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

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83
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1,642 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,642
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 39
Gots: 101 | 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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5/5  rDev +37.7%

Lantern, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

leinie13, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

buddyvelt, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

cantfindme, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of nhindian
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

nhindian, Dec 04, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

agammon, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

PhatAtUT, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

jz989, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

SolipsismalCat, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Dave128
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no actual dating into a unibroue snifter.

A - A medium to gentle pour yielded a finger of head that dissipated pretty quickly. No lacing and barely a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Looks a little more like cloudy apple juice than beer. Cloudy yellow-orange in color.

S - Smells wheaty and spicy.

T - Rather plain on the tongue. Simple taste of a wheat ale that doesn't really bring out the best in the style.

M - lightly carbonated. Excellent for a winter beer.

O - Not too impressed, but its not too bad either.

Dave128, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

HopsMatt, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of troysoy2
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hello winter.
Looks like a pretty standard witbier to me. Nice and cloudy, has that ideal golden color. The head is nice and stays around for a long time, so props for that.

The smell is citrus fruit, but clouded by the wheat and a bit of spice. The words to describe it are elusive to me... There might just be the slightest bit of funk to it that I don't find all that enticing.

The taste is better that the smell, luckily. Very refreshing and drinkable. On the front of the taste, you have a very mellow orange taste. Not much acidic bite to speak of. The aftertaste may have a tad bit of wintery spices in it, but not too much going on here.

The mouthfeel, in my opinion, is the most disappointing aspect of this beer. There simply isn't much carbonation to speak of. I almost forgot that I wasn't drinking fancy orange juice.

Though it's a decent tasting beer, I think Bell's fell a little short of my expectations on this one. There are plenty of better witbiers out there, and I doubt I'll be clamoring to buy more Winter White for a while.

troysoy2, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

jnice1984, Nov 29, 2011
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2/5  rDev -44.9%

spamages, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Gatch
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, hazy yellow with a thin white head.

S - A spiciness that I cannot pinpoint. The wheat is there.

T - Slight sweetness and fruitiness with a little zing in the finish. Wheat stands out and has a noticeable difference from malted barley.

M - Very smooth, sweet but not cloying, and enjoyable to drink.

Recommended. Stays with the style.

Gatch, Nov 29, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

DeutschesBier, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bells Winter White

Pours a cloudy deep straw color. Unfiltered and bottle conditioned wheat beer. In the taste, wheaty almost hefeweizen like flavors with some lemon and clove, and orange peel leaving a citrusy burst. Light peppery spice is also noted. Crisp, clean, refreshing witbier with solid flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, almost dry. Overall, a very nice option to have in your fridge this time of year, paired well with some chili/sesame chicken wings.

Stinkypuss, Nov 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

AceMan, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

13esd, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

dcevans, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Bottled 10-28-11.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy yellow orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid four finger white foam head with good retention. Lacing is moderate around the glass.

Smell: Aroma of Belgian yeast with wheat, citrus orange, banana, and coriander spice. Also some clove, lemons zest, and pepper. Smells like a fairly good balance of fruity, spicy, and bready.

Taste: Upfront is a taste of Belgian yeast and wheat grains. Then come the fruit and spices. Some citrus orange, lemon, and bananas with some spicy coriander, clove, and pepper. Also a hint of nutmeg. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A solid take on a Witbier and a nice change of pace for a winter beer.

MattyG85, Nov 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

brandoman63, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

jminch, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

ryancorn, Nov 25, 2011
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,642 ratings.