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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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Photo of Frozensoul327
4/5  rDev +9.6%

The third. Poured out to a darker orange autumn color with a decent creamy head that calmed to little more than some whisps of foam on the top of the beer. Medium low level of carbonation. Aromas of yeast, wheat, hickory and earth were very enjoyable, albeit a touch weak. Taste was solid; flavors of wheat, yeast, cocoa and coffee. Odd. Very different from the first two. Mouthfeel was quite smooth and a touch creamy. Went down very well. Overall drinkability is decent; this brew kind of moved away from what two and four built on. It's a good beer, but in terms of being a connective link to the other beers, it seems a bit astray. Still worth a try.

Frozensoul327, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of granger10
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%

The third installment of the wheat series opurs a very odd murky orange-brown color with nary a head on it. Clove aroma and spicy, yeasty phenols are dominant. A bit of a Belgian farmhouse characteristic. Prunes are in there, wheaty cereal grains really become noticeable as the beer warms. Slightly acidic in the aroma as well.

Banana and clove are present in the body but the flavor is more fruity on the palate than I thought it would be. Some wit characteristics come out here and there. Recedes to a plum/chocolate combination on the finish.

Mouthfeel is quality. A bit of a dissapointment with the lack of head but the beer really didn't suffer. A somewhat fuller body yet the flavors worked together so this beer went down smooth. This has some characteristics of the Aventinus and also some Wit characteristics. Intriguing and quite good. Recommended.

granger10, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of trouserbat
3.98/5  rDev +9%

I noticed while pouring that it was only a hint lighter than the bottle it came out of, though considerably more opaque. It had a great smell: toast, with a subtle spicy/woodsy hoppiness. It tasted like toast and dates, a little yeasty and with a hint of chocolate. (Maybe toast and vegemite?) It was very drinkable, roasty and just rich/thick enough. I'd like to split a pitcher of this by the taproom window, chatting about nothing in particular and watching the snow fall. (I bet it would also make fantastic Welsh rarebit.)

trouserbat, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of benito
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%

Six poured a murky bloodred, paler around the edges and dark in the center as though to keep the heart of it hidden until an actual taste was taken. The lack of head surprised me, particularly after having had to scoop foam out of my Wheat Four, and what little froth there was dissipated quickly, leaving only a small ring and swirl throughout the pint.

Dough seemed to me to be the dominant scent in the bouquet, accompanied well by a gentle sweetness (fruits, honey, coconut maybe). As soon as I take a taste, a smile comes across my face. This has all of the same wonderful characteristics as Wheat Two--highly refreshing, nice balance and sweetness, incredible smoothness--but it's heavier and more substantial throughout. The slightly bitter aftertaste linger in the back on the tongue asking to be relieved by another swig which has a fleshy nuttiness as well as the as-expected hints of banana bread and citrus (lemon) spritz.

This is the best of the Wheat Series so far, in my opinion...and strangely, it's starting to look like a typical family: Wheat Six is the perfect big brother to Wheat Two, her protege and heir apparent. And they're radically different from middle child Wheat Four, who's bitter, raucous, and needs counseling.

benito, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of ADR
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%

Sedimented brownish amber color, like a muddyish tea, seems the Wheats of November are getting darker and thicker. Minimal head, laces in scant and widely separate vertical strings. Complex aroma, vaguely estery but in a vein that reminds me of simmering unsweetened cocoanut milk with ginger and orange. Medium mouthfeel and reserved carbonation. Flavors are wheaty, somewhat stuffy and pastey -- preserved fruit and decided yeast overtones. Sturdy almost toasted flavors later in the profile, a decent finish to a somewhat odd first impression. OK, different, doesn't strike me that well overall.

ADR, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
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?

feloniousmonk, Nov 23, 2005
Photo of Shovelbum
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours like yeast amber yeast slurry. Robust fluffy orange-brown head over a ruby- orange-brownish hazy body. Decent retention and excellent lace. I can smell the yeasts and fruit esters without even raising the glass. Wow! Strong noise of Belgian and Hefe yeasts, bananas, cloves and other mysterious spices. Slightly sweet in the mouth, toasted malt-- not as tangy as I expected. Wheat flavors mix with grass and hay. A touch of fruit, but fairly mild. Medium body. Mouth feel and finish are smooth.

Strange brew. All the different yeastsÂ’ flavors and aromas are a bit hard to wrap my head/tongue around. That said this is surprisingly smooth for all of the stuff that is being thrown in here (6 yeast strains and 6 different types of wheat). Definitely more mild and drinkable than its quadruped sibling Wheat 4.

Shovelbum, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

Pours an amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has some citrus and banana but also seems to have some darker malts in there as well. The flavor has some spice and fruit, but it also has a dark malt character that doesn't fit. The mouthfeel is moderate and the drinkability is ok. This is an interesting beer, but the flavor just don't seem to jive with each other.

clvand0, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
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

dirtylou, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of ahking
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours an apple cider brownish color with a nice head and lacing. Rather mild in flavor and smooth. Hearty wheat ale with great color. Semi fruity (pomegranite and cirtus), oakey, and mildly hopped. Lots of complex yeast profiles blend together well. Certainly can sense an abbey-like warmth in the finish, with a classic wheat beer yeast up front. Light caramel malt is nice in this beer.

ahking, Nov 22, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%

12oz with a batch # 7119 poured into a pint glass.

Rusty hazy brown with a finger and a half of light tan. Good retention, wispy lace.

Toasty malts and malted wheat hit a nice balance in the nose. The belgian yeasts are making for some nice chalky banana and clove like aromas. Nice nose!

The malts are upfront and have more of a caramel flavor from the barley with the wheat showing a little less. Toasty overall, with the yeast flavors a bit obscured by the roasted flavors.

The mouth is a bit weak, drinkable...but I was expecting more.

ypsifly, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of CortexBomb
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

Wheat Six pours out significantly darker than 2 and 4, in fact, it reminds me of an old ale in colouration. No head though...I don't know what they did to 4, but that was the only one that has had one for me so far. The aroma is thankfully fixed up on 6 though...I can still get a vague, vague rememberence of the skunk from 4, but here the aroma is more malty and yeasty again...the skunk here is just reduced to a slightly grassy aspect and it's actually an enjoyable component as opposed to a show stopping suck factor.

The flavour, again, starts out sweet and then breaks over into malts with caramel aspects (the malts are very dominant here vis a vis 2 and 4) and citrus. The citrus is really subdued again though, which is certainly a good thing. This body of this is extremely smooth and creamy, with almost nothing in the way of hops until the very close, where they provide some of their effects on the top of the mouth. The finish lingers for a while. Nice.

The mouth on this is, again, like the other project beers, thick for the style, which makes it good in my book. Drinkability is back up to good again. This is my favourite of the series so far...thankfully, it reminds me more of 2 than 4...it's still not what I would call overly complex, but I like the over malted aspect of the flavour combined with the thicker mouth.

CortexBomb, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 14, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%

This beer pours hazy dark tea color with a very sparse head. Nose is very strong. I get chocolate covered caramelized banana splashed with faint orange citrus and spiceyness, with very doughy and yeasty undertones. Lots trying to go on here and I'm not sure I like what it is doing. Flavor is also interesting, but not drawing me in. I get a solid burnt malt with light creamy wheat, even a touch of banana. I also get some spiceyness hanging in there. Again, the complexity in flavors seem to be fighting against each other instead of melding well together. Aftertaste is very wheaty and slightly yeasty. Feel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, this brew is not bad, but its not great either. I'm having to take some time to let my tongue figure out what it really things about the flavors. An interesting interpretation. Reminds me a little of New Glarus Black Wheat in the roasted character, which must be from the choice of wheat (Toasted sprouts, Torrefied, Red, Caramel...I don't know) as its not in the wheat 2. I also think the spicey products from the Abbey yeast is what I'm not enjoying as much. I think there is a lot of yeast in the beer. It poured extra hazy, and I think the yeast are contributing to flavors I don't dig. Just okay.

kmpitz2, Nov 12, 2005
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Bell's Wheat Six Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.