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

Bell's Winter White AleBell's Winter White Ale
BA SCORE
3.64/5
2,265 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#34,758
Reviews:
749
Ratings:
2,265
pDev:
13.19%
Bros Score:
3.71
 
 
Wants:
70
Gots:
421
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,265 |  Reviews: 749
Photo of TheBear11D
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours a clear faded yellow with a white head that didn't last too long and leaves a little spotty lacing. Looks pretty much like apple cider.

Has a little light fruit smell with some honey and wheat definitely is there.

Light fruit flavor, perhaps orange and lemon with honey also present and wheat stays into the aftertaste.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Fairly drinkable. Not anything that stands out, but satisfies as a wheat beer.

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Photo of hardy008
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a foamy white two finger head. The head dissipated two one finger and left a nice lace on the glass.

Smell - Lemon with some orange and coriander.

Taste - balanced with lemon and orange flavors. Sweet and a little tart.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and creamy.

Drinkability - quite drinkable and good. I'm glad I found this at Blue Max.

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Photo of Razonulzer
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of waltonc
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drinking this on Christmas night along with a couple other Bell's products. Pours hazy gold with white head. Smells and tastes of cloves, coriander, citrus peels, etc. Body is medium with plenty of carbonation. A nice spicy witbier for a cold winter night, but not one I'm going to session all night.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jeff for sending me this one.

A: The beer pours a pale golden/yellow color with a minimal white head, but plenty of carbonation.

S: Some wheat, but a bit of a corn type smell and mustiness. Light spice notes, coriander is certainly prominent and there's a bit of orange peel. Sort of sweet, overall.

T: The flavor is significantly better. Nice wheat and bread flavors providing sweetness. The typical spice of coriander, which is probably the best part about this beer. A light peppery note on the back end.

M: Light in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: A pretty middle of the road and mediocre Witbier. Not my favorite.

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Photo of jj21
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:Deep, hazy gold. Very little head.

S:Not much here. Much in part due to the lack of head.

T:Bland. Some wheat presence with orange and coriander.

M:Creamy texture

D:Easy drinker. Tart on the tongue

A disappointment to me. True to the style but nothing special here.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Cloudy light orange in color, sparkling with minimal head. Smell is sour lemon, musty oranges, and pepper. Taste is loaded with lemon with some mixes of other spices. Not that complicated or interesting, but light and very refreshing.

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Photo of crazybrody06
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap. poured a cloudy orange color with small head and no lacing. Smell was wheat with some coriander and clove. Taste is wheat, orange peel, corinander, clove, banana.
Mouthfeel was light with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkabilty was high if you like wheat beers. Not really my favorite style to drink in the winter. Feels like more of a summer beer except for the spices.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light golden color, clear, with very good carbonation and about half a finger’s worth of grayish foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell – hoppy, but with the wheat coming across pretty clearly, although not overwhelmingly.

Taste – much like the smell, but reversed. First I notice the wheat in the taste, and only then do I feel the hops. The wheat comes back in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced overall, not leaning more toward the waterier or creamier sides.

Overall – Not a bad-tasting brew at all, but not a whole lot of complexity to it.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DougT
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Neehan
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This straw-colored, hazy beer poured into the glass and left very little retention. A strong smell of complex spices came through in the nose, but left a bit to be desired in the taste. Honestly, this tastes like a good tripel with a couple ounces of water mixed in. The watery texture dominates the mouthfeel. Interesting for a winter brew... definitely drinkable but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of number1bum
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of NEPA BC split #11.

Pours a hazy pale straw yellow color with some bubbles rising to the top. Only about a half inch of white head, which recedes to a thin lace and doesn't leave much stick.

Typical wit smells of soggy wheat, lemon zest, orange peel, and coriander.

Taste has a wheaty body with citrusy lemon flavor and some snappy hop bitterness. Orange peel no doubt contributes to the bitter citrusy flavor as well although it tastes more lemony to me. Some spice, too, but the theme here is that all of the flavors seem to be lacking in robustness. Just not enough flavor. It's pretty dry, too.

Pretty spritzy carbonation in this one, but the mouthfeel is pretty thin overall. Too light in the body. Especially as a winter seasonal, I'd think this would be heftier. It's drinkable enough, but it'd be a boring session beer.

For most brewers this would just be a pretty pedestrian beer, but given that it's from Bell's it's a disappointment. Not a bad brew, but a boring one. Bell's can do so much better.

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Photo of oldvines
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of becktone
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance is almost typical of a witbier. Just a bit more head and it would do it. That cloudy lemon yellow color is there with the high carbonation giving life to this brew. Head is white and very small, something more than a thick film would give this beer a better and more appetizing appearance. However small the head may be it does have good retention. It hasn't really moved at all since I poured it. I guess its in line with others of the style-Holy Moses, Hoegaarden, and Blue Moon. Lacing is good-leaving a solid wall around the glass.

Aroma is fully wheat. There is just a little bit of orange and coriander aroma along with that of some weak spices. For a witbier I would expect something more.

To the tongue it tastes like a witbier should. But then again, for me its just meeting expectations, not exceeding them. As far as witbiers go I'd rather Hoegaarden than this. Wheat is the main flavor here, its after taste is actually quite nice. All the flavor is there. The orange, coriander and spices seem to reside there. A little bit of sweet orange flavor when it first hits the tongue.

This brew has a lighter sprity body and is quite refreshing. High carbonation give life to this brew's body and compliment the flavor. The only beef I've with this brew is that it is a winter seasonal. This isn't the type of brew I want to drink in the winter. Were it released in the summer months I can assure you I'd probably buy it again. Becasue its released now, when I want something heavy and hearty I doubt I'll buy this again anytime soon. Other than that its a great brew, not quite up there with Hoegaarden though.

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Photo of msumike89
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of seanote
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cagocubs
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On-Tap

A: An odd light hazy straw yellow. It almost looked like lemon lime Gatorade with a large white head. The color was awful, but I was impressed with the head retention and lacing all the way through.

S: Fresh citurs, wheat, and spices are the most prevalent scents.

T: This is a mut between a Hefe with dominating citrus and spice and a white ale. It is a unique combination, but I wouldnt consider this great.

M: The mouthfeel was the best feature of this beer. For being a winter beer, it sure felt like a spring beer. Light, crisp, refreshing. Good smooth and creamy flow with great mouth coating.

D: I don't think I would go out of my way to drink Bells winter white. If I want a Hefe I will look elsewhere and if I want a White Ale I will look elsewhere. I don't need both at the same time.

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Photo of BrewNoob1
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Freiberger14
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -5.2%
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 -5.2%
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 Can_has_beer
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 2,265 ratings
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