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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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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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mjw06

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer, but after having a few glasses of this I was convinced that this should be marketed as just a regular witbier. I'm perplexed to know what is "wintery" about it. Admittedly this is the first winter white that I've ever tried and also I've never associated wits with winter, so I was excited to try it.

The color is a hazy orangish-yellow, but its a clear kind of hazy, if that makes any kind of sense. The smell is pretty weak, didn't get much from it. The coriander is particularly sharp and there is an citrus note that isn't pronounced, but definitely there and specifically orangey, nothing else. Not much residual flavor is initially wheatey and pleasant, but doesn't stay like that. Kinda gets sticky and stale, which makes me want to just drink more.

Like I said, I liked the beer. Just having a lot of difficulty separating this from any other wit. I would drink this in the summer and enjoy it just as much.

Serving type: cask

12-16-2010 00:46:06 | More by mjw06
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LooseGasCap

Indiana

3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Not sure why, but this beer loves to foam up and up and up...
It's decent beer, but there's a supernatural amount of foaming going on here.

Don't swirl the particulates at the bottom lest you face the wrath of THE HEAD.
A tasty brew nonetheless. Winter usually calls for bold stouts, but this one seems like a fair trade, once it settles the heck down in the glass.

Turn down the subwoofer or get a face full of foam!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 23:26:20 | More by LooseGasCap
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DoubleJ

California

3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, this style is unexpected as a winter seasonal. Perhaps it would be fitting somewhere in the sunbelt, but from Michigan, it's an unorthodox time to offer said style. Winter is almost over, so let's commemorate the end with a bottle of Bell's. Packaged on 10/31/13, on to the beer:

An inch of soapy head sits on top this cloudy yellowish beer. That head on top is retaining well, slowly dropping to a creamy lace.The aroma is pleasant, with creamy oats, citrus peel, and vague sweet citrus fuming into the nostrils.

This witbier offers little bits of the usual witbier with a solid foundation. In other words, the malt/wheat base is pleasing and little bits of spice, citrus, and yeast stick to it. A little bitter towards the end. The beer is light bodied with initially strong bubbly carbonation which dies off to a less bubbly intensity.

Easy drinking beer out of Bell's, even if it isn't up to the same high standard set by its stable mates.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 01:37:24 | More by DoubleJ
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superspak

Michigan

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/15/2013. Pours opaquely hazy bright golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, banana, pear, apple, orange, wheat, bread, floral, grass, clove, pepper, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, banana, pear, apple, orange, wheat, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, banana, pear, apple, orange, wheat, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present on the finish. Overall this is a damn nice witbier. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 01:54:43 | More by superspak
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WunderLlama

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 03:50:21 | More by WunderLlama
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Chiefy770

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +11%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 23:16:14 | More by Chiefy770
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lochef81

Michigan

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 06:11:19 | More by lochef81
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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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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 01:18:45 | More by vette2006c5r
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CochonKing

New York

3.41/5  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

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 02:10:00 | More by CochonKing
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanx Preluderl:

Packaged "10/18/2013"

Previously had in a mug, currently having in a pilsenser (only difference is a slightly larger head by about a half finger):

A: hazy light golden yellow colored body with a soft white head that gets slightly lumpy; lacing is mostly sporadic and clings adequately to the glass

S: cloves and wheat up front, nice Belgian yeasty and fruitiness backing that up fairly well

T: takes the previously mentioned flavors and adds a bready sort of flavoring to heighten the flavoring; sweet sticky fruity aftertaste, somewhat of a dry clove-like finish

M: light to medium in body, somewhat sessionable, carbonation is good for the style and for me as there's an adequate harshness for a good witbier but not overly done

O: not as spicy as some witbiers I've had, but hey, still pretty good for the style and for me, I'd have this again

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 06:40:41 | More by BeerKangaroo
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schnjac

Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 04:07:47 | More by schnjac
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patpbr

Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 23:51:03 | More by patpbr
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CloudStrife

New York

3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 02:25:47 | More by CloudStrife
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NeedBeerHere

Minnesota

4.78/5  rDev +31.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 11:18:03 | More by NeedBeerHere
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 23:33:42 | More by ONUMello
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kojevergas

Texas

3.24/5  rDev -11%
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+

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 05:47:25 | More by kojevergas
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curasowa

New York

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 01:36:16 | More by curasowa
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turbotype

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 22:42:09 | More by turbotype
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tillmac62

South Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 20:30:02 | More by tillmac62
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 03:03:22 | More by martyl1000
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.86/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 01:28:13 | More by Etan
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roybothers

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 03:47:13 | More by roybothers
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 22:33:56 | More by mfnmbvp
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 21:48:25 | More by BMMillsy
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Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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