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

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83
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726 Reviews
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
726
Ratings:
2,179
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
22.62%
 
 
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Bell's Winter White AleBell's Winter White Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by maxpower on 02-22-2003

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Reviews: 726 | Ratings: 2,179
Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a hazy yellow with a slight orange cast. It had a large white head with poor retention, but a little stickage. It smelled of banana and citrus, with a bit of cloves thrown in. The flavour was a mix of raw wheat and mild citrus, fairly well balanced and with a dry finish. Moderately slick mouthfeel, light body and medium/high carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer, but not an exceptional white beer. I think I enjoyed it more than the scores would indicate.

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Photo of eonbluekarma
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Soft gold appearance with a hazy quality. Smell is ok. Hint of banana and lemon with a bit of clove. Taste is a nice crisp/sour spice. Very subtle compared to some other Bell's features. The mouth feel is light with decent carbonation. Overall this winter wit is very drinkable. A good beer for holiday meals as the winter spice will accent your meal and wont overpower any foods.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy yellow-orange color with a medium white head. The head faded leaving only a very small amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was of yeast and citrus mixed with a bit of spiciness. There was a wheaty-bready smell that mixed in with the citrus. Very traditional wit aromas, but nothing too potent or special.

Taste – Wheat flavors are the first to meet the tongue. These are quickly enhanced by some spiciness of coriander and citrus flavors which come mixed with some more yeasty flavors. There are some subtle banana and topical fruits as well. All in all, the fruits are overall moderate and light in comparison to the wheat and spice.

Mouthfeel – A bit more crisp at first, but it seems to mellow and become more creamy in the mouth over time. The carbonation is a little on the higher side which matches the crispness nicely and seems to depart just as the creaminess enters. It has a rather nice overall feel.

Overall – A pretty nice wit. It has a nice feel and a pretty good flavor, but is just a little weak in smell and aroma.

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Photo of abrand
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tumbler. Interestingly the batch area that is on all Bell's labels is blank. I may be drinking this shortly after this brews prime.

The Winter White pours a golden orange color with lots of carbonated bubbles that shoot up from the laser engraved hop at the base of the SN glass. A nice frothy clear white head sits atop with no visible lacing. There is a nice sweet malt aroma with a solid hop backbone. Taste isn't nearly as pronounced as the nose is. Sort of watery but still some citrus and hop notes. A little too light for me. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp and with this being a winter ale there should be a little more bit and thickness to the mouth. Drinkability is overall pretty solid. The nose is great, quaff is mediocre and with a nice 5% abv makes it sessionable.

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Photo of Neehan
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This straw-colored, hazy beer poured into the glass and left very little retention. A strong smell of complex spices came through in the nose, but left a bit to be desired in the taste. Honestly, this tastes like a good tripel with a couple ounces of water mixed in. The watery texture dominates the mouthfeel. Interesting for a winter brew... definitely drinkable but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of number1bum
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of NEPA BC split #11.

Pours a hazy pale straw yellow color with some bubbles rising to the top. Only about a half inch of white head, which recedes to a thin lace and doesn't leave much stick.

Typical wit smells of soggy wheat, lemon zest, orange peel, and coriander.

Taste has a wheaty body with citrusy lemon flavor and some snappy hop bitterness. Orange peel no doubt contributes to the bitter citrusy flavor as well although it tastes more lemony to me. Some spice, too, but the theme here is that all of the flavors seem to be lacking in robustness. Just not enough flavor. It's pretty dry, too.

Pretty spritzy carbonation in this one, but the mouthfeel is pretty thin overall. Too light in the body. Especially as a winter seasonal, I'd think this would be heftier. It's drinkable enough, but it'd be a boring session beer.

For most brewers this would just be a pretty pedestrian beer, but given that it's from Bell's it's a disappointment. Not a bad brew, but a boring one. Bell's can do so much better.

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Photo of becktone
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is almost typical of a witbier. Just a bit more head and it would do it. That cloudy lemon yellow color is there with the high carbonation giving life to this brew. Head is white and very small, something more than a thick film would give this beer a better and more appetizing appearance. However small the head may be it does have good retention. It hasn't really moved at all since I poured it. I guess its in line with others of the style-Holy Moses, Hoegaarden, and Blue Moon. Lacing is good-leaving a solid wall around the glass.

Aroma is fully wheat. There is just a little bit of orange and coriander aroma along with that of some weak spices. For a witbier I would expect something more.

To the tongue it tastes like a witbier should. But then again, for me its just meeting expectations, not exceeding them. As far as witbiers go I'd rather Hoegaarden than this. Wheat is the main flavor here, its after taste is actually quite nice. All the flavor is there. The orange, coriander and spices seem to reside there. A little bit of sweet orange flavor when it first hits the tongue.

This brew has a lighter sprity body and is quite refreshing. High carbonation give life to this brew's body and compliment the flavor. The only beef I've with this brew is that it is a winter seasonal. This isn't the type of brew I want to drink in the winter. Were it released in the summer months I can assure you I'd probably buy it again. Becasue its released now, when I want something heavy and hearty I doubt I'll buy this again anytime soon. Other than that its a great brew, not quite up there with Hoegaarden though.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On-Tap

A: An odd light hazy straw yellow. It almost looked like lemon lime Gatorade with a large white head. The color was awful, but I was impressed with the head retention and lacing all the way through.

S: Fresh citurs, wheat, and spices are the most prevalent scents.

T: This is a mut between a Hefe with dominating citrus and spice and a white ale. It is a unique combination, but I wouldnt consider this great.

M: The mouthfeel was the best feature of this beer. For being a winter beer, it sure felt like a spring beer. Light, crisp, refreshing. Good smooth and creamy flow with great mouth coating.

D: I don't think I would go out of my way to drink Bells winter white. If I want a Hefe I will look elsewhere and if I want a White Ale I will look elsewhere. I don't need both at the same time.

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Photo of waltonc
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drinking this on Christmas night along with a couple other Bell's products. Pours hazy gold with white head. Smells and tastes of cloves, coriander, citrus peels, etc. Body is medium with plenty of carbonation. A nice spicy witbier for a cold winter night, but not one I'm going to session all night.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this one.

A: The beer pours a pale golden/yellow color with a minimal white head, but plenty of carbonation.

S: Some wheat, but a bit of a corn type smell and mustiness. Light spice notes, coriander is certainly prominent and there's a bit of orange peel. Sort of sweet, overall.

T: The flavor is significantly better. Nice wheat and bread flavors providing sweetness. The typical spice of coriander, which is probably the best part about this beer. A light peppery note on the back end.

M: Light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A pretty middle of the road and mediocre Witbier. Not my favorite.

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Photo of jj21
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Cloudy light orange in color, sparkling with minimal head. Smell is sour lemon, musty oranges, and pepper. Taste is loaded with lemon with some mixes of other spices. Not that complicated or interesting, but light and very refreshing.

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Photo of crazybrody06
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap. poured a cloudy orange color with small head and no lacing. Smell was wheat with some coriander and clove. Taste is wheat, orange peel, corinander, clove, banana.
Mouthfeel was light with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkabilty was high if you like wheat beers. Not really my favorite style to drink in the winter. Feels like more of a summer beer except for the spices.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light golden color, clear, with very good carbonation and about half a finger’s worth of grayish foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – hoppy, but with the wheat coming across pretty clearly, although not overwhelmingly.

Taste – much like the smell, but reversed. First I notice the wheat in the taste, and only then do I feel the hops. The wheat comes back in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced overall, not leaning more toward the waterier or creamier sides.

Overall – Not a bad-tasting brew at all, but not a whole lot of complexity to it.

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Photo of 57md
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%

Hazy straw color. Funky nose. Wheat and funky yeast dominate the flavor profile.

Basic.

I don't get wits in general but I really don't get the winter wit seasonal at all. Winter is a time for hearty beers.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a 12oz bottle pulled from the depths of the fridge. the batch number is off center in the box and i cant make it out. oh well. the bottle reads 5.0% ABV

A- this one pours a very murky golden yellow colored body with a small, quickly vanishing, white head. the head leaves behind little to no lacing.

S- very spicy with lots of belgian yeast. the spices smell highly of clove with some coriander as well. a bit of banana and bubblegum. pretty standard.

T- the taste is just as spicy as the nose. lots of clove, coriander, and yeast. the spices linger long into the aftertaste, which is sort of a turnoff.

M- full bodied and thick feeling with a high level of carbonation.

D- i dont think this is one of bell's best beers, buts its not terrible either. just something i wont be trying again anytime soon. thanks to whoever left this at my house, its not something i would have bought/tried otherwise.

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Photo of TheBear11D
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours a clear faded yellow with a white head that didn't last too long and leaves a little spotty lacing. Looks pretty much like apple cider.

Has a little light fruit smell with some honey and wheat definitely is there.

Light fruit flavor, perhaps orange and lemon with honey also present and wheat stays into the aftertaste.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Fairly drinkable. Not anything that stands out, but satisfies as a wheat beer.

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Photo of hardy008
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a foamy white two finger head. The head dissipated two one finger and left a nice lace on the glass.

Smell - Lemon with some orange and coriander.

Taste - balanced with lemon and orange flavors. Sweet and a little tart.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and creamy.

Drinkability - quite drinkable and good. I'm glad I found this at Blue Max.

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Photo of littlelorib
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow cloudy brew with only a thin white head, dissipating quickly. Smell is light and yeasty with not much else going on. Taste is yeasty and spicy, with a hint of clove and coriander, and maybe some fruit in the background. Mouth feel is very light and with highcarbonation.

Different for a "winter" beer. Definitely not my favorite witbier, and like most witbiers i can't figure out if i like it or not.

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Photo of mjw06
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased at Bell's General Store.

It pours with a thin quickly dissipating white head and a golden body.

It smells wheaty and yeasty, there isn't too much by way of scent here.

The tast is lemony, whaty, and lightly spiced, somehting you would drink in summer not winter.

This beer screams average.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bells Beer's website indicates that my bottle of Bells
Winter White Ale was packaged on September 20,
2006- but three months before I opened it. It pours
out a thin head that disappates almost instantly,
over a cloudy yellow brew. Nose is of light malt and
yeast. Mouthfeel is velvety, flavor is of malt and wheat.
It's smooth and a bit dry. Alcohol by volume 4.5%. It's
decent, but not that spectacular- I think it would really
shine with a white meat dish and it would be fine as a
session brew too.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass.

A - Orange coloration that fades to a gold/yellowish blend. Small head, poor retention and lacing.

S - Faint banana aroma, not too much else going on.

T - Not too complex, taste of orange, mild yeasts, a bit dry overall. Not as sweet as I was anticipating, which is why I rated it higher than I normally would a wit.

M - High carbonation level causes a hit here. Other than that, light bodied and dry finishing.

D - Pretty good I guess, better than most in the style I think. If this is your style, however, seek it out. Recommended for fans of the style or of Bell's.

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Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw to pale golden, very hazy, nice white head that seems to stick around

S - wow! I'm picturing a lemon with cloves stuck all over it ( like something your mom might use as a decoration at... well... xmas), nice yeast character, some clean malt laying around in the background

T - hmmm... a fair amount of spice bouncing around for its malt support base to get to the party, but it never shows up. a very mild malt character fails to provide the counterpoint to the spice. It just seems too soft overall. I'n not sure if this is what a "winter wheat" is supposed to taste like, but it's just not as refreshing (or spicy, bold, filling) as I would have hoped

M - again, not enough punch for me. I want bubbles, large ones even. There is a neutral balance of malt and bitterness and it's pretty smooth, maybe just not appropriate for style, doesn't scrub my palate like I'd like

O - confuses me, plenty of other white ales I'd rather have

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Photo of teromous
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A light yellow color, similar in appearance to lemonade. The head is white and creates a small layer on the surface. There is some spotted lacing.

S: I get a very light Belgian yeast scent. There is a light zesty smell.

T: It has a huge wheat, grainy taste. It's like eating shredded wheat cereal. I get a very light banana flavor, but it's very light on esters and spice.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice. It is smooth and has just the right carbonation. The beer has a nice light body but fills the mouth. It's a very easy beer to drink.

O: Overall I'd say it's pretty good. It's not the best wit I've had, but it's not bad either. I probably wouldn't buy it again but I wouldn't turn one down. I'd still recommend it, because it's a good wit.

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Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 726 ratings.