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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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82
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1,528 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,528
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 31
Gots: 68 | 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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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Mcwill51, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/15/2013. Pours opaquely hazy bright golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, banana, pear, apple, orange, wheat, bread, floral, grass, clove, pepper, herbal, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, banana, pear, apple, orange, wheat, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon, banana, pear, apple, orange, wheat, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present on the finish. Overall this is a damn nice witbier. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Feb 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into pilsner glass

Hazy golden orange yellow with active carbonation leading to a thin dense white foam cap.

Aroma of clove spice, citrus and floral.

Smooth , wheat taste with the effects of the yeast very present , bit of sour at the middle of the tongue. Smooth finish. Gentle carbonation, great mouthfeel.

A wheat beer for winter. Nice, good beer.

WunderLlama, Feb 14, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fluid ounce bottle into a Weizen Glass. Bottled on 11/08/13.

Apperance: Hazy golden body. The sediment makes this one cloudy. A little light gets through but that's about it. A snowy head erupts, lingers, collapses, and leaves a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smell: Wheat and grains up front. Spices, particularly clove and coriander are also present. Minor backdrop of orange.

Taste: Sweet citrus from a mild kick of hops. The heavy wheat pushes through and produces a sweet and bready taste. Yeasty notes develop in the finish. The spices are well pronounced in the finish as well… leaves a somewhat banana-like taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Rather low carbonation which works well for the beer. Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall: I could get nit-picky about this beer and point out everything it lacks compared to the powerhouse Witbiers but that would not be fair. This is a solid Witbier with a lot to enjoy. Cheers!

Chiefy770, Feb 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a very cloudy Orange tan color with a short lasting pale white head. It leaves little lacing and retains just a slight film of foam throughout the pour. The nose of this one is very European with a sweet funky yeast aroma. There is peach and apricot notes with a lot of fresh bread aromas. The flavor follows suit. Quite funky, almost like a saison style. Sweet and malty and tangy and slightly sour all at the same time. The mouth is light and refreshing but effervescent and refreshing. This isn't a beer I'd come to often but definitely one worth trying and enjoying.

lochef81, Feb 08, 2014
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Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,528 ratings.