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

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BA SCORE
83
good

676 Reviews
THE BROS
84
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Reviews: 676
Hads: 1,959
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 48
Gots: 246 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 676 | Hads: 1,959
Photo of VTR
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

I had beer at my local taproom. A/cloudy yellow glass was brought to me in a standard pint glass. S/I didn't pick up too much here, just a touch of yeast and hops. T/Not much going on here. I got a small amount of hops, banana, and yeast. O/ Light easy drinking beer. Not very complex but very enjoyable and non offensive. I found that the remainder of my glass went very well with the pizza that was brought to me. I would pick this up for a lazy afternoon where you just want something light. (498 characters)

Photo of everythingiszen
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Normally don't go in for Wits but this is pretty good. Pours a very pale cloudy yellow. Heavier mouthfeel. Light and "belgiany" overall, slight spice (apparently just from the malts, the description says none were added) and fruity on the nose and palate. Abrupt finish. (270 characters)

Photo of Coldstorage
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Where did all that head run off too? Seems under-carbonated. Banana, pineapple, funky yeast on the nose but none of that in the flavor. Crisp and clean to a fault. Not offensive, but wont cop again. (198 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The first beer I have ever had from bells that was a let down, and honestly one of the few that wasn't amazing. This pours thick and murky tired yellow with basically no head from the tap. It's got a ton of viscosity and minimal carbonation, the opposite of what I look for in the style. Banana yeast and spice and orange esters in the nose, some citrus to the taste, but way too much grain here, especially the wheat. It lacks all the delicate features of the bets wits, and warms up ugly. I'm surprised this came from bells. It's not a bad beer, but it's nowhere near their full potential. I see the winter side of it, and appreciate the attempt, but I just doesn't pan put here (680 characters)

Photo of bdubw
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Was super excited when I saw the amount of yeast at the bottom of bottle but to be honest it didn't live up to my expectations. I was on a beer tour this particular evening and had enjoyed an unibroue Blanche de chambly earlier in the evening and when compared to this other north American brew I found myself disappointed but it's not a bad Belgian white. I just found the unibroue better. Still, better than most American Belgian whites (438 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%

Appearance - 4/5
Light golden orange, with about 1/2 finger of white head upon pouring, dissipates to a ring of carbonation on the edges. Very hazy, can't see through it at all. Overall I really like the color and the haziness. I would have liked more head to stay around.

Smell - 3.5/5
A bready aroma with earthy spiciness, similar to some saisons. Orange peel and lemon.

Taste - 3.6/5
Tastes basically like the aroma. A bready spicy flavor, with orange and lemon citrus flavors. The flavor is okay, not really what I was expecting from this beer though.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Smooth and crisp, light to medium in body, a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall - 3.5/5
Overall this is a decent beer. My one complaint is that this is marketed as a "Winter" beer, but to me this beer screams "SUMMER". I don't want to drink this in the winter. This beer is something I would drink outside on a warm summer evening.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20% (991 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%

Hazy straw color. Funky nose. Wheat and funky yeast dominate the flavor profile.

Basic.

I don't get wits in general but I really don't get the winter wit seasonal at all. Winter is a time for hearty beers. (208 characters)

Photo of Ericmichaeljordan
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

I find it hard to enjoy winter seasonal beer typically. On the other hand, Bells Winter White Ale is a wonderful exception. Tried in a tall boy pint, it has a very refreshing taste (I imagine even more robust from a tap). Although I didn't see color, aroma is slighty citrus, and that is the definition of the finish. The Belgian yeast makes this an incredibly enjoyable beer! I found a winter seasonal that I would definitely order again (hopefully on tap....). (467 characters)

Photo of Jonoesh5
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Appearance: opaque lemon yellow, cloudy, small white head with zero retention

Smell: biscuity, grains, oats

Taste: refreshing, floral, soda water, simple

Mouthfeel: light, watery, well carbonated

Overall: Drinkable session beer I'd return to someday, but not my favorite Bell's. (284 characters)

Photo of Vogie
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Served in a Green Bay Packers pint glass. Bottled 10/03/14

Pours a cloudy pale yellowish orange with a 1 finger of frothy white head that withers down gradually. I left 2/3 in the bottle and swirled to add the additional yeast at the bottom. It made the appearance slightly more cloudy. Aromas of fresh picked bananas, bubblegum, white bread, and maybe a slight hint of lemon zest. Taste smacks you with bananas and bubblegum upfront followed by a yeasty bready finish or perhaps sour? Surprisingly heavy and chewy mouthfeel for a Witbier. I feel like I am taking a bite of banana on each sip. I guess it makes sense considering its a wheat beer brewed with winter in mind.

As the notes suggest the brewer did not use any spices, only a blend of their brewers yeast, barley, and wheat. I think this beer would benefit from some species of coriander and lemon. You definitely get the hefe and wit characteristics but I feel like it needs to make up its mind. Easy drinker and somewhat sessionable. Great for family get togethers around the holidays when you want something fun and light without being boring.

Cheers! (1,132 characters)

Photo of MIbeer27
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, dated 09/30/14

Can pours a hazy, straw colored yellow with a slowly dissipating, two finger white head.

Aroma is solid with notes of cloves, Belgian yeast and coriander, along with notes of lemon zest and wheat.

Taste is really follows the nose initially, with the bready wheat base and cloves shining midpalate. The finish is notably defined by the coriander and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, aided by lively carbonation. Bitterness is almost nonexistent, added to only by the clove.

Overall, extremely solid Witbier from Bell's. I would love if this were available in the summer (especially over Oberon), but it is a nice switch up from all the winter stouts. (693 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Big bready nose seasoned with clove and a hint of banana.
Pours a cloudy straw with a mere wisp of a head.
The flavor profile is more Bavarian than Belgian despite the use of Belgian Ale yeast while the body is a shade more Belgian.
Light, more crisp than creamy. (266 characters)

Photo of LooseGasCap
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Not sure why, but this beer loves to foam up and up and up...
It's decent beer, but there's a supernatural amount of foaming going on here.

Don't swirl the particulates at the bottom lest you face the wrath of THE HEAD.
A tasty brew nonetheless. Winter usually calls for bold stouts, but this one seems like a fair trade, once it settles the heck down in the glass.

Turn down the subwoofer or get a face full of foam! (420 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, this style is unexpected as a winter seasonal. Perhaps it would be fitting somewhere in the sunbelt, but from Michigan, it's an unorthodox time to offer said style. Winter is almost over, so let's commemorate the end with a bottle of Bell's. Packaged on 10/31/13, on to the beer:

An inch of soapy head sits on top this cloudy yellowish beer. That head on top is retaining well, slowly dropping to a creamy lace.The aroma is pleasant, with creamy oats, citrus peel, and vague sweet citrus fuming into the nostrils.

This witbier offers little bits of the usual witbier with a solid foundation. In other words, the malt/wheat base is pleasing and little bits of spice, citrus, and yeast stick to it. A little bitter towards the end. The beer is light bodied with initially strong bubbly carbonation which dies off to a less bubbly intensity.

Easy drinking beer out of Bell's, even if it isn't up to the same high standard set by its stable mates. (954 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/15/2013. Pours opaquely hazy bright golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, banana, pear, apple, orange, wheat, bread, floral, grass, clove, pepper, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, banana, pear, apple, orange, wheat, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, banana, pear, apple, orange, wheat, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present on the finish. Overall this is a damn nice witbier. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,334 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fluid ounce bottle into a Weizen Glass. Bottled on 11/08/13.

Apperance: Hazy golden body. The sediment makes this one cloudy. A little light gets through but that's about it. A snowy head erupts, lingers, collapses, and leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smell: Wheat and grains up front. Spices, particularly clove and coriander are also present. Minor backdrop of orange.

Taste: Sweet citrus from a mild kick of hops. The heavy wheat pushes through and produces a sweet and bready taste. Yeasty notes develop in the finish. The spices are well pronounced in the finish as well… leaves a somewhat banana-like taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Rather low carbonation which works well for the beer. Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall: I could get nit-picky about this beer and point out everything it lacks compared to the powerhouse Witbiers but that would not be fair. This is a solid Witbier with a lot to enjoy. Cheers! (948 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a very cloudy Orange tan color with a short lasting pale white head. It leaves little lacing and retains just a slight film of foam throughout the pour. The nose of this one is very European with a sweet funky yeast aroma. There is peach and apricot notes with a lot of fresh bread aromas. The flavor follows suit. Quite funky, almost like a saison style. Sweet and malty and tangy and slightly sour all at the same time. The mouth is light and refreshing but effervescent and refreshing. This isn't a beer I'd come to often but definitely one worth trying and enjoying. (585 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. poured at Croft's Tavern, Spring City, PA

A- Pale yellow orange, actually white/dusty looking. White head, retention is lacking.

S- Bananas and yeast. Mild clove.

T- A bit of banana, but the clove and general spice are more apparent.

M- Mild carbonation, but a tiny snap. Smooth body and a clean finish.

O- Solid Wit. Fits the style. Good flavor. (359 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter White pours a golden color with a nice head. There is a spicey aroma, with strong wheat notes, and strong orange peel notes. The flavor is a nice wheat and malty backbone, with good spices, and nice orange flavors. Nice full body. Overall its a nice wheat beer for the winter. (283 characters)

Photo of CochonKing
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clean gold with an excellent long lasting 3 finger head. Aromas of banana and bubble gum followed by malt are present on the nose of the beer. Malt and lemon rind on the palate with a watery finish. Small bubbles and and a light body with a medium finish. An ok beer (274 characters)

Photo of patpbr
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Light golden wheat ale with a small amount of head retention.
S - Belgium yeast is most noticeable along with some malt
T - Sweet and spice a bit of banana and citrus , hints of grain.
M - Body is on the lighter side and a dry finish
O - Good combination and certainly refreshing. (285 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Packaged on 10/18/13.

A: Pours a cloudy light golden yellow with an average white head on top. Tough to see much visible carbonation in this haze. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: First thing I notice is a belgian like yeast characteristic. Wheat malts come in on the backend to even things out. Bit of a fruity aroma as well as a bready one.

T: Very mellow, well balanced flavor in this one. Focus is mainly on the pale malts but there is ample yeast aftertaste.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Finishes a touch sticky but not bad. Easy drinking sessionable beer.

Overall I like how its a white ale that doesnt have any of the spices or orange flavor. (716 characters)

Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.76/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out dark orange that is semi-transcelucent. Defintely can't see through it though. The head was pretty tiny and had no retention. Smells pretty malty, pretty sweet, with no hint of hops. Taste is quite sweet and tastes like Belgian yeast -- the banana/clove yeast. Really it tastes nice for a Wit. Pretty nice. Mouthfeel is medium thick with some nice carbonation. Overall this is a really nice whit, Tastes just like I would want it too. I am a sucker for a whit!!!! Overall this is a GREAT whit. Seems to be under-rated. (529 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 10/5/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy yellow the same color as Goo-Gone (coincidentally there's a bottle sitting on my counter & they match) & a one-finger head
S: The Belgian yeast aromas show through along with malt, light spice & citrus
T: What, spice, a distinct yeast taste, lemongrass... complex but not harmonious
M: Light, crisp & carbonated
O: It's nice to have a winter witbier on the market so enjoying the style I like it, it's just not the best (though far from the worst) example of the style I've had (536 characters)

Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.