Winter White Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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

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Photo of Magpie14
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scoobybrew
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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 +9.1%
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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Photo of RyanPoff
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy "sunshine gold"with a bubbly white, quickly dissipating head. Little retention.

S: Clove, grains, lemon, orange peel, a strong zesty fruit aroma. A classic light wheat smell.

T: The spices and wheat predominate. It's fresh, fizzy, fun. An easy drinker.

M: Bubbly, light.

It hits the marks for a light witbier, but why is this a winter release? It's the perfect drink in the yard after mowing beer.

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Photo of turbotype
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer. It is a fine offering from the same folks who make Two Hearted Ale, one of the most "drinkable" India Pale Ales on the market, IMO, of course.

Looks like a wheat? Ohh yea, yellow-orange. murky. thin foamy head that sticks around. some streaking on the glass and patchy lacing.

Smells like a wheat? Yea, the banana notes are there, along with some orange and malt.

Tastes a wheat? You got it. Sweet wheat bread. hints of orange and banana. subtle tastes of pepper, but not in every drink.

Feels like a wheat? Huh? Ohh, come on, you know. fizzy, light, refreshing.

A good wheat beer. One of the better ones I've tried. I will certainly purchase this again as a fun, easy to drink beer to enjoy with a burger and fries.

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Photo of misternebbie
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Furbato
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of headlessparrot
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm not quite sure what makes this a "winter wit"--I don't get too much of anything I associate with a wintery spice here. Perhaps the "winter" name is found in the way this beer reduces some of the more citrusy, summery elements of a typical wit, in favour of a kind of bready, full-bodied (almost lager-y) "crispness". Still, I quite like it.

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Photo of genog
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle that I poured into a weizen glass.

Pours an almost bright golden yellow color with a thin layer of white head that slowly dies down. Smell is of spice and coriander with some orange peel as well. Taste is a muted version of the aroma, and the mouthfeeling is nicely crisp in carbonation. This one reminded me of a winter wheat version of Oberon.

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Photo of Egotript
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to LittleBreeze for this extra.

Pours a gorgeous peachy haze with decent ghost white head. The nose is of banana and spice, wheats. The taste is very wheaty with good subtle and smooth bananaish flavors with little spice, but its present. Mouthfeel is good, but nothing special. very drinkable and a great session brew. another good one from bells. go bells.

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Photo of bditty187
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, white gold in hue, the color and appearance of the liquid is typical for a Wit. The head developed poorly; at the apex the foam was only a half finger in height. It didn’t last long, in a moment it faded to a fizzy cap before almost fading away. There was some subsequent lacing but it was spotty and it clung poorly. I’ve seen better-looking Wits but this offering is still improved over normal. The nose says “Wit” and I can’t ask for much more. Wheaty-malt backbone with a yeasty undercurrent that melts perfectly with spiced citrus zest. Coriander is clear and pronounced. Orange peel is equally easy to detect. Add in hints of clove and vanilla. Modestly sharp, the potency is moderate. I’d like it louder but there isn’t anything incorrect with the bouquet. I like it… but what is special about it? Should there be anything special about it? Typical. Pleasant. Inviting. I really like the palate; it is very lively and assertive. When I first noticed Bell’s brewed a Wit as a winter seasonal I thought it must be some huge, “Imperial” Wit. It is not. However, a Wit as a winter seasonal does make sense. OSA is spiced. Most Winter Warmers as spiced. What’s the difference? Back to this beer, if you’ve had a great Wit then you’ve had this one. It is textbook from start to finish and since it is well-done, “typical” works. Heavy spiced bill up front, coriander, ginger, clove. In the middle is a wheaty-malt backbone, blasts of citrus, orange, and more spice (subtle this time). The finish is soft, yeasty, wheaty, with a lovely juiciness about it. Similar aftertaste. This is a great tasting Wit. Lovely. This would be a perfect beer for a chilly Sunday brunch. A tickle fuller than medium in body; subtle, natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is very pleasant. It is extremely easy to drink, in a good way. I could imbibe in a few of these beers in one setting. It also helps the abv is low, which is something I don’t see much of in winter beers. I enjoyed this beer completely. I’ll get some more next year, I hope. I purchased a six-pack in Kansas City. It is worth a try, IMO.

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Photo of christimm
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cmack15
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bells is a great brewery and its a shame that they don't distribute in MA. I recently bought a sampler case that this beer, the pale ale, best brown ale, and amber ale. A beautiful light straw colored beer that lightly greets your nose with the typical witbier aroma. Nothing too exciting or flashy about this beer, its just a well crafted ale by a good brewery.

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Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 2,345 ratings