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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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Ratings: 1441
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.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 02-22-2003)
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BWED

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz. poured at Croft's Tavern, Spring City, PA

A- Pale yellow orange, actually white/dusty looking. White head, retention is lacking.

S- Bananas and yeast. Mild clove.

T- A bit of banana, but the clove and general spice are more apparent.

M- Mild carbonation, but a tiny snap. Smooth body and a clean finish.

O- Solid Wit. Fits the style. Good flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2014 01:57:49 | More by BWED
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Mavigo

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Green Dot Stables in Detroit the other day, was served to me in a pint.

A: Is a cloudy, pale yellow color, had almost no head and very little lacing, few white streaks on the glass.

S: Smells quite sweet, though a very light aroma. Still, smells quite sweet, honey, wheat, grains, bread, yeast as well.

T: Very smooth, good flavor, sweet honey, wheat, grains, malts, yeast, with a hit of spices at the finish, along with a bit of hops

M: Medium carbonation, very crisp, very light, a deviation from the darker and higher ABV holiday beers that are floating around.

O: It was a good beer, very light, refreshing and sweet, good carbonation, very decent, could drink large quantities of this without getting bored.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2012 18:19:12 | More by Mavigo
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2012 03:08:01 | More by thecheapies
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: on-tap pint
Glass: pint glass
From: Casey's Tavern in Ann Arbor
Price: $4.50

Appearance: a deep and hazy gold. opaque. by time i got it there was no head left and the lacing was gone as well

Smell: a little bit of wheat, fruit and clove.

Taste: follows the nose pretty well. definitely a wheat taste to it, along with what i now taste as banana and a good mixture of cloves.

Mouthfeel: light and crisp. a good mix-up from all the stouts, barleywines and bourbon beers i have been having this winter

Overall: another solid seasonal from Bell's. not a beer that i am gonna race to get next winter, but it sure hits the spot after a bit of a burn out on heavier and darker drinks. easy to find as most MI bars have a Bell's seasonal option

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2012 18:01:30 | More by SportsandJorts
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy yellow-orange color with a medium white head. The head faded leaving only a very small amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was of yeast and citrus mixed with a bit of spiciness. There was a wheaty-bready smell that mixed in with the citrus. Very traditional wit aromas, but nothing too potent or special.

Taste – Wheat flavors are the first to meet the tongue. These are quickly enhanced by some spiciness of coriander and citrus flavors which come mixed with some more yeasty flavors. There are some subtle banana and topical fruits as well. All in all, the fruits are overall moderate and light in comparison to the wheat and spice.

Mouthfeel – A bit more crisp at first, but it seems to mellow and become more creamy in the mouth over time. The carbonation is a little on the higher side which matches the crispness nicely and seems to depart just as the creaminess enters. It has a rather nice overall feel.

Overall – A pretty nice wit. It has a nice feel and a pretty good flavor, but is just a little weak in smell and aroma.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 01:30:20 | More by Darkmagus82
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drabmuh

Maryland

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

Fun, another Bell's beer on draft at Churchkey served in a snifter. Beer is yellow and hazy with a white head, low retention, moderate carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is a little citrusy but not overly so, interesting nice witbier character.

Beer is light and mildly spicy with a nice finish. I liked this beer but it is an average not very orange-y / citrusy backing to it. Interesting but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 19:50:39 | More by drabmuh
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Phinner

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice wit style for the winter. Great mouthfeel - very smooth and light. Flavor was right-on. I enjoyed the Belgian-style flavor; nice but not too overbearing. Overall, this is a go to beer for the winter and wish it was available year round. Will need to stock-up while its in the market.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 02:28:05 | More by Phinner
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drtth

Pennsylvania

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

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazy golden peach color with a thin head and a small bit of lacing. The head recedes fairly soon leaving only a tiny ring around the glass and no lacing. For about the first 1/3 of the beer sipping does leave a few speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma, while faint, clearly contains coriander and orange layered over the wheat.

Taste: As expected from the nose the flavors include coriander and orange supported by the wheat.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with faint prickly carbonation. The finish is medium length with a mildly spicy finish.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a nicely sippable beer that is quite refreshing and well worth drinking. That said, it is at best a solid workmanlike witbier that I won’t hesitate to have again but which I won’t go out of my way to acquire since I prefer the St. Bernardus Wit and the Allagash White.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 01:44:24 | More by drtth
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a hazy golden straw color. It was served to me with a small, frothy cap.

s: I feared that was going yo be heavily spiced with "seasonal" crap like nutmeg. I needn't have worried. I smelled fresh, prickly wheat, zesty citrus, and hints of corriander.

t: A refreshing blend of fesh citrus, twang-y wheat, and peppery bite at the end.

m: Crisp with prickly carbonation.

o: There are a hell of a lot more bad wits than good ones in this country imo. This was one of the latter.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 20:50:21 | More by DIM
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Shibbykaiyai

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All around well crafted ale.

I had the Bell's Winter White at a local bar on tap via a pitcher (not my choice). It pours nice and orangish with a some cloudiness to it.

Taste was quite good. I liked it off the bat and after a couple more tastes, grew to like it more. I have since purchased it in bottle and enjoyed it at home as well.

On tap or in bottle (tap better of course), I recommend this seasonal ale while you can get it.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 04:04:55 | More by Shibbykaiyai
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lurpy1

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat murky peach, with not much head, or carbonation, seemingly. Very alluring aromatically, strong bakery smell, quite yeasty, some wheat a little bit of sweet and citrus thrown in. Similar taste. But the spice I was expecting was entirely absent. Lightly carbonated, easy to put away quickly.

A dilemma of a beer to rate. If this is a Witbier, it missed the mark. Simply not enough spice and off-kilter flavors. Then again, maybe it's us, and not Bell's that think it's a Witbier. Fair enough, but that leads to the next problem; As far as I can tell, Winter White is completely indistinct from Oberon. Would love to drink them together, because I think there's no more than a whisker difference. Lastly, there's really no seasonal panache to this. What's winter about it? At the end of the day, though, this is a tasty, if unremarkable beer, and that's what matters most.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2011 02:36:30 | More by lurpy1
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

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

Had this at a local bar at $2 pint night.

At first sip, I thought Hoegaarden. Came to me with an average 2 finger foamy head and looked like a glass of orange juice with a slightly lighter color.

Smell and taste were vary similar. Definite orange peel flavors along with coriander and clove. Finished clean with the typical wheat ale semi-bite. No hops bitterness here. Fairly creamy on the palate, definitely one that would fill you up after a few.

Overall, its not among the styles I prefer, but a good branch out and overall solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 05:57:12 | More by boilermakerbrew
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wingman14

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark yellow with a frothy white head. Smell is dominated by the yeast, with a nice dose of wheat. Flavor follows suit, nice yeast and wheat flavors. A nice medium mouthfeel, smooth, well balanced and nice depth of flavor. Overall a great witbier, great flavor, and an easy drinking beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 21:48:12 | More by wingman14
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives hazy with a small head that disappears quickly. No lace left behind.
Smell is banana, spice, malt.
Taste is exactly that. Well balanced throughout, exactly what you expect with a wit.
Medium bodied with a good amount of effervescence. Smoothish finish leads to a nice malty banana fade. A good brew.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 01:51:09 | More by PorterLambic
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elgiacomo

Georgia

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

5L mini keg from notes.

Pours hazy pale yellow with a good white head with decent retention.

Aroma is wheat, grain, lemon, corriander/spice, good strength.

Flavor follows suit, wheat, lemon/orange citrus, spice, mild sweetness, clean finish, refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, medium to high carbonation.

Nice wheat beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 03:54:16 | More by elgiacomo
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Goldopelgt

Ohio

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

A: Pours a hazy golden, straw hue with a decent white head and a good amount of lacing...

S: Yeasty, citrus notes up front with some spiciness and banana that follows...

T: Similar to the nose...citrus-y, yeasty, a little spice...very well balanced, everything you would expect from the style...

M: Crisp, well-carbonated, refreshing...very nice

D: A very enjoyable and easily drinkable brew, what you come to expect with most Bell's products...I would definitely recommend this brew, but my only knock would have to be that a winter 'white ale' seems slightly out of place for the season, albeit delicious...

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2011 22:14:41 | More by Goldopelgt
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glid02

Georgia

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours an opaque lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts, wheat twang, light citrus, and soft spices, in that order. As the beer warms the spices fade a bit and the citrus and light malt aromas intensify.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth light malt flavors with good amounts of wheat influence kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are moderate amounts of lemon zest with hints of deeper orange rinds. Finally, very small amounts of coriander come into play before fading out into a crisp and mildy bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I think this beer tasted crisper than the bottle I had quite a while back and I certainly prefer it more. A solid beer that's worth a shot in whatever form.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 02:05:24 | More by glid02
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Kolsch

Pennsylvania

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

On tap: Headkeepers, Greensburg PA.

Appearance: Cloudly with slight orange hues, though mostly white. Small cusp of head, which is usual per white ales.

Smell: coriander, clove and lemony.

Taste: as smell indicates above. Coriandar, clove and lemongrass. No additional spices claims Bells website and I believe this to be true. Carbonation spot on. Very tasty, easy drinking and interesting enough that I can several without hesitation.

Overall: excellent example of a traditional white ale. Was hesitant to have since I associate Wits with summer but this hit the spot for a cold December day.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2010 15:55:19 | More by Kolsch
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy, yellow color. Minimal white head.

S: Light citrus, and light, dried fruits, banana, etc.

T: Wheatish bite, some citrus and banana, and a little bit of spice.

M: Light body with moderate carbonation.

D: Somewhat drinkable. At this point, I'm losing interest in witbiers, but still a good summertime diversion.

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2010 16:46:32 | More by Rifugium
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Mit

Ontario (Canada)

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

This was the fourth Bells offering I had tried (with the first 3 being, Two Hearted, Hopslam and Pale). I def didn't enjoy this as much as the first three but was still pretty happy with it.

a-pours just like I like my wheats...very cloudy, obviously unfiltered.

s-very much a wheat. Sweet smelling, followed by the cloves. Very clovey.

t-Lots of sweeter tastes with the cloves rounding out the swallow. Much less prevalent than in the initial smell.

m-feels thicker than a 4.5%. I liked it alot.

d-the first glass of the mini keg I thought it very overpowering, but here I am on the last two glasses and I'm thinking...damn...the whole thing is gone.

I would get this again if I was looking for a wheat. Would probably not get the mini keg...I had to drink a lot of beer, cause other peeps who aren't craft beer enthusiasts didn't like it as much.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 02:23:30 | More by Mit
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a hazy, opaque amber with a fine-bubbled off-white head. Aroma is honey-sweet and malty with a hint of lemon. Yeasty, malty, honey-sweet flavor has a lemony undertone. Thick, smooth, fizzy texture leaves a subtle tingle and a yeasty, rubbery, citrus finish.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 22:35:10 | More by Cyberkedi
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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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Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,441 ratings.