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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: 1,541
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 33
Gots: 69 | 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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Photo of SometimesIfart
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky orange with a one finger white frothy head that half dissipates. Left no lacing.

S - Lemon peel, Orange peel, Wheat.

T - Basically the same as the smell. Lemon peel up front, Stale orange in the middle and a very wheaty finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, It's alright. Definitely not even in the top ten for Bell's though.

SometimesIfart, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of mattkoon
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bell's winter white ale-
this beer pours a a pale cloudy. it has a yellowish tint- looks good. the taste is spicy with a light citrus. this is a really refreshing beer- not as dark and robust as a lot of winter seasonals. this is a really drinkable winter ale. i actually did some yard work this morning and came inside and cracked this open- turned out to be a really good choice, this is a good afternoon, lighter beer. its fresh flavored, who says you have to have dark beer in the winter anyways?

mattkoon, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of WagTailAle
5/5  rDev +37.7%

WagTailAle, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Lukass, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of vanillacokaine
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

vanillacokaine, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of mcaulifww
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

mcaulifww, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of dna1964dna
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

dna1964dna, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of MonicaC
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

MonicaC, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Texasfan549, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

kjkinsey, Dec 20, 2012
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Aschap
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Aschap, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of grahamboudreaux
4/5  rDev +10.2%

grahamboudreaux, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this before in the past, but it's been awhile. Pours a cloudy tangerine color (looks almost like freshly squeezed orange juice), thinner head than expected, but it leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are yeasty, orange, wheat. Tastes are nice with fruity Belgian yeast esters, wheat, orange zest, white peppery spiciness. I thought I could taste coriander, but apparently there's none used in the brewing process. Mouth-feel is nearly full-bodied while being creamy and smooth. Overall, better than I remember, and one of the better American brewed witbiers.

barnzy78, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of 2neardead
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

2neardead, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of WanderingFool
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

WanderingFool, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of chris1919
4.5/5  rDev +24%

chris1919, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy light pale yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin but dense layer of bubbles covering the surface along with lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell has light to moderate aromas of wheat along with some hints of spices—cloves seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some notes of lemony citrus and hints of bananas.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The spices in the taste seem to lend a bit of dryness to the finish.
O: This beer is rather easy to drink but lacks any refreshing and thirst-quenching properties. However, the added flavors of spices seem to make this a nice choice to drink if you want to enjoy a witbier during the winter.

metter98, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of rcjennings
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
Photo of DrIPA
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
Photo of Scotthuller
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
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,541 ratings.