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

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82
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1,527 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,527
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 31
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
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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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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

gwiedman1, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of karst
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

With the '06 release of Oberon, I was lucky to be able to compare the Winter White from the tap along side of the new release of Bell's Summer Wheat.

The dollar per 20 oz. serving made this attractive as well.

The 24 oz nonic displayed a strongly beading blond Whitbier that was slightly hazy and fairly clear for a wheat. The short lived head and light lace drop the appearance rating a half point.

Served a little on cold side a nice aroma of wheat, coriander,orange and citrus zest combine with hints of clove and vanilla. Flavor follows with coriander, ginger, clove. Medium body with a round mouthfeel that provides a solid wheat canvas for broad brush strokes from the citrus, orange, and other spices. Finishes clean after a breif cameo of yeast, wheat, and juicy spices. Bittering hops are perfect. Although 0.3 % lower than Oberon's ABV this seems more substantial. Seek it out. If you can get it for $1 per glass enjoy your session!

karst, May 02, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

psoriasaurus, Feb 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Kaveman, Jan 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

JohnnyMc, Feb 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

MarkJBurch, Dec 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

ColSanders123, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of Risser09
4.58/5  rDev +26.2%

12oz beer poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow/light orange with a 1" white head that has decent retention. Bubbles stick to the sides of the glass. A yeast haze slides around in the liquid.

Smell: Strong wheat aroma mixed with pale malt. Belgian wit yeast, minerals and a light banana/clove in the background.

Taste: Tastes much like a summer Belgian White Ale. Strong wheat malt, banana and citrus. Spicy with underlying clove and pepper. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Very sweet and satisfying with a great quenching flavor. Mild carbonation and alcohol. Spicy and loose.

Drinkability: Extremely good. This is not a winter beer, but it should be. This style can be appreciated no matter what the season. I love it.

Risser09, Jan 06, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

dsshuck, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%

Type: on-tap pint
Glass: pint glass
From: Casey's Tavern in Ann Arbor
Price: $4.50

Appearance: a deep and hazy gold. opaque. by time i got it there was no head left and the lacing was gone as well

Smell: a little bit of wheat, fruit and clove.

Taste: follows the nose pretty well. definitely a wheat taste to it, along with what i now taste as banana and a good mixture of cloves.

Mouthfeel: light and crisp. a good mix-up from all the stouts, barleywines and bourbon beers i have been having this winter

Overall: another solid seasonal from Bell's. not a beer that i am gonna race to get next winter, but it sure hits the spot after a bit of a burn out on heavier and darker drinks. easy to find as most MI bars have a Bell's seasonal option

SportsandJorts, Nov 18, 2012
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3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

This is my first beer frm Bell's - so here goes.

Poured into a pilsner glass, this brew has a golden yellow appearence, with no head. Mostly carbonation is present when poured.

The brew smells of yeast, orange and some lemon.

The brew taste nice and crisp. Taste of yeast and wheat - much like the smell. Yeast after taste is very evident. Very carbonated mouthfeel.

The beer is very drinkable - but I am partial to wheat beers. However this beer doesnt really do it for me as a "winter" brew. I mean it is very drinkable and good, but this is a brew that can be had on a 90 degree day in the summer. Good beer - just not really what I look for in a winter brew. I think the crispness I am detecting is where the difference is in this and a regular wheat beer. refreshing beer none the less.

magine, Apr 04, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Gtg642, Oct 10, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Dogleg, Aug 27, 2014
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Hazy light orange/peach with a thin gauzy head that disappeared quite quickly. Faint citrus and coriander on the nose.Fine but prickly carbonation brings a lemon-orange and coriander flavor to the front. Light, fresh dough malt middle with medium-light body. Finishes slightly yeasty. This is basically Oberon that actually has the spices in it that so many people pretend they can taste in that AMERICAN WHEAT style summer brew. I fail to see what is so wintery about this. But it is a really fine Belgian Witbier.

dedrinker, Oct 31, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

kbnooshay, Nov 13, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

bottle dated 11/9/11 poured into a glass

Pours a hazy light yellow with a head thinning head.

Classic smell of bubble gum, bananas and spices.

Taste is wheaty, balanced witbier. No metallic and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not bad.

Overall this is a very good witbeer. it doesn't try to be too much, just as advertised. Nice job bell's.

aubuc1, Dec 23, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +16.3%

This is a very, good beer and a very drinkable version of the hefeweizen style of which it seems to be moreso than a Wit/White. Pours out to a pastel gold in the glass with a decent head. Aroma is that of spices, lemon and malt. The taste is superb, with just the right amount of banana, clove and coriander present, but not too much, as is the case with other beers of the style.

This is affectionately known as "Snow-beron", a takeoff on the summer beer, "Oberon". Is it better than Oberon? No, just different. Where Oberon has a fruitiness to it, this has the traditional wheat beer spice. Both are excellent. This needs to be bottled or else I am going to be spending too much time at the local Pub...

proc, Jan 17, 2004
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4.55/5  rDev +25.3%

the bottle looks very picturesque and i love it. I know right away i am going to enjoy this beer.

It pours a cloudy, hazy wheaty yellow color with a tint or orange. Only a half finger lace of head rises to the top. It doesnt have too much staying power and is gone within seconds. I poured this beer into a pint glass.

I can detect a hint of orange/lemon fruit flavor but not too much. The main smell is the wheat and the oats. It reminds me of oatmeal and hay for some odd reason. After further review i can taste another hint of citrus in it.

The flavor is great and i can taste citrus/lemon in the beer now. I still taste the wheat and i can taste the yeast but the fruity citrus flavor gives it that extra zing that a witbier has. Excellent taste! i feel like i am in heaven!

It goes down smooth and no bitter aftertaste but the orange flavor stays back to let me know that it was apart of the beer. It feels like a wheat orange afteraste.

I have to say this is one of the best beers i have ever had. Hoeg used to my favorite witbier but this one tops it. I love it. I will def get a sixer of this if i can find it in my area.

Dodo2step, Mar 01, 2008
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4.18/5  rDev +15.2%

ON TAP .A creamy hazy orange color with loads of yeast swimming around,small white fluff head.Aroma is somewhat heffish,with some mild banana,cloves,orange zest,and grassy notes.Flavor is wheaty with loads of banana, bubblegum and and spice, maybe even pineapple. Very drinkable, refreshing after a long days work. Would make a solid summer brew too.

WakeandBake, Dec 14, 2008
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2.17/5  rDev -40.2%

The nose of this particular beer is banana. The body is cloudy and the hue is pale yellow. I observed some yeast with this beer. I definitely was not impressed by the taste of this beer. After about half-way through I had had enough and tried another of their beers. This definitely is not one of my favorite beers from this brewer.

hotstuff, Jul 11, 2003
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

KC9LDB, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Thanks to BA dmamiano for kicking this down to me!

Poured into a pint glass. A very light yellow-gold color, pure white head rises to a couple fingers and then settles quickly. Beer is slightly hazy.

Citrus and spice aroma. Very pleasant, with some tangy earthy wheat notes as well. Taste is a nice citrus and coriander blend, wheat comes through as well. A mildly bitter hop finish, though the fruity flavor lingers through the end as well.

Light and crisp, well carbonated. Easy drinker of course. Not sure what this has to do with winter other than the name, but it is a great witbier in my opinion. I would love to hit this on a hot summer day,

ZimZamZoom, Dec 31, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,527 ratings.