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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

454 Ratings
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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 20
Gots: 18 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Light gold, with nice cloudy wheat appearance, with medium to high carbonation.

-Smells of banana and spice, which tells me they used a hefeweizen yeast. I did not expect that. I'm not complaining, but did not catch that from the description.

-Very tasty with little to no hop flavor, and some slight residual sweetness. The yeast profile tastes more of an Americanized hefe, with a slightly more mild flavor.

-Excellent wheaty mouthfeel.

I think this one should be categorized into another beer style. I would not call it a wheatwine. More of a hefeweizen. Actually, I don't know why they wouldn't market this as a Imperial hefeweizen. This was not what I was expecting, however I enjoyed very much and would buy again. As a matter of fact, I would dare say this was one of the better American hefe's I have tasted.

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4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale hazy gold with a 2-inch creamy white-to-off-white head that persists. The initial nose suggests clove, orange, and pear, with hints of yeast and hops. Nice complex bouquet. Moderately high carbonation. Sweet, approachable, and moreish palate with medium body and suggestions of sour-dough bread, banana and freshly ground Malabar pepper. Delicious. Belgian lace forms. Makes me think of Berliner Weisse, with subdued sour notes. A definite repurchase.

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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky golden yellow with a frothy ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Wheat, lemon, and clementine dominate the aroma initially, with clove and light floral and earthy hop notes adding complexity. Banana surfaces as it warms.

Flavor reveals more wheat, with bubblegum esters surfacing mid palate. Lemon zest and orange underlie the wheat and grain backbone. The finish is fairly dry and clovey. Alcohol is evident in the aftertaste

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Like a wheat beer on steroids. Not as estery add some, and very wheat dominant. It's a bit hot. Would like to see this with some age on it.

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3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 09/18/2013 printed on the label. Snagged a single bottle of this from the local beer store for $2.50. An interesting sounding beer, and a new style for me; this is my first review of what BeerAdvocate classifies as a wheatwine.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a slow-moving, almost viscous, light straw lemon color; hazed golden in the glass. One finger of soapy off-white head.

S - Smell is definitely unique. Wheat grains, corn, flour, burnt tortilla, lemongrass, some sour vinegar, yeast, and a bit of clove and bubblegum spice.

T - Taste definitely didn't do it for me as much as I'd hoped, based on the aroma. Lots of spicy clove and bubblegum, grainy wheat, corn, some crisp champagne-esque yeast presence, some crisp pilsner malt, and some mashed banana on the finish.

M - Feel is thick and full-bodied with bristly carbonation. Heavy and filling.

Overall, I was hoping for a more sour Berliner weisse type approach here,especially based on the aroma which reminds me of Bell's Oarsman Ale, but this is more akin to a Belgian tripel, or something. Not a bad brew, but it didn't quite do it for me. Definitely has me intrigued to try more of the style though. An interesting first attempt at drinking a wheatwine.

Bell's Wheat Love Ale ---3.5/5

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's tulip. Beautiful pour! The beer is light hold in color, very hazy, and sports two fingers of very fine, pristine white head. Very appetizing to look at. The nose has lots of fruity esters and spicy phenols very reminiscent of a hefeweizen. Hints of banana, clove, and a slight citrusy note all greet you.

The beer has a light body and a sweet, bready, fruity flavor that follows the nose. Fresh bread and honey flavors exist up front and a nice banana and orange-like fruitiness comes in at mid-palate. The alcohol never does show itself, but you can tell from the firmness of the mouthfeel that this is not a session beer. Refreshing and dangerously drinkable.

I'm not sure I would have categorized this as a wheatwine. It's more like a nice hefeweizen that's just beefed up a little in the ABV department. I had this beer on tap a week ago and enjoyed it immensely, but didn't realize how strong it was. I shall not make that mistake again.

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Bell's Wheat Love from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.