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

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Wheat Six AleWheat Six Ale

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by kmpitz2 on 11-12-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 89 |  Reviews: 87
Reviews by proc:
Photo of proc
3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours out to an dark orange to an amberish color in the glass with a decent-sized head. The aroma is that of spice, almost clovelike with baking bread in the background. The taste was decent, but somewhat average. This starts off like a brown ale but finishes with the banana-like taste of a summer hefe. It confused my palate, but your mileage may vary. A good, solid offering in the wheat series, but a notch below the 2 and 4.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Burnt. Almost dunkeweisish. Very carmelly. Very burnt. Rather acrid aftertaste. Medium cloudy brown, very nice thick white head. Gaseous. Dates and caramel dominate the flavor. Nuts come in to the aftertaste but they are as burnt as the burnt malts in the front. Muddled. I like it…better than the 4 at least. Not as good as the 8.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Bell's Wheat Six Ale pours into my Sierra Nevada tulip glass a deep dark reddish brown color with a huge bubbly, cragly three finger head of foam atop the brew. Ruby orange highlights as light passes through. Aromas of roasted wheat grains with a clove like spiciness as well as banana. Hints of caramel and a bit of an earthy character. It's not really pulling me in.

First sip brings somewhat roasted, toasty wheat grain character along with some cloves and spices. I get a sort of abrasive breadiness midway through each sip that's a bit off putting to me. A touch of caramel, banana and dark fruits with an earthy, Belgian-esque yeast flavor. Just doesn't seem to jive together as a whole, but it still ends up being a pretty good wheat beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit chalky with lots of carbonation. I'd like to see it be a bit smoother overall. Not a brew that I'd look to go back to, but I'm glad that I had the chance to try it. I'm looking forward to the Eight, and I wish more breweries would do experimental series like this..it's always fun.

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Photo of blitz134
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer three of this series...thanks to AKSmokedPorter

Big hiss on cracking the cap. Head wasn't quite as explosive as the Four. Still big though but settled quickly and a lumpy, large bubbled white foam remained. Lots of carbonation rise up out of the murky caramel body. This one was pretty clear before I turned the bottle up.

Hint of banana again in the aroma. Some spiciness and straw come through as well. A touch of Belgian characteristics. Similar to the two, more inviting than the four. Still simple with not much too it.

Taste...I dont know. This really lacks the typical wheat characteristics outside of only a fleeting bit of yeast. Spiciness is evident to start (or is that the carbonation?) There is some nutiness and earthyness to it in the finish. Not really all that good actually, its just okay.

This is overly carbonated by a lot. It hurts my tongue it so sharp. The body is thin and nothing to it. It prevents the flavor from coming through. Drinkability really takes a huge hit with the carbonation. The flavor is uneventful and almost nonexistant. I dont know what else to say really.

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Photo of merlin48
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doesn't look, or taste like any pale wheat ale I've ever sampled before, which is a good thing given my disdain for the style.
This 12 oz bottle initially pours a hazy, dark burnished orange body with a minimal beige head. Final pour, with the yeast swirled in, produces an opaque muddy brown body with a creamy tan head that lasts the distance and leaves behind some patchy lace.

Intriguing aroma has banana and spicy clove at the forefront, with a prominent note of bubblegum, and a hint of burnt wheat bread.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Taste has the banana,clove, and bubblegum noted in the aroma, with a pleasing character of burnt or charred wheat malts. Almost smoky, but more roasty. Earthy hops provide a balancing bitterness.

Excellent complexity of taste and character. Far better than the Wheat Two Ale, which was more of a traditional American Pale Wheat Ale. This one defies its characterization, but I like it a lot.

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Photo of ADR
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sedimented brownish amber color, like a muddyish tea, seems the Wheats of November are getting darker and thicker. Minimal head, laces in scant and widely separate vertical strings. Complex aroma, vaguely estery but in a vein that reminds me of simmering unsweetened cocoanut milk with ginger and orange. Medium mouthfeel and reserved carbonation. Flavors are wheaty, somewhat stuffy and pastey -- preserved fruit and decided yeast overtones. Sturdy almost toasted flavors later in the profile, a decent finish to a somewhat odd first impression. OK, different, doesn't strike me that well overall.

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Photo of OStrungT
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer from MABZ as part of the 2006 Great Race BIF.

This beer pours a cloudy orangish brown color with a huge fluffly light tan head. I actually thought I had a bad bottle until I tasted it. The head fades very slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a slighty spicy aroma. I detect some cloves. Also, I can detect a banana aroma. This beer has a fruity citrus aroma. Also, some earthy yeast is present.

This beer has an earthy bready yeast flavor to it. It has a slight spicy flavor. Also, like the aroma, I taste some fruity citrus hop flavor. This beer tastes very sweet. It has a very slight honey flavor to it. I am usually not to fond of this style, but this beer is quite good.

This beer is thicker than I expected. It goes down smooth, leaving a bready like aftertaste. This beer is overcarbonated. I think it would have been better if the carbonation was a little less.

This beer would probably be a decent session beer. It has a good flavor, and I assume it is relatively low in alcohol. I would drink it again. Thanks MABZ for another great beer.

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Photo of Shovelbum
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like yeast amber yeast slurry. Robust fluffy orange-brown head over a ruby- orange-brownish hazy body. Decent retention and excellent lace. I can smell the yeasts and fruit esters without even raising the glass. Wow! Strong noise of Belgian and Hefe yeasts, bananas, cloves and other mysterious spices. Slightly sweet in the mouth, toasted malt-- not as tangy as I expected. Wheat flavors mix with grass and hay. A touch of fruit, but fairly mild. Medium body. Mouth feel and finish are smooth.

Strange brew. All the different yeasts’ flavors and aromas are a bit hard to wrap my head/tongue around. That said this is surprisingly smooth for all of the stuff that is being thrown in here (6 yeast strains and 6 different types of wheat). Definitely more mild and drinkable than its quadruped sibling Wheat 4.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a strange)

A-This beer has a hazy aged-copper body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a huge head of creamy light tan foam that last and last.

S- The smell of fresh wheat and some earthy yeasty notes are strong. No notes of fruit or sweetness.

T- The beer has a toasted and lightly roasted wheat flavor with a soft bitter hop finish. There is a dry pale malt hint with some notes of biscuit in the taste of wheat. The finish is a bit dry with some notes of carbonic acid.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a silky texture. No alcohol warmth and the carbonic bite is a good balance with the taste.

D- This is a nice brown wheat beer. It has good qualities of an American wheat beer but there are notes of toasted grain that gives it a nice depth. The favors are soft yet complex and there are no strong fruit flavors which put more focus on the flavors of the grain.

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Photo of cokes
3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitches out a muddy..err.. mud color, someplace between flat brown, orange, and peach. The yellow head is short and clingy.
Nose of oatmeal, flaked chocolate, smoked almonds, and banana-nut pancakes.
From the get-go, this takes on a dusty, nut skin, and cocoa powder persona. Typical wheat hues are here with bran and banana bread. Some caramel presence. Yeast adds pepper, clove, and fruit esters of figs, slate, and silty river discharge. Hops are fuzzy in their bitterness, but only minorly brown and grassy in their flavor.
All told, the flavor profile rests directly among a Nut Brown, a Dubbel, and a Dunkelweizen.
The soupy, yeast-fueled, clotted feel seems generally appropriate here, that with its firmer malt assertion than either the 2 or the 4, and I like it more probably for that reason.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at Woodman's East here in Madison.

Pours a dark murky rusty brown with a finger of creamy khaki head. Nose is surprisingly quite chocolatey, more so than some chocolate stouts I've had and unexpected from a wheat beer - with a hearty dose of grainy yeast. Taste retains some of the nose's chocolatiness, but much more subtley, with the addition of some faint banana and belgian yeasty fruit. Mouthfeel is substantial, almost chewy. This is a pretty tasty dark wheat (not sure why it's categorized as a pale wheat) which is surprisingly drinkable (I did a power hour with the first 5 bottles - yeah I know....college, right?) My favorite of the series so far.

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

12oz bottle, bought a sixer at sadhanna for 8.99, as usual

appearance: super murky amber/brown, a nice beige head (not like the monster overflow head in wheat 4)...these things are getting progressively darker and more mysterious looking...looks kinda like cider

smell: banana, yeasty aromas, some clove, apple juice, toasted malts, clean and earthy aroma

taste: a strong bite of wheat right up front, very bready, barley, heavy on the toasted malts, some caramel, banana/clove/yeasty characteristics that have appeared in all three of these thus far. This is certainly different from the other two and definately better than wheat four.

mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth and refreshing

drinkability: easy drinking

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on November 29, 2005. 12 oz bottle. Darker yet and with more yeast than #4. Pours a deep amber orange with a creamy thin head of brownish. Aroma was a slightly rubbery lemon and clove hexane wheat with some coriander and lots of belgian yeast. Slight sweet sugary malt wafts in the background. Flavor is complex and ruddy, with deep rich burnt sugars, caramel and toffee cloaking a strong run of rich bright fruit; pears and apples. Some diacteyl tones and some rich bready, yeast runs that shrine the beer in deepness. Stronger, with alcohol showing through slightly in the finish. Palate holds a sweet, cloying and almost sticky sensation, with a kick of hop dryness in the background. Delectable and savory, with some level of mysterious demure.

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Photo of bashiba
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy dirty brown color with a thick creamy head with great lacing.

Smell is dominated by citrus and yeast odors.

Taste is dominated by a toasted wheat flavor, some chocolate hints. A bit of fruity belgian yeast flavor also detectable. Very unusual flavor thats for sure.

Mouthfeel is creamy and with a bone dry finish.

Drinkability is decent. The least favorite of the Bell's wheat series so far, but yet so different its worth a try.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wheat Six pours out significantly darker than 2 and 4, in fact, it reminds me of an old ale in colouration. No head though...I don't know what they did to 4, but that was the only one that has had one for me so far. The aroma is thankfully fixed up on 6 though...I can still get a vague, vague rememberence of the skunk from 4, but here the aroma is more malty and yeasty again...the skunk here is just reduced to a slightly grassy aspect and it's actually an enjoyable component as opposed to a show stopping suck factor.

The flavour, again, starts out sweet and then breaks over into malts with caramel aspects (the malts are very dominant here vis a vis 2 and 4) and citrus. The citrus is really subdued again though, which is certainly a good thing. This body of this is extremely smooth and creamy, with almost nothing in the way of hops until the very close, where they provide some of their effects on the top of the mouth. The finish lingers for a while. Nice.

The mouth on this is, again, like the other project beers, thick for the style, which makes it good in my book. Drinkability is back up to good again. This is my favourite of the series so far...thankfully, it reminds me more of 2 than 4...it's still not what I would call overly complex, but I like the over malted aspect of the flavour combined with the thicker mouth.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark copper color, with a huge light tan foamy head. Lots of lacing with this beer. Wheat/yeast is the main smell I get from this beer, but I can also smell a bit of lemon and banana. Taste is wheat/bread, with some spicyness and banana taste too. There's also a slight bitter/sour aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thin, but the beer has too much carbonation that makes it less drinkable. It's similar to the Wheat Four Ale I drank last night, except this one isn't quite as carbonated.

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3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very dark for a wheat ale. Deep brown amber body with a thick fluffy tan head that stays very patiently.

Nose is a fragrent dancing sharp wheat nose full.

This is the first in the series of wheat ales by Bells that Ive tried.

Enters the mouth very smooth with a rich wheat feel and a soft malt backround mixed in well. The wheat feel is slightly raw but not inmature. This is a very mellow and easy drinking brew. Mouthfeel is a soft glazed malty wheat hue. Almost resembles a barlywine twords the end.

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Photo of waldowin
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky amber, fading to gold at the edges. Head is unbelievably massive. about 1/4" of beer made over 3" of foam in a pint glass. The foam is super-dense, bubbles are near invisible, and the head fades extremely slowly, in sticky, wet patches. Glorious.

Smells of grains, caramel, golden raisins, and a hint of spice, almost like a Belgian pale.

Taste is very light, creamy, and mildly spiced. Tastes of raisins, cloves, and a hint of licorice. If it wasn't for the almost bread-like grain flavors, I'd swear it was a Belgian pale.

Mouthfeel is extremely light, and very carbonated. This stuff almost turns to foam in the mouth, surprising after how much of it has *already* turned to foam when pouring. Aftertaste is a bit acidic, but nicely offsets the mild sweetness a sip brings.

This stuff is tasty, no two ways about it. No clue what the ABV is, but it seems to be pretty decent, as I'm feeling a bit of it after half a bottle.

Many thanks to CRJMellor for the opportunity to taste this. Cheers!

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Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour into my imperial pint glass creates a low, light tan head that persists in the form of a thin layer on the surface. The beer is a very cloudy amber color, as I poured in some of the yeast.

smell: Smells of dark wheat, wheat bread, overripe banana, and light fruit (sour apple?). The hops are green and provide a nice aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lighter end of the high range, and the body a heavy light with a slight slickness.

taste: Light wheat flavors, some citrus, yeast, wheat bread. Light fruitiness. The bitterness is more than adequate. The finish is dry and astringent.

drinkability: Ok, but the finish limits drinkability somewhat.

The batch ID # 7119 printed on the back label of my bottle indicates a bottling date of November 2, 2005. Received from CRJMellor as part of SS '05. Reminds me of a dunkelweizen.

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Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, light walnut - close enough to qualify as a dark wheat in my book. Complex malt flavors, despite the darker color, no caramelization or partiuclarly roasted notes - just a bunch of malt. Notwithstanding, the beer retained a lighthearted character, with spicy yeast flavors in abundance - a celebratory beer. If only I could manage to get all the versions together for a vertical.

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Photo of carln26
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

By far, the darkest of this wheat series (yet to review the 8). It was a deep amber topped by a fluffy white head that settled quickly and left an attractive lace on the side of the glass. As with many wheats the nose was dominated by mild banana and clove with just a hint of caramel on the finish. The taste was a different story. Wow, a touch of smoke up front. Caramel is there, yes, but this is taken to the extreme. Very dark, roasted caramel. Pralines, light fig. Very interesting beer for a wheat. Slick, smooth mouth feel. Very drinkable.

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Photo of plaid75
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark cloudy copper hue with a full hand of foamy caramel head. There was seriously excellent retention and sticky lacing. Be careful when you pour this one - explosive foam.

The smell had a slightly metallic and heavily wheaty and bready character.

The taste was similar to a thick piece of toasted wheat bread. A very nice toasted wheat flavor, heavy with yeast. Mild alcohol presence detected.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy. Relatively dry finish.

Overall a very interesting spin on the wheat beer. Not so much your typical wheat in that this is more of a cold weather brew. Very good nonetheless.

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Photo of Cresant
2.73/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams shaped glass. Packaged on: 11-2-05. Explosive foam when I poured this one. The body did settle clear after a few minutes. An intense bead of carbonation arose. Sludge remain in the bottom of the bottle. The body was a clear golden brown. The head remained throughout.

Smell was slightly sour. Grains. Detergent-like. Fermenting sour-tang. Wheat. Peppery.

Taste was sweet, pie-crust-like. A little cough syrup. Soggy wheat bread. Not altogether appealing. Interesting what age has done to this one.

Mouthfeel was thin to medium, the carbonation was spent on the intense head.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle acquired through a great trade with xgrigorix.
Pours a cloudy caramel with a hefty tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Very pretty beer.
Fruity and esthery on the nose, with loads of banana and orange peel.
The same flavors come through from the aroma, with hints of citrus, coriander and pepper.
Mouthfeel is creamy and puffy, as was expected. Pretty good and drinkable. Reminded me of something to enjoy while playing pool at a late night bar in the middle of summer. Had just before the wheat love. This one seemed slightly more complicated, with more citrus notes and a drier finish.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was acquired in trade thanks to jpm30. This one isn't quite as bad as the Wheat 8, but it's not exactly good either.

Pours to a very interesting color. It is a hazy nut brown amber color with a thick and creamy white head that lasts for quite some time. Lacing is spotty, but decent.

The smell is almost non-existent. What little bit exists smells like sweet roasted wheat malt. Not exactly what I'm looking for in a wheat.

The taste was just the same. Lots of roasted wheat malt takes center stage while a hint of banana and clove fade into the background, which is the one thing that makes this better than the Wheat 8 [the fact that anything can be tasted other than roasted wheat].

The body is fairly light but creamy. Very crisp. Not very refreshing. If anything can be learned by the Bell's Wheat series it is complexity is not necessarily a good thing in a style in which subtety is boss. I think it would be cool to try this experiment (or a similar experiment) with different styles, but keep the wheat beers simple please; unless you're going for a Wheat Wine, then by all means give me something interesting.

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