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RATINGS: 410   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 2 the 55% of wheat is made up of two different kinds of wheat malt, and this ale is made with two different yeasts. Wheat 4 is made with four different wheats and four yeasts. Wheat six and eight made with six and eight wheats and yeasts respectively. The final product, Bell’s Wheat Love Ale, is made with the eight yeasts of Wheat eight and is a strong, but relatively light colored, “wheatwine.” 2. 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 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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Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Bottle. The best of the wheat series, but that isn’t hard. Tastes to me like a mild tripple, not a BW. Nose-lotion, clove, soapy, phenols. Hazy orange/yellow body with a thicl ring of bubbles. Taste-soapy, soft, orange zest, clove, medium spice, corriander. Not bad, fairly mild, mild spice.

Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Interesting. To me, it tastes like an imperial hefe with a slight bitterness at the end (I don’t think I need to break down the standard flavors of a German-style weitzen for you folks), although to be honest I was expecting a wheat bock. Nonetheless it is an enjoyable beer. One of the few American wheats to have that German wheat character.

eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2006
The best of the wheat series (naturally), this wheat wine has a rich fruity complex aroma. Pours deep clear gold with a light head. Taste is caramel, sweet malt, orchard fruits and oranges with nice layers of tangy wheat, subtle yeast, and smooth long fruity finish.

beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Thickly fogged yellow peach color with a very slim topping of off-white foam proceeding quickly to a thin collar. Miniscule ghostly spotted lacing. Aroma is akin to a Belgian Pale with semi damp and tepid malts with a lightly citric fruity and bready sweetness. Tends to carry a pineapple and tangerine candy or gum with an airy wheatyness to it thats flour-esk and a bit of dry yeastyness. Taste is a malted bready crockpot of damp, old citrusy fruits. No one fruit tends to jump to mind other then a multitude of over ripe centers of tropical senses. Pineapple, apricot, melon, orange, and perhaps a scurry of others are super dulled out and blending into one weird jam-like flavor spread over some white bread and earthy dustyness in the finish. I wanted to like it more, but it just wasn’t pulling enough interest for me. Still good though. Feel is fairly full and well rounded with a malty satisfaction of big smoothness keeping a lower-ended carbonation. It sends warming tones in through the back end of the finish just after the dryness floats off leaving a bit of tropical malt backing coating the back of the throat. As with the 2, 4, 6, 8 Wheat series beers by Bell’s, this stuff is fully drinkable and takes on its own growth of acceptance as it goes.

aracauna (3651) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2006
This one is a light amber with a slight haze. The smallish head is fast fading. The aroma is an attractive floral honey and that is backed up by a sweet and pleasant fruitiness.

thegreenrooster (4512) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Pour was a hazy orange with no head at all. Aroma is yeasty but that’s about it. Good thing that is the only thing i have a problem with this brew. Flavor is nice! Stong yeast and banana flavor. Lots of cloves and pepper added make this a good wheat brew. Not like a barleywine as you know it. More like an Imperial Hefe if there is such a thing.

Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2006
Batch 7155, bottle. Nice opague, golden pour. Notes of Belgian yeast emerge from the glass; fresh baked bread, clove, orange peel, nutmeg, lemon. Reminded me a bit of the Abbaye des Rocs Brune on the nose, and to some extent, the palate as well. On the palate, a great balance of flavors, with the wheat emerging strongly. Some similarities to a weizenbock in the sense that the wheat notes are so pronounced. Lots of banana bread like flavors and spices. Great mouthfeel and solid finish. Not my favorite style (I prefer a barleywine to a wheatwine), but this is well done. Larry Bell shows his skill and craftsmanship yet again.

jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2006
From a distinctive 12oz. brown Bell’s bottle with batch number 7155 on the back label, packaged on 12/01/05. Made a good appearance, poured a hazy dirty golden with a nice sized foamy white head and a fair amount of ringed lacing. Had a yeasty aroma, Bell’s house strain and a Belgian type yeastiness with a buried wheat maltiness. Decent carbonation and a slick lite medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Taste was a first yeasty followed by a mellow wheat maltiness and a dry, slightly bittersweet finish.

Bockyhorsey (2627) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Thanks Illinismitty
12oz bottle; Yeast stands out as the aroma alnong with a banana like some Wits I’ve had. Couldy yellow body with good head. Head settled to a thin layer all through beer. Quality lacing. At first not much but the banana flavor. By the middle is a carmel texure to blend with the banana and seemed like a bubblegum at the finish. Banana aftertaste left on palate. Man this was good.

beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2006
(01.23.06) 12 oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 8% ABV. Hazy light orange hued ale having no discernable head. No discernable carbonation. Spicy (clove) and fruity aromas. Medium bodied ale that starts with sharpness, light malt sweetness and spicy clove/fruity flavors. Finishes dry with pleasant fruity aftertaste. A very good wheat barleywine, like an “imperial” hefeweizen.

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