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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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1,500 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,500
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 29
Gots: 58 | 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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Jemenhiser

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

07-24-2012 21:01:30 | More by Jemenhiser
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ldelancey

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

09-22-2013 21:13:40 | More by ldelancey
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Demarais20

North Dakota

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

05-16-2013 08:01:49 | More by Demarais20
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emac1224

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

04-28-2014 02:02:54 | More by emac1224
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soupieman

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

01-01-2013 02:27:59 | More by soupieman
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CityofBals

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

09-12-2013 18:57:08 | More by CityofBals
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sbrendon89

North Dakota

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

11-10-2013 04:39:27 | More by sbrendon89
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amalahow

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

02-03-2013 00:43:25 | More by amalahow
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ColonelHopslam

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

02-13-2014 21:53:29 | More by ColonelHopslam
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GinsuDave

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

05-15-2013 10:19:07 | More by GinsuDave
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JDK

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a golden wheat color with very little head that quickly disappeared.
Faint smell of oranges, hops and spices
Lite carbonation with medium mouthfeel
Nothing really separated this from a regular wheat beer except for the slight orange taste, I guess I expected a lot more from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 02:31:13 | More by JDK
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barleyroad

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy gold in appearance. Smell is to much like your typical Witbier. Mouthfeel is standard for this syle of beer. Falls short for a winter style beer. Taste, the spices stick in the mouth, this takes away from the desirability. Overall this beer is way to typical and the spices take away from this beer. Not our cup of brew. Drinkable, just not something we prefer.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 00:23:03 | More by barleyroad
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cnally

Indiana

2.78/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

God, I hate Winter. But I do love beer, so maybe this won't be all bad.

The appearance is a bubbly, yellow-gold body, with a spotty and scummy looking off-white head.

The aroma is metallic, wheaty and a little fruity, like orange.

The fruity notes continue in the flavor, with some grapefruit and orange. The malt is very muted, but noticeable. Sour and spicy hop bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel just blew up in my mouth. It is a massive carbonation bomb, uncomfortable and fizzy like a soda.

Don't see myself wanting this again, because the mouthfeel is just a disaster. The flavor is decent for the style, and just spicy and fruity enough to make it drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2009 01:03:00 | More by cnally
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 8780

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with 1/4 inch of foam that left a fine layer of bubble

S - very little aroma on this one, faint hints of lemon and some yeast

T - not much in the taste department, a bit of lemon and I swear a chalkiness

M/D - Not really what I was expecting, there didn't seem to be much to this one at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 18:43:57 | More by mikereaser
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wagenvolks

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a mug from a 12 oz bottle.

A golden blonde, bubbly, cloudy ale pours out. Save at least an ounce of beer to your pour to swirl up the sediment from the bottom of the bottle. If not, it pours out in a dark grey sludge. Head goes fast...blink and you'll miss it. No lacing.
Aroma is of wheat, yeast, citrus, vanilla, buttered popcorn, and some floral notes. It's fragrant to say the least, but not exactly my cup of beer.

The taste doesn't wake up my mouth by any means. Hints of spice and bread. It's almost like Bell's tried going belgium with this beer but stopped short. Mouthfeel is under-carbonated, smooth, yet a bit bland in its smoothness. A slight aftertaste lingers for a while, but not long. All in all, this white lacks complexity and taste. I expected a bit more from the good brewer's at Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 05:25:15 | More by wagenvolks
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BMoney575

Texas

2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 3-6-07
Batch 7760
Bottled on 12-13-06

Pours a very light and somewhat cloudy golden color, with carbonation that bubbles to the surface.

Smells like a wheat beer, with distinct Belgian yeast character.

Taste is strong on Belgian yeast, with a summery wheat backbone and a slight hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel isn't bad, a little thicker and probably the most wintery part of the beer.

Drinkability is average, this beer just doesn't offer enough to warrant another.

Overall this is definately a witbier, but not really a "winter white". I can see what Bell's was going for here, but this beer is really an answer to a question no one asked.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 02:19:08 | More by BMoney575
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adamhdv

Indiana

2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden yellowish, a light color really. Very cloudy. Small head retention. No lacing to be seen.

Aroma is typical citrus, nothing special here...maybe a little yeast.

First taste is lemon. Some malt... Taste, for some reason seems a little artificial.

Mouthful is...eh' slight citrus. Light, yet a little thick. It is crisp however. Little spice to it too.

I think this would have been a better beer to drink in the summer actually. Not horrible, not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 05:57:42 | More by adamhdv
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy, yellow color. Minimal white head.

S: Light citrus, and light, dried fruits, banana, etc.

T: Wheatish bite, some citrus and banana, and a little bit of spice.

M: Light body with moderate carbonation.

D: Somewhat drinkable. At this point, I'm losing interest in witbiers, but still a good summertime diversion.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 16:46:32 | More by Rifugium
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Very cloudy yellow body, almost opaque. Lots of yeasties. White head with little retention or lacing.

Smells spicy, but with lots of bannana.

First there is some nice spiciness, but next there is just a ton of bannana flavor. A little bit of wheat bite. Too much bannana for me. Mouthfeel is pretty good though.

Drinkability is ok for a wheat beer. Strong bannana throws me off.

This beer has potential, but is too unbalanced for me. For those who like bannanas a lot, it would be a winner.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 23:23:20 | More by Hojaminbag
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BierStein711

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into weizen, no freshness date

Four finger white head

Average combo of Hefe and Wit. Truthfully, I was expecting far more from a great brewery such as Bell’s. Banana and bubblegum paired with Belgian Candi-sugar. I wanted more!!

The aroma was mainly malt and bubblegum, very silly beer

No substance and all water!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 02:27:26 | More by BierStein711
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow/ pale orange color with a white head. In the aroma, wheaty, orange citrus, and corriander. In the taste, kind of watery for a wit and hints of corriander. A small bite, but overall smooth mouthfeel, with a dry, small bitter corriandr aftertaste. Light and easy, good all around, except for somewhat watery in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 21:52:14 | More by OWSLEY069
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pasdachuri

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange with absolutely no head at all. You can tell this beer is unfiltered.

Strong bready yeast flavor and thick wheat malts.

Lemons and heavy, very juicy orange citrus, coriander, cloves, and strong spice. The cloves, coriander, and winter spices are a little too overwhelming. Bell's may have hit what they were aiming for here but I'm not liking this too much.

Semi thin, decent carbonation but I would expect more for the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 18:02:35 | More by pasdachuri
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Tifore

Ohio

2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a gold to light yellow color that is cloudy looking. A very tiny head develops which fades very fast. Lots of carbonation going on in my glass.

S - Smells of wheat and yeast. Lots of strong spices come through after. Not what I thought I was getting into.

T - Tastes of wheat right off the bat with just kind of a mish mash of stuff coming after. Some spice some sweet. Overall just kinda... bleh.

M - Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. I was expecting something heavier and warmer. More like the traditional winter brews.

D - Drinkability of this is ok I guess, just not what I thought, I suppose. I will not buying this again. I'll stick to my heavy warming winter beverages.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 03:17:32 | More by Tifore
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clint1019

Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - straw colored with a thin head that dissapated with in a minute.

S - Has a fairly strong wheaty/bready aroma with a spicyness and slight hop aroma.

T - Definately taste the wheatyness and the coriander. Not much else though. Also, has some bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M - Light to medium bodied.

O - Wasn't overly impressed with this beer. Had an ok taste, but I've had much better witbier's than this.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 01:04:33 | More by clint1019
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cadaugherty

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint-

Appearance- Pours a hazy gold with minimal head and no retention.

Aroma- Light notes of yeast spice, torrified wheat. Pretty meh.

Taste- Sweet malt, orange peel, no chewy bread taste.

Mouth- Thin and not much carbonation.

Drink- Very high, I could easily drink a 6 pack of these in a short period of time.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 06:01:59 | More by cadaugherty
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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