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

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1,600 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,600
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 38
Gots: 87 | 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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Photo of oelergud
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz dark brown bottle with a white and blue winter forest scenery on the label, cap is white with the name of the beer printed in blue.
Light straw semitranslucent body with a white head of tiny to small bubbles, it falls to a very thin float leaving only the least of lace.
Light white bread, licorice and wheat scent. Abit of vegetable and peach with some yeast spiciness.
Light wheaty flavor and yeast. Bready and peppered. The aftertaste is hoppy with hot spices.
Light body, very little coating, abit dry finish.
Good drinkability.

-Oelergud

oelergud, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright yellow color with a thick white foam head that quickly dissipates. A good amount of lace.

S: Lots of banana and clove at first with some pear and bready malt mixed in.

T: A combination of pear, banana, clove, corriander and wheat. Nothing over the top but really clean.

M: Very light and crisp.

D: An easy to drink beer, not something I enjoy in the winter time, but a nice offering.

IronCitySteve, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of gwiedman1
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

gwiedman1, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of PatandDavid
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Fox and Hound in Beavercreek. Cloudy dense light chamomile in color. Aroma is wheaty, some spiceyness, perhaps coriander(?). Taste was good, mouthfeel was medium. I picked up more wheat notes (not typical bubblegum or other wheatbeer notes), but more of the grain and texture in the taste. Mentally I was comparing this one with Allagash white, and I think it can come pretty close, especially if fresh.

PatandDavid, Mar 19, 2006
Photo of TCgoalie
4/5  rDev +10.2%

TCgoalie, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of deebo
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle packaged 10/28/11

A-With an aggressive pour a cloudy light yellow color with a couple fingers of pillowy head quickly breaking down into barely a hint of a white ringing foam.

S-Sweet Belgian yeast (plenty of fruity esters-banana). Typical wheat aroma. A hint of spicy hops in there too.

T-Typical of a witbier, but so clean and smooth. Lots of sweet belgian yeast, a significant amount of wheat and just the right amount of spices. Lighter in the citrus flavors of most. I love this beer.

M-Extremely smooth mouthfeel. Light to medium carbonation, a nice little bite of spicy hops at the end but finishes clean. A little more of a bitter end note than many.

D-About as high as a beer gets. I could drink this one any time of year in just about any quantity.

O-This witbier really does it for me. Not overally spiced or flavored, but a beautiful smooth taste that is simply delicious from start to finish. It does taste a bit more like a hefeweizen (fruits present are more banana than citrus) than most.

deebo, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of zimm421
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

zimm421, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Code clearly printed on back label. Label art is perfect for a Christmas day with snow on the ground.

Pours a completely murky honey straw yellow. A thin white head patches to the glass. Smell is muted; hints of fesh and harvested grass and lemon. Taste is a concoction of aromatic seeds, herbs, and peels. Wheat body is medium. Feel is very citric and tart, a bit on the thin side, with a pleasant bitter finish. Drinkability good and easy. Like most of Bell's offerings, this one is a bit off-kilter from the style "standard." I liked it decent, though.

sixerofelixir, Dec 25, 2010
Photo of fdig23
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

fdig23, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orangish-yellow color with a white head that dissipates to a ring. The aroma is yeasty, and has bananas and cloves, it has a bit of black pepper to it as well. The flavor is yeasty, and again it has a peppery clove and banana taste. It is somewhat like their Oberon, but a bit more fuller and maltier. It is medium in body and smooth drinking, with a drying finish. Not bad at all.

BeerBuilder, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of ethanmc12
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

ethanmc12, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of ColSanders123
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ColSanders123, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of BamfBacon
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

BamfBacon, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of mikefuski17
4/5  rDev +10.2%

mikefuski17, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Beeradelphia
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Beeradelphia, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
3/5  rDev -17.4%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of stewart124
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellowish-orange with no head to write about.

Huge wafts of citrus and corriander in the nose.

The taste is sharp and has plenty of citrus to go along with the spicy notes. The mouthfeel is bigger than I anticipated.

Plenty of citrus and spice left on the tongue and loads of refreshment.

I look forward to this winter seasonal every winter because it is a change to the status quo.

stewart124, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of beveragecaptain
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

beveragecaptain, Jan 08, 2006
Photo of whynot44
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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. .

whynot44, Dec 13, 2005
Photo of ypsifly
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

ypsifly, Dec 16, 2005
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2.25/5  rDev -38%

ajs4bd, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of illini4x4
4/5  rDev +10.2%

illini4x4, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of ithinkimasofa
3/5  rDev -17.4%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +37.7%

KC9LDB, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of Gtg642
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Gtg642, Oct 10, 2013
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,600 ratings.