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

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1,906 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,906
Reviews: 690
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 48
Gots: 204 | 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:
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 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.

Photo of bsp77
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Very cloudy dark yellow with vanishing bubbly head, leaving a flat juice look.

Smell: Banana, clove, coriander, citrus and light wheat malts.

Taste: Traditional Hefeweizen flavors of banana and clove battle light coriander, orange and lemon. There is some light wheat flavor in the background, but the yeast and spice reigns supreme. Maybe some light noble hops on the finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, light to medium body with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Refreshing blend of Hefeweizen and Witbier. I have read this beer uses a blend of both yeast strains, and that really comes forth. I guess this has to be classified as a Witbier since that style is a little more loosey-goosey with the rules than the Germans are. Strange that it's a winter seasonal, and it may look like terrible, but it is a tasty brew.

Photo of latackbeer
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty good Witbier. No head what so ever, it looked like it was forming and then quickly dissipated. Great straw color and very hazy with plenty of carbonation. I get a little lemon but more orange peel.

I could throw back a few of these but there was nothing special about it that I would get another 6pk. Great Taste just a little on the boring side!!

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Light hazy golden color. A finger of head that disappears soon.

S: Nice light smell lemon and banana smell with a hint of cloves.

T: I think the taste is very light but I don't mean that in a bad way. Mild cloves at the beginning with a mild lemon in the middle and then ending with a mild wheat.

M: Very light feel. Light carbonation. Very consistent from beginning to end.

D: For a winter beer it's rather light but I think it's something that is rather nice. The light taste and average ABV can lead to a lot being drank.

If you are in the mood for a light not so complex beer I think you will not be disappointed. This was exactly the beer I was looking for tonight.

Photo of beerphan
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> pilsner
Code: 10067

Pours a slightly hazed golden yellow. A delicate one inch head disappears completely quickly. No lace. Carbonation appears slight.

Nose: Yeast funk, coriander along with some citrs

Medium body. Sweet pale wheat malt, smashes with lemon, orange and coriander flavors. Finishes with a quick burst of spice that leaves the mouth dry. I bit of clove and banana come through on the aftertaste.

Leave it to Bells to give us a witbier in winter. Kudos

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

This Sunday afternoon the D train pulls into Kalamazoo Michigan to try Bells Winter White Ale. Poured this witbier into a Sierra Nevada Imperial pint glass. Attractive light golden orange color with head that dissolves quickly. Notes of corriander, oranges, and lemon in the nose. Light bodied feel with nice blend of yeast, orange, lemon, and a hint of spice at the end.

This is definitely not like most other "winter brews." Although I desired a bit more taste, Winter White Ale is crisp, refreshing, and has year-round drinkability.

Photo of Kolsch
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap: Headkeepers, Greensburg PA.

Appearance: Cloudly with slight orange hues, though mostly white. Small cusp of head, which is usual per white ales.

Smell: coriander, clove and lemony.

Taste: as smell indicates above. Coriandar, clove and lemongrass. No additional spices claims Bells website and I believe this to be true. Carbonation spot on. Very tasty, easy drinking and interesting enough that I can several without hesitation.

Overall: excellent example of a traditional white ale. Was hesitant to have since I associate Wits with summer but this hit the spot for a cold December day.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 12/22/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a lovely golden color with light orange hues and a finger of frothy, short-lived head that does not lace well.

S: The nose shows notes of banana, lemon, light peppery aromas, and a bit of Belgian yeast funk.

T: It is disappointingly mild with notes of lemon and banana being overwhelmed by the spicy yeast character, and a bitter, toasty-bread finish.

M: It has a medium body with a crisp, refreshing finish.

D: This is not my favority Belgian style but it surpasses my typical Witbier expectations.

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

Batch 10021, bottled 10/6/10.

A: Pours a pale yellow color with visible bubbles from carbonation and a bit of cloudiness.

S: Smell is of strong cloves with some light lemon notes.

T: Follows the smell. Very strong on cloves with a bit of lemon making an appearance in the middle. There is also some wheat malt.

M: Light with some prickly carbonation.

D: High.

This is a nice change of pace for the winter. A light mouthfeel with much lighter flavors than normal for the season.

Photo of mjw06
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer, but after having a few glasses of this I was convinced that this should be marketed as just a regular witbier. I'm perplexed to know what is "wintery" about it. Admittedly this is the first winter white that I've ever tried and also I've never associated wits with winter, so I was excited to try it.

The color is a hazy orangish-yellow, but its a clear kind of hazy, if that makes any kind of sense. The smell is pretty weak, didn't get much from it. The coriander is particularly sharp and there is an citrus note that isn't pronounced, but definitely there and specifically orangey, nothing else. Not much residual flavor is initially wheatey and pleasant, but doesn't stay like that. Kinda gets sticky and stale, which makes me want to just drink more.

Like I said, I liked the beer. Just having a lot of difficulty separating this from any other wit. I would drink this in the summer and enjoy it just as much.

Photo of dmfrench
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A crisp, lemony, refreshing S̶u̶m̶m̶e̶r̶ Winter Witbier

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A: Like it came from a person with a UTI :) Extremely cloudy light urine yellow body with a two finger nearly pure white fairly persistent head that laces the glass adequately.

S: Buttery bread malt on bottom with spice, banana, lemon, clove, and piney/citrus hops... an almost Belgian nose. Not the best Wit nose, but interesting.

T: Lemon is the most obvious flavor, and the other spicy notes from the nose lurk underneath. Sweet/buttery/wheaty malt is way down there, but it's there... the beer does have foundation. Finish is on citrus hops. Nothing about this beer says 'Winter' to me. I'd drink this one while grilling out or after mowing the lawn. If you've ever had Upland Wheat, this is like a more well rounded version of it.

M: Heavy carbonation adds to the refreshing experience, and the weight is perfect for the style... heavy enough not to fly away, but light enough to drink.

D: Through the roof.

Photo of cdizinno
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle as pictured.

A: Cloudy, golden-yellow color with a thin white film and minimal lacing.

S: Typical grainy, wheat smells with a mild malty sweetness. Lemony, lemony and some spiciness.

T&M: Smooth citrus. Lemon-orange with mild malt sweetness that fades to a slightly bitter tanginess on the finish. Light bodied.

Decent Witbier. Nice and drinkable. Typical great quality from Bell's. Worth trying, especially if you enjoy the style.

Photo of Shrews629
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Cloudy orangish/yellow with a white head. Head was about 1 finger and the retention was not as good as expected. Lacing was clinging to the sides adequately. Bright gold highlights around the edges.

Smell - Smells of citrus. Orange and lemon. Picking up some peppery spice and some floral hops. Some wheat is hiding in there somewhere also.

Taste - Very peppery in the taste. Again, picking up some orange peel. Some wheat makes its way across the taste buds also. It seems as if the peppery spice is the dominant flavor. A tad much.

Mouthfeel - Medium to thin mouthfeel. Really, rather dry. Crisp and smooth. It does hang on the palate for a while. Goes down pretty easy and it's refreshing.

Drinkability - Honestly, I have never been a huge fan of "Wit" or "White" ales. The peppery spice is a bit much for me, but for the style it fits nicely. This beer reminds me more of a Summer brew than a Winter warmer. I'm sure this beer has an audience and I'm glad I tried it, but I'll probably move on from this one.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this beer from landrewg, thanks!

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - slightly hazed yellow color with a short white head that thinned to a ring.

S - wheat beer aroma with a little lemon scent.

T - light lemon zest but mostly malted wheat.

F - light bodied with good carbonation.

D - it goes down easy.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 10082

Appearance -- Pours a pale yellow with slight haze and one finger of fizzy lily-white head that soon settles to a white ring about the glass.

Smell -- Cracker-like pale malt, tangy wheat, citrus peel and coriander, and banana. Not especially exciting.

Taste -- Pale malt, cream of wheat, banana and bublegum, and a modicum of yeasty earthiness. Lemon peel and coriander lend a gentle, perfumey roundness. Lingering flavors of pale malt and coriander.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with fizzy carbonation. Meh.

Drinkability -- Not a bad beer, but I wouldn't put it in the best of the style or of the brewery; one could certainly have picked worse. Glad I tried it, but I'll likely pass next time around.

Photo of Erish
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Nonic pint glass.

A: cloudy lemon-yellow color, fizzy head quickly drops into a decent cap with adequate lacing.

S: floral yeasty notes, lemony citrus, some sweet wheat and malt.

T: lemon cake up front, then the floral, citrus fruit, coriander, a hint of clove, and yeasty notes in the middle, the finish is nicely dry and crisp with a wisp of floral hops.

M: medium to light-bodied, light and silky, good carbonation.

D: It is a nice change of pace from massively malty and spicy holiday beers, but falls short of being a great seasonal.

Photo of Rifugium
2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy, yellow color. Minimal white head.

S: Light citrus, and light, dried fruits, banana, etc.

T: Wheatish bite, some citrus and banana, and a little bit of spice.

M: Light body with moderate carbonation.

D: Somewhat drinkable. At this point, I'm losing interest in witbiers, but still a good summertime diversion.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

3.0 A: Hazed medium yellow color. Not quite one finger of frothy white head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing. I can't say this is the most beautiful brew.

4.0 S: The aroma is very nice. Neutral wheatiness, corriander, banana, clove, and bubblegum. Soft and really elegant. This would probably be a 5.0 if the nose was stronger.

4.0 T: Again, plenty of wheat flavor with corriander, orange peel, and banana. Clove is there too, but it is subtle. Bubblegum mostly falls out. Bitterness is stronger than I'd expect with the style. It's not like an IPA or anything, just stronger than most wits.

3.0 M: Light to lighter medium body. The main issue I have with the mouthfeel is that although there is plenty of carbonation, it is a "dead carbonation" as opposed to spritzy. The body is also a bit too light and isn't as creamy as I'd like.

3.5 D: Aside from the mouthfeel, this is a pretty solid brew. Good nose and good taste, but that isn't always enough. I'll forgive Bell's though since they make some damn good stuff overall.

Photo of Jesstyr
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this witbier at Total Wines, and enjoyed in a Hoegaarden glass.

Pretty standard witbier stuff, and I'd honestly choose a Hoegaarden. Light yellow, cloudy look, with fairly large head. Nose is full of lemony citrus.

Taste has light citrus, and is generally pretty underwhelming, but suited to the style. Smooth watery mouthfeel, and overall a refreshing beer, but I'd put it closer to Blue Moon then it would probably like.

Photo of Mit
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the fourth Bells offering I had tried (with the first 3 being, Two Hearted, Hopslam and Pale). I def didn't enjoy this as much as the first three but was still pretty happy with it.

a-pours just like I like my wheats...very cloudy, obviously unfiltered.

s-very much a wheat. Sweet smelling, followed by the cloves. Very clovey.

t-Lots of sweeter tastes with the cloves rounding out the swallow. Much less prevalent than in the initial smell.

m-feels thicker than a 4.5%. I liked it alot.

d-the first glass of the mini keg I thought it very overpowering, but here I am on the last two glasses and I'm thinking...damn...the whole thing is gone.

I would get this again if I was looking for a wheat. Would probably not get the mini keg...I had to drink a lot of beer, cause other peeps who aren't craft beer enthusiasts didn't like it as much.

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

Pours a hazy straw color with a bit of lingering head. Smells primarily of Belgian yeast, spices. Tastes of Belgian yeast, your usual winter spices, coriander, anise, wheat. Lingering spice mixture, medium body, well-rounded, full flavor, amply spiced but not overwhelming, mellow.

Photo of smakawhat
2.66/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall glass displaying a 50/50 realm of clear to opaqueness quality. Golden in color, very nice, but slightly weak head. Virtually no lacing upon finishing.

Bouquet is missing the wheat bread characteristics which are faint being dominated first by a chemical "like" smell. Almost slightly macro in smell... not big though so at least it isn't totally off putting.

Taste and flavor profile leads to a very muted taste, and light body. No spices, nothing of distinctness to come out other than some sweetness.

Drinability is straight down the middle. Meh... I've had considerably better. Lord knows.. I've had worse.

Photo of stimulus
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (6 pack) into a pint glass.
Batch 10021, 5% abv.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a very small white head that disappears quickly.
S: Cloves and honey.
T: More cloves, some prominent banana in the middle, and a sweet finish (the honey).
M: Medium bodied and light carbonated (straying from traditional style), and a little sticky on the finish.
D: The cloves are very overpowering in this beer, and it reminds me of a hefeweizen much more than a witbier because of that. I don't really think it works that well with the Belgian yeast. Another one that disappointed me from Bell's, but there are quite a few of their beers that I'd highly recommend. It seems that I either love or hate their beers.

Photo of KRAUSEMAO
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It has a nice wheat color. Poured to a two finger head which dissipated quickly. Banana is the most pungent scent cloves are also present. The winter wheat has good mouth feel and has a bit of inconsistency(which is a good thing). There is a nice hint of nut and banana that linger as the aftertaste. It is a smooth beer that isn't over-spiced. I suggest it. Its a tasty beverage

Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,906 ratings.