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Wheat Love Ale

Bell’s Brewery, Inc.
Galesburg, MI

Style: Wheat

Franz’s Rating:
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The first time I can to know what Bells Wheat Love Ale was all about was on their website. This beer was an experiment conducted by Bells with five different types of wheat beer. They start with a wheat ale (55% wheat and 45% barley malt profile) that has two types of wheat and yeast and sell it as Bells Wheat Two Ale. The next in the series is called Bells Wheat Four Ale, which has the same ingredients as Wheat Two Ale along with two different types of wheat and yeast. This continues until the last in the series, Wheat Eight Ale, which has eight different types of wheat and yeast. The beer I am reviewing is a culmination of the eight types of yeast that they label as a wheatwine. To find out specifically what they used in all their ales you can go to the website and click the tab for Wheat Project.

This beer, or wheatwine, pours lighter then what would be expected if they used eight different types of wheat. So I am assuming they didn’t use eight types of wheat because it’s not explicitly stated on the website the malt profile. Looking at the glass I notice yeast floating throughout. This wasn’t like a normal unfiltered beer that is cloudy in appearance. I could see the yeast suspended in the beer. You swirl the glass and the yeast move around but do not settle out. One can only imagine what the specific gravity of this is to keep yeast suspended in this brew. The first sip tasted like a normal wheat ale but then the aftertaste kicked in and was quite strong. The smell complemented what a wheat ale smells like; strong banana and clove aroma but with a strong astringency to it. I imagined more complexity to this beer when dealing with the profiles that eight types of yeast give off. This might be due to the fact that the above stated aromas are more overpowering then the rest and yours truly does not have a super nose to notice.

All in all, it’s a good brew. I would actually love to try all the Bells Wheat Project ales to notice the tastes and aromas that are contributed to the different wheat and yeasts used. I have not been able to find any other brews of this series except this one, so if anyone knows if they still produce this series just drop me a line. It takes great imagination to attempt something like this. It is no wonder why most of the products produced by Bells Brewery are supreme in taste.


Reviewed by Franz Mueller on May 31, 2007.
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