skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Chunky, bready wheat beer, with many belgian characteristics. Much softer than expected, with limited grass and orange flavor. Spices are a little mild as well. Crisp finish.
hopscotch (10210) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Hazy, straw-colored ale. Nose is orange peel, coriander, dough and apple. Well-balanced flavor is fruity and slightly tart... green banana. Medium-bodied and creamy with soft carbonation. Lengthy, lightly tart, semi-dry finish.
pdoyleusa (17) - Clinton Twp., Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
He had hinted at this style with Oberon (Solsun) ale. Who knew Larry could carry on the wit tradition so formally. Ester, phenol, fruity, yummy wheat.
it seems that the AbV of 4.5% is exagerratedly low, I suspect that several of BELL’S brews contain a larger potion of EtOH than is what eluted to in the oficial deScription; this to avoid a higher level of taxation, just a hunch...(or educated guess).
Oh, yeah... it’s good
rajendra82 (986) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A curious choice of style for this season, especially from a brewery in frigid Michigan. The Winter Wile Ale poured with a delicately pale straw colored, cloudy, fizzy body. The head was thinner than a Barbie doll suffering from anorexia, and did not stick around too long. The aroma was nicely estery with the appropriately anticipated banana, lemon, and clove flavors. Taste was creamy, tangy, and spicy with a fuller mouthfeel than the looks suggest. Very easy to drink with a low ABV, this is a very nice Witbier on its own merit, and quite a departure from the other winter seasonals that are around.
Emc1683 (7) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Light, cloudy yellow color. Little to no head. Sweet aroma. Hints of banana and spice in flavor.
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2008 Cloudy light yellow with a white head. Aroma of yeast, wheat and a little pepper. Flavor is sweet with wheat and citrus.
piscator34 (2178) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 19, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium yellow in colour with a slight amount of haze. Yery yeasty aromas along with notes of sweet orange and black pepper. The flavor is very much on the sweet/fruity end of the wit beer spectrum, with a clove and yeasty hefe undercurrent. The blending of the two styles doesn’t quite work, as the similar phenolic aspects of the two styles become a bit overpowering on the finish. A nice try though, and still very drinkanble.
Sammy (9824) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
An OK wheat, rating lower than this brewery’s standard. Sweet with cloves, ginger and orange from yeast. Combo winter warmer spices and wheat. Reminds me of herbal tea xmas stuff. Brought by contributing Yankee to Doug Shoemaker’s All Star Beer Tasting.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2004
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Attractive color of diluted tang. Far too gentle aroma and very spiratic. Hints of coriander, light wheat, dried apricot, clove and spice. Again, very subtle in the flavor. Tingling spicing but not enough. Notes of banana peel, peach and light wheat. Shows weiss and white style. An average American wheat but I expected more from Bell’s.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, thanks to EddieG. Cloudy yellow
color with a small white head. Spicy wheat aroma with subtle spice and a touch of citrus. Flavor was much more subdued than many wits. Wheat, coriander, grapefruit are the dominant
flavors. Very refreshing. Would make a better summer seasonal than winter IMO.