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

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Bell's Wheat Two AleBell's Wheat Two Ale

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Brian700 on 10-28-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of alexgash
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellowish-gold with suspended yeast cloud that makes it orange. Small, guazey head that laces well. Sweet, rich wheat malt. Nice. Minor citrus zest and banana and big yeast. Very tasty wheat malt with fruit bread, banana, and bubble gum. Spicy, almost astringent hop bitterness follows, but gets overshadowed by banana wheat malt in the finish. Medium-full bodied with a big wheaty protein feel. Dry finish. Thirst quenching and very tasty. I’m looking forward to 4, 6, 8, and Love. Bell’s is cool.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Acquired a while back in a trade with TheBlackMallard, the Wheat Two Ale poured out clear golden yellow (since I held back the yeast in the bottle). Carbonation was active, and the head very small in size. The aroma was very typical of wheat beer, with banana being quite prominent, followed by a lemon-lime smell, a hint of clove, and finally some delicate hay. The taste was very clean showcase of the same fruity and spicy flavors. Considering this was relatively low strength beer that sat in my closet for a couple of months, no degradation was apparent. The body was thicker than typical for the style, and there was a wispy faint hop presence in the aftertaste. The beer felt quenching, yet was complex enough to keep my attention throughout the short session. Towards the end, I swirled in the yeast, and the taste got a touch spicier, while the body got a great deal cloudier. Head and shoulders above almost any other American Wheat, I’ve had.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my favorite of the series so far. Thanks to jpm30 for helping me acquire the last two I needed (2 and 6).

The beer pours to a very hazy, peachy golden color with nice poofy white head. Lacing is spotty, but good.

The smell is dominated by banana, and to a minor degree of clove. The smell and taste remind me of an Ayinger Brau Weisse, which is probably my favorite readily available wheat beer. Lots of banana up front with a hint of lemon and clove battling in the background. Nice and sweet with a very gentle hop, and very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is fairly light yet creamy. Nice and crisp. Very enjoyable. This is what all American wheat beers should aspire to be, though the Germans should only continue to aspire to themselves.

Interesting enough, the Wheat Two tastes almost exactly like the Wheat Love despite all of the complexities in the brewing of the wheat wine as opposed to the two malts and two yeast strains used in the Two. The only difference is that this beer is not nearly as sweet or as strong. Just goes to show that subtlety is key in the German styles.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

golden-orange in color, clear with a slight haze in the center of the glass. smells of vanilla, bananas, honey and caramel. raw grainy flavor.. mealy and nutty with a sugary sweet apricot aftertaste.. yet overall light and crisp. hop bitterness is a nice, noticeable balance in the finish that really comes out of nowhere. dare i say the best in the series, pretty much tied with the love as the only drinkable ones here.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First, a little background. The beers of Bell's Wheat Project 2005 (excepting Wheat Love) are more similar than they are different. All are brewed with 55% wheat malt and 45% barley malt. All share the same three varieties of barley malt in the exact same proportions. The total amount of grain is the same in each, as is the type and amount of hops. The only variables are the number and varieties of wheat malt used and the number and varieties of yeast used (two in Wheat Two Ale, four in Wheat Four Ale, etc).

Hazy apricot with a huge load of fine yeast. The head is 'lightly toasted cracker' beige in color and filled the top half of my nonic pint glass after the pour. I bet this beer would look great in a weizen glass; I'll have to keep that in mind for the rest of the series. Less than expected lace dampens my enthusiasm for the appearance just a little, especially when subsequent pours murk things up beautifully.

This is one of the wheatiest smelling wheat beers that I've ever run across. I'm having trouble coming up with a more detailed description than that... it just smells like wheat to me. Whether that's a good thing or not is less clear. I welcome the freshness of it, but I need something else. I think the best APWAs are the most highly hopped APWAs. My fear after smelling Wheat Two is that it will be lowly hopped.

The beer tastes as wheaty as it smells. For whatever reason, I'm finding that characteristic more appealing on the palate than I did in the nose. Wheat Two is some combination of a malt intensive, barely hopped pale wheat and an authentic hefe weizen. Since the brewers didn't ladle on the hops (which aren't entirely absent), the least they could do was to give us some flavorful yeast. Thankfully, they did.

Clove dominates, although it would quake in fear if faced by an uber strain from Deutschland. Banana esters are in the background and rate no more than a 2.0/5.0 on my (hefe) weizen banan-o-meter. I'm impressed by the quantity and quality of the malt used. This is a delicious, full-flavored, full-bodied beer that satisfies in numerous ways. Hell, I'll even forgive the brewers for laying off the hops.

The mouthfeel is on the generous side, especially given the style. It's too full to be a classic lawnmower beer, but that just means that it can be enjoyed no matter what the calender says. The fine-gauged carbonation is pretty close to perfect as far as I'm concerned.

As the opening salvo in Wheat Project 2005, Wheat Ale Two is a more than respectable effort. Although it's a long way from the radiance of some of Bell's other offerings, that doesn't mean it deserves to be overlooked. Consider my appetite whetted and my interest piqued.

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Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy peach with a short white head, fine lacing. Fruity aroma with a raw wheat character and a mild clove spiciness. Fruit carries into the flavour, low bitterness, bready yeast, some caramel, with spice in the finish. Light body, slightly drying, even texture. An enjoyable beer - crisp with some great flavour. This would be great in the summer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Poured a one and a half finger head with a bit o' recession, but maintained a filmy foam throughout. Lacing was a constant with this beer, but slowed down bit by bit as the beer got warmer. Coloring was more like a German pilsner than the wheat or weiss beers that I'm more accustomed to. Golden with a slight, SLIGHT haziness to it. light film was left on the inside of the glass.

Smell- Smells like mama's bakign whole grain wheat bread in the oven. Except she used a tad too much yeast for the loaf. This not a brew you want to let get too warm, although it does bring out a much more wheaty character to the beer.

Taste- Reminds me oa notch less from the weiss category and more towards the pilsner side. But this great blend of light hops and bready malts makes this beer very drinkable. Wouls go great with a lot of different meals or soemthing to enjoy after a long day at the rat races.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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 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 GCBrewingCo
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass fairly clear with some particulates in the amber straw colored brew. The head was wispy and white but made an attempt at lacing the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a strong wheat impression, a bit of clove spice and some caramel.

The flavor was wheat with a bit of malty caramel presence thrown in. The clove of the aroma was lesser in the flavor and helped to add a crispness to the brew. The flavor also contained a nice fruity character. The bittering was just enough to keep the wheat and any sweetness at bay.

The finish was dry but not drying with a lasting impression of wheat and a very low and slight bit of spice. The aftertaste was negligible. The body was just below medium. A good solid wheat beer.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks beerinator!

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Photo of Viggo
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden, lots of particles, small white head forms, some nice lace. Smell is honey, citrus, grass, yeast, its a little bit fruity. Taste is caramel, citrus, honey and yeast. Mouthfeel is lowbody with low carbonation. More than decent beer, thanks DrJay.

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

Creamy wheat aroma, appearance, and taste. Smooth drink.Nice bubbly head with lace. Some banana, citrus, understated spices, suitable carbonation,pleasant bitterness, lots of malt offset, milkshake finish.Good medium body. A nice one. Thanks Dr. Jay.

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Photo of weeare138
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy golden orange with a fluffy white head that retains nicely. Lots of thick, heavy lace is left around the top of the glass.
Smell is wheat, yeast, orange peel, clove, and just a mild bit of funkiness that is detectible but stays within the Bell's realm of aromas.
Taste is a mix of yeasty, bready wheat and mild orange and clove.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and yeasty with a small amount of sweet and bitter and small amounts of prickliness.
Drinkability is of a decent brew. It just seems a bit too yeasty to me. I like this much more than the Wheat 8 I had at the Brewpub. There was the same funkyness that smelled like spent yeast phenols and plastic but this was much more milder than the 8.

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

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a hazy golden coloration. The head was very thick at first. The head resolved itself into a light film that was left behind on the glass in thick lacing.

Smell: Sweet fields of wheat in a glass. Very nice citrus combo going into wheat.

Taste: Malty wheat sweetness combined with a nice citrus treat.

Mouthfell: This beer is meduim bodied with a very full bodied taste. Sweetness that gives way to tartness.

Drinkability: This beer is a very drinkable wheat treat.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Darkover for hooking me up. Golden-orange color with a compact off-white head. Thin, spotty lacing. The aroma is mildly fruity and malty. Light-bodied and fairly lively, with light yeast, wheat and malt flavors. The finish is smooth and has a hint of citrus with a sweet aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable overall.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle received from Frozensoul327

Pours a hazy orange-straw color with a white head that fades.Mild lacing on the glass.

Smells fantastic! Very bready with banana and clove woven in. Smells like I want a wheat beer to smell.

Tastes almost just like it smells. A very nice bready taste upfront that's followed by a great banana and clove fruitiness. It finishes slightly dry and the fruitiness lingers which makes me just want more.

Body is very full and satisfying. It really compliments the flavor well.

This is a great wheat beer. I could drink one of these every day and not get tired of it. I wish I could get it locally.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden yellow color with a slimming cap of whitish hue. A fluffy collar stays at the edge. Drippy lace; not much sticking.

Aroma is dullishly snappy and wheaty, semi yeasty, plasticy, with a bit of banana.

Taste is pale and subdued with a favorable wheat base thats fairly smooth the whole way through. Finishes with a light yeasty dry twist and fluffed grainyness.

Feel is a bit underwhelming if not all together rounded in a wheat malt base. Light to medium in body with a light wheaty texture thats akin to a hefe in many regards.

Very drinkable brew. A decent pale wheat.

Note: Taste tested comparison with back to back mixed samples of the 4, 6, and 8 wheat beers.

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Photo of maxpower
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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 santoslhalper
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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 PeatReek
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7083.

Aroma: clean fruity nose, slight clove scent. Smells fresh. Little to no hops in the aroma.

Taste: fruity. clove & a hint of banana; soft maltiness with a crisp finish.

Appearance: Thin white head dissoves quickly to a ring. Clear for a wheat beer, nice bold yellow color with a tinge of amber.

Mouthfeel: light body. Smooth but not oily; prominent carbonation helps with the "crips" taste perception.

Overall a nice weizenbier, though no aspect sticks out as particularly stunning. Superbly drinkable on a hot summer afternoon, I'll bet.

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Photo of Realale
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear medium gold. Bright white, slightly sticky fine head settles slowly to a complete cap and leaves nice lacing.

Very yeasty on the nose with a hearty dose of clove. A bit of crusty fresh baked bread provides the malt component. Pleasant, but not overly complex.

Medium-full in the mouth. Very nice balance between the malt, yeast and phenolic flavors. Finish is long and yeasty, with the clove eventually becoming dominant.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, as a relatively low level of carbonation lends a lovely softness. Solid wheat beer, and one that it would be easy to consume in quantity.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting hybrid of wheat styles, a cross between a wit, a dunkel and a plain American wheat.

Pours a very hazy straw gold in color with a frothy white head that didn't hold up for long. Nose is very wit-like, citrusy/spicy. Taste is similar with that familiar dark wheat underbelly, very odd tasting these two things in the same glass, definatly a style bender. Quite syrupy, coats the mouth long after swallowed. Quite drinkable overall.


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Photo of blackie
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour into my imperial pint creates a low white head that quickly recedes, leaving just a collar around the glass. The beer is a cloudy, golden hay color.

smell: Big yeasty and sweet wheat aromas up front, in addition to plenty of ripe banana. Some mango and apricot present. Hops are low and somewhat spicy, and there is a light citrus character.

mouthfeel: Carbonation is on the low end of the high range. The body is light, but not watery. There is something strange about a mouthfeel, I get a slight slick, syrupy feel in my mouth after the swallow.

taste: I first notice the sweet ripe banana flavors against the light wheat backbone. Just the right amount of unassuming hop bitterness provides balance. The finish is yeasty and somewhat chalky with a slight bitterness lingering. A tasty wheat beer.

drinkability: Flavorful and easily quaffable. Something about the mouthfeel limits the drinkability, however. A solid american wheat no doubt, with, in my mind, some similarity to hefeweizen.

The dating code 7083 printed on the back label indicates that my bottle was bottled on October 4, 2005. Obtained this bottle from CRJMellor as part of SS '05.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.82/5  rDev -27.3%
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 xgrigorix
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Bright, lighter shade of orange. Slightly hazy. Thin white coloured head. Spotty lace.

Lemons, bready, some phenols & spice make up an interesting nose.

Spritzy, lemony, touch of cloves. Biscuit, hint of phenolic. Light touch of hops - kind of grassy. Lively, smooth, medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. A basic wheat beer, but done very well.

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Photo of ChiSox05
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A dimmed golden color /w a long standing 1/4" head down from an effervescent inch on the initial pour.

A strong, bright wheat aroma, image popped in my head of a box of Total cereal. Also a yeast scent that reminded of some Belgians but less sharp, less citric.

Tastes of wheaty bran, some lemon rind. Light up front maltiness and some on the palate afterwards. Wheat bran breadiness with all the tastes working well together and then spiciness on the end that is rigid but very slight.

Light to medium mouthfeel, medium body probably from the wheat and yeast. Medium carbonation and a finishing sour, dryness that makes the next sip wanted.

My second of the series that I'm guessing will be my favorite. Very enjoyable, Bell's hit this one right on the head. Hope they can keep this out year round.

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