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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BA SCORE
82
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1,779 Ratings
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84
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Ratings: 1,779
Reviews: 661
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 43
Gots: 143 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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 psoriasaurus
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slightly hazy light orange color with one finger of head. There's a bit of lacing. The smell is very light. The only thing detectable is just a hint of citrusy aroma. The taste, however, has plenty of flavor. It's nice and malty, just ever so slightly sweet. Wheat and biscuit malts are present. There's a nice refreshing lemon flavor as well, and even a hint of spice. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is very nice. A decent witbier.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Clydesdale
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a medium, foamy white head with average retention and lacing.

S: Wheat, yeast, some cloves and perhaps banana. Some coriander and citrus aroma is also detectable.

T: Crisp wheat flavor, with some floral hops to provide a slight bite. Coriander, clove, allspice, and orange juice flavors as well. A bit of drying, husky graininess at the finish.

M: Very crisp and fizzy, with a somewhat light body. A vaguely sticky and dry aftertaste. A seltzery feel to this one, with an acidic, carbonated twang.

D: This one tastes pretty decent, but what makes it a winter beer, exactly? The mouthfeel especially seems off - too much like club soda and without the creamy texture you'd expect from a witbier.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Minkybut
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was yeasty smelling and looking, cliudy and it had a non-existant head with no lacing whats so ever.
The beer was fruity tasting and almost salty with a hint of oranges or something. Though the beer was drinkable I just did not care for it that much and will not buy again.

Photo of afksports
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this Winter White courtesy of a buddy of mine, Jeff. It causes Reena no beerface. Therefore, it's good for something. It's also good as a light winter drink that you can kick back with when you're not looking towards an RIS to solve your cold winter problems.

It's murky in appearance in the way that witbiers tend to be. Bit of a head dissipates and leaves not much lacing at all. It's still highly carbonated, so that makes the tongue tingle on its light to medium body. It smells like almost every other citrus wheat beer out there. Tastes like that too. The best part is definitely the carbonation. In other words, it does the style. Does it pretty well. Doesn't blow socks off. Doesn't blow your nose for you. Does refresh you.

If you're into that.

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3.72/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Traquairlover
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A = Poured out a cloudy orange-yellow. Slight head, no lacing.

S = Smell of overripe fruits and wheat.

T = Nice wheat taste, some fruit (banana and star fruit) quickly dissipating in aftertaste. Cloying aftertaste.

M = Pretty average. Good carbonation, not too thin, not meaty. Hard to really find anything distinguishing to say about it.

D = Could stand as a session beer, but probably better for taking a taste and moving on to something more savory.

Photo of chilidog
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottled version was not what I expected, but still very nice. I had thisone ( I think ) on tap with a different appearance. Thisone however poured a hazy yellow with a nice, average, soft white head that left little lace in spots. The aroma was grass like with a hint of citric. The taste carried that citric zest of lemon while a good blending dose of carbonation cut through a thick wheat base. Leaving a crisp mouthfeel alittle tart. A nice beer that is refreshing and quenching. It would be nice to see thisone, say; Christmas in July. It would fit very well that time of year as well.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,779 ratings.