Bell’s Wheat Eight Ale

Formerly brewed at Bell’s Brewery
Style: Dunkelweizen
Galesburg, Michigan USA
Serve in Stein, Weizen


on tap


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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Basic Content List for the Wheat Series Wheat Two Wheats: White, Dark Yeast: Bell’s house ale strain, WLP410 Belgian Wit II Wheat Four Wheats: White, Victory, Toasted sprouts, Torrefied Yeast: WLP550 Belgian, WLP570 Golden, Wheat Two blend Wheat Six Wheats: White, Dark, Toasted sprouts, Torrefied, Red, Caramel Yeast: WLP500 Trappist, WLP530 Abbey, Wheat Four blend 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 8 the 55% of wheat is made up of eight different kinds of wheat malt, and this ale is made with eight different yeasts. Wheat Eight Wheats: White, Dark, Victory, Toasted sprouts, Torrefied, Red, Caramel, Chocolate Yeast: WLP4000 Belgian Wit I, WLP565 Saison, Wheat Six blend

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Pours dark brown and slightly cloudy. Thin fizzy and a small amount of lacing. Nutty carmel malt aroma. Yeast and raisins up front nice banana bread finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Badgerben’s Cellar Reduction night. Nice dark color with a wheaty nose. Usual spices that one would expect. A little grainy in the body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5866) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Sampled entire series at Badgerben’s Cellar Reduction Night. Wheat #8 pours a dark caramel amber brew with a thick off-white head that has good retention and some thin lacing. Aroma is more rich than the previous numberred wheats. Scents include caramel malt, some buckwheat, light yeast a touch of chocolate and some spicey vegetable. Taste is semi-sweet, medium bodied, light carbonation with some smooth caramel, yeast and banana bread. Finish is semi-sweet, smooth, clean with a banana bread aftertaste. Pretty cool brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7515) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 22, 2007
A dark wheat. Very flavorful. My wife’s least favorite of the wheats, but I loved it. I wish they’d bring these back. They were quite good. The whole series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Side by side comparison with bottles of Two, Four, Six, Eight and Love. New Years Day 2006, I believe. *TWO pours light orange with minimal, but noticeable haze in the bottle. Sweet nose does have a bit of spice showing through as it warms. Body is light. Dry and spicy at the finish of the bottle. Not as creamy as Oberon, lighter body. Light spices remind of a lighter witbier. Quite average, though. *FOUR is much drier and straigh grainier wheat flavor than the two. Re-writing this review, it is what GI 312 is like today. Straw and grass with tiny hints of sweet bread and cookie barely coming through...teasing. *SIX is a bit darker and more malt flavors are present in the nose and especially in the flavor. Sweet and mapley with the grassy dryness at the end quickly fading. *EIGHT is dark and cloudy, nutty aroma. Flavor is really weak, as is the body. Some tiny roasted flavors, but this one seems the weakest of the bunch, despite it’s color. *LOVE - I thought the order would go lighter to darkest, finishing with LOVE, but this is just as light as TWO. Nose is compoletely different, with alcohol upfront and some banana bread. Body is nice and rich, malty, some spices drying at the finish. The aftertaste, dry from apparent alcohol is also spicy and wonderful. The clear winner of the series for me!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Wheat Eight
Date: 01/27/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cask Eve, 2006

dark amber, whispy head, slightly sweet rich malt aroma, dark malt flavor with a bit of chocolate,

Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 4/10; Overall: 9/20
Rating: 2.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUL 29, 2007
12 oz bottle via Secret Santa in July 07 - thanks to whoever! Murky dark brown with a big tan head. Lightly sweet nose of toasty wheat, clove and mild banana. Toasty wheat flavors, clove, chocolate and banana all make an appearance. A mild pepper in the finish. Nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Pours a slightly hazy dark mahogany brown Dunkelweiss color. Initially produces a nice 1/2" thick dense tan head which gradually fades to some sparsely spotty foam. No lacing observed. Nose was restrained but with pleasant notes of slightly burnt biscuits, Wheat Chex cereal, semi-sweet chocolate along with a faint hint of clove and smokiness. Mouthfeel was moderately full and creamy with a lively carbonation level as expected for the style. Taste profile was fairly complex showing off flavors of burnt wheat toast, spices, dark chocolate, roasted malts, with a subdued raisin-like sweetness balancing out the porter-like roastiness. Finish is nicely balanced between the roasted wheat grains and fruity sweetness. All in all very drinkable and satisfying. Easy to go back for more than one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2007
A very dark brown reddish color, milder aroma than the others and no banana. Has a smoky, roasty tone, mild and smooth, finishes on the sweet side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (4363) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Deep mahohany color with a thin foamy tan head. Puffed wheat nose with lots of dark caramel sweetness. Almost smokey dark caramel flavor with raisens and burnt toast. Soft mouthfeel. Long burnt toast finish.

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