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

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83
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1,643 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,643
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 39
Gots: 102 | 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 Risser09
4.58/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz beer poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow/light orange with a 1" white head that has decent retention. Bubbles stick to the sides of the glass. A yeast haze slides around in the liquid.

Smell: Strong wheat aroma mixed with pale malt. Belgian wit yeast, minerals and a light banana/clove in the background.

Taste: Tastes much like a summer Belgian White Ale. Strong wheat malt, banana and citrus. Spicy with underlying clove and pepper. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Very sweet and satisfying with a great quenching flavor. Mild carbonation and alcohol. Spicy and loose.

Drinkability: Extremely good. This is not a winter beer, but it should be. This style can be appreciated no matter what the season. I love it.

Risser09, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of Bdel34
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Bdel34, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of cardinals22
4/5  rDev +10.2%

cardinals22, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of BeerDawgs
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
Photo of magine
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first beer frm Bell's - so here goes.

Poured into a pilsner glass, this brew has a golden yellow appearence, with no head. Mostly carbonation is present when poured.

The brew smells of yeast, orange and some lemon.

The brew taste nice and crisp. Taste of yeast and wheat - much like the smell. Yeast after taste is very evident. Very carbonated mouthfeel.

The beer is very drinkable - but I am partial to wheat beers. However this beer doesnt really do it for me as a "winter" brew. I mean it is very drinkable and good, but this is a brew that can be had on a 90 degree day in the summer. Good beer - just not really what I look for in a winter brew. I think the crispness I am detecting is where the difference is in this and a regular wheat beer. refreshing beer none the less.

magine, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of zenithberwyn
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

zenithberwyn, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of dedrinker
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light orange/peach with a thin gauzy head that disappeared quite quickly. Faint citrus and coriander on the nose.Fine but prickly carbonation brings a lemon-orange and coriander flavor to the front. Light, fresh dough malt middle with medium-light body. Finishes slightly yeasty. This is basically Oberon that actually has the spices in it that so many people pretend they can taste in that AMERICAN WHEAT style summer brew. I fail to see what is so wintery about this. But it is a really fine Belgian Witbier.

dedrinker, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of kbnooshay
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

kbnooshay, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of assman79
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

assman79, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of lccrunchy
4/5  rDev +10.2%

lccrunchy, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of aubuc1
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle dated 11/9/11 poured into a glass

Pours a hazy light yellow with a head thinning head.

Classic smell of bubble gum, bananas and spices.

Taste is wheaty, balanced witbier. No metallic and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not bad.

Overall this is a very good witbeer. it doesn't try to be too much, just as advertised. Nice job bell's.

aubuc1, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of NJB145
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

NJB145, May 19, 2013
Photo of proc
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very, good beer and a very drinkable version of the hefeweizen style of which it seems to be moreso than a Wit/White. Pours out to a pastel gold in the glass with a decent head. Aroma is that of spices, lemon and malt. The taste is superb, with just the right amount of banana, clove and coriander present, but not too much, as is the case with other beers of the style.

This is affectionately known as "Snow-beron", a takeoff on the summer beer, "Oberon". Is it better than Oberon? No, just different. Where Oberon has a fruitiness to it, this has the traditional wheat beer spice. Both are excellent. This needs to be bottled or else I am going to be spending too much time at the local Pub...

proc, Jan 17, 2004
Photo of pearljam118
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

pearljam118, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of rspauldi
3/5  rDev -17.4%

rspauldi, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of WakeandBake
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

WakeandBake, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of CesarLopes
4/5  rDev +10.2%

CesarLopes, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of hotstuff
2.17/5  rDev -40.2%
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.

hotstuff, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of alelover
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

alelover, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of adamant1912
4/5  rDev +10.2%

adamant1912, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +10.2%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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,

ZimZamZoom, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4/5  rDev +10.2%

SaisonRichBiere, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of BigJim5021
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

BigJim5021, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of capuchinpilates
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

capuchinpilates, May 03, 2013
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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