Bright White
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #235
Ranked #40,051
3.67 | pDev: 12.81%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Bright WhiteBright White
Notes: Formerly Winter White Ale

An alternative to dark and heavy winter warmers and stouts, Winter White is a stylish and refreshing Wheat Ale.

Fermented with a Belgian ale yeast, this blend of barley and wheat malts yields a mixture of clove and fruity aromas, all without the use of any spices. Deliberately brewed to retain a cloudy appearance, Winter White is a beer for embracing winter.
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defunksta from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a medium, golden color with a soft white head. SRM of 8. (3.75)

Aroma: Mild aromas of orange gummy and grape. (3.75)

Flavor: More orange gummy and bread. (3.75)

Feel: Sort of flat. Lighter bodied. Clean and refreshing. (3.50)

Compared to Farm Girl Saison 6/16/20: Pours a slightly more yellow color. More orange gummy and sweeter. Less clove and herbs/spice.

Overall: I am drinking this beer in the summer and well-past it's listed expiration, but it sitll drinks quite nice. The aroma is slightly Lots of orange gummy here. Sort of flat. If I drank it again I'd compare it to Oberon, but probably won't seek this one out again. (Final Rating: 3.66)

Jun 16, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly cloudy bright golden pour. Thick foamy white head leaves great lacing.

S: Yeast and wheat. Grains and spice.

T.F: Slightly sweet crackery grains and wheat. Some lemon citrus... coriander... yeast and mild banana. Herbal hops for balance. Well carbonated. Medium to light bodied... light citrus and spice at the finish.

O: A decent Belgian Wit. Hits all the expected flavors and easy drinking.

May 01, 2020
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; medium to deep gold in color; 2 finger finely pored white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: coriander and banana;

T: coriander and banana with a little lemon and spiciness thrown in; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: easy drinking and refreshing;

Apr 17, 2020
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kookajamo from Delaware

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very solid American Wit that hits most of the marks. Flavor is a bit more pronounced with coriander than a standard Wit, but I really enjoy that. Not a huge fan of this style but I think this rivals an Alagash White

Apr 15, 2020
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firesidewithphil from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright White is a great wheat ale rendition from Bell's. Bell's is so underrated and their beers are always above average. Black Note, Oberon, and Expedition are just some of their great beers.

Bright White is a soft and sweet wheat beer with coriander as the main flavor profile. There actually isn't any banana present in this wheat beer, so that is quite different. I highly recommend this American wheat.


Mar 28, 2020
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malrubius from Vermont

4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can. Cloudy pale straw with lasting head and lace. Banana clove wheat tang aroma. Medium sweet grassy peachy with medium light herbal mineral bitterness and some spice. Light soft body. Almost seems like a hybrid wit-hefe until the spicy finish. (Which is apparently not actual spices.) Totally fucking delicious. I hope this is available in the summer.

Mar 08, 2020
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste: crisp wheat crackers, yeast bread, dry, citrus in background. Same with the nose. Golden hue, unfiltered, with foamy white head, and ringed lace. Medium body. Good with appetizers. 21 IBUs

Feb 27, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy appearance with about average carbonation. Body has that just above average feel that wheat ales can have
Aroma is cloves,citrus peel and fruit. Earthy,yeast, and that mild sugary smell that I associate with belgian beer
Taste follows the aroma,mild bitter bite followed by a citrusy sweetness and spice
Overall I thought it was an excellent beer that I would look for again

Feb 12, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Label is stamped 'PKG 11/15/2019'. Shelf life is 6 months.
Cloudy, pale gold colored body. Active white head, fed by rising bubbles. Leaves a few spots of lacing.
Aroma of wheat malt and cloves.
Taste is wheat malt, Belgian yeast, and floral hops. Expresses cloves. Rather dry at the end.
Medium mouth feel. Slight metallic character. Very good carbonation.
Good resemblance to a Belgian wheat ale, and very easy to drink.

Jan 13, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours cloudy yellow with a pillow white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: There are subtle spicy and wheat notes in the aroma. In addition there are low amounts of subtle earth.

Taste: It's a bit spicy and doughy as the initial impression. There are some fruity esters. There is a light amount of earth.

Feel: It has a medium light body and a creamy texture.

Overall, it is an easy drinking and smooth beer.

Jan 11, 2020
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Nass from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The pour is a hazy golden color. I'm getting some orange, banana, clove, grains, & white pepper on the taste. This beer is sort of reminiscent to a German Hefeweizen & i'm a sucker for a fresh & well made Hefeweizen. Cheers! B

Jan 08, 2020
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

PKGD 112219 pint can
Reviewed on 1/7/20

And now for something that is NOT some sort of IPA..... Haha....

I like the idea of a Belgian Style wheat ale brewed without the help of spices! Let the yeast and malty charecter speak for themselves!

A slight white haze within an otherwise golden colored ale. High rising fluffy, pure white foam dome is creamy and Lacy.

The wheat and herbal aroma is pretty inviting. Dried Corn husk, old spices and herbs with a green veggie style hop scent mixes together nicely. Gone is the dominant smell of banana's and clove!! Nice!

The wheat and lightly malted base has excellent charecter while the Belgian yeast brings the sour and herbal funk to the show. A very clean and light malty bite rolls on, sour bready wheat effect is just right with only a hint of banana and zero clove taste!

A light and clean bite, airy, effervescent and dry finish with smooth edges gives it a very nice mouthfeel and texture.

Good complexity for a Belgian Style Wheat ale and never gets muddled up by too many spice adjuncts! Well played.

Jan 07, 2020
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy straw color with a fresh white head. Smell and tasty is fruity and spicy with a lemon brad crisp finish. Mouth feel crisp with clove and citrus. Very tasty.

Jan 05, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into Bell's Belgian tulip shaped goblet; packaged 11/15/2019, PRN 27429.
A: Pours a hazy, dark golden color (think tarnished brass) with a no more than one finger, short-lived white head, rim retention, and largely parameniscal lacing.
S: Tart side of tangy with aromas of lemon, cloves, nutmeg, pepper, cardamom, and a slight cinnamoniness. Caramel and banana notes, perhaps.
T: Semidry. Flavors of follow the nose with the emphasis on the spices. Fruitiness is entirely lemon or lime. More bitterness than I expected, but pleasantly so.
M: Light to medium bodied with robust to less than moderate carbonation evolving quickly. Actually surprisingly thirst-quenching despite lingering pepperiness.
O: My bottle is labeled "Bright White" and looks quite different from what is depicted above. Not that much effervescence up from. That said, it is a light, but spicy, alternative to some of the "Winter Ales" I have been consuming recently and really, really nicely composed, complex, and enjoyable. Color me impressed.

Jan 04, 2020
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of wheat malt, spices and citrus fruit. Body is medium and smooth. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and spicy. Nice brew.

Dec 30, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fairly nice Belgian wheat beer drunk on tap at local restaurant. Pours a slightly hazy yellow-orange color with a thin cap of white head and some nice small rings of lingering lacing that lasted throughout. Smells of well blended Belgian yeast, malt, grain and some weaker muddled hops. Taste follows the nose, fairly balanced and smooth. Weaker banana and bready flavors. Smooth mild mouthfeel and good carbonation. Not bad at all even though this is not my usual style of beer.

Dec 28, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is worth noting that I like Bells more than most American crafters, especially among those many whose best beers are American renditions of the British brewing culture. As for the the other two traditions, I've had only 4 Bells' interpretations from the German and 3 from its Belgian-inspired. Bright White is the 4th and it again proves to my satisfaction that Bells is one of the most effective brewers in all three traditions in North America today. All of which is why I give them Very Big OA Hugs.

As for Bright White, I'm surprised that I never Had it or its predecessor (Winter White) since I seek Belgians almost as much as new brewers. Bright White's Looks give a good first impression, billowy and some lace; but, the sediment must be left in the bottle. Smells also start quite good; but the seasons spices fade and leaves me only with a nice wheat underpinning. Tastes follow; effective wheat and yeast in the attack, but it fades as the bottle does. Feel is full; suitable for a white winter alternative, but bubbly enough to be refreshing and provide assurances that Great Lakes winters will end.

Dec 13, 2019
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves good lacing

S: Spicy and fruity Belgian yeast up front along with some wheat undertones

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the fruity and spicy yeast character and then picks up some wheat. Finishes with lingering wheat and yeast influence

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft

O: A solid wheat ale with plenty of Belgian influence. Easy to drink. Nothing special

Dec 13, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 11/8/19; drank 12/10/19 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big white head; a thick curtain of lace.

Clove, sweet banana, mild orange citrus & a hint of black pepper in the nose.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel.

Sweet banana & mild clove flavors up front; hints of orange citrus & black pepper on the finish.

A fine take on the witbier.

Dec 11, 2019
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker.

Extra cloud pale blonde. 1/2 finger of creamy white head.

Tangy wheat, lemon, clove, banana, and hay.

Tangy wheat, banana, and caramel-covered grains. Clove, hay, and lemon zest with a hint of pink peppercorn.

Medium bodied, crisp, effervescent, and semi-dry.

A great example of a Belgian White in spiffy new packaging.

Dec 03, 2019
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akaizer from Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice, crisp beer for a late fall day. Smell and taste is a bit spiced, bringing some subtle but interesting flavors of clove and banana-like fruit.

Nov 28, 2019
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manoshandsoffate from Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pilsner glass. I got this in a mix-a-six from Weis in East Stroudsburg. It's supposedly a month past its recommended shelf life, but I really enjoy it!

L: Light hazy amber. Quite pale, as the style should be. Very little carbonation means a tiny head that dissipates quickly, but a cap of lacing remains at the top for several minutes before gradually bubbling away.

S: Prominent cracker smell, little else going on. I wasn't expecting much of a smell from a witbier, and this doesn't surprise. Still, I anticipated a more complex aroma from a Bell's winter offering.

Taste: I don't know why the banana and luscious buttery biscuit flavor aren't apparent in the nose, but they are very welcome! There's a robust quality here that seems to contradict the low ABV and calorie count.

F: Luxurious smoothness. Not as prickly on the tongue as most witbeirs due to the lack of carbonation. Chug-worthy in a way no other winter beer I've had comes close to.

Overall, a different take on the standard "winter lager/ale" that every brewery seems to mass-produce. I actually think this is a great alternative to other premium light beers, beyond the holiday seasonal gimmick. Very good stuff!

Jun 24, 2019
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WYeates from North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A light golden appearance to go with slight earthy and fruity notes. It has a crispy smooth taste which goes down wet.

This is my go to light beer due to it's clean and crisp taste. Extremely drinkable.

Jun 07, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a gold color with a minimal head that disappears quickly. Aroma of banana. Tastes of bananas and spice. Good mouth feel. A refreshing wheat beer.

May 05, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has some spices hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight spice flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A nice Belgian witbier

Feb 17, 2019
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