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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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1,441 Ratings
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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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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
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Atron67

Wisconsin

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

A- came a very very cloudy, almost reminiscent of an offwhite snow storm in a glass, yellow, that was opaque at a very small distance. A littl bit of head built up on top and had decent retention, but left no lacing

S- a yeasty wheaty smell predominated, some phenolic flavor was present as well

T- was a pretty smooth good flavor, little light on the malt, wheat flavors were nice, but the yeasty banana flavors at the finish were quite flavorful.

M- pretty full body for a 4.5% alcohol, enjoyable, medium carbonation

D- a solid beer, and the best choice at the bar that night.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2007 00:22:38 | More by Atron67
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crazybrody06

Indiana

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap. poured a cloudy orange color with small head and no lacing. Smell was wheat with some coriander and clove. Taste is wheat, orange peel, corinander, clove, banana.
Mouthfeel was light with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkabilty was high if you like wheat beers. Not really my favorite style to drink in the winter. Feels like more of a summer beer except for the spices.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2007 16:47:09 | More by crazybrody06
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TheodorHerzl

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Eccentric Cafe:

The beer pours a very hazy cloudy orange hue with a very thin white head of lace. The scent is dominated by the wheat in this beer. That is honesty all I could smell for the first few drinks and then finally the bouquet opened up a little bit. I got some coriander and slight citrus notes. The flavor profile is rather unique. Blasted upfront with the sweetness of wheat followed up by a slightly bitter touch of hops on the finish. Very well balanced and kept me wanting another sip. The mouthfeel is what I wasn't a fan of on this beer. Very thin and didn't coat very well at all. The carbination is just a little to much. For my tastes I wish it was backed off just a little bit. The drinkability overall is very good for this beer, and I would order this if I saw it on tap near me.

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2007 19:16:51 | More by TheodorHerzl
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a hazy pale light yellow colored beer with massive white puffy head.
Smell is prominent for wheat, and spices.
Taste presents with an excellent interpretation of the style. A nice citrus flavor combines with a firm clove spiciness.
Nice refreshing ending.
An easy drinking beer. More suited for a hot summer afternoon than a cold autumn day.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2007 23:25:59 | More by tgbljb
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UDbeernut

New York

3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a cloudy gold with slight carbonation. Silky 1/2" Head reduces to lacing

s: distinct yeast smell with hints of citrus

t: typical wheat beer taste with yeast flavor. Slight hop bitterness

m: light to medium body. Slightly creamy.

d: This is an average Witbier.

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2007 13:01:28 | More by UDbeernut
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cabsandking

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy, pale straw color and a creamy white head with good retention and excellent lacing to the bottom. Mellow nose of yeasty bread, banana peel, light citrus, and a little grassy. Starts off with a limey, sprucey spritz and quickly moves to a nice soft wheat profile that is flavorful and mellow. Medium carbonation makes for a tonic water effect. Descent spice level and some fruity hops are very complimentary. Chalky to creamy at times. The smooth soft profile makes this and easy drinker although Im not buying the winter connection.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2007 00:33:35 | More by cabsandking
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Chaz

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours like a classic Wit: opaque, pale golden and whitish in color, and with plenty of suspended yeast. Slight pale tan-head and lacing. Nose is right on style, mildly spicy, but rather perfumey, with yeast, clove, and bubblegum qualities, all of which make a great impact on the first sip. Mouthfeel is light and creamy, almost effortless to drink, and with very low apparent alcohol. Juicy and malty (yet light), and very flavorful, this reminds me very favorably of the Saint Bernardus Wit. Wonderful stuff, and a totally unexpected approach to a Winter seasonal. The first time I was served this it was accidentally, during a rush at a local bar. I asked for a Summit Winter and I got a Bell's Winter. I drank it without knowing what it was, partly figuring that (it being a game day) I wouldn't get another beer before long. This particular bar serves a lot of draught Blue Moon, so I mistook it for that right away, but then realized how much *better* it was than the Blue Moon I've had umpteen times in the past! For five seconds I was thinking of re-appraising my view of Blue Moon! Fine job Larry Bell . . . this would be great in 12 packs in summer . . . hey, a guy can dream right?

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2007 22:57:49 | More by Chaz
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adammills

Michigan

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It poured a slight golden yellow with a smallish finely bubbled head. Little to no aroma, maybe a very faint biscuit, not sweet at all, no esters. I tastes creamy with no hop taste of aroma. The flavor is very bland, a shocking lack of complexity from what I expect from Bells. Finishes very smooth, very drinkable, and very much lacking in flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2007 00:39:33 | More by adammills
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karst

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the '06 release of Oberon, I was lucky to be able to compare the Winter White from the tap along side of the new release of Bell's Summer Wheat.

The dollar per 20 oz. serving made this attractive as well.

The 24 oz nonic displayed a strongly beading blond Whitbier that was slightly hazy and fairly clear for a wheat. The short lived head and light lace drop the appearance rating a half point.

Served a little on cold side a nice aroma of wheat, coriander,orange and citrus zest combine with hints of clove and vanilla. Flavor follows with coriander, ginger, clove. Medium body with a round mouthfeel that provides a solid wheat canvas for broad brush strokes from the citrus, orange, and other spices. Finishes clean after a breif cameo of yeast, wheat, and juicy spices. Bittering hops are perfect. Although 0.3 % lower than Oberon's ABV this seems more substantial. Seek it out. If you can get it for $1 per glass enjoy your session!

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2006 23:00:56 | More by karst
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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