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

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1,860 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,860
Reviews: 679
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 47
Gots: 178 | 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:
Beer added by: maxpower on 02-22-2003

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.
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Photo of clint1019
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - straw colored with a thin head that dissapated with in a minute.

S - Has a fairly strong wheaty/bready aroma with a spicyness and slight hop aroma.

T - Definately taste the wheatyness and the coriander. Not much else though. Also, has some bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M - Light to medium bodied.

O - Wasn't overly impressed with this beer. Had an ok taste, but I've had much better witbier's than this.

Photo of tjacobs610
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A very hazy yellowish amber color, with a thin white colored head that has no retention and not much lacing

Smell: Very fruity and citrusy aromas, has a bit of a musty smell to it as well. The citrusy aromas are very prominent

Taste: Very fruity and spicy taste right up front. Followed by a citrusy orangeish taste that leaves a little bitter taste in your mouth. Overall has a very strong taste

Mouthfeel: Very light body with very minimal carbonation. Very thick on the palate but not thick enough for its class

Overall: Very poor example of a witbier. Doesn’t seem thick enough but it does have good smell and great appearance

Photo of tommiller819
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1st review for the site, so prepare for somebody who loves beer but doesn't know how to talk about it yet. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, batch 10218.

A - hazy amber color, with some sediment floating in the glass. About half an inch of off-white head, which dissipated pretty quickly.

S - mostly fruity aroma going on here. A lot of banana to it, a bit of apricot and some coriander.

T - the tropical fruit and spice is right in front, with little bitterness. Very refreshing taste, great for a 90+ degree day. I'd be more inclined to reach for a Kalamazoo Stout in the winter, but who am I to say ;-)

M - fairly strong carbonation, but not enough to make it seem overly harsh. A little on the dense side for a Witbier, but still easy to drink.

Overall - a satisfying and nicely spicy wheat beer with enough complexity to set it apart.

Photo of EORS
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefeweizen glass. Next in the tour of Bell's that started at their brewery and continues through this mix and match 6 pack...

A: Hazy orange yellow with a thin white head. Low carbonation, no lacing.

S: A bit of musty yeast, citrus, spice, and a banana sweetness.

T: Mustiness and spice more dominant than in the aroma. Good citrus flavor, and an overall sweet finish.

M: On the heavy side for a wit, so medium. Could use a bit more carbonation to liven it up.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer - it leans toward the sweeter side of wits without being syrupy or sickening. Emphasizes citrus and spice over must and tartness. Not the best example of the style, but very drinkable.

Winter, though?

Photo of
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - cloudy pale orange with a decent white head.

Smell - sweet wheat malt with prominent coriander and orange aromas and a bit of musty hops.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Taste - Echoes the aroma upfront with sweet wheat malt, coriander and ornage. Finishes clean with a lingering orange juice flavour and a light spiciness.

Photo of womencantsail
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this one.

A: The beer pours a pale golden/yellow color with a minimal white head, but plenty of carbonation.

S: Some wheat, but a bit of a corn type smell and mustiness. Light spice notes, coriander is certainly prominent and there's a bit of orange peel. Sort of sweet, overall.

T: The flavor is significantly better. Nice wheat and bread flavors providing sweetness. The typical spice of coriander, which is probably the best part about this beer. A light peppery note on the back end.

M: Light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A pretty middle of the road and mediocre Witbier. Not my favorite.

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head. There was a slight amount lacing on the glass. The smell was a little spicy and had some wheat aromas. The taste has a light spice to it with a kind of refreshing lemon zest. Mouthfeel is a little light and is a little watered down. Overall I've never understood why a white ale would be a winter release. I prefer the dark winter brews personally. This is an ok brew.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 : )

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,860 ratings.