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
Wheats: White, Dark
Yeast: Bell’s house ale strain, WLP410 Belgian Wit II
Wheats: White, Victory, Toasted sprouts, Torrefied
Yeast: WLP550 Belgian, WLP570 Golden, Wheat Two blend
Wheats: White, Dark, Toasted sprouts, Torrefied, Red, Caramel
Yeast: WLP500 Trappist, WLP530 Abbey, Wheat Four blend
Wheats: White, Dark, Victory, Toasted sprouts, Torrefied, Red, Caramel, Chocolate
Yeast: WLP4000 Belgian Wit I, WLP565 Saison, Wheat Six blend
saxed (3) - USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very little aroma. Nice golden color. Flavors of clove and light fruit. Lays a little heavy on the palate.
mwbrady12 (398) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mild but intriguing aroma, thick and dirty appearance, bold wheat taste and lingering mouthfeel.
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maniac (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Captain Cougar on 04/17/2010 at the 11th Richmond RateBeer Gathering. Clear golden amber body with a small frothy white head. Sweet apple and wheat aroma. Sweet wheat and pale malt flavor with a slight apple touch. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
blutt59 (5690) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap, cloudy yellow orange pour with white skim foam, aroma is light ,
fruity peach and banana aromas, flavor is yeasty banana split with orange peel
and lemon, bitter finish
BVery (4265) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Orange pour with a white head. Aroma is mild citrus. Complex flavor - orange and clove dominate. Really good stuff.
TomDecapolis (4223) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Bells City TAP House event PBW10. Pours a cloudy golden orange with a medium creamy white head. Aroma of some dark fruits, wheat, light Belgian yeast notes, fruit. Flavor of the same. A bit sweet.
Drake (6507) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Captain Cougar. Thanks! Sampled at the 11th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering, 4/17/10. Pours a clear golden color, slightly viscous looking, nearly no head. Aroma of honey, bread, raisins and dry peach-like fruity notes notes. The taste is sweet honey, dry fruity notes, caramel, toasted malts. Medium-full bodied. Pretty good beer.
Bullit (3504) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Eccentric Cafe. Hazy golden colour, medium off-white head. Nose is citrus, banana, cloves. Flavour of citrus and spices, cloves. Slightly bitter and sweet finish.
LilBeerDoctor (2816) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Eccentric Cafe. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and sweet wheat malt. Flavor is sweet upfront, almost sugary, with a wheaty finish. Plenty of melon rind, spices, and yeast. This was just too sugary and sweet and very difficult to drink. Not a fan.
Butters (3324) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled at the Richmond Eleventh. Murky dark mustard pour with ring of white head. Very sweet nose and flavor. Earthy. Yeasty. Wheaty. Okay, not particularly refreshing or anything.
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