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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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85
very good

108 Ratings
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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)
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Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

07-08-2013 19:43:30 | More by MacStinson
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
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%.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 04:17:19 | More by Alextricity
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%

07-05-2013 21:33:31 | More by c64person
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

06-23-2013 17:30:28 | More by DaPan
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jarrgal

North Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

06-10-2013 12:02:12 | More by jarrgal
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Fargrow

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-24-2013 13:08:11 | More by Fargrow
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-13-2013 18:28:58 | More by vrbulldog22
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HarmonMW

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-12-2013 00:39:36 | More by HarmonMW
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle courtesy of GT2. Thanks! Split 2 ways, bottle 598 of 1340

A: Pilsner gold with a non-existent head. The bubbles seem suspended in the liquid.

N: Very strong orange notes and the coriander does not go amiss. Green peppercorn and peasant bread. Lots of wheat. This is a very appreciable nose for a wheat ale.

T: Very wheaty. Some rye spiciness. Orange and coriander act as accomplices. Honey adds some wild sweetness. More of the floral elements. Has a mildly tart citrus. Hops must be the earthiness I'm sensing.

M: Well carbonated and prickly. Honey lends a pleasant stickiness to the mouthfeel, but the alcohol is far too prominent for a 7% beer.

O: A really solid beer and one worth enjoying. Bell's has done a pretty decent job with this one, but it's not ground breaking, either.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 02:18:38 | More by writerLJBerg
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duff247

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-25-2013 01:17:01 | More by duff247
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

02-15-2013 16:19:44 | More by FrankHammer
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

02-11-2013 04:45:51 | More by randylangford
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-01-2013 01:14:56 | More by mrebeka
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adamant1912

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

01-29-2013 19:29:18 | More by adamant1912
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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
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.8%

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Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.8%

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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-02-2012 04:49:53 | More by Hugonaut13
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Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

11-30-2012 04:29:03 | More by Marti403
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 06:20:39 | More by Etan
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Bell's Wedding Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
85 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.