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

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Ratings: 1,929
Reviews: 693
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 48
Gots: 215 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 1,929 | Reviews: 693
Photo of dnrobert24
4.62/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

Photo of nukem5
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my normal color beer this fizzy straw color but from Bell's it is always good ,have had this before never rated it ...

A: Straw colored with decent head which dissapates far to quick.Some lacing .

S: Sweet and spicey hit the nose first like a full throttle frieght train, then malts and a bit of hops.

T: Spices and sweet malts are all I need say to this winter welcomer!

M: Medium body with a bit of chewyness in the back.

D: Love it every year have at least a sixer.

Photo of mralphabet
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light hazy golden color, about a fingers worth of head that settles to a nice ring with very little lacing.

S: Smells like a good wheat beer, little lemon, some bananas and clove.

T: Delivers a very good little wheat beer, taste is light with the clove and banana at the start ending with a light lemon with a mild wheat and yeast finish. Little aftertaste to speak of.

M: Pretty light with a light carbonation. Solid.

D: Very drinkable little wheat beer, ABV is low and the flavors are good... Nothing to crazy or different, just good.

I have to say when I think of Winter Beer this is not it, but for a mix it up from the normal winter time brews this was nice.

Photo of Goldopelgt
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden, straw hue with a decent white head and a good amount of lacing...

S: Yeasty, citrus notes up front with some spiciness and banana that follows...

T: Similar to the nose...citrus-y, yeasty, a little spice...very well balanced, everything you would expect from the style...

M: Crisp, well-carbonated, refreshing...very nice

D: A very enjoyable and easily drinkable brew, what you come to expect with most Bell's products...I would definitely recommend this brew, but my only knock would have to be that a winter 'white ale' seems slightly out of place for the season, albeit delicious...

Photo of aepb1
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Yellow-orange hazy body with a thin white head

S- Thick wheat/yeast smell and some coriander

T- Yeast, citrus, coriander in that order

M- Medium-bodied, a good level of carbonation making it creamy

D- Very fun beer and easy to drink. A good example of the style and I am glad I grabbed a sixer

Photo of HosP
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had from a pick six pack.

A- Poured hazy straw color that wanted to maybe be orange. Big white head on top.

S- Nose full of lemony zest mixed with some clove spices.

T- Like the nose lemon flavor up front. Some banana flavor comes out behind the lemon. Balances nicely with a little spice and wheat flavor. A little yeasty flavor at the end.

M- Lighter body with good carbonation. Very nice crisp finish.

D- Haven't had a lot of winter ales, but this one is a good solid beer. Nothing over the top, but a good drink.

Photo of uno99
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

According to the Batch number, this was packaged on December 7th. Pretty fresh! More breweries need to do this IMO if not put the bottled on dates directly on the label.

Served at 57 degrees.

A: Aggressive pour, one finger frothy head. Yeast lands on top and yellows discolors the head slightly. Yeast is very thick and caked on the bottom of the bottle (which has spent a few weeks laying sideways). Beer is extremely cloudy once yeast is incorporated. Head dissipates to nothing quickly, and lacing is not present.

S: Quite aromatic. Bananas and a bushel of cloves.

T: Very fruity and moderately spiced.

M: medium/thick with ample carbonation, not cloying, rather crisp and refreshing.

D: Quite sessionable, however I'd recommend serving more chilled.

Photo of Cmack15
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bells is a great brewery and its a shame that they don't distribute in MA. I recently bought a sampler case that this beer, the pale ale, best brown ale, and amber ale. A beautiful light straw colored beer that lightly greets your nose with the typical witbier aroma. Nothing too exciting or flashy about this beer, its just a well crafted ale by a good brewery.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bell's winter white pours with a deep straw color. It's slighty hazy with good carbonation but a lacking foamy head.
Aroma is of a traditional white ale with clove and banana being the major aroma here.
A great idea from Bell, winter brews are usually dark menacing brews with killer alochol but not this one. A refreshing white beer with nice clove nuiances is quite refreshing.
A well made beer that breaks the norm.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours an opaque lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of light malts, wheat twang, light citrus, and soft spices, in that order. As the beer warms the spices fade a bit and the citrus and light malt aromas intensify.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth light malt flavors with good amounts of wheat influence kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are moderate amounts of lemon zest with hints of deeper orange rinds. Finally, very small amounts of coriander come into play before fading out into a crisp and mildy bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I think this beer tasted crisper than the bottle I had quite a while back and I certainly prefer it more. A solid beer that's worth a shot in whatever form.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Believe it or not this was might nightcap of all things. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this was enjoyed on 01/01/2011.

The pour was nicely done, albeit very light and a touch overcarbonated for me, I still think it fit rather well. Light yellow in color with tons of carbonation and a huge fizzy white head that let down quickly. Aroma is light banana, clove and citrus, nice and light and airy with touches of lemon zest and fresh spice as it warms. Very clean taste, perfect hints of citrus and spice layered on the banana based malts. Quick, clean, light and very drinkable. This one was gone like a flash.

Overall a very solid little ale and one that I needed to take a break from the rest of the evening!

Photo of OttoBomb
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (January 7, 2011). Batch "10125" is printed on real label, which according to the website was packaged on November 23rd, 2010.

Witbiers aren't exactly my bag, but they are slowly growing on me.

Eyes: Initially this poured an almost clear amber color, but a good swirl of the last couple ounces in the bottle stirred up the yeast and produced a very cloudy hue. A slightly yellow head caps the brew, retention is mild as is lacing.

Nose: Very yeasty, with wheat, coriander, some citrus and banana aromas. The citrus is more evident that other witbiers I've had, which an area that needs attention in this style. Well done.

Tongue: I like that the flavor profile provides the citrus, fruit, and coriander in mild but appropriate amounts. In addition the balance is near perfect.

Mouth: Good mouthfeel, maybe a bit heavy. A lively carbonation keeps this drinkable.

Libation: So this isn't a stellar example of the style, but it's certainly a great effort. It fits in very well amongst the great many offering from Bells. Flavorful, drinkable, and not too "Big" of a beer to overwhelm after a few sips.

Photo of RonJon24
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden light color, little head. Not super attractive beer to the eye when poured out of the bottle.

S - Lots of yeast! But for this style, smells how it should.

T - Great Belgian taste! I get a bit of the yeast flavor coming through, but also some great other flavors I cant put my finger on.

M - Quite light, light on the carbonation too.

D - Good, I could drink plenty of these. Goes down very easy.

Photo of r3o
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:cloudy white with some straw-lke tones, very thin head with little to no lacing
S: yeast and bready smell, a hint of spices
T: there's a bitter taste to this one, like cactus (agave) it's all I can think of, but does not overpower. Some other spices come and go throught out.
M: light, somewhat course, low carbonation
D: it's good but I've liked others white better.

Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent golden-yellow color with less than one inch of white head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, spices, yeast, wheat, citrus, and light fruity malts. Gets a lot better as it warms up.

t - Tastes of wheat, bananas, pepper, spices, and light citrus.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

d - A nice, above average witbier. Some nice bananas and spices in the nose and taste. Nothing about it wowed me, but I would have it again if I was looking for a witbier.

Photo of ujsplace
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a becker.

This brew pours a very hazy, orange-cream colored brew that has a pure white one finger thick head that quickly fades to a thin wispy layer on top. Minimal lacing.

Smells of wheat, hint of vanilla, yeast, coriander and some peppery spiceyness.

Big wheat and yeast up front. Corriander and orange peel bitters, along with some mild spicyness.

Light and crisp with good carbonation.

Amidst all of the traditional winter brews - warmers, stouts...this is a refreshing change of pace brew - hellava good session brew...

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright, cloudy orange. Not a whole lot of foam, but the thickness gives this a nice wheat beer look.

Smell: Cloves and nutmeg, with a hint of citrus. A good amount of banana as well. Pretty standard witbier qualities here, but they are done right.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong bananas that get cut and balanced by the citrus. Spiced notes as well, especially nutmeg, cloves, and maybe a bit of cinnamon. Definitely very smooth.

Drinkability: Extremely well-balanced beer.

Overall: Well balanced and something that reminds me of a hefeweizen as well as a witbier.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was hanging out with my buddy last night and he offered me one of his Bell's winter white ale. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a wiezen glass.

A- This beer poured a hazy straw yellow with some nice orange tints to it. It had 2 fingers worth of head that died down to a thin ring with some nice lacing.

S- The nose is full light aromas of lemon and banana with some clove thrown into the mix, this goes good with the wheat base of this beer.

T- Just like the smell the lemon and banana stand out in front. The flavors are balanced nicely and do not overpower the typical white wheat flavor. I can also pick up the yeast which adds some nice spices into the mix.

M- Medium light bodied with descent carbonation, this beer finishes pretty crisp.

D- Compared to other winter brews this one is pretty light and the flavors don't smack you in the face. This could make a good winter session beer.

Overall is this was a nice winter white. I have always been a fan of this beer and I think its a great wheat based beer for the winter. Bell's never disappoints and this is no exception.

Photo of cudmud
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A pale golden color with litle head and weak lacing. Very cloudy due to load of yeast in the bottle.

Smell: Smells of yeast and various spices.

Taste: Plenty of yeast and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: Very good and treat on w winter night.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an extraordinarily hazy yellow orange color with a thick white head that sticks around awhile. Smells of oranges and spices probably from the yeast. Tastes of clove, oranges, and other spicy yeast and plenty of that awesome wheat flavor. Mouthfeel is thick and carbonation is heavy. Drinkability is above average.

Photo of JackieTH
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed as part of Old Chicago's WBT.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a finger of white light appearing head.

Smell: Wheat and orange peels and something spicy like cloves.

Taste: Fairly standard wheat beer underpinnings plus orange rinds with some nice added spicy clove and herbs which I suppose qualifies for winter beer duty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin in body but with a favorable amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Slightly spicy and generally unassuming profile and easy ABV make for an easy to drink brew.

Photo of slatetupelo
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw with a small white head and leaves very little lacing.

Taste is a little sweet up front like an orange, then coriander and bit of spice to finish it off. It's really not that bad but this just isn't the style of beer for me and it seems like an odd choice for a Winter beer.

Photo of 321jeff
3.61/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch number 10021 poured in a weizen glass.

Pours a somewhat cloudy pale straw with very little head. What little head there is dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass. Not very vibrant or impressive looking.

Aroma is a step up, with some orange rind and coriander and hints of spicy wheat and some banana in the background. Fairly potent and good for the style, but not particularly complex or interesting.

Up front, the taste is fairly well balanced between some orange, coriander and wheat. In the finish, however, the wheat takes over along with some hints of bananas and clove.

Mouthfeel is a little grainy with only a small amount of prickly carbonation. It's a nice, drinkable wheat beer.

I appluad Bell's for thinking outside the box with this winter seasonal, but my only gripe is that nothing besides the label suggests that this is actually a "winter beer." And this was consumed on a snowy 17 degree evening, but as far as the beer goes, it would've fit in just as well on an 85 degree summer night. Maybe some warmer spices and a little more depth would make the "winter" designation more fitting.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Code clearly printed on back label. Label art is perfect for a Christmas day with snow on the ground.

Pours a completely murky honey straw yellow. A thin white head patches to the glass. Smell is muted; hints of fesh and harvested grass and lemon. Taste is a concoction of aromatic seeds, herbs, and peels. Wheat body is medium. Feel is very citric and tart, a bit on the thin side, with a pleasant bitter finish. Drinkability good and easy. Like most of Bell's offerings, this one is a bit off-kilter from the style "standard." I liked it decent, though.

Photo of cadaugherty
3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint-

Appearance- Pours a hazy gold with minimal head and no retention.

Aroma- Light notes of yeast spice, torrified wheat. Pretty meh.

Taste- Sweet malt, orange peel, no chewy bread taste.

Mouth- Thin and not much carbonation.

Drink- Very high, I could easily drink a 6 pack of these in a short period of time.

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