Bell's Winter White Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Winter White AleBell's Winter White Ale
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Bell's Winter White AleBell's Winter White Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

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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Photo of brycevolk
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Lantern
5/5  rDev +37.4%

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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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 brauseboof
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Filabee
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of MisledTitan
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AirBob
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of savagepm
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of CNoj012
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a hazy light yellow golden color reminiscent of lemonade. The headankness is fluffy, 2 fingers high and bright white. Retention is moderate and there is some spotted lacing.

Smell is fruity, bready, yeast, that banana like clove flavor. A bit subdued, but pretty nice.

Taste is the same. Flavor is mild, but very good. Clove flavor hangs on well into the aftertaste.

Feel is light, smooth and very easy drinking. Crushable.

Overall a good beer. I wish the flavor was a bit stronger though. I also find it strange this is a winter beer bc I would much rather drink one on a hot summer day.

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Photo of rudabegga9
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Proteus93
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The typical hazy blonde pour, thought he head on it retains wonderfully... foamy and white

S: Wheat, a little bit lemony (not too intense, though!) and a soft and warm spiciness.

T: Not as spicy as many can be, and with a more mellow citrus zing. A little orange peel and a nice wheatiness.

M + D: Nice and dry, which is a positive. Without the sweet and spicy flavours of some, it becomes a very easy drinker. I'll be looking forward to the next release of this one to try it a little hotter.

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

Photo of Sazz9
2/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of justinm4bama
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of TurboBrew
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Gatch
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, hazy yellow with a thin white head.

S - A spiciness that I cannot pinpoint. The wheat is there.

T - Slight sweetness and fruitiness with a little zing in the finish. Wheat stands out and has a noticeable difference from malted barley.

M - Very smooth, sweet but not cloying, and enjoyable to drink.

Recommended. Stays with the style.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.69/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Im dreaming of a winter white ale. Well not really. Poured a semi hazy golden color with next to no head nor any lacing at all.

The smell is malty with some very noticeable yeasty smells in the background. Some lighter wheat background and next to no spice presence at all. A smidge of hops, maybe a floral but still masked. Would like a bit more complexity and other spice notes to balance.

The taste has more of a wheat feel mixed with malt added in. A little harsh (as compared with crisp) and a bit astringent. The wheat flavor starts out with a chill sense and then a stronger bitter orange flavor finishes with a somewhat rancid finish. Not much on the spice and some very light note of hops near the end, bring a floral taste out.

The body is a little high for a wit or even a wheat, and no carbonation. Overall the wheat is limited and the spice note are not where they should be but clean yeast and easy drinkabiliy.

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Photo of speedvagen
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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 jp32
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a soft, hazy yellow with very minimal head retention. The aroma is quite simple and faint.

It has a clean hop taste with mild spices. A touch of bitterness. Nothing over done, very very well balanced.

The mouthfeel is crisp and has an excellent carbonation. Outstanding beer!

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Photo of jwinship83
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a 12oz bottle pulled from the depths of the fridge. the batch number is off center in the box and i cant make it out. oh well. the bottle reads 5.0% ABV

A- this one pours a very murky golden yellow colored body with a small, quickly vanishing, white head. the head leaves behind little to no lacing.

S- very spicy with lots of belgian yeast. the spices smell highly of clove with some coriander as well. a bit of banana and bubblegum. pretty standard.

T- the taste is just as spicy as the nose. lots of clove, coriander, and yeast. the spices linger long into the aftertaste, which is sort of a turnoff.

M- full bodied and thick feeling with a high level of carbonation.

D- i dont think this is one of bell's best beers, buts its not terrible either. just something i wont be trying again anytime soon. thanks to whoever left this at my house, its not something i would have bought/tried otherwise.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well given the reviews and what I'd heard, this one was actually better than expected. Poured an opaque whitish-copper color with a thin white head on top. Looked solid, although no lacing. Nose was strong on citrus, wheat, and coriander, as you might expect. Quite pungent. Taste was likewise, although a little muted, particularly by the too strong carbonation. Overall, this one wasn't bad, one I'd have every once in a while. They just need to tone down the carbonation to make it a little more drinkable.

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Photo of Raime
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky orange with a one finger white frothy head that half dissipates. Left no lacing.

S - Lemon peel, Orange peel, Wheat.

T - Basically the same as the smell. Lemon peel up front, Stale orange in the middle and a very wheaty finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, It's alright. Definitely not even in the top ten for Bell's though.

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Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 2,340 ratings