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Bellís Wheat Six Ale

Formerly brewed at Bellís Brewery
Style: Dunkelweizen
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Stein, Weizen


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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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 6 the 55% of wheat is made up of six different kinds of wheat malt, and this ale is made with six different yeasts. Basic Content List for Wheat Six: Wheats: White, Dark, Toasted sprouts, Torrefied, Red, Caramel Yeast: WLP500 Trappist, WLP530 Abbey, Wheat Four blend

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2005
a wheaty amber color, with a sweeter darker maltier wheatier flavor than the two or four. creamy and smooth, with a less prominent banana/yeast presence than other wheat beers. pretty decent, especially considering iím no fan of wheats.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EBates (5) - Maumee, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2005 does not count
Bottle. Tasted after the wheat 4. I liked this better if only for the lack of the "funk" I found in the nose of the 4. Brown coppery color with a good deal of cloudiness. Flavor of banana bread in the aroma with an appropriate amount of sweetness for a beer of this style. Cheers to Bellís for the producing experimental products like those of the wheat project.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
temporrari (397) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Pours hazy orange, medium and lasting off white head. Aroma is kinda funky Belgian yeast, certainly some wheaty character and some very mild roast, maybe even some cereal. Flavor is different than what I expected based on aroma. Smooth, fruity, bread, and fairly toasty. Good beer. Different and interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Darker yet and with more yeast than #4. Pours a deep amber orange with a creamy thin head of brownish. Aroma was a slightly rubbery lemon and clove hexane wheat with some coriander and lots of belgian yeast. Slight sweet sugary malt wafts in the background. Flavor is complex and ruddy, with deep rich burnt sugars, caramel and toffee cloaking a strong run of rich bright fruit; pears and apples. Some diacteyl tones and some rich bready, yeast runs that shrine the beer in deepness. Stronger, with alcohol showing through slightly in the finish. Palate holds a sweet, cloying and almost sticky sensation, with a kick of hop dryness in the background. Delectable and savory, with some level of mysterious demure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2005
A cloudy russet body rests beneath a foamy tan head that left delicate lacing as it receded. Bananas, wheat, hops, caramel meet the nose. Good feel in the mouth, rich and full. Flavor was malty and roasty with notes of fruit. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Poured with a cloudy dark copper colored body. There was a light tan head topping the brew. The aroma was pears banans and black pepper spice. There is also a little note of other spices. The taste is dry and woody wtih bread crust and some very subtle banana. The mouthfeel is heavy and sticky. A nice brew, but a bit heavy handed for me. Thanks for the bottle, Duane.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Pours to a thick rocky off white head atop a really murky unfiltered orangish-brown body. Decent lacing. The aroma is very strong and full of bananas foster and marshmallows. Either itís heavily spiced or lightly spiced. Thereís such a complexity in the aroma itís hard to tell. Good wheat qualities as well. The flavor is really robust. Lots of bananas foster, sweet light brown sugar, nice wheat and spices. Grape nuts. Very nice. Given the murkyness of this brew, itís surprisingly easy to drink and isnít chewy or chunky. A very good brew. Thanks for experimenting Mr. Bell!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dflip (27) - USA - NOV 28, 2005
Mild aroma; poors a dark orange to brown tint; very flavorful and refreshing thatís expected in a wheat beer. Did not notice any of the "banana" or "citrus" notes that one tastes in a German wheat, but who cares, because this has as great a flavor that is compariable, if not better than, any great tasting wheat. (Have not sampled the 2, 4, or 8 to taste which oneís better)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2006 12oz - Aroma is very earthy with wet malts like the "4". Almost like you could plant something in it and it would grow. Pours a deep brown with a small off white head and good lacing. Flavor is a lot less offensive than the aroma. Wheat, barley malt, and watery tea. Palate is clean and crisp. Easy drinking but nothing exceptional.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Metalhead (644) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2005
This one was a big disappointment. I was expecting chocolate,spices etc. It was watery with no discernable taste. Pretty drinkable,just very bland.

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