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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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1,481 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,481
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 27
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
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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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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Extra cloudy yellow with one-finger, white head that lasted less than a minute. Not much lacing.

S: Citrus, wheat, and yeast. Belgian.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Wheat, very grainy flavor. Belgian yeast is in there too, sort of spicy. Good.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Silky smooth and slightly warm.

O: The head was disappointing, but the nose and taste are solid. Nice alternative to other winter offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 03:45:43 | More by SolipsismalCat
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a light straw color with around 1.5-fingers of ivory-colored head with moderate retention. The body is cloudy and the lacing when the head dissipates is paltry with only a few flares of lace covering a small portion of the glass.

S - The nose is full of phenols and zest, bringing familiar traces of lemon, banana, grape bubblegum, and clove. It smells rather fresh as well with a substantial breadiness to it.

T - The yeast probably imparts the strongest flavor to this beer as the banana and bubblegum are at the forefront. There is a surprisingly potent wheat characteristic to this as well to complement the breadiness. In the finish, lemon zest and cloves battle it out and for all intents and purposes it ends up as a draw.

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with high carbonation. The carbonation helps the flavor pop a bit, and it finishes with a crisp, dry feeling.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. A more phenolic take on the style, this isn't going to blow any minds, but it's definitely solid. I'm not sure how I'd feel drinking this in the dead of winter, as I seem to enjoy these beers more in the warmer months, but I guess I'll have to try it again later in the winter to find out!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 04:50:29 | More by nhindian
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bboven

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark grapefruit juice body with a thin but creamy head and ok lacing.

Smell is a little yeast but overwhelmingly citrusy to the exclusion of other aromas.

Taste is very citrusy as well. There's a nice nutty aftertaste from the yeast, but so much citrus flavor
Carbonation is full and fluffy. A tiny bit drying, pretty good after the sip.

I would drink this in the summer over even their Oberon, I believe. Light ABV, non-aggressive flavor, just cut the citrus notes and this one would be out of the park.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 23:29:13 | More by bboven
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Natural510

Ohio

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

12oz bottle; Bell's website reveals it was bottled Jan 4 2011.

Pours an extremely hazy, murky pale golden-orange color. Beer is thick with yeast and topped with a thin layer of bone-white head.

Full yeast scent with spicy notes and a slight lemon overtone.

Sweet orange-citrus flavor with peppery note of coriander. Tart, astringent yeast finish, followed by a subtle kiss of hops.

Body full as per style; yeast and hops provide a nice little reverberation in the mouth.

Good witbier; not exactly a style meant to "wow" the drinker, yet still Bell's provides a flavorful offering not generally found this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 18:00:45 | More by Natural510
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly to a slight surface layer. Body is a bit cloudy.

Aroma is of some pale malt along wwiht just a hint of spice; coriander and orange peel is what i find mainly. A slight grainy aroma comes through a bit also. Kinda plain.

Sipping reveals a rather balanced flavor between the sweet malt and some hops. Some spice comes through a bit on the swallow, and just a hint of orange peel, but I was hoping for abit more spice.

Tingly carbonation up front, and a rather watery finish with very little aftertaste. Rather lite.

Very drinkable, in that I could drink a case of it and keep on going (okay maybe that's pushing it), but overall, i was rather disappointed. I've had better from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 02:11:17 | More by Fish113d
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: slight touch of orange with a overall golden colored body. Has a somewhat hazy look and feel overall. The head was firm and cream colored and had minimal lacing.

Smell: smell of oranges, bananas and wheat. Sweet spices and maybe some cinnamon.

Taste/Mouthfeel: mostly wheat and citrus that is paired with a little bite of hops and spice. Yeast and bread flavor floats about. Feels smooth and slighty creamy...goes down easy. It's a unique flavor for the winter...but it is most pleasing. A very drinkable beer and tasty!

I have always liked this beer and it finds a place in my fridge...when in season of course

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 21:07:41 | More by Magpie14
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kmos27

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-10-2013 04:00:45 | More by kmos27
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bbeane

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a nucleated weizen glass... has a finger thick foamy white head that mostly disappates, but not completely... leaves some lacing. Beer is golden colored and cloudy

S- Smells sweet, bit bready with strong citrusy overtones

T- Very sweet from start to finish... tastes like it might have some cinnamon or nutmeg added; hints of lemom

M- Very light bodied and light carbonation

D- Super easy to drink and tasty. I enjoyed it, but think I would like it more on a hot summer day

CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 02:13:05 | More by bbeane
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a local bar at $2 pint night.

At first sip, I thought Hoegaarden. Came to me with an average 2 finger foamy head and looked like a glass of orange juice with a slightly lighter color.

Smell and taste were vary similar. Definite orange peel flavors along with coriander and clove. Finished clean with the typical wheat ale semi-bite. No hops bitterness here. Fairly creamy on the palate, definitely one that would fill you up after a few.

Overall, its not among the styles I prefer, but a good branch out and overall solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 05:57:12 | More by boilermakerbrew
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emwild12

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3%

11-29-2013 19:17:56 | More by emwild12
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

03-19-2013 03:08:23 | More by ChrisKayler
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First impression is a pleasant lemony aroma. Pours a nice cloudy yellow under thin but long-lived white head. Malts are very light, nice wheat complement.is subdued for the style. A little grassy (and a tad gassy), dry, with a tingle of bitterness. The citrus taste remains prominent, though toward the end more estery fruitiness and spiciness make an appearance. Not overwhelmingly "Belgian,", but very drinkable, like a kölsch or even a lawnmower beer.

I had this at the sports bar in Marshall Field's in downtown Chicago, "InField's," and found it a pleasant surprise. Prices are interesting: $3.50 for 24 oz Gooses, $4.50 for micros on tap (Summit, Bell's, Sierra Nevada), and $5.50 for imports (just Guinness and Heineken). The macro-swill is only in bottles. Not a bad deal.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2004 17:52:13 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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falconxman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-15-2013 10:15:42 | More by falconxman
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mikefuski17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-21-2013 19:39:13 | More by mikefuski17
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a cloudy straw/gold. Two fingers of white head developed and dissipated quickly to leave a thin, bubbly lacing and ring around the edge. There was a little bit of sedimentation at the bottom, which I coaxed out and poured into the pint.

Smell: Reminds me of summer. Major clove and lemon/orange zest. There are hints of coriander and just a little bit of honey. There is also the customary, and heavenly, yeast aroma.

Taste: Very balanced and smooth, but no flavors jump out or dominate. However, there is a detectable hierarchy of tastes: the yeast, coriander, and clove spice are most prominent, and underneath those are the citrus elements from the smell.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable. Tasty and easy drinking, this is a decent witbier despite the fact it is totally out of season. Bell's did not do enough to justify offering a witbier for the winter months. I appreciate the effort, but I expect something more unique than something true to style.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 19:24:42 | More by TheQuietMan22
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Anthony1

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass. The aroma is of Belgian yeast, strong spices, light malts and some citrus. The taste is spicy up front with flavors of coriander and clove. There's a good background of Belgian yeast and light malts along with some complimentary citrus flavor. The hops presence is mild as you would expect. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready. Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 16:06:59 | More by Anthony1
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danielharper

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy but bright yellow body, thin white head. Some effervescence in the glass, moderate carbonation, overall very much to be expected for the style.

Smell: Sweet, spicy. A lot of yeast present in the nose, smells a bit subdued for a witbier, more like an American Wheat. No hops or malt present in the nose. Overall, it's pretty nice.

Taste: Very sweet up-front, hints of the spices that make this a witbier, but to me they're fairly unidentifiable. No hops or malts present in the flavor, finishes clean but with a bit of a sweet aftertaste. Overall a pretty nice witbier for my taste, as I'm not always a big fan of the ones that have the spices way up front.

Mouthfeel: Just a notch above thin, leaves a bit of a coating on the palate. Not unpleasant, pretty much on-point for the style.

Drinkability: I like this beer a lot more than I thought I would. It's very drinkable, so much so that I could consider buying a whole sixer of these. Possibly my favorite wit, something I wouldn't have expected from an American-made beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 00:55:32 | More by danielharper
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RMelyon

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3%

06-22-2013 00:01:59 | More by RMelyon
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Rons35

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

02-19-2013 22:09:00 | More by Rons35
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Tumble

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-25-2012 21:55:40 | More by Tumble
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a half chalice.

Pours a cloudy medium straw with a bubbly head that recedes quickly.

Aroma is of citrus, orange and wheat with a hint of banana.

Flavor is bubble gum and wheat. I don't care what the label says this is an excellent example of a hefe weiss. Fruity citrus and bready wheat with a banana undertone. The yeast in this one works perfectly.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is light and perfect.

Drinkability is excellent for the label.

If Bell's labels this as a white ale, I would love to try their hefe, cuz this is a good hefe of it's own right. First Bell's I've had and it's excellent. Believe the hype!!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2008 23:29:23 | More by wheatyweiss
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EigenBeer

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +3%

11-28-2012 01:21:06 | More by EigenBeer
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Atron67

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- came a very very cloudy, almost reminiscent of an offwhite snow storm in a glass, yellow, that was opaque at a very small distance. A littl bit of head built up on top and had decent retention, but left no lacing

S- a yeasty wheaty smell predominated, some phenolic flavor was present as well

T- was a pretty smooth good flavor, little light on the malt, wheat flavors were nice, but the yeasty banana flavors at the finish were quite flavorful.

M- pretty full body for a 4.5% alcohol, enjoyable, medium carbonation

D- a solid beer, and the best choice at the bar that night.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2007 00:22:38 | More by Atron67
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harrylee773

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

12-23-2012 23:29:12 | More by harrylee773
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thekanna

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #9472.

A: Pours a nice, slightly hazy gold with a thin, foamy head and large, effervescent bubbles.

S: Strong bready yeast flavor and thick, wholesome wheat malts, reminiscent of Ayinger Brau Weisse.

T: Strong wheat malt that's slightly sweet around the corners, bananas, and a faint hop bitterness.

M: Slick and juicy with strong carbonation.

D: Although I still enjoy this brew more on tap, it's amazing how much freshness they were able capture in this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 04:25:27 | More by thekanna
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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