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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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BA SCORE
83
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676 Reviews
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Reviews: 676
Hads: 1,958
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 48
Gots: 245 | 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: 1,958
Photo of jj21
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:Deep, hazy gold. Very little head.

S:Not much here. Much in part due to the lack of head.

T:Bland. Some wheat presence with orange and coriander.

M:Creamy texture

D:Easy drinker. Tart on the tongue

A disappointment to me. True to the style but nothing special here. (282 characters)

Photo of Ricochet
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy Yellow, mild carbonation. Average hefe appearence.

S: Wheat. Only slight juicy fruit scent. I'm sold.

M: A little thin in the mouth, nice ale effect , foaming well, going down pretty decent.

T: The only thing this does not have to make it a decent hefe is the yeasts at the bottom. That said, as a wheat this tasted very decent and seemed to thin as it got warmer which affected the overall impression. Other than the watery feel, this is a very well done wheat.

D: I can see having a few of these, but I really want a hefe flavor and the Christian Morelien Hefe fills the bill. (602 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't all that impressed with this seasonal offering from Bell's. Poured out to a hazy yellow color with a big white foam head. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas were of grains, yeast and some farm straw and hay. Taste was slightly odd... overly spicy with citrus tones and minimal malt. Mouthfeel was almost biting, with some acid like qualities battling with my tastebuds. Only fair drinkability. I'd go for something else from the Bell's line-up first. (458 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Bell's Winter Ale pours out a pale yellow color with a foamy, white head. The aroma is very spicy, with pepper and coriander with a wheat base. Clean malt flavor with wheat and spices. Some citrus flavors, mainly orange peel. Finishes with grassy hops. Crisp and moderately refreshing. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy. This is not what I expected for a Winter seasonal, but there's no reason to hold that against the beer. Tasty and easy to drink. Another quality Bell's beer. (490 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours the cloudiest, orange-juice gold with a finger of white head on top. Nose is peppery, with hints of clove and banana esters and musty wheat. Taste is extremely dry, pepper/clove spicy and heavy on the yeast. Mouthfeel is pretty thick due to all the suspended yeast, co2 is lively. Overall wasn't too impressed with this one. I looks pretty, but is so dry it lacks any real character. (439 characters)

Photo of CortexBomb
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out extremely pale yellow with a slight white head on top. Smell is pure wit, almost all wheat with a touch of yeast on the nose, perhaps hints of banana ala Oberon.

Flavour, also trademark wit. The wheat and yeast from the nose are front and centre in the flavour as well. Some lemon present, as well as cloves, but nothing overwhelming. Finish is a decently unique hop bite though. Ok, but like Oberon, nothing that speaks to me.

Mouthfeel, average. Some tingles in the right places, but nothing that will blow you away. Drinkability, par for the style.

More or less Bell's winter version of Oberon, a beer that I'm not that fond of anyway. If you want a light, easy quaffer in December you could do worse though. (724 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not really crazy about this one. As the scores reflect, it's average all around. Nothing particularly offensive about it, but nothing interesting or redeeming. Golden color, too many bubbles, no real head. Smell and taste have a somewhat pleasing lemony character and some typical spicing, but nothing really catches my interest. It's got a light, pale malt backdrop and a very non-descript hop profile. Still, it isn't exactly bad, just not good. Thin mouthfeel, and like I said, a little too bubbly for the style. This beer would be drinkable but it's just not interesting enough for me to have more than one. Try Bell's other stuff, this is probably my least favorite of the mixed case I got. (695 characters)

Photo of Gritsak
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- very cloudy orange with a nice sized offwhite head. laces decently.

S- malt, yeast, dough

T- a little similar to oberon, but stonger in flavor. there is a strong yeast and buscuit flavor. the finish has a little medicine flavor but its not overwhelming.

M- medium body, extremely smooth. very light if any carbonation.

D- pretty decent, only thing that hurts this is the aftertaste.

overall- this was pretty much what i expected out of this beer. it has a nice clean, smooth taste that is pretty enjoyable. only thing im not a fan of is the aftertaste which could become a little annoying. (607 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz batch# 7120 which was bottled on 10-25-05 poured into a pint glass.

Hazed gold with a small white head. Decent carbonation.

The nose is a clean mix of wheat, lemon zest and coriander. The spice and citrus aromas are sharp.

The sorta sweet malts are upfront followed quickly by some lemon tang and the coriander. It wants to be tart, but the bitterness pulls back just in time to let the spice and clove come out in a dry finish. An interesting transition of flavors that is thirst quenching.

Nice moderate mouth would be heavier if not for the tangy flavors and carbonation. The mouth is a big part of what makes this beer so thirst quenching. Very sessionable.

An interesting choice for a winter brew, but I can see the spice flavors working well with some Christmas treats. (795 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's, batch 7114 i think

appearance: sweet label...cheers to midwest winters. the beer is a very pale and watery yellow with a decent bright white head and some decent lacing

smell: heavy on the wheat, ripe bananas come through strong, orange and other citrus fruit, a little spice

taste: crisp and fresh...lots of fresh bananas, very clovey, toasted wheat throughout...a nice wit, but not up to bells par

mouthfeel: crisp, clean, fresh, light-medium bodied

drinkability: very drinkable

not a bad wit, just funny timing, but thats bell's (571 characters)

Photo of whynot44
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light gold color with a small foamy white head that disappears quickly, leaving just a collar and traces of lace.

The aroma is mostly wheat with some hints of citrus, bananas and cloves.

The flavor is also definitely wheat but with more pronounced notes of citrus and spices. Starts mildly sweet, finishes slightly dry with a banana, clove, peppery aftertaste.

An unusual choice for a winter ale, but really pretty nice and easy to drink. . (466 characters)

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, light golden color, no head. Cloudy, served chilly and let to warm. Smells of wheat, light fruits, perhaps banana, and apricot. Citris smells. Plenty of flavor, it reminds me of Hoegaarden, only I like it better. Wheaty and citris dominates, with clove and peppery hints. Really good balance. This is a very drinkable beer, despite my so so ratings. Was hoping for a little more, but another great offering from Bell's (437 characters)

Photo of karengarys
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours greenish amber, like a summer wheat. Little head.

Smells are minimal, some floral hop.

Taste is somewhat sour, lemon like. A little hop, a little bland.

Mouthfeel is okay, but not great either.

Finish is clean.

This isn't a bad wheat beer, but wheats are bland to me. For a winter beer? Guess I just don't understand. If you see it, do give it a try, but don't expect much. (400 characters)

Photo of macpapi
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was a bit intrigued by this being a winter beer, with a relatively low abv compared to others of the seasonal variety. But thought it worth a try.

Pours a hazy, light orange color, with a small and quickly dissipating white bubbly head. Most notable attribute is its lightness.

Wheat dominates the smell, followed by a bit of fruit. Banana and citrus are most prominent, along with some clove. Very similar to a hefeweizen.

Taste is again mindful of a hefe. A bit stronger kick at the end, but wheat and citrus dominate along with a peppery and tangy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty light and sharp. It's a bit fizzy and more watery than I'd hoped for.

Overall, this hardly seems like a traditional winter ale to me. Taste is relatively weak and somewhat lacking. Not terrible, but not terribly impressive either. (828 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a cloudy pale yellow color. The head is white and fluffy like freshly fallen snow. The aroma is more like a hefe weizen than a witbier. Yeast, wheaty and tagny with only faint hints of coriander. The taste is rather light for a witbier. Tangy wheat makes up the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little too much carbonation. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but I would rather have Hoegaarden or Allagash White. (438 characters)

Photo of benito
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a single of this and tried it on a "Bell's Wheat Beer" day that also included Oberon, and the first three of their 2005 wheat series. Given that they're putting out seven (seven!) different wheat brews, Bell's may be able to lay claim to making the overall best wheat beers in the U.S! Winter White is a good example why...

This pours a hazy orange with lighter hints of champagne and grape juice around the edges; the effect is a beer with a light top and bottom with an illusory copper orb floating in the center.

A bouquet of bananas, clove, citrus, and rubber leads the way into a medium-bodied beer with a nice peppery flavor that lingers on to the next swig indeed. The flavor is crisp with delicate bitterness and a present-yet-restrained fruitiness: a sign of excellent balance.

They've hit the nail on the head here as far as setting typical Witbier sweets against a broader tart backdrop.

An excellent seasonal offering from Bell's. (963 characters)

Photo of metallistout
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had other beers from this brewery and loved them, so I decided to pick this up. ($8.99 for a sixer).

This one pours just like you would expect out of a Belgian Wit. Hazy, golden-orange, with a decent bubbly head that stayed in the glass for a while.

Aroma of bannana, orange, vanilla, wheat, coriander, and other spices.

The taste is crisp, full of spices and orange flavor. I do enjoy the mouthfeel of this beer also.

I would say I that I'll be in the store at least one more time to grab this before they run out. Good seasonal beer, although I usually prefer the darker beers during winter. (610 characters)

Photo of swid
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #4 (of 13) from my beer purchase in Indiana.

Bell's Winter White Ale pours a hazy light gold color into my glass. A 1/2" white head forms, then quicky collapses down to a soapy ring. Low carbonation, no lacing. The aroma is good for a wheat ale, elements of bready yeast, cloves, bubblegum, and perhaps a little bit of funk. The slightest hint of herbal aroma from the hops is present. A very inviting aroma for this style.

Unfortunately, the taste doesn't quite deliver on what the smell promises. Lots of bread, bubblegum, and clove, with just a hint of hop bitterness. That's about it. The mouthfeel is light, silky and somewhat thin; this beer creates a moderate level of tanginess on the tongue. Goes down smooth, finishes with a lingering bubblegum/clove/bread aftertaste.

All in all, an OK wheat; however, there are better options out there. This is a moderately sessionable beer; if you like bubblegum, you'll probably like this beer. (956 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Canary gold. Very slight head, minimal lace pattern. Only when the yeast comes out of the bottle does the presentation befit being dumped into my Hoegaarden mug.

Husky aroma; strong malt/grain flavors going on. As it warms a little cloves, lemons, and soap pop up.

The flavor is quite clean and refreshing, per the bottle. Much like Sierra Nevada's wheat offering without the hop-zing.

Pleasant in its unremarkability: would be especially delightful to convert the non-initiates.

Not so many applications for this beer drinker...though I prefer this to Oberon. Seems more summer than winter to me. Not lush or enthralling but solid, refreshing, and accessible. (673 characters)

Photo of battlekow
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks like lemonade on the way out of the bottle, a runny yellow color with globs. Settles to an impenetrable pear color with a decent, attractive white head. The label says the beer is "seasonally nuanced," which I take to mean has wintery spices added; ironically enough, then, I think the beer smells less spiced than most witbiers I've had. I mostly get warm, bready yeast. Taste is similar, plain-jane yeast and wheat flavors with a bit of the promised holiday spice.

I think Bell's should rename this beer "Wheat Zero." (529 characters)

Photo of bahumutx
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow with a small head that dissipates slowly.

Smell: The smell that comes through the most is a citrus smell with a slight wheat smell in the background. There is also a slight peppery smell in the background.

Taste: A strong citrus flavor is the first thing that hits the tongue and then there is a slight wheat taste. Finishes with a little hop bitterness. There are also hints of pepper and banana.

Mouthfeel: Good Mouthfeel. Right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in sitting.

Once again a good offering from the folks at Kalamazoo Brewing. Keep up the great work. (709 characters)

Photo of dfuller
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy yellow with a fine white foam that laced the glass nicely for a light brew.

Nose: fairly clean, with a light whiff of citrus.

Taste: Light, crisp hops are obvious right away. The citrus notes are light, but present after the early hops and through to the aftertaste. The finish is clean, leaving a bit of citrus behind.

This is a bit cleaner beer then I had anticipated, but it would make a good session beer when in season. Oddly enough, though, with its clean nose and finish I think I would rather drink it on a hot day than a cold one. (567 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a mixed pack 12 oz'er bottle into a narrow tulip with light hazy semi-unfiltered hue topped off with a settled ivory white head cap and cool carbonation beading rising to the surface.

Plenty of cardoman and clove spice to go around. Citrous lemon and pepper...No slouch in the aroma category.

First swigs: Peppery front with dough middle. A piquant wit with citrous lemon peel and coriander bite. Nada mas!

Last swigs: Beguiling wit. Reminds me of Weyerbacher Blanche but with more vegetal pepper. Not a brew to be sought. Edible, not regretable, forgetable.

Beer is good. Happy peppery wit beering. (625 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An odd choice for a Winter Ale. Very wheat-ey. They upped the gravity to make a creamier and more flavorful Belgian Wit, but it still lacks the punch in malt complexity and alcohol for me to consider it for a winter beer. Having said that, it's a good beer. spicy, sweet, bananna-ey, citrucy, peppery, sweet, and subtle. Little dryness or lingering. Creamy and silky to the palate. I'd put another lable on it and drink it into the spring and summer. (450 characters)

Photo of nortmand
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Winter Oberon" I suppose.
Pours crystal clear and straw golden. Needs more color and less clarity. After all, it is supposedly a witbier.
Smells mostly like yeast. A little spiciness pokes though.
Taste is actually not bad. The easiest way to describe it is as liquid banana nut bread. A little hazelnut, alot of banana and breadiness here. Not too shabby. A little pickle flavor in the end.
Gentle bubbles coat the tongue. Smooth and rounded feel.
Fairly drinkable. Although still way too yeasty, much better than Oberon, which I'm not a fan of. (552 characters)

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