17thfloor (2413) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours murky orange with a nice thick frothy white head. Creamy aroma of wheat, vanilla, and orange peel. Immediately this one draws parallels to oberon. Gritty chalky mouthful. Sweet wheat flavor with vanilla and orange peel. Very similar to Oberon, just not quite as good.
MrBunn (2321) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Golden body with just the slightest amount of haziness to it and a thin and ephemeral head. Aromas of wheat and honey with little else. Flavor is similar but there is a little bit of an apple juice sweetness that mixes in to the party.
Frank (2224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice, cloudy yellow golden but not much head and only a few spots of lace. Not only is it unfiltered but there was really a lot of yeast in my bottle. Be careful when pouring. Nose is fresh and fruity, hint of a apples and some citrus. Flavor is light and refreshing w/ a mouthfeel that remains smooth and silky despite vigorous carbonation. I actually find the texture to be far and away the most exception part of this beer--which is a rarity in any style. Well done.
msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with a nice white head. Aroma is wheat, lemon, orange and sweet malt. Flavor is wheat and citrusy with lemon and orange. A nice light and refreshing wheat beer with a touch of sweetness. Not really my thing but not bad for summer wheat beer.
jstraw (1846) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Jerry’s. The third beer for the Illinois market by Bell’s, aka Kalamazoo Brewing. Opaque, milky brown with big, foamy tan head / Big nose of fresh bread and wheat / Medium body, a hint of sweetness, and with a smooth and creamy balance of malt and hops / Mild flavors of bread, caramel, malt, and wheat / An outstanding, and relatively bold, wheat beer. Said to be a copy of Oberon which my notes roughly support.
hombrepalo (1716) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. A bit dissapointed in this wheat ale. Kinda flat and flavorless. I went down smooth and easy but I expected more flavors. The citrus notes and the bread feel were good but it needed more. It was decent and really smootha and refreshing, good for a summer afternoon but just not my style.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Handlebar on North Avenue in Chicago. Recently released I guess. Pours opaque gold with a nice head. Nice aroma of wheat, malt, and a little bit of hops. Medium body, and refreshing. The hops peak through in the aftertaste. I think the Oberon has a little better flavor though and fruit/spices to it.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy orangish brown. Small white froth on top. Aroma is very malty with some distinct wheat notes. Flavor has an extremely nutty start with some sweet malt notes that come through in the finish. Very dry and sweet with some vanilla and orange peel flavors that linger. Nice wheat beer but very dry. Good, not great.
Narnad (1374) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours from the bottle a nice cloudy orange with a solid white head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is very faint of wheat and citrus. Flavor tastes like fresh squeeze orange juice with a bit of zest in there to bitter mixed with wheat and ends with a quite yeasty flavor. Pretty good beer and glad that Bell’s is back in IL finally.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, batch 8581. Clear amber with creamy white head. Aroma is nice floral and citrus hops with off-dry wheat, some orange fruit. Flavor is medium sweet wheat, citrus, biscuit, honey, light floral hops. Medium, creamy body. Real good, hoppier than Oberon.