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

Bell's Winter White AleBell's Winter White Ale

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1,442 Ratings
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Ratings: 1442
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%


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.

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thatguy3579

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light straw colored, no head, opaque. No visible bubbles.

S: Cloves and sweetness. Pretty enticing.

T: Quite sweet, almost cloying, with light lemon and nice spices. Tasty, but maybe a little too sweet.

M: Lots of bubbles and thin.

D: A crisp and sweet beer - but perhaps a little too sweet to really toss these back.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2010 22:20:19 | More by thatguy3579
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Brenden

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had tried this beer over a year ago and just saw it on tap (early). Notes are the same except appearance and mouthfeel, as nothing aside from those was different when I went back and read my bottle review.

This one is a slightly hazy pale golden color. A soft white head sits on top of this one, almost a finger high, leaving a foam that stays and leaves lacing that's wispy but plentiful.
The smell is very typical wit: wheat backbone, some citrus, and spices underneath.
The taste follows suit. It's typical of a good wit and brewed to style. There's is a very gentle underlying bitterness that adds to the balance.Underlying spice lingers, and its taste is pleasant without being overwhelmingly strong.
There's a light to moderate body; carbonation is a bit heavy for my liking and adds a little bit of a seltzer-like aftertaste. If anything, this is a touch thinner than my previous review would imply or I remember.
This is worth trying, though I don't see this being as appropriate for winter as for warmer weather.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 19:32:51 | More by Brenden
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy bright yellow-orange color with 1 finger of white bubbly head that doesn't last long.

The scent is dominant of oranges, notes of grain and yeast.

The taste is also dominant of oranges, there is also yeast, grains, and some spice.

Light bodied, crisp and clean, high carbonation.

This was a decent beer there was good flavor, but nothing really stood out. I wouldn't mind drinking this again but would not seek it out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 20:21:59 | More by BeerCon5
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Gehrig

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Jupiter's.

Cloudy orange with absolutely no head at all. Nice color, anyway.

Fine and moderately aromatic nose, plenty of citrus and a little yeasty in the smell--good. The taste is as Witbier should be--light, fruity, malty--with plenty of citrus and a decent dash of coriander and ginger. While I'd like a little more spice, this is undoubtedly taste. Smooth, too, malty and light in texture. Delicious.

It's a nice representative of the style--not the best I've had, not exactly complex, but tasty and accessible. I won't hesitate to order it again.

[Second review, 11/7/10: Enjoyed from a bottle]

One key difference between the first time I had this, and today, is how much more well-rounded I thought the mouthfeel was this time. I would give this session's score, from a bottle, a 4.5 for its smooth texture with a good degree of spicy bite that I find a welcome improvement.

Regardless, a delicious Witbier that is well worth enjoying multiple times, as this review hopefully showed. More good stuff from Bell's, one of the very best breweries that the US has to offer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2010 01:35:32 | More by Gehrig
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icetraxx

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap last night.
A: Looks like Hoegaarden but without any head to speak of. Swirling the glass produced a head that quickly dissipated. No lacing. I've seen many better looking wits.

S: Coriander, yeast, and wheat malt. Not much else. Smells exactly like Bell's Oberon with coriander.

T: Similar to the smell: a decent malt backbone with an aggressive dose of coriander. Hops and any orange/lemon peel are lost in the background and are even unusually weak for this style. Tastes like Bell's Oberon with less citrus and with more coriander/spiciness. Flavor seems a little too light and watered down compared to the best Wits I've had.

M: Somewhat starchy with good body. Yeast adds a certain thickness comparable to Bell's Oberon, Hoegaarden, or even Allagash White. Served on-tap so I will not comment on carbonation.

D: True to the style, it would be very drinkable in the summer. It is less drinkable in the the Michigan winter.

O: While I like drinking summer-syle brews here in the Michigan winter, I felt this beer was almost too light for the season. I prefer a heartier yet summmer-like Weisse for winter drinking.

Comparisons: I would rather drink both Hoegaarden or Allagash White over this brew, but I would take Bells Winter White over a Blue Moon any day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2009 17:31:14 | More by icetraxx
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright yellow color with a thick white foam head that quickly dissipates. A good amount of lace.

S: Lots of banana and clove at first with some pear and bready malt mixed in.

T: A combination of pear, banana, clove, corriander and wheat. Nothing over the top but really clean.

M: Very light and crisp.

D: An easy to drink beer, not something I enjoy in the winter time, but a nice offering.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 21:05:08 | More by IronCitySteve
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cagocubs

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On-Tap

A: An odd light hazy straw yellow. It almost looked like lemon lime Gatorade with a large white head. The color was awful, but I was impressed with the head retention and lacing all the way through.

S: Fresh citurs, wheat, and spices are the most prevalent scents.

T: This is a mut between a Hefe with dominating citrus and spice and a white ale. It is a unique combination, but I wouldnt consider this great.

M: The mouthfeel was the best feature of this beer. For being a winter beer, it sure felt like a spring beer. Light, crisp, refreshing. Good smooth and creamy flow with great mouth coating.

D: I don't think I would go out of my way to drink Bells winter white. If I want a Hefe I will look elsewhere and if I want a White Ale I will look elsewhere. I don't need both at the same time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2009 16:35:37 | More by cagocubs
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent, interesting beer. Poured with a decent, foamy, frothy, nice sized head and lots of lace. Color is a very cloudy light amber. Aroma is malty, yeasty, wheat, and a little fruity. Flavor's about the same, fruitiness more pronounced. Great body and carbonation. Easy drinking. Can actually pick up on the qualities of the different yeasts. Could be a session.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2009 03:32:45 | More by drpimento
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robbyc1

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only decent offering on tap at Suel's in Winnetka, hazy, pale straw with a white, bubbly head that settles quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Lovely nose of citrus and coriander, Orange peel, some dry grain and a vague hint of lemon.

Flavors are crisp and clean, long lasting. Orange and coriander predominate with a dry malt backbone and some moderate hop-bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a good amount of carbonation.

I like this beer and am not sure why it's a winter brew, heavier than most, I think not. Would be fine in summer. This beats the crap out of Oberon for me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2009 22:12:30 | More by robbyc1
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught from McGrath's in Harrisburg (they had the freshest Bell's Two Hearted I've had in a long time!)

A-dark amber in color with a nice hop haze, white head that leaves a decent lacing

S-light rye smell with a hint of vanilla, the aroma is very light

T-lots of spice taste, mostly cinnamon, some vanilla with a bitter finish

M-smooth and creamy with a crisp finish and a light amount of carbonation

D-the creamy mouthfeel makes it enjoyable to drink; but the carbonation at the finish takes away from that slightly

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 21:29:25 | More by cpetrone84
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projectflam86

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very surprisingly murky white/yellow color with a thin cap that leaves no lacing. Very strange appearance...

S- Banana and clove dominate the nose with some malt sweetness. Things are starting to look a bit more promising.

T- Nice full banana, pear, and clove flavor with a bit of coriander and wheat. Some residual sweetness and faint alcohol present as well.

M- Medium bodied with very little carbonation.

D- This was the first time that I have ever had this beer. After looking at other reviews it seems that I may be the only one that thought this beer poured almost completely white in color. Did this year's recipe change or were the tap lines just not very clean? Either way the beer had a decent flavor but it looked more like milk than beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2009 03:56:42 | More by projectflam86
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy dark gold and light orange color. Just a small eroding head by the time it is delivered to my table. I suspect it would have better head retention out of a bottle. Some yeast particles float in and out of the haziness, creating a nice effect for those who observe carefully.

Smell: The wheat, as expected, is the most noticeable smell. A nice blend of spices rise into my nostrils, and lemon and orange citrus are present as well.

Taste: I feel that the taste of this witbier is pleasant, but I am not blown away. As expected, the wheat taste and texture fill my mouth at first. The malt allows the lemon, orange peel, and coriander taste to occupy more of the focus. The mild hops supplement the orange peel flavor more than anything, never taking real control, but gradually finishing out the taste. I also noticed that the taste includes more spices and actually becomes somewhat peppery as the keg progresses. I wonder how it is in the bottle.

Mouthfeel: A little too light-bodied for my taste; I am looking for a winter wheat with a slighter heavier feel and a little higher alcohol content. More carbonated than I would prefer as well.

Drinkability: This is an easy sipper that can stand up to a variety of food or would be good on its on while warming up inside, but I think there are some better ones out there. For me, Allagash White dominates this one in every way.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2009 23:07:55 | More by KickInTheChalice
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mikeal1917

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was at a bar in East Lansing when I got the chance to taste this brew. Let's just say the beer was better than most of the bands.

Appearance- It was lowlight in the bar, but I crowded around a window to look at it. Beer has a light amber, with wisps floating around the middle of the glass, typical of wheat beers. Didn't keep much of a head.

Smell- Had a decent smell, evidence of of that yeast smell. Smelled similar to Blue moon, which is also a Belgian style wheat beer.

Taste- Smooth refreshing wheat beer, bread like aftertaste from the yeast

Mouthfeel- Thinner beer than other wheat beers I've had. Smooth feel

Drinkability- Goes down easy, mild bitterness that goes a long way in terms of taste. Not to much, not to little

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2009 01:30:04 | More by mikeal1917
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spointon

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at Galway Tribes on 1/7/2009.

A= This ale poured a super cloudy, glowing straw/gold color with a very thin white head that disappeared almost instantly and was hard to renew with any amount of swirling the glass.

S= This beer had a big yeasty hefeweizen aroma, complete with spicy banana and clove-y esters.

T= The taste was not nearly as similar to a hefeweizen as the aroma indicated. It was more like a Belgian witbier, complete with wheat malt, coriander, and a nice yeasty character.

MF= Medium body with a lower carbonation level than I expected and certainly less carbonation than I wanted.

D= Despite (or maybe because of?) the low carbonation level, this was very drinkable and certainly sesionable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2009 04:09:12 | More by spointon
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midnite2sixman

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon receiving this beer via draft at City Flats Hotel in Holland, Michigan it is a hazy, opaque, orange with a nice frothy head that disappears fairly slow. Minor lacing.

Smells yeasty with a nice cool smell, not sure how to describe that but also a nice smooth wheat aroma as well. Sweet and citrusy.

Taste is light and refreshing with a pleasant citrus feeling. This one isn't really a winter warmer but reminds me of the sunshine on a nice winter day. The flavor is a bit mild on this one.

Mouthfeel is very light, a bit champagney with a smooth aftertaste.

Great session beer, perhaps a bit light for some. Most people would probably prefer a warmer to this but nevertheless a nice winter selection from Bell's.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2009 22:50:44 | More by midnite2sixman
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy, murky orange tan color with good head retention and lacaing. On the nose this is a VERY spicey wit still beer, with lots of clove and almost a lime aroma. I really like the way this beer smells. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, though the beer has some surprising heft and richness for such a low abv. beer. There's also some underlying hoppiness that I quite like. Not surprisingly, drinkability is outstanding in this beer as well.

A couple of thoughts. This has to be one of the better domestic wit style beers I've ever tasted. However, I think it a bit odd that Bell's has chosen to make this there winter beer. Frankly, I would prefer to see something like this in the Summer time, when I could better appreciate the low alcohol and what I associate as summery flavors. All that being said, this is a very good beer from Bell's.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2008 14:54:41 | More by johnmichaelsen
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WakeandBake

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

ON TAP .A creamy hazy orange color with loads of yeast swimming around,small white fluff head.Aroma is somewhat heffish,with some mild banana,cloves,orange zest,and grassy notes.Flavor is wheaty with loads of banana, bubblegum and and spice, maybe even pineapple. Very drinkable, refreshing after a long days work. Would make a solid summer brew too.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2008 23:10:15 | More by WakeandBake
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LupulinDevil

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the local hang out. Poured with a nice cloudy body and slight head. Aroma was nice with a definte Belgian tonality. Flavor was a bit disappointing in that it was a bit too direct on the Belgain profile of fruit. Pleasant mouthfeel as it is very drinkable and well balanced. A good recommendation for the Oberon fans that get too much of the Michigan winters and long for their "fix"--addicts! hee hee

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2008 05:22:11 | More by LupulinDevil
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mnstorm99

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy yellow pour, with a nice white head that sticks around.
Aroma is wheat and bready, somewhat fruity sweet with a touch of hops.
Taste is a Wit, spicy wheat with a touch of citrus hops and even some orange peel.
Nice creamy, chewy feel to this one I could have a few of these, but admitingly I am not sure about a wit in the winter, but it is a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2008 13:55:18 | More by mnstorm99
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PorterLover83

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Came slightly cloudy gold with not too much head. Had a pinch of banana smell to it. Had some orangish hints in there too. Taste was kinda like bananas in the background too. little bit of spice as well as a light malty finish. Medium to light mouth feel. Very drinkable in my opinion because its a great brew and a lower ABV. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2008 21:59:24 | More by PorterLover83
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well given the reviews and what I'd heard, this one was actually better than expected. Poured an opaque whitish-copper color with a thin white head on top. Looked solid, although no lacing. Nose was strong on citrus, wheat, and coriander, as you might expect. Quite pungent. Taste was likewise, although a little muted, particularly by the too strong carbonation. Overall, this one wasn't bad, one I'd have every once in a while. They just need to tone down the carbonation to make it a little more drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2008 04:51:12 | More by soupyman10
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oberon

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a hazy lighter yellow with some peach colored hue a thin quick to fade head atop.Toasted wheat clove and some bannana reminisentmore of a Bavarian style sheat than a Belgian white in my mind.Pretty standard wheat flavors somewhat clovey and toasty with a faint hint of citrus in the back end.Decent and basic beer, my wife would enjoy this, me well I thought it was ok.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2008 19:57:04 | More by oberon
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Served in a pint glass. White head is minimal (<1/2 finger) but is creamy-rather than foamy. It disappears rather quickly and no lacing is left behind in the glass. Body is an opaque straw yellow. The cloudiness is not uniform-the yeasty cloudiness is thicker in some places than others. Body is beautiful and what I expect in a wit-just wish there was better head retention.

S- Nose is good-but not striking. Light presence of yeast an citrus with an even lighter presence of coriander. Floral hop aromas dominate the nose.

T- Initial flavor is light on citrus and coriander but the highlight is the sweet bready yeast. A big blast of floral hop flavor and bitterness comes through for the finish. What lingers is some floral hop bitterness, a light sweetness from the yeast, and a light sourness from the citrus.

M- Medium carbonation and thick yeasty body. The kick of floral hops for the finish prevent this mouthfeel from being extraordinary-its not as smooth as it really could be.

D- What I like most about this beer is that it is a winter seasonal. That makes it unique for the style. It fills the gap for a nice, light, sessionable, winter brew. Aside from that it doesn't stand out as an exceptional wit-but its still a pretty good one.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2008 18:59:12 | More by PittBeerGirl
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morimech

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served to me in an imperial pint glass. It has a cloudy orange tint with a neat 1/2 inch white head that had a little retention. Very little lacing and no activity after the pour.

The aroma is very yeasty. The Belgian yeast really dominate with a spicy and citrus smell. Very nice.

The taste again is dominated by spices such as cloves and ginger with a bit of citrus thrown in. A nice blend. The body feels light and is not a bit cloying. Very clean finish. A good beer but not a winter one. It is also not one I would make a session out of as the spice would be a little much to me after two.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2008 20:07:32 | More by morimech
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a soft, hazy yellow with very minimal head retention. The aroma is quite simple and faint.

It has a clean hop taste with mild spices. A touch of bitterness. Nothing over done, very very well balanced.

The mouthfeel is crisp and has an excellent carbonation. Outstanding beer!

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2007 22:24:10 | More by jasonpeckins32
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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