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

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by granger10 on 06-25-2006

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144
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
20.16%
 
 
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 144
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 JohnnyHopps
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the brewery on 8/10/12 as part of a selection of samples. The beer was served in a tester glass.

The ale had a mild wheat aroma with its golden orange appearance. The initial taste was a big wheat flavor. Notes of corriander and orange rind were very apparent. The mouthfeel on this one is quite impressive. One might go so far as to describe this beer as being chewy. A malty backbone propped up these baseline of the taste. The is completed by a mildly sour aftertaste. A degree of thickness allows the taste to linger.

It strikes me that this is what Blue Moon might taste like if it were hand-crafted in small batches.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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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 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 Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
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 BigMike
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this a The Blue Dog on Bell's takes over the taps night. It's poured a light golden color with a thin white head. Some light hoppy notes on the nose and also the wheat is there and some light spice and pepper notes. One of the hoppier wheat beers i've had but still not a ton of flavor. A fairly average beer. There was really nothing that stood out while i was taking notes of this one. Decent, but nothing special.

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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 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 womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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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 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 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 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 LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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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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Photo of SPLITGRIN
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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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 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 drxandy
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ crunchy's in east lansing 8/6/08
hazy golden amber shade, slight hint of red, looks nice

smells of heavy wheat, slight citrus, smooth and slightly bitter

taste is crisp, wheaty, citrus, smooth, bitter, light hop finish, definitely an american take on a wheat beer, sweet and palatable, pretty ok but not outstanding

mouthfeel is thick, crisp, wheaty, slightly hoppy, overall nice and easy to session

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Photo of ahking
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright but cloudy golden yellow. Frothy little head with some soapy looking qualities.

Aroma is fruity and citrusy. Very light hop aroma.

Flavor is sour and sweet at the same time. A rich malty backbone boosted by a honey foundation. Lemon citrus kick cuts throughin the middle really attacking your buds. Finish is smooth and sweet.

Tasty beer that I could drink maybe two of in a sitting.

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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 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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