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

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Bell's Wheat LoveBell's Wheat Love

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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 Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very smooth drinking medium-fuller mouthfeel. Aroma of yeast, barnyard, malt and wheat. Slightly dark colour, very attractive Belgian style head. Some spiciness, a bit acidic, but much smoother and well malted than the few other wheat wines I have had. Interesting if classified as a barleywine.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

an excellent strong ale that brings together elements of three great beer regions; hefeweizen fruity vibes from germany, wit beer type belgian yeast, and the alcoholic warmth and cereal grain profile of an english strong ale or barleywine. fusion is fun, and in this case quite successful. the wheat malt is very light, and some more toasty grains bring sweetness. the yeast is herbal and fruity, almost like a hefe, i get a touch of banana in here. i also get some honey and floral characters, especially in the finish. a very clean drinking brew that is somehow really light and bright in the mouth despite being so large. not sure if this fits what i consider a traditional wheat wine, but its moving in that direction. light and airy but does not improve with warmth. funny esters come out and make it a little composty, but in general this is a very well done beer and a cool style hybrid. i would buy this if it were available in denver.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boy, now that's a big wheat beer. Well balanced and full of flavor -- it's even an American wheat product. Go figure. At that, the color of a rusty orange with medium opague cloudiness. Smells fruity and mildly spicy with a defying malt structure, and lightly smokey. Tastes of balanced malt and wheat. Very yeasty and bready in taste and texture. Cloves, banannas, and confectionate sugar sell the spiciness and softness. A light smoke flavor persists durring the drink. Finishes soft and mildly sweet. A smooth beer for a big abv. I really enjoyed ti, but I detected some graininess in the throat and I expected a heavier and creamier texture.

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Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a whipped egg white head that hangs around briefly and then disappears, leaving just a bit of lacing

Smell: Pineapple, banana and bubblegum

Taste: Starts with a spicy banana aspect, much like a hefe, but with a touch of pineapple; after the swallow, however, it goes in an entirely different direction - a blast of tart lemon, followed by coriander and white pepper join to balance out the sweet fruit flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very intriguing; love the complexity

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Photo of emerge077
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the 3rd bottle I have drank (separate occasions) and I must say this is a great beer.

Off white head. Great retention. Color is a hazy burnt yellow.

Flavors of wheat, bubblegum, cloves, and bananas. It is all real and dense. Lots of malt. Easy to drink for the abv. A wheat beer with a nice amount of body.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Creamy and smooth.

Overall, a well crafted wheatwine that brings out great flavors, has a pleasant kick, and drinks very easy. My 6 pack isn't lasting very long.

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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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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/13/2013. Pours very hazy deep gold color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big banana, apricot, pear, orange, apple, clove, wheat, bread, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of banana, apricot, pear, apple, orange, clove, wheat, bread, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of peppery spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of banana, apricot, pear, orange, apple, wheat, bread, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice beer. More of a weizenbock in flavor; but has all around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and pale malt flavors; and is very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a very hazy pale golden yellow in color with moderate to significant amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, moderate amounts of fine light sediment towards the bottom of the glass, and hints of apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that very slowly reduces to a half finger thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of yeast with slightly lighter aromas of banana, clove, and just a hint of stone fruit (apricot/nectarine) sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of toasted wheat and wheat with a light amount of stone fruit sweetness (apricot/nectarine). That is followed by light to moderate flavors of banana and clove as well as a very strong flavor of yeast. Moderate amounts of alcohol sweetness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to strong amounts of carbonation.

O: A lot yeastier than the other beers I have tried in the style and vaguely reminds me of a suped-up Hefeweizen. Interesting with a decent amount of complexity but not the easiest drinker as the alcohol is not overly hidden.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"All you need is love"

--The Beatles

Ripe tangerine with a light dusting of fine yeast. The brewery calls Wheat Love a 'relatively light colored' wheat wine and they aren't kidding. I've seen darker pale ales. The good-sized, creamy, bubblicious, banana milkshake colored cap is a thing of beauty. Amazing for an 8% beer. A fair amount of lace makes its way to the glass, although roughly half of it melts away within minutes.

I don't recall the other Wheat Project beers smelling this much like a hefe weizen. I've already used banana to describe the color of the head, but it looks as though it fits with regard to the nose as well. It isn't a big nose, however, for what I expect to be a relatively big beer on the palate. No hint of alcohol is an impressive feat.

Like no other wheat wine that I've ever had (er... this is only my third), Bell's Wheat Love tastes like an Imperial Hefe Weizen. Or a Double Hefe Weizen (DHW) if you prefer. It has the same general banana and clove flavors, along with a generous shot of banana schnapps for sweetness and alcohol.

I'm surprised that the flavor isn't more toasted wheaty and banana bread-like; that would have made for a better beer in my opinion. It's hard to say what almost 10 months in the bottle has done, but I'm a tad underwhelmed by this beer's complexity (as in... lack of). It tastes just fine, but it isn't exactly deep and bursting with flavor. Approachable? Yeah. Drinkable? Yeah. Is that enough to achieve greatness? No.

The body/mouthfeel is medium-full and infinitely smooth. It seems that all of that wheat malt (White, Dark, Victory, toasted sprouts, Torrefied, Red, Caramel and Chocolate) is contributing more to the mouthfeel than it is to the flavor profile. An extremely laid back amount of carbonation contributes to the lushness.

In the final reckoning, Wheat Two, Wheat Eight and Wheat Love are my favorite members of the Wheat Project. I'm a little surprised that at least one of them didn't blow me away. I love Bell's beer and will continue to buy it whenever possible. That said, I'm not sorry that this ambitious (and somewhat interesting) undertaking is a one-time deal. Hey Larry, how about doing something similar with IPAs and/or DIPAs?

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is the color of a fading sunset, somewhere between yellow and orange. Fairly hazy with a gargantuan, pure white head. Lasting retention and ample lacing. The aroma offers oranges, grapefruits, juice, sweet citrus candies, yeast. The flavor is mildly sweet with a light hop bitterness. Orange candies and a hint of butterscotch. Alcohol is present but doesn't hinder enjoyment. Creamy feel with a light prickle from the carbonation. Solid.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy apricot golden orange with large white bubbly head leaves fine lacing with each sip. Aromatics contain mass amounts of character including citrus peels herbal hops sharp citrus tones from the wheat malts some soft vanilla, clove, banana nut bread, and alcohol notes express themselves very well. Flavors meld oh so nicely with thick expressive layers of weizen yeast tones that burst forth with chocolate bitterness, vanilla, banana, and clove softness...citrus peels in the wheat notes with herbal tea hop bursts this is good complex wheat beer at it's best with an alcoholic finish that can't be beat. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied that has effervescent spritzy carbonation yet doesn't loose that syrupy mouthfeel that sends one on a frenzy. Drinkability is simply great for me the beer remains challenging and enticing throughout the session with not regards for anything else than what actually matters.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For my premier tasting, I shall employ my Oberon-branded weizen glass, just for fun.

Very cloudy orange appearance, lighter yellow at the sides, with an impressive cap of puffy white foam, especially in this glass. Little particles appear, floating about, but they don't worry me any.

Aroma is exactly what you'd want from a weizen. Airy, lightly sweet, citric, delicately spiced, but creamy and lovely. I like it! Nice, nice, nice.

Beautiful arrival on the tongue, as well. Boards the palate with confidence, the spreads wonderful flavors, and floats angelicly off. Delicious! A tasty mix of fruit, with an intriquing texture, very able malt body, tangy all throughout the flavor. This has a zesty citric twist, combined with the larger alcoholic content, makes it quite a fun ride in the mouth. Judiciously bitter, as well.

Halfway into the glass, it's a mite mellower, to great effect. A rare feeling spread through my senses and infiltrates other regions of the body. This is a unique brew, tres suis generis, with a full body, and long citric finish. So singular I can't recall anything quite like it, nor have I had many "wheat wines", but I think I like this better than some others I've tried.

I give it a 5 for flavor, for I can think of any way it could be improved's just right!

I highly recommend it, though, and will pick up more, while supplies last!

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Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber with a bit of head. Poured into a wine glass and looks quite nice. If you like uncomplicated, but tasty wheat, this is your beer. Very little flavor from the yeast unlike the hefe's and wits, the grains really shine in this beer. Very smooth and sweet and only a hint of alcohol. If you've like Bell's other wheat beers, this is a must try.

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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 Zorro
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled through the efforts of Murrayswine and UTBIF.

Poured in to my Duvel Tulip this does in fact look a lot like a Duvel minus the enormous head formation. A slightly hazy beer golden beer that is nearing amber color with an OK white head.

Smell is VERY much like a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Scents of honey and coriander are the first to hit your nose. Very spicy and flowery aroma. Individual scents of coriander, black pepper, flowers and herbal hop aroma. I can't decide if this is more herbal or soapy in the hop aroma department I assume that this is just the extra fresh scent of hops that is faded in the Belgians that actually make it to the USA.

Taste is sweet and rather malty with a strong spicy hit in the first sip. The flavor is very much like a Duvel but seems a bit punchier in flavor. Spicy with a flowers and herbs hop finish. The wheat malt here shows itself as a cleat wheat malt /malt-O meal cereal flavor in the after taste. The wheat malt gives this an interesting nutty finish that I do rather like. Coriander also is rather strong in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is extra full in this one, almost like malted milk, it is almost cloying in it's weight.

Certainly not a bad beer at all here that reminds me very much of Duvel and old favorite. A tasty brew that I suggest you treat exactly the same as a Belgian strong pale ale. Despite this being a strong wheat wine this is really a rather good Belgian style beer.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer has a warm coppery-brown hazy body with a thin film of tan foam head. On close inspection there are lots of tiny bubbles in the hazy.

S- The smell has a slight musty earthy smell with a faint sweetness of almost bubblegum. The finish has a nice floral spicy hop note.

T- The soft flavor of wheat is soon overtaken by a hop bitterness that is balanced by a slight alcohol finish. There is also a slight carbonic acid note in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a thick texture. There is no real alcohol heat or strong fizz in the mouthfeel.

D- The beer was nice but it didn't have the complexity of wheat flavors or any toasted wheat notes that I would like to see. The hops were pleasant putting the "American" stamp on this wheat wine but not enough wheat to balance it. I will try aging a few because this beer doesnÂ’t really have the subtle wheat qualities to lose with age.

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Photo of barczar
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky golden yellow with a frothy ivory head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Wheat, lemon, and clementine dominate the aroma initially, with clove and light floral and earthy hop notes adding complexity. Banana surfaces as it warms.

Flavor reveals more wheat, with bubblegum esters surfacing mid palate. Lemon zest and orange underlie the wheat and grain backbone. The finish is fairly dry and clovey. Alcohol is evident in the aftertaste

Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation and significant alcohol warmth.

Like a wheat beer on steroids. Not as estery add some, and very wheat dominant. It's a bit hot. Would like to see this with some age on it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle is from batch 7155, packaged on December 1, 2005 and reviewed on 6/1/2007. Served in the "new" Sam Adams Boston Lager glass, the beer pours a gold/orange color with a small off-white head. Head retention is low, but lacing is good. It smells sweet and fruity, like apricots and oranges, and also like yeast, grain/wheat and some peppery spicyness. The taste is pretty much the same way it smells. It's more sweet than bitter, and it also has a honey, clove and banana taste. Mouthfeel is medium/full with a moderate amount of carbonation. It's smooth and and a bit syrupy. Drinkability is good, I had no problems at all drinking this beer. Hopefully Bell's will decide to bring this Wheat Project beer back, I liked the Wheat Love a lot.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a snifter. Had a yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a massive, foamy, very long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: A good aroma of wheat, fruit, and some spices as well.

T: Tasted of wheat, though not a huge amount, some banana, a little malt, and cloves. A light, surprisingly sweet flavor. Very direct and flavorful.

M: A high level of carbonation with a prickly finish. Light-bodied.

O: It seems most wheatwines are somewhat harsh and grating, but I didn't get that impression with Bell's Wheat Love. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity... Batch 7155.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the lightly cloudy golden brew. Head fades slowly, with plentiful, slow-falling lacing. Aroma is cloves and banana, with a light undercurrent of warming alcohol. Flavor is as the nose indicated, ample balanced wheat character of cloves and banana, with a slight boozy glow appearing after the swallow. Mouthfeel is extra smooth and soft over the tongue, with incredible drinkability for the abv. Wish this one would be brewed again and again...

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Paid 3 bucks for the single. Into a pint glass

A - First thing I noticed was the sweet pillow like head well over an inch and sticking around for quite a while. Lacing all sticky and whatnot. The color reminds me of an unfiltered triple looking like peach juice.
S - Smells like a Belgium triple with no spice. Alcohol smells noticeable with a wheat base and a touch of fruity yeast.
T - Very nice wheat taste swoops in the finish. I appreciate this since the base of the beer seems heavy alcohol with a touch of bread and drying yeast. Guess on par with the style.
M - Medium to heavy it does go down rather stick and the wheat really does make it drink able.

Overall for my first Wheatwine it's quite an experience kind of like a wheat based triple. Worth picking up just for a fresh take on Bells awesome brews.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very slightly hazed, bright orange with an off-white head that produced fine lace. Raw wheat forms a base for the aroma and combines nicely with cloves and caramel apple. There's a pleasant orange sweetness that permeates the flavour and carries through into the finish. Apple is still present, but less obvious than in the aroma. Caramel, spice, and light alcohol warmth are all present. Bready yeast character lingers. Off-dry with a medium body, very creamy. Well-integrated carbonation composed of very fine bubbles. This is really quite good and is certainly the crown jewel of the Bell's wheat series. It's really a completely different beer compared to the rest of the group. The alcohol is well hidden and the balance is great. What a way to finish off a full tasting of this crazy experiment!

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Bell's Wheat Love from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.95 out of 5 based on 465 ratings.
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