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Bells Wheat Six Ale

Formerly brewed at Bells 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - FEB 12, 2006
Six malts. Six yeasts. Third beer in the Bellís Wheat Project. Pours to a deep brown color, with a thick and creamy, white head, and a vibrant carbonation. The nose on this beer is inviting, with good aromas of dark and wheat malts, paired with some coffee, and roasty aroma. Palate is firm, with good tart wheat, and "grainy" wheat malt flavor. Some flavors of dark malt, and roast, can be found on the palate as well. A touch of estery fruit, fights for attention, but the dark and roasty flavors of this beer take center stage. Finishes with good, tart, wheat malt flavor, then ends grainy and roasty. Again, a nice showcase of wheat malt. I really enjoyed the grainy and roasty character of this beer. Very interesting and unique wheat beer, and one well worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2006
This beer greets the nose with an aroma infused with wheat, nuts and citrus fruit. It is a sediment filled dark tea colored solution with a thick head. This beer has a huge wheat taste. The palate enjoys a smooth and thick nutty solution that delivers a nice hint of fruit as it washes through the mouth. The smooth aftertaste of wheat lingers nicely for a few moments.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 18, 2005
12oz bottle. Pours a dark cloudy brown color with minimal white fizzy head. Nose is nutty and bready. A very nice caramel malt is present here as well. Some subtle dark fruit notes, I beleive raisins stick out the most. Taste is very smooth up front. A sweetness hits first, followed by some malt and a bready/nuttyness as it moves back toward your throat. The beer clings right to your back molars as you swallow, clinging to stay on your palate and not be flushed down to the gut. There is a bit of carbonation in the beginning/middle that tickles the roof of your mouth, then settles out to become flat rather quickly and coats your tongue...uh oh..here comes a burp....the beer wants back in my mouth..the burp was actually quite tasty, very malty and doughy..i give it a 3.7 out of 5. back to the beer. The nose becomes more grape skins and fresh like toward the middle of the glass. the flavors are thinning out and revealing a little more of a pure malty, wheat flavor. when does the 8 come out?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2005
Served in a weizen glass this brew is perfect. Dark muddy orangish/brown with a huge tan head, that lasts the whole beer. Aroma and flavor very dunkel-like. Aroma-lots of toasted malt/roasted grain, with a nice smokiness to it. Flavor has a big bready yeastiness to it, with the toasted malt and smokiness, and very faint banana. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel. So far very impressed with the wheat series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Dark hazy brown/amber with a big thick beige head. Aroma of yeast. Flavor of wheat, roast and some coffee. Better than 2 and 4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Pours to a thick rocky off white head atop a really murky unfiltered orangish-brown body. Decent lacing. The aroma is very strong and full of bananas foster and marshmallows. Either itís heavily spiced or lightly spiced. Thereís such a complexity in the aroma itís hard to tell. Good wheat qualities as well. The flavor is really robust. Lots of bananas foster, sweet light brown sugar, nice wheat and spices. Grape nuts. Very nice. Given the murkyness of this brew, itís surprisingly easy to drink and isnít chewy or chunky. A very good brew. Thanks for experimenting Mr. Bell!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3545) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2005
bottle-batch 7119-pours turbid carmel color with a nice soapy cream colored head with many different sized bubbles. smokey, leathery, lighty sweet, tannens and light sulfer (but nowhere as much as the 4), ash tray, lightly toasted bread, faint spice, orange, bananas and some dubbel esqe notes as well. awesome aroma! flavors are toasty, earthy, grainy, bananas, chocolate, ash, smoke, lightly metallic. light bitterness from all the malting, not really any hop bitterness. body is quite nice-full, slick, and a nice level of carbonation (4 was way to carbonated. ) the best so far from the experiement if you ask me!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Bottle, Batch #7119. Hazy chestnut brown pour with a soapy taupe head... with some nice lacing. Quite a bit darker than the Four. Also darker were the aroma... caramel made a very pleasant entry to the project along with fried bananas, soap, toasted wheat, cloves, whole grain bread, and earth. All had their subtle quirks, and worked well to form the extra-enticing nose. Flavor starts off with something that I couldnít pull from the aroma... mild coffee roast. Cloves, wheat, and must right behind, and tart citric notes found the back of the tongue and finish. Smooth across the palate with the tartness and light bitterness on the finish. This was very enjoyable all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2005
12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a murky light brown with a slight tan head that dissipated pretty quickly. Roasted malts and clove, bubble gum/banana, some sweet citrus as well in the nose. Iím trying to pick out the sulfur smell that others have found and I canít smell it at all. Sulfur (obviously) has a horrendous stench and this beer is far from bad smelling! The flavor in this beer is there! Unlike the 4 that also smelled great but didnt have much going for it once you actually drank it, the 6 has some flavor to it. Lots of roasted malt character with some spiciness and a dark sweetness as well. Some slight acidic citrusy notes as well, but there is a slight funk in the finish along with some hops. I dont think it detracts too much from the beer though. I love wheat beers, and this is a good one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (10587) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Bottle. Nice banana wheat aroma. Cloudy reddish amber color with small head. Slightly sweet banana and wheat malt flavor with some bitterness coming out as the beer warms. This is more fruity than the Wheat 4 and I enjoyed it more. Will compare more after tasting 8.

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