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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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82
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1,496 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,496
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 29
Gots: 58 | 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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foureyedgeek

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7637

Poured into a tall wheat glass, which gave this beer a nice puffy, fizzing white head, which doesn't last very long. Not much in the way of lacing. Very hazy yellow straw body.

Smells of light spices and citrus.

Taste is interesting. I guess Bell's uses both a Hefe and a Belgian yeast in this beer so its got a clean fruitiness AND a but of a funk. The spices dominate the finish. Not a lot going on, this is one of the mellower wits I've had.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp and quite effervescent. This is a light bodied beer thats a nice thirst quencher, and as Bell's says an interesting alternative to the majority of winter releases.

Quite drinkable, limited mainly by the lack of flavor depths here, this is a nice refresher after my morning bike ride, but it seems more suited to a warm, sunny day.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 19:03:05 | More by foureyedgeek
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sort of odd they brew a wit, that is very ideal for the Summer, as their winter seasonal.

Appearance- Pours a flighty eggshell head with no retention, just a small ring after a few sips. Color is a bright pale yellow. with two columns of bubbles making their way to the top.

Smell- Smells more like a wit. Like spiced, herbal wheat.

Taste- The flavors is more akin to an American wheat, but with hints of Belgian wits too. A nice carbonated mostly wheat mix of crystal malts. Gives off light fruity flavors like bananas. Then some orange peel and anise.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2006 19:13:04 | More by scruffwhor
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden, clouded by the yeast pour. Soapy one finger head with poor retention and no lacing. Coriander and clove nose, with a faint aroma of bitter orange peel and some wheat in the background. Pale malt and wheat sweetness upfront, followed by a wave of orange rind and coriander. Clove-like yeast flavor in the aftertaste, balance is level without any noticable hop bitterness. Crisp, medium carbonation and the unfilted texture gives it a smooth medium body. Lots of spice flavor in the finish, but comfortably drinkable for sure.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2006 03:54:29 | More by PBRstreetgang
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Oxymoron

Colorado

2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Im dreaming of a winter white ale. Well not really. Poured a semi hazy golden color with next to no head nor any lacing at all.

The smell is malty with some very noticeable yeasty smells in the background. Some lighter wheat background and next to no spice presence at all. A smidge of hops, maybe a floral but still masked. Would like a bit more complexity and other spice notes to balance.

The taste has more of a wheat feel mixed with malt added in. A little harsh (as compared with crisp) and a bit astringent. The wheat flavor starts out with a chill sense and then a stronger bitter orange flavor finishes with a somewhat rancid finish. Not much on the spice and some very light note of hops near the end, bring a floral taste out.

The body is a little high for a wit or even a wheat, and no carbonation. Overall the wheat is limited and the spice note are not where they should be but clean yeast and easy drinkabiliy.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 03:35:30 | More by Oxymoron
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doubleshovels

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wounderful to look, this pour has a gradation from light lemon yellow to tangerine orange, like a slice of a citrus rainbow glowing from the glass. Its overwhelming bouquet suggested a promising bursted of falvor in the mouth. First sip hits with a full force of lemon zest, however like lemon zest, it quicks shows its bitter and oily backside, never showing a greater depth of spice. Very quaffable, yet almost unpleasantly polite.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 19:03:21 | More by doubleshovels
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Crosling

Colorado

2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Attractive color of diluted tang. Far too gentle aroma and very spiratic. Hints of coriander, light wheat, dried apricot, clove and spice. Again, very subtle in the flavor. Tingling spicing but not enough. Notes of banana peel, peach and light wheat. Shows weiss and white style. An average American wheat but I expected more from Bell’s.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 06:18:36 | More by Crosling
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Brian700

Michigan

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy blonde with a nice white head that simmers down to a ring around my glass. It seems like this beer is a lot less cloudy now that it is in bottles. When it was first introduced it kegs only this beer was very cloudy. There was no seeing through it.

The aroma is of wheat malt, citrus, coriander.

The flavor is of wheat malt, coriander, orange peel. There is some mild spiceness to this one as well. Very nice tasting brew.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. I think this winter wheat would be good in the summer time as well. If oberon were the orang juice of beers, winter wheat would be the orang julius.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 06:08:32 | More by Brian700
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karst

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the '06 release of Oberon, I was lucky to be able to compare the Winter White from the tap along side of the new release of Bell's Summer Wheat.

The dollar per 20 oz. serving made this attractive as well.

The 24 oz nonic displayed a strongly beading blond Whitbier that was slightly hazy and fairly clear for a wheat. The short lived head and light lace drop the appearance rating a half point.

Served a little on cold side a nice aroma of wheat, coriander,orange and citrus zest combine with hints of clove and vanilla. Flavor follows with coriander, ginger, clove. Medium body with a round mouthfeel that provides a solid wheat canvas for broad brush strokes from the citrus, orange, and other spices. Finishes clean after a breif cameo of yeast, wheat, and juicy spices. Bittering hops are perfect. Although 0.3 % lower than Oberon's ABV this seems more substantial. Seek it out. If you can get it for $1 per glass enjoy your session!

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2006 23:00:56 | More by karst
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aforbes10

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a bottle brought back from bell's general store. a very cloudy orange beer that its one of the most opaque non-dark beers ive seen. looked even cloudier on tap at the brewpub. extreme yeast sediment in the bottle. smells nice....wheaty and sour. taste is wheaty and sour with some spiced elements (im bad about identifying which ones but im sure tehres something in there). very refreshing even in the early spring. a lot smoother than i expected it to be too.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2006 19:41:19 | More by aforbes10
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mattcrill

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 7195. Thanks to Dogbrick for the sample.

Aroma: An inviting blend of orange zest and spicy notes (pepper and coriander) that play together nicely. A definite floral and slight yeasty aroma.

Appearance: A slightly cloudy straw gold color. A fluffy white head develops. Visible carbonation noted throughout the body.

Flavor: Orange peel bitterness is noted up front. The bitterness fades and lends itself to a pleasant peppery spice and slight wheat notes. Definitely crisp and slightly tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with high carbonation. Finishes dry and a touch bitter.

Overall impression: Refreshing and enjoyable. Nothing to bring me back but a nice change from the ordinary. A nice witbier.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 18:49:40 | More by mattcrill
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cooncat

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving was a 12 oz. bottle, chilled, and poured into a pilsner glass.

The pour produced a light gold colored brew with a very foamy, white head which was short lived. Minimal to no sheeting upon swirling the glass, after the head was gone. Aroma approximates a witbier, but on the light side. The taste is similar to an American Wheat beer, with the addition of corriander. It is not over powering, actually, quite well balanced and refreshing with just the right amount of carbonation. No objectionable after taste was apparent. I'd have to give this a "thumbs up", and would say it would make a fine session beer.

Cheers!

Update: Jan. 9, 2007

Another 12oz. bottle sample, poured vigorously into a 16 oz glass. A small head that disappeared almost instantly ... a bit disappointing, really. Nose and taste are as mentioned above. Body is thin, but its still a refreshingly crisp beer, if you enjoy the witbier style. Did not mention that the light golden color is properly cloudy, as a bottle conditioned witbier should be. No sediment at the bottom of this bottle, but I have had some Bell's brews that did have a small amount of sediment. Not much more to add to my previous review.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 23:29:57 | More by cooncat
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I find this beer a little lacking and one dimensional. Appearance is fine at a yellow gold with a large white head. The nose is lemony and herbal. Coriander and orange peals are quite present. Taste follows the aromas with the addition of a strong yeastiness and a bit of ginger and cloves. All the ingredients are there but this beer just doesn’t scream, “I’m a fun and cheerful wit” to me like I like my wit beers to. It’s really almost hefe like and not very wintery to boot.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2006 21:58:57 | More by DaPeculierDane
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PatandDavid

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Fox and Hound in Beavercreek. Cloudy dense light chamomile in color. Aroma is wheaty, some spiceyness, perhaps coriander(?). Taste was good, mouthfeel was medium. I picked up more wheat notes (not typical bubblegum or other wheatbeer notes), but more of the grain and texture in the taste. Mentally I was comparing this one with Allagash white, and I think it can come pretty close, especially if fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2006 18:57:20 | More by PatandDavid
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Illinick

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellow, a shade darker than "pale" with "creamy orange" and hayish hues. Fluffy white head that slowly dissipates.
S: Tart fruit smell-lemon, lemon peel with some bananna. Slight metallic smell also with some spice/spiced fruit, a touch of pear and an earthy must smell.
T: Parallels the smell and exhibits typical white flavors with an extra dose of spice. Faint metallic taste in their also. Tart lemon with some bananna, spiced fruit flavors, and a musty earthy flavor too. Flavors mold well together. Has a slight "extra dose" of spice, mostly pepper and some coriander.
MF: Medium and finishes semi-dry.
Overall: Solid brew, but nothing above and beyond-no Wow factor. I'd definately have again, but wouldn't specifically search for it. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 03:50:38 | More by Illinick
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[generously received in trade with ghostwalker 3/2006]

Very hazy very pale yellow with a big-bubbled ugly head with little retention or lacing. Smell is pleasantly interesting, with light lemon-banana, white pepper, bitter orange peel, and rubber. Taste is surprisingly similar, though adds a significant honey component. Feel is medium body with carbonation that, although it is at low levels, feels big bubbled and sizzly. Finishes sweet and coating. Pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 22:49:47 | More by waughbrew
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Fugazme

Nebraska

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Notes:

Cloudy... gold/straw in color with a small head. Head dissipates quickly and has some decent stick to the glass.

Aroma is of orange and clove... slight bannana smell.

Taste is spicy... some apple... citrus tones.

Has a bubbly mouthfeel. Dry. Bitter Finish.

A decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 16:02:37 | More by Fugazme
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly unhazy amber with the slightest suggestion of orange. Maybe the yeasties will be added with the next and final pour, though I don't see much cloudiness in the few ounces left in the bottom of the bottle. The cap is lightly yellowed ivory, like old newspaper, and isn't up to Bell's usual standards. It looks a little mealy as it falls and isn't tacky enough to deposit more than a few stray strands of lace. Not bad, just not great.

The nose makes a spirited comeback, as I was pretty sure it would. There's a fresh wheaty bottom end, upon which the usual aromas of coriander and citrus are arrayed. I wondered whether a 'winter' wit would emphasize coriander at the expense of the more summer-like lemon and orange. I needn't have worried. The citrusiness that I love in this style is present and accounted for.

This is a wonderful witbier, even if it isn't as delicious as my favorite domestic versions (Allagash and Great Lakes). On the palate, coriander holds a slight edge over orange and lemon. Each provides a fair amount of flavor, although not an abundant amount. The mild sweetness of the wheat is perfectly countered by the bitterness of the hops, allowing the drinker to taste the best of both worlds. This really is a balanced, measured wit.

The mouthfeel is more full than average, but only slightly. A vigorous amount of carbonation keeps things light and airy without sliding over into an annoying fizziness. It seems to me that neither a more full nor a more light body would serve this beer as well as the one that has been provided. Drinkable? Absoposilutely.

Even though it isn't among my handful of favorite witbiers, this is still a fine effort from the master brewers in Kalamazoo. I continue to be impressed by the excellence displayed by Bell's across the entire spectrum of craft beer. Winter White Ale is merely the most recent example and is a beer that I recommend without reservation.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 15:37:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
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stouty1

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all I did not know that they would pour this into a Frosty Mug. Whoops! It was so cold there was no head or nose. I waited awhile and things warmed up a bit...

Smell got better with a move to orange spice. Taste was definitely worth the wait, but not very over powering. But, I am wondering if the deep freeze chilled things down too much? A good Bell's version of a Wit beer, but definitely not of German comparison. I could definitely sit back and drink a couple more of these.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2006 02:07:19 | More by stouty1
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MaltyGoodness

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a quite clear straw color with no real head or lacing to speak of. Looks mre like a pilsner than a white ale.

Nice wheat bready aroma with some orange and corriander. It smells much more like a wit than it looks.

Tastes just like it smells. A well rounded wheat beer taste with some nice orange and corriander accents.

Body is quite thin and the lackluster carbonation doesn't help.

Goes down easily, but has a few areas to improve.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 21:43:42 | More by MaltyGoodness
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CDBeerDisappear

Ohio

2.33/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a - Cloudy yellow, little head looked like a witbier

s - Smelled of wheat but not much else

t - Dissappointingly thin, lacked complexity

m - light carbonation, thin

d - There are many better witbiers available don't waste your money. Generally I like witbiers this one just did not do it for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2006 19:04:59 | More by CDBeerDisappear
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jj21

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:Deep, hazy gold. Very little head.

S:Not much here. Much in part due to the lack of head.

T:Bland. Some wheat presence with orange and coriander.

M:Creamy texture

D:Easy drinker. Tart on the tongue

A disappointment to me. True to the style but nothing special here.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 23:04:15 | More by jj21
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Ricochet

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy Yellow, mild carbonation. Average hefe appearence.

S: Wheat. Only slight juicy fruit scent. I'm sold.

M: A little thin in the mouth, nice ale effect , foaming well, going down pretty decent.

T: The only thing this does not have to make it a decent hefe is the yeasts at the bottom. That said, as a wheat this tasted very decent and seemed to thin as it got warmer which affected the overall impression. Other than the watery feel, this is a very well done wheat.

D: I can see having a few of these, but I really want a hefe flavor and the Christian Morelien Hefe fills the bill.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 05:06:21 | More by Ricochet
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't all that impressed with this seasonal offering from Bell's. Poured out to a hazy yellow color with a big white foam head. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas were of grains, yeast and some farm straw and hay. Taste was slightly odd... overly spicy with citrus tones and minimal malt. Mouthfeel was almost biting, with some acid like qualities battling with my tastebuds. Only fair drinkability. I'd go for something else from the Bell's line-up first.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 01:19:55 | More by Frozensoul327
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Bell's Winter Ale pours out a pale yellow color with a foamy, white head. The aroma is very spicy, with pepper and coriander with a wheat base. Clean malt flavor with wheat and spices. Some citrus flavors, mainly orange peel. Finishes with grassy hops. Crisp and moderately refreshing. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy. This is not what I expected for a Winter seasonal, but there's no reason to hold that against the beer. Tasty and easy to drink. Another quality Bell's beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2006 21:42:03 | More by beveragecaptain
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours the cloudiest, orange-juice gold with a finger of white head on top. Nose is peppery, with hints of clove and banana esters and musty wheat. Taste is extremely dry, pepper/clove spicy and heavy on the yeast. Mouthfeel is pretty thick due to all the suspended yeast, co2 is lively. Overall wasn't too impressed with this one. I looks pretty, but is so dry it lacks any real character.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 22:16:28 | More by Golden2wenty1
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