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

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Bell's Wheat Six AleBell's Wheat Six Ale

Brewed by:
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
Photo of mcallister
4.4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer opened with a pop. Huge amounts of carbonation. Head filled my entire Franziskaner hefe glass. Yet I have to say this is a damn good looking beer. Carbonation bubbles rise to the top of the dark copper color as fast as a Spaniard in the running of the bulls. The head is huge thick, carbonated as hell and off white tannish. Liquid is clear and clean of the filtered variety.

Big spicey aromas, toffee and caramel galore. Clove, hints of corriander, and lemon. Of course some wheat and slight malt.

Man this is my favorite of the bunch of the wheat series. Thick, chewy, caramel goodness, very malty, huge toffee. High acidity, the spicy components of the nose are no where to be found in the taste. One of the better APWA I've ever tried. If not for the overly carbonated mouthfeel this is a top scorer. Very balanced and complex otherwise. A damn good drinkable beer.

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Photo of putnam
4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rusty brown dirt colored liquid offers little in the way of lather. Scented of raw red apples, tea and black pepper. Leather and allspice too. Faintly: mint, hemp blooms and lemon. Even, graphite and charcoal bitterness from top to bottom. Opposite this there is simple, alcohol-derived sweetness. Cinnamon candy backward. Hushed, patient fizz plays well with other elements. Chalky and bitter finish.

I like the first three Wheats in this series about equally, though they are dramatically different. Only stubborn bitterness sets them apart from Bavarians, both dark and light, such as the ones from Weihenstephan or Schneider. I sense KBC may have turned a corner, possibly reclaiming the artistry and execution of a bygone era. No one would be happier than me.

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Photo of malty
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch# 7119

Pours a cloudy copper-orange with a ruby tint that almost glows. Small loose halo of off-white head. After a few swift swirls the head grows to 1". Nice lacing.

Nice fresh scents of musty yeasty goodness - a Belgian yeasty goodness at that. Clovey notes hover over a peppery yeast scent. Zesty citrus notes jump from a dim vanilla sweetness.

The flavors are refreshing and quick; Cloves, vanilla, tart citrus, powdered sugar dusted anise hard candy - but the anise is VERY faint. Earthy flavors of damp wood, but not smokey in the least. Spicy and zesty flavors of black pepper atop sourdough.

Mouthfeel is spectacular. Playful carbonation at just the right level. Medium bodied with a deft dry and somewhat chalky finish.

Drinkability is great. With the fresh and quick flavors, there's nothing to build-up on the tongue and become overbearing.

Overall my favorite Bell's Wheat Project beer so far. A great dunkelweisse interpretation with a jeering Bell's twist. These beers are not brewed with hefe yeast, which is apparent in the flavor. But what Bell's accomplishes with the yeasts they use is quite a feat. Hats off to this one!

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Photo of ryantupy
4.28/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a very fast developing head that was light brown and nice and frothy. The beer poured a maple brown color that was very attractive looking. It smelled of cherries, dark fruit, wheat, straw, and caramel toffee. It tasted in my opinion very good again with its notes of coffee, toffee, dark fruit, smoky wheat flavor. It was good and carbonated with a smokey finish and a very oily mouthfeel. I found this to be a unique beer that stood out from most wheat beers. Would go great with a cigar.

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Photo of benito
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Six poured a murky bloodred, paler around the edges and dark in the center as though to keep the heart of it hidden until an actual taste was taken. The lack of head surprised me, particularly after having had to scoop foam out of my Wheat Four, and what little froth there was dissipated quickly, leaving only a small ring and swirl throughout the pint.

Dough seemed to me to be the dominant scent in the bouquet, accompanied well by a gentle sweetness (fruits, honey, coconut maybe). As soon as I take a taste, a smile comes across my face. This has all of the same wonderful characteristics as Wheat Two--highly refreshing, nice balance and sweetness, incredible smoothness--but it's heavier and more substantial throughout. The slightly bitter aftertaste linger in the back on the tongue asking to be relieved by another swig which has a fleshy nuttiness as well as the as-expected hints of banana bread and citrus (lemon) spritz.

This is the best of the Wheat Series so far, in my opinion...and strangely, it's starting to look like a typical family: Wheat Six is the perfect big brother to Wheat Two, her protege and heir apparent. And they're radically different from middle child Wheat Four, who's bitter, raucous, and needs counseling.

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

Batch 7119 Bell's Wheat Six Ale was packaged on November 2, 2005 from the General Store behind the Eccentric Cafe.

Pours with half liter of Head that slowly falls revealing a clear red brown wheat slowly ascending beads of carbonation. Sweet aroma hints of the half dozen yeasts used by the brothers of Bell's Wheat project. Ragged lace marks the high tide of light tan dense foam that slowly becomes rocky as it falls. Wheat taste - made using 55% Wheat (either wholly or mostly malted) and 45% Barley malt (White wheat, Dark wheat, Toasted wheat sprouts, Torrefied wheat, Red wheat, Caramel wheat malt)

As soon as the headspace is available in the 0.5 L sohm Erdinger weissbrau glass the second half of the bottle is swirled hard and a milky "Hefe" combines with the clear red brown of the first pour. Aroma are more characteristic of the belgian yeasts that I have brewed with - WLP500 Trappist, WLP530 Abbey, WLP550 Belgian, WLP570 Golden and one less familiar that I have not used to date - WLP410 Belgian Wit II. Bell’s house ale strain seems burried by these. Knowing how agressive they can ferment I am amazed how little fusels were formed. A drying finish follow each quaff. The serving temp is on the warmer side @ 60 - 68°F and the "sniffer" shaped upper 1/3 of the Erdinger glass concentrates the esters and 4VG phenol that play in the nose. Medium mouth feel fills the mouth with roundness. A little pepper follows that hard to produce flavor profile which neither bananna nor clove emerge. Supurb!

This is one of the series that is a must try - along with my favorite Love.
Like most Belgians it is giving me the munchies. Playing around with my software I find a 10 pound grain bill for a 5.5 gal batch would yeild a SG around 1.050 and abv of just below 6% with a FG of 1.008.

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Photo of Skidz
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out hazy burnt-amber and sits a murky amber-brown in the glass with a good sized light tan head, fading to a light skim holding to the edges with few lacings to speak of.

Smells thick and wheaty with pronounced toasted edges. Low flying hints of figs run underneath a nearly unnoticable alcoholic twang. Hot brown leaves add a touch of spicy aromas.

Tastes lightly sweet up front with soft, sublte fruty notes of apples and pears blending with a rich, all-encompasing, wheat-focused malt flavor. Tosses out bits of nuttiness on a dry, wooden platform. Mild grassy flavors lend a soft and balancing bitterness to the finish.

Soft, medium body with mild, rounded carbonation. Easily managed.

Hightly enjoyable and definately quaffable. All character is in controll and well-balanced and there is quite a bit to this one.

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Photo of granger10
4.16/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The third installment of the wheat series opurs a very odd murky orange-brown color with nary a head on it. Clove aroma and spicy, yeasty phenols are dominant. A bit of a Belgian farmhouse characteristic. Prunes are in there, wheaty cereal grains really become noticeable as the beer warms. Slightly acidic in the aroma as well.

Banana and clove are present in the body but the flavor is more fruity on the palate than I thought it would be. Some wit characteristics come out here and there. Recedes to a plum/chocolate combination on the finish.

Mouthfeel is quality. A bit of a dissapointment with the lack of head but the beer really didn't suffer. A somewhat fuller body yet the flavors worked together so this beer went down smooth. This has some characteristics of the Aventinus and also some Wit characteristics. Intriguing and quite good. Recommended.

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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, right?) My favorite of the series so far.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. It pours a hazy medium brown color with only one finger of head. There is minimal lacing on the glass. The smell has a slight roasted character, with a little nuttiness, and some banana esters. A very pleasant aroma. The taste also has that slight roasty character. More esters coming through. It's like a nutbrown/weizen blend. The finish has a good amount of hops to it. It's balanced well. The mouthfeel is thick and strong. The drinkability is great. A nice American wheat.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great concept. As other beer styles experiment, why can't wheats? Pours a much darker amber - brown color than expected in a wheat. Aromas of strong wheat and barley with big yeasty and toasty notes. Flavors of barley shows imediately on the toung, followed by wheat malt. Then comes in the bananna, bubblegum, esters, bready and toasty. A lot going on in here. Maybe too much. It looses the cleanliness that is famous in Wheats. Moderately bittered cleans the beer, but still too sweet and malty. A lot of competition from barley sweetness to wheat cleanliness. Still, good experiment. Can't wait to sample the Wheat 8.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Turbid, carmelized orange color...interesting...never seen one like this...head is gone almost immediately.

Aroma is a sweet, spicy blend, instantly reminding me of a weizenbock. Dark fruits and citrus tango together, tangy, with tingling hops lighting up this nose. I just keep smellin' it...deep and fruity...

Smooth into the mouth, but commanding of the palate. Goes down easy, but has a fullness of flavor. About medium bodied, tangible wheat texture, bouyed by unbeatable fruit blend throughout the taste, a mix of grapes and berries, with spritzes of grapefruit and orange. Light citric, slightly bitter finish, lasts long on the tongue.

Intriquing. Don't think I like this as well as #4, but it has plenty of appeal, just not too profound an impact. A good beer. Wonder where #8 will take us, though?

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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 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 Frozensoul327
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The third. Poured out to a darker orange autumn color with a decent creamy head that calmed to little more than some whisps of foam on the top of the beer. Medium low level of carbonation. Aromas of yeast, wheat, hickory and earth were very enjoyable, albeit a touch weak. Taste was solid; flavors of wheat, yeast, cocoa and coffee. Odd. Very different from the first two. Mouthfeel was quite smooth and a touch creamy. Went down very well. Overall drinkability is decent; this brew kind of moved away from what two and four built on. It's a good beer, but in terms of being a connective link to the other beers, it seems a bit astray. Still worth a try.

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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 TastyTaste
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

So I skipped ahead a little in the Wheat Beer series. Here's 6.

Appearance: Nice huge head, 2 1/2" of offwhite foam. The body is murky and dark brown, lots os hazy suspension.

Smell: Banana, clove, carmel.

Taste: Coffee, in a dark wheat beer? There are some hints, and it is quite good. Carmel, clove, and chocolate very good, I like it better than the 2.

Mouthfeel: Still fairly flat, I think this was intentional, it could use more.

Drinkability: Drinkable and fairly delicious, the only problem I can see is the mouthfeel.

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, pours a deep copper amber with massive head, too much even, about 4 inches. Eventually shrinks to a fair sized foam on top. Much lacing, very large too. Had to pour in three steps. Smells of roasted grains and malts and a little banana, old banana. Taste is good, plenty of taste. Quite yeasty actually, with old banana and other dark fruits, malts, roasty, a little underassertive. Extreme lack of aftertaste. Mouthfeels starts off great, but feels like it falls flat a little early. All in all pretty good beer, quite drinkable, but not one of Bell's better selections, a 'good' all-around beer.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a very cloudy turbid orange coloration. The head was three fingers to start with and never really left below a half a finger. The head was a honey coloration. Lacing was on the glass like pancake batter.

Smell: I think I was smelling bannana and some other fruity goodness. Very sweet smelling with a nice spicy undertone.

Taste: Sweetly toasted wheat plays with some citrus. The yeastyness gives the beer a nice spicy splash.

Mouthfeel: The beer is meduim bodied. The beer also has a very dry finish to go with it sweet initail taste.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable sweet treat. The taste was a bit jumbled but I dont particularly care with this one.

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

Well this is a step back in the right direction after the Four. Somewhat cloudy dark brownish-orange color with a thick and foamy off-white head. The aroma is wheaty and malty. Medium-bodied with a smooth and soft texture. Flavors of wheat, citrus and caramel malt are well-balanced. The finish is wheaty with a pleasant spice and herb aftertaste. Enjoyable from start to finish.

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

12oz. bottle provided by Frozensoul327

Poura a hazy reddish brown with a dense eggshell head that only thins a bit. Nice lacing on the glass.

Nice yeasty fruity aroma with hints of banana and clove. A slight breadiness to the aroma as well.

Nice breadiness upfront that's washed away by a wave of fruitiness. Some nice banana and clove flavors come through. Finishes rather dry with a slight malty flavor.

Nice, full body with plenty of carbonation.

This is a nice wheat beer. I could drink this on a regular basis. It makes me really look forward to trying the other wheat offerings by Bell's.

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

Pours with almost no head. Color is a hazy, wooden-orange. Aroma of toasted wheat malt.

Taste is quite unusual for a wheat beer, I think. Tastes maltier than the 2 or 4. Or maybe the wheat is darker, or toasted. Yeast flavors are nice. Mouthfeel is light, and slightly creamy. Drinkability is good.

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Bell's Wheat Six Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 89 ratings