Bell's Wheat Love | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Wheat LoveBell's Wheat Love

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by sopor on 12-09-2005

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Photo of putnam
2.29/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Orange and blush colored liquid. A sheet of translucent gas. A silhouetted sense of pretty fermented wheat fruits is rudely crushed with scents of mashed, oily vegetable resins. Sugary mouthful of canned fruit cocktail and boiled ripe bananas is offset by slick cabbage and tar bitterness. Tired, stewed citrus acids fail to freshen it. Fruit bomb plus nasty purge. Sad.

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Photo of schusterbauer
2.73/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


intriguing appearance -- sturdy yellow body with a huge thick head. like a yellow stout. lots of yeast floating around, tons left in the bottom of the bottle. lots of yeast in the nose. and overly-ripe banana, and pineapple syrup, and fruit cocktail from a can. smells like a pineapple pasty.
tastes like an unholy experiment in fruit fermentation. syrupy and overdone, old bananas and yeast dominate. mouthfeel is unique enough to keep this somewhat interesting -- the thick body seems well constructed. if only i could say the same for the rest of the beer.

good intentions. the entire wheat series was an excellent experiment in craft brewing. this, unfortunately, is my least favorite of the lot.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/24/2010. On tap at Eccentric Cafe. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and sweet wheat malt. Flavor is sweet upfront, almost sugary, with a wheaty finish. Plenty of melon rind, spices, and yeast. This was just too sugary and sweet and very difficult to drink. Not a fan.

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Photo of benito
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Batch 7155, from December 2005, so this isn't the freshest Wheat Love ever, but it's still kicking.

A copper colored beer with no head or lacing, it smells of cotton candy, bananas, and molasses. The flavor and feel are syrupy--lots of sugary sweet up front with very little hop or herb presence to calm it down along the back of the tongue. I can literally feel the sugar-induced headache mount as I take each sip. Strangely, the entire beer lightens toward the back of the palate, reaching an almost watery flavor and consistency. What an odd twist: sugar and water with little of anything in between.

This beer works alright as a nightcap, but it's rather under-attenuated (this may be a function of aging) and I'd have hoped for something more aggressive in its overall flavor profile and complexity.

A slightly disappointing finish to the wheat series, this is still worth checking out if only for the novelty.

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Photo of meathookjones
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear light orange with a white foamy head and some random speckles of lace stuck to the glass. Aroma is fruity with pears and apples with an equally big alcohol. Sweet fruit and some doughy malts start it off. Pretty big alcohol bite follows shortly after. Not much depth and the alcohol gets in the way. Decently thick and smooth but a bit of a burn on the way down. Not bad overall but I would prefer most other Wheat Wines I’ve had over this.

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Photo of mcallister
3/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden yellow color with ripe banana edges and a two finger, pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Very good retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with soil-y, piney hops, zesty spice, bready yeast, citrus peel and malted wheat. Strong bread/bubblegum character along with a prominent banana presence countering the citrus zest, peppery spice and resinous hops. As it warms, the hop presence fades a bit and the wheat beer characteristics start to really stand out. The eight different yeast strands starts to dominate the nose and are complimented by lemon zest and coriander. A little heavy on the yeast/bubblegum/banana but smells pretty good.

On the lower end of medium body with really strong, tight carbonation that hurts the mouthfeel. The carbonation and a slightly creamy texture compliment the malted wheat and yeast notes but overpower the spice and sweeter citrus notes. Slightly tart with strong hints of sourdough bread, bubblegum, wheat and banana countered by peppery coriander spice and zesty lemon peel. There's a touch of boozy sweetness in the finish but the high ABV is very well masked. Tastes more like a strong wheat beer/hefeweizen than a wheatwine. Light and pretty easy to drink but the carbonation hurts the mouthfeel/drinkability and the flavor profile is one dimensional. I would have preferred more spice and sweet citrus character to balance out the heavy yeast notes.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Received in a trade.
Pours a nice sunset coloration, but other than the color the appearance in ordinary. Thin head, light rim of lace, some sediment. I left a lot of yeast in the bottle.
Huge bannana aroma. Hard to pick out what else(if anything) is in the nose, but the bannana smells nice.
Interesting flavor. Not nearly as strong as I was expecting. Again lot's of bannana and some yeastiness. Alcohol is barley detectable.
Mouthfeel is full and moderately carbonated.
I enjoyed the beer but for some reason struggled to finish the glass. This is the second wheat wine I've had and I liked Smuttynose's better. That being said this is an enjoyable beer and I'm glad I've had the oppurtunity to try it.

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Photo of dherling
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out a caramel/orange color, crowned by a thin head that quickly dissipated. The body of the beer looks gelatinous, as bubbles and particles alike appear suspended. The nose offers citrus, hops, wheat, spice, and mild fruity apricot. The taste is non distinctive, some fruityness to it, apricot, some mild spice, with a bit of hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel is flat, very mild carbonation. Fairly drinkable, tasting notes are a bit cloying making the drinkability slightly challenging.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is HUGE - three fingers high, barely off-white in shade, and immensely creamy. Retention is great, annoyingly. There are even some splotches of lacing left behind, which is a rarity in many wheat beers.

S: I admit, the whole "wheatwine" thing made me expect something akin to a hoppy barleywine with wheat, but this is actually closer to an weizenbock (or, if you want to be cynical, double APWA). The aroma is very banana-forward, with underlying notes of wheat and orange sweetness. There are also twinges of clove. In general, this is a sweet brew, but the aroma itself works quite nicely.

T: It opens, like I anticipated, sweetly - primarily, it's bringing candied sugar and banana. On the back end, the ester character becomes slightly clove-like. Could use more hops, but hey, the bottle's over 4 months old. However, the fact that I'm just not picking up ANYTHING resembling hop bitterness is rather disappointing. It's solid, but too sweet for my personal tastes.

M: While there's something of a dry finish to help counteract some of the sweetness, there's a subtle but uncomfortable astringency that's really bothering me. Carbonation is good, stopping just short of being intense. It's drinks about as well as you'd expect an 8% wheat beer would.

O: It's good to be surprised once in a while. I definitely wasn't expecting an imperialized hefeweizen. As a rule of thumb, I'm going to compare this to other weizenbocks, and in that regard, it falls a little short. Still pretty good, still worth drinking again, just not worth buying 6-packs of.

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Photo of mentor
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle provided by CRJMellor. Thanks a million for the opportunity.

Pours a half finger fine-bubbled and creamy light tan head over a super murky orange (somewhat brownish) liquid. The murk is due to the fact that I stirred the sediment and dumped it in. Smells caramel, peaches, yeast. Sweet candy-like with some orange. Apricot esters are yummy.

Tastes delicious, yet simple. Sweet sweet throughout with peach, wheat, yeast, and more peach. A bit of orange zest in the finish. What I perceive as oils from the orange rise aromatically from the liquid can carry a bit of roughness (somewhat grassy from hops and somewhat edgy phenols). Clove is mild and comes in late. This is accompanied by a subtle alcohol sting such that the combination is a bit peppery. The flavor could be compared to a belgian wit that's extremely estery and malty sweet.

Honestly, I was happy to see the end of this one. Nothing to complain about but nothing to dicuss with excitedly with my craft beer drinking friends. Md-heavy body and creamy mouthfeel. Modest carbonation of fine bubbles helped this beer.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from IAmJacksHopTongue (Thanks Reid!). Bottled 9/18/13. Served in a Southern Tier tulip snifter.

Pours hazy straw yellow with a fluffy two fingers of white head. Nice retention with a good bit of lace.

Smells of spicy clove, slight yeast, faint lemon and sweet wheat.

Tastes like a hybrid of tripel and hefeweizen. Belgian yeast, clove, bannana, bitter earthy grass, lemon zest, wheat sweetness and a dash of booze.

Creamy medium body with sharp carbonation. Finishes dry with touches of clove and citrus.

Far below expectations for a wheatwine but still good. As so many others have stated this beer would be better described as an imperial hefeweizen with strong enough Belgian aspects that it also hits notes of a tripel or BSPA. Not bad and enjoyable in it's own right but this is not even close to what I'll grab when I'm craving a wheatwine.

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Photo of beagle75
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a half-pint chalice.
2005 vintage

A: Slightly hazy, honey-golden color with a peripheral ring of loose white bubbles. Light lacing remains on the glass and a few bubbles rise in the column.

S: Rustic grain is detectable, but honey notes really dominate the smell. Very clean overall, not especially complex. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with concentrated wheat and a fine thread of dish soap early. Acidity is surprisingly strong and lively into the middle, where honey serves as an ensemble member rather than the lone attraction like the smell suggested. Husky grain is mild into the finish, slightly citric, with a whiff of diacetyl detected. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: I'm told that it was better when it was young, and I'm inclined to believe it. Nevertheless, it is a great pleasure to get to taste this long-departed member of the Bell's family for the first time in 2012. Honey seems to be the defining feature here, although its presence in the flavor profile is found to be in balance with other qualities. Overall, it just struggles to be compelling, seeming more forgettable instead. Perhaps there is a reason Bell's treated this recipe as a one-and-done.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottled poured into a Spiegelau glass. Packaged on 9/18. Consumed on 10/22.

A - Perfect description of color is peach juice. Completely translucent. Gentle pour yielded a 1/2 finger of nearly clear foam which quickly dissipated. Unable to tell carbonation due to translucency. Sediment in bottom of bottle.

S - Lemon and grass. Smelled like a lemony wheat beer. Slightly boozy.

T - Acidic sour lemon upfront. Paired with the apparent high level of carbonation, it's somewhat harsh. Lasting tartness plus typical wheat beer flavor.

M - Over carbonated. Masks whatever other flavor there may be other than lemon and wheat.

O - I bought this beer because of the fine quality of Bell's other products that I have tried. This beer is an absolute miss. It's borderline unpleasant.

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Photo of maximum12
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bell's + Wheatwine = putting on my beer-hunting flip-flops, & I had to run uncomfortably in them, 'cause this one almost eluded me. 12 oz. bottle popped open in anticipation.

The pour is light orange bleeding into yellow with plenty of wheat germ providing a sunny haze. Nose isn't easily teased apart & is slow. Wheat, shockingly, sweet raw sugar, clove, fresh-baked cake (?). Really. Quite the combination.

Wheat Love is the most aptly named beer ever. A complete wheat bomb, this is like walking through a field of durum with your mouth open just before harvest. Underneath the milling dust is a sweet, candied malt, surprising shot of spice that almost turns Belgian, touch of clove. A bit bubbly for a bigger beer, but not a chore to drink.

Not the happy-happy experience I was looking for - a bit simple in the DNA, but a pretty good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle- Rating taken from notes dated January 08- Deep amber/copper, slightly hazed with a half inch of off white froth. Leaves some lace as well. A fruit dominated nose with pear, peach, other tropical fruits, yeasty with hints of oak, caramel, some spicing. Tastes sweet, of apricots, some citrus, quite yeasty, some caramel and earthy malts. A bit heated on the finish, in what is an otherwise flavour attempt. I believe this is my first "wheat wine". I'm not sure, but Ibelieve I got this bottle from Styles, so thanks for the bottle Chris!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

finally, im at the end of this torturous wheat ordeal!!!

golden yellow cloud of wheat love in my glass...

belgian yeast aroma with a big sugary backup evoking duvel & such..

wheat is sweet like a witbier.

fulfills my bananameter quotient but doesn't push into the experimentalist world where wheat wines should be IMHO...

not enough of the 'double hefe' they were aiming for. too blandly sweet but drinkable, a let down for the end of the series but overall not a terrible cocktail.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This WW is bright orange in color and somewhat hazy with absolutely no head to speak of.

Smell – The American Wheat is very prominent at the nose. The malts are thick like orange syrup and not winey at all. There’s almost a spritzy tang to this one.

Taste – The American Wheat passes the test. It’s tasty and non-offense, and it gives off a classic flavor of wheat mixed with wine. The orangy malts though are still around, and I thought this was a bit of a distraction.

Mouthfeel – This is light for a Wheat Wine, not close to medium-bodied, and a little too spritzy in the mouth for the style.

Drinkability – This wasn’t bad at all, but I thought it was a weak entry into the Wheat Wine style and certainly lacked the depth of some of the better contenders.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to CRJMellor for another Bell brew.
Light copper in color, quite clear and produces less than 1/2 finger of bright white head...disappears rapidly with decent lacing.
Spicy burn in the nose...bananas, clove and corriandor.
The taste is more mellow that I was expecting with all of the scents above making its way into the flavor plus a nice wheat base.
Alcohol is not up front but does show up in the finish...could be a bit sweeter but I like the bitter quality this one ends with.
Mouthfeel is thin for the style and some of the flavors linger a bit too long.
Pretty easy drinking, but I'd opt for others in the style.

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Photo of walleye
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the bottle poured a cloudy orange with a white head that left a trace of lacing. aroma wheat , malt, orange , lemon, a sweet citrus, yeast. Flavor got that wheat and yeast, sugar, lots of citrus. so of all the whats I have to go with the 2 as my favorite than the love.

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Photo of ToggleEyes
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice autumn orange which is very close to the color on the lable. Formed a small head that disapated quickly. The smell is enticing. Very bready and hoppy. It kind of reminded me of Hennepin Sasion in smell. The taste was not what I expected since the last wheat wine I tried was Pilgrims Dole from New Holland Brewery. This is way different. Much better. I tasted smooth floral hops, banana, a hint of carmel and a ton of wheat. Its not bubly like a Hefe-weiss but rather flat and thicker. It has a nice kick in the aftertaste. For me this is a sipper. I liked it but I don't think I would buy a six pack. I am glad I can get singles any time I want.

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Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a murky orange-yellow color with a small off white head that leaves little lacing in my glass. Sweet banana and clove aromas, lemon, peach, pear and sour apple flavors. Full bodied with a thick and creamy mouthfeel, finishes a bit sour. Alcohol is more noticeable as it warms.

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Photo of deebo
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6 pack of this a couple months back. Had a few bottles, finally getting around to reviewing. Batch 12351, packaged 9/18/13.

A-Poured a bottle into a pint glass, this beer gives off a finger of airy pure white foam with a bit of stickiness. Just a bit of haze with a cloud of yeast sitting towards the top of beer. Color is dark golden. A lot of the yeast remains stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

S-Aroma reminds me of a hefeweizen. Lots of clove and banana like fruity esters. A bit of clean alcohol. Clean crisp wheat aroma.

T-Hefe all the way. Nice flavors of banana yeast esters, a bit of clove and some nice clean malt. A bit rough in the finish.

M-Fairly high level of carbonation that takes away from the softness of a wheat beer. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Surprisingly weak body.

O-This beer makes me think imperial hefeweizen. Which isn't necessarily a type of beer I'd crave. I love the presence of the big flavor of a hefe combined with a fairly low alcohol content and the creamy mouthfeel of my favorite ones. Overall, a nice beer but I won't go out of my way to get it.

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Photo of plaid75
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium cloudy copper hue with a three finger pillowy white head. There was excellent retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a heavy yeast aroma with a solid spicy clove presence.

The taste was heavy and wheaty. A strong upfront sweetness slowly faded to a low alcohol burn.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall a nice wheat experience. A good change of pace from a hefe. Thanks to orbitalr0x for sending this one my way.

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Photo of oberon
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I needed some wheat love after this past weekend's Detroit sports debacle.On tap at the Filling Station in GSO.Poured into a standard pint glass a dull hazed dark apricot color with a thinner slightly off white head atop.Aromas were very yeasty with some banana and clove-spice standing out,almost like a wheat bock.Flavors are spicy with some medicinal notes with a tinge of toasted wheat,the alcohol sweetness creeps up on you.Not bad but the yeast was a little big compared to alot of others of the style I have had.

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