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

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3.82/5
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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
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#15,314
Reviews:
1,843
Ratings:
6,985
pDev:
12.57%
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Photo of sukwonee
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter

A: Light orange color, relatively small head (half a finger maybe), decent amount of lacing, lots of bubbles, murky body with stuff floating around

S: Not much going on... orange, lemon(?), yeast

T: Slight orange, wheat, finishes with a bit of bitterness... tastes slightly better than it smells, but kind of weak in flavor. I don't mind it much, but I also don't love it either.

M: Near perfect, good amount of carbonation, refreshing

O: It was just okay for me. I can see myself enjoying multiple bottles of this during a nice summer day outback.

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Photo of ttylicki
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of rsquared59
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the Comet.
Pours a hazy light amber color. This is a nice sessionable summer wheat ale. Plenty of lemon zest and wheat in the flavor. Nothing too impressive in the nose, but very easy drinking and refreshing. This is an out-door beer made for patio drinking in the sun. This beer was made for the summertime outdoors. No wonder he moves so much of this stuff.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice 2 finger head withe excellent retention and a cloudy orange color with little particles of yeast floating around.

Smell has some lemony/grassy characteristics. Citrus wheaty in your face smell. Could be a bit stronger, but it is nice nevertheless.

Taste has some pale malt sweetness in fron with some lemon juice followed by grass. The bitterness on the end leaves a bit of an odd combination for me. Too much lemon can lead to a little bit of off flavor. The off flavor is just a thorn in my side for this one.

This beer is crisp but the off flavors cling a little bit too much. There is a bit of an overabundance of lemon and it creates a bit of an off flavor. This one is decent enough though.

Thanks to unionturf for the sample

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Photo of kingmaker
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

Photo of Treebs
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Salty Dog Cafe in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

A: Poured a nice cloudy orange with some nice straw colored tints around the edges when sun passed through. Quickly disappearing thin white head that leaves a little film on the top with no real lace to speak of.

S: I pick up some citrus and some wheat with the little malted barley as well. Nothing really jumps out as special to me.

T: The taste pretty much followed the nose. A nice citrus with a little bitter hops. Nice wheat flavor that carried on through out each drink. Again nothing really stood out or popped.

M: Light to medium bodied. Very crisp and smooth. Nice mouthfeel but leaves a little dry.

O: Pretty standard pale ale for me. Had some nice flavors but nothing that specifically brought me back for more.

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

L: Pours a hazy amber orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, sweet wheat malts, hints of citrus and a bit of yeasty aromas at the end.
T: Tastes of sweet wheat, nice hints of citrus (orange, grapefruit, and a bit of lemon) and yeast flavors to finish it off. It's a nice take on the Pale Wheat genre.
M: Crisp, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation, medium bodied.
D: Overall this is a very sessionable beer with a nice mix of flavors that aren't too overpowering, and a nice feel to it.

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

Photo of Miami66
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of doucmehu
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Shandycan
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marvicsin
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of sjones5045
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BRYeleJR
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rojapa
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of nodder
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of JC333
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Domingo
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crisp summer wheat ale in the vein of Sunshine or 312.
Pours a nice golden color. I swirled the bottle a little to get the yeast sediment out and discovered quite a bit that made it a little more cloudy. Lots of yeast was down there, so treat this much the way you would a German weiss.
Smells wheaty, but there's a hop presence in there, too. Citrus is there, but not shoved down your throat as a cheap cover-up. It smells like real, fresh orange zest.
Tastes pretty run of the mill at first (grain-based, citrus, bitter finish) but as it warms even slightly, there's a nice biscuity flavor that comes out. I like it.
Goes down easy on a really hot day (90-plus) and it has a good amount of flavor for a pale wheat. Definitely one of the best of it's kind for sure. Way to go Bells. For a style that can be boring, this stands out.

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Photo of StevenMilligan
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spicy hop aroma.
Very drinkable.
Nice carbonation bite.
Light citrus profile.

What can I say? This is a very formidable pale wheat that doesn't overdo it on the citrus. The spicyness from the hops and the ever so slightly bitter finish make this beer great.

Will actively seek out this brew again when I want a break from the usual IPA.

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Photo of Jho3325
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 6,985 ratings