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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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Ratings: 1,543
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 34
Gots: 70 | 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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Photo of wagenvolks
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a mug from a 12 oz bottle.

A golden blonde, bubbly, cloudy ale pours out. Save at least an ounce of beer to your pour to swirl up the sediment from the bottom of the bottle. If not, it pours out in a dark grey sludge. Head goes fast...blink and you'll miss it. No lacing.
Aroma is of wheat, yeast, citrus, vanilla, buttered popcorn, and some floral notes. It's fragrant to say the least, but not exactly my cup of beer.

The taste doesn't wake up my mouth by any means. Hints of spice and bread. It's almost like Bell's tried going belgium with this beer but stopped short. Mouthfeel is under-carbonated, smooth, yet a bit bland in its smoothness. A slight aftertaste lingers for a while, but not long. All in all, this white lacks complexity and taste. I expected a bit more from the good brewer's at Bell's.

wagenvolks, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Those who know me know I have odd personal affliction to matching my drinking to my mood or a theme or the season. I have an odd tendency to enjoy witbiers in the fall for some reason. But here we are in late February, amidst a bistly winter storm. I look out my window to see the snowflakes caught between the screens. The scene would be completely dark if not for the soft, pastel purple glow of night's sky. Thanks Frozensoul327 for this special - appropriate - winter treat!

Pours with a slightly out of character thin amount of head, much of which lasted only in the shape of an outline or sparse sheets. Lighter colour, more yellow than orange, though a combination of them both. Glossy.
A healthy nose. Plenty of grainy malt, barnyard (very Belgian-esque) yeast and orange rind coming through. A peppery coriander strong as well. The body offers some dry grainyness, straw malt, and a coarse wheat. Flavours don't overly impress. Some twisted, over-ripened fruit notes that don't contrinute as much to the taste as they could.
I drank this too fast. By all means it was nothing close to exceptional but I enjoyed it just find while watching the snow fall and coat the streets in white.

biegaman, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of weasbri
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an interesting pale orange/yellowish hazy color, with a decent head. The head didn't hang around, and didn't leave much lacing on the glass either.
The wheat is quite apparent from the get-go in the aroma. Very pronounced wheat, with definite spiciness coming through too. The flavor holds the wheat substantially on the tongue, with a tad bit of a citrusy tinge to go with the other mild spiciness.
I enjoyed this one. It was almost a nice bit of summer in a land of winter warmers and stouts.

weasbri, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of Sconnie
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale in color, with a light haze. Very little head. Smells more like a hefeweizen than a witbeer, with banana and clove overtones sticking out. A tasty beer, crisp and smooth with banana and clove like the smell, and some light malty sweetness. Not a lot of hop flavor. Nicely drinkable; wouldn't mind kicking a few of these back in front of the fire on a cold winter night.

Sconnie, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of mmmbeer
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, batch 7760 (bottled on 12/13/06). It pours an opaque yellowed orange with two fingers of white head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is lightly tart with a good wheat presence, straw, and hints of orange, with mostly just wheat on the palate, yet still tastes quite nice. The body is a bit creamy and fairly full for a wheat beer, with medium carbonation and finish. Overall a well-structured wheat beer that is quite drinkable, as it was gone before I even knew it.

mmmbeer, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of flexabull
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold color, nice head, a lot of carbonation noted.

Aromas are spicy, some banana, and coriander. The smells are pleasant, and not overdone.

Beer is quite crisp and dry. Some banana flavors, the coriander is there, and there is also a nice underlying sweet and creamy wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, beer is full and rounded.

Drinkability is pretty good. A pretty nice Witbier. I have had better, but I enjoyed this one none the less, and would probably be happy to drink another.

Thanks for sending this JohnnyM2002.

flexabull, Feb 10, 2007
Photo of cabsandking
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very hazy, pale straw color and a creamy white head with good retention and excellent lacing to the bottom. Mellow nose of yeasty bread, banana peel, light citrus, and a little grassy. Starts off with a limey, sprucey spritz and quickly moves to a nice soft wheat profile that is flavorful and mellow. Medium carbonation makes for a tonic water effect. Descent spice level and some fruity hops are very complimentary. Chalky to creamy at times. The smooth soft profile makes this and easy drinker although Im not buying the winter connection.

cabsandking, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of Neehan
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This straw-colored, hazy beer poured into the glass and left very little retention. A strong smell of complex spices came through in the nose, but left a bit to be desired in the taste. Honestly, this tastes like a good tripel with a couple ounces of water mixed in. The watery texture dominates the mouthfeel. Interesting for a winter brew... definitely drinkable but nothing spectacular.

Neehan, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7760. Never had a witbeir as a winter seasonal before, so this should be interesting. Poured a hazy diluted orange with no head whatsoever. Smell was somewhat more complex than many witbeirs, some spices present. Has some spice present in the taste. Almost like a witbeir impersonating a more heavy, darker winter warmer, just not doing a very good job at it. Definitely not as light as some wits. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than I'm used to in this style, I guess this works since it is a winter beer. Somewhat drinkable, but I'm glad I only bought one bottle.

atsprings, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of schusterbauer
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

at a certain point, i think the what-to-drink-during-which-season conversation needs to stop, or at least be significantly toned down. do i understand why Bell's markets this as a winter seasonal? yes, i think so. could it be a year-round? yes, probably.

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the beer is hazy, thick yellow, with a slight white head, and gives off aromas of citrus, yeast, grains, coriander, and other spices. the taste follows the aromas accordingly, with orange peel cutting through the grains and then being tempered by spice -- an intriguing mix of refreshing and warming qualities. finishes a bit bitter, but not a snappy hop bitterness. it's a bit of an abrupt end -- not terrible, but definitely needs to be washed away with another sip (a vicious circle of sorts!).

drinkable, warming, and refreshing after leaning heavily on the darker, higher-octane beers during the cold months.

schusterbauer, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of Suds
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here’s a hazy, pale yellow-colored liquid. The head is unfortunately flat. Minimal to non-existent lace. The aroma is a refreshing mix of pepper, lemon, sweet spices, baking bread, melons, and bananna. The taste has a lot of citrus and yeast, along with a little spice. It’s a moderately sweet, but very spritzy and carbonated beer. With a fairly medium body, this is actually a little more full than necessary for the style. The finish is a little tart and palate-cleansing. All in all, this isn’t my choice for a winter beer, but it’s decent despite a few flaws.

Suds, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a moderately hazy golden color with a frothy white head that is well-retained. Pungently earthy, yeasty aroma (not banana and bubblegum, more like yeast trub, but it’s not unpleasant). More of those earthy yeast notes flood the palate but are joined by some spice, mellow notes of citrus, sweet but not sugary malt sweetness, and a firm grain with that distinct unmalted wheat flavor.

It’s surprising to see this style released as a winter seasonal, but it certainly isn’t unwelcomed. It’s not the most refined wit out there, but it’s earthy while still being light enough and pretty drinkable. Recommended.

arguemaniac, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bell's beers are available in my area for the first time so I scooped up a whole bunch of them on the reputation of the brewery and are hoping at least a few live up to the hype. Pours an attractive golden cloudy color with a decent, wet head and fairly strong citrus flavors matching the wheat in the nose. Cloudiness in the body is supremely and appropriately, opaque.

Flavors include bubblegum, banana bread, and a surprisingly robust hop flavor. Mouthfeel is near perfect with delicate and full bodied sensations both in the same sip. This is a very good, authentic tasting witbier that is welcome at my home any time of year, winter or summer.

daliandragon, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a faboulous wit beer, but why, why in the hell would they ever promote this as a winter beer. I will buy this if I see it in spring, but never in winter again. This is a definate summer brew and a good one at that. Nice head and lacing, great oft wheat and fruity flavors and a more than medium body. A nice offering, just don't tell us to except this as a winter brew, this is definetly a summer brew.

bigdeuce, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of Jaynuze
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful cloudy/oily orange with a thick white head that leaves a beautiful Belgian lace behind.

The nose was a bit weak, but then again it is a Belgian White, so not much of a nose was expected. All the usual suspects were there, banana, bubblegum, banana nut bread, etc.

This beer tastes great! A wonderful tip of the hat to the Belgians. Not much of a winter style (spices), then again the corriander does lend a nice zip to the beer!

Carbonation is really nice with this one ... the MF is very thick and bready, yet light. Finishes really smoothly.

Very easy to drink. Thank goodness I only had one from a friend ... otherwise I could have easily plowed through a twelver on my own. It's that tasty. Thank you Mr. Larry Bell!

Jaynuze, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a meringue of a head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Perfume of banana, bubblegum, anise and a dash of lemon pepper

Taste: Starts out with a banana bread flavor, that adds the lemon and anise flavors by mid-palate; after the swallow, the lemon fruit flavors build and there is a final dash of pepper in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: Not a classic wit as I understand it is brewed without spices, this is nevertheless a tasty wheat beer that has elements of a wit and a hefe; nice job

brentk56, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of k3n
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Tangfoot.

A: Hazy dark gold, with a thin head that disappates almost immediately, leaving no bubbles whatsoever.

S: Not much. *sniff* Smells like clean beer, but not much else.

T: Lightly sweet malt, a bit of citrus (lemon rind?), a bit of hop oilyness at the end.

M: Goes down easy. Then makes you reach for another swig. I was halfway through before I even noticed it.

D: As I said above. It's simple, it's easy, and it's good drinkin'.

k3n, Jan 22, 2007
Photo of becktone
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is almost typical of a witbier. Just a bit more head and it would do it. That cloudy lemon yellow color is there with the high carbonation giving life to this brew. Head is white and very small, something more than a thick film would give this beer a better and more appetizing appearance. However small the head may be it does have good retention. It hasn't really moved at all since I poured it. I guess its in line with others of the style-Holy Moses, Hoegaarden, and Blue Moon. Lacing is good-leaving a solid wall around the glass.

Aroma is fully wheat. There is just a little bit of orange and coriander aroma along with that of some weak spices. For a witbier I would expect something more.

To the tongue it tastes like a witbier should. But then again, for me its just meeting expectations, not exceeding them. As far as witbiers go I'd rather Hoegaarden than this. Wheat is the main flavor here, its after taste is actually quite nice. All the flavor is there. The orange, coriander and spices seem to reside there. A little bit of sweet orange flavor when it first hits the tongue.

This brew has a lighter sprity body and is quite refreshing. High carbonation give life to this brew's body and compliment the flavor. The only beef I've with this brew is that it is a winter seasonal. This isn't the type of brew I want to drink in the winter. Were it released in the summer months I can assure you I'd probably buy it again. Becasue its released now, when I want something heavy and hearty I doubt I'll buy this again anytime soon. Other than that its a great brew, not quite up there with Hoegaarden though.

becktone, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of granite
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Compliments of Lackenhauser

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A--- Poured a pale straw with lots of yeast in suspension. A thick creamy head collapsed in a couple minutes.

S--- Sweet smelling tropical fruit with clove and vanilla.

T--- I wish it tasted as good as it smells. It was very acidic and flavorless. My tongue hates me right now

M--- Good carbonation and to style.

D---A little disappointing flavor wise but I’m happy I got to try it.

granite, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - this bells offering pours a hazy straw yellow, with a big white head that dissipates to a lace quickly

S - bog spicy aroma, like cloves and coriander, witha strong citrusy note, like lemon zest

T - the flavor totally mirrors the aroma, spiciness riding the back of strong lemony zest

M&D - spicy, a little overspiced, but still very good, the lemon zest enhances the drinkability, a good witbier, wht else would you expect from Bells.

sinstaineddemon, Jan 17, 2007
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden with a decent white head and no lacing. Smell is nice- classic wit beer with banana, clove, and bubblegum aromas along with a hint of spice. Taste is a little restrained, doesn't really wow me. Some nice bubblrgum flavors on the finish are especially noticeable as well as hints of clove, maybe some coriander and a slight hint of bitterness that runs through the taste. Mouthfeel is smooth but a little thin. Could use a little more body and carbonation. Fairly nice, but not my first choice.

Georgiabeer, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of SaucyA
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer.

It pours a wonderfully hazy light yellow, with a beautiful white head. It's a perfect example of a witbier. Sticky lace is present.

Smell is the usual citrus overtones with lots of wheat and yeast... corriander is more noticeable when poured off a bottle from my experience.

Taste's great... smooth, slightly sweet, major citrus... not at all cloying. Wheat is present throughout, melding all the flavors together and finishing off beautifully with no bitterness to speak of. Medium carbonation and medium to light body make this beer go down EXTREMELY EASILY. I can't stress how easy it is to drink this beer. It's scary.

My only real complaint about this beer is the limited availability of it. It'd be amazing to knock these back in the middle of July.

SaucyA, Jan 14, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light gold straw color. One finger head falls quickly, leaving behind nice lacing and a blanket of foam.

Aroma is delicious. Strong wheat presence, with a definite german flair in the yeast. Both coriander and citrus are present, although the spicy coriander takes center stage here. Very nice.

Flavor again is quite good. Very well balanced and fairly light. Nice citrusy orange notes, with a mild coriander flavor all throughout. Wheat is present and makes it's bready quality known. Full flavored and refreshing. Mouthfeel is suprisingly full for the style, and drinability is excellent.

I'd put this wit up against any other out there, including whirlwind and St. Berny's wit. Fantastic beer overall, but I have to wonder, why is this a winter seasonal? Nothing about this beer says "winter" to me. While it is a damn fine beer, I'd much rather see bell's release this as the "Fourth of July White Ale". I guess I just don't understand the wit beer as a winter beer. Damn fine beer, just not the right time of year. In any case, it is definitely worth picking up... highly recommended.

phisig137, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of Chaz
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours like a classic Wit: opaque, pale golden and whitish in color, and with plenty of suspended yeast. Slight pale tan-head and lacing. Nose is right on style, mildly spicy, but rather perfumey, with yeast, clove, and bubblegum qualities, all of which make a great impact on the first sip. Mouthfeel is light and creamy, almost effortless to drink, and with very low apparent alcohol. Juicy and malty (yet light), and very flavorful, this reminds me very favorably of the Saint Bernardus Wit. Wonderful stuff, and a totally unexpected approach to a Winter seasonal. The first time I was served this it was accidentally, during a rush at a local bar. I asked for a Summit Winter and I got a Bell's Winter. I drank it without knowing what it was, partly figuring that (it being a game day) I wouldn't get another beer before long. This particular bar serves a lot of draught Blue Moon, so I mistook it for that right away, but then realized how much *better* it was than the Blue Moon I've had umpteen times in the past! For five seconds I was thinking of re-appraising my view of Blue Moon! Fine job Larry Bell . . . this would be great in 12 packs in summer . . . hey, a guy can dream right?

Chaz, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of ndekke39
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this from a bottle in batch 7735, packaged on November 27, 2006. Pours a hazy tawny orange. Smells of wheat, yeast, and citrus: orange and lemon. Taste begins with mainly the yeast, continues into the citrus flavors - orange and lemon again, especially the orange - and ends with a light touch of the sour citrus. Flavors travel well. Very light, fizzy mouthfeel. Overall, a very good wheat beer. I'm usually not a fan of the style, but this one makes me like it. A nice, clean ale that seems appropriate for the winter.

ndekke39, Jan 05, 2007
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,543 ratings.