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

Bell's Winter White AleBell's Winter White Ale

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Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%


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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elNopalero

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on Oberon day, 2012. Bottled at the end of 2011.
This poured a hazy golden-straw color. Thin, tight foam, almost champagne-like bubbling, along with a champagne-like effervescence on the palate.

It has a bouquet of estery aromas. I get some yeasty floral clove and banana and a touch of bubblegum even? It’s floral, floral, floral.

Flavor is more of the same. The clove and coriander spices dominate, but lightly so. Finishes well, with that aforementioned effervescence keeping it light.

I’ll admit I’m not the biggest fan of the style but this is a good one. Sure, I’ll have another.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 23:12:26 | More by elNopalero
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beagle75

Iowa

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Opaque, pale golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Generally mild but appropriate; clove is most apparent, followed by delicate lemon and baker's yeast.

T: Begins off-dry, with pasty wheat flour, mild clove spice, and citric acidity. Flavors simplify during the middle, tasting a bit like dilute powdered sugar solution soaked into Wonder bread. A mild thread of bitterness stands out in the finish, suggestive of juicy green plant stems.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This American-brewed wit brings a minimalist impression, seeming held back by it. The smell works, but could be more intense, while the appearance is pleasing in its luminous impenetrability. The flavors seem underdeveloped, which doesn't really elevate this beer over notables of the style. It is refreshing, but not at all memorable.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 18:02:59 | More by beagle75
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy, orangy-yellow with relatively low carbonation. The color is typical of this style. Nose has notes of bread, orange zest, cloves, and lemon.

Flavor is mild, but is spot on for this style. Nice wheaty tones accompanied by a hint of graininess and lots of sweet and tangy fresh orange, lemon, and banana fruit notes. There are just enough hops to dry the finish a bit and leave your palate ready for another sip. Mouthfeel is thin to firm and does not interfere with the flavor at all. This beer is refreshing, highly drinkable, and goes down shockingly fast. I could drink it all day long.

Belgian white ales are one of my favorite styles and this is an excellent example. I am grateful that Bell's releases this in the winter as opposed to the summer. It gives me something to enjoy during the winter months when I want a break from the heavier winter beers. If you enjoy Belgian-style wit beers, do not pass this one up.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 13:00:46 | More by deadonhisfeet
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass

A- Pours hazy as hell golden yellow, cant see through it at all. A one finger head without a lot of retention.
S- A huge wheat smell up front, never been more obvious what style of beer this is. Some fruity and yeasty esters. Good skunky hop presence.
T- This is very, and not surprisingly, wheat dominant. Massive wheat up front. Middle of the mouth is very refreshing and fruity. Fruits are cherries and grapes and figs. Its taste is well blended and incredibly smooth.
M- This beer has a smooth and incredibly creamy mouth feel. It leaves a dry and prickly feel in your mouth as well as a bizarre aftertaste. It has high carbonation, this is a good beer for any occasion.
O- Witbier is a style of beer that I dont have a lot of experience with and is sometimes quite questionable. This is the best Witbier I have had so far. For anybody who is curious about the style, I dont know of any better for a beginner. This is a good beer for about any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 13:13:45 | More by TwelveOunces
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a cloudy yellow. no real head from a semi aggressive pour. sweet oranges and a nice spiciness. light body. has a full yeasty body, but a nice sweet orange feel to it. Lemon rind as well. A spiciness that Im assuming is from the yeast. Finishes clean.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 22:39:52 | More by VncentLIFE
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pkgd 12/22/11

Pours a pale cloudy yellow with a head that quickly fades to nothing, save for a few bubbles dotting the rim, and a frothy film. Some cloudy sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Smell is grain, skunk, some pepper, a touch of citrus-y hops, and an odd dryer sheet scent. Taste is crisp corn off the bat, fading into a peppery citrus hop taste, ending with more corn and a slightly unpleasant aftertaste of skunky grain. There's some smoke flavoring in there as well, a friend remarked it tasted exactly like beef jerky. A tad undercarbonated, finish is dry.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 20:59:52 | More by jimmah120
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 01:30:20 | More by Darkmagus82
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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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srandycarter

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky straw, small near white head, some cling.

S - Massive vegetation. Asparagus, other green veggies, clovel. Past that, some malt and barn like earthiness.

T - Tangy, earthy, more veggies in there and the wheat is now present.

M - Light body, good carbonation, weird balance.

D - I like my veggie on a plate, but it was fun to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 06:36:11 | More by srandycarter
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

A. Pours out a murky orangeish-straw in color with a two finger fluffy white head with decent retention and lacing.
S. Extremely fresh and delicious spicy banana clove scent and minor elements of fruity bubblegum esters.
T. The flavor is somewhat less ester fruity than the nose would lead you to believe. More coriander and clove focus on top of a sweet wheat malt with plenty of bready and yeasty goodness.
M. Light body with a smooth texture, well carbonated.

I recommend this one, it is well worth trying. Has the "big beer" Hefeweizen sort of rich and bready flavor profile on a sessionably low ABV with the texture and easy drinking qualities of a regular witbier.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 20:35:59 | More by WastingFreetime
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brystmar

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CPditka for the extra!

Cloudy orange pour yields minimal head that retreats quickly. 5 minutes after the pour, there's no head or lace in sight. Aroma is full of banana esters, cloves, yeast, and malt.

Taste follows suit, with an abundantly sweet flavor profile. Spices linger in the back of my throat after swallowing, which is a nice tough. About average for the style though, maybe even slightly behind Hoegaarden.

I used to love these Belgian white ales, but it's safe to say I'm over them. One every now and then is a refreshing change of pace, but even then I'm looking elsewhere for my wit fix.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 01:34:30 | More by brystmar
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer in a recent trade. 12oz bottle, packaged 11/15/11...

A: A hazy lemon color with a small 1/2 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Decent.

S: I get a musty lemon scent upfront with some spices quickly becoming prominent. Decent.

T: I get an acidic mild breadiness upfront quickly subdued by a mild puckering lemon blended with some breadiness. Decent.

M: Medium body with a huge carbonation. A bready finish. Decent.

O: All in all, I'll preface by saying I'm not a huge fan of witbiers. That being said, this one is a little syrupy and has that classic Witbier taste. A good representation of the style, but overall not a great beer. It's decent, but nothing to write home about. Try this if you like the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 02:55:30 | More by steve8robin
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OleJohnnieAle

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very cloudy, pale straw color minimal head that fell quickly. Nothing left on top of the beer and no lacing. Lots of sediment left in the bottle.

S- sweet aroma of corriander and slight citrus.

T-Lots of spice flavors. Lots of corriander and heavy wheat flavors. Has a creamyness to the taste as well.

M-Feels creamy yet is fairly light bodied. decent carbonation

O: I am a white ale fan and I was really suprised by this one. Had a great creamy spiciness to it. Well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 00:35:02 | More by OleJohnnieAle
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littlelorib

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 00:31:34 | More by littlelorib
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a Napoli Grande glass. Bottled on 12/19/11

A- Semi hazy/semi clear straw yellow/golden color with high carbonation and soapy head leaving no lace

S- Coriander, citrus, and belgian yeast aroma. Very spicy aroma

T- Very traditional tasting witbier, big on coriander, belgian yeast, lemon, light orange citrus, wheat, and a slightly salt like taste on the finish. Finish is a little off putting but mild

M- Highly carbonated, very refreshing, smooth, finishes dry, very effervescent

O- A good witbier, hard to believe this is not brewed with any spices, it is very coriander forward tasting.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 00:34:29 | More by Hoptometrist
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fun, another Bell's beer on draft at Churchkey served in a snifter. Beer is yellow and hazy with a white head, low retention, moderate carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is a little citrusy but not overly so, interesting nice witbier character.

Beer is light and mildly spicy with a nice finish. I liked this beer but it is an average not very orange-y / citrusy backing to it. Interesting but not great.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2012 19:50:39 | More by drabmuh
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mjpolzin

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In fairness, I drank this beer to cap off a night where I had already drank my top 2 rated beers on this site and was just looking for something that didn't leave me completly hung over the next morning. This beer tasted like a nice wheat beer with a little bit of winter spice kick. The color was really light which was a nice change of pace for a winter brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 05:09:54 | More by mjpolzin
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 01-25-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 11-23-2011
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Hexagonal
Purchased: Single from Publix, Huntsville

Pours a cloudy, yellow-orange color, with a small amount of bubbles in the glass. The white head is a meager finger high. Both retention and lacing are fairly low.

Aromas of light wheat malts are clean and supported by oranges and spices.

Taste is mildly sweet, with some tangy orange favors and spices. The body is thin, with high carbonation. The finish is dry and slightly tart.

Overall I think this is a good refreshing brew and a nice winter alternative.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:18:45 | More by sommersb
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legalpete19340

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light yellow/gold color with a big two fingers of fizzy and fluffy head that hung around for the entire drink but laced minimally.

S: Spiced bread, banana and grass.

T: Starts off a crisp clean wheat/grass flavor that immediately is erased by a massive spice profile of coriander, pepper, cloves and some cinnamon. This eases into spcied bread then notes of banana and lemon before the yeast gives it a biscuit finish. All the usual suspects well balanced.

M: Light and fizzy.

O: This is a well balanced Witbier. The usual spices and fruit notes play well together and dont overwhelm.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 17:20:10 | More by legalpete19340
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teromous

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 00:08:01 | More by teromous
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jeffmart22

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy nearly opaque yellow with a one finger head that dissipates to just a thin film. Very little lacing on the glass.

A - Strong citrus zest and a peppery spice aroma. Nice farmhouse type of funk from the yeast. Nice smelling Witbier.

T - Very easy to drink. Starts a little sour with some citrus flavor that leads into a slightly sweet mandarin orange flavor. Very refreshing.

M - Light in body, Flavor duration is short to moderate.

O - Nice and refreshing Witbier. Would be great in the hot summer weather.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 19:22:43 | More by jeffmart22
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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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chilly460

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a honey gold with a finger of white head. Good lacing.

S - Has a nice wheaty aroma with a bit of lemon zest and herbal hop aroma.

T - Nice light wheat sweetness. Some light banana as well, then plenty of coriander and light clove.

M - Light-Medium Bodied and medium carbonation. Smooth.

O - Very refreshing, good mix of flavor and not overly sweet

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 16:21:46 | More by chilly460
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 17:16:09 | More by Nerudamann
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drtth

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a lightly hazy golden peach color with a thin head and a small bit of lacing. The head recedes fairly soon leaving only a tiny ring around the glass and no lacing. For about the first 1/3 of the beer sipping does leave a few speckles of lacing.

Smell: The aroma, while faint, clearly contains coriander and orange layered over the wheat.

Taste: As expected from the nose the flavors include coriander and orange supported by the wheat.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with faint prickly carbonation. The finish is medium length with a mildly spicy finish.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: This is a nicely sippable beer that is quite refreshing and well worth drinking. That said, it is at best a solid workmanlike witbier that I won’t hesitate to have again but which I won’t go out of my way to acquire since I prefer the St. Bernardus Wit and the Allagash White.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 01:44:24 | More by drtth
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