Bell's Wheat Six Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.4/5 rDev -6.8%
Lucent tawny with the merest hint of red. The initially lively carbonation settles down within minutes to a slow trinkle, although the toasted beige head remains at a steady two fingers. Thick, smeary streamers of lace decorate the glass and look like they'll hang around for a bit. It appears as if the hiccup that was Wheat 4, first noted in its appearance, has been righted in Wheat 6. Let's hope so.
This beer (just like 4 if I remember correctly) smells nothing like a pale wheat ale. It smells like a malty amber ale or even an Oktoberfest. It isn't wheaty at all and there's no trace of banana or clove. Could one of the (now 6!) yeast strains be responsible? I don't recall Wheat 2 smelling anything like the middle two in the series. Points off for style ignorance.
As I noted at the start of my Wheat 2 review, the only thing that varies in the Bell's Wheat Project 2005 series of beers is the number and varieties of wheat malt and the number and varieties of yeast. How is it possible that the beers themselves are so dissimilar? Or, more accurately, that 2 is good and 4 and 6 aren't. Gotta be a renegade strain of yeast. In addition to smelling like one, this beer also tastes like an Oktoberfest.
The flavor is of heavily toasted dark bread, earthy in the extreme, impressively bitter and not fruity in the least. There's no resemblance to a wheat ale of any sort, although I do appreciate a little clove on the finish. That's paltry compensation for what is a fairly muddled flavor profile.
There's also nary a shred of wheatiness when it comes to the mouthfeel. Just firm, steely, hard caramel-like barley malt. For some reason, I expect wheat to soften things up a tad, to smooth things out and to provide a little fluffiness. Some softness creeps in on the finish, helped by an active, fine-bubbled carbonation.
Wheat Six Ale (green) isn't the success that Wheat Two (blue) was, but it also isn't the disappointment that Wheat Four (orange) was. It's hard to know what the penultimate member of the series will taste like. I can't help feeling that this project was ambitious in scope, but has failed in the execution. So far, 'blue 2' is the only one that is worthy of a repeat purchase.
03-06-2006 14:10:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.33/5 rDev -8.8%
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
11-06-2006 00:13:34 | More by brentk56
4.05/5 rDev +11%
Great concept. As other beer styles experiment, why can't wheats? Pours a much darker amber - brown color than expected in a wheat. Aromas of strong wheat and barley with big yeasty and toasty notes. Flavors of barley shows imediately on the toung, followed by wheat malt. Then comes in the bananna, bubblegum, esters, bready and toasty. A lot going on in here. Maybe too much. It looses the cleanliness that is famous in Wheats. Moderately bittered cleans the beer, but still too sweet and malty. A lot of competition from barley sweetness to wheat cleanliness. Still, good experiment. Can't wait to sample the Wheat 8.
11-14-2005 19:30:57 | More by BEERchitect
4.05/5 rDev +11%
Turbid, carmelized orange color...interesting...never seen one like this...head is gone almost immediately.
Aroma is a sweet, spicy blend, instantly reminding me of a weizenbock. Dark fruits and citrus tango together, tangy, with tingling hops lighting up this nose. I just keep smellin' it...deep and fruity...
Smooth into the mouth, but commanding of the palate. Goes down easy, but has a fullness of flavor. About medium bodied, tangible wheat texture, bouyed by unbeatable fruit blend throughout the taste, a mix of grapes and berries, with spritzes of grapefruit and orange. Light citric, slightly bitter finish, lasts long on the tongue.
Intriquing. Don't think I like this as well as #4, but it has plenty of appeal, just not too profound an impact. A good beer. Wonder where #8 will take us, though?
11-23-2005 03:14:08 | More by feloniousmonk
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
(Served in a strange)
A-This beer has a hazy aged-copper body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a huge head of creamy light tan foam that last and last.
S- The smell of fresh wheat and some earthy yeasty notes are strong. No notes of fruit or sweetness.
T- The beer has a toasted and lightly roasted wheat flavor with a soft bitter hop finish. There is a dry pale malt hint with some notes of biscuit in the taste of wheat. The finish is a bit dry with some notes of carbonic acid.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a silky texture. No alcohol warmth and the carbonic bite is a good balance with the taste.
D- This is a nice brown wheat beer. It has good qualities of an American wheat beer but there are notes of toasted grain that gives it a nice depth. The favors are soft yet complex and there are no strong fruit flavors which put more focus on the flavors of the grain.
01-22-2006 01:26:09 | More by rhoadsrage
3.6/5 rDev -1.4%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity... From Bell's website: The Batch ID that you entered '7119', is a Bell's Wheat Six Ale. Your Bell's Wheat Six Ale was packaged on November 2, 2005.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the cloudy red brew. Head is frothy and not going anywhere fast, with lots of big hunks of foamy lace. Aroma is spicy cloves with an undercurrent of wheat. Flavor is also spicy with cloves here and there, with a sugary sweet wheat close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, but a bit gassy, and drinkability is alright as well. Another acceptable brew, but not a favorite here. Guess that's what experiments are for.
01-18-2006 01:27:31 | More by ppoitras
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
11-10-2006 20:11:39 | More by biegaman
3.83/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
07-13-2006 02:04:50 | More by plaid75
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
Pours a reddish brown, with orange edges, medium sized off white head, some nice lace. Smell is caramel, apples, yeast and some spice, very nice. Taste is caramel, apple, spice, yeast and a nice grainy roasty finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Not bad, some nice flavours, thanks DrJay!
02-03-2006 21:32:55 | More by Viggo
2.88/5 rDev -21.1%
Gloomy and murky looking deep scarlet red. Not a lot of light passes through this beer. Head is soft and light and tan. Lace is spotty and sporadic. Aroma is yeasty and sweet and doughy and spicy. This beer has a touch of acidity to the taste. Or if not acidity, at least something that stings a little. This is one big jumbled mess of flavors and they're hard to dissect...for me at least. Nothing offensive here, but it just doesnt' seem to work real good for me. Some husky astingency is noted and a lingering bitterness as well. A little tart apple is noticed as well. Body is medium and mouthfeel is adequately carbonated. These wheat beers seem to be hit or miss and this one is a miss.
12-21-2005 23:23:07 | More by Bighuge
3.95/5 rDev +8.2%
Hazed reddish orange with a dark cream coloured head that poured big and fluffy. Clumpy lace. Aromas of spiced apple, bread, and very light roasted grain. The flavours melded quite well, caramel, burnt roastiness, and fruit. Toffee and brown sugar linger for quite some time. Medium/light bodied with strong carbonation. Overall quite dry and slightly astringent. Still pretty tasty and another interesting beer from this experiment.
01-26-2006 02:28:05 | More by DrJay
4/5 rDev +9.6%
12oz bottle, bought a sixer at sadhanna for 8.99, as usual
appearance: super murky amber/brown, a nice beige head (not like the monster overflow head in wheat 4)...these things are getting progressively darker and more mysterious looking...looks kinda like cider
smell: banana, yeasty aromas, some clove, apple juice, toasted malts, clean and earthy aroma
taste: a strong bite of wheat right up front, very bready, barley, heavy on the toasted malts, some caramel, banana/clove/yeasty characteristics that have appeared in all three of these thus far. This is certainly different from the other two and definately better than wheat four.
mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth and refreshing
drinkability: easy drinking
11-22-2005 02:23:32 | More by dirtylou
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured into a Hacker-Pschorr weizen glass.
Appearance- I know a beer should have onyl a two finger head, but with this particular beer, I enjoyed gazing at the FIVE finger head as it almost overflowed the big weizen glass. Had the most uniform looking lacing I've ever seen. Poured medium cloudy brown, a little muddy.
Smell- A bread yeast and malt mix.
Taste- A lovely bready/yeasty malt character and a light hopping intermingled between the two.
Mouthfeel- An overall bready palate, reminded me of trying un cooked bread when I was little. But in liquid form is very pleasing.
Drinkability- A GREAT experimental wheat beer that can be drunk down quite easily.
01-06-2006 01:59:31 | More by scruffwhor
4/5 rDev +9.6%
Well this is a step back in the right direction after the Four. Somewhat cloudy dark brownish-orange color with a thick and foamy off-white head. The aroma is wheaty and malty. Medium-bodied with a smooth and soft texture. Flavors of wheat, citrus and caramel malt are well-balanced. The finish is wheaty with a pleasant spice and herb aftertaste. Enjoyable from start to finish.
01-12-2006 20:46:27 | More by Dogbrick
3.2/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
08-12-2006 23:33:07 | More by bluejacket74
3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
Muddy copper with a large foamy cap of off-tan froth. Keeps a great cloak of foam on top always present. The lace is big and patchy.
Aroma is light and mostly dry with a light toasted/roasted grainyness. Perhaps a bit of banana dusted with cocoa and cardboard.
Taste ismeager and one folded in a rounded realm of dark wheat malt. Its a bit dry with a roasty tilt. Not a whole lot going on. Brief on the buds and not much complexity other then it comes across as clean and well rounded in favor of lots of drinking.
Feel is a tad thin of medium with a low carbonation texture. Wheaty, lightly dry, smidgeonly roasted, and dusted with a feather cocoa in the finish.
Slides down with amazing ease. These Bell's wheat beers have a reoccuring theme of amazing drinkability.
Note: Taste tested comparison with back to back mixed samples of the 2, 4, and 8 wheat beers.
01-04-2006 02:53:34 | More by tavernjef
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
Good solid interesting effort..
Pours a dark amber color...real creamy frothy head.
Aroma is very yeasty...seriously different too...first impression is burnt cigarette ashes...also some overripe bananas and bubble gum
Taste leans yeasty as well...bubble gum...bananas...some dark fruits...not real assertive flavor but there...finishes a little dry..
Body is medium and rounded...
Overall a nice effort...
01-05-2006 05:15:07 | More by ZAP
3.98/5 rDev +9%
Pitches out a muddy..err.. mud color, someplace between flat brown, orange, and peach. The yellow head is short and clingy.
Nose of oatmeal, flaked chocolate, smoked almonds, and banana-nut pancakes.
From the get-go, this takes on a dusty, nut skin, and cocoa powder persona. Typical wheat hues are here with bran and banana bread. Some caramel presence. Yeast adds pepper, clove, and fruit esters of figs, slate, and silty river discharge. Hops are fuzzy in their bitterness, but only minorly brown and grassy in their flavor.
All told, the flavor profile rests directly among a Nut Brown, a Dubbel, and a Dunkelweizen.
The soupy, yeast-fueled, clotted feel seems generally appropriate here, that with its firmer malt assertion than either the 2 or the 4, and I like it more probably for that reason.
12-06-2005 08:33:16 | More by cokes
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
Pours out a dark, murky and muddy brown with some gold around the edges. Quite a big head flying up off of this one, frothy and sticky.
Smell is yeast, banana, clove, some nutmeg, a little bit of citric hops, and some dark fruits.
Same yeast comes through in the taste, with the same bananas and the nutmeg/cinnamon/chocolate flavors that are unusual. The mouthfeel is lighty and well-carbonated, dancing on the tongue.
Overall: Not great, more like an odd twist on a hefeweizen, but pretty decent. I won't buy it again, but I didn't mind drinking it.
01-11-2006 02:41:47 | More by whartontallboy
3.73/5 rDev +2.2%
appearance: The pour into my imperial pint glass creates a low, light tan head that persists in the form of a thin layer on the surface. The beer is a very cloudy amber color, as I poured in some of the yeast.
smell: Smells of dark wheat, wheat bread, overripe banana, and light fruit (sour apple?). The hops are green and provide a nice aroma.
mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lighter end of the high range, and the body a heavy light with a slight slickness.
taste: Light wheat flavors, some citrus, yeast, wheat bread. Light fruitiness. The bitterness is more than adequate. The finish is dry and astringent.
drinkability: Ok, but the finish limits drinkability somewhat.
The batch ID # 7119 printed on the back label of my bottle indicates a bottling date of November 2, 2005. Received from CRJMellor as part of SS '05. Reminds me of a dunkelweizen.
12-22-2005 01:36:07 | More by blackie
2.68/5 rDev -26.6%
This brew pours a cloudy burgandy color. The head is only two inches in height after a vigorous pour, which leaves a bit to be disired in a wheat beer. The aroma is rich malts, cloves, bananas, dark fruits, and chocolate. I have never had a wheat beer smell anything like this before, but it is quite nice and very interesting. The taste is malty with a touch of cloves. The mouthfeel really dominates the taste, and explains why the head was so small. There is almost no carbonation in this bottle. A wheat beer with no carbonation? I hope this is a bad bottle. Overall, this brew is a real disappiontment. I love dark wheat beers, and I love Bell's, but this is a drain pourer.
Edit: Other bottles from this same six pack all had low carbonation, but none where as low as the first bottle I reviewed. It is not quite a drain pourer, but I woul buy it again.
12-13-2005 00:09:59 | More by KarlHungus
3.65/5 rDev 0%
Cinnamon brown with plenty of yeasty haze. Huge, pillowy, rocky light tan head. Spicy, cake-y wheat malt nose with light sweetness (brown sugar). Plenty of yeast, but not big hefe-style nose. Not much fruit at all. Still, nice. Banana bread malt, but with more accent on the bread than the bananas. Spicy, and slightly tangy. Yeast is pervasive. Dry finish. Medium-bodied with a very bottle-conditioned feel.
03-05-2006 18:36:18 | More by alexgash
3.43/5 rDev -6%
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
11-14-2008 01:09:00 | More by hopdog
4.22/5 rDev +15.6%
Pours a murky, light walnut - close enough to qualify as a dark wheat in my book. Complex malt flavors, despite the darker color, no caramelization or partiuclarly roasted notes - just a bunch of malt. Notwithstanding, the beer retained a lighthearted character, with spicy yeast flavors in abundance - a celebratory beer. If only I could manage to get all the versions together for a vertical.
12-07-2005 15:29:02 | More by Brent
3.98/5 rDev +9%
Doesn't look, or taste like any pale wheat ale I've ever sampled before, which is a good thing given my disdain for the style.
This 12 oz bottle initially pours a hazy, dark burnished orange body with a minimal beige head. Final pour, with the yeast swirled in, produces an opaque muddy brown body with a creamy tan head that lasts the distance and leaves behind some patchy lace.
Intriguing aroma has banana and spicy clove at the forefront, with a prominent note of bubblegum, and a hint of burnt wheat bread.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Taste has the banana,clove, and bubblegum noted in the aroma, with a pleasing character of burnt or charred wheat malts. Almost smoky, but more roasty. Earthy hops provide a balancing bitterness.
Excellent complexity of taste and character. Far better than the Wheat Two Ale, which was more of a traditional American Pale Wheat Ale. This one defies its characterization, but I like it a lot.
12-03-2005 11:10:40 | More by merlin48
Bell's Wheat Six Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.