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Bells Wheat Four Ale

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


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RATINGS: 204   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2005
from a 12oz sample, bottled 10 days ago--batch 7104. in my 10oz pilsner glass. murky, amber-copper ~10L, with a tight, fluffy head with serious Ron Jeremy staying power. a color reminiscent of Schneider Original, but a bit darker and much cloudier. The body is noticably drier than the Two, with an interesting shift in the malt flavor, undoubtedly due to wheat íbasketí gaining in complexity. the additional yeast oviously did a better job at attenuating the beer, drying the beer out a bit. as good, if not better than the two...but itís almost hard to compare them, theyíre two totally different beers. but at the same time, theyíre brothers so comparisons will be inevitable. tasty in itís own right, undoubtedly.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6035) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2005 Bottle: Aroma is lemony, nutty, spicey, and dusty. Pours a very cloudy brownish-orange with a big white head with great retention. Flavor is moderate banana, orange, and bread with lots of spice in the finish. A light smokiness in the background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2005
12 oz bottle pours amber very cloudy with some nice yeast floaters. Head is huge foamy and much thicker than the one on two was. On the pour you can tell this isnít an ordinary wheat beer. Aroma is sharp yeast and spicey some doughy bread aroma as well. Also some pear and bananna and a bit of clove. Looks nothing like a wit. I think these are going to be tough to classify.. Flavor is more robust with this one. Much more bannana and clove but still the bread background that two had. This is the heaviest wheat beer Iíve ever had that is for sure. Palate is medium bodied yet still very smooth. Not as airy as two either. I think this one should be an American Wheat as well. This is a very unique and enjoyable beer. This is going to be a great series.. I canít wait for the next one to come out!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2005
Fresh from the bottle at the brewery. This beer looks nothing like a witbier, being murky orange-brown with a medium off-white head. OK. Dunkelweizen? The colorís right, but no Bavarian yeast strains were used, and this isnít a "banana and clove" beer. Well, three of the four yeast strains are Belgian (in addition to the house strain), so Iím going out on a limb and placing the beer in the Witbier category. We have to designate a style, right? :-(

The aroma is quite sweet and cerealy, and spicy, with a candied character that quickly differentiates this from the Two Ale. Fruitier than Two and a bit "cookieish." Fruity, sweet body, with a hint of banana, candy, and abundant yeast esters lending spicy and bitter notes. The huge jump in esters is the biggest difference I notice in this beer vs. the Two Wheat. Otherwise, it still has the tangy, bready characteristics of Bellís other wheat beers. So, technically, this could still be an American Wheat (despite the abundance of Belgian yeast esters), with a darker and more complex body than most. Iím a classification junkie by nature but I donít homebrew, so Iíll let the jury decide where to put this. I will write this, though. The beerís damned good.

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