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Bell’s Wheat Six Ale

Formerly brewed at Bell’s 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (10663) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Bottle... Hazy, red/amber ale with a huge, frothy, off-white head. Maybe a sign of bad things to come... a thick layer of caramel-colored yeast sits atop the liquid. The separation is very cool looking, but unusual as well. The nose is of caramel and flowers with a rumor of mint. Caramel and cocoa flavor. Terrific balance. Medium-bodied and ultra fizzy. Finishes crisp and clean. Thanks to headbanger for the bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3880) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2006 12oz bottle- huge amount of carbonation on dark rust body. An aroma of alcohol. Taste of wheat and alcohol. A good tasting beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006
Bottled. Dark hazy orange coloured. Rather weak aroma and flavour. Fruity, sweet and slightly yeasty. Bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 5, 2006
355ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott. Batch 7119. Orange-brown in colour, a very slow pour produces a very large pillowy beige head, great retention, lots of lacing. The aroma is of yeast, light bananas, some sourness, bready malts, lemons. The flavour is bready, yeasty, bananas, lots of citrus, light chocolate, earthy, chalky. Very full mouthfeel, medium body, extreme carbonation. FInishes with a long medium bitterness. The high carbonation makes this one filling beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Thanks go out to Walt for this beer. Poured a very effervescent hazy burnt copper with a fizzy tan head that dissipated completely. Aroma of light brown sugar and honey wheat bread, sort of faint. Flavor is dry lemony citrus, rye bread, somewhat metallic. Dry metallic finish. Body has stinging carbonation which feels a bit forced. A few sips feel like they’ve given me enough fuel to belch the first paragraph of A Tale of Two Cities. Not really impressed with this one... not as complex or tasty as the four.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 4, 2006
Bottle: Copper color, thick head, lots of carbonation, large bubbles. Nose of light belgian notes, citrus, spruce, tangy. The flavor is snappy, tart. Less carbonation would be nice. Decent though. Yeasty! Much richer and flavorful though once the yeast is mixed in.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2006
12 oz bottle: Pours a highly carbonated cloudy brownish/orange with a huge fluffy tan head. Aroma is of wheat, lemon, light caramel and chocolate notes, and lightly spiced. Taste consists of caramel, a rather high wheatiness, light chocolate, and semi-fruity with a bitter sweetness to it. Palate light, bubbly, and sweet. Overall, It’s good, but not great. I’ve had better dunkelweizens than this. If you can get it as a single (like me) try it that way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
hair-old (191) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 20, 2006
A flavour explosion on the palete.Too much for me.I prefer the 4 ,a tasty summer beverage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 15, 2006
meh. this was ok. better than the 4. Aroma is chocolate and wheat with a hint of perfume. Flavor is chocolate, wheat, and a tinge of bubblegum flavor with a hint of lemon. word.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 15, 2006
12 oz. Bottle. Batch 7119 (?) I picked this up at Blue Max Liquor in Burnsville, MN. The color is a somewhat muddy dark copper with an enormous frothy tan head and some sticky lacing. The nose has loads of caramel and bread dough. The flavor is smooth with lots of malt and spicy notes with a balanced hop bite in the finish.

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