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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: 1,528
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 31
Gots: 68 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of Skidz
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Skidz, Oct 11, 2004
Photo of Dithyramb
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Dithyramb, Dec 23, 2004
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

czfreeman, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ethanmc12, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of NCSUdo
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

NCSUdo, Jan 02, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

jmich24, Apr 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

kmos27, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

amalburg, May 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

jeffthepony, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of mralphabet
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light hazy golden color, about a fingers worth of head that settles to a nice ring with very little lacing.

S: Smells like a good wheat beer, little lemon, some bananas and clove.

T: Delivers a very good little wheat beer, taste is light with the clove and banana at the start ending with a light lemon with a mild wheat and yeast finish. Little aftertaste to speak of.

M: Pretty light with a light carbonation. Solid.

D: Very drinkable little wheat beer, ABV is low and the flavors are good... Nothing to crazy or different, just good.

I have to say when I think of Winter Beer this is not it, but for a mix it up from the normal winter time brews this was nice.

mralphabet, Jan 24, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle dated 12 /2011

A - yellow, clear, little bit of head, sticky lace.

S - Average, not very prevalent aroma. Malty straw smells

T - wow, excellent. Sweet, citrusy. Straw flavors.

M - Well carbonated, medium bodied.

O - a very good wheat beer, citrusy sweet.

BeerDawgs, Jun 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

hellhammermario, Jun 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

jminch, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

seplo, Mar 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

minterro, Feb 05, 2013
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3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours the cloudiest, orange-juice gold with a finger of white head on top. Nose is peppery, with hints of clove and banana esters and musty wheat. Taste is extremely dry, pepper/clove spicy and heavy on the yeast. Mouthfeel is pretty thick due to all the suspended yeast, co2 is lively. Overall wasn't too impressed with this one. I looks pretty, but is so dry it lacks any real character.

Golden2wenty1, Dec 31, 2005
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

EricCioe, Jan 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Envelopes, Feb 08, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: A bit mealy looking: pale staw colored with little head to speak of.

S: Smell is very subdued. There is a bit of spice and sweetness, but it all is pretty scentless.

T: A little better here. The spice and funk shines through and the beer finishes nice and crisp.

D: Mouthfeel is too thin and the beer gets pretty boring pretty fast.

Overall: Its a decent representation of the style, just a little thin and watery. Honestly, there are much better offerings for the price. Decent beer, but not one I will necessarily buy again.

JohnnyChicago, Mar 01, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Sturmthis, Dec 25, 2013
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4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very thin lacing appears after the pour and recedes quickly to an unimpressive cap with no lacing. The beer, because of the sediment is rather cloudy, which I like.

S- Nice orange, banana, wheat, and also smells of some juicy apple, with a hint of pepper and maybe a touch of straw.

T- Initially, because of the very close nose of this and the batch 8000 witbier, I thought they may be one in the same, but after the tasting, I conclude that they're indeed, different. Right up from I get some big coriander, some odd banana, and a bit of the apple. There isn't a large pepper component but it's there, mainly in the finish.

M- Low/Medium Spritzy carbonation that works pretty well with the style and also leaves a nice, slightly dry finish.

D- Overall, I prefer the batch 8000 for bells witbiers, and to be honest, would rather grab another witbier as this isn't anything special.

Greggy, Apr 14, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Bill235, Feb 28, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a faboulous wit beer, but why, why in the hell would they ever promote this as a winter beer. I will buy this if I see it in spring, but never in winter again. This is a definate summer brew and a good one at that. Nice head and lacing, great oft wheat and fruity flavors and a more than medium body. A nice offering, just don't tell us to except this as a winter brew, this is definetly a summer brew.

bigdeuce, Jan 26, 2007
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,528 ratings.