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

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,906 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Ratings: 1,906
Reviews: 690
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 48
Gots: 204 | 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 ohiobeer29
1.98/5  rDev -45.3%
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 JackieTH
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed as part of Old Chicago's WBT.

Appearance: Hazy orange with a finger of white light appearing head.

Smell: Wheat and orange peels and something spicy like cloves.

Taste: Fairly standard wheat beer underpinnings plus orange rinds with some nice added spicy clove and herbs which I suppose qualifies for winter beer duty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thin in body but with a favorable amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Slightly spicy and generally unassuming profile and easy ABV make for an easy to drink brew.

Photo of craft_shannie
2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of sleazo
4.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a cloudy pale orange-yellow with not much head to speak of nor lace.

S_Very nice aroma here. Orange, coriander and belgian yeasty esters jump out at you.

T_Lighter on the pallate than the nose would have you think. Initial orange sweetness is followed by a mild spiciness where coriander dominates. The finish is fairly dry for the upfront sweetness and gives a vague hop presence. As it warms you get some banana clove phenols as well.

M-Light body, medium carbonation.

D_I am fairly impressed with this one. It is well balanced with the spices and fruit. Surprisingly good for an US witbier, though I have come to expect as much from Bell's. I also like how they buck the trend and release a 4.5%witbier as their winter seasonal.

Photo of e30todamax
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a cloudy yellow. no real head from a semi aggressive pour. sweet oranges and a nice spiciness. light body. has a full yeasty body, but a nice sweet orange feel to it. Lemon rind as well. A spiciness that Im assuming is from the yeast. Finishes clean.

Photo of weonfire
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Beestin
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Packaged on 10/18/13.

A: Pours a cloudy light golden yellow with an average white head on top. Tough to see much visible carbonation in this haze. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: First thing I notice is a belgian like yeast characteristic. Wheat malts come in on the backend to even things out. Bit of a fruity aroma as well as a bready one.

T: Very mellow, well balanced flavor in this one. Focus is mainly on the pale malts but there is ample yeast aftertaste.

M: Medium body with crisp carbonation. Finishes a touch sticky but not bad. Easy drinking sessionable beer.

Overall I like how its a white ale that doesnt have any of the spices or orange flavor.

Photo of fuzzcherry
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of ethanmc12
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Furley80
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Slay40
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mwar
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of amishbooze
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of deebo
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
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 sgregory
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of grumpygerman
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Most winter ale's are full of dark malt and sweet caramel and I really enjoy them. This is Bell's take made with wheat. It's a dark hazy yellow color with a decent cap of foam.

The nose is bready, yeasty and laden with earthy hops. This is a full bodied brew with cracker and yeasty bread-like malt. The wheat nicely contributes to the winter appropriate body of this brew. The beer slithers along the palate leading to a touch of spice at the end.

I really enjoyed this brew and bell's different take on a winter ale.

Photo of zimm421
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of projectflam86
3.51/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very surprisingly murky white/yellow color with a thin cap that leaves no lacing. Very strange appearance...

S- Banana and clove dominate the nose with some malt sweetness. Things are starting to look a bit more promising.

T- Nice full banana, pear, and clove flavor with a bit of coriander and wheat. Some residual sweetness and faint alcohol present as well.

M- Medium bodied with very little carbonation.

D- This was the first time that I have ever had this beer. After looking at other reviews it seems that I may be the only one that thought this beer poured almost completely white in color. Did this year's recipe change or were the tap lines just not very clean? Either way the beer had a decent flavor but it looked more like milk than beer.

Photo of psoriasaurus
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
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 ccozzi
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,906 ratings.