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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: Bellís 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 Bellís 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ross (2100) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Bottle from Jay (springslicker) Thanks. Probably my least favorite of the four. Dark colored pour without much of a head. Smell is similar to four and six, smokey malty presence, but this one is different. Taste is rich and smooth but it has an odd taste to it. This odd taste was present in all 3 beers (possibly the yeast?) but its most prominant in this one. Not bad but not the best. The darkest one of the bunch too..

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Iíve had 8, 4, 2, and Love. This one is excellent...they all are. And they each have a somewhat distinctly different flavor. This one was VERY wheaty, yeasty, smooth....

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 2, 2006
bottle. Aroma: Dark roasted malt, toasted rye bread, belgian yeast, slight metallic twang, coffee. Appearance: Very dark brown and hazy. Noticeable clumps from a unsteady pour. Head was medium beige and slightly creamy and soon dissipated into a small cap. Flavor: Sweet malt, toasted wheat, and a light tartness. Slight coffee, as well. Light bitterness. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Finish was fairly clean. Overall: Easy to drink dark wheat beer. Flavor is a little muddled. Was hoping for more esthers/phenols or belgian character.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9558) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Bottle... Murky, near black ale with a mid-sized, frothy, khaki-colored head. Good retention. Chocolate, wheat and coffee aroma. Moderately sweet flavor with notes of caramel and chocolate. Medium-bodied with a milky mouthfeel and average carbonation. Chocolatey finish. Headbanger provided the bottle!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2006
Rich malt nose, caramel also, deep brown, tiniest of tan heads. Flavour has bitter almonds, dark roasted malts, some pit fruit. Full bodied, bitter as can be! Terrific! Thank You mds.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2006
Bottle. Pours a dark chestnut-brown body with a small white ring of head. The aroma is nutty and toasty along with creamy roast - not entirely pungent but itís nice and delicate. Chocolate nuttiness and creamy almond flavour but kind of thins out towards the end.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3388) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2006
12oz-A nice dark brown with a small head. An aroma of chocolate and coffee. A taste of wheat dark malt and coffee. A medium body and very tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demitriustown (1092) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 3, 2006
Dark brown/black opaque pour with a tan foamy head that lasts for quite a while. Wheaty aroma, lights notes of hops. some malt textures too. Taste consists of a definate hefewiezen taste, the wheat and orange notes, a very light caramel note, with some backing of the malts and the hops. Palate is tingley, oh so lgihtly bitter, carbonated, and some what thin. Itís a decent dunkelweizen, but itís nothing special on that part.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aubrey (3453) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Deep brown. Light texture; moderate carbonation. Mild flavors and aromas. Hint of bitterness in the finish. Faint estery yeast in the background. Not a lot of depth, in general, really. And sure, you donít expect massive depth from a dunkelweizen, but still. I suppose I kind of expected a little more from such a stellar brewery.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (8073) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle. Very dark brown, almost black body, fingers worth of tan head. Toasty malt and mocha aroma, burnt wheat. Hint of coffee bean but not roast, something else. Tart wheaty bite, nutty dark malt. Bit grainy at times, lightest hint of mocha, some charred malt notes. Average, not quite medium palate. Interesting but a bit tough to drink at the same time.


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