1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Bell's Winter White AleBell's Winter White Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

1,531 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,531
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 32
Gots: 68 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,531 | Reviews: 636 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of PeterOrlando92
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

PeterOrlando92, May 02, 2012
Photo of ccozzi
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ccozzi, May 23, 2012
Photo of BennyThon
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

BennyThon, Jan 14, 2014
Photo of Stoutlad
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Stoutlad, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of aflies
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

aflies, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of elchingen
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

elchingen, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of Bill235
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Bill235, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of EdFed
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

EdFed, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of ajfrantz
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ajfrantz, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of StoutIrish
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

StoutIrish, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of jroberts8811
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jroberts8811, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of XenonX
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

XenonX, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of JayKay412
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

JayKay412, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of jrbray
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jrbray, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Alextricity
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/29/12

Appearance: Pours a super hazy yellow color with no head or lacing.

Smell: Smells like your typical Witbier, but not quite as banana and clovey, which is a good thing... I tend to find that sort of nose both extremely redundant and predictable. Unfortunately though, the first smell I got from this beer was major skunk... fortunately though, it doesn't last longer than a few moments.

Taste: It is what it is... a Witbier. Banana and clove on the front of the tongue, with prickly carbonation. After taste briefly tastes of ... cherries? And then there's a faint wheat aftertaste.

Overall, I liked it more with each sip... normally Witbiers have that super sweet banana, clove, and especially, CORIANDER taste, but this isn't like that much at all. A respectable seasonal/sessionable beer.

Alextricity, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of jp312
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jp312, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of kmos27
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

kmos27, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of fitz284
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

fitz284, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of slatetupelo
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw with a small white head and leaves very little lacing.

Taste is a little sweet up front like an orange, then coriander and bit of spice to finish it off. It's really not that bad but this just isn't the style of beer for me and it seems like an odd choice for a Winter beer.

slatetupelo, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

deonreds, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of MrBIP
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

MrBIP, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Nbdreher
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Nbdreher, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of macpapi
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was a bit intrigued by this being a winter beer, with a relatively low abv compared to others of the seasonal variety. But thought it worth a try.

Pours a hazy, light orange color, with a small and quickly dissipating white bubbly head. Most notable attribute is its lightness.

Wheat dominates the smell, followed by a bit of fruit. Banana and citrus are most prominent, along with some clove. Very similar to a hefeweizen.

Taste is again mindful of a hefe. A bit stronger kick at the end, but wheat and citrus dominate along with a peppery and tangy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty light and sharp. It's a bit fizzy and more watery than I'd hoped for.

Overall, this hardly seems like a traditional winter ale to me. Taste is relatively weak and somewhat lacking. Not terrible, but not terribly impressive either.

macpapi, Dec 03, 2005
Photo of Antonius08
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Antonius08, Apr 05, 2012
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,531 ratings.