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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
good

676 Reviews
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Reviews: 676
Hads: 1,957
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 48
Gots: 243 | 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: 1,957
Photo of thain709
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a slightly hazy, dull golden yellow body...the head was one finger tall and white in color...it retained to a wispy cap and left decent lacing behind

S - Notes of wheat and yeast, mixed with spices (clove, coriander), and some lemon zest

T - The flavors are pretty basic here, but they do tie together nicely...the wheat presence lingers throughout...the spices give a little extra kick and there is some pepper coming in as well...the lemon zest calms the spices, but also adds a bit of it's own twist and pairs with the wheat base...the finish has lingering spices coming back

M - Light bodied...too light for a winter brew...lingering spices, more lemon would have balanced out the finish

O - This is way too light to be a winter seasonal...they could have added more body to this and it would have been a little better...I wish the finishing spices would have been balanced by the lemon zest like in the middle of the beer (941 characters)

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a completely clear bright golden color. no head to speak of.

S - nicely spiced with notes of cardamom and citrus with some bready undertones.

T - some bready malt character up front, bright citrus and spice character in the center which lingers on past the finish.

M - light bodied slightly watery, medium to high carbonation.

O - decent white ale. nothing is wrong with it except the lack of visible yeast but it is nothing that exciting. (456 characters)

Photo of julian89
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-A good orange yellow, slightly translucent with a minimal head and no lacing.

Smells: Citrus and wheat, weak smell, crisp though.

Tastes: Very light citrus, strong wheat taste, kind of grainy.

Mouthfeel: Very light almost watery.

Overall: I generally really enjoy Bell's but this one didn't do it for me. (320 characters)

Photo of Crossmd
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 40 degrees Fahrenheit into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head after a vigorous pour.

Smells of wheat, some coriander and a hint of urine?

Tastes of a relatively thin, effervescent light or mass-produced Belgian style wit-beer. A hint of soft-lemon at the beginning of the finish turns into coriander and a relatively non existent finish. Tame and relatively uninspiring.

There is really relatively little difference here for me next to Hoegaarden. I think it looks, smells tastes, almost identical and I think I prefer the Hoegaarden even while it's cheaper. A good offering, enjoyable, but not really anything to write home abount. I was expecting something really more unique from Bell's.

83. (751 characters)

Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All around well crafted ale.

I had the Bell's Winter White at a local bar on tap via a pitcher (not my choice). It pours nice and orangish with a some cloudiness to it.

Taste was quite good. I liked it off the bat and after a couple more tastes, grew to like it more. I have since purchased it in bottle and enjoyed it at home as well.

On tap or in bottle (tap better of course), I recommend this seasonal ale while you can get it. (435 characters)

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

The respected Bell's presents their venerable Winter seasonal here, and it's a Belgian-style wit beer. This one pours a hazy yellow-orange with plenty of fine, white carbonation and a little retention.

The aroma is definitely spices (I get a little clove) and citrus (namely orange).

The taste is balanced and mild, with sharp wheat notes and orange zest playing leisurely with a little spice for warmth. Pleasant and enjoyable. (432 characters)

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very hazy bright orange/yellow with fizzy 0.5 finger head. Lots of carbonation rising up from the bottom

S - Very pale smell, notes of zest, lemon, and orange peel, a touch of spice.

T - Taste is very mellow, notes of orange and lemon come through with a light kick of sweet spice at the end. Good amount of balance, pretty flavorful, but a little surprising taste for a wit.

M - Very smooth, lots of carbonation.

Overall - Actually pretty decent. It's not groundbreaking (though it doesn't taste like most wits I've had), it's less spicy but nicely balanced. (575 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Quite pale. Very light yellow with a thin long lasting white head. Very hazy.
S- Aroma is very pleasant but at times it comes across more like an American Pale Wheat than a wit. Lemon, wheat tang and a touch of spice.
T- Wheat tang with a lingering sweetness. The spice is mild.
M- Pretty big body, quite light carbonation. Sits a little heavier than most wits.
O- This beer seems like a good merger of the American Pale Wheat with a witbier. Worth a try. (458 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat murky peach, with not much head, or carbonation, seemingly. Very alluring aromatically, strong bakery smell, quite yeasty, some wheat a little bit of sweet and citrus thrown in. Similar taste. But the spice I was expecting was entirely absent. Lightly carbonated, easy to put away quickly.

A dilemma of a beer to rate. If this is a Witbier, it missed the mark. Simply not enough spice and off-kilter flavors. Then again, maybe it's us, and not Bell's that think it's a Witbier. Fair enough, but that leads to the next problem; As far as I can tell, Winter White is completely indistinct from Oberon. Would love to drink them together, because I think there's no more than a whisker difference. Lastly, there's really no seasonal panache to this. What's winter about it? At the end of the day, though, this is a tasty, if unremarkable beer, and that's what matters most. (887 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a local bar at $2 pint night.

At first sip, I thought Hoegaarden. Came to me with an average 2 finger foamy head and looked like a glass of orange juice with a slightly lighter color.

Smell and taste were vary similar. Definite orange peel flavors along with coriander and clove. Finished clean with the typical wheat ale semi-bite. No hops bitterness here. Fairly creamy on the palate, definitely one that would fill you up after a few.

Overall, its not among the styles I prefer, but a good branch out and overall solid brew. (542 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a fizzy white head that leaves a ring of lacing.

Smells of citrus and wheat with only a bit of spice.

Tastes of some wheat tang and some spice counterpoints. Grainy sweetness leads into citrus rind. Some banana comes through as well. Spice notes of coriander come in the end and liven things up.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good attempt at witbier I wouldn't mind having again. (459 characters)

Photo of TheStig
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a decent, inoffensive and light tasting beer that isn't very complex. I'm a little disappointed because seasonal beers tend towards possessing attributes that fit with the season-- halloween gets the crop of pumpkin flavored beers, summer sometimes rustles up some sort of jalapeno-flavored creation and so on. This *winter beer* has nothing "wintry" about it apart from the name and the label artwork-- certainly nothing that suggests the scents and smells of winter (cinnamon, nutmeg, pine, chocolate, burning wood or even a decade-old, rock hard fruitcake.) The scents are typical average witbier: bread, wheat and yeast. There's a slight hint of citrus but it's gone quickly and doesn't translate into taste-- which is similarly average. So, why am I paying 11 bucks for a six pack of this when I could be trying that Allagash Dubbel I passed over? (860 characters)

Photo of wingman14
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark yellow with a frothy white head. Smell is dominated by the yeast, with a nice dose of wheat. Flavor follows suit, nice yeast and wheat flavors. A nice medium mouthfeel, smooth, well balanced and nice depth of flavor. Overall a great witbier, great flavor, and an easy drinking beer. (293 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is murky, orange yellow. Not much head; almost no lacing.

Nose has berries and wheat, but is very-well balanced. It is a very engaging aroma.

Taste is bright, clean wheat; with berries, lightly caramel malt, and a dose of hops at the finish. Nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a good amount of carbonation and hop bite. Washes down easy.

Overall, it is like a good fastball: to the point, but states its purpose very well. This is an expertly-crafted wheat ale. (472 characters)

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

A: A hazy yellow/orange with a thin line of white bubbles on top.

S: Citrus, Belgian yeast, sweet malts and wheat.

T: A nice sweet citrus flavor with some wheat and Belgian yeast. The finish is a little bit bitter to offset the sweetness.

M: Light and smooth with some good carbonation.

O: A nice Witbier. I would definitely have again. Seems strange to have it be a winter beer, but why not? (396 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. No readable freshness date on bottle.

A- Light golden color with a paper thin head and lacing that doesn't stick to the glass

S- Can't detect much aroma. Maybe it'll be more apparent once I start drinking. I do pick up an obvious wheat scent with what seems to be a slight hint of wet cardboard. Let's hope it's not oxidized.

T- Eh. Not a whole lot going on. Thankfully, no oxidation. Just a pretty standard white beer. Belgian yeast flavor but not very apparent. Light, quaffable. Very little alcohol burn.

M- Thin, low-medium carbonation but still has enough spritz to make the beer lively given its less-than-exciting flavor.

O- Yeah, pretty average across the board. Won't be paying to drink this again when there are so many more flavorful witbiers out there. The first letdown I've had from Bell's. (843 characters)

Photo of clint1019
2.97/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - straw colored with a thin head that dissapated with in a minute.

S - Has a fairly strong wheaty/bready aroma with a spicyness and slight hop aroma.

T - Definately taste the wheatyness and the coriander. Not much else though. Also, has some bitterness on the back of the tongue.

M - Light to medium bodied.

O - Wasn't overly impressed with this beer. Had an ok taste, but I've had much better witbier's than this. (420 characters)

Photo of tjacobs610
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A very hazy yellowish amber color, with a thin white colored head that has no retention and not much lacing

Smell: Very fruity and citrusy aromas, has a bit of a musty smell to it as well. The citrusy aromas are very prominent

Taste: Very fruity and spicy taste right up front. Followed by a citrusy orangeish taste that leaves a little bitter taste in your mouth. Overall has a very strong taste

Mouthfeel: Very light body with very minimal carbonation. Very thick on the palate but not thick enough for its class

Overall: Very poor example of a witbier. Doesn’t seem thick enough but it does have good smell and great appearance (648 characters)

Photo of tommiller819
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1st review for the site, so prepare for somebody who loves beer but doesn't know how to talk about it yet. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, batch 10218.

A - hazy amber color, with some sediment floating in the glass. About half an inch of off-white head, which dissipated pretty quickly.

S - mostly fruity aroma going on here. A lot of banana to it, a bit of apricot and some coriander.

T - the tropical fruit and spice is right in front, with little bitterness. Very refreshing taste, great for a 90+ degree day. I'd be more inclined to reach for a Kalamazoo Stout in the winter, but who am I to say ;-)

M - fairly strong carbonation, but not enough to make it seem overly harsh. A little on the dense side for a Witbier, but still easy to drink.

Overall - a satisfying and nicely spicy wheat beer with enough complexity to set it apart. (850 characters)

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

Poured into a hefeweizen glass. Next in the tour of Bell's that started at their brewery and continues through this mix and match 6 pack...

A: Hazy orange yellow with a thin white head. Low carbonation, no lacing.

S: A bit of musty yeast, citrus, spice, and a banana sweetness.

T: Mustiness and spice more dominant than in the aroma. Good citrus flavor, and an overall sweet finish.

M: On the heavy side for a wit, so medium. Could use a bit more carbonation to liven it up.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer - it leans toward the sweeter side of wits without being syrupy or sickening. Emphasizes citrus and spice over must and tartness. Not the best example of the style, but very drinkable.

Winter, though? (724 characters)

Photo of
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - cloudy pale orange with a decent white head.

Smell - sweet wheat malt with prominent coriander and orange aromas and a bit of musty hops.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Taste - Echoes the aroma upfront with sweet wheat malt, coriander and ornage. Finishes clean with a lingering orange juice flavour and a light spiciness. (363 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this one.

A: The beer pours a pale golden/yellow color with a minimal white head, but plenty of carbonation.

S: Some wheat, but a bit of a corn type smell and mustiness. Light spice notes, coriander is certainly prominent and there's a bit of orange peel. Sort of sweet, overall.

T: The flavor is significantly better. Nice wheat and bread flavors providing sweetness. The typical spice of coriander, which is probably the best part about this beer. A light peppery note on the back end.

M: Light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A pretty middle of the road and mediocre Witbier. Not my favorite. (645 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head. There was a slight amount lacing on the glass. The smell was a little spicy and had some wheat aromas. The taste has a light spice to it with a kind of refreshing lemon zest. Mouthfeel is a little light and is a little watered down. Overall I've never understood why a white ale would be a winter release. I prefer the dark winter brews personally. This is an ok brew. (437 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick off-white head into a snifter that left a thin ring and sheet which didn't last long at all. the body was straw gold.
s - bready and spicy.
t - bready and yeasty.
m - medium slick mouthfeel.
o - kind of a blah wit overall. (252 characters)

Photo of Brunite
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw colored with decent head which disapates far to quickly.

S: Spicey notes....some hops.

T: Wheat, spices, orange, coriander. Interesting to get all this with only yeast and grains.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation. Refreshing.

O: Decent brew. Almost a summer brew for winter. A weak sister to a Tripell as far as the flavor. Nice drinker. (357 characters)

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