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

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,862 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 1,862
Reviews: 679
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 47
Gots: 178 | 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:
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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Photo of carlmoberg
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

Photo of NODAK
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell has a mix of sweet oranges, spice and citrus on it. Reasonable for style. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Taste has a bit of sweetness upfront with spices, notably cloves. Not very sweet at all however, especially when compared to some other wits. The finish has a good snap of lemon citrus to it, with some wheat and spice....also a small hop bitterness. Pretty drinkable and a good example of a wit.

All in all, I usually prefer wits with more bold orange flavors, but this really went down quite well.

Photo of Slay40
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of mwar
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of NJB145
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of PGVG
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of psoriasaurus
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of PeakedInHighSchool
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of becktone
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is almost typical of a witbier. Just a bit more head and it would do it. That cloudy lemon yellow color is there with the high carbonation giving life to this brew. Head is white and very small, something more than a thick film would give this beer a better and more appetizing appearance. However small the head may be it does have good retention. It hasn't really moved at all since I poured it. I guess its in line with others of the style-Holy Moses, Hoegaarden, and Blue Moon. Lacing is good-leaving a solid wall around the glass.

Aroma is fully wheat. There is just a little bit of orange and coriander aroma along with that of some weak spices. For a witbier I would expect something more.

To the tongue it tastes like a witbier should. But then again, for me its just meeting expectations, not exceeding them. As far as witbiers go I'd rather Hoegaarden than this. Wheat is the main flavor here, its after taste is actually quite nice. All the flavor is there. The orange, coriander and spices seem to reside there. A little bit of sweet orange flavor when it first hits the tongue.

This brew has a lighter sprity body and is quite refreshing. High carbonation give life to this brew's body and compliment the flavor. The only beef I've with this brew is that it is a winter seasonal. This isn't the type of brew I want to drink in the winter. Were it released in the summer months I can assure you I'd probably buy it again. Becasue its released now, when I want something heavy and hearty I doubt I'll buy this again anytime soon. Other than that its a great brew, not quite up there with Hoegaarden though.

Photo of Strix
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy pale yellowish-orange with decent head.

Smells quite floral, yeasty, and citric.

Citrus dominant in the taste: orange, orange rind, yeast, wheat, and spices. Nothing too outrageous, but a nice blend.

Mouthfeel light and bubbly.

This was pleasant, nothing too fancy, but light, tasty and drinkable.

Photo of sgregory
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of damndirtyape
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (batch 10021) poured into a shaker pint glass. Lots of yeast sediment was left behind in the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy/translucent golden yellow beer. Foam disappeared quickly and never reappeared again. No lacing either.

Smell: This is a witbier? Smells like a hefeweizen - cloves and banana with a hint of mustiness and pear at the end. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.

Taste: A bit on the sweet side, and definitely tastes like a hefeweizen. More cloves than banana though, with something else spicy in there at the end.

Mouthfeel: Enough carbonation to feel a bit crisp on the tongue so that it cleanses the palate like a witbier should. Beyond the carbonation the beer is a little bit thick and slick at the same time.

Drinkability: Went well with a spicy beans and rice dish, but I can't see myself buying it again. It's just an okay beer.

Photo of HopDerek
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light yellow with thin white head that fades fast, no lacing. Smells very yeasty, with bread dough and biscuits, honey, and lemon with some spice like coriander. Tastes of sweet wheat mixed with coriander with a nice citrus balance. Medium in body with nice carbonation and a crisp finish. With a good balance and nice fresh sweet wheat flavor, it's a very drinkable beer, not so sure about it being that good for the Winter season though, unless it's supposed to make us believe Spring is right around the corner.

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.04/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Basic white ale pretty tasty but doesn't jump out at you but very easy to drink

Photo of PatrickJR
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Orangish/brown colored with extreme sediment. This beer is completely opaque, nearly identical to a dense hefeweizen. Two fingers of slightly orange-tinted head rise with moderate retention. Some lace.

S - Moderate citric twang from the wheat balanced nicely with chalky, dusty yeast. Spice is faint but detectable with suggestions of the coriander and orange peel popping in and out.

T - Although this is lacking some of the obvious spice quality of other witbiers, it makes up for it in extreme balance. Orange peel and lemony wheat engage in some interesting interplay with the chalky notes from the yeast. There is a small bit of sweetness with the perfect level of tartness. Mid palate the sweetness and creaminess of the wheat fades into a peppery and slightly phenolic taste while some dusty yeast lingers. Mid to late palate the coriander makes a brief appearance and fades into an herbal, tea-like bitterness. Finishes clean.

M - Very interesting. Winter White has a solid medium body with an unmatched creaminess for the style. Carbonation is moderate and compliments both the citrusy elements and the fuller-than-average body perfectly.

D - Bell's has strayed from typical wits with this offering, but this is still a remarkable beer. Winter White strikes an excellent balance between the thinner, spice-laden wits and the overly chalky, orange-sherbert-like thicker wits. I could put down several of these in no time. A stunning and unique example of the style.

Photo of JizackFH
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange that has a decent head. The head left some decent lacing as it fell. You can tell this is unfiltered. Smell is spicy. there are notes of clove, citrus, and some coriander. The taste is pretty typical for this style. There is some spiciness, wheat, citrus, coriander, and clove. this beer has a lighter body with good carbonation. I'd say the drinkability is pretty good on this beer. Its a good beer, but I just can't find anything about it that really makes it stand out from other beers of this type. It's pretty typical, but I think it's a pretty nice winter beer.

Photo of GRPunk
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (batch 8188) poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured a nice, hazy, golden-orange color with medium carbonation and a 1 finger white head that stuck nicely to the glass.

S- It smelled of spice and sweet fruit (candied banana and citrus). There were also some wheat and yeast tones.

T- It had a nice flavor of wheat and spice. However, the flavor seemed a bit muted in the end.

M- It had a nice texture but ended up feeling a bit flat or thin.

D- Easy drinker.

Overall- It's a solid beer, something different from most winter offerings, and a nice change-up. I did my review without swirling the sediment and again when swirling. I didn't see any major differences. Everything just seemed slightly amplified with a swirl.

Photo of akttr
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of hwwty4
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a chalice. The beer poured a hazy orange/yellow with a very thin white head that left no lacing. The beer actually looked like a pulpless grapefruit juice. The aroma was of ripe apples and bananas. The taste is of wheat and bananas. It leaves a yeasty aftertaste in your mouth that I didn’t much care for. The mouthfeel is decent, medium bodied with little carbonation. Not a bad beer, just nothing exciting to talk about.

Photo of mikefuski17
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light golden color, clear, with very good carbonation and about half a finger’s worth of grayish foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – hoppy, but with the wheat coming across pretty clearly, although not overwhelmingly.

Taste – much like the smell, but reversed. First I notice the wheat in the taste, and only then do I feel the hops. The wheat comes back in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced overall, not leaning more toward the waterier or creamier sides.

Overall – Not a bad-tasting brew at all, but not a whole lot of complexity to it.

Photo of GreenMind
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,862 ratings.