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
Reviews:
747
Ratings:
2,257
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
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67
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416
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Reviews: 747 | Ratings: 2,257
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 doesn’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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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Solid and enjoyable. Some citrus and spice notes. As a winter brew, it feels out of place among the holiday selections, though. It tastes more like a March day when spring is trying to push winter aside.

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Photo of CochonKing
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clean gold with an excellent long lasting 3 finger head. Aromas of banana and bubble gum followed by malt are present on the nose of the beer. Malt and lemon rind on the palate with a watery finish. Small bubbles and and a light body with a medium finish. An ok beer

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Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a hazy yellow with a slight orange cast. It had a large white head with poor retention, but a little stickage. It smelled of banana and citrus, with a bit of cloves thrown in. The flavour was a mix of raw wheat and mild citrus, fairly well balanced and with a dry finish. Moderately slick mouthfeel, light body and medium/high carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer, but not an exceptional white beer. I think I enjoyed it more than the scores would indicate.

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

Soft gold appearance with a hazy quality. Smell is ok. Hint of banana and lemon with a bit of clove. Taste is a nice crisp/sour spice. Very subtle compared to some other Bell's features. The mouth feel is light with decent carbonation. Overall this winter wit is very drinkable. A good beer for holiday meals as the winter spice will accent your meal and wont overpower any foods.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy yellow-orange color with a medium white head. The head faded leaving only a very small amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was of yeast and citrus mixed with a bit of spiciness. There was a wheaty-bready smell that mixed in with the citrus. Very traditional wit aromas, but nothing too potent or special.

Taste – Wheat flavors are the first to meet the tongue. These are quickly enhanced by some spiciness of coriander and citrus flavors which come mixed with some more yeasty flavors. There are some subtle banana and topical fruits as well. All in all, the fruits are overall moderate and light in comparison to the wheat and spice.

Mouthfeel – A bit more crisp at first, but it seems to mellow and become more creamy in the mouth over time. The carbonation is a little on the higher side which matches the crispness nicely and seems to depart just as the creaminess enters. It has a rather nice overall feel.

Overall – A pretty nice wit. It has a nice feel and a pretty good flavor, but is just a little weak in smell and aroma.

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Photo of abrand
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tumbler. Interestingly the batch area that is on all Bell's labels is blank. I may be drinking this shortly after this brews prime.

The Winter White pours a golden orange color with lots of carbonated bubbles that shoot up from the laser engraved hop at the base of the SN glass. A nice frothy clear white head sits atop with no visible lacing. There is a nice sweet malt aroma with a solid hop backbone. Taste isn't nearly as pronounced as the nose is. Sort of watery but still some citrus and hop notes. A little too light for me. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp and with this being a winter ale there should be a little more bit and thickness to the mouth. Drinkability is overall pretty solid. The nose is great, quaff is mediocre and with a nice 5% abv makes it sessionable.

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Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,257 ratings.
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