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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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82
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1,541 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,541
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 33
Gots: 69 | 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%

zimm421, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of aubuc1
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of proc
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of WakeandBake
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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
Photo of hotstuff
2.17/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

pearljam118, Dec 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

adamant1912, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of martyl1000
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat unfair to be drinking this after my favorite witbier of all time, Hitachino Nest White Ale. But what are you gonna do?

Pours a Hazy straw color, with a lemon juice look to it. Fast-dissipating white head with fluffy bubbles.

An aroma instantly recognizable for the style, it's spicy and yeasty in the nose, with some wet cardboard. Green grapes, other indeterminate fresh fruits, maybe pear, maybe melon.

On the tongue it's grass and white pepper, first. Coriander, awesome winter spice profile.

Eminently refreshing, yet with seasonal fruits, including tart apple and a hint of banana. I like the spices, which are admittedly on the subtle side. Plus the wheat and yeast of Belgian whites that come off as comforting old patterns.

Moderate carbonation keeps everything bright and sharp.

Have I mentioned how refreshing this is? The complexity is all in the fruits, which may sadly overpower the spice. Not quite on par with Allagash White, but close.

martyl1000, Nov 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Bdel34, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

CesarLopes, Nov 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

kmos27, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle dated 12 /2011

A - yellow, clear, little bit of head, sticky lace.

S - Average, not very prevalent aroma. Malty straw smells

T - wow, excellent. Sweet, citrusy. Straw flavors.

M - Well carbonated, medium bodied.

O - a very good wheat beer, citrusy sweet.

BeerDawgs, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Filabee
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Filabee, Apr 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

lccrunchy, Jan 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

alelover, Mar 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

zenithberwyn, Aug 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

minterro, Feb 05, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

scootercrabb, Dec 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

assman79, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of webmanspidey
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Cloudy light orange in color, sparkling with minimal head. Smell is sour lemon, musty oranges, and pepper. Taste is loaded with lemon with some mixes of other spices. Not that complicated or interesting, but light and very refreshing.

webmanspidey, Jan 18, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

PeakedInHighSchool, May 06, 2014
Photo of BigJim5021
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an outrageously hazy pale gold with a fair-sized white head. The head disappears almost immediately, leaving a ring and more lacing than your usual wit.

Smells almost how a wit should smell, but the clove and banana aspects are dulled a bit compared to actual Belgian beers. There's a minor hint of soapiness too.

The flavor is similar to the smell in that it's close to the real deal, but not quite close enough. There is, however, a bit of spiciness that you don't encounter with Beligan wits. I can't place it, but it's slightly peppery.

Mouthfeel is spot-on for the style. It's light and refreshing.

I could easily settle in with a six-pack of Bell's winter offering. I doubt I'll buy any next year, but that's just because there are better wits to be had.

BigJim5021, Feb 27, 2009
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,541 ratings.