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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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Ratings: 1,637
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 39
Gots: 99 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

e30todamax, Dec 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

rudabegga9, Wednesday at 12:39 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

bradfordjohnson, Sep 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

mgroothuis, Dec 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is almost typical of a witbier. Just a bit more head and it would do it. That cloudy lemon yellow color is there with the high carbonation giving life to this brew. Head is white and very small, something more than a thick film would give this beer a better and more appetizing appearance. However small the head may be it does have good retention. It hasn't really moved at all since I poured it. I guess its in line with others of the style-Holy Moses, Hoegaarden, and Blue Moon. Lacing is good-leaving a solid wall around the glass.

Aroma is fully wheat. There is just a little bit of orange and coriander aroma along with that of some weak spices. For a witbier I would expect something more.

To the tongue it tastes like a witbier should. But then again, for me its just meeting expectations, not exceeding them. As far as witbiers go I'd rather Hoegaarden than this. Wheat is the main flavor here, its after taste is actually quite nice. All the flavor is there. The orange, coriander and spices seem to reside there. A little bit of sweet orange flavor when it first hits the tongue.

This brew has a lighter sprity body and is quite refreshing. High carbonation give life to this brew's body and compliment the flavor. The only beef I've with this brew is that it is a winter seasonal. This isn't the type of brew I want to drink in the winter. Were it released in the summer months I can assure you I'd probably buy it again. Becasue its released now, when I want something heavy and hearty I doubt I'll buy this again anytime soon. Other than that its a great brew, not quite up there with Hoegaarden though.

becktone, Jan 18, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Ludwigkpa, Oct 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer in a recent trade. 12oz bottle, packaged 11/15/11...

A: A hazy lemon color with a small 1/2 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Decent.

S: I get a musty lemon scent upfront with some spices quickly becoming prominent. Decent.

T: I get an acidic mild breadiness upfront quickly subdued by a mild puckering lemon blended with some breadiness. Decent.

M: Medium body with a huge carbonation. A bready finish. Decent.

O: All in all, I'll preface by saying I'm not a huge fan of witbiers. That being said, this one is a little syrupy and has that classic Witbier taste. A good representation of the style, but overall not a great beer. It's decent, but nothing to write home about. Try this if you like the style.

steve8robin, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In fairness, I drank this beer to cap off a night where I had already drank my top 2 rated beers on this site and was just looking for something that didn't leave me completly hung over the next morning. This beer tasted like a nice wheat beer with a little bit of winter spice kick. The color was really light which was a nice change of pace for a winter brew.

mjpolzin, Jan 28, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ColSanders123, Dec 28, 2011
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Latarnik, May 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

tsp247, Nov 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

EFR94, Jan 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Dec 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

AndrewMichael, Apr 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

wiscokid920, Sep 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

zestar, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of BigMike
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: An extremely pale hazy straw yellow color. Lots of carb. Bubbles streaming. The head is almost pure white and is thin and soapy. It disappeared quickly not leaving any lacing behind.

S: Smell like sweet ripe banana. Lots of clove and white pepper notes. Ripe bartlet pears and a slight cider quality.

T: Just as in the nose there's alot of banana, pear, pepper and clove. Some sour apple notes also. Overall a pretty traditional tasting witbier.

M: Light bodied but not thin. Tons of carbonation singing my tongue. Refreshing with a good drinkability.

Overall: This is a style of beer I rarely reach for when beer shopping. Bells WInter White Ale is a good version of the style. Pretty spot on for the style. This is a nice change of pace from the Imperial Stouts and dark beers I've been drinking.

BigMike, Dec 02, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

kjb32812, Jan 10, 2012
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BillRoth, Dec 19, 2013
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,637 ratings.