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

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Bell's Wheat Six AleBell's Wheat Six Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 11.51%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kmpitz2 on 11-12-2005)
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out hazy burnt-amber and sits a murky amber-brown in the glass with a good sized light tan head, fading to a light skim holding to the edges with few lacings to speak of.

Smells thick and wheaty with pronounced toasted edges. Low flying hints of figs run underneath a nearly unnoticable alcoholic twang. Hot brown leaves add a touch of spicy aromas.

Tastes lightly sweet up front with soft, sublte fruty notes of apples and pears blending with a rich, all-encompasing, wheat-focused malt flavor. Tosses out bits of nuttiness on a dry, wooden platform. Mild grassy flavors lend a soft and balancing bitterness to the finish.

Soft, medium body with mild, rounded carbonation. Easily managed.

Hightly enjoyable and definately quaffable. All character is in controll and well-balanced and there is quite a bit to this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2005 03:53:07 | More by Skidz
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szmnnl99

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -11%

05-14-2012 03:44:05 | More by szmnnl99
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TCgoalie

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-29-2011 21:05:16 | More by TCgoalie
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottles acquired in a couple of trades.

Poured a daker and cloudy orangish-amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of wheat, bananas, caramel, and some spices. Tastes of wheat, bananas, spices, caramel and citrus. Much better than the Eight we tried earlier. Lively body.

Notes from 2/3/06

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 01:09:00 | More by hopdog
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Cresant

Kentucky

2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams shaped glass. Packaged on: 11-2-05. Explosive foam when I poured this one. The body did settle clear after a few minutes. An intense bead of carbonation arose. Sludge remain in the bottom of the bottle. The body was a clear golden brown. The head remained throughout.

Smell was slightly sour. Grains. Detergent-like. Fermenting sour-tang. Wheat. Peppery.

Taste was sweet, pie-crust-like. A little cough syrup. Soggy wheat bread. Not altogether appealing. Interesting what age has done to this one.

Mouthfeel was thin to medium, the carbonation was spent on the intense head.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 14:08:15 | More by Cresant
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CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on November 29, 2005. 12 oz bottle. Darker yet and with more yeast than #4. Pours a deep amber orange with a creamy thin head of brownish. Aroma was a slightly rubbery lemon and clove hexane wheat with some coriander and lots of belgian yeast. Slight sweet sugary malt wafts in the background. Flavor is complex and ruddy, with deep rich burnt sugars, caramel and toffee cloaking a strong run of rich bright fruit; pears and apples. Some diacteyl tones and some rich bready, yeast runs that shrine the beer in deepness. Stronger, with alcohol showing through slightly in the finish. Palate holds a sweet, cloying and almost sticky sensation, with a kick of hop dryness in the background. Delectable and savory, with some level of mysterious demure.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 01:29:31 | More by CharlesDarwin
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Grub for the Bell's Wheat Series Horizontal Tasting! Much appreciated.
Wheat Six Ale opened with a loud pop. Plenty of head (like 5 fingers worth - this was quite the gusher as well). A nice reddish amber. Aroma comes across a little past its prime. Some nice notes of dried fruits. The taste is good but a super high carbonation disrupts it. It almost burns your throat on the way down. Out of control high. That aside, nice work in the flavour department. Some toasty, roast malt - a little out of place but well suited for a wheat beer. Lots of yeast which is really well blended into the flavour. The only downfall of this one, and it is a considerable one, is the aggresive carbonation that seems to really run a muck. Otherwise, enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 20:11:39 | More by biegaman
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy ice tea color with an overblown head (though not as bad as the Two) that leaves good lacing

Smell: Toffee/butterscotch aroma with some green apple tartness

Taste: Starts with a toffee apple flavor that is rather tart; after the swallow, the toffee flavor becomes more pronounced; the finish provides a rough grainy aspect that is not particularly enjoyable

Mouthfeel: Medium body with lots of carbonation

Drinkability: Much more enjoyable than the Four; but still doesn't do it all for me

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 00:13:34 | More by brentk56
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thelagerheads

Michigan

2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

$7.99 for a mixed 6 pack
12 oz bottle
Good Time Party Store
Northville, MI

I first heard about this one on Craft Beer Radio and their mention of it having a toasty toffee finish excited me enough to try it. First off, if the Unibroue Maudite I tried gave off a mustache of foam this one gives off a ZZ Top beard which lingers in a tall and stout glass for several pours. Unfortunately the toasty-toffee-ness is overshadowed by the citrusy-hoplike bitterness although it isn't present in depth in every taste. It reminds me of a combination of two of their beers: Oberon and the Two Hearted Ale (aka Fishbine) in bitterness but also a malty finish mixed with the afforementioned affects to make it somewhat of a burnt hefe-weizen. Almost like strumming a Heath bar guitar doused in powdered milk with your teeth and tongue so that your tongue is a bit numb with a slight rememberance of something that might have once tasted rather good but no longer does.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 13:58:16 | More by thelagerheads
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

horizontal tasting of the four in the wheat series.

pours a nice reddish copper colour with with a huge yellow head. the head is slow to drop and leaves tons of lace behind. a gentle swirl quickly brings it back up to a half inch.

aroma is nice. slightly sweet. a touch of roast. some funk. almost a little bit of smoke too. bit of corriander.

taste is interesting. first thing that hits you is a peppery sting from the carbonation, then a nice little smokey/roasty thing that's sort of interesting but seems out of place in a wheat. bit of bitterness. really clings to your tongue. once you swirl it around to lose some of the carbonation it's even nicer.

mouthfeel is ok. fairly dry. strong carbonation that stings somewhat, feels a little too high.

drinkability is ok, but not great. the carbonation sting is driving me away. feels almost acidic.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 00:47:54 | More by grub
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jimbotrost

Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky muddy brown/copper color with a big full off white/tan head. Carbonation level very high, bottle gushed upon opening. Nice nose showcases caramel notes, flavor is very vinious and winey. Body is light and crisp. Finish starts out with the wineyness but ends with the caramel reappearing. Short aftertaste, nice product although age may have detracted from it.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 21:19:28 | More by jimbotrost
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mcallister

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer opened with a pop. Huge amounts of carbonation. Head filled my entire Franziskaner hefe glass. Yet I have to say this is a damn good looking beer. Carbonation bubbles rise to the top of the dark copper color as fast as a Spaniard in the running of the bulls. The head is huge thick, carbonated as hell and off white tannish. Liquid is clear and clean of the filtered variety.

Big spicey aromas, toffee and caramel galore. Clove, hints of corriander, and lemon. Of course some wheat and slight malt.

Man this is my favorite of the bunch of the wheat series. Thick, chewy, caramel goodness, very malty, huge toffee. High acidity, the spicy components of the nose are no where to be found in the taste. One of the better APWA I've ever tried. If not for the overly carbonated mouthfeel this is a top scorer. Very balanced and complex otherwise. A damn good drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 20:48:40 | More by mcallister
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark copper color, with a huge light tan foamy head. Lots of lacing with this beer. Wheat/yeast is the main smell I get from this beer, but I can also smell a bit of lemon and banana. Taste is wheat/bread, with some spicyness and banana taste too. There's also a slight bitter/sour aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thin, but the beer has too much carbonation that makes it less drinkable. It's similar to the Wheat Four Ale I drank last night, except this one isn't quite as carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 23:33:07 | More by bluejacket74
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ryantupy

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a very fast developing head that was light brown and nice and frothy. The beer poured a maple brown color that was very attractive looking. It smelled of cherries, dark fruit, wheat, straw, and caramel toffee. It tasted in my opinion very good again with its notes of coffee, toffee, dark fruit, smoky wheat flavor. It was good and carbonated with a smokey finish and a very oily mouthfeel. I found this to be a unique beer that stood out from most wheat beers. Would go great with a cigar.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 20:21:38 | More by ryantupy
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SupaCelt

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew had a difficult time grabbing my attention. It looked good off the pour. The colour was a rather dark shade of tan. It is much more rich in colour than I had presumed it would be. A rediculous head expanded like a mushroom cloud in the English pint. It took a few minutes to complete the pour. The smell is a bit bland. It smells sort of grainy and brown in character. There is a bit of hop sting in the nose which does actually compliment the wheat aroma. The taste is fairly laid back and mild. I notice the yeast's flavour additions more and more as the glass inches onward to nonexistence. This thing snuck up on me and helped me find just a little bit of love for it. There is a dryness in the end the end the end the end that really cuts the sharp wheat sweetness that flares in the early interval. I guess I am getting at balance. The end is an excercise into balance. A balance that allows me to see the complexity of this highly uncomplex brew. The little things are what count. Not bad. This seems like it would be good poured over top of some Cheerios even. The mouthfeel lends to this beer's appeal. The wheat throws of that dense vibe and makes my tongue feel buoyant. Substantial comes to mind. Drinkability is alright. I really had to dig to deep to see into this one's heart. It was good, but I like a beer to bowl me over like a rock 'n roll freight train. Worth a try, homes.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 02:27:09 | More by SupaCelt
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plaid75

New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark cloudy copper hue with a full hand of foamy caramel head. There was seriously excellent retention and sticky lacing. Be careful when you pour this one - explosive foam.

The smell had a slightly metallic and heavily wheaty and bready character.

The taste was similar to a thick piece of toasted wheat bread. A very nice toasted wheat flavor, heavy with yeast. Mild alcohol presence detected.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy. Relatively dry finish.

Overall a very interesting spin on the wheat beer. Not so much your typical wheat in that this is more of a cold weather brew. Very good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 02:04:50 | More by plaid75
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karst

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 7119 Bell's Wheat Six Ale was packaged on November 2, 2005 from the General Store behind the Eccentric Cafe.

Pours with half liter of Head that slowly falls revealing a clear red brown wheat slowly ascending beads of carbonation. Sweet aroma hints of the half dozen yeasts used by the brothers of Bell's Wheat project. Ragged lace marks the high tide of light tan dense foam that slowly becomes rocky as it falls. Wheat taste - made using 55% Wheat (either wholly or mostly malted) and 45% Barley malt (White wheat, Dark wheat, Toasted wheat sprouts, Torrefied wheat, Red wheat, Caramel wheat malt)

As soon as the headspace is available in the 0.5 L sohm Erdinger weissbrau glass the second half of the bottle is swirled hard and a milky "Hefe" combines with the clear red brown of the first pour. Aroma are more characteristic of the belgian yeasts that I have brewed with - WLP500 Trappist, WLP530 Abbey, WLP550 Belgian, WLP570 Golden and one less familiar that I have not used to date - WLP410 Belgian Wit II. Bell’s house ale strain seems burried by these. Knowing how agressive they can ferment I am amazed how little fusels were formed. A drying finish follow each quaff. The serving temp is on the warmer side @ 60 - 68°F and the "sniffer" shaped upper 1/3 of the Erdinger glass concentrates the esters and 4VG phenol that play in the nose. Medium mouth feel fills the mouth with roundness. A little pepper follows that hard to produce flavor profile which neither bananna nor clove emerge. Supurb!

This is one of the series that is a must try - along with my favorite Love.
Like most Belgians it is giving me the munchies. Playing around with my software I find a 10 pound grain bill for a 5.5 gal batch would yeild a SG around 1.050 and abv of just below 6% with a FG of 1.008.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 03:28:57 | More by karst
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OStrungT

California

4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from MABZ as part of the 2006 Great Race BIF.

This beer pours a cloudy orangish brown color with a huge fluffly light tan head. I actually thought I had a bad bottle until I tasted it. The head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a slighty spicy aroma. I detect some cloves. Also, I can detect a banana aroma. This beer has a fruity citrus aroma. Also, some earthy yeast is present.

This beer has an earthy bready yeast flavor to it. It has a slight spicy flavor. Also, like the aroma, I taste some fruity citrus hop flavor. This beer tastes very sweet. It has a very slight honey flavor to it. I am usually not to fond of this style, but this beer is quite good.

This beer is thicker than I expected. It goes down smooth, leaving a bready like aftertaste. This beer is overcarbonated. I think it would have been better if the carbonation was a little less.

This beer would probably be a decent session beer. It has a good flavor, and I assume it is relatively low in alcohol. I would drink it again. Thanks MABZ for another great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2006 21:49:58 | More by OStrungT
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assurbanipaul

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark amber with a mountainous foamy head that exceeds my glass. Aroma is dry wheat malt, very raw. Head is so thick, you could spread it on a cracker.

Taste is very bready and wheaty. A delicate wheat sweetness, nothing flowery like a hefe but very close to a freshly baked loaf of honey-wheat bread. Almost has a rye sour mash taste, but doesn't quite go that far. Maybe has a hint of cloves and licorice. Where everyone else detects complexity in the flavors, I taste a profound and beautiful simplicity and am thankful for that.

Mouthfeel is thick for the style, a little grainy, finish is clean and slightly sweet. I very much like this, especially with all the too-sweet wheats on the market. I could definitely session this (if K-zoo would only make more!).

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2006 02:19:28 | More by assurbanipaul
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gmcfarre

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into Heineken half-pint glass. Batch #7119.

A - Good god! I tried to carefully pour this one but out shot a half pint's worth of foamy head! As I let it mellow it becomes quite rocky. Head remains throughout the life of the beer, and it is a slightly beige color. Lacing is ridiculous. Color is darker than most pale wheat ales, as it has much more brown and orange tints than yellow. Body is mostly clear with lots of carbo bubbles.

S - Orange and other spicy citrus scents, coriander & strong yeast with lots of wheat malt flavorings.

T - The load of wheat malt is somewhat overpowering, and almost gives this beer a sour finish. Fruity scents fade to nonexistent in the taste, and there is just a hint of coriander.

M - Highly carbonated with a slightly puckering, dry finish.

D - Hmm, I've had better from Bell's, and I don't think I would drink another one of these unless it was a freebie (good thing I found a single rather than a sixer...)

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 18:27:31 | More by gmcfarre
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mjd83goblue

Michigan

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, batch 7119

A: Foamed over the glass when only about 1/3 full. Don't know if this batch was overcarbonated, or if this is just the way the beer is. Had to wait a couple times for the head to die down before I could fit a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Dark orangish-brown.

S: Fruity with some caramely sweetness

T: This was a pretty good tasting beer. It had an Oberon fruityness to it blended with some sweet caramel malts that reminded of of an amber style.

M: The body was good, but still prickly from all the carbonation

D: Not bad, I could drink a couple of these

The only other one I've had from the series is the Wheat Love, which is a totally different ballgame. This is a neat idea, but Bell's has many better beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 19:06:53 | More by mjd83goblue
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mentor

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to CRJMellor for this one, I thought I would miss out on the wheat series issued by Bell's. Scary huge hiss when opening, I thought it might gush. Chocolate and caramel smells issued forth. Pours a four finger yellow-light brown head over a cloudy brown rust liquid. Smells woody dry chocolate and spritely caramel. Earthy. Hops are oranges and oily. Clove edge is present, but mild. Tastes sweet chocolate than I was expecting. Some clove hits in the start but the malt sweet quickly rises atop. Wickedly over-carbonated and very distracting. My tongue is stinging from the large bubbles that formed. A bit of caramel has some burnt corners and the finish is dry woody with a hint of cherry sour. I get an aromatic character of a dark spice I can't quite place...perhaps nutmeg? Md body that leaves the mouth quick due to the carb and the dry finish. Not a very tasty wheat.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 06:50:30 | More by mentor
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aforbes10

Iowa

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

quite dark and reddish...a strange color for a wheat. no massive crazy head like wheat 4 (this is fine with me). looks ok. smells like a lager with hints of caramel and malts. taste reminds me of a belgian. spicy and malty with some sweetness to it...like raw sugar or molasses. spice notes are very prominent. nice body. overall it didnt strike me as a wheat and i wouldnt have called it that had i been drinking it blind. tasted quite good though and was a good beer for slow rumination. interesting entry in the wheat series and i think i see where these are heading now.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 15:55:47 | More by aforbes10
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bahumutx

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Poured with a very large head even with a careful pour. Pours a copper color.

Smell: Bannana, cloves, wheat and a earthiness.

Taste: Very carbonated. Starts off with a earthy yeastiness. There is also a roasted/coffee flavor that is present but ever so slightly. There are also hints of banana and cloves present.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a lot of carbonation. Almost too much.

Drinkability: I could have a couple of these in a sitting.

Not my favorite of the wheat series but still a decent beer although I thought it had a little to much carbonation. I look forward to trying the final two beers in the series.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 00:28:11 | More by bahumutx
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Bell's Wheat Six Ale pours into my Sierra Nevada tulip glass a deep dark reddish brown color with a huge bubbly, cragly three finger head of foam atop the brew. Ruby orange highlights as light passes through. Aromas of roasted wheat grains with a clove like spiciness as well as banana. Hints of caramel and a bit of an earthy character. It's not really pulling me in.

First sip brings somewhat roasted, toasty wheat grain character along with some cloves and spices. I get a sort of abrasive breadiness midway through each sip that's a bit off putting to me. A touch of caramel, banana and dark fruits with an earthy, Belgian-esque yeast flavor. Just doesn't seem to jive together as a whole, but it still ends up being a pretty good wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit chalky with lots of carbonation. I'd like to see it be a bit smoother overall. Not a brew that I'd look to go back to, but I'm glad that I had the chance to try it. I'm looking forward to the Eight, and I wish more breweries would do experimental series like this..it's always fun.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 03:18:21 | More by orbitalr0x
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Bell's Wheat Six Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.