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

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82
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1,528 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,528
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 31
Gots: 67 | 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 GPHarris
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left a thin ring and sheet which didn't last long at all. the body was straw gold.
s - bready and spicy.
t - bready and yeasty.
m - medium slick mouthfeel.
o - kind of a blah wit overall.

GPHarris, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw colored with decent head which disapates far to quickly.

S: Spicey notes....some hops.

T: Wheat, spices, orange, coriander. Interesting to get all this with only yeast and grains.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation. Refreshing.

O: Decent brew. Almost a summer brew for winter. A weak sister to a Tripell as far as the flavor. Nice drinker.

Brunite, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of RickS95
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like you'd expect. It's a pale, hazy yellow. You can't quite see through it and it sits under a thin white head with no retention.

Also smells like you'd expect. Lots of spices, typical Belgian. Cloves and coriander fill the nose, with a yeasty kind of sourness.

It tastes like it smells. Spieces, cloves and coriander mostly, dominate. In the finish you'll get some peppery notes.

The spices work well together and don't overpower the beer. Despite the spiciness, there's never a burn.

Wasn't what I was expecting, but a good beer anyway. Not so much a winter warmer as it is a Belgian. As expected from Bell's, a nice beer.

RickS95, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of bum732
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Doughy, coriander and clover, faint orange.

L: Hazy "milky" yellow, white effervescent head that dissipates, lots of bubbles.

T: Slightly tangy, bitter malt leading to a coriander spiciness. Medium citrus bitterness yields to a semi-dry spicy finish.

M: Medium-high carbonation, medium bodied, fairly smooth considering the carbonation.

Impressive with no spices, not great, but not bad.

bum732, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of jcsandlin
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It pours very clear with a light golden color. The head is a crisp, bright white and very full, and it lasts a good length of time. It leaves a little lacing as it recedes, still leaving a thin layer of foam on top that is full of very tiny bubbles.

Smell: There is a very nice smell, very bright and vivid, full of citrus and lighter spices. Cloves and lemon are most noticeable, with a background of wheat and malt present.

Taste: It tastes almost as bright as it smells. The spices are less prevalent but more varied than the smell, with a bit of hops showing up too. The citrus is in the taste too, but there is more orange on the tongue than lemon. There is a fair amount of lighter malt flavor in there as well. The taste is about as sharp as the nose suggests, but not overly strong.

Mouthfeel: It has a lighter body, and just enough carbonation to tickle the tongue without being too fizzy. Very crisp and refreshing.

Overall: It's light and refreshing, and very drinkable. It manages to be bold enough to miss being boring, but it isn't that exciting, either. This is a decent beer, but that's all: I would drink it again, but I'd be more likely to try something else first.

jcsandlin, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pear juice color. Low head, lace & retention.

S - Fruity. Banana, pear, fresh peach.

T - Wheat, banana, black pepper, hay, paprika. Tarragon / lemon mid profile.

M - Light and refreshing body. Nice carbonation. Touch of bready sweetness on the backend.

O - A very nice brew. Honestly, I'd rather have a glass on a hot summer day than by the fire, but really there's no bad time of year to enjoy a good beer : )

vfgccp, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of PorterLambic
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Arrives hazy with a small head that disappears quickly. No lace left behind.
Smell is banana, spice, malt.
Taste is exactly that. Well balanced throughout, exactly what you expect with a wit.
Medium bodied with a good amount of effervescence. Smoothish finish leads to a nice malty banana fade. A good brew.

PorterLambic, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of Snow81
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy rusted yellow

Smell: Malty, coriander

Head: Nice and white but dies out fairly quickly

Taste: quite malty, coriander, light citric hops

Weight: Medium to heavy body, carbonation is medium to low

Finish: Coriander sticks with you for some time, with a small amount of hops on the back of the palate

Snow81, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of TheBear11D
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours a clear faded yellow with a white head that didn't last too long and leaves a little spotty lacing. Looks pretty much like apple cider.

Has a little light fruit smell with some honey and wheat definitely is there.

Light fruit flavor, perhaps orange and lemon with honey also present and wheat stays into the aftertaste.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Fairly drinkable. Not anything that stands out, but satisfies as a wheat beer.

TheBear11D, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Figured I'd take this one down now, seeing that Winter is in its death throes 'round here (knock on wood). It pours a thoroughly hazy pale straw topped by a finger of white froth. The nose comprises lemon zest, coriander, mint, pine, orange peel, and wheat. Honestly, the sharp bit of mint I get does nothing good for the smell, but it's luckily not enough to sabotage the entire occasion. The taste, though, does away with this unpleasantness, while straying none too far from the path already laid out by the smell. The orange peel, though, is a touch stronger than before, and a pinch of black pepper is thrown in there as well. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice wit. 'Nuff said.

TMoney2591, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Natural510
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Natural510, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5L mini keg from notes.

Pours hazy pale yellow with a good white head with decent retention.

Aroma is wheat, grain, lemon, corriander/spice, good strength.

Flavor follows suit, wheat, lemon/orange citrus, spice, mild sweetness, clean finish, refreshing.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, medium to high carbonation.

Nice wheat beer.

elgiacomo, Mar 06, 2011
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
Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for this bottle.

A: Pours an extremely clear light yellow with carbonation bubbles being released from the bottom of the glass. Small white head forms, but dissipates quickly to a very fine layer of bubbles on top.

S: Light banana and cloves, a little bit of tasted grains and spice at the end.

T: The bananas and clove come back, very similar to the nose.

M/D: Light bodied, very clean and crisp. Refreshing and easy to drink. Overall solid.

mdaschaf, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of msjacilynn
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from old notes: 12/31/08

A: hazy pale yellow with little white head.

S: spicy nose with a hint of wheat.

T: variety of spice with a hint of cider/orange/banana fruity-ness.

M: thin and well carbonated.

D: I know this beer is not for everyone but it is one of my favorite wheats, especially around the holidays!

msjacilynn, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

JohnnyChicago, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Jayli
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 2/15
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a cloudy, hazy, yellow color. 1/4 inch of bone white head sits on top. Head recedes to a film at a moderate pace and leaves no real lacing.

S: Nose is nice spicing. Corriander, light touch of clove and a fruitiness.

T: Taste starts with a bit of pepper and a subtle, pleasing corriander. Banana mingled with a touch of pear come in, and then the banana flavor begins to dominate and really hang in the finish.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, nice and crisp.

D: Goes down easily, tasty, not filling, very mild kick, ok representation of style. It hit the spot that evening and is something I would certainly drink again.

Jayli, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It is pale yellow with a slight haze to it. It has a half inch of white head.

S - I'm getting banana and clove.

T - The taste mirrors the smell.

M - Thin to moderate.

D - It is an alright beer. I do not think that I will seek it out, but I would not turn one done either.

buschbeer, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up at Trader Joe's last weekend.

Pours a bit of a hazy yellow color, nice white head on it. Smells sweet, citrusy, with a bit of spice to it. Taste is very refreshing. Very smooth, wheat with lemon taste. Good medium bodied beer. I really enjoyed this beer. Very good drinkability, I'll definitely be looking for this beer in the future.

richkrull, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter. Enjoyed a couple of these on draft this evening and came home to find a bottle in the fridge waiting for review.

A - One-finger head of white, big bubble foam that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a thin lace across the surface. Lemon yellow in color and opaque. Cloudy when held to a light.

S - Clove/banana with a citrus and pine hop background. Almost bubblegum in the nose.

T - Very much like the nose. Banana really jumps to the front, showing off the fruit. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg in the finish. Subtle spicing makes the finish, not the hops, although I'm editing my review to note that Bell's website says they don't use any spices in this brew.

M - Fizzy. Pronounced carbonation. Good body and structure. Finish lingers longer than the lightness of the beer indicates.

D - A different twist on a winter beer. It's very much in the hefeweizen style but doesn't have the crispness in the finish you'd want in the summer. Very tasty. Could easily drink several of these in a session.

BuckeyeSlim, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of PokerGod
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It seems like this is one of those beers that I wasn't 100% on the first few sips, but by the end of the beer, I had completely changed my mind. A great taste. An awesome aroma. These are the traits than rang through the most for me. A little too flat looking in it's appearance, maybe. Also, I like to see the lacework on the side of my glass, and this had none. The head leaves quickly. But the smell and taste is spot on.

PokerGod, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of jsulko
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purs goldish yellow, a little cloudy with a small amount of head that disappears quickly.

Smells like a spiced wheat ale.

Smooth drinking lightly flavored wheat ale.

Not a winter warmer but a good bear nevertheless. Could drink quite a few of these in a sitting.

jsulko, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 10021. Poured into a Pint Glass

A - Pours pale gold with a thin white head that quickly dissipates, leaving just the slightest of haze.
S - Sweet cracker wheat malt with a slight whiff of bananas, clove, and lemon.
T - Very close to the nose, nice clean "wheaty" flavors of banana, cloves, lemon, and crackers.
M - Crisp with a light body and sharp carbonation.
D - Nicely drinkable, but I don't get the "winter", not really my favorite style in February. Gimme this in June and I'd be happy.

jsanford, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Poured a hazy yellowish color with a decent off white head. Aroma was malts, clover, yeast, bread, and spices. Flavor was spice, vanilla, and malts. Medium body, light carbonation. Smooth on the palate. I've had better winter warmers.

CuriousMonk, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of dnrobert24
4.63/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My typical standard of measurement for wit beers is Hoegaarden. Bell's Winter White might be my new standard. First off, I love that they used the white winter theme to brew a beer like this out of season. Typically, wheat beers can only be found fresh during the summer. It is nice to know you can find one light and refreshing in the winter too as a six-month old wit beer sipped in January would almost certainly be stale. Not this--it had a crisp clean freshness that comes only from hefty doses of wheat played against the musty phenols of the belgian yeast. I could not smell or taste any orange or coriander, lemon or lemongrass, just nice round full bready yeast. Even the color was pale yellow, though not as white as Hoegaarden. It did not feel overly fizzy or thin, as can sometimes be the case for this style. Excellent drinker. High marks all around.

dnrobert24, Jan 27, 2011
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,528 ratings.