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Bells Wheat Six Ale

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

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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Batch 7119. I hope it isnít past its prime. Pours a cloudy reddish orange with a frickiní massive light orange brown head. Aroma of the usual bananas and clove, wheat, some sour fruits. Quite sour flavor up front, bananas and wheat come into play to a toasted malt, nut, and toast finish. Slightly bitter, overly carbonated

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - JUN 2, 2006
12 oz bottle: mostly clear orangeish brown with a gigantic tan head. Little aroma except a bit of malt and a touch of chocolate. As for flavor, yes, we have no banana. Ok, maybe just a bit. Not much of anything but malt and light hops. Very fizzy and overcarbonated. It foams up in the mouth. Finish is lightly bitter. Bottom line: too carbonated and fizzy, lacks body and flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
balesjas (41) - Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2006
I wasnít sure about it at first, but itís grown on me. Pours with a big head that fades pretty quickly. Has a sweet malty aroma, pretty typical of a wheat. Whatís not typical is the appearance. Itís reddish brown, light around the edges but very dark in the middle. Taste is sweet with hints of banana. Full, thick mouthfeel.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2006
Pour was similiar to Wheat 4...huge infected like head...also was ruddy amber colored...smell is sweet and grassy...something very vegetal and wrong...this is only slightly less atrocious than the Four...fizzy mouthfeel...taste is sweet with some cherries and bananas, with some molded pumpernickel toward the sticky cloying finish...

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Crash (531) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Poured orange-red with a huge head and some lacing. I really like Bellís but this wasnít one of their better ones.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 11, 2006
12 oz bottle (batch 7119), 2005, from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI (Dec 2005), served at cellar temperature in a Weihenstephan weizen glass. Muddy amber-copper with suspended, stable sheets of yeast visible in the murk, surmounted by an immense frothy off-white monster head that decays somewhat rapidly leaving slight lacing.....nose predominantly herbal, with mint and tarragon evident at once, faint bananas and bubblegum arriving shortly.....wonderfully full, thick and milk-shake-like mouthfeel, you know itís Bells itís so rich and yeasty but never over-thick, with tingly carbonation throughout supporting.....woody dried caramel-vanilla, supple banana-cream and applesauce notes, sourdough and towards the finish tingly bitter herbs....no amount of effort really strengthens the aromatic qualities, but itís nice to drink and another worthy effort.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Dark copper body with a quickly diminishing head. Very wheaty aroma and flavor, of course, and highly yeasty as well. The aroma is pleasant, filled with wheat and lemons. The flavor is slightly hoppy with notes of caramel to give this beer a little more complexity than your average wheat beer. Highly carbonated, too many bubbles for me to fully enjoy the mouthfeel. Herbal notes are strong in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2006
Bottle. This one was a genie in the bottle that when uleashed(opened) its head just kept on coming and onto the pour. A mocha colored brew with that unceasing tan head. After it settled, what was left was a very pleasent wheaty, cafe au lait flavor. Some sweetness and no discernable bitterness. Very nice dunkelweizen. Thanks to Styles for the bottle and the whole series of Wheat Ales.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Holy crap, this beer exploded out of the bottle. Most puzzling! With an angles pour, half an inch of liquid at the bottom of my glass and 6 inches of head. I really had to let this settle down to assess the beer. Yellowish dunkelweizen color, completely opaque with a huge loose fluffy head. This is straight up banana/cloves with some tart apple and an underlying honey sweetness. Fizzy to the point of harming the mouthfeel, this beer is big and creamy otherwise with a small amount of viscosity. The flavors are in line with the aromas, though decidedly stronger and a bit more balanced. Less banana/cloves and creamy with more malt sweetness with some bitter alcohol that even becomes alcohol heat. This is the most Iíve enjoyed the flavor of a wheat beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2006
This beer is a very dark cloudy orange-brown (not great looking), and it has a HUGE white foamy bubbly head. It just has too much carbonation- so fizzy on the palate, its almost difficult to drink because of this, or at least difficult to enjoy the flavors. It smells pretty good though- fruity, banana, creamy aroma, also cherries and vanilla. It tastes similar but with a touch of caramel and even a bit spicy.


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