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Bell's Mango Habanero Oberon Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 96
Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.01/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This looks like orange juice, or mango nectar in a glass. Very bright orange in color, and relatively thick looking. Not much carbonation or head. Smell is similar to the normal oberon, with the addition of mango in this one.

It's flavor does have a bit of heat. Not too much, but its noticeable. Strong enough to take note, but mild enough for even a non heat lover to enjoy one. I personally, would have liked to see it kicked up a notch.

There is some mango and orange in the flavor, but I found it to be relatively boring otherwise. It could use more carbonation, and considering the addition of s and habaneros, I was expecting more flavor than what it has. All in all, its a decent beer, but somewhat of a letdown compared to what I was hoping it would be.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

With unmistakably highlighted tropical character, a richer body and a jolt of capcaisin- now this is a Bell's Oberon that I can get on board with!

Their mango habanero version pours with an unsettled murky yellow-gold; its resemblance to straight-up orange juice is uncanny. But above which, and thick meringue-like froth settles momentarily. But its robust perfume underneath billows with orange, mango, pineapple, pawpaw, nectarine and a spicy herbal twinge to tickle the nose. Creamy, luscious, and sweetnened with fructose, the beer's taste is a medley of citrus juices and tropical punch... at first.

A followup of all those fruit juices slowly develop a lemon and lime trend with under-ripened citrus gaining strength as the fruity sweetness, angel-food breadiness and residual wheatiness subsides. While the body and malt begin to slowly dissolve, the spice of habanero rears its peppery head for the fresh and fleshy warmth that's unmistakably sweet and hot in its own right. Herbal and vegetal to close, the final taste is curiously of tomato paste and piquant citrus leaf and rind.

Seemingly fullish through its deeply embedded carbonation, the beer feels full and bready, nearly cake-like although its flavor profile is fruit and mild, the ale trails with a melange of capsaicin head and resinous citrusy hops with a lingering simmering burn in after tow.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was served on tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, New York. It arrived in generic flared stanges, sitting about the color of a mixed screwdriver. No real head was noted, and thus no lacing ever appeared. A deeply devious haze reduced clarity almost completely, and carbonation appeared to be robust, especially at the edges. No sediment was noted. The aroma gave off puffs of sticky sweet peach and mango syrupy cloy, orange creamsicle pops, cinnamon-spiced marmalade, caramel and heavy wheaty maltiness, spicy black pepper, orange zest, mild fruity heat and oiliness of habaneros peppers, tin, and metallic well water. The initial fruitiness, along with the pepper’s heat, were much, much more pronounced as the beer warmed to temperature. The flavoring was much more direct and to the point, giving heavy black pepper and hot habanero heat right from the start, with quickly fading background notes of unsweetened dried mangos and tangerine peels, toasty pale and raw wheat malts, light smoky charcoal, distant piney hops, sea salt, light Orangina cloy, cigarette paper, banana leaves, wet clay, and gentle boozy sweetness. Again, through the aftertaste comes an enhanced spice from the included habaneros. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip gave lighter slurp, smack, cream, or froth, with little in the way of finishing pop. The mouth was left with a sticky, fruit juice reminiscent coating. This helped to shield to the mucosa from the mild to moderate heat emanating from the esophagus. The abv was appropriate, and the beer disappeared at a reasonable pace.

Overall, this was a pleasurable experience. The standout component is the habanero heat through the taste. The beer possesses that quality of when you really pull back on a big sip and breath over it, the hot, breezy air of habanero fields goes racing to the back of your throat and ends of choking and coughing you slightly. Humorously enough, we’ve begun to find that a rather desirable character to have in a chili beer, and have been using it as an offhand gauge to assess potency of heat therein. This one certainly passes that test. The mango complements this heat well, when it’s not getting lost in the shuffle otherwise. As above, it was much more noticeable and contributory once the beer warmed up. The base wheatiness of your standard Oberon makes it a great choice to support such robust new flavors, and that’s coming from blasphemes like us (who even lived in Michigan for two years) who aren’t the biggest fans of Oberon to begin with.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Monelli's ($5.50 nonic pint)

A- Like a murky orange juice. No head on the pour, little visible carbonation (though hard to see through the body).

S- Much like the regular Oberon, but with a kick of mango (I suppose I could mistake it for peach if not given the name). Habanero is light, but comes on when the beer warms.

T- Again, Oberon with a side of mango at first. Then the habanero kicks in. Not so much with a strong flavor or a burn even, but with a certain warmth that makes you know it's there.

M- Painfully under carbonated, though I wonder if the issue is with the bar's setup rather than something in the brewer's controll. Medium light body. The habanero addition makes for a pleasant warmth/bite.

O- A really good drinker, actually. The fruit and spice are in the right doses as not to overwhelm. I could do a second pint in a sitting. I'd love to have it again to see if the carbonation issues were reserved to this single case or an issue with the beer overall.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
2.79/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

This beer is not as bad as I rated it, just a bit peculiar. It smells like mango puree as though I'm drinking a glass of juice and feels like mago puree. The Habanero comes in at the end and is not overpowering, which is actually a decent feacher. Worth a try, but I wouldn't push this one.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Like hazy, cloudy piss after a long weekend of getting turnt up, as the young'ns say. Very little head.

Smell: Tropical fruitiness, a bit of funk and a little hop hidden in there.

Taste: Mushy, overripe mango sweetness with a hot backend that goes on for days. Just how I like em.

Feel: Medium bodied, nothing outstanding in terms of thickness or dry/juicyness.

Overall: A memorable, well crafted beer that balances flavor and doesn't overdo the pepper heat.

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Photo of thedifferencemaker
4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I almost never give 5s, but this beer is spectacular. Awesome spicy finish. The mango could be a bit more prevalent, but incredibly good beer all around.

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Photo of DudMan
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

9-19-15 growler. Looks like pineapple juice. Smells like mango and tastes like mango with a habanero finish. I like heat so this is a tasty beer to me. Smooth. Not overpowering but more heat than some might like. I would love to be able to have this beer in my fridge at all times. Well done!

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Photo of mothman
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pale sunset yellow.

The mango shows up front a lot while the habanero hides and takes a while to build up. It eventually gets spicy after a few drinks.

A fun beer to to try. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Bone53
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap @ The Library

Wow! Way better than i had imagined. It has a cloudy, juice like appearance. The balance of fresh habanero and mango is spot on with a wheat finish. The heat lingers in your throat. Awesome job Bells!

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Photo of alcar66
4.58/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Pies & Pints in Beaver reek, OH.

A fun beer to try. It has a cloudy orange color and good flavor. Overall it is a fairly smooth beer. Provides a building spicy heat finish along with a slight bitter wheat flavor. Awesome flavor and crafted well.

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Photo of Prager62
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tomato Bar which is a local pizza joint. Served in a pint glass.

Look- A super cloudy orange juice color with zero foam or carbonation.

Smell- Some mango and a bit of straw or grass.

Taste- A hint of mango, followed by pepper heat. Doesn't taste like anything remotely Oberon.

Feel- Flat, thin and hot. A residual pepper burn in the finish.

Overall- A mess of a beer that's flat and tastes hot. No balance, poorly done.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours super turbidly, bright and orange, looks like mango juice. There's a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells super strongly of mango juice, sweet and slightly tart, with some zesty and spicy smelling habanero, and a bit of wheat.

This is technically executed pretty well, there's a ton of mango, and a fairly blistering level of heat on the back end of this. It tastes good, but it's really hard to work through a pint of this. The flavor is really quite intense, and the heat builds and builds. The wheat provides a pretty significant grainy bitterness at the end, as well.

This is medium bodied, fairly thick, with a juicy mouthfeel, where the flavor lingers for a while after each sip.

An interesting beer, but a little bit overdone. Interesting to try for sure, though.

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Photo of Billolick
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Eccentric cafe several times.

This stuff is awesome and I strongly suggest you go and get some

Pours clouded, minor head, minimal lace

Nose of yeast, wheat and the expected sweet mangoes and a hint of the heat about to arrive in the back of your throat.

This brew is full bodied and Loaded with mango goodness up front, then a healthy dose of habanero heat in the finish.

awesome, delicious, well crafted, very very tasty......go get some

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Photo of WestmontStorm
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a fresh growler at Bell's. Wow, this is a treat. It is Summer and this brew is wild. Looks a bit redder than OJ. Never saw a beer this color and cloudiness.
Taste is unique. Mango is dominant but mild and not acidic. Habanero kicks in but is pleasant. The Oberon flavor is mixed in nicely. Me likey! This is a real fun beer.

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Photo of Austin32
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at Maduro in Madison WI.

Great take on an already great beer, tastes like a blend of oj, mango juice and great beer and if you finish a pint you will have some definitely heat build up.

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Photo of 98green
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bells found a way to make Oberon tolerable (I'm from MI but not a fan of Oberon). The mango is subdued and the habanero burn is pleasant. I wish they would bottle this one for distribution. I would have it in my fridge for a change of pace beer

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Photo of elNopalero
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Eccentric Café. Considered a taster but opted for a full pour. Why not live dangerously?

This pours the color of pulp-free orange juice. Seriously. It looks thick and heavy in the glass, nothing like regular Oberon. There’s a hint of juiced mango and a touch of habanero heat on the aroma. The Oberon is a bit player in this. I get more mango upfront, followed by a kiss and then a kick of the sweet habanero heat. This is good combination, and I’m surprised/wouldn’t be surprised to see it get a wider release down the road.

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Bell's Mango Habanero Oberon Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.
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