Winter White Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Belgian Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by maxpower on 02-22-2003

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#33,418
Reviews:
773
Ratings:
2,379
pDev:
12.91%
 
 
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Photo of justme
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This a wonderful white with nice spice balance. Found it to be a very delicious addition to the holiday beer selection. Good balance. It might just make winter worthwhile.

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Photo of Budlum
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wizzman
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zbrewer80
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ichorNet
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I realized recently that I haven't reviewed too many "classic style" beers in a while... it's mostly been IPAs, sours and the like for quite a while, so I picked up a single can of this witbier to try. I have liked most of Bell's output that has reached New England, and I doubt this will be any different. A good wit is not too difficult to achieve, but the balance between spices and wheat/yeast profile tends to be where breweries have trouble. I am of the mind that Bell's will do just fine... but there's only one way to find out!

The pour is pretty nice; a good first impression... very cloudy deep orange beer with golden highlights, topped off with a huge, voluminous head of dense white foam. Though it sinks down to about a finger after several minutes, it leaves behind large swaths of chunky lace clinging to the inside of my glass. Though there's a dinginess to the pour, it doesn't bring down the overall presentation. Very solid stuff. Wish it were just a little more translucent, then it would be excellent!

The nose is rife with funky yeast, clove, coriander and light nutmeg-like spice followed by musty wheat and more anonymous spice-like notes. Has a more "basement"-like element than a lot of generic witbiers; much less orange and sweet fruit here... very estery and rustic. I actually prefer to get a little honey or orange in my wits to balance the yeastiness, but for a "Winterized" version of this traditionally "warmer weather" style, it's somewhat more sensible. Slight sulfur and earth once the entire can is poured in. A little less-good than what I expected.

Flavor is pretty much a follow-through from what I noted to have been presented above. Light spice notes with some clove and chewy wheat. Slight herbal hop with semi-dense yeastiness toward the finish. The rest of the palate is far too watery for me, with low-leaning carbonation that just doesn't carry much "oomph" to it.

I feel like I'm drinking a rather neutered beer, here, honestly. Not much character, and it doesn't really make a big impact on me. Pretty plain... I'm kinda let down here, to be honest. Even something like Sam Adams' White Christmas is more characterful than this (by far, actually; I'd probably give that close to a 4.25 derived rating at the end of the day), and I expect more from Bell's. Hell, I can get Allagash White for much the same price, and it's just a much better all-season wit. Ah well... it seems like it's mostly their darker beers that are impressive to me, so those may be what I stick with from now on.

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Photo of casperha17
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

golden color, a little lighter

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Photo of sparx1100
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of porters4life
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CaptainHate
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This worked ok as a mediocre witbier but I think it's woefully out of place being marketed as a winter beer.

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Photo of grm1007
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robebo44
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cindiwindi1025
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of RozzieBoy
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Poured a hazy golden with a fairly thin white head which dissipated fairly quickly. Not much lacing.
S - Banana clove and biscuity wheat.
T - Follows the nose but is not powering to the palate. Nice.
F - Light mouthfeel. Smooth yet a bit tingly (mild carbonation).
O - hey good overall bit. Would be a good apres ski beer ( but I do not ski anymore).

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Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. 2018 batch. Sampled November 22, 2018.

It presents itself as an unfiltered, cloudy looking pale yellow with a modest white head that fades and laves a small amount of lacing.

The aroma does have a clove character up front with the toasted wheat, lemongrass, and Belgian yeast characters more in the background.

Light body. Smooth.

The taste has a sweet and clove-like character but it is not terribly assertive. Maybe refreshing would be a good description but there are others in this style I prefer.

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Photo of dukeufo
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Demi
2.03/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, PKG 10/12/2018... poured into a Gibraltar glass)

L: extra-cloudy light yellow amber liquid; very thin, but persistent foam cap... very little lace

S: lemon peel, proofing dough, bit of golden bread crust, soft shading of spice

T: fresh dough, bitter orange peel, pungent spice; rather dry finish... lingering biting bitterness, grapefruit-colored, with toasty husks of coriander seed... later, a yeasty dough, dry sugar cookie essence emerges at the front of the palate, lemon peppery hum at the back

F: mildly effervescent attack to the foam/gas on the tongue, carried across by a swollen core... clipped and dry over the term... perhaps not enough snap to its finish

O: nice hearty underbelly, popping bitter elements, solid build overall, just displays a two-dimensional, fuzzy flavor expression - almost tastes like a Wit/Hefeweizen hybrid... impressions could shift with a repeat tasting

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Photo of Cocomojoe81
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I recently had this beer and even though it was a good Witbier and felt it was a bit thin, especially for winter, and it did not have enough flavor.

Look: hazy golden hue with a thick bubbly head

Aroma: sour dough, cloves

Flavor: The flavor is wheat sour dough, a hint of yeast, banana, and cloves, fairly mild but well balanced and refreshing.

Feel: light body

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Photo of Jlswen2945
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeardedWalrus
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rudiecantfail
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Hazy, bright golden color. Small head with no real retention. Surprisingly good lacing, based on the minimal head.

S---Clove & yeast. Some banana.

T---Closely follows the nose. Tasty.

F---Light & almost juicy. Well carbonated.

O---They advertise it as a beer for embracing winter, but it tastes & feels more like a summer beer. I'd rather drink this in the heat than in the cold. Good beer in any case.

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Photo of tylerjin
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 2,379 ratings