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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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BA SCORE
82
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1,481 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,481
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 27
Gots: 55 | 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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jeffthepony

Georgia

3/5  rDev -17.6%

11-15-2011 22:45:05 | More by jeffthepony
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Bdel34

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-03-2012 21:53:26 | More by Bdel34
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scootercrabb

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

12-19-2011 23:26:10 | More by scootercrabb
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alelover

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-16-2013 22:08:37 | More by alelover
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Dank26

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

11-09-2012 08:18:24 | More by Dank26
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Filabee

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3%

04-04-2014 21:55:02 | More by Filabee
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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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BeerDawgs

Georgia

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
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csmalley

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-07-2013 17:24:45 | More by csmalley
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GeoffRizzo

Texas

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
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homebrewhawk

Kansas

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
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

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
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

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
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BigJim5021

Indiana

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
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anticipation23

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

05-06-2013 20:06:32 | More by anticipation23
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twelvsies

Maine

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
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minterro

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +3%

02-05-2013 01:16:23 | More by minterro
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Dapperticus

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

04-28-2013 22:05:30 | More by Dapperticus
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happygnome

Minnesota

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

a: pours a very pale yellow color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears rather quickly leaving very little lacing, appears a bit cloudy
s: definately a grainy pale wheat malt, hints of corriander, orange peal along with other much more subtile spices
t: starts out rather sweet bet the spices and hop flavors are diffinatly present towards the finish I can detect corriander, orange peal as the two main spices
m: light to mdeium bodied beer with average carbonation

overall, this is not a bad beer to have around, not typically a winter seasonal but still nice

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2007 16:01:36 | More by happygnome
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 12/22/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a lovely golden color with light orange hues and a finger of frothy, short-lived head that does not lace well.

S: The nose shows notes of banana, lemon, light peppery aromas, and a bit of Belgian yeast funk.

T: It is disappointingly mild with notes of lemon and banana being overwhelmed by the spicy yeast character, and a bitter, toasty-bread finish.

M: It has a medium body with a crisp, refreshing finish.

D: This is not my favority Belgian style but it surpasses my typical Witbier expectations.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 07:01:49 | More by bucklemyshoe
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

It's a lighter orange color, with ribbons of sediment in the beer and a bubbly white head. It really reminds me of breaking into an orange slice.

There is a lot of citrus on the nose too, but it's more lemon zest than orange. Some spices too which is not surprising for the style. Not bad but nothing TOO special.

The taste is very similar... lemon zest, spice, very mellowed out.

The mouthfeel is fine... nothing really good or bad happening here, bubbly and crisp.

The drinkability is off the charts, though. This one goes down like water... or orange juice! A great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 01:26:16 | More by theboozecruise
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lccrunchy

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%

01-17-2013 12:38:14 | More by lccrunchy
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MCain04

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-12-2013 18:33:26 | More by MCain04
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waltonc

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drinking this on Christmas night along with a couple other Bell's products. Pours hazy gold with white head. Smells and tastes of cloves, coriander, citrus peels, etc. Body is medium with plenty of carbonation. A nice spicy witbier for a cold winter night, but not one I'm going to session all night.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 05:13:25 | More by waltonc
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jminch

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-26-2011 18:26:19 | More by jminch
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,481 ratings.