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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1111) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - 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..

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1275) - 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

   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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2103) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 12, 2005
cloudy yellow that is dark with a lemon head. the nose is yeasty as hell, well if hell exists and it is yeasty that is. some other notes of banana and raw sausage. sweet orange flavor with some raw earthy popsicle notes. lemon tart finish. so much banana and yeast it is hard to get past it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3553) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Murky yellow gold color with a foamy white head. Nose of bananas, yeast and a candi sugar sweetness. Light mouthfeel. Flavors of puffed wheat, bananas, faint cloves and yeast. This is a funky wheat beer that I really liked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5065) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is very wheaty with moderate banana, candi sugar, clove, light yeast, and a hint of smoke. Pours a cloudy yellowish-orange with a small off white head that quickly fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. Moderate sugary banana initial taste is followed by a pretty big tangy citrus character in the middle. The finish is slightly acidic and has strong wheat notes with a moderate spicey and orange peel bitterness. Seems to be hit or miss, and I think I like this the best of all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2005 Rerate. Bottle. Pours a hazy orangish yellow color with a thin white head. Smoked wheaty malt aroma in the nose. Huge wheat taste that lingers for a few minutes with an almost souring finish. Medium mouthfeel. This is a very different barley wine, almost unexplainable. Exquisite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBB63 (6154) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottle and served in my Expedition Snifter:

Cloudy near amber hue with a nice fluffy head and very good lacing. The aroma has a lot of Belgian yeast esters, candi sugar, banana, apricot, clove, spearmint, wheaty. The taste starts very sweet and malty but is quickly replaced by a strange acidic and metallic note. Some of the fruity and wheaty flavors are there but sent to the back of class by the bitter finish. The spice is more peppery on the palate than a traditional weizen clove. Something is just amiss with the flavor profile here, muddled and confusing, maybe some aging will help. The feel is sharp and biting, not very refreshing though. I hope this improves since I bought 2 sixers.

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