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:
748
Ratings:
2,261
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
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68
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418
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Reviews: 748 | Ratings: 2,261
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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Photo of Dalem
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark cloudy golden color. Looks like a peach dosed glass of pineapple juice, minimal head lots of bubbles at first that slow down quickly but there's a spite of them that rise around the top with each sip. Lot's of yeast in the aroma with citrus, bananas and spices around it.

Think a slight heartier and well, winter version of the Oberon in the flavor. Little bit more of a Hefe slant. It's sparkly though a bit more bready and a ginger thing not noticed as much in an Obie. A little too lemony and coriander for what I prefer in an winter beer. A creamy banana thing on the back of the throat in the finish. Good but it just doesn't seem all that wintery. Early spring or late fall maybe. Quality recipe and very drinkable stuff but nothing all that exciting. Oberon lost it's charm for me awhile back (but was more than a passing fancy in my heyday with it) and this just doesn't seem all that different or special to me.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky golden color. Cloudy, and never seems to want to settle.

Smells consisted of spices you traditionally find in these light wheat ales. Generally, stuff that goes well on chicken, but somehow works in beer too.

One big difference was in the citrus aromas, and flavors for that matter. I was expecting more of a lemon flavor, but got oranges instead. No problems there.

It finishes a bit dry and grainy. Reminded me of bread. Bell's managed to make an interesting twist on the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from feloniousmonk, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of Belgian yeast, strong spices, light malts and some citrus.

T: The taste is spicy up front with flavors of coriander and clove. There's a good background of Belgian yeast and light malts along with some complimentary citrus flavor. The hops presence is mild as you would expect. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good mild beer to drink several of over the course of an evening.

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Photo of beakerboy
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy gold with a sturdy white head of foam. The yeast was strongly stuck to the bottom of the bottle, and a lot of swirling was required to get them in the glass. The aroma is quite sweet and slightly citrusy. There is little orange character to this beer's flavor, but quite a bit of bitterness from the coriander. Mouthfeel is exceptional, enough to remind you that you're not drinking water, but not to overpowering. The carbonation is spot on too. A good beer for the winter or anytime.

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

A- Served in a pint glass. White head is minimal (<1/2 finger) but is creamy-rather than foamy. It disappears rather quickly and no lacing is left behind in the glass. Body is an opaque straw yellow. The cloudiness is not uniform-the yeasty cloudiness is thicker in some places than others. Body is beautiful and what I expect in a wit-just wish there was better head retention.

S- Nose is good-but not striking. Light presence of yeast an citrus with an even lighter presence of coriander. Floral hop aromas dominate the nose.

T- Initial flavor is light on citrus and coriander but the highlight is the sweet bready yeast. A big blast of floral hop flavor and bitterness comes through for the finish. What lingers is some floral hop bitterness, a light sweetness from the yeast, and a light sourness from the citrus.

M- Medium carbonation and thick yeasty body. The kick of floral hops for the finish prevent this mouthfeel from being extraordinary-its not as smooth as it really could be.

D- What I like most about this beer is that it is a winter seasonal. That makes it unique for the style. It fills the gap for a nice, light, sessionable, winter brew. Aside from that it doesn't stand out as an exceptional wit-but its still a pretty good one.

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Photo of CreamAleDrinker
4.01/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A delicious hefeweizen crossed with belgian yeast, I typically do not like american hefeweizens (perhaps I haven't tried enough) but this one was a pleasant surprise with the scent of clove and banana nut bread, starts off sweet in the mouth with a hint of mild bitterness after swallowing, delicious. What a great twist to use belgian yeast yet not over doing the flavor keeping the delicate balance and mouth-feel that a good hefeweizen should have...

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Photo of berserker256
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A yellowy gold appearance with decent head. Smells like many other wheats I've had. And the taste is very similar also. That smell and taste is bananas and cloves. Somehow the yeast (which was detectable also) creates that flavor. I like it. Good beer. Very easy to drink.

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

Pours a cloudy light yellow with thin white head that fades fast, no lacing. Smells very yeasty, with bread dough and biscuits, honey, and lemon with some spice like coriander. Tastes of sweet wheat mixed with coriander with a nice citrus balance. Medium in body with nice carbonation and a crisp finish. With a good balance and nice fresh sweet wheat flavor, it's a very drinkable beer, not so sure about it being that good for the Winter season though, unless it's supposed to make us believe Spring is right around the corner.

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Photo of sleazo
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Pours a cloudy pale orange-yellow with not much head to speak of nor lace.

S_Very nice aroma here. Orange, coriander and belgian yeasty esters jump out at you.

T_Lighter on the pallate than the nose would have you think. Initial orange sweetness is followed by a mild spiciness where coriander dominates. The finish is fairly dry for the upfront sweetness and gives a vague hop presence. As it warms you get some banana clove phenols as well.

M-Light body, medium carbonation.

D_I am fairly impressed with this one. It is well balanced with the spices and fruit. Surprisingly good for an US witbier, though I have come to expect as much from Bell's. I also like how they buck the trend and release a 4.5%witbier as their winter seasonal.

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

Served to me in an imperial pint glass. It has a cloudy orange tint with a neat 1/2 inch white head that had a little retention. Very little lacing and no activity after the pour.

The aroma is very yeasty. The Belgian yeast really dominate with a spicy and citrus smell. Very nice.

The taste again is dominated by spices such as cloves and ginger with a bit of citrus thrown in. A nice blend. The body feels light and is not a bit cloying. Very clean finish. A good beer but not a winter one. It is also not one I would make a session out of as the spice would be a little much to me after two.

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