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
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:
2,264
Reviews:
749
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
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68
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422
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Ratings: 2,264 |  Reviews: 749
Photo of mojohawk21
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nurt20
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barnzy78
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this before in the past, but it's been awhile. Pours a cloudy tangerine color (looks almost like freshly squeezed orange juice), thinner head than expected, but it leaves some lacing on the glass. Aromas are yeasty, orange, wheat. Tastes are nice with fruity Belgian yeast esters, wheat, orange zest, white peppery spiciness. I thought I could taste coriander, but apparently there's none used in the brewing process. Mouth-feel is nearly full-bodied while being creamy and smooth. Overall, better than I remember, and one of the better American brewed witbiers.

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Photo of Florida_SC_Trojan
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellow color. Nice appearance.

S: Orange zest, coriander with a faint hint of bananna and clove.

T: Sweet honey, wheat, malts and yeast. Very drinkable and as a bit of spice in the finish.

M: Very light, good carbonation and finishes dry.

O: I like this beer alot. I think this beer could be served year round. One of my go to beers when I want to drink alot around Christmas time.

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Photo of NODAK
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell has a mix of sweet oranges, spice and citrus on it. Reasonable for style. Nothing out of the ordinary.

Taste has a bit of sweetness upfront with spices, notably cloves. Not very sweet at all however, especially when compared to some other wits. The finish has a good snap of lemon citrus to it, with some wheat and spice....also a small hop bitterness. Pretty drinkable and a good example of a wit.

All in all, I usually prefer wits with more bold orange flavors, but this really went down quite well.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful, light golden color, no head. Cloudy, served chilly and let to warm. Smells of wheat, light fruits, perhaps banana, and apricot. Citris smells. Plenty of flavor, it reminds me of Hoegaarden, only I like it better. Wheaty and citris dominates, with clove and peppery hints. Really good balance. This is a very drinkable beer, despite my so so ratings. Was hoping for a little more, but another great offering from Bell's

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Photo of irish
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When reviewing a wit, you almost have to say "for the style", because it is above all a subtle style. Other reviewers seem to penalize it for being true to style. But I think you have to take the style as a given.

It pours plainly without a lot of fuss or head, and settles into a very clear pale liquid.

Modest nose. It sips easily, with a moderate bitterness afterward, but subtle. Here's a beer that really IS "less filling" and "tastes great. It could easily qualify as a session beer.

As long as I am mentioning that horrid ad's phrase, I should reiterate that this beer falls heavily on the "less filling" side, although it really DOES taste great. A nice change from other monstrous, super-hopped and -alcoholic winter beers.

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Photo of Boone757
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BARFLYB
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I witbier in winter, slightly odd, but ok im in. I always pick up one of these a year and since we just got 2 feet of white stuff in PA, this seems fitting. Nice label.

Faded yellow haystack before the dregs, tangerine/orange with yellow after the cargo plunges into the sea. I prefer the latter. A medium build of loose cream colored foam reaches more than a inch but leaves no lacing.

Smells leap out in true wit form with a shot of coriander, some strong yeast, a orange slice and some outside harvest scents. I like the minimal clove action. Simple and deep.

Tangerine and oranges with a nice yeast component giving off a bready aftertaste. Before that is the predictable coriander and other spices. Get some banana with warming and some lemon drops. I like how this is citrus forward rather than relying on the spices which are there but kind of under utilized.

The feel is there and light with low but nicely leveled carb. Goes down smooth and all to easy. A bit of a grainy and hayish aftertaste. Im not a big wit guy but I would not mind having a few anytime of year. I like how this comes out in winter keeping away from the onslaught of wit's in summertime, I just wish they made another batch for the summer with a nice summer themed label.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a slightly hazy light orange color with one finger of head. There's a bit of lacing. The smell is very light. The only thing detectable is just a hint of citrusy aroma. The taste, however, has plenty of flavor. It's nice and malty, just ever so slightly sweet. Wheat and biscuit malts are present. There's a nice refreshing lemon flavor as well, and even a hint of spice. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is very nice. A decent witbier.

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Photo of Star80
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy yellow color, with a smallish white head. Left the dredge in the bottom of the bottle. Nice carbonation in my glass...smell is slightly sour, some faint fruity/esteryness, but pleasantly no spice or coriander. Ahh, the taste is crisp, and a nice dry aftertaste. I can taste some phenolics almost reminds me more of a hefe than a wit and I like it. Some nice spicy clove from the yeast, again, more like a hefeweizen than any witbier I've ever had. I think Mr. Bell is like me, not a fan of spice in his beer....and this really makes for a nice, easy drinking beer. What is weird about this style though, is I wouldn't imagine it pairing with winter comfort food classics like pot roast, or pot pie....Mmm, pot pie. Might go well with another kind of pot, lol? In the end though, this is a nice crisp beer which is a pleasant change of pace from all the big IPAs or heavy stouts of winter, you know, when you're running around the house, cooking or cleaning and getting kinda hot and you just want something refreshing, I can see this one shining through in those sort of moments.

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Photo of danielharper
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy but bright yellow body, thin white head. Some effervescence in the glass, moderate carbonation, overall very much to be expected for the style.

Smell: Sweet, spicy. A lot of yeast present in the nose, smells a bit subdued for a witbier, more like an American Wheat. No hops or malt present in the nose. Overall, it's pretty nice.

Taste: Very sweet up-front, hints of the spices that make this a witbier, but to me they're fairly unidentifiable. No hops or malts present in the flavor, finishes clean but with a bit of a sweet aftertaste. Overall a pretty nice witbier for my taste, as I'm not always a big fan of the ones that have the spices way up front.

Mouthfeel: Just a notch above thin, leaves a bit of a coating on the palate. Not unpleasant, pretty much on-point for the style.

Drinkability: I like this beer a lot more than I thought I would. It's very drinkable, so much so that I could consider buying a whole sixer of these. Possibly my favorite wit, something I wouldn't have expected from an American-made beer.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: slight touch of orange with a overall golden colored body. Has a somewhat hazy look and feel overall. The head was firm and cream colored and had minimal lacing.

Smell: smell of oranges, bananas and wheat. Sweet spices and maybe some cinnamon.

Taste/Mouthfeel: mostly wheat and citrus that is paired with a little bite of hops and spice. Yeast and bread flavor floats about. Feels smooth and slighty creamy...goes down easy. It's a unique flavor for the winter...but it is most pleasing. A very drinkable beer and tasty!

I have always liked this beer and it finds a place in my fridge...when in season of course

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden liquid with a thin white head. The head evolved into a thin white wispy ring, leaving no lace on the glass at all. Smells of citrus and spice, like corriendar. Tastes of lemon zest, with some spices, quite a bit I thought. Lots of carbonation. Light bodied. Very sparkly. Very easy to drink, and refreshing. Although a witbier is not what I think of at winter time, this was pretty good.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy, orangy-yellow with relatively low carbonation. The color is typical of this style. Nose has notes of bread, orange zest, cloves, and lemon.

Flavor is mild, but is spot on for this style. Nice wheaty tones accompanied by a hint of graininess and lots of sweet and tangy fresh orange, lemon, and banana fruit notes. There are just enough hops to dry the finish a bit and leave your palate ready for another sip. Mouthfeel is thin to firm and does not interfere with the flavor at all. This beer is refreshing, highly drinkable, and goes down shockingly fast. I could drink it all day long.

Belgian white ales are one of my favorite styles and this is an excellent example. I am grateful that Bell's releases this in the winter as opposed to the summer. It gives me something to enjoy during the winter months when I want a break from the heavier winter beers. If you enjoy Belgian-style wit beers, do not pass this one up.

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Photo of BlackAngus
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow color, nice creamy white head that disappeared quickly.

S - Big yeasty/bready aroma, some light fruit aromas.

T - Flavor follows aroma...very yeasty, slightly fruity.

M - Light, clean, nicely carbonated. To style.

D - Definitely drinkable, but it's not really nuanced. I'm puzzled as to why this is a winter seasonal...I would drink this in the summed if available.

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Photo of karst
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the '06 release of Oberon, I was lucky to be able to compare the Winter White from the tap along side of the new release of Bell's Summer Wheat.

The dollar per 20 oz. serving made this attractive as well.

The 24 oz nonic displayed a strongly beading blond Whitbier that was slightly hazy and fairly clear for a wheat. The short lived head and light lace drop the appearance rating a half point.

Served a little on cold side a nice aroma of wheat, coriander,orange and citrus zest combine with hints of clove and vanilla. Flavor follows with coriander, ginger, clove. Medium body with a round mouthfeel that provides a solid wheat canvas for broad brush strokes from the citrus, orange, and other spices. Finishes clean after a breif cameo of yeast, wheat, and juicy spices. Bittering hops are perfect. Although 0.3 % lower than Oberon's ABV this seems more substantial. Seek it out. If you can get it for $1 per glass enjoy your session!

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Photo of Larrytown
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head faded pretty quickly on mine even after a vigorous pour and not much lacing stuck around. Weird. Anyhow, we've got a golden-orange color with loads of fruit and spice in the nose.

The taste is exactly what a wit should be. Some banana and an extra kick of spice. It really goes down easily. I have no clue why this is categorized as a winter beer (maybe the extra spiciness?) but it's perfectly suited to sitting outside on a nice day. I guess that makes it a pretty flexible beer. Another winner from Bell's.

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Photo of mpyle
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Pale gold color and cloudy. White head, coarsely bubbled and with fairly poor retention.

Aroma - Banana yeast aroma, and some candy-like sweetness

Flavor - Slightly fruity sweetness, and no discernible hop bitterness. Finishes clean with some subtle Belgian-style spices.

MF - Medium body and carbonation. A bit creamy, but dries on the tongue late.

D'ability - not too different from a regular hefe-weizen, and as drinkable as one of those. Didn't realize it was a 4.5% ABV witbier while drinking - honestly thought it was a stronger, more typical holiday type beer.

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Photo of Lambstrong
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is golden and cloudy with a white foamy head that quicly disipates. It has a sweet, spicy coriander aroma. The taste is malty with spicy notes and little aftertaste. There is a slight citrus flavor.

Overall, this is a nice beer. However, I would not put this beer up with my favorite belgian style white ales.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure how to categorize this beer. Murky yellow orange with very little head. Aroma is slightly fruity with a touch of spiciness sneaking past the heavy, earthy yeastiness. Sweet, peppery flavor with a lot of yeast evident. I see more of the yeast in this beer than the results of the yeast.

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Photo of afausser
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Wild Wing Café in Charlottesville watching the Orange Bowl.

A: Pours a very hazy amber orange, if a very pale one. The small amount of head present quickly turns into uneven foam and then a sheet of fine lacing.

S: Pale, citrusy, and slightly spicy. Light tropical fruits--coconut and banana in particular, and white pepper are clearly present.

T: Lemons and heavy, very juicy orange citrus, coriander, cloves, pepper, and spicy crisp green apples.

M: Good crisp bubbly mouthfeel.

D: Pretty drinkable and a solid brew, but not my favorite Bells.

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Photo of Ceballonegro
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scoobybrew
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a weizen glass. It has a light golden color with a decent head that has fair retention. The aroma is wheaty with some clove-like scents and some faint banana. I also detect faint traces of something that reminds me of coriander, but it's not very 'clear'. It's very intriguing. It has a smooth wheat malt flavor that is very complexly spicy. There's a lot going on here - mostly cloves with hints of coriander and bananas. It has a creamy medium body with high carbonation.

Overall this a very nice and interesting wheat beer. Even though I am having it in the summer it's very tasty and uncommon. It reminds me of a cross between the German and Belgian wheat styles.

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Photo of trbergman
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Cloudy, golden-yellow with one finger of bone white head.

S - Wheat, some lemon and orange-peel citrus, subtle spice.

T - Taste follows from the nose, with light citrus flavors and a light, peppery spiciness.

M - Medium bodied, the beer is both creamy and a bit effervescent.

D - Easy drinking, quaffable beer.

Received this as an extra from gratefulbeerhead. I'd tried this a few years back and was unimpressed, so it was nice to revisit.

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Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,264 ratings.
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