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

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88
very good

454 Ratings
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Ratings: 454
Reviews: 210
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 20
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: sopor on 12-09-2005)
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of buschbeer
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter
Bottled on 09/18/13

A - It is straw colored and cloudy. It is topped with half a glass of white head.

S - The smell is pear and some Belgian yeast. That is not what I was expecting.

T - The taste is like a wheat beer meets a Belgian strong pale ale. It reminds me a lot of a BSPA. If it weren't for the cloudiness of the beer that's what I would have thought I was drinking.

M - Medium

O - This beer is different from the other wheat wines that I have enjoyed. As I mentioned it reminds me of a Belgian strong pale ale which I happen to like. It is good but different.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of BeerisOK
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of bennetj17
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Bell's Wheat Love from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 454 ratings.