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Bells Wheat Six Ale

Formerly brewed at Bells 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Bottle. Cloudy red-amber body with long-lasting carbonation maintaining a thin creamy head. Fruity/sweet aroma - Marshmallow, peach finishing w/ tootsie roll chocolate and brown sugar. Lighter fruits in the flavor - mango / pear appear right before a tart, plummy sweet wheat malt. The same elements in the finish. Nice enough flavors in the beer itís just not real compelling.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LePoopie (151) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Pleasant, roasty aroma. Has a nice, hazy dark amber color, with some head that disappeared after a couple minutes. Pleasing flavor. Nice texture, with the right amount of carbonation. Overall, a nice beer, that I would enjoy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2005
hazy brown color,nice large off white head that had a long hang time then faded to a small lace.The aroma was,malty and roasty with a bit of citrus in the background.The flavor was very nicely malty with a good roasty side some mild hints of spice and hops with a shade of some citrus coming on towards the end.Very nice brew and a big surprise to see the collection at the local store.I had to thank the guys for getting something decent for a change.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4864) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Murky, dark amber color with a medium, frothy head. Sour yeast and banana aroma with what might be a hint of cloves. Dry wheat blast at the front of the flavor, followed up by a moderate malt base. Medium body. Simple and solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Turbid, carmelized orange color...interesting...never seen one like this...head is gone almost immediately. Aroma is a sweet, spicy blend, instantly reminding me of a weizenbock. Dark fruits and citrus tango together, tangy, with tingling hops lighting up this nose. I just keep smelliní it...deep and fruity... Smooth into the mouth, but commanding of the palate. Goes down easy, but has a fullness of flavor. About medium bodied, tangible wheat texture, bouyed by unbeatable fruit blend throughout the taste, a mix of grapes and berries, with spritzes of grapefruit and orange. Light citric, slightly bitter finish, lasts long on the tongue. Intriquing. Donít think I like this as well as #4, but it has plenty of appeal, just not too profound an impact. A good beer. Wonder where #8 will take us, though?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1659) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2005
Not so sure about this. Smells kind of dirty and really roasty. Iím not sure Iíbe ever had anything quite like this. Definitely an experiment but not really to my liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 23, 2005
mahogony color w/ a nice small bubbled tan head. Smells of roasted grains, wheat some light carmels and a touch of spice. Good full mouthfeel, smooth lightly creamy. Lightly smoky taste roasted grains dominate some light sweet malts. A very odd dunkel but pretty good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1535) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Dark hazy brown/amber with a big thick beige head. Aroma of yeast. Flavor of wheat, roast and some coffee. Better than 2 and 4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (6403) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Bottle: Aroma of smoke and roasted grain. Cloudy orangish-brown with an insignificant off-white head. Lots or roastiness and smoke throughout. Moderate wheat flavor with the slightest hints of citrus in the background Light sourness and acidity in the finish. My roommate, whoís not into beer, thinks it has a beef jerky quality in the flavor and I see his point. I guess I donít like a smokey and roasty wheat beer as much as most. Iíd prefer either the Two or the Four.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2005
A shade or two darker brown than the "4", more hazy goodness with good head and lacing. Interesting also is that it has more of a malty taste and palate. Fruity with some roasted notes, spices, only a hint of citrus and a light sourness at the back. I liked this just a little bit more than the 4

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