Bell's Wheat Love - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.98/5 rDev +2.3%
Initial impression: Almost drinks like a Belgian wheat ale.
Crisp, effervescence with a white biscuity head. Sweet aroma with hints of banana and bubble gum. Definite flavors of banana, clove and candy sugar. The alcohol hides well. I could enjoy a whole six pack of these for sure. This would drink very well during the summer on a hot Oklahoma day.
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02-08-2014 22:50:14 | More by BeerisOK
3.81/5 rDev -2.1%
Lemony yellow hued beer with a moderate haziness and pillowy thick, white foam. The carbonation is vigorous throughout, helping to sustain the head for many minutes after the pour. Yeasty, wheaty aroma, fruity, lightly spiced, much like a Weiss, but with a bit more malty sweetness.
The taste is a bit cleaner than expected, with sweet doughy malts, estery fruit notes, spice, and a powdery yeast finish. With the prickly strong carbonation it almost seems like a Strong Belgian Golden Ale but with wheat character. Moderately strong but the alcohol is kept well in check in terms of the flavor. Again the mouthfeel has almost champagne-like carbonation, but with a medium thickness.
Overall a quality beer from Bell's, and a bit unique as well. Bordering on the sweet side for my liking, but really it isn't overdone at all. Worth a try.
02-01-2014 06:36:03 | More by bennetj17
3.29/5 rDev -15.4%
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is HUGE - three fingers high, barely off-white in shade, and immensely creamy. Retention is great, annoyingly. There are even some splotches of lacing left behind, which is a rarity in many wheat beers.
S: I admit, the whole "wheatwine" thing made me expect something akin to a hoppy barleywine with wheat, but this is actually closer to an weizenbock (or, if you want to be cynical, double APWA). The aroma is very banana-forward, with underlying notes of wheat and orange sweetness. There are also twinges of clove. In general, this is a sweet brew, but the aroma itself works quite nicely.
T: It opens, like I anticipated, sweetly - primarily, it's bringing candied sugar and banana. On the back end, the ester character becomes slightly clove-like. Could use more hops, but hey, the bottle's over 4 months old. However, the fact that I'm just not picking up ANYTHING resembling hop bitterness is rather disappointing. It's solid, but too sweet for my personal tastes.
M: While there's something of a dry finish to help counteract some of the sweetness, there's a subtle but uncomfortable astringency that's really bothering me. Carbonation is good, stopping just short of being intense. It's drinks about as well as you'd expect an 8% wheat beer would.
O: It's good to be surprised once in a while. I definitely wasn't expecting an imperialized hefeweizen. As a rule of thumb, I'm going to compare this to other weizenbocks, and in that regard, it falls a little short. Still pretty good, still worth drinking again, just not worth buying 6-packs of.
01-28-2014 22:43:49 | More by ThisWangsChung
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +2.8%
The beer is the color of a fading sunset, somewhere between yellow and orange. Fairly hazy with a gargantuan, pure white head. Lasting retention and ample lacing. The aroma offers oranges, grapefruits, juice, sweet citrus candies, yeast. The flavor is mildly sweet with a light hop bitterness. Orange candies and a hint of butterscotch. Alcohol is present but doesn't hinder enjoyment. Creamy feel with a light prickle from the carbonation. Solid.
01-25-2014 03:12:19 | More by Huhzubendah
4.14/5 rDev +6.4%
Thanks to maximum12 for this beaut of a beer and the many more that came with it.
Pours turbid dark straw colored with a meringue-like whipped head. Retention is amazing leaving clumpy lacing on the glass.
Aroma of a strong hefe with yeast and spice aromas rising above, clove, bread dough and banana dominate. Wheat presence is marked with a subtle lemon zest note that blends with some grassy hops.
Full pale malt with a sprinkling of zesty wheat, a rough patch of cereal grains before uplifting clove and coriander spice notes. Finishes bright and drying with lightly grassy and citrus hops, slight powder flavor for a scrubbing finish.
Medium bodied, carbonation is bright but overdone as it gets so prickly it wipes out some of the flavors. The bottle label says to me that this beer is 8% alcohol, I'm calling shenanigans because I feel nor taste any of it.
More of andoublel hefe to the senses than a wheatwine but a very good beer. I could put away a few of them with the SoCal weather lately.
01-14-2014 02:58:26 | More by rawfish
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
an excellent strong ale that brings together elements of three great beer regions; hefeweizen fruity vibes from germany, wit beer type belgian yeast, and the alcoholic warmth and cereal grain profile of an english strong ale or barleywine. fusion is fun, and in this case quite successful. the wheat malt is very light, and some more toasty grains bring sweetness. the yeast is herbal and fruity, almost like a hefe, i get a touch of banana in here. i also get some honey and floral characters, especially in the finish. a very clean drinking brew that is somehow really light and bright in the mouth despite being so large. not sure if this fits what i consider a traditional wheat wine, but its moving in that direction. light and airy but does not improve with warmth. funny esters come out and make it a little composty, but in general this is a very well done beer and a cool style hybrid. i would buy this if it were available in denver.
01-13-2014 05:01:51 | More by StonedTrippin
3.89/5 rDev 0%
Pours a cloudy golden, with a rich, thick, and luxurious head of fine white bubbles. Lace is big and loopy.
Aroma is a typical weizen -- accents of banana, clove, spice, and yeast. Strong and hearty, and very surprising, somehow.
Taste is rich and full-bodied on the palate, with big heaps of sweet grain malts and a sticky, hoppy bitterness underneath the weizen tones. This is a very bold wheat ale -- effectively an "imperial weizen", and a very good one at that.
01-12-2014 16:09:21 | More by secondtooth
3.78/5 rDev -2.8%
A: Pours a very hazy pale golden yellow in color with moderate to significant amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, moderate amounts of fine light sediment towards the bottom of the glass, and hints of apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of yeast with slightly lighter aromas of banana, clove, and just a hint of stone fruit (apricot/nectarine) sweetness.
T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted wheat and wheat with a light amount of stone fruit sweetness (apricot/nectarine). That is followed by light to moderate flavors of banana and clove as well as a very strong flavor of yeast. Moderate amounts of alcohol sweetness in the finish.
M: Medium bodied with moderate to strong amounts of carbonation.
O: A lot yeastier than the other beers I have tried in the style and vaguely reminds me of a suped-up Hefeweizen. Interesting with a decent amount of complexity but not the easiest drinker as the alcohol is not overly hidden.
01-10-2014 01:56:27 | More by dbrauneis
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
I had this in a snifter. Packaged on 09/18/13 bottle date.
Huge, two-inch width, mousse-like, white foam dominates this beer's cap. The lid is cratered and bubbly. The retention on this thing is great, after the first sip it has deflated maybe by half, with a good slap-dash pattern of chunky lace left behind. The light gold and copper body is alive with numerous jets of fast moving carb bubbles. Just the look of this beer has me excited.
There is a minerally effervescent scent showing up first. Wheat Love has a definite earthy twist, slightly herbal, kind of clove-y. The wheat is subdued, but may be factoring into that tangy and sweet mineral aroma.
The flavors are sweet and wheaty with just the barest of herbal notes. Vanilla and banana really lead things off, with clove peeking in behind. The finish gets just a little earthy and mineral-like while never losing the sweet malt flavors, with a kiss of light bitterness on the swallow. How good is this stuff! Not overly wheat-y, and a really balanced play of flavors.
The feel is so incredibly smooth and velvety on the tongue, really well done carbonation with a crisp feel. The banana flavor sticks around for a long time after the swallow, nothing wrong with that. And this offering sports a big medium body.
Wheat Love is an incredibly well balanced wheat beer with an outstanding array of flavors that mesh into something much greater than its individual parts. The vanilla, the banana, the clove, the earthiness: the interplay is great. There was certainly a missed opportunity in the aroma department. The mineral-effervescence and slightly tinny nose do not do this beer justice at all. I hope I can find more of this now that I finally got around to trying it!
01-08-2014 01:11:32 | More by Pintofbrown
Bell's Wheat Love from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.