Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
American Pale Wheat Beer
Ranked #21
Ranked #14,129
3.93 | pDev: 11.96%
May 24, 2023
Jul 24, 2008
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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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Bottled 8/26/21, had 9/21/21

Pours a classic golden color, clear, with a quarter inch quickly dissipating head and light foamy lacing. Aromas of wheat, vanilla, some malt, light bourbon. Smells somewhat grassy. Flavors of bourbon, malt, wheat, vanilla, a slight hop bitterness. Smooth, a very good lighter body, well carbonated.

Like this, but there’s really not much to it. An expert job of restrained barrel aging, coupled with hiding a pretty high ABV with a fairly light body. Worth grabbing when it’s around.
May 24, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Mar 28, 2023
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Reviewed by KaBoots from Florida

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
packaged on 20210826
Opened on 20230108
It doesn't taste remotely like 11.3 %. Let's be honest. It's a bourbon barrel aged wheat wine ale. Do you like strong ales? Do you like bourbon barrel aged stuff? If you answered yes, you'll love this beer. It's sweet with some different sweet and mixes to delectable. I'd say it has a fine, small head that dissipates quickly.
Jan 09, 2023
Rated: 4.15 by h4ger from Connecticut

Dec 28, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Dec 19, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz bottle from my brother. Deep golden pour, sparse head. Aroma is boozy, malty, smells more like rum than whiskey. Taste is sweet, sourdough, orange, citrus zest. Thick pour, boozy finish, warm.
Dec 14, 2022
Rated: 3.93 by prototypic from Ohio

Nov 20, 2022
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of beige head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: A touch of dark fruit & boozeyness, plus honey notes

T: A kiss of Bourbon, dark dry fruit, woody hopes & dryness up front, plus leafy hops. A little sourwood wood honey, boozey warmth & dryness, plus leafy hops once warm. Finishes dry with sourwood honey, a little Bourbon & some leafy hops

MF: Medium/chewy body, toned down carbonation, warming

I remember cracking on of these a few months back & found it too rough. I believe this has now mellowed into a very nice beer
Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Apr 02, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Mar 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake from California

4.41/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured at fridge temp. Pours a nice transparent orange with white head. Head quickly dissipates and bubbles continue to rise throughout. A lovely looking beer.

The nose is sweet caramel candy, maple, honey, wheat, a hint of orange, bourbon, and a strong floral note. Granny smith apples, and a bit of vanilla ice cream. I love the nose on this!

The taste is super smooth. Again, lot of caramel candy. More bourbon on the taste. Vanilla, oak, wheat, honey, maple, a bit of leather, grass, and a nice bready note. Sweet, but not too sweet. Lovely. I get some banana on the taste as well.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. The alcohol is detectable, but not overpowering. Overall, a great beer.
Jan 24, 2022
Rated: 3.29 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 19, 2022
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
(12 oz bottle, PKG 08/26/2021; purchased single off shelf... poured into a fat tulip)

L: near crystal-clear, light amber liquid; messy, but tight 1/2" foam stand, which recedes rather quick, but leaves a thick, big-bubbled collar... little-to-no lacing

S: bourbon barrel aging dominant on the nose, with a noticeable underlying malty base, but nothing distinct - difficult to tell the type of base beer... excellent overall potency, if a bit fuzzy clarity; no overt boozy edge

T: again, a sort of indistinct base beer, though the bottom seems noticeably drier than a quad or barleywine-style; the aftertaste is a bit cereal grainy, with a touch of toastiness on the tip of the tongue... subsequent sips reinforce a BBA burst up front, with a flaccid, one-dimensional, character-deficient, marginally-identifiably wheat foundation; the aftertaste (BBA-influenced) eventually mimics a weizenbock flavor, hmm...

F: barely any warmth, barely any bitter bite; its body is almost watery with a little frictive glow on the end... stupid easy to knock back but a bore to sip, as nothing really clings or tingles

O: couldn't recommend this, unless one merely seeks BBA flavor and a powerful abv; why isn't this categorized as a weizenbock or wheatwine (I know why, but still...)... not a challenging nor inspiring liquid... the ghosting on the palate floor leaves the senses confused... gave in to curiosity; oh well (1857)
Jan 07, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by archero from Texas

Dec 31, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by NateHarburg from Michigan

Dec 27, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Dec 24, 2021
Rated: 4.65 by Danzifer from Ohio

Dec 17, 2021
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Bottled 8/26/21

You know, everyone might hate me for this one, but I never had Oberon even once before. I know it’s considered a classic but it’s one that I just never got around to. This one, on the other hand, really caught my eye. It seems like such a strange choice of a base beer to age in bourbon barrels. I suppose it’s akin to a Wheatwine or a strong Weizenbock, but it’s still odd to see it. I’m intrigued, so let’s get into it

Pours a cloudy orange gold with 2 fingers of off white head that fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

It’s definitely supposed to be like a Wheatwine, so I’m surprised they don’t market it as such. I’m picking up on aromas of sweet toffee, vanilla pudding, pear, apple skin, earthy wheat, doughy malt, and lightly spicy bourbon

This promises brightness on the front end, but is overly sweet and a bit underwhelming on the finish. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting orange rind, earthy wheat, bready malt, white pepper, apple skin, toasted oak, and a touch of bourbon. The swallow brings notes of sweet vanilla, bourbon, doughy malt, wheat, and pear

A medium body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a crisp beer. Finishes sweet and a touch sticky

This one isn’t bad, but it would be a hell of a lot better if the back end sweetness was cleaned up. Oh well
Dec 16, 2021
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 8/26/21. Bronze with a strong particulate presence. Scents of malt, wheat, and bourbon. Taste is sweet malt, caramel notes, and boozy bourbon barrel. Mouth watering finish, medium bodied, subtly boozy. Interesting.
Dec 14, 2021
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12oz single

Looks almost perfectly clear with a small rim of foam. Smells like corn and bourbon. Very insanely sweet with a blast of warming booze at the end, the alcohol is subtle but powerful. There is nothing left of the original beer aside from the malt. It's all bourbon, but in a good way. Oak and vaniller and honey and everclear. I want to hate on it because it doesn't taste anything like Oberon, but it is much better than most bourbon barrel aged ales. Thick and oily, but dangerously drinkable

I'll take one minifridge full of this stuff, please
Dec 10, 2021
Uberon from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 205 ratings