Bell's Wheat Four Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Wheat Four AleBell's Wheat Four Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Brian700 on 10-28-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 93
Photo of gmcfarre
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date (batch 7104 though)
Poured into Samuel Smith pint (with too much gusto....)

A - whoops, looks like I forgot how to pour a wheat beer during those long winter months. Got a bit to aggressive and ended up with a massive rocky, offwhite head. So I'll just let this wear down and then pour the rest in ever so carefully... ok, color is a rich cloudy orange with millions of carbo bubbles streaming upwards. When the last ounce is swirling in bottle and poured in, color deepens to a hazelnut brown.

S - Nice wheaty malt with a slight fruit presence (grapefruit).

T - Again, lots of wheat malt with fruit-esque touches. Low bitterness and limited hop character.

M - Tingly carbo start with a heavy crisp finish.

D - Thicker than similar pale wheat ales and somewhat more filling. Would be happy with one or two, but could probably enjoy the whole 6pk had this not been a single.

A pleasant wheat ale to begin the warm season, but by no means the best. Actually, the heavier nature works nicely as a transition from winter's brews to summer's offerings.

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Photo of Crosling
3.67/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nutty, toffeeish aroma, with a variety of fruit and yeast. Dark orange color, with a head of solid and rocky ivory foam. Nice balance and vibrant flavors considering the style, with hints of red apple skins, butterscotch and gum. Mildly tart, with a nice and authentic yeast presence.

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Photo of alexgash
3.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy dark apricot with brown yeasties. Big, cumulus head of frothy white. Yeast flecks. Yeast with wheat malt, fruit—mainly bananas. Yeast. Light bubblegum. Yeasty wheat malt, like sourdough bread. Bananas are evident, along with bubblegum. Yeasty finish, with a wheat bitterness and more bubblegum. Nice. Wheat protein feel. Medium-bodied. Very effervescent, maybe even a bit too much. Another good wheat beer from Bell’s.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.79/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

sampled as part of the 'horizontal' bell's wheat tasting. thanks mike!

thicker than two, this beer pours a syrupy orange with golden hues. doughy, clove funk in the nose. medicinal, vitaminny aroma. more of that raw graininess, this time closer to what a hefeweizen should smell like. dirty, tart wheat flavor. very earthy with big notes of tree bark and something strangely belgian.. yeast? hops add some bitterness and red fruit flavors to the party. rough but true and excessively abrasive in the finish. not at all drinkable by a stretch but unique and special.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hypercarbonated tangerine visible as one finger of liquid beneath a massive, glass-filling head of orangish beige froth. I'm not impressed with the appearance due to the massive number of bubbles and the lack of a good head-lace combination. The beer looks nothing like a pale wheat ale, although I won't hold that against it.

It doesn't smell like a pale wheat either. What's going on here? Did something go wrong prior to bottling? The beer smells malty (although not wheat malty) and is phenolic. There's a hint of orange as well, but no banana and no clove.

Despite its overwhelming similarities (in theory), Wheat Four tastes very little like the Wheat Two of my memory. It tastes like an APA brewed with very few hops and an aggressively spicy yeast strain. The malt bill doesn't make much of an impression. There's none of the lush, soft wheatiness that should be present and there's nothing of note to take its place.

Even though hoppy bitterness is present, especially on the back end, there's little hop flavor. What is present tastes noble (floral and somewhat spicy) to me. Then again, the spiciness could be emanating from one of the four(!) yeast strains. Are four yeast strains necessary? Do they add anything of value to the beer? Eight yeast strains seems completely ridiculous.

For whatever reason, and I'm prepared to believe that something went awry somewhere along the way, this beer tastes nothing like a pale wheat ale or a wheat ale of any sort. Four isn't bad beer and it isn't good beer, it's just weird beer. The mouthfeel is medium in a general sense, firm, anti-lush and more carbonated than I like. Drinkability is... eh.

I considered drinking the Bell's Wheat Project beers on the same day, but felt that they'd be too similar for it to be worthwhile. I'm floored that Wheat Four is so different from Wheat Two. If Bell's has designs on turning one of these beer into a regular offering or a seasonal, might I suggest that Wheat Four Ale, as is, is unworthy.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Super huge wheat foam erruption off the pour. Cloudy and copper toned with massive amounts of bubbles continuously feeding the already gigantic tan head. Giant chunks of lace adhere to the glass while the head remains well intact.

Smell: Big wheat scents that feel almost spicy. Reminds me of wheat chex and beer.

Taste: Let me wait until the four inch tall head falls down a bit. This one tastes like a wheat ale. Surprising. It does seem to be much more dry than wheat 2 was. I am assuming there is a bit more hop activity within. Spice hints and some yeastiness also come through in the taste. Overall, the same sort of uninteresting wheat ale program. Not my bag.

Mouthfeel: Light but so fluffy from effervescence that it might be perceived as medium.

Drinkablity: Good. If you find wheat beers to be interesting, this one will be good to you. I do enjoy the dryness. It feels a bit unique in that sense.

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Photo of Viggo
3.95/5  rDev +22.7%
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 MaltyGoodness
3.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle provided by Frozensoul327

Pours a murky orange-brown with a mountainous tan head that retains it's thickness.A bit overcarbonated. Lacing bands around the glass.

Big bready aroma with hints of banana and clove. Slight alcohol aroma.

Nice breadiness upfront with some fruity banana and clove tones. There is a bit of an alcohol bite and then it finishes slightly dry.

For the plethora of carbonation, the body seems slightly thin and unexciting.

Easy enough to consume, but not as good as other wheat beers from Bell's...

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured with super duper carbonation, less than 1/2 the bottle into an imperial pint glass and the beast still tried to overflow. The color was not quite medium amber and just a slight bit hazy. the head was off-white and moussy and everlasting to coat the glass.

The aroma was bready with a strong wheat aroma and a graham cracker aromatic as well. The aroma was fruity, but not overly so.

The flavor was a bit of graham and molasses while sucking foam to keep the desk from becoming a beer wasteland. The flavor was bready with a nice wheat character, but more of that same graham and molasses flavor was present. The flavor also contained slight metallic and a slight spice.

The finish was dry with a lasting breadiness and metallic flavor. The body was medium. This beer just didn't quite cut it. The beer had the odd metallic flavor, was overcarbonated, and the molasses flavor just seemed a bit out of place.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks beerinator!

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.04/5  rDev +25.5%
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 Dogbrick
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Darkover for the trade. Light copper color with an off-white head that literally fills the entire glass after only a small amount is poured. Aroma of malt and grain. Light-bodied with an earthy malt and clove flavor. There is a strange bitterness that is off-putting though. The finish is mildly wheaty and a little sour. I did not enjoy this one much.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.27/5  rDev +32.6%
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 heyitsbyron
2.94/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12oz single at Woodman's West in Madison for $1.25.

Poured into a pint glass and it immediately foamed so much that I had to stop pouring and wait for the head to subside. Very rare. The bottle was chilled and settled, so way too much head. After I finally emptied the bottle, the color was very pleasant. Orange and summery, though not transparent.

The smell was horrendous. Easily the worst beer I've ever smelled. Smelled a lot like poop with very little wheaty or citrus smells. Just disgusting. I can't imagine how a brewer achieves a fecal smell like this.

The taste, on the other hand, was a bit more pleasant. It was nothing spectacular, much like more common import wheat beers, but it was quite good. It had the standard citrus/spice flavors of the style and I enjoyed that. You can tell that this beer is inoffensive tasting because I gave my girlfriend a sip and she enjoyed it. She doesn't usually drink beer.

In my mouth, it felt like a wheat beer: carbonated properly and not thin. I think it lost a bit of carbonation due to the bad pour, but I can infer that it was otherwise a nice mouthfeel.

I don't think I'd purchase it again because it's a bit costly, the smell is vile, and there are better wheat beers. I am glad to have tried a Bell's Wheat Project beer and I may try the 2, the 6, or the 8 if I can find them in singles.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkly golden with a milky brown center and one big ass foamy cap that took way too many pours to finally reach the bottom of the bottle. The skyscraper foam finally seeps down to a hefty skimming and lots of thick patchy lace.

Aroma is drier then Wheat 2 with the same wheaty malt base, less yeast, no banana, leaning into more grainyness with a husked edge of dark dryness. More rounded on the nose too, not quite as snappy as 2.

Taste is more rounded in the wheat and husk flavors. Not all that much going on, pale wheat mostly with a slight darker, toastier edge to it then 2. Again, less yeast, and favors a grainy dryness throughout and squeezes out a bit more at the finish.

Feel is a bit more rounded and fuller then 2. Not as snappy, but still wheaty in texture with a different approach in the finish with its dryness of toasted grains rather then yeast.

Another good drinker out of the bunch of Wheat beers.

Note: Taste tested comparison with back to back mixed samples of the 2, 6, and 8 wheat beers.

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Photo of maxpower
2.13/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle pours a murky dark amber color with a crazy huge clingy off white head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Funky earthy, farmyard aromas( really smells like crap ), flavors of chocolate and sulfur. Medium bodied with a crisp super carbonated mouthfeel, finishes very dry.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.42/5  rDev +37.3%
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 santoslhalper
1.57/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearence: Pours a disgusting, murky orange with a ridiulously huge head. What's up with this beer? There's huge chinks of yeast, it takes ten minutes to pour because of the head, it looks like dirty dishwater. Or fresh mango juice....

Smell: Holy shit. This smells just as bad as the Wheat Two. Popcorn, diapers, kitty litter, and many other foul stenches greet my nose. But at least I can smell a decent wheat character.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Dry, crisp, and nasty wheat flavors are what I taste. Phew!! This is bad stuff. It's not like Bell's to release such a shitty beer. And the Wheat Two wasn't bad. This one tastes like garbage. Sulfer notes are all over, stale, rotten eggs as well. The mouthfeel is dry and thin.

Drinkability and Overall: Ok, so Bell's missed on this one. Oh, well, no brewery is perfect. I know this isn't had a bad bottle because I've had a few before this and they were all just nasty. Take this beer, tweak the recipe, make it a Weizenbock, and it'll be wonderful. But, as it is, BOOOO!!!

Glass: Standard weizen glass
Music: "Beautiful Morning" by LIttle Brother

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Photo of clvand0
2.23/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

More of the Bell's wheat series. Icky. Looks bad. Pours a very cloudy light brown color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave lacing on the glass. The aroma reminds me of sewer. Just really offensive. The flavor isn't quite as bad as the aroma, but it's still not good. There are some malt characters and hints of fruit, but it's just a mess. Drinkability is not good because of the bad flavors. The body is ok. Avoid.

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Photo of kmpitz2
2.35/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dirty orange-brown color with no clarity and a magnificent billowing head that takes forever to settle. Not a very enticing color on this one. The nose continues the unimpressiveness of this brew. It has almost sewer gas qualities to it. I get some toasty and roasted tones, but I find it offensive. Flavor is kind of a muddled mess. I'm not quite sure what it is supposed to be. I get some roasted notes, some light orange on the finish, but it seems that the flavors in this one are really fighting each other. Its not working well. Feel is moderate with a light carbonation. I guess with the billowing head went the bubblies. Overall, this is not a good beer. There is no real direction. I guess an experiment would be the best call on this one. It really does not work for my taste.

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Photo of PeatReek
4/5  rDev +24.2%
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 ppoitras
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity... From Bell's website: The Batch ID that you entered '7104', is a Bell's Wheat Four Ale. Your Bell's Wheat Four Ale was packaged on October 18, 2005.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, it's a foamer, formed 3 1/2" beige head over an inch of cloudy golden amber brew. Head is quite resilient, lasts and last, might never get the whole bottle in the glass. Once it does recede, impressive foamy lace is plentiful. Aroma is spicy wheat and a little bit soapy. Flavor is full of cloves and wheat character, with a bitter close. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh with the bitterness in this context, although still somewhat smooth, with drinkability is limited by same. Not really a brew I enjoyed at this point.

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Photo of ChiSox05
3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Explodes into carbonation from the beginning of the pour, use caution. Afterwards, left an inch and a half white bubbly head on top of a cloudy orange beer going peach on the edges. The bottom of the bottle is loaded with sediment, pouring the rest of the bottle left the glass pumpkin orange opaque. Poured carefully, looks great in a pilsner glass, excellent head retention from non-stop carbonation.

A spicy smelling wheat. The wheat aroma is rich, dark and hearty with a very faint hint of banana infused whole grain bread.
Taste is straight up bold wheat at the beginning, eventually letting a spicy hop bitterness come through /w the wheat at the end. Actually reminds of a pils or a pale lager just bombarded with wild wheat.
Full bodied, the strong carbonation and spicy character of the wheat and hops are rough. But, take a small sip and give it a second, the carbonation turns into wheat velvet. Alcohol warmth in stomach, success!
The first one tried, I waited to review, because I knew I had to consider two things: try to rate on style and that this beer is a concept. After some consideration, I'd take this over most American wheats. With its boldness and the coarseness of the wheat, after 2-3 that'd be it. Taking time to consider the experimental nature of the series, Bell's succeeds in melding rough, raw wheat into spicy hopped beer. Prefer the 2, but gave this one a second look and it got me thinking.

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Photo of silenius
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a wonderful murky light brown with some ruddiness in the character of the color.

Smell is banana bread, green bananas, and a slightly sulphury funk.

Taste is slightly green and drying, like an unripe banana. It has some darker peppery qualities on the finish, but tastes a little vegetal and green to me.

Mouthfeel is creamy, but a bit watered down and thin.

Drinkable, but the others in the series are better.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Strange concoction this. Sort of a light American pale wheat meets a dark wheat, like a weak dunkel.

Pours a nearly opaque deep copper in color with a frothy and dense beige head that had great retention, lots of lace. Nose is very characteristically wheaty, quite fruity as well however with hints of spice, like clove as it warms. Very smooth and light, but with a medium-heavy body.

Interesting to say the least, but kind of... under-flavored if you will.


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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a copper-orange color with a creamy tan head. Nice amount of lacing and steady carbonation. The aroma is yeasty, citrusy, and a bit earthy. The flavor is yeasty, with a citric fruitiness and wheat. It is light-medium in body and refreshing...finishes dry. A decent brew.

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Bell's Wheat Four Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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