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

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brian700 on 10-28-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 100 | Reviews: 97
Reviews by nomad:
Photo of nomad
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a tulip this ale is shining bright orange-copper with spectacular clarity. Light carbonation gives a slow push to the sold quarter inch head of wheat mousse. But, this is the appearance sans yeast.

Smell varies between soft cracker crunchy wheat, banana and clove, earthy and spicy phenols, and a soft citric notions. Not all are always present but the combination of Bell's proprietary strain (a slightly more fruity Chico-type ale) with White Lab's Belgian Wit II are a fair pair and a good match, especially in flavor. The taste is Vienna malt-like nuts, yeast spice, humming "Belgian" phenols, wheaty twang and dryness, and an effortless tartness from seemingly both the wit yeast and the wheat blend. Hops resemble a subdued lemon verbena while the mouthfeel is thin and boldly glasslike on the tongue.

Tasty witbier, pale ale, American wheat sort of thing.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murkey copper color. Very pretty. Thin carbonated white head. Yeasty nose with notes of ginger, wheat, orange, and coriander. Tastes very similar to tap Franz. Hint of banana. Bready, slightly appley or peary too. Lots of potential. Leaves me excited for the next stage of the experiment.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Bell's Wheat 2 Ale pours from the longneck bottle a cloudy pale orange color with a half inch of bubbly foam on top. Aromas begin with a grainy wheat aroma that has an odd fruitiness about it. Almost akin to sour apple juice and banana. Underneath there's some yeasty phenols exhibiting notes of cloves and a touch of pepper. A touch of orange and lemon peel. It fails to really grab me.

First sip brings a pale wheaty maltiness that's a touch husky and gritty. An intermingled musty fruitiness that has notes of apple, banana and lemon follows suit. There's a big yeasty aspect that brings a mix of spicy, peppery and mellow clove flavors. It finishes a bit dry and chalky on the back of the palate. Ultimately this just doesn't seem to form a cohesive whole.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with mellow carbonation and a creamy grain sensation. An interesting experiment, but in this case I'm glad I only grabbed a few singles instead of an entire sixer. Seems to be a bit muddled. I'll be looking forward to the 4, 6 and 8 that I have yet to sample.

Photo of blitz134
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From AKSmokedPorter in a personal trade...

Pours a murky banana yellow with an orange core to it. Lots of suspended yeast with some carbonation rising every so often. Fleeting white head on top.

Nice yeasty, wheat smell to this. Sweet overall with hints of lemon and banana. Nothing overly unique or complex. We'll see if I can actually tell any difference between the three remaining in the series.

Solid clean flavor. Lots of wheat again, as expected. Has a good bit of spiciness in this which I like. Some lemony and other subtle citrus fruity bits work in as well. Finishes with a touch of herbal hops which are easily noticed and a bit of dry maltiness as well.

Mouthfeel is fairly full and to style. Coats the mouth well and lingers for just a bit. Highly drinkable. These would be good during the summer down here in the South.

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a hazy, apple juice orange body, with essentially no head, in spite of a vigorous pour. A considerable amount of wispy, patch lace still manages to cling to the glass.

Aroma is subdued, with muted notes of clove, banana, and toasted wheat.

Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Taste features bready and grainy wheat, yeast, muted banana and clove. Nothing assertive here, but I've come to expect very little reward in this style.

Not a bad beer, and it's pleasantly drinkable. Quite well constructed, overall. I've not yet encountered an American Pale Wheat Ale that impresses, including this one.

Photo of ADR
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy and murky yellow appearance with a flat 1/2 inch head od average duration. Laces simply, slipping collars and a few pinprick dots. Wheaty and dusty aroma, bready with sweetened pineapple, almost "stuffy" to my mind -- esters somewhat stifled by this impression. Mouthfeel is about medium, carbonation average but subtle. Flavors come across as very starchy, as in the wheat paste used by archivers and stamp collecting "hinges", some astringent lemon and understated spices. OK beer, frankly gluey and a little pastey with a ringing citrus note. Not a knockout for me.

Photo of Shovelbum
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big creamy rocky white head that has excellent staying power and good lace. Body is hazy and deep golden in color. Aromas of banana, mild clove and a bit of malt. Tastes of sweet malt with subdued banana and a bit of clove. A bit of hoppy bitterness lurking in here too. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation, but is still very smooth with a clean finish.

Bell’s wheat experiment is going to be a lot of fun and informative as well. This first installment strikes a good balance between subdued esters and moderate sweetness. I can’t wait to try its siblings.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a warm straw yellow body with a faint hazy to it. The head is a very creamy white pillow that sits on top for a while. The carbonation is a few gentle tiny bubbles.

S- Soft smells of slight sweet perfume with some faint hints of hops. There is some faint bubblegum notes that balance with the other aromas.

T- This beer has a smooth soft grain taste that balances with a spicy hops flavor. This has a nice soft faint bread note to it and finishes with a slight sweetness. There is a slight pear hint to the malt flavor as it warms.

M- The mouthfeel feels like a medium-full mouthfeel even though the taste is light. No alcohol warmth or astringency

D- This is a great Belgian Pale Ale that has an American influence to it. Even thought the wheat and malt flavors are soft they still have good complexity of many different flavors. The hops fit very well with the beer and they are not real citrus or piney hops but add a nice spiciness to the beer. This should be a great series if this is any indication.

Photo of cokes
3.36/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Silty golden mustard topped with a blossoming ecru mushroom.
Wet dinner roll nose, sprinkled with flour, and garnished with concrete mix, and zests of orange and lemon.
It begins with a staunch wheat bread doughiness. Rich and wet, with minor accompanying peals of lemon. Further fruit tracers add pears and apples, but the bread is unyielding, and actually is bolstered in the middle as the yeast adds more like minded bread, as well as motes of coriander and granite, and lime rinds. It finishes with an understated, oily, lemongrass hop notation.
Broad shouldered and gangly for a generally light-frame beer. Thickish and clotted with yeast. There are times where this drinks too much like paste.
I think that this is an experiment that will grow on me as it progresses. But right now, this merely seems like a remixed Oberon.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Creamy wheat aroma, appearance, and taste. Smooth drink.Nice bubbly head with lace. Some banana, citrus, understated spices, suitable carbonation,pleasant bitterness, lots of malt offset, milkshake finish.Good medium body. A nice one. Thanks Dr. Jay.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a semi-cloudy golden yellow with a tall white head. Not as cloudy as most wheats I've encountered though. Nose is mild - banana esters, light clove, and grassy wheat. Taste follows suit, mild banana-citrus esters, clove, and wheat. Mouthfeel was a little thin. Overall this is a pretty tame wheat. Drinkable, but I expect bigger and better things from subsequent numbered wheats.

Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, bought a 6-pack at Steve's in Madison, batch 7083

appearance: pours a pretty impressive pale golden orange color, very murky and cloudy with a huge creamy white head and thick lacing

smell: nice and wheaty, huge citrusy aromas in the nose...some tangerine and apricot, nice yeast aromas, banana, "belgian"

taste: nice and fruity, tropical, citrus-tangerine,orange, apricot, belgian yeasty flavor, some banana. plenty of wheat, especially in the aftertaste... quite enjoyable!

mouthfeel: smooth and refreshing, good carbonation

drinkability: pretty drinkable

This is a nice release from Bell's, a little outside of their box, so to speak. I love the idea behind the wheats project, only question the timing.

Photo of nortmand
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours bright, cloudy orange with a white head and some lacing.

Smell is sweet and citrusy, with a nice clove undertone. Kinda like oberon with some actual character.

Damn. Was good, until the mouthfull of yeast I just got. There's definitely some clove/banana, but it's dominated by a trubby yeastiness. I know that it's supposed to be yeast, but christ, there's a difference between yeast character and a spoonful of yeast.

Light bodied and pretty drinkable, although that takes a hit for the huge yeast garbage going on.

Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice cloudy orange with a thick off white head.

Smell was dominated by strong orange citrus odors with hints of wheat and a strong yeast smell.

Taste is a very nice crisp light wheat flavor with hints of orange and lemon with just enough hop bitterness to keep it from beging at all sweet. Balanced and good.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and very high on the carbonation.

Drinkability is good on this solid wheat offering. Looking forward to the next 4 in the series.

Photo of marcobrau
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Bell's Wheat 2 pours with a slightly hazy gold to amber hue with lots of foam that settles quickly to give the beer a flat appearance. The nose is very organic and earthy; sort of like how my tap water smells after a heavy rain. There's a bit of toasted malt aroma, too. The mouthfeel is smooth. Caramel malt flavors mingle with fruity (banana?) yeasty esters as the hops are kept in the background. The finish is relatively dry and helps drinkability. Not as much complexity as Bell's Wheat 8, which I think I prefer.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out cloudy yellow. Almost no head, reduces to a ring quickly. Nose, not suprisingly, strongly dominated by wheat, but not overly intense. There is also a touch of yeast present.

The taste is softly malted on the front before receiving a certain tangy kick from the yeast. Some light spicy, clove-like tones and the vaguest hint of generic tropical citrus. Good slight hop presence. Crisp finish. Smooth. Nothing really special, but I like it.

Mouthfeel is good, not remarkable. Thicker than might be expected for the style though, so it does gain a bit. Drinkability is very solid, as should be expected for a smooth drinking, wheat.

This first offering in the Bell's Wheat Project is a solid base. Some good flavours and complexity, but nothing overwhelming. Simple, yet tasty.

Photo of PeatReek
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7083.

Aroma: clean fruity nose, slight clove scent. Smells fresh. Little to no hops in the aroma.

Taste: fruity. clove & a hint of banana; soft maltiness with a crisp finish.

Appearance: Thin white head dissoves quickly to a ring. Clear for a wheat beer, nice bold yellow color with a tinge of amber.

Mouthfeel: light body. Smooth but not oily; prominent carbonation helps with the "crips" taste perception.

Overall a nice weizenbier, though no aspect sticks out as particularly stunning. Superbly drinkable on a hot summer afternoon, I'll bet.

Photo of santoslhalper
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: A very nice looking off-white head sits firmly atop a slightly cloudy orange/copper body. Decent amount of carbonation.

Smell: Popcorn. Old popcorn. That's what I smell, and honestly, the only thing I smell. Blah!

Taste and Mouthfeel: Well it's definitly not popcorn. Hah. This a very nice, smooth, clean tasting brew. Not alot of complexity, which makes this an easy quaffer. The wheat flavor is nice, and kept in check by a slight bit of hoppiness. Very nice tasting.

Drinkbaility and Overall: Other than the unimpressive popcorn smell, this a very nice beer. I think they accomplished what they were aiming for with this one: a smooth, clean, easy drinking beer that quenches your thirst. Recommended!!

Glass: Standard weizen glass.
Music: "1, 2, 3, 4" by Boom Bap Project and "Ohio Players" by Count Bass D

Photo of blackie
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour into my imperial pint creates a low white head that quickly recedes, leaving just a collar around the glass. The beer is a cloudy, golden hay color.

smell: Big yeasty and sweet wheat aromas up front, in addition to plenty of ripe banana. Some mango and apricot present. Hops are low and somewhat spicy, and there is a light citrus character.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the low end of the high range. The body is light, but not watery. There is something strange about a mouthfeel, I get a slight slick, syrupy feel in my mouth after the swallow.

taste: I first notice the sweet ripe banana flavors against the light wheat backbone. Just the right amount of unassuming hop bitterness provides balance. The finish is yeasty and somewhat chalky with a slight bitterness lingering. A tasty wheat beer.

drinkability: Flavorful and easily quaffable. Something about the mouthfeel limits the drinkability, however. A solid american wheat no doubt, with, in my mind, some similarity to hefeweizen.

The dating code 7083 printed on the back label indicates that my bottle was bottled on October 4, 2005. Obtained this bottle from CRJMellor as part of SS '05.

Photo of Brent
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate body for an unfiltered wheat. Crackery, bright malt flavor with pleasant but reserved yeast flavors. Some faint orchard fruit flavors lurk in the background. The relative simplicity of the beer hints at what is in store with the more complicated beers in the series - cheers to the brewery for their creativity with this line.

Photo of Erdinger2003
2.55/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Color is cloudy and golden brown. Head was thick, but fell fast leaving almost no lacing. Smell is slightly watery with some nice wheaty smells of lemon and a sweet orange. Taste is medium bodied with a slight lemon, but more of the funny orange was present. This flavor is sweet. Mouthfeel is average with a strange rubbery feel to it. I would like a fresh bottle before making any decisions of this beer.

Photo of carln26
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very hazy beer, light gold in color topped by a fluffy white head that leaves an intricate lace on the side of the glass. Definitive banana clove aroma with a bit of toffee on the finish. The taste has a bit of the banana ester, there’s just a bit of citrus, and also light caramel. This really seems like a Hefeweizen on steroids. Interesting beer wit a light mouth feel (a lot of alcohol on the finish), medium drinakbility.

Photo of trumick
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a thin white head that dissapates slowly leaving spots of lace.

Scent is of wheat malts, fruity-citrus, corriander and intense yeast.

Taste follows the nose with bready wheat malts, light fruity accents which hints of citrus to me, and a slightly bittering corriander-pepper finish. It all melds quite well.

Mouthfeel is smooth light to medium bodied and just the right amount of carbination.

Drinkability is outstsanding. I could drink these things all day, and have someone pick me up more on the next beer run.

Another home run from Bells. I like wheat beers, but not Oberon which this is not. This one is in the top 5 on my wheat beer list and recomended.

Photo of plaid75
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy dark straw hue with two fingers of foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing. Good sediment.

The smell featured a light wheat and yeast aroma with traces of banana.

The taste consisted of a light and wheaty malt with a tingle of clove spice. An excellent yeasty bread finish.

The mouthfeel was nice and chewy yet crisp.

Overall a very easy drinking pale wheat ale. Thanks to orbitalr0x for sending me this one.

Photo of weeare138
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy golden orange with a fluffy white head that retains nicely. Lots of thick, heavy lace is left around the top of the glass.
Smell is wheat, yeast, orange peel, clove, and just a mild bit of funkiness that is detectible but stays within the Bell's realm of aromas.
Taste is a mix of yeasty, bready wheat and mild orange and clove.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and yeasty with a small amount of sweet and bitter and small amounts of prickliness.
Drinkability is of a decent brew. It just seems a bit too yeasty to me. I like this much more than the Wheat 8 I had at the Brewpub. There was the same funkyness that smelled like spent yeast phenols and plastic but this was much more milder than the 8.

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Bell's Wheat Two Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.