GregClow (2902) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 28, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
MIBG Fest: Hazy yellow-gold colour. Zesty aroma of spices and yeast. Cool, crisp flavour with notes of lemon, clove, yeast, and a lot more hops than I usually associate with the style. Atypical, but good.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap in K-zoo: Nice hazy golden color. Soft citrusy aroma. A little tangy. Had with an elk burger from the eccentric cafe. Not a bad combo,
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 11, 2003
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
absolutely yellow, bright and crazyon color, very wierd, I like. light belgian wit aroma of light clove and corriander. rough, sharp wheat. lightly bitter, citric hops. moderately spicey finish, malt is lightly sweet.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a very light golden color with a little haze and virtually no head. The aroma and flavor was rather bland for a Bell's beer. A little banana and clove, but nothing all that spectacular. Disappointing.
hotstuff (4142) - Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2003
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2005 Definitely was not impressed by the taste of this beer. I had a few tastes of it and that was enough for me.Not one of my favorite Bell’s brews.
Re-Rate 11/6/05: Small white fizzy head that fully dissipated, fine, small, medium and large sized bubbles, no lacing, hazy, minimal carbonation, and a straw yellow hue. Malty, banana, clove, and spicy nose and mimicked in the flavor. Mouthfeel was tingly and dry. Light-medium body.
thedm (4948) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 23, 2003
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew has a very fruity banana aroma. Its body is a weak yellow orange color that is very cloudy with yeast evident. It tastes as fruity as it smells and went down very easy, but later drinks caused my stomach to do flip flops. I didn't like it and eventually wound up getting another Porter and having them pour the rest of this beer down the drain.
hvac4sl (31) - Dowling, Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Yellow in color with little to no head. Cloudy looking. Listed on the board at the brewery as 5.8%, but I smelled or tasted no alchohal. Aroma of cloves and spice, which one I couldn't nail down. I didn't taste the bananna as others have. Mouthfeel was quite full and bready, with a smooth finish. This beer was very good and worth another trip to the brewery (like I need an excuse). Reminded me of La Fin Du Monde minus the bananna and crisp alchohol bite.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap: Cloudy golden color. Semi-sweet aroma of coriander and citrus. Good balance of spice in the body. The finish is crisp and very smooth. This is thicker than Hoegaarden, but very similar in flavor. One of the best Belgian whites I've tried.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice and perfect cloudy yellow. Banana, clove in the aroma and also in the taste. Great mouthfeel. Very fresh and flavorful and a great example of the style. Very tasty.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap only, and no growlers....could I go across the street to Kraftbrau, buy an empty growler, and ask Bell"s to fill it? Man, this one intersection in Kalamazoo has a lot of American beer culture (phrase borrowed from Oakes and PhillyBeer2112). Wowser, did I pick the right day to drive to Kalamazoo and meet up with my ’star’ former student. I walk in and it’s not up on the beer board. Have a two-hearted and some food, get caught up with my student, look up at the board and there it is! A new Bell’s Beer! I have entered this as a Wit, but it really is style bending between a Wit and a German Wheat. Very very cloudy dark yellow with orange hints. Almost no head. Hefty presence in the glass and in your mouth. Clove dominates, followed by banana elements. Strong mint components, which I have not sensed in too many Wits or Weizens to this level. Big on pepper as well. No real citrus snap, no orange peel or lemon peel. A delight of a find and a darn good beer.