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

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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #296
Ranked #40,738
3.64 | pDev: 11.26%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
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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.
Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 47 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
PKG 07/29/2021 I think it says
thanks to Ken for the bottle!
L: hazy yellow-golden body, lots of particles floating around; thinner white head
S: lemon & orange zest, wheat, lemongrass
T: zesty and flavorful: lemon, orange, grassy & herbal, wheat, mildly nutty pale grain
F: light-to-medium body, moderate carbonation, zesty and a bit tart finish
O: I actually like this more than Oberon, but I’m an anomaly for not liking Oberon too much…

Oct 25, 2021
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's pretty much Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy but you're out two more bucks for a 6-pack.

Sep 30, 2021
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Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sep 16, 2021
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz pull-tab can:

I dig the lemon-lime but it's a bit overcarbonated and finishes on bitter rindy flavour that isn't terribly pleasant.


Nov 25, 2021
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22Blue from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 09, 2021
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Lukass from Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 15, 2021
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JustLikeMyDad from Michigan

3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Sep 22, 2021
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jkblr from Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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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BlueTomorrow from Michigan

2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Oct 02, 2021
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Stamped on can bottom is 'PKGD 10:13 081121'.
Cloudy, straw colored body. One pour had the white head fill up to the brim of a 16oz glass. Leaves scattered spots of lacing.
Aroma of wheat and limited citrus (lemon and orange).
Taste is a wheat ale twisted with the addition of lemon and orange. The late bloom of citrus recedes in the mostly wheat ale aftertaste.
Medium mouth feel with a fuller wheat dust dryness. Good carbonation.
The wheat reminds me of wheat dust in the grain bin. This would be a good beer to hydrate after shoveling.

Nov 15, 2021
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Taste: citrus, lemon, orange zest, wheat crackers, dry finish. Same with the grainy nose. Light gold hue, mostly clear, with soapy head and some lace. Medium to med/light body. Non sweet wheat.

Oct 24, 2021
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-Andrew- from Michigan

3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nov 10, 2021
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elamb106 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 05, 2021
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craigbelly from Iowa

3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nov 28, 2021
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beergorrilla from Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nov 21, 2021
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pjbear05 from Florida

4.73/5  rDev +29.9%
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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defunksta from North Dakota

3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, light golden color with a strong white head that fades quickly. SRM of 7. (3.75)

Aroma: Moderate aromas upfront of lemon citrus and juice. lemon peel, orange peel and zest. Some rubber balloon. Pale malts.

Flavor: Moderate flavors of lemon Pine-Sol upfront followed by a lemon citrus, orange citrus, lemon and orange zest. Fall into an orange and lemon peel flavors with wheat and pale malts.

Feel: Medium bodied. Full mouthfeel from the wheat. Finishes smooth. (4.00)

Compared to Fulton Lonely Blonde 10/18/21: Pours a similar color. More lemon citrus, peel, zest. Less bready malts. More yeast, wheat, and dryer.

Compared to Bells Oberon 10/27/21: Pours similar. Stronger aromas. More lemon citrus, orange citrus and peel. Less cloying wheat. Hoppier and fruitier.

Overall: This one drinks as described. The citrus and wheat are pronounced. Definitely a citrus-forward wheat beer. I have to say that it drinks pretty well for a Summer Wheat Ale. My only question is why is it mid-October and they are just now releasing this one is my local Trader Joe's? They're at least 3 months too late. A great summer beer, but folks it's been pumpkin spice season for two months now. (Final Rating: 3.87)

Oct 19, 2021
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miwestcoaster from Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sep 18, 2021
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Oct 15, 2021
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teromous from Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got a can of this beer off the single shelf from my local Giant Eagle store. It poured a hazy golden with thin white head that is not leaving any lace. The scent had lemon and orange peel zeal. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with a nice mix of orange and lemon presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a good beer.

Nov 13, 2021
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TP2MSU from Michigan

4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Oct 11, 2021
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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

It is like bells decided to make a natural light version of Oberon. It's not like anything I've had from them. It's probably good for staying hydrated?

Nov 13, 2021
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 47 ratings