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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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 ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me this has more Hefe characteristics than Whit characteristics but there are some of both...Pours a cloudy yellow....nice nose of swet bananas..also some ginger evident..is not as charged up as expected...more creamy... medium body..thicker than the typical hefe or whit...nice tasting brew...bananas..some bready characteristics....vanilla...some ginger on the long finish..has some spicy notes as well.

Seems to be a hybrid of some sort...very enjoyable though..not a BIG winter brew but worth a six-pack of enjoyment....no off flavors... (547 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had tried this beer over a year ago and just saw it on tap (early). Notes are the same except appearance and mouthfeel, as nothing aside from those was different when I went back and read my bottle review.

This one is a slightly hazy pale golden color. A soft white head sits on top of this one, almost a finger high, leaving a foam that stays and leaves lacing that's wispy but plentiful.
The smell is very typical wit: wheat backbone, some citrus, and spices underneath.
The taste follows suit. It's typical of a good wit and brewed to style. There's is a very gentle underlying bitterness that adds to the balance.Underlying spice lingers, and its taste is pleasant without being overwhelmingly strong.
There's a light to moderate body; carbonation is a bit heavy for my liking and adds a little bit of a seltzer-like aftertaste. If anything, this is a touch thinner than my previous review would imply or I remember.
This is worth trying, though I don't see this being as appropriate for winter as for warmer weather. (1,024 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Old Bag of Nails pub in Columbus. This beer is a very hazy dark yellow color with a compact white head and very little lacing. The aroma is spicy, with wheat and citrus. Light and crisp body with a flavor that stings the tongue a bit. It is a zesty brew and a little more flavorful than the bottled version I remember. Orange and other fruits, along with spice and a touch of malt on the back end. The finish is very dry and comes back to the citrus. A step up from the Blue Moons of the world but falls a little short of the world-class Wits out there. (563 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellow/ pale orange color with a white head. In the aroma, wheaty, orange citrus, and corriander. In the taste, kind of watery for a wit and hints of corriander. A small bite, but overall smooth mouthfeel, with a dry, small bitter corriandr aftertaste. Light and easy, good all around, except for somewhat watery in the taste. (341 characters)

Photo of drpimento
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent, interesting beer. Poured with a decent, foamy, frothy, nice sized head and lots of lace. Color is a very cloudy light amber. Aroma is malty, yeasty, wheat, and a little fruity. Flavor's about the same, fruitiness more pronounced. Great body and carbonation. Easy drinking. Can actually pick up on the qualities of the different yeasts. Could be a session. (363 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, slightly lighter then lemon juice yellow in color, white cap lasting for a brief stay before tapering to a thin collar, not much in the realm of lacing sticks, drippings mostly running down to join the collar.

Aroma has a nice light clove spice enactment over a pleasing banana wheat bread sweetness and some of the usual witbier yeast.

Flavors are crisp and clean, not to much dancing on the tongue though, very calm, smooth, and tame. Which is actually kinda nice in that regard, but still lacks some omff. Wheat malt makes up a good portion of the taste keeping a fairly decent body. Light banana, even lighter lemon bits, clove is tame but present, more so midway to finish. Solid in smoothness but less so in a bit of its actual flavor character.

Feel is smooth and calming for a Wit, a bit out of character, but nice non-the-less, lighter bodied, crisp, malty, picks up a bunch towards the finish but nothing lasts. Creamed wheat leftovers on the palate with tiny smidges of the clove for the finish.

Super drinkable; quite smooth, and quite lovely in that respect too; one thing I've always found hard to like about Wit's is the drinkability. This is opposite of that impression, as this is quenchable for sure. A bit odd that it's a Winter seasonal cuz this would make for a great summer brew; and that's no foolin'. For me; a hard review to put numbers to. It seemingly could be better, but I like it alot, which I think the numbers might not show. (1,475 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Batch #9386

(A)- Pours a hazy goldenrod color that produced a mediocre white head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Lucious banana, lemon, biscuits, and a clove-like spice.

(T)- Same as what the smell dictated. Simple, but tastes good.

(M)- Great balance and carbonation level. Nothing fancy or out of the ordinary.

(D)- A fine witbier. Good taste, body, and balance. No complaints here, just would much rather grab something else than this during winter. (502 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy yellow-orange color with a medium white head. The head faded leaving only a very small amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was of yeast and citrus mixed with a bit of spiciness. There was a wheaty-bready smell that mixed in with the citrus. Very traditional wit aromas, but nothing too potent or special.

Taste – Wheat flavors are the first to meet the tongue. These are quickly enhanced by some spiciness of coriander and citrus flavors which come mixed with some more yeasty flavors. There are some subtle banana and topical fruits as well. All in all, the fruits are overall moderate and light in comparison to the wheat and spice.

Mouthfeel – A bit more crisp at first, but it seems to mellow and become more creamy in the mouth over time. The carbonation is a little on the higher side which matches the crispness nicely and seems to depart just as the creaminess enters. It has a rather nice overall feel.

Overall – A pretty nice wit. It has a nice feel and a pretty good flavor, but is just a little weak in smell and aroma. (1,105 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big Belgian esters of pear, peach, and green apple with wheat in the aroma.

Flavor is more green apple dominant, with a lightly phenolic clove and pepper finish. (162 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a bottle of this when visiting family in NC recently. the temperature outside definitely screams winter so why not pop this one tonight? enjoyed from a bell's tulip.

a - brew poured a soft but murky orange with lots of visible carbonation evenly climbing to the surface for quite some time. there was a t hin white bubbly head that bubbled away in parts but never completely left.

s - smells like a wit aught to...orange peel and coriander.

t - taste follows the nose of orange peel and coriander but offers a lot more sweetness than i expected, but overall soft and very approachable. flavor isn't too bold or intense. just nicely made. good amount of water in there but not watered down.

m - lots of fizzy carbonation...big sweetness. medium bodied and drinks extremely smoothly.

o - overall, not wild about wit beers in general, but this is very good for the style. (883 characters)

Photo of gford217
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, bright yellow with a big puffy white head that dissipated gradually leaving little lacing. Smell is dominated by sweet aromas of wheat, lemons, oranges and bananas. Big spice aroma as well dominated by cloves and coriander. Taste is primarily the big sweet wheat up front with the fruits right behind. Lemony hops are also present. The mouthfeel is light and slick with heavy carbonation. This is a decent wit and very drinkable though not the most complex wit I've tasted. (494 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pretty gold with a decent head, but not hazy at all for a wit.

Smells like quite the wit, though, with big huge spicy wheatmalt letting through nodes of white pepper and cloves.

Tastes like wonderfully overpowering wheatspice. Big cloves, all spice, ginger, corriander, and white pepper against a sugary background.

Hell yeah. I always like spicy wheat beers more on cold days than on hot ones. This is a great idea and a wonderfully brewed beer. (464 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. No readable freshness date on bottle.

A- Light golden color with a paper thin head and lacing that doesn't stick to the glass

S- Can't detect much aroma. Maybe it'll be more apparent once I start drinking. I do pick up an obvious wheat scent with what seems to be a slight hint of wet cardboard. Let's hope it's not oxidized.

T- Eh. Not a whole lot going on. Thankfully, no oxidation. Just a pretty standard white beer. Belgian yeast flavor but not very apparent. Light, quaffable. Very little alcohol burn.

M- Thin, low-medium carbonation but still has enough spritz to make the beer lively given its less-than-exciting flavor.

O- Yeah, pretty average across the board. Won't be paying to drink this again when there are so many more flavorful witbiers out there. The first letdown I've had from Bell's. (843 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Big bready nose seasoned with clove and a hint of banana.
Pours a cloudy straw with a mere wisp of a head.
The flavor profile is more Bavarian than Belgian despite the use of Belgian Ale yeast while the body is a shade more Belgian.
Light, more crisp than creamy. (266 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, wheat beer like yellow gold with a nice head of white froth. Aromas of wheat, coriander, lemon, orange, and your typical wit-like aromas. Taste is simple, one-dimensional and totally wheaty wit. Orange peel, wheat, a nice yeastiness, and citrus fruits. Mouthfeel is creamy and nce and the drinkability is good as well. A 4 star wit from bell's brewing. (358 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy straw color with two fingers of quickly dissipating head.

S - Aromas of coriander and a small amount of citrus.

T - Tastes of wheat, some faint citrus hops and spices, mostly coriander. Flavors balance well. They aren't too exciting, but not bad.

M - Pretty light mouthfeel, but I guess appropriate for the style.

O - A pretty easy drinking, if not particularly interesting, wheat. (404 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy dark straw with a bit of white head.
S: It smelled like orange zest and sharp grassy hops, with sweet honey and creamy yeast.
T: It tasted like lots of citrus and grassy hops, with some coriander and fresh wheat and creamy yeast and sweet honey. It had a clean and bitter aftertaste.
M: It was slightly thick with lots of carbonation. Decent for the style.
D: This was a very bright and crisp beer, which seemed better suited for summer than winter. But it had an enjoyable taste and appropriate body, and it was quite easy to drink. I have no real complaints, but the beer didn't really excite me either. (629 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a cloudy pale yellow color. The head is white and fluffy like freshly fallen snow. The aroma is more like a hefe weizen than a witbier. Yeast, wheaty and tagny with only faint hints of coriander. The taste is rather light for a witbier. Tangy wheat makes up the flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a little too much carbonation. Overall, this isn't a bad beer, but I would rather have Hoegaarden or Allagash White. (438 characters)

Photo of cokes
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smudged brass under a milky bed of froth.
Nose of Bananas, with a steely hop or two poking out in the corners.
Very much a hefeweizen, flavorwise. The archetypical banana, vanilla, and clove are all present (and listed in order of magnitude). Some ginger tones manifest themselves as well. Turns breadier by midway, accented by a dusting of black pepper. Odd metallic twang late. Difficult to tell if it was originated from the yeast or the hops. And speaking of hops, it closes with a lightly bitter and woody, dried grass notation.
Medium bodied, texture-wise, but seems thin in flavor width and depth.
I didn't know much (anything) about this beer heading in. But it's clearly not a Wit, in a Belgo sense. It's doesn't seem like a typical Bell's offering either.
What it is, is a decent hefeweizen, and not much more.
Strange style for a winter seasonal. (866 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden straw color with a short wispy white head that quickly settled into nothingness. Looks like a macro.

The aroma is quite yeasty. Big banana and clove, perhaps a hint of coriander. A bit of tart green apple. The aroma reminds me more of a hefeweizen than a witbier.

The taste is of ripe banana, bubble gum and clove. Definite hefeweizen flavors. Very subtle tart apple.

The feel is light and fizzy carbonation. The beer drinks very crisp and clean. A bit thin.

Not sure what type of style this beer is going for. The beer doesn't have a strong coriander presence so it doesn't remind me of a witbier. The flavors are much more of a hefeweizen. The beer doesn't have the softness of most hefeweizens. I would say the beer is an American wheat ale that uses a bavarian yeast strain. (815 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tried a couple times, never rated, sixer picked up by the roommate

a: into my allagash wit glass yeast and all, the opaque golden-yellow ale glows under light, capped by a bone white head that recedes to a thin layer

s: yeasty with dried citrus rind upfront on a body of clean wheat malt, crisp and grassy noble hops, mildly spiced, delicate clove, green banana, soft and just a touch doughy

m: medium-high carbonation, body light but not thin

t: clean wheat body carries chalky yeast, dried lemon, underripe banana, and a papery noble hop flavor, not much to it but there is a nice balance here, starts and finishes dry, slightly above average

d: plenty drinkable over a single, but lacking enough character for a repeat (726 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here’s a hazy, pale yellow-colored liquid. The head is unfortunately flat. Minimal to non-existent lace. The aroma is a refreshing mix of pepper, lemon, sweet spices, baking bread, melons, and bananna. The taste has a lot of citrus and yeast, along with a little spice. It’s a moderately sweet, but very spritzy and carbonated beer. With a fairly medium body, this is actually a little more full than necessary for the style. The finish is a little tart and palate-cleansing. All in all, this isn’t my choice for a winter beer, but it’s decent despite a few flaws. (568 characters)

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

Served to me in an imperial pint glass. It has a cloudy orange tint with a neat 1/2 inch white head that had a little retention. Very little lacing and no activity after the pour.

The aroma is very yeasty. The Belgian yeast really dominate with a spicy and citrus smell. Very nice.

The taste again is dominated by spices such as cloves and ginger with a bit of citrus thrown in. A nice blend. The body feels light and is not a bit cloying. Very clean finish. A good beer but not a winter one. It is also not one I would make a session out of as the spice would be a little much to me after two. (596 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with nearly no head. Aroma is wheaty with banana yeastiness, some sweet honey, and a hint of spicy grain. Strong banana flavor up front with a sweet finish and just a hint of funky yeast throughout. Feels like more of a hefe than a witbier. Plenty of carbonation gives a little prickle on the tongue. Crisp finish that is not normally present for me in a wit. This is actually pretty pleasant and I would be happy to have another. (443 characters)

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

Bright, lemon yellow body with adequate yeast haze visibility. Head is cloud white, and started big, but didn't last long. Husky, yeasty wheat malt aromas dashed with lemony orange, clove, and light coriander. Smells how a witbier should, even if it is a little mild. Milky wheat malt flavors start out, but are quickly joined/overpowered by yeasty citrus. Tart, acidic lemon and orange juice refreshingly take us into the mildly candy-sweet, spice-tinged, yeasty finish. Medium bodied, with a milky, smoothie feel up front, followed by a refreshing, acidic bout of carbonation, and then back to the smoothie. Another good beer from Bell's. (640 characters)

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