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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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bilzmoude (19) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Slight citrus aroma. Orange and cloudy with a stiff, white head that stays around for a while. Flavor is spicy and complex with hints of clove, anise and pepper.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Bottle. I think this might be the best one yet. Smells like a mellowed out #8, but the taste is nothing like it. Definitely a nice strong wheat, with some sweetness, and other usual wheat beer notes. It’s been a nice ride Bell’s has put us on.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2005
Huge, almost tart,smoked wheat and yeast, and slight belgian notes on the nose. Rich wheaty,sweet and spicy mouthfeel, lingering sweetness but not cloying. Almost wine like on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1073) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2005
from the bottle poured a cloudy orange with a white head that left a trace of lacing. aroma wheat , malt, orange , lemon, a sweet citrus, yeast. Flavor got that wheat and yeast, sugar, lots of citrus. so of all the whats I have to go with the 2 as my favorite than the love.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Pours a cloudy apricot color with a finger of dense clean white head. Wheat aromas are very strong. It has a yeast and wheat base and some bananna, pepper, and spices come underneath. It’s a very clean and defined wheat aroma. The first sip unveils a bold feel more than anything. The creamy head really sits around and contributes to the full feel along with the large amount of wheat and malt that appears to be here. Wheats are sharp and tangy on the tongue. Lots of wheat character and a gristy grain feel which settles spicey and peppery on the tongue. This is nicely built, especially as esentially an experiment with loads of malt and yeast.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1138) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2005
hmm. this is some wheat ale... very sweet and yeasty, lots of genuine "wheat beer flavors" like banana, spicy clove. very thick and starchy and sweet, which is fairly predictable. good at best, but if you like wheats you’ll like this.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2005
12oz bottle pours bright orange with a short white bubbly head that stays fairly well and laces down the glass. Aroma is some bananna, some peppery spice, wheat, and a bit of yeast. Flavor is wheat, yeast, a bit of vanilla, clove, bannana.. Odd that this has evolved so much yet has come back to almost tasting like a hefeweizen. Palate is thick and earthy. This has been an interesting series. One definitely worth trying..

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Carbonating nicely, refreshing itself, this luminescent orange liquid is pretty still and hefty. Banana (more Germany than Belgium!) and wheat tang and pepper aromas. Sweet (vanilla undercurrents)and sour mingle in the flavor, all the wheat leaving an acidity. No hint at all of relatedess to the others, except maybe in some vague Belgian flavors, sweetness, and in it’s huge body. Better than expected. I will say this: It tastes unlike other Wheat Wines I’ve had, and unlike most beers I’ve had.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1276) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2005 Back to being a wheat beer. Pours hazy, orange and with a frothy white head. Aroma of bananas, bread yeast and clove. Blind tasting I would have guessed it to be hefeweizen. Not a clue of the alcohol content. Palate is thick and tangy. Good beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2005
12 oz bottle, fresh in December 2005: hazed gold. Estery, fruity aroma of clove sticks, dried apricots, white grapes and buttery Belgian yeast. Mushy banana peels and earthy malts. Palate is smooth, thick and gooey. Acidic tartness and long bitterness highlights the variety of yeasts and offers an interesting complexity. All together, I don’t quite know what to make of this wheat project, but for me it was too much, too many different flavours that didn’t quite come together in a way that I enjoyed…but that doesn’t mean that I will stop trying them…keep up the interesting work!


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