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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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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


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (29850) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2006
A muddy orange-brown beer with a huge orange head. The aroma is a mixture of wheat and dish-wash water. The flavor is sweet wheaty with notes of caramel, leading to a dry wheaty end.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 2, 2006
(12 oz bottle: Obtained 21-Feb-06 in trade with Pailhead, thanks Kevin!) Fairly dark in color, kind of an amber-brown shade, and topped by a very heady and foamy, light-tan cap that shows much persistence. Six smells somewhat less phenolic than the Two or Four, but much more yeasty to me, plus maple syrup. Iím also getting a fair amount of apple skins with this beer, somewhat in the nose, but definitely in the flavor, which is probably the biggest difference between these so far. Take away the apple skins and Four and Six arenít that different to me. Behind that, wheat and yeast up front with light toastiness in the finish. Itís also fairly sweet too. Body is medium-full and itís quite well-carbonated. Would have been more enjoyable if the beer didnít have what seems like a defect to me. Thing is, I would only want to retry this beer if I retried them all together again, and I just didnít like any of the four beers enough to go through the effort of reacquiring them and tasting them all again.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2006
This compares very similar to the Wheat 4 ale. It had a very large head and was amber in color. I did not like the flavor of this style of beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5000) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 26, 2006
A quite smokey, chocolatey wheat ale - I taste many flavors Iíve never experienced in a wheat beer before - maple syrup, coffee, some earthy, wood notes - quite an interesting beverage indeed.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 19, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a cloudy amber body with a huge long-lasting beige head. Aroma of mustiness, cloves, nuts, and caramel malt. Flavor of toasted malt, orange peel, and spicy yeast.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2006
Batch 7119. Pour was amber in color. Good aroma and flavor. I liked it, but Iím not very familiar with the style.

2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 10, 2006
i wasnt a huge fan of any of the wheat project beers, leaves a lot to be desired, out of them the love was by far the best

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indy (87) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2006
Batch 7119. Way over-carbonated. Maybe I just got an old 6-pack (even though this beer isnít that old)...but the flavor wasnít off or skunky. Hmmm, Iíve never run into quality concerns with Bellís before. At any rate, it tasted fine, so I think I can give an accurate review (assuming my sixer was an annomoly). Hazy amber/copper color. Resinous and fruity aroma with strong wheat overtones. Spicy, herbal, and fruity...I love the melding of Belgian yeasts with a wheat beer like this. Mine was too effervescent, but I want to give Bellís the benefit of the doubt and say other poeple might have better luck.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4135) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2006
Pour is a dark reddish/copper brown with a large foamy head that goes down very slowly. Dark roasted wheat aroma - very rich aroma. Roasted wheat and carmel on the initial tast with lots and lots of carbonation. Nice thick mouthfeel. Pleasant sweetness in the taste without being cloying. One of the richer wheats Iíve tried. Excellent beer in the Bellís wheat series.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11092) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2006
Bottle. Hazy amber pour with a huge frothy light brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted wheat aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture. Good complex toasted wheat and toffee flavor with a moderate bitter finish of long duration. Solid brew.


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