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

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Bell's Winter White AleBell's Winter White Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

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

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2,183
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
22.55%
 
 
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Photo of beakerboy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy gold with a sturdy white head of foam. The yeast was strongly stuck to the bottom of the bottle, and a lot of swirling was required to get them in the glass. The aroma is quite sweet and slightly citrusy. There is little orange character to this beer's flavor, but quite a bit of bitterness from the coriander. Mouthfeel is exceptional, enough to remind you that you're not drinking water, but not to overpowering. The carbonation is spot on too. A good beer for the winter or anytime.

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

Bottled 11/29/12

Appearance: Pours a super hazy yellow color with no head or lacing.

Smell: Smells like your typical Witbier, but not quite as banana and clovey, which is a good thing... I tend to find that sort of nose both extremely redundant and predictable. Unfortunately though, the first smell I got from this beer was major skunk... fortunately though, it doesn't last longer than a few moments.

Taste: It is what it is... a Witbier. Banana and clove on the front of the tongue, with prickly carbonation. After taste briefly tastes of ... cherries? And then there's a faint wheat aftertaste.

Overall, I liked it more with each sip... normally Witbiers have that super sweet banana, clove, and especially, CORIANDER taste, but this isn't like that much at all. A respectable seasonal/sessionable beer.

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

Pours a hazy straw with a small white head and leaves very little lacing.

Taste is a little sweet up front like an orange, then coriander and bit of spice to finish it off. It's really not that bad but this just isn't the style of beer for me and it seems like an odd choice for a Winter beer.

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

Was a bit intrigued by this being a winter beer, with a relatively low abv compared to others of the seasonal variety. But thought it worth a try.

Pours a hazy, light orange color, with a small and quickly dissipating white bubbly head. Most notable attribute is its lightness.

Wheat dominates the smell, followed by a bit of fruit. Banana and citrus are most prominent, along with some clove. Very similar to a hefeweizen.

Taste is again mindful of a hefe. A bit stronger kick at the end, but wheat and citrus dominate along with a peppery and tangy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty light and sharp. It's a bit fizzy and more watery than I'd hoped for.

Overall, this hardly seems like a traditional winter ale to me. Taste is relatively weak and somewhat lacking. Not terrible, but not terribly impressive either.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees. I'm just confused because I know it says Winter White, but with all of their coffee-infused stouts, it just sticks out like a sore thumb. My conclusion is that this is the alternative to such offerings as HopSlam, Java Stout, Expedition and Double Cream...

A - It looks like grapefruit juice in my glass...with a 2 inch foamy head that quickly dissipated, of course. Don't get that from Ocean Spray...

S - Lemon zest, grapefruits, and cloves compose the aroma.

T - Wheat-beer flavors with bananas and cloves (maybe some coriander) spell out this Winter White...it's actually pretty refreshing, since I haven't had one in a few months. Finishes crisp.

M - Light body with very little carbonation. Bananas come out a lot more throughout the glass.

D - OK, so I have to admit it's a little refreshing after drinking a different winter stout everyday. I'll keep it as an occasional winter beer, though, as to not tire myself of it. Maybe I'll try one in July and see how it tastes.

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Photo of VTR
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

I had beer at my local taproom. A/cloudy yellow glass was brought to me in a standard pint glass. S/I didn't pick up too much here, just a touch of yeast and hops. T/Not much going on here. I got a small amount of hops, banana, and yeast. O/ Light easy drinking beer. Not very complex but very enjoyable and non offensive. I found that the remainder of my glass went very well with the pizza that was brought to me. I would pick this up for a lazy afternoon where you just want something light.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little underwhelmed. Flavor was a little weak...slight banana, not a ton of spice. The aroma i actually thought had a touch of coriander, but not a ton. Mouthfeel was fine, maybe a touch on the harsh side for a white

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Photo of ljbrisson
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw yellow into a pint glass with a sudsy white head that quickly frothed to a negligible film and left no lacing. Aroma is sour, with orange, spice, coriander, a little clove. Mouthfeel is a little slippery and very spiny with carbonation. Taste is banana, lemon, no tartness from the aroma, slightly grassy, finishing with an odd dry hop bite. Drinkability is moderate due to what is in my opinion a slightly unbalanced hop bitterness. Overall this is an ok beer, nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of fisherman34
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium yellow in colour with a slight amount of haze. Very yeasty aromas along with notes of sweet orange and black pepper. The flavor is very much on the sweet/fruity end of the wit beer spectrum, with a clove and yeasty hefe undercurrent. The blending of the two styles doesnÂ’t quite work, as the similar phenolic aspects of the two styles become a bit overpowering on the finish. A nice try though, and still very drinkanble.

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Photo of happygnome
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours a very pale yellow color with about a quarter inch of head that dissapears rather quickly leaving very little lacing, appears a bit cloudy
s: definately a grainy pale wheat malt, hints of corriander, orange peal along with other much more subtile spices
t: starts out rather sweet bet the spices and hop flavors are diffinatly present towards the finish I can detect corriander, orange peal as the two main spices
m: light to mdeium bodied beer with average carbonation

overall, this is not a bad beer to have around, not typically a winter seasonal but still nice

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Photo of sweethome
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy pineapple yellow, with a medium head of white. It dissipates quickly. The nose is yeasty out front, with some corriander in back. Fairly medium mouthfeel. Starts soft on the palate, but doesn't develop particularly well. Profound taste is the yeast mid-mouth. There is significant bitterness late that leaves a spritzy finish, with yeast, banana, and clove.

This does not seem to be just a winter packaging for Oberon. I prefer the depth of malts in Oberon to this - this beer is more in line with the Belgian White style.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the many midwest brews obtained through BIF14. Finally starting to review these goodies.

Very nice winter scene on the label, with white-capped trees and a snowy knoll.
Beer pours a dark straw color with only a bit of carbonation. A very weak off white head quickly trailed off.
Initially smell all the right esters, banana, and medicine. As it warmed, some very earthy and musky smells were evident.
Very smooth and creamily wheat controlled brew. All the usuals are in there (citrus, banana, spicy yeast, etc.) but they are well controlled and almost muted by the wheat.\
Finishes very clean and refreshing. Didn't wow me, but I wouldn't mind another.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pkgd 12/22/11

Pours a pale cloudy yellow with a head that quickly fades to nothing, save for a few bubbles dotting the rim, and a frothy film. Some cloudy sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Smell is grain, skunk, some pepper, a touch of citrus-y hops, and an odd dryer sheet scent. Taste is crisp corn off the bat, fading into a peppery citrus hop taste, ending with more corn and a slightly unpleasant aftertaste of skunky grain. There's some smoke flavoring in there as well, a friend remarked it tasted exactly like beef jerky. A tad undercarbonated, finish is dry.

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Photo of thain709
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a slightly hazy, dull golden yellow body...the head was one finger tall and white in color...it retained to a wispy cap and left decent lacing behind

S - Notes of wheat and yeast, mixed with spices (clove, coriander), and some lemon zest

T - The flavors are pretty basic here, but they do tie together nicely...the wheat presence lingers throughout...the spices give a little extra kick and there is some pepper coming in as well...the lemon zest calms the spices, but also adds a bit of it's own twist and pairs with the wheat base...the finish has lingering spices coming back

M - Light bodied...too light for a winter brew...lingering spices, more lemon would have balanced out the finish

O - This is way too light to be a winter seasonal...they could have added more body to this and it would have been a little better...I wish the finishing spices would have been balanced by the lemon zest like in the middle of the beer

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Photo of prototypic
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's hazy and has a straw color to it. Head was about a finger and had minimal retention and lacing.

Smell: Spices dominate in smell. It's mostly coriander and clove. There are some very light citrus scents. Bit of a banana smell. Grainy and yeasty on the tail.

Taste: Coriander and clove flavors are the primary features here. Citrus flavors (orange and lemon) are a little more pronounced in taste, as is the banana flavor. It's a little grainy. Slight yeasty taste at the end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is good. It's smooth and crisp. Hard to believe this is a winter beer. Overall, it's a pretty good offering. Might be better during the summer, but I'm not holding that against it.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

More of a hazy pale orange color than a pale amber color. A thin white head quickly dissapears to almost nothing.

Clean malt aromas under light spices and a little bit of orange peel.

Light wheat malts set up a slightly complex flavor filled with orange and spices. Not much hop bitterness, which is standard of the style. Light bodied with sort of a fizzy feel. The overall flavor is somewhat sweet.

Not bad, but nothing impressive either. If you like White Ales (Witbiers) you will probably enjoy this. Recommended.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Poured a hazy yellowish color with a decent off white head. Aroma was malts, clover, yeast, bread, and spices. Flavor was spice, vanilla, and malts. Medium body, light carbonation. Smooth on the palate. I've had better winter warmers.

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Photo of Illinick
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellow, a shade darker than "pale" with "creamy orange" and hayish hues. Fluffy white head that slowly dissipates.
S: Tart fruit smell-lemon, lemon peel with some bananna. Slight metallic smell also with some spice/spiced fruit, a touch of pear and an earthy must smell.
T: Parallels the smell and exhibits typical white flavors with an extra dose of spice. Faint metallic taste in their also. Tart lemon with some bananna, spiced fruit flavors, and a musty earthy flavor too. Flavors mold well together. Has a slight "extra dose" of spice, mostly pepper and some coriander.
MF: Medium and finishes semi-dry.
Overall: Solid brew, but nothing above and beyond-no Wow factor. I'd definately have again, but wouldn't specifically search for it. Worth a try.

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Photo of semihobo
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Batch 9386, packaged 10/7/09.

Slightly hazy, milky yellow, but could be hazier. Short cap of a white head spreads awkwardly over the top before fading into oblivion.

Smells strongly of lemon, coriander, wheat. A pleasant slight tartness.

Rich, grainy taste with moderate coriander. Hops are appropriately imperceptible. Dry finish with some minor bitterness. A little soapy but otherwise tasty.

Carbonation is light for the style, especially as it warms. Medium body.

Catch this one in its sweet spot -- too cold and you'll miss it, too warm and it gets a little off track. Decent witbier.

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Photo of latackbeer
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty good Witbier. No head what so ever, it looked like it was forming and then quickly dissipated. Great straw color and very hazy with plenty of carbonation. I get a little lemon but more orange peel.

I could throw back a few of these but there was nothing special about it that I would get another 6pk. Great Taste just a little on the boring side!!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - milky yellowish gold with a very short-lived head, no lace. Not much happening here.

Aroma - plain and grainy at first, then some banana and yeast emerge, picking up the nose significantly. Settles to a light banana smell.

Taste - standard grainy flavor followed by banana and yeastiness. There is a little hop balance on the tail end, too. Aftertaste develops clove and allspice notes at times, pretty tasty.

Mouthfeel - above average carbonation, helps to highlight some of the spiciness in the flavor. Slightly full feeling in the mouth.

Drinkability - a tasty wheat beer from Bell's, I could recommend it as above average.

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Photo of brystmar
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CPditka for the extra!

Cloudy orange pour yields minimal head that retreats quickly. 5 minutes after the pour, there's no head or lace in sight. Aroma is full of banana esters, cloves, yeast, and malt.

Taste follows suit, with an abundantly sweet flavor profile. Spices linger in the back of my throat after swallowing, which is a nice tough. About average for the style though, maybe even slightly behind Hoegaarden.

I used to love these Belgian white ales, but it's safe to say I'm over them. One every now and then is a refreshing change of pace, but even then I'm looking elsewhere for my wit fix.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Winter" and "White Ale" do not in anyway go together in my mind. They're diametrically opposed... Bottled 11/8/2011

A: Cloudy, light straw color with zero head worth mentioning and ditto on the lacing.

S: Wheat and yeast certainly dominate the aroma, but there is also the unsurprising lemon peel, coriander and banana.

T: Burst of bright, wheaty flavors up front with the lemon peel and spices. The aftertaste is rather grainy and peppery and surprisingly substantial and doughy tasting.

M: Light and crisp with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: While I give Bell's props for creating a white beer as a winter seasonal, I find that there are some good reasons why it's not often done. As a white beer it's pretty mediocre, and as a winter seasonal I'm still confused.

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

Server was from a 12oz bottle.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of stronger yeast, bananas and some spices. Tastes of wheat, yeast, lightly fruity and spices. Body was on the lighter body.

Notes from 7/20/05

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Photo of Atlas1
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Is this an annual brew from Bell's? I hadn't seen it in year's past, but was excited to try it this year.

From the bottle to my barrel pint, this beer appears a cloudy golden blond, with a thin, bubbly white head. Light rings of lace are left in its wake as the beer recedes, but nothing worth writing home about. The nose is light and lemony. Strong citrus and faint malts dominate, with some light spices for effect. The taste is also light and lemony. Stronger spice presence here, with some buttery character as well and more of a hop kick in the finish, but overall this is rather underwhelming. Mouthfeel is unexpected thin and dry.

I am not crazy about this beer. It's a nice change of pace from some of the heavier, over-spiced winter warmers out there, but on the whole it just doesn't do anything to inspire. I might even prefer to drink this beer in the summer, as it would definitely quench a hot summer thirst more than keep me warm in the winter. I like that Bell's is trying new things, but this might be better off being brewed with some wheat and re-packaged as a hefe-weizen. Just a thought.

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