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

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Bell's Wheat LoveBell's Wheat Love
BEER INFO

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

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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465
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211
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
10.89%
 
 
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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 jp32
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The finale of the Bell's Wheat Series.

Pours a hazy amber color with a huge cream colored head. The appearance is much lighter in color than I had expected, after seeing the 4, 6, and 8. The nose reminds me of either sangria or my mother-in-laws cherry ginseng wine. It smells of red wine and orange juice, a little bananas, cloves, spices. Smells interesting and fun. The taste is floral and spicey. I notice oranges in the flavor as well. It has a nice tart finish. Warming but not overwhelming. The solid, full mouthfeel is very appropriate. I'd have to say this is my favorite of Bell's Wheat Series. Job well done. Cheers!

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Photo of silenius
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark and cloudy yellow-orange (or is it orange-yellow?) with a substantial foam head. There is moderate lacing.

Smell is a strange and somewhat pleasing mix of burnt popcorn, bubblegum and cloves.

Taste is sweet and malty with a heavy dose of banana and bubblegum flavors with cloves and popcorn. I think the first hint of the aftertaste is my favorite. It is a deep and complex caramelly flavor with some kiwi (I shit you not) and orange. Just great!

Mouthfeel is thick with creamy carbonation and it slides down easily.

Highly drinkable. Please brew more!

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Photo of clvand0
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with very little head that is gone fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is surprising when compared to the others in the wheat series from Bell's. Some banana, clove, and spice are very present and there's not much here that detracts. Also a slight hint of alcohol. The flavor has some of the wheaty character expected along with the banana and spice, but it also has a definate flavor of the malts backing everything up - makes it seem a bit thicker this way. This is by far, the most enjoyable of their wheat series that I've had to date.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle. Bell's Wheat Love has a hazy orange color with a dense, white head. Funky yeast aroma of pineapple, mustard, bread, and bananas. That sounds terrible, but it somehow works. The flavor is sweeter than I expected, but not overly sweet. Tangy wheat flavor, with lots of other flavors coming from the yeast: bananas, cloves, pineapples, peaches, and pepper. A little honey flavor. Much more drinkable than the other beers in the series. It tastes like it has been filtered. Medium mouthfeel. My favorite of the Bell's Wheat series.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a cloudy dark golden orange, forming a thick tall white head with very good retention and clingy sheets of lace. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is rich and invigorating with a perfect semblance of sweet bananas and cloves, akin to a tripple. The mouthfeel is chewy and silken smooth with a medium-dense body, coating the mouth like you just drank a glass of milk. The taste is spicy with phenols and bananas and counterbalanced by a thick malt sweetness. Bitterness is mild. Mild burnt rubber in the finish. There are notes of orange in the aftertaste with a touch of peppery alcohol towards the back of the mouth. The mouthfeel is not gluey like some of the others from this series. Yeast is in good balance and not overly bready. This is a hefty beer and one is definitely enough.

This brew blurs the lines between a double weisse (I wouldn't necessarily call it a wheat wine, which is typically more redolent of plums, prunes and dark fruits, and also darker in color, although the style is not well-defined) and a triple. If someone handed this to me in a glass, I would call it a triple. The density of character and smooth silken mouthfeel is what makes it the best of the series for me. Recommended!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite the exceptional beer. It is my first wheat wine, and probably the best Bell's beer I've had, even given that I have been set up for disappointment by their entire wheat line.

The beer pours to a clear golden color with plenty of carbonation and a nice thick white head that sticks around throughout the entire bottle. A little lighter than I would have thought, though I suppose wheat wine is the white wine to the barleywine's red. Every time the glass is tipped back the head seems to cascade up and renew itself. Looks like an ordinary wheat beer, which can be quite deceptive.

The smell is very interesting. It has the strong banana and clove of a hefe-weizen along with the dry graininess of a tripel and the funkiness of a saison. The yeast complexity has really created an interesting product, though I can't say the same for the Wheat 8.

The taste is quite similar to the nose. Lots of banana throughout, and a nice clove accent to the finish. Also a bit of sweet and gritty grain. I love the Wheat Love. Probably more banana than any other beer I've tried, yet it is much more complex and powerful than your ordinary hefe-weizen. Even a nice bit of a honey flavor in the finish.

The body is medium to full and seems quite refreshing for an 8% beer. I would love to have more Wheat Love, but unfortunately I pulled the last sixer from the cooler while taking a beer run to East Dubuque.

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy, honey gold body with a small ofwhite head. Head retention is good and patchy lacing spots the glass.
Aroma is spicy clove, earthy yeast, breadiness, vague pineapple and banana, and malty wheat. Toastiness is not very pronounced compared to the other brews in the Bell's Wheat series.
Mouthfeel is nice, with a medium body and moderate carbonation.
Taste seems dominated by the clove spiciness. Fruitiness reminds me of canned peaches. Some Belgian yeast notes are easily picked up, as are some phenols. Some alcohol is also noticed, typical of a wheat wine. The wheat grainess acquires a scorched character as it warms, a trait it shares with others in the Wheat Series. Earthy hops contribute to a dry and bitter finish with a charred wheat bread aftertaste. Very interesting.
This is my favorite of the Bell's Wheat Series, but still not a world beater. Interesting complexity of this one makes it attractive enough to seek out again.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clouded yellow-orange. Thin off-white head. Leaves sporadic lace. Very nice nose to this one. Spicy and peppery and weizen-like and rich and malty. Nice profile on the buds. Nicely subdued traits of wheat, pepper and vanilla. Mouthfeel is agreeable. Carbonation is held in check and the body checks in around medium-full. The 8% a/v goes unnoticed. This is a sweet beer, but doesn't even toe the line of becoming cloying as some wheatwines do. This is one of the easiest wheatwines to drink that I've ever had. And of course, the best in the wheat series of Bell's which started out nicely with TWO and FOUR, then dipped down with the SIX and EIGHT, and now finishes with a flourish. This one is nicely put together.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma shows a heavy yeasty quality full of phenols and a strong wheat malt. Quite sour. Almost Belgian foul. Light fruit.
Dense gold/yellow. Very cloudy with floating and suspended yeast. Some lacing. A ton of yeast on the bottom of the bottle.
Flavor starts light, almost fruity (somewhat like a wit) then rapidly kicks in with heavy wheat malt and increasing sourness and growing bitterness that levels off moderate. Long extended finish. Nice yeasty spiceness. Alcohol noted and mild dryness.
Amazingly thick and chewy and somewhat viscous. A very fine carbonation that's nice.
Tough to drink more than one at a sitting becuase of the richness, but pleasurable one at a time. Not as complex as a barleywine, but it has it's own attributes. Reminds me of some Belgian styles. A fun experiment. Kudo's to the brewers at Bells.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First ever wheat beer, last in the wheat series for me.

Appearance: Murky copper color, very hazy, lots of suspension, just like the others in the series.

Smell: Zesty lemon, grainy wheat smell, slight banana, brown sugar and alcohol sweetness.

Taste: Wow, I have never had a wheat wine before, but this is awesome. The flavors of a wheat beer, but the strength of a big belgian. Spicy and yeasty, this is a wonderful and delicious beer, full of fruit flavors. I wish this was a more produced style. .

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, very full, not very strongly carbonated (just like the others beers in the series).

Drinkability: I would love to try more of this style, this is a delicious beer.

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Photo of cokes
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smoky honey hued topped with a thin crown of bleached beige. The yeast pour hints that something unsettlingly German-porn-esque has happened, as congealed yeast swirls cloud the liquid.
Utmostly bready aroma, stamped with granite, celery, cilantro, limestone, and pineapple.
Bready again, on the mouth's get-go. Densely white bread, and wholly uncharacteristic for a moment. Tropical fruits seep in and liven things up with plantains, lemon pudding, lime juice, and pineapples. Yeast adds another primer coat of clotted breadiness, and a thick curtain of honeyed vanilla. Turns a tad vegetal on the latter portions, as a astringent celery stalk/ cilantro notion arises, brushed with white peppercorn, then cut short by the ongoing vanilla bath, more pudding, and resurgant lime-pulp tartness. It concludes with a gentle white rum flash, and gradually disappearing menthol-herb bitterness.
Plushly expansive in the mouth with its fullish feel and lowly steady carbonation that flows without a whisper of its strength. Texturally, I don't think this could be improved upon, and that bodes well for it consumability.
Much like its predecessors in the Wheat Series, there are places where this fails to become totally cohesive and self-actualized. But despite minor dischordant moments, this comes impressively close, and is a no-brainer pick for the best of the lot.

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Photo of ZAP
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color....

Nose is yeasty...bubble gum...bananas...sweet ripe peaches...

Full bodied...creamy texture...finishes a little dry and with just a slight splash of alcohol..

Great taste...vanilla...honey...bananas...bubble gum...and a then a thin layer of some ground pepper..spices..

Overall..a sweeter style wheat wine with some character...Very good

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Bell's Wheat Love pours from the bottle a nice cloudy orange hue with a creamy inch of bubbly white head atop the brew. It looks ligther at the bottom of the glass adding a nice effect. Aromas of big dense wheat husk that gives me a sense of creaminess. Spicy, yeasty phenols linger underneath with light fruits (banana), pepper, clove and some bubblegum all making an appearance. An enjoyable aroma for sure.

First sip brings a creamy amalgamation of wheat grain flavors. Smooth with some nice light fruity flavors. I get lots of apple and banana along with some citrus. A big layer of spiciness flows throughout with notes of pepper, cloves and bubblegum notes. The earthy yeast is quite evident and a bit tangy. Finishes a tad bit sweet and smooth. A tasty brew in my book.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and quite creamy. Not abrasive in the least, this brew goes down really smooth. I'm enjoying this one and could see myself having a few. A tasty wheat wine with an abv low enough to allow for easy enjoyment. I'm starting at the end of the series and looking forward to trying the predecessors to this brew!

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Photo of granger10
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The final offering from the wheat project pours a glowing yet hazy orange color. A semi golden head is small but maintains itself nicely.

The aroma begins yeasty and wheaty. Sweet with spices of banana and clove. A citric acidity burns the nostrils slightly. Nice.

Taste follows suit but is more citric, mainly orange, than I would have expected. The spices are played down a bit by the thicker body and stronger malt flavors. A bit of honey seems in there along with some darker wheat flavors. Finish is citric, now more lemony, slightly bitter, and dry.

Mouthfeel is good for a wheat beer. Usually I don't care for that wheaty mouthfeel. But this has more of a creamy element along with a nice density to it which I like. Intriguing and it kept improving until the last sip. I need to get some more.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brilliant orange color with a touch of cloudyness and a distinct lack of head. Nose is not too shabby on this one. I get a moderate banana andl light lemoy and orange zestyness with a dark wheaty character. Good smelling brew. Flavor is much the same. Orangey and banana with a creamy wheat character. Just a touch of darker wheats coming through. The more I have this beer the more I enjoy it. Feel is nice and thick with a creamyness that makes it nice. The carbonation is moderate, balancing things out nicely. Drinkability is also not too bad for this one either. For 8%, it is not making me slow down. A tasty beer. I'm not upset I have a few more.

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Photo of bashiba
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden orange with a sticky white head.

Smell is sweet with hints of yeast, honey, and oranges.

Taste is very well balanced, sweet and yeasty up front with hints of citrus and banana, yet finishes with a slight hop tartness.

Mouthfeel is creamy and full.

Drinkability is good on this, a nice finale to the wheat series.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It finally appears in town!

The Love comes out of the bottle a golden peach with a polite head that really clings.

The nose conjures all things wheaty: rising dough, heated water on yeast. Orange and citrus aromas eventually work their way to the forefront through the bread-shop aromas. Slightly chalky, earthy, almost funky. Not what i'd call 'clean' aroma, for sure!

More wheat and oranges on the flavor: grains, husks, pepper. Upfront booziness coated in sweetly gumballed syrup-sweetness. Wheat huskiness goes hand in hand with the booze-burn and intense almost Belgian wheatiness.

Mouthfeel reminded me a little of the Bernadus wit. Slightly sweet, sticky, almost to the point of cloying.

Though i'm glad I didn't grab a whole sixer of this, it was a pleasant conclusion to the wheat project. One is definetely going to the cellar, which will hopefully better integrate the booziness and intense yeast funk.

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Photo of kohoutek
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

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Photo of PatYoda
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Virtually identical in appearance to a good hefeweizen. Dark orange to tan in color, very hazy, and with a long lasting, albeit smallish head. The comparison doesn't end there either. This has some similar notes in both smell and taste to a traditional German hefeweizen. The banana and clove are both there for sure, as is the soft pillowy mouthfeel. Of course there are some differences. For one, the citrus aspect of this beer stands out. It's there in the smell, but where it really becomes apparent is in the finish. In fact, it becomes TOO apparent. After awhile, all I can taste is a distinct lime aftertaste which really becomes too pronounced. But despite that being a big problem, that's my only complaint about this beer. I love the yeasty wheaty goodness and the caramelly malt flavor before the aftertaste hits. And the aroma is extremely inviting, as the lime is more subtle to the nose. Definitely something I would drink again, but I will remember to allow an hour to finish it next time.

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

Pours light orange with a thick white head and generous lacing.

Smell is of citrus, yeast and spices. A touch of honey sweetness.

Taste is sweet malt, bannana, peach, with a mild citrus hop finish. This is a very well balanced brew.

Mouthfeel is thick bodied with light carbonation. Very silky.

I found this beer to be smooth and delicious. The well hidden alcohol, balanced flavors and light carbonation make this brew very easy to drink.

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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 upon...it's just right!

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

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The final. Poured out to a hazy golden color iwth a small white foam head. Mounds of lace stick to the interior of the glass. Medium low level of carbonation. Aromas of fermented wheat reminds me of fine cheese. Some yeast overtones mixed with spices. Flavor is medium bodied, but loaded with complexity; wheat, yeast, caramel and molasses. Nice. Mouthfeel starts out syrupy, but finished clean and rather dry. Not an everyday beer, but still good. Maybe on occasion I would go for this. But since it's a limited release, maybe I won't... A good Wheat Wine. Recommended.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Benji would have no part of this Wheat Wine. Peaches, however, got into it. She almost savored each taste. She, like me, would likely only consume this on occasion.

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

Twelve ounce brown bottle, batch # only - no dates.

Dull orange colour, hazy. Thin white head, patchy lace.

Nose has aromas of lemons, cloves, & hay.

Initially sweet. Bready, light spiciness, and somewhat earthy. Flinty bitterness comes in to dry it up a bit for the finish. On the heavy side of medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Interesting, but, not the star of the wheat project in my opinion.

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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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