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Bells Wheat Six Ale

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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Dunkelweizen
Galesburg, Michigan USA
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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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 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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4003) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 31, 2007
I can’t believe I never reviewed this one. When the wheats came out, it was great. I’d rush to the store to see if the new ones were available. Number 6 was darker than the others. Almost like a dark ale. Very nice beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sloth (2489) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2007
Batch 7119: Head is massive, lasting, too much so. A very effervescent brew. Head is hanging. Clear amber colored brew, dare i rouse the yeast, maybe once the head settles? Nose of spice, yeast and caramel malts and a bit to much co2. Starting to get some chunks now on the second pour. Body is light, massive carbonation, spritzy and tingly. Swirled the last few ounces and it almost erupted out of the bottle. Final pour nets me even more head standing at least a half inch out of my tasting glass! Very rocky on top, kinda cool looking. Hazy amber body now. Droopy lace hangin aroud. Body is a touch creamier with the yeast now roused. Light roast notes, earthy notes, thin bodied, some caramel notes. Finish is dry, quick and pretty spritzy. Oh well. Thanks to OhioDad for this one!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2007
Ruby pour with a large frothy off-white head. Nutty malt aroma with a hint of clove and banana. Nutty flavor with a pronounced banana note and some spice and some spicy hops on the finish. Medium body with lots of carbonation

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mynameisjonas (206) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2007
amberish in color. it is a good tasting beer. gotta love the wheat project beers

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours a cloudy dark amber, topped by a large rocky head of light tan foam. Good head retention and lacing. Tart and tangy wheat aroma, with just a little bit of fruit and yeast. The flavor is dominated by wheat malt with a touch of caramel sweetness. When I homebrew a wheat beer, the pre-hopped wort tastes a lot like this. Towards the end, there is a little fruity yeast presence, then a bitter hop flavor makes itself known in the finish. A soft beer that is gently carbonated.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 15/20
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Golden brown with a giant off white head that dissipated within a couple of minutes. Aroma of peat, malt, and hops. Very strong flavors of hops, yeast/bread, lemon, and fruit. Heavily carbonated, and I mean heavily. Finish is sweet and bitter. The carbonation was a bit too much for me but overall a very enjoyable well-put-together beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
Bottle from Styles- Thanks you! Deeper copper/amber-red with a beige froth. Some lace left behind. Aromas are dark fruits with a good hop presence, smokey malt, and some burnt sugars. FLavours are pretty strong considering the ABV. Lots of dark fruit, yeasty, deep rooted malts, peppery. Finishes pleasantly fizzy. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2006
(07.17.06) 12 oz brown bottle from Archer Liquors, Chicago, IL. Lot 7119. Spicy clove/fruity esters in the nose. Poured clear red-orange with giant off-white head. Soft carbonation. Light-to-medium bodied beer that starts dry with fruity/spicy flavors. Some sharpness (carbonation?) in the mouth. Finished dry with light hop bitterness. Though pretty decent and drinkable, I preferred Bell’s wheat two over this beer in terms of flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2088) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Bottle from Jay (springslicker) Thanks. Third one in the wheat series - keeps getting darker. This one is a brown color with a thick white head, with the appearance of heavy carbonation. Smell is malty, smokey, and more fruity than the previous two, but this one loses the orange smell that was in the first one and somewhat in the second one.. Taste is rich, malty, smooth, and a little heavier on the smoked flavor. Some hop presence but not a whole lot. Better than the four, but not better than two.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2006
bottle. Aroma: Some yeasty Belgian notes, bread dough, wheat, caramel, light citrus. Appearance: Pours a dark amber/brown. Pretty hazy. Head was huge, light beige, and meringue-like. Good lacing. Flavor: Belgian yeast, wheat bread, caramel, sweet malt, lemon, and a light spiciness. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Overall: Kind of a strange mix. Sort of tastes like a Dubbel but lacking the candi sugar and the extra gravity/abv. Still, my favorite of the Bell’s Wheat Series to date.


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