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

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BA SCORE
88
very good

452 Ratings
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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sopor on 12-09-2005)
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Photo of tavernjef
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

tavernjef, Jan 31, 2006
Photo of isubsmith
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

isubsmith, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of ToggleEyes
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

ToggleEyes, Jan 30, 2006
Photo of fatherofgirls
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

fatherofgirls, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

nlmartin, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

BEERchitect, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Jredner, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

DrJay, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of froggyfrog
4.28/5  rDev +10%
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.

froggyfrog, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
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!

GCBrewingCo, Jan 24, 2006
Photo of frazbri
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

frazbri, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of sweethome
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

sweethome, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

maxpower, Jan 21, 2006
Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

jasonpeckins32, Jan 18, 2006
Photo of silenius
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

silenius, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of clvand0
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

clvand0, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of beveragecaptain
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

beveragecaptain, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
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!

Mitchster, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite the exceptional beer. It is my first wheat wine, and probably the best Bell's beer I've had, even given that I have been set up for disappointment by their entire wheat line.

The beer pours to a clear golden color with plenty of carbonation and a nice thick white head that sticks around throughout the entire bottle. A little lighter than I would have thought, though I suppose wheat wine is the white wine to the barleywine's red. Every time the glass is tipped back the head seems to cascade up and renew itself. Looks like an ordinary wheat beer, which can be quite deceptive.

The smell is very interesting. It has the strong banana and clove of a hefe-weizen along with the dry graininess of a tripel and the funkiness of a saison. The yeast complexity has really created an interesting product, though I can't say the same for the Wheat 8.

The taste is quite similar to the nose. Lots of banana throughout, and a nice clove accent to the finish. Also a bit of sweet and gritty grain. I love the Wheat Love. Probably more banana than any other beer I've tried, yet it is much more complex and powerful than your ordinary hefe-weizen. Even a nice bit of a honey flavor in the finish.

The body is medium to full and seems quite refreshing for an 8% beer. I would love to have more Wheat Love, but unfortunately I pulled the last sixer from the cooler while taking a beer run to East Dubuque.

neonbrown82, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy, honey gold body with a small ofwhite head. Head retention is good and patchy lacing spots the glass.
Aroma is spicy clove, earthy yeast, breadiness, vague pineapple and banana, and malty wheat. Toastiness is not very pronounced compared to the other brews in the Bell's Wheat series.
Mouthfeel is nice, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
Taste seems dominated by the clove spiciness. Fruitiness reminds me of canned peaches. Some Belgian yeast notes are easily picked up, as are some phenols. Some alcohol is also noticed, typical of a wheat wine. The wheat grainess acquires a scorched character as it warms, a trait it shares with others in the Wheat Series. Earthy hops contribute to a dry and bitter finish with a charred wheat bread aftertaste. Very interesting.
This is my favorite of the Bell's Wheat Series, but still not a world beater. Interesting complexity of this one makes it attractive enough to seek out again.

merlin48, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clouded yellow-orange. Thin off-white head. Leaves sporadic lace. Very nice nose to this one. Spicy and peppery and weizen-like and rich and malty. Nice profile on the buds. Nicely subdued traits of wheat, pepper and vanilla. Mouthfeel is agreeable. Carbonation is held in check and the body checks in around medium-full. The 8% a/v goes unnoticed. This is a sweet beer, but doesn't even toe the line of becoming cloying as some wheatwines do. This is one of the easiest wheatwines to drink that I've ever had. And of course, the best in the wheat series of Bell's which started out nicely with TWO and FOUR, then dipped down with the SIX and EIGHT, and now finishes with a flourish. This one is nicely put together.

Bighuge, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle provided by Frozensoul327

Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Very aromatic with lots of breadiness, banana, and clove. Smells like a hefeweizen on steroids.

Tastes just like it smells. Very rich breadiness and plenty of banana and clove flavors. There is also a bit of alcohol in the taste that comes out as it warms.

Nice full body, with a very smooth texture. Liquid bread indeed.

Another very drinkable wheat from Bell's.

MaltyGoodness, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of garymuchow
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma shows a heavy yeasty quality full of phenols and a strong wheat malt. Quite sour. Almost Belgian foul. Light fruit.
Dense gold/yellow. Very cloudy with floating and suspended yeast. Some lacing. A ton of yeast on the bottom of the bottle.
Flavor starts light, almost fruity (somewhat like a wit) then rapidly kicks in with heavy wheat malt and increasing sourness and growing bitterness that levels off moderate. Long extended finish. Nice yeasty spiceness. Alcohol noted and mild dryness.
Amazingly thick and chewy and somewhat viscous. A very fine carbonation that's nice.
Tough to drink more than one at a sitting becuase of the richness, but pleasurable one at a time. Not as complex as a barleywine, but it has it's own attributes. Reminds me of some Belgian styles. A fun experiment. Kudo's to the brewers at Bells.

garymuchow, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First ever wheat beer, last in the wheat series for me.

Appearance: Murky copper color, very hazy, lots of suspension, just like the others in the series.

Smell: Zesty lemon, grainy wheat smell, slight banana, brown sugar and alcohol sweetness.

Taste: Wow, I have never had a wheat wine before, but this is awesome. The flavors of a wheat beer, but the strength of a big belgian. Spicy and yeasty, this is a wonderful and delicious beer, full of fruit flavors. I wish this was a more produced style. .

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, very full, not very strongly carbonated (just like the others beers in the series).

Drinkability: I would love to try more of this style, this is a delicious beer.

TastyTaste, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of cokes
4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smoky honey hued topped with a thin crown of bleached beige. The yeast pour hints that something unsettlingly German-porn-esque has happened, as congealed yeast swirls cloud the liquid.
Utmostly bready aroma, stamped with granite, celery, cilantro, limestone, and pineapple.
Bready again, on the mouth's get-go. Densely white bread, and wholly uncharacteristic for a moment. Tropical fruits seep in and liven things up with plantains, lemon pudding, lime juice, and pineapples. Yeast adds another primer coat of clotted breadiness, and a thick curtain of honeyed vanilla. Turns a tad vegetal on the latter portions, as a astringent celery stalk/ cilantro notion arises, brushed with white peppercorn, then cut short by the ongoing vanilla bath, more pudding, and resurgant lime-pulp tartness. It concludes with a gentle white rum flash, and gradually disappearing menthol-herb bitterness.
Plushly expansive in the mouth with its fullish feel and lowly steady carbonation that flows without a whisper of its strength. Texturally, I don't think this could be improved upon, and that bodes well for it consumability.
Much like its predecessors in the Wheat Series, there are places where this fails to become totally cohesive and self-actualized. But despite minor dischordant moments, this comes impressively close, and is a no-brainer pick for the best of the lot.

cokes, Jan 06, 2006
Bell's Wheat Love from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.