Bell's Wheat Love - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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2.25/5 rDev -42.2%
Orange and blush colored liquid. A sheet of translucent gas. A silhouetted sense of pretty fermented wheat fruits is rudely crushed with scents of mashed, oily vegetable resins. Sugary mouthful of canned fruit cocktail and boiled ripe bananas is offset by slick cabbage and tar bitterness. Tired, stewed citrus acids fail to freshen it. Fruit bomb plus nasty purge. Sad.
03-01-2006 20:41:14 | More by putnam
2.7/5 rDev -30.6%
intriguing appearance -- sturdy yellow body with a huge thick head. like a yellow stout. lots of yeast floating around, tons left in the bottom of the bottle. lots of yeast in the nose. and overly-ripe banana, and pineapple syrup, and fruit cocktail from a can. smells like a pineapple pasty.
tastes like an unholy experiment in fruit fermentation. syrupy and overdone, old bananas and yeast dominate. mouthfeel is unique enough to keep this somewhat interesting -- the thick body seems well constructed. if only i could say the same for the rest of the beer.
good intentions. the entire wheat series was an excellent experiment in craft brewing. this, unfortunately, is my least favorite of the lot.
02-16-2007 14:32:22 | More by schusterbauer
2.8/5 rDev -28%
Reviewed on 6/24/2010. On tap at Eccentric Cafe. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and sweet wheat malt. Flavor is sweet upfront, almost sugary, with a wheaty finish. Plenty of melon rind, spices, and yeast. This was just too sugary and sweet and very difficult to drink. Not a fan.
12-23-2010 23:58:44 | More by LilBeerDoctor
2.9/5 rDev -25.4%
Batch 7155, from December 2005, so this isn't the freshest Wheat Love ever, but it's still kicking.
A copper colored beer with no head or lacing, it smells of cotton candy, bananas, and molasses. The flavor and feel are syrupy--lots of sugary sweet up front with very little hop or herb presence to calm it down along the back of the tongue. I can literally feel the sugar-induced headache mount as I take each sip. Strangely, the entire beer lightens toward the back of the palate, reaching an almost watery flavor and consistency. What an odd twist: sugar and water with little of anything in between.
This beer works alright as a nightcap, but it's rather under-attenuated (this may be a function of aging) and I'd have hoped for something more aggressive in its overall flavor profile and complexity.
A slightly disappointing finish to the wheat series, this is still worth checking out if only for the novelty.
11-22-2006 03:15:03 | More by benito
2.93/5 rDev -24.7%
Pours a milky orange-ish color. Very unfiltered and pulpy orange juice reminiscent. Much lighter than anticipated.
Hmmm reminds me very much of Batch 8000. Very clovey and full of orange peel and rich yeasty aromas. A hint of apricot with a spicey, wheat smack.
Well this may be past. A hint of a orange zest, wheat riddled spice fades quickly into a gritty finish. Short, simple and to the point. No signs of oxidization but lacking depth and complexity. In a word. Dissapointing.
08-30-2007 23:31:23 | More by mcallister
3/5 rDev -22.9%
Pours out a clear light orange with a white foamy head and some random speckles of lace stuck to the glass. Aroma is fruity with pears and apples with an equally big alcohol. Sweet fruit and some doughy malts start it off. Pretty big alcohol bite follows shortly after. Not much depth and the alcohol gets in the way. Decently thick and smooth but a bit of a burn on the way down. Not bad overall but I would prefer most other Wheat Wines Ive had over this.
05-31-2006 16:39:36 | More by meathookjones
3.05/5 rDev -21.6%
Pours a very cloudy, dark golden yellow color with ripe banana edges and a two finger, pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Slightly earthy aroma with soil-y, piney hops, zesty spice, bready yeast, citrus peel and malted wheat. Strong bread/bubblegum character along with a prominent banana presence countering the citrus zest, peppery spice and resinous hops. As it warms, the hop presence fades a bit and the wheat beer characteristics start to really stand out. The eight different yeast strands starts to dominate the nose and are complimented by lemon zest and coriander. A little heavy on the yeast/bubblegum/banana but smells pretty good.
On the lower end of medium body with really strong, tight carbonation that hurts the mouthfeel. The carbonation and a slightly creamy texture compliment the malted wheat and yeast notes but overpower the spice and sweeter citrus notes. Slightly tart with strong hints of sourdough bread, bubblegum, wheat and banana countered by peppery coriander spice and zesty lemon peel. There's a touch of boozy sweetness in the finish but the high ABV is very well masked. Tastes more like a strong wheat beer/hefeweizen than a wheatwine. Light and pretty easy to drink but the carbonation hurts the mouthfeel/drinkability and the flavor profile is one dimensional. I would have preferred more spice and sweet citrus character to balance out the heavy yeast notes.
12-07-2013 07:34:13 | More by corby112
3.15/5 rDev -19%
Received in a trade.
Pours a nice sunset coloration, but other than the color the appearance in ordinary. Thin head, light rim of lace, some sediment. I left a lot of yeast in the bottle.
Huge bannana aroma. Hard to pick out what else(if anything) is in the nose, but the bannana smells nice.
Interesting flavor. Not nearly as strong as I was expecting. Again lot's of bannana and some yeastiness. Alcohol is barley detectable.
Mouthfeel is full and moderately carbonated.
I enjoyed the beer but for some reason struggled to finish the glass. This is the second wheat wine I've had and I liked Smuttynose's better. That being said this is an enjoyable beer and I'm glad I've had the oppurtunity to try it.
03-27-2007 02:42:07 | More by wcudwight
3.2/5 rDev -17.7%
Poured out a caramel/orange color, crowned by a thin head that quickly dissipated. The body of the beer looks gelatinous, as bubbles and particles alike appear suspended. The nose offers citrus, hops, wheat, spice, and mild fruity apricot. The taste is non distinctive, some fruityness to it, apricot, some mild spice, with a bit of hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is flat, very mild carbonation. Fairly drinkable, tasting notes are a bit cloying making the drinkability slightly challenging.
01-05-2007 04:29:21 | More by dherling
Bell's Wheat Love from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.