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
83
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677 Reviews
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Reviews: 677
Hads: 1,956
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 6.52%
Wants: 48
Gots: 240 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 677 | Hads: 1,956
Photo of nmyers
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured a cloudy golden almost orange color. The aroma of this beer has hints of sweet citrus and bananas and some Belgium candy sugar. The taste of this beer was similar to smell hints of sweet sugars and citrus and banana notes were also present. This drinkable beer was smooth but had a slightly bitter after taste. Overall this was an average winter beer. (361 characters)

Photo of TheStig
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a decent, inoffensive and light tasting beer that isn't very complex. I'm a little disappointed because seasonal beers tend towards possessing attributes that fit with the season-- halloween gets the crop of pumpkin flavored beers, summer sometimes rustles up some sort of jalapeno-flavored creation and so on. This *winter beer* has nothing "wintry" about it apart from the name and the label artwork-- certainly nothing that suggests the scents and smells of winter (cinnamon, nutmeg, pine, chocolate, burning wood or even a decade-old, rock hard fruitcake.) The scents are typical average witbier: bread, wheat and yeast. There's a slight hint of citrus but it's gone quickly and doesn't translate into taste-- which is similarly average. So, why am I paying 11 bucks for a six pack of this when I could be trying that Allagash Dubbel I passed over? (860 characters)

Photo of OldManMetal
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This uncharacteristically hop-forward witbier has a cloudy gold body that produces spare head and lacing; significant yeast sediment is present, as expected. There is a light banana/clove spice and floral hints on the nose and on the palate, where they are joined by alcohol notes and a nice wheat flavor that takes a backseat to a hoppy bitterness. This bitterness dominates the finish, lingering more than expected for a witbier, and providing a nice accompaniment to the lively carbonation. (493 characters)

Photo of tjacobs610
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: A very hazy yellowish amber color, with a thin white colored head that has no retention and not much lacing

Smell: Very fruity and citrusy aromas, has a bit of a musty smell to it as well. The citrusy aromas are very prominent

Taste: Very fruity and spicy taste right up front. Followed by a citrusy orangeish taste that leaves a little bitter taste in your mouth. Overall has a very strong taste

Mouthfeel: Very light body with very minimal carbonation. Very thick on the palate but not thick enough for its class

Overall: Very poor example of a witbier. Doesn’t seem thick enough but it does have good smell and great appearance (648 characters)

Photo of GrizzlyBrew
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw to pale golden, very hazy, nice white head that seems to stick around

S - wow! I'm picturing a lemon with cloves stuck all over it ( like something your mom might use as a decoration at... well... xmas), nice yeast character, some clean malt laying around in the background

T - hmmm... a fair amount of spice bouncing around for its malt support base to get to the party, but it never shows up. a very mild malt character fails to provide the counterpoint to the spice. It just seems too soft overall. I'n not sure if this is what a "winter wheat" is supposed to taste like, but it's just not as refreshing (or spicy, bold, filling) as I would have hoped

M - again, not enough punch for me. I want bubbles, large ones even. There is a neutral balance of malt and bitterness and it's pretty smooth, maybe just not appropriate for style, doesn't scrub my palate like I'd like

O - confuses me, plenty of other white ales I'd rather have (947 characters)

Photo of jeffmart22
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy nearly opaque yellow with a one finger head that dissipates to just a thin film. Very little lacing on the glass.

A - Strong citrus zest and a peppery spice aroma. Nice farmhouse type of funk from the yeast. Nice smelling Witbier.

T - Very easy to drink. Starts a little sour with some citrus flavor that leads into a slightly sweet mandarin orange flavor. Very refreshing.

M - Light in body, Flavor duration is short to moderate.

O - Nice and refreshing Witbier. Would be great in the hot summer weather. (528 characters)

Photo of Sconnie
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale in color, with a light haze. Very little head. Smells more like a hefeweizen than a witbeer, with banana and clove overtones sticking out. A tasty beer, crisp and smooth with banana and clove like the smell, and some light malty sweetness. Not a lot of hop flavor. Nicely drinkable; wouldn't mind kicking a few of these back in front of the fire on a cold winter night. (374 characters)

Photo of BeerHistoryGuy
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

I know this often gets rated lower than most Bell's beers, or many beers in general, but I like it. To me, it's a simple, refreshing, everyday winter beer that's goes down easy. I can drink it with dinner or while watching the ballgame. I like the fruitiness and the spices. I will admit that it borders on a summer beer rather than a winter, but I truly enjoy it. It's one of those beers I try not to overthink -- I just like it as a solid, simple, balanced beer. (465 characters)

Photo of EORS
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefeweizen glass. Next in the tour of Bell's that started at their brewery and continues through this mix and match 6 pack...

A: Hazy orange yellow with a thin white head. Low carbonation, no lacing.

S: A bit of musty yeast, citrus, spice, and a banana sweetness.

T: Mustiness and spice more dominant than in the aroma. Good citrus flavor, and an overall sweet finish.

M: On the heavy side for a wit, so medium. Could use a bit more carbonation to liven it up.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer - it leans toward the sweeter side of wits without being syrupy or sickening. Emphasizes citrus and spice over must and tartness. Not the best example of the style, but very drinkable.

Winter, though? (724 characters)

Photo of latackbeer
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty good Witbier. No head what so ever, it looked like it was forming and then quickly dissipated. Great straw color and very hazy with plenty of carbonation. I get a little lemon but more orange peel.

I could throw back a few of these but there was nothing special about it that I would get another 6pk. Great Taste just a little on the boring side!! (364 characters)

Photo of mikeal1917
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was at a bar in East Lansing when I got the chance to taste this brew. Let's just say the beer was better than most of the bands.

Appearance- It was lowlight in the bar, but I crowded around a window to look at it. Beer has a light amber, with wisps floating around the middle of the glass, typical of wheat beers. Didn't keep much of a head.

Smell- Had a decent smell, evidence of of that yeast smell. Smelled similar to Blue moon, which is also a Belgian style wheat beer.

Taste- Smooth refreshing wheat beer, bread like aftertaste from the yeast

Mouthfeel- Thinner beer than other wheat beers I've had. Smooth feel

Drinkability- Goes down easy, mild bitterness that goes a long way in terms of taste. Not to much, not to little (737 characters)

Photo of msjacilynn
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from old notes: 12/31/08

A: hazy pale yellow with little white head.

S: spicy nose with a hint of wheat.

T: variety of spice with a hint of cider/orange/banana fruity-ness.

M: thin and well carbonated.

D: I know this beer is not for everyone but it is one of my favorite wheats, especially around the holidays! (323 characters)

Photo of jdoherty
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this beer into a small white sampling glass. Pours very fizzy and seems unfiltered, yeast is visibly noticable.

It smelled almost entirely of yeast, there were other subtle smells but I couldnt put my finger on.

Tastes identical to hefe-weizens with a lot more of the yeast taste.

The carbonation really tingles on your tongue, (the fizz came from somewhere) and it had a very light bodied feel.

Not exactly the winter warmer I would have expected, not many spices or strong taste in any way, but it is still rather pleasant served ice cold. (560 characters)

Photo of quikfish13
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this from my local carryout in the summer actually. Apparently not a huge seller during its season but Christmas in July, why not?

A: Poured a cloudy golden yellow with a thin white head that quickly evaporated. Not much carbonation at all.

S: Gave off the hints of orange and lemon peel. Although there was one spice that I could not put my finger on. After a taste though I concluded that it was..

T: Ginger. Orange lemon and ginger form a wonderful medley in the taste of this beer. With a nice almost smoky flavor to it as well that kisses your taste buds in the aftertaste.

M: Very light and crisp. A nice clean feeling that doesn't leave your mouth feeling soaked with the beer.

D: At first I was a bit turned off by the flavor of this beer but the more tasting I gave it the more I appreciated it. With a complex flavors and aromas I have come to enjoy this. Makes a fine seasonal brew for sitting by the fire in the middle of winter. But it's great in the summer too. (999 characters)

Photo of irish
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When reviewing a wit, you almost have to say "for the style", because it is above all a subtle style. Other reviewers seem to penalize it for being true to style. But I think you have to take the style as a given.

It pours plainly without a lot of fuss or head, and settles into a very clear pale liquid.

Modest nose. It sips easily, with a moderate bitterness afterward, but subtle. Here's a beer that really IS "less filling" and "tastes great. It could easily qualify as a session beer.

As long as I am mentioning that horrid ad's phrase, I should reiterate that this beer falls heavily on the "less filling" side, although it really DOES taste great. A nice change from other monstrous, super-hopped and -alcoholic winter beers. (737 characters)

Photo of ProducerBRBeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a Belgian white style like a milky lemon juice. A big bubble white head with a very slippery lace. The color is pale yellow and murky to see through.

S - Smells like a belgian. Malty with a fruity smell, like cantaloupe or apricot.

T - Very nice banana fruity flavor. Subtle hop taste but mostly banana from the flavors. Very nice finish and hardly an after taste.

m - creamy and smooth. very nice and elegant. the carbonation is light but perfect for the malty style.

O - A great Belgian white that leaves me satisfied. Out of all the seasonal beers this year I could definitely say I really enjoy this one. Usually when I think Belgian white beer I do not associate it with winter. (697 characters)

Photo of WwRGSwW
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: bright yellow color with a thick white foam head that quickly dissipates. little to no lacing.

S: Malt hits you first, followed by banana and a slight hint of nuts

T: A combination of banana and nuts. the after taste is nutty, but not offending.

M: Very light and crisp.

D: Very easy to drink. Mine was gone before I knew it. Nothing to really rave about, but good none the less. (387 characters)

Photo of Shrews
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served - Bottle poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance
Very small amount of head, that quickly disperses into nothiing. Saw a lot of carbonation with the pour. Pours a very light yellowish-brown. Some sort of sediment formed in the bottom of the glass while I was drinking it. Not really sure what it was.

Smell
Wheat and hops; light and faint smell.

Taste
Citrus, wheat flavor, but mostly citrus.

Mouthfeel
Pretty carbonated, so the bubbles were very apparent. Could really taste the oranges even through the heavy carbonation.

Overall, a nice wheat with good citrus flavor. The sediment in the bottom of the glass bothered me, and the smell was pretty bland. A good beer, but was expecting more from Bell's. (711 characters)

Photo of Phinner
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice wit style for the winter. Great mouthfeel - very smooth and light. Flavor was right-on. I enjoyed the Belgian-style flavor; nice but not too overbearing. Overall, this is a go to beer for the winter and wish it was available year round. Will need to stock-up while its in the market. (293 characters)

Photo of eonbluekarma
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Soft gold appearance with a hazy quality. Smell is ok. Hint of banana and lemon with a bit of clove. Taste is a nice crisp/sour spice. Very subtle compared to some other Bell's features. The mouth feel is light with decent carbonation. Overall this winter wit is very drinkable. A good beer for holiday meals as the winter spice will accent your meal and wont overpower any foods. (380 characters)

Photo of adamhdv
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden yellowish, a light color really. Very cloudy. Small head retention. No lacing to be seen.

Aroma is typical citrus, nothing special here...maybe a little yeast.

First taste is lemon. Some malt... Taste, for some reason seems a little artificial.

Mouthful is...eh' slight citrus. Light, yet a little thick. It is crisp however. Little spice to it too.

I think this would have been a better beer to drink in the summer actually. Not horrible, not great. (470 characters)

Photo of Sudmissle
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is probably misnamed. I found it to be a direct competitor with the finest German wheat beers such as Paulaner and Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbiers. I was told the same thing as another reviewer about the Bell's folks being concerned it would compete to closely with Oberon. Oberon is a starter kit for people about a year away from sampling German-style wheat beers. This beer has the wonderful banana and yeast flavor of the best German Weissbiers and is the best American Microbrew version of this style I have sampled. I wish this was readily available in bottles! (576 characters)

Photo of doubleshovels
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wounderful to look, this pour has a gradation from light lemon yellow to tangerine orange, like a slice of a citrus rainbow glowing from the glass. Its overwhelming bouquet suggested a promising bursted of falvor in the mouth. First sip hits with a full force of lemon zest, however like lemon zest, it quicks shows its bitter and oily backside, never showing a greater depth of spice. Very quaffable, yet almost unpleasantly polite. (433 characters)

Photo of zsk
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance was like any other white. Cloudy golden with white bubbly head
Smell was bland. Not much there, really
Taste was good. Refreshing.
Mouthfeel was Ok, not great.
Drinkability was OK too. I don't really care for another.

This is just average. I was hoping for a winter style beer (Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Celebration, etc) Might as well be any other white ale. Blue Moon is better.
What happened Bell's??? (426 characters)

Photo of xcrunner78
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour a hazy yellow-brown with a good head that is white.

Smell: I get some fruit (banana? lemon?) and grain in the smell at first, then with some dough with little hop to the aroma.

Taste: Taste of clove, coriander, fruit and wheat.

Mouthfeel: On the palate a heavy feel (wheat) at first with spice (clove) and some fruit that finishes crisp.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, but not a choice for te winter...would do more of aheavier higher gravity beer. (467 characters)

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