Bell's Wheat Two Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
01-15-2006 04:38:58 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
First, a little background. The beers of Bell's Wheat Project 2005 (excepting Wheat Love) are more similar than they are different. All are brewed with 55% wheat malt and 45% barley malt. All share the same three varieties of barley malt in the exact same proportions. The total amount of grain is the same in each, as is the type and amount of hops. The only variables are the number and varieties of wheat malt used and the number and varieties of yeast used (two in Wheat Two Ale, four in Wheat Four Ale, etc).
Hazy apricot with a huge load of fine yeast. The head is 'lightly toasted cracker' beige in color and filled the top half of my nonic pint glass after the pour. I bet this beer would look great in a weizen glass; I'll have to keep that in mind for the rest of the series. Less than expected lace dampens my enthusiasm for the appearance just a little, especially when subsequent pours murk things up beautifully.
This is one of the wheatiest smelling wheat beers that I've ever run across. I'm having trouble coming up with a more detailed description than that... it just smells like wheat to me. Whether that's a good thing or not is less clear. I welcome the freshness of it, but I need something else. I think the best APWAs are the most highly hopped APWAs. My fear after smelling Wheat Two is that it will be lowly hopped.
The beer tastes as wheaty as it smells. For whatever reason, I'm finding that characteristic more appealing on the palate than I did in the nose. Wheat Two is some combination of a malt intensive, barely hopped pale wheat and an authentic hefe weizen. Since the brewers didn't ladle on the hops (which aren't entirely absent), the least they could do was to give us some flavorful yeast. Thankfully, they did.
Clove dominates, although it would quake in fear if faced by an uber strain from Deutschland. Banana esters are in the background and rate no more than a 2.0/5.0 on my (hefe) weizen banan-o-meter. I'm impressed by the quantity and quality of the malt used. This is a delicious, full-flavored, full-bodied beer that satisfies in numerous ways. Hell, I'll even forgive the brewers for laying off the hops.
The mouthfeel is on the generous side, especially given the style. It's too full to be a classic lawnmower beer, but that just means that it can be enjoyed no matter what the calender says. The fine-gauged carbonation is pretty close to perfect as far as I'm concerned.
As the opening salvo in Wheat Project 2005, Wheat Ale Two is a more than respectable effort. Although it's a long way from the radiance of some of Bell's other offerings, that doesn't mean it deserves to be overlooked. Consider my appetite whetted and my interest piqued.
01-26-2006 15:33:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
Well, one of the better American Wheat beers I've had in a very long time. Has the look of a Wheat, just a little darker on the barley malt side. Still has good head retention and lacing. Mildly estery and fruity on the nose with mild spiciness and a medium malt sweetness. Flavors are smooth and rounded without becoming too citrusy or spicy. Textures are nice. Good creaminess, smoothness and softness--typical of good Wheats. Finishes clean and soft. Little lingering sweetness.
11-04-2005 18:00:15 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Drinking from a St. Bernardus Witbier glass. Foreshadowing or wishful thinking?
A turpid pour eventually reveals a cloudy, light yellow brew, capped with lacey, pure white foam.
Aroma: lovely, lively, utterly engaging nose, a whiff of banana, lilting lemon, fresh and friendly, soft and sweet...seems more like a witbier than a German weizen...
Soft and sensual once in the mouth, but very light in body. Bright and luscious, but fairly forgettable once off the palate. While in, however, nothing but joy. Light spiciness, a glimmer of clove.
A basic wheat, but brilliantly executed....making me anticipate the results of this odd experiment even more. Luckily, the next step is waiting in the fridge...Wheat 4, here I come!
11-03-2005 04:26:18 | More by feloniousmonk
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
01-07-2006 15:16:51 | More by weeare138
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
(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.
11-06-2005 03:48:06 | More by rhoadsrage
4.18/5 rDev +7.7%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity... From Bell's website: The Batch ID that you entered '7083', is a Bell's Wheat Two Ale. Your Bell's Wheat Two Ale was packaged on October 4, 2005.
Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed 1/2" off-white head over the slightly cloudy golden brew. Head lasts nicely, with average to good lacing. Aroma is wheat and light citrus. Flavor is well-balanced with wheat character and bitterness, and the citrus and light clove character just flesh it out further. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is very impressive. Another nice Bell's brew.
12-11-2005 17:05:36 | More by ppoitras
3.38/5 rDev -12.9%
Thanks Grub for the Bell's Wheat Series Horizontal Tasting! Much appreciated.
Wheat Two Ale pours with thick, white bubbly head. A mostly light colour, clear body but with some deep golden hue. More of a German hefeweisse aroma than American wheat. A little warm and bready for my liking, although some really nice malty notes shines through at times. Seemed to be more wheat in the aroma than the flavour. First impession is that this drinks like a lager, and I could swear there is some pilsner malt in there! A nice, crisping finish. A low level of bitterness, something else seems to abrupt the finish. I found this too similar to a macro lager, although the wheat does push this a little higher up. Simply not the quality of Bell's I was expecting and not the American Wheat style I'm accustomed to.
11-10-2006 19:06:08 | More by biegaman
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
10-09-2006 02:23:15 | More by plaid75
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a bright golden, lots of particles, small white head forms, some nice lace. Smell is honey, citrus, grass, yeast, its a little bit fruity. Taste is caramel, citrus, honey and yeast. Mouthfeel is lowbody with low carbonation. More than decent beer, thanks DrJay.
01-22-2006 21:46:35 | More by Viggo
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Murky and muddied copper appearance. Thin bubbly white head. Very little lace left behind. Nice nose of fresh yeast, ginger, esters, wheat. The flavor is quite yeasty. Nice. A little pepper. Some estery notes. Slight banana. Nice taste. Body is better than medium. Carbonation adequately propped up. All around solid beer.
Looking forward to the next 4 beers in this series. One question though, and maybe it has been asked already...Why did they choose late fall to bring this series on?? These types of beers would just fucking KILL in the summertime.
11-15-2005 04:37:18 | More by Bighuge
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
Hazy peach with a short white head, fine lacing. Fruity aroma with a raw wheat character and a mild clove spiciness. Fruit carries into the flavour, low bitterness, bready yeast, some caramel, with spice in the finish. Light body, slightly drying, even texture. An enjoyable beer - crisp with some great flavour. This would be great in the summer.
01-26-2006 02:20:11 | More by DrJay
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
10-29-2005 00:10:15 | More by dirtylou
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
Appearance- Poured a one and a half finger head with a bit o' recession, but maintained a filmy foam throughout. Lacing was a constant with this beer, but slowed down bit by bit as the beer got warmer. Coloring was more like a German pilsner than the wheat or weiss beers that I'm more accustomed to. Golden with a slight, SLIGHT haziness to it. light film was left on the inside of the glass.
Smell- Smells like mama's bakign whole grain wheat bread in the oven. Except she used a tad too much yeast for the loaf. This not a brew you want to let get too warm, although it does bring out a much more wheaty character to the beer.
Taste- Reminds me oa notch less from the weiss category and more towards the pilsner side. But this great blend of light hops and bready malts makes this beer very drinkable. Wouls go great with a lot of different meals or soemthing to enjoy after a long day at the rat races.
01-25-2006 04:40:22 | More by scruffwhor
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
Thanks to Darkover for hooking me up. Golden-orange color with a compact off-white head. Thin, spotty lacing. The aroma is mildly fruity and malty. Light-bodied and fairly lively, with light yeast, wheat and malt flavors. The finish is smooth and has a hint of citrus with a sweet aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable overall.
01-05-2006 16:09:09 | More by Dogbrick
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
Pale golden yellow color with a slimming cap of whitish hue. A fluffy collar stays at the edge. Drippy lace; not much sticking.
Aroma is dullishly snappy and wheaty, semi yeasty, plasticy, with a bit of banana.
Taste is pale and subdued with a favorable wheat base thats fairly smooth the whole way through. Finishes with a light yeasty dry twist and fluffed grainyness.
Feel is a bit underwhelming if not all together rounded in a wheat malt base. Light to medium in body with a light wheaty texture thats akin to a hefe in many regards.
Very drinkable brew. A decent pale wheat.
Note: Taste tested comparison with back to back mixed samples of the 4, 6, and 8 wheat beers.
01-03-2006 00:45:27 | More by tavernjef
3.38/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
10-31-2005 06:19:16 | More by cokes
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
12-17-2005 04:15:15 | More by blackie
4.4/5 rDev +13.4%
Yellowish-gold with suspended yeast cloud that makes it orange. Small, guazey head that laces well. Sweet, rich wheat malt. Nice. Minor citrus zest and banana and big yeast. Very tasty wheat malt with fruit bread, banana, and bubble gum. Spicy, almost astringent hop bitterness follows, but gets overshadowed by banana wheat malt in the finish. Medium-full bodied with a big wheaty protein feel. Dry finish. Thirst quenching and very tasty. Im looking forward to 4, 6, 8, and Love. Bells is cool.
03-05-2006 18:03:09 | More by alexgash
4.53/5 rDev +16.8%
This brew pours a semi-cloudy golden color with a lot of visible carbonation. The head is small, fluffy and white. The aroma is huge; cloves and banana. Very nice. The taste is even more amazing than the aroma; more cloves and more bananas. The mouthfeel is juicy, and medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this brew beats Oberon hands down.
11-18-2005 01:59:44 | More by KarlHungus
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
12oz bottle acquired in trade with Jcapriotti (thanks!).
Poured a deep and hazy golden color with a larger sized off white head. Upon initial pour, it immediately reminded me of a bowl of Wheaties. Aromas of wheat and yeast with some banana and citrus in the background. Tastes of wheat, bananas, lemons and light cloves.
Notes from 11/12/05
11-14-2008 01:10:32 | More by hopdog
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
12-07-2005 15:24:18 | More by Brent
3.6/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
11-30-2005 11:15:46 | More by merlin48
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
The beer poured into the glass fairly clear with some particulates in the amber straw colored brew. The head was wispy and white but made an attempt at lacing the glass.
The aroma was fruity with a strong wheat impression, a bit of clove spice and some caramel.
The flavor was wheat with a bit of malty caramel presence thrown in. The clove of the aroma was lesser in the flavor and helped to add a crispness to the brew. The flavor also contained a nice fruity character. The bittering was just enough to keep the wheat and any sweetness at bay.
The finish was dry but not drying with a lasting impression of wheat and a very low and slight bit of spice. The aftertaste was negligible. The body was just below medium. A good solid wheat beer.
12 ounce bottle. Thanks beerinator!
01-23-2006 22:32:20 | More by GCBrewingCo
Bell's Wheat Two Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.