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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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1,541 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,541
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 33
Gots: 69 | 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 kegger22
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

kegger22, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of TaylorK
4.5/5  rDev +24%

TaylorK, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of kybeerdrinker
4/5  rDev +10.2%

kybeerdrinker, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of weaselchew
4/5  rDev +10.2%

weaselchew, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of ttylicki
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ttylicki, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of confer
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden and very cloudy, Beautiful.
The aroma is nothing special.
The taste is above average, nothing overpowering, very light and slightly fruity.
Mouthfeel is smooth as this unfiltered style should be.
This is beer I that will make it into the rotation.
Not that it matters but the label and cap seemed a little out of place. I don't know that I have seen a white bottle cap before.
It's what inside that counts and Bell's has a winner here.

confer, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of capuchinpilates
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

capuchinpilates, May 03, 2013
Photo of RMelyon
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

RMelyon, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4.5/5  rDev +24%

lilsmizzul1225, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Dank26
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Dank26, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

GeoffRizzo, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

homebrewhawk, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of mgbickel
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
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...

mgbickel, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

GossageBrewery, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of twelvsies
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

twelvsies, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of Dapperticus
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Dapperticus, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of happygnome
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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

happygnome, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of jman005
4/5  rDev +10.2%

jman005, Nov 05, 2013
Photo of waltonc
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

waltonc, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

bucklemyshoe, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

boilermakerbrew, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of MCain04
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

MCain04, Feb 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jp312, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of EigenBeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

EigenBeer, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of theboozecruise
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

theboozecruise, Mar 04, 2011
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,541 ratings.