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 (980) - 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 (2128) - 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 (9553) - 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.
Jabswitch (278) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 This was a very disappointing brew for me. Kalamazoo makes two of my favorites, Oberon Ale and Two-Hearted, but this one was a loser. I tried to finish a bottle on two different occasions, and couldn’t force it down either time. A strong smoky taste was predominant and I just didn’t find it enjoyable.
Upon trying again, either my tastes changed or I had a bad bottle the first time. Not my favorite by any means, but tolerable.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5523) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 I am a wheat beer fan with an interest in Belgian Wits - and a rather strong liking for this company so I jumped at the chance to try this offering. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this brew poured a light golden color with a small white head. The aroma was lightly wheaty and had a bit of dry spice. The flavor was reasonably strong with wheat malt, a light touch of citrus and a very nice spice presence - coriander I assume. This is a rather nice Belgian Wit and stacks up pretty well with the ones I have had from Belgium.