Bell's Winter White Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Winter White AleBell's Winter White Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,943 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,943
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 49
Gots: 231 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 02-22-2003

Fermented with a Belgian ale yeast, this blend of barley & wheat malts yields a mixture of clove and fruity aromas, all without the use of any spices. Deliberately brewed to retain a cloudy appearance.
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Ratings: 1,943 | Reviews: 697
Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Wot?!? I have NEVER reviewed Bell's Winter White Ale in ANY serving style?!? How is this possible? I know that I drank it at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse once upon a time when I was still doing field reviews with a notebook, so this seems strange. It does not matter now, since I have a CAN from The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop cooling and ready to go. Viva The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "A seasonally nuanced wheat ale that's a refreshing and flavorful alternative to the to the traditional winter warmers. Embrace winter."; "Unpasteurized [-] Unfiltered [-] Best Kept Refrigerated".

The Crack! revealed a brimful craft CAN and I was so elated that I decided to throw caution to the wind and CANduct an inverted Glug of a pounder CAN. Kids, do NOT try this at home! It began slowly, but suddenly let loose in an unexpected Glug that filled half of the glass instantly. Whoa! I backed off and allowed it to puff up with two foamy, soapy fingers of bone-white head that fell just as quickly as they appeared. Color was a hazy (not really cloudy, despite numerous agitations) Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5), but due to its lack of clarity, the Golden Triumvirate of Mammon, Croesus and Midas declined. Nose was spicy, perfume-y and somehow reminiscent of a scented CANdle. I was getting Grains of Paradise, coriander, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger. Wow! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The flavor was redolent with spices, but it was hard to separate them like I could on the nose. I would go with coriander, cinnamon and black pepper if you really pressed me, but I would fold like a house of cards if you challenged me on it. Finish was dry and how could it be otherwise with all of that inherent spiciness? It is not really my style of choice, but it was not unpleasant, either.

Photo of HerrKohm
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid wheat beer and a welcomed seasonal.

Photo of sisterofba
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bought in April on clearance, so wasn't expecting much (but I have to rate what I tasted). Decent, per previous reviews, but probably better when fresh, obviously.

Photo of ARoman
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

*transferred from old notes - 12/29/2013*
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker. The initial aroma comes on strong citrus - lemon primarily - with some clove notes, and some faint hoppy/earthy notes. It appears hazy, straw yellow with a thin white head that fades quickly. It reduces down to a couple splotches floating atop the beer. It’s mostly sweet, light bitter, and a touch of sour, very lemony with some orange notes and bready. It’s a light, fizzy body, it finishes with some nutmeg/hop spiciness - very clean finish.

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Cloudy, light orange with copious white head and fair amount of lacing. Smells like a solid hefeweizen, yeasty, fruit esters – pineapple, bubble gum, banana. Tastes like a pretty solid wheat beer, a lot of citrus (lemon, orange). Absent are the spicy notes, nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is light, a little soapy and very smooth and easily quaffable. This beer is a solid beer for spring and summer BBQ, the low ABV argues against the ‘winter’ aspect of it (it’s such an enjoyable beer, it could be imbibed year round). Hands down the best US wheat beer I’ve had – love the can for convenience and portability.

Photo of mactrail
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow color with a brief head in the Affligem chalice. The best feature is the creamy, sudsy mouthfeel that would do a German brewery proud. Faintly aromatic with a flowery, citrus nose.

Mellow and biscuity. Lightly fruity with a lemon curd note. A litle sweetness. Some yeasty taste and bitterness in the aftertaste.

Surprisingly drinkable. The whole concept is a surprise, but it's a pleasant wheaty brew. From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Bottlecraft in San Diego.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can. Light golden and nearly clear body - suprising for a wit. Half inch of soapy white head. Aromas of wheat, apples, oranges, grass, cracked pepper. Moderate spice / pepper character with tangy oranges. Light to medium in body with a subtle fruity sweetness. Mild coriander in the nose and flavor. Easy drinking. Pretty good.

Photo of scootny
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A bottle poured into an IPA glass. Cloudy pale yellow with a clean white head that is decent and leaves some streaks and spots of lace all along the glass. A slow fade leaves a mild covering. Nose is excellent with a healthy sourness and wheat malt twang that shows amazing spiciness considering that this is not spiced. I'm blown away by the amount of clove, light coriander, bubblegum, pepper, and faint banana and light fruit esters all from just the grains, hops, (what there is) and yeast. Taste showcases classic wit tartness and lemony citrus notes. Mild cloves and cinnamon flow to a tight, light bitterness that releases bubblegum and soap, leaving a surprising dark graininess that lingers with mild almost graham like cracker flavors. Cinnamon and cloves hang in the background. Feel is velvety smooth and light with a mild creaminess. Superb drinkability and all around deliciousness, a great wit and right up there in my top five. As a winter ale the light and drinkable nature may seem a bit of a contradiction, the flavor and satisfaction in the drinking make for an enjoyable winter brew that would also do well in the warmer months.

Photo of ordybill
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a yeast and fruit aroma with maybe some coriander.
Appearance- Pours a straw color with a small white head.
Taste- Has a yeast and coriander flavor, pretty good.
Palate- A light bodied beer with medium carbonation. Has a nice clean crisp finish.
Overall- Not a bad beer at all. Very enjoyable.

Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a short wispy white head that quickly settled into nothingness. Looks like a macro.

The aroma is quite yeasty. Big banana and clove, perhaps a hint of coriander. A bit of tart green apple. The aroma reminds me more of a hefeweizen than a witbier.

The taste is of ripe banana, bubble gum and clove. Definite hefeweizen flavors. Very subtle tart apple.

The feel is light and fizzy carbonation. The beer drinks very crisp and clean. A bit thin.

Not sure what type of style this beer is going for. The beer doesn't have a strong coriander presence so it doesn't remind me of a witbier. The flavors are much more of a hefeweizen. The beer doesn't have the softness of most hefeweizens. I would say the beer is an American wheat ale that uses a bavarian yeast strain.

Photo of Tanger112
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad... an easy drinker. Nice change of pace beer.

Photo of derekgw123
2/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wasn't paying attention when I bought a six pack and thought it was more of a winter warmer. With that aside, the beer was just not tasty. Bland and thin.

Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big Belgian esters of pear, peach, and green apple with wheat in the aroma.

Flavor is more green apple dominant, with a lightly phenolic clove and pepper finish.

Photo of arizcards
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a sixer at the end of December for $9.99. Bottled on 11/20/14, batch 13695.

Beer poured a light gold with little head that dissipated quickly.

Nose has hints of cloves and wheat malt.

Taste has hints of citrus, wheat malt, and citrus rind.

Mouthfeel is not as light as I would expect for the style but has a smoothness that I like.

Overall a solid beer that is worthy of a shot.

Photo of Metalsnota
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I can taste the spices, but overall the mouthfeel seems to be a little lacking. Overall solid effort.

Photo of Billolick
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can w/ an 11/12/14 pkgd on date on the bottom

Pretty typical wit look going on here

Def ginger on the nose

More ginger, coriander, oranges and lite peppery spice thing happening.

Decent flavor, and more then moderate body for the style.

Easy drinking and gotta love 16 ounce cans

Photo of Joeyphunk
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

I wanted a stronger nose. Unfortunately served in a straight glass

Photo of jmbranum
4.54/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 Oz bottle.

Wonderfully hazy, murky gold liquid.

Supremely wheat spicy aroma.

Flavor is complex. Starts sweet but ends dry. Lots of spices. True to style.

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.48/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Just not my thing. Did not enjoy it at all.

Photo of zeledonia
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Tasted 16 January 2015.

Pours a pale golden yellow, 98% clear. A thin column of bubbles in the center. Not much head, and what there is is gone fast.

Smell is a thin, faint version of a wit. A bit of spice, a bit of yeast. But mostly, just emptiness.

Taste is similar to the smell. If anything, it's worse. Grainy, bland, faintly sweet.

Feel is not very good. Flat, and just blah. Could be a whole lot better with a little more lively carbonation.

One word describes this beer: blah. Nothing particularly notable about it. Perhaps the worst beer I've had from Bell's.

Photo of ChainChompsky
2/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Rating justified with a review.

Photo of ohiobeer29
1.98/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Basic white ale pretty tasty but doesn't jump out at you but very easy to drink

Photo of Smaxy
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Definitely tasted bananas and a bit of spice. Hazy yellow color.

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Solid and enjoyable. Some citrus and spice notes. As a winter brew, it feels out of place among the holiday selections, though. It tastes more like a March day when spring is trying to push winter aside.

Photo of jwat
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Meh, bitterness doesn't work, very thin

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Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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