1. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Wild One - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Wild OneWild One

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

279 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 279
Reviews: 71
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 12.8%


Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A blend of brown ale and wheat wort aged in oak wine barrels. Beer is tart with subtle Brett notes.

(Beer added by: hoppymeal on 12-08-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 279 | Reviews: 71 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of rmalinowski4
rmalinowski4

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to decadence for the bottle in the I'm at 3floyds lif.

Pours a copper color with a small one finger head that recedes quickly. Leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell is sour and slightly vinegar. Spot on for the style. Very inviting.

Taste is tart and vinegar. Excellent sour. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is thin and carbonation is medium to high. Very refreshing.

Overall, this is a winner. Very nice beer. Wish they made more of this. Thanks decadence.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:08:05 | More by rmalinowski4
Photo of elNopalero
elNopalero

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In looking back I now realize that my introduction to sour ales came much earlier than I previously thought, as I remember tasting the Wild One long before I had anything from Russian River or overseas and that was only because it was at Bell’s. So a note of appreciation, and a nod to this brief trip down memory lane.

This pours a burgundy color with thin to no foam remaining. There’s a tart, tart, tart aroma noticeable at first sniff. I pick up black cherries and maybe some sherry? The tartness is present at first sip as well, mouthpuckerinly so, mouthpuckeringly soured with more of the dark cherries and intense tartness that lasts through the finish. A wild one indeed. Fantastic.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2012 20:26:44 | More by elNopalero
Photo of beerhan
beerhan

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got to try this at Bell's and I loved it.

Poured into a pint glass with a small head. Dark brown color with lots of carbonation.

Smells very sweet. Lots of sugar and brett as well as some cherry. It has that nice funky taste to it that I love.

This beer tastes exceptional. I was blown away. It reminds me of a Flanders Red ale except brewed only a few hours away from me. Just delicious and not too tart, just the perfect blend of dryness and fruit.

I could easily drink any amount of this. The carbonation is perfect and the alcohol is great. I hope this is bottled some day as it is now one of my favorite beers from Bell's.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2011 04:43:07 | More by beerhan
Photo of thagr81us
thagr81us

South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had while at Brewvival! Served from tap into a sampler Brewvival imperial pint. Poured dark brown with a one finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained good lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, sour, tart, funk, and hints of fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, sour, tart, funk, and dark fruits. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was an excellent brew. I found myself going back quite a few times to sample this one. I was really looking forward to trying this one as it was a Bell's Wild Ale I haven't had before and it seemed like it would be a nice brew. My thoughts were right. The flavor and aroma on this one were quite nice and kept me craving more. The keg finally kicked and that was the only reason I stopped sampling it. A definite must try without doubt!

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2011 14:35:09 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Georgiabeer
Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub awhile ago. Reviewing from notes. My understanding is that this is a blend of the brown ale mixed with wheat wort and then aged in barrels. In a sense then, this is more of a sourmash beer, similar to a couple of other ones that I've had. I have to say, though, this one delivers and takes things a bit further. Pours a beautiful chestnut color with nice clarity- it has a glow to it. Slight head, but for what the beer is, that seems excusable. Very tart with lactic and brett notes in the nose. Fresh and appetizing, the aromas definitely invite you to dive in. Some spiciness in the finish. It's been said that these wheat sourmash beers are America's version of a Beriner Weiss, and there is a lot of truth to that. It certainly shares some characteristics with one and perhaps that's even a better classification than an American sour. The taste is similar to the smell. Just the right amount of zesty fruit, light spice, and tartness. Crisp and very quenching. I certainly enjoyed this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2011 01:33:35 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of wedgie9
wedgie9

Tennessee

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on draft at Lush CBC event. Pours nearly black with a huge brown head. Aromas of dark malt, chocolate, and hops. Flavors of bitter chocolate, bitter hops, and very dark malt. The carbonation is heavy, but the liquid itself is a little less than medium in body with a long bitter finish. Overall, this is a very unique beer that is also very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 04:49:09 | More by wedgie9
Photo of mikesgroove
mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reddish amber, burnt sienna in color/ cloudy with a small whispy offwhite head that left a light coating on the sides and bottom of the glass.

oak with a light funk are pressing here. Some light spice and as it warms up lots of cherries coming at me now. Cherries from the start, very nice. light oak and woody notes press in mid palate and as it warms a nice touch of spice starts to come through, almost peppery at times. Some light apple vinegar like flavor in the finish as a dry finish fades off.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 05:28:39 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of fear025
fear025

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bell's eccentric cafe.

Aroma:A little bit of cherries, some sourness.

Appearance:Reddish-brown, a little murky, very little head.

Taste:There's a mild sour fruity tartness on the foretaste. The flavors dissipate quickly after the foretaste until it just lingers slightly on the aftertaste. One nice thing about this one is that the palate doesn't get used to the sourness, so every sip seems as tasty as the first.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body. There's a harsh acidic astringency that hits the back of the throat.

Drinkability:This is a great flemish red. It's a little subdued compared to some, but perhaps because of that very easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2011 00:10:08 | More by fear025
Photo of maximum12
maximum12

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split with the wife at the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Having this brew makes me think that Bell's should get serious about the business of making wild ales.

Red, with only the faint whiff of tartness in the nose, it's weakest link.

Wild One would make a great "gateway" beer for those trying to get into sours. The cherry tartness is evident, but muted, almost gentle, in the way it descends on the palate. Smooth, dry, with only the slightest puckering agent. By far the most drinkable wild ale I've ever tried, & maybe a category-buster for me.

Excellent beer! This was the best of the taps available at the Eccentric Cafe during our visit. I'd love to try this one again, highly recommended for sour and non-sour lovers alike.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2009 14:38:15 | More by maximum12
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased in March 2012. Bottle #496 of 826. Batch K10857.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Medium copper/brown with a ruby glow around the edges. A ring of white head formed around the edges of the glass.

S - Sour and funk up front with oak and some berry notes.

T - A big tartness with some funk. More tart than sour. A big oak presence, some sour cherry and raspberries.

M - Light to medium body. Dry. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 16:16:09 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of homebrew311
homebrew311

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this while at the Eccentric Cafe.

A: no head, appears a brilliant deep red with good clarity, no lacing

S: familiar aroma of lactobacillus up front with a big tart cherry character. Notes of vanilla and grape skin, very fruity on the finish.

T: there is a nice tart puckering as the beer first passes across the palate. The sour character gives way to cherry and grapes, and a crisp tart finish. Nice balance going on between the sour and sweet components of the beer.

MF: spritzy carbonation, crisp

D: this is a dangerously drinkable sour. It would make a great entry for anyone who wants to get into sours, as it is balanced well. Hope to see this in bottles soon.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 08:27:44 | More by homebrew311
Photo of ShareANevada
ShareANevada

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of trying this at the taproom on my way home from Rothbury.

The beer came out with a nice reddish hue, with much more color and body than I expected from something simply denoted as 'American Wild'. A soft head of fluffy bubbles graced the top.

The rich sweet fruit jumped right through the nose, and warned you that you were about to dip your lips into lusciousness. It didn't lie. The beer hits the lips with a nice smooth feel, and shows off its rich flavor. I tend to think more dry when I think Wild, but this has tons of fruit, and pulls off a more (perhaps 'untraditional') fruit lambic feel. A light amount of spicing and a slight tea quality keep this balanced and interesting.

This actually reminded me just a bit of Lindemanns Faro.

I could have easily put down 4 of these. Quite refreshing, quite tasty. Bottle it, boys.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2009 16:43:38 | More by ShareANevada
Photo of mothman
mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fizzy light off white head. Color is a bright fall orange color/brown.

Aroma: Sour tart cherries up front. Vanilla and spice here. A hint of cinnamon. The spice flavors are big and strong. Also has some oak and brett funk showing.

Taste: Sour tart cherries. These are very tart. A big vinegar and acidic flavor. Oak again and has some other fruit flavors. Lemon also shows with the spice flavors.

Mouthfeel: Mouth puckering sour, tart. Medium bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with cherry notes.

Overall, one of the most sour beers I had at the fest. It was pretty drinkable and worth multiple pours.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 15:46:40 | More by mothman
Photo of decadance
decadance

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first introduction to wilds.

A - Brownish to amber with not much in the way of head.

S - Fruits. Hard to discern, but definitely cherries and raspberries in there. A bit of vinegar too.

T - Holy hell, I have been missing something. Its puckering, but wonderful. It has off sweet, but the back end is dominated by sourness.

M - While it did not have much of a head I am shocked at how carbonated this is. It bubbles in the mouth. Pleasing.

D - I want more. I had more. Good to see something at Bell's that can shock me.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 23:18:05 | More by decadance
Photo of KickInTheChalice
KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in a cervoise at the Great Taste of the Midwest.

Appearance: My pour is an amber raspberry color with a delicate fluffy white head. The head bubbles away, but a little bit of lace sticks on the side of the glass.

Smell: Lots of lactic sourness and some Brett in the nose. Some cherry notes, and a little bit of musty oak as well.

Taste: This is a good example of what I look for in a sour mash beer. Some light sweetness up front, but the flavor becomes progressively more sour. Tart and refreshing, with lactic acid undertones and a general berry fruit sour flavor. The finish has a light, lingering sour flavor.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lighter side, but combined with the sour flavor, it has some zing to it. Crisp, a little bit vinegary, and refreshing. Medium bodied.

Overall: I was impressed by Bell's wild ale venture. With the flurry of beers served at this event, it was hard to sit down and really enjoy it, but I hope to be able to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2011 19:33:27 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of AleWatcher
AleWatcher

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from voice notes taken at a previous tasting.
Typed up in an attempt to finally consolidate all of my reviews in one place.

I've had this on tap.... numerous times... And out of the bottle numerous times as well...
And yet I find that I haven't reviewed it? How is this possible?

Reddish pink in color. Pink-hued tan head becomes a cloud of wispy bubbles. Nice legs-- like a white wine almost.

Reminds me of some sort of sparkling cider or something in the nose-- ;lots of fruit notes that really work well. They're light, crisp, bright, tasty, and sour with raspberries and cherries leading the way. Very tasty.

Body is just about spot on.

overall-- very pleased that Bell's is bottling this one and I hope it gets released much more frequently.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 00:33:44 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of oline73
oline73

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the November Baltimore Area BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy reddish amber color with a layer of off white head. The head fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Very tart with some red berries and wine. I'm getting some sweet malt behind the tart smell. Some dark sour like funk and raspberries.

Taste: There is a very nice level of tartness to this one. Red berry tartness, reminds me a bit of raspberries. The tart notes don't run away because of the malt sweetness in the background. Definitely getting some wine here too. The finish is sour and a bit vinegary.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium and I would say this beer is just a bit flat. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: I thought this was a very nice dark sour. I liked it just as much as the first time I tried this beer. The red berry notes and wine were good. Quite complex.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 05:45:30 | More by oline73
Photo of WillCarrera
WillCarrera

Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, generously shared at the Peg's tasting on 3/8/13.

A- Pours a hazy amber color, leaves a small off-white head.

S- Tart aroma of fruit, a Flemish-red sorta cherry aroma, lactic and vinous characters. Really nice, complex aroma.

T- Tart flavors of fruit, cherry and lactic acidity, has a nice musty funk and some wine-barrel oak flavor. Malt is a bit sweet.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel with nice carbonation, dry finish.

O- A nice sour, lots of Flemish red influences with good balance of tart, fruity and sweet malty flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 00:33:30 | More by WillCarrera
Photo of mrkrispy
mrkrispy

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Eccentric Cafe in Kalamazoo. I wasn't aware Bell's made any wild ales, so I was excited to try it.

Nice vibrant but hazy red color. Not much aroma, bit of vinegar and subtle sweetness.

Very nicely carbonated ("tiny bubbles!!!"). Moderate body. Slightly sweet, dark fruit flavors, bit acidic, bit sour. Some funk. Everything in moderation, nothing overpowering. Tartness builds up a bit but the sweetness doesn't.

First thoughts are a Funkified Fresh La Folie. Very drinkable, nothing too bold to scary away Sour Newbs, and nothing too mild to scare away Sour Heads. If this is the first wild ale outing from Bell's they are well on their way.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2009 20:31:02 | More by mrkrispy
Photo of dirtylou
dirtylou

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on-tap, Maduro, pre-great taste party

cellphone notes

appearance: murky brown body - light beige ring, not much in the way of lacing

smell: nice tartness - cherry, raspberry/blackberry, candy sugar, oak

taste: tart cherry, woody notes, wild yeast, blackberry, raspberry, touch of apple. I liked this sour from bell's, better than i remember it being the last time

mouthfeel: decent tartness, lively

drinkability: good

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2010 19:16:08 | More by dirtylou
Photo of inlimbo77
inlimbo77

Delaware

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle. Bottle # 142 of 826. Batch K10851. Poured into my Lost Abbey tulip. This is BA review #400.

A: Pours a nice looking reddish, brown color. Good carbonation but only a thin layer of off white head. Drifts into a ring quickly

S: Tart black cherries. Vinegar. Mild funk. Doesn't smell to crazy.

T: A very good Flemish red or Oud Bruin style. Best if the night for me, other than some of the European varieties that are out there for much cheaper purchase price. Nice mild tartness. Definitely pulling those tart dark cherries. Maybe some of the green apple/crap apple character as well. Not overpowering balsamic. You do get a little oak toward the end of the palate.

M: Medium bodied. A little more robust than other sours of the night.

O: I really like this one. It's not the biggest Flemish sour out there but very good.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 13:51:53 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of cfrances33
cfrances33

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe. Served in a snifter.

Pour: Hazy, burnt copper brown with a finger of clay colored fizzy head. Head recedes to a ring. No lacing.

Smell: Not an exceptionally pungent nose. Some lactic acid, raspberries, overripe cherries, and lemon funk up front. A touch of caramel. A very light band-aid.

Taste: More sour brown-esque, with a tart lactic bite up front, followed by some caramel and doughy sweetness. A touch of overripe cherries and raspberries. A bit of a lemony bite. A nice funk on the back half mixes with a linger lactic sourness.

Mouthfeel: Really nice sour bite to this one, with a suitable level of carb. The caramel and doughyness from the taste round out the mouthfeel, making this a bit heavier than you'd expect, but in a good way.

Overall: Really nice wild ale from Bell's. Good, but the raspberry version blows this away.

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2013 16:13:06 | More by cfrances33
Photo of SportsandJorts
SportsandJorts

Michigan

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: reddish brown. pretty good clarity. a tannish head that doesn't last long

Smell: tart, tart fruit. strong oak, vanilla, moderate funk

Taste: tart and acidic fruit starts off and dominates most of the taste. the oak notes and slightly vanilla mix in at the end. funk mixes in a bit throughout.

Mouthfeel: heavier, puckers a little

Overall: a solid and tasty sour. some taste could be stronger but this is good. a long time want for me and was glad to have it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-18-2013 02:24:28 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of hoppymeal
hoppymeal

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the eccentric cafe, described only as 'spontaneously fermented.' Pours dark amber and mahogany in color with a small cream head that fades quickly. Aroma is tart lemons with sugar on them, also a more earthy tartness, like peeling a green apple. When agitated, aromas of yeasty breadiness, malt sugars and alcohol are evident as well. Taste is white wine and a vinegary tartness, green apple skins and a hint of breadiness are present in the finish and into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light to medium body, a little carbonation hits on the tongue up front then becomes slick before a puckering tartness and nice dry finish. Refreshing beer, fairly tart (more tart than sour) and the drying finish makes you come back for more. The sweeteness in the aroma is in the background but is a nice balance in the aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2007 20:51:05 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of kzoobrew
kzoobrew

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Eccentric Cafe

Medium brown to red color. Very slim head with little retention.

Aroma is very pleasant. Fruity aroma mostly cherries along side a slight hint of vinegar. A fair share of earthiness, slight musk and funk. Subtle oak and vanilla near the back.

Intense yet controlled tartness at first sip. Certainly not the sourest I have had. Sour dark cherries and other assorted dark fruits. Earthy, faintly spiced flavor hits towards the back of the palate.

Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Finish is rather dry.

Very solid AWA from a brewery not known for producing such a style. Most everything from Bell's is top notch, Wild One is no exception. Having a couple in a sitting is not out of the question.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 16:22:31 | More by kzoobrew
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Wild One from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
92 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.