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

Bell's Winter White AleBell's Winter White Ale

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Ratings: 1444
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%


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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sweemzander

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Batch #9386

(A)- Pours a hazy goldenrod color that produced a mediocre white head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Lucious banana, lemon, biscuits, and a clove-like spice.

(T)- Same as what the smell dictated. Simple, but tastes good.

(M)- Great balance and carbonation level. Nothing fancy or out of the ordinary.

(D)- A fine witbier. Good taste, body, and balance. No complaints here, just would much rather grab something else than this during winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 19:05:01 | More by sweemzander
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Crosling

Colorado

2.38/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 06:18:36 | More by Crosling
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is somewhat complex noting yeasty, phenol, sour , sweet and light fruitiness.
Cloudy yellow. Big full white head. Leaves rings after each drink.
Nice array of flavors giving off a sense of refreshing complexity. Wheat is notable as is phenol (clove), sweet light fruit, a touch of sourness. Finishes with a somewhat heavy bitterness through a medium length.
Doesn't feel as light as could. Carbonation doesn't feel as soft as it could either although the malt feels soft.
An interesting concept for a winter ale. Not quite sure why it qualifies as such (the very white head?, or just a contrast to the summer wheat?). Anyway, nice enough.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2004 03:42:35 | More by garymuchow
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My next door neighbor gave me an entire 6/pk of this stuff as a Christmas present.

A: When I think winter, I don't exactly consider Witbier, but I'll bite anyway: Poured a grainy, murky orange, with a slight head that basically withered away to nothing.

S: Banana and coriander spice beer on the nose, with maybe a hint of freshly filtered H2O. This wasn't too potent, but still was pleasant.

T: What happened here? While this wasn't terrible, it was one of the more bland Wits that I've had in ages. I got a fair bit of fruity, coriandery, spicy slurp on the front end, but there was absolutely no explosive late aftertaste of flavors to make this one worth coming back to.

M: A bit thin and infinitely forgettable, with a bit of slight carbonation which I guess was fine, and not much lacing at all.

O: 6pk = Register checkout: house beer, $1 even. Meh...

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 23:48:08 | More by Chaney
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another sample from Kclingers today.
This brew is a pale hazy yellow color, absolutely no head which surprises me. I expected big creamy white head but none to be found.
The aroma is fairly mild, but what I do get is lemony citrus scents and yeasty sweet smells.
The carbonation is mild and gentle and increases the drinkability of the beer.
Flavor comes through with a nice yeasty character, and also coriander strength. This brew is very easy to drink and has a fairly thin body. I am not sure why it is called a winter white as it seems like a typical wit beer to me. Nice brew that I would enjoy just as much on a hot summer day as in the winter.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2004 07:44:47 | More by sulldaddy
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atsprings

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7760. Never had a witbeir as a winter seasonal before, so this should be interesting. Poured a hazy diluted orange with no head whatsoever. Smell was somewhat more complex than many witbeirs, some spices present. Has some spice present in the taste. Almost like a witbeir impersonating a more heavy, darker winter warmer, just not doing a very good job at it. Definitely not as light as some wits. Mouthfeel is a little heavier than I'm used to in this style, I guess this works since it is a winter beer. Somewhat drinkable, but I'm glad I only bought one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2007 07:30:53 | More by atsprings
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Sicilianos, 12oz into a tulip. Batch 11537, bottled Oct 10/12.

Hazy orange/straw yellow, finger of white head with medium retention and ok lace. Nose pops with some wheat, very subtle spice and some citrus zest. Good bit of banana as well. Taste has more wheat and pale malt, a bit of banana, light coriander and yeast flavours. Medium body with a bit of texture/chew. Medium high carb, appropriate for the style. Quite tasty, I'd session this if I had a case in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 02:15:43 | More by liamt07
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, white gold in hue, the color and appearance of the liquid is typical for a Wit. The head developed poorly; at the apex the foam was only a half finger in height. It didn’t last long, in a moment it faded to a fizzy cap before almost fading away. There was some subsequent lacing but it was spotty and it clung poorly. I’ve seen better-looking Wits but this offering is still improved over normal. The nose says “Wit” and I can’t ask for much more. Wheaty-malt backbone with a yeasty undercurrent that melts perfectly with spiced citrus zest. Coriander is clear and pronounced. Orange peel is equally easy to detect. Add in hints of clove and vanilla. Modestly sharp, the potency is moderate. I’d like it louder but there isn’t anything incorrect with the bouquet. I like it… but what is special about it? Should there be anything special about it? Typical. Pleasant. Inviting. I really like the palate; it is very lively and assertive. When I first noticed Bell’s brewed a Wit as a winter seasonal I thought it must be some huge, “Imperial” Wit. It is not. However, a Wit as a winter seasonal does make sense. OSA is spiced. Most Winter Warmers as spiced. What’s the difference? Back to this beer, if you’ve had a great Wit then you’ve had this one. It is textbook from start to finish and since it is well-done, “typical” works. Heavy spiced bill up front, coriander, ginger, clove. In the middle is a wheaty-malt backbone, blasts of citrus, orange, and more spice (subtle this time). The finish is soft, yeasty, wheaty, with a lovely juiciness about it. Similar aftertaste. This is a great tasting Wit. Lovely. This would be a perfect beer for a chilly Sunday brunch. A tickle fuller than medium in body; subtle, natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is very pleasant. It is extremely easy to drink, in a good way. I could imbibe in a few of these beers in one setting. It also helps the abv is low, which is something I don’t see much of in winter beers. I enjoyed this beer completely. I’ll get some more next year, I hope. I purchased a six-pack in Kansas City. It is worth a try, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 16:46:01 | More by bditty187
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Redrover

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, poured into my SA perfect pint glass. The beer is a light straw/yellow with a bit of haze and smallish off-white head.

Nose of banana, grains and lemon peel.

The first taste is of clove and grains. It is followed quickly by banana and all spice. There is citrus late in the aftertaste. Seems well balanced.

The mouth is light and slightly astringent.

Not a bad change-up from some of the heavier winter beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 00:11:56 | More by Redrover
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into a shaker "pint" glass. Appears a cloudy golden color with about a finger of fluffy white head. Slight lacing left on the inside of the glass. Smell is spicy and herbal along with a faint sweetness. Tastes of mild peppery spice, yeast, citrus and wheat. A little bit thin in body with medium carbonation. I was expecting more out of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 13:57:55 | More by ClockworkOrange
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-amber in color, mildly cloudy but strangely filtered-looking. White head, largish bubbles don't hold together that great. Lacing is acceptable.

Strong aromas of wheat malt mingle with the coriander and clove spicing, while the citric character floats above. Generally quite balanced and appealing.

Again, very balanced flavor, neither emphasizing nor refuting the suggestions of coriander, clove, peppery hop, and fruity esters.

Medium to full body for style, there's of course lots of carbonation but it seems to work out quite well. I won't have a bit of a problem finish 6 of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 04:20:27 | More by BretSikkink
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanx Preluderl:

Packaged "10/18/2013"

Previously had in a mug, currently having in a pilsenser (only difference is a slightly larger head by about a half finger):

A: hazy light golden yellow colored body with a soft white head that gets slightly lumpy; lacing is mostly sporadic and clings adequately to the glass

S: cloves and wheat up front, nice Belgian yeasty and fruitiness backing that up fairly well

T: takes the previously mentioned flavors and adds a bready sort of flavoring to heighten the flavoring; sweet sticky fruity aftertaste, somewhat of a dry clove-like finish

M: light to medium in body, somewhat sessionable, carbonation is good for the style and for me as there's an adequate harshness for a good witbier but not overly done

O: not as spicy as some witbiers I've had, but hey, still pretty good for the style and for me, I'd have this again

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 06:40:41 | More by BeerKangaroo
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wedge

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange-gold with a little white head that shrinks to a thin ring. Clove and subtle banana aroma. Perfumy orange and wheat. Coriander and banana with a bit of peppercorn. Tangy wheat and grain aftertaste. Smooth, floaty medium mouthfeel...prickly carbonation and fairly drying. A solid, drinkable wit from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 19:47:40 | More by wedge
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A great example of a witbier. Very spicy and citrusy, with hints of coriander. Color is a beautiful golden orange hazy color that is a treat to the eye. Good hop presence, perfect carbonation for a beer such as this. An unusual selection for a winter beer, but a good one anyways.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2004 17:55:01 | More by TastyTaste
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wagenvolks

Texas

2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a mug from a 12 oz bottle.

A golden blonde, bubbly, cloudy ale pours out. Save at least an ounce of beer to your pour to swirl up the sediment from the bottom of the bottle. If not, it pours out in a dark grey sludge. Head goes fast...blink and you'll miss it. No lacing.
Aroma is of wheat, yeast, citrus, vanilla, buttered popcorn, and some floral notes. It's fragrant to say the least, but not exactly my cup of beer.

The taste doesn't wake up my mouth by any means. Hints of spice and bread. It's almost like Bell's tried going belgium with this beer but stopped short. Mouthfeel is under-carbonated, smooth, yet a bit bland in its smoothness. A slight aftertaste lingers for a while, but not long. All in all, this white lacks complexity and taste. I expected a bit more from the good brewer's at Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 05:25:15 | More by wagenvolks
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, somewhat muted golden color. Fluffy white head. Nice, crisp and phenolic aroma. Bright, crisp flavor. Slightly spicy. Nice balance of wheat and malt with the bitterness. Good body-light with a nice dry finish. Very drinkable beer. Not a wit beer fan but I could see doing a bunch of these in the summer. Another good beer from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 01:11:02 | More by lackenhauser
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2011 20:50:21 | More by DIM
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow color and is very cloudy. Tall white head that stays around for a while and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma was very citrusy, with hints of yeast spiciness and clove. The yeast and wheat play a very large part in the flavor - gives it a thick and spicy feel. Lots of orange and lemon flavors. Very nice body. This is a little strange for a wit, but I really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 19:58:12 | More by clvand0
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 2/15
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a cloudy, hazy, yellow color. 1/4 inch of bone white head sits on top. Head recedes to a film at a moderate pace and leaves no real lacing.

S: Nose is nice spicing. Corriander, light touch of clove and a fruitiness.

T: Taste starts with a bit of pepper and a subtle, pleasing corriander. Banana mingled with a touch of pear come in, and then the banana flavor begins to dominate and really hang in the finish.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, nice and crisp.

D: Goes down easily, tasty, not filling, very mild kick, ok representation of style. It hit the spot that evening and is something I would certainly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 13:41:41 | More by Jayli
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 06:22:38 | More by blitheringidiot
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. I normally never would have purchased this beer (from the previous winter) in October, but this particular bottle had two things going for it: 1) the price was right ($1.75); and 2) the label was completely and entirely upside down. Love it.

Appearance: Pours a largely transparent orange-yellow body w/ a fuzzy, fluffy white head that has average retention for the style, lots of fast, active, medium-sized carbonation, and fast-running, sparkly lacing.

Aroma: Pretty pungent and a little spicier than average, I'd say, which is good. Lots of clove and powdery, sweet wheat - glad that it's still holding up - and good citrus peel. Not bitter or tart, i.e., mostly orange zest-esque. Nice.

Taste: Spices have calmed down a little but are still dominant. There's plenty of sweet but wholesome-tasting powdery wheat here, plenty of citrus twang (more lemon, but still predominantly orange), and a few other grassy notes. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Big, a little rocky, uneven, but crisp, light, and refreshing. I always find witbiers to be an unusual choice for a winter brew given how refreshing they are.

Drinkability: A surprisingly good witbier - probably one of my higher rated ones, really. Has all the right elements and hits all the right notes without being too subdued or dull. Expertly balanced, and recommended, upside-down label or otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 23:29:12 | More by CrellMoset
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bashiba

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy yellow with a very small white head that disapears to a thin white line immediatly.

Smells of sweet Citrus flavors and a slight hint of wheat and yeast. Very strong and nice odor.

A very fresh tasting crisp wheat flavor with hints of lemony zest and orange peal. Just a hint of hops compliments this very well. Light and refreshing, sort of the opposite of what I think when it comes to a winter beer, but very good none the less.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly full and creamy for such a light tasting beer.

Another very enjoyable drinkable beer from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 22:36:25 | More by bashiba
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale yellow, slightly cloudy, but clearer than expected with a finger head that dissipates without much lacing.
S: Yeast, citrus fruit, banana, peppery spice, corriander, more yeast.
T: Not sure how this ends up being a winter seasonal, tastes like an adequate wit, lots of banana flavor, with spiciness from pepper and coriander dialed up. Medium body with a lot of carbonation. Adequate beer, but not my favorite from Bell's or favorite Wit.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 18:14:58 | More by yourefragile
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JayQue

Virginia

4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was really surprising. With a little more carbonation and a bigger, longer lasting head, it would be great.

Poured into a Bud Select Pilsner glass from Busch Gardens. Nice golden/straw hazy color. Small fizzy white head that could have lasted a bit longer.

Good solid smell, wheat and citrus. Very robust taste. Has everything, wheat bitterness, citrus, cloves, banana. Very surprising strong taste for a 4.5% abv beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp, not watery and some carbonation to tickle the tongue (where was the head??).

Drinkability is good. I could swill this stuff all night.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 22:57:41 | More by JayQue
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HardTarget

Texas

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: not a lot o’information here. 5.0% abv., and a code: 8210, which let’s me know they don’t want me to know the date.

Aroma: Belgian yeast, fruity; apricot, peach flesh, and wheat.

Appearance: Very murky, looks like a yeast sample, like Live Oak Hefe. Pretty yellow, no real head.

Flavor: Not a classic wit, but definitely Belgian, definitely wheat, little spice, lots of banana.

Mouthfeel: A little thin given the appearance.

Overall Impression: A really tasty brew. The Belgian yeast element is the strongest taste, if you like Belgians, you’ll like this.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 04:41:11 | More by HardTarget
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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