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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: 1,543
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 34
Gots: 70 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

rcjennings, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of KajII
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a hazy yellow with and orange/brown hue and a large (2-3 finger) white fizzy head that quickly diminished, down to a thin puddled film with a medium collar and had fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt and a funky Belgian yeast with notes of citrus (orange) and coriander.

The taste was lightly sweet and very yeasty with a bold citrus presence throughout, with the finish having a slightly bitter citrus peel bite along with a hint of spice towards the end. The flavor lasted an average duration proceeding the swallow, with a light spicy bitterness left behind.

Mouthfeel was light in body and dry in texture with a mildly soft carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty tasty Witbier that had a lot of citrus flavor, which worked very well with the funky spicy yeast taste...


KajII, Dec 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

DrIPA, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of philbe311
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly less than a finger's worth of crispy fizzy pure white head that quickly fizzles away leaving only a small splotch of lacing in the center of the glass and a slight collar... The color is a vibrant pale gold with some faint amber highlights... There is a definite haziness that lingers throughout... Mostly still with just a couple of stray rapid paced carbonation streaks...

S - Big aroma... A big whiff of Belgian yesat... Lots of wheat... Honey... A bit of clove... Banana...

T - Lots of straw and grassy notes... Lemon zest... The Belgian yeast is muted on the palate... Unripened bananas... Just a touch of honey... Light artificial sweetener... The flavors are a bit muddled and really don't compliment one another...

M - Medium bodied... Light fizzy carbonation... A bit chalky throughout... A slightly dry finish...

D - An average at best Witbier... There's nothing wrong per se, but this one falls short of my expectations for both Bell's and the style... An interesting winter interpretation, but nothing more... I can't recommend in good conscience and likely won't indulge in again myself...

philbe311, Dec 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Scotthuller, Dec 14, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.5%

MPiper, Dec 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Stinger80OH, Dec 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

pearljam118, Dec 13, 2012
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

TimRasmussen, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

fbloise77, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of astrayan
5/5  rDev +37.7%

astrayan, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a faint yellow-amber color, cloudy and almost completely opaque. The first thing you notice on the nose is a hefty helping of wheat and yeast, certainly making a lot of sense for a witbier. This is appropriately followed up by a handful of kitchen spices; clove, coriander, and some light citrus and orange zest. The taste plays a little heavier on the spice side at first, transitioning to the citrus and fruit-like undertones more towards its second half. The spice isn't overpowering by any means, it's actually quite refreshing. When the citrus makes its appearance, it provides a great balance and certainly boosts the drinkability by a large margin. The hops come along and add a perfect amount of bitterness, helping with the balance of the malt and wheat sweetness combo. Yeast, as expected, is noticeable at nearly all times, but plays more of a background supporting role. Medium body, medium-high amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very good witbier. Packed with a nice array of flavors thanks to a decent contribution from malt, wheat, yeast, and hops all at once. Nice amount of spice, balanced by a subtle wheat sweetness and a blend of citrus and hops. Not bad at all.

tectactoe, Dec 10, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy lemon-white, like a limoncello, with a meringue lip of head. Looks uncharacteristically pleasant for a winter ale. 4.0

Lemon, coriander, white pepper, hints of banana, clove, and wheat grain. Nice bready nose, with spice. 4.0

A little banana, a lot of coriander and clove. Lemony citrus notes, almost leaning on tangerine. Wheaty bread and peppery spices that permeate the finish. Not musty, clean and rich. Very enjoyable. 4.0

Almost soapy in the body, showing some viscosity without heft. Carbonation starts off low and gets busy in the finish with some crackle and pop. Lightly warm. Good feel. 3.5

Great beer that surprises me everytime. Always happy to finally order one every year without really seeking it out. 4.0

thecheapies, Dec 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Powerstroker90, Dec 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

skaboom420, Dec 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

hainesly, Dec 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Bernerdawg, Dec 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

hollywood_15063, Dec 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Brad7132, Dec 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

illini4x4, Dec 07, 2012
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3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy to hazy light to medium golden yellow in color with some light amounts of orange highlights and moderate amount of gentle visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that slowly reduces to a small patch of medium sized bubbles, a very thin film covering almost the entire surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat with light to moderate notes of citrus and spices (mostly coriander). Very subtle notes of banana/clove.

T: Light to moderate flavors of wheat with just a touch of bready malts. Lightly sweet with notes of coriander and citrus (specifically orange peel). Almost a touch of lemon pepper in the finish and banana/clove.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable - light in mouthfeel and with pleasant flavors and aromas. Definitely able to be a session beer. Some aspects of a hefeweizen in addition to the traditional witbier flavors/smells.

dbrauneis, Dec 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

fishguyac, Dec 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

freduardo, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

random846, Dec 04, 2012
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,543 ratings.