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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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687 Reviews

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Reviews: 687
Hads: 1,994
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 22.62%
Wants: 58
Gots: 273 | 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: 687 | Hads: 1,994
Photo of birderbeerer
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very light, nearly translucent. Pours a nice head.

Great sweetness and spice in the aroma with a little yeast. Very rich.

Taste is also rich. Loads of flavor, mostly spice, sweet and light with a bit of yeast.

Pretty thin for my tastes, but it's still good flavor.

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Photo of fropones
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow with barely any white head. Smell is wheat, spice, some citrus. Typical wit smells. Some yeast and banana as well. Taste is wheat, a little bit of citrus. For some reason I'm tasting a fair amount of copper. Some spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, good amount of carbonation. Pretty drinkable. Copper taste subsided after the first couple of sips.

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Photo of derekgw123
2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wasn't paying attention when I bought a six pack and thought it was more of a winter warmer. With that aside, the beer was just not tasty. Bland and thin.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours a clody/ orange color with a small foamy head
S: nothing at all like a typical winter beer! can def smell the corriander smells very inviting, as a good session beer shoud
T: just smooth,a little more going on on the tounge then lighter belgian whites
M: creamy and easy to drink
D: cant say enough about how great this beer is and the low abv makes it a great great session beer

if you like this one, def make sure you check out Elysian Bi Frost

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Photo of cudmud
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A pale golden color with litle head and weak lacing. Very cloudy due to load of yeast in the bottle.

Smell: Smells of yeast and various spices.

Taste: Plenty of yeast and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: Very good and treat on w winter night.

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Photo of OttoBomb
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (January 7, 2011). Batch "10125" is printed on real label, which according to the website was packaged on November 23rd, 2010.

Witbiers aren't exactly my bag, but they are slowly growing on me.

Eyes: Initially this poured an almost clear amber color, but a good swirl of the last couple ounces in the bottle stirred up the yeast and produced a very cloudy hue. A slightly yellow head caps the brew, retention is mild as is lacing.

Nose: Very yeasty, with wheat, coriander, some citrus and banana aromas. The citrus is more evident that other witbiers I've had, which an area that needs attention in this style. Well done.

Tongue: I like that the flavor profile provides the citrus, fruit, and coriander in mild but appropriate amounts. In addition the balance is near perfect.

Mouth: Good mouthfeel, maybe a bit heavy. A lively carbonation keeps this drinkable.

Libation: So this isn't a stellar example of the style, but it's certainly a great effort. It fits in very well amongst the great many offering from Bells. Flavorful, drinkable, and not too "Big" of a beer to overwhelm after a few sips.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Cloudy, light orange with copious white head and fair amount of lacing. Smells like a solid hefeweizen, yeasty, fruit esters – pineapple, bubble gum, banana. Tastes like a pretty solid wheat beer, a lot of citrus (lemon, orange). Absent are the spicy notes, nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is light, a little soapy and very smooth and easily quaffable. This beer is a solid beer for spring and summer BBQ, the low ABV argues against the ‘winter’ aspect of it (it’s such an enjoyable beer, it could be imbibed year round). Hands down the best US wheat beer I’ve had – love the can for convenience and portability.

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Photo of troysoy2
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hello winter.
Looks like a pretty standard witbier to me. Nice and cloudy, has that ideal golden color. The head is nice and stays around for a long time, so props for that.

The smell is citrus fruit, but clouded by the wheat and a bit of spice. The words to describe it are elusive to me... There might just be the slightest bit of funk to it that I don't find all that enticing.

The taste is better that the smell, luckily. Very refreshing and drinkable. On the front of the taste, you have a very mellow orange taste. Not much acidic bite to speak of. The aftertaste may have a tad bit of wintery spices in it, but not too much going on here.

The mouthfeel, in my opinion, is the most disappointing aspect of this beer. There simply isn't much carbonation to speak of. I almost forgot that I wasn't drinking fancy orange juice.

Though it's a decent tasting beer, I think Bell's fell a little short of my expectations on this one. There are plenty of better witbiers out there, and I doubt I'll be clamoring to buy more Winter White for a while.

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Photo of praufs01
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Milky orange yellow color with a frothy white head.

Aroma - Banana, orange zest, and lemon

Mouthfeel - Fizzy small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Light orange and lemon flavor with a hint of banana in the background.

Overall - This is a great looking beer. It looks just like an orange creamsickle that has been melted in a glass. The flavors are great although the orange, lemon, and banana are little subdued. If the banana and Orange flavors were a little stronger this brew would be euphoric.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch number 10021 poured in a weizen glass.

Pours a somewhat cloudy pale straw with very little head. What little head there is dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass. Not very vibrant or impressive looking.

Aroma is a step up, with some orange rind and coriander and hints of spicy wheat and some banana in the background. Fairly potent and good for the style, but not particularly complex or interesting.

Up front, the taste is fairly well balanced between some orange, coriander and wheat. In the finish, however, the wheat takes over along with some hints of bananas and clove.

Mouthfeel is a little grainy with only a small amount of prickly carbonation. It's a nice, drinkable wheat beer.

I appluad Bell's for thinking outside the box with this winter seasonal, but my only gripe is that nothing besides the label suggests that this is actually a "winter beer." And this was consumed on a snowy 17 degree evening, but as far as the beer goes, it would've fit in just as well on an 85 degree summer night. Maybe some warmer spices and a little more depth would make the "winter" designation more fitting.

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Photo of JDK
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a golden wheat color with very little head that quickly disappeared.
Faint smell of oranges, hops and spices
Lite carbonation with medium mouthfeel
Nothing really separated this from a regular wheat beer except for the slight orange taste, I guess I expected a lot more from Bell's.

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Photo of longarm
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange-yellow with light pillows of foam. Ridges recede rather rapidly, but rejuvenate from the recesses of the glass.

This winter white wafts with distinctive and stylish doses of wheat, banana and cloves. Moderate alcohol arrives unwelcome.

Decent flavor if a little modest. Mildly mistaken-flavors more typical of macro makings than quality malt brews of Bell's persuasion. Still it goes well with a finishing hints of orange.

Mouthfeel is clean and dry.

Not at all expected given the name, but not a let-down. Who drinks wheat beers in the Winter? Apparently Bell's and they've converted me quite easily. A nice production, this is well suited for many pours in any season.

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Photo of legalpete19340
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light yellow/gold color with a big two fingers of fizzy and fluffy head that hung around for the entire drink but laced minimally.

S: Spiced bread, banana and grass.

T: Starts off a crisp clean wheat/grass flavor that immediately is erased by a massive spice profile of coriander, pepper, cloves and some cinnamon. This eases into spcied bread then notes of banana and lemon before the yeast gives it a biscuit finish. All the usual suspects well balanced.

M: Light and fizzy.

O: This is a well balanced Witbier. The usual spices and fruit notes play well together and dont overwhelm.

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very cloudy, pale straw color minimal head that fell quickly. Nothing left on top of the beer and no lacing. Lots of sediment left in the bottle.

S- sweet aroma of corriander and slight citrus.

T-Lots of spice flavors. Lots of corriander and heavy wheat flavors. Has a creamyness to the taste as well.

M-Feels creamy yet is fairly light bodied. decent carbonation

O: I am a white ale fan and I was really suprised by this one. Had a great creamy spiciness to it. Well balanced.

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Photo of oracle
4.69/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle served in a tall pilsner style glass

This has long been one of my favorite beers to get growlered. I'm very glad to see it in bottles finally.

Like many other wheat beers, this is one where you want to swirl that last half ounce around in the bottle before you pour it into the glass. It picks up the sediment from the bottle, which enhances the flavor dramatically.

Beer poured a very cloudy golden/yellow with 2 inch bubbly sticky head. Like most wheat beers I've tried, the head left very little to no lacing.

Smell was wonderful. golden ripe banana and warm bread.

Taste was very clean and simply delicious. ripe bananas and sweet apple. Strong yeast characteristics.

Mouthfeel was good. Minimal carbonation. This beer feels light and airy on the tounge.

Still one of my all time favorites.

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Photo of everythingiszen
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Normally don't go in for Wits but this is pretty good. Pours a very pale cloudy yellow. Heavier mouthfeel. Light and "belgiany" overall, slight spice (apparently just from the malts, the description says none were added) and fruity on the nose and palate. Abrupt finish.

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Photo of bahumutx
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow with a small head that dissipates slowly.

Smell: The smell that comes through the most is a citrus smell with a slight wheat smell in the background. There is also a slight peppery smell in the background.

Taste: A strong citrus flavor is the first thing that hits the tongue and then there is a slight wheat taste. Finishes with a little hop bitterness. There are also hints of pepper and banana.

Mouthfeel: Good Mouthfeel. Right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in sitting.

Once again a good offering from the folks at Kalamazoo Brewing. Keep up the great work.

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
2.36/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a - Cloudy yellow, little head looked like a witbier

s - Smelled of wheat but not much else

t - Dissappointingly thin, lacked complexity

m - light carbonation, thin

d - There are many better witbiers available don't waste your money. Generally I like witbiers this one just did not do it for me.

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Photo of Illinick
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellow, a shade darker than "pale" with "creamy orange" and hayish hues. Fluffy white head that slowly dissipates.
S: Tart fruit smell-lemon, lemon peel with some bananna. Slight metallic smell also with some spice/spiced fruit, a touch of pear and an earthy must smell.
T: Parallels the smell and exhibits typical white flavors with an extra dose of spice. Faint metallic taste in their also. Tart lemon with some bananna, spiced fruit flavors, and a musty earthy flavor too. Flavors mold well together. Has a slight "extra dose" of spice, mostly pepper and some coriander.
MF: Medium and finishes semi-dry.
Overall: Solid brew, but nothing above and beyond-no Wow factor. I'd definately have again, but wouldn't specifically search for it. Worth a try.

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Photo of Dave128
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no actual dating into a unibroue snifter.

A - A medium to gentle pour yielded a finger of head that dissipated pretty quickly. No lacing and barely a ring of foam around the edge of the glass. Looks a little more like cloudy apple juice than beer. Cloudy yellow-orange in color.

S - Smells wheaty and spicy.

T - Rather plain on the tongue. Simple taste of a wheat ale that doesn't really bring out the best in the style.

M - lightly carbonated. Excellent for a winter beer.

O - Not too impressed, but its not too bad either.

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Photo of johnd513
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light hazy orange color with a two finger white head that quickly disappears. Smells of citrus upfront and banana at the end. The taste has lots of spice to it with banana, clove, orange and lemon peel. The mouthfeel is a bit too thin for my taste and has lots of carbonation. Drinkability is decent although I couldn't really see myself drinking more than two at a time. Overall a decent offering from Bell's.

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Photo of Thanby
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a bit of lingering head. Smells primarily of Belgian yeast, spices. Tastes of Belgian yeast, your usual winter spices, coriander, anise, wheat. Lingering spice mixture, medium body, well-rounded, full flavor, amply spiced but not overwhelming, mellow.

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Photo of mjw06
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good beer, but after having a few glasses of this I was convinced that this should be marketed as just a regular witbier. I'm perplexed to know what is "wintery" about it. Admittedly this is the first winter white that I've ever tried and also I've never associated wits with winter, so I was excited to try it.

The color is a hazy orangish-yellow, but its a clear kind of hazy, if that makes any kind of sense. The smell is pretty weak, didn't get much from it. The coriander is particularly sharp and there is an citrus note that isn't pronounced, but definitely there and specifically orangey, nothing else. Not much residual flavor is initially wheatey and pleasant, but doesn't stay like that. Kinda gets sticky and stale, which makes me want to just drink more.

Like I said, I liked the beer. Just having a lot of difficulty separating this from any other wit. I would drink this in the summer and enjoy it just as much.

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Photo of r3o
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:cloudy white with some straw-lke tones, very thin head with little to no lacing
S: yeast and bready smell, a hint of spices
T: there's a bitter taste to this one, like cactus (agave) it's all I can think of, but does not overpower. Some other spices come and go throught out.
M: light, somewhat course, low carbonation
D: it's good but I've liked others white better.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

After a decent stir at the bottom of the bottle the sediment gives a nice semi-transparent pale yellow white cloud to the glass. A pure white head traps aromas of soft spices and wheat goodness. A good white ale taste slightly watered down. Overall a Nice white ale.

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Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.