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

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Wheat Two AleWheat Two Ale

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

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: 101 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of Erdinger2003
2.55/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Color is cloudy and golden brown. Head was thick, but fell fast leaving almost no lacing. Smell is slightly watery with some nice wheaty smells of lemon and a sweet orange. Taste is medium bodied with a slight lemon, but more of the funny orange was present. This flavor is sweet. Mouthfeel is average with a strange rubbery feel to it. I would like a fresh bottle before making any decisions of this beer.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.82/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Might as well start at the very beginning with Two. I don't have 4 yet, so i will have to skip that one for now, maybe.

Appearance: A very weird body, looks to be seperated, with a few distict columumns in the beer. The farthest outside is a clear gold color, no suspension whatsoever. The middle is a hazy dark gold color, with the center being a ribbon of yeasty sediment that slowly mixes in with the other layers (osmosis?).

Smell: Banana & yeast are pretty much dominant, which is the way it should be.

Taste: Murky flavors, disjointed yeast and banana, with a lot of hops for the style, why? This is way too hopped vs. the style (that's coming from a hophead).

Mouthfeel: Way too watery, only slight carbonation.

Drinkability: Not up to Bell's Standards, misses the mark in a couple aspects. Hope the others are better.

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Photo of MeLikeBeer
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a single at the store...

Pours a deep, cloudy yellow. Light, 1/4 inch foam. Small yeast particles float within...

Smells strongly of banana. Other fruitiness seems to blend together.

Good fruit and wheat flavors coalesce into a light, refreshing taste. In this instance, I think the fruit does too much...almost no hop flavor and even the wheat and grain seems to be overpowered.

Leaves a rather dry aftertaste.

If I seek this out again, It would be suited to a hot summer day.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Bell's Wheat 2 Ale pours from the longneck bottle a cloudy pale orange color with a half inch of bubbly foam on top. Aromas begin with a grainy wheat aroma that has an odd fruitiness about it. Almost akin to sour apple juice and banana. Underneath there's some yeasty phenols exhibiting notes of cloves and a touch of pepper. A touch of orange and lemon peel. It fails to really grab me.

First sip brings a pale wheaty maltiness that's a touch husky and gritty. An intermingled musty fruitiness that has notes of apple, banana and lemon follows suit. There's a big yeasty aspect that brings a mix of spicy, peppery and mellow clove flavors. It finishes a bit dry and chalky on the back of the palate. Ultimately this just doesn't seem to form a cohesive whole.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with mellow carbonation and a creamy grain sensation. An interesting experiment, but in this case I'm glad I only grabbed a few singles instead of an entire sixer. Seems to be a bit muddled. I'll be looking forward to the 4, 6 and 8 that I have yet to sample.

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Photo of ADR
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy and murky yellow appearance with a flat 1/2 inch head od average duration. Laces simply, slipping collars and a few pinprick dots. Wheaty and dusty aroma, bready with sweetened pineapple, almost "stuffy" to my mind -- esters somewhat stifled by this impression. Mouthfeel is about medium, carbonation average but subtle. Flavors come across as very starchy, as in the wheat paste used by archivers and stamp collecting "hinges", some astringent lemon and understated spices. OK beer, frankly gluey and a little pastey with a ringing citrus note. Not a knockout for me.

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Photo of ryantupy
3.17/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was supprised at the fact that is my least favorite wheat beer out of the 4 that bells is doing. It poured a bright orange hue with tons of sediment floating around in the beer. It smelled of strong wheats, citrius, and caramel. It tased bitter followed by some malty sweetness. It was a light bodied compared to the other wheats however it was the most carbonated of the four. I would probably not purchase this one again and would have a hard time sessioning this beer.

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Photo of isubsmith
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange/copper color. Thin head.

Nose: Yeast. Spicy. Fruity. Pretty much as expected.

Taste: Wheat bread. Hints of banana and spices - mostly cloves.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but not unexpected.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer.

This seems like a pretty basic wheat beer. Nothing spectacular, but still good. Very drinkable. Probably my second favorite of the series.

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Photo of cokes
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Silty golden mustard topped with a blossoming ecru mushroom.
Wet dinner roll nose, sprinkled with flour, and garnished with concrete mix, and zests of orange and lemon.
It begins with a staunch wheat bread doughiness. Rich and wet, with minor accompanying peals of lemon. Further fruit tracers add pears and apples, but the bread is unyielding, and actually is bolstered in the middle as the yeast adds more like minded bread, as well as motes of coriander and granite, and lime rinds. It finishes with an understated, oily, lemongrass hop notation.
Broad shouldered and gangly for a generally light-frame beer. Thickish and clotted with yeast. There are times where this drinks too much like paste.
I think that this is an experiment that will grow on me as it progresses. But right now, this merely seems like a remixed Oberon.

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Photo of nortmand
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours bright, cloudy orange with a white head and some lacing.

Smell is sweet and citrusy, with a nice clove undertone. Kinda like oberon with some actual character.

Damn. Was good, until the mouthfull of yeast I just got. There's definitely some clove/banana, but it's dominated by a trubby yeastiness. I know that it's supposed to be yeast, but christ, there's a difference between yeast character and a spoonful of yeast.

Light bodied and pretty drinkable, although that takes a hit for the huge yeast garbage going on.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This Bell's Wheat 2 pours with a slightly hazy gold to amber hue with lots of foam that settles quickly to give the beer a flat appearance. The nose is very organic and earthy; sort of like how my tap water smells after a heavy rain. There's a bit of toasted malt aroma, too. The mouthfeel is smooth. Caramel malt flavors mingle with fruity (banana?) yeasty esters as the hops are kept in the background. The finish is relatively dry and helps drinkability. Not as much complexity as Bell's Wheat 8, which I think I prefer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Grub for the Bell's Wheat Series Horizontal Tasting! Much appreciated.
Wheat Two Ale pours with thick, white bubbly head. A mostly light colour, clear body but with some deep golden hue. More of a German hefeweisse aroma than American wheat. A little warm and bready for my liking, although some really nice malty notes shines through at times. Seemed to be more wheat in the aroma than the flavour. First impession is that this drinks like a lager, and I could swear there is some pilsner malt in there! A nice, crisping finish. A low level of bitterness, something else seems to abrupt the finish. I found this too similar to a macro lager, although the wheat does push this a little higher up. Simply not the quality of Bell's I was expecting and not the American Wheat style I'm accustomed to.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of walleye
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle. poured a honey color with a cloud like mass inside the glass with a white head. aroma what else but wheat, yeast, a sourness that I couldn’t place, lemon. flavor,yeast, citrus, sugar, grassy, as it warms orange. I liked this better than the 4

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Photo of jp32
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The 2-Ale pours a cloudy, murky golden-yellow color with a decent head retention that leaves outstanding lacings. The nose is of bananas, yeast, and maybe a little grassy or grainy. I notice a strong taste of bananas in the initial flavor as well. Nice bitterness, not overdone. The taste is somewhat mild, but interesting at the same time. The mouthfeel is excellent. Very, very smooth. Somewhere in the moderate to medium bodied range. The first of a 3-beer wheat series from one of my favorite brewers.

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Photo of Brent
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Moderate body for an unfiltered wheat. Crackery, bright malt flavor with pleasant but reserved yeast flavors. Some faint orchard fruit flavors lurk in the background. The relative simplicity of the beer hints at what is in store with the more complicated beers in the series - cheers to the brewery for their creativity with this line.

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a hazy, apple juice orange body, with essentially no head, in spite of a vigorous pour. A considerable amount of wispy, patch lace still manages to cling to the glass.

Aroma is subdued, with muted notes of clove, banana, and toasted wheat.

Mouthfeel is light medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Taste features bready and grainy wheat, yeast, muted banana and clove. Nothing assertive here, but I've come to expect very little reward in this style.

Not a bad beer, and it's pleasantly drinkable. Quite well constructed, overall. I've not yet encountered an American Pale Wheat Ale that impresses, including this one.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out cloudy yellow. Almost no head, reduces to a ring quickly. Nose, not suprisingly, strongly dominated by wheat, but not overly intense. There is also a touch of yeast present.

The taste is softly malted on the front before receiving a certain tangy kick from the yeast. Some light spicy, clove-like tones and the vaguest hint of generic tropical citrus. Good slight hop presence. Crisp finish. Smooth. Nothing really special, but I like it.

Mouthfeel is good, not remarkable. Thicker than might be expected for the style though, so it does gain a bit. Drinkability is very solid, as should be expected for a smooth drinking, wheat.

This first offering in the Bell's Wheat Project is a solid base. Some good flavours and complexity, but nothing overwhelming. Simple, yet tasty.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprised by how fast the white inch-thick head falls away and stays away. Very little lacing or follow-up bubbling.

Cloudy rust orange beer smells nice and wheaty. It's peppery over banana taffy, but comes across more as spices and cirtus fruit in the mouth. Very little hop bitterness, but nice complimentary sour and wheat twang.

Two is not carbonated like most of the wheats I've had, and that kind of saps some of its summertime joy for me. It's heavier in the mouth than I expected, too. It's a tasty experiment, just not what I would reach for first. On to four, six, etc.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first; Poured out to a hazy yellow color with a touch of orange peel color. Medium low level of carbonation. Huge white pillow of foam rests on the top of the beer and leaves lace in it's path as the beer goes down. Aromas of sweet malts, corn and wheat. Very nice. Taste is light and airey; flavors of sweet citrus, wheat, hops and malts blend well. This is very much a thirst quencher. Mouthfeel was easy and slightly smooth. Overall drinkability is good; this almost reminds me of Oberon. Get it while you can. Recommended.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: A very nice looking off-white head sits firmly atop a slightly cloudy orange/copper body. Decent amount of carbonation.

Smell: Popcorn. Old popcorn. That's what I smell, and honestly, the only thing I smell. Blah!

Taste and Mouthfeel: Well it's definitly not popcorn. Hah. This a very nice, smooth, clean tasting brew. Not alot of complexity, which makes this an easy quaffer. The wheat flavor is nice, and kept in check by a slight bit of hoppiness. Very nice tasting.

Drinkbaility and Overall: Other than the unimpressive popcorn smell, this a very nice beer. I think they accomplished what they were aiming for with this one: a smooth, clean, easy drinking beer that quenches your thirst. Recommended!!

Glass: Standard weizen glass.
Music: "1, 2, 3, 4" by Boom Bap Project and "Ohio Players" by Count Bass D

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Photo of mobyfann
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $1.59 for a single...

This beer pours a thick hazy golden clear base with little wheat particles all in the base, a thin white head, and some lacing on the glass. The aroma is a faint wheat smell and that is it.

A low key but tasty wheat flavor. Nice on the palette and drinkable to have a few more.

Final Thought: Solid wheat ale from Bell's, much better than the "Four Ale".

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wheat numero dos flowed from the bottle and looked: Orange with chunks and a fluffy white head that did not last as long as I was anticipating from a wheat beer...positive for lace... this thing has a bunch of particulate debris that I could have left behind with a more careful decant, but the hour is wee and the man is becoming drunk...carbonation is sufficient and fairly easy going...the nose holds a wheat heavy aroma and a sort of corn syrup impression with some spice character as well...the taste is most note worthy for the spice, without which this would taste like water and straw...it has the typical big whoop wheat thing going on, but it is not all that exciting..."unique taste sensations"...somewhat of a crossover recruitment scheme is suspected...mouthfeel includes a fairly classic wheat body that is husky but floatable...drinkability is fine, but there is nothing that is a draw here really...alright, but not remarkable in any respect...a touch boring if I may...worth a try.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go out to Dogbrick for the sample.

Aroma: Nice aroma of wheat, sulfury yeast, and hints of wheat bread on the nose.

Appearance: Crystal clear golden orange color with a tight white head. Visible carbonation noted throughout the body.

Flavor: An interesting mix of wheat, a touch of spices (clove and coriander), and a pleasant crisp grain finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and well carbonated.

Overall impression: A finely crafted beer. Seems a little light on the grain profile leading to it's one-dimensionality but it's appropriate given the style. I'm not a big fan of wheats but I liked this better than Four. Another solid offering from Bell's.

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Photo of maxpower
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a fluffy white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Yeasty bubblegum and banana aromas, light clove, wheat and banana flavors, medium bodied with a very nice creamy mouthfeel, spicy finish, a well done wheat.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Bell's Wheat 2 pours out a cloudy golden color with 2 inches of white head. Wheat aroma with banana and lemon. Bready yeast flavors with tangy wheat, pineapple, lemon, and spices. The finish is hoppy and very bitter. I'd say it's a little too bitter, and it's this distinction that makes this beer different from a German Hefe. Full mouthfeel. Decent drinkability. This is a pretty good beer and one, I think, that would best be enjoyed with food. I'm looking forward to the other wheat beers in the series.

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Wheat Two Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 101 ratings