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Bells Wheat Four Ale

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

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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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. Wheat 4 is made with four different wheats and four yeasts. Wheat Four Wheats: White, Victory, Toasted sprouts, Torrefied. Yeast: WLP550 Belgian, WLP570 Golden, Wheat Two blend


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MHED (114) - lisle, USA - SEP 4, 2007
12 oz btl. pours a murky copper with huge white head. Aroma of banana spice and bread. Has a sweet medium bodied malty start with a light spice of clove and gummy bread. A big wheat beer!

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Wheat Four
Date: 12/03/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Strong Ale fest, 2005

opaque yellow, whispy white head, creamy body, spicy wheat aroma, raspy wheat flavor, lots of spicy character, hint of clove, light bitter finish

Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 18, 2007
12 oz. Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy light copper with some head and lacing. The aroma is sweet and yeasty. The flavor has notes of sweet caramel, toffee , and caramel in the front with a rich malt presents that drops off and finishes slightly dry. I had bought 2 of this one a year ago. The flavors come through a lot better with a year of age on it. Well made beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2007
Darker copper color with a huge rocky head (upon opening the bottle there was a loud ’pssssst’). Spicier than two, flowery. Still a huge head, nice with some small bubbles

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 24, 2007
Vertical opened by SuIIy on 4/10/07
This is more an update of how the wheat series has aged thus far. I left this one unrated because I thought it had the most potential, but to my surprise, every single one of them had improved (except possibly for the 2, though it hadnt become worse).
4 Far and away the most improved, though I thought it was quite remarkable fresh, it now posesses a striking similarity to a saison and I’d almost classify it as such. Despite a deeper, more apparent/complex yeastiness, replete with light tartness, tons of esters and dryness, it still seemed even more richly textured and malty than I remembered it fresh. A medium-sweet toffee-caramel is cut with cranberry-cherry like tartness and a very profound earthiness, though it never seems stale or old/dusty. Rich barley notes in both aroma and flavor with some light twang from the wheat. Wondeful carbonation is tight and produces a large, well-retained head that laces well. Body is a cherry-amber-beige with a medium-beige head. Definitely shares many characteristics to a saison.
6 Soft and creamy, with a seeming milk chocolatey sweetness in both aroma and flavor. Light creme brulee notes and just a bit of hazelnut help balance, while the wheat seems extremely creamy here. Not too much tartness, and it seems like more of a brown ale now, but still very drinkable with its balance, texture and strong malt flavor. Esters have relaxed and it’s not pumping out banana and clove, (they are there, of course). There were some apple notes when fresh that werent very good. They’ve completely passed now and what’s left is a very clean beer. In fact, all of the beers were markedly cleaner than when fresh.
8 My least favorite when fresh, and still probably my least favorite here, but actually enjoyable and now a much better beer. The obnoxious peanut/walnut-skin astringency, light metallic flavors and overly attenuated, somewhat scorched malts seem only a shadow of their former selves. Still some nutty, hazelnut-like astringency, but very marginal and much more relaxed by the solid maltiness and creamy texture. Not quite as thickly malted as the 6, this one has more creamed-wheat flavor and less caramel, with more medium-dry chocolate notes, a touch of fruitiness and light vanilla. Flavors taper off rather quickly on this one, leaving a bland wheat note with light nuttiness/roast.
Love Sweet and succulent honey and grains mix about in the nose, with light clove and vanilla. The flavor has lost a good deal of the sharpness that it had before. Much fruitier, but in a softer, more reserved way (nectarines and peaches atop shortbread) with an almost oatmeal and vanilla iced cream finish that shows some fantastic oxidation giving the beer more character and mixing with the creamy honey-vanilla to produce a very, very light note reminiscent of sherry. Some light acids are still notable, providing balance, but the beer is much more approachable. Alcohol very well-controlled.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sersdf (1015) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2007
appearance would have been a 1 if i hadn’t poured the last 20% of the beer. completely clear till then. most hefe’s and dunkels hold the yeast in the beer, they don’t all sediment like this did. but once i poured the sedi from the bottom it was a normal looking wheat. certainly not dark enough to be a dunkelweizen. the aroma was wheatish, but also quite cardboardy. flavor is pretty wheaty but very tacky too. i could probably pound these but it’s not particularly good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Poured a cloudy light brown color with an explosive white head. Aroma was pretty estery and had a lot of fruitiness, especially bananas. Flavor was pretty smooth, wheat, bananas, and a lot of carbonation. Pretty good for a wheat beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2007
2 4 6 8 who do we appreciate...BELLS!!!...Bottle. Pours a hazy amber with a fizzy thick long lasting head. The aroma is full of yeasts... almost a bit sour, but in a good way. The taste is unusual. The wheats come through with a bit of maltiness, and a slight yeasty flavor and a bit of citrus. neat wheat

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2007
Thanks to Silphium for the bottle. Batch 7104. Pours hazy orange with a huge head. Spare lacing. Aroma is belgian yeasty and caramel malty. Taste is bananas, cloves, wheat, and caramel. Fizzy carbonation. Light to medium body.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2007
12oz, 7104/bottled October 18, 2005. 14months old now. pours copper with rocky head, way too carbinated. nose is very belgian yeasty and belgian candy sugar. taste is very watery, like a light belgian beer. i’m not getting the dunkel style in this at all. just imagine a belgian light beer.


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