BeerandBlues2 (10451) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours hazy straw yellow with an average, frothy ivory head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, hay, straw), light hops (citrus), and average esters (banana, citrus) with notes of lemon. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, hay, straw), light hops (citrus), and average esters (citrus) with notes of lemon. Light body, low warmth and creaminess, medium carbonation with a dry finish.
GJF (1297) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - OCT 20, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very pale pour, not much of a white head. citrus/sour aroma. thereís lemon and straw in the flavor, tart finish--light body, kind of unbalanced.
liebezeit (1) - USA - OCT 20, 2010 does not count
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 1/20
citrus, heavily sour, light body, thin feel, lively, astringent
Not my kind of beer, but an acquaintance let me know my taste was not developed enough to appreciate this beer.
Narnad (1485) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very clean, highly carbonated pale yellow color with a bubbly white, thin, head that sticks around for a while. Aroma has a pronounced wheat presence, mild herbal (almost clove-like) with just a touch of lemon juice at the end. Flavor has a pretty hefty lemon citrus bite to it through the entire sipping along with a wheat sourness to it and finishes with a few grassy hops notes. Body is very crisp with a slight sting from the high fine carbonation and finishes very clean with only the citrus carrying on after its swallowed. Overall the flavor is pretty complex for a wheat ale and does provide a crisp, citrusy brew to drink up. Much more of a summer beer than a cold weather brew, in my opinion.
jgb9348 (4946) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Slightly hazy golden coloured body with a large dense white head and a very still (no bubbles) look. Aroma of funky pale wheat with some corn behind and a touch of apples. Some light funk in the smell as well with a little coriander seed as well. Light-bodied; Assertive sugars up front with a funky slightly sour note of lemons and vinegar, followed by some light wheat, a minor amount of sweetness and a very clean feel. Aftertaste has some light citrus notes, a touch of yeast and a lot of the slightly sour sweet flavours - odd. Overall, not such a great beer, especially for the style. It wasnít a horrible beer, but not a good one and an interesting one for the style! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Normís in Vienna, Virginia on 03-October-2010 sampled at home in Washington on 18-October-2010.
jameswolfe (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Not much in aroma....the taste is sour and salty at the same time with a crisp citric aftertaste. Its different than most Bells and worth trying but not much else.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a very small ring of a white head. Nose is light lemons and wheat notes. Palate is crisp, clean, refreshing but with a bite in the finish and then a light dirty note. Flavor is wheaty and lemony with a light sour note. Unfortunately Bells is often overlooked for high quality products like this (and the 20th Anniversary) Too much is lost in the big, high gravity beers they put out, that beers like this that are very much high quality, awesomely drinkable beers are regarded as not-as-worthy. This beer is delicious.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a light hazy golden yellow with moderate carbonation and a decent frothy head that fades to a film. Aroma is light citrus, lemon zest, tartness- bacterial lactic twang, with warm bready wheat malts. Flavor is doughy wheat, light tartness with almost a slight salty brine character reminding me like a slight gose without the coriander. Finish is crisp and tart with lactic and a slight green apple malic tartness. Seems like a cross between a gose, berliner weisse, and american wheat, and actually turns out pretty nice- refreshing and definitely a good session beer.
Trev (1975) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pale gold pour with a quick fizzy white head.
aroma is earthy, hay, yeasty, baking bread, milled wheat
flavour has a nice tartness. lemony over wheat and biscuity maltiness.
jcr (2263) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The more craft beers I drink, the more I appreciate brewers who can make a good session beer. And this session beer is good. Hazy yellow pour. White, frothy head, rapidly diminishing. Wheat grain is prominent in the nose along with lemon, grass and citrus. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter and lightly acidic. It finishes lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter and lightly acidic, enough to leave a slight lemon sourness in the aftertaste. Thin body, watery texture and lively carbonation, though the body is not so thin that you donít notice a slickness. Itís crisp enough and tart enough to be palate cleansing. As you would expect in a 4% beer, none of the flavors or aromas are dynamic, but there are enough subtleties to make it interesting.