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Bells Wheat Eight Ale

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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Dunkelweizen
Galesburg, Michigan USA
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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


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Eight wheats. Eight yeasts. Fourth beer in the Bell’s Wheat Project. This beer is similar to Wheat Six, and like that beer, this beer has good dark malt, and roast character, that adds to the wheat character of this beer. I really think this Wheat Project was a great thing, and all the beers have been impressive. Wheat Eight pours to a beautiful, hazy, deep brown color, with a creamy white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent, with lots of good aromas of dark malt, sweet malt, tart wheat malt, and estery/spicy yeast aroma. The palate is firm, with good dark malt, and "grainy" wheat malt flavor. Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, and roast add to the very flavorful palate of this beer. Wheat Eight finishes with more good dark malt, and tart wheat malt flavor up front, then ends with some flavors of chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a touch roasty. Another great beer, that showcases wheat malt, but also has lots of good dark malt, chocolate, and coffee character. Impressive beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shrubber85 (7314) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Bottle. Dark malt and banana aromas. Opaque dark brown color with small head. Dark chocolate malt and banana flavor. Body good for the style. The best and most complex of the wheat series - this is a great beer. Consider it the best Dunkelweizen I tried from the US and in the top 5 worldwide. Exceptional - I hope they keep brewing this one from now on.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Enjoyed side-by-side in a horizontal with the other four of the Bell’s Wheat series.

Head is tan & settles as a thick film over a dark ruby/mahogany body. Aroma holds smoke & tar with awesome roast coffee and pencil shavings drowning out the banana & clove we’ve found in 2, 4 & 6. Yeasts are full-throttle in flavor with heavy smoke overtones in a fluffy mouthfeel that carries the flavor like a Rauchbier. Only problem lies within a slight thinness of body. When our tasting was over, I jumped on what was left of the Eight!

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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2005
I think it has to be a Dunkelweizen. Smoh-Key business here. And frightfully yeasty. So heavy in the wheaty smokiness that this is chalky, leafy, kind of...Some small hints of sweetness (some clovey parts in the flavor - a counterpoint to dryness) and belgiany caramel, funkiness of the Wheat Four is gone, acidity is lower than the others too. A tiny bit of palate wateriness occurs very late, but this is solid if not hard to sort out (my first thought was how "dirty" this was in the tastes...). I like it as much as the four and better than the others. On to the Wheat Wine!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2005
12oz bottle - Pours a very dark brown with a short offwhite head. If you saw this in a glass and didn’t know what it was you’d think porter for sure. Aroma is roasy, burnt malts. A little smokiness, caramel, and some yeast. Flavor is roasty, toasted malt. Some burnt flavor and some smoke. Very earthy. This is very porter-like. I cannot find the bannana and clove flavor that was in 2, 4 and still traceable in 6. This is robust and heavy. Nice and smooth on the palate. An interesting experiment and definitely worth a try for anyone! Unique and definitely one of a kind. They get better with each level. I guess Wheat Love is next..

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5963) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle and served in my Aventinus glass (after a good washing):

NOW THIS IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT, this beer looks the part of a Dunkelweizen, dark brown with reddish highlights (thank you Chocolate Wheat) topped by a small creamy tan head and outstanding lace. How any of you give this a "3" for appearance is beyond me, what the heck do you want?

The nose detects a heavy roasted, chocolate, and zesty wheat vapor in addition to a light banana and clove mix, and a wonderfully complex yeast character that is well, hard to define but oh so lovely. Well I still dig the flavors, it still is not quite on part with the best of the genre I have had. I think the use of the Saison and Wit yeast plays too big part in the profile and does not let the malty and wheaty character shine through enough. Oh, they are still there just not has dominate as I would like. This best part of this beer’s taste is the return of a weizen character of clove and ripe fruits I found missing in the Six. A finishing hint of coffee on the aftertaste. The feel is a tad heavier than the others but still very quaffable and refreshing, perhaps a bit over carbonated however.

My favorite of the series by far!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Really, in my opinion, far above the rest of the Bells wheat series beers. This dunkel is really fabulous. Like a big hunk of dark German bread in beer form. Probably the darkest dunkel I’ve ever had, and one of the heaviest wheats, as well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (7634) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Hazy dark brown color with a medium thin light brown head that is reduced to filmy pockmarks pretty quickly. Thin lacing as well. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and caramel. Medium-bodied with a fairly complex malt and wheat profile. Smokey and sweet with burnt coffee and caramel underneath. There is a tiny citrus hops bite in the aftertaste too. The finish is earthy malt and a bit of yeast. Probably my favorite out of this experiment.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours a muddy dark brown, topped by an inch of soft and creamy tan foam. Decent head retention, good lacing. Aroma of darkened (but not burnt) toast, tons of roasted grain, and a hint of unsweetened chocolate. Delicious flavor - dry chocolate malt, lots more toasted malt, and roasted malt, bready, and even a little strong campfire coffee - a bit smoky around the edges. Medium body, very soft carbonation, but plenty of it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Batch 7133. Dark, hazy brown pour with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Toasty/wheaty aroma, with hints of sweetness and spice. Nice and complex in the nose. Crisp mouthfeel, malty-sweet start, wheaty-thin finish. Very interesting. Basically, this is what would happen if a good brown ale mated with a wheat beer. Very enjoyable...now I need to try the other 4 in the series!!


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