argo0 (11085) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle, thanks artusory) Small off-white head topped by cloudy apple juice body. Aroma is moderately sweet, clove, some banana, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, clove, orange, some alcohol, lemon. Medium-full body, low carbonation. Not a bad beer, but doesnít live up to the standards from the earlier special batches that Iíve tried.
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a hazy oranged with a thin white head. Spicy on the nose with orange and coriander. Kind of a heavy body for a wheat beer, spicy and smooth. Finish is spicy with some heat.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ Kenís Walloping Wednesday - Hazed golden orange, creamy white head. Nose held notes of black pepper and spiced orange zest that rode small yeasty waves of vanilla honey. Flavor was much the same with heavy spiced citric wheat-like notes that round out with light hop dose. Full bodied, soft carbonation, peppery-citric finish. Some age might do wonders to smooth the spices a bit, but still a rather good stab at an Imperial Wit. Iím a poet and I didnít even know it. Thanks for sharing Ryan...
UDMurph (1) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2007 does not count
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad for a commerative beer, tends to fall under Bellís wine type beers with a very winey aftertaste from being a stronger beer. The taste is similar to a strong oberon, but with more complex fruity flavors and a heavier mouth feel.
GenoG (12) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Got this beer today, and once again Bells did not disappoint.
Pours a cloudy, burnt orange color, with a thick white head that remains. The smell reminded me of a certain beer I like but for just one second I could not place it... Oh yeah, smells like Oberon. Yeast, clove, orange ecc. Taste is what reminded me of drinking an Oberon, and a Weihenstephaner Hefe Weizen combined... on steroids. This is a big beer, but yet has the subtle characteristics of those two wheat style beers. Strong alcohol taste for such a style, and it really does not disappoint.
3fourths (7526) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - AUG 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2007 Sample from a 12oz bottle, thanks to artusory. Murky golden orange color, fantastic looking opaque body, probably 70-80%, with a medium sized, evenly bubbled white head. Nose tends to center around oranges, banana yeast esters, light-to-medium spice, a bit boozy up the nose as well, with some sharp and spicy grain alcohol scents, though not very strong, and generally kept quiet by the nice banana bread, coriander, clove and "general spice" aroma. Starchy, parched, dry yeast settles on the tongue, with straightforward flavors of wheat and spiced banana bread. In the middle of drinking it I thought actually that some wood or some whiskey flavors would have been really nice, or maybe some grapefruit or lemon citrus fruit, some sort of sweetness, since it seems to be a bit too dry for my tastes.
bbbrew (204) - Hawaii, USA - AUG 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle from the bells retail store. nice batch on this one. perfect balance with noticable notes of orance and coriander. strong, but oh so nice.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark orange pour, with medium sized head that stays the whole time. Aroma is of mostly coriander some orange and wheat. Taste is obviously much the same coriander bigtime with orange peels residing in the background. Full of spicy wit yeast notes and wheat for a full grainy mouthfeel. Alcohol is not noticeable in any way. Citrus notes are just right working right along with the yeast. Clean tasting, full mouthfeel with zero harshness, great carbonation and just full of every flavor that should be in a good wit. I wouldnít expect this to be part of the anniversary series but itís dead on with the style and great for a 9% wit, youíd think this was 5%.
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - AUG 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2007 wow. just came back from bells after having one of these on tap....and buying 6 more. talk about a flavor there. i read that Larry Bell wasnít going for a specific beer here, and thats about right. it tastes almost like a darker Oberon with a wine aftertaste and very wheaty.
thetrifecta (29) - Bellís country, Michigan, USA - AUG 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap and in a bottle at Bellís today. Wow, very nice. Iím a wheat beer nerd, so take my opinion with that in mind. Smell is southern German weizen yeasts, some spices and that always intriguing Belgian tinge. Pours cloudy tangerine wheat, effervescent. Flavor is clean with some phenolic notes, citrus and spice from the coriander, paradise seed and orange peel plus what I perceive as a bit of the banana clove weizen yeast flavors. A very nice summer wheat (Imperial Wit?), but certainly not a wimp at 9% alc.