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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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopscotch (9519) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Bottle... Murky, caramel-colored ale with a huge, frothy, off-white head. Decent retention. Earthy, grainy aroma with soft notes of apple and caramel. Medium-bodied and super fizzy. Good bitterness provides perfect balance. Bone dry finish. Kudos to headbanger for shipping the bottle to me!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2006
Pleasant wheat aroma, soft spice too, Hazy, unfiltered, dark amber, pours a fluffy cream head. Heavy malted wheat taste, mildly spiced. Medium bodied, a pleasant drink, like a mild version of Aventinus. Very good. Thanks mds.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3386) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2006 12oz bottle-A huge white head on a orange body. Too much head but reading other people reviews I was not the only one. A taste of sour and alcohol. Overall not a bad tasting beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2240) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2006
Bottle. Muddy brown-orange with some yeast sitting at the bottom and a bready white head sitting atop. The aroma has plenty of fruit - banana, pineapple, pears, and then some faint plums. Agreeable, live carbonation with bready and tart fruitiness. Reasonably quenching.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
demitriustown (1090) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2006
When your glass is nothing but foam and you didnít even get through a quarter of the beer thatís not a good thing. SO "HUGE" head. With a rather brownish/ amber color to the actual beer. Nose is yeasty, doughy, with some citrus fruit, some definate wheat notes, and some light hops. Taste is wheat, light citrus, mild hops, and kind of grainy. Palate leaves quite quickly, so itís short and rather carbonated. Overall, The beerís palate just leaves you. Itís a decent wheat ale, but there are much better of the Bellís Wheat ale series.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
HildigŲltur (5103) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006
Bottled. Hazy orange coloured. Weak yeasty aroma. Weak yeasty and slightly fruity flavour. Thin. Very sparkling. Unpleasant sharp yeasty finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Appears a hazy, cloudy, orange toned light brown with a huge 4 ginger off white head that slowly fades into a small, clumpy head. Spotty streaks of lace are left around the glass. Smell is of dusty cocoa, caramel, funky yeast, and hits of citrusy hops. Taste is similar to the aromas but a dull, yeasty wheat fill out with some cocoa, caramel, and toffee notes. Weirdness that Iím on the fence about. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, bitter, slightly sweet, and orange peel bitter sweets. Drinkability...strange brew with funk. Not my cup of tea for wheat beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
radiomgb (2387) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2006
355ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott. Batch 7104. Deep golden orange in colour, large lasting beige head, lots of lacing. The aroma is sour and yeasty, lots of citrus, must and bananas. The flavour is sour, yeasty, lots of must, orange citrus. Very fizzy mouthfeel, medium body, high carbonation. Finishes very gassy, sour. Starting to fade, drink it now.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2006
12 oz. bottle via trade with OhioDad - Big hiss when opened. Pours a hazy amber color with a 3 inch off white head. I couldnít even pour the whole bottle in the glass. MAJOR carbonation. Has some lacing due to the huge head. Has the typical yeasty, wheat beer aroma and flavor (spicey but light banana). Light to medium body. Worth a try. Thanks Scott.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Thanks to Walt for this beer. Poured a very hazy bronze with a large fluffy off-white head. Great aroma of apples, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Flavor is dry and spicy, with notes of lemon, ginger, and nutmeg, with some dry hops filling in the back. Body is light and refreshing. Sort of odd, but Iíve had some German wheats similar to this so Iím not dismayed. Though its flavor isnít exactly bursting with complexity, I find it agreeable and refreshing in the summer heat. Nice.


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