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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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BA SCORE
82
good

1,546 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,546
Reviews: 636
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 34
Gots: 70 | 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 mgbickel
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Straw colored body with some golden hues. Formed a single finger white head that vanished almost instantly.

Has a classic "wheat beer" smell...spice and citrus undertones.

The taste is right on with the smell...a bit grainy.

Thin mouth feel...very drinkable and refreshing. Good example of a white beer, I would have liked a little more "winter" seasoning...

mgbickel, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this Witbier from a bottle into a pint glass. Poured a light golden color, produced a white head, retention was below average. The aroma consisted of light malted grain, banana, clove and lemon citrus. Light in body, a base of malted wheat, with yeast flavors of banana, citric lemon, and spicy clove. Overall decent beer, nice session beer.

GossageBrewery, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of twelvsies
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

twelvsies, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of NJB145
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

NJB145, May 19, 2013
Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

boilermakerbrew, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Dapperticus
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Dapperticus, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of happygnome
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

happygnome, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of Rons35
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Rons35, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of waltonc
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

waltonc, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

bucklemyshoe, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of MCain04
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

MCain04, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of rspauldi
3/5  rDev -17.4%

rspauldi, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of jp312
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jp312, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of Shawner
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Shawner, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of theboozecruise
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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.

theboozecruise, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of HopsMatt
4/5  rDev +10.2%

HopsMatt, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Ricochet
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Ricochet, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of scoobybrew
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

scoobybrew, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of waughbrew
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

[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.

waughbrew, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of madtowndmb1
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:Very light yellow with the smallest lace around the edges.

S: Very aromatic! Yeast, fruits(banana mainly) and maybe a little coriander

T: Nice! Not a ton going on here but I like it. A little spice, a little fruit.

M: Real thin. It's not exactly what I like in the winter but it's a good beer to sit down and have 3 or 4 of as opposed to a R.I.S.

D: I like it, I could possibly have 3 or 4 of these.

madtowndmb1, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of CSO
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

CSO, May 21, 2014
Photo of phisig137
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

phisig137, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of bradfordjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

bradfordjohnson, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of GaryMarkle84
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

GaryMarkle84, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of Imperial_Sapient_Groat
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Imperial_Sapient_Groat, Oct 30, 2012
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,546 ratings.