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

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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

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Photo of Loki
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a 12 oz bottle.

Poured a cloudy honey color witha a faint head that remained throughout and provided good lacing.

The aromas from Oberon where honey, orange peel, banana bread, cinamon, wheat, and floral hints.

Tastes of honey, citrus, butterscotch, and orange cream. Medium body, smooth, with a faint bitter finishes that goes down very smoothly.

A slightly unique wheat beer, but fantastic and one of my new overall favorite beers.

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Photo of MJR
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a pale gold with only a touch of cloudiness, less than expected actually. It's foamy white head starts off small and stays that way, leaving a fair amount of lace on the glass.

Smell: Fresh smelling aroma of wheat, spicy Saaz hops, chalky yeast, and lemony citrus.

Taste: Spicy and tart with a nice balance between the tart wheat, citrus notes, and the bready, chalky yeast. Has a relaxed and very unassertive flavor profile. Finishes with a smooth spiciness. Very refreshing!

Mouthfeel: It's creamy and rich from the start, which turns a bit crisp on the finish. Medium in body from the suspended yeast.

Drinkability: Good for what it is. I'm not a fan of the American wheat style because I think, for the most part, it's a boring, bland style of beer. However, this one is pretty good, and I could see myself drinking a few of these when the weather turns hot and sticky during the summer.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To me this beer smells, tastes, is summer. Served on the patio of nice little bar in Dublin, OH. The waitress brought the draft served with a orange slice on the rim of the glass. I was apprehensive about the orange at first, so I ordered another one without the orange slice in order to do a side-by-side comparison. I was shocked, the orange sliced beer was actually pretty damn good.
It pours a nice bronze-orange color with a thin white head. The body is a little cloudy, but hey it should be. The taste was fruity, citrus, and breadlike. A remarkably smooth drinking beer that you won't even realize that you drank ten or twelve of them till you get your tab. I recommend this be consumed on a patio in the sun, then well into the night.....

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

Bright orange-yellowish color with small suspended yeast particles floating around, has a small white head that doesn't last, light citrus aroma, light bready, malty flavors it leaves a flowery aftertaste.It has a very creamy and full mouthfeel, not as spicy and fruity as I remember, still very enjoyable and refreshing.

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Photo of jeffboo
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer says Summer to me. Yes, it does speak, and it says- shhhhh don't say anything, listen to me bubble. Look at my cloudy golden, orange color with slight white head. Smell me - I'm all about spice and everything nice, like clove and vanilla,earthy hop, and a hint of sweet malt to tempt you. Come, taste me, I'm quite yummy if I do say so myself. My aroma follows into the flavor- spicy and yeasty, clove and vanilla, citrusy hop, orange rind finish. My medium body is perfect for holding these flavors, maybe a touch heavier than needed but still refreshing as a summer quencher. I look to my glass to reply but, alas, she is gone........

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Photo of marburg
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looks good.

Too bad that's kind of where it ends.

Oberon is, in my opinion, one of Michigan's most over-rated beers. It's by no means a bad beer, but I just don't think it deserves the attention it receives.

Pours more or less like any other wheat beer -- a little cloudiness in its orange-gold color with a big white head. Mild citrus aromas but fairly undistinguished and simple. Taste is smooth, malty, fruity, and a little buttery up front; but it moves to a crisp hop bitterness at the back. To me, the flavors just don't match up. It's jarring more than balanced. It's OK, but it's certainly not great.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a foggy darker yellow color with a medium white head. Aroma of yeast and light hops. Light bodied with flavors of hops and fruit but not in big doses. Finish is crisp and progressively bitter throughout the glass. I found this to be a little mundane but it was not too bad.

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Photo of clvand0
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very orange color with a medium white head and moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma is filled with hints of citrus and other fruit along with wheaty characteristics. The taste was surprisingly low in wheat and very smooth. This is one of the first Bell's beers that I've really enjoyed drinking and I would recommend this to most people.

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Photo of bditty187
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy honey-yellow/orangey hue, the white head peaked at a finger’s worth before quickly fading to a soapy residue, minimal lace. The nose is a nice combination of toasty wheat, hints of tart lemon with a whisper of floral/earthy hops… inviting, somewhat weak though. Tasty palate, excellently constructed… mildly tart, yeast is noticeable, faintly citric… fruity… light doughiness. Oberon has lots of subtle (and tasty) qualities about it. Medium-light body, ideal… perfectly carbonated… silky smooth. Highly drinkable and now I see why this ale is a summertime sensation. I’d recommend trying one of these; it is a unique blend between a Hefeweizen, American Wheat, and a Wit.

Thanks feloniousmonk!

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a slightly cloudy, light yellow or light gold color with a smallish white head foam that lasted for quite a while and laced well. The nose was quite nice and included malt, some breadiness, and a bit of a fruit sense. There was a strong sense of tartness and a bit of fruit and grain in the taste with just a hint of floral hops. The overall sense of this beer is of a relatively full body and a pleasant lingering taste that finishes a bit sweet and sour. Complex.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap: Thanks to FM, Color poured a super pale, hazy light yellow, and had a very tight leveled out type of lacing just above the white head. Smells of zesty lemon and some spice, very clean and crispy. Taste is much like Belgian witbeir, very spritzy, lemon is sharply toned with a spicyness mixed in that blended well. It's mostly lemony then anything, imagine a Sprite or 7up with three times the lemon and add some wheat and yeast and wham-o, you've got this Oberon. I've had it in the bottle before, but on tap is so much more yeasty fresh then from the bottle. Super drinkable and highly recommended for quenching thirst on warm to hot days in summer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed and kegged one week ago (3-25). keg tapped 5 minutes ago.
It's a hotly anticipated sign of spring in the Midwest, the arrival of the Bell's Oberon, and I'm ready for my first, fresh sip of the season.
Color: a thick, opaque yellow/orange body. Tap Oberon is thick and cloudy at the top and the bottom of the keg, but it pours clear after a few a few pints are pulled. Head is nice and white, thick and lasting.
Aroma is delicate, but brimming with zesty citrusy notes, spices, sea-foam. In a nutshell, the tingly orange flavor dominates Oberon's taste profile. Carbonation is low, yeasty component of this unfiltered brew is tasty, tasty, tasty and adds significantly to the supremely delicious and downable mouthfeel.
As with many other Bell's products, the style is not presented clearly in the name or on the label. This used to be called Solsun, until a Mexican Brewery took umbrage. I believe they steal the name from Shakespeare's Fairy King in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." It is described as "an American wheat ale with European ingedients", which still doesn't answer all the questions. Czech saaz hops are used, and imported (from where?)wheat malt, but no curacao zest or coriander are mentioned. That aside, it tastes more like a Belgian witbier than anything else, but, like many Kalamazoo offerings, it belongs in a class by itself.
This beer plays very lightly on the palate, delivering zingy, spicy, and very fruity hops, with an utterly delicate, and thirst-quenching texture. Wheat isn't tasted as strongly as in other wheat beers, goes down very smooth, but still adds considerably to the texture. This is a beer that makes itself at home in the mouth, and makes one quite comfortable during it's stay. Long, delicious finish. Light body. So easy to drink! Everlasting finish!
There are many tasty, thirst-quenching wheats out there, but only one Oberon. The fruitiness really pushes it forward! Supreme acheivement, and a beer I'll be enjoying all summer long!

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown glass, longneck bottle. No freshness date.

This ale poured a slightly hazy, light golden yellow color with small white foam (cloudy if the lees were poured). The smell was pleasant: malt, citrus, bread, a light fruitiness. The taste was sharp with a hint of grapes and grain with a not unpleasant tartness, and a bit of floral hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was crisp and relatively clean with medium-light body. There was a pleasant long lasting, lingering tart/sour flavor that was pleasing. This ale was very drinkable and refreshing.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for this bottle!

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On the pour, a magnificently chill hazed golden yellow color, the head is mountainous in size, creamy in consistency, and as it erodes, the lace left behind is a fine cover upon the glass. The aroma of yeast, orange peels, sweet malt, quite a treat for this old nose. Sweet with lots of malt, the top middling in feel to the palate, finish has a moderate acidity, the hops spicy in their persistent bite, dry as a desert bone aftertaste, quite a nice beer.

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Photo of brakspear
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy pale gold body, with significant yeast sediment and a very slight head. With all the yeast in the bottle, this would be a great wheat beer from which one could culture yeast.

The aroma is a citrusy wheat nose, with a slight sourness from perhaps the yeast.

The taste is very smooth with a slight crispness. The wheat malt is evident, with a tangy sweetness, orange notes, and a slight bready yeast flavor. Very refreshing.

This was a very pleasing domestic wheat beer that would be great in the summer months.

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Photo of purplehops
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oberon pours a cloudy deep straw yellow with a white head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is earthy with citrus and some faint floral notes. The taste starts crisp and wheaty and then moves to flavors of lemon and orange with notes of coriander and mace. The finish is stronger citric and spice flavors balanced with faint malt flavors. The aftertaste is lingering lemon/orange and coriander flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth with some chewiness to it.
Overall a good wheat ale. A nice balance of malt to citrus and floral hops with a touch of spice. A little more carbonation in the body and a little more sparkle on the tongue would help make this a much better and more refreshing ale IMHO.

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Photo of aaronh
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This opaque, orange amber beer pours with a solid two-finger head that shows excellent retention. It slowly fades to a rcoky layer of foam and produces a delicate lace. There is a yeast component to the aroma, but wheat and hops are the dominate notes. Also a hint of clove and coriander in there as well. Impressive. The taste is very crisp, with the wheat snap right up front. Coriander/cilantro notes are evident, with a slight sweetness creeping in. A bit of hop bitterness is coupled with some light alcohol notes. The yeast contributes to the flavor but is not evident as "yeast" as in many wheat beers. There is no breadiness to the flavor. The finish has a crisp, wheat tartness that is very refreshing. Decent bitterness lingers on the aftertatse. The mouthfeel is solid, but not remarkable in any way. Perfect for enjoying any time of the year. The drinkability is darn near exceptional. This beer refreshes, satisfies, quenches, and then gets out of the way. I hope to get a few of these for the summer. I remember when this beer was on the Top 50 list, and I thought to myself "I will probably never get to try that beer." Well, thanks to cretemixer for sending me a couple of these great brews that only months ago I believed to be inacessible.

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Photo of oberon
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is very much a Michigan summertime staple,although my friends stock up to drink it year a round.Good cloudygold'orange color,taste of orange in the palate along with a little buttery tinge.The butteriness comes through for me on tap,have drank way to many of these I think,and boy I do miss it so!

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden/straw in color with a white head. Leaves a good amount of lacing. The aroma is fruity, biscuity and sweet. The flavor is biscuit malt that flows to a fruity, sweet finish. The beer is light in body and refreshing; a very good, easy drinking brew. A good beer for the summer.

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

This beer has a really unique honey yellow color to it with considerable haze and an average head. Smell is somewhat weak, dominated by crisp grains and citrus notes. Smooth, sweet, citrusy taste that lightens up nicely at the end. A refreshing feel to this beer with a nice crispness at the roof of the mouth. Typically good wheat beer drinkability; not the best of its style but darned good.

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Photo of cretemixer
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love the cloudy golden color though some may get turned off by it. Not a whole lot of head to speak of. The aroma of fruity undertones hits me immediately. Very smooth taste that is extremely drinkable. A great summer quencher and excellent beer to introduce premium beer to friends. Most wheat beers are served with a lemon wedge, but this one doesn't need it.

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Photo of putnam
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember the debut of this wine as "Solsun." We loved it then, and it's still good. Big, candied-orange-peels-preserved-in-alcohol aroma together with notes of suede, beach sand, and watermelon. Bold, sweet attack delivers nuances of mace, melon and green leaves. Sweet alcohol fuels a galloping finish of fine grain and mineral bitterness. A mouthful.

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Photo of beernut7
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have never had a beer to my memory that gave off the smell of tangy peanut butter. The very hazy straw color sits bellow a foamy cloud of a head. The clean crisp flavor has a very unique yeast character with a noticeable tanginess and a light malt with a spicy twang of hop bite. This is a very complex and tasty beer.

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Photo of jackndan
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap after a unsatisfactory sample in the bottle. The taste is much more balanced, and the flavors complement each other on tap. The overwhelming apricot/orange flavor from the bottle is more muted, and adds to the taste rather than dominating it. Very nice and refreshing.

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Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light orange topped by a dense, rocky and well retained head that leaves lace. Wheat tartness, cracker like malt, yeast must and a spicy Saaz hop nose comprise the aroma. There's more character aromawise for the insipid style. Sweetness and lightly citrusy esters are discernible upfront, then give way to bready malt and a mild fruitiness from both wheat tartness and citrusy hops. The mild hop bitterness offsets the light residual sweetness well, lending an overall balanced profile. Fuller in body than than the typical American wheat, yet light and clean enough to lend excellent drinkability. Finishes a touch sweet and lightly grainy. Oberon is a highly drinkable brew with more overall character than the average American wheat.

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Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 7,090 ratings