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:
2,262
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 CFHMagnet
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stopped 3/4 of the way through the pour to agitate. Got a finger of white head that dissipated in less than a minute. The body is a yellow gold color with a lot of suspended sediment observed. No lacing seen throughout consumption.

Yeast and wheat are the main nose staples in this style, and this beer stays true to that. The faint aromas of banana, some mild citrus and spices with clove being a big feature are also noted.

Yeast and wheat bread goodness. I don't even like real wheat bread, but I love the taste in my beer. A mild citrus offsets the banana flavor and clove, coriander and other spice make a nice medley that finishes this beer off.

Mouthfeel is light on this beer, carbonation isn't over the top either. Technically it would be chuggable, but then you wouldn't be enjoying it, would you?

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Photo of Swill5786
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a straw-colored yellow, opaque, mild carbonation apparent, with minimal head, gone entirely within several minutes. Nose is strong wheat, honey notes with lemony essence. Carbonation masks much of the flavor up front. More intense than I expected. The numbness in my tongue reminiscent of the aftereffect of cloves. Lemon rind at the back. Bananas in the aftertaste. This is the first wheat-beer I've really enjoyed. I appreciate the complexity and clear notes in this one. Decently drinkable!

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Photo of robbyc1
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only decent offering on tap at Suel's in Winnetka, hazy, pale straw with a white, bubbly head that settles quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Lovely nose of citrus and coriander, Orange peel, some dry grain and a vague hint of lemon.

Flavors are crisp and clean, long lasting. Orange and coriander predominate with a dry malt backbone and some moderate hop-bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a good amount of carbonation.

I like this beer and am not sure why it's a winter brew, heavier than most, I think not. Would be fine in summer. This beats the crap out of Oberon for me.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle dated 11/9/11 poured into a glass

Pours a hazy light yellow with a head thinning head.

Classic smell of bubble gum, bananas and spices.

Taste is wheaty, balanced witbier. No metallic and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but not bad.

Overall this is a very good witbeer. it doesn't try to be too much, just as advertised. Nice job bell's.

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Photo of bahumutx
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden yellow with a small head that dissipates slowly.

Smell: The smell that comes through the most is a citrus smell with a slight wheat smell in the background. There is also a slight peppery smell in the background.

Taste: A strong citrus flavor is the first thing that hits the tongue and then there is a slight wheat taste. Finishes with a little hop bitterness. There are also hints of pepper and banana.

Mouthfeel: Good Mouthfeel. Right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in sitting.

Once again a good offering from the folks at Kalamazoo Brewing. Keep up the great work.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fabulous wit beer, but why, why in the hell would they ever promote this as a winter beer. I will buy this if I see it in spring, but never in winter again. This is a definite summer brew and a good one at that. Nice head and lacing, great oft wheat and fruity flavors and a more than medium body. A nice offering, just don't tell us to except this as a winter brew, this is definitely a summer brew.

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Photo of opwog
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now listening to: Meatloaf - Anything For Love

A- Cloudy, espcially after pouring in the yeast residue
S- OK, I asked for it by adding the yeast, but all I can smell is the yeast strain...fruity
T- orange, bananas, straw wheat
M- A little chewey...but again, I added the yeast
D- Kind of an odd style selection for a US winter ale, but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of tommiller819
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1st review for the site, so prepare for somebody who loves beer but doesn't know how to talk about it yet. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, batch 10218.

A - hazy amber color, with some sediment floating in the glass. About half an inch of off-white head, which dissipated pretty quickly.

S - mostly fruity aroma going on here. A lot of banana to it, a bit of apricot and some coriander.

T - the tropical fruit and spice is right in front, with little bitterness. Very refreshing taste, great for a 90+ degree day. I'd be more inclined to reach for a Kalamazoo Stout in the winter, but who am I to say ;-)

M - fairly strong carbonation, but not enough to make it seem overly harsh. A little on the dense side for a Witbier, but still easy to drink.

Overall - a satisfying and nicely spicy wheat beer with enough complexity to set it apart.

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Photo of djchrismac
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TH28
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy, light golden with a moderate white foam cap that dissipated quickly. Aroma is orange, coriander, and a distinct Belgian fruity yeast ester. Taste is a light bready malt with coriander spice, orange peel, pears, and a sharp hop bitterness on the end. Mouthfeel is light with a slight creaminess, and moderate carbonation. Finishes tart and bitter with a lingering pear and orange peel flavor. Great witbier.

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Photo of Buck89
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A moderately hazy straw color with a foamy white head. Nice aromas of orange, coriander, lemon, and dough. The taste follows with the addition of floral notes from the yeast. Moderately carbed and light-bodied. Easy-drinking. Not flashy, but a very nice witbier.

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Photo of beermemarge
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of klesniew
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of puck1225
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Winter whites are a favo style for me, and this is a good one. Pours a cloudy yellow with a thin white head and good lacing. Pleasant fruity smell. Lemon And clove flavored, not too sweet. A good beer!

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Photo of Kromes
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy yellow/orange with a thin line of white bubbles on top.

S: Citrus, Belgian yeast, sweet malts and wheat.

T: A nice sweet citrus flavor with some wheat and Belgian yeast. The finish is a little bit bitter to offset the sweetness.

M: Light and smooth with some good carbonation.

O: A nice Witbier. I would definitely have again. Seems strange to have it be a winter beer, but why not?

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Canary gold. Very slight head, minimal lace pattern. Only when the yeast comes out of the bottle does the presentation befit being dumped into my Hoegaarden mug.

Husky aroma; strong malt/grain flavors going on. As it warms a little cloves, lemons, and soap pop up.

The flavor is quite clean and refreshing, per the bottle. Much like Sierra Nevada's wheat offering without the hop-zing.

Pleasant in its unremarkability: would be especially delightful to convert the non-initiates.

Not so many applications for this beer drinker...though I prefer this to Oberon. Seems more summer than winter to me. Not lush or enthralling but solid, refreshing, and accessible.

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Photo of nae412
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LukeLorence
3.9/5  rDev +6%

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow, plenty of carbonation even after some time, white thin head that reduces to uninviting petri-dish circles. Smell is heavy with spice like cardamom, clove, body odor, as well as lemon, banana, orange peel. Yeast and funk add to the flavor, all in a good way, and the rest of the fruit and spices assemble themselves in well balanced order. Super tasty, balanced, and complex. Body is well carbonated and easily drinkable, if a bit coarse.
Really drinkable, well balanced, characterful beer. Despite its shelf-status, this is a wonderful, worthy of ponder beer, especially curious because of its style paired with its season. Something keeps drawing me back. Yum.

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Photo of phisig137
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light gold straw color. One finger head falls quickly, leaving behind nice lacing and a blanket of foam.

Aroma is delicious. Strong wheat presence, with a definite german flair in the yeast. Both coriander and citrus are present, although the spicy coriander takes center stage here. Very nice.

Flavor again is quite good. Very well balanced and fairly light. Nice citrusy orange notes, with a mild coriander flavor all throughout. Wheat is present and makes it's bready quality known. Full flavored and refreshing. Mouthfeel is suprisingly full for the style, and drinability is excellent.

I'd put this wit up against any other out there, including whirlwind and St. Berny's wit. Fantastic beer overall, but I have to wonder, why is this a winter seasonal? Nothing about this beer says "winter" to me. While it is a damn fine beer, I'd much rather see bell's release this as the "Fourth of July White Ale". I guess I just don't understand the wit beer as a winter beer. Damn fine beer, just not the right time of year. In any case, it is definitely worth picking up... highly recommended.

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Photo of littleshamrocks
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle with the batch number printed on the back of the label. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a pale gold color with about an inch and a half of foamy white head and fairly active carbonation. Head settles quickly and leaves minimal lace. The body of the beer is considerably cloudy. The aroma is of wheat and a cereal-like graininess, along with notes of bubble-gum and fruity esters. Faint alcohol in the nose as well. Much like the smell, the taste is dominated by the wheat and the lightly toasted graininess. The Belgian yeast also adds to the complexity of this brew. This is very refreshing with it's hints of banana and spice. Hop profile is mostly herbal and light. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with just a slightly watery texture and sufficient carbonation. Finishes pretty clean.

This is a fine example of the style. In a style that is all to often represented by beers that are somewhat watered down, this one has a depth of flavor that sets it apart from the pack. It provides a refreshing alternative to the typically heavier beers of winter. I would certainly have another.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a mixed pack 12 oz'er bottle into a narrow tulip with light hazy semi-unfiltered hue topped off with a settled ivory white head cap and cool carbonation beading rising to the surface.

Plenty of cardoman and clove spice to go around. Citrous lemon and pepper...No slouch in the aroma category.

First swigs: Peppery front with dough middle. A piquant wit with citrous lemon peel and coriander bite. Nada mas!

Last swigs: Beguiling wit. Reminds me of Weyerbacher Blanche but with more vegetal pepper. Not a brew to be sought. Edible, not regretable, forgetable.

Beer is good. Happy peppery wit beering.

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Photo of DrJones
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tegelaar
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy pale ale with barely any head. Head disappears completely after a small time. Smells sweet with just a hint of spicy coriander and orange rind. Some lemony citrus too. Taste is very pleasant - flowery and delicate with hints of citrus, flower and maybe a dash of brown sugar. Almost tastes like there is sorachi ace hops even though I assume there aren't any. Carbonation is dead on for the style and very drinkable. A very enjoyable brew but not super memorable.

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Photo of Kyle_Padre_Knell
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Wheat beer start, citrusy middle and finish. I think it's headed the right direction, but I swear American breweries take the IPA road because it's easier. A real wheat is hard to pull off.

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