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

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Bell's Wheat LoveBell's Wheat Love

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89
very good

211 Reviews
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Reviews: 211
Hads: 463
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 6.52%
Wants: 22
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: 211 | Hads: 463
Photo of KYGunner
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color was cloudy but bright with a near straw yellow complexion. The head rose in a cloud of thick foam that muffin topped above the glass rim and had massive retention.

The scent was Very strong, very distinguishable, with a lot of wheat malt, sweetness, bubble gum and hearty yeasts. The clove that is typical is absent as this resembles a Tripel.

The flavor hold the scent in regard, as the same properties are evident. The wheat malt is prevalent as well as the sweet bubblegum. The yeast scent is not overwhelming but holds the backdrop as the wheat malt supports it.

The feel is very full, for a wheat, and a tad thick and sticky. It's very smooth and drinks very light. (683 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,493 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Glowing, foggy yellow color with a fat, whipped-up frothy head. Lots of webby lacing patterns on the glass. Sweet bubblegum and banana aromas over some clove and coriander...pretty much your standard Hefeweizen aroma at first. As it warms up, a heavier honey and wheat bread element comes into play as does a pleasant floral quality. As the nose suggested, the taste is like an amped up Hefe: big, spicy clove and banana-like yeast flavors, powdered sugar, orange peel, cracked pepper, and some alcohol which warms up the finish. Creamy and dry medium body with a late tartness. Pretty sweet and certainly heavy on the yeast esters without much complimentary wheat flavor, which is a shame. I like it alright though... (718 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (1,483 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.43/5  rDev +11%
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. (1,254 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bell's + Wheatwine = putting on my beer-hunting flip-flops, & I had to run uncomfortably in them, 'cause this one almost eluded me. 12 oz. bottle popped open in anticipation.

The pour is light orange bleeding into yellow with plenty of wheat germ providing a sunny haze. Nose isn't easily teased apart & is slow. Wheat, shockingly, sweet raw sugar, clove, fresh-baked cake (?). Really. Quite the combination.

Wheat Love is the most aptly named beer ever. A complete wheat bomb, this is like walking through a field of durum with your mouth open just before harvest. Underneath the milling dust is a sweet, candied malt, surprising shot of spice that almost turns Belgian, touch of clove. A bit bubbly for a bigger beer, but not a chore to drink.

Not the happy-happy experience I was looking for - a bit simple in the DNA, but a pretty good beer nonetheless. (863 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, hazy, straw-colored with a voluminous head of white foam.
Aroma-Clove, coriander, spices
Taste-Spicy wheat,coriander and clove notes. Smooth and very drinkable despite hefty ABV. Medium-bodied but full of flavor. An amped-up wheat ale that takes the last essences of summer into autumn. A perfect match for brats or roast chicken. (395 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I usually think of wheatwines like barleywines with some wheat bitterness. A number of reviewers referred to this beer as an "Imperial Hefeweizen" and that is about the best description of the beer.

Pours a hazy straw gold color with a medium size white head. Excellent head retention and good thick globs of spotty lacing on the glass.

Nose is hefeweizen all the way: wheat, cloves, yeast and banana. Nice aroma!

Taste is what makes this an imperial hefeweizen. All the aromas present in the nose are here in the taste as well, but the beer is somewhat richer than a hefeweizen, more malt and a warming alcohol presence. The yeast is strong, elements of a tripel or saison (without the funk), more than a hefe. A good bit more bitterness than a hefeweizen but not up to the Pale Ale/IPA strength.

Mouthfeel is rich. The yeast and hefe spices play well on the tongue.

This is a very good, if somewhat surprising beer. (922 characters)

Photo of justintcoons
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Cloudy gold with 3 fingers of creamy, white head that dissipates slowly.

Nose
Banana bread, peach, clove, caramel and apricot.

Taste
Caramel drizzled banana bread. Apricot, clove and hints of peach. Light notes of tangy lemon and earthy.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp and silky.

Overall
As far as Wheatwines go, this is stellar! Tastes similar to an Imperialized Hefeweizen and is very easy drinking at 8.0%. (460 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a great German wheat beer - pale, cloudy yellow - and smells fantastic - clove, lemon and a bit of banana. A really light, carbonated mouthfeel. Taste is like the smell. My first wheatwine, so I can't review according to style, but this is a pleasant surprise. I'll eagerly drink it again and will look for others in this style. (339 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is tangerine yellow of various shades, with a fluffy white head.

Nose is sweet malt, milk chocolate, lemon zest, and candied almond.

Taste is dried apricot, buttered bread, honeycrisp apple. Similar to a dubbel.

Mouthfeel is dry with a smooth finish. Nice alcohol warmth.

Overall, I completely forgot that this is a wheat beer. Fun and clean to drink. (367 characters)

Photo of patpbr
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint, hazy golden color with a light two finger head.
S - wheat and yeast, sweet, clove and banana. Reminds me of a Belgium ale.
T - A little wheat, bubblegum, cloves, lemon, yeast. A pleasant combination.
M - A little below medium carbonation and moderate carbonation.
O - I was on the fence about buying a six pack of it, but glad I did. Its good on a warm fall day. (390 characters)

Photo of YimYoup
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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. (294 characters)

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz.

A: Pours a hazed gold with a large spongy white head.

S: Smells of white candi sugar, bubblegum esters, clove, sweet wheat, bready, bright.

T: Moderate white cake sweetness, clove and nutmeg, fresh wheat, stone fruit.

M: Medium-bodied with almost-frothy, soft carbonation.

O: Very nice, essentially a pale weizenbock. Reminds me of New Glarus' Imperial Weizen (minus the aggressive cascade hopping, of course). (421 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy dirty gold color with an immense three to four-fingered head. Super sticky white foam that clings in crags and deflates in rocky slathers. Definitely looks a lot like a hefe, and a beautiful one, at that.

Spicy notes mingle with wheat richness. Big and bready with a sting of alcohol in the nose. Easily detectable are monstrous aromas of clove, coriander, bubblegum, and in a lesser way, banana. Hints of floral and citrusy hops and white tea.

Rich and wheaty with lots of implied spiciness through the yeast interaction. Clove, coriander, tart banana, orange-y citrus, tangy bread, and booze. Definitely a German approach. Definitely reminds me of a weizenbock and not a wheatwine, but I'll play ball. Has a solid representation of carbonation overtop a medium-thick body. Drinks a little sticky/syrupy and with a not-so-subtle potency.

As a weizenbock, I'd probably rate this around the same mark overall. We're calling it a wheatwine, which makes it an interesting representation, but still falling short of its aim. Not by much, it's a great big beer that holds back on drinkability, yet, does not work as a sipper. Laboring, but tasty, if you like yeasty German wheat beers. (1,188 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Batch 12351, bottled 18 September 2013.

Pours a pale yellow, the color of late-summer wheat. Looked clear coming out of the bottle, but it's hazy in the glass. One finger of white head, fluffy and dense. Good retention, islands and peninsulas of lacing.

Smell is full, wheaty, and yeasty. It's like a beefed-up hefeweizen, reminiscent of New Glarus's Imperial Weizen. Has that same clove, spice, and a bit of banana. Delightful fruitiness, and full in the nose thanks to the wheat. Excellent.

Taste starts out nice - full, fruity, and sweet - but then it disappears before the flavors can fully develop. Spicy and pungently fruity (bananas and mangos) while I can taste it. But I can feel the beer long after I can taste it. Odd.

Feel is decent, but not as good as it ought to be, given the wheat presence. Begins fluffy, then drops to watery with soda-like fizz. That persists, sitting flavorlessly on the tongue.

A tale of two beers. The front half is excellent, and just when I'm expecting it to peak, it fades out. Too bad, as for a couple seconds I thought it was going to be stunning. (1,095 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.37/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (Thanks Reid!). Bottled 9/18/13. Served in a Southern Tier tulip snifter.

Pours hazy straw yellow with a fluffy two fingers of white head. Nice retention with a good bit of lace.

Smells of spicy clove, slight yeast, faint lemon and sweet wheat.

Tastes like a hybrid of tripel and hefeweizen. Belgian yeast, clove, bannana, bitter earthy grass, lemon zest, wheat sweetness and a dash of booze.

Creamy medium body with sharp carbonation. Finishes dry with touches of clove and citrus.

Far below expectations for a wheatwine but still good. As so many others have stated this beer would be better described as an imperial hefeweizen with strong enough Belgian aspects that it also hits notes of a tripel or BSPA. Not bad and enjoyable in it's own right but this is not even close to what I'll grab when I'm craving a wheatwine. (869 characters)

Photo of Treborofmoria
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light golden color, clear as day. I understand the 'beerwine' style, but I think an' Imperial Hefeweizen' might be a better mark. Slight Belgian notes in the scent, but major german bubblegum. Light banana. This is good times in a glass. Picked up for first time, typically drink german hefes or Belgian wheats. This beer changes my mind. Good job Larry. (372 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-pours a slight hazed golden yellow color with a 1 finger head that slowly recedes to a fresh collar and cap
S- clove banana bubblegum and other white fruits
T- very good taste follow the nose nice banana and clove of a hefe wheat and malt slight sweet boozy taste
M- crisp but a tad sweet well carbonated ABV well hidden
O- nice showcase of a wheat brew just a touch sweet otherwise i liked it alot (401 characters)

Photo of morimech
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful bright golden color with two fingers of head that slowly settled to a thin cap. A lot of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Smells floral and spicy. Hard to tell this is a wheat base beer with all the Belgian yeast influence.

This could be passed off as a good Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Fruity esters and bready malt dominate. Not getting much wheat. But the flavor is outstanding. Better than most American attempts at the BSPA style.

Full bodied and richly carbonated. Just an awesome mouthfeel that allows the flavor to coat the palate.

Another outstanding beer from Bell's. The result is not what I was expecting in a wheatwine, but great nonetheless. (679 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. (748 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from Tipples. Was expecting a light and super sweet syrupy wheatwine here...definitely not what this is, ha. Pours a hazy deep yellow with a small white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Aroma of banana, yeast, clove, sweet honey, a bit of wheat. Smells like a big sweet hefe. Flavor is huge sweet clove and banana, some yeast, more fruit esters, crisp clean finish. Mouthfeel is medium with big full on carbonation. This is a sweeter, slightly stronger/heavier hefe. This was really good and not what I had expected. Nice beer! (550 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (506 characters)

Photo of SerialHiker
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dense, lovely, autumn golden Belgian color…head is white and thin, with tiny bubbles forming a consistent layer across the top…when I look close, I can see some bubble action along the glass…an alright lookin’ brew, could give a bit more in head, but probably consistent for style…(3.5/5)

Smell: Tons of lively smell…I’m getting tons of wheat (as expected), mixed with yeast, a lemony astringent aroma, clove, honey and banana…very complex for a light brew…malts are light, grassy, a bit pale…there is a faint touch of piney/citrus hops bitterness that rounds out this fantastic smelling brew...(4/5)

Taste: Yum! A vibrant wheat brew with a Belgian yeast twist…wheat, lemon, yeast, mild grassy bitterness…it’s not a complex flavor, but lively and rich, with a nice lemon zesty bite…some astringent notes…banana, clove and a light pepperiness also present…very reminiscent of their infamous Oberon…strong hops presence is palpable, but doesn’t bring a ton of bitterness…very drinkable…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body with tons of carbonation…very fluffy bringing lemon and yeast (banana) flavor to the palate…a chewy, creamy and slightly heavier feel as I swirl it around in my mouth…astringent yeast flavor lingers well into the after taste…(3.5/5)

Overall: Another solid brew from Bell’s…it’s very similar in taste to what I remember Oberon tasting like, I’d like to try them next to each other to really see what the differences are…definitely a Belgian inspired brew that brings tons of yeast flavor…it’s the kinda brew I picture going well with a backyard fire…if you’re into Belgian style brews or Bell’s in general, this is a worthy purchase…(3.5/5)

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottled poured into a Spiegelau glass. Packaged on 9/18. Consumed on 10/22.

A - Perfect description of color is peach juice. Completely translucent. Gentle pour yielded a 1/2 finger of nearly clear foam which quickly dissipated. Unable to tell carbonation due to translucency. Sediment in bottom of bottle.

S - Lemon and grass. Smelled like a lemony wheat beer. Slightly boozy.

T - Acidic sour lemon upfront. Paired with the apparent high level of carbonation, it's somewhat harsh. Lasting tartness plus typical wheat beer flavor.

M - Over carbonated. Masks whatever other flavor there may be other than lemon and wheat.

O - I bought this beer because of the fine quality of Bell's other products that I have tried. This beer is an absolute miss. It's borderline unpleasant. (786 characters)

Bell's Wheat Love from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
89 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.