1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Bell's Winter White Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Not Rated.
Bell's Winter White AleBell's Winter White Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

1,929 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,929
Reviews: 693
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 48
Gots: 214 | FT: 3
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 1,929 | Reviews: 693
Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giggy
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of beergeek279
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Mad Mex in Scott Township. The color is a hazy golden, with a wispy white head. The smell is nicely spiced. The taste is a nice wheat, with a well-balanced amount of spicing not overkilling the beer. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have a few.

My first wi-fi review....quite nice to sit the laptop at the bar and write the review as I go. A nice wit, and definitely a treat to see the style in the midst of winter, even if it's not a warmer. Definitely one I'd have again.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: on-tap pint
Glass: pint glass
From: Casey's Tavern in Ann Arbor
Price: $4.50

Appearance: a deep and hazy gold. opaque. by time i got it there was no head left and the lacing was gone as well

Smell: a little bit of wheat, fruit and clove.

Taste: follows the nose pretty well. definitely a wheat taste to it, along with what i now taste as banana and a good mixture of cloves.

Mouthfeel: light and crisp. a good mix-up from all the stouts, barleywines and bourbon beers i have been having this winter

Overall: another solid seasonal from Bell's. not a beer that i am gonna race to get next winter, but it sure hits the spot after a bit of a burn out on heavier and darker drinks. easy to find as most MI bars have a Bell's seasonal option

Photo of aaronh
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden body topped by a thin white head. Strong Coriander aroma backed by bits of herablness and a hint of honey. Flavor is immediately sweet up front for just a moment, then the coriander and hop bitterness kick in. Mouthfeel is rather smooth with just about perfect carbonation. Drinkability is good. Wouldn't mind a few of these once the weather warms just a touch.

Photo of GPHarris
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left a thin ring and sheet which didn't last long at all. the body was straw gold.
s - bready and spicy.
t - bready and yeasty.
m - medium slick mouthfeel.
o - kind of a blah wit overall.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy, orangy-yellow with relatively low carbonation. The color is typical of this style. Nose has notes of bread, orange zest, cloves, and lemon.

Flavor is mild, but is spot on for this style. Nice wheaty tones accompanied by a hint of graininess and lots of sweet and tangy fresh orange, lemon, and banana fruit notes. There are just enough hops to dry the finish a bit and leave your palate ready for another sip. Mouthfeel is thin to firm and does not interfere with the flavor at all. This beer is refreshing, highly drinkable, and goes down shockingly fast. I could drink it all day long.

Belgian white ales are one of my favorite styles and this is an excellent example. I am grateful that Bell's releases this in the winter as opposed to the summer. It gives me something to enjoy during the winter months when I want a break from the heavier winter beers. If you enjoy Belgian-style wit beers, do not pass this one up.

Photo of gwiedman1
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of amalburg
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of justinm4bama
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of standardcherry
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of carrollmel7
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ohiobeer29
1.98/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Basic white ale pretty tasty but doesn't jump out at you but very easy to drink

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Alextricity
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of NJB145
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of rspauldi
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Cooker_stp
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Kromes
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy yellow/orange with a thin line of white bubbles on top.

S: Citrus, Belgian yeast, sweet malts and wheat.

T: A nice sweet citrus flavor with some wheat and Belgian yeast. The finish is a little bit bitter to offset the sweetness.

M: Light and smooth with some good carbonation.

O: A nice Witbier. I would definitely have again. Seems strange to have it be a winter beer, but why not?

Photo of PeakedInHighSchool
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of hustlesworth
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- cloudy lemon yellow with a big loose fizzy white head. foam recedes quickly with little spots of lace.

S- very strong wheat aroma, some coriander, clove, banana, bubblegum, and floral citrus notes. overall very sweet and spicy.

T- fresh wheat taste from start to finish and a surprising amount of noble type floral hop bitterness. lemon peel, some peppery spice and light toasty flavors. hops become grassy and herbal near the end fading out in the nice wheaty cereal grain finish.

MF- light yet substantial, and moderately fizzy. somewhat dry, it leaves a sticky feeling on the palate probably from the wheat.

D- light and easy drinking with mellow flavors, its odd drinking a winter brew that i normally associate with summer.

Photo of schmidtmattsays
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of fishguyac
3/5  rDev -17.1%

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,929 ratings.