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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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Ratings: 1,527
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 31
Gots: 67 | 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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Photo of benito
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

I bought a single of this and tried it on a "Bell's Wheat Beer" day that also included Oberon, and the first three of their 2005 wheat series. Given that they're putting out seven (seven!) different wheat brews, Bell's may be able to lay claim to making the overall best wheat beers in the U.S! Winter White is a good example why...

This pours a hazy orange with lighter hints of champagne and grape juice around the edges; the effect is a beer with a light top and bottom with an illusory copper orb floating in the center.

A bouquet of bananas, clove, citrus, and rubber leads the way into a medium-bodied beer with a nice peppery flavor that lingers on to the next swig indeed. The flavor is crisp with delicate bitterness and a present-yet-restrained fruitiness: a sign of excellent balance.

They've hit the nail on the head here as far as setting typical Witbier sweets against a broader tart backdrop.

An excellent seasonal offering from Bell's.

benito, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of confer
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours golden and very cloudy, Beautiful.
The aroma is nothing special.
The taste is above average, nothing overpowering, very light and slightly fruity.
Mouthfeel is smooth as this unfiltered style should be.
This is beer I that will make it into the rotation.
Not that it matters but the label and cap seemed a little out of place. I don't know that I have seen a white bottle cap before.
It's what inside that counts and Bell's has a winner here.

confer, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of Gritsak
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

A- very cloudy orange with a nice sized offwhite head. laces decently.

S- malt, yeast, dough

T- a little similar to oberon, but stonger in flavor. there is a strong yeast and buscuit flavor. the finish has a little medicine flavor but its not overwhelming.

M- medium body, extremely smooth. very light if any carbonation.

D- pretty decent, only thing that hurts this is the aftertaste.

overall- this was pretty much what i expected out of this beer. it has a nice clean, smooth taste that is pretty enjoyable. only thing im not a fan of is the aftertaste which could become a little annoying.

Gritsak, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of PorterLambic
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Arrives hazy with a small head that disappears quickly. No lace left behind.
Smell is banana, spice, malt.
Taste is exactly that. Well balanced throughout, exactly what you expect with a wit.
Medium bodied with a good amount of effervescence. Smoothish finish leads to a nice malty banana fade. A good brew.

PorterLambic, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of magine
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

This is my first beer frm Bell's - so here goes.

Poured into a pilsner glass, this brew has a golden yellow appearence, with no head. Mostly carbonation is present when poured.

The brew smells of yeast, orange and some lemon.

The brew taste nice and crisp. Taste of yeast and wheat - much like the smell. Yeast after taste is very evident. Very carbonated mouthfeel.

The beer is very drinkable - but I am partial to wheat beers. However this beer doesnt really do it for me as a "winter" brew. I mean it is very drinkable and good, but this is a brew that can be had on a 90 degree day in the summer. Good beer - just not really what I look for in a winter brew. I think the crispness I am detecting is where the difference is in this and a regular wheat beer. refreshing beer none the less.

magine, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%

Type: on-tap pint
Glass: pint glass
From: Casey's Tavern in Ann Arbor
Price: $4.50

Appearance: a deep and hazy gold. opaque. by time i got it there was no head left and the lacing was gone as well

Smell: a little bit of wheat, fruit and clove.

Taste: follows the nose pretty well. definitely a wheat taste to it, along with what i now taste as banana and a good mixture of cloves.

Mouthfeel: light and crisp. a good mix-up from all the stouts, barleywines and bourbon beers i have been having this winter

Overall: another solid seasonal from Bell's. not a beer that i am gonna race to get next winter, but it sure hits the spot after a bit of a burn out on heavier and darker drinks. easy to find as most MI bars have a Bell's seasonal option

SportsandJorts, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

No batch#, hmmmm

Pours a slightly hazed straw color with a thin beige head. Not much lacing & zero head retention

S: Grassy & some lemons

T: Coriander, grainy bread, white peppers & lemons. A touch of phenol with some juicy fruit as this warms, plus a touch of lemons & pears. Finishes fruitty, a touch dry with white pepper

MF: Light/medium bodied with light carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, a pretty good Wit. My problem is why do a wit as a winter release? Bell does plenty of others sooo I guess it doesn't matter...

russpowell, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of bum732
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

S: Doughy, coriander and clover, faint orange.

L: Hazy "milky" yellow, white effervescent head that dissipates, lots of bubbles.

T: Slightly tangy, bitter malt leading to a coriander spiciness. Medium citrus bitterness yields to a semi-dry spicy finish.

M: Medium-high carbonation, medium bodied, fairly smooth considering the carbonation.

Impressive with no spices, not great, but not bad.

bum732, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

A-Poured an golden apricot hue with thick white head that left mild lacing.

S-Wheat, ripe banana-orange, and spice, mostly clove.

T-Slightly sweet w/floral and light citrus notes and edge of spice. Faint tropical fruit w/banana and rambutan. Hops also shine through lightly throughout, and finish is smooth w/lemon rind.

M-Body is medium and carbonation is on light-to-moderate side.

D-Not my favorite style, but well worth the try. Another nice delivery from Bell's. Also, this one grows on you.

BoitSansSoif, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of Erish
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

A: cloudy lemon-yellow color, fizzy head quickly drops into a decent cap with adequate lacing.

S: floral yeasty notes, lemony citrus, some sweet wheat and malt.

T: lemon cake up front, then the floral, citrus fruit, coriander, a hint of clove, and yeasty notes in the middle, the finish is nicely dry and crisp with a wisp of floral hops.

M: medium to light-bodied, light and silky, good carbonation.

D: It is a nice change of pace from massively malty and spicy holiday beers, but falls short of being a great seasonal.

Erish, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

A: The typical hazy blonde pour, thought he head on it retains wonderfully... foamy and white

S: Wheat, a little bit lemony (not too intense, though!) and a soft and warm spiciness.

T: Not as spicy as many can be, and with a more mellow citrus zing. A little orange peel and a nice wheatiness.

M + D: Nice and dry, which is a positive. Without the sweet and spicy flavours of some, it becomes a very easy drinker. I'll be looking forward to the next release of this one to try it a little hotter.

Proteus93, Aug 18, 2008
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

It has a nice wheat color. Poured to a two finger head which dissipated quickly. Banana is the most pungent scent cloves are also present. The winter wheat has good mouth feel and has a bit of inconsistency(which is a good thing). There is a nice hint of nut and banana that linger as the aftertaste. It is a smooth beer that isn't over-spiced. I suggest it. Its a tasty beverage

KRAUSEMAO, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of PokerGod
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

It seems like this is one of those beers that I wasn't 100% on the first few sips, but by the end of the beer, I had completely changed my mind. A great taste. An awesome aroma. These are the traits than rang through the most for me. A little too flat looking in it's appearance, maybe. Also, I like to see the lacework on the side of my glass, and this had none. The head leaves quickly. But the smell and taste is spot on.

PokerGod, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours a murky golden color. Cloudy, and never seems to want to settle.

Smells consisted of spices you traditionally find in these light wheat ales. Generally, stuff that goes well on chicken, but somehow works in beer too.

One big difference was in the citrus aromas, and flavors for that matter. I was expecting more of a lemon flavor, but got oranges instead. No problems there.

It finishes a bit dry and grainy. Reminded me of bread. Bell's managed to make an interesting twist on the style.

ElGrecoVerde, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of MelissaJ
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Bottle to conical pint glass
A: Pours a light cloudy yellow with a thin white head that quickly dissipates

S: Lemons, spices, wheat

T: Strong citrus and wheat taste followed by lemon and spice (coriander?) notes

M: thick body, light carbonation

O: awesome drink-ability, but not very interesting, pretty basic. Definitely a spicy/winter drink. It's nice, but not great.

MelissaJ, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of theboozecruise
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

It's a lighter orange color, with ribbons of sediment in the beer and a bubbly white head. It really reminds me of breaking into an orange slice.

There is a lot of citrus on the nose too, but it's more lemon zest than orange. Some spices too which is not surprising for the style. Not bad but nothing TOO special.

The taste is very similar... lemon zest, spice, very mellowed out.

The mouthfeel is fine... nothing really good or bad happening here, bubbly and crisp.

The drinkability is off the charts, though. This one goes down like water... or orange juice! A great session beer.

theboozecruise, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of ProducerBRBeer
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

A - Pours a Belgian white style like a milky lemon juice. A big bubble white head with a very slippery lace. The color is pale yellow and murky to see through.

S - Smells like a belgian. Malty with a fruity smell, like cantaloupe or apricot.

T - Very nice banana fruity flavor. Subtle hop taste but mostly banana from the flavors. Very nice finish and hardly an after taste.

m - creamy and smooth. very nice and elegant. the carbonation is light but perfect for the malty style.

O - A great Belgian white that leaves me satisfied. Out of all the seasonal beers this year I could definitely say I really enjoy this one. Usually when I think Belgian white beer I do not associate it with winter.

ProducerBRBeer, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of KeggerKen
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Another good beer from Bells! I wasn't expecting much but was quite impressed with the thick creamy yellow look after being poured into a pint glass. A strong effervescence of wheat in the smell. This beer tingles the mouth with a strong thick mix of carbonation and wheat but has more of the feel of a summer relaxing in the sun beer than that of a winter. Drinkability was a little hindered by the mouthful of wheat flavor; perhaps a little too much but this is a beer I will buy again.

KeggerKen, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of VncentLIFE
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Pour is a cloudy yellow. no real head from a semi aggressive pour. sweet oranges and a nice spiciness. light body. has a full yeasty body, but a nice sweet orange feel to it. Lemon rind as well. A spiciness that Im assuming is from the yeast. Finishes clean.

VncentLIFE, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

On tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark gold and light orange color. Just a small eroding head by the time it is delivered to my table. I suspect it would have better head retention out of a bottle. Some yeast particles float in and out of the haziness, creating a nice effect for those who observe carefully.

Smell: The wheat, as expected, is the most noticeable smell. A nice blend of spices rise into my nostrils, and lemon and orange citrus are present as well.

Taste: I feel that the taste of this witbier is pleasant, but I am not blown away. As expected, the wheat taste and texture fill my mouth at first. The malt allows the lemon, orange peel, and coriander taste to occupy more of the focus. The mild hops supplement the orange peel flavor more than anything, never taking real control, but gradually finishing out the taste. I also noticed that the taste includes more spices and actually becomes somewhat peppery as the keg progresses. I wonder how it is in the bottle.

Mouthfeel: A little too light-bodied for my taste; I am looking for a winter wheat with a slighter heavier feel and a little higher alcohol content. More carbonated than I would prefer as well.

Drinkability: This is an easy sipper that can stand up to a variety of food or would be good on its on while warming up inside, but I think there are some better ones out there. For me, Allagash White dominates this one in every way.

KickInTheChalice, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of tectactoe
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%

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.

tectactoe, Dec 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

reitzbrewing, Jan 26, 2013
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,527 ratings.