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)

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Added by Brian700 on 10-28-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

About time this showed up in our area, other places are getting Wheat 6, we finally get 2. Go figure.

This plops out of the bottle into a Hoegaarden chalice an orangey copper, rich and gooey in the glass with suspended yeasties and a small moon-like head.

The aroma is a tantalizing blend of classic hefeweizen bananna and clove, intermingling with the more mundane 'American Wheat' style fruit; lemon, orange. This resides atop a grainy, husky malt base with hints of cooking, white rice.

Wow, this is amazingly tasty for a style of beer i've pretty much written off. Silky smooth malt properties - now that I think about it probably the most smooth wit/hefe/wheat i've had in ages. Some of the traditionally Bell's gooey/gummy yeast profile but completely whalloped my humble expectations.

Orange-y hop burps follow. Very drinkable, if not addictive. This isn't something i'll necessarily think about grabbing when its 20 degrees outside.

But I might just buy a full sixer of American Wheat style beer. Now that's saying something. Gotta love Bell's. They could make an adjunct lager that would be worth savoring.

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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 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 Bighuge
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky and muddied copper appearance. Thin bubbly white head. Very little lace left behind. Nice nose of fresh yeast, ginger, esters, wheat. The flavor is quite yeasty. Nice. A little pepper. Some estery notes. Slight banana. Nice taste. Body is better than medium. Carbonation adequately propped up. All around solid beer.

Looking forward to the next 4 beers in this series. One question though, and maybe it has been asked already...Why did they choose late fall to bring this series on?? These types of beers would just fucking KILL in the summertime.

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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 Golden2wenty1
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a semi-cloudy golden yellow with a tall white head. Not as cloudy as most wheats I've encountered though. Nose is mild - banana esters, light clove, and grassy wheat. Taste follows suit, mild banana-citrus esters, clove, and wheat. Mouthfeel was a little thin. Overall this is a pretty tame wheat. Drinkable, but I expect bigger and better things from subsequent numbered wheats.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big creamy rocky white head that has excellent staying power and good lace. Body is hazy and deep golden in color. Aromas of banana, mild clove and a bit of malt. Tastes of sweet malt with subdued banana and a bit of clove. A bit of hoppy bitterness lurking in here too. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation, but is still very smooth with a clean finish.

Bell’s wheat experiment is going to be a lot of fun and informative as well. This first installment strikes a good balance between subdued esters and moderate sweetness. I can’t wait to try its siblings.

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Photo of sopor
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Active brew with a thin white forthy head that will retain a thin film judging by the extremely active carbonation rising in my chalicae through a clear gold fading to yellow interrupted only by some fine sediment. Yeast smell and a hint of banana among other fruity esthers under a twang of sour.

Not dry, but bitter and slightly sout. Wheat, yeast and a hiont of some dry fruity esthers, no banana this time, accompanied by soft yet bitter to resinous hops. Ends with just the slightest note of sour again. I was hoing for and expecting a sweeter brew by the nose, but this grew on me.

Light body and surprsingly light carbonation.

Not my first choice in this line of beer, but if I wanted one not so sweet, Larry Bell would have my back with this brew!

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Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice cloudy orange with a thick off white head.

Smell was dominated by strong orange citrus odors with hints of wheat and a strong yeast smell.

Taste is a very nice crisp light wheat flavor with hints of orange and lemon with just enough hop bitterness to keep it from beging at all sweet. Balanced and good.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and very high on the carbonation.

Drinkability is good on this solid wheat offering. Looking forward to the next 4 in the series.

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Photo of malty
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright cloudy golden orange color with a decent 1" loose white head. Awesome sheets of lace.

Smells like a wheat beer: cloves, yeasty esters & citrus notes. Swirled it around a few times - scents are very fresh.

The flavors are more rounded than what the nose projected. Very healthy dose of soft & sweet wheat malt coupled with that nice & spicy clove component. Virtually no lemon zest/citrus flavors are detected. Very malty and dense.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Fine carbonation that is very subdued. Medium body with a soft & velvety texture.

Drinkability is very high. I could drink numerous pints of this without feeling cheated.

Overall a fantastic 'First-Up' in this Wheat Series. You can't (and shouldn’t) put Oberon in the same sentence as this ale. I'm very anxious to try 4, 6, 8 & 'Love'. Good job Bell's.

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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 adams82
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a "Guinness Style" pint glass. Pours cloudy with an amber-orange color, with a wonderful creamy white head. Carbonation is evident as the tiny bubbles swim their way to the surface.

S - Fruity and slightly spicy smell. Banana's stick out while lemons sneak up on you. Some hops, a little yeast and a faint pepper smell come from behind, balancing out the initial sweetness. Mmmm, nice! A sign of great things to come?

T - Not as fruity as the nose made it out to be. A slightly spicy taste crosses the tounge first, rounded out by a grainly sweetness. Hops kinda fall into the middle on this one.

M - Creamy mouthfeel. It feels like the head looks. Nice and easy!

D - A nice flavor and excellent mouthfeel really make this a beer that is easy to enjoy.

A nice offering and an interesting experiment. Another reviewer stated this comes across more like a Witbier and I will second that, I really thought of Bell's Winter White when I first prepared for the review. But still, a nice brew and I look forward to the rest of the Wheat Project brews.

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Photo of putnam
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bronze liquid. Cream colored finger of tight foam melts straight away. Aromas of overripe bananas and cracked, raw grain. Incipient bubblegum and raw spice character. Bold, creamy mouthfuls attack sweet, issue delicate herbal and nut flavors, and then turn abruptly dry leaving bitter, oily flavors that hold the finish hostage. It should be possible for Bell's enthusiasts and other beer drinkers, especially with substantial food at hand, to overlook this one unpleasant detail in an otherwise beautiful beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a warm straw yellow body with a faint hazy to it. The head is a very creamy white pillow that sits on top for a while. The carbonation is a few gentle tiny bubbles.

S- Soft smells of slight sweet perfume with some faint hints of hops. There is some faint bubblegum notes that balance with the other aromas.

T- This beer has a smooth soft grain taste that balances with a spicy hops flavor. This has a nice soft faint bread note to it and finishes with a slight sweetness. There is a slight pear hint to the malt flavor as it warms.

M- The mouthfeel feels like a medium-full mouthfeel even though the taste is light. No alcohol warmth or astringency

D- This is a great Belgian Pale Ale that has an American influence to it. Even thought the wheat and malt flavors are soft they still have good complexity of many different flavors. The hops fit very well with the beer and they are not real citrus or piney hops but add a nice spiciness to the beer. This should be a great series if this is any indication.

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Photo of battlekow
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comparing Wheat Two and Wheat Four directly.

Both are unfiltered and quite cloudy; the Wheat Two is the lighter of the pair, with a smaller head. Wheat Two is very estery, and its frothy mouthfeel makes it seem a bit like a banana smoothie.

Overall, Wheat Two is just a nice, solid APWA, not nearly as robust, or as interesting, as Wheat Four.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I could only afford the Wheat Four last night, so of course I got this tonight. It is much less cloudy than the Wheat4. Huge head on this golden beer. Aroma of sweet bananas, some wheat, and pale malt.

The taste is great. It mirrors the smell, and I do not notice any hops. Almost a semi-sweet finish, almost. I did not realize how much I love wheat beers. The mouthfeel is light and crisp. The bubbles are small and light. The drinkability is a five. I said that the Wheat4 would be a lawnmower beer. Forget it, this is the one.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, one of the better American Wheat beers I've had in a very long time. Has the look of a Wheat, just a little darker on the barley malt side. Still has good head retention and lacing. Mildly estery and fruity on the nose with mild spiciness and a medium malt sweetness. Flavors are smooth and rounded without becoming too citrusy or spicy. Textures are nice. Good creaminess, smoothness and softness--typical of good Wheats. Finishes clean and soft. Little lingering sweetness.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking from a St. Bernardus Witbier glass. Foreshadowing or wishful thinking?

A turpid pour eventually reveals a cloudy, light yellow brew, capped with lacey, pure white foam.

Aroma: lovely, lively, utterly engaging nose, a whiff of banana, lilting lemon, fresh and friendly, soft and sweet...seems more like a witbier than a German weizen...

Soft and sensual once in the mouth, but very light in body. Bright and luscious, but fairly forgettable once off the palate. While in, however, nothing but joy. Light spiciness, a glimmer of clove.

A basic wheat, but brilliantly executed....making me anticipate the results of this odd experiment even more. Luckily, the next step is waiting in the fridge...Wheat 4, here I come!

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Photo of proc
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a nice soft golden color in the glass with a good-sized head. Aroma is somewhat lemony and citrusy in general. The taste reminds me of a hefe-wit with a nice, light taste that exhibits traces of fruit like lemon and orange to me. The body holds up quite well and doesn't have the "signature" Bell's yeast profile to it. Its drinkability is outstanding. You could drink these all night long. Very thirst quenching.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy peach color with a finger of head that falls to a patchy coat over top. Nose is very wheaty and slightly lemony citrus. I want to say there are notes of banana and clove in there...very faint, but there. Flavor is big wheat, wit ha light crisp lemon and light clove. I like the contrast in flavors. Feel is solid moderate, light creamyness with a moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a tasty beer. It doesn't quite know what it wants to me. I get qualities of a hefe, a wit, and an American wheat. I like the combination.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz batch# 7083 which reads as bottled on 10-04-05 per the Bell's website. Poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy, burnt gold with one finger of white that slowly falls to a layer of foam and leaves sheets of lace in its wake.

The nose is malted wheat, lemon zest, spice that comes close to coriander and slight floral hops. Nice blend of Wit and standard Wheat aromas.

The taste follows the same lines as the aromas. The wheat comes up first and is balanced nicely with the barley, a quick citrus note followed by a growing bitterness from the hops, yet the malts stay for the whole ride. Finishes dry and a little spicy with the house yeast strain making itself known in the after taste.

The mouth is fuller than most american wheats, but not out of style. The drinkability is really good. This could be a really good session or dinner beer. This was a pleasant surprise. I tend to shy away from Wits, and I was expecting this to have a mostly Wit profile, but it has enough Wheat style to keep me interested. I found the aromas and mouth on this to be better than the 4.

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Photo of trumick
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a thin white head that dissapates slowly leaving spots of lace.

Scent is of wheat malts, fruity-citrus, corriander and intense yeast.

Taste follows the nose with bready wheat malts, light fruity accents which hints of citrus to me, and a slightly bittering corriander-pepper finish. It all melds quite well.

Mouthfeel is smooth light to medium bodied and just the right amount of carbination.

Drinkability is outstsanding. I could drink these things all day, and have someone pick me up more on the next beer run.

Another home run from Bells. I like wheat beers, but not Oberon which this is not. This one is in the top 5 on my wheat beer list and recomended.

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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 Skidz
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out cloudy golden-yellow and sits a murky gold-amber in the glass with a firm, creamy white head, fading slowly to a light skim with a good amount of lacings around the glass.

Smells curiously fruity with hints of orange peel and lemon throughout. Crisp wheat background with doughy strands of yeast.

Flavor is supported by a core of wheat and accompanying doughy yeast. Lemon zest, orange peel and bits of grapeseed scamper about. Builds into a mildly bitter finish with hints of grasses throughout.

Light body yet supportively creamy in the mouth with fine carbonation in medium levels.

I can enjoy this, and I've been rather unimpressed with many American wheats, so this is definately a score for Bell's. I really have nothing bad to say about it as this is a very fine wheat. Looking forward to the next installments.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz, bought a 6-pack at Steve's in Madison, batch 7083

appearance: pours a pretty impressive pale golden orange color, very murky and cloudy with a huge creamy white head and thick lacing

smell: nice and wheaty, huge citrusy aromas in the nose...some tangerine and apricot, nice yeast aromas, banana, "belgian"

taste: nice and fruity, tropical, citrus-tangerine,orange, apricot, belgian yeasty flavor, some banana. plenty of wheat, especially in the aftertaste... quite enjoyable!

mouthfeel: smooth and refreshing, good carbonation

drinkability: pretty drinkable

This is a nice release from Bell's, a little outside of their box, so to speak. I love the idea behind the wheats project, only question the timing.

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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