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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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687 Reviews

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Reviews: 687
Hads: 1,994
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 22.62%
Wants: 59
Gots: 273 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 687 | Hads: 1,994
Photo of Magpie14
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: slight touch of orange with a overall golden colored body. Has a somewhat hazy look and feel overall. The head was firm and cream colored and had minimal lacing.

Smell: smell of oranges, bananas and wheat. Sweet spices and maybe some cinnamon.

Taste/Mouthfeel: mostly wheat and citrus that is paired with a little bite of hops and spice. Yeast and bread flavor floats about. Feels smooth and slighty creamy...goes down easy. It's a unique flavor for the winter...but it is most pleasing. A very drinkable beer and tasty!

I have always liked this beer and it finds a place in my fridge...when in season of course

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

hmm, maybe i got a bad bottle. Didn't enjoy this nearly as much as other reviewers seem to have. Poured most of the bottle into a pint glass (all my weizen glasses got broken last year) and saved a couple ounces to swirl the yeast into the beer. Swirled vigourously but couldn't for the life of me get quite all of the yeast--must have been very compacted. A finger of creamy head falls out with the cloudy yeast but quickly disappears. End result is a cloudy (milky, really) golden, delicious looking, uncapped mess

Smell is really amazing. Spicy and such, love it. Taste, however, is one of the bigger disappointments i have had with beer (not to the level of SA Triple bock, but still disappointing). Taste is fairly flat, not getting much citrus or spice, but it does taste a bit sour and leaves a bad aftertaste. mouthfeel is creamy and enjoyable but it needs more carbonation as it was quite flat. Drinkability suffers from the sourness and lack of carbonation.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a hazy pale light yellow colored beer with massive white puffy head.
Smell is prominent for wheat, and spices.
Taste presents with an excellent interpretation of the style. A nice citrus flavor combines with a firm clove spiciness.
Nice refreshing ending.
An easy drinking beer. More suited for a hot summer afternoon than a cold autumn day.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light orange/peach with a thin gauzy head that disappeared quite quickly. Faint citrus and coriander on the nose.Fine but prickly carbonation brings a lemon-orange and coriander flavor to the front. Light, fresh dough malt middle with medium-light body. Finishes slightly yeasty. This is basically Oberon that actually has the spices in it that so many people pretend they can taste in that AMERICAN WHEAT style summer brew. I fail to see what is so wintery about this. But it is a really fine Belgian Witbier.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a weizen glass. It has a light golden color with a decent head that has fair retention. The aroma is wheaty with some clove-like scents and some faint banana. I also detect faint traces of something that reminds me of coriander, but it's not very 'clear'. It's very intriguing. It has a smooth wheat malt flavor that is very complexly spicy. There's a lot going on here - mostly cloves with hints of coriander and bananas. It has a creamy medium body with high carbonation.

Overall this a very nice and interesting wheat beer. Even though I am having it in the summer it's very tasty and uncommon. It reminds me of a cross between the German and Belgian wheat styles.

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Photo of Viggo
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up by Lexx on her way through Michigan!

Pours a cloudy yellow/golden, one finger bone white head forms, settles down to a thin ring pretty soon, no lacing. Smell is malty, some wheat, sweet, clove, banana, citrus, touch of yeast. Taste is malty, bit lemony, vanilla and banana, bit of spice, bready yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, pretty smooth, moderately refreshing, pretty mediocre example of a witbier though. Thanks Lexx!

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Photo of quikfish13
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this from my local carryout in the summer actually. Apparently not a huge seller during its season but Christmas in July, why not?

A: Poured a cloudy golden yellow with a thin white head that quickly evaporated. Not much carbonation at all.

S: Gave off the hints of orange and lemon peel. Although there was one spice that I could not put my finger on. After a taste though I concluded that it was..

T: Ginger. Orange lemon and ginger form a wonderful medley in the taste of this beer. With a nice almost smoky flavor to it as well that kisses your taste buds in the aftertaste.

M: Very light and crisp. A nice clean feeling that doesn't leave your mouth feeling soaked with the beer.

D: At first I was a bit turned off by the flavor of this beer but the more tasting I gave it the more I appreciated it. With a complex flavors and aromas I have come to enjoy this. Makes a fine seasonal brew for sitting by the fire in the middle of winter. But it's great in the summer too.

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Photo of katan
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured out a hazy gold - looks very appealing. Not much lacing from carbonation.

S: Very subtle smell of orange peel/citrus.

T: Very subtle tasting, but it hits with a bit of a orange peel flavor. It finishes strong with something like clove. Perhaps thats a throwback to the Winter beer style. Reminds me of ales from around Christmas.

M: Lightly carbonated. Pretty pleasant.

D: Good session beer. I would drink on occasion.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My third witbier this week. This guy pours a cloudy yellow gold with a very light head that recedes quickly and leaves virtually no lace.

The aroma is thick and of yeasty wheat. Some banana and a decent level of maltiness.

Flavor wise there is a strong sense of briney grain-wheat with some more banana and a finishing spice. There is a hint of spice in the mostly floral finish.

Smooth with some texture. A starchy thickness. A bit of tight carbonation throughout. A bit disappointing due to the fact that I absolutely love virtually every other beer Bell's makes.

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Photo of icemonkey908
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow into a pint glass. Smell is not very strong, overpowered by wheat with some hints of banana. The taste follows as slightly tart, dominated by wheat with hints of banana and maybe some spiciness with a moderately carbonated body.

I guess I don't usually see this style called a winter ale... Seems more like a spring/summer offering, but that doesn't matter too much. Overall a decent witbier.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.62/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured extremely cloudy whitish/yellow color ale with a nice small pure white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of medium wheat with some very subtle spice note. Taste is lighter then expected with some wheat but no bubblegum notes that I usually appreciated in an hefeweizen and some very subtle spices and therefore no coriander that I usually like in my witbier. It appears that by mixing those two I am not getting the best of both word. This is probably one of the weakest offering from this fine brewer.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out into my glass a hazy, light-yellow color, very pale yellow. Almost looks like grapefruit juice. Think, white head dissipates extremely fast leaving almost nothing behind. Some floaties pour out as well.

Aroma strongly consists of bananas and a yeasty wheat. Some floral scents are hidden inside along with hints of spice.

Strong wheat taste in the foreground, followed by cloves and lemons. Bit of a banana taste, but not as much as I'd expected. There is more of a peppery bite at the end as well.

Mouthfeel is sort of dry and bread-like, pretty refreshing despite low carbonation.

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Photo of peabody
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy straw color with very little suds and no lacing to speak of.
Smell is a faint yeasty wheat and clove/banana aroma.
Taste is clove and cinnamon and caramel. This is a weak version of Weihenstephaner hefe-weise. Still a good flavor here.
Mouthfeel is a little watery but finishes nicely. Leaves an aftertaste of sugar and clove.
This is a good session beer and would be a great choice for having one with some seafood.

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Photo of umustdrink
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy pale orange color, completely opaque. Head is white and fades to a ring around the edge. Lacing is

S - Pungent yeast, very sweet with some earthy wheat stalk notes. Like bubblegum.

T - Taste is a little on the faint side. Mostly just dominating sweet yeast.

M - Lighter mouthfeel with a good carbonation level.

D - It's okay. Not bad, not super great though. Reminded me a little bit of Duvel, but with half the taste and half the alcohol.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I expected a great deal from this beer, and it was...OK. If you love clove, you might think it's better than OK.

Appearance is a greasy-looking clear yellow color with a fairly minimal head. Aroma is non-descript spice at first, but subsequent whiffs revealed a more solitary aroma of clove. Taste was 100% cloviness, and quite strong. Not bad, as long as you like clove. Mouthfeel is not bad, but unremarkable. This beer is fairly drinkable.

All-in-all, I guess I'd recommend it, but not my favorite wit.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a shaker "pint" glass. Appears a cloudy golden color with about a finger of fluffy white head. Slight lacing left on the inside of the glass. Smell is spicy and herbal along with a faint sweetness. Tastes of mild peppery spice, yeast, citrus and wheat. A little bit thin in body with medium carbonation. I was expecting more out of this one.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a cloudy gold with slight carbonation. Silky 1/2" Head reduces to lacing

s: distinct yeast smell with hints of citrus

t: typical wheat beer taste with yeast flavor. Slight hop bitterness

m: light to medium body. Slightly creamy.

d: This is an average Witbier.

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Photo of BMoney575
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled on 3-6-07
Batch 7760
Bottled on 12-13-06

Pours a very light and somewhat cloudy golden color, with carbonation that bubbles to the surface.

Smells like a wheat beer, with distinct Belgian yeast character.

Taste is strong on Belgian yeast, with a summery wheat backbone and a slight hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel isn't bad, a little thicker and probably the most wintery part of the beer.

Drinkability is average, this beer just doesn't offer enough to warrant another.

Overall this is definately a witbier, but not really a "winter white". I can see what Bell's was going for here, but this beer is really an answer to a question no one asked.

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Photo of andrewmartin
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a Hoogaarden style tumbler

A: Hazy lemon, hints of burnished orange, big head that faded quickly.

S: Big yeasty notes, coriander, hints of lemon and sharp wheat.

T: Wheat notes dominate the palate, hints of yeast, coriander, and lemon are definately secondary here.

M: Both creamy and sharp-very nice

D: I have to say that this is not what I was expecting with a "Winter White Ale." The ABV is low and the sharp wheat flavors make this a better summer brew. Solid, but a step below some other Witbiers, like GLBC's Holy Moses

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Photo of wagenvolks
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of weasbri
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of Sconnie
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.