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:
2,260
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
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68
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418
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Photo of beergeek279
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Mad Mex in Scott Township. The color is a hazy golden, with a wispy white head. The smell is nicely spiced. The taste is a nice wheat, with a well-balanced amount of spicing not overkilling the beer. Mouthfeel is average. Drinkability-wise, could definitely have a few.

My first wi-fi review....quite nice to sit the laptop at the bar and write the review as I go. A nice wit, and definitely a treat to see the style in the midst of winter, even if it's not a warmer. Definitely one I'd have again.

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

The bottled version was not what I expected, but still very nice. I had thisone ( I think ) on tap with a different appearance. Thisone however poured a hazy yellow with a nice, average, soft white head that left little lace in spots. The aroma was grass like with a hint of citric. The taste carried that citric zest of lemon while a good blending dose of carbonation cut through a thick wheat base. Leaving a crisp mouthfeel alittle tart. A nice beer that is refreshing and quenching. It would be nice to see thisone, say; Christmas in July. It would fit very well that time of year as well.

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

Bright, lemon yellow body with adequate yeast haze visibility. Head is cloud white, and started big, but didn't last long. Husky, yeasty wheat malt aromas dashed with lemony orange, clove, and light coriander. Smells how a witbier should, even if it is a little mild. Milky wheat malt flavors start out, but are quickly joined/overpowered by yeasty citrus. Tart, acidic lemon and orange juice refreshingly take us into the mildly candy-sweet, spice-tinged, yeasty finish. Medium bodied, with a milky, smoothie feel up front, followed by a refreshing, acidic bout of carbonation, and then back to the smoothie. Another good beer from Bell's.

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

12oz bottle. Batch 8780. Served in a shaker pint. Bottle conditioned. Poured a hazy straw with a finger of fine bubbled white head. Yeasty, spicy aroma with some wheaty malt. Light bodied, slick mouthfeel. More spice in the flavor. Complex clove finish. Very refreshing and drinkable. I don't know why they bring this out in the winter. It would be a perfect summer time beer.

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Photo of Sconnie
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale in color, with a light haze. Very little head. Smells more like a hefeweizen than a witbeer, with banana and clove overtones sticking out. A tasty beer, crisp and smooth with banana and clove like the smell, and some light malty sweetness. Not a lot of hop flavor. Nicely drinkable; wouldn't mind kicking a few of these back in front of the fire on a cold winter night.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz glass into a speiglau wheat snifter.

Look is a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head.

Definite clove and banana ester note on the aroma. Lots of the yeast coming through.

Body is thin but th taste is full. A dry floral banana taste that lingers across the palate.

Interesting take on a winter beer, and very good.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is murky, orange yellow. Not much head; almost no lacing.

Nose has berries and wheat, but is very-well balanced. It is a very engaging aroma.

Taste is bright, clean wheat; with berries, lightly caramel malt, and a dose of hops at the finish. Nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a good amount of carbonation and hop bite. Washes down easy.

Overall, it is like a good fastball: to the point, but states its purpose very well. This is an expertly-crafted wheat ale.

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Photo of Greggy
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very thin lacing appears after the pour and recedes quickly to an unimpressive cap with no lacing. The beer, because of the sediment is rather cloudy, which I like.

S- Nice orange, banana, wheat, and also smells of some juicy apple, with a hint of pepper and maybe a touch of straw.

T- Initially, because of the very close nose of this and the batch 8000 witbier, I thought they may be one in the same, but after the tasting, I conclude that they're indeed, different. Right up from I get some big coriander, some odd banana, and a bit of the apple. There isn't a large pepper component but it's there, mainly in the finish.

M- Low/Medium Spritzy carbonation that works pretty well with the style and also leaves a nice, slightly dry finish.

D- Overall, I prefer the batch 8000 for bells witbiers, and to be honest, would rather grab another witbier as this isn't anything special.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice deep golden color with a thin head on it. The unfiltered yeast seems like the snow on the picture of the bottle.
Smell: Nice wheat scent with a citrus-like tang to it.
Taste: Nice subtle flavor with tiny hint of citrus. The beer finishes with a crisp wheat malt flavor.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: A little heavier than most wheat beers but very drinkable for the winter months. It has a good weight to it and has a pleasant subtle carbonation to it.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a nice white head that lingers and laces well. Light aroma of wheat, spice - probably clove - and Belgian yeast. Well carbonated with a light body, which is appropriate for the style. It tastes as a wit should, with spice being the primary flavor. In this case clove, coriander and a slight citrus background. Nice clean finish. Not in the same league as Allagash White, but a fine beer.

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Photo of HensonJ3
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light brown in appearance and some sediment at the bottom. Hoppy, fruity, and citrus scents to this beer. Full, strong, and refreshing beer. Probably would not order again because of the alternatives from Bells that I like.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a New Belgium snifter. Enjoyed a couple of these on draft this evening and came home to find a bottle in the fridge waiting for review.

A - One-finger head of white, big bubble foam that dissipates rather quickly, leaving a thin lace across the surface. Lemon yellow in color and opaque. Cloudy when held to a light.

S - Clove/banana with a citrus and pine hop background. Almost bubblegum in the nose.

T - Very much like the nose. Banana really jumps to the front, showing off the fruit. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg in the finish. Subtle spicing makes the finish, not the hops, although I'm editing my review to note that Bell's website says they don't use any spices in this brew.

M - Fizzy. Pronounced carbonation. Good body and structure. Finish lingers longer than the lightness of the beer indicates.

D - A different twist on a winter beer. It's very much in the hefeweizen style but doesn't have the crispness in the finish you'd want in the summer. Very tasty. Could easily drink several of these in a session.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A translucent yellow with a minimal-to-no head.

Smell: Aroma is typical for a Witbier. Grainy with a touch of fresh sweetness.

Taste: Wow! Totally unexpected vibrancy here - bright banana flavor followed spices and a crisp snap of hops towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth nicely and is very refreshing. A bit of a dry finish which is in contrast to the more 'juicy' initial feel.

Overall: Although the first impression is not great going by the appearance and aroma, it's one of the better Witbiers I have experienced. Well done once again, Bell's!

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours slightly hazy orange cream with a large head. The aroma leads with shredded wheat, coriander, and nutmeg. There is little in the way of citrus peel on the nose. The flavor is very spicy, full of coriander, cumin, nutmeg, and allspice, with a hint of orange peel just at the end. The mouthfeel is refreshing but full. Overall this is a very nice and flavorful American example of of a witbier. Much better than Oberon for me.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange-amber in color, mildly cloudy but strangely filtered-looking. White head, largish bubbles don't hold together that great. Lacing is acceptable.

Strong aromas of wheat malt mingle with the coriander and clove spicing, while the citric character floats above. Generally quite balanced and appealing.

Again, very balanced flavor, neither emphasizing nor refuting the suggestions of coriander, clove, peppery hop, and fruity esters.

Medium to full body for style, there's of course lots of carbonation but it seems to work out quite well. I won't have a bit of a problem finish 6 of these.

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Photo of clvand0
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light yellow color and is very cloudy. Tall white head that stays around for a while and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma was very citrusy, with hints of yeast spiciness and clove. The yeast and wheat play a very large part in the flavor - gives it a thick and spicy feel. Lots of orange and lemon flavors. Very nice body. This is a little strange for a wit, but I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Brian700
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy blonde with a nice white head that simmers down to a ring around my glass. It seems like this beer is a lot less cloudy now that it is in bottles. When it was first introduced it kegs only this beer was very cloudy. There was no seeing through it.

The aroma is of wheat malt, citrus, coriander.

The flavor is of wheat malt, coriander, orange peel. There is some mild spiceness to this one as well. Very nice tasting brew.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer. I think this winter wheat would be good in the summer time as well. If oberon were the orang juice of beers, winter wheat would be the orang julius.

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Photo of ujsplace
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a becker.

This brew pours a very hazy, orange-cream colored brew that has a pure white one finger thick head that quickly fades to a thin wispy layer on top. Minimal lacing.

Smells of wheat, hint of vanilla, yeast, coriander and some peppery spiceyness.

Big wheat and yeast up front. Corriander and orange peel bitters, along with some mild spicyness.

Light and crisp with good carbonation.

Amidst all of the traditional winter brews - warmers, stouts...this is a refreshing change of pace brew - hellava good session brew...

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Photo of mickmanhattan
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Imbibed at the Bell's Eccentric Cafe in a Spiegelau Witbier glass. It really does make a difference. Also, be sure not to drink this at too low of a temperature. Overall, I have become a fan.

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Photo of marburg
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A highly quaffable ale from Bell's sampled yesterday at the Mich Beer Fest. It's only real "drawback" is that it's orange-ish, golden color is far too yellow for a witbier. Dull orange and banana aromas are potent and enjoyable but, again, it strikes me as more of a hefe than a wit. Similarly, big orange-banana smoothie flavors dull any intended coriander or other spices. It's a very tasty beer, but it's not within the style. Frankly, I'd be overjoyed if they replaced Oberon with this and stopped calling it a witbier.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 10021, bottled 10/6/10.

A: Pours a pale yellow color with visible bubbles from carbonation and a bit of cloudiness.

S: Smell is of strong cloves with some light lemon notes.

T: Follows the smell. Very strong on cloves with a bit of lemon making an appearance in the middle. There is also some wheat malt.

M: Light with some prickly carbonation.

D: High.

This is a nice change of pace for the winter. A light mouthfeel with much lighter flavors than normal for the season.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Jupiter's.

Cloudy orange with absolutely no head at all. Nice color, anyway.

Fine and moderately aromatic nose, plenty of citrus and a little yeasty in the smell--good. The taste is as Witbier should be--light, fruity, malty--with plenty of citrus and a decent dash of coriander and ginger. While I'd like a little more spice, this is undoubtedly taste. Smooth, too, malty and light in texture. Delicious.

It's a nice representative of the style--not the best I've had, not exactly complex, but tasty and accessible. I won't hesitate to order it again.

[Second review, 11/7/10: Enjoyed from a bottle]

One key difference between the first time I had this, and today, is how much more well-rounded I thought the mouthfeel was this time. I would give this session's score, from a bottle, a 4.5 for its smooth texture with a good degree of spicy bite that I find a welcome improvement.

Regardless, a delicious Witbier that is well worth enjoying multiple times, as this review hopefully showed. More good stuff from Bell's, one of the very best breweries that the US has to offer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly unhazy amber with the slightest suggestion of orange. Maybe the yeasties will be added with the next and final pour, though I don't see much cloudiness in the few ounces left in the bottom of the bottle. The cap is lightly yellowed ivory, like old newspaper, and isn't up to Bell's usual standards. It looks a little mealy as it falls and isn't tacky enough to deposit more than a few stray strands of lace. Not bad, just not great.

The nose makes a spirited comeback, as I was pretty sure it would. There's a fresh wheaty bottom end, upon which the usual aromas of coriander and citrus are arrayed. I wondered whether a 'winter' wit would emphasize coriander at the expense of the more summer-like lemon and orange. I needn't have worried. The citrusiness that I love in this style is present and accounted for.

This is a wonderful witbier, even if it isn't as delicious as my favorite domestic versions (Allagash and Great Lakes). On the palate, coriander holds a slight edge over orange and lemon. Each provides a fair amount of flavor, although not an abundant amount. The mild sweetness of the wheat is perfectly countered by the bitterness of the hops, allowing the drinker to taste the best of both worlds. This really is a balanced, measured wit.

The mouthfeel is more full than average, but only slightly. A vigorous amount of carbonation keeps things light and airy without sliding over into an annoying fizziness. It seems to me that neither a more full nor a more light body would serve this beer as well as the one that has been provided. Drinkable? Absoposilutely.

Even though it isn't among my handful of favorite witbiers, this is still a fine effort from the master brewers in Kalamazoo. I continue to be impressed by the excellence displayed by Bell's across the entire spectrum of craft beer. Winter White Ale is merely the most recent example and is a beer that I recommend without reservation.

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Spiegelau Wheat Glass. Bottled on October 7th 2016.

L: Hazy yellow typical of a wheat beer. Finger width white head that slowly recedes into a thin layer. Good Lacing.

S: Rich yeasty aroma, wheat bread.

T: Clean flavors of light peppery clove, light toasted biscuits, faint hits of tropical hops, pineapple, also a bit acidic in that way. Refreshing and a was to lighten up a deep winter.

F: Light body, low alcohol and a crisp beginning and refreshing finish make this very drinkable. Honestly this would be good year round.

O: Been awhile since I had this and it is better than before, I often find Witbiers to be a bit overwhelming in the spice areas but this is just right IMO. Highly recommend.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Winter White Ale has a thick, creamy, off-white head, an opaque, orange-gold appearance, and the beer gets a descending gray-yellow cloud, following the "swish & pour". Aroma is of spice, white wheat bread, coriander, clove, a touch of citrus, and, perhaps, banana peel. Taste is of all that, with some touch of black pepper and lots of sugar. Mouthfeel is lower medium, and Bell's Winter White Ale finishes medium dry.

RJT

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Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,260 ratings.
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