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:
747
Ratings:
2,257
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
Wants:
67
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416
For Trade:
2
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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 oelergud
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz dark brown bottle with a white and blue winter forest scenery on the label, cap is white with the name of the beer printed in blue.
Light straw semitranslucent body with a white head of tiny to small bubbles, it falls to a very thin float leaving only the least of lace.
Light white bread, licorice and wheat scent. Abit of vegetable and peach with some yeast spiciness.
Light wheaty flavor and yeast. Bready and peppered. The aftertaste is hoppy with hot spices.
Light body, very little coating, abit dry finish.
Good drinkability.

-Oelergud

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

12oz bottle.

More of a hazy pale orange color than a pale amber color. A thin white head quickly dissapears to almost nothing.

Clean malt aromas under light spices and a little bit of orange peel.

Light wheat malts set up a slightly complex flavor filled with orange and spices. Not much hop bitterness, which is standard of the style. Light bodied with sort of a fizzy feel. The overall flavor is somewhat sweet.

Not bad, but nothing impressive either. If you like White Ales (Witbiers) you will probably enjoy this. Recommended.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a chalice. The beer poured a hazy orange/yellow with a very thin white head that left no lacing. The beer actually looked like a pulpless grapefruit juice. The aroma was of ripe apples and bananas. The taste is of wheat and bananas. It leaves a yeasty aftertaste in your mouth that I didn’t much care for. The mouthfeel is decent, medium bodied with little carbonation. Not a bad beer, just nothing exciting to talk about.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A = Poured out a cloudy orange-yellow. Slight head, no lacing.

S = Smell of overripe fruits and wheat.

T = Nice wheat taste, some fruit (banana and star fruit) quickly dissipating in aftertaste. Cloying aftertaste.

M = Pretty average. Good carbonation, not too thin, not meaty. Hard to really find anything distinguishing to say about it.

D = Could stand as a session beer, but probably better for taking a taste and moving on to something more savory.

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Photo of Atron67
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- came a very very cloudy, almost reminiscent of an offwhite snow storm in a glass, yellow, that was opaque at a very small distance. A littl bit of head built up on top and had decent retention, but left no lacing

S- a yeasty wheaty smell predominated, some phenolic flavor was present as well

T- was a pretty smooth good flavor, little light on the malt, wheat flavors were nice, but the yeasty banana flavors at the finish were quite flavorful.

M- pretty full body for a 4.5% alcohol, enjoyable, medium carbonation

D- a solid beer, and the best choice at the bar that night.

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

Bottle (batch 8188) poured into a tulip glass.

A- It poured a nice, hazy, golden-orange color with medium carbonation and a 1 finger white head that stuck nicely to the glass.

S- It smelled of spice and sweet fruit (candied banana and citrus). There were also some wheat and yeast tones.

T- It had a nice flavor of wheat and spice. However, the flavor seemed a bit muted in the end.

M- It had a nice texture but ended up feeling a bit flat or thin.

D- Easy drinker.

Overall- It's a solid beer, something different from most winter offerings, and a nice change-up. I did my review without swirling the sediment and again when swirling. I didn't see any major differences. Everything just seemed slightly amplified with a swirl.

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Photo of crazybrody06
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap. poured a cloudy orange color with small head and no lacing. Smell was wheat with some coriander and clove. Taste is wheat, orange peel, corinander, clove, banana.
Mouthfeel was light with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkabilty was high if you like wheat beers. Not really my favorite style to drink in the winter. Feels like more of a summer beer except for the spices.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- One of the cloudiest beers I have ever seen. Looks kind of like grapefruit juice with a nice white head on top.

S- Very aromatic with lots of banana and clove. Very Belgiany and spicy and a little bit of citrus.

T- Lots of banana and clove with hints of citrus. Not as flavorful as the nose would lead you to believe.

M- A little thin for how thick and creamy it looks. A tad dry and cloying as well.

D- Different for sure. Not exactly what I would think of on a really cold day outside- but it's good to know this will be at the Eccentric Cafe throughout the winter if I am in the mood for something a little different and lighter.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Eccentric Cafe:

The beer pours a very hazy cloudy orange hue with a very thin white head of lace. The scent is dominated by the wheat in this beer. That is honesty all I could smell for the first few drinks and then finally the bouquet opened up a little bit. I got some coriander and slight citrus notes. The flavor profile is rather unique. Blasted upfront with the sweetness of wheat followed up by a slightly bitter touch of hops on the finish. Very well balanced and kept me wanting another sip. The mouthfeel is what I wasn't a fan of on this beer. Very thin and didn't coat very well at all. The carbination is just a little to much. For my tastes I wish it was backed off just a little bit. The drinkability overall is very good for this beer, and I would order this if I saw it on tap near me.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: slight touch of orange with a overall golden colored body. Has a somewhat hazy look and feel overall. The head was firm and cream colored and had minimal lacing.

Smell: smell of oranges, bananas and wheat. Sweet spices and maybe some cinnamon.

Taste/Mouthfeel: mostly wheat and citrus that is paired with a little bite of hops and spice. Yeast and bread flavor floats about. Feels smooth and slighty creamy...goes down easy. It's a unique flavor for the winter...but it is most pleasing. A very drinkable beer and tasty!

I have always liked this beer and it finds a place in my fridge...when in season of course

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

hmm, maybe i got a bad bottle. Didn't enjoy this nearly as much as other reviewers seem to have. Poured most of the bottle into a pint glass (all my weizen glasses got broken last year) and saved a couple ounces to swirl the yeast into the beer. Swirled vigourously but couldn't for the life of me get quite all of the yeast--must have been very compacted. A finger of creamy head falls out with the cloudy yeast but quickly disappears. End result is a cloudy (milky, really) golden, delicious looking, uncapped mess

Smell is really amazing. Spicy and such, love it. Taste, however, is one of the bigger disappointments i have had with beer (not to the level of SA Triple bock, but still disappointing). Taste is fairly flat, not getting much citrus or spice, but it does taste a bit sour and leaves a bad aftertaste. mouthfeel is creamy and enjoyable but it needs more carbonation as it was quite flat. Drinkability suffers from the sourness and lack of carbonation.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served as a hazy pale light yellow colored beer with massive white puffy head.
Smell is prominent for wheat, and spices.
Taste presents with an excellent interpretation of the style. A nice citrus flavor combines with a firm clove spiciness.
Nice refreshing ending.
An easy drinking beer. More suited for a hot summer afternoon than a cold autumn day.

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

Hazy light orange/peach with a thin gauzy head that disappeared quite quickly. Faint citrus and coriander on the nose.Fine but prickly carbonation brings a lemon-orange and coriander flavor to the front. Light, fresh dough malt middle with medium-light body. Finishes slightly yeasty. This is basically Oberon that actually has the spices in it that so many people pretend they can taste in that AMERICAN WHEAT style summer brew. I fail to see what is so wintery about this. But it is a really fine Belgian Witbier.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a weizen glass. It has a light golden color with a decent head that has fair retention. The aroma is wheaty with some clove-like scents and some faint banana. I also detect faint traces of something that reminds me of coriander, but it's not very 'clear'. It's very intriguing. It has a smooth wheat malt flavor that is very complexly spicy. There's a lot going on here - mostly cloves with hints of coriander and bananas. It has a creamy medium body with high carbonation.

Overall this a very nice and interesting wheat beer. Even though I am having it in the summer it's very tasty and uncommon. It reminds me of a cross between the German and Belgian wheat styles.

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Photo of Viggo
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up by Lexx on her way through Michigan!

Pours a cloudy yellow/golden, one finger bone white head forms, settles down to a thin ring pretty soon, no lacing. Smell is malty, some wheat, sweet, clove, banana, citrus, touch of yeast. Taste is malty, bit lemony, vanilla and banana, bit of spice, bready yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, pretty smooth, moderately refreshing, pretty mediocre example of a witbier though. Thanks Lexx!

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Photo of quikfish13
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this from my local carryout in the summer actually. Apparently not a huge seller during its season but Christmas in July, why not?

A: Poured a cloudy golden yellow with a thin white head that quickly evaporated. Not much carbonation at all.

S: Gave off the hints of orange and lemon peel. Although there was one spice that I could not put my finger on. After a taste though I concluded that it was..

T: Ginger. Orange lemon and ginger form a wonderful medley in the taste of this beer. With a nice almost smoky flavor to it as well that kisses your taste buds in the aftertaste.

M: Very light and crisp. A nice clean feeling that doesn't leave your mouth feeling soaked with the beer.

D: At first I was a bit turned off by the flavor of this beer but the more tasting I gave it the more I appreciated it. With a complex flavors and aromas I have come to enjoy this. Makes a fine seasonal brew for sitting by the fire in the middle of winter. But it's great in the summer too.

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Photo of katan
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured out a hazy gold - looks very appealing. Not much lacing from carbonation.

S: Very subtle smell of orange peel/citrus.

T: Very subtle tasting, but it hits with a bit of a orange peel flavor. It finishes strong with something like clove. Perhaps thats a throwback to the Winter beer style. Reminds me of ales from around Christmas.

M: Lightly carbonated. Pretty pleasant.

D: Good session beer. I would drink on occasion.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My third witbier this week. This guy pours a cloudy yellow gold with a very light head that recedes quickly and leaves virtually no lace.

The aroma is thick and of yeasty wheat. Some banana and a decent level of maltiness.

Flavor wise there is a strong sense of briney grain-wheat with some more banana and a finishing spice. There is a hint of spice in the mostly floral finish.

Smooth with some texture. A starchy thickness. A bit of tight carbonation throughout. A bit disappointing due to the fact that I absolutely love virtually every other beer Bell's makes.

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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 Phyl21ca
2.62/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Plucier: Poured extremely cloudy whitish/yellow color ale with a nice small pure white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of medium wheat with some very subtle spice note. Taste is lighter then expected with some wheat but no bubblegum notes that I usually appreciated in an hefeweizen and some very subtle spices and therefore no coriander that I usually like in my witbier. It appears that by mixing those two I am not getting the best of both word. This is probably one of the weakest offering from this fine brewer.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out into my glass a hazy, light-yellow color, very pale yellow. Almost looks like grapefruit juice. Think, white head dissipates extremely fast leaving almost nothing behind. Some floaties pour out as well.

Aroma strongly consists of bananas and a yeasty wheat. Some floral scents are hidden inside along with hints of spice.

Strong wheat taste in the foreground, followed by cloves and lemons. Bit of a banana taste, but not as much as I'd expected. There is more of a peppery bite at the end as well.

Mouthfeel is sort of dry and bread-like, pretty refreshing despite low carbonation.

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Photo of peabody
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a cloudy straw color with very little suds and no lacing to speak of.
Smell is a faint yeasty wheat and clove/banana aroma.
Taste is clove and cinnamon and caramel. This is a weak version of Weihenstephaner hefe-weise. Still a good flavor here.
Mouthfeel is a little watery but finishes nicely. Leaves an aftertaste of sugar and clove.
This is a good session beer and would be a great choice for having one with some seafood.

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

A - Hazy pale orange color, completely opaque. Head is white and fades to a ring around the edge. Lacing is

S - Pungent yeast, very sweet with some earthy wheat stalk notes. Like bubblegum.

T - Taste is a little on the faint side. Mostly just dominating sweet yeast.

M - Lighter mouthfeel with a good carbonation level.

D - It's okay. Not bad, not super great though. Reminded me a little bit of Duvel, but with half the taste and half the alcohol.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I expected a great deal from this beer, and it was...OK. If you love clove, you might think it's better than OK.

Appearance is a greasy-looking clear yellow color with a fairly minimal head. Aroma is non-descript spice at first, but subsequent whiffs revealed a more solitary aroma of clove. Taste was 100% cloviness, and quite strong. Not bad, as long as you like clove. Mouthfeel is not bad, but unremarkable. This beer is fairly drinkable.

All-in-all, I guess I'd recommend it, but not my favorite wit.

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