Wheat Love
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Wheatwine
ABV:
8%
Score:
87
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 11.05%
Reviews:
212
Ratings:
465
From:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
  18
SCORE
87
Very Good
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hard to believe it's been about 8 years since this first came out, picked up the complete Wheat Series back in the day. One of the earlier one-off series I can remember.

Pours a golden orange color, becoming an opaque dull brass shade once the yeast is poured in. Protip: pour the yeast in, it adds some depth to the aroma and taste. Creamy foam on the surface, that leaves behind some spotty lace around the edges.

Sweet bready aromas, wheaty and yeasty with a touch of floral hops.

Smooth and creamy like a hefeweizen, but a little heavier in feel. Lightly fruity, toasted grains, bready wheat, light caramelized sugars. Medium bodied with a substantial feel, adequate carb levels. Overall a nice wheatwine that isn't overly boozy like some.

Oct 26, 2013
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MaltyGoodness from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle provided by Frozensoul327

Pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

Very aromatic with lots of breadiness, banana, and clove. Smells like a hefeweizen on steroids.

Tastes just like it smells. Very rich breadiness and plenty of banana and clove flavors. There is also a bit of alcohol in the taste that comes out as it warms.

Nice full body, with a very smooth texture. Liquid bread indeed.

Another very drinkable wheat from Bell's.

Jan 09, 2006
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Quackershnoc from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden, slight orangey color; hazy; lots of bubbles; thick, pillowy, white head that goes absolutely nowhere

Aroma: sweet; lemony citrus; banana; a little buttery; wheaty

Taste: starts with a little lemon kick and some sticky, cloying sweetness; then the wheat takes center stage; some banana notes; finishes with a revisit of lemon, very subtle hop flavors, and a strong wheat profile; aftertaste is wheaty, lemony, and cloying

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied; sticky; prickly carbonation

Overall Impression: it’s ok…not great, not bad, just ok; I’d drink another, but certainly won’t go out of my way for it

Reviewed from notes on 10/23/2013

Apr 20, 2018
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scruffwhor from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Leaves a one finger head when poured into my Leffe goblet. Color is a bright orange with hints of amber. Very light lacing present.

Smell- A pretty light fruit aroma with the well known smell coming in after the first wiff. Wheat makes its presence known. And blends pretty well with hints of white grapes and blackberries.

Taste- Starts out with light fruits especially grapes, but they give way to a heavily sugared wheat bread flavor. The finish has a subdued floral hop bitterness mixed with the overall sweet taste of this beer.

Mouthfeel- Palate had a syrupy texture with an overall sugared fruit flavor. This reminded me of a sweet licquer or manoschevitz (pardon butchered spelling).

Saving two bottles for aging will let you guys and girls know what this beer tastes like aged.

Feb 19, 2006
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Craigory from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Feb 21, 2014
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outoffocus from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10%

Dec 05, 2013
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sopor from Oregon

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very foggy and thick looking golden straw color with a thin white head that quickly leaves just a few piles of bubbles. Smells of sweet caramel and slightly rotten wheat tones tied together with notes of yeast and a hint of alcohol.

Flavors start out with a dry wheat-tang. Quickly some spicy notes (can't place), caramel and fruit (mainly bananas) mixed with lots of raw wheat and yeast. Small vinous notes of sweet champagne and toasty bread malt lead into a delicate hop bittering that perfectly knows its place for this brew. Moderate body is REAL smooth and carbonation is delicate, making this beer and easy one to drink, but nowhere near a session with that 8% abv.

Dec 09, 2005
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MeganandDana from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Dec 19, 2013
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kohoutek from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange amber color. Very fluffy, rocky white head that clings the glass as some ancient, woven text. Very hazy, to be expected from a wheat ale, and the carbonation is spot on. Some spritz, but not too much.

Nice fruity, honey-filled, graham cracker, vanilla, banana, pinneapple, clovy-mace, earthy post rain soil . . . and musty sun baked dust - very nice!

The flavors are very malt centered and mellow. The aromas and the mouthfeel bouy the flavors in a way that make it difficult to isolate them.
Honey, muscat grapes, fresh wort, graham crackers/wheat, leechee/apple.

The mouthfeel (and the way my head feels) hint that this is no common mensch's hefe. This beer drinks somewhere between a dunkle and a weizenbock without the dark/fruity notes of these styles.

Perhaps the uberhefe style has been born!

Dec 31, 2005
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TheConnMan from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Oct 10, 2013
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dirtylou from New York

4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single, Riley's

So this is the end of the wheat line, which at the very least has been quite interesting. I feel bad for going out of order (havent had 8 yet, but will), but whatever.

appearance: pours hazy peach/yellow, looks very clean and fresh, a nice bubbly white head and rim lacing

smell: quite powerful, plenty of yeast, vibrant citrus fruitiness, a touch of spice, quite grassy, a touch of wheat, light sweet malt

taste: quite yeasty (belgian-esque), powerful citrus (orange, tangerine) fruit flavors, grassy and fresh hops, sweet and lightly toasted malts...not exactly what i was expecting, but a very enjoyable brew

mouthfeel: crisp, tongue twisting sweet yeast characteristic

drinkability: very drinkable


Thank's Bell's....You could put out the wine coolers of february and it would still be captivating

Dec 21, 2005
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: an orangish yellow. very hazy but no sediment and a off white head about a finger tall that leaves a little bit of a lacing.

Smell: good wheat character. citrusy.

Taste: starts off with a subtle lemony bread taste. followed by a good wheaty background, shifts towards a slight banana flavor and a bit of spicy alcohol. wonderful complexity

Mouthfeel: perfectly smooth with just a bit of a warming effect. nice and full body

Overall: another killer limited release by bell's. they really need to do more special releases like this because they come out with some of my favorite beers. Great wheatwine with very german weizenbock like character

Oct 16, 2013
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Sephiroth from Indiana

4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a half inch of head. The body is yellow and orange at the same time. Smells of clove, and spiced bananas.

The taste is spiced, fruity, and wheat laden. Mouthfeel is smooth, the drinkability good, but limited by the huge flavors. Great wheat wine. I'll buy the calvados cask if Larry will barrel age this.

Dec 17, 2005
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salthemonster from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Apr 19, 2014
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patpbr from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint, hazy golden color with a light two finger head.
S - wheat and yeast, sweet, clove and banana. Reminds me of a Belgium ale.
T - A little wheat, bubblegum, cloves, lemon, yeast. A pleasant combination.
M - A little below medium carbonation and moderate carbonation.
O - I was on the fence about buying a six pack of it, but glad I did. Its good on a warm fall day.

Nov 09, 2013
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Boone757 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Jan 16, 2014
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fatherofgirls from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy marmalade body with a small white head that fades quickly and mediocre lacing. There was a bit of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.
The aroma is heavy with cloves and a touch of ripe bananas and citrus.
The taste is spicy (clove) sweet yeast flavor ending with a just a touch of an alcohol edge. The sediment is a touch bitter and needs to be swirled into the bottom half of the bottle to insure a uniform flavor.
Overall a decent brew. The clove flavor overwhelmed me but it is an interesting brew. I like Bells Wheat journey and look forward to tasting all numbers.

Jan 28, 2006
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 09/18/2013 printed on the label. Snagged a single bottle of this from the local beer store for $2.50. An interesting sounding beer, and a new style for me; this is my first review of what BeerAdvocate classifies as a wheatwine.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a slow-moving, almost viscous, light straw lemon color; hazed golden in the glass. One finger of soapy off-white head.

S - Smell is definitely unique. Wheat grains, corn, flour, burnt tortilla, lemongrass, some sour vinegar, yeast, and a bit of clove and bubblegum spice.

T - Taste definitely didn't do it for me as much as I'd hoped, based on the aroma. Lots of spicy clove and bubblegum, grainy wheat, corn, some crisp champagne-esque yeast presence, some crisp pilsner malt, and some mashed banana on the finish.

M - Feel is thick and full-bodied with bristly carbonation. Heavy and filling.

Overall, I was hoping for a more sour Berliner weisse type approach here,especially based on the aroma which reminds me of Bell's Oarsman Ale, but this is more akin to a Belgian tripel, or something. Not a bad brew, but it didn't quite do it for me. Definitely has me intrigued to try more of the style though. An interesting first attempt at drinking a wheatwine.

Bell's Wheat Love Ale ---3.5/5

Oct 12, 2013
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle which had a lot of yeast forming a solid layer at the bottom. Orangy blonde color with lots of foam on top.

I think the main smell is from the yeast and the wheat. Overall it's a really sweet smell, and the taste is syrupy sweet too. Kind of too sweet, and I couldn't taste any hops at all.

I don't get the difference between a wheat wine and a sugary hefeweizen. I prefer a little more bitterness.

May 23, 2006
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JimmyFlatRock from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Oct 14, 2013
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Tbone from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangey gold with a modest head.

Smells of bubblegum, bannana, yeast, and alcohol.
Taste is more of the same plus some apricot. No notable hop character or bitterness (which is a positive for the style). It's a complex but fairly balanced and smooth flavor profile, other than that the alcohol is overly noticeable.
It reminds me of a beligian trippel, but not quite. It's a fairly unique beer. .

Sep 28, 2006
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Filabee from Michigan

2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

Apr 04, 2014
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mcallister from Ohio

3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a milky orange-ish color. Very unfiltered and pulpy orange juice reminiscent. Much lighter than anticipated.

Hmmm reminds me very much of Batch 8000. Very clovey and full of orange peel and rich yeasty aromas. A hint of apricot with a spicey, wheat smack.

Well this may be past. A hint of a orange zest, wheat riddled spice fades quickly into a gritty finish. Short, simple and to the point. No signs of oxidization but lacking depth and complexity. In a word. Dissapointing.

Aug 31, 2007
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SerialHiker from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dense, lovely, autumn golden Belgian color…head is white and thin, with tiny bubbles forming a consistent layer across the top…when I look close, I can see some bubble action along the glass…an alright lookin’ brew, could give a bit more in head, but probably consistent for style…(3.5/5)

Smell: Tons of lively smell…I’m getting tons of wheat (as expected), mixed with yeast, a lemony astringent aroma, clove, honey and banana…very complex for a light brew…malts are light, grassy, a bit pale…there is a faint touch of piney/citrus hops bitterness that rounds out this fantastic smelling brew...(4/5)

Taste: Yum! A vibrant wheat brew with a Belgian yeast twist…wheat, lemon, yeast, mild grassy bitterness…it’s not a complex flavor, but lively and rich, with a nice lemon zesty bite…some astringent notes…banana, clove and a light pepperiness also present…very reminiscent of their infamous Oberon…strong hops presence is palpable, but doesn’t bring a ton of bitterness…very drinkable…(3.75/5)

Mouthfeel: Light body with tons of carbonation…very fluffy bringing lemon and yeast (banana) flavor to the palate…a chewy, creamy and slightly heavier feel as I swirl it around in my mouth…astringent yeast flavor lingers well into the after taste…(3.5/5)

Overall: Another solid brew from Bell’s…it’s very similar in taste to what I remember Oberon tasting like, I’d like to try them next to each other to really see what the differences are…definitely a Belgian inspired brew that brings tons of yeast flavor…it’s the kinda brew I picture going well with a backyard fire…if you’re into Belgian style brews or Bell’s in general, this is a worthy purchase…(3.5/5)

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Oct 25, 2013
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badbeer from Iowa

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with an orange hue to it. Wheat head that leaves bits of lacing. Smells of apricot, straw, bubble gum, and coriander. Taste has some lemon, clove, coriander, and honey. Carbonation is bordering high, with a medium body. This was an interesting beer, wish I had a little more of it. Good stuff.

Jan 03, 2009
Wheat Love from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 465 ratings