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RATINGS: 408   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 2 the 55% of wheat is made up of two different kinds of wheat malt, and this ale is made with two different yeasts. Wheat 4 is made with four different wheats and four yeasts. Wheat six and eight made with six and eight wheats and yeasts respectively. The final product, Bell’s Wheat Love Ale, is made with the eight yeasts of Wheat eight and is a strong, but relatively light colored, “wheatwine.” 2. 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 Wheat Eight Wheats: White, Dark, Victory, Toasted sprouts, Torrefied, Red, Caramel, Chocolate Yeast: WLP4000 Belgian Wit I, WLP565 Saison, Wheat Six blend

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obguthr (4689) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Apple and lemon nose, clove accent. Hazy golden, huge head, good lacing. Apple and clove flavor, emphasis on the latter, dry. White wine finish, tannic almost rubbery. Elegant and complex. Alcohol not noticeable. Not usually my type of wheat beer, but this is exceptionally well made. Defies classification. Belgian blonde? Tripel? Saison? Who knows? Who cares, this is good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (2175) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle thanks to jstax.pour is light gold with a nice white head..Nose is nice wheat, banana, honey, spice, sweetness...Taste is nice sweetness, Honey, wheat, bold, a bit much carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy straw color with a very thick and foamy head. Aroma has a lot of yeast, as well as some citrus and spice (clove, nutmeg). The flavor is similar, rather subtle but complex. A lot of Belgian yeast, some spice, and a hint of citrus. The finish is quite sweet, but not cloyingly so. An odd beer (and certainly not a barleywine), but a very nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (8674) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, hazy yellow-orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, hints of earth, slight bread, nice, orange, grapefruit, touch of wheat, vanilla, and honey in there, tasty and very interesting. Taste is a mix of grass, biscuit, bread, slight vanilla, honey, slight orange in there, finishing sweet, slightly dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle, Big foamy pour, cloudy straw body. Aroma is suppressed by the foamy head, but get saison-like spiciness, sulfur and some sulfur/funk. Medium body. Interesting, with a warming alcohol presence bigger than the body might suggest. This is exceptionally complex as each sip presents a slightly different taste experience. I thought the barley wine categorization was odd, but it certainly drinks like a barleywine. Cool!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Barley wine? Not really my idea of one but oh well. Tastes like a well done strong wheat beer with Belgium yeast. Banana and clove along with other light spices on palate. The numerous wheat and yeast used help make this one a complicated well done beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1509) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2013
"Barley Wine" seems like a stretch for this one. I’d just call it a [strong] wheat ale. Pours cloudy amber with a foamy white head. Aroma of banana, clove, and vanilla. Taste is fruity with banana (and others), spice, orange. Pretty delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1946) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Draft at Jerry’s. Hazy yellow with giant, foamy, white head, strong lacing / Light, bright nose of citrus, pine, soap / Medium body, creamy and lush, sweet, good balance, long finish / Elegant, lush flavors of lemon, pear, pineapple, pine, banana, soap, cream / Forget this being a barleywine, but it is one fine pale ale or Bellgian blonde.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (7350) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2013
12 ounce bottle thanks to Dan. Pours a cloudy orange color with a large white head. A rich spicy and honey nose with huge wheat. Sweet, some lemon and big spicy banana esters, some pepper, wheat, very dry overall. Man, this is a pretty big beer. I get a ton of Belgian esters/yeast in this. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reberiii (437) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Poured from 12oz bottle, slight grapefruit soda nose. Amber pour, four fingers of white foam. Leaves tingle on the lips and tongue. Sherbet creaminess on the tongue, slight citrus finish.

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