Bell's Wheat Love - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.83/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
08-16-2006 04:05:32 | More by Sammy
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
"All you need is love"
Ripe tangerine with a light dusting of fine yeast. The brewery calls Wheat Love a 'relatively light colored' wheat wine and they aren't kidding. I've seen darker pale ales. The good-sized, creamy, bubblicious, banana milkshake colored cap is a thing of beauty. Amazing for an 8% beer. A fair amount of lace makes its way to the glass, although roughly half of it melts away within minutes.
I don't recall the other Wheat Project beers smelling this much like a hefe weizen. I've already used banana to describe the color of the head, but it looks as though it fits with regard to the nose as well. It isn't a big nose, however, for what I expect to be a relatively big beer on the palate. No hint of alcohol is an impressive feat.
Like no other wheat wine that I've ever had (er... this is only my third), Bell's Wheat Love tastes like an Imperial Hefe Weizen. Or a Double Hefe Weizen (DHW) if you prefer. It has the same general banana and clove flavors, along with a generous shot of banana schnapps for sweetness and alcohol.
I'm surprised that the flavor isn't more toasted wheaty and banana bread-like; that would have made for a better beer in my opinion. It's hard to say what almost 10 months in the bottle has done, but I'm a tad underwhelmed by this beer's complexity (as in... lack of). It tastes just fine, but it isn't exactly deep and bursting with flavor. Approachable? Yeah. Drinkable? Yeah. Is that enough to achieve greatness? No.
The body/mouthfeel is medium-full and infinitely smooth. It seems that all of that wheat malt (White, Dark, Victory, toasted sprouts, Torrefied, Red, Caramel and Chocolate) is contributing more to the mouthfeel than it is to the flavor profile. An extremely laid back amount of carbonation contributes to the lushness.
In the final reckoning, Wheat Two, Wheat Eight and Wheat Love are my favorite members of the Wheat Project. I'm a little surprised that at least one of them didn't blow me away. I love Bell's beer and will continue to buy it whenever possible. That said, I'm not sorry that this ambitious (and somewhat interesting) undertaking is a one-time deal. Hey Larry, how about doing something similar with IPAs and/or DIPAs?
09-24-2006 23:52:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.3/5 rDev +10.5%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a whipped egg white head that hangs around briefly and then disappears, leaving just a bit of lacing
Smell: Pineapple, banana and bubblegum
Taste: Starts with a spicy banana aspect, much like a hefe, but with a touch of pineapple; after the swallow, however, it goes in an entirely different direction - a blast of tart lemon, followed by coriander and white pepper join to balance out the sweet fruit flavors
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Very intriguing; love the complexity
10-17-2006 01:15:47 | More by brentk56
4.1/5 rDev +5.4%
Boy, now that's a big wheat beer. Well balanced and full of flavor -- it's even an American wheat product. Go figure. At that, the color of a rusty orange with medium opague cloudiness. Smells fruity and mildly spicy with a defying malt structure, and lightly smokey. Tastes of balanced malt and wheat. Very yeasty and bready in taste and texture. Cloves, banannas, and confectionate sugar sell the spiciness and softness. A light smoke flavor persists durring the drink. Finishes soft and mildly sweet. A smooth beer for a big abv. I really enjoyed ti, but I detected some graininess in the throat and I expected a heavier and creamier texture.
01-27-2006 12:35:53 | More by BEERchitect
3.56/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
10-21-2013 12:20:18 | More by oberon
4.08/5 rDev +4.9%
Hard to believe it's been about 8 years since this first came out, picked up the complete Wheat Series back in the day. One of the earlier one-off series I can remember.
Pours a golden orange color, becoming an opaque dull brass shade once the yeast is poured in. Protip: pour the yeast in, it adds some depth to the aroma and taste. Creamy foam on the surface, that leaves behind some spotty lace around the edges.
Sweet bready aromas, wheaty and yeasty with a touch of floral hops.
Smooth and creamy like a hefeweizen, but a little heavier in feel. Lightly fruity, toasted grains, bready wheat, light caramelized sugars. Medium bodied with a substantial feel, adequate carb levels. Overall a nice wheatwine that isn't overly boozy like some.
10-26-2013 20:43:23 | More by emerge077
4.25/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
08-29-2006 02:48:51 | More by WVbeergeek
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
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
an excellent strong ale that brings together elements of three great beer regions; hefeweizen fruity vibes from germany, wit beer type belgian yeast, and the alcoholic warmth and cereal grain profile of an english strong ale or barleywine. fusion is fun, and in this case quite successful. the wheat malt is very light, and some more toasty grains bring sweetness. the yeast is herbal and fruity, almost like a hefe, i get a touch of banana in here. i also get some honey and floral characters, especially in the finish. a very clean drinking brew that is somehow really light and bright in the mouth despite being so large. not sure if this fits what i consider a traditional wheat wine, but its moving in that direction. light and airy but does not improve with warmth. funny esters come out and make it a little composty, but in general this is a very well done beer and a cool style hybrid. i would buy this if it were available in denver.
01-13-2014 05:01:51 | More by StonedTrippin
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
4.03/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
06-15-2006 04:36:52 | More by tempest
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
A: Pours a very hazy pale golden yellow in color with moderate to significant amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, moderate amounts of fine light sediment towards the bottom of the glass, and hints of apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of yeast with slightly lighter aromas of banana, clove, and just a hint of stone fruit (apricot/nectarine) sweetness.
T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted wheat and wheat with a light amount of stone fruit sweetness (apricot/nectarine). That is followed by light to moderate flavors of banana and clove as well as a very strong flavor of yeast. Moderate amounts of alcohol sweetness in the finish.
M: Medium bodied with moderate to strong amounts of carbonation.
O: A lot yeastier than the other beers I have tried in the style and vaguely reminds me of a suped-up Hefeweizen. Interesting with a decent amount of complexity but not the easiest drinker as the alcohol is not overly hidden.
01-10-2014 01:56:27 | More by dbrauneis
3.9/5 rDev +0.3%
(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 doesnt really have the subtle wheat qualities to lose with age.
12-15-2005 01:38:36 | More by rhoadsrage
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
Sampled through the efforts of Murrayswine and UTBIF.
Poured in to my Duvel Tulip this does in fact look a lot like a Duvel minus the enormous head formation. A slightly hazy beer golden beer that is nearing amber color with an OK white head.
Smell is VERY much like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Scents of honey and coriander are the first to hit your nose. Very spicy and flowery aroma. Individual scents of coriander, black pepper, flowers and herbal hop aroma. I can't decide if this is more herbal or soapy in the hop aroma department I assume that this is just the extra fresh scent of hops that is faded in the Belgians that actually make it to the USA.
Taste is sweet and rather malty with a strong spicy hit in the first sip. The flavor is very much like a Duvel but seems a bit punchier in flavor. Spicy with a flowers and herbs hop finish. The wheat malt here shows itself as a cleat wheat malt /malt-O meal cereal flavor in the after taste. The wheat malt gives this an interesting nutty finish that I do rather like. Coriander also is rather strong in the after taste.
Mouthfeel is extra full in this one, almost like malted milk, it is almost cloying in it's weight.
Certainly not a bad beer at all here that reminds me very much of Duvel and old favorite. A tasty brew that I suggest you treat exactly the same as a Belgian strong pale ale. Despite this being a strong wheat wine this is really a rather good Belgian style beer.
03-11-2006 02:30:20 | More by Zorro
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.2/5 rDev +8%
This is the 3rd bottle I have drank (separate occasions) and I must say this is a great beer.
Off white head. Great retention. Color is a hazy burnt yellow.
Flavors of wheat, bubblegum, cloves, and bananas. It is all real and dense. Lots of malt. Easy to drink for the abv. A wheat beer with a nice amount of body.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Creamy and smooth.
Overall, a well crafted wheatwine that brings out great flavors, has a pleasant kick, and drinks very easy. My 6 pack isn't lasting very long.
10-25-2013 01:51:40 | More by mothman
4/5 rDev +2.8%
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/13/2013. Pours very hazy deep gold color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big banana, apricot, pear, orange, apple, clove, wheat, bread, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of banana, apricot, pear, apple, orange, clove, wheat, bread, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, apricot, pear, orange, apple, wheat, bread, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice beer. More of a weizenbock in flavor; but has all around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt flavors; and is very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
06-29-2014 02:59:44 | More by superspak
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
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +2.8%
The beer is the color of a fading sunset, somewhere between yellow and orange. Fairly hazy with a gargantuan, pure white head. Lasting retention and ample lacing. The aroma offers oranges, grapefruits, juice, sweet citrus candies, yeast. The flavor is mildly sweet with a light hop bitterness. Orange candies and a hint of butterscotch. Alcohol is present but doesn't hinder enjoyment. Creamy feel with a light prickle from the carbonation. Solid.
01-25-2014 03:12:19 | More by Huhzubendah
3.55/5 rDev -8.7%
Poured a medium cloudy copper hue with a three finger pillowy white head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.
The smell featured a heavy yeast aroma with a solid spicy clove presence.
The taste was heavy and wheaty. A strong upfront sweetness slowly faded to a low alcohol burn.
The mouthfeel was full and chewy.
Overall a nice wheat experience. A good change of pace from a hefe. Thanks to orbitalr0x for sending this one my way.
08-26-2006 03:37:17 | More by plaid75
4.25/5 rDev +9.3%
Pours a clear bright golden, small white head forms, with some spotty lace. Smell is apple, caramel, yeast, spice and some alcohol. Taste is caramel,apples, sourness, yeast, citrus/floral hops, with an orange finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Very nice, has a caramel candy apple type of aroma/flavour, very different than I expected it but very nice. Thanks DrJay!
02-03-2006 21:43:10 | More by Viggo
Bell's Wheat Love from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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