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Bell's Wedding Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Wedding AleBell's Wedding Ale

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very good

40 Reviews
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Reviews: 40
Hads: 142
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 20.16%
Wants: 39
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: granger10 on 06-25-2006

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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 142
Photo of mystikyle71
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Somewhere between hay and gold with a decent amount of carbonation. Very clear. No haze.

S: Comes off as a blend of a wheat and German pilsner. Big noble hop presence.

T: Big noble hop presence here as well. A bit of sweetness from the wheat. Really tasty.

M: Medium body, but still rich like you'd expect from a wheat. ABV isn't too high (7.5% according to the BA profile), but there isn't much sign of that anywhere.

O: I feel very privelged to have had this beer and I think you will be equally as pleased if you get a chance to check it out. High quality blend of styles.

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Photo of mynie
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl. (Incidentally, the very best time to visit any midwestern city is at the beginning of craft beer week. Not during the weekend; that's too touristy. Go on a Monday, when stuff like this gets poured.)

The bartender said it was a sweet, strong wheat. He was right. I've never tasted so much honey in a beer that didn't taste too much like honey. That is, this pulls off the spectacular feat of being really, strongly, capital-H Honeyed, but it is at no point cloying or mead-ish.

Although the Honey is the beer's most salient aroma and flavor, this little number is by no means a one trick pony. The sweetness is balanced really well by the spicy back end of wheat malt and aggressive yeast. The end is strong and a little burny, but not especially or unpleasantly alcoholic--the non-BAs I was with had no problem downing several of these.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at MI Brewer's Guild. 7/23

A-Honey gold in color

S-Honey and sweetness and very inviting...

T-This is incredible. especially for the style. Very well balanced. Honey and gain. Very bready and esquisite!

M-Medium body and so smooth

O-Very good beer and surprised it doesn't get so much more respect. Wish I had more!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, on tap at Maduro during the Bell's "Pre-Great Taste" party

appearance: served in a pint glass...pale tangerine coloured body, slightly hazy

smell: tangerine, orange-citrus, decent yeast presence, light golden wheat aroma...sweet, fruity and delicate aroma which suits this beer

taste: This beer is completely on point...if its 7.5%abv then it does a tremendous job of hiding it. big citrus flavours dominated by tangerine, orange, and a light ruby red grapefruit touch...yeasty, nice crisp wheat body, sweet peach juice

mouthfeel: medium body, super refreshing

drinkability: high

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Photo of Biggness
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one threw me for a loop seeing as I am not a Wheat beer fan and before I tried it my wife was like ohhh thats a good beer (she hates beer). So I certainly was a little hesitant. This poured golden and cloudy with a white head. The smell was very deep in flavors and made me jump in and taste it. As my wife said this was a very good beer. Very easy to drink and complex ++++ The mouthfeel was pleasant and this is another beer I will suggest to my local beer distributor

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy dark golden orange color with a 2 cm white head. Reasonable retention, mostly just a ring of carbonation. Nice, replenishing carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Spicy, honey wheat. Nice smooth floral and citrus hoppiness. Soft, but complex.

Taste: Strong and spicy wheat, with some full honey and malty sweetness. Spicy yeast really gives the middle some excitement. Floral and citrus hops finish the flavor out. Very pleasant and rounded.

Mouthfeel: Slight crisp, a little bit dry. Tight, medium carbonation and a little bit oily at the end. The yeast contributes a little bit of grainy feel as well.

Drinkability: This is much better than most pale wheats I drink. The flavor rises above the normal bounds of the style, and I enjoy the extra complexity. Even at 7.5%, the alcohol is not noticeable, and this is a great summer ale.

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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazy wheat ale colored body is a honey murky tone. Head is just barely a skim of off white. Nose is very clean with some wheat tones and fruity yeastiness. Very nice nose for the style. Crisp and yeasty up front quickly yielding to a sweet mellow fuzz that is controlled by the honey. This beer can't help but remind me a bit of Oberon. Some fruit comes through along with a slight hop bite on the end. Finishes with all the right elements on the mouthfeel for a summer (or spring wedding) beer. Crisp slightly yeasty and fruity. Very easy to drink especially for a 7.8% alcohol brew.

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4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft served in a tulip. Sampled on 9/27/11.

A: Arrives with a finger of foamy white head. Well retained. The body is pale and golden orange, hazy and completely opaque. Minimal lacing. A very thin collar remains throughout the drink.

S: A light grassy/floral hop aroma supports a pale and wheaty malt base. A little sweetness on the nose works with the orange peel and coriander spiciness that comes through. Splashes of fresh orange-colored fruits plus other estery notes.

T: The taste is a slight improvement from the nose and a little more complex. The basic APWA foundation is there, but it is elevated through the use of spices and addition of honey which adds sweetness to the nose, but comes of dry on the palate. Also, the hop bill works beautifully with the crackery, wheaty malts.

M: Finishes dry - very clean and refreshing. Crisp bubbles in the right amount. Medium body and seemingly lighter than the 7.5% listed here (8% on Bells website).

O: Quite fond of this beer which I think is right up there with the premier examples of the style.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 9.3.12
Bottle #971/1340 Batch 11277
Thanks Ryan!

A - Pours a cloudy, pale light orange with a two inch white head that fades very slowly.

S - Spicy, oranges, smells like a Hef.

T - More oranges here with some more spices really coming out in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with a light and silky body. Very smooth and welcoming.

O - Really enjoyed this soft and spicy ale.

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Photo of kels
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer was a very pleasant surprise amongst those I tasted at the Indy Beer Sellar's Bell's tasting last night. The description didn't sound all that impressive, but this beer's subtly balanced flavors were really nice.

Appearance: Pours a light lemon-honey yellow. It is slightly hazy with decent carbonation present feeding the slightest bit of light, white, watery lace.

Smell: Very light scents of herbs, flowers and grain. Some chammomille, lavender or lemon balm, perhaps. Really subtle, but very pleasant.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very light and grainy, not much to speak of until a subtle, sweet flowery honey and a dry sweet juiciness - like white grapes - comes through in the aftertaste. That flavor builds gradually throughout the drink, and is complemented well by the soft, toasted wheat. Feel is lightly carbonated, slightly sweet and dry - somewhat like champagne or a dry white wine.

Drinkability: Very high - while it wouldn't be my choice for the beer I'd brew for my wedding, it definitely seems aptly named.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my kind of American Pale Wheat. Almost seems like a near Imp. Wit to me.

Pours a permahazed farm straw gold with orange tinges, tons of sediment, and a healthy whitish head.

Aroma is exceptionally spicy with plenty of apricot, peach, cilantro, yeast, lemon grass, and a touch of hops.

Flavor is better balanced then many similar beers with a fruity front and nicely bittered finish. Perfectly dry with warm citrus flavors of peach, apricot, and lemon, plenty of spice, and an overriding strong yeast feel. Fresh hop finish, rare and heavy for style but much appreciated by me.

Drinkability: Through the roof. Balance is just great.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Blue Dog

Wedding Ale comes out looking bright orange/yellow with some blond highlights. A nice little bit of white stuff on top, leaving small dumps. Smell is on the sweet side with yeast backing plus wheat. The honey is light but there. Some earthy hop scent comes up. a nice nose. Taste is pale malt with some biscuit for the malt side. Some grain as well. Some floral hops, European style, with some honey backing. It's nice yet not cloyingly sweet, which I like alot. The wheat is pronounced and makes me yearn for Oberon. Feel is a bit above light approaching medium with some nice crisp carb going for it. I imagine those C&C bottles are oozing with carb. A nice floral bitterness after some sips. A nice beer that would be a great summer addition to the lineup.

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Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The beer is a hazy dark gold in color with a light colored head. Decent head retention.

smell: Smells of a light peach or apricot and light grainy aromas, with a moderate hop presence.

mouthfeel: The body is a lighter medium, with smooth carbonation.

taste: Moderately sweet grain flavors with fruity peach hints. The hop bitterness is light with a fresh, green flavor.

drinkability: not a problem

On tap at the Bell's Great Taste pre-party at Maduro's in Madison

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drawing inspiration from all-things-wheat ale, Bell's Wedding Ale sets the tone of body and malt flavor from traditional German hefeweizens, but uses the spicy crispness of Belgian witbier, and with hardly any American wheat ale influence- thankfully!

Like you'd expect any wheat beer to, the beer pours with a medium straw or light canary yellow hue. Fully hazed, the protein and yeast character are both evident to the eye. A billowing fluffy white foam rises to the top of the glass and has the mainstay of whipped meringue. Firm retention and intricate lacing patterns ring true the notion that this is one well built wheat ale.

Sweet acidity brinks the nose with alternating sensations that start with the bready-sweet scent of malted wheat. Then the next offers up light white wine vinous notes, equipped with apple, lemon, and orange zest. This balance orbits around the nose, drawing in added complexities of white pepper, coriander, and paradise seed.

The beer takes quite a journey across the mouth, beginning with the rich bready taste that's quentessential of hefeweizens- light candied sweetness is propped up with fresh baking breads, dough, and yeast- in such a way that reminds me of sugar cookies. But then the slightly wine-like acidity cuts through the malt with the taste of lemon, green apple, dried oranges, clove, spicy alligator pepper and freshly mulled white peppercorns. The sweetness lifts as the beer approaches its finish and favors a peppery, dry-malt flavor for refreshment and high level of drinkability.

Starting out rich in texture, there's the thought that this is going to be a thick and creamy ale. But the beer recedes quickly to a somewhat arid mouthfeel of pepper, malt, and wine- the carbonation rides off into the sunset and takes the bulk of malty weight with it. All is left is a winy-warm texture with mild astringency, tangy plaster, and a whimsical memory of wheat.

Any appreciator of wheat ales really should seek out this beer- the inferior lack character of American wheat ales are avoided, but the complex rich taste and high refreshment of other types of wheat ales all culminate in this delicious taste, texture, and spirit.

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Photo of granger10
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Eccentric Cafe. Hazy coppery, orange color with a small off white head and not too much lacing. Aroma was of a sweet clover honey I had have from the local farmer's market. Quite nice and fresh but there's a grape fruit quality that doesn't really belong. A bit of a coriander alcohol combo spice is in there as well. Taste is also sweeter with a moderate body and a good dose of alcholic spice. Not too much though. Some phenols seem to arise that give this a slight wit quality. Finish is drying with a touch of citrus. Fairly easy to drink and not near as orangey as Oberon. I liked it.

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Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sprague11 for sharing.

Pale blonde colour, ring of white head, slight haze to this as well
as some floaties kicking around in the glass, some lace left behind. Smell is of honey, orange peel, citrus, spicy, coriander, good malty presence as well. Taste has a great deal of honey and stays that way for quite a while eventually coriander and other warm spices come in, malt and orange-citrusy flavours come through, the finish is clean and quite hoppy as well. Medium carbonation, medium body with some strong hop oils. Really drinkable and something I could have finished on my own if the opportunity presented itself, quite good with a very nice bitterness that is balanced very well by the malt and spices.

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Photo of warnerry
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #68 of 203

A - Pours a semi-hazy burnt orange with one finger of white head. Head dissipated pretty quickly, leaving only scant lacing behind. A bit of suspended material.

S - Big coriander aroma that is also very bready. Orange peel and some slightly funky yeast round this out.

T - Orange is the first taste that comes through, quickly followed by cpriander and a faint pepper presence. Mostly bready malts, but also a bit of sweetness. Finish is a bit dry and yeasty.

M - Medium mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a dry, somewhat spicy and earthy finish with a bit of orange sweetness as well.

O - Quite enjoyable overall, and I'm glad I got to try it, but this wasn't worth the price.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap from Dave's kegerator. It's a bit like an amped up Oberon, but not quite. This is a little cleaner and has a spicy edge to it that also reminds me of Bell's Sparkling Ale. There's also a hot orange and and mild herbal citrus rind edge to it, making it one of the more interesting American wheat beers I've tried.

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Photo of Etan
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, #559/1340. Shared generously by Ravot. Thanks Marco!

A: Orange-yellow with a nice white head. Nice looking beer.

S: Slightly sweet wheat, a bit chalky, fresh grain aroma.

T: Dry wheat and some light citrus, crisp yeast and slight alcohol on the end.

M: Light-bodied with active carbonation.

O: A decent stronger wheat ale. Pretty simple yet enjoyable.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 560/1340 - 2012 release. Enjoyed on 8/26/12 in a Bell's tulip.

Pour: Clear amber orange with two fingers of white head. Leaves a light lacing.

Smell: Wheat and bread to the max. A lightest amount of citrus.

Taste: Bread and yeast to the max. A light apricot and a light citrus. Almost saison like for taste.

Mouthfeel: This is almost chewy because it is so bready. Interesting. Light enough to go down nicely.

Overall: Cool to try, won't go out of my way to get it again.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light gold to orange and honey in color with opaque cloudiness. Sweey honey and peaches mix with the wheat and are dominant in the smell. Also a light lemony citrus aroma. Honey and wheat sweetness up front with a spicy alcohol finish. Medium bodied with a creamy, light syrupy feel and then the tingle from the alcohol. On the sweet side for me to drink too many but one or two was nice and refreshing.

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Photo of mcallister
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An every day looking unfiltered wheat ale. Golden cloudy yellow. Very little head with some minute lacing.

Corriander with a bit of honey. Hints of lemon, orange, spicey ester, with a belgian yeast aroma.

A flavor of freshly squeezed orange juice, with hints of corriander. A belgian style wit, very smooth and refreshing. Creamy with not to much carbonation. Drinkable all day.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 7-23-11
Bottle #30 of 203
Batch 10284

Pours a light and cloudy amber color, with a thick white head that quickly settles to a thin layer. Summery and pleasant.

Smell is very sweet, lots of light malt aromas. The coriander is right up front, with lots of citrus to back it up. Like an Oberon with a kick of summer spices. Very enjoyable.

Taste is more bready than I expected, with lots of peppery kick from the orange peel. Surprisingly bitter, and a bit of harsh alcohol in the finish. The flavors are good, just a bit mashed together. Might benefit from a little cellar time.

Mouthfeel is good, but the strong carbonation seems to add to the harsh, peppery character.

Drinkability is decent, but becomes tougher as you go.

Overall, an interesting idea, that would benefit from some smoothing out of the flavors.

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Photo of bamadog
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Bells 30 tap event in Indy.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow color with a 1/2 finger head that fades to a full, yet thin, skim on the surface; body appears cloudy and there is a moderate oily lacing that clings loosely to the sides of the glass.

Smell: I have to try a little harder here as there isn't a ton coming out due to a very weak nose on this one -- there is a bit of a wheaty/yeasty scent, some lemony citrus...

Taste: Taste is very interesting -- like a honey and lemongrass tea combined with a very mild hoppy bitterness that is a little grassy and citrusy; there is also a moderate presence of grainy yeast in the mouth. Overall, a very refershing flavor and this would definitely be a good choice for a hot summer day.

Mouthfeel: Body is light, refreshing and a little thin; moderate carbonation and very slight stickiness to it.

Drinkability: Pretty solid - a nice light body with a refreshing flavor. I could easily sit through several of these. It may not be my top choice for APWAs, but this one would rank up there.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe.

Maybe I was just quickly buzzed from the few samples I had before this one, but I'd've never guessed the ABV on this one. Ever. Not only do I not feel, taste, or smell any alcohol in this, but the overall flavor and mouthfeel of this beer doesn't give me the impression that the ABV would be high at all. Hell, who knows. Maybe Bell's messed up the order of my paddle.

Anyway, enjoyable beer, but I'm not sure if I like or dislike the fact that it drinks the way it does. Wedding Ale has a bright hop nose with some wheat (smells like a light IPA to me, for what it's worth), and the taste and feel is rather mild (which is why I figured this was <5%).

Good stuff. Not my favorite, but I'm still just really surprised that this is 7.5%.

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