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Choosing a Style for “Wedding Ale” – Poll

2011 February 13
by Chris

**UPDATE: Due to the wide variety of answers, and how tight the race was, we have decided to have a RUNOFF poll between the two leaders, Wheat and Belgian.  Vote now in the runoff poll!**

Now that I’ve got all of the equipment I need (a mash tun, wort chiller, and kettle) to brew up the first 5-gallon batch (that’s about two cases or 50 bottles) of the all-grain Wedding Ale, only one decision remains – what style of ale should I make?

For this, I want your input.  I want a beer that will have broad appeal and appease the taste buds of a wide audience.  That probably rules out anything too bitter (though I still left IPA as an option because I do me some hops), or too out of the ordinary (so much for the delicious Mint Chocolate Stout I made for Christmas!), but I still want to make something with a good flavor that will be a good fit for a late summer wedding.

I did see that Bells Brewing Co. makes a “Wedding Ale” currently.  It is a wheat ale (hefeweizen) brewed with orange peel and coriander.  Sounds like a good option, but it’s so rare that I can’t find a good recipe for it anywhere!

Several of you have already given me your thoughts, but I thought the best way to do this would be an official poll.  What style of beer should be the base of the official Wedding Ale?

**UPDATE: Due to the wide variety of answers, and how tight the race was, we have decided to have a RUNOFF poll between the two leaders, Wheat and Belgian.  Vote now in the runoff poll!**


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5 Responses
  1. February 15, 2011

    I voted wheat due to it being easy to drink and commonly accepted. Pale Ales and IPAs tend to be to bitter for many. My second choice would be to go with the Amber.

    • kevin permalink
      June 18, 2011

      i also voted wheat for the same reason…but honestly…down in texas….the Bock is typiclly a crowd favorite….(its become the budweiser of the south…I use to love it but as with age….we graduate from college and the true learning begins….SCREW ‘EM …BREW UP A DOUBLE IPA !

      • June 19, 2011

        Haha, Kevin – Trust me, if it were up to me, we would probably be drinking that double IPA. Though I do like a good Belgium. While not my personal favorite, I have enjoyed brewing the wheat beer for the wedding and am very happy with how it has turned out. We just brewed the last batch yesterday. We have 10 gallons in primary and 10 more just moved to secondary (plus a couple of batches already bottled).

  2. February 15, 2011

    Chance – thanks for the vote. I think a lot of people are on that same line of thinking – avoiding the hoppy/bitter beers. I’m curious to see how the more malty/fruity beers like the Belgium and amber hold up against the clearly popular wheat beer.

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