1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Bell's Wedding AleBell's Wedding Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

108 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 108
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 37
Gots: 14 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: granger10 on 06-25-2006)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 108 | Reviews: 38 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Funky yeast aroma. Lots of wheat, blood orange, honeyish. Great spicy finish, the bitterness seems higher than the IBU would indicate. Yellow bodied. It grows on me as regards drinkability. Very good for its style.A rare bottle, so thanks for sharing Johnsense.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 02:50:44 | More by Sammy
Photo of t0rin0
t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

08-22-2012 00:26:02 | More by t0rin0
Photo of Thorpe429
Thorpe429

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light pale orange with a pretty decent white head. Nose is honey, sweetness, and a bit of lemony citrus. Taste consists mostly of a light, sweet honey flavor and some citrus undertones. Feel is like with good carbonation. Was a nice, easy drinking outdoor beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2010 11:51:24 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of BEERchitect
BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 19:09:10 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of womencantsail
womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending this one, Derek.

A: The beer pours amber in color with a nice, tall, white head.

S: Sort of a bland nose, I find. The spices are definitely there. It's heavy on the coriander and orange peel notes. I don't get a ton from the honey, though there is a bit of floral character. Plenty of bread and cracker malts, though.

T: Sweet, pale malts with a light biscuit and cracker flavor make up most of the flavor. There is a good amount of floral character as well as a strong flavor of spices: coriander, pepper, and orange peel. There's something slightly savory about it.

M: Medium in body with a rather high level of carbonation.

O: Not the greatest nose, but just sort of bland more than offensive. An okay beer. Nice to try, but not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 15:04:25 | More by womencantsail
Photo of imperialking
imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-09-2012 00:46:55 | More by imperialking
Photo of tempest
tempest

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 20:57:25 | More by tempest
Photo of BARFLYB
BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 00:13:53 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of Gonzoillini
Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.5%

08-09-2013 19:34:23 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of Zaphog
Zaphog

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

10-06-2012 01:18:22 | More by Zaphog
Photo of dirtylou
dirtylou

Washington

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2006 23:55:42 | More by dirtylou
Photo of HuskyinPDX
HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 05:31:23 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of thagr81us
thagr81us

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks goes out to Mississipping for sharing this one at StayWhatYouAre2’s Bachelor Tasting a few days before his wedding! Served from bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, earth, earth hop, and caramel hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, earth, earth hop, citrus, and subtle onion. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The aroma on this one was very well balanced with the earthiness and caramel sweetness going on. The flavor was pretty good with the small exception of the onion character that was present. Glad I got the opportunity to try this one and even happier I got to try it before a special event in a good friend’s life.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 12:33:58 | More by thagr81us
Photo of blackie
blackie

California

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-13-2006 15:30:11 | More by blackie
Photo of mynie
mynie

Indiana

4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2011 17:43:58 | More by mynie
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/24/2010. On tap at Eccentric Cafe. Pours a cloudy orange with a thick white head. Aroma of wheat malt and sweet honey. Flavor is sweet and malty upfront with plenty of wheat and hints of honey plus some other light fruits. Simple easy drinking -- a top notch basic wheat ale here.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 23:54:13 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of outoffocus
outoffocus

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

09-07-2013 00:36:04 | More by outoffocus
Photo of warnerry
warnerry

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 23:07:41 | More by warnerry
Photo of tommy5
tommy5

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

10-11-2013 12:29:48 | More by tommy5
Photo of MSandahl23
MSandahl23

Indiana

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-13-2013 22:28:33 | More by MSandahl23
Photo of mcallister
mcallister

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2006 16:34:41 | More by mcallister
Photo of duff247
duff247

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-25-2013 01:17:01 | More by duff247
Photo of DaPan
DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-23-2013 17:30:28 | More by DaPan
Photo of jegross2
jegross2

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.8%

10-16-2013 04:48:02 | More by jegross2
Photo of beergorrilla
beergorrilla

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.8%

01-02-2013 10:09:26 | More by beergorrilla
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Bell's Wedding Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.