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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


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
kidwiththehair (45) - Girdwood, Alaska, USA - MAR 27, 2006
wow, bells has gone down hill. I was quite excited to see this new series of beer on the shelves, and this was not good. Little to no head, although aroma is decent, but a pretty standard wheat smell to it (citrus-y, fruity, you know). Theres to much roasted flavour to this beer, and it ends giving the sour aftertaste a noticable bitterness. Definately not up to bells dunkel standards. Havn’t had the other wheats yet but I hope they are better than the 6.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2006
Cracked the top to an aggressive hssss. Uh oh. No immediate gushing but I soon discover that this Dunkel is impossible to pour into my tulip. It just turns immediately to carbonation, foaming up to the rim of the glass. Hopefully the infection won’t impart too many off flavors as the bottle is still fairly young. The gigantic head settles into, well, a gigantic foamy mass that resembles a root beer float. Looks nice and all but I’ll have to wait quite a while for my first sip............................... OK. The giant rush of carbonation lets loose a gush of the great, funky aroma. Definitely some classic German notes - i.e. vanilla, banana, but they’re mixed well with a Belgian funkiness. Candied pear to sugar plums to barnyard nastiness - this nose touches on them all. A slight alcohol spicy/peppery note hangs above everything else. The body is light on the tongue - with lots of spritzy carbonation. Almost too much at times. A more ripened fruit profile is revealed by the malts in the body - cradled by dark chocolate and a dusting of unsweetened cocoa powder. Good stuff. Get the carbonation (infection) under control and this would be one mighty fine Dunkel.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Dark Tan, cloudy, head fades quickly. Smells like...a wheat beer. Some banana and yeast. Flavor is certainly better than the 2 though. Still bananas and clove with a lightly roasted quality. A touch of belgian yeast nastiness on the aftertaste. An interesting brew, but I still don’t think its good. I dare you to buy this beer more than once.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - MAR 23, 2006
35,5 cl bottle. Dark amber colour. Sour aroma of hints of roastedness and some bready too. Flavour of roastedness that ends up sour. Not the best dunkelweizen I had.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2165) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Large, foamy head from this highly carbonated dunkel — in tune with the style. Aroma of yeasts, banana and clove with hints of dough. Medium bodied and soft. Flavor is a respectable blend of malts, caramel and bread. Enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 18, 2006
12 oz bottle. (7119) Even darker and murkier. Dull golden hue. Clinging bone white head. More grainy nose and hints of raisins and bread. Sweeter and smoother than the Wheat 4. Sweet malts with a nice oaky whiskyish burn . Dry and cloying. Doughy and zesty. Slightly resinous and floral. Rootbeer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsquire (3387) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2006
Murky brown color almost like melted Kraft caramel squares. Substantial foamy tan head. Sweet, malty nose with some sharp spice and puffed wheat. Lively carbonation on the tongue, almost to the point of distraction, but also velvety smooth. Caramel sweetness up front, with the weizen banana/clove flavors. Strong burnt toast notes with hints of bubblegum towards the end. Interesting beer, but there are better Dunkelweizens. Thanks to SuIIy for the bottle.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2006
Cloudy deep amber with an off white head. Malty and caramel sweet aroma and flavor with hints of a banana fruityness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2006
The Danes and the Swiss don’t know what to make of this whole experiment...I love it! If poured injudiciously, you will not be able to drink this until next week.... the head is so enormous and never subsides. Just suck it down until you can see some liquid. Flavor of creamy toffee and caramel with some hints of butterscotch. Some smoke, tobacco, or roated coffee reheated too many times. But in a good way! Some yeasty fruitiness as well. I like this one a lot.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2006
Pours honey brown, big frothy head. Different tasting beer, sweet, caramel, nutmeg, and other spices, real good beer.


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