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

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Wheat Six AleWheat 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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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a brownish-bronze color with a creamy tan head. It leaves a nice amount of lacing when sipped down.

The aroma has a bit of caramel malts, yeasty and cloves...really searching here....not much going on.

The flavor is of wheat and caramel malts with a bit of clove spiciness.

It is easy drinking and light in body. I was expecting more from this one once I looked at it. I guess looks can be deceiving.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lucent tawny with the merest hint of red. The initially lively carbonation settles down within minutes to a slow trinkle, although the toasted beige head remains at a steady two fingers. Thick, smeary streamers of lace decorate the glass and look like they'll hang around for a bit. It appears as if the hiccup that was Wheat 4, first noted in its appearance, has been righted in Wheat 6. Let's hope so.

This beer (just like 4 if I remember correctly) smells nothing like a pale wheat ale. It smells like a malty amber ale or even an Oktoberfest. It isn't wheaty at all and there's no trace of banana or clove. Could one of the (now 6!) yeast strains be responsible? I don't recall Wheat 2 smelling anything like the middle two in the series. Points off for style ignorance.

As I noted at the start of my Wheat 2 review, the only thing that varies in the Bell's Wheat Project 2005 series of beers is the number and varieties of wheat malt and the number and varieties of yeast. How is it possible that the beers themselves are so dissimilar? Or, more accurately, that 2 is good and 4 and 6 aren't. Gotta be a renegade strain of yeast. In addition to smelling like one, this beer also tastes like an Oktoberfest.

The flavor is of heavily toasted dark bread, earthy in the extreme, impressively bitter and not fruity in the least. There's no resemblance to a wheat ale of any sort, although I do appreciate a little clove on the finish. That's paltry compensation for what is a fairly muddled flavor profile.

There's also nary a shred of wheatiness when it comes to the mouthfeel. Just firm, steely, hard caramel-like barley malt. For some reason, I expect wheat to soften things up a tad, to smooth things out and to provide a little fluffiness. Some softness creeps in on the finish, helped by an active, fine-bubbled carbonation.

Wheat Six Ale (green) isn't the success that Wheat Two (blue) was, but it also isn't the disappointment that Wheat Four (orange) was. It's hard to know what the penultimate member of the series will taste like. I can't help feeling that this project was ambitious in scope, but has failed in the execution. So far, 'blue 2' is the only one that is worthy of a repeat purchase.

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Photo of alexgash
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cinnamon brown with plenty of yeasty haze. Huge, pillowy, rocky light tan head. Spicy, cake-y wheat malt nose with light sweetness (brown sugar). Plenty of yeast, but not big hefe-style nose. Not much fruit at all. Still, nice. Banana bread malt, but with more accent on the bread than the bananas. Spicy, and slightly tangy. Yeast is pervasive. Dry finish. Medium-bodied with a very bottle-conditioned feel.

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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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Photo of goodbyeohio
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

red colored. orange peachy and cloudy outside. soapy lace chunx. spry, deep black molasses aroma with some overripe banana skins and dates figuring in. weizenbocky without too much smooth, starchy, sweet fruit. sweetness comes from a deep burnt sugar element. excessively waxy processed wheat finish. just eh. not much to say about this one but EH.

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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 Viggo
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown, with orange edges, medium sized off white head, some nice lace. Smell is caramel, apples, yeast and some spice, very nice. Taste is caramel, apple, spice, yeast and a nice grainy roasty finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation. Not bad, some nice flavours, thanks DrJay!

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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed reddish orange with a dark cream coloured head that poured big and fluffy. Clumpy lace. Aromas of spiced apple, bread, and very light roasted grain. The flavours melded quite well, caramel, burnt roastiness, and fruit. Toffee and brown sugar linger for quite some time. Medium/light bodied with strong carbonation. Overall quite dry and slightly astringent. Still pretty tasty and another interesting beer from this experiment.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy medium dark amber with an off-white head which fell like a rock and barely lapped at the glass.

The aroma was bready with a nice wheat impression and a bit of spice. The aroma also contained a caramel/candy aromatic and sweetness.

The flavor was malty with a bit of spice character. The spice was more cinnamon than anything else and it worked well with the slight molasses and graham flavoring. The beer was crisp on the palate.

The finish was just ever so slightly sweet with a bready impression coupled with wheat and a bit of lasting spice thrown in for good measure. The body was medium and nicely done. The drinkability of this one was very high as the beer was crisp and the slight spice left you with a sweetness that dried out in the final incantation.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks beerinator!

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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 ppoitras
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity... From Bell's website: The Batch ID that you entered '7119', is a Bell's Wheat Six Ale. Your Bell's Wheat Six Ale was packaged on November 2, 2005.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" tan head over the cloudy red brew. Head is frothy and not going anywhere fast, with lots of big hunks of foamy lace. Aroma is spicy cloves with an undercurrent of wheat. Flavor is also spicy with cloves here and there, with a sugary sweet wheat close. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, but a bit gassy, and drinkability is alright as well. Another acceptable brew, but not a favorite here. Guess that's what experiments are for.

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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 whartontallboy
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a dark, murky and muddy brown with some gold around the edges. Quite a big head flying up off of this one, frothy and sticky.

Smell is yeast, banana, clove, some nutmeg, a little bit of citric hops, and some dark fruits.

Same yeast comes through in the taste, with the same bananas and the nutmeg/cinnamon/chocolate flavors that are unusual. The mouthfeel is lighty and well-carbonated, dancing on the tongue.

Overall: Not great, more like an odd twist on a hefeweizen, but pretty decent. I won't buy it again, but I didn't mind drinking it.

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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 scruffwhor
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hacker-Pschorr weizen glass.

Appearance- I know a beer should have onyl a two finger head, but with this particular beer, I enjoyed gazing at the FIVE finger head as it almost overflowed the big weizen glass. Had the most uniform looking lacing I've ever seen. Poured medium cloudy brown, a little muddy.

Smell- A bread yeast and malt mix.

Taste- A lovely bready/yeasty malt character and a light hopping intermingled between the two.

Mouthfeel- An overall bready palate, reminded me of trying un cooked bread when I was little. But in liquid form is very pleasing.

Drinkability- A GREAT experimental wheat beer that can be drunk down quite easily.

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Photo of ZAP
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good solid interesting effort..

Pours a dark amber color...real creamy frothy head.

Aroma is very yeasty...seriously different too...first impression is burnt cigarette ashes...also some overripe bananas and bubble gum

Taste leans yeasty as well...bubble gum...bananas...some dark fruits...not real assertive flavor but there...finishes a little dry..

Body is medium and rounded...

Overall a nice effort...

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Photo of tavernjef
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy copper with a large foamy cap of off-tan froth. Keeps a great cloak of foam on top always present. The lace is big and patchy.

Aroma is light and mostly dry with a light toasted/roasted grainyness. Perhaps a bit of banana dusted with cocoa and cardboard.

Taste ismeager and one folded in a rounded realm of dark wheat malt. Its a bit dry with a roasty tilt. Not a whole lot going on. Brief on the buds and not much complexity other then it comes across as clean and well rounded in favor of lots of drinking.

Feel is a tad thin of medium with a low carbonation texture. Wheaty, lightly dry, smidgeonly roasted, and dusted with a feather cocoa in the finish.

Slides down with amazing ease. These Bell's wheat beers have a reoccuring theme of amazing drinkability.

Note: Taste tested comparison with back to back mixed samples of the 2, 4, and 8 wheat beers.

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

12 oz bottle pours a murky dark amber-brown color with a huge frothy light brown head that leaves a sticky lacing in my glass. Nutty banana aromas, caramel, chocolate and wheat flavors, medium bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Finishes spicy and dry, lots better that number 4.

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

12 ounce bottle. Bell's Wheat 6 pours out a very dark reddish brown color with a large head that fades fast. The aroma is bananas, caramel, spices, and other strange yeast aromas that are funky but not foul like the Wheat 4. Toasted malt flavor, and a little roasty, which is weird in a wheat beer. Tasty nutty flavors. Yeast flavors become prominent in the finish. Small bubble carbonation. Considering all the strong, complex flavors, the drinkability is good. This is a step back in the right direction after the disappointing Wheat 4.

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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 Bighuge
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Gloomy and murky looking deep scarlet red. Not a lot of light passes through this beer. Head is soft and light and tan. Lace is spotty and sporadic. Aroma is yeasty and sweet and doughy and spicy. This beer has a touch of acidity to the taste. Or if not acidity, at least something that stings a little. This is one big jumbled mess of flavors and they're hard to dissect...for me at least. Nothing offensive here, but it just doesnt' seem to work real good for me. Some husky astingency is noted and a lingering bitterness as well. A little tart apple is noticed as well. Body is medium and mouthfeel is adequately carbonated. These wheat beers seem to be hit or miss and this one is a miss.

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