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

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Ratings: 1,866
Reviews: 679
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 47
Gots: 179 | 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:
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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Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sicilianos, 12oz into a tulip. Batch 11537, bottled Oct 10/12.

Hazy orange/straw yellow, finger of white head with medium retention and ok lace. Nose pops with some wheat, very subtle spice and some citrus zest. Good bit of banana as well. Taste has more wheat and pale malt, a bit of banana, light coriander and yeast flavours. Medium body with a bit of texture/chew. Medium high carb, appropriate for the style. Quite tasty, I'd session this if I had a case in the summer.

Photo of MrIncognito
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - not much of a head and not much lacing, but still nice to look at. The head is white and bubbly. Beer is a cloudy yellow, just like a witbier, hmmmm.

S - Smells like sweet citus (lemon and orange) with that classic wheat smell. Just a little must.

T - Tastes sweet with the wheat on the back of the tongue. Tastes more a like a triple to me than a witbier.

M - Smooth and creamy with light carbonation for a nice fizz. Slightly thick.

Overall a good bottle-conditioned beer, I actually had two in one sitting. Very enjoyable but I don't think it is a very good example of a witbier. Definitely sweet enough to be a triple.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange-amber color; maybe more toward apricot. Decent head.

S: Lots of wheat along with plenty of spiciness--fits the winter theme quite well.

T: Lots of spiciness. Perhaps coriander, along with some citrus flavors.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: Great drinkability when fresh. This is a solid witbier, and fits in perfectly with a roasting winter fire.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Figured I'd take this one down now, seeing that Winter is in its death throes 'round here (knock on wood). It pours a thoroughly hazy pale straw topped by a finger of white froth. The nose comprises lemon zest, coriander, mint, pine, orange peel, and wheat. Honestly, the sharp bit of mint I get does nothing good for the smell, but it's luckily not enough to sabotage the entire occasion. The taste, though, does away with this unpleasantness, while straying none too far from the path already laid out by the smell. The orange peel, though, is a touch stronger than before, and a pinch of black pepper is thrown in there as well. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice wit. 'Nuff said.

Photo of metallistout
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had other beers from this brewery and loved them, so I decided to pick this up. ($8.99 for a sixer).

This one pours just like you would expect out of a Belgian Wit. Hazy, golden-orange, with a decent bubbly head that stayed in the glass for a while.

Aroma of bannana, orange, vanilla, wheat, coriander, and other spices.

The taste is crisp, full of spices and orange flavor. I do enjoy the mouthfeel of this beer also.

I would say I that I'll be in the store at least one more time to grab this before they run out. Good seasonal beer, although I usually prefer the darker beers during winter.

Photo of Lanoke12
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Duff27
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Apellonious
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle born 11/13/14 poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Gold, cloudy and murky. Half finger head that moves to a 2 mm lace.

S - A brief thought of skunk, replaced by grains, banana, clove, and spices.

T- Banana, clove, spice, fruits. Malt on the finish.

M - Fairly light and crisp, carbonation medium, not overly sharp.

O - Personally, I dont partake in a lot of white/wheat ales, but this one is enjoyable and seems above average for the style.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the glass hazy pale golden with a white frothy low head which lasted well enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was wheat with a light bit of citrus thrown in for good measure. Some light clove character was also present. Finally some DMS (corn) character was notable.

The flavor was light and enjoyable with a nice wheat flavor and a light bit of citrus coupled with a light clove spice. The beer started on the palate slightly sweet but had enough citrus and spice to balance toward the finish.

The finish was dry with lasting wheat character, very slight citrus and fleeting spice. The body was medium with a moderate level of carbonation which led to a creamy mouthfeel. The light character which would not cause this to be a standout, made it ultimately extremely drinkable and thirst quenching.

12 ounce bottle.

Photo of drpimento
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent, interesting beer. Poured with a decent, foamy, frothy, nice sized head and lots of lace. Color is a very cloudy light amber. Aroma is malty, yeasty, wheat, and a little fruity. Flavor's about the same, fruitiness more pronounced. Great body and carbonation. Easy drinking. Can actually pick up on the qualities of the different yeasts. Could be a session.

Photo of Gatch
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, hazy yellow with a thin white head.

S - A spiciness that I cannot pinpoint. The wheat is there.

T - Slight sweetness and fruitiness with a little zing in the finish. Wheat stands out and has a noticeable difference from malted barley.

M - Very smooth, sweet but not cloying, and enjoyable to drink.

Recommended. Stays with the style.

Photo of Natural510
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle; Bell's website reveals it was bottled Jan 4 2011.

Pours an extremely hazy, murky pale golden-orange color. Beer is thick with yeast and topped with a thin layer of bone-white head.

Full yeast scent with spicy notes and a slight lemon overtone.

Sweet orange-citrus flavor with peppery note of coriander. Tart, astringent yeast finish, followed by a subtle kiss of hops.

Body full as per style; yeast and hops provide a nice little reverberation in the mouth.

Good witbier; not exactly a style meant to "wow" the drinker, yet still Bell's provides a flavorful offering not generally found this time of year.

Photo of legalpete19340
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light yellow/gold color with a big two fingers of fizzy and fluffy head that hung around for the entire drink but laced minimally.

S: Spiced bread, banana and grass.

T: Starts off a crisp clean wheat/grass flavor that immediately is erased by a massive spice profile of coriander, pepper, cloves and some cinnamon. This eases into spcied bread then notes of banana and lemon before the yeast gives it a biscuit finish. All the usual suspects well balanced.

M: Light and fizzy.

O: This is a well balanced Witbier. The usual spices and fruit notes play well together and dont overwhelm.

Photo of mush
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into an Orval chalice.

The beer pours a light clear gold with a light white head. The head is gone quickly with light retention.

The aroma is sweet with a little bitter hops.

The taste is ok, nothins special. This is not a winter beer. This is a generic beer, not to say it isn't a good sessional but this is more of a summer beer.

Photo of KWolf
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of kinger
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong Ale, Imperial Stout, Spiced Ale...what's this? A winter witbier seasonal? Brilliant! Just what I needed as a break from all these big heavy winter brews. Beautiful label makes me wish the sun was out over a freshly fallen 12" snow. Heavy wheat aroma with citrus, clove, and a touch of banana. Rich yellow pour, slightly golden in the middle. Solid white head, swirl the yeast and a nice cloudiness cascades through to the bottom. Lively on the palate there is a welcoming sourness at the end. Flavor is easily received. Modest blend of fruits and spices, the banana is more prevalent. High wheat content, nice maltiness. Flavors are a little more calm than some of the other witbiers around but they are very well blended. Exceptional winter surprise, nice treat.

Photo of morimech
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served to me in an imperial pint glass. It has a cloudy orange tint with a neat 1/2 inch white head that had a little retention. Very little lacing and no activity after the pour.

The aroma is very yeasty. The Belgian yeast really dominate with a spicy and citrus smell. Very nice.

The taste again is dominated by spices such as cloves and ginger with a bit of citrus thrown in. A nice blend. The body feels light and is not a bit cloying. Very clean finish. A good beer but not a winter one. It is also not one I would make a session out of as the spice would be a little much to me after two.

Photo of kbeals
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy golden color. About two fingers of foamy white head that dissipates rather quickly. A bit of lacing. Smells are of citrus and spice, maybe cinnamon or clove. Taste is citrusy, a bit grainy and wheaty. Mouthfeel is very smooth and crisp, refreshing, I could drink these all night.

Photo of tayner
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle says 5% ABV batch 8228

pours a murky golden color with a white head that fades to nothing.

smells of banana, clove, raw wheat, and other spices i cant make out.

Taste is like the smell, typical witbeer flavors with some spiciness, and even maybe a little belgian-like yeast funk in the background, slightly.

light and pretty carbonated for a winter beer, but in arizona it works.

Its not my favorite style, but I could drink alot of these on warm arizona days, and epecially since it is only 5%.

Photo of IrishRedRock
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I expect to see this style as a warm-weather seasonal, so kudos to Bell's for changing things up a bit. It is, however, a pretty typical American stab at this style. Pours a hazed gold with a minimal thin lace. Aroma is fresh and grassy, full of yeast and citrus. Flavor shows some fresh floral notes as well as some solid citrus and earthy hops to balance the cloves 'n' bananas spice. Mouthfeel is crisp with a rush of carbonation, though not overdone. All in all not mindblowing, not one I would seek out, but a pretty standard interpretation, and a refreshing one at that.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a Napoli Grande glass. Bottled on 12/19/11

A- Semi hazy/semi clear straw yellow/golden color with high carbonation and soapy head leaving no lace

S- Coriander, citrus, and belgian yeast aroma. Very spicy aroma

T- Very traditional tasting witbier, big on coriander, belgian yeast, lemon, light orange citrus, wheat, and a slightly salt like taste on the finish. Finish is a little off putting but mild

M- Highly carbonated, very refreshing, smooth, finishes dry, very effervescent

O- A good witbier, hard to believe this is not brewed with any spices, it is very coriander forward tasting.

Photo of birderbeerer
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very light, nearly translucent. Pours a nice head.

Great sweetness and spice in the aroma with a little yeast. Very rich.

Taste is also rich. Loads of flavor, mostly spice, sweet and light with a bit of yeast.

Pretty thin for my tastes, but it's still good flavor.

Photo of aforbes10
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a bottle brought back from bell's general store. a very cloudy orange beer that its one of the most opaque non-dark beers ive seen. looked even cloudier on tap at the brewpub. extreme yeast sediment in the bottle. smells nice....wheaty and sour. taste is wheaty and sour with some spiced elements (im bad about identifying which ones but im sure tehres something in there). very refreshing even in the early spring. a lot smoother than i expected it to be too.

Photo of doubleshovels
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wounderful to look, this pour has a gradation from light lemon yellow to tangerine orange, like a slice of a citrus rainbow glowing from the glass. Its overwhelming bouquet suggested a promising bursted of falvor in the mouth. First sip hits with a full force of lemon zest, however like lemon zest, it quicks shows its bitter and oily backside, never showing a greater depth of spice. Very quaffable, yet almost unpleasantly polite.

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