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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:
733
Ratings:
2,201
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
22.83%
 
 
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65
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385
For Trade:
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Reviews: 733 | Ratings: 2,201
Photo of chiefydawg
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Came out a little more clear than I expected until I remembered the sediment packed at the bottom. Swirled and poured out the thick, nutrient-rich haze to make a translucent, straw-colored glass of beer. That sediment is in there tight. Wondering about the expiration date, especially being a Winter Ale. Deep head that dissipated quickly, and without as much lace as I expect.

Getting a yeasty banana clove scent like a many wheat beers, but with a sweeter scent. Not much hoppiness; but even for its apparent age it still smells somewhat fresh.

Tastes like a luxurious and well-made heffy. I would never put fruit in one of course, but especially not this. There is enough bite from the wheat and yeast, with nearly invisible hops, to weigh out the sweet lushness of the body of it. Really no conflict or aftertaste to this. Which brings up the alcohol snap. Not catching one, even towards the end. Either I am drinking it too fast, Bells hides it well, or it's unusually low for a Winter Ale. Still well done.

The mouthfeel, although I usually mix it in with the taste, deserves a special mention here. There is something plush and velvety about this that makes me want to sip and chew a couple just for the sake of enjoyment.

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Photo of nmyers
3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It poured a cloudy golden almost orange color. The aroma of this beer has hints of sweet citrus and bananas and some Belgium candy sugar. The taste of this beer was similar to smell hints of sweet sugars and citrus and banana notes were also present. This drinkable beer was smooth but had a slightly bitter after taste. Overall this was an average winter beer.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy yellow pour, with a nice white head that sticks around.
Aroma is wheat and bready, somewhat fruity sweet with a touch of hops.
Taste is a Wit, spicy wheat with a touch of citrus hops and even some orange peel.
Nice creamy, chewy feel to this one I could have a few of these, but admitingly I am not sure about a wit in the winter, but it is a good beer.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice yellow/gold with a tiny bit of haze. Nice white head that left a fair amount of lacing behind.

S- Floral notes, orange, coriander and some spice. Overall very nice.

T- Up front could pick up on a wheat taste, followed by fruits and then finishes with a nice light spice.

M- Good carbonation on this one. Light and crisp.

D- Very nice and easy drinking.

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Photo of PorterLover83
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Came slightly cloudy gold with not too much head. Had a pinch of banana smell to it. Had some orangish hints in there too. Taste was kinda like bananas in the background too. little bit of spice as well as a light malty finish. Medium to light mouth feel. Very drinkable in my opinion because its a great brew and a lower ABV. Recommended.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of toolbrew
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice golden color with the slightest bit of haze and a nice white head that fell quickly with little lacing.

Smells spicy; citrus and maybe clove.

You can taste the citrus at first and on the back of the mouth you can taste the clove and spice.

More carbonation than I would like but a crisp mouthfeel and a light body.

It's a good beer for winter. I think my review may have been biased because I like IPAs and APAs so much. this isn't my favorite style of beer, but I'm beginning to appreciate it more and more.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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 BoitSansSoif
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured an golden apricot hue with thick white head that left mild lacing.

S-Wheat, ripe banana-orange, and spice, mostly clove.

T-Slightly sweet w/floral and light citrus notes and edge of spice. Faint tropical fruit w/banana and rambutan. Hops also shine through lightly throughout, and finish is smooth w/lemon rind.

M-Body is medium and carbonation is on light-to-moderate side.

D-Not my favorite style, but well worth the try. Another nice delivery from Bell's. Also, this one grows on you.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a hazy lighter yellow with some peach colored hue a thin quick to fade head atop.Toasted wheat clove and some bannana reminisentmore of a Bavarian style sheat than a Belgian white in my mind.Pretty standard wheat flavors somewhat clovey and toasty with a faint hint of citrus in the back end.Decent and basic beer, my wife would enjoy this, me well I thought it was ok.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.49/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the bottle looks very picturesque and i love it. I know right away i am going to enjoy this beer.

It pours a cloudy, hazy wheaty yellow color with a tint or orange. Only a half finger lace of head rises to the top. It doesnt have too much staying power and is gone within seconds. I poured this beer into a pint glass.

I can detect a hint of orange/lemon fruit flavor but not too much. The main smell is the wheat and the oats. It reminds me of oatmeal and hay for some odd reason. After further review i can taste another hint of citrus in it.

The flavor is great and i can taste citrus/lemon in the beer now. I still taste the wheat and i can taste the yeast but the fruity citrus flavor gives it that extra zing that a witbier has. Excellent taste! i feel like i am in heaven!

It goes down smooth and no bitter aftertaste but the orange flavor stays back to let me know that it was apart of the beer. It feels like a wheat orange afteraste.

I have to say this is one of the best beers i have ever had. Hoeg used to my favorite witbier but this one tops it. I love it. I will def get a sixer of this if i can find it in my area.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass and was presented with a light, slightly seethru oragish body with a one-finger head that quickly died (note: shake those last few sips because this beer will leave some yeast floaters if you don't). The smell was nice and floral with some citrus, especially orange and lemon, coming out but nothing major. The taste is rather a letdown. as tjere really isn't anything there except a combo of wheat/yeast with a sharp lemony feel. The excessive wheat/yeast makes a real smooth but somewhat watery, slick brew that feels a little non-descript as it passes (a tad like a light beer). I could pond a few of these easily, but I won't be actively seeking this winter beer and as far as winter beers go it is a tad weak.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass. One and a half finger head that quickly dissipated. Not quite what I was expecting from a white. Aroma contained cloves, citrus and wheat, nothing overpowering. Taste pretty much matched the aroma. While the mouthfeel was full and thirst-quenching, the swallow of the beer seemed thin and left a lemon water after-taste. Overall, not a bad brew, but nothing outstanding. It was nice to mix things up with a white during this never-ending Michigan winter, but I think I'd prefer this in the summer.

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

I do like the Witbiers, so it's one style that I particularly look for. This one isn't the greatest I've had, but it's still good. I think the highlight for this beer was the appearance. When I poured it, it had a nice fluffy white head that quickly died down to a thick laceing. The taste was ok, but I think it would be better with a slice of orange.

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Photo of tayner
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle says 5% ABV batch 8228

pours a murky golden color with a white head that fades to nothing.

smells of banana, clove, raw wheat, and other spices i cant make out.

Taste is like the smell, typical witbeer flavors with some spiciness, and even maybe a little belgian-like yeast funk in the background, slightly.

light and pretty carbonated for a winter beer, but in arizona it works.

Its not my favorite style, but I could drink alot of these on warm arizona days, and epecially since it is only 5%.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, OH.

Appearance: yellow with a 1/2" white head on the pour....decent appearance

Smell: lemon and clove

Taste: clove, slight citrus....thats all i'm really detecting

Mouthfeel: light bodied

Drinkability: could do 2 in a night cause it's light, but overall not that great of a taste

This is one of the less impressive Bell's beers I've had....could be a bad bottle also though...or that i'm just not in the mood for this style in february

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Photo of KeggerKen
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another good beer from Bells! I wasn't expecting much but was quite impressed with the thick creamy yellow look after being poured into a pint glass. A strong effervescence of wheat in the smell. This beer tingles the mouth with a strong thick mix of carbonation and wheat but has more of the feel of a summer relaxing in the sun beer than that of a winter. Drinkability was a little hindered by the mouthful of wheat flavor; perhaps a little too much but this is a beer I will buy again.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Sort of a pale straw yellow color, slightly hazy. No discernible head but a nice thing ring of white bubbles clung to the sides of the glass. No lacing to speak of.

S: Pale malt and spice, perhaps coriander or something else.

T: The lightness of the wheat comes through quickly on this, though there isn't much in the way of malty sweetness. The hops provide nice balance and play well with the spices that are present in the background. A relatively quick finish and slight bitterness in the linger.

M&D: Light & crisp. Mostly smooth drinkability. The carbonation was medium to light and matched very well with the style. Overall a very nice beer and refreshing for a winter ale.

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Winter White poured a light cloudy orange-yellow-brown. The aroma was slightly citrusy and fruity. Really has a nice citrusy smell. The palate appeared to be pretty smooth...a very clean taste with a hint of citrus. The aftertaste was pretty decent as well.

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Photo of prototypic
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It's hazy and has a straw color to it. Head was about a finger and had minimal retention and lacing.

Smell: Spices dominate in smell. It's mostly coriander and clove. There are some very light citrus scents. Bit of a banana smell. Grainy and yeasty on the tail.

Taste: Coriander and clove flavors are the primary features here. Citrus flavors (orange and lemon) are a little more pronounced in taste, as is the banana flavor. It's a little grainy. Slight yeasty taste at the end.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is good. It's smooth and crisp. Hard to believe this is a winter beer. Overall, it's a pretty good offering. Might be better during the summer, but I'm not holding that against it.

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Photo of jkrich
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle with perhaps the most appealing winter theme label I have seen. This "white" ale poured a slightly cloudy, golden color with minimal white head and plethora of bubbles. I expected the ale to be a little more cloudy from the yeast, but I am not complaining as this is a very attractive ale.

Very aromatic of sweet malty flavors including the banana and bubble gum aromas typical of most wheat ales. Smells quite like a south german wheat, only not as intense.

There is an initial taste of spicy malt flavor followed by that bubble gum flavor - no clove flavors in this one which is with me. Leaves a mellow sweetness on the tongue. Not very complex but interesting enough to drink a few.

The carbonation is adequate for a wheat ale while the mouthfeel is somewhat thin.

This is a very interesting style to brew to celebrate the winter; while other breweries are putting forth dark, high gravity beers, Bell's gives us a refreshing "white" ale like the winter snow I suppose an ale that makes one look forward to warmer days to come.

While this is not a style I seek out, I would highly recommend this flavorful, sessionable ale as a respite from winter.

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Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In short, this is a sweeter and slightly thicker wit beer. It's more basic than Oberon, without much spice. The aroma is of sweet pale grains and wheat, with a very similar flavor. There might be a little coriander or orange peel in there, but it's hard to discern spice from yeast character.

Now I know they're calling this a winter beer, but for the style there isn't a crisp mouthfeel like you expect in a wit. Instead it's more on par with the medium body of an American amber. I guess if you're looking for a wit to warm you in the winter, this is your beer.

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Photo of WesWes
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale and wheat malt scent along with a fruity yeast aroma. It's refreshingly crisp with a nice citrus element. The taste is great. It has a very smooth wheat malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with a citrus edge. The yeast provides excellent character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good wit. It's light and refreshing; a nice twist on a winter seasonal.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a cloudy orange with good carbonation. The Head is 3 fingers white fades fast leaving some lace.

The smell is ok a citrus peal aroma over a grainy malt.

The taste follows yet is a bit better. The grainy malt is goog and is nicely complemented by the cirrus and mild spice. The spice is low key enough to be a welcome addition. Hops do not seem to be a major player bud present enough to give good balance.

The mouthfeel is good very nice medium body and ok carbonation.

The drinkability is very good this is not a great style for me but I am enjoying this one. Prosit, MK

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Photo of argock
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Hazy yellow-orange with short white foamy lace and scant lace

S: Coriander, cloves, bananas, and orange citrus

T: A bit flat in light of the encouraging preamble of the aromas. Some yeasts and bready wheat and malt flavros with coriander and orange sprinkled in, but it's missing some punch.. Ethereal, even for a wit.

M: Smooth and medium-bodied, not thin and watery like some wits. Acive lively carbonation.

D: Nothing objectionable but not a home run or even a double. Bell's is a great brewery on the whole, but this isn't one of their best. Solid but under the bar for Bell's.

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