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

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BA SCORE
83
good

676 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 676
Hads: 1,959
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 48
Gots: 246 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 02-22-2003

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.
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Reviews: 676 | Hads: 1,959
Photo of Philabeerphia
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into pint glass.
Winter White, hmmm... Straw and honey in color with only a slight ring of a head to speak of. lacing escapes back into the glass before I can get an eye on it. hazy as all hell. down to business, and looking great.
Nose is strong - ripe bananas, yeast, marshmallow and classic bubblegum. Pepper, honey and more. A standout for the style before I've had a sip.

Big banana blackout. Through and through its all about the banana, with that classic wit bubblegum twist. Honey and grapefruit are there for support. Clove and cornbread creep in at the middle, followed by a bit of vanilla and honey. Spicy biting finish. Some sweet alcohol opens up when the brew sits on my tongue for a bit. Overall its a bit too sweet and lacks some of the dryer notes of the greatest wits. But I guess thats where the winter comes into play.

Soft but crisp and clean MF, only slightly buttery. An easy drinker in any season. (935 characters)

Photo of adman08
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very cloudy, pale straw color with a moderate amount of white head that leaves a thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer.
S-Aroma of slightly sweet spices like coriander. Slightly butterscotch belgian yeast aroma.
T-Fairly spicy, not spicy hot but spicy as in baking spices. Some sweet spice flavor like coriander. Obvious flavor of wheat.
M-Fairly light bodied but that's to be expected for the style. Slight spice warmth, decent carbonation.
Overall, a very good version of the style. Slight wheat body, slight spice flavors and fairly light bodied. (569 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.12/5  rDev +12%
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. (693 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Dithyramb and BIF X-mas.

Pours a very hazy pale golden color with a small white head. Retention is as to be expected with the style, but collar is nice.
Smell is fluffy wheat, spices (coriander), orange an other citrus.
Taste is sweet malts, wheat, orange, coriander. Slight hop bitterness in the finish.
Exceptionally drinkable and very smooth.
Overall, very nice, definitely worth a try if you can get it. I could easily drink this one on cold winter nights or on hot summer days, very quenching and just overall, very good. (559 characters)

Photo of dogger6253
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out into my glass a hazy, light-yellow color, very pale yellow. Almost looks like grapefruit juice. Think, white head dissipates extremely fast leaving almost nothing behind. Some floaties pour out as well.

Aroma strongly consists of bananas and a yeasty wheat. Some floral scents are hidden inside along with hints of spice.

Strong wheat taste in the foreground, followed by cloves and lemons. Bit of a banana taste, but not as much as I'd expected. There is more of a peppery bite at the end as well.

Mouthfeel is sort of dry and bread-like, pretty refreshing despite low carbonation. (610 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a yeast and fruit aroma with maybe some coriander.
Appearance- Pours a straw color with a small white head.
Taste- Has a yeast and coriander flavor, pretty good.
Palate- A light bodied beer with medium carbonation. Has a nice clean crisp finish.
Overall- Not a bad beer at all. Very enjoyable. (353 characters)

Photo of praufs01
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Milky orange yellow color with a frothy white head.

Aroma - Banana, orange zest, and lemon

Mouthfeel - Fizzy small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Light orange and lemon flavor with a hint of banana in the background.

Overall - This is a great looking beer. It looks just like an orange creamsickle that has been melted in a glass. The flavors are great although the orange, lemon, and banana are little subdued. If the banana and Orange flavors were a little stronger this brew would be euphoric. (512 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat unfair to be drinking this after my favorite witbier of all time, Hitachino Nest White Ale. But what are you gonna do?

Pours a Hazy straw color, with a lemon juice look to it. Fast-dissipating white head with fluffy bubbles.

An aroma instantly recognizable for the style, it's spicy and yeasty in the nose, with some wet cardboard. Green grapes, other indeterminate fresh fruits, maybe pear, maybe melon.

On the tongue it's grass and white pepper, first. Coriander, awesome winter spice profile.

Eminently refreshing, yet with seasonal fruits, including tart apple and a hint of banana. I like the spices, which are admittedly on the subtle side. Plus the wheat and yeast of Belgian whites that come off as comforting old patterns.

Moderate carbonation keeps everything bright and sharp.

Have I mentioned how refreshing this is? The complexity is all in the fruits, which may sadly overpower the spice. Not quite on par with Allagash White, but close. (967 characters)

Photo of NCSUdo
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, batch 8250

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow/straw under a fizzy small white head that dissipates quickly, with no lace.

S: Coriander and bubble gum up front, with some citrus behind. Eventually gives way to a very nice wheat character.

T: Bubble gum up front, wheat is very apparent, a little yeast, some subtle hints of citrus and a peppery quality in the finish. Very nice taste.

M/D: Nice light body, carbonation is high but seems right for the beer, very crisp and refreshing. At 4.5%, refreshing, really no off qualities aside from a lackluster appearance, this one is highly drinkable and highly reccomended.

Are there better, more complex wits out there? Absolutely. But this one is very very solid. My opinion, stock up near March and enjoy during the summer months as well. (812 characters)

Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Pale golden color with a cloudy appearance. I had no head on mine.

Smell: Strong wheat malt and yeast aroma with maybe a hint of banana in the background.

Taste: Very sweet and refreshing. Quite smooth.

Mouthfeel: This beer had a pretty good body. I found it to be pretty full considering it wasn't a Stout or Porter.

Drinkability: Loved this beer. Could have it over and over again. (427 characters)

Photo of turnstile
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright yellow-golden color. Cloudy from a huge yeast content that was stirred up and poured on top. Thin off-white head which sticks around after the initial pour. Some light carbonation noticeable. The head slowly dissipates with no lacing.

Smell: Spices - coriander/cloves. A pleasant wheat and biscuity yeast aroma with a faint hint of lemon.

Taste: Nice and crisp as I would expect in a witbier. The spices dominate, the wheat up front with a slight lingering citrus bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy, smooth body with mild carbonation that gives it a nice bite.

Drinkability: It's a great winter selection. The heavier body certainly distinguishes it from its summer counterparts. Would love to have another. (743 characters)

Photo of DIM
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a hazy golden straw color. It was served to me with a small, frothy cap.

s: I feared that was going yo be heavily spiced with "seasonal" crap like nutmeg. I needn't have worried. I smelled fresh, prickly wheat, zesty citrus, and hints of corriander.

t: A refreshing blend of fesh citrus, twang-y wheat, and peppery bite at the end.

m: Crisp with prickly carbonation.

o: There are a hell of a lot more bad wits than good ones in this country imo. This was one of the latter. (489 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out to a milky pale golden with orange accents, forming a modest rocky white head with average retention and fair lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is punctuated by mild orange peel, bready yeast and coriander...very distant banana and cloves if one concentrates very, very hard. Mouthfeel starts kinda zippy with a medium body and a semi-tart wet finish. Taste begins with mild wit yeast funk with a slight cheesiness, coriander, orange peel appears in the middle, and lingering notes of cloves and light bananas are suggested in the finish. The bitterness is right in balance and rather mild, letting the yeast flex it's muscle. Lemony bitterness is predominant in the finish compared to most other wits. Slight metallic off-note and "macro wheat" peeks through in the middle. No other off-flavors and alcohol is imperceptable.

This is an interesting hybrid between a hefe-weizen and a wit. I think this brew is actually much better out of the bottle than it was the few times I've had it on tap. If I couldn't find Holy Moses or Celis White, this may be an acceptable alternative. (1,105 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 6584

Pours a cloudy light straw and sits even cloudier dull golden straw in the glass with a small white head.

Smells of wheat, bananas, orange, lemon and a touch of yeast. Full aroma really draws you in.

Tastes big and wheaty up front, you can just taste the grains. Orange peel and light hints of lemon come in and make up the majority of additional flavors; banana flavor is minimal, like dried banana slices if anything. Nice light, mildly bitter finish with good yeasty character.

Nice smooth and creamy feel with easy carbonation and an even nicer body. Keeps it real and makes me want to let it massage my mouth all night. Tasty brew all the way. (671 characters)

Photo of WakeandBake
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

ON TAP .A creamy hazy orange color with loads of yeast swimming around,small white fluff head.Aroma is somewhat heffish,with some mild banana,cloves,orange zest,and grassy notes.Flavor is wheaty with loads of banana, bubblegum and and spice, maybe even pineapple. Very drinkable, refreshing after a long days work. Would make a solid summer brew too. (350 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this on tap at my local pub. The beer had a nice light golden color with a smallish white head and minimal lacing. A slight fruity, yeasty smell also comes out in the taste. No taste of coriander or clove, but it does have a good, crisp mouthfeel. Overall, I would say this is a pretty solid witbier and I would order it again. (339 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright, cloudy orange. Not a whole lot of foam, but the thickness gives this a nice wheat beer look.

Smell: Cloves and nutmeg, with a hint of citrus. A good amount of banana as well. Pretty standard witbier qualities here, but they are done right.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Strong bananas that get cut and balanced by the citrus. Spiced notes as well, especially nutmeg, cloves, and maybe a bit of cinnamon. Definitely very smooth.

Drinkability: Extremely well-balanced beer.

Overall: Well balanced and something that reminds me of a hefeweizen as well as a witbier. (573 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Bell's imperial pint.
5% ABV, 11509 PKGD 09/27/12

A - Poured, swirled in sediment, and topped off the pint, White Winter Ale is a gorgeous, totally cloudy deep straw yellow color that's crowned by a short-lived white head. The frothy foam sinks to a skim without much of a trace.

S - Crisp as the cold winter air, this beer's aroma has a fresh appeal that's reminiscent of a clean snowfall in the woods. Soft wheat and grainy pale malt support the beer's zesty spice nose which offers faint banana esters, white clay, pepper, coriander, and citrus peel. Aromatic and inviting!

T - Balance is at the forefront of the flavor, reeling the spiciness back and offsetting it with a kiss of sweet pilsner malt alongside the soft wheat and pale base. Banana still seems open in spice though, lightly overshadowing the clay, coriander, and citrus zest.

M - Carbonation cuts through the wheat's smooth, soft feel for a sharp tingle which lasts through the light-bodied beer's body to it's dry and crisp finish.

O - Bell's Winter White might not be a hearty, rich, high alcohol brew loaded with holiday spice, but this classic features just enough heft and yeast profile to provide a witbier unlike it's summer counterparts. When you're looking for an escape from the bold and strong beers of the season, look no further. (1,342 characters)

Photo of Stoneman78
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from tangfoot (bonus beer!), poured into tulip.
A- Pours a very cloudy murky papaya color (has the appearance of juice), head is quite minimal and mostly dissipating, no lacing
S- Wheat, yeast, banana, lemony citrus, sweet bubblegum, touch of coriander and spice
T- Delicious bananas and cloves hit first giving the impression of sweet banana bread, then open up to lemon and bubblegum, finishes sweet and tangy
M- Medium-bodied, thick texture, ample carbonation dances on the tongue
D- Pleasantly surprising witbier with a nice amount of flavor and texture, the whole tasting experience is better than the sum of its parts, would love to try this against some other witbiers. . . (699 characters)

Photo of Mavigo
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Green Dot Stables in Detroit the other day, was served to me in a pint.

A: Is a cloudy, pale yellow color, had almost no head and very little lacing, few white streaks on the glass.

S: Smells quite sweet, though a very light aroma. Still, smells quite sweet, honey, wheat, grains, bread, yeast as well.

T: Very smooth, good flavor, sweet honey, wheat, grains, malts, yeast, with a hit of spices at the finish, along with a bit of hops

M: Medium carbonation, very crisp, very light, a deviation from the darker and higher ABV holiday beers that are floating around.

O: It was a good beer, very light, refreshing and sweet, good carbonation, very decent, could drink large quantities of this without getting bored. (737 characters)

Photo of chiefydawg
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Came out a little more clear than I expected until I remembered the sediment packed at the bottom. Swirled and poured out the thick, nutrient-rich haze to make a translucent, straw-colored glass of beer. That sediment is in there tight. Wondering about the expiration date, especially being a Winter Ale. Deep head that dissipated quickly, and without as much lace as I expect.

Getting a yeasty banana clove scent like a many wheat beers, but with a sweeter scent. Not much hoppiness; but even for its apparent age it still smells somewhat fresh.

Tastes like a luxurious and well-made heffy. I would never put fruit in one of course, but especially not this. There is enough bite from the wheat and yeast, with nearly invisible hops, to weigh out the sweet lushness of the body of it. Really no conflict or aftertaste to this. Which brings up the alcohol snap. Not catching one, even towards the end. Either I am drinking it too fast, Bells hides it well, or it's unusually low for a Winter Ale. Still well done.

The mouthfeel, although I usually mix it in with the taste, deserves a special mention here. There is something plush and velvety about this that makes me want to sip and chew a couple just for the sake of enjoyment. (1,232 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy bright yellow/orange with a small head that rolls down to a ring around the glass. Spotty lacing lies in its wake. Nice big yeasty wheat nose with notes of cloves and coriander. Big and inticing!

First sip brings a nice citric, yeasty wheat maltiness nuanced by spicy cloves, coriander, pepper and a bit of banana as well. Tasty and well balanced...this is a fine wit right here.

Mouthfeel is good with just enough body to roll over the palate smoothly..good carbonation. Drinkability here is very nice...easily sessionable. I personally think this would be better as a summer seasonal. As a side note...the label picture is beautiful..kudos to Bell's on another tasty brew. (695 characters)

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at a Bell's tasting at the Brickskeller.

Appearance: Cloudy lemon yellow, slight white head that left little bits of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Banana esters are quite prominent. Faint bubblegum aromas.

Taste: Peppery and medicinal, slightly clovey. Banana on aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very light and crisp.

Drinkability: A hefe/wit hybrid. Smells like a hefe, tastes more like a wit. Uses both Belgian Trappist and hefe yeast strains in the fermenation (according to powerpoint slide from the head brewer). Quite drinkable, but I liked Oberon better. Still, an interesting idea for a winter beer. (635 characters)

Photo of Ryanm1
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Pour with a small amount of white lacing that disappated rather quickly. A small amount of carbonation continually bubbled to the surface. Displayed a bit of cloudyness through the glass, but no left over yeast.

Lemon citrusy smell. Common to most belgians. Yellowy gold in color.

Very lemony taste typical wheat beer taste. 5.0% abv. Very refreshing. Slightly sweet. I'd reach for another, but then again I am a huge wheat beer fan. On par with other German Weiss beers. Great on the palate evervescent.

Very similiar to Trade Joe's wheat beer, almost ashamed to admit that I'd like something like that but if you look at this beer and that beers ratings they are almost identical. (725 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Man bells is pretty awesome. I had their variety pack and didn't hate any of them so when I found an old winter ale I mixed and matched it in my sixer!

A - Hazy golden in color with a decent head. Hefeweizen?
S - Some banana, clove, and citrus sort of like a... Hefeweizen?
T - Sight bitters and citrus with a mild banana taste. decent
M - Light in fact too light for a winter ale.
D - I am not too sure. I like the porter or brown ale better but this one makes my bells top three (of five)

Overall I seem to wonder like everyone else why this is a winter ale? It's not a big beer or doesn't have any decent spice tones to it that makes it seasonal. I am so confused...

BTW it's 5 percent by volume not 4.5 someone should really keep track of the ABV... (758 characters)

Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 676 ratings.