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

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83
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2,262 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 2,262 |  Reviews: 748
Photo of PEIhop
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of milkmoney
4.34/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OatherS
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice label of a snowy scene through woods. I hope the beer is as good as the label.

A: NIce one finger head after the yeast is poured in. Good cloudy yellow color.

S: mild yeast and coriander overtones.

T: Very good wit beer. Perhaps the best I have had.

M: Smooth.

D: Very drinkable, unfortunately part of a mix a six.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jp32
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a soft, hazy yellow with very minimal head retention. The aroma is quite simple and faint.

It has a clean hop taste with mild spices. A touch of bitterness. Nothing over done, very very well balanced.

The mouthfeel is crisp and has an excellent carbonation. Outstanding beer!

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Photo of kenhill
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cdkrenz
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drizzam is the man!

A - Cloudy, pale orange body with a head at about three quarters of an inch and eggshell in color. The head has some okay stamina as it gently fades.

S - Pungent clove and a hint of bananas.

T - Subtle spice accenting a bitter wheat flavor. There's a fruitiness to it that's mild and becoming.

M - Ever-so-slight coarseness to the texture with a chilly finish. This brew goes back very easily.

~ This is a great beer. I recommend this brew to everyone looking for a sessionable winter style brew. It has very good aroma character that's backed up with an even better feel and collage of flavors. Give this one a try, you won't regret it.

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Photo of curtisjoseph
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brushkanna
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with a meringue of a head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Perfume of banana, bubblegum, anise and a dash of lemon pepper

Taste: Starts out with a banana bread flavor, that adds the lemon and anise flavors by mid-palate; after the swallow, the lemon fruit flavors build and there is a final dash of pepper in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with moderately high carbonation

Drinkability: Not a classic wit as I understand it is brewed without spices, this is nevertheless a tasty wheat beer that has elements of a wit and a hefe; nice job

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Photo of JStorz13
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the complete opposite of many winter beers that are out there. Simple, light and easy wheat ale flavor. Favorite of mine.

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Photo of dfried
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale straw in color, thin and fine head. The aroma is a good mix of wheat, citrus zest, and spices, solid all around. The flavor of this beer is not that much different than most American Wits, but there is something aobut it that I like a lot, I think the zesty and spicy flavors are balanced a bit more in this one by a more full wheat malt body. It's not a super heavy body by any means, the other flavors get plenty of attention.

Verdict: easily overlooked gem by Bell's. You think winter, you think dark usually, but I have spent a couple evenings at bonfires while snow was falling drinking this beer. They seemed to disappear too fast.

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Photo of Chaz
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours like a classic Wit: opaque, pale golden and whitish in color, and with plenty of suspended yeast. Slight pale tan-head and lacing. Nose is right on style, mildly spicy, but rather perfumey, with yeast, clove, and bubblegum qualities, all of which make a great impact on the first sip. Mouthfeel is light and creamy, almost effortless to drink, and with very low apparent alcohol. Juicy and malty (yet light), and very flavorful, this reminds me very favorably of the Saint Bernardus Wit. Wonderful stuff, and a totally unexpected approach to a Winter seasonal. The first time I was served this it was accidentally, during a rush at a local bar. I asked for a Summit Winter and I got a Bell's Winter. I drank it without knowing what it was, partly figuring that (it being a game day) I wouldn't get another beer before long. This particular bar serves a lot of draught Blue Moon, so I mistook it for that right away, but then realized how much *better* it was than the Blue Moon I've had umpteen times in the past! For five seconds I was thinking of re-appraising my view of Blue Moon! Fine job Larry Bell . . . this would be great in 12 packs in summer . . . hey, a guy can dream right?

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Photo of msjacilynn
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from old notes: 12/31/08

A: hazy pale yellow with little white head.

S: spicy nose with a hint of wheat.

T: variety of spice with a hint of cider/orange/banana fruity-ness.

M: thin and well carbonated.

D: I know this beer is not for everyone but it is one of my favorite wheats, especially around the holidays!

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Photo of Kachris3
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MECove
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a wonderfully smooth slide going in. The after taste was a bit too strongly roasted for my liking. The head was gorgeous, thick white and full. It definitely brought to mind the comfort and peace of the winter season.

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Photo of JamesGrove
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of brandongoblue24
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Poured a hazy yellow with a finger's worth of head, which dissipated after a minute or so.

Aroma is light, grainy malts, with enough orange/citrus and earthy hops to balance. Maybe some cloves, although they're very slight. The flavor is the best part - well balanced between those same grainy malts, with a crisp hop kick at the finish - no bitterness, but the flavor is definitely there. Very well done. The feel was crisp and a little dry, left a "clean" feeling after the swallow. The carbonation was a little prickly, however.

Overall, a well balanced beer - the high smell and taste marks reflect that. However, I took off some "overall" points because it isn't really a "winter" beer. I appreciate Bells effort to make a winter beer that's not a big, heavy stout, but this seems almost TOO crisp and refreshing - it's not the kind of beer I'd drink on a cold winter night, but one that I'd happily sip on at the beach.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, batch 7760 (bottled on 12/13/06). It pours an opaque yellowed orange with two fingers of white head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is lightly tart with a good wheat presence, straw, and hints of orange, with mostly just wheat on the palate, yet still tastes quite nice. The body is a bit creamy and fairly full for a wheat beer, with medium carbonation and finish. Overall a well-structured wheat beer that is quite drinkable, as it was gone before I even knew it.

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Photo of JayQue
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was really surprising. With a little more carbonation and a bigger, longer lasting head, it would be great.

Poured into a Bud Select Pilsner glass from Busch Gardens. Nice golden/straw hazy color. Small fizzy white head that could have lasted a bit longer.

Good solid smell, wheat and citrus. Very robust taste. Has everything, wheat bitterness, citrus, cloves, banana. Very surprising strong taste for a 4.5% abv beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp, not watery and some carbonation to tickle the tongue (where was the head??).

Drinkability is good. I could swill this stuff all night.

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Photo of putnam
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow with a slick of white on top. The aromatics are complex and feature notes of lemon, cracker, spicebox, sour herbs, butter and sugar glaze. On the palate it features comfortable raw nutty flavors intermixed with tart herbal and citric essences. Creamy mousse and cold, stony mineral flavors conspire to leave soft, cottony dry impressions on the finish. There is a fairly hard, bitter close that detracts from the considerable merit of the forward elements.

This is one of the best lower-ABV beers from this brewery I've had in years.

And it is Orwellian insanity to market this as a winter seasonal.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jonphilipp
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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