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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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81
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1,547 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,547
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 34
Gots: 70 | 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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2/5  rDev -44.9%

JulianBaughman, Dec 10, 2013
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2/5  rDev -44.9%

Aubreyann227, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of hotstuff
2.17/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The nose of this particular beer is banana. The body is cloudy and the hue is pale yellow. I observed some yeast with this beer. I definitely was not impressed by the taste of this beer. After about half-way through I had had enough and tried another of their beers. This definitely is not one of my favorite beers from this brewer.

hotstuff, Jul 11, 2003
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2.25/5  rDev -38%

TypsiYpsi, Dec 04, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -38%

ajs4bd, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
2.33/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a - Cloudy yellow, little head looked like a witbier

s - Smelled of wheat but not much else

t - Dissappointingly thin, lacked complexity

m - light carbonation, thin

d - There are many better witbiers available don't waste your money. Generally I like witbiers this one just did not do it for me.

CDBeerDisappear, Jan 22, 2006
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2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Hazy yellow/amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Hoppy/yeasty nose. Starts with a hoppy/citrusy flavor, dry hoppy finish. Batch #7195, $1.79 for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

jdhilt, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of TheDM
2.35/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew has a very fruity banana aroma. Its body is a weak yellow orange color that is very cloudy with yeast evident. It tastes as fruity as it smells and went down very easy, but later drinks caused my stomach to do flip flops. I didn't like it and eventually wound up getting another Porter and having them pour the rest of this beer down the drain.

TheDM, Jul 03, 2003
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2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

from the bottle. poured a hazy straw with a white head that didn’t last long. aroma bread yeast, citrus, sour orange, wheat, and straw. flavor hops, straw, wheat, lemon, bitter. this should not be a winter beer. I think it would be better suited for the summer standing at the bbq griling some steak.

walleye, Dec 04, 2004
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2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Attractive color of diluted tang. Far too gentle aroma and very spiratic. Hints of coriander, light wheat, dried apricot, clove and spice. Again, very subtle in the flavor. Tingling spicing but not enough. Notes of banana peel, peach and light wheat. Shows weiss and white style. An average American wheat but I expected more from Bell’s.

Crosling, May 05, 2006
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2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Hazy yellow color, no head. A little bit of white foam. No lacing.

S: Lemony, wheaty.

T: Wheat, a hint of lemon. Slightly metallic. Not at all complex.

M: Very bubbly, over carbonated.

D: Just not flavorful enough to be worth finishing. I suppose it might be good to wash down a spicy chilli in the winter, but that's about it.

dananabanana, Mar 29, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

AndrewBV, Mar 15, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Beestin, Apr 13, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Shooter1960, Dec 18, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

ygtbsm94, Dec 27, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

brandonandress, Dec 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Dogleg, Aug 27, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

harrylee773, Dec 23, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

justinp, Feb 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bell's Winter White is a good addition to the white beer category. The beer itself does not scream winter to me. White beers are known for being warm summer month beers. I give Bell's props for bucking that trend and releasing a white for winter. Also, now that I think of it "white" could be a clever play on words for a "white Christmas".

A- Meets all the normal characteristics for a white beer. Cloudy, golden brown color with a white lace.

S- Strong aromas, abundantly sweet and citrus

T- This is where I tend to get off the bus a little. While it has the spice of orange and coriander I am accustomed to, there seems to be little else and a watered down sour apple flavor.

M- Any sweetness is masked by an ever present sour feel. I always like a little tang on my white beers but here I find myself waiting for a spicy flavor and only getting a watery sour finish.

D- Not bad, thought it was more alcoholic than 4.5, seemed to have a little more zing. Overall drinkable, find myself wanting to
put an orange slice in there, not a good sign.

chiefthreebeers, Nov 09, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

RobertMathison, Mar 02, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

GTB, Mar 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

dwduncan2, Feb 08, 2012
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2.53/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a extremely cloudy pale yellow. looks like orange juice rather than beer. tick head at first.

smells so strongly of yeast, I can barely smell anything else. barely get a hop nose. just ok.

body is solid for an american wheat but I expect some spice from a wit style. Nothing but yeast, orange peel, more like orange juice flavor. I've never had such a dissapointing experience from bells.

mouth is heavy with yeast, I can't even speak about this beer, it's just horrible. I'm pouring it down the drain.

naterock, Nov 30, 2008
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2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bell's Winter White poured cloudy, straw yellow with a short-lived bright white head on top of a cascade of carbonation. Aroma of corriander, pepper, flowers and fruit. Apples, oranges, lemon zest, and spice comprise the flavor. Medium-light in body and highly carbonated.

I don't quite get the Winter White. It's too aggressive for your average wit. It's kind of like a winter Oberon, but doesn't hit the mark for this BA. Bell's is one of the best breweries around, but this isn't a product I'd recommend.

frazbri, Dec 28, 2006
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,547 ratings.