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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:
734
Ratings:
2,202
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
22.55%
 
 
Wants:
65
Gots:
386
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 734 | Ratings: 2,202
Photo of LaurenZ
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The color is cloudy and yellow with a foamy white head. Aromas are those of cloves and wheat with some sweetness and banana hints. The taste is slightly acidic with definite banana and wheat flavor present. It tastes low in hops but is full in the mouth.

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Photo of Angela1956
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance looks like what you expect a Blue Moon to look like. Opaque and golden yellow with a off-white head. Smells like bananas and cloves, very different of a smell. The banana and clove flavor comes out when you take your first sip. You can taste the wheat aspect of the beer but it is still crisp and clean. Slight bitter flavor that appeals to those that enjoy multiple tastes. Clean, delightful and refreshing!

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Photo of hennin55
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: low fizzy head, a little cloudy
Aroma: yeasty, allspice, nutmeg
Palate: medium body, fizzy, long lasting feel
Flavor: dry and long lasting
Overall: reminds you of winter

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Photo of stinewils24
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer has a foggy, golden honey, cloudy look to it, with visible sediment. The smell consists of a wheat, honey, clove, and fruity aroma. the taste is low in hops, but has a sweetness from the malt. The texture is carbonated, you can feel the sediment, and it is a thicker yet refreshing beer. It is very complex and may be delightful to some, however, I did not particularly enjoy it.

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Photo of daweidavid
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has a light golden body color with medium white head. Not so strong with the hops but still quite bitter. A lot of bubbles. It has a sour and malty flavors to the aftertaste.

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Photo of mfarnick
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoy this seasonal beer from Bell's. The beer is slightly cloudy looking.
Aroma has hops and citrus scents to it with a light fruit flavors/
First taste of this beer is very strong and bitter, but finishes very smooth. Well balanced with flavors of hops and citrus. I definitely enjoy this beer more than just in the winter time

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Photo of HensonJ3
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light brown in appearance and some sediment at the bottom. Hoppy, fruity, and citrus scents to this beer. Full, strong, and refreshing beer. Probably would not order again because of the alternatives from Bells that I like.

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Photo of eckk_rachel
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

apperance : light brown, large head with light color, sediments present

smell : slight hoppiness, citrus notes, fruit aroma

Taste: Full & Strong Body, Refreshing, Bitterness present at first, but smooth finish

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Photo of blazemon
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There are sediments at the bottom of the beer. Smells slightly sweet. Cool and refreshing feel. Has a refreshing, tasty aftertaste. Overall a little sweeter and bread-like.

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Photo of defilli2
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

When I poured this beer, it looked like orange juice in the glass. It had a foggy yellow color, possible sediments in it with small bubbles. It had a very sweet/sour smell to it, fruity to say the least. I tasted a pleasant wheat flavor, it was very full and strong bodied. It had a thick texture to it. Overall I enjoyed this beer and would sip on it again.

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Photo of Sparty21
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pale yellow/orange, an unfiltered beer so it has sediment in it. There was a slight head, but it disappeared fairly quick.
Aroma: strong citrus aromas, specifically grapefruit.
Taste: Tastes just how it smells. Wheaty with citrus notes.
Overall: A good beer to drink in the winter. Refreshing and light, but has plenty of flavor.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle. Pours cloudy orange yellow with a tiny white head. Smells of orange peel and wheat, very slight banana. Tastes of wheat with slight citrus, especially orange peel. Beer is light bodied and very drinkable, good carbonation. Overall an above average beer.

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Photo of Ri0
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured 16oz can into snifter. A very hazy dark yellow color with a 2 finger white head. Great retention and spotty lacing. A pleasant aroma of clove, banana, and some light citrus on a wheat ale. Flavor is very similar to the nose, and will remind you of a Hefe in some ways. Very smooth with a medium feel. This winter ale would sure taste great in the summer!

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hints of nutmeg and cloves. Smooth, with nutty aftertaste. Slightly sweet but still with strong flavors. Definitely a beer I'd like to enjoy in the winter.

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Photo of MNAle
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light golden color, hazy, heavily carbonated. 1/2 inch thick white head, recedes fairly quickly. Light aroma, hints of banana/wheat and cloves. Moderate feel, initial taste is hefe-like, banana, cloves, wheat, following the aroma. Only slight bittering in the middle with a mild slightly sweet finish. A pleasant beer. Refreshing. A nice change from all the dark and/or high ABV beers in the winter.

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Photo of kik
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden color characteristic with a lot of sediment floating around (looks like a sludgy gel). Smells light and very much like citrus, specifically grapefruit. Sharp, acidic bite. Tastes faintly like a lager.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can't believe I'm just getting around to reviewing this one, I must have several every winter. This one is pretty standard, you get exactly what Bell's says. Aroma is wheat ale and spices: clove, allspice. Tastes just as it smells, but a little on the thin side. This one isn't going to roll your taste buds over. Smooth and easy, great on a cold winter evening.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.67/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours the expected golden straw color but head retention is minimal. Belgian yeast & clove on the nose but there is some off-note that is reminiscent of sawdust and spoiled lemon. Taste is very clove forward, has a spicey phenol vibe without the booze kick, but lacks any distinction or delicateness that wheat provides. You get the sense it overwhelms with the clove to hide the bland base.

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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 Try-em-all
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, maybe I am just thirsty from having officiated four hockey games tonight, but this is a keeper in my book. Straw color with a touch of cloudiness, light going down and a magnificent wheat beer.

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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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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As Winter Whites go, pretty good. Nothing to tell your family and friends about, but a good attempt at this style. Nice color, smooth drinking, just a bit unexciting.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 12/2/2015. Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow-orange with two fingers of bright white head. The head recedes to a long-lasting one finger. Ample visible carbonation of the small-bubble type. Collars of lace as I drink it down.

Aroma: A decidedly soft, wheaty graininess, followed by some clove phenols, green bananas, navel oranges. A touch muted, perhaps served too cold, close to 40 degrees. I am recovering form a cold, but even if this smell is muted by that, it really is lacking for the style.

Taste: Lightly tart arrival, not as sweet as I would have expected; some grainy wheatiness across mid-palate, turning to a surprisingly hoppy end (for the style; by no means is this a hoppy beer). A very light and clean beer.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly carbonated; a very slick beer, but the active carbonation stops it from being unpleasant. Some lingering slickness, but the overall impression is one of refreshment. Lighter end of mid-weight.

Overall: I had this many years ago when I first got into craft beer, and wasn't impressed. Time passed, and I wondered if my tastes would have changed (not to mention Oberon is one of my top 5 beers). So I needed to fill a pick-6 and got it. I am not disappointed; it is not true to style, but that's fine for an American brewery. Appearance and texture are perfect. It is not overpowering, though it is not really full of subtleties, either. It's a good change up from the usual wintertime routine, but not something I am likely to seek out.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into Snow Cap nonic

A - enormous head of white over a crystal-clear body of golden yellow; initially crystal-clear, but cloudy after I finished pouring the bottle; high in visible carbonation

S - lemon, Belgian yeast (notes of bubblegum, clove, banana)

T - lemon, clove, Belgian yeast; quite funky; fairly boring

M - sticky medium body, highly carbonated

O - overly carbonated for my taste, smells and tastes funky, Belgian yeast is the main feature here with nothing to keep it interesting; unimpressive

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Photo of Smk54
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into tulip glass from 12oz bottle. Straw colored, cloudy from sediment. Decent off white head and heavy lacing. Strong bread notes. Crisp and clean taste with very mild bitterness at the end. Excellent wheat beer.

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Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,202 ratings.
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