like this one a lot and will buy it again! Happy with my purchase.

Jun 29, 2021
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HopHunterCL from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with two fingers of lasting white head.
Aroma of fresh baked bread with citrus notes and faint spice.
Tastes just like the aroma advertised. Nice bready body with orange zest and lemon. Finished dry with a nice peppery spice.
Overall this is a very well made wheat beer that I will come back to again. Very delicious and refreshing.

Jun 20, 2021
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Skywave from Oklahoma

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

Cloudy light orange-gold, head that persists, minimally laces.

Fresh baked wheat bread, honey, spices, slight citrus zing...smells slightly of orange sherbet as it warms

Fruity, wheaty and yeasty. citrus finish.

Light to Medium, nominal CO2, very thick and creamy feeling for a summer session beer but still quenching

It's a classic. It is to American Wheat what Sierra Nevada is to American Pale Ale. It defines the style, delivering spice and citrus fruit flavors without adding fruit or spice, much in the same way that German Hefeweizen delivers clove and banana flavors with just grains, hops, yeast and water,

May 18, 2021
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Andrew_NYC from New York

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a summer favorite of mine for many years. I've found that it's best with a squeeze of fresh orange juice over the top of it, so I'm reviewing it that way.

Pours a brilliant cloudy orange with a fluffy white head. It almost looks like a hazy citrus IPA. Great lacing.

Nose is yeasty and wheaty with a little bit of spice in the background. A squeeze of orange juice adds a nice citrus pop too.

Taste is what you'd expect from the smell. Wheat and malt with a little bit of spice and a lovely refreshing hit of citrus. No hint of booze flavor; it's just ridiculously easy to drink and incredibly refreshing on a hot, sunny day.

Feel is nice and light with great carbonation. Super easy drinking.

I'm an IPA guy usually but this is an incredible beer for something different in the summer. It's crisp and bright and refreshing and great to drink with your favorite summer foods. Especially with a little fresh orange juice squeezed over the top. It reminds me of long summer nights spent with friends. It's pretty easy to drink 3-4 of these over the course of a night if you're having fun with some buddies.

May 09, 2021
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md3kcn from Ohio

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

Purchased as a single can from Kroger for $1.69. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

L - Orange-gold and hazy with a thick, sudsy eggshell head.
S - Wheat, spices, and juicy orange. A little bit of freshly-mown lawn.
T - Taste follows nose exactly. A bit more turbinado sugar on the finish, with a nice yeasty chew to it.
F - Mildly carbonated, with a thick and sudsy give to it. Very refreshing.
O - A classic summer ale. Refreshing - yet full in body, and a very rounded and balanced beer. Will continue to buy again, and highly recommend it.

Apr 30, 2021
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Z28Wilson from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Might just be the Michigander in me, but I love this beer. Pours hazy, good head that stays. The citrus taste is enhanced when served with an orange wedge. Mouthfeel is far more complex than Founders' new competitor (All Day Vacay). Really my go-to Summer beer.

Apr 23, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a super hazy oj body with a large billowing frothy white foam head with high retention that leaves thick ropes of sudsy lacing behind as it SLOWWWWwwwWWly settles to a murky cap

aroma is super clean fruity orange and mango hops and sweet wheat with a dash of grassy hop notes and dark brown sugar

taste follows that pretty straight up. excellent.

mouthfeel is high carbonation and medium bodied; fluffy and smooth and pithy with a little graininess as it warms (if given the slim chance opportunity to do so) that finishes semi-dry with an earthy bittersweet aftertaste

instant classic. could stick with this one all night and never get bored. it's

Apr 19, 2021
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oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just a beautiful SUMMERTIME beer. From the look/feel/taste just a classic to pair with sunshine and grilling/yardwork. Always an enjoying experience, cant believe I've never reviewed this.

Apr 16, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Can bottom is stamped 'PKGD 030321'.
Cloudy, pale gold colored body. One thick finger of white head retreats to puffy cap. Leaves scattered lacing spots.
Aroma of sweet toasted malts, with a hint of fruity hops.
Taste is slightly sweet and with some wheat tanginess. Fruity hops. Gives a hint of yeast esters.
Soft and smooth mouth feel. Very good carbonation.
Very refreshing beer that has an excellent thirst quenching quality.

Apr 09, 2021
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hbeimers from Minnesota

4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer is great, but hard to describe. It has a good balance of malt and hop, but it also has that wheat freshness. Not as aromatic as a Belgian wheat or a hefeweizen, but great in its own right.

Apr 02, 2021
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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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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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