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Bell's Wheat Four Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Wheat Four AleBell's Wheat Four Ale

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BA SCORE
78
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95 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 19.53%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Brian700 on 10-28-2005)
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Photo of nlmartin
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: This beer looked terrible in the glass. The beer poured a murky off colored brown. There was large chunks of yeast floating in the glass. The head was about an inch and a half high and quickly resolved to a foam. Tight bubbles of carbonation broke the surface of the beer. Dam near a drain pour just on appearance.

Smell: Pleasantly surprised the beer smelled slightly spicey with sweetened citrus back up. Ok I wont drain pour.

Taste: Very spicy intial taste peppery with hints of citrus.Finish is slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is meduim bodied and heavily carbonated. Overall a good tasting beer that is saved by the carbonation. The beer looks like hell in the glass but was a pleasant and easy beer to drink.

nlmartin, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of blackie
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The head is about 1.5" deep and off white in color, composed of large bubbles. The beer is a very milky light brown in color, pretty dark. Clouds of yeast slowly stream toward the bottom of the glass.

smell: Smells of dark wheat bread, yeast, dark wheat, and some light hops. Maybe a little banana.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is very high, too high, and the body is a heavier light. Somewhat chalky.

taste: Pretty strange. Somewhat yeasty, wheat bread, light fruit (maybe banana). Hop bitterness is considerable for a wheat. Bitterness lingers with a chalky feeling in the mouth.

drinkability: Not the best wheat I've had and the drinkability takes a fall due to the, in my opinion, excessive carbonation. CO2 forces its way out of the stomach often.2oz poured into a pint glass.

The batch # 7104 printed on the back label indicates that my Wheat Four was bottled on October 18, 2005. Obtained this bottle from CRJMellor as part of SS '05.

blackie, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of xgrigorix
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle. No dates, but there is a batch number on the back label.

Burnt rusty orange colour. Mammoth white head leaves sheets of lace on the glass.

Very spicy aroma. Unique and interesting, with some hints of musty earth.

Subtle hints of non-descript fruitiness. Tons of spice - clove & pepper in particular. Medium bodied, slightly creamy with moderate carbonation. Pretty interesting stuff.

xgrigorix, Dec 16, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a muddled and murky, loaded with sediment like a river at flood. Yellow-orange murk in color. Heathy dollup of ivory white crème on top.

Smelled like Franzlite. Mildly citrusy and spicy. The nose is light and simple.

Tastes very dank and musty, very mixed up. It feels complicated but I can’t quite distinguish one flavor from the next. Chocolate blends with moss which blends with citrus and then hay mold and so on. None of the flavors stand out long enough on their own to really discriminate between them.

Feels quite bitter and drying but not quite in a good way. Stringy like a fresh picked asparagus stock or the root of Queen Anne’s lace.

Not very drinkable. Cleanses and dries the palate well but doesn’t leave me thirsty for more.

DaPeculierDane, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of walleye
2.55/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

got to start right off and say I was not impressed with this beer compared to the two. poured a cloudy orangef with a big fluffy light tan head. aroma like a ash tray. yeast, musty some wheat and yeast. flavor grapefruit and everything else was very weak

walleye, Dec 04, 2005
Photo of Mitchster
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy light amber, darker than Two, forming a tall soapy beige head with very good retention and very good lacing. Carbonation is moderately strong, much brisker than Two. The aroma is odd...there is a strong sulfur and toasted wheat husk odor which overpowers the cloves and bananas, and even the doughy yeast nose. Mouthfeel is initially brisk then gluey with a medium dense body. The biggest difference I notice between 2 and 4 is the strong nutty, toasted wheat flavor and a semi-dry finish with a fair mix of tannins and green tree bark in the aftertaste. The yeast is very dominant in mouthfeel and flavor. Bitterness is a touch stronger, and a saccharin aftertaste is noticeable.

This is an interesting, albeit, very odd beer. I can't say that I've had anything quite like this. It's quite drinkable but has such an odd profile that most people wouldn't find it very enjoyable.

Mitchster, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of SheepNutz
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. It pours a hazy deep copper color with a HUGE head, unlike the wheat two beer. Chunks of lacing cling to the glass. The smell is slightly spicy, and has a gourd smell, kind of like acorn squash, but in a good way (especially since I despise acorn squash). A bit of the yeast character is coming through as well. The taste is very spicy as well. It seems to have many of the pumpkin spice flavors, including nutmeg, ginger, and clove. Not much of a hop presence, but none needed really. The mouthfeel is decently thick and smooth. The drinkability is fantastic. A decent American Wheat.

SheepNutz, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The second; Pours out to a darker orange color with a big foamy head and minor notes of lacing. Medium-high level of carbonation. Aroma is nice; very present notes of sweet fermented wheat, grains and some complex wood and earth tones. Taste is solid; flavors of wheat, earth, clove and spice blend well and leave a slightly sweet aftertaste on the palate. Mouthfeel was very good, as the higher level of carbonation seemed to bring out the nuances of the beer. Good drinkability. I was a bit down on W2A, but this stuff is pretty good. Recommended.

Frozensoul327, Nov 28, 2005
Photo of benito
2.3/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Like the Wheat Two, this poured a dark copper (more like a dunkel than a pale wheat) with an ENORMOUS head, which, to get more beer into my glass, had to be physically removed fingerful by fingerful. The nose is full of clove and banana.

After enjoying the other wheat beers that Bells does, I was taken aback by how strong this one is: the flavor profile is aggressive, bitter at times and very dry. The typical citrus and spice characteristics were well-defined but quickly shoved out of the way by a bitter surge as the liquid hit the back of my mouth. I thought that I would get used to the flavor, or at least that it would grow on me, but throughout the pint I found myself struggling with the strong bitterness mixed with the spices...like an peppery dryness gone awry.

Given how great #2 was, I was disappointed here. Don't search this one out.

benito, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of mynie
3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The best pour you could hope from the style! Bad dream hazy orange with a HUGE head that sticks and sticks.

Big wheatmalt spice: corrainder, white pepper, and cloves, mixed with a Belgian-y yeast and lemon peel. Nice, complex.

Hmm...strange taste. Sting like lots of alcohol, right up front, with a burnt kind of mix of all the spices. No juiciness or sweetness in the back like great examples of the style--just spicy and harsh. Kind of like a very nice cracker.

Doesn't taste bad, just different. Harsh. Nice to try, though.

mynie, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of HopHeadKen
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, I want to qualify this review by stating that I mostly like Stout or Pale Ale; but I know that Bell's makes some very good beer (Like Expedition Stout or their Batch 7000) So I had to try this knowing ahead of time it was wheat.

It pours from a bottle listing it as batch 7104 in a hazy Orange brown with tons of white / ivory head.

The smell is clearly wheat beer, distinctive and somewhat spicy.

The taste is wheat with more corriander than I think I have tasted in most Wit's. It is full flavored and robust - wheat & spice.

Mouthfeel is full, with the crispness of wheat but the big body of an IPA.

Drinkability is, if you like wheat beers, very good. As previously stated, I like other styles more than this, but my wife likes Wits and may like this too ! She will get some from this 'sixer'

HopHeadKen, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, light brown beer topped by a gigantic, moussy tan head. Yeasty with lots of malt and distinctive wheat aroma. There was a light chocolatey flavour throughout, which was a bit of a surprise. Also yeastiness throughout and some wheaty, bitter dryness. A bit toasty and perhaps a bit sour. Medium body with aggressive carbonation, but still quite smooth. This wheat series is a bold endeavour, but I can't help but think that the flavours in this beer didn't quite mesh together. Still, not a bad experiment at all.

DrJay, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
4.45/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When I poured the first bottle of this beer I forgot I was pouring a wheat beer, and that I needed to be more gentle with the pour so the head wouldn't flow out of the glass. I started pouring the with I normally pour a pale ale, and the result was a centimeter of beer and a weizen glass completely full of head. Not quiet the desired effect, but amazing none the less.

When poured correctly this brew still has a magnificent, billowing head atop a cloudy pale brown liquid. Instead of lacing the head evertually fades to about half an inch, and sits atop the beer until it is gone. The aroma screams of cloves. The taste is of tangy wheat, and cloves. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very good wheat beer, one of the best I have had for America.

KarlHungus, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of GreenWBush
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The graphic design in the Bell's Wheat series has been exemplary, this one is no different.

Audible 'pop' of carbonation upon opening the bottle. Gigantic 3" head that meringues over the lip of my glass and simply will not subside. Wicked.

The color is like a sunset; reddened orange, and much like the background color of the label. Some of the best lacing i've ever seen. Just an amazing presentation, label and product.

The nose of Wheat Four is slightly Saison-esque at times, with a lime-like hop-zing. Underneath this is a chalky, grainy aroma that becomes forefront. Candi sugar pops up, with slight hints of clove. Slight dirty funkiness not seen with Two.

Taste is initially brisk, tart, relatively non-descript. Carbonation is a little overzealous with a metallic afterimage. Not as captivating as Two, but still worth a try. Doesn't 'wow' me like Two did, but still a tasty offering. I can't wait to see how this ends...

GreenWBush, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of carln26
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I sampled this in a weizen glass to see if the aroma/taste benefits. It was a dark, hazy gold topped with a huge clumpy head. The clumps were left on the side of the glass as I drank. Just a ton of banana and clove on the nose. A bit of light citrus on the finish, not much malt to detect. The flavor is a little muddled. There is some of the banana and clove, but the malt almost disappears. There is a little caramel, but some alcohol comes across on the finish and lingers. Light mouth feel, and a decent drinkability. Interesting beer. I need to do a side-by-side with the Wheat 2.

carln26, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of bahumutx
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured very cloudy, amber in color with a 2 finger head that is dissipating very slowly.

Smell: A very yeasty smell with a hint of clove spiciness. Can’t really describe the smell in full, you must taste it yourself to gain the full experience.

Taste: Very interesting taste. The first taste that hits the tongue is an earth like taste followed by some bitterness. It finishes with a slight wheat taste. Throughout there are hints of bananas, a slight clove flavor, and slight yeast flavors.

As the beer warms the earth like taste disappears and more of the banana and yeast flavors come through. It also finishes with a more bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a somewhat drinkable beer.

I tried this beer right after the 2 wheat ale. I don’t like this one as much as the first beer in this experimental series. I do look forward to trying the Wheat 6, 8, and Wheat love.

bahumutx, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wheat 4 is made with four different wheats and four yeasts. Wheat Four Wheats: White, Victory, Toasted sprouts, Torrefied Yeast: WLP550 Belgian, WLP570 Golden, Wheat Two blend.
Cloudy, nice big white head, lace. Strong carbonation. Bold wheat taste. Good ideas but doesn't all integerate too well. Thanks Dr. Jay for sharing.

Sammy, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of malty
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Batch# 7104

The color looks just like apple cider; murky golden brown. Gargantuan loose off white head that settle to 1 1/2" easy.

The scents are very yeasty, musty with a good deal of spiciness. Wow, the yeasts in this baby really give off a nutmeggy/holiday-type spice.

Flavors first off are very earthy & spicy. A peculiar clove component is apparent, but the typical banana, vanilla & bubblegum flavors are definitely not found in this ale. There's that spice I detected in the nose, but it's hard to translate into 'flavor'.
The only taste that remains throughout is this peculiar dry spice that reminds me of sticks & dried leaves (not that I ever ate sticks & dried leaves). I'm baffled.

Mouthfeel is very blossoming and carbonated. Boisterous and very dry finish.

Drinkability is not as good as I would have hoped. Very dry and carbonated with fleeting and ambiguous flavors.

Overall a very experimental beer that never hits any defined mark. Looks fantastic, smells intriguing and taste very unorthodox. I'll keep trying this series though as Bell's never gathers any moss.

malty, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of Blakaeris
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy and a striking dark orange color with a massive head that leaves intricate lacing.

Aroma is quite unusual and complex. At first its all sour yeast, then you notice banana bread, and an odd funky herbal smell. This aroma needs to be expeienced. Words just can't do it justice.

Taste is wheat with a sour 'off' flavor. I'm still getting the yeastiness, and banana bread with the addition of citrus flavors. Hops make their presence known at the finish.

Heavy mouthfeel for a wheat beer. It would be more enjoyable without so much carbonation.

Overall I would suggest giving this beer a shot. Although it isn't a great beer it is worth a taste. I like the idea of taste testing 4 completely different wheat beers from someone as solid as Bells. I liked #2 better than this and I am very excited to try #6 and #8.

Blakaeris, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky looking brown tone. Big airy stained white head. Retention is very good and lace comes in sheets. Odd aroma. I'm guessing it's the sprouts. Kind of musty and dank. Not bad, but not the most appealing to me either. Nose also has some thick yeastiness to it and dough. Nice and lively carbonation. Crisp tasting. Proves to be a nice palate cleanser. Meidum bodied. Flavor of wheat and dough and yeast dominate. Some slight cocoa/chocolate enter the picture. And some light esters. Good experiment.

Bighuge, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of isubsmith
2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Extremely cloudy, dark orange/rust color. Tons of head that lingers. Lots of lacy after affects. Tons of yeast can be seen falling to the bottom after the pour.

Smell: Not as bad as some of the reviews suggest, though definately not good either. Lots of grassy/barnyard smells. Some sort of dirty smell. Not very encouraging.

Taste: Mirrors most of the smell... Grassy/barnyard tastes. Lots of yeast. Some citrus notes as well. Finish is pretty bad and reminds me of the strange dirty smell in the nose. Mouthfeel is rather biting, lots of CO2 in this one.

Overall, not so good. Somewhat disappointing from Bells.

isubsmith, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
2.98/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Bell's Wheat 4 pours out a murky brownish-yellow color with a huge head. Thick swirls of yeast float through the beer and slowly sink. The nose is pretty nasty. I get some banana bread with walnuts, but there's also a sour, putrid yeast aroma. The flavor is similar to the 2, but stronger. Tangy wheat, funky yeast, and lemon. Finishes very dry. Some of the nasty qualities of the aroma come through to the flavor. Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is too high. I'm a little nervous of the direction this experiment is heading.

beveragecaptain, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of CortexBomb
2.15/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The pour on Wheat Four is remarkable in comparison to Wheat Two...I don't know what the difference is, but the colouration, while similar to Two, has added a substantial head that was absent from #2. This gets a mark up to a 4 from me.

The nose however...oh god, what everyone else is saying is true, this is not pleasant at all. I am getting the lovely aroma of lightly scented skunk and that's about it...this isn't the worst beer I've ever smelled, but it certainly doesn't smell appetizing.

The flavour...not dissimilar to #2 initially...malty, yeasty...the cloves seem to be more pronounced though and I feel they dominate the flavour too much here. There is also a citrus in the background ala 2, but there is something wrong about it in 4 that doesn't sit quite right with me. The finish is softly bitter...but not much there. I have to mark this beer down vis a vis #2 because the flavour is just becoming harsher, and not more enjoyable.

The mouth stays at about 3.5 though, it is still thick for a wheat and still provides some good bitter sensations. Drinkability suffers though, the beer is just doing something that I don't care for, and the drinkability is suffering for me as a result.

I was really digging the idea of the Wheat Project after #2, but I'm starting to get concerned here at #4...I hope the #6 and 8 that I have in my fridge manage to drown out whatever went wrong here because #4 is not that good at all.

CortexBomb, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of Fugazme
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice orange/copper/cloudy glass with a thick and creamy head. A very nice looking beer. Lacing is great. Stickage!

Aroma isn't awful, but not great. Similar to skunk, but not skunk...
Is it possible something's wrong with this bottle?

But here goes...

Flavor, thank god, ain't so bad. Very nice. Banana, malt... some cinnamon and a touch of clove.

Mouthfeel is ok. Some over-bubbly parts, but decent.

The smell on this is so bad that I don't think I'd ever purchase it again. Maybe I got a bad bottle? I've always loved Bell's and never had an experience like this with them.

Fugazme, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of granger10
2.5/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't know if its blasphemy that I tried this before the 2 or not but I was thinking I'd like this one better so I cracked it open. It turns out that this was not the beer I was hoping for.

Pours a dirty orange color with a ridiculously huge dirty white head. Retention is really good (or bad, depends on how you looks at it) and lacing is to the max. This was way too carbonated.

Aroma is very pungent with tons of different yeasty funky flavors. I'm not really digging it. It's ok at first but after a while the aroma starts to get kind of annoying. There's some banana bread and walnuts in there with clove spiciness and a drying wheat element, but mostly its Belgian yeast funk. Almost skunk-like.

Taste once again is dominated by the yeast. It overtakes any subtleties the malts and hops might have had. Tons and tons of clove in here. A bit of a grassy flavor and maybe some soft fruit taste but then more yeast. Bananas come through towards the finish.

Mouthfeel is decent. Too carbonated and foamy but the body holds together, unfortunately the dry yeast and funk yeast and spicy yeast flavors overtake the beer here too.

I like experiments and I'm going to try the 2 soon and see if its different but I did not like this beer. Interesting but not good.

granger10, Nov 18, 2005
Bell's Wheat Four Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.