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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: 1,500
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 29
Gots: 58 | FT: 1
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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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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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Knoxrb12

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Indiana

2.17/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The nose of this particular beer is banana. The body is cloudy and the hue is pale yellow. I observed some yeast with this beer. I definitely was not impressed by the taste of this beer. After about half-way through I had had enough and tried another of their beers. This definitely is not one of my favorite beers from this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2003 16:34:32 | More by hotstuff
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stephensinner

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

10-17-2012 00:48:42 | More by stephensinner
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MarkJBurch

New York

3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-29-2013 00:47:02 | More by MarkJBurch
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PhineasGage

Iowa

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-27-2012 19:08:22 | More by PhineasGage
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BA dmamiano for kicking this down to me!

Poured into a pint glass. A very light yellow-gold color, pure white head rises to a couple fingers and then settles quickly. Beer is slightly hazy.

Citrus and spice aroma. Very pleasant, with some tangy earthy wheat notes as well. Taste is a nice citrus and coriander blend, wheat comes through as well. A mildly bitter hop finish, though the fruity flavor lingers through the end as well.

Light and crisp, well carbonated. Easy drinker of course. Not sure what this has to do with winter other than the name, but it is a great witbier in my opinion. I would love to hit this on a hot summer day,

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 00:26:30 | More by ZimZamZoom
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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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ColSanders123

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Indiana

2/5  rDev -45.1%

12-02-2012 15:04:58 | More by craft_shannie
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the bottle looks very picturesque and i love it. I know right away i am going to enjoy this beer.

It pours a cloudy, hazy wheaty yellow color with a tint or orange. Only a half finger lace of head rises to the top. It doesnt have too much staying power and is gone within seconds. I poured this beer into a pint glass.

I can detect a hint of orange/lemon fruit flavor but not too much. The main smell is the wheat and the oats. It reminds me of oatmeal and hay for some odd reason. After further review i can taste another hint of citrus in it.

The flavor is great and i can taste citrus/lemon in the beer now. I still taste the wheat and i can taste the yeast but the fruity citrus flavor gives it that extra zing that a witbier has. Excellent taste! i feel like i am in heaven!

It goes down smooth and no bitter aftertaste but the orange flavor stays back to let me know that it was apart of the beer. It feels like a wheat orange afteraste.

I have to say this is one of the best beers i have ever had. Hoeg used to my favorite witbier but this one tops it. I love it. I will def get a sixer of this if i can find it in my area.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 00:11:15 | More by Dodo2step
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KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +37.4%

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

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev +3%

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

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

06-19-2013 17:01:04 | More by BamfBacon
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adamant1912

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-17-2011 06:53:55 | More by adamant1912
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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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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +3%

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-02-2013 17:55:37 | More by wattoclone
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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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brentblack1

New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-07-2014 13:47:28 | More by brentblack1
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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
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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