Bell's Wheat Six Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.65/5 rDev 0%
This is an interesting wheat beer. I can't say I've ever had one like it before.
It pours a slightly cloudy light brown with red highlights and a smallish soft foamy head. Some lacing, but not much.
Over-cooked popcorn kernels predominates the smell and taste of this brew. A little nutty and a little burnt. Very much like the unpopped kernels at the bottom of the bowl. I also get some light clove smells.
Taste is more of the over-cooked popcorn kernel and some banana bread goodness. A slight clove taste finishes it off.
Mouthfeel is substantial and creamy like a good wheat beer should be.
Because of, rather than despite, the popcorn flavor, I enjoyed this beer.
12-20-2005 00:48:44 | More by silenius
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
This is certainly an odd beer, but all of this series is a bit of a strange experiment to begin with.
Pours a dark and hazy amber in color with a thin head that lacked retention. Nose is mildy fruity, smells very much like a mild amber ale. Taste is quite nice, characteristic amber flavors going on with the slightest burnt/roast quality, reminds me vaguely of a porter in a slight way. Bready tones provide the backbone, very little in the way of bitterness.
Not my favorite of the series, but interesting.
12-19-2005 19:02:38 | More by Gaisgeil
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
Twelve ounce brown bottle. No dates, but there is a batch # on the back label.
Dark & murky amber hue. Thim off white head. Slightly hazy.
Nose has pleasant notes of clove and banana, sublte but obviously there. Some other dark fruits lurk in there as well.
Nifty little bite of spice right up front, that quickly fades. Muddy fruit takes over and closes it out. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit of a let down after 6.
12-17-2005 03:09:21 | More by xgrigorix
3.98/5 rDev +9%
So I skipped ahead a little in the Wheat Beer series. Here's 6.
Appearance: Nice huge head, 2 1/2" of offwhite foam. The body is murky and dark brown, lots os hazy suspension.
Smell: Banana, clove, carmel.
Taste: Coffee, in a dark wheat beer? There are some hints, and it is quite good. Carmel, clove, and chocolate very good, I like it better than the 2.
Mouthfeel: Still fairly flat, I think this was intentional, it could use more.
Drinkability: Drinkable and fairly delicious, the only problem I can see is the mouthfeel.
12-15-2005 16:57:46 | More by TastyTaste
3.63/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours very dark for a wheat ale. Deep brown amber body with a thick fluffy tan head that stays very patiently.
Nose is a fragrent dancing sharp wheat nose full.
This is the first in the series of wheat ales by Bells that Ive tried.
Enters the mouth very smooth with a rich wheat feel and a soft malt backround mixed in well. The wheat feel is slightly raw but not inmature. This is a very mellow and easy drinking brew. Mouthfeel is a soft glazed malty wheat hue. Almost resembles a barlywine twords the end.
12-15-2005 04:58:22 | More by SPLITGRIN
3.28/5 rDev -10.1%
from the bottle. poured cloudy amber, with a beige head that left some lacing. aroma light caramel, chocolate, banana, citus leaning to the orange side. flavor, yeast, orange, chocolate. liked this one better than the 4 but the 2 so far is my favorite
12-13-2005 02:49:14 | More by walleye
3.98/5 rDev +9%
Pours with almost no head. Color is a hazy, wooden-orange. Aroma of toasted wheat malt.
Taste is quite unusual for a wheat beer, I think. Tastes maltier than the 2 or 4. Or maybe the wheat is darker, or toasted. Yeast flavors are nice. Mouthfeel is light, and slightly creamy. Drinkability is good.
12-13-2005 01:48:14 | More by Sephiroth
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
3.35/5 rDev -8.2%
Pours a nice medium brown color with light head. I haven't seen the 'wheat 8' yet, but I was surprised how dark this brew is compared to 2 and 4.
Smell is sweet with aroma of bannana and nut.
Taste is reminiscent of a belgian. Yeast, with strong wheat flavor, hints of fruit and a surprisingly spicy finish.
All in all this is decent brew. Very easy to drink, and a full enough flavor to keep me interested. I'm ready to give the 8 a try.
12-12-2005 04:15:06 | More by Blakaeris
4.25/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
12-12-2005 03:53:07 | More by Skidz
4.28/5 rDev +17.3%
Pours a cloudy copper-orange with a ruby tint that almost glows. Small loose halo of off-white head. After a few swift swirls the head grows to 1". Nice lacing.
Nice fresh scents of musty yeasty goodness - a Belgian yeasty goodness at that. Clovey notes hover over a peppery yeast scent. Zesty citrus notes jump from a dim vanilla sweetness.
The flavors are refreshing and quick; Cloves, vanilla, tart citrus, powdered sugar dusted anise hard candy - but the anise is VERY faint. Earthy flavors of damp wood, but not smokey in the least. Spicy and zesty flavors of black pepper atop sourdough.
Mouthfeel is spectacular. Playful carbonation at just the right level. Medium bodied with a deft dry and somewhat chalky finish.
Drinkability is great. With the fresh and quick flavors, there's nothing to build-up on the tongue and become overbearing.
Overall my favorite Bell's Wheat Project beer so far. A great dunkelweisse interpretation with a jeering Bell's twist. These beers are not brewed with hefe yeast, which is apparent in the flavor. But what Bell's accomplishes with the yeasts they use is quite a feat. Hats off to this one!
12-11-2005 21:15:26 | More by malty
3.65/5 rDev 0%
It poured a beer-bottle-brown color, but looked auburn red when held to the light. Cloudy. There is a good sized off-white head.
It has a somewhat funky smell. Smells of grape juice and spoiled vegetables. Wheat bread and a hint of bananas as well.
The initial flavor and the aftertaste is of bananas. Somewhere in the middle it gets a little awkward and almost reminds me of broccoli for a second. I'm not sure how to describe it. Very different, even quite different from the other "Wheat Series Sisters". It doesnt taste bad at all, I'm just having a difficult time figuring it out. The taste begins to grow on me as my palate loosens up to it.
The mouthfeel is less than medium-bodied, but I dont think I'd want it much heavier anyways. Well done.
Drinkability is good as well, this one went down a lot faster than I thought it would at first. The Six and the Two are my favorites from the wheat sisters. I've yet to try the wheat love finale, but will be getting on it soon. Cheers!
12-11-2005 04:52:14 | More by jasonpeckins32
4.08/5 rDev +11.8%
By far, the darkest of this wheat series (yet to review the 8). It was a deep amber topped by a fluffy white head that settled quickly and left an attractive lace on the side of the glass. As with many wheats the nose was dominated by mild banana and clove with just a hint of caramel on the finish. The taste was a different story. Wow, a touch of smoke up front. Caramel is there, yes, but this is taken to the extreme. Very dark, roasted caramel. Pralines, light fig. Very interesting beer for a wheat. Slick, smooth mouth feel. Very drinkable.
12-11-2005 00:21:04 | More by carln26
4.33/5 rDev +18.6%
Rusty brown dirt colored liquid offers little in the way of lather. Scented of raw red apples, tea and black pepper. Leather and allspice too. Faintly: mint, hemp blooms and lemon. Even, graphite and charcoal bitterness from top to bottom. Opposite this there is simple, alcohol-derived sweetness. Cinnamon candy backward. Hushed, patient fizz plays well with other elements. Chalky and bitter finish.
I like the first three Wheats in this series about equally, though they are dramatically different. Only stubborn bitterness sets them apart from Bavarians, both dark and light, such as the ones from Weihenstephan or Schneider. I sense KBC may have turned a corner, possibly reclaiming the artistry and execution of a bygone era. No one would be happier than me.
12-08-2005 22:42:36 | More by putnam
2.35/5 rDev -35.6%
The third in the Wheat Lineup from Bell's. This one pours out to a very cloudy dark amber, much darker than Four. It forms a modest off-beige head with average retention and lacing. Carbonation appears moderate, but as it pours, it becomes evident that this brew was made with some copious malts. The aroma is rich and phenolic with lots of browned bananas, cloves, and bread. Amber malts peek through with a hint of rum and dark sugars. The mouthfeel is oily, smooth and medium-dense bodied. The taste is quite odd...it begins with burnt malt and intense roasted barley and chocolate malt bitterness and astringency, giving it a burnt cracker flavor. The bitterness is herbaceous and quite strong for the style. There is an odd taste of some wierd ingredients. There is no telling what went into this, but I taste tobacco, burnt rubber, chemistry lab, seared saplings, an odd chemical bitterness, and leather. Quite an odd combination.
This is a very wierd beer, and I can't really bring myself to enjoy it. I was hoping it was a dunkel-weizen on steroids, but there is something else funky going on here. The mouthfeel isn't quite as gluey as typical Bell's Hefe's, but I think it's simply because it's offset by the odd constellation of flavors. My least favorite of the batch so far.
12-07-2005 21:20:33 | More by Mitchster
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
Bell's Wheat 6 pours out into my snifter a dirty deep bronze with gold highlights. It is capped by a 2.5" head that falls almost instantly to a shy ring. Amazing "pentatonic scale" of lacing all around the glass.
The nose brings me back to my High School photography lab; chemically esters, and sulfur. Subsides to a very intense 'crushed cracker' wheatiness. Suggestions of abbey yeasts: rising bread, heated baker's yeast. Intense burnt rubber wheat malts above cloves, sliced almonds.
The intense wheat-cracker aromas continue in the flavor profile. Pillowy malt character shows spicy, burnt rubber (again). So creamy and fluffy in the mouth it seems almost buttery.
The great lemony effects of prior Wheat's are here replaced by super-sweet almost lactose-like afterimages and mouthfeel. Superslick on the palate. I actually enjoyed the yeast-glug at the bottom of my glass the best. Underhopped to the brink of cloying.
Not my favorite in the Wheat series.
12-07-2005 15:32:45 | More by GreenWBush
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%
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
3.98/5 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
3.4/5 rDev -6.8%
This one pours out to an dark orange to an amberish color in the glass with a decent-sized head. The aroma is that of spice, almost clovelike with baking bread in the background. The taste was decent, but somewhat average. This starts off like a brown ale but finishes with the banana-like taste of a summer hefe. It confused my palate, but your mileage may vary. A good, solid offering in the wheat series, but a notch below the 2 and 4.
12-03-2005 01:07:29 | More by proc
3.2/5 rDev -12.3%
Pours a very cloudy dirty brown color with a thick creamy head with great lacing.
Smell is dominated by citrus and yeast odors.
Taste is dominated by a toasted wheat flavor, some chocolate hints. A bit of fruity belgian yeast flavor also detectable. Very unusual flavor thats for sure.
Mouthfeel is creamy and with a bone dry finish.
Drinkability is decent. The least favorite of the Bell's wheat series so far, but yet so different its worth a try.
12-03-2005 00:58:32 | More by bashiba
4.13/5 rDev +13.2%
Picked up a sixer at Woodman's East here in Madison.
Pours a dark murky rusty brown with a finger of creamy khaki head. Nose is surprisingly quite chocolatey, more so than some chocolate stouts I've had and unexpected from a wheat beer - with a hearty dose of grainy yeast. Taste retains some of the nose's chocolatiness, but much more subtley, with the addition of some faint banana and belgian yeasty fruit. Mouthfeel is substantial, almost chewy. This is a pretty tasty dark wheat (not sure why it's categorized as a pale wheat) which is surprisingly drinkable (I did a power hour with the first 5 bottles - yeah I know....college, right?) My favorite of the series so far.
12-02-2005 21:56:47 | More by Golden2wenty1
3.53/5 rDev -3.3%
Appearance: Dark orange/fresh rust color. Minimal head retention. Some lacing. Very cloudy.
Nose: Curious.... Belgian-like. Lots of Belgian yeast smells. Spicy. Fruity. Sweet. Hops too.
Taste: Also somewhat curious, though enjoyable. Perhaps not what I expected. Lots of wheat. Roasted malts. Some fruity/yeasty character.
Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.
Drinkability: Probably my favorite of the series. I could drink a couple of these (unlike the 4 which was not-so-good and the 8 which is a tad strong to drink too many)
If you only try one of the series, I'd suggest this one. The 2 is a little bland. The 4 is not so good. The 8 is a bit strong. That leaves us the 6 I guess...
12-02-2005 01:43:56 | More by isubsmith
4.15/5 rDev +13.7%
12oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. It pours a hazy medium brown color with only one finger of head. There is minimal lacing on the glass. The smell has a slight roasted character, with a little nuttiness, and some banana esters. A very pleasant aroma. The taste also has that slight roasty character. More esters coming through. It's like a nutbrown/weizen blend. The finish has a good amount of hops to it. It's balanced well. The mouthfeel is thick and strong. The drinkability is great. A nice American wheat.
12-01-2005 03:58:13 | More by SheepNutz
3.68/5 rDev +0.8%
Cloudy Mahogany with a golden-tan edge. A small tan head that leaves a very small thin film. Smells of slightly funky and sweet wheat with hints of rotten fruit. Tastes line right to the smell. Wheaty malt with the hints of rotten fruit funkiness, a slight sweetness and a little chalk-like dryness. beofre the very slight bitter note and tangy zest finish up. Slick, pleasant on the tongue with the delicate but frothy carbonation. Pretty drinkable, as all of the wheat series has been, but this was not the best of the set.
11-30-2005 15:01:17 | More by sopor
Bell's Wheat Six Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.