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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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1,481 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,481
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 27
Gots: 55 | 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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ColSanders123

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-28-2011 03:58:35 | More by ColSanders123
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KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +37.4%

11-21-2011 23:49:37 | More by KC9LDB
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

11-30-2013 07:33:23 | More by schmidtmattsays
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Gtg642

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

10-10-2013 02:08:39 | More by Gtg642
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gwiedman1

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

11-10-2013 22:58:48 | More by gwiedman1
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HoppyBastard2

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

03-07-2014 10:13:20 | More by HoppyBastard2
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Slay40

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3%

05-10-2013 21:31:31 | More by Slay40
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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Thin white head on a cloudy golden body.
S- Big banana with orange peel come through right off the bat. Some spices like cloves, pepper, and maybe even a hint of cinnamon.
T- Kind of mild in flavor. Flavors match well to the aroma just if you tone everything down by quite a lot. The bitterness is on the bigger side for this style. Leaves a nice little bite with orange peel.
M- Medium/thin body with low/medium carbonation.
D- I think it is decent but nothing outstanding. I'm not sure how old this beer is so not sure if it is past its prime. I would think its a few months passed it's peak and starting to show signs of oxidation.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 02:16:17 | More by BlindPig
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mwbrady12

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -17.6%

07-17-2013 00:35:28 | More by mwbrady12
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shadow1961

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bells Beer's website indicates that my bottle of Bells
Winter White Ale was packaged on September 20,
2006- but three months before I opened it. It pours
out a thin head that disappates almost instantly,
over a cloudy yellow brew. Nose is of light malt and
yeast. Mouthfeel is velvety, flavor is of malt and wheat.
It's smooth and a bit dry. Alcohol by volume 4.5%. It's
decent, but not that spectacular- I think it would really
shine with a white meat dish and it would be fine as a
session brew too.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2006 07:24:05 | More by shadow1961
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adamant1912

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-17-2011 06:53:55 | More by adamant1912
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gmfessen

Michigan

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

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass, beer is a cloudy yellow color with a soapy looking head. The smell reminds me very much of Bell's Sparkling Ale, with slightly less nose and perhaps a touch more banana smell, spicy. The taste is initially bitter, with a nice coriander and clovey finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with chewy carbonation. Overall, this is definitely a drinkable beer; I was surprised by the similarity to this and their sparkling ale... the sparkling ale being the more intense version.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 04:42:50 | More by gmfessen
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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-13-2012 03:40:49 | More by pearljam118
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Skidz

Wisconsin

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

Batch 6584

Pours a cloudy light straw and sits even cloudier dull golden straw in the glass with a small white head.

Smells of wheat, bananas, orange, lemon and a touch of yeast. Full aroma really draws you in.

Tastes big and wheaty up front, you can just taste the grains. Orange peel and light hints of lemon come in and make up the majority of additional flavors; banana flavor is minimal, like dried banana slices if anything. Nice light, mildly bitter finish with good yeasty character.

Nice smooth and creamy feel with easy carbonation and an even nicer body. Keeps it real and makes me want to let it massage my mouth all night. Tasty brew all the way.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 21:50:15 | More by Skidz
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Dithyramb

Maryland

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

One of the many midwest brews obtained through BIF14. Finally starting to review these goodies.

Very nice winter scene on the label, with white-capped trees and a snowy knoll.
Beer pours a dark straw color with only a bit of carbonation. A very weak off white head quickly trailed off.
Initially smell all the right esters, banana, and medicine. As it warmed, some very earthy and musky smells were evident.
Very smooth and creamily wheat controlled brew. All the usuals are in there (citrus, banana, spicy yeast, etc.) but they are well controlled and almost muted by the wheat.\
Finishes very clean and refreshing. Didn't wow me, but I wouldn't mind another.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2004 14:00:20 | More by Dithyramb
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throwback

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.6%

01-13-2012 05:01:50 | More by throwback
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, batch 8250

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow/straw under a fizzy small white head that dissipates quickly, with no lace.

S: Coriander and bubble gum up front, with some citrus behind. Eventually gives way to a very nice wheat character.

T: Bubble gum up front, wheat is very apparent, a little yeast, some subtle hints of citrus and a peppery quality in the finish. Very nice taste.

M/D: Nice light body, carbonation is high but seems right for the beer, very crisp and refreshing. At 4.5%, refreshing, really no off qualities aside from a lackluster appearance, this one is highly drinkable and highly reccomended.

Are there better, more complex wits out there? Absolutely. But this one is very very solid. My opinion, stock up near March and enjoy during the summer months as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 01:46:23 | More by NCSUdo
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CesarLopes

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-09-2013 04:10:10 | More by CesarLopes
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dsshuck

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-09-2013 22:27:12 | More by dsshuck
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czfreeman

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-28-2013 23:59:41 | More by czfreeman
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

3/5  rDev -17.6%

01-04-2012 03:05:51 | More by ohtheguilt
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hellhammermario

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-29-2013 20:33:19 | More by hellhammermario
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Knoxrb12

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-03-2014 12:58:44 | More by Knoxrb12
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psoriasaurus

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

02-03-2014 03:34:49 | More by psoriasaurus
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-02-2013 17:55:37 | More by wattoclone
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,481 ratings.