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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,321
Reviews:
1,843
Ratings:
6,986
pDev:
12.57%
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0
 
 
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Photo of PJCarnell
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

very light ginger-aley straw colored appearance with light orange highlights. clear. very bubbly like champagne with little to no head. mild aroma of wheat and some sweet orange along with simple syrup. taste is refreshing, buttery wheat with a crisp lightly bitter finish. grassy. lacks any real flavor depth. slightly corny. goes down mad easy. good summer quencher but in this category there are many better beers. ok for what it is. more taste as it warms, but who really wants this at room temp?

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Foxman
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a cloudy, carbonated, golden lemon yellow. Two fingers of puffy, fluffy white head retain in a healthy way. Splats of lacing lie Pollacked on the inside of the glass.

The aroma drafts a gust of grain, mildly sweet and tangy with wheat. Yeasty esters drive home clove, banana, lemon, and pepper. Berry and mint drift lazily.

Upon tasting, there's a zippy trip of semi-sweet and earthy tart wheat, with a backdrop of lightly toasted malt, caramel, and medium fruit in tow. A lash of clove and Jolly Rancher lemon peeks through. Further grain notation is softly biscuit, residually sweet, and fairly fruity. A tangy nip and crisp peppery bitterness clean the way through a lasting, lingering finish. It's not chock full, but it's bright and tasty enough.

Light bodied, zesty carbonation, a wheaty breath, and a gentle spicy nibble ingratiate the palate.

It's not a knock-down extravaganza, but it is a tasty, spirited wheaten quaff. Nothing stands out, as it mixes and meshes and melds, in this case an especially nice trait. It's very refreshing and refreshingly clean as well. I may not think of this first, but if I have it around, I won't forget it's there.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of chinabeergeek
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. the batch number has washed off, but i believe the trader i received this from (forgot who it was - sorry!) assured me it was fresh. tasted in early june 2009.

very golden yellow w/ straw tones. hazy, almost cloudy. 1-finger head, fades to thin wispy layer. splotchy initial rings of lace, but they almost all just slide back down.

aroma: freshly squeezed orange and lemon, w/ hint of pineapple. notes of yeast and bread. whiffs of american and euro hops. very "fresh" overall in the aroma - quite fragrant despite not being a weissbier.

taste: more fruity citrus, light bready malt, touch of yeast. moderately hopped with mixed american and euro characteristics, giving a zesty, mild to moderate bitterness, both citrusy and grassy. mild acidity underneath that is both bright and fruity. a bit of resinous bitterness peeks through in the finish, which detracts ever so slightly.

light to medium body, as acidity and resins bring a crispness along with the moderate to almost fizzy carbonation. fluffy in the middle before finishing resinous again.

if more american wheat ales were like this, i'd be happier about the existence of this generally unremarkable "style".

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of roadhouse
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a sixer of this back in March/April when it first started hitting the shelves again and was not impressed. Picked up a single today to make sure.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, batch 8669, into a pint glass.

Appears a hazy golden color with a big two inch off-white head that seems to build after the initial pour into a big mountain of foam. Eventually sinks down but never gets very thin, leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is mostly of bready malts and a vague spiciness with a subtle lemony presence. Not bad but kind of weak.

Taste is initially bready with a bit of citrus then midway through a malty sweetness peeks through and it finishes with a bit more citrus and very light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, very easy to drink. Good hot weather chugger.

It's actually a lot better than I remember it being. Perhaps it was because I was comparing it to German Hefeweizens at the time. I could easily put back a sixer of this stuff.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 6,986 ratings