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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

459 Ratings
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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 20
Gots: 19 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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Photo of alexgash
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chunky haze makes for a darkish apricot-orange. Sticky, clingy cloud white head. Very nice.

Yeasty wheat tang mixes evenly with estery bananas, richly sweet tropical fruits, and peppery alcohol.

My kind of wheat beer! Rich, tangy sweet wheat/hay. Ripe tropical fruits, peppery yeast, and rummy sweetness mid-palate. Finish is over-ripe bananas (banana liqueur?) and strong peppery spice (yeast?). I really like the pepper and the strong fruit character.

Full-bodied, bordering on syrupy, with creamy carbonation.

My favorite from the Bell's wheat project and I may have to pick up more of this one.

Photo of blackie
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour produces a .5" white head that never completely recedes. The beer is a slightly hazy golden hay color with a hint of orange amber. The beer was poured off the yeast.

smell: First I get a doughy yeastiness, followed by some citrus and then a wit-like wheaty sweetness and spice and a very slight EtOH note. There are some hiding hints of apricot, maybe coriander. The wheat and citrus characters seem to dominate. Low hops. Good, but could use some complexity.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a light medium with small, smooth bubbles. The body is medium and slightly slick on the tongue. The mouthfeel is somewhat chalky after the finish.

taste: The taste is pretty clean, which surprised me somewhat. There is a high amount of wheat/grain flavor that accompanies a moderate sweetness. Hints of orange and just a little yeasty. There is a considerable noble hop flavor, and a bitterness that starts low and slowly grows to completely dry the finish. The flavors are god, but they fade very quickly, too soon, and it becomes all bitterness...this makes the flavor seem kind of bland. Some ethanol fumes after the swallow.

drinkability: There is little evidence of the ABV save for some stomach warming. Not very exciting, but easy to drink considering.

Smuggled a couple bottles back from Madison, and will cellar the other for awhile. This bottle was from batch 7155 (bottled December 1, 2005).

Photo of Gritsak
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- medium copper/straw color with a huge fluffy offwhite head. retention is excellent. more clarity then anything ive seen with wheat in the name before.

S- strong yeast aroma. some banana, clove, and other fruit hints show through.

T- very similiar to some of the better german hefe's only intensified. strong yeast flavor complimented by light fruit hints, and the finish has a slight alcohol sweetness.

M- strong medium body with little to no carbonation. very smooth and silky feel.

D- this isnt something i could drink more then a couple of. Not because the flavor is offensive, but the slight alcohol in the finish seems to overpower in the long run.

overall- this is my first wheat wine, but hopefully not my last. very impressive and unique. I think the temperature of the beer really effects the taste and feel of this style, so ide start off cold and slowely work on it to get the full experience.

Photo of dnrobert24
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bit of "Love" was given me courtesy of CRJMellor. I originally thought this was a hefeweizen or an American wheat ale, but it is classified as a wheat wine. I would never have guessed this was anywhere above 6% ABV!

The fuzzy liquid poured golden orange with a nice frothy head into my beer mug. I was immediately struck by a lemony zest, which, when lifted to my nose unveiled more tangerine citrus notes, followed by cloves, coriander, and orange peel. Prior to taking a sip, I thought I could smell something smoky, like beef jerky, which was strange and out of place. The beverage had a nice balance of flavors, including apricots, peaches, cloves, pepper, cardamom, orange, and orange pith, and that ever-familiar aspirin-y amarillo hop note. In my opinion, the amarillo hops lend to an easier drinking beer, which made this 8% big beer seem a lot smaller. That is not to say that the flavors were small. They were very complex and overlapping. The beer changed chameleon-like as I made my way through it, with the warmer, spicier flavors coming at the end.

I had this wheat wine with apricot-stuffed chicken breasts topped with a cider vinegar and butter sauce. I topped my spinach salad with sliced strawberries and an apricot white vinegar dressing. The apricot notes in the beer matched the apricots stuffed in the chicken and the fresh strawberries in the vinagrette cleared my palate for more amazing flavors from the beer. This really was a great pairing, the beer was so complex, it seemed like another side item to my meal.

Photo of carln26
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw gold, very hazy topped by a fluffy white head that receded quickly, and left just a light lace on the side of the glass.

Aroma: Banana, clove, yeasty bread, a hint of citrus finish.

Flavor: More banana, clove, a little white pepper. Bitterness comes across midway through the drink in the form of orange. Mild sweetness almost candy like on the finish.

Mouth feel: Slick, and mildly thick, just a little alcohol heat on the finish.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. This wheat series has been an interesting experiment from Bells. I’ve not been a big fan of all of these beers, but this is the best of the series. Distinctive from the rest in the ABV, and it’s seem to settle nicely with time. Would probably age well too.

Photo of rajendra82
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first ever wheat wine pour, from this 12 oz. brow bottle acquired from BA CRJMellor during a recent trade, started out clear and pale yellow, until the yeast came out and clouded up the whole beer and made it look opaque and orange-ish in color. The head was relatively modest to begin with, and was shortly reduced to a collar of bubbles. The smell was very intoxicating, with an abundance of cloves, bananas, and oranges. The taste was a cross between a hefeweizen and a barleywine. The sweet fruity phenols were typical of a hefeweizen in their bready and tropical profile. The hop bitterness lingering in the back and the hint of prickly alcohol were reminiscent of a mild barleywine. The two flavor profiles were a little disparate, and the clashing they created prevented from reaching harmonious balance. If there had been other flavors that occupied the middle ground between the sweetness and bitterness, this would have melded better. Mouthfeel was sticky, but not too thick. An enjoyable beer despite the little flaws, and makes me want to explore this style further, but there aren’t too many of these around.

Photo of Viggo
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of tavernjef
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thickly fogged yellow peach color with a very slim topping of off-white foam proceeding quickly to a thin collar. Miniscule ghostly spotted lacing.

Aroma is akin to a Belgian Pale with semi damp and tepid malts with a lightly citric fruity and bready sweetness. Tends to carry a pineapple and tangerine candy or gum with an airy wheatyness to it thats flour-esk and a bit of dry yeastyness.

Taste is a malted bready crockpot of damp, old citrusy fruits. No one fruit tends to jump to mind other then a multitude of over ripe centers of tropical senses. Pineapple, apricot, melon, orange, and perhaps a scurry of others are super dulled out and blending into one weird jam-like flavor spread over some white bread and earthy dustyness in the finish. I wanted to like it more, but it just wasn't pulling enough interest for me. Still good though.

Feel is fairly full and well rounded with a malty satisfaction of big smoothness keeping a lower-ended carbonation. It sends warming tones in through the back end of the finish just after the dryness floats off leaving a bit of tropical malt backing coating the back of the throat.

As with the 2, 4, 6, 8 Wheat series beers by Bell's, this stuff is fully drinkable and takes on its own growth of acceptance as it goes.

Photo of isubsmith
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very hazy orangish color. White head quickly dissipated. Some white lacing on the glass.

Smell: Hmm. Typical wheat beer smells - yeasty grass smells, citrus notes - pineapple maybe? Tough to say. Also a sweet spicy note not normally expected in a wheat beer.

Taste: Similar to the smell - spicy yeasty hops. Citrus tastes as well. The alcohol was initially well hidden, but as the beer warmed up and I neared the bottom of the glass, I started tasting and feeling it.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied - fuller than a typical wheat beer.

Drinkability - Pretty drinkable - not as drinkable as the 2, but much more drinkable than the 8.

Photo of ToggleEyes
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice autumn orange which is very close to the color on the lable. Formed a small head that disapated quickly. The smell is enticing. Very bready and hoppy. It kind of reminded me of Hennepin Sasion in smell. The taste was not what I expected since the last wheat wine I tried was Pilgrims Dole from New Holland Brewery. This is way different. Much better. I tasted smooth floral hops, banana, a hint of carmel and a ton of wheat. Its not bubly like a Hefe-weiss but rather flat and thicker. It has a nice kick in the aftertaste. For me this is a sipper. I liked it but I don't think I would buy a six pack. I am glad I can get singles any time I want.

Photo of fatherofgirls
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy marmalade body with a small white head that fades quickly and mediocre lacing. There was a bit of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.
The aroma is heavy with cloves and a touch of ripe bananas and citrus.
The taste is spicy (clove) sweet yeast flavor ending with a just a touch of an alcohol edge. The sediment is a touch bitter and needs to be swirled into the bottom half of the bottle to insure a uniform flavor.
Overall a decent brew. The clove flavor overwhelmed me but it is an interesting brew. I like Bells Wheat journey and look forward to tasting all numbers.

Photo of nlmartin
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a cloudy orangish coloration. The head was short lived off white. Spots of lacing left behind on the glass.

Smell: The smell is very light with fragrant wheat and citrus greeting my nose. There is a very pleasing sweet spicy nose to the beer. Dam this smells great.

Taste: The taste is true to smell. There is a yeasty spicyness paired with the hops making the intial taste say ah. Then there is a slightly citric taste bringing home a mild sweet spicyness.

Mouthfeel: The beer is meduim bodied plus. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable wheat beer. This is probably the best of the series.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is quite citrusy, but with lots of balancing yeast and bannana notes. Cloudy orange/yellow with a fairly small, one finger thick head. Hmm Imperial Wheat Ale. Basically. I’m waiting for an Imperial Mild with the trends they way they are. But this is a GOOD thing. Very thick and creamy with lots of yeasty/clove/bannana notes and hints of coriander and orange peel. It has a great feel to it and a very good flavor. A nicely done brew that shows you can play around with almost any style.

Photo of DrJay
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very slightly hazed, bright orange with an off-white head that produced fine lace. Raw wheat forms a base for the aroma and combines nicely with cloves and caramel apple. There's a pleasant orange sweetness that permeates the flavour and carries through into the finish. Apple is still present, but less obvious than in the aroma. Caramel, spice, and light alcohol warmth are all present. Bready yeast character lingers. Off-dry with a medium body, very creamy. Well-integrated carbonation composed of very fine bubbles. This is really quite good and is certainly the crown jewel of the Bell's wheat series. It's really a completely different beer compared to the rest of the group. The alcohol is well hidden and the balance is great. What a way to finish off a full tasting of this crazy experiment!

Photo of froggyfrog
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bell's Wheat Love Ale. 12 oz. bottle. Served in a large thick glass snifter.

A unique, murky, blood orange and golden vista greats my eyes. Snow-capped in a white that is simultaneously effervescent and creamy. Quick streams of bubbles race each other to meet the horizon.

Sweet scents of sugar cane, clove and monkey's treats waft through the thick night air.

An intricate whispery liquid flows fully without menace down the canyon gorge taking a pleasantly tangy path and leaving behind sticky traces reminiscent of cinnamon-laced whipping cream on the banks as it passes.

I pause for a moment to savor the sensory delights. The night becomes warmer as I delve deeper into the wheat tree forest. An ethereal quality the evening takes on and I find my senses swept away and comforted as I take in the last of the cascading liquid before moving on to find a safe, quiet place to sleep.

This is the best wheat beer I have ever had. By far.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.52/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of frazbri
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bell's Wheat Love poured golden and cloudy with a very tall white head. Lacing was substantial throughout the glass. Aroma had a powerful banana ester with a hint of clove and lime. Flavors included grapefruit, bread, and citrus zest. Most of the flavor leaned toward the sweet side, but it had a lingering bitter finish. This had a full body with medium low carbonation.

The best designation for Love might be Imperial Hefewiezen. It actually had a lot of Belgian flavor charactoristics. Love is another interesting beer from Bell's.

Photo of sweethome
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

How to rate this beer? One thing I do not like about this series from Bell's is a lack of a proper description from the brewer on the bottle....what is this...versus 2, 4, 6 etc. But it's Larry Bell, so maybe he is daring us to decide just what it is.

My take:
Pours a golden color with orange hue. Wispy little thin head..what you expect for the alcohol. Thick entry...juicy and sweet. There seems to be some coriander here. The alcohol is presnt with a nice warming feel - so thick. Lots of fruit, some banana..but also a mango adn grapefuit flavor. Yeast...plenty of it.

This reminds me of some belgian tripels...just turned around to add an additional wheat charachter. The full mouthfeel in paticular is similar to a tripel.

Tasty.

Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a murky orange-yellow color with a small off white head that leaves little lacing in my glass. Sweet banana and clove aromas, lemon, peach, pear and sour apple flavors. Full bodied with a thick and creamy mouthfeel, finishes a bit sour. Alcohol is more noticeable as it warms.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The finale of the Bell's Wheat Series.

Pours a hazy amber color with a huge cream colored head. The appearance is much lighter in color than I had expected, after seeing the 4, 6, and 8. The nose reminds me of either sangria or my mother-in-laws cherry ginseng wine. It smells of red wine and orange juice, a little bananas, cloves, spices. Smells interesting and fun. The taste is floral and spicey. I notice oranges in the flavor as well. It has a nice tart finish. Warming but not overwhelming. The solid, full mouthfeel is very appropriate. I'd have to say this is my favorite of Bell's Wheat Series. Job well done. Cheers!

Photo of silenius
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of clvand0
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with very little head that is gone fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is surprising when compared to the others in the wheat series from Bell's. Some banana, clove, and spice are very present and there's not much here that detracts. Also a slight hint of alcohol. The flavor has some of the wheaty character expected along with the banana and spice, but it also has a definate flavor of the malts backing everything up - makes it seem a bit thicker this way. This is by far, the most enjoyable of their wheat series that I've had to date.

Photo of beveragecaptain
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Bell's Wheat Love has a hazy orange color with a dense, white head. Funky yeast aroma of pineapple, mustard, bread, and bananas. That sounds terrible, but it somehow works. The flavor is sweeter than I expected, but not overly sweet. Tangy wheat flavor, with lots of other flavors coming from the yeast: bananas, cloves, pineapples, peaches, and pepper. A little honey flavor. Much more drinkable than the other beers in the series. It tastes like it has been filtered. Medium mouthfeel. My favorite of the Bell's Wheat series.

Photo of Mitchster
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a cloudy dark golden orange, forming a thick tall white head with very good retention and clingy sheets of lace. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is rich and invigorating with a perfect semblance of sweet bananas and cloves, akin to a tripple. The mouthfeel is chewy and silken smooth with a medium-dense body, coating the mouth like you just drank a glass of milk. The taste is spicy with phenols and bananas and counterbalanced by a thick malt sweetness. Bitterness is mild. Mild burnt rubber in the finish. There are notes of orange in the aftertaste with a touch of peppery alcohol towards the back of the mouth. The mouthfeel is not gluey like some of the others from this series. Yeast is in good balance and not overly bready. This is a hefty beer and one is definitely enough.

This brew blurs the lines between a double weisse (I wouldn't necessarily call it a wheat wine, which is typically more redolent of plums, prunes and dark fruits, and also darker in color, although the style is not well-defined) and a triple. If someone handed this to me in a glass, I would call it a triple. The density of character and smooth silken mouthfeel is what makes it the best of the series for me. Recommended!

Bell's Wheat Love from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.