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

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1,513 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,513
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 32
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 02-22-2003)
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Reviews by troysoy2:
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troysoy2

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

Hello winter.
Looks like a pretty standard witbier to me. Nice and cloudy, has that ideal golden color. The head is nice and stays around for a long time, so props for that.

The smell is citrus fruit, but clouded by the wheat and a bit of spice. The words to describe it are elusive to me... There might just be the slightest bit of funk to it that I don't find all that enticing.

The taste is better that the smell, luckily. Very refreshing and drinkable. On the front of the taste, you have a very mellow orange taste. Not much acidic bite to speak of. The aftertaste may have a tad bit of wintery spices in it, but not too much going on here.

The mouthfeel, in my opinion, is the most disappointing aspect of this beer. There simply isn't much carbonation to speak of. I almost forgot that I wasn't drinking fancy orange juice.

Though it's a decent tasting beer, I think Bell's fell a little short of my expectations on this one. There are plenty of better witbiers out there, and I doubt I'll be clamoring to buy more Winter White for a while.

12-01-2011 05:38:03 | More by troysoy2
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from the tap a hazy lighter yellow with some peach colored hue a thin quick to fade head atop.Toasted wheat clove and some bannana reminisentmore of a Bavarian style sheat than a Belgian white in my mind.Pretty standard wheat flavors somewhat clovey and toasty with a faint hint of citrus in the back end.Decent and basic beer, my wife would enjoy this, me well I thought it was ok.

03-03-2008 19:57:04 | More by oberon
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

11-21-2013 19:07:29 | More by aszatk01
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

I find this beer a little lacking and one dimensional. Appearance is fine at a yellow gold with a large white head. The nose is lemony and herbal. Coriander and orange peals are quite present. Taste follows the aromas with the addition of a strong yeastiness and a bit of ginger and cloves. All the ingredients are there but this beer just doesn’t scream, “I’m a fun and cheerful wit” to me like I like my wit beers to. It’s really almost hefe like and not very wintery to boot.

03-22-2006 21:58:57 | More by DaPeculierDane
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-16-2013 13:44:34 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a faint yellow-amber color, cloudy and almost completely opaque. The first thing you notice on the nose is a hefty helping of wheat and yeast, certainly making a lot of sense for a witbier. This is appropriately followed up by a handful of kitchen spices; clove, coriander, and some light citrus and orange zest. The taste plays a little heavier on the spice side at first, transitioning to the citrus and fruit-like undertones more towards its second half. The spice isn't overpowering by any means, it's actually quite refreshing. When the citrus makes its appearance, it provides a great balance and certainly boosts the drinkability by a large margin. The hops come along and add a perfect amount of bitterness, helping with the balance of the malt and wheat sweetness combo. Yeast, as expected, is noticeable at nearly all times, but plays more of a background supporting role. Medium body, medium-high amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very good witbier. Packed with a nice array of flavors thanks to a decent contribution from malt, wheat, yeast, and hops all at once. Nice amount of spice, balanced by a subtle wheat sweetness and a blend of citrus and hops. Not bad at all.

12-10-2012 12:39:52 | More by tectactoe
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +8%

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Sort of a pale straw yellow color, slightly hazy. No discernible head but a nice thing ring of white bubbles clung to the sides of the glass. No lacing to speak of.

S: Pale malt and spice, perhaps coriander or something else.

T: The lightness of the wheat comes through quickly on this, though there isn't much in the way of malty sweetness. The hops provide nice balance and play well with the spices that are present in the background. A relatively quick finish and slight bitterness in the linger.

M&D: Light & crisp. Mostly smooth drinkability. The carbonation was medium to light and matched very well with the style. Overall a very nice beer and refreshing for a winter ale.

02-19-2008 19:47:12 | More by SIRIUS2
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +14.8%

Pours a cloudy bright yellow/orange with a small head that rolls down to a ring around the glass. Spotty lacing lies in its wake. Nice big yeasty wheat nose with notes of cloves and coriander. Big and inticing!

First sip brings a nice citric, yeasty wheat maltiness nuanced by spicy cloves, coriander, pepper and a bit of banana as well. Tasty and well balanced...this is a fine wit right here.

Mouthfeel is good with just enough body to roll over the palate smoothly..good carbonation. Drinkability here is very nice...easily sessionable. I personally think this would be better as a summer seasonal. As a side note...the label picture is beautiful..kudos to Bell's on another tasty brew.

02-17-2005 03:08:09 | More by orbitalr0x
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3%

08-13-2012 19:08:15 | More by danthehopslamman
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schnjac

Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -2.7%

Pours a cloudy light gold with mild white head. Belgian yeast smell is characteristic, with pale malts contributing to the mellow and light flavor (barley and wheat). Malt taste, with very slight notes of citrus/coriander. Medium body, crisp carbonation. A nice light and drinkable winter beer, especially if you aren't big on spice.

12-27-2013 04:07:47 | More by schnjac
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csmartin6

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-25-2013 01:00:07 | More by csmartin6
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warnerry

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

A - Pours a cloudy straw color with two fingers of quickly dissipating head.

S - Aromas of coriander and a small amount of citrus.

T - Tastes of wheat, some faint citrus hops and spices, mostly coriander. Flavors balance well. They aren't too exciting, but not bad.

M - Pretty light mouthfeel, but I guess appropriate for the style.

O - A pretty easy drinking, if not particularly interesting, wheat.

12-26-2011 22:26:07 | More by warnerry
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WuAnquo1

Michigan

1.5/5  rDev -58.8%

01-07-2012 20:09:57 | More by WuAnquo1
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jonphilipp


4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

12-01-2012 03:33:13 | More by jonphilipp
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VernonKell

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

11-15-2012 22:46:10 | More by VernonKell
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter. Enjoyed a couple of these on draft this evening and came home to find a bottle in the fridge waiting for review.

A - One-finger head of white, big bubble foam that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a thin lace across the surface. Lemon yellow in color and opaque. Cloudy when held to a light.

S - Clove/banana with a citrus and pine hop background. Almost bubblegum in the nose.

T - Very much like the nose. Banana really jumps to the front, showing off the fruit. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg in the finish. Subtle spicing makes the finish, not the hops, although I'm editing my review to note that Bell's website says they don't use any spices in this brew.

M - Fizzy. Pronounced carbonation. Good body and structure. Finish lingers longer than the lightness of the beer indicates.

D - A different twist on a winter beer. It's very much in the hefeweizen style but doesn't have the crispness in the finish you'd want in the summer. Very tasty. Could easily drink several of these in a session.

02-11-2011 06:37:43 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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mrquartetman

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

A - It is as it says: white, or really a light straw color. It pours with a small head that disappears fairly quickly.

S - Very citrusy and yeasty, fruity, a hint of banana

T - It looks like a witbier. It tastes like one too, but with a more aggressive and persistent flavor. Lots of citrus and yeast spice across the palate. The follow is lemony and sweet at the same time.

M - Full bodied and refreshing, estery.

D - A most drinkable beer, even more so than the Bell's Christmas

I've seen some critiques of this beer that ding it for being atypical with respect to winter styles. I don't recall seeing a rule that a white ale could not be a winter beer. This kind of innovation in the winter line is very welcome. Sort of an, um, winter welcome.

11-23-2008 05:27:32 | More by mrquartetman
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

Thanks to Gaisgeil for this one of many...
I needed to do something to shake this hot ass weather we've had here in the Northeast, so a Winter brew it is....
Pours a very pale yellow w/ half a finger of white head...doesn't stick around along, but a thin layer hangs on. Lacing is thin and has very little cling.
Aromas are faint...mostly sweet malt with a hint of citrus notes...not much spice but other flavors I just can't pinpoint...my inexperienced pallet to the style...damn you.
Taste is enjoyable and instantly cools me off...I can feel the chill in my face...just what the doctor ordered.
A real clean finish...no bitterness and perfect carbonation.
Mouthfeel is thin, yet average for the style.
Witbiers are not my first choice, but I'd gladly enjoy a few of these on a day like this...in the Winter, I'd rather reach for something that warms the belly and this is not that beer.

07-22-2005 00:03:25 | More by warriorsoul
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eric_berge

North Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

03-08-2012 05:18:05 | More by eric_berge
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-26-2013 19:19:58 | More by reitzbrewing
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dcevans

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-27-2011 07:18:26 | More by dcevans
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mikejonze

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-27-2014 22:51:11 | More by mikejonze
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thaghost

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-17-2013 17:36:26 | More by thaghost
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Very cloudy dark yellow with vanishing bubbly head, leaving a flat juice look.

Smell: Banana, clove, coriander, citrus and light wheat malts.

Taste: Traditional Hefeweizen flavors of banana and clove battle light coriander, orange and lemon. There is some light wheat flavor in the background, but the yeast and spice reigns supreme. Maybe some light noble hops on the finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light to medium body with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Refreshing blend of Hefeweizen and Witbier. I have read this beer uses a blend of both yeast strains, and that really comes forth. I guess this has to be classified as a Witbier since that style is a little more loosey-goosey with the rules than the Germans are. Strange that it's a winter seasonal, and it may look like terrible, but it is a tasty brew.

12-23-2010 19:41:48 | More by bsp77
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-25-2012 19:03:57 | More by standardcherry
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Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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