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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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1,481 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,481
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 27
Gots: 55 | 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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tdmccarthy

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-26-2012 03:55:40 | More by tdmccarthy
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chasmandocharles

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-05-2012 22:27:55 | More by chasmandocharles
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astronautjones

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-13-2014 22:01:07 | More by astronautjones
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mpayne5

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

05-28-2013 01:53:23 | More by mpayne5
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

01-09-2012 00:55:57 | More by imperialking
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy pineapple yellow color, slightly greenish flat head of 1/4 of an inch. Wide and thin laces, lots of small dots as well. Yeasty aroma, straw, bird's nest soup, some anise. Prickly carbonation picks up the mouthfeel. Slightly spicy, gingery and orange with a vermouth feel edging in. Sweetest mid mouth, clovey esters, and then funels to a more lemony bitterness at the close. Medium dry aftertaste, thinnish and slightly metallic in feel, usually the way the style hits me. Pretty good beer, a bit too fluffy and licorice-tinged in the finish as Wits tend to get. Actually softer and sweeter right out of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2004 16:01:24 | More by ADR
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nickd717

California

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade thanks to ben4321.

Pours hazy straw yellow with a quickly fading white head.

Aroma is wheat, yeast, banana, and clove.

Flavor is nice and pleasant with wheat, yeast, banana, and spice (mainly clove). Standard flavor profile, decently well done.

Fairly light on the palate with a somewhat dull mouthfeel.

Drinkable, but not one of Bells' bests.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 04:35:36 | More by nickd717
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 12/22/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a lovely golden color with light orange hues and a finger of frothy, short-lived head that does not lace well.

S: The nose shows notes of banana, lemon, light peppery aromas, and a bit of Belgian yeast funk.

T: It is disappointingly mild with notes of lemon and banana being overwhelmed by the spicy yeast character, and a bitter, toasty-bread finish.

M: It has a medium body with a crisp, refreshing finish.

D: This is not my favority Belgian style but it surpasses my typical Witbier expectations.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 07:01:49 | More by bucklemyshoe
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some spices and citrus. Taste is good, light flavors of citrus and spice. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and goes down with ease. Overall this is a quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 18:25:20 | More by tone77
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a fizzy white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of citrus and wheat with only a bit of spice.

Tastes of some wheat tang and some spice counterpoints. Grainy sweetness leads into citrus rind. Some banana comes through as well. Spice notes of coriander come in the end and liven things up.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good attempt at witbier I wouldn't mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 00:39:41 | More by ocelot2500
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TexIndy

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought back from my trip to Indy. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. The back label has a bottling code that you can type into the website and get the bottling date (Oct 13, 08 for this one so 3 months old today). It was a cloudy pale yellow color with good carbonation and some lacing. It had a smallish, fizzy white head that quickly settled into a carb fed foam center with a decent collar.

The aroma was heavy corriander, wheat and clove. It was lacking the orange aroma I usually find in the style. It needed it in my opinion as it was too spicy and dry in the nose. That carried to the taste. Very spicy and dry. It tasted more like a saison to me than a wit. A good fruity offset would have done wonders for it. Mouthfeel had good carbonation but was a bit dry for a wit. Again more like a saison.

Overall, a good but not great beer. I've loved most Bell's that I've had but this one misses for me. Would like to try again since the store I got it at is a bit questionable on their handling of beers. Had bunch of good ones but a few really off ones as well. Except for the retry, one and done as their are too many other good wits out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 02:05:28 | More by TexIndy
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wedge

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange-gold with a little white head that shrinks to a thin ring. Clove and subtle banana aroma. Perfumy orange and wheat. Coriander and banana with a bit of peppercorn. Tangy wheat and grain aftertaste. Smooth, floaty medium mouthfeel...prickly carbonation and fairly drying. A solid, drinkable wit from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 19:47:40 | More by wedge
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blackie

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tried a couple times, never rated, sixer picked up by the roommate

a: into my allagash wit glass yeast and all, the opaque golden-yellow ale glows under light, capped by a bone white head that recedes to a thin layer

s: yeasty with dried citrus rind upfront on a body of clean wheat malt, crisp and grassy noble hops, mildly spiced, delicate clove, green banana, soft and just a touch doughy

m: medium-high carbonation, body light but not thin

t: clean wheat body carries chalky yeast, dried lemon, underripe banana, and a papery noble hop flavor, not much to it but there is a nice balance here, starts and finishes dry, slightly above average

d: plenty drinkable over a single, but lacking enough character for a repeat

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 01:25:16 | More by blackie
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umustdrink

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy pale orange color, completely opaque. Head is white and fades to a ring around the edge. Lacing is

S - Pungent yeast, very sweet with some earthy wheat stalk notes. Like bubblegum.

T - Taste is a little on the faint side. Mostly just dominating sweet yeast.

M - Lighter mouthfeel with a good carbonation level.

D - It's okay. Not bad, not super great though. Reminded me a little bit of Duvel, but with half the taste and half the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 01:56:21 | More by umustdrink
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biggred1

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, bleach blonde with a small white head. Orange peel and coriander spice with wheat malt in the aroma. This is a nice Wit and it has all the classic flavors of one, wheat malt tang, coriander and citrus peel. Light bodied with fine carbonation. A good beer that seems an odd choice for a Winter seasonal and more suited to a summer lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 23:54:37 | More by biggred1
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Jesstyr

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this witbier at Total Wines, and enjoyed in a Hoegaarden glass.

Pretty standard witbier stuff, and I'd honestly choose a Hoegaarden. Light yellow, cloudy look, with fairly large head. Nose is full of lemony citrus.

Taste has light citrus, and is generally pretty underwhelming, but suited to the style. Smooth watery mouthfeel, and overall a refreshing beer, but I'd put it closer to Blue Moon then it would probably like.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 04:11:01 | More by Jesstyr
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MtnBikingandBeer

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. One and a half finger head that quickly dissipated. Not quite what I was expecting from a white. Aroma contained cloves, citrus and wheat, nothing overpowering. Taste pretty much matched the aroma. While the mouthfeel was full and thirst-quenching, the swallow of the beer seemed thin and left a lemon water after-taste. Overall, not a bad brew, but nothing outstanding. It was nice to mix things up with a white during this never-ending Michigan winter, but I think I'd prefer this in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 21:30:28 | More by MtnBikingandBeer
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JISurfer

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I do like the Witbiers, so it's one style that I particularly look for. This one isn't the greatest I've had, but it's still good. I think the highlight for this beer was the appearance. When I poured it, it had a nice fluffy white head that quickly died down to a thick laceing. The taste was ok, but I think it would be better with a slice of orange.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 04:06:35 | More by JISurfer
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Vancer

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A pure session brew from Bell’s, this beer made for all ranges of imbibing experience. Not powerful, but still with a gentle flavor pull.

A hazy butterscotch color, and a surprising fast dying white head. Some bubblegum, clove and nutmeg in the aroma, but hard to find. A juicy sweet orange start, with winter spices and a nice hop pop to balance it out, It’s just not as strong with the flavors as I would have liked it to be.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 16:52:32 | More by Vancer
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extremely hazey dull orange in color with a sizzling white head that quickly fades to nothing. No lace or even a ring. Looks kind of lifeless.

Aroma is pleasant and subtle. It has all the trademark citrus and spice overtones with plenty of yeast. Nice but average.

Flavor is very similar. It's got the orange and lemon, it's got the slick wheaty feel, it's got the spice. It's just nothing stands out at all to set it apart. The finish is a little overhopped for this style IMO. A typical, traditional, American version that is just a bit off the mark, a real rarity coming from this brewer which happens to be one of my favorites.

Body is slick and slippery and just a little too big for a Witte. There are big, loose bubbles when the beer is poured, but the carbonation quickly leaves the beer. My last few gulps were nearly flat. Like any Witte, drinkability is still good. Would be a better Summer release.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 22:06:31 | More by AlexJ
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xav33

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bell's Winter White
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a shaker
Packaged 09/06, rang 11/06

Poured a murky yellow with a small fizzy somewhat diminishing head.

Smelt of moderate dough, bananas, cloves.

Taste was upfront moderately bittersweet orange, light bread and bananas followed by a strong bitter raw dough and grain on an average length finish. Palate was slightly dry, light to medium bodied, overly fizzy, and lightly astringent.

Overall, a pretty interesting yeasty wheat beer, bold in flavor, although oddly bitter.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 07:55:37 | More by xav33
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schnjac

Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light gold with mild white head. Belgian yeast smell is characteristic, with pale malts contributing to the mellow and light flavor (barley and wheat). Malt taste, with very slight notes of citrus/coriander. Medium body, crisp carbonation. A nice light and drinkable winter beer, especially if you aren't big on spice.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 04:07:47 | More by schnjac
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RonJon24

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden light color, little head. Not super attractive beer to the eye when poured out of the bottle.

S - Lots of yeast! But for this style, smells how it should.

T - Great Belgian taste! I get a bit of the yeast flavor coming through, but also some great other flavors I cant put my finger on.

M - Quite light, light on the carbonation too.

D - Good, I could drink plenty of these. Goes down very easy.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 02:22:58 | More by RonJon24
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Rootdog316

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Winter White poured a light cloudy orange-yellow-brown. The aroma was slightly citrusy and fruity. Really has a nice citrusy smell. The palate appeared to be pretty smooth...a very clean taste with a hint of citrus. The aftertaste was pretty decent as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 01:47:20 | More by Rootdog316
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lochef81

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 06:11:19 | More by lochef81
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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