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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
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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Photo of zimm421


3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-28-2013 19:30:06 | More by zimm421
Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-15-2013 22:14:30 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
Photo of bigdeuce


3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 05:28:36 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of jmich24


3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-18-2012 04:41:29 | More by jmich24
Photo of BeerDawgs


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 03:03:52 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of mralphabet


3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 05:07:39 | More by mralphabet
Photo of bluesplit63


3/5  rDev -17.6%

08-20-2012 15:51:31 | More by bluesplit63
Photo of kegger22


3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow with a modest head that quickly faded to a collar. The aroma was malty sweet. The taste was sweet pears and bananas. The feel was light bodied with sufficient carbonation. Drinkability was good. Winter White reminded me of a less carbonated BSPA. Pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 23:54:27 | More by kegger22
Photo of BigJim5021


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an outrageously hazy pale gold with a fair-sized white head. The head disappears almost immediately, leaving a ring and more lacing than your usual wit.

Smells almost how a wit should smell, but the clove and banana aspects are dulled a bit compared to actual Belgian beers. There's a minor hint of soapiness too.

The flavor is similar to the smell in that it's close to the real deal, but not quite close enough. There is, however, a bit of spiciness that you don't encounter with Beligan wits. I can't place it, but it's slightly peppery.

Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style. It's light and refreshing.

I could easily settle in with a six-pack of Bell's winter offering. I doubt I'll buy any next year, but that's just because there are better wits to be had.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 05:47:42 | More by BigJim5021
Photo of martyl1000


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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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

01-13-2013 11:21:20 | More by TaylorK
Photo of Bill235


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-28-2013 19:58:40 | More by Bill235
Photo of minterro


3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-05-2013 01:16:23 | More by minterro
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-27-2013 05:11:15 | More by weaselchew
Photo of jeffthepony


3/5  rDev -17.6%

11-15-2011 22:45:05 | More by jeffthepony
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

12-19-2011 23:26:10 | More by scootercrabb
Photo of Dank26


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

11-09-2012 08:18:24 | More by Dank26
Photo of GeoffRizzo


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Throws a murky dark yellow; ¼ inch decent capped head. The nose mostly attracts wheat, Belgium spices and some citrus. First impression is nice, a very decent blending of pepper and citrus, yeast and some wheat crackers noted in the body. Very mellow and contained, but very well done. The palate is well rounded with wheat, which is the dominating feature of this offering; all in all, pretty solid and a nice ‘change of pace’ winter selection!

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 02:23:53 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of homebrewhawk


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Batch 8780. Served in a shaker pint. Bottle conditioned. Poured a hazy straw with a finger of fine bubbled white head. Yeasty, spicy aroma with some wheaty malt. Light bodied, slick mouthfeel. More spice in the flavor. Complex clove finish. Very refreshing and drinkable. I don't know why they bring this out in the winter. It would be a perfect summer time beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 03:09:10 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of mgbickel


3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Straw colored body with some golden hues. Formed a single finger white head that vanished almost instantly.

Has a classic "wheat beer" smell...spice and citrus undertones.

The taste is right on with the smell...a bit grainy.

Thin mouth feel...very drinkable and refreshing. Good example of a white beer, I would have liked a little more "winter" seasoning...

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 18:22:04 | More by mgbickel
Photo of JohnnyChicago


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 15:08:05 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of GossageBrewery


3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Witbier from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a light golden color, produced a white head, retention was below average. The aroma consisted of light malted grain, banana, clove and lemon citrus. Light in body, a base of malted wheat, with yeast flavors of banana, citric lemon, and spicy clove. Overall decent beer, nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 20:58:09 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of twelvsies


3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really crazy about this one. As the scores reflect, it's average all around. Nothing particularly offensive about it, but nothing interesting or redeeming. Golden color, too many bubbles, no real head. Smell and taste have a somewhat pleasing lemony character and some typical spicing, but nothing really catches my interest. It's got a light, pale malt backdrop and a very non-descript hop profile. Still, it isn't exactly bad, just not good. Thin mouthfeel, and like I said, a little too bubbly for the style. This beer would be drinkable but it's just not interesting enough for me to have more than one. Try Bell's other stuff, this is probably my least favorite of the mixed case I got.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2005 22:36:47 | More by twelvsies
Photo of kmos27


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-10-2013 04:00:45 | More by kmos27
Photo of Dapperticus


4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

04-28-2013 22:05:30 | More by Dapperticus
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,500 ratings.