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

BA SCORE
83
good
2,262 Ratings
THE BROS
84
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Bell's Winter White AleBell's Winter White Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by maxpower on 02-22-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,262
Reviews:
748
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
418
For Trade:
2
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Photo of cheers405
5/5  rDev +35.9%

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is orangish gold with citrus flavor. A perfect Belgium whip, goes well with an orange. Tastes good in a wheat glass or out of the bottle. Creamy head and sparkling crisp flavor. Perfect beer to have at the end of the winter nearing spring when the snow is melting and you're tired of all the stouts, porters, and high abv beers.

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Photo of KC9LDB
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of astrayan
5/5  rDev +35.9%

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of WagTailAle
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of GoodBeerCost
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Erichb411
4.98/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of danywever
4.95/5  rDev +34.5%

Photo of JakeForest
4.9/5  rDev +33.2%

Photo of Mackbekeza
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Sudmissle
4.85/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is probably misnamed. I found it to be a direct competitor with the finest German wheat beers such as Paulaner and Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbiers. I was told the same thing as another reviewer about the Bell's folks being concerned it would compete to closely with Oberon. Oberon is a starter kit for people about a year away from sampling German-style wheat beers. This beer has the wonderful banana and yeast flavor of the best German Weissbiers and is the best American Microbrew version of this style I have sampled. I wish this was readily available in bottles!

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Photo of Scilib
4.82/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of NeedBeerHere
4.76/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out dark orange that is semi-transcelucent. Defintely can't see through it though. The head was pretty tiny and had no retention. Smells pretty malty, pretty sweet, with no hint of hops. Taste is quite sweet and tastes like Belgian yeast -- the banana/clove yeast. Really it tastes nice for a Wit. Pretty nice. Mouthfeel is medium thick with some nice carbonation. Overall this is a really nice whit, Tastes just like I would want it too. I am a sucker for a whit!!!! Overall this is a GREAT whit. Seems to be under-rated.

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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of fullerly
4.74/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.72/5  rDev +28.3%

Photo of oracle
4.69/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle served in a tall pilsner style glass

This has long been one of my favorite beers to get growlered. I'm very glad to see it in bottles finally.

Like many other wheat beers, this is one where you want to swirl that last half ounce around in the bottle before you pour it into the glass. It picks up the sediment from the bottle, which enhances the flavor dramatically.

Beer poured a very cloudy golden/yellow with 2 inch bubbly sticky head. Like most wheat beers I've tried, the head left very little to no lacing.

Smell was wonderful. golden ripe banana and warm bread.

Taste was very clean and simply delicious. ripe bananas and sweet apple. Strong yeast characteristics.

Mouthfeel was good. Minimal carbonation. This beer feels light and airy on the tounge.

Still one of my all time favorites.

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Photo of Sparty21
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pale yellow/orange, an unfiltered beer so it has sediment in it. There was a slight head, but it disappeared fairly quick.
Aroma: strong citrus aromas, specifically grapefruit.
Taste: Tastes just how it smells. Wheaty with citrus notes.
Overall: A good beer to drink in the winter. Refreshing and light, but has plenty of flavor.

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Photo of poohbearzeccola
4.64/5  rDev +26.1%

Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,262 ratings.
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