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 #23
Ranked #15,277
3.92 | pDev: 11.99%
Nov 20, 2022
Jul 24, 2008
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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Rated: 3.93 by prototypic from Ohio

Nov 20, 2022
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Beersnake1 from California

4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
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 -4.3%
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 -2.3%
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 +11.5%
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 +3.8%
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
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Reviewed by 2beerdogs from California

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Thanks to Whyteboar for this one. Sent in NBS BIF #14.
Well from appearance it appears to be a filtered wheat. Amber tinged and golden in hue, fluffy white head. Solid fluff, good retention, and nice solid lacing.
Nose is whiskey laced wheat beer. Malt comes through underneath a firm, but not overpowering, malt note.
Flavor begins with the whiskey, but does make room for some malt notes, hints of banana, and sweet grain. Whiskey is most prevalent but I think that's what they were going for.
Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, slick, and fairly full for a wheat. Gently warm considering the ABV.
Overall, a nice wheat beer for the colder months.
Nov 29, 2021
Rated: 3.53 by Latarnik from New Jersey

Nov 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Junior from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L - Clear, dark golden color with a thin white head that dissipated quickly.
S - Wheat, malt, spice and booze.
T - Wheat cracker, sweet malt and booze.
F - Medium bodied with a smooth dry finish that also has warming alcohol.
O - Not like the OG at all. Relatively well balanced. I'm only halfway through and can already feel the effects of the alcohol.

Bottled 8/25/2021 and opened on 11/24/2021.
Nov 24, 2021
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Reviewed by HattedClassic from Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The beer pours a nice white head that dissipates quickly while the beer itself is a clear amber color that looks very nice.

The smell is pretty good. It's fairly heavy on the creamy wheat note that mixes well with the bourbon.

The taste is good. It has the same notes as the smell but with a slightly stronger bourbon note to it. As it warms up, some lemon notes come out in the finish but not much.

The feel is good. It has a heavy and slightly thick body but goes down smoothly with bits of biting carbonation to it.

Overall, an interesting but forgettable beer.
Nov 23, 2021
Rated: 4.32 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey

Nov 21, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by MICAMD from Maryland

Nov 06, 2021
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A - Clear dark gold color with thin dense lacing.

S - Light malt grain nose with a very slight amount of honey caramel sweetness

T - Light sweet malt with a slight sweet malt, alcohol, and some warming on the way down.

M - Big silky body that's dry on the back of the tongue.

O - A big "meh".
Nov 05, 2021
Rated: 3.96 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Nov 05, 2021
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a pint glass

This beer pours amber with a slight haze. It has little in the way of head.

I definitely get some bourbon notes. I get caramel and vanilla and oak. The base beer seems to get lost.

Bourbon flavor but not boozy. Caramel and vanilla and oak flavors. The base beer seems to just be a vessel to convey bourbon flavors.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel

Interesting to try. Seems more like something Odd Side would do (I love Odd Side). It reminds me of Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Pale Ale. Glad I tried it but doubt I would purchase any more. The single bottle I bought sated my curiosity.
Oct 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Fordcoyote15 from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25
Looks clear and professional. Smells off putting of cheap vodka or grain alcohol laid over a hefeweizen. Taste falls flat. Initially you know its Oberon but real quick it taste like diluted Oberon, diluted in everclear that is. Feel is good. Nice and full, no complaints. Overall no thx bells.
Oct 27, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by MJSFS from Florida

Oct 23, 2021
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
nice change in the oberon - slightly sweeter and bourbon after taste
Oct 22, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Oct 20, 2021
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
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
Rated: 4.25 by jera1350 from Minnesota

Oct 12, 2021
Rated: 4 by Taenim from New Jersey

Oct 11, 2021
Rated: 3.89 by SFNC from North Carolina

Oct 09, 2021
Rated: 4.03 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Oct 08, 2021
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
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
Rated: 4 by Skabiski from Maryland

Oct 03, 2021
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Reviewed by Sparty1224 from Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Reviewed by morimech from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Reviewed by darktronica from Indiana

4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
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
Rated: 3.74 by TastyIsBeer from Illinois

Sep 27, 2021
Uberon from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 199 ratings