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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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1,769 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,769
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 42
Gots: 138 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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 crookedhalo
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with some golden orange highlights and a thin white head. Some typical witbier aromas like coriander, orange zest, wheat malt and a fair amount of yeastiness in the nose. Initially starts off malt sweet and then traditional spicings kick in and a bit of citrusy zing near the finish. Not a bad witbier at all, I'm just unsure what makes it a Winter White. Pretty well carbonated. Drinkable year-round.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a light lemony yellow gold, slightly hazy, with a white lacing.

Smells of lemon, candi sugar and coriander.

Tastes like sweet lemon and coriander with light grassy malts.

Medium body with light tingles of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A nice, light witbier, good flavor, easy to drink, and sessionable. Good, would have again.

Photo of blackcompg
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouerd from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Poured about a finger of brite white head, color of the beer is a cloudy golden yellow beige. Very little lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Belgian yeast n spices, coriander, slight citrus, maybe a touch of nutmeg.

Taste - Definitely follows the nose, a very well balanced and complex wit - flavors are belgian yeast, coriander, dry orange, with white pepper long into the finish. This wit is definitely less sweet then most others I've had, very refreshing n flavorful though.

Mouthfeel - Lite mouthfeel, medium carb adds alot of crispness. Actually finishes very clean, and on the dry side.

Overall - This is a very far cry from your "blue-moon-esque" wits. This is a very complex, well balanced and flavorful witbier. This is a seasonal release from Bell's, get it while you can - and get Hoegaarden when you can't ;)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Served in a pint glass. White head is minimal (<1/2 finger) but is creamy-rather than foamy. It disappears rather quickly and no lacing is left behind in the glass. Body is an opaque straw yellow. The cloudiness is not uniform-the yeasty cloudiness is thicker in some places than others. Body is beautiful and what I expect in a wit-just wish there was better head retention.

S- Nose is good-but not striking. Light presence of yeast an citrus with an even lighter presence of coriander. Floral hop aromas dominate the nose.

T- Initial flavor is light on citrus and coriander but the highlight is the sweet bready yeast. A big blast of floral hop flavor and bitterness comes through for the finish. What lingers is some floral hop bitterness, a light sweetness from the yeast, and a light sourness from the citrus.

M- Medium carbonation and thick yeasty body. The kick of floral hops for the finish prevent this mouthfeel from being extraordinary-its not as smooth as it really could be.

D- What I like most about this beer is that it is a winter seasonal. That makes it unique for the style. It fills the gap for a nice, light, sessionable, winter brew. Aside from that it doesn't stand out as an exceptional wit-but its still a pretty good one.

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy gold color. The modest head fades pretty quickly, with no lacing left behind. The scents and taste are very much like a hefeweizen - banana and clove come through strongly in both, and there is a slight lemony note as well. Nothing outstanding going on, just a good solid wheat beer. Bell's ought to sell this year round as a hefe. I'd put it about on par with Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis.

Photo of BrewerB
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to TwinsDaddy for the hookup on this beer!

Poured into an Old Rasputin nonic pint glass.

A - Slightly hazy, medium gold. Thin white head dissipated quickly.

S - Lots of graininess in the nose - freshly baked bread, saltine cracker. Hints of orange rind.

T - Sweetly malty with a noticeable bready character. Moderate/moderately-low bitterness. Low presence of floral hops. Medium finish.

M - Moderately bodied/moderate carbonation.

D - Decent witbier. Could use more tart/spice.

Photo of ffejherb
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into Selin's Grove Brewing goblet on 1/3/08.

A - Poured a very cloudy light orange body with a bit of carbonation and a whispy white head that vanished almost immediately, giving way to a thin ring of film around the rim of the glass. No lacing whatsoever.

S - Classic wheat beer aroma with plenty of clove, yeast, bubblegum and banana. Bit of a spicy aspect as well, and some breadiness as it warmed up.

T - Standard wheat beer flavors with a bith of spicy, yeasty tang. Clove and bubblegum give way to lots of banana at the end with an almost bready finish with a touch of lemon zest.

M - Medium body with very lively carbonation. Chewy texture that leads to a prickly, somewhat gritty finish.

D - Super easy to drink and well-balanced wheat beer. A bit heavy on the carbonation, but very flavorable nonetheless.

Photo of pmccallum86
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a relatively clear body with a thin head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is of citrus and lemon zest.

Taste is pears bananas and maybe a little pineapple.

Mouthfeel is thin and refreshing medium carbonation.

Good drinkability, a nice lighter beer for a cold winter's night.

Photo of funkel81
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jtslankard
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of kguyty
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden/orange color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. The smell is of wheat, yeast, citrus, and spice. The taste was fairly surprising... lots of good wheat and yeast with a little cinnamon and clove flavor mixed in. The mouthfeel is decent, a little thin, but good overall.

This is a pretty darn good beer.

Photo of Gaisgeil
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tend to dislike wits, I find them sort of dull and uninspiring. This one isn't bad however, pretty quaffable and while it may read winter on the label, this is as good of a summer sessioner as I've had. Pours a light gold in color, slightly cloudy with a thin white head. Nose is clean and fruity, quite inviting really. Taste is slightly citrusy, very clean and crisp, slightly spiced, a bit peppery.

A good session beer for sure, but this one isn't shattering any rulebooks.

Slàinte!

Photo of mralphabet
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light hazy golden color, about a fingers worth of head that settles to a nice ring with very little lacing.

S: Smells like a good wheat beer, little lemon, some bananas and clove.

T: Delivers a very good little wheat beer, taste is light with the clove and banana at the start ending with a light lemon with a mild wheat and yeast finish. Little aftertaste to speak of.

M: Pretty light with a light carbonation. Solid.

D: Very drinkable little wheat beer, ABV is low and the flavors are good... Nothing to crazy or different, just good.

I have to say when I think of Winter Beer this is not it, but for a mix it up from the normal winter time brews this was nice.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Eccentric Cafe:

The beer pours a very hazy cloudy orange hue with a very thin white head of lace. The scent is dominated by the wheat in this beer. That is honesty all I could smell for the first few drinks and then finally the bouquet opened up a little bit. I got some coriander and slight citrus notes. The flavor profile is rather unique. Blasted upfront with the sweetness of wheat followed up by a slightly bitter touch of hops on the finish. Very well balanced and kept me wanting another sip. The mouthfeel is what I wasn't a fan of on this beer. Very thin and didn't coat very well at all. The carbination is just a little to much. For my tastes I wish it was backed off just a little bit. The drinkability overall is very good for this beer, and I would order this if I saw it on tap near me.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bell's winter white pours with a deep straw color. It's slighty hazy with good carbonation but a lacking foamy head.
Aroma is of a traditional white ale with clove and banana being the major aroma here.
A great idea from Bell, winter brews are usually dark menacing brews with killer alochol but not this one. A refreshing white beer with nice clove nuiances is quite refreshing.
A well made beer that breaks the norm.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly clouldy yellow, half finger head.

S- Very fragrant floral aroma.

T- Flavors of banana and citrus intermingle with sweet malts then lend way to a slightly tart finish.

M- Quite crisp and bubbly.

D- Very refreshing.

I just curious as to why this is a winter seasonal when its soo refreshing. Whos knows maybe oberon just won a coin toss. Regardless, this beer is worth checking out.

Photo of doubleshovels
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of gmfessen
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass, beer is a cloudy yellow color with a soapy looking head. The smell reminds me very much of Bell's Sparkling Ale, with slightly less nose and perhaps a touch more banana smell, spicy. The taste is initially bitter, with a nice coriander and clovey finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with chewy carbonation. Overall, this is definitely a drinkable beer; I was surprised by the similarity to this and their sparkling ale... the sparkling ale being the more intense version.

Photo of afksports
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this Winter White courtesy of a buddy of mine, Jeff. It causes Reena no beerface. Therefore, it's good for something. It's also good as a light winter drink that you can kick back with when you're not looking towards an RIS to solve your cold winter problems.

It's murky in appearance in the way that witbiers tend to be. Bit of a head dissipates and leaves not much lacing at all. It's still highly carbonated, so that makes the tongue tingle on its light to medium body. It smells like almost every other citrus wheat beer out there. Tastes like that too. The best part is definitely the carbonation. In other words, it does the style. Does it pretty well. Doesn't blow socks off. Doesn't blow your nose for you. Does refresh you.

If you're into that.

Photo of Baileyuk
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a little lighter than i was expecting, as well as clearer. Carbonation was coming from all angles creating a pleasant look. /lacing was minimal.

Smells a lot of yeast and fruity citrus.

Very pleasant and refreshing taste, which developed well as I drank.

Good drinkability although I may or may not drink more depending on whats on tap. Session beer for some although probably not for me. A good beer that I would definately rate above average.

Photo of stoutfiend27
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

a-hazy orange color..one finger foamy white head that fell quickly..nice floaties...ok lacing..tight cap

s-bready and yeasty...a bit of banana and clove...faint pale malt smell..

t-much like the nose..some spice in the forefront...followed by some yeasty notes and some banana and clove...pale malt holds this together and fends off some spiciness..

m-creamy and smooth...not over the top and nothing offensive...a good session beer

d-will have no problem putting away the sixer

bought this to have something to session on tonight before i hit the heavy hitters up later...hears to a new year starting

Photo of whynot44
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light gold color with a small foamy white head that disappears quickly, leaving just a collar and traces of lace.

The aroma is mostly wheat with some hints of citrus, bananas and cloves.

The flavor is also definitely wheat but with more pronounced notes of citrus and spices. Starts mildly sweet, finishes slightly dry with a banana, clove, peppery aftertaste.

An unusual choice for a winter ale, but really pretty nice and easy to drink. .

Photo of WunderLlama
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pilsner glass

Hazy golden orange yellow with active carbonation leading to a thin dense white foam cap.

Aroma of clove spice, citrus and floral.

Smooth , wheat taste with the effects of the yeast very present , bit of sour at the middle of the tongue. Smooth finish. Gentle carbonation, great mouthfeel.

A wheat beer for winter. Nice, good beer.

Photo of hughesm4
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought that Bell's Winter White Ale was a very drinkable beer. The experience from the smell to the aftertaste left in the mouth was not great but above average. I enjoyed the slight but not overdone spicy taste, and would drink the beer again with no problem.

Photo of Snow81
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy rusted yellow

Smell: Malty, coriander

Head: Nice and white but dies out fairly quickly

Taste: quite malty, coriander, light citric hops

Weight: Medium to heavy body, carbonation is medium to low

Finish: Coriander sticks with you for some time, with a small amount of hops on the back of the palate

Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,769 ratings.