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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
82 90 74 8 20 5
Batch 8000 by Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Cafe
Witbier
9.00 % ABV


 
Review by Oxymoron on 08/26/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 9 17 3 7 2009
8k. Poured a murky darker yellow color with some lighter orange hues throughout. Not a very good pour but a decent white and fuzzy head.

The nose is limited overall. Some lighter malty and grainy smells mixes with a Belgian yeasty overtone. Some wit like smells, picking out wheat and some spiciness of coriander. Not much of an orange ester or citrus. There is an underlining alcohol smell but subtle. Also there is an off plastic almost licorice aroma as well.

The taste has more of a wit-like presence to it. A bigger wheat presence leaving a good bready quality to the beer. Some yeasty qualities linger as well. Very limited solvent flavors, surprising with ABV on this one, but there are some spicy flavors that comes out from the yeast. Mostly earthy, medicinal and some iso-amyl. There is a light white pepper presence but limited. The orange and citrus are more noticeable then what the nose would indicate leaving a nice finish.

The body is closer to full than mid. A bit chewy with the wheat but brings a new presence. This beer is a little rough around the edges but with some age could be a nice beer. Thanks for the taste.

Served In: Bottle

Review by bakes on 09/09/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 5 8 2008
Orangey copper with a nice rocky white head that slowly relaxes. Fairly complex aroma - honeylike, with many spice notes; coriander and orange, also some lemony wheat and some yeasty esters. Underlyuing apricotlike fruitiness as well.

Like a wit cranked up to 11. Starts out with a slightly fruity, wheaty-spicy maltiness and then the spices and orange come through, finishing with a slight warming surge of alcohol. As it warms more flavors come out to play - a little more peppery, a little more "woody" - but still retains its big wit flavors. Very nice. Insanely soft yet moderately full mouthfeel, slight but appropriate carbonation

Very enjoyable brew.

Served In: Tulip

Review by seaoflament on 03/27/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 5 8 2008
Pours a slightly copper color with over an inch of foam. The foam holds for a few moments and settles to a nice quarter inch ring.

Aromas of ripe orange and grapefruit with hints of citrus peel and coriander in the background. The wheat malt comes through with a zest and sweetness that goes well with the spices which seem to start to tone down. Smells really flowery with a bit of honey comb and a touch of white pepper. I’m also picking up hints of vanilla, which I think it’s odd, and a little bit of earthy/fruity aromas which might be from the yeast. After it begins to warm up there are some more fruits I am able to detect. Ripe apricot and peach comes to mind.

Tastes pretty great. Tons of wheat and fruit at first with the zest and spices in the finish. The alcohol was not really apparent in the nose but it is there in the finish, just enough to give a warming sensation in the back of the throat. Second sip revealed some lemony and woodsy coriander, a touch of burnt flavor from the coriander as well but not bad. I decided to take a sip and let the beer rest for ten seconds to see what else I can taste and I was able to taste some more lemon, wheat, and white pepper.

Mouthfeel is very soft. This beer goes down very smooth. The carbonation level is still holding up great and even though this beer is heavy on the wheat malt it still feels thin on the palate. The finish is also clean with some tangy wheat, lemon zest, and pepper flavors which linger for some minutes.

After about 7 months this beer is still very damn tasty.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 0
A - Pours a slightly hazy bright orange body with literally thousands of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Light tan head that is almost the color of whipped butter starts at about an inch. Now it sits there at about a quarter inch of tight bubbles. Good retention.

S - Obvious wheat, but lacking that wet hay smell you get sometimes. Clover honey. Citrusy with some orange zest. Robust spiciness with coriander and maybe a touch of all spice.

T - Sweeter than expected, with the honey and some sweet pale malt. Wheat is big and thick. Citrus comes in with the orange peel, but somewhere in there I sense a slight bitterness. Spices come on mostly at the end, with coriander being the most obvious. Almost no hint of alcohol.

M - Big and full bodied when you consider this is a wheat beer. Smooth carbonation.

D - Sort of a double hefe, imperial wit cross I think. Definitely enjoyable, but not your summer quencher, as it would get you in a lot of trouble.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 12/24/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 4 10 0
Cloudy dull peach color. A mist of actionate bubbles reside within and climbing the glass edge. Small sustained capping of white foam sits atop. Minimal lacing in a few strings and spots.

Aroma is a fairly present array of Belgian maltyness bringing in creamy orange candy, corriander dust, dullish banana, and a bit of lime. Quite clean and vibrant and sweetly citric.

Flavors are full right away on the palate, big on sweet Belgian malt which really is giving more of the impression of a Tripel than a Wit. But as a big Wit it makes the grade. Large dullish citrus candy notions with orange, lemon, banana, pushed into a mushy dryness of yeasty goodness and soft breads that's partially earthy and spiced with some corrainder and pithyness. Very rich and fulfilling with a super lofty smoothness thats easy to please. Yummyliscious!

Feel is adequately broad and mediumish closing in on full; well-rounded, smooth, soft, lightly dryish, kinda creamy with a breadishness and a nice malt carriage to lift sweetness over and over again into and around the spicy yeast notes.

A subtle concoction of Belgian fun here by Bell's. I quite liked it and more is easy enough to drink down without much of problem. 9%? No where no be found. Sure its not quite up to par with the last 3 releases of Batch thousands, but its quite a treat in its own right no matter what the occasion. Congrats on another milestone Bell's yummy brew!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by beagle on 11/25/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 10 15 3 8 0
Orange in color, with some sediment in there due to it being Bell's and nothing seems to be filtered from this brewery, and I love it. This beer is a Hefe IMO. They are calling it a Wheat Ale or an Imp Wheat, but sure tastes like a Hefe to me. At 9% this drinks great. I would have had no idea it was this high just drinking it. The taste is a very good one with banana, cloves and orange. This is a good brew, CONGRATS BELL'S on 8000!!!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Westside Threat on 11/20/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 9 15 5 5 0
A: Pours an intriguing butterscotch color with a bunch of crap floating in it. Overall the beer is quite hazy. Head is a good ¼ inch of tight, snow white bubbles. So far so good.

S: Lots of coriander on the nose mixed with an overall wheaty aroma. Dried orange peel, lemon zest and black pepper also play a part.

T: Begins with a whole lot of tutti fruity which seems to be the overall theme. The coriander, honey and orange peel play a really predominant roll. Really friggin sweet, almost too much so. Its almost like a saison with a bunch of sugar added to it. As some of the sugar dies down and the saison traits flare up, yeasty characteristics take shape. But the yeast is much more saisonish than witbeerish. Final stages, the beer’s seasonings really lay it on thick across the tongue. Not so much to smother, but certainly enough to get noticed.


M: Full, creamy mouthfeel.

D: Bizarre beer. Nobody can knock this beer for being bland or not flavorful. It’s a bit too “much” for me. I could see this beer being very cloying after a period of time. With all that said, I love experimental, radical or “different” beers. I appreciate what Bell’s has done here and give them kudo’s for making something a bit different.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Kegergator on 11/19/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 17 4 7 0
Thanks beagle for this midwest brew. Pours a murky golden color. Nice foam head, but faded pretty quick. Ring around the glass held in there, though. Smell is almost all spice, slight sourness, and a #### hair of alcohol. Taste is fruity, and smooth with more spices. Slight alcohol in the finish which is perfect, IMO. Awesome brew again from Bell’s.

Served In: Pint Glass

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