Oberon - Tropical
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #46
Ranked #19,166
3.84 | pDev: 10.68%
Monday at 01:40 AM
May 27, 2021
Very Good
Oberon - TropicalOberon - Tropical
Notes: Brewed with real passionfruit, pink guava, and mango, we are beyond ready for this tropical spin on our favorite summer beer.
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3.1 by beersampler6 from Michigan on Monday at 01:40 AM
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4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dufus from Michigan

Needs to be correct temperature and in a glass to appreciate its subtlety. Rich heavy wheat beer head. Muted fruity aroma. Opaque mango color. Lingering fruit aftertaste. Pulpy rich mouth feel and carbonation, very nicely done. Not in-your-face but subtle and a very nice offering. I paid $9.50 for a 4 pack.

Jun 18, 2022
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3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Bell's Brewery "Oberon - Tropical"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle "PKG 04/20/22" and sampled on 06/15/22
$3.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: The label reads "Brewed with real passionfruit, pink guava, and mango". That may explain why it's so murky! It's a kind of golden/brass in color beneath a full head of white foam. The aroma is distinctly fruity. Let's see what we've got here... passionfruit, guava, and fruit pulp. On to the flavor... it's fruity, and juicy, but the flavors aren't really that clear. I get mango followed by passionfruit, and then the guava. Guava is kind of mild to begin with so that's to be expected. It's not that sweet considering all of the fruit that was added. I get the wheat in the malt but the malt isn't really that sweet either. There's not a lot of bitterness to it but it still finishes dry. Surprisingly, given all of the fruit involved, there's not a lot left lingering. In the mouth it's medium bodied but it feels fuller because of all of the extra proteins and fruit. The carbonation is moderate leaving it creamy and smooth. The head held up pretty well throughout but the lacing was just a little bit better than average. In the end I have to say that I prefer the standard Oberon because it's more focused and has a better balance.
Review #8,066

Jun 15, 2022
3.82 by prototypic from Ohio on Jun 11, 2022
4.15 by adosen01 from Minnesota on Jun 04, 2022
4 by Nunya from Ohio on Jun 04, 2022
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3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled 4/21/22, so plenty fresh.

L---Murky, opaque, thick looking. Yellowy orange color. Yellowy head with ok retention and great lacing. Looks absolutely nothing like a wheat beer. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

S---Tropical fruit (Mango & guava) backed by wheat. Exactly as advertised.

T---Sweet. Not as wheaty as expected, more dominated by the mango & guava.

F---Medium+ body. Oddly for a wheat beer, it's a little sticky.

O---Would be good, not great on a hot day.

May 17, 2022
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3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by damndirtyape from Ohio

12oz bottle poured into a D'Achouffe tulip glass. Packaged 04/12/22 PRN36915.

Appearance: Opaque orange-amber color with a tinge of pink to it. Thin white head with an occasional strand of lacing noted.

Smell: Lots of tropical fruit - definite mango and passion fruit.

Taste: All the tropical fruit dominates the flavor of the beer, and I'm not getting much of wheat or the base Oberon beer. I can note some wheat tang graininess under it all, but it's mostly the tropical fruit that comes across with the beer. Notable mango and passion-fruit flavors, and muted guava that comes across as a bit more like orange (to my taste-buds anyway).

Mouthfeel: Light but prickly carbonation. Thick and chewy.

Overall / Drinkability: Easily drinkable, fun and tropical, but I find I only want one per evening. I think I would prefer pairing this with food, but I'm not sure what to pair it with. I'll have to try out a few things and see what works.

May 15, 2022
4 by szmnnl99 from Michigan on Apr 14, 2022
3.71 by Mavigo from Michigan on Feb 07, 2022
3.01 by Latarnik from New Jersey on Dec 30, 2021
3.96 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Dec 19, 2021
3.83 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Nov 13, 2021
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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by deleted_user_995920

Pours an mostly opaque orange with a minimal head. Lots of yeast floaters of or fruit mash, yeast or fruit sludge on bottom of bottle. (This beer is within date) Smell is somewhat muted,mild grain smell. Very tasty tropical fruit blend. Feels well carbonated and finishes juicy . Overall if you don't mind having white floaters in your beer this is quite good. I will try to shake up the next one. I personally find any solids in my beer gross-

Nov 10, 2021
3.25 by -Andrew- from Michigan on Nov 09, 2021
3 by doctorgary from New York on Oct 31, 2021
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3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by Roguer from Connecticut

Cloudy, hazy appearance; modest head production.

Mango and guava are noticeable on the nose, along with hints of orange and lime, and a slight mustiness.

Guava up front, along with a slight earthiness. The fruit tastes natural and real. The guava really dominates, however - perhaps unsurprising given the flavor profiles of the fruit involved. Mango is perhaps noticeable on the back third.

Rather light and watery on the palate. Makes for a good Summer crusher, I suppose, but I prefer more body, and the flavors lose some impact due to the thinness.

Oct 22, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by firesidewithphil from Illinois

Bell's Oberon has been a mainstay on the Midwest craft beer scene for quite some time. It is reliable and always perfect during the release season. I was stoked to find a variant of this great beer that had dark tropical vibes. There isn't a lot of fruit addition which can be overpowering in some of these fruited beers. The base beer holds strong to create a different, and fun type of Oberon.

Sep 25, 2021
4 by mpenske from California on Sep 07, 2021
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3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Raime from Korea (North)

From my brother. I will be honest I am one of the few who does not care much for base oberon nor any variation I've had of said beer so my expectations are tempered with this one.

Look - Hazy yellow sunset with a lotta murk. Finger of head that doesn't stick around for long. Mediuk carb.

Smell - Wheaty. Inagine that. Definitely get the guava.

Taste - Mostly the wheats but the guava is a nice backbone. Not like an ipa type of hop guava for example but closer to a juice.

Feel - Full bodied with moderatr carbonation. Thick on the swallow. Tastes sit around and linger for awhile.

Overall - Definitely better than the other oberon incarnations. Problem is he paid too much for a 4 pack. But hey, if you're a big fan of the style I don't see why you wouldn't love it. As always, give it a shot and come to your own conclusions.

Sep 05, 2021
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by buschbeer from Ohio

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a Michigan Wolverines pint glass

This beer pours a hazy orange color and is topped with a couple inches of tan head that leaves no lacing.

Passionfruit and mango on the nose.

Passionfruit and guava upfront. The mango is kind of overwhelmed. The base beer tries to come through but is also overwhelmed by tropical fruit.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel

A very refreshing version of Oberon. Great for a hot summer day.

Sep 05, 2021
3.84 by 22Blue from Kansas on Aug 29, 2021
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3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by 1009 from Massachusetts

A little underwhelmed by this. Believe me, I think its a beautiful looking beer and thus I gave it a 4/5 on that front. Looks like an orange hazy paradise. Aroma-wise, you get the prominent wheat with tropical fruits and really gives a good "tropical" theme to it. However, taste-wise, it was a bit sour to me, like Florida Natural orange juice, which is my least fave OJ. Might just not be my style, but had a thickness to it too that did not scream tropical beer to me. Also, speaking from experience, if you get salt water in it, it becomes a 0/5. Not a knock on Bell's at all, just this brew wasn't for me.

Aug 25, 2021
3.84 by Jsalz21 from New Jersey on Aug 23, 2021
4.24 by Satsuma from Florida on Aug 23, 2021
3.56 by stucat from Illinois on Aug 18, 2021
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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by hoptheology from South Dakota

12 oz bottle, packaged 5/21/21, into Pipeworks Schitzo Pint Glassssssssss.

Looking like a dang fine hazy IPA, it pours an orange juice color with a rapidly diminishing head that leaves zero lacing behind. Sucks for head retention. Boo.

Aroma is malt grist (mostly wheat) and a hint of passion fruit. Not much else mang

Flavor brings guava first, then a bit of tangy passion fruit, and finally classic wheat-y Oberon finishing this one up. Some cracker, wheat malt, and biscuit dough linger on the finish with the acidity and mild pucker of passion fruit. Great balance.

Feel is carbonated, slightly starchy, somewhat crisp, with quite a bit of alcohol heat that was not expected.

Overall, Bell's forwardly propounds knowledge and prowess in their execution of this beer. Never once do the fruits overshadow the base beer. It's quite a wonderful balance. It seems however that this would have been a much better choice on a sweltering 100 degree day, not a perfectly cool summer night like tonight. Definitely give this beer a whirl, it deserves that much.

Probably the best passion fruit beer on the shelf right now in my area.

$2.49 @ Tay-Tay's

Aug 16, 2021
3.81 by Zanico from Ohio on Aug 14, 2021
4.06 by d5001986 from Wisconsin on Aug 13, 2021
3.74 by Unclevince from West Virginia on Aug 07, 2021
4.03 by Buck_Jones from Michigan on Aug 07, 2021
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3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Strix from Wisconsin

Very hazy dark yellow, big head that lasts.

Wheat and tropical fruit in the nose.

Tropical fruits, with a finish tending towards lime and grassiness.

Mouthfeel muted for me.

I did not enjoy this as much as the regular Oberon, kind of a watery juice vibe.

Aug 05, 2021
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3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by nodder from New York

I like this variation. More of a fruit beer, but a good one.

Jul 27, 2021
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by bluejacket74 from Ohio

12 ounce bottle, packaged on 05/20/2021. Served in a Spiegelau Bell's wheat beer glass, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice and fruity, the brew smells like mango, guava, passionfruit and wheat/grainy malt. Taste is the same as the aroma, the tropical fruit stands out but the wheat/grainy malt is noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. Nice and refreshing too. I think it's a good brew, I like this more than the regular Oberon. Wouldn't mind buying more of this one in the future!

Jul 24, 2021
4 by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas on Jul 24, 2021
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5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Valdez_Mescalito from Michigan

May-June 2021 Specialty Release - 4 pack
12 oz. bottle dated 05/19/21 - 5.8% ABV / 25 IBU
Brewed and bottled in Comstock, MI
Poured into Bell's branded nonic pint glass

Look - Two fingers of white head, lots of lacing. Thick, dark orange appearance, with floating yeast chunks.
Smell - Mostly mango in the smell, with slight guava and passion fruit.
Taste - The tart fruits dominate up front with a dank, spicy hop aftertaste. Very well balanced with fruit and hops.
Feel - Medium body, thick mouthfeel. Pretty refreshing.
Overall - I really love this brew. The fruit mixes so well with the base Oberon, and I prefer this to the original.

Jul 20, 2021
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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by BigIronH from Michigan

Pours completely opaque orange juice. Bubbly white head. Smell of tropical fruit, malt, and wheat. Taste follows suit. Very juicy, tropical fruit flavors. Wheat is on the backend very unlike the typical Oberon. Feel is very creamy and full. Will finish the 4 pack with ease.

Jul 17, 2021
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4.71/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by teromous from Virginia

From the shoulder of the bottle in black lettering: "33467 052021 05:28 0229023"

Appearance: It is a very milky, straw yellow color that is completely opaque. There is a large white head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma: "Dank" is an often overused term for an aroma in a beer but this smells like a concert at a park near a college. After it airs out a bit there is a load of fruity aromas with massive tropical notes including mango and papaya. It smells incredibly fresh.

Taste: It is loaded with fruity flavor, black pepper, cream of wheat, and oatmeal. The fruity characters come through up front with huge hits of mango, papaya, black cherry, star fruit, and pineapple. This beer makes you want to drink more of it just to pull in more flavors.

Mouthfeel: It feels overly thick and milky but it also does a great job of delivering the flavors to the palate and coating every square inch. Low bitterness, punch-like, medium-high drinkability where the only thing reducing drinkability is the thickness and coating of the beer.

Overall: Do yourself a favor and pick this one up, even if it's just a single. This is not your typical Oberon at all. The label states that it is a "WHEAT ALE WITH MANGO, GUAVA AND PASSION FRUIT." It definitely delivers on the tropical note and the fruit delivery. The great thing about the beer is that the fruit flavors feel very cohesive with the hops in the beer; the whole thing feels very intentional. I should have bought more. I highly recommend it.

Jul 17, 2021
3.87 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Jul 10, 2021
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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by zeff80 from Missouri

12oz bottle. Poured out a slightly cloudy, golden orange color with a small, off-white head of foam. It left minimal lacing. It smelled of mango, guava and passionfruit with subtle wheat notes. Sweet tropical fruit taste with very littel wheat or yeastiness.

Jul 09, 2021
Oberon - Tropical from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 87 ratings