Rind Over Matter
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #197
Ranked #34,382
3.73 | pDev: 9.12%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Rind Over Matter is a bright and refreshing American Wheat Ale, brewed with fresh lemon and orange zest, and a 5% ABV. It is easy-drinking, aromatic, and has a lighter malt profile than Oberon that allows those citrus notes to really shine. It will be available through October, while supplies last.
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Passes the chug test and that is good enough for me! Flavors of lemon peel wheat and slight cracker malt not sure if it's enough to get me to buy more but I would crush many at a party!

Friday at 06:40 AM
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Valdez_Mescalito from Michigan

3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

August - October 2021 Wheat Series Release - 12 pack
12 oz. bottle dated 08/11/2021 - 5.0% ABV / 20 IBU
Brewed and bottled in Comstock, MI
Poured into a Bell's branded nonic pint glass

Look - Pours two fingers of a quickly dissipating soapy white head that clings to the glass. Pale yellow, hazy appearance with lots of streaming bubbles.
Smell - Mostly lemon and orange zest scent.
Taste - Lemon and orange zest dominate on first taste with some wheat malt and spiciness on the aftertaste. Slight hop bitterness on the tail end.
Feel - Relatively light bodied, and decently crisp and refreshing.
Overall - Very light lemon and orange flavor and okay drinkability.

Friday at 03:10 AM
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Lucular from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass. Pours a light yellow with a slight haze. Aroma and flavor feature tart lemon and lime with a nice wheat backbone. Overall it's a tasty, easy-drinking summer beer.

Oct 11, 2021
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pjbear05 from Florida

4.73/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at the Eccentric Cafe. Poured a pale yellow, with minimum head and lacing. Aroma from orange and lemon zest pronounced and immediate, as was the taste. A mild wheat flavor without the clove and banana overtones found in Weizens. Light, clean, and very refreshing. Limited availability? Jeez, RoM would be a year-round session pounder back home in FL!

Oct 09, 2021
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at 44 Stone. Poured a slightly hazy, golden yellow color with a small, white head of pillowy foam. It left sudsy trails of lace. It smelled of lemon zest, orange, cracked wheat and some yeast. Nice tart bite of lemon with citrus, wheat and some caramel flavors.

Sep 24, 2021
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teromous from Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the rear label in white text on a yellow background: "PKG 08/03/21 PRN 34208"

Appearance: It has a moderately hazy, light gold body that allows fuzzy shapes to be visible through it. It has a medium-large white head with good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Lemon zest comes through immediately, then a light bit of wheat cracker scent comes through but it overpowered by the lemon. Some lime zest character pops in as well. The lemon aroma is very strong.

Taste: Up front there is a strong lemon flavor. A bit of biscuit flavor comes through in the middle of the mouth. More lemon character strongly dominates the middle of the mouth. Lemon in the aftertaste with a light bit of lime.

Mouthfeel: It is sharp and light bodied with a punchy citrus bitterness.

Overall: The label states that this is a 'WHEAT ALE WITH LEMON & ORANGE ZEST." The orange never seems to really come through but rather the beer has a bit of a lemon-lime flavor with a strong focus on lemon. The beer lacks nuance and balance and the lemon character doesn't make room for much else in this beer. It is drinkable and it has its moments with a bright citrus character, but it is very much a lemon bomb. I probably wouldn't drink it again and I would only recommend it to those who really enjoy lemons.

Sep 11, 2021
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jkblr from Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottled 08/12/21 (less than a month old) poured into a pilsner glass at fridge temp 5% ABV. The beer pours barely hazy in a light golden amber. The head is off white and recedes to a thin ring tiny island. The aroma is mild with wheat malt and vague citrus. The taste is crisp, light wheat malt with front to back lemon and orange. Minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good.

Sep 08, 2021
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seeing another summer wheat ale on the market and its easy to roll the eyes. So, basic, so banal, so uninteresting, so many of us have been trained to simply overlook these beer as it has become engrained into our brains. But getting us to try another variety is simply an attitude of rind over matter. Bell's American Wheat ale is dashed with lemon and orange zest and with a crisper, more refreshing finish that's worth taking an extra look.

Pouring a standard hazy gold, a fluffy and frothy Rind Over Matter leads with a blossoming citrus scent with a backbone of fresh bread, honeysucke and hop spice. Sweeter to taste, the first sip reveals those fresh bready sweetnesses with hints of honey, cereal and mild pillowy starch.

As the ale washes the middle palate, the malt influences begin to drift and the citrusy hops start to take hold. The suggestions of orange and grapefruit as the citrus peel additions get going. The firm but never unruly flavors of orange and lemon zest add to the hop profile. Trending crisp, refreshing and quite clean, the beer has a snappy finish with a racy citrus intrigue that closes with a balancing bitterness akin to pale ale.

Medium bodied and trending light, the ale closes summer out with a refreshing bang. Bready and brisk the ale trails into a fairly short aftertaste of cracker-like flavor and a citrusy kick. This isn't your average everyday wheat beer.

Aug 30, 2021
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Old Chicago.

It pours a clear straw gold with an inch of foam, seems to last long.

Smells of lemon and orange, slightly sweet, notes of wheat.

Taste is lemon, orange, lightly flavoured, I get most of the flavour near and through the finish.

Light bodied, kind of refreshing.

Aug 27, 2021
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 30 ratings