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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


piwodevo's rating

3.5
   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 ’basket’ 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 it’s almost hard to compare them, they’re two totally different beers. but at the same time, they’re brothers so comparisons will be inevitable. tasty in it’s own right, undoubtedly.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle from Ughsmash, mega thanks! Bells is at the top of my list and getting this retired beer was a nice treat, even if the results were kind of ho-hum. Brownish orange, hazy, very large head that collapses back into the lively libation below. Aroma of yeast, mild banana, lemon and malt. Body is way over-carbonated with brown sugar, yeast and a candied aftertaste. Not up to the standards of typical Bells.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jason (1677) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Bottle. Thanks to Sprinkle. Poured a hazy brown body with nice head. Aroma is malty, vanilla and noticable wheat character. Flavor is grainy, sweet malt, vanilla and yeast. I got a lot of sediment in my glass but overall a nice beer.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
Possibly one of the only disappointing Bell’s product I have ever consumed. Shallow in flavor, and wildly off balance in its wheat characteristics (a bit too spicey).

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Batch 7104

3/07/2008: Bell’s Wheat Four (4) Ale is ALL foam. Yep, that’s right. Pour it into a glass and all that’s there is off-white to beige foam! After letting it sit for awhile, it starts to collapse and a puddle of toasted golden liquid forms in the bottom of the glass. Surprisingly, the leve of carbonation in the beer appears to be low. I guess it all escaped during the pour. The aroma contains wheat malt, hints of caramal and toast, and a bunch of yeast. The flavor is somewhat confusing. At first this beer tastes like a poorly made extract beer. Then some Belgian candi sugar flavors start to become apparent as well as some wheat maltiness, vague fruitiness, and alcohol. There is a very, very light pepper quality and herbal bittterness in the dry and metallic finish. There is also some dried apricot flavor in the finish as well. This beer has a medium-light body and smooth on the palate. Overall this beer shows some Dukelweizen qualities, but isn’t nearly as good as The Bell’s WheatTwo (2) Ale. Maybe this one is past its prime now... After swirling around the yeast in the bottom and pouring it into the glass, the color is a nice, muddy light brown color (perfect for a Dunkelweizen) with a rocky off-white head. The aroma then becomes more yeasty and the flavor seems to have some additional toasted and caramel maltiness. However, the alcohol starts to pop out more as the beer warms. There is still more of a Belgian twist to this beer than a German Hefe quality. That must be because of the yeast strains used which makes for an interesting beer (and experiment in general), but isn’t really the flavor profile that I would have liked...

12 fl. oz. bottle from Party Town in Florence, Kentucky. Rating #201 for this beer...
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My other Bell’s Wheat Project Ratings:
• <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bells-wheat-two- Wheat Two (2) Ale
• <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bells-wheat-four Wheat Four (4) Ale
• <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bells-wheat-six- Wheat Six (6) Ale
• <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bells-wheat-eigh Wheat Eight (8) Ale
• <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bells-wheat-love Wheat Love Ale


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldMrCrow (1809) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2008
Bottle from sprinkle -- thanks!

Massively carbonated, pours a murky rust-water yellow brown with a tan head. Dominant notes in the aroma are bread dough and lemon zest. These are in the flavor too, along with a powerful stale-water taste, like when you mistakenly drink from a glass that has been sitting on your desk full of water for four days. That is new to me in beer. Pepper on the finish, wheat kernels. Down under that is an earth grain-husk complexity - saison-like - that deserves a few points. Pretty laid back in its flavors, but kinda enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Pours golden with huge fluffy white head and nice lacing. This was way over-carbonated! Grains and banana on the nose. grainy esters along with some citrus. Dry wheat finish

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Had all this Project beers and really did not think much of them. This just tasted like some macro brew for some reason. Yeah, some wheat going on but there was some overpowering crappy taste.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Badgerben’s Cellar Reduction night. Dark brown body with faint head. Wheaty nose with some malt. Banana and clove spices were a little faint.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5172) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Sampled entire series at Badgerben’s Cellar Reduction Night. Wheat #4 pours a hazy golden amber brew with a decent off-white head that ahs good retention and lacing. Aroma of nutty banana bread, a touch of yeast and some clove. Taste is medium bodied, lightly carbonated with flavors of multi-grain/wheat malt, some banana esters and some tart fruit. Finish is sightly tart with a dry wheat flavor aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Side by side comparison with bottles of Two, Four, Six, Eight and Love. New Years Day 2006, I believe. *TWO pours light orange with minimal, but noticeable haze in the bottle. Sweet nose does have a bit of spice showing through as it warms. Body is light. Dry and spicy at the finish of the bottle. Not as creamy as Oberon, lighter body. Light spices remind of a lighter witbier. Quite average, though. *FOUR is much drier and straigh grainier wheat flavor than the two. Re-writing this review, it is what GI 312 is like today. Straw and grass with tiny hints of sweet bread and cookie barely coming through...teasing. *SIX is a bit darker and more malt flavors are present in the nose and especially in the flavor. Sweet and mapley with the grassy dryness at the end quickly fading. *EIGHT is dark and cloudy, nutty aroma. Flavor is really weak, as is the body. Some tiny roasted flavors, but this one seems the weakest of the bunch, despite it’s color. *LOVE - I thought the order would go lighter to darkest, finishing with LOVE, but this is just as light as TWO. Nose is compoletely different, with alcohol upfront and some banana bread. Body is nice and rich, malty, some spices drying at the finish. The aftertaste, dry from apparent alcohol is also spicy and wonderful. The clear winner of the series for me!


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