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
Ranking:
#15,565
Reviews:
1,850
Ratings:
7,022
pDev:
12.57%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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240
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1,859
Trade:
5
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of TonyLema1
3.27/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love Bells, but I don't care for this as much as I used to...I know it's very popular, and sought after, but it's not what I want in wheat style summer ale

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Photo of Mojo
3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very cloudy (due to lots of particulate) pale gold. There was about a one finger white head with good retention and a fairly good amount of lacing. Smell is very subtle with some bread, apples, oranges, and grassy notes. Taste is very mild, almost no bitterness, just about perfect for a hot summer day. Honestly I expected more from this, but it is not bad at all, just not spectacular.

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Photo of daledeee
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a draw of this while in Wisconsin, This prompted me to by a six pack. The tap beer was GOOD! Good head nice taste. I bought a six pack of it to bring home. I opened the beer. No head. The nose was still OK. Some fruit, yeast and malt. The taste still had some bite. But overall it was just flat tasting compared to the keg stuff. The only thing that saved the review is that this is good tasting beer. Good malt character and some bite. I will try this again. It must be the batch.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.38/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours out a very hazy orange and yellow with a creamy 1 finger white head.

It smells of wheat, grains, slight spices and citrus.

The taste is heavily wheat/grain with a tasty citrus/orange character followed with a slight spicyness.

Very easy to drink and incredibly refreshing. For a summer beer, you can't beat this flavor.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.92/5  rDev +2.6%

Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 7,022 ratings