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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: 1,527
Reviews: 635
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.5%
Wants: 31
Gots: 67 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

capuchinpilates, May 03, 2013
Photo of waughbrew
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.

waughbrew, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of RMelyon
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

RMelyon, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Ricochet
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.

Ricochet, Jan 16, 2006
Photo of phisig137
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.

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

jp312, Jan 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

HopsMatt, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of bradfordjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

GaryMarkle84, Aug 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Evarigan, Jan 07, 2014
Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4.5/5  rDev +24%

lilsmizzul1225, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of GreenWBush
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.

GreenWBush, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of SolipsismalCat
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.

SolipsismalCat, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of nhindian
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!

nhindian, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of madtowndmb1
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

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 bboven
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.

bboven, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of Natural510
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

Natural510, Mar 08, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

EigenBeer, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of Fish113d
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

Fish113d, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of Magpie14
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

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

Magpie14, Nov 07, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

pottergator, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of bbeane
3.63/5  rDev 0%

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


bbeane, Nov 17, 2009
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Imperial_Sapient_Groat, Oct 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

emwild12, Nov 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

ahommell, Mar 14, 2014
Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 1,527 ratings.