Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #26
Ranked #14,186
3.94 | pDev: 12.18%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Very Good
Notes: When Winter comes, snowbirds travel south, but this batch of Oberon® headed to the barrel. Uberon is a bourbon barrel-aged version of our iconic American Wheat Ale. It's strong, spicy, warming… Uberon tastes like our classic American Wheat Ale with a shot of bourbon dropped into it. It’s the perfect beer for a special summer moment or something to store away for those winter nights when you’re missing Oberon.
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jkblr from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 08/26/21 (about 6 weeks old) poured into a tulip glass at just above fridge temp 11.3% ABV per label. The beer pours mostly bright honey colored amber with off white. The head recedes to a pencil thin ring and an island of micro bubbles. The aroma is mild with notes of vanilla, oak and sweet malt. The taste is semisweet caramel, vanilla, oak, light bourbon barrel, with just a trace of the wheat in the finish. Moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good wheatwine or American strong ale. Not a American Pale Wheat Ale at all.

Oct 17, 2021
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 8/26/21. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours golden with nice clarity and transparency; white head that falls leaving nice retention and lacing. Nice color.

The aromas have a subtle blend of caramel and bourbon. Some vanilla, coconut and raisins as well. Hints of citrus. Some wheat. Malts are there.

The flavors follow the nose. More caramel, vanilla and coconut. Some orange and pineapple. Some dark fruits in the mix. Some oak and wood. The bourbon blends well and accentuates everything that's going on. The wheat does its thing. Solid malt backbone. Mild warmth in the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, slick and smooth.

This is a nice barrel-aged beer. It's bold but subtle and balanced at the same time. The bourbon makes everything better instead of just simply dominating and diminishing everything else that's going on. There's an underrated complexity to this one. The craftsmanship is on point. Well done. I really like it.

Oct 06, 2021
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big bourbon wood and vanilla flavors on this one with the base beer of wheat and orange peel pretty much non existent. Kept in my mind their third coast ale reminding me more of a barely wine but with a higher ABV. Definitely a Big BBA bang for your buck since I paid around 3 bucks for it and only double take when I saw the ABV since it drinks more like a 7% IPA.

Well worth trying if you love big barrel stouts and was a cool find at the Vintage Estate!

Oct 02, 2021
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Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz. bottle poured into a Founder's CBS snifter. Bottled out 8/26/21, making this just about 1 month old.

A: Pours a pretty golden and clear color. Nice, fluffy white head. Less hazy and cloudy than regular Oberon, obviously.

S: Tons of bourbon and vanilla on here. Almost Madagascar vanilla bean. Some oak. Almost no fruit or zest notes.

T: Oak and vanilla continue up front, followed by bourbon through the middle. Finish lacks the barrel for some reason and just feels like a boozy Oberon. This is really the only place I get the zest and orange from the base beer.

M: Medium-full, good carbonation. No clue how they got this to 11% with this base beer, but it's hidden well.

O: So I can't believe this was added to BA in 2008, a whole 2 years before I even got into craft beer. Apparently this has been and on and off treat for the Kalamazoo crowd, and only now makes distribution. Oberon has always been a tad overrated for me. But between this and the last couple of bottled variants, it seems like Bell's is realizing the same and injecting new life into the brand. Uberon comes in as the summer comes to a close, very fitting as this BA brew is a nice transition into the fall. I like this beer, it's very tasty, and a nice twist on the original. But as you can expect with a very thin and basic base beer, there's not too much going on here, even with the barrel. The style is odd too, as I have no real comparison point. The closest is maybe BA Solid Gold from Founder's, but that was a lager. The aging is nicely done, though. It's full, heavy, big ABV. It's a well-done beer, but just limited by it's base. It's basically a vanilla/oak/bourbon-spiked Oberon. Not a beer you have a ton of, but if you want to cap off a late summer pool day where you crushed a bunch of Oberon, this would be a great choice.

Recommendation: Certainly better than Oberon, the Uberon is a must-try barrel-aged beer.

Sep 30, 2021
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morimech from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bronze color with a small dense head that settles to a thick cap. Strong aroma of bourbon and spicy wheat. Surprised by the flavor as I did not expect the caramel. Almost like a BBA amber ale but I do detect the spicy and honey wheat tones. Strong bourbon and a bit of vanilla from the barrel. Strong beer but the heat is not overpowering. Creamy mouthfeel goes along nicely with the flavors.

Sep 29, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Label is marked 'PKG 08/26/2021'.
Pale gold colored body, with quite a bit of clarity. Good rising bubble show. Hard pour yields one finger of white head, which recedes to a full cap. Leaves behind very small spots of lacing.
Aroma is sweet and spicy over the wheat ale base. Sweet bourbon notes are very evident.
Taste is also sweet and spicy. Oak, a bit of cloves, honey, and vanilla overlay the wheat base. Aftertaste echoes the spicy bourbon, sweet honey, and wheat base notes.
Thinner than medium mouth feel. Alcohol is tasted but no mouth burn. Good carbonation.
Beautiful appearance and consistent presentation from aroma to taste. Expresses a sweet bourbon aging of the classic wheat ale.

Sep 29, 2021
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darktronica from Indiana

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I don't recall the last time I had an Oberon, so I don't have a great basis for comparison with the original. On its own, though, this is an interesting strong wheat beer, a good alternative to overly malty, triple dry-hopped, double-digit ABV monstrosities on the IPA side of the craft world. Nice wheated presence on the nose, with fruity accents and a touch of honey. Has a decent boozy kick to it on the palate, as expected, but joined by crabapple and white grape.

Sep 27, 2021
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very nice clear amber color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has very generous bourbon and wheat hints
The taste follows the nose with a well balanced bourbon and wheat flavor
A medium bodied very well carbonated beer
A good Bourbon accented wheat beer

Sep 24, 2021
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Valdez_Mescalito from Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

August 2021 Specialty Release - 4 pack
12 oz. bottle dated 08/25/21 - 11.30% ABV / ? IBU
Brewed and bottled in Comstock, MI
Poured into a Bell's branded tulip snifter glass

Look - Pours a quickly fading white head. Golden see-through appearance with lots of streaming carbonation.
Smell - Mostly banana ester scent with very faint bourbon. Maybe some slight hop dankness.
Taste - Banana like ester flavors dominate upfront with a slight bourbon aftertaste. Not getting much of the spiciness this is supposed to have. Picking up more of the booze as it warms up.
Feel - Semi-thick mouthfeel with prickly carbonation and some alcohol burn on the tail end.
Overall - Strong banana bourbon flavors, but not much spiciness as the description claims.

Sep 24, 2021
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This solid ale pours a nice lightly cloudy
peach tinged golden with a modest head of white foam that settles
to a thin ring and subtle dusty layer. Nose of subtle bourbon, light breaded
malt notes, subtle citrus hints, and honey. Flavors are excellent with a spicy
bourbon amidst light bread, clove hints, vanilla, light oak, orange zest,
and white pepper hints. Honey sweet malts and more oak appear with warmth.
Nice mouth feel; medium body, light yet prickly carbonation, and a warming

Overall, a very nice little brew.


Sep 16, 2021
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KT3418 from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I liked this at first but halfway through the serving everything is dying and the feel is becoming more thin which is making this a somewhat easy drinker for what it is but it's lacking the robust barrel, whiskey covered orange flavor of the first few sips. I think next time maybe I should let it warm a smidge.

Definitely kinda jelly of the Midwestern folk who can find this on tap lol

Sep 16, 2021
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BalancingBrooms from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber with thin white head that lingers. Nose is full of vanilla, milk chocolate? and bourbon. Taste follows the nose with vanilla up font followed by some bourbon barrel, cocoa, and wheat malt. Body is light to medium with light to medium carbonation. Ends warming, and slightly sweet. Overall an interesting beer, somewhere between a wheat wine and golden stout? Cant taste the 11%, but can feel the warmth. Not sure where the oberon is.

Sep 11, 2021
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Kok17 from Michigan

4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I first had this on tap at 7 Monks Taproom in Traverse City, then got a howler back home. I love Oberon, and I like whiskey, so I was probably predisposed to like this. My only quibble is that it's a little too light bodied compared to its very full whiskey flavor.

May 22, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Growler. Mostly clear with a medium white head. Smells of sweet bread and wheat, sharp grain whiskey flavor, and some fruitiness. Tastes of strong whiskey. The whiskey grain flavor is strong. Wheat, some bubble gum. Boozy and a little sweet and fruity. Lingering whiskey flavor. Medium heavy. Unique whiskey flavor, as always from Traverse City. They always accentuate the grain flavor of their whiskey. I didn't think I could finish my glass when I started, but it turned out pretty good.

Apr 27, 2020
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Having this beer on/tap at the Tremont Taphouse at their annual Cleveland Beer Week event I’ve Got Big Bell’s tap takeover. This beer draws a slightly cloudy/hazy, mostly clear, medium to dark golden color. Not much head or lacing unfortunately. Aromas of some bready malts and some wheat with slight caramel sweetness that gives way to some big bourbon oak smells, as this beer is the barrel aged version of Oberon. The taste is very similar, with some bready malts and some wheat with slight hint of caramel sweetness that quickly gives way to bourbon oak notes and some booziness. The bourbon barrel flavor actually compliments the bready malts and wheat quite nicely actually, which did pleasantly surprise me. Has a slightly crisp, mainly smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a slightly dry finish and aftertaste. Very nice all around here though. Glad I got to try this.


Oct 19, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Cloudy orange with a white ring. Wheat, citrus, whiskey, candied peach, with slight toffee and wood in both smell and taste. A refreshing BA beer that does not lose the wheat base. The booze is hidden very well, dangerous. Body is crisp, wheaty, and cool for a ba beer. Fun twist on the original

Oct 05, 2019
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Dcbluhm from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look is less opaque than regular Oberon. Slight whiskey aftertaste but it’s not too overpowering. There’s a slight Carmel flavor that works well. Surprisingly easy to drink for a 10% abv beer.

Sep 07, 2018
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TheeWarPig from Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell is of whiskey right up front, for a barrel aged beer it's very light tasting. warmth on the back end of it. I am not an Oberon fan at all but the higher ABV and barrel properties on this make it a totally different beer.

Overall a very different, interesting beer that was enjoyable to finally try.

Mar 28, 2018
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Digressing on the drinkability scale, but picking up the savory and spicy factor, Bell's Oberon foregoes its thirst quenching properties for more flavor, complexity and overall culinary charm.

Uberon emerges from its bourbon barrel nap with a light tarnish gold color and arrested in a cloudy haze. Glowing dimly, the ale crowns with a sparse, loose and lightly carbonated swath of foam. Whisky spice fills the nose with an undertow of fresh wheat bread, orchard fruit and exotic perfumy spice. Early flavors open with a wheaten sweetness that's remiss of pulled candy, fruit punch and sherbet.

As the ale unfolds on the middle palate, the sweetness slowly retreats and the flavors of fruit take command. Apple, lemon, papaya, pawpaw, apricot and pineapple all seem of the stewed, cobbler-like variety. Natural spices of white pepper, coriander, alligator pepper and clove are soothed with vanilla and caramel. Evading sweetness seems shockingly "circus peanut" candy like in the same way to many wheatwine. Bourbon spice trails with its own vanilla, toast, oak, coconut and caramel taste that adds both charm and fatigue to the late palate.

Medium full on the palate, the beer's sweet and lowly carbonated bulk lumbers on the finish, however its bright and fruity fare seems to keep the palate lighter with a playful fruit-like acidity. A mild prickle and a simmering warmth registers in a medium length afterglow of stewed fruit and exotic spice.

Mar 03, 2018
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap @ Blue Door Pours a light golden color with a fresh whispy head, looks great. Smell was wheat wood and whiskey all on the lighter side. Taste was mild whiskey with wheat and lemon citrus and malt . ABV well hidden on this with whiskey and barrel subtle well carbonated it tasted like a blonde barleywine , glad i got to try this from the tap, and would gladly try this one again.

Sep 14, 2016
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Eziel from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this last weekend at 7 Monks in Traverse City, Bell's 30th Anny Party. Thought it was a beautiful color, with a definite boozy nose to it. Didn't taste much like Oberon, more like a wheaty BW to me. Really enjoyed it.

Oct 07, 2015
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MacQ32 from South Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a golden, almost amberish color with half a finger of near white head with ok retention and lacing

S - Bourbony. Light sweet vanilla, wheat and oak. A bit of alcohol presence in the nose

T - Light wheat flavor followed by an oaky sweet bourbon vanilla flavor with a lingering sweetness. Tastes are quick to fade, and its a bit bland, but not bad.

M - Medium/light bodied with good carbonation, quite drinkable body.

O - Not awful, better than i expected but a little bland and one dimensional in my opinion.

Oct 12, 2013
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lurpy1 from Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like Oberon just fine for what it is - unprepossessing lawn mower beer, but it has to be in the top 10 for Most Unlikely Beers to Wind Up in a Barrel. No longer. Never thought I'd see the day. An interesting experiment, but Barrel vs Oberon is really Godzilla vs Bambi. Oberon cannot stand up to the barrel and as a result, Uberon tastes more like Whiskey than any beer I've ever had. Fortunately, I like whiskey, so it was a decent drinking experience. But why not just make whiskey? Nevertheless, worth a try.

Sep 13, 2013
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barczar from Kentucky

3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden with frothy, lingering ivory head.

Malt, oak, vanilla, bourbon, and wheat in aroma, with a hint of citrus.

Fairly light malt character allows the barrel and booze to shine. Underpinnings of orange provide subtle contrast. There's a dry, oaky, vanilla finish, slightly peppery.

Body is smooth and creamy, with moderate carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

I appreciate the effort, but the Oberon is just too weak in backbone. Totally overwhelmed by booze and oak. That said, it certainly drinks lighter than 10 percent, until the bourbon burps set in.

Aug 30, 2013
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chinchill from South Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe in August 2013.

A deep, clear amber with an excellent head and lacing.

Smells and tastes like a light, wheaty barleywine.

O: Like no other beer I've ever had. I really enjoyed this even though I don't much like Oberon.

Aug 17, 2013
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 175 ratings