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

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Bell's Wheat LoveBell's Wheat Love

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Ratings: 463
Reviews: 211
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 19
Gots: 18 | FT: 4
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: sopor on 12-09-2005

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Reviews by xgrigorix:
Photo of xgrigorix
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle, batch # only - no dates.

Dull orange colour, hazy. Thin white head, patchy lace.

Nose has aromas of lemons, cloves, & hay.

Initially sweet. Bready, light spiciness, and somewhat earthy. Flinty bitterness comes in to dry it up a bit for the finish. On the heavy side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Interesting, but, not the star of the wheat project in my opinion.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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!

Photo of blitz134
3.83/5  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.

Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of badbeer
3.88/5  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.

Photo of deebo
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Brenden
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of zjungleist
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber/orange with a below average white head. Note: lots of sediment in the bottle, yet crystal clear beer. The smell is very heavy with esters, typical hefe/dopplebock cloves, typical saison basement, and some sweeter esters reminicent of tropical fruit or gum. The taste is very close to the smell, with plenty of wheat malt sweetness. Hops are present but very faint. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is on the low side, leaving lots of room for the smoothness the wheat imparts. Drinkability is above average, dangerously so even. Overall this is a strange brew, lots of complexity. Lots of borrowed flavors as well as unique ones.

It's crying shame Bell's is no longer in Illinois. I could go on at legnth about how much of a shame it is, but I will carry on. There are plenty of good beers on the market, and this is but one brand.

Photo of cokes
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smoky honey hued topped with a thin crown of bleached beige. The yeast pour hints that something unsettlingly German-porn-esque has happened, as congealed yeast swirls cloud the liquid.
Utmostly bready aroma, stamped with granite, celery, cilantro, limestone, and pineapple.
Bready again, on the mouth's get-go. Densely white bread, and wholly uncharacteristic for a moment. Tropical fruits seep in and liven things up with plantains, lemon pudding, lime juice, and pineapples. Yeast adds another primer coat of clotted breadiness, and a thick curtain of honeyed vanilla. Turns a tad vegetal on the latter portions, as a astringent celery stalk/ cilantro notion arises, brushed with white peppercorn, then cut short by the ongoing vanilla bath, more pudding, and resurgant lime-pulp tartness. It concludes with a gentle white rum flash, and gradually disappearing menthol-herb bitterness.
Plushly expansive in the mouth with its fullish feel and lowly steady carbonation that flows without a whisper of its strength. Texturally, I don't think this could be improved upon, and that bodes well for it consumability.
Much like its predecessors in the Wheat Series, there are places where this fails to become totally cohesive and self-actualized. But despite minor dischordant moments, this comes impressively close, and is a no-brainer pick for the best of the lot.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very smooth drinking medium-fuller mouthfeel. Aroma of yeast, barnyard, malt and wheat. Slightly dark colour, very attractive Belgian style head. Some spiciness, a bit acidic, but much smoother and well malted than the few other wheat wines I have had. Interesting if classified as a barleywine.

Photo of sullysbeer
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Fruity Esters, Alcohol is Definitely Present, Malty Sweetness, Spicy, Very Light Horse Blanket or Barnyard Aroma, Banana and Clove. Peppery, Hints of Oranges

Appearance: Very Clear Orangeish Golden in Color, Nice White Dense Head Retention.

Flavor: Complex Flavors - Huge Grainy Malt Candy Sweetness, Banana and Clove, Alcohol Burn, Balanced with a Peppery Hop Bitterness. Sweeter as it Warms up.

Mouthfeel: Medium Full to Full Bodied with a Slight Smooth Syrupy Feel.

Overall Impression: Really Big Beer. A Sipping Ale after a Pretty Big Dinner. This is like a Barley Wine Style Beer but Made with Wheat Malt. They call This a Wheat Wine. The Final Product in Bell's "Wheat Project."

Photo of secondtooth
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden, with a rich, thick, and luxurious head of fine white bubbles. Lace is big and loopy.

Aroma is a typical weizen -- accents of banana, clove, spice, and yeast. Strong and hearty, and very surprising, somehow.

Taste is rich and full-bodied on the palate, with big heaps of sweet grain malts and a sticky, hoppy bitterness underneath the weizen tones. This is a very bold wheat ale -- effectively an "imperial weizen", and a very good one at that.

Photo of dirtylou
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single, Riley's

So this is the end of the wheat line, which at the very least has been quite interesting. I feel bad for going out of order (havent had 8 yet, but will), but whatever.

appearance: pours hazy peach/yellow, looks very clean and fresh, a nice bubbly white head and rim lacing

smell: quite powerful, plenty of yeast, vibrant citrus fruitiness, a touch of spice, quite grassy, a touch of wheat, light sweet malt

taste: quite yeasty (belgian-esque), powerful citrus (orange, tangerine) fruit flavors, grassy and fresh hops, sweet and lightly toasted malts...not exactly what i was expecting, but a very enjoyable brew

mouthfeel: crisp, tongue twisting sweet yeast characteristic

drinkability: very drinkable


Thank's Bell's....You could put out the wine coolers of february and it would still be captivating

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber with a bit of head. Poured into a wine glass and looks quite nice. If you like uncomplicated, but tasty wheat, this is your beer. Very little flavor from the yeast unlike the hefe's and wits, the grains really shine in this beer. Very smooth and sweet and only a hint of alcohol. If you've like Bell's other wheat beers, this is a must try.

Photo of KingNoonan
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured very thick into my glass with a gorgeous golden orange color in its body. The head of the beer came up to a nice three quarter inch, cream-colored, foam that held in the glass for over two minutes. Preliminary nasal investigations yielded strong scents of wheat malts. There were also very strong scents of citrus fruits, most likely lemon and orange, as well as nice hints of ripe banana. Further scent based research discovered notes of coriander and cloves. The first taste has a huge burst of flavor, at first it is a little overpowering, but then it subsides into a very pleasant beverage. The opening tastes in the glass are strong wheat malts with a hint of barley malt to back it up, a moderate flavor of clove, and a slight citrus zest, almost if someone has scraped the peel of a lemon into the bottle. The beer definitely had some kick to it, though the flavors balanced out the alcohol nicely. Further down the glass, the head dissipated into a thin film around the top of the beer, however the carbonation stayed at a nice moderate stream through the whole glass. At first, you are overwhelmed with the strong wheat malts, with little kicks of various flavors. A few sips into the glass, strong notes of lemon and clove appear. Later in the glass, a nice banana-like flavor develops along with notes of pepper and coriander. The glass ends with sweet notes of honey and even suggestions of nuts, maybe almonds or hazelnut.

Photo of bashiba
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden orange with a sticky white head.

Smell is sweet with hints of yeast, honey, and oranges.

Taste is very well balanced, sweet and yeasty up front with hints of citrus and banana, yet finishes with a slight hop tartness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full.

Drinkability is good on this, a nice finale to the wheat series.

Photo of shbobdb
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7155 from 12/1/05. Review date: 4/28/07.

Interesting. Wow. A blast of clove with a distinct sour note supported by a thin, 'fluffy' body.

It is a little soapy, but the sheer blast of weizen goodness is overpowering. Just a blast of clove supported by bananas. The tart finish helps clean the beer out and bam, before you know it, you are done.

Well . . . that is the way it seemed after the first fourth. As I continue to drink it, the beer becomes strangely sweet. A very odd sweet/sour thing going on, with the tongue numbing clove still dominating. Did they put cloves in this thing?

Well, it isn't a bad beer, but I can see why the 'wheat' series met with mediocre reception. Wheat is good and all, and this is a nice beer, but I'm not aching for a sixpack or anything.

Especially from Bell's, they can do so much better.

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Bell's Wheat Love from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 463 ratings.