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

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From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
Style:
American Pale Wheat Beer
Ranked #64
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
85
Ranked #20,918
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 9.81%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
109
Status:
Active
Rated:
Saturday at 11:32 PM
Added:
Feb 04, 2023
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  3
For those long winter nights, introducing Oberon Eclipse. To reflect on the change in seasons, Oberon Eclipse is slightly stronger and darker than its namesake. However, it still remains easy-drinking and refreshing. It’s the perfect beer for cozy nights spent in good company.

Oberon Eclipse has a strong wheat backbone, balanced with a little bit of sweetness and richness accompanied by the orange and coriander. It features a slightly bitter, clean finish that is medium bodied and slightly warming.
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Rated: 3.75 by jduprey007 from Michigan

Saturday at 11:32 PM
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Dark copper in color with a light haziness. There’s a fingernail of brown on around the top and covering three quarters of the rim. There’s a heavy aroma of coriander, a bit of orange peel and some pale wheat. I’m tasting a hefty dose of coriander, some pale wheat, and a dash of orange at the back of the palate. The mouth is snappy and refreshing.
Saturday at 04:15 AM
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Reviewed by Mugman8 from New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours out slightly, cloudy, dark orange body, with a thin white head and some lacing. Aroma is slightly sour oranges and bready malts. Taste is fruity and slightly sweet to start, with a bready middle and a crisp, smooth finish. Carbonation is moderate and ABV is 6.3%. The regular Oberon is one of my favorite summer beers and this is very nice addition to the excellent Bell's line-up. This is very drinkable brew.
Feb 18, 2024
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Reviewed by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Pours a brassy orange with a thin lasting white head.
Smells like hopped oranges.
Taste is similar, albeit on a highly disguised thin to medium body wheat malt base.
Overall, I'm not a huge fan.
There are way better wheat beers available for me to get this one again.
I know it's a citrus wheat, but all I really taste is hoppy oranges. Meh.
Feb 05, 2024
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Reviewed by ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Part of the Bell's Mix Pack - $19.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a turbid, troubled, dingy orange-gold body with a medium-sized, whitish head.

Smell: A pulpy orange fruitiness set against a lightly sweet-smelling honeyed, blonde caramel element along with toasted wheat and coriander.

Taste: Sweetish start of blonde caramel/honey and toasted wheat with a little graininess. Sweetish orange with a faint bitter citrus hint. Earthy, floral coriander, a dull yeastiness, and a little showing of alcohol give a smidge of a drying sensation, but it still finishes a bit sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I am always for one-offing a fine base beer, though, this is one of those times I'd recommend simply sticking to the original Oberon.
Feb 03, 2024
 
Rated: 3.85 by btbcolo from Colorado

Feb 03, 2024
 
Rated: 3.12 by bplabernie from Michigan

Jan 29, 2024
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Reviewed by Lanoke12 from Michigan

3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Look is dark amber. Smell is of roasted slight sweet malts. Taste is of slight sweet malts and wheat. Feel is medium bodied. A good variant in the classic Oberon beer, although I liked Winter White Ale Witbier as a seasonal offering.
Jan 27, 2024
 
Rated: 3.34 by Mac_Cheesin from Maryland

Jan 27, 2024
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Reviewed by Tsar_Riga from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Pours out clear, a dark orange body, with a short white head, some minor lacing.

S - A hit of sour grains, grass and a bit of biscuity malts.

T - Lovely open of honey and floral hops, a middle that introduces some soft minerality over the more fundamental bread notes, and a light acidity and soft bitterness that winds things up nicely.

M - Very brisk carbonation and moderate weight, with a clean dry finish that calls for another drink.

O - I like this version quite a bit more than the original. This is still a friendly, drinkable brew, but with more depth and better flavor.
Jan 26, 2024
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Reviewed by BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Look: Burnt shade of orange with a one finger, soapy white head of dense foam. Laces the glass moderately.

Aroma: Dried orange peel mostly. A touch of caramel and whole wheat bread.

Taste: Definitely more bitter and malty than the original. Upfront dried orange peel and earthy coriander that slowly transition into graham cracker like malty flavors; which linger on for a good while. Has a sort of wheaties cereal or wheat thins thing going on as well. There's a nice cantaloupe flavor lingering way in the background, but only after the beer opens up and gets to room temperature.

Feel: Silky and supple. Mid-heavy body with low-moderate carbonation. Straddles a fine line between being filling and hearty while still maintaining good thirst quenching drinkability.

Overall: Not sure if I prefer this to classic Oberon; but I do like this. The citrus notes are not as "bright" as they are in the OG Oberon, this has way more of a bitter dehydrated orange pith flavor with a much more pronounced caramel malt bill.
Jan 23, 2024
 
Rated: 3.68 by wisegreensoul from Idaho

Jan 23, 2024
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Reviewed by teromous from Virginia

2.56/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
This is a review of a bottle. From the back label: "BESTBY:09JUN24 PRN 4J160L 2151"

Appearance: The beer is a medium-dark shade of bronze with a bit of dark amber near the edges of the glass. It is very hazy but it is easy to see dark shadows through the glass. There are a ton of suspended solids. It has a short fluffy head which is slightly off-white. The head also has a bit of a creamy texture to it, and although it is short it has pretty good retention. It leaves a few sparse lines and blotches of lacing on the glass. The beer is darker than the typical wheat beer but not quite as dark as a Dunkelweizen.

Aroma: It has a light aroma of some yeast and alcohol. There is the slightest hint of apple. A very, very light hint of banana. It is oddly lacking in aroma for a wheat beer.

Taste: There is a bit of spice up front with a touch of clove and a bit of an herbal note like bay leaf. It has a light bit of twiggy character towards the middle with a bit of alcohol. Slightly bitter herb towards the back of the mouth which lingers on the palate with a bit of that alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: It has a body which sits just slightly below medium. Carbonation is a touch on the high end which is normal for the style. Bitterness is higher than expected. It drinks a bit odd because of the strange herbal bitterness.

Overall: It seems like it would take a lot of effort for a wheat beer to have an absence of flavor. This beer has a few flavors, which give it this odd mix of cooking herbs and alcohol, but it never tastes like wheat. It seems like an achievement for all the wrong reasons. The label on this states that it has "notes of bright orange and cozy coriander." It has neither of these. With the blue label and the image of a moon, it seems like the brewery was trying to go for a craft beer upgrade to Blue Moon. This is not only a downgrade to Blue Moon, but it's a downgrade to the standard Oberon beer that Bell's normally sells. It is very disappointing.

I don't recommend it and I would not buy it again.
Jan 22, 2024
 
Rated: 3.85 by dd53grif from Michigan

Jan 22, 2024
 
Rated: 3.82 by prototypic from Ohio

Jan 18, 2024
 
Rated: 3.75 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Jan 17, 2024
 
Rated: 4 by BradtheGreat7 from Ohio

Jan 15, 2024
 
Rated: 3.99 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Jan 13, 2024
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Reviewed by elNopalero from Michigan

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours darker than I expected, sort of a malty caramel orange. Orange seems to be the theme here, since I get some orange peel on the nose. The sip is curious, sort of an orange bitters lemon lime soda character. Interesting, and distinctly different from the summer seasonal.
Jan 09, 2024
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
(12 oz bottle, best by 23MAR24; gifted cold single... poured into a 14 oz shaker pint)

L: foam fizzing away on pour, leaving no collar even by the end... amber liquid, maybe not as cloudy as one would expect, but I suppose it's on point with its namesake inspiration

S: spicing is weak, muddled; floral with enough coriander to identify itself... mostly fruit on the nose, with a vague background of lightly honeyed golden bread crust

T: spices more zippy (up front) on the palate, while a rich, doughy malt slathered in citrus (peel) oils swells midway... aftertaste still buzzing with spice, met with a lingering granola-like grain

F: mildly plush, silky, protein-plump up front, soon sliding away, leaving a relatively ripping spice and alcohol heat

O: didn't read much about this prior to trying it... a few sips in and 'oh!' that's what's different... a pretty run-of-the-mill American witbier, highlighted predominantly by its pungent spicing (2252; total didn't increase after this review)
Jan 06, 2024
Oberon Eclipse from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 109 ratings