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RATINGS: 2002   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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An American wheat ale made with European ingredients. Belgium wheat malt and Czech Saaz hops provide a spicy, fruity balance to this seasonal ale. (Formerly known as Solsun)


2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2003
Pours murky yellow with a medium white head. Aroma and flavor are a tad yeasty. Hops and fruit are apparent, but perhaps it would be improved if it were a bit stronger on the hops and fruit. I hate to rate a Bells relatively low, but I found this to be very average for my tastes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2003
Thanks go out to the Hot and Spicy BeanDip for bringing the Oberon and Porter back from her travels, BeanDip Rocks!

I’m drinking this baby out of my Erdinger Weizen glass…Poured in the sediment to make it a cloudy blustery sunrise of gold and orange, a head of frothy white sea foam blows to shore.
The flavor and aroma suggest a dusty wheat likeness, orange zest, a pinch of cinnamon, bananas, and peach juice. The palate is sublime….smooth and creamy. Bitter fruity banana and orange peel finish….. Quite enjoyable

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (4906) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 26, 2003
Cloudy yellow. Smells of banana and spices - cinnimon, maybe? I couldn't really tell. Dry, red pepper flavor to start. Mellow hop, too, just a touch. Full bodied finish. Very few traditional wheat beer characteristics, for better or worse.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 20, 2003
A nicely done american wheat proving that just because the style produces a light body doesn't mean it can't have a decent flavor profile. Lemon with a breadlike malt, some pleasant spice notes. Drinkable and refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2748) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2008 Draft, at KBC, Oct. 20, ’03. Cloudy, good color but no real head. Lemony flavor, certainly spritzy and refreshing. KBC’s taproom, the "Eccentric Cafe," though, leaves a little to be desired. Exposed brick just makes it seem cold, not much crowd (of course it was football Sunday and they had no TV). Seemed to be run by artsy college students.
Re-rate: Draft, 2006. I found this on tap at Wishbone, a Cajun restaurant in Chicago’s West Loop, right across from Oprah’s studios, as it turns out. Was able to enjoy it much better here. Nice orange body again, very hoppy and spicy nose. The first taste hits both Saaz and lemony flavor of a wheat beer. My impression is revised upward.
Bottled. Aug. 18, 08. Batch #8613 My first "official" Bell’s purchased since they came back to Illinois: Pours amber-yellow with a fizzy white head. Smell of lemon with a touch of cider, some yeast. Hazy. Toasty malt and wheat flavor, a little citrus taste. Lacks the spiciness I find with other American wheat beers. Orange character arises later on. No distinct hop impressions. Actually a little heavy for summer swilling, but I just bought this sixpack in mid-August; it’ll settle in nicely for fall.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aaronh (201) - McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2003
This opaque, orange amber beer pours with a solid two-finger head that shows excellent retention. It slowly fades to a rcoky layer of foam and produces a delicate lace. There is a yeast component to the aroma, but wheat and hops are the dominate notes. Also a hint of clove and coriander in there as well. Impressive. The taste is very crisp, with the wheat snap right up front. Coriander/cilantro notes are evident, with a slight sweetness creeping in. A bit of hop bitterness is coupled with some light alcohol notes. The yeast contributes to the flavor but is not evident as "yeast" as in many wheat beers. There is no breadiness to the flavor. The finish has a crisp, wheat tartness that is very refreshing. Decent bitterness lingers on the aftertatse. The mouthfeel is solid, but not remarkable in any way. Perfect for enjoying any time of the year. The drinkability is darn near exceptional. This beer refreshes, satisfies, quenches, and then gets out of the way.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 29, 2003
Draught at Bell's Sept. 27th 2003 ... Orangy pale yellow. Nice white head. Slight spicy tang to it. Good body. Slight floweryness in the aroma. Good amount of hops.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2400) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Fine creamy white head, hangs around mostly. Hazy gold color. Slightly bready, citrusy nose. Light body, well carbonated. Yeasty flavored, somewhat fruity. OK summer brew, nuthin special.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - SEP 26, 2003
Yellow color, slightly cloudy, medium sized off white head. Aroma is wheaty, grassy, a touch of malt. Flavor is slightly hopy, a bit of sweetness. Good, but not great.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smoosh (535) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2003
Bottle: better than I remember it. Cloudy is an understatement! Dark gold with suspended floaties with a white head. Aroma is spicy and fruity as is the flavor.


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