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


on tap


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RATINGS: 170   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

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Bottle from styles, frothy off-white head, cloudy amber color, hint of yeast in the aroma, taste of yeast, roasted grains, almost reminds me of a belgian strong, i didn’t like this as much as the others

badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Muddy brown color with an off-white head that leaves some lacing. Smells of roasted coffee, some cocoa, and toasted bread. Tastes like a watered down cup of coffee paired with toast. It also has some cocoa flavors to it as well as a little hoppiness in the finish. Medium carbonation and lighter than medium body. Probably wouldn’t seek this out again. This, and the other beers in the Wheat series were reviewed in early 2006. These are from notes.

dukefan (215) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 17, 2008
On tap at brewery during the Wheat Project. Wonderful stuff that is exceptionally flavored.

shigadeyo (3818) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Batch 7119

3/08/2008: Bell’s Wheat Six (6) Ale pours as a glass full of foam just like the Wheat Four (4) did. WAY too much carbonation at this point. After some time the rocky off-white/light beige foam starts to settle out and some amber-colored liquid starts to collect in the bottom of the glass. Unfortunately this process is much slower than it was for the Wheat Four (4) Ale... The yeasty aroma contains traces of toasted wheat and butter caramel. The flavor has a really nice toasted maltiness with some darker undertones. The alcohol flavor is more controlled in this one than it was in the Wheat Four (4). There is a soft herbal/grassy bitterness in the finish. Some additional character starts to come out after mixing in the yeast at the bottom of the bottle and with some additional warmth. The Belgian candi and fruity flavors are subdued with some American/German wheat beer characteristics including creamy wheat, more caramel and lightly toasted malt, traces of chocolate, a faint wiff of smoke/char, and a touch more bitterness becomes apparent. The appearance is also cloudy and opaque amber brown with a dense and forever-lasting off-white/beige head. This beer has a really smooth mouthfeel and a medium body. The carbonation level of the actually beer is really low at this point (it all escaped during the pour!). So far this beer was marginally better than the Wheat Four (4), but not as good as the Wheat Two (2).

12 fl. oz. bottle from Party Town in Florence, Kentucky. Rating #170 for this beer...

My other Bell’s Wheat Project Ratings:
• <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bells-wheat-two- Wheat Two (2) Ale
• <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bells-wheat-four Wheat Four (4) Ale
• <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bells-wheat-six- Wheat Six (6) Ale
• <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bells-wheat-eigh Wheat Eight (8) Ale
• <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/bells-wheat-love Wheat Love Ale

cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 5, 2008
12 oz. bottle (batch 7119) via trade with hopdog - Bottle opened with a big hiss! Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a huge ass off white head. After about 5 minutes I finally get to drink the beer. Aroma is light malt, esters and a light soapiness. Flavor is toasted malt and esters. A smooth, medium bodied beer. This beer is very good for its age. A bigtime thanks goes out to Steve for sending this one.

Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - JAN 15, 2008
12 oz bottle pour that, even if I jostled the bottle when opening poured the most ridiculous sized head of any bottle of beer I’ve ever had. Did they add CO2 to this? I can appreciate Bells creativity and daring, but this is not their best beer. Ratebeer classifies it as a Dunkleweizen and the commercial description reads like a math problem. It’s not even close to being a great dunklewiezen and winds up being simply an odd experiment.

BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2007
Badgerben’s Cellar Reduction night. Clear borwn color some yead. What and yeast on the nose with some citrus hints. Similar flavors in the body.

Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Sampled entire series at Badgerben’s Cellar Reduction Night. Wheat #6 pours a semi-clear orangish amber brew with a decent fizzy white head that has good retention and some spotty lacing. Aroma of wheat/yeasty malt, a touch of caramel, fruit and lemon zest. Taste is medium bodied, well carbonated with flavors of wheat bread with yeast and some grassy hop bitterness. Finish is slightly gritty with a yeasty bread aftertaste.

jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2007
I liked this one the best out of the wheat series. Nice wheat-bread-yeast type flavor. Pretty well balanced. Pleasant aftertaste.

JoeM500 (1909) - 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!

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 01/27/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cask Eve, 2006

amber, thin off white head, slightly tart malt aroma, light wheat flavor, light bitterness

Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 4/10; Overall: 8/20
Rating: 2.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

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