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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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Ratings: 1,488
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 28
Gots: 56 | 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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Photo of bradfordjohnson


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

09-05-2012 12:38:26 | More by bradfordjohnson
Photo of GaryMarkle84


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

08-12-2012 23:01:10 | More by GaryMarkle84
Photo of _morandi_


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

07-15-2014 03:11:05 | More by _morandi_
Photo of GreenWBush


3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Canary gold. Very slight head, minimal lace pattern. Only when the yeast comes out of the bottle does the presentation befit being dumped into my Hoegaarden mug.

Husky aroma; strong malt/grain flavors going on. As it warms a little cloves, lemons, and soap pop up.

The flavor is quite clean and refreshing, per the bottle. Much like Sierra Nevada's wheat offering without the hop-zing.

Pleasant in its unremarkability: would be especially delightful to convert the non-initiates.

Not so many applications for this beer drinker...though I prefer this to Oberon. Seems more summer than winter to me. Not lush or enthralling but solid, refreshing, and accessible.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 23:17:56 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of SolipsismalCat


4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Extra cloudy yellow with one-finger, white head that lasted less than a minute. Not much lacing.

S: Citrus, wheat, and yeast. Belgian.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Wheat, very grainy flavor. Belgian yeast is in there too, sort of spicy. Good.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Silky smooth and slightly warm.

O: The head was disappointing, but the nose and taste are solid. Nice alternative to other winter offerings.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 03:45:43 | More by SolipsismalCat
Photo of nhindian


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a light straw color with around 1.5-fingers of ivory-colored head with moderate retention. The body is cloudy and the lacing when the head dissipates is paltry with only a few flares of lace covering a small portion of the glass.

S - The nose is full of phenols and zest, bringing familiar traces of lemon, banana, grape bubblegum, and clove. It smells rather fresh as well with a substantial breadiness to it.

T - The yeast probably imparts the strongest flavor to this beer as the banana and bubblegum are at the forefront. There is a surprisingly potent wheat characteristic to this as well to complement the breadiness. In the finish, lemon zest and cloves battle it out and for all intents and purposes it ends up as a draw.

M - Mouthfeel is light-bodied with high carbonation. The carbonation helps the flavor pop a bit, and it finishes with a crisp, dry feeling.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. A more phenolic take on the style, this isn't going to blow any minds, but it's definitely solid. I'm not sure how I'd feel drinking this in the dead of winter, as I seem to enjoy these beers more in the warmer months, but I guess I'll have to try it again later in the winter to find out!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 04:50:29 | More by nhindian
Photo of bboven


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark grapefruit juice body with a thin but creamy head and ok lacing.

Smell is a little yeast but overwhelmingly citrusy to the exclusion of other aromas.

Taste is very citrusy as well. There's a nice nutty aftertaste from the yeast, but so much citrus flavor
Carbonation is full and fluffy. A tiny bit drying, pretty good after the sip.

I would drink this in the summer over even their Oberon, I believe. Light ABV, non-aggressive flavor, just cut the citrus notes and this one would be out of the park.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 23:29:13 | More by bboven
Photo of Natural510


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle; Bell's website reveals it was bottled Jan 4 2011.

Pours an extremely hazy, murky pale golden-orange color. Beer is thick with yeast and topped with a thin layer of bone-white head.

Full yeast scent with spicy notes and a slight lemon overtone.

Sweet orange-citrus flavor with peppery note of coriander. Tart, astringent yeast finish, followed by a subtle kiss of hops.

Body full as per style; yeast and hops provide a nice little reverberation in the mouth.

Good witbier; not exactly a style meant to "wow" the drinker, yet still Bell's provides a flavorful offering not generally found this time of year.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 18:00:45 | More by Natural510
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

01-15-2013 10:15:42 | More by falconxman
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3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a local bar at $2 pint night.

At first sip, I thought Hoegaarden. Came to me with an average 2 finger foamy head and looked like a glass of orange juice with a slightly lighter color.

Smell and taste were vary similar. Definite orange peel flavors along with coriander and clove. Finished clean with the typical wheat ale semi-bite. No hops bitterness here. Fairly creamy on the palate, definitely one that would fill you up after a few.

Overall, its not among the styles I prefer, but a good branch out and overall solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2011 05:57:12 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of Fish113d


3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly to a slight surface layer. Body is a bit cloudy.

Aroma is of some pale malt along wwiht just a hint of spice; coriander and orange peel is what i find mainly. A slight grainy aroma comes through a bit also. Kinda plain.

Sipping reveals a rather balanced flavor between the sweet malt and some hops. Some spice comes through a bit on the swallow, and just a hint of orange peel, but I was hoping for abit more spice.

Tingly carbonation up front, and a rather watery finish with very little aftertaste. Rather lite.

Very drinkable, in that I could drink a case of it and keep on going (okay maybe that's pushing it), but overall, i was rather disappointed. I've had better from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 02:11:17 | More by Fish113d
Photo of Magpie14


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: slight touch of orange with a overall golden colored body. Has a somewhat hazy look and feel overall. The head was firm and cream colored and had minimal lacing.

Smell: smell of oranges, bananas and wheat. Sweet spices and maybe some cinnamon.

Taste/Mouthfeel: mostly wheat and citrus that is paired with a little bite of hops and spice. Yeast and bread flavor floats about. Feels smooth and slighty creamy...goes down easy. It's a unique flavor for the winter...but it is most pleasing. A very drinkable beer and tasty!

I have always liked this beer and it finds a place in my fridge...when in season of course

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 21:07:41 | More by Magpie14
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-21-2013 19:39:13 | More by mikefuski17
Photo of bbeane


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a nucleated weizen glass... has a finger thick foamy white head that mostly disappates, but not completely... leaves some lacing. Beer is golden colored and cloudy

S- Smells sweet, bit bready with strong citrusy overtones

T- Very sweet from start to finish... tastes like it might have some cinnamon or nutmeg added; hints of lemom

M- Very light bodied and light carbonation

D- Super easy to drink and tasty. I enjoyed it, but think I would like it more on a hot summer day


Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 02:13:05 | More by bbeane
Photo of emwild12


3.75/5  rDev +3%

11-29-2013 19:17:56 | More by emwild12
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

03-19-2013 03:08:23 | More by ChrisKayler
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

05-01-2014 23:01:55 | More by amalburg
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

06-22-2013 00:01:59 | More by RMelyon
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3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First impression is a pleasant lemony aroma. Pours a nice cloudy yellow under thin but long-lived white head. Malts are very light, nice wheat complement.is subdued for the style. A little grassy (and a tad gassy), dry, with a tingle of bitterness. The citrus taste remains prominent, though toward the end more estery fruitiness and spiciness make an appearance. Not overwhelmingly "Belgian,", but very drinkable, like a kölsch or even a lawnmower beer.

I had this at the sports bar in Marshall Field's in downtown Chicago, "InField's," and found it a pleasant surprise. Prices are interesting: $3.50 for 24 oz Gooses, $4.50 for micros on tap (Summit, Bell's, Sierra Nevada), and $5.50 for imports (just Guinness and Heineken). The macro-swill is only in bottles. Not a bad deal.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2004 17:52:13 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a cloudy straw/gold. Two fingers of white head developed and dissipated quickly to leave a thin, bubbly lacing and ring around the edge. There was a little bit of sedimentation at the bottom, which I coaxed out and poured into the pint.

Smell: Reminds me of summer. Major clove and lemon/orange zest. There are hints of coriander and just a little bit of honey. There is also the customary, and heavenly, yeast aroma.

Taste: Very balanced and smooth, but no flavors jump out or dominate. However, there is a detectable hierarchy of tastes: the yeast, coriander, and clove spice are most prominent, and underneath those are the citrus elements from the smell.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable. Tasty and easy drinking, this is a decent witbier despite the fact it is totally out of season. Bell's did not do enough to justify offering a witbier for the winter months. I appreciate the effort, but I expect something more unique than something true to style.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 19:24:42 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of Rons35


3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

02-19-2013 22:09:00 | More by Rons35
Photo of Anthony1


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass. The aroma is of Belgian yeast, strong spices, light malts and some citrus. The taste is spicy up front with flavors of coriander and clove. There's a good background of Belgian yeast and light malts along with some complimentary citrus flavor. The hops presence is mild as you would expect. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready. Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 16:06:59 | More by Anthony1
Photo of danielharper


4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy but bright yellow body, thin white head. Some effervescence in the glass, moderate carbonation, overall very much to be expected for the style.

Smell: Sweet, spicy. A lot of yeast present in the nose, smells a bit subdued for a witbier, more like an American Wheat. No hops or malt present in the nose. Overall, it's pretty nice.

Taste: Very sweet up-front, hints of the spices that make this a witbier, but to me they're fairly unidentifiable. No hops or malts present in the flavor, finishes clean but with a bit of a sweet aftertaste. Overall a pretty nice witbier for my taste, as I'm not always a big fan of the ones that have the spices way up front.

Mouthfeel: Just a notch above thin, leaves a bit of a coating on the palate. Not unpleasant, pretty much on-point for the style.

Drinkability: I like this beer a lot more than I thought I would. It's very drinkable, so much so that I could consider buying a whole sixer of these. Possibly my favorite wit, something I wouldn't have expected from an American-made beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 00:55:32 | More by danielharper
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-02-2013 00:42:56 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

12-25-2012 21:55:40 | More by Tumble
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,488 ratings.