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
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2006
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.
(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.