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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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1,481 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,481
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 27
Gots: 55 | 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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stephensinner

Missouri

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

10-17-2012 00:48:42 | More by stephensinner
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Pillowburn

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

04-21-2012 00:47:03 | More by Pillowburn
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oracle

Indiana

4.68/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle served in a tall pilsner style glass

This has long been one of my favorite beers to get growlered. I'm very glad to see it in bottles finally.

Like many other wheat beers, this is one where you want to swirl that last half ounce around in the bottle before you pour it into the glass. It picks up the sediment from the bottle, which enhances the flavor dramatically.

Beer poured a very cloudy golden/yellow with 2 inch bubbly sticky head. Like most wheat beers I've tried, the head left very little to no lacing.

Smell was wonderful. golden ripe banana and warm bread.

Taste was very clean and simply delicious. ripe bananas and sweet apple. Strong yeast characteristics.

Mouthfeel was good. Minimal carbonation. This beer feels light and airy on the tounge.

Still one of my all time favorites.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2004 15:17:09 | More by oracle
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dnrobert24

Alabama

4.63/5  rDev +27.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 15:56:30 | More by dnrobert24
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz beer poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow/light orange with a 1" white head that has decent retention. Bubbles stick to the sides of the glass. A yeast haze slides around in the liquid.

Smell: Strong wheat aroma mixed with pale malt. Belgian wit yeast, minerals and a light banana/clove in the background.

Taste: Tastes much like a summer Belgian White Ale. Strong wheat malt, banana and citrus. Spicy with underlying clove and pepper. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Very sweet and satisfying with a great quenching flavor. Mild carbonation and alcohol. Spicy and loose.

Drinkability: Extremely good. This is not a winter beer, but it should be. This style can be appreciated no matter what the season. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 18:05:36 | More by Risser09
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the bottle looks very picturesque and i love it. I know right away i am going to enjoy this beer.

It pours a cloudy, hazy wheaty yellow color with a tint or orange. Only a half finger lace of head rises to the top. It doesnt have too much staying power and is gone within seconds. I poured this beer into a pint glass.

I can detect a hint of orange/lemon fruit flavor but not too much. The main smell is the wheat and the oats. It reminds me of oatmeal and hay for some odd reason. After further review i can taste another hint of citrus in it.

The flavor is great and i can taste citrus/lemon in the beer now. I still taste the wheat and i can taste the yeast but the fruity citrus flavor gives it that extra zing that a witbier has. Excellent taste! i feel like i am in heaven!

It goes down smooth and no bitter aftertaste but the orange flavor stays back to let me know that it was apart of the beer. It feels like a wheat orange afteraste.

I have to say this is one of the best beers i have ever had. Hoeg used to my favorite witbier but this one tops it. I love it. I will def get a sixer of this if i can find it in my area.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 00:11:15 | More by Dodo2step
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Phinner

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice wit style for the winter. Great mouthfeel - very smooth and light. Flavor was right-on. I enjoyed the Belgian-style flavor; nice but not too overbearing. Overall, this is a go to beer for the winter and wish it was available year round. Will need to stock-up while its in the market.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2012 02:28:05 | More by Phinner
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this one up at Trader Joe's last weekend.

Pours a bit of a hazy yellow color, nice white head on it. Smells sweet, citrusy, with a bit of spice to it. Taste is very refreshing. Very smooth, wheat with lemon taste. Good medium bodied beer. I really enjoyed this beer. Very good drinkability, I'll definitely be looking for this beer in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 19:53:21 | More by richkrull
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shippos

New York

4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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poured a very pale hazy yello-orange color with a froathy head that lasted for awhile then dissappeared. yesty corriander and orange aroma, fruity. good amount of carbonation that cuts through the thick wheat malt body leaving your mouth very refreshed. excellent wit.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2004 22:40:17 | More by shippos
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deebo

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle packaged 10/28/11

A-With an aggressive pour a cloudy light yellow color with a couple fingers of pillowy head quickly breaking down into barely a hint of a white ringing foam.

S-Sweet Belgian yeast (plenty of fruity esters-banana). Typical wheat aroma. A hint of spicy hops in there too.

T-Typical of a witbier, but so clean and smooth. Lots of sweet belgian yeast, a significant amount of wheat and just the right amount of spices. Lighter in the citrus flavors of most. I love this beer.

M-Extremely smooth mouthfeel. Light to medium carbonation, a nice little bite of spicy hops at the end but finishes clean. A little more of a bitter end note than many.

D-About as high as a beer gets. I could drink this one any time of year in just about any quantity.

O-This witbier really does it for me. Not overally spiced or flavored, but a beautiful smooth taste that is simply delicious from start to finish. It does taste a bit more like a hefeweizen (fruits present are more banana than citrus) than most.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 02:45:17 | More by deebo
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thishannah

New York

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

01-20-2012 18:25:18 | More by thishannah
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

02-26-2012 05:42:15 | More by TallNerdGuy
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Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

05-19-2014 01:35:08 | More by CAD22
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TerryB

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

12-01-2012 12:43:57 | More by TerryB
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Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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RBorsato

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

11-13-2012 20:55:01 | More by RBorsato
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rbmjr1

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

03-12-2013 16:26:22 | More by Zachtheporter
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Maine

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

01-29-2012 16:52:57 | More by DanK4
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Florida

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

12-16-2012 04:11:55 | More by chris1919
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,481 ratings.