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Bell's Winter White AleBell's Winter White Ale
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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

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

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 10/18/2013 printed on the back label. Another new to me seasonal from Bell's. Expectations are about average given the particular style.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a murky dark lemon colored body with some cultural yeast presence twirling around the glass and some bubbles streaming topside. About a finger of thick foamy white head with decent staying power. Looks alright for what it is.

S - Not getting too much in the way of smell. Some light lemongrass, wheat, banana bread, and some light cloves. Typical of the style, but not particularly unique or inviting.

T - Taste follows suit of the nose: quick clean grain, wheat, banana bread, light clove spice. Typical of the style, but again, not particularly unique or interesting.

M - Light bodied with decent carbonation. An easy drinker.

Overall, there isn't a whole lot to be said about this one. A quick, clean, crisp, refreshing, and approchable take on the style. A "safe" steppingstone for those looking to dip their feet into craft.

Bell's Winter White Ale ---3.5/5

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Photo of k3n
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Tangfoot.

A: Hazy dark gold, with a thin head that disappates almost immediately, leaving no bubbles whatsoever.

S: Not much. *sniff* Smells like clean beer, but not much else.

T: Lightly sweet malt, a bit of citrus (lemon rind?), a bit of hop oilyness at the end.

M: Goes down easy. Then makes you reach for another swig. I was halfway through before I even noticed it.

D: As I said above. It's simple, it's easy, and it's good drinkin'.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Straw colored body with some golden hues. Formed a single finger white head that vanished almost instantly.

Has a classic "wheat beer" smell...spice and citrus undertones.

The taste is right on with the smell...a bit grainy.

Thin mouth feel...very drinkable and refreshing. Good example of a white beer, I would have liked a little more "winter" seasoning...

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Photo of deejaydan
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bell's other wheat beer. Cloudy yellow, decent head that vanishes quickly to a thin blanket. Slight spice and orange peel aroma. Smooth taste, kinda bland. A lil full on the mouthfeel, light carbonation. Not a great beer, but not a bad one. Not something I'd look hard for, but something worth drinking.

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Photo of r3o
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:cloudy white with some straw-lke tones, very thin head with little to no lacing
S: yeast and bready smell, a hint of spices
T: there's a bitter taste to this one, like cactus (agave) it's all I can think of, but does not overpower. Some other spices come and go throught out.
M: light, somewhat course, low carbonation
D: it's good but I've liked others white better.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big ol haze of light orange. Great aroma, like smelling salts.

Taste, you pick up much of what you smelled: coriander, banana, lemon, ginger. Those aren't really nuanced either. They're big. Mouthfeel recedes a little, the flavors get muddled. The price is a little more than what I'd like to pay for these kinds of beers. Sure, there's some different stuff, but they're saving a ton by not having to put hardly any hops in it.

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Photo of nortmand
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Winter Oberon" I suppose.
Pours crystal clear and straw golden. Needs more color and less clarity. After all, it is supposedly a witbier.
Smells mostly like yeast. A little spiciness pokes though.
Taste is actually not bad. The easiest way to describe it is as liquid banana nut bread. A little hazelnut, alot of banana and breadiness here. Not too shabby. A little pickle flavor in the end.
Gentle bubbles coat the tongue. Smooth and rounded feel.
Fairly drinkable. Although still way too yeasty, much better than Oberon, which I'm not a fan of.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - this bells offering pours a hazy straw yellow, with a big white head that dissipates to a lace quickly

S - bog spicy aroma, like cloves and coriander, witha strong citrusy note, like lemon zest

T - the flavor totally mirrors the aroma, spiciness riding the back of strong lemony zest

M&D - spicy, a little overspiced, but still very good, the lemon zest enhances the drinkability, a good witbier, wht else would you expect from Bells.

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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 LupulinDevil
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the local hang out. Poured with a nice cloudy body and slight head. Aroma was nice with a definte Belgian tonality. Flavor was a bit disappointing in that it was a bit too direct on the Belgain profile of fruit. Pleasant mouthfeel as it is very drinkable and well balanced. A good recommendation for the Oberon fans that get too much of the Michigan winters and long for their "fix"--addicts! hee hee

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Photo of Suds
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here’s a hazy, pale yellow-colored liquid. The head is unfortunately flat. Minimal to non-existent lace. The aroma is a refreshing mix of pepper, lemon, sweet spices, baking bread, melons, and bananna. The taste has a lot of citrus and yeast, along with a little spice. It’s a moderately sweet, but very spritzy and carbonated beer. With a fairly medium body, this is actually a little more full than necessary for the style. The finish is a little tart and palate-cleansing. All in all, this isn’t my choice for a winter beer, but it’s decent despite a few flaws.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head. There was a slight amount lacing on the glass. The smell was a little spicy and had some wheat aromas. The taste has a light spice to it with a kind of refreshing lemon zest. Mouthfeel is a little light and is a little watered down. Overall I've never understood why a white ale would be a winter release. I prefer the dark winter brews personally. This is an ok brew.

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Photo of icemonkey908
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow into a pint glass. Smell is not very strong, overpowered by wheat with some hints of banana. The taste follows as slightly tart, dominated by wheat with hints of banana and maybe some spiciness with a moderately carbonated body.

I guess I don't usually see this style called a winter ale... Seems more like a spring/summer offering, but that doesn't matter too much. Overall a decent witbier.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch # 7660

This is not one of the better white ales I've tried. I didn't mind it quite as much before one of my co-workers so eloquently described the taste/aroma of this beer as "urinal cakes." Oh, the power of suggestion.

The beer pours to a golden yellow color, a little darker and less hazy than expected, and not nearly enough particulate matter to cast the whiteness in the light. Very little carbonation and head. Retention is quite poor, and subsequently lacing doesn't exist.

The smell is of coriander and curacao orange peel. A bit of banana esters and spicy phenolics. The malt bill seems very cheap. The aromas described above combine to form a distinct urinal cake smell. Not pleasant, but not particularly unpleasant (afterall, urinal cakes are meant to cover up the unpleasant smell of urine). The taste is very similar. Actually tastes good until the finish, when the urinal cake really begins to take hold. Reminds me of a saison with the spices of a witbier.

The body is fairly creamy. Could be much more drinkable. Kind of an odd style for a winter release, though I can see how the "white" would be associated with the season.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to rhong187.
Batch 10766 Bottled 11/01/11

A - Pours a very cloudy, pale yellow with a thin off-white head that fades quickly.

S - Wheat, slightly citrus, lemons mostly.

T - Lemons and wheat.

D - Lower carbonation with a heavier body.

O - Nice flavors, nothing that wowed me. Almost like a hef.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours milky yellow with a slight orang haze. Creamy white head that lasts well enough. Scent is breaddy NO tartness. No real contrast to the wheat except for a grassy hop and it's slight bitterness. Wheat really becomes fragrant as the benbeer warms. NO tartness, NO fruit zest. It's earthy. Finishes a bit sweet and again NOT tart. Refreshing carbonation NO acidity. It's not overly dry or overlty thin nor is it thick or heavy so the mouthfeel is good but it's NOT effervescent. soft clove. It's like a naked hefeweizen. No lactic fermentation I think.

Drinks crisp dry and with a moderate bitterness. A touch bubbly. The earthiness and the soft clove are just not enough to carry the beer. The wheat is fragrant and breaddy but sweet. No lactic sourness on the palate either. The hops give a light pepper at the last minute but finishes malty and sweet. It's like a bland cracker. It is missing something. The few witbiers I have had were steamya dn sweaty with a tartness and some kind of lactic character, spciy with the additions of fruit peel and spice. There were a few lazy bubbles after the initial flourish so NOT effervescent. Sweet finish , just crisp. I had three.

Overall impression - sweet wheat, grassy, juicy with a pleasant breaddy bitter finish.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden with a decent white head and no lacing. Smell is nice- classic wit beer with banana, clove, and bubblegum aromas along with a hint of spice. Taste is a little restrained, doesn't really wow me. Some nice bubblrgum flavors on the finish are especially noticeable as well as hints of clove, maybe some coriander and a slight hint of bitterness that runs through the taste. Mouthfeel is smooth but a little thin. Could use a little more body and carbonation. Fairly nice, but not my first choice.

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Photo of LaurenZ
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The color is cloudy and yellow with a foamy white head. Aromas are those of cloves and wheat with some sweetness and banana hints. The taste is slightly acidic with definite banana and wheat flavor present. It tastes low in hops but is full in the mouth.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, extremely light golden blonde, moderate carbonation.
S-Wheat aroma is apparent and a bit fruitiness in the yeast and I cannot detect any hop aroma.
T-The bready goodness of wheat comes to the forefront and the orange citrus character is also a good portion of the taste profile. A very solid wheat beer with character.
M-Bread, biscuit type flavor notes; mellow pleasant.
O-Interesting to think of this is a winter ale, when it's perfectly suited to be a summer beer as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the wheat malt character that's balanced with citrus lemon notes found in the yeast.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is a cloudy straw/gold. Two fingers of white head developed and dissipated quickly to leave a thin, bubbly lacing and ring around the edge. There was a little bit of sedimentation at the bottom, which I coaxed out and poured into the pint.

Smell: Reminds me of summer. Major clove and lemon/orange zest. There are hints of coriander and just a little bit of honey. There is also the customary, and heavenly, yeast aroma.

Taste: Very balanced and smooth, but no flavors jump out or dominate. However, there is a detectable hierarchy of tastes: the yeast, coriander, and clove spice are most prominent, and underneath those are the citrus elements from the smell.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable. Tasty and easy drinking, this is a decent witbier despite the fact it is totally out of season. Bell's did not do enough to justify offering a witbier for the winter months. I appreciate the effort, but I expect something more unique than something true to style.

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Photo of gford217
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy, bright yellow with a big puffy white head that dissipated gradually leaving little lacing. Smell is dominated by sweet aromas of wheat, lemons, oranges and bananas. Big spice aroma as well dominated by cloves and coriander. Taste is primarily the big sweet wheat up front with the fruits right behind. Lemony hops are also present. The mouthfeel is light and slick with heavy carbonation. This is a decent wit and very drinkable though not the most complex wit I've tasted.

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Photo of cooncat
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving was a 12 oz. bottle, chilled, and poured into a pilsner glass.

The pour produced a light gold colored brew with a very foamy, white head which was short lived. Minimal to no sheeting upon swirling the glass, after the head was gone. Aroma approximates a witbier, but on the light side. The taste is similar to an American Wheat beer, with the addition of corriander. It is not over powering, actually, quite well balanced and refreshing with just the right amount of carbonation. No objectionable after taste was apparent. I'd have to give this a "thumbs up", and would say it would make a fine session beer.

Cheers!

Update: Jan. 9, 2007

Another 12oz. bottle sample, poured vigorously into a 16 oz glass. A small head that disappeared almost instantly ... a bit disappointing, really. Nose and taste are as mentioned above. Body is thin, but its still a refreshingly crisp beer, if you enjoy the witbier style. Did not mention that the light golden color is properly cloudy, as a bottle conditioned witbier should be. No sediment at the bottom of this bottle, but I have had some Bell's brews that did have a small amount of sediment. Not much more to add to my previous review.

Cheers

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Photo of Fish113d
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly to a slight surface layer. Body is a bit cloudy.

Aroma is of some pale malt along wwiht just a hint of spice; coriander and orange peel is what i find mainly. A slight grainy aroma comes through a bit also. Kinda plain.

Sipping reveals a rather balanced flavor between the sweet malt and some hops. Some spice comes through a bit on the swallow, and just a hint of orange peel, but I was hoping for abit more spice.

Tingly carbonation up front, and a rather watery finish with very little aftertaste. Rather lite.

Very drinkable, in that I could drink a case of it and keep on going (okay maybe that's pushing it), but overall, i was rather disappointed. I've had better from Bell's.

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Photo of jlindros
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one in a great trade with Noslenwerd. I wanted to help out his cause for 365 beers in 365 days. For those who haven't heard of his quest, try this website:
http://365beers.wordpress.com/

Anyways, he sent me a bunch of stuff I can't get here, including a slew of Bell's beers, and I decided to review a bunch tonight. This is the next on the list, and helps me to go through a bunch of winter beers that I'm questing to do as well.

A: Has a light airy and fluffy 1/2 finger head that keeps itself well. It's an incredibly hazy, so much so I almost expect the blob to step out of this thing. It also has a murky pale bright yellow color.

N: Nose is loaded with wheat, banana, and spices. It has a lot of reminiscence of a Belgian wit beer. Lots of wheat as a base, then a nice creamy banana flavor, and some spices, perhaps clove, coriander, and hints of yeast. And even some hints of orange peel but very light.

T: Very similar to the nose, but the spices come out a lot more. This is now loaded with clove, coriander, orange peel, and other winter spices, but its not overbearing, just over the top. The some wheat and banana try to come through on the back end. A very light sweet malt flavor.

M: Semi thin, decent carbonation but I would expect more for the style, a little spicy.

F: Comes off pretty dry on the finish, with a big load of banana and more spices. It has a touch of spicy heat, some acidity. The spices seem to linger for a while, with even more orange peel this time. Its not a bad beer, a decent Belgian wit crossed with winter warmer, which is starting to become commonplace. This goes a little heavy on spices but not too much to still enjoy it.

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Photo of kkipple
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I dumped a bunch of yeast outta the bottle into this brew. It's a hazy light yellow, by the way. Big short-lived white head. The yeast may have been a bad choice.

'cause the nose is simply reeking of it. That vitamin B, nearly harsh spicy and almost acidic smell comes quite close to overwhelming everything else. "Everything else" in this case is coriander, spice, malt and citrus. But the yeast... ay ya yi.

Fortunately the flavor holds up alright, it's pretty typical. Wheat and light malt, mild spice, lemon sourness, coriander and pepper. Finishes sour and light, refreshing if you can get past the nose. It's a little bit dry, but there are no obvious flaws. This is decent.

Mouthfeel is middling with a nice carbonation level to keep things interesting. A hint of coriander remains on the tongue well after you drink this. It's dry and I wish it weren't *quite* so. But it's fine.

Bell's Winter White is a pretty good brew if you can get past the absurd yeast in the nose. Not my favorite Wit, but, like most of Bell's brews, it's solid.

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