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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:
385
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 734 | Ratings: 2,202
Photo of ndekke39
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this from a bottle in batch 7735, packaged on November 27, 2006. Pours a hazy tawny orange. Smells of wheat, yeast, and citrus: orange and lemon. Taste begins with mainly the yeast, continues into the citrus flavors - orange and lemon again, especially the orange - and ends with a light touch of the sour citrus. Flavors travel well. Very light, fizzy mouthfeel. Overall, a very good wheat beer. I'm usually not a fan of the style, but this one makes me like it. A nice, clean ale that seems appropriate for the winter.

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Photo of adammills
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It poured a slight golden yellow with a smallish finely bubbled head. Little to no aroma, maybe a very faint biscuit, not sweet at all, no esters. I tastes creamy with no hop taste of aroma. The flavor is very bland, a shocking lack of complexity from what I expect from Bells. Finishes very smooth, very drinkable, and very much lacking in flavor.

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Photo of budgood1
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a hazy shade of gold. thin fizzy head dies quickly. minimal lacing present. spicy aroma, some pepper and clove, wheat and yeast. nice tangy flavours...orange and tangerine...some spice...and underlying malt sweetness which lifts the whole beer up and even gives it some gumption. the body is fullish and the mouthfeel is slippery; bordering on syrupy. drinkability rates high just because this tastes good and makes for a great thirst quencher. a nice changeup from the usual winter offerings.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.38/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Hazy yellow/amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Hoppy/yeasty nose. Starts with a hoppy/citrusy flavor, dry hoppy finish. Batch #7195, $1.79 for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

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Photo of Mdog
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy yellow with good carbonation.

Smell: Yeasty, clove aroma.

Taste: Wheat, clove, a little citrus.

Mouthfeel: Good for the style.

Drinkability: It's strange for me to have a witbier in winter, but this would be a decent choice if I wanted one.

This is a decent beer, but nothing too special. It just feels weird to drink this in the middle of winter.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, somewhat muted golden color. Fluffy white head. Nice, crisp and phenolic aroma. Bright, crisp flavor. Slightly spicy. Nice balance of wheat and malt with the bitterness. Good body-light with a nice dry finish. Very drinkable beer. Not a wit beer fan but I could see doing a bunch of these in the summer. Another good beer from Bell's.

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Photo of frazbri
2.59/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bell's Winter White poured cloudy, straw yellow with a short-lived bright white head on top of a cascade of carbonation. Aroma of corriander, pepper, flowers and fruit. Apples, oranges, lemon zest, and spice comprise the flavor. Medium-light in body and highly carbonated.

I don't quite get the Winter White. It's too aggressive for your average wit. It's kind of like a winter Oberon, but doesn't hit the mark for this BA. Bell's is one of the best breweries around, but this isn't a product I'd recommend.

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Photo of jopl
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass and enjoyed alongside a garlic olive oil pasta.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a finger of white head that leaves a bit of splotchy lacing.

Smell: Strong fruity (mostly banana) smell alongside wheat & hops.

Taste: Initial fruity taste that turns into a yeasty wheat finish. Very sweet and goes especially well with the pasta.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, bubbly beer that is easy drinking and finishes well.

Drinkability: This is a pretty easy drinking beer. It doesn't have a high alcohol content so I could probably drink a couple of these. The sweet taste can be a bit of a turn off though.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the glass hazy pale golden with a white frothy low head which lasted well enough to lace the glass.

The aroma was wheat with a light bit of citrus thrown in for good measure. Some light clove character was also present. Finally some DMS (corn) character was notable.

The flavor was light and enjoyable with a nice wheat flavor and a light bit of citrus coupled with a light clove spice. The beer started on the palate slightly sweet but had enough citrus and spice to balance toward the finish.

The finish was dry with lasting wheat character, very slight citrus and fleeting spice. The body was medium with a moderate level of carbonation which led to a creamy mouthfeel. The light character which would not cause this to be a standout, made it ultimately extremely drinkable and thirst quenching.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of Grundle20
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
This beers look is scarily similar to your average American macro lager. Golden yellow, with no head.

Smell:
The scent is ever so faintly reminiscent of sweet banana bread. There's an underlying Miller High Life quality that again is quite the turn off.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
I can't believe I'm drinking Bells and/or a witbier. Initially there is some pleasant sweetness and wheat character but it almost instantly vanishes and is replaced with a taste of wet hay and aspirin. Despite apparent carbonation the beer drinks rather flat and thick. The finish is rife with wet hay character and the finish is also plagued with this taste. I'm absolutely shocked.

Drinkability:
It drinks just like a macro lager easy going down but has little to offer in terms of well balanced good flavors.

Bottom Line:
This beer is just a flavor notch up from making my shit list. This is the only disappointment I have ever had from Bells and it's a big one. It's just a step up from macro lager but considerably more expensive. A definite pass in my opinion.

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Photo of mynie
4.31/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pretty gold with a decent head, but not hazy at all for a wit.

Smells like quite the wit, though, with big huge spicy wheatmalt letting through nodes of white pepper and cloves.

Tastes like wonderfully overpowering wheatspice. Big cloves, all spice, ginger, corriander, and white pepper against a sugary background.

Hell yeah. I always like spicy wheat beers more on cold days than on hot ones. This is a great idea and a wonderfully brewed beer.

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Photo of zsk
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance was like any other white. Cloudy golden with white bubbly head
Smell was bland. Not much there, really
Taste was good. Refreshing.
Mouthfeel was Ok, not great.
Drinkability was OK too. I don't really care for another.

This is just average. I was hoping for a winter style beer (Great Lakes Christmas Ale, Celebration, etc) Might as well be any other white ale. Blue Moon is better.
What happened Bell's???

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Photo of shadow1961
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bells Beer's website indicates that my bottle of Bells
Winter White Ale was packaged on September 20,
2006- but three months before I opened it. It pours
out a thin head that disappates almost instantly,
over a cloudy yellow brew. Nose is of light malt and
yeast. Mouthfeel is velvety, flavor is of malt and wheat.
It's smooth and a bit dry. Alcohol by volume 4.5%. It's
decent, but not that spectacular- I think it would really
shine with a white meat dish and it would be fine as a
session brew too.

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Photo of akorsak
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The ale is a hazy yellow color with a white ring of head that retains reasonably well.

S: The aroma is part wheat and part grainy malt. Some orange peel as well but not much more.

T: The flavor is witbier, with a strong wheat presence and some coriander and curacao. With the name, I expected some more spiciness, maybe some nutmeg to add to the winter white name, but there was nothing to be found.

M: The mouthfeel is a a run-of-the-mill wheat, nothing special.

D: I hate to say it, but this is my least favorite Bell's brew, by far. There is nothing that makes this a winter ale.

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Photo of dogfooddog
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to MABZ for this among many bottles.

Pours with almost no head at all, nose is bananas, sweet-smelling wheat, pretty normal for a belgian witbier.

taste is a bit maltier, almost to the point of drowning some of the above characteristics. If I didn't know better I would wonder if corn was used in this beer. a good bit bitter, not too much complexity beyond it.

Not my favorite bells beer.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch # 7660

This is not one of the better white ales I've tried. I didn't mind it quite as much before one of my co-workers so eloquently described the taste/aroma of this beer as "urinal cakes." Oh, the power of suggestion.

The beer pours to a golden yellow color, a little darker and less hazy than expected, and not nearly enough particulate matter to cast the whiteness in the light. Very little carbonation and head. Retention is quite poor, and subsequently lacing doesn't exist.

The smell is of coriander and curacao orange peel. A bit of banana esters and spicy phenolics. The malt bill seems very cheap. The aromas described above combine to form a distinct urinal cake smell. Not pleasant, but not particularly unpleasant (afterall, urinal cakes are meant to cover up the unpleasant smell of urine). The taste is very similar. Actually tastes good until the finish, when the urinal cake really begins to take hold. Reminds me of a saison with the spices of a witbier.

The body is fairly creamy. Could be much more drinkable. Kind of an odd style for a winter release, though I can see how the "white" would be associated with the season.

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Photo of dfried
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale straw in color, thin and fine head. The aroma is a good mix of wheat, citrus zest, and spices, solid all around. The flavor of this beer is not that much different than most American Wits, but there is something aobut it that I like a lot, I think the zesty and spicy flavors are balanced a bit more in this one by a more full wheat malt body. It's not a super heavy body by any means, the other flavors get plenty of attention.

Verdict: easily overlooked gem by Bell's. You think winter, you think dark usually, but I have spent a couple evenings at bonfires while snow was falling drinking this beer. They seemed to disappear too fast.

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

Poured out of a bottle into a pint glass, beer is a cloudy yellow color with a soapy looking head. The smell reminds me very much of Bell's Sparkling Ale, with slightly less nose and perhaps a touch more banana smell, spicy. The taste is initially bitter, with a nice coriander and clovey finish. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with chewy carbonation. Overall, this is definitely a drinkable beer; I was surprised by the similarity to this and their sparkling ale... the sparkling ale being the more intense version.

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Photo of Phatz
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's knows bottle conditioned beers.
First thing I thought when I found out Bells Winter ale was a Witbier, WTF? A Wit? The fist bottle I struggled getting over my discriminating mind frame of what I expect this season. My second bottle, on an evening that has warmed up quite a bit, well okay... this beer is actually growing on me.

Appearance: Pours a typical white color and sits a honey-creamsicle hazy orange color. The fizzy head faded quickly and there is a small amount of lacing created by swirling the glass and on each sip, but then it drops down into the beer leaving clean glass walls.

Smell: Honey, dough, banana, orange, vanilla cream, yeast and a sprinkle of spices, make a very pleasant Witbier nose. Having High expectations for a beer that claims to be a winter, I hesitantly and slowly turn one thumb toward the upward direction.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma with a yeasty doughy honey flavor with suggestions of orange coriander, wheat & vanilla. The lemon zest is toned down completely and the Vanilla ice-cream is inserted, uniquely, in the flavor attributes of this beer compared to typical Wits. While trying to find something seasonal about this beer I thought I noticed a bit of a peppermint flavor in the aftertaste. Was that a self projection or is it really there? No the burp had a hint of candy cane as well so I now forgive them for naming a Witbier as a Winter Ale. =) Very nice.

Mouthfeel: This beer has the smooth malty body of a Hefe over the typical spritsy body of a Whit.

Drinkability: This is a different beer and one worth checking out. It is the Wrong season to ask me if it is drinkable because I am cold and at the moment I am going to switch to something with a higher octane. Still, I think it would be great on a hot winter day further South or if you are a bigger Wit fan than I.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of xav33
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bell's Winter White
12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a shaker
Packaged 09/06, rang 11/06

Poured a murky yellow with a small fizzy somewhat diminishing head.

Smelt of moderate dough, bananas, cloves.

Taste was upfront moderately bittersweet orange, light bread and bananas followed by a strong bitter raw dough and grain on an average length finish. Palate was slightly dry, light to medium bodied, overly fizzy, and lightly astringent.

Overall, a pretty interesting yeasty wheat beer, bold in flavor, although oddly bitter.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees. I'm just confused because I know it says Winter White, but with all of their coffee-infused stouts, it just sticks out like a sore thumb. My conclusion is that this is the alternative to such offerings as HopSlam, Java Stout, Expedition and Double Cream...

A - It looks like grapefruit juice in my glass...with a 2 inch foamy head that quickly dissipated, of course. Don't get that from Ocean Spray...

S - Lemon zest, grapefruits, and cloves compose the aroma.

T - Wheat-beer flavors with bananas and cloves (maybe some coriander) spell out this Winter White...it's actually pretty refreshing, since I haven't had one in a few months. Finishes crisp.

M - Light body with very little carbonation. Bananas come out a lot more throughout the glass.

D - OK, so I have to admit it's a little refreshing after drinking a different winter stout everyday. I'll keep it as an occasional winter beer, though, as to not tire myself of it. Maybe I'll try one in July and see how it tastes.

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Photo of BlackAngus
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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 jdoherty
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this beer into a small white sampling glass. Pours very fizzy and seems unfiltered, yeast is visibly noticable.

It smelled almost entirely of yeast, there were other subtle smells but I couldnt put my finger on.

Tastes identical to hefe-weizens with a lot more of the yeast taste.

The carbonation really tingles on your tongue, (the fizz came from somewhere) and it had a very light bodied feel.

Not exactly the winter warmer I would have expected, not many spices or strong taste in any way, but it is still rather pleasant served ice cold.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Batch 7637

Poured into a tall wheat glass, which gave this beer a nice puffy, fizzing white head, which doesn't last very long. Not much in the way of lacing. Very hazy yellow straw body.

Smells of light spices and citrus.

Taste is interesting. I guess Bell's uses both a Hefe and a Belgian yeast in this beer so its got a clean fruitiness AND a but of a funk. The spices dominate the finish. Not a lot going on, this is one of the mellower wits I've had.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp and quite effervescent. This is a light bodied beer thats a nice thirst quencher, and as Bell's says an interesting alternative to the majority of winter releases.

Quite drinkable, limited mainly by the lack of flavor depths here, this is a nice refresher after my morning bike ride, but it seems more suited to a warm, sunny day.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sort of odd they brew a wit, that is very ideal for the Summer, as their winter seasonal.

Appearance- Pours a flighty eggshell head with no retention, just a small ring after a few sips. Color is a bright pale yellow. with two columns of bubbles making their way to the top.

Smell- Smells more like a wit. Like spiced, herbal wheat.

Taste- The flavors is more akin to an American wheat, but with hints of Belgian wits too. A nice carbonated mostly wheat mix of crystal malts. Gives off light fruity flavors like bananas. Then some orange peel and anise.

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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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