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:
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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 jp32
2.18/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The 4-Ale pours an extremely cloudy shade of brown. The color reminds me of peanut butter. It is also capped off by an enormous, thick, fluffy head. This must be the cloudiest beer I've ever seen. You couldnt see through it with a spotlight and a microscope. The smell is strange. I dont know what the hell it smells like, but its not something I'm used to. Someone else said a dirty diaper in their review, and I'd almost agree with them. Something just doesnt smell right about this one. The taste is different as well, not bad, but unusual. Maybe I'm just not used to the style. I sense flavors of grains, wheaties cereal, and maybe banana nut bread. The mouthfeel is thick and foamy. Maybe too much carbonation??? The drinkability isnt bad in the sense that I'm not really losing my interest in this one, but its too foamy to drink very quickly.

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Photo of Shovelbum
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Vesuvius! A massive, chunky off-white head over a very hazy orange-amber body. Great retention and clinging lace. Aromas of hay, saw dust, banana and other fruit, hints of cloves, and a touch of yeast. What in the gods' names am I tasting? Flavors of banana, citrus (but not bitter) and wheat? A tad sweet and tart. Medium bodied with moderately high carbonation. Crisp up front in the mouth (nips the tongue), but mellows toward the finish.

The biting mouthfeel wasn’t exactly to my liking, but apart from that this is an intriguing brew. It’s hard to grasp everything that is going on in here. It doesn’t seem to be out-of-balance, just hard to pin down. I guess this means I’m really going to be in trouble when it comes to reviewing Wheat Ale #6.

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Photo of cokes
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly repulsive, clotted brown mustard body is partially saved by a stately spume of nicotine-stained ivory.
Nutty banana bread nose with pricks of hardpan dirt, clove and white peppercorn.
Into the mouth, it's all almond-banana-bran muffins. At first, it is almost literally, like Larry Bell pureed some, cut 'em with water and bottled the end result. Toasted hues grow, as does a vague nod of vanilla. At this point, it is pretty damn tasty. Some clove esters are noted, along with quarry, and Bell's blanketing doughy house yeast. For a series that is supposed to show the intricacies of wheat and yeast interplay, Bell's yeast is just to much of a's just too easy to recognize it and stop there. It concludes with further rock note and a vacillating vegetal bitterness somewhere near artichoke and carrot (though it dies down as the glass empties, and that's a savior). Hops add a mild but adhesive bitterness, though only a wavering brown stalk/wintergreen flavor.
The mouthfeel, though half congealed by the yeast, works better here than in the 2. The flavors are heartier, bringing the heft into congruence.
All in all, I prefer it to 2. This has some strange intervals, but there is a rugged charm here too.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. Reviewing Wheat Two and Four in succession while watching my Badgers suck it up.

Pours a dark murky brown with several fingers of off-white head. Nose one caught me a little off-guard and makes me wonder what my fellow-BAs (minus Skidz) are smoking while drinking this stuff...diapers...dirty, rotten diapers and manure - with a hint of citrus. So diapers with a wedge of lemon. Mmmm. So I was real afraid to try this stuff after whiffing that stuff, but a few minutes later I collected myself and bit the bullet. Surprisingly the taste was much more benign, earthy wheat, citrus, and some faint choco/coffee. This is really a tale of two beers, the smell is really godawful, but the taste is subtle and kinda tasty. As far as overall drinkability, I had to put it somewhere in the middle as that nose is really bad. Quite an interesting brew here. This truly is an experimental series. Can't wait to try Six.

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Photo of sopor
4.38/5  rDev +36%
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.
/cheesy section

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 ADR
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very sedimented, ranging from orange at the bottom to brownish near the top. Fat, big-bubbled head that stays put at about 1/4 of an inch in height. Laces are fat strings and dots. Aromas are estery, but stronger than typical bubblegum, more of a heavy yeast backbone. Mouthfeel is close to thick but countered by plenty of carbonation. Yeasty and almost sulfurous flavor early, mixtures of unripe bananas and grape with a sunflower seed oiliness and shell bitterness. Overall impression gets thicker and thicker on warming. The aroma, also, comes more into play, somewhat similar to unsweetened cocoanut milk used in tiger prawn noodle recipes (as an alternative, think burnt pasta water on an electric stove). Big and solid, but not ringing a "bell" for me.

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Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +24.2%
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 dirtylou
3.77/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, sadhanna has 6 packs of it

appearance: pours a cloudy and murky amber/bronze, an obscene level of off-white head follows and laces...looks kind of lake apple cider

smell: pretty heavy on the wheat, some yeasty aromas, apples and spice, interesting

taste: very malty, toasted wheat bread, apples and cinnamon, hefe-like banana...lots of things going on and i'm not sure i like how they mix in this one

mouthfeel: light-med body, decent carbonation

I think I like wheat two better...this is definately completely different so i am interested in drinking the rest of the line!

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Photo of Skidz
2.45/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours out cloudy bronze and sits murky reddish-amber in the glass with a massive off-white head. Fades slowly to a thick coating of foam with nice lacings all around.

Smells thick and dusty, solid cakes of manure and straw. Musty bananas and pears. Brown leafty aromas push up from underneath with bits of brown sugar. Weird, just weird.

Tastes crisp and full-on grassy with wheat jumbled about. Some fruitiness hinting at apples and starfruit. Gritty and spicy jabs of alcohol rip through and are tied in with a muddy (guess what, a bit of manure too), and less attractive, stream of yeastiness. Not doughy or crackery so much, but raw. Finishes with mild to little bitterness and some bananas poking through.

Crisp and prickly in the mouth, carbonation levels are moderate to high. Medium-light in body.

I am definately not a fan of this one, and I hope that whatever faults that this batch has don't carry on to the next. I'm all for grand experiments, but what has come out of this beer, is nothing that I want to sample again. It really wasn't just the aroma, has the taste been up to par, it probably wouldn't have stood out so much, but they really went hand in hand here...and well, that's really not up my alley. Beneath it all, I'm sure there's something there to be had, but I am just not having it.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
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 nortmand
3.21/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber, with a huge! white head. Lots of lace.

Earthy yeast smell. And that's it.

Almost smoky bitter flavor. "Stony" upfront, end bitter.

Light bodied and well, just not that interesting of a beer I guess. The two was OK, hopefully after Oberon, winter wheat, 2 and 4, by 8 they'll successfully use yeast.

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Photo of adams82
4/5  rDev +24.2%
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 putnam
4.27/5  rDev +32.6%
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 mattcrill
4/5  rDev +24.2%
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 battlekow
4.26/5  rDev +32.3%
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 Sephiroth
4.5/5  rDev +39.8%
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 feloniousmonk
4.28/5  rDev +32.9%
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 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 proc
4.05/5  rDev +25.8%
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 ypsifly
4.08/5  rDev +26.7%
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 Brian700
4.27/5  rDev +32.6%
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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Bell's Wheat Four Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.22 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
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