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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1,790 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,790
Reviews: 662
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 44
Gots: 147 | 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 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

Photo of Jon
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a limited bottle run. This beer will be available on draft only this coming fall and winter. Hazy straw color with a fizzy white head. Some sediment is present in the pour. Looks more like a hefeweizen than a wit. Nose is doughy with notes of clove, curacao, banana and a less-than-desirable egg aroma which could be attributed to the yeast. Banana, orange rind, a faint hint of coriander, graininess and an earthy hop finish characterize the flavor of this ale. I don't know if it's the yeast strain or what, but this is still quite reminiscent of Oberon. Drinks quite well overall, this will be nice to drink on draught... but I'd prefer it in the summertime.

Photo of sonofliberty2
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Dsg10
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JasonEdelson
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Surrender2theFlow
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another sample from Kclingers today.
This brew is a pale hazy yellow color, absolutely no head which surprises me. I expected big creamy white head but none to be found.
The aroma is fairly mild, but what I do get is lemony citrus scents and yeasty sweet smells.
The carbonation is mild and gentle and increases the drinkability of the beer.
Flavor comes through with a nice yeasty character, and also coriander strength. This brew is very easy to drink and has a fairly thin body. I am not sure why it is called a winter white as it seems like a typical wit beer to me. Nice brew that I would enjoy just as much on a hot summer day as in the winter.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden, clouded by the yeast pour. Soapy one finger head with poor retention and no lacing. Coriander and clove nose, with a faint aroma of bitter orange peel and some wheat in the background. Pale malt and wheat sweetness upfront, followed by a wave of orange rind and coriander. Clove-like yeast flavor in the aftertaste, balance is level without any noticable hop bitterness. Crisp, medium carbonation and the unfilted texture gives it a smooth medium body. Lots of spice flavor in the finish, but comfortably drinkable for sure.

Photo of kegger22
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow with a modest head that quickly faded to a collar. The aroma was malty sweet. The taste was sweet pears and bananas. The feel was light bodied with sufficient carbonation. Drinkability was good. Winter White reminded me of a less carbonated BSPA. Pretty good brew.

Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of curasowa
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, golden color with one finger of fluffy white head that fades pretty cleanly to a thin cap.

Aroma: Yeasty, some wheat malt, a little phenolic and hints of banana oil

Taste: Pretty crisp with some spice notes, mostly clove. Some biscuit and cardboard on the back end along with some lemon rind bitterness, but otherwise a pretty clean finish that is mildly astringent.

The Rest: A very good beer. Refreshing and drinkable, this is a good winter alternative to a warmer.

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

Hazy, slightly lighter then lemon juice yellow in color, white cap lasting for a brief stay before tapering to a thin collar, not much in the realm of lacing sticks, drippings mostly running down to join the collar.

Aroma has a nice light clove spice enactment over a pleasing banana wheat bread sweetness and some of the usual witbier yeast.

Flavors are crisp and clean, not to much dancing on the tongue though, very calm, smooth, and tame. Which is actually kinda nice in that regard, but still lacks some omff. Wheat malt makes up a good portion of the taste keeping a fairly decent body. Light banana, even lighter lemon bits, clove is tame but present, more so midway to finish. Solid in smoothness but less so in a bit of its actual flavor character.

Feel is smooth and calming for a Wit, a bit out of character, but nice non-the-less, lighter bodied, crisp, malty, picks up a bunch towards the finish but nothing lasts. Creamed wheat leftovers on the palate with tiny smidges of the clove for the finish.

Super drinkable; quite smooth, and quite lovely in that respect too; one thing I've always found hard to like about Wit's is the drinkability. This is opposite of that impression, as this is quenchable for sure. A bit odd that it's a Winter seasonal cuz this would make for a great summer brew; and that's no foolin'. For me; a hard review to put numbers to. It seemingly could be better, but I like it alot, which I think the numbers might not show.

Photo of benito
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of confer
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of dwagner003
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of PorterLambic
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of sgro1rj
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of magine
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,790 ratings.