Wheat Four Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Brian700 on 10-28-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When I poured the first bottle of this beer I forgot I was pouring a wheat beer, and that I needed to be more gentle with the pour so the head wouldn't flow out of the glass. I started pouring the with I normally pour a pale ale, and the result was a centimeter of beer and a weizen glass completely full of head. Not quiet the desired effect, but amazing none the less.

When poured correctly this brew still has a magnificent, billowing head atop a cloudy pale brown liquid. Instead of lacing the head evertually fades to about half an inch, and sits atop the beer until it is gone. The aroma screams of cloves. The taste is of tangy wheat, and cloves. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a very good wheat beer, one of the best I have had for America.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't normally drink wheat beers, but here goes. The body is a cloudy brownish orange, with a sizeable head that leaves a ring of lace around the glass. The smell is of grassy wheat and yeasty toasty malt.

The taste is sweet up front, some banana, and spicy grassy hops. A dark fruitiness, then a yeasty character. The finish is quite dry, and moderately bitter. The mouthfeel is lively with lots of large bubbles. Smooth. You will get the hop burps if you drink a few of these. Drinkability is high, this is one of the few beers that I might want after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.42/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes 12/30/2005:

This is an exellent wheat beer. Thanks to HopHeadKen and the hosts of the Amana Beer Cache for this bottle. Pours to a very cloudy, murky golden brown with a massive head. Looks beautiful, particularly for an American wheat. I wound't classify this as an American Pale Wheat Ale as much as I would a Dunkleweizen.

The smell is ripe with banana, but not so much clove. The taste is no exception. A bit of a citrus zest and bubble gum as well. There is a nice refreshing grainy wheat bite to it. A very good wheat beer indeed, and very drinkable at that. I wish I had more.

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Photo of sopor
4.38/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich cloudy wheat colored brew pours with a highly active head of thick creamy forth. A deep barely translucent copper-amber fading to golden highlights where some thick cloude of sediment is visible. This looks really good, the color is vibrant and inviting.

This is where I get cheesy. This beer to me embodied the feel and smell of Michigan fall harvest. It pulled me back to times in my childhood playing on the neighbors' farms, and this is kind of what it made me feel like:

Wheat, harvested, lying in a pile baking in the rays of a Michigan Indian Summer Sun. Spices dance on the late afternoon haze as the farmer returns to his craft after suppoer, a long way from done with the days work. I could sit on this hill to infinty watching the leaves of gold, orange, and red play in the wind as the cows graze lazilly in the afternoon heat. Mom's making cookies in the old wood stove again, preparing to keep us warm inside and out as the shadows grow long and the breeze grows crisp.

Mom takes the bread out of the oven to make room for the spice drop cookies. The room is quickly filled by the warm comforting aroma of fresh sourdough bread drizzled with just a touch of butter, scents that seem to permeate the soul and overwhelm the senses. Mom prepares a small bowl of the first batches of thin sweet maple syrup to dress the bread, accompanied by the growing smells of spice touched with a bit of honey coming from the cookies warming in the oven.

Finally Poppa is home and it's time for us al ot enjoy some spcied tea and cookies as we listen to stories by firelight.
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Creamy body gets lightened by delicate frothy carbonation coming alive on the tongue. Spectacualr brew! And priced well to boot, I can't wait to have more!

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Photo of BeaBeerWife
4.35/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7104. (AGED)

Maybe I will be the last to review this beer!?

Because it has been aged for almost 3 years.

Was expecting it not to age well since it is not loaded with alcohol, but surprisingly a great aged beer.

Carbonated really well, retaining an awesome head, does justice while drinking it. No off flavors, but one really smooth consistent flav of 'caramelized-wheat'. Slight Belgian style yeast flavs, but not in-your-face. I am not picking up any of the fruity/nutty flavs that others have posted about, I suppose they grew too old?

Impressive, as other Bell's beers I've aged have not turned out so kindly.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudier than 2, and amberier, too, in hue, with a lushier, taller head...is this the start of a trend, here?

Soft in the nose, light and subtle, faint citrus and spice...beautiful, but indistinct.

Bigger in the mouth than 2, too, heavier mouthfeel, more vibrant spice and fruit, hinting at a weizenbock, plenty complex. Rich, and delicious. Nicely texture, fuller bodied, ...this matches nicely with the better German weizens I've had, particularly the dunkels.

I'll be back for more of this one. But, I'm scratching my head wondering what comes next...

Hooray, Bell's!

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.27/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appeareance: Very murky, with a lot of sediment, much like the otehr beers in the Whaet series, so far. Medium brown color, this looks like a glass of apple cider, but with a hi-rising, fast fading head.

Smell: Banana smell is very present, slightly metallic and spicy, very yeasty.

Taste: I notice the hops in this one more than the others in the series, slightly buttery, yet pleasent flavor. Banana yeastiness, a smooth drinker.

Mouthfeel: The same as the others in the series, this could've done with more carbonation.

Drinkability: I like this better than the 2 and the 8, up there with the 6 in this series, for me.

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Photo of putnam
4.27/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bold, brown paper color with a tower of crispy foam on top. Canned pears and fruit cocktail aromas infused with sweet brown spices and wilted herbs are muscular and exotic. Beyond that can be found roasted carrots and mashed, oily nuts. (This could be cutting edge Belgian ale like something from De Dolle, at least from the smell of things). Bone dry at every point, from beginning to finish, with nectarine flavored citric acidity interlaced with flavors of pulpy tree bark and cream. The finish is nicely balanced and surprisingly clean. Unusual beer and proof that KBC is as relevant today as it was at any point in the last 10 years. An emblem of house diversity.

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Photo of Brian700
4.27/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a mirky caramel color with a white head that slowly settles to a ring around my glass. It looks similar to a cider.

The nose is very estery & yeasty with some citrus notes. Weird, looks like cider and smells like a hefe.

The flavor is of wheat malt, (4 different kinds as a matter of fact) and heavy fruit from the yeast. I can almost pick up on some pumpkin pie flavor. I don't know if there are any spices used in this beer or not but none the less its a great fall weather beer.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

This is a very drinkable beer. It totally lived up to my expectations. I highly recommend it. ABV is unknown to me.
Learn more about the Bell's Wheat project at:

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Photo of battlekow
4.26/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comparing Wheat Two and Wheat Four directly.

Both are unfiltered and quite cloudy; the Wheat Four is the darker of the pair, with a larger, fluffier head. Wheat Four smells funkier, with the yeast providing some hints of spice along with a sour wet dog scent. Tastes is quite toasty, and grows on me with every sip. Very wheaty and grainy, kinda like New Glarus' Black Wheat. Finishes like slightly burnt toast.

Wheat Four is a very hearty, earthy ale, not nearly as estery as Wheat Two. Big, chewy mouthfeel. I'd probably only want one or two, but this is a hell of a beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This concludes my sampling of the Bell's Wheat experiments. I beleive that it was about time that some brewers break out of the normal, and try something daring with creativity and boldness. Wheat Four may be the best of the Wheat series. Well balanced, keeps what is desired in wheat beers, and strong in the areas where wheats normally lack. Brown-er and red-er than usual in wheats, I presume from greater barley additions. Overly agressive carbonation and head retention. Estery and fruity in the aroma with a light peat-moss character and an almost toasty character. Tastes boldly malty and wheaty, with a scrubbing quality that detracts almost immediately. Alcohols show strongly for style. Perhaps a bit muddy and earthy in the taste. Texture is mostly smooth and creamy, but with a mild astringency (grain husks) that hangs up in the back of the throat. The attempt requires respect, but it's not one of the wheat beers that will become a standard in my fridge.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. It pours a hazy deep copper color with a HUGE head, unlike the wheat two beer. Chunks of lacing cling to the glass. The smell is slightly spicy, and has a gourd smell, kind of like acorn squash, but in a good way (especially since I despise acorn squash). A bit of the yeast character is coming through as well. The taste is very spicy as well. It seems to have many of the pumpkin spice flavors, including nutmeg, ginger, and clove. Not much of a hop presence, but none needed really. The mouthfeel is decently thick and smooth. The drinkability is fantastic. A decent American Wheat.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into a pint glass. Batch# 7104 reads as bottled on 10-18-05 per the Bell's website.

Cloudy brown with a tall, bone colored head that has great staying power and leaves thick lace. The carbonation is a torrent that continues a long time. Could this be an ADW? Seems too dark to rank as a Pale Wheat.

Smells very wheaty with some dry hops and a chalky aroma from the belgian yeasts. Could these be Saaz hops?

The taste is almost all malt. Again, wheaty but the barley comes through a bit more than it does on the nose. The hops come out towards the finish and taste european with some of the belgian yeast making another appearance.

Once the carbonation settles, the mouth suffers. At first it has a nice balance, but when the bubbles slow down the mouthfeel becomes a tad flat in the middle.

Good beer. This is what Oberon wants to be. Although I'm not a big fan of wheats and don't drink the style too often, I feel this is an ADW. BTW, the ABV is listed as 5.6 on a poster at Merchant's in Dearborn.

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Photo of xgrigorix
4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle. No dates, but there is a batch number on the back label.

Burnt rusty orange colour. Mammoth white head leaves sheets of lace on the glass.

Very spicy aroma. Unique and interesting, with some hints of musty earth.

Subtle hints of non-descript fruitiness. Tons of spice - clove & pepper in particular. Medium bodied, slightly creamy with moderate carbonation. Pretty interesting stuff.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The second; Pours out to a darker orange color with a big foamy head and minor notes of lacing. Medium-high level of carbonation. Aroma is nice; very present notes of sweet fermented wheat, grains and some complex wood and earth tones. Taste is solid; flavors of wheat, earth, clove and spice blend well and leave a slightly sweet aftertaste on the palate. Mouthfeel was very good, as the higher level of carbonation seemed to bring out the nuances of the beer. Good drinkability. I was a bit down on W2A, but this stuff is pretty good. Recommended.

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Photo of proc
4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Four" is a solid offering from the Bell's Wheat Series. This one pours out to an amberish to near brown color in the glass with a decent head. The aroma brings forth malt, baking bread dough and a faint spice. The taste is quite good, and seems to be quite the hybrid stylewise, at least to this palate. It brought forth elements from ESB's, Brown Ales and of offerings from Belgium. Quite the complex character if you try to pin it down, but like "Two", its very drinkable.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.04/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Had to pour this one realll sssllloowww just so the head wouldn't overflow my huge hacker-pschorr weizen glass. The head was as big as my fist. With lots of lacing, very uniform. The color was a burnt orange/sienna.

Smell- Pretty plain for the mst part, although it did conatin a lot of biscuity aromas with a bunch of fresh grains.

Taste- Starts out with some upfront gneral mmaltness, leaning more towards biscuits, then turns to some mixed with a bunch of toasty mlat flavors.

Mouthfeel- Pretty light and crisp on the palate. This beer went very well with my hot dog with onions, garlic mustard, grated cheese, and sweet relish. I also feel that this beer would go very well with just about any other kind of meat centered dish. But all in all very versatile beer.

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Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy light brown color with tons and tons of thick and fluffy tan head that laced very well.

Smell contains some sweet fruit notes that blend nicely with some toasty bread odors.

Taste has a nice toasted wheat bread flavor with a nice crisp hop finish with an ever so slight tin flavor on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and dry with nice carbonation.

Overall a very good and drinkable wheat, I liked it a little better than the two and am definitly looking forward to the next three.

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Photo of PeatReek
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7104.

Aroma: smoky / fruity. Banana is somewhat prominent; this one is reminding me of the real German weizenbiers.

Taste: Fruity, full of esters. Smoky! Just tastes "dark" somehow, but dry. Some hoppiness at the end of the sip.

Appearance: HUGE off-white head, maybe overcarbonated even. Head lasts forever. It's a couple shades darker than the Bell's Wheat 2; amber leaning towards copper. This makes it seem a bit cloudier. High score on appearance because the huge, durable head is so appropriate for hefeweizens.

Mouthfeel: Round and full-bodied, but VERY carbonated finish.

Overall, this beer made me think of real hefeweizens like paulaner more than the Bell's Wheat 2, I'm kind of surprised the scores are actually lower for this one. It is less drinkable because it feels a bit fuller and the taste is deeper and darker, but the one or two I do have at a sitting, I will definitely relish. Interestingly, a flyer I picked up at the brewery claims that all the Wheat 2-8 series have the same OG, so I'm a bit surprised that one seems so much fuller than the other.

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Photo of adams82
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served in a "Guinness Style" pint glass. What a difference from Wheat 2! Pours a murky, opaque, orange-brown color. Head is fluffy and pillowy, off-white color, that leaves a nice amount of lacing.

S - Spicy, citrus, yeasty and a nice hop aroma on the nose here. Can't wait to dive in!

T - Malty and spicy upfront and finished with a nice citric (lemon) and faint hoppy flavor.

M - Heavier body here, slightly acidic, a little rough around the edges. However, it's nicely balanced and gets creamier as it warms.

D - Again, easy to drink, quite the pleasure actually! Refreshing and makes a nice companion on this overcast and windy day.

"4" is a little better offering than "2". Fuller bodied, better head retention and more rounded, better balanced, flavors. Here's to hoping Wheat 6 and 8 are out in my neck of the woods soon, then on to Wheat Love!

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Photo of mattcrill
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy amber to tan pour with a very tight ivory white cap. Leaves sticky lacings on the side of the glass. The head retention is pretty impressive.

Smell: Musty and yeasty with a citrusy orange whiff here and there. Nothing too over the top but inviting.

Taste: A sharp yeasty bite with accents of coriander, clove, and lemon zest. There is a grassy and slightly flowery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied and intensely carbonated.

Drinkability: Not one of my favorite styles but seems to be very well done. I can't see myself going back to this again but this is just a personal preference. If you are a fan of wheat beers, this would definitely be one to try.

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Photo of HumuloneRed
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy light copper with some head and lacing. The aroma is sweet and yeasty. The flavor has notes of sweet caramel, toffee , and caramel in the front with a rich malt presents that drops off and finishes slightly dry. I had bought 2 of this one a year ago. The flavors come through a lot better with a year of age on it. Well made beer.

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Photo of Viggo
3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber/orange, gold in the edges, huge white head, takes forever to go away, some nice lacing. Smell is sweet, some spices, yeast, caramel, chocolate and coffee. Taste is caramel, fruits, yeast, some sourness and a floral finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with medium carbonation, thanks DrJay!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has quite a carbonation when I opened it and it poured a deep copper colored body with a thick creamy head that last and last. The body is very hazy but I can see lots of tiny bubbles racing to the surface. I think the yeast is a bit more stirred up than normal.

S- When I pour the beer I could smell roasted wheat and a slight yeasty perfume right away. The smell is more German wheat beer and not so much Belgian wheat beer. It has a good whole grain bread aroma with a very faint sulfur note. As it warms more rich malts or malted wheats come out but starts to smell more sulfury.

T- Very smooth balance flavor of malt, bread and yeasty characters with an almost carbonic acid note in the beginning. No real banana, bubblegum or clove notes at all. It does have a nice tartness to the finish that has some faint hop spice to it.

M- This beer has a medium-light body but all the carbonation makes the body feel bigger. No alcohol warmth or astringency.

D- This beer is very smooth and has a nice balance of flavors. The roasted wheat started to smell a bit musty and almost barnyard like but I think it was just the sulfur and roasted notes combined. The taste was nice but the strong carbonation seemed to get in the way a bit. I will have to review this beer again as it still has a bit of mystery to the taste/smell. Could there be some Brett or other beasties at work in this beer?

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Photo of Mitchster
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy light amber, darker than Two, forming a tall soapy beige head with very good retention and very good lacing. Carbonation is moderately strong, much brisker than Two. The aroma is odd...there is a strong sulfur and toasted wheat husk odor which overpowers the cloves and bananas, and even the doughy yeast nose. Mouthfeel is initially brisk then gluey with a medium dense body. The biggest difference I notice between 2 and 4 is the strong nutty, toasted wheat flavor and a semi-dry finish with a fair mix of tannins and green tree bark in the aftertaste. The yeast is very dominant in mouthfeel and flavor. Bitterness is a touch stronger, and a saccharin aftertaste is noticeable.

This is an interesting, albeit, very odd beer. I can't say that I've had anything quite like this. It's quite drinkable but has such an odd profile that most people wouldn't find it very enjoyable.

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Wheat Four Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.38 out of 5 with 95 ratings