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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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Ratings: 1,541
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 33
Gots: 69 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pretty gold with a decent head, but not hazy at all for a wit.

Smells like quite the wit, though, with big huge spicy wheatmalt letting through nodes of white pepper and cloves.

Tastes like wonderfully overpowering wheatspice. Big cloves, all spice, ginger, corriander, and white pepper against a sugary background.

Hell yeah. I always like spicy wheat beers more on cold days than on hot ones. This is a great idea and a wonderfully brewed beer.

mynie, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

NeroFiddled, Feb 06, 2005
Photo of putnam
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

putnam, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of mmmbeer
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

mmmbeer, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of jonphilipp
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

jonphilipp, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 24, 2003
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

mattyb85, Nov 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Rod_J, Jan 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

angeepangie, Feb 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

GinDC, Dec 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Danno, Mar 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

jtd335, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of trewbrewbmg
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

trewbrewbmg, Feb 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

EdelweissDad, Oct 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

brandoman63, Nov 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

DocG, Nov 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

slainte001, Jun 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

creepinjeeper, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

envinoveri, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

WesWes, Feb 03, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Majorwolfe, Mar 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

BDGarde312, Dec 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

MacStinson, Dec 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

jeremiahoden, Oct 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

IPAFrankieH, Nov 30, 2012
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,541 ratings.