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

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Oberon AleOberon Ale

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

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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Ratings: 7,072 |  Reviews: 1,861
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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Photo of garymuchow
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First, I really do like this beer. Nice wheat beer that's not a Hefe. Huge head that settled slowly, fairly lacey too. Different but adequate aroma of graininess, but not necessarily wheat in quality. No hop presence. Yellow-gold, slightly cloudy. Nice ale smoothness, medium feel, a little low on the carbonation. Mostly malty flavor, hops for balance only, hardly dectable. Little sweetness that is in the front and momentary but carries a tartness/citrus/fruitiness (pear?) to it too. Malty dry finish that is satisfying. Very good summer ale.

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Photo of Jon
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've never tasted a wheat beer as complex as Bells Oberon. Although the appearance threw me off at first (it's a very pale and cloudy), the taste certainly makes up for it. For a wheat beer, it's got its dose of finishing hops, which I love. It's fairly carbonated and has some yeasties floating throughout. As far as drinkability is concerned, there's no other beer that I can think of that I'd rather drink on a summer day than Oberon.

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Photo of zerk
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the best, and most unique wheat beers that I've had the pleasure of drinking. Apricot / yellow, with a thin white head, which dissapates quickly. Aroma of apricots and yeast. Yeasty bread flavor, with a touch of citrus. Excellent hops flavor as well, something you don't come across too often in this style of beer. Crisp, very carbonated, with a medium body. Very refershing. Excellent beer!

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Photo of Wildman
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

@Betty's Fine Foods:

This was a great summer wheat beer to have at my humid, hot walk home. I have had this in a bottle, but on tap, it faired better than some of their others. It poured a cloudy golden color. It had a white head that subsided while leaving little lace(one drawback to the bar pouring). The aroma was of hops, citrus and lightly of some spice. The flavor was of hops, malt and citrus. The finish was a bit citrusy tangy with some light bread overtones. Good beer for a hot summer day

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Photo of budgood1
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is a huge hefe....my first kalamazoo brew and it seemed to have survived the trip up here overnite in hot trunk of a car (thank the beer gods). very cloudy, dark gold and thick....nice head going on here...lots of lace...tons of yeast sediment worked up...smells very citrusy...with grassy, earthy, undertones. really doesn't taste like a traditional hefe....lots of wheat malt and hops, very refreshing and lively in mouthfeel and character. in fact i have goose bumps drinking this because my beer taste buds recognize that this is something special. a superb summer brew.

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Photo of inebrius
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crisp and clean and a hop-maven's delight. Oberon gives the German hefeweiss a nod when it comes to appearance but thumbs it nose at hefe esters. You want finishing hops in you're wheat? You got 'em. Phenols? All yours. K'zoo does the American wheat justice.

Cheers to Deuce for the sample!

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Photo of Murph
4.57/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a super hazy golden with a nice fluffy head that sinks just a little too quickly. Some large yeasties are suspended in this brew. Smell is of floral, slightly spicy hops and some lemony citrus. Sharp lemony/orangey citrus flavor on tongue as well as some nice spicy hoppiness. Some light, bready yeastiness is detectable as well. Crisp and refreshing, this is one of the best summer brews I have had. Very refreshing and extremely drinkable. My only regret is that this beer isn't in circulation down here in VA. Thanks to Deuce for the sample.

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Photo of packetknife
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker orange color, cloudy, small pourous head. I think it smells like a crushed peach. Sharp citrus, sharp on the tongue. After it rolls over the tongue it's quite smooth.

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Photo of aracauna
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Not as much head as a lot of a head as I was expecting, but it does have a nice dark apricot color. The first aroma and flavor that you pick up is apricot. A good bit of it. That's followed by the expected wheaty and malty flavors that start to dominate towards the middle of the glass. Some citric crispness is present througout. Very little bitterness or hop characteristics are present. This is an awesome wheat beer.

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Photo of pbrian
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another ballsy beer from Kalamazo, and they dare to do it with a "summer" beer. Nice combo of wheat, yeast flavors, leaning towrds the citrusy end of the spectrum. Nice heft for a hefe-weizen. I could drink this year-round. Thanks proc.

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Photo of Viking
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I don't really care for this beer's chalky yellow body, but I love that thick rocky head - it doesn't go away! Overall, a wonderful brew. Wonderful spicy aroma just hints at the complexity and richness of the flavor, which is yeasty and wheaty. Just how drinkable is this beer? Well, I bought a case on Monday and I don't see it lasting past tomorrow (Thursday).

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

This cloudy golden brew throws out a nice frothy white head with some retention. Nice vanilla and clove on the nose. Taste is very refreshing. Tangy aspect apparent. Light to medium body with nice carbonation. Wheat is there, but not overbearing. There's not that huge phenolic character typical of a lot of hefe-weizens. This is a good brew though. Great by the pool.

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Photo of ADR
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brown amber, head settles in at 1/4-1/8 of an inch. Aroma is massive and full...nice nutty and sweet spice in smell. Pronounced banana bread flavor, but traces of too sour notes. Hop bite. Starts flavorful, finishes astringent and thinner. Refreshing as a cooler, I was looking for far less acidity and sourness, as implied by the smell. OK, not a favorite, though. Just too sour...

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Photo of cokes
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting to say the least. Lots of stuff going on, and good to drink.
Throws a nice stormy blonde...head is almost Duvel like...Slow to fade...notice I said "almost".
Smell is grainy mixed with some faint hops and fruityness.
Taste is big and doughy for a beer of this sort...has alot of characteristics. Wit is one sip, hefe in the next and APA next. Like a dry hopped hefewiezen.
Enjoyable, although I am not sure where it gets it's cult following.
Not great, but, I will certainly enjoy this one again.

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

This beer is such a great summer beer,6.5%abv.and very smooth,almost to smooth.Nice and cloudy,and wheaty on the nose.Creamy going down,round and balanced.

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