1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Bell's Winter White AleBell's Winter White Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
82
good

1,523 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,523
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 32
Gots: 64 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,523 | Reviews: 635 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of twelvsies
twelvsies

Maine

3/5  rDev -17.4%

Not really crazy about this one. As the scores reflect, it's average all around. Nothing particularly offensive about it, but nothing interesting or redeeming. Golden color, too many bubbles, no real head. Smell and taste have a somewhat pleasing lemony character and some typical spicing, but nothing really catches my interest. It's got a light, pale malt backdrop and a very non-descript hop profile. Still, it isn't exactly bad, just not good. Thin mouthfeel, and like I said, a little too bubbly for the style. This beer would be drinkable but it's just not interesting enough for me to have more than one. Try Bell's other stuff, this is probably my least favorite of the mixed case I got.

12-24-2005 22:36:47 | More by twelvsies
Photo of Dapperticus
Dapperticus

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

04-28-2013 22:05:30 | More by Dapperticus
Photo of happygnome
happygnome

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

a: pours a very pale yellow color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears rather quickly leaving very little lacing, appears a bit cloudy
s: definately a grainy pale wheat malt, hints of corriander, orange peal along with other much more subtile spices
t: starts out rather sweet bet the spices and hop flavors are diffinatly present towards the finish I can detect corriander, orange peal as the two main spices
m: light to mdeium bodied beer with average carbonation

overall, this is not a bad beer to have around, not typically a winter seasonal but still nice

11-26-2007 16:01:36 | More by happygnome
Photo of bucklemyshoe
bucklemyshoe

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -2.8%

Notes from 12/22/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a lovely golden color with light orange hues and a finger of frothy, short-lived head that does not lace well.

S: The nose shows notes of banana, lemon, light peppery aromas, and a bit of Belgian yeast funk.

T: It is disappointingly mild with notes of lemon and banana being overwhelmed by the spicy yeast character, and a bitter, toasty-bread finish.

M: It has a medium body with a crisp, refreshing finish.

D: This is not my favority Belgian style but it surpasses my typical Witbier expectations.

12-19-2010 07:01:49 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of waltonc
waltonc

Colorado

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%

Drinking this on Christmas night along with a couple other Bell's products. Pours hazy gold with white head. Smells and tastes of cloves, coriander, citrus peels, etc. Body is medium with plenty of carbonation. A nice spicy witbier for a cold winter night, but not one I'm going to session all night.

12-26-2009 05:13:25 | More by waltonc
Photo of confer
confer

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours golden and very cloudy, Beautiful.
The aroma is nothing special.
The taste is above average, nothing overpowering, very light and slightly fruity.
Mouthfeel is smooth as this unfiltered style should be.
This is beer I that will make it into the rotation.
Not that it matters but the label and cap seemed a little out of place. I don't know that I have seen a white bottle cap before.
It's what inside that counts and Bell's has a winner here.

12-29-2008 01:24:30 | More by confer
Photo of theboozecruise
theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

It's a lighter orange color, with ribbons of sediment in the beer and a bubbly white head. It really reminds me of breaking into an orange slice.

There is a lot of citrus on the nose too, but it's more lemon zest than orange. Some spices too which is not surprising for the style. Not bad but nothing TOO special.

The taste is very similar... lemon zest, spice, very mellowed out.

The mouthfeel is fine... nothing really good or bad happening here, bubbly and crisp.

The drinkability is off the charts, though. This one goes down like water... or orange juice! A great session beer.

03-04-2011 01:26:16 | More by theboozecruise
Photo of MCain04
MCain04

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

02-12-2013 18:33:26 | More by MCain04
Photo of PeakedInHighSchool
PeakedInHighSchool

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

05-06-2014 14:43:57 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
Photo of ethanmc12
ethanmc12

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

11-16-2013 19:41:09 | More by ethanmc12
Photo of scoobybrew
scoobybrew

Indiana

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

This was poured from the bottle into a weizen glass. It has a light golden color with a decent head that has fair retention. The aroma is wheaty with some clove-like scents and some faint banana. I also detect faint traces of something that reminds me of coriander, but it's not very 'clear'. It's very intriguing. It has a smooth wheat malt flavor that is very complexly spicy. There's a lot going on here - mostly cloves with hints of coriander and bananas. It has a creamy medium body with high carbonation.

Overall this a very nice and interesting wheat beer. Even though I am having it in the summer it's very tasty and uncommon. It reminds me of a cross between the German and Belgian wheat styles.

09-04-2007 00:43:19 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of waughbrew
waughbrew

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -12.4%

[generously received in trade with ghostwalker 3/2006]

Very hazy very pale yellow with a big-bubbled ugly head with little retention or lacing. Smell is pleasantly interesting, with light lemon-banana, white pepper, bitter orange peel, and rubber. Taste is surprisingly similar, though adds a significant honey component. Feel is medium body with carbonation that, although it is at low levels, feels big bubbled and sizzly. Finishes sweet and coating. Pleasant.

03-14-2006 22:49:47 | More by waughbrew
Photo of Ricochet
Ricochet

Ohio

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Cloudy Yellow, mild carbonation. Average hefe appearence.

S: Wheat. Only slight juicy fruit scent. I'm sold.

M: A little thin in the mouth, nice ale effect , foaming well, going down pretty decent.

T: The only thing this does not have to make it a decent hefe is the yeasts at the bottom. That said, as a wheat this tasted very decent and seemed to thin as it got warmer which affected the overall impression. Other than the watery feel, this is a very well done wheat.

D: I can see having a few of these, but I really want a hefe flavor and the Christian Morelien Hefe fills the bill.

01-16-2006 05:06:21 | More by Ricochet
Photo of phisig137
phisig137

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a hazy light gold straw color. One finger head falls quickly, leaving behind nice lacing and a blanket of foam.

Aroma is delicious. Strong wheat presence, with a definite german flair in the yeast. Both coriander and citrus are present, although the spicy coriander takes center stage here. Very nice.

Flavor again is quite good. Very well balanced and fairly light. Nice citrusy orange notes, with a mild coriander flavor all throughout. Wheat is present and makes it's bready quality known. Full flavored and refreshing. Mouthfeel is suprisingly full for the style, and drinability is excellent.

I'd put this wit up against any other out there, including whirlwind and St. Berny's wit. Fantastic beer overall, but I have to wonder, why is this a winter seasonal? Nothing about this beer says "winter" to me. While it is a damn fine beer, I'd much rather see bell's release this as the "Fourth of July White Ale". I guess I just don't understand the wit beer as a winter beer. Damn fine beer, just not the right time of year. In any case, it is definitely worth picking up... highly recommended.

01-11-2007 04:47:41 | More by phisig137
Photo of HopsMatt
HopsMatt

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-01-2011 10:17:40 | More by HopsMatt
Photo of Rons35
Rons35

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-22-2013 00:01:59 | More by RMelyon
Photo of boilermakerbrew
boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

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

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

01-07-2014 15:00:33 | More by Evarigan
Photo of GreenWBush
GreenWBush

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +18.5%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

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!

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

Texas

3.73/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

12-19-2007 23:29:13 | More by bboven
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,523 ratings.