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:
#34,702
Reviews:
749
Ratings:
2,265
pDev:
13.19%
Bros Score:
3.71
 
 
Wants:
70
Gots:
421
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,265 |  Reviews: 749
Photo of teromous
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A light yellow color, similar in appearance to lemonade. The head is white and creates a small layer on the surface. There is some spotted lacing.

S: I get a very light Belgian yeast scent. There is a light zesty smell.

T: It has a huge wheat, grainy taste. It's like eating shredded wheat cereal. I get a very light banana flavor, but it's very light on esters and spice.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice. It is smooth and has just the right carbonation. The beer has a nice light body but fills the mouth. It's a very easy beer to drink.

O: Overall I'd say it's pretty good. It's not the best wit I've had, but it's not bad either. I probably wouldn't buy it again but I wouldn't turn one down. I'd still recommend it, because it's a good wit.

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Photo of tvghost
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bismarksays
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of amalburg
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of GTB
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

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 LukeGude
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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 HarmonMW
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Rihup
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SerialTicker
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/29/12

Appearance: Pours a super hazy yellow color with no head or lacing.

Smell: Smells like your typical Witbier, but not quite as banana and clovey, which is a good thing... I tend to find that sort of nose both extremely redundant and predictable. Unfortunately though, the first smell I got from this beer was major skunk... fortunately though, it doesn't last longer than a few moments.

Taste: It is what it is... a Witbier. Banana and clove on the front of the tongue, with prickly carbonation. After taste briefly tastes of ... cherries? And then there's a faint wheat aftertaste.

Overall, I liked it more with each sip... normally Witbiers have that super sweet banana, clove, and especially, CORIANDER taste, but this isn't like that much at all. A respectable seasonal/sessionable beer.

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Photo of Gemini6
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wasn't all that impressed with this seasonal offering from Bell's. Poured out to a hazy yellow color with a big white foam head. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas were of grains, yeast and some farm straw and hay. Taste was slightly odd... overly spicy with citrus tones and minimal malt. Mouthfeel was almost biting, with some acid like qualities battling with my tastebuds. Only fair drinkability. I'd go for something else from the Bell's line-up first.

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Photo of Lantern
5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RickS95
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like you'd expect. It's a pale, hazy yellow. You can't quite see through it and it sits under a thin white head with no retention.

Also smells like you'd expect. Lots of spices, typical Belgian. Cloves and coriander fill the nose, with a yeasty kind of sourness.

It tastes like it smells. Spieces, cloves and coriander mostly, dominate. In the finish you'll get some peppery notes.

The spices work well together and don't overpower the beer. Despite the spiciness, there's never a burn.

Wasn't what I was expecting, but a good beer anyway. Not so much a winter warmer as it is a Belgian. As expected from Bell's, a nice beer.

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Photo of brystmar
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to CPditka for the extra!

Cloudy orange pour yields minimal head that retreats quickly. 5 minutes after the pour, there's no head or lace in sight. Aroma is full of banana esters, cloves, yeast, and malt.

Taste follows suit, with an abundantly sweet flavor profile. Spices linger in the back of my throat after swallowing, which is a nice tough. About average for the style though, maybe even slightly behind Hoegaarden.

I used to love these Belgian white ales, but it's safe to say I'm over them. One every now and then is a refreshing change of pace, but even then I'm looking elsewhere for my wit fix.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a two finger foamy white head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is Belgian yeast, corriander and orange peel.

T - The taste follows the aroma with Belgian yeast, corriander, orange peel and lemon zest. Light bitterness in the finish.

M - Light body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - This is a decent white ale. The flavors are mild and refreshing.

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Photo of brycevolk
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz glass into a speiglau wheat snifter.

Look is a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head.

Definite clove and banana ester note on the aroma. Lots of the yeast coming through.

Body is thin but th taste is full. A dry floral banana taste that lingers across the palate.

Interesting take on a winter beer, and very good.

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Photo of lochef81
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a very cloudy Orange tan color with a short lasting pale white head. It leaves little lacing and retains just a slight film of foam throughout the pour. The nose of this one is very European with a sweet funky yeast aroma. There is peach and apricot notes with a lot of fresh bread aromas. The flavor follows suit. Quite funky, almost like a saison style. Sweet and malty and tangy and slightly sour all at the same time. The mouth is light and refreshing but effervescent and refreshing. This isn't a beer I'd come to often but definitely one worth trying and enjoying.

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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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