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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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Winter White displays the typical appearance of a Belgian wit with a hazy golden-orange body through which very fine bubbles can be seen steadily rising. Its thinly-creamy head of bright white holds fairly well but leaves only spotty lace about the glass. The nose is also quite standard with notes of coriander over a wheatish malt base. In the mouth it's light/medium bodied and the carbonation lends a mild caress to the tongue. It has a lower carbonation level, and less effervescence than many of the better known examples from Belgium. The flavor delivers a delicate blend of semi-sweet wheatish malt; a delicate tartness and some fruitiness from the yeast; and a flick of spiciness and some flavor from the coriander. The low-key bitterness is propperly coralled, and it's immaculately balanced. It finishes with a touch of tartness on the front of the tongue and delicately spicy coriander at the back of the mouth. It lingers shortly and then fades, never building on the palate and lending greatly to its drinkability.

This one's a real winner; and if you think about it, it's not such an odd choice for a winter beer from a brewery that makes more than a half a dozen stouts year-round.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2005 20:51:27 | More by NeroFiddled
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putnam

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with a slick of white on top. The aromatics are complex and feature notes of lemon, cracker, spicebox, sour herbs, butter and sugar glaze. On the palate it features comfortable raw nutty flavors intermixed with tart herbal and citric essences. Creamy mousse and cold, stony mineral flavors conspire to leave soft, cottony dry impressions on the finish. There is a fairly hard, bitter close that detracts from the considerable merit of the forward elements.

This is one of the best lower-ABV beers from this brewery I've had in years.

And it is Orwellian insanity to market this as a winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2004 20:38:04 | More by putnam
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 04:45:54 | More by mmmbeer
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jonphilipp


4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

12-01-2012 03:33:13 | More by jonphilipp
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whatever Vecenie's did for the Pittsburgh area it's amazing setting up the deal with Bell's to bring in their products was a huge step but now we're getting a taste of their winter white ale, wow thank you? Appearance: Cloudy peach golden with a nice chunky whtie head nice full sporadic layer of patched lacing. Aroma: Spiced up, banana an excellent Bell's wit. Taste: Slightly creamy sharp sweetness of malted wheat, creamy at first but then the coriander and zest of the peppery hops takes a nice turn toward oh yeah. Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body kinda beefed up Oberon ala winter white, pretty damn good I'm a fan. Drinkability: Awesome session all the way solid all around one of my favorite wits so far.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2003 01:13:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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mattyb85

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

11-10-2013 03:16:03 | More by mattyb85
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Rod_J

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

01-26-2014 03:07:21 | More by Rod_J
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angeepangie

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

02-28-2014 00:35:45 | More by angeepangie
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GinDC

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

12-02-2012 19:02:41 | More by GinDC
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Danno

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

03-13-2013 05:13:37 | More by Danno
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jtd335

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

02-05-2012 21:13:56 | More by jtd335
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trewbrewbmg

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

02-27-2014 02:24:40 | More by trewbrewbmg
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EdelweissDad

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

10-25-2012 03:23:50 | More by EdelweissDad
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

11-27-2011 03:36:28 | More by brandoman63
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DocG

California

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

11-18-2012 19:40:32 | More by DocG
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slainte001


4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

06-15-2014 18:58:04 | More by slainte001
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creepinjeeper

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

11-25-2012 01:49:14 | More by creepinjeeper
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envinoveri

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

12-01-2012 02:48:52 | More by envinoveri
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WesWes

New York

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale and wheat malt scent along with a fruity yeast aroma. It's refreshingly crisp with a nice citrus element. The taste is great. It has a very smooth wheat malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with a citrus edge. The yeast provides excellent character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good wit. It's light and refreshing; a nice twist on a winter seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 23:22:09 | More by WesWes
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Majorwolfe


4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

03-20-2012 09:30:23 | More by Majorwolfe
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BDGarde312

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

12-03-2013 02:55:35 | More by BDGarde312
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MacStinson

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

12-06-2013 14:57:51 | More by MacStinson
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IPAFrankieH

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

11-30-2012 11:49:14 | More by IPAFrankieH
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AdieKlug

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

05-26-2013 21:24:54 | More by AdieKlug
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DimWit


4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

09-17-2012 01:01:55 | More by DimWit
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,481 ratings.