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Bells Wheat Eight Ale

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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Dunkelweizen
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Stein, Weizen

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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Basic Content List for the Wheat Series Wheat Two Wheats: White, Dark Yeast: Bell’s house ale strain, WLP410 Belgian Wit II Wheat Four Wheats: White, Victory, Toasted sprouts, Torrefied Yeast: WLP550 Belgian, WLP570 Golden, Wheat Two blend Wheat Six Wheats: White, Dark, Toasted sprouts, Torrefied, Red, Caramel Yeast: WLP500 Trappist, WLP530 Abbey, Wheat Four blend Bell’s Wheat Project (2005) is an experimental foray into the development of complex flavors in beer. The Project comprises five new ales, four in series and one specialty strong product. The first four, Wheat 2, Wheat 4, Wheat 6 and Wheat eight are all made using 55% Wheat (either wholly or mostly malted) and 45% Barley malt. The barley malt makeup is exactly the same in each of the four and consists of three different malts. The total amount of grain in each of the four is also exactly the same, so each of them should have a virtually identical original gravity. The type and amount of hops in each of the four is exactly the same. And the processing through the brewhouse and fermentation is also exactly the same. The changing factors between the ales are the composition of the 55% of wheat used and the type and number of yeast strains used. In Wheat 8 the 55% of wheat is made up of eight different kinds of wheat malt, and this ale is made with eight different yeasts. Wheat Eight Wheats: White, Dark, Victory, Toasted sprouts, Torrefied, Red, Caramel, Chocolate Yeast: WLP4000 Belgian Wit I, WLP565 Saison, Wheat Six blend


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coyotehunter (678) - , Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2009
Bottle thanks to MrBunn. Nose is of some chocolate, honey, and wheat. Taste is very similar, with the wheat standing out a bit more. Pours a dark brown with good lacing head. Considering its age its held up very well.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Murky dark brown color with a light colored head that leaves only small amounts of lacing. Coffee and roast in the smell, but there were also some hints of dark fruit and spice. Taste has some fresh green bean taste, coffee, and some dark fruits. High carbonation and light body. Again, this was certainly interesting, but not that enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9423) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Interesting beer. If you had put it in front of me blindfolded I would have guessed I was drinking a typical hefe. Murky, dark brown pour. Aroma is yeasty, funky, citrus, and maybe some green grapes? Flavor is not as bold as the color would indidcate, but it is a good wheat beer anyway. Worth trying, but I wouldnt seek it out.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3338) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 29, 2008
I was a very big fan of this beer, it was a very delicious smelling beer, and perhaps one of the darkest wheat beers I’ve ever had. The head wasn’t terribly big, but the color was a very pretty dark brown. There was a lot of yeast flavor and aroma.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
From bottle when released with the Wheat series. While the Wheat Love was fantastic, Wheat 8 fell well short of my expectations.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Batch 7133: I actually forgot I had this hiding in the back of my fridge and figured I’d pull it out before heading out to watch the tourney games. Pours a dark ruby brown with a small tan head. Some slight oxidation has set in but not enough to detract from it too much...I can pretty much pick up on dark wheat and some subtle dark fruits and cinnamon. Still very well carbonated and has a nice body. Some mild chocolate notes are present with the wheat and dark malts...the fruity esters are present a tad bit as well. This is the only one out of the series that ended up being rateable...the others were drain pours and horribly oxidized. Even with this much age on it this still buries the local microbrewery’s Dunkelweizen that’s on tap right now.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 11, 2008
12 oz. bottle (7133) via trade with hopdog - Pours a brown color with a large one and 3/4 finger thick light tan head. Faint lacing. Has a grain (corn flakes) and very light chocolate aroma. Flavor is light chocolate, faint esters, and some oxidation setting in. Medium body. I bet this beer was really good fresh. This beer completes the Bells Wheat Project for me. Thanks Steve.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3059) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Batch 7133

3/08/2008: Surprisingly, Bell’s Wheat Eight (8) Ale doesn’t manifest itself as a glass full of foam when it is poured! Instead, it pours more or less normal and results in a cloudy dark brown/chocolate color with an average-sized disipating dark beige/tan head. There is an ample level of visible carbonation. The aroma has chocolate and some toasted and creamy wheat malt as well as some notes earthy fruit. The flavor is nutty and slightly toward the sweet side with undertones of chocolate (cocoa), toasted wheat malt, and some dry, earthy hops and bitterness. This beer has a medium body and is smooth on the palate. I really like the balance and richness of the flavors in this beer compared to Wheat Two (2), Wheat Four (4), and Wheat Six (6). Unlike the previous two beers, this one seems more like a regular production beer rather than an experimental one. So far this is the most complex and best of the Bell’s Wheat Series...

12 fl. oz. bottle from iowaherkeye. Thank you! Rating #194 for this beer...
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My other Bell’s Wheat Project Ratings:
• <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bells-wheat-two- Wheat Two (2) Ale
• <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bells-wheat-four Wheat Four (4) Ale
• <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bells-wheat-six- Wheat Six (6) Ale
• <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bells-wheat-eigh Wheat Eight (8) Ale
• <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bells-wheat-love Wheat Love Ale


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jason (1681) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Bottle. Thanks to Sprinkle for sending me the bottle. Poured a deep brown body with nice head. aroma is bubblegum, dark fruits, black cherries. Flavor is a smooth balance of dark fruits, black grapes, sweet malt and chocolate. Enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (1914) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Bottle from Sprinkle -- thanks!

Pours very dark brown with a nice light-tan head. The aroma is dusty wheat and grain husks, mild clove and banana, yeast, cobweb. Fairly gentle nutty flavor, mildly sweet, hints of chocolate, again that dusty sun-warmed earthiness, surprisingly little of the banana and clove.

Altogether this one is very drinkable, despite the aggressive carbonation. It’s not the sort of beer that necessarily makes you sit bolt upright in your chair in flavor amazement, but it’s really enjoyable and it lasted a very brief time in my glass before disappearing all too soon.


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