Bell's Winter White Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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83
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2,261 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
2,261
Reviews:
748
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
418
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,261 |  Reviews: 748
Photo of Winston3737
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of damndirtyape
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
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 HollyHops
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of AlexJ
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extremely hazey dull orange in color with a sizzling white head that quickly fades to nothing. No lace or even a ring. Looks kind of lifeless.

Aroma is pleasant and subtle. It has all the trademark citrus and spice overtones with plenty of yeast. Nice but average.

Flavor is very similar. It's got the orange and lemon, it's got the slick wheaty feel, it's got the spice. It's just nothing stands out at all to set it apart. The finish is a little overhopped for this style IMO. A typical, traditional, American version that is just a bit off the mark, a real rarity coming from this brewer which happens to be one of my favorites.

Body is slick and slippery and just a little too big for a Witte. There are big, loose bubbles when the beer is poured, but the carbonation quickly leaves the beer. My last few gulps were nearly flat. Like any Witte, drinkability is still good. Would be a better Summer release.

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Photo of M1A2
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of TexIndy
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought back from my trip to Indy. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. The back label has a bottling code that you can type into the website and get the bottling date (Oct 13, 08 for this one so 3 months old today). It was a cloudy pale yellow color with good carbonation and some lacing. It had a smallish, fizzy white head that quickly settled into a carb fed foam center with a decent collar.

The aroma was heavy corriander, wheat and clove. It was lacking the orange aroma I usually find in the style. It needed it in my opinion as it was too spicy and dry in the nose. That carried to the taste. Very spicy and dry. It tasted more like a saison to me than a wit. A good fruity offset would have done wonders for it. Mouthfeel had good carbonation but was a bit dry for a wit. Again more like a saison.

Overall, a good but not great beer. I've loved most Bell's that I've had but this one misses for me. Would like to try again since the store I got it at is a bit questionable on their handling of beers. Had bunch of good ones but a few really off ones as well. Except for the retry, one and done as their are too many other good wits out there.

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Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mmmbeer
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, batch 7760 (bottled on 12/13/06). It pours an opaque yellowed orange with two fingers of white head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is lightly tart with a good wheat presence, straw, and hints of orange, with mostly just wheat on the palate, yet still tastes quite nice. The body is a bit creamy and fairly full for a wheat beer, with medium carbonation and finish. Overall a well-structured wheat beer that is quite drinkable, as it was gone before I even knew it.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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 srw
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of rypkr
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of fishguyac
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of BeerCon5
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy bright yellow-orange color with 1 finger of white bubbly head that doesn't last long.

The scent is dominant of oranges, notes of grain and yeast.

The taste is also dominant of oranges, there is also yeast, grains, and some spice.

Light bodied, crisp and clean, high carbonation.

This was a decent beer there was good flavor, but nothing really stood out. I wouldn't mind drinking this again but would not seek it out.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PhillyStyle
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

A: Poured a very nice hazy orange color with a light white head that dissipated quickly.

S: The aroma was also good, it had a nice wheat/cirtus/banana aroma to it. Well blended.

T: Taste was very good. Mainly wheat and banana, just what you would expect from a Belgian style wit.

M/D: Think body, good carbonation level and highly drinkable. Not sure why this is a winter beer as it seems perfect for summer, but overall a very good beer and one that I will definately be picking up again.

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Photo of cfrances33
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of scootny
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A bottle poured into an IPA glass. Cloudy pale yellow with a clean white head that is decent and leaves some streaks and spots of lace all along the glass. A slow fade leaves a mild covering. Nose is excellent with a healthy sourness and wheat malt twang that shows amazing spiciness considering that this is not spiced. I'm blown away by the amount of clove, light coriander, bubblegum, pepper, and faint banana and light fruit esters all from just the grains, hops, (what there is) and yeast. Taste showcases classic wit tartness and lemony citrus notes. Mild cloves and cinnamon flow to a tight, light bitterness that releases bubblegum and soap, leaving a surprising dark graininess that lingers with mild almost graham like cracker flavors. Cinnamon and cloves hang in the background. Feel is velvety smooth and light with a mild creaminess. Superb drinkability and all around deliciousness, a great wit and right up there in my top five. As a winter ale the light and drinkable nature may seem a bit of a contradiction, the flavor and satisfaction in the drinking make for an enjoyable winter brew that would also do well in the warmer months.

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Photo of ttylicki
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of kmos27
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of carteravebrew
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Ssippisam
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of McAndrew
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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

Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,261 ratings.
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