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
Ratings:
2,264
Reviews:
749
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
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68
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422
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Ratings: 2,264 |  Reviews: 749
Photo of Cmack15
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bells is a great brewery and its a shame that they don't distribute in MA. I recently bought a sampler case that this beer, the pale ale, best brown ale, and amber ale. A beautiful light straw colored beer that lightly greets your nose with the typical witbier aroma. Nothing too exciting or flashy about this beer, its just a well crafted ale by a good brewery.

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Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hey its Saturday night live with a great wheat beer.The aroma is fruity with a hint of yeast. Full of flavor. With bananas, cloves,and a bit of lemon too.It has a nice golden haze.As far as drinkability I could easily drink these all night. All were missing for a winter ale is more alcohol.The label says abv. is 5.0.The label is nicely designed with trees and snow.Makes me feel like taking a winter walk through the woods to grandma's house.I hope the beer at her house is this good. Other than that this is a very smooth tasting beer.I will be buying more soon.

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Photo of baos
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass.

A: Pale slightly hazy straw body over a three finger white head that leaves a bit of lacing here and there.

S: Nice wheaty bubble gum banana. Sugared lemon zest and coriander.

T: Nice wheat and pale malts on the get go. Bubble gum, banana and a bit of spice with coriander and bits of lemon and orange peel. Hops lend more spiciness get that clover beeswax cascade and some fuggles maybe. Nice beer that balances out the malts nicely. Ends a nice bitter-dry.

M: Light feel that's pretty good for this type.

D: Very drinkable witbier. This variety was one of the first brews I had other than macro brews when I was young. So it will always bring back good memories.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy lemon-white, like a limoncello, with a meringue lip of head. Looks uncharacteristically pleasant for a winter ale. 4.0

Lemon, coriander, white pepper, hints of banana, clove, and wheat grain. Nice bready nose, with spice. 4.0

A little banana, a lot of coriander and clove. Lemony citrus notes, almost leaning on tangerine. Wheaty bread and peppery spices that permeate the finish. Not musty, clean and rich. Very enjoyable. 4.0

Almost soapy in the body, showing some viscosity without heft. Carbonation starts off low and gets busy in the finish with some crackle and pop. Lightly warm. Good feel. 3.5

Great beer that surprises me everytime. Always happy to finally order one every year without really seeking it out. 4.0

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Photo of drizzam
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy dirty orange color with a 1/2 finger fluffy white head. the head left some wisps of lacing down the inside of the glass.

S - Clove, coriander and lemon zest...all on top of a wheaty body.

T & M - The wheat body is followed by a tangy zing of lemon zest followed by the coriander spiciness on the swallow. Mouthfeel is thinnish and it finishes fairly clean, with a bit of the coriander that seems to follow after consumption. Low to medium carbonation, yet it still seems that you feel the tingle or the "bite" of the carbonation as you drink it, which makes it a bit coarser.

D - Not a bad brew, and I feel it was a fair representation of the witbier style. The title "Winter White Ale" would lead one to think this was a winter warmer rather than a witbier. I'm not a huge fan of the high ABV in winter warmers so this was actually a satisfying change for me, though I could see where it could lead to some confusion if it were bought as a winter warmer.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. I normally never would have purchased this beer (from the previous winter) in October, but this particular bottle had two things going for it: 1) the price was right ($1.75); and 2) the label was completely and entirely upside down. Love it.

Appearance: Pours a largely transparent orange-yellow body w/ a fuzzy, fluffy white head that has average retention for the style, lots of fast, active, medium-sized carbonation, and fast-running, sparkly lacing.

Aroma: Pretty pungent and a little spicier than average, I'd say, which is good. Lots of clove and powdery, sweet wheat - glad that it's still holding up - and good citrus peel. Not bitter or tart, i.e., mostly orange zest-esque. Nice.

Taste: Spices have calmed down a little but are still dominant. There's plenty of sweet but wholesome-tasting powdery wheat here, plenty of citrus twang (more lemon, but still predominantly orange), and a few other grassy notes. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Big, a little rocky, uneven, but crisp, light, and refreshing. I always find witbiers to be an unusual choice for a winter brew given how refreshing they are.

Drinkability: A surprisingly good witbier - probably one of my higher rated ones, really. Has all the right elements and hits all the right notes without being too subdued or dull. Expertly balanced, and recommended, upside-down label or otherwise.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2-07-04
I've since had this one many more times, fresh off of a new keg, and found more to appreciate than before, and have raised my ratings from the original appraisal to reflect this new appreciation. No, it's not what I'd look for in a winter beer, but that's no reason to rate against what it is...which is a smooth, tasty wheat...here's the original, but I'd definitely recant the low opinion of the aroma...maybe it was the bar I was in at the time...also, banana is felt keener, as well...

Appearance: cloudy dull orange, opaque, with a solid, bone-white head, 1/2", long-lasting.
Aroma: on the mild side, yielding minor notes of spice and citrus, doesn't stand forward in the least, though, but nicely woven, nonetheless.
Taste: neat spiciness starts off on the palate, coriander, chiefly, with the citrus character continuing in the taste, though terribly muted compared to other wits. Compared to their own Oberon, which is a bright, juicy explosion of fruity/yeasty goodness, it's a mellow affair, with the finish, too, on the downlow, though it fades happily off the tongue. The citric twang on the palate is persistent and well-liked by this tongue.
Drinkability is quite good, but in the final summation, this Bell's fan would sooner reach for a TwoHearted or one of their spectacular stouts. I hope it appeals to others, as it's not a bad beer in the least. Just not great.

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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 bashiba
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy yellow with a very small white head that disapears to a thin white line immediatly.

Smells of sweet Citrus flavors and a slight hint of wheat and yeast. Very strong and nice odor.

A very fresh tasting crisp wheat flavor with hints of lemony zest and orange peal. Just a hint of hops compliments this very well. Light and refreshing, sort of the opposite of what I think when it comes to a winter beer, but very good none the less.

Mouthfeel is suprisingly full and creamy for such a light tasting beer.

Another very enjoyable drinkable beer from Bell's.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Batch #9386

(A)- Pours a hazy goldenrod color that produced a mediocre white head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Lucious banana, lemon, biscuits, and a clove-like spice.

(T)- Same as what the smell dictated. Simple, but tastes good.

(M)- Great balance and carbonation level. Nothing fancy or out of the ordinary.

(D)- A fine witbier. Good taste, body, and balance. No complaints here, just would much rather grab something else than this during winter.

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Photo of HeightsEats
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was quite similar to Great Lakes Holy Moses. There were spicy notes in both the flavor and aroma with elements of coriander, orange and wheat. This is surprisingly drinkable for a winter white ale with moderate alcohol and a very clean flavor and finish. This would probably taste good at any time of the year.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pear juice color. Low head, lace & retention.

S - Fruity. Banana, pear, fresh peach.

T - Wheat, banana, black pepper, hay, paprika. Tarragon / lemon mid profile.

M - Light and refreshing body. Nice carbonation. Touch of bready sweetness on the backend.

O - A very nice brew. Honestly, I'd rather have a glass on a hot summer day than by the fire, but really there's no bad time of year to enjoy a good beer : )

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Photo of MIbeer27
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, dated 09/30/14

Can pours a hazy, straw colored yellow with a slowly dissipating, two finger white head.

Aroma is solid with notes of cloves, Belgian yeast and coriander, along with notes of lemon zest and wheat.

Taste is really follows the nose initially, with the bready wheat base and cloves shining midpalate. The finish is notably defined by the coriander and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, aided by lively carbonation. Bitterness is almost nonexistent, added to only by the clove.

Overall, extremely solid Witbier from Bell's. I would love if this were available in the summer (especially over Oberon), but it is a nice switch up from all the winter stouts.

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Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Shrews
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served - Bottle poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance
Very small amount of head, that quickly disperses into nothiing. Saw a lot of carbonation with the pour. Pours a very light yellowish-brown. Some sort of sediment formed in the bottom of the glass while I was drinking it. Not really sure what it was.

Smell
Wheat and hops; light and faint smell.

Taste
Citrus, wheat flavor, but mostly citrus.

Mouthfeel
Pretty carbonated, so the bubbles were very apparent. Could really taste the oranges even through the heavy carbonation.

Overall, a nice wheat with good citrus flavor. The sediment in the bottom of the glass bothered me, and the smell was pretty bland. A good beer, but was expecting more from Bell's.

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Photo of wisegreensoul
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GangOf1
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of craigbelly
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hblues21
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Live review. Poured from a bottle into my Brewery Ommegang Witte glass. $1.50 at Heinen's in Willoughby Hills, Ohio as a single.

A Before the yeast got poured in the body was a mundane straw yellow with a nice meringue white head. I swirled the last bit of beer in the bottle and poured it in and "walla" there appeared a great looking cloudy straw yellow opaque body under that same fluffy white head. Very good look for this style.

S Nice wheat and spices, very appropriate to the style.

T That basic Witbier taste of ...you guessed it... wheat grains and barley as well as some nicely balanced spices, herbs of maybe coriander and maybe some cinnamon (?). To me Witbiers are very consistent in their taste (at least the craft ones that I have tried such as Allagash White, Ommegang Witte and others) in that they all succeed in a fairly consistent taste. Anyhow, this Winter White Ale tastes very good and has a moderate spice profile over a bed of wheat wonderfulness.

M Light to moderate (as intended).

D Great (as intended) and with the low ABV I could have many of these in an evening. What a GREAT alternative to, say, a Reisling, and much less ABV (and money spent!) to boot!

Notes: I enjoyed this more out of the bottle. I wonder if that is due to the bottle fermentation/yeasts in the bottle?

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Photo of secondtooth
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The respected Bell's presents their venerable Winter seasonal here, and it's a Belgian-style wit beer. This one pours a hazy yellow-orange with plenty of fine, white carbonation and a little retention.

The aroma is definitely spices (I get a little clove) and citrus (namely orange).

The taste is balanced and mild, with sharp wheat notes and orange zest playing leisurely with a little spice for warmth. Pleasant and enjoyable.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's, batch 7114 i think

appearance: sweet label...cheers to midwest winters. the beer is a very pale and watery yellow with a decent bright white head and some decent lacing

smell: heavy on the wheat, ripe bananas come through strong, orange and other citrus fruit, a little spice

taste: crisp and fresh...lots of fresh bananas, very clovey, toasted wheat throughout...a nice wit, but not up to bells par

mouthfeel: crisp, clean, fresh, light-medium bodied

drinkability: very drinkable

not a bad wit, just funny timing, but thats bell's

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Photo of warpig372
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of EORS
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefeweizen glass. Next in the tour of Bell's that started at their brewery and continues through this mix and match 6 pack...

A: Hazy orange yellow with a thin white head. Low carbonation, no lacing.

S: A bit of musty yeast, citrus, spice, and a banana sweetness.

T: Mustiness and spice more dominant than in the aroma. Good citrus flavor, and an overall sweet finish.

M: On the heavy side for a wit, so medium. Could use a bit more carbonation to liven it up.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer - it leans toward the sweeter side of wits without being syrupy or sickening. Emphasizes citrus and spice over must and tartness. Not the best example of the style, but very drinkable.

Winter, though?

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Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,264 ratings.
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