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 | website

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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728
Ratings:
2,184
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
22.83%
 
 
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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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Photo of alwaysTomorrow
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Man, I love this beer. It's a Winter Warmer rendered as a Belgian-style White. I think this is officially my favorite winter seasonal.

A: Cloudy, warm, soft yellow with a pleasing off-white lace.

S: Sweet bread, yeasty banana, spice, bit of citrus, very slightly floral.

T: Follows the nose. Yeasty clove and coriander spice, sweet bread, banana. Slight fruity, citrus bite. Mild, gentle hop bitterness. Finishes tea-like, with a hint of medicinal phenols. In a blind test, you would NEVER guess that this beer contains no spice -- the flavor profile comes entirely from the yeast. Pretty impressive.

F: Obviously lighter than your traditional dark Winter Warmer, but surprisingly full-bodied and extremely satisfying, especially considering the modest 5.0% ABV.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours slightly hazy orange cream with a large head. The aroma leads with shredded wheat, coriander, and nutmeg. There is little in the way of citrus peel on the nose. The flavor is very spicy, full of coriander, cumin, nutmeg, and allspice, with a hint of orange peel just at the end. The mouthfeel is refreshing but full. Overall this is a very nice and flavorful American example of of a witbier. Much better than Oberon for me.

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Photo of alexanderplatz
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I like Bell's Winter Ale a lot at its price point. The four pack of 16 oz cans is a particularly good value. The flavor is dominated especially by a moderately bitter orange peel flavor, with less of the banana-like flavors that are more predominant in some other wheat beers. It would be interesting to compare this side by side with Bell's Oberon, which I also like a lot.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Rockjocknroll
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at DC Dulles. Little carbonation, slightly hazy gold color with a little lacing. Classic Belgian yeast banana nose. Great clean Belgian white. Nothing fancy, highly drinkable.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Packaged bottle on 9/29/15. Lots of floaties in there which is a little off-puting. Nice head. Smell is a little disappointing. Not sweet or bready, but a little sulfuric. Taste is very nice however. Smooth, sweet and bready and grassy witbier. Has all the flavor notes that I really enjoy. Sessionable and smooth. Was a nice change of pace from all the hoppy and

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Photo of peterittenhouse
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty straightforward witbier. Hats off to Bells for going against the grain in the winter with this seasonal. It's a nice change of pace in a time of pumpkin ales and spice bombs.

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Photo of jwc215
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle - Packaged 10/07/15:

Pours hazed golden. A thin white head leaves lacing.

The smell is of orange, pineapple, clove, wheat tang.

The taste is of orange, pineapple, clove, wheat tang. Crisp finish.

A different twist on a witbier, yet it still fits the style. An interesting brew. Not sure where the "winter" part fits in.

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Photo of tigg924
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy, caution light yellow with 1/4 inch head. Taste is big coriander and clove with lemon and orange. Super clean and sessionable. I would get this again. Really nice beer.

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Photo of MECove
4.29/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a wonderfully smooth slide going in. The after taste was a bit too strongly roasted for my liking. The head was gorgeous, thick white and full. It definitely brought to mind the comfort and peace of the winter season.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big fan of the entire Bells line. If you get a chance to check out the Bells products, do so ! This is a nice crisp clean taste. .Pretty standard wheat flavors .Golden color, in a frosted mug !
Nice carbonation. First sip brings a nice citrus flavor and something else. A super easy drinking beverage for sure ! I would reorder with out question.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Good beer. Nothing exceptional. Golden yellow color. Mild aroma and taste. Def not as yeasty as other witbiers. Almost mild version leaning towards paler ales. But def. still a witbier. I would not not have on my top 10 for this style but won't turn one down if offered to me (oh, wait...that's any beer).

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Photo of eaglesont
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

love the two hearted ale so was excited to give this a go.....

popping the top pours a light straw, nicely carbonated glass. Cloudy in appearance true to form. Smells are subtle almost non existent. But i also got top close on my first whiff and snorted some foam up my left nostril. so disregard my aroma notes.

The taste is ok. Nothing really sets it apart. Get a little bit of spice and clove but it doesn't seem balanced. Nothing off putting by any means, I guess i like a little more citrus/orange over mostly spice. Mouthful is perfect for the style. Overall a decent beer.

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Photo of brandongoblue24
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Poured a hazy yellow with a finger's worth of head, which dissipated after a minute or so.

Aroma is light, grainy malts, with enough orange/citrus and earthy hops to balance. Maybe some cloves, although they're very slight. The flavor is the best part - well balanced between those same grainy malts, with a crisp hop kick at the finish - no bitterness, but the flavor is definitely there. Very well done. The feel was crisp and a little dry, left a "clean" feeling after the swallow. The carbonation was a little prickly, however.

Overall, a well balanced beer - the high smell and taste marks reflect that. However, I took off some "overall" points because it isn't really a "winter" beer. I appreciate Bells effort to make a winter beer that's not a big, heavy stout, but this seems almost TOO crisp and refreshing - it's not the kind of beer I'd drink on a cold winter night, but one that I'd happily sip on at the beach.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours milky yellow with a slight orang haze. Creamy white head that lasts well enough. Scent is breaddy NO tartness. No real contrast to the wheat except for a grassy hop and it's slight bitterness. Wheat really becomes fragrant as the benbeer warms. NO tartness, NO fruit zest. It's earthy. Finishes a bit sweet and again NOT tart. Refreshing carbonation NO acidity. It's not overly dry or overlty thin nor is it thick or heavy so the mouthfeel is good but it's NOT effervescent. soft clove. It's like a naked hefeweizen. No lactic fermentation I think.

Drinks crisp dry and with a moderate bitterness. A touch bubbly. The earthiness and the soft clove are just not enough to carry the beer. The wheat is fragrant and breaddy but sweet. No lactic sourness on the palate either. The hops give a light pepper at the last minute but finishes malty and sweet. It's like a bland cracker. It is missing something. The few witbiers I have had were steamya dn sweaty with a tartness and some kind of lactic character, spciy with the additions of fruit peel and spice. There were a few lazy bubbles after the initial flourish so NOT effervescent. Sweet finish , just crisp. I had three.

Overall impression - sweet wheat, grassy, juicy with a pleasant breaddy bitter finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Packaged 10/3/15.

Pours a murky golden-yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of wheat, spice, yeast, and slight banana aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, spice, yeast, fruit, and slight metallic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast and spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured this into a lager mug glass, or an ale mug glass considering who cares what the glass is called, it's a beer glass.
Pours a light golden color with little to no foam head. Unfiltered beer so lots of stuff floating around in it if you hold it to the light.
Smell fruity and malty.
Tastes slight bitter and malty, not quite an IPA taste but getting there.
Drinks smooth, light carbonation.
Overall it's alright, like most Bell's I've had it has that IPA bitter taste but in this one it isn't too much.

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Photo of jimdalton
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Cloudy golden pale that pours a one finger head. Very short retention and very little lacing.
Smell: Typical wheat base with some heavy clove notes and subtle orange.
Taste: Taste follows smell. A nice wheat base followed by orange, banana, and especially clove notes.
Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel with effervescent carbonation.
Overall: Nice Witbier that pairs well with the winter season. Not only is there a nice wheat base, but there are some nice citrus and spice flavors as well. Not typically my thing, but very well done.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- Pours a cloudy dark straw and slightly orange color. Decent finger nail length head dissipates into a thin patchy and slow bubbling lace.
Smell- At first I get a funky barnyard aroma; hay, wheat and grassy. As the drink warms, I detect some orange peel.
Taste- Clean and simple. Some orange zest and sweetness and lots of peppery spice, especially in the finish.
Feel- Light bodied. Extremely drinkable. The carbonation is stinging and mellows out with time.
A solid Witbier from one of my favorite breweries.

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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 MACrist
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

LOOKS: Like a big glass of pulpy grapefruit juice. Nice creamy off-white head. Fair lacing down the glass.
AROMA: Sweet, yeasty, banana, strong cloves.
TASTE: Just like aroma, heavy on cloves. Sweetness/bitterness nicely balanced.
MOUTHFEEL: Dry, medium body.
OVERALL: A lot like the SN Kellerweis Hefeweizen but more clove flavor. Very dry. Pleasant beer.

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