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

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1,604 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,604
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 38
Gots: 90 | 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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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no actual dating into a unibroue snifter.

A - A medium to gentle pour yielded a finger of head that dissipated pretty quickly. No lacing and barely a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Looks a little more like cloudy apple juice than beer. Cloudy yellow-orange in color.

S - Smells wheaty and spicy.

T - Rather plain on the tongue. Simple taste of a wheat ale that doesn't really bring out the best in the style.

M - lightly carbonated. Excellent for a winter beer.

O - Not too impressed, but its not too bad either.

Dave128, Dec 01, 2011
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First impression is a pleasant lemony aroma. Pours a nice cloudy yellow under thin but long-lived white head. Malts are very light, nice wheat complement.is subdued for the style. A little grassy (and a tad gassy), dry, with a tingle of bitterness. The citrus taste remains prominent, though toward the end more estery fruitiness and spiciness make an appearance. Not overwhelmingly "Belgian,", but very drinkable, like a kölsch or even a lawnmower beer.

I had this at the sports bar in Marshall Field's in downtown Chicago, "InField's," and found it a pleasant surprise. Prices are interesting: $3.50 for 24 oz Gooses, $4.50 for micros on tap (Summit, Bell's, Sierra Nevada), and $5.50 for imports (just Guinness and Heineken). The macro-swill is only in bottles. Not a bad deal.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $8.99 for a six-pack. Light in the glass, yellow with a slight of orange. Frothy white head on top. Taste is wheaty, spicy, and caramalized orangey. I'm not sure how the hell they do that without any spices. Overall not THAT impressive on taste, but still an enjoyable brew for it's other characteristics.

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Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,604 ratings.