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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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Served in a weizen glass this brew is perfect. Dark muddy orangish/brown with a huge tan head, that lasts the whole beer. Aroma and flavor very dunkel-like. Aroma-lots of toasted malt/roasted grain, with a nice smokiness to it. Flavor has a big bready yeastiness to it, with the toasted malt and smokiness, and very faint banana. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel. So far very impressed with the wheat series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Thick cloudy orange brown with little head. Has a powerful presence in its apperance. The aroma is roasted, nutty, and a bit meaty. Upon further sniffs there are bread and wheat characters. Lots of things going on in this nice aroma. Flavor and feel are strongly represented by wheat. There also are nice nutty roast malts. A quite active beer, tangy and astrigent. Grass or wet hay, yeast and then a fruityness opening the door to more active tangy character. It’s complex and nicely built. Full finish; a meal in a cup. I like this more than the 2 and 4. They are all nice, but this one has great complexity and a strong presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 Dark murky brown with huge, thick, frothy, tan head. Nose is bread, a wheaty twang, and some distant hops. Begins pretty malty and very bready with some caramel notes. Interesting yeastiness and subtle spicing. Flavor begins to smooth out a bit in the middle as the wheats come through in all their glory. Flavor ends with some roasty malts and a gentle sweetness. Thick and hearty with a very smooth palate.If there was a Belgian wheat, this would be it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 18, 2005
12oz bottle. Pours a dark cloudy brown color with minimal white fizzy head. Nose is nutty and bready. A very nice caramel malt is present here as well. Some subtle dark fruit notes, I beleive raisins stick out the most. Taste is very smooth up front. A sweetness hits first, followed by some malt and a bready/nuttyness as it moves back toward your throat. The beer clings right to your back molars as you swallow, clinging to stay on your palate and not be flushed down to the gut. There is a bit of carbonation in the beginning/middle that tickles the roof of your mouth, then settles out to become flat rather quickly and coats your tongue...uh oh..here comes a burp....the beer wants back in my mouth..the burp was actually quite tasty, very malty and doughy..i give it a 3.7 out of 5. back to the beer. The nose becomes more grape skins and fresh like toward the middle of the glass. the flavors are thinning out and revealing a little more of a pure malty, wheat flavor. when does the 8 come out?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Poured orangish brown light to little no head with my bottle. Medium palate Bread, Carmel, Cirus and Some hints of Cherry. Flavors seemed to balanced and not to strong.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2005
hazy orangish brown appearance with small white head...aroma is of citrus, breads, yeast...flavor of caramel, spice, sugars, and dark fruits (cherry as an afternote)...great palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2005
12 oz bottle - Pours light brown and cloudy with a thick tan head that stays very well and laces in layers down the glass. Aroma is yeast, citrus, and a bit of breakfast cereal. Some roasted notes as well. Flavor is caramel, yeast, roasted malts, lots of bread, a hint of citrus, and some hay, a bit of bannana under there too. Palate is fuller in body than the four and quite smooth to drink. Feels very malty and full in the mouth. A very unique beer. I like the roasty character of this one most of all. They get better with each progression.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 16, 2005
dark cloudy brown with a cream colored head that is smooth looking. some roast notes in the aroma with a bit of lemon and dry earth. light caramel flavor with some plain yogurt notes. this is very smooth. everything is mixing well in this and making one enjoyable flavor that is hard to extract the individual components from. i want to say i detect some mocha in this so i will. i detect some mocha in this. yeasty bread finish that mixes with a nice roasted flavor. some light spice in this. enjoyable, a nice experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Murky orange-brown body, thin off-white head. Aroma somewhat similar to Wheat Four, with wet hay, banana, and a touch of clove, but toastier and with a more cerealy (Cheerios) nature. The flavor is quite distinct, though, fruity and toasty with Cheerios interplaying with sweet, almost cherry-like notes and hints of cinnamon. Banana and wet hay persist beneath the characteristic flavors produced by the Belgian yeast strains. An interesting mix of subtlety and complexity, as this beer is of no higher ABV than the former two, yet harbors characteristics more typical of beers in the 9%+ ABV range.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - NOV 13, 2005
Very cloudy dark amber color with smallish off white head. Aroma is malty, tart, acidic, notes of cherry, vanilla, leather. Flavor is sweet, malty, touch of caramel and cherry, slightly thin in the finish. An interesting wheat.

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