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Bell's Wheat Love - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Wheat LoveBell's Wheat Love

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BA SCORE
87
very good

452 Ratings
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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 18
Gots: 17 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sopor on 12-09-2005)
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Reviews by silenius:
Photo of silenius
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark and cloudy yellow-orange (or is it orange-yellow?) with a substantial foam head. There is moderate lacing.

Smell is a strange and somewhat pleasing mix of burnt popcorn, bubblegum and cloves.

Taste is sweet and malty with a heavy dose of banana and bubblegum flavors with cloves and popcorn. I think the first hint of the aftertaste is my favorite. It is a deep and complex caramelly flavor with some kiwi (I shit you not) and orange. Just great!

Mouthfeel is thick with creamy carbonation and it slides down easily.

Highly drinkable. Please brew more!

silenius, Jan 17, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I needed some wheat love after this past weekend's Detroit sports debacle.On tap at the Filling Station in GSO.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull hazed dark apricot color with a thinner slightly off white head atop.Aromas were very yeasty with some banana and clove-spice standing out,almost like a wheat bock.Flavors are spicy with some medicinal notes with a tinge of toasted wheat,the alcohol sweetness creeps up on you.Not bad but the yeast was a little big compared to alot of others of the style I have had.

oberon, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This WW is bright orange in color and somewhat hazy with absolutely no head to speak of.

Smell – The American Wheat is very prominent at the nose. The malts are thick like orange syrup and not winey at all. There’s almost a spritzy tang to this one.

Taste – The American Wheat passes the test. It’s tasty and non-offense, and it gives off a classic flavor of wheat mixed with wine. The orangy malts though are still around, and I thought this was a bit of a distraction.

Mouthfeel – This is light for a Wheat Wine, not close to medium-bodied, and a little too spritzy in the mouth for the style.

Drinkability – This wasn’t bad at all, but I thought it was a weak entry into the Wheat Wine style and certainly lacked the depth of some of the better contenders.

RoyalT, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly limpid pear cider color with steady streams of small carbonation and a ¼ inch, long lasting off white, eggshell head. Decent amount of gossamer rests on the body and glass walls. Initial aromas show strength and rich Belgian Yeast reminiscent tropical fruit notes. Very spicy, pepper mostly. Flavors of mango, distilled pear juice, pineapple, banana, bubblegum, and clove are followed by an extremely peppery finish. Pleasant wheat smoothness with a strong carbonation/spice bite in the finish makes for one fun feeling beer. Very drinkable although the alcohol is only partially covered. My favorite of the series.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of tectactoe
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

tectactoe, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -10%

t2grogan, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Bell's Wheat Love pours from the bottle a nice cloudy orange hue with a creamy inch of bubbly white head atop the brew. It looks ligther at the bottom of the glass adding a nice effect. Aromas of big dense wheat husk that gives me a sense of creaminess. Spicy, yeasty phenols linger underneath with light fruits (banana), pepper, clove and some bubblegum all making an appearance. An enjoyable aroma for sure.

First sip brings a creamy amalgamation of wheat grain flavors. Smooth with some nice light fruity flavors. I get lots of apple and banana along with some citrus. A big layer of spiciness flows throughout with notes of pepper, cloves and bubblegum notes. The earthy yeast is quite evident and a bit tangy. Finishes a tad bit sweet and smooth. A tasty brew in my book.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite creamy. Not abrasive in the least, this brew goes down really smooth. I'm enjoying this one and could see myself having a few. A tasty wheat wine with an abv low enough to allow for easy enjoyment. I'm starting at the end of the series and looking forward to trying the predecessors to this brew!

orbitalr0x, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of blitz134
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky yellow, apricot color. Bright white head came on thick and reduced to a tight bubbled layer. Aroma is full of wheat and some bubble gum aromas. A bit of grassyness and straw comes in as well. Strong malty flavor wasn't expected, but it comes through some some sweet biscuit hints. A lot of spiciness in the middle, some corriander and the slightest touch of clove. A general citrus flavor comes in as well. Finish is typical wheat beer. This one coats the mouth well and lets the wheat linger for a while. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Good drinkability, a nice higher abv beer for the summer.

blitz134, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of sabitu
4/5  rDev +2.8%

sabitu, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +2.8%

DaftPatrick, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

warnerry, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy, honey gold body with a small ofwhite head. Head retention is good and patchy lacing spots the glass.
Aroma is spicy clove, earthy yeast, breadiness, vague pineapple and banana, and malty wheat. Toastiness is not very pronounced compared to the other brews in the Bell's Wheat series.
Mouthfeel is nice, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
Taste seems dominated by the clove spiciness. Fruitiness reminds me of canned peaches. Some Belgian yeast notes are easily picked up, as are some phenols. Some alcohol is also noticed, typical of a wheat wine. The wheat grainess acquires a scorched character as it warms, a trait it shares with others in the Wheat Series. Earthy hops contribute to a dry and bitter finish with a charred wheat bread aftertaste. Very interesting.
This is my favorite of the Bell's Wheat Series, but still not a world beater. Interesting complexity of this one makes it attractive enough to seek out again.

merlin48, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of warriorsoul
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to CRJMellor for another Bell brew.
Light copper in color, quite clear and produces less than 1/2 finger of bright white head...disappears rapidly with decent lacing.
Spicy burn in the nose...bananas, clove and corriandor.
The taste is more mellow that I was expecting with all of the scents above making its way into the flavor plus a nice wheat base.
Alcohol is not up front but does show up in the finish...could be a bit sweeter but I like the bitter quality this one ends with.
Mouthfeel is thin for the style and some of the flavors linger a bit too long.
Pretty easy drinking, but I'd opt for others in the style.

warriorsoul, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of Guinnsslvr
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Guinnsslvr, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of badbeer
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with an orange hue to it. Wheat head that leaves bits of lacing. Smells of apricot, straw, bubble gum, and coriander. Taste has some lemon, clove, coriander, and honey. Carbonation is bordering high, with a medium body. This was an interesting beer, wish I had a little more of it. Good stuff.

badbeer, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of Chris_Panos
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Chris_Panos, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of deebo
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6 pack of this a couple months back. Had a few bottles, finally getting around to reviewing. Batch 12351, packaged 9/18/13.

A-Poured a bottle into a pint glass, this beer gives off a finger of airy pure white foam with a bit of stickiness. Just a bit of haze with a cloud of yeast sitting towards the top of beer. Color is dark golden. A lot of the yeast remains stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

S-Aroma reminds me of a hefeweizen. Lots of clove and banana like fruity esters. A bit of clean alcohol. Clean crisp wheat aroma.

T-Hefe all the way. Nice flavors of banana yeast esters, a bit of clove and some nice clean malt. A bit rough in the finish.

M-Fairly high level of carbonation that takes away from the softness of a wheat beer. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Surprisingly weak body.

O-This beer makes me think imperial hefeweizen. Which isn't necessarily a type of beer I'd crave. I love the presence of the big flavor of a hefe combined with a fairly low alcohol content and the creamy mouthfeel of my favorite ones. Overall, a nice beer but I won't go out of my way to get it.

deebo, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

bpfrush, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice. Bottled on 09/18/13.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge four finger white head that slowly fades into a thinner creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very wheat, yeast, and spice driven aroma with good hints of sweet fruits. Upfront wheat and hefeweizen yeast along with pale malt and hints of grains, straw, crackers, and biscuit. Spicy hints of clove, peppers, and coriander. Big hints of banana along with some bubblegum and apple. Sweet hints of candied sugar. Citrus fruit hints of lemon zest, orange, pineapple, and apricot. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a wheat and yeast driven hefeweizen like taste with big notes of spice and fruit. Big presence of wheat and hefewiezen yeast upfront. Pale malt with notes of straw, grains, crackers, caramel, and biscuit. Big taste of spices with notes of clove, peppers, and coriander. Taste of bananas, bubblegum, and some apple. Candied sugar adds some sweetness. Citrus fruit notes of orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, and apricot. A very good zesty taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, fruity, and pretty smooth. Drying finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A very good take on a wheat beer. Don't have much experience with wheatwines but this is a really good hef like brew. Good mix of wheat, spice, and fruits.

MattyG85, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Cynic-ale, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sort of a hazy apricot color with ochre highlights, head is thin and very pale in color. Pretty good laces, dripping rings. Aroma is not bad on this one, lightly citric with wheat stuffiness and some aspects of gumdrops. Mouthfeel approaches full, the carbonation is on the lower side. A little sweet in overall flavor, like very sweet peach jam. A little bit of flinty slate bitterness catches at the back of the throat and balances the beer out at the close. As with other Bell's Wheats, the yeast signature is a bit strange, but it works OK on this one. Missing some of the deeper qualities of other "Wheat Wines" I like better, and there are some lime tones in the finish I don't really like a lot. Well, this series of Bell's beers were all interesting at least.

ADR, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy apricot golden orange with large white bubbly head leaves fine lacing with each sip. Aromatics contain mass amounts of character including citrus peels herbal hops sharp citrus tones from the wheat malts some soft vanilla, clove, banana nut bread, and alcohol notes express themselves very well. Flavors meld oh so nicely with thick expressive layers of weizen yeast tones that burst forth with chocolate bitterness, vanilla, banana, and clove softness...citrus peels in the wheat notes with herbal tea hop bursts this is good complex wheat beer at it's best with an alcoholic finish that can't be beat. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied that has effervescent spritzy carbonation yet doesn't loose that syrupy mouthfeel that sends one on a frenzy. Drinkability is simply great for me the beer remains challenging and enticing throughout the session with not regards for anything else than what actually matters.

WVbeergeek, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of Zonian1
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Zonian1, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a warm coppery-brown hazy body with a thin film of tan foam head. On close inspection there are lots of tiny bubbles in the hazy.

S- The smell has a slight musty earthy smell with a faint sweetness of almost bubblegum. The finish has a nice floral spicy hop note.

T- The soft flavor of wheat is soon overtaken by a hop bitterness that is balanced by a slight alcohol finish. There is also a slight carbonic acid note in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a thick texture. There is no real alcohol heat or strong fizz in the mouthfeel.

D- The beer was nice but it didn't have the complexity of wheat flavors or any toasted wheat notes that I would like to see. The hops were pleasant putting the "American" stamp on this wheat wine but not enough wheat to balance it. I will try aging a few because this beer doesn’t really have the subtle wheat qualities to lose with age.

rhoadsrage, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of Brenden
4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This looks like a wheat-based beer, albeit a strong one: pale, its color lies in the transitory area between white gold and yellow gold. It's also thickly hazed; not surprising given the layer of yeast at the bottom of the bottle. The fluffy, flawlessly white pillow of head is at its smallest a creamy half-finger but initially a strong 2 fingers that takes a good while to fall to it. Lace is abundant and pretty chunky in general.
The aroma is nicely complex and bounces some interesting smells together. There's lots of tartness and fresh, zesty lemon with spicing before transitioning to a sweeter side.
The flavor brings even more complexity with an intriguing blend of soft cracked wheat, gentle tartness, lemon juice and zest, sweet banana pulp, clove and a bit of bubblegum. With warmth, the sweeter notes tends to come out more strongly but never overwhelm. Overall it's very bright, and the 8% ABV really can't be detected as such.
This beer feels as fluffy as the head looks to the tongue. It's firmly crisp through the session, but also creamy all the while. It flows like silk in the middle, then ends lightly dry just at the end of the finish.
88 or not, this is one of the best Wheatwines (granted, very much like a Weizen) I've ever had.

Brenden, Nov 26, 2013
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Bell's Wheat Love from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.