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

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Ratings: 1,530
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 32
Gots: 68 | 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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4.85/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is probably misnamed. I found it to be a direct competitor with the finest German wheat beers such as Paulaner and Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbiers. I was told the same thing as another reviewer about the Bell's folks being concerned it would compete to closely with Oberon. Oberon is a starter kit for people about a year away from sampling German-style wheat beers. This beer has the wonderful banana and yeast flavor of the best German Weissbiers and is the best American Microbrew version of this style I have sampled. I wish this was readily available in bottles!

Sudmissle, Sep 12, 2003
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4.78/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out dark orange that is semi-transcelucent. Defintely can't see through it though. The head was pretty tiny and had no retention. Smells pretty malty, pretty sweet, with no hint of hops. Taste is quite sweet and tastes like Belgian yeast -- the banana/clove yeast. Really it tastes nice for a Wit. Pretty nice. Mouthfeel is medium thick with some nice carbonation. Overall this is a really nice whit, Tastes just like I would want it too. I am a sucker for a whit!!!! Overall this is a GREAT whit. Seems to be under-rated.

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Pillowburn, Apr 21, 2012
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4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle served in a tall pilsner style glass

This has long been one of my favorite beers to get growlered. I'm very glad to see it in bottles finally.

Like many other wheat beers, this is one where you want to swirl that last half ounce around in the bottle before you pour it into the glass. It picks up the sediment from the bottle, which enhances the flavor dramatically.

Beer poured a very cloudy golden/yellow with 2 inch bubbly sticky head. Like most wheat beers I've tried, the head left very little to no lacing.

Smell was wonderful. golden ripe banana and warm bread.

Taste was very clean and simply delicious. ripe bananas and sweet apple. Strong yeast characteristics.

Mouthfeel was good. Minimal carbonation. This beer feels light and airy on the tounge.

Still one of my all time favorites.

oracle, Dec 30, 2004
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4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My typical standard of measurement for wit beers is Hoegaarden. Bell's Winter White might be my new standard. First off, I love that they used the white winter theme to brew a beer like this out of season. Typically, wheat beers can only be found fresh during the summer. It is nice to know you can find one light and refreshing in the winter too as a six-month old wit beer sipped in January would almost certainly be stale. Not this--it had a crisp clean freshness that comes only from hefty doses of wheat played against the musty phenols of the belgian yeast. I could not smell or taste any orange or coriander, lemon or lemongrass, just nice round full bready yeast. Even the color was pale yellow, though not as white as Hoegaarden. It did not feel overly fizzy or thin, as can sometimes be the case for this style. Excellent drinker. High marks all around.

dnrobert24, Jan 27, 2011
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4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz beer poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow/light orange with a 1" white head that has decent retention. Bubbles stick to the sides of the glass. A yeast haze slides around in the liquid.

Smell: Strong wheat aroma mixed with pale malt. Belgian wit yeast, minerals and a light banana/clove in the background.

Taste: Tastes much like a summer Belgian White Ale. Strong wheat malt, banana and citrus. Spicy with underlying clove and pepper. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Very sweet and satisfying with a great quenching flavor. Mild carbonation and alcohol. Spicy and loose.

Drinkability: Extremely good. This is not a winter beer, but it should be. This style can be appreciated no matter what the season. I love it.

Risser09, Jan 06, 2009
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Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,530 ratings.