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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677 Reviews
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Reviews: 677
Hads: 1,955
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 49
Gots: 240 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 02-22-2003

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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Reviews: 677 | Hads: 1,955
Photo of WunderLlama
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pilsner glass

Hazy golden orange yellow with active carbonation leading to a thin dense white foam cap.

Aroma of clove spice, citrus and floral.

Smooth , wheat taste with the effects of the yeast very present , bit of sour at the middle of the tongue. Smooth finish. Gentle carbonation, great mouthfeel.

A wheat beer for winter. Nice, good beer. (370 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fluid ounce bottle into a Weizen Glass. Bottled on 11/08/13.

Apperance: Hazy golden body. The sediment makes this one cloudy. A little light gets through but that's about it. A snowy head erupts, lingers, collapses, and leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smell: Wheat and grains up front. Spices, particularly clove and coriander are also present. Minor backdrop of orange.

Taste: Sweet citrus from a mild kick of hops. The heavy wheat pushes through and produces a sweet and bready taste. Yeasty notes develop in the finish. The spices are well pronounced in the finish as well… leaves a somewhat banana-like taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Rather low carbonation which works well for the beer. Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall: I could get nit-picky about this beer and point out everything it lacks compared to the powerhouse Witbiers but that would not be fair. This is a solid Witbier with a lot to enjoy. Cheers! (948 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (359 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Winter White pours a golden color with a nice head. There is a spicey aroma, with strong wheat notes, and strong orange peel notes. The flavor is a nice wheat and malty backbone, with good spices, and nice orange flavors. Nice full body. Overall its a nice wheat beer for the winter. (283 characters)

Photo of CochonKing
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clean gold with an excellent long lasting 3 finger head. Aromas of banana and bubble gum followed by malt are present on the nose of the beer. Malt and lemon rind on the palate with a watery finish. Small bubbles and and a light body with a medium finish. An ok beer (274 characters)

Photo of schnjac
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of patpbr
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Light golden wheat ale with a small amount of head retention.
S - Belgium yeast is most noticeable along with some malt
T - Sweet and spice a bit of banana and citrus , hints of grain.
M - Body is on the lighter side and a dry finish
O - Good combination and certainly refreshing. (285 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Packaged on 10/18/13.

A: Pours a cloudy light golden yellow with an average white head on top. Tough to see much visible carbonation in this haze. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: First thing I notice is a belgian like yeast characteristic. Wheat malts come in on the backend to even things out. Bit of a fruity aroma as well as a bready one.

T: Very mellow, well balanced flavor in this one. Focus is mainly on the pale malts but there is ample yeast aftertaste.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Finishes a touch sticky but not bad. Easy drinking sessionable beer.

Overall I like how its a white ale that doesnt have any of the spices or orange flavor. (716 characters)

Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.76/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out dark orange that is semi-transcelucent. Defintely can't see through it though. The head was pretty tiny and had no retention. Smells pretty malty, pretty sweet, with no hint of hops. Taste is quite sweet and tastes like Belgian yeast -- the banana/clove yeast. Really it tastes nice for a Wit. Pretty nice. Mouthfeel is medium thick with some nice carbonation. Overall this is a really nice whit, Tastes just like I would want it too. I am a sucker for a whit!!!! Overall this is a GREAT whit. Seems to be under-rated. (529 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 10/5/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy yellow the same color as Goo-Gone (coincidentally there's a bottle sitting on my counter & they match) & a one-finger head
S: The Belgian yeast aromas show through along with malt, light spice & citrus
T: What, spice, a distinct yeast taste, lemongrass... complex but not harmonious
M: Light, crisp & carbonated
O: It's nice to have a winter witbier on the market so enjoying the style I like it, it's just not the best (though far from the worst) example of the style I've had (536 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label art and white branded pry-off pressure cap acquired for $1.79 at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN and served into a stem-tulip. Expectations are fairly high given the brewery. Reviewed as a witbier; it identifies as a white ale on the label. Packaged 10/18/13. 5.0% ABV confirmed per the label.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of white colour. Okay thickness. Not much creaminess. Retention is well below average - maybe 1 minute. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a translucent semitransparent orange-copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

It's not cloudy like every traditional witbier I've ever seen, which is a bit disconcerting. It's far from unique or special. No egregious flaws.

Sm: Belgian pale malts, flaked wheat, banana, clove, coriander, pilsner malts. Lemongrass. Faint lemon citrus. Light floral and fruity hops. A clean aroma of average strength.

No alcohol is detectable.

T/Mf: Lightly floral and fruity hop notes. Lemon peel. Lemongrass. Clean barley. Wheat - possibly flaked. Belgian pale malts. Banana. Clove. It's got a crisp yeasty character.

No alcohol comes through.

A clean balanced flavour profile which isn't quite gestalt, but is certainly cohesive. Not real complex or subtle. Not all that intricate or nuanced either, but then this style is about elegant balance and mastery of simple ingredients.

Smooth, wet, crisp, and medium-bodied. Nice thickness. Decent body. It's got a good refreshing presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile well. A biteen overcarbonated.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, or rough.

Dr: A drinkable and enjoyable American take on a witbier, but ultimately it's not amongst the best in the style. Bell's has provided a solid go-to witbier for the local market, but it can't compete with the best traditional Belgian offerings - or even Allagash White, for that matter. I could easily session with this stuff, but it isn't world-class. Certainly likable, but I wouldn't recommend it to friends or buy it again.

High C+ (2,295 characters)

Photo of curasowa
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, golden color with one finger of fluffy white head that fades pretty cleanly to a thin cap.

Aroma: Yeasty, some wheat malt, a little phenolic and hints of banana oil

Taste: Pretty crisp with some spice notes, mostly clove. Some biscuit and cardboard on the back end along with some lemon rind bitterness, but otherwise a pretty clean finish that is mildly astringent.

The Rest: A very good beer. Refreshing and drinkable, this is a good winter alternative to a warmer. (488 characters)

Photo of turbotype
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer. It is a fine offering from the same folks who make Two Hearted Ale, one of the most "drinkable" India Pale Ales on the market, IMO, of course.

Looks like a wheat? Ohh yea, yellow-orange. murky. thin foamy head that sticks around. some streaking on the glass and patchy lacing.

Smells like a wheat? Yea, the banana notes are there, along with some orange and malt.

Tastes a wheat? You got it. Sweet wheat bread. hints of orange and banana. subtle tastes of pepper, but not in every drink.

Feels like a wheat? Huh? Ohh, come on, you know. fizzy, light, refreshing.

A good wheat beer. One of the better ones I've tried. I will certainly purchase this again as a fun, easy to drink beer to enjoy with a burger and fries. (749 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a nice white head that lingers and laces well. Light aroma of wheat, spice - probably clove - and Belgian yeast. Well carbonated with a light body, which is appropriate for the style. It tastes as a wit should, with spice being the primary flavor. In this case clove, coriander and a slight citrus background. Nice clean finish. Not in the same league as Allagash White, but a fine beer. (414 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat unfair to be drinking this after my favorite witbier of all time, Hitachino Nest White Ale. But what are you gonna do?

Pours a Hazy straw color, with a lemon juice look to it. Fast-dissipating white head with fluffy bubbles.

An aroma instantly recognizable for the style, it's spicy and yeasty in the nose, with some wet cardboard. Green grapes, other indeterminate fresh fruits, maybe pear, maybe melon.

On the tongue it's grass and white pepper, first. Coriander, awesome winter spice profile.

Eminently refreshing, yet with seasonal fruits, including tart apple and a hint of banana. I like the spices, which are admittedly on the subtle side. Plus the wheat and yeast of Belgian whites that come off as comforting old patterns.

Moderate carbonation keeps everything bright and sharp.

Have I mentioned how refreshing this is? The complexity is all in the fruits, which may sadly overpower the spice. Not quite on par with Allagash White, but close. (967 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a slighly darker than normal orange with a nice white head.

S: Aroma brings bright citrus, coriander, floral, honey, cloves.

T: Taste brings soft, cakey pale malt, nectarine, cloves, bready wheat.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A nice witbier, certainly better than some others on the market. (359 characters)

Photo of roybothers
3.11/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

lots of co2, fizzy, light, citrus aromas that are slightly overwhelming. leaves a little to be desired. good foamy head that persists. in addition to citrus there is a nutty flavor that is there but does not add much to the beer overall. nice to drink once but would not buy again. (281 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 10/18/2013 printed on the back label. Another new to me seasonal from Bell's. Expectations are about average given the particular style.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a murky dark lemon colored body with some cultural yeast presence twirling around the glass and some bubbles streaming topside. About a finger of thick foamy white head with decent staying power. Looks alright for what it is.

S - Not getting too much in the way of smell. Some light lemongrass, wheat, banana bread, and some light cloves. Typical of the style, but not particularly unique or inviting.

T - Taste follows suit of the nose: quick clean grain, wheat, banana bread, light clove spice. Typical of the style, but again, not particularly unique or interesting.

M - Light bodied with decent carbonation. An easy drinker.

Overall, there isn't a whole lot to be said about this one. A quick, clean, crisp, refreshing, and approchable take on the style. A "safe" steppingstone for those looking to dip their feet into craft.

Bell's Winter White Ale ---3.5/5 (1,095 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with nearly no head. Aroma is wheaty with banana yeastiness, some sweet honey, and a hint of spicy grain. Strong banana flavor up front with a sweet finish and just a hint of funky yeast throughout. Feels like more of a hefe than a witbier. Plenty of carbonation gives a little prickle on the tongue. Crisp finish that is not normally present for me in a wit. This is actually pretty pleasant and I would be happy to have another. (443 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy copper color with a decent head that fades to bits of lacing.

S: Mild aroma of fruit with a bit of spice and hint of grain in the background.

T: Taste is a bit muted with a bit of fruit and malt sweetness. mild bitterness and a quite clean finish.

F: Light body, smooth and refreshing.

O: Nice beer that goes down easy. A enjoyable change of pace wit beer that compliments the seasonal offerings. (420 characters)

Photo of Florida_SC_Trojan
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow color. Nice appearance.

S: Orange zest, coriander with a faint hint of bananna and clove.

T: Sweet honey, wheat, malts and yeast. Very drinkable and as a bit of spice in the finish.

M: Very light, good carbonation and finishes dry.

O: I like this beer alot. I think this beer could be served year round. One of my go to beers when I want to drink alot around Christmas time. (401 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/29/12

Appearance: Pours a super hazy yellow color with no head or lacing.

Smell: Smells like your typical Witbier, but not quite as banana and clovey, which is a good thing... I tend to find that sort of nose both extremely redundant and predictable. Unfortunately though, the first smell I got from this beer was major skunk... fortunately though, it doesn't last longer than a few moments.

Taste: It is what it is... a Witbier. Banana and clove on the front of the tongue, with prickly carbonation. After taste briefly tastes of ... cherries? And then there's a faint wheat aftertaste.

Overall, I liked it more with each sip... normally Witbiers have that super sweet banana, clove, and especially, CORIANDER taste, but this isn't like that much at all. A respectable seasonal/sessionable beer. (811 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a bottle of this when visiting family in NC recently. the temperature outside definitely screams winter so why not pop this one tonight? enjoyed from a bell's tulip.

a - brew poured a soft but murky orange with lots of visible carbonation evenly climbing to the surface for quite some time. there was a t hin white bubbly head that bubbled away in parts but never completely left.

s - smells like a wit aught to...orange peel and coriander.

t - taste follows the nose of orange peel and coriander but offers a lot more sweetness than i expected, but overall soft and very approachable. flavor isn't too bold or intense. just nicely made. good amount of water in there but not watered down.

m - lots of fizzy carbonation...big sweetness. medium bodied and drinks extremely smoothly.

o - overall, not wild about wit beers in general, but this is very good for the style. (883 characters)

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at fridge temperature.

L – Hazy pale gold color with a 1-finger bubbly white head. Decent retention and some patchy lacing. I’ve had this one before and the head characteristics were much better. I must’ve poured it too cold.

S – Grainy wheat, coriander, orange zest, and a healthy dose of banana and clove aromas. I’m actually a bit surprised by the latter aromas as this is a witbier and not a hefeweizen but I’m not complaining.

T – Sweet grainy wheat and banana, progressing to slightly tart orange zest, and finishing with spicy clove and coriander yeast notes. Really tasty.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a creamy but crisp and refreshing mouthfeel, and a slightly sweet and spicy finish.

O – This is another tasty and drinkable beer from Bell’s. I like all these refreshing wheat beers serving as winter seasonals. There are plenty of big and hearty beers out there during the cold months. These are a nice change of pace and make me think of warmer weather – never a bad thing. (1,067 characters)

Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.