Bell's Wheat Love - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.88/5 rDev +25.4%
Batch 7155 bottled December 1, 2005 described as a wheat wine combining all of the yeast of the wheat series (Bells house ale strain, WLP410 Belgian Wit II, WLP550 Belgian, WLP570 Golden, WLP500 Trappist, WLP530 Abbey, WLP500 Trappist, WLP530 Abbey, WLP4000 Belgian Wit I, and WLP565 Saison ).
Having worked with a few of these I can appreciate the brewmasters skills at making Love. I had some small yeast grains settling out to the bottom of the New Belgium 0.4 L. Rastal sniffer. Reminescent of a recent German Hefe I watch the yeast grains dance as I rest my glass and let it warm to bring out the esters, yeast, wheat and 4VG (phenol) nothing dominates - simply unbelievable! Hidden alcohol and IBUs ( a 2:5 ratio of IBU to OG points is traditional) are well behaved drying on the finish leaving only sticky lips to remind you of the sweetness.
I have been brewing Belgian Strong Blond Ales, Triples and dubbels and I found a familiar bouquet of aromas in the nose. I wonder how the yeast was introduced and marvel how such a herd could be driven to end up with such a lovely Belgian Strong Wheat Ale.
As I looked at the clear orange beer with a finger or more of dense tan, I thought of apricot flesh left a little to long in the air and oxidizing. A creamy head slowly falls to a very respectable lace.
Wondering how much of the burnished orange color is from the toasted sprouts? They should have the same effect of the caramel wheat malt (~60°L) - contributing to the dextrinous mouthfeel. Victory puts a nice Belgian bisquit flavor that is amazing 50° on up to around room temp.
The only thing that sadens me is that I only picked up the one bottle from the cooler at the Bell's Store behind the Eccentric Cafe
Hoping this will be a regular for Bell's. Loved it!
06-29-2006 00:39:05 | More by karst
4.81/5 rDev +23.7%
Bottle (batch #12351 or date 09/18/13) poured into a Duvel tulip
A-2-finger, foamy, off-white head looks like homemade whipped cream. Hazy, golden-orange body is something of grapefruit juice. Hints of carbonation peek through the haze. Awesome webs of stick. Great retention.
S- Lots of sweet bananas. Over-ripe and candied. Hints of warm alcohol are mellow, not harsh. Some clove. Sweet, wort-like characteristics. Maybe banana bread. Some citrus. Black pepper later.
T- Lots of sweet banana, hints of clove-like spice, some rich, bready component. Coriander/black/white pepper/grains of paradise pek in late. Citrus finish is between orange and lemon.
M- Creamy, medium-full body. Moderate carbonation. A little peppery bite.
O- An old friend that I haven't had in years, since it was first brewed as part of the series (I miss the others, specifically wheat 8, and the other series Bell's used to do). I love wheat wines, and this hits the spot. Lighter on the ABV spectrum, yet flavorful. Glad I went with the sixer over a single. Will make an awesome nightcap come cooler weather. Still refreshing, and could be a good food pairing.
"Love" is right. Better than I even remember. Even my wife said "Wow" and suggested a case may be in order.
10-07-2013 00:33:38 | More by GRPunk
4.8/5 rDev +23.4%
Pours a very nice, mostly clear, pale golden color, with a thin dense head that fades very slowly to a spotty cap, leaving behind quite a bit more lace than I was expecting.
Smell; there's definitely a very solid wheat aroma in this, and some yeasty esters very reminiscent of a good hefe-weizen. There's also a bit of a sweet fruitiness.
Taste; as I noticed in the aroma this has some similar characteristics of a hefe, but it also has a touch of trippel going on as well. There's the wheat that's expected, but also a little banana, and some tropical fruits. This is a very interesting beer, and I wish that Bell's would make more of this, instead of just being a one-off release.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a moderate but smooth carbonation, with a bit of a drying finish. Drinkability is very good. I could happily have a few of these in one night if the alcohol would let me.
08-09-2006 01:07:30 | More by RedHaze
4.8/5 rDev +23.4%
Batch 7155 from 12/1/05 according to the Bells website. Drank from a tulip. Pours a cloudy, rich amber color with a little head that leaves some decent lacing. Nose is fruity - bananas, green apple, and a little vanilla. It's an interesting and complex mix for sure. The taste is really great - banana sweetness, some citrus notes, and a mellow bread-like finish. Mouthfeel is crisp due to the moderate level of carbonation - quite refreshing & almost chewy. I love this beer & could drink it all of the time. Easily my favorite of the wheat series Bells put out a couple years back. Highest recommendation.
04-07-2007 05:26:32 | More by montageman
4.72/5 rDev +21.3%
This is quite the exceptional beer. It is my first wheat wine, and probably the best Bell's beer I've had, even given that I have been set up for disappointment by their entire wheat line.
The beer pours to a clear golden color with plenty of carbonation and a nice thick white head that sticks around throughout the entire bottle. A little lighter than I would have thought, though I suppose wheat wine is the white wine to the barleywine's red. Every time the glass is tipped back the head seems to cascade up and renew itself. Looks like an ordinary wheat beer, which can be quite deceptive.
The smell is very interesting. It has the strong banana and clove of a hefe-weizen along with the dry graininess of a tripel and the funkiness of a saison. The yeast complexity has really created an interesting product, though I can't say the same for the Wheat 8.
The taste is quite similar to the nose. Lots of banana throughout, and a nice clove accent to the finish. Also a bit of sweet and gritty grain. I love the Wheat Love. Probably more banana than any other beer I've tried, yet it is much more complex and powerful than your ordinary hefe-weizen. Even a nice bit of a honey flavor in the finish.
The body is medium to full and seems quite refreshing for an 8% beer. I would love to have more Wheat Love, but unfortunately I pulled the last sixer from the cooler while taking a beer run to East Dubuque.
01-13-2006 05:50:37 | More by neonbrown82
4.72/5 rDev +21.3%
First ever wheat beer, last in the wheat series for me.
Appearance: Murky copper color, very hazy, lots of suspension, just like the others in the series.
Smell: Zesty lemon, grainy wheat smell, slight banana, brown sugar and alcohol sweetness.
Taste: Wow, I have never had a wheat wine before, but this is awesome. The flavors of a wheat beer, but the strength of a big belgian. Spicy and yeasty, this is a wonderful and delicious beer, full of fruit flavors. I wish this was a more produced style. .
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, very full, not very strongly carbonated (just like the others beers in the series).
Drinkability: I would love to try more of this style, this is a delicious beer.
01-06-2006 16:14:04 | More by TastyTaste
4.72/5 rDev +21.3%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a two finger head with good retention and spotty lacing. Body was a hazy orange. Very nice looking.
Smell - strong yeasty profile of strong Belgian ales. Bananas and slight clove spicyness, like Saisons, and Tripels, combined with the intense fruitiness of Tripels. The malt was of plums and apricots like Tripels. Between the yeast and malt, it rendered a huge bouquet of a variety of fruits with bananas, apricots, and plums being the most prevalent, but with hints of so many more, and the clove being very subtly in the background. Mouthwatering.
Taste - same as the smell. Very fruity, and very complex, and at times, subtle. Plums, apricots, cherries, bananas from start to end with hints of caramel and wheaty toastiness, and a subltle clove spiciness in the background, and sometimes also a very slight alcohol warmth lending spiciness. Very much like a Tripel at times, and very delicious at all times.
Mouthfeel - full to medium bodied, a little fluid at times. Slightly semi-dry.
Drinkability - this is excellent. A very delicious, rich, complex, and rewarding ale. High abv is the only thing limiting drinkability.
08-27-2006 14:38:17 | More by ultralarry2006
4.65/5 rDev +19.5%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity... Batch 7155.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the lightly cloudy golden brew. Head fades slowly, with plentiful, slow-falling lacing. Aroma is cloves and banana, with a light undercurrent of warming alcohol. Flavor is as the nose indicated, ample balanced wheat character of cloves and banana, with a slight boozy glow appearing after the swallow. Mouthfeel is extra smooth and soft over the tongue, with incredible drinkability for the abv. Wish this one would be brewed again and again...
02-06-2007 23:13:44 | More by ppoitras
4.65/5 rDev +19.5%
This had quickly become one of my favorite beers. I think maybe going to pair it with either a steak or a rib meal. Being a cook I want to start paring drinks with food for when I eventually open a restaurant. would love to try it on tap at the brewpub. I hope it becomes a year around release.
11-06-2013 03:11:10 | More by YimYoup
4.63/5 rDev +19%
For my premier tasting, I shall employ my Oberon-branded weizen glass, just for fun.
Very cloudy orange appearance, lighter yellow at the sides, with an impressive cap of puffy white foam, especially in this glass. Little particles appear, floating about, but they don't worry me any.
Aroma is exactly what you'd want from a weizen. Airy, lightly sweet, citric, delicately spiced, but creamy and lovely. I like it! Nice, nice, nice.
Beautiful arrival on the tongue, as well. Boards the palate with confidence, the spreads wonderful flavors, and floats angelicly off. Delicious! A tasty mix of fruit, with an intriquing texture, very able malt body, tangy all throughout the flavor. This has a zesty citric twist, combined with the larger alcoholic content, makes it quite a fun ride in the mouth. Judiciously bitter, as well.
Halfway into the glass, it's a mite mellower, to great effect. A rare feeling spread through my senses and infiltrates other regions of the body. This is a unique brew, tres suis generis, with a full body, and long citric finish. So singular I can't recall anything quite like it, nor have I had many "wheat wines", but I think I like this better than some others I've tried.
I give it a 5 for flavor, for I can think of any way it could be improved upon...it's just right!
I highly recommend it, though, and will pick up more, while supplies last!
12-27-2005 06:35:27 | More by feloniousmonk
4.6/5 rDev +18.3%
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!
01-17-2006 23:27:11 | More by silenius
4.6/5 rDev +18.3%
Pours with a half inch of head. The body is yellow and orange at the same time. Smells of clove, and spiced bananas.
The taste is spiced, fruity, and wheat laden. Mouthfeel is smooth, the drinkability good, but limited by the huge flavors. Great wheat wine. I'll buy the calvados cask if Larry will barrel age this.
12-17-2005 07:59:38 | More by Sephiroth
4.58/5 rDev +17.7%
Clouded yellow-orange. Thin off-white head. Leaves sporadic lace. Very nice nose to this one. Spicy and peppery and weizen-like and rich and malty. Nice profile on the buds. Nicely subdued traits of wheat, pepper and vanilla. Mouthfeel is agreeable. Carbonation is held in check and the body checks in around medium-full. The 8% a/v goes unnoticed. This is a sweet beer, but doesn't even toe the line of becoming cloying as some wheatwines do. This is one of the easiest wheatwines to drink that I've ever had. And of course, the best in the wheat series of Bell's which started out nicely with TWO and FOUR, then dipped down with the SIX and EIGHT, and now finishes with a flourish. This one is nicely put together.
01-10-2006 05:00:05 | More by Bighuge
4.56/5 rDev +17.2%
Appearance: an orangish yellow. very hazy but no sediment and a off white head about a finger tall that leaves a little bit of a lacing.
Smell: good wheat character. citrusy.
Taste: starts off with a subtle lemony bread taste. followed by a good wheaty background, shifts towards a slight banana flavor and a bit of spicy alcohol. wonderful complexity
Mouthfeel: perfectly smooth with just a bit of a warming effect. nice and full body
Overall: another killer limited release by bell's. they really need to do more special releases like this because they come out with some of my favorite beers. Great wheatwine with very german weizenbock like character
10-15-2013 23:32:00 | More by SportsandJorts
4.55/5 rDev +17%
This brew pours a perfect cloudy orange color. The head is massive, fluffy, white, and recedes ever so slowly. The aroma has strong hints of Bell's house aroma, along with some tangy wheat notes, chocolate, and some fruity notes with alcohol making them seem somewhat spicy. This is the first wheat wine I have tasted so I am not sure what one should smell like, but, no matter what, the aroma of this brew is interesting. The taste reminds me of a thick hefe weizen like Franziskaner, but with noticably more alcohol. Tangy wheat, and cloves dominate the sip, while a warming alcohol feeling is present during the finish and aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, and creamy, with perfect carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer. The best of Bell's Wheat Series, although Wheat Four is a close second.
12-23-2005 03:26:31 | More by KarlHungus
4.55/5 rDev +17%
A taste with love. The pour was cloudy and somewhat a darker straw yellow color then a typical wheat beer. Although this isnt a typical wheat beer. Good head and lacing throughout the tasting.
The smell has a strong malt presence with a more grainy appeal. Not much of a wheat nose but some hefe-esk smells. Some banana and cloves as well as a candy like citrus aroma.
The taste has a strong presence of malt and the wheat flavor is much more noticeable then the nose would indicate. A full taste like easting wheat broth. The candy flavor comes out more as well with a nice blend to the grainy wheat flavor. Banana and clove esters come out more. More so then the hops with are light. Some light bitterness at front and a light citrus finish.
The body really is impressive here. Very full and very noticeable. The carbonation has little to no feeling but with such a big wheat flavor, it covers the taste. With high ABV, you really not notice it too much, but definitely warms you up as you go along. A great beer to love for sure.
08-17-2006 16:55:28 | More by Oxymoron
4.53/5 rDev +16.5%
Lugged back to NJ from the Cloverleaf in Southfield, MI. Thank you to Terry Jettke for all his help there!
Served from a 12oz. bottle at just below cellar temperature in my favorite Duvel tulip.
A - A somewhat vigorous pour yields a creamy, thick, tightly packed one inch head, topped with undercooked pancake bubbles. The beer itself is a golden amber color and mostly clear if you leave the sediment in the bottle. My preference? Add the sediment. Here goes... Ah, there's the characteristic wheat cloudiness! The color is now a bright rusty orange. Lacing is modest and wipsy, but consistent. Very attractive.
S - Very much full of your standard hefeweizen smells -- yeast, fresh grains and hay, citrusy lemon -- but with a modest kick of extra, natural candy-sugar sweetness. Notes of honey and honeydew melon are also observed. Smells amazingly like a Hefeweizen-Tripel hybrid... wow! Interesting and refreshing.
T - Sweet and alluring on the tip of the tongue, but not in the way you'd expect from a wheat... there are some light touches of Belgianesque medium to dark honeyed fruitiness in the same vein as a good Belgian Tripel might have. Oh yeah. I was SO money on that observation. A pinch of turned apple-cider sourness steps out in the middle to help achieve necessary balance, and the yeasty notes take over as the beer heads down the gullet. Somwhere in the background (and hard to pinpoint for those who have never enjoyed one) I can detect the essence of a nice Geuze. For as sweet as this beer is up front, there is thankfully no cloying in the swallow. Also as amazing is the fact that the only place you feel the big alcohol is in the nice warmth that glows like embers in the belly. Complex and mature.
M - As the beer warms, the mouthfeel becomes very sublime. Miniscule effervescence teases the tip of the tongue as the rest of the liquid expands to form a fluffy, mouth coating pillow. The feel of this beer works in complete harmony with the development and changes that occur as the beer makes its way from lips to stomach. Only at the very end of the glass does a very slight "tip of the tongue" numbing from the alcohol become apparent. Perfect.
D - I'll have to quote Michael Jackson to sum up this beer by saying, "Mama-se, mama-sa, ma-makossa." Oops. Wrong Michael. Must be the sneaky alcohol. Ah here it is... "Dangerously drinkable." It would be easy to drink this beer as if you were enjoying an especially robust Hefeweizen, although unlike a normal Hefe, this Wheat Wine would leave you crippled at the end of the backyard barbecue. Solution? If you want to enjoy one of these, start the barbecue off with one, then switch over to Weihenstephaner Hefe. Perfect!
As an afterthought, I could see this beer being terribly misunderstood by someone who's not studied up on wheat derived beers. There is a lot going on here! But to those who are in the know, this is an exceptionally crafted beer that will not fail to please.
06-19-2006 20:03:52 | More by EPseja
4.53/5 rDev +16.5%
The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy straw golden amber with an ghost white and low head which lasted well to lace the glass.
The aroma was full of wheat with an underlying malt character. The aroma contained a bit of spice, more clove than any other spice, and a bit of caramel/candy sweetness that was not overdone. The aroma was fruity and bright with just the slightly spicy phenolic.
The flavor was nicely done with a caramel maltiness and a strong wheat presence. The flavors were immediately fruity and complex with a slight banana and a bit of clove spice thrown in, but neither left the impression of a German hefe, just a hint of that character was present. The beer had a bittering level that exisited just behind the malt and wheat and kept the beer from being overly sweet.
The finish was even with a lasting wheat and drying of the spice into the aftertaste. The body was medium full and nicely done. A really nice wheat wine. Not one that was crafted to be overly bitter, more malty and fruity without pushing into the realm of being a hefeweizen or a weizenbock. The alcohol only really played a part in accentuating the spicy phenols and in the warming that occurred after consumption. Well done!
12 ounce bottle. Thanks beerinator!
01-24-2006 00:29:17 | More by GCBrewingCo
4.5/5 rDev +15.7%
Hooked this one up from my man Craig Mellor outta Kalamazoo. Yeah Craig.
Beer poured a deep golden color with a small head of pure white foam. Head lingered down the glass, despite the absence of any lacing or mouse-like head retention.
Aroma? Probably the best aroma of any ale I've tasted all year. Amazing ester profile. What I find particularly amazing about this resurrected style is that the range of esters you receive from a wheat yeast completely changes once you boost the gravity. The spectrum of flavors a classic wheat strain produces at 4.5-5.5% abv is totally different than the flavors created at 7.5-10.0%. It's almost like a wheat barley wine, but you get much more spicy phenolics and a unique warming sensation as a result.
The mouthfeel was medium to full-bodied, with a slight syrupy and caramel twinge.
Overall, for its strenght and robust flavor, this beer was very drinkable. I could even see myself drinking this one on a very hot day to quench my thirst.
05-02-2006 01:52:55 | More by Sixpoint
Bell's Wheat Love from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.