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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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very good

447 Ratings
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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.54%
Wants: 18
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:
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(Beer added by: sopor on 12-09-2005)
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Photo of GreenWBush
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

It finally appears in town!

The Love comes out of the bottle a golden peach with a polite head that really clings.

The nose conjures all things wheaty: rising dough, heated water on yeast. Orange and citrus aromas eventually work their way to the forefront through the bread-shop aromas. Slightly chalky, earthy, almost funky. Not what i'd call 'clean' aroma, for sure!

More wheat and oranges on the flavor: grains, husks, pepper. Upfront booziness coated in sweetly gumballed syrup-sweetness. Wheat huskiness goes hand in hand with the booze-burn and intense almost Belgian wheatiness.

Mouthfeel reminded me a little of the Bernadus wit. Slightly sweet, sticky, almost to the point of cloying.

Though i'm glad I didn't grab a whole sixer of this, it was a pleasant conclusion to the wheat project. One is definetely going to the cellar, which will hopefully better integrate the booziness and intense yeast funk.

GreenWBush, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of kohoutek
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a nice orange amber color. Very fluffy, rocky white head that clings the glass as some ancient, woven text. Very hazy, to be expected from a wheat ale, and the carbonation is spot on. Some spritz, but not too much.

Nice fruity, honey-filled, graham cracker, vanilla, banana, pinneapple, clovy-mace, earthy post rain soil . . . and musty sun baked dust - very nice!

The flavors are very malt centered and mellow. The aromas and the mouthfeel bouy the flavors in a way that make it difficult to isolate them.
Honey, muscat grapes, fresh wort, graham crackers/wheat, leechee/apple.

The mouthfeel (and the way my head feels) hint that this is no common mensch's hefe. This beer drinks somewhere between a dunkle and a weizenbock without the dark/fruity notes of these styles.

Perhaps the uberhefe style has been born!

kohoutek, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of PatYoda
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Virtually identical in appearance to a good hefeweizen. Dark orange to tan in color, very hazy, and with a long lasting, albeit smallish head. The comparison doesn't end there either. This has some similar notes in both smell and taste to a traditional German hefeweizen. The banana and clove are both there for sure, as is the soft pillowy mouthfeel. Of course there are some differences. For one, the citrus aspect of this beer stands out. It's there in the smell, but where it really becomes apparent is in the finish. In fact, it becomes TOO apparent. After awhile, all I can taste is a distinct lime aftertaste which really becomes too pronounced. But despite that being a big problem, that's my only complaint about this beer. I love the yeasty wheaty goodness and the caramelly malt flavor before the aftertaste hits. And the aroma is extremely inviting, as the lime is more subtle to the nose. Definitely something I would drink again, but I will remember to allow an hour to finish it next time.

PatYoda, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of Blakaeris
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

Pours light orange with a thick white head and generous lacing.

Smell is of citrus, yeast and spices. A touch of honey sweetness.

Taste is sweet malt, bannana, peach, with a mild citrus hop finish. This is a very well balanced brew.

Mouthfeel is thick bodied with light carbonation. Very silky.

I found this beer to be smooth and delicious. The well hidden alcohol, balanced flavors and light carbonation make this brew very easy to drink.

Blakaeris, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
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!

feloniousmonk, Dec 27, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

The final. Poured out to a hazy golden color iwth a small white foam head. Mounds of lace stick to the interior of the glass. Medium low level of carbonation. Aromas of fermented wheat reminds me of fine cheese. Some yeast overtones mixed with spices. Flavor is medium bodied, but loaded with complexity; wheat, yeast, caramel and molasses. Nice. Mouthfeel starts out syrupy, but finished clean and rather dry. Not an everyday beer, but still good. Maybe on occasion I would go for this. But since it's a limited release, maybe I won't... A good Wheat Wine. Recommended.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Benji would have no part of this Wheat Wine. Peaches, however, got into it. She almost savored each taste. She, like me, would likely only consume this on occasion.

Frozensoul327, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of xgrigorix
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Twelve ounce brown bottle, batch # only - no dates.

Dull orange colour, hazy. Thin white head, patchy lace.

Nose has aromas of lemons, cloves, & hay.

Initially sweet. Bready, light spiciness, and somewhat earthy. Flinty bitterness comes in to dry it up a bit for the finish. On the heavy side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Interesting, but, not the star of the wheat project in my opinion.

xgrigorix, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of Wildman
4.2/5  rDev +8%

This beer poured a cloudy orange color and formed a foamy offwhite head that left circular lace as it subsided. An aroma of hops, citrus and spices. The flavor was of hops and heavy on citrus with some yeast elements. The finish was a touch tart and felt some warming aspects of the alcohol in the background. The best of the wheat series, but seems quite different from the other wheat wines I have had.

Wildman, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
4.55/5  rDev +17%

This brew pours a perfect cloudy orange color. The head is massive, fluffy, white, and recedes ever so slowly. The aroma has strong hints of Bell's house aroma, along with some tangy wheat notes, chocolate, and some fruity notes with alcohol making them seem somewhat spicy. This is the first wheat wine I have tasted so I am not sure what one should smell like, but, no matter what, the aroma of this brew is interesting. The taste reminds me of a thick hefe weizen like Franziskaner, but with noticably more alcohol. Tangy wheat, and cloves dominate the sip, while a warming alcohol feeling is present during the finish and aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full bodied, smooth, and creamy, with perfect carbonation. Overall, this is a very good beer. The best of Bell's Wheat Series, although Wheat Four is a close second.

KarlHungus, Dec 23, 2005
Photo of ahking
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours an autumnal yellowish orange, not much head in my glass. Aroma is wonderful; subdued citrus, spicy cloves, candied apples. This beer has a slick mouthfeel and huge butterscotch flavor up front, then a hit of dry hoppy finish. Very fun to drink this beer in that respect. Alcohol is also evident in the aroma, and slightly in the flavor. You can tell there has been an abbey-style yeast at work here with the warm and complex flavors and aromas. Somewhat light bodied. One of the best wheat beers I have ever had.

ahking, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of dirtylou
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

12 oz single, Riley's

So this is the end of the wheat line, which at the very least has been quite interesting. I feel bad for going out of order (havent had 8 yet, but will), but whatever.

appearance: pours hazy peach/yellow, looks very clean and fresh, a nice bubbly white head and rim lacing

smell: quite powerful, plenty of yeast, vibrant citrus fruitiness, a touch of spice, quite grassy, a touch of wheat, light sweet malt

taste: quite yeasty (belgian-esque), powerful citrus (orange, tangerine) fruit flavors, grassy and fresh hops, sweet and lightly toasted malts...not exactly what i was expecting, but a very enjoyable brew

mouthfeel: crisp, tongue twisting sweet yeast characteristic

drinkability: very drinkable


Thank's Bell's....You could put out the wine coolers of february and it would still be captivating

dirtylou, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of walleye
3.5/5  rDev -10%

from the bottle poured a cloudy orange with a white head that left a trace of lacing. aroma wheat , malt, orange , lemon, a sweet citrus, yeast. Flavor got that wheat and yeast, sugar, lots of citrus. so of all the whats I have to go with the 2 as my favorite than the love.

walleye, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of CortexBomb
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours out wheaty opaque golden yellow with a small white ring on top. Pretty noticeable lacing present. The smell is uber wheaty with some citrus in the background as well as yeast, quite intense.

Taste starts off unusual, the most softly sweet flavour I've ever experienced. It just caresses the tongue. The flavour is something like apricots mixed with grapes and peaches. During the back half of the flavour the yeast shows up and makes a louder statement. Finish is a casual hops bite and then the alcohol sits there for a second, the first time that I actually noticed it. Pretty darn good.

The mouth on this is somewhat creamy, and also has some hops action, but not as much as one would expect. Drinkabiliy is dangerously high, I really didn't notice the alcohol on this one.

An interesting finish to a very good series of beers, kudos to Bell's for the Wheat Project...now if they'd just do the Old Ale project ;)

CortexBomb, Dec 20, 2005
Photo of Gaisgeil
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Now this I like! My favorite of the series, though I did like two quite a bit as well.

Into my snifter it pours a hazy bright gold in color, quite a bit of yeast and such floating within, very apparent carbonation as well. Nose is very Belgian Tripel-like, estery and strong, pungent even. Taste is of candy sugar, apricots, apple, fig and raisin. Very alcoholic as well, very 'hot' so to speak. Something is off though, setting it apart from a typical tripel however, though I can't put my finger on what exactly. My guess would be that characteristic wheat flavor that serves as the undercurrent in this particular brew.

Nicely done, I enjoyed this quite a bit.

Slàinte!

Gaisgeil, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of BeerBuilder
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

Pours to a hazy peachy-orange color with a white head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is sweet and sugary, yeasty and candi like with a light fruitiness. Like Stub-Ob said, it reminds me of Simcoe Silly.

The flavor is sweet with a yeast and wheat and a light fruitiness. It is medium in body and nice drinking....sweet, but not cloying...nice.

BeerBuilder, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

Sort of a hazy apricot color with ochre highlights, head is thin and very pale in color. Pretty good laces, dripping rings. Aroma is not bad on this one, lightly citric with wheat stuffiness and some aspects of gumdrops. Mouthfeel approaches full, the carbonation is on the lower side. A little sweet in overall flavor, like very sweet peach jam. A little bit of flinty slate bitterness catches at the back of the throat and balances the beer out at the close. As with other Bell's Wheats, the yeast signature is a bit strange, but it works OK on this one. Missing some of the deeper qualities of other "Wheat Wines" I like better, and there are some lime tones in the finish I don't really like a lot. Well, this series of Bell's beers were all interesting at least.

ADR, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of Sephiroth
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%

Pours with a half inch of head. The body is yellow and orange at the same time. Smells of clove, and spiced bananas.

The taste is spiced, fruity, and wheat laden. Mouthfeel is smooth, the drinkability good, but limited by the huge flavors. Great wheat wine. I'll buy the calvados cask if Larry will barrel age this.

Sephiroth, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of Brian700
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

This beer pours a cloudy orange with a white head that fizzles out to a ring around my glass. As cloudy as this beer is, there doesn't seem to be any obvious particals floating around in it.

The aroma is of wheat malt and is very estery. I pick up on small traces of clove and fruits like orange, apple, banana.

The flavor is also very fruity with some spice. There is a lot of yeast mixed with a wheat maltiness.

The mouthfeel is good. Full body with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. I would highly recommend this beer.

Brian700, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
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 doesn’t really have the subtle wheat qualities to lose with age.

rhoadsrage, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +2.8%

The last of the Bell's Wheat Series.

This one pours out to a murky, cider-like, brown in the glass with a slight head. The aroma is that of a light, clovelike spice and hay. The taste is quite good and runs the gamut of the wheat hybrid series with hints of banana and malt coming ot the forefront. It reminds me of a brown ale crossed with a hefe that decides to mimic a Belgian. A very, solid offering. All of the beers in the series were very well done.

proc, Dec 12, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

12oz batch # 7155, which has yet to be added to the Bell's Database. Served in a tulip.

Small, beady head of white over light apple cider. The head falls to a veiled ring that leaves an interesting coating of lace that has random holes in it.. It looks something like swiss cheese

Earthy wheat and malt with chalk like yeast notes make up most of the nose. The yeast aromas have a nice belgian character. There's also an almost wit like zest in the background that's paired with a slight pepper from the alcohol. The zest seems to build as I sip, growing to a more pronounced tanginess, but it doesn't get out of hand.

Full mouth that threatens to be oily halfway through a sip, but it gets washed away clean.

The taste follows along much like the nose, nice wheat and barley base. The zest and spice nuances are a bit stronger than what the nose promises, and the alcohol is there, but its not unpleasant and it brings warmth to a rather dry finish. The yeasts seem to hang out for the aftertaste. Very interesting.

A solid beer no doubt. Not much of a session beer, a bit too bold for that. I'm wondering what some time in the cellar would do for this one.

ypsifly, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of sopor
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Very foggy and thick looking golden straw color with a thin white head that quickly leaves just a few piles of bubbles. Smells of sweet caramel and slightly rotten wheat tones tied together with notes of yeast and a hint of alcohol.

Flavors start out with a dry wheat-tang. Quickly some spicy notes (can't place), caramel and fruit (mainly bananas) mixed with lots of raw wheat and yeast. Small vinous notes of sweet champagne and toasty bread malt lead into a delicate hop bittering that perfectly knows its place for this brew. Moderate body is REAL smooth and carbonation is delicate, making this beer and easy one to drink, but nowhere near a session with that 8% abv.

sopor, Dec 09, 2005
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Bell's Wheat Love from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.