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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
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3.64/5
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2,295 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:
#35,510
Reviews:
757
Ratings:
2,295
pDev:
12.91%
Bros Score:
3.71
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
437
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,295 |  Reviews: 757
Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of firkingroovin
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of Ajlvt
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of lovindahops
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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

A: Poured out a hazy gold - looks very appealing. Not much lacing from carbonation.

S: Very subtle smell of orange peel/citrus.

T: Very subtle tasting, but it hits with a bit of a orange peel flavor. It finishes strong with something like clove. Perhaps thats a throwback to the Winter beer style. Reminds me of ales from around Christmas.

M: Lightly carbonated. Pretty pleasant.

D: Good session beer. I would drink on occasion.

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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 beagle75
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Opaque, pale golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Generally mild but appropriate; clove is most apparent, followed by delicate lemon and baker's yeast.

T: Begins off-dry, with pasty wheat flour, mild clove spice, and citric acidity. Flavors simplify during the middle, tasting a bit like dilute powdered sugar solution soaked into Wonder bread. A mild thread of bitterness stands out in the finish, suggestive of juicy green plant stems.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This American-brewed wit brings a minimalist impression, seeming held back by it. The smell works, but could be more intense, while the appearance is pleasing in its luminous impenetrability. The flavors seem underdeveloped, which doesn't really elevate this beer over notables of the style. It is refreshing, but not at all memorable.

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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 Brolo75
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours dark honey orange with a bright white head, minimal head retention, lots of lacing, very cloudy and hazy, looks a little thin.

A: Basic Belgian yeast characteristic, slight spice, banana, wheat, cloves, smell pretty solid for a 5% ABV beer.

T: Like the nose, Belgian yeast, cloves, spice, banana, grassy wheat flavor, finishes dry with a banana/clove after taste.

M: It's a little flat, dry finish, thin.

O: This is a pretty good witbier, balanced, I did not get much spice, it leans more on the fruity side, picked up a four-pack of 16 ounce cans, will definitely enjoy the other three I have left.

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Photo of Wildman
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very cloudy yellow color and formed a small foamy snow white head that left trace lace as it subsided. A small but busy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, clove and yeast. A flavor of hops, clove with a slightly doughy aspect. The finish is sprite but a touch astrigent.

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

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Etan
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz into a tulip.

A: Pours a slighly darker than normal orange with a nice white head.

S: Aroma brings bright citrus, coriander, floral, honey, cloves.

T: Taste brings soft, cakey pale malt, nectarine, cloves, bready wheat.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A nice witbier, certainly better than some others on the market.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy, orangy-yellow with relatively low carbonation. The color is typical of this style. Nose has notes of bread, orange zest, cloves, and lemon.

Flavor is mild, but is spot on for this style. Nice wheaty tones accompanied by a hint of graininess and lots of sweet and tangy fresh orange, lemon, and banana fruit notes. There are just enough hops to dry the finish a bit and leave your palate ready for another sip. Mouthfeel is thin to firm and does not interfere with the flavor at all. This beer is refreshing, highly drinkable, and goes down shockingly fast. I could drink it all day long.

Belgian white ales are one of my favorite styles and this is an excellent example. I am grateful that Bell's releases this in the winter as opposed to the summer. It gives me something to enjoy during the winter months when I want a break from the heavier winter beers. If you enjoy Belgian-style wit beers, do not pass this one up.

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Photo of Winston3737
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of victory4me
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (batch 10021) poured into a shaker pint glass. Lots of yeast sediment was left behind in the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy/translucent golden yellow beer. Foam disappeared quickly and never reappeared again. No lacing either.

Smell: This is a witbier? Smells like a hefeweizen - cloves and banana with a hint of mustiness and pear at the end. Not bad, just not what I was expecting.

Taste: A bit on the sweet side, and definitely tastes like a hefeweizen. More cloves than banana though, with something else spicy in there at the end.

Mouthfeel: Enough carbonation to feel a bit crisp on the tongue so that it cleanses the palate like a witbier should. Beyond the carbonation the beer is a little bit thick and slick at the same time.

Drinkability: Went well with a spicy beans and rice dish, but I can't see myself buying it again. It's just an okay beer.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gtg642
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of monitorpop
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of thain709
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a slightly hazy, dull golden yellow body...the head was one finger tall and white in color...it retained to a wispy cap and left decent lacing behind

S - Notes of wheat and yeast, mixed with spices (clove, coriander), and some lemon zest

T - The flavors are pretty basic here, but they do tie together nicely...the wheat presence lingers throughout...the spices give a little extra kick and there is some pepper coming in as well...the lemon zest calms the spices, but also adds a bit of it's own twist and pairs with the wheat base...the finish has lingering spices coming back

M - Light bodied...too light for a winter brew...lingering spices, more lemon would have balanced out the finish

O - This is way too light to be a winter seasonal...they could have added more body to this and it would have been a little better...I wish the finishing spices would have been balanced by the lemon zest like in the middle of the beer

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

A-: Hazy/cloudy golden straw body with a thick fluffy white head which subsides into a nice thin head.. moderate lacing...

S: Wheat, citrus (orange), clove...

T: Sweet citrusy notes lemon-orange, belgian yeast, wheat and clove... nice balance...

M: medium to light body... crisp and refreshing finish...

D: Solid American take on the belgian witbier..

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Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 2,295 ratings
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