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

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2,184
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
22.83%
 
 
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Photo of mattkoon
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bell's winter white ale-
this beer pours a a pale cloudy. it has a yellowish tint- looks good. the taste is spicy with a light citrus. this is a really refreshing beer- not as dark and robust as a lot of winter seasonals. this is a really drinkable winter ale. i actually did some yard work this morning and came inside and cracked this open- turned out to be a really good choice, this is a good afternoon, lighter beer. its fresh flavored, who says you have to have dark beer in the winter anyways?

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This uncharacteristically hoppy witbier pours to a large, very brief-lived, creamy white head on a cloudy, effervescent straw-colored body; lacing consists of scant bands. The aroma is yeast and wheat, with yeast being a bit predominant, and hints of clove-like spice. The flavor is citrus set against a mild earthy bitterness and a slight tart apple character, with hints of the spice from the nose and a slight yeast bite, all over a murky wheat foundation. The finish is pretty clean, just a hint of caramelish wheat, followed by the onset of a mild, slightly bitter citrusy flavor that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is biggish for the light body, and the texture is medium creamy and prickly from the over-expressed carbonation. (16 oz can, 147 days after pkg)

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

Appearance is a cloudy gold color. The modest head fades pretty quickly, with no lacing left behind. The scents and taste are very much like a hefeweizen - banana and clove come through strongly in both, and there is a slight lemony note as well. Nothing outstanding going on, just a good solid wheat beer. Bell's ought to sell this year round as a hefe. I'd put it about on par with Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis.

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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 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 shippos
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

courtesy of clvand0 via bif-xmas

poured a very pale hazy yello-orange color with a froathy head that lasted for awhile then dissappeared. yesty corriander and orange aroma, fruity. good amount of carbonation that cuts through the thick wheat malt body leaving your mouth very refreshed. excellent wit.

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

Pours a hazy straw with a small white head and leaves very little lacing.

Taste is a little sweet up front like an orange, then coriander and bit of spice to finish it off. It's really not that bad but this just isn't the style of beer for me and it seems like an odd choice for a Winter beer.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

a-hazy orange color..one finger foamy white head that fell quickly..nice floaties...ok lacing..tight cap

s-bready and yeasty...a bit of banana and clove...faint pale malt smell..

t-much like the nose..some spice in the forefront...followed by some yeasty notes and some banana and clove...pale malt holds this together and fends off some spiciness..

m-creamy and smooth...not over the top and nothing offensive...a good session beer

d-will have no problem putting away the sixer

bought this to have something to session on tonight before i hit the heavy hitters up later...hears to a new year starting

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Photo of uno99
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

According to the Batch number, this was packaged on December 7th. Pretty fresh! More breweries need to do this IMO if not put the bottled on dates directly on the label.

Served at 57 degrees.

A: Aggressive pour, one finger frothy head. Yeast lands on top and yellows discolors the head slightly. Yeast is very thick and caked on the bottom of the bottle (which has spent a few weeks laying sideways). Beer is extremely cloudy once yeast is incorporated. Head dissipates to nothing quickly, and lacing is not present.

S: Quite aromatic. Bananas and a bushel of cloves.

T: Very fruity and moderately spiced.

M: medium/thick with ample carbonation, not cloying, rather crisp and refreshing.

D: Quite sessionable, however I'd recommend serving more chilled.

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Photo of jsulko
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purs goldish yellow, a little cloudy with a small amount of head that disappears quickly.

Smells like a spiced wheat ale.

Smooth drinking lightly flavored wheat ale.

Not a winter warmer but a good bear nevertheless. Could drink quite a few of these in a sitting.

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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 Neehan
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This straw-colored, hazy beer poured into the glass and left very little retention. A strong smell of complex spices came through in the nose, but left a bit to be desired in the taste. Honestly, this tastes like a good tripel with a couple ounces of water mixed in. The watery texture dominates the mouthfeel. Interesting for a winter brew... definitely drinkable but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Shumista
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

A- Poured a hazy yellow with a fizzy white head. Also, off white cloudy swirls were present in the beer that slowly dissipated as the beer settled in the glass. I've never seen anything like this before and really have no idea what was going on. I can say that it did not make the beer appear appetizing though.
S- Smells like a witbier, maybe a little light on the typical witbier spices.
T- Tastes like a witbier. Like the smell suggested it is less spicy than others that I've had.
M- Smoother, creamier and less crisp than other witbier's I've had. To me it had a mouthfeel that bordered on slick.
D- About as drinkable as others of the style.

I was very surprised to see that Bell's releases this as a winter seasonal as I typically don't associate wits with cold weather. Kudos for trying something different I guess though.

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Photo of Grundle20
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
This beers look is scarily similar to your average American macro lager. Golden yellow, with no head.

Smell:
The scent is ever so faintly reminiscent of sweet banana bread. There's an underlying Miller High Life quality that again is quite the turn off.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
I can't believe I'm drinking Bells and/or a witbier. Initially there is some pleasant sweetness and wheat character but it almost instantly vanishes and is replaced with a taste of wet hay and aspirin. Despite apparent carbonation the beer drinks rather flat and thick. The finish is rife with wet hay character and the finish is also plagued with this taste. I'm absolutely shocked.

Drinkability:
It drinks just like a macro lager easy going down but has little to offer in terms of well balanced good flavors.

Bottom Line:
This beer is just a flavor notch up from making my shit list. This is the only disappointment I have ever had from Bells and it's a big one. It's just a step up from macro lager but considerably more expensive. A definite pass in my opinion.

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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 semihobo
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Batch 9386, packaged 10/7/09.

Slightly hazy, milky yellow, but could be hazier. Short cap of a white head spreads awkwardly over the top before fading into oblivion.

Smells strongly of lemon, coriander, wheat. A pleasant slight tartness.

Rich, grainy taste with moderate coriander. Hops are appropriately imperceptible. Dry finish with some minor bitterness. A little soapy but otherwise tasty.

Carbonation is light for the style, especially as it warms. Medium body.

Catch this one in its sweet spot -- too cold and you'll miss it, too warm and it gets a little off track. Decent witbier.

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Photo of sisterofba
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bought in April on clearance, so wasn't expecting much (but I have to rate what I tasted). Decent, per previous reviews, but probably better when fresh, obviously.

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Photo of mnstorm99
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy yellow pour, with a nice white head that sticks around.
Aroma is wheat and bready, somewhat fruity sweet with a touch of hops.
Taste is a Wit, spicy wheat with a touch of citrus hops and even some orange peel.
Nice creamy, chewy feel to this one I could have a few of these, but admitingly I am not sure about a wit in the winter, but it is a good beer.

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Photo of Ryanm1
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Pour with a small amount of white lacing that disappated rather quickly. A small amount of carbonation continually bubbled to the surface. Displayed a bit of cloudyness through the glass, but no left over yeast.

Lemon citrusy smell. Common to most belgians. Yellowy gold in color.

Very lemony taste typical wheat beer taste. 5.0% abv. Very refreshing. Slightly sweet. I'd reach for another, but then again I am a huge wheat beer fan. On par with other German Weiss beers. Great on the palate evervescent.

Very similiar to Trade Joe's wheat beer, almost ashamed to admit that I'd like something like that but if you look at this beer and that beers ratings they are almost identical.

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Photo of Star80
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a hazy yellow color, with a smallish white head. Left the dredge in the bottom of the bottle. Nice carbonation in my glass...smell is slightly sour, some faint fruity/esteryness, but pleasantly no spice or coriander. Ahh, the taste is crisp, and a nice dry aftertaste. I can taste some phenolics almost reminds me more of a hefe than a wit and I like it. Some nice spicy clove from the yeast, again, more like a hefeweizen than any witbier I've ever had. I think Mr. Bell is like me, not a fan of spice in his beer....and this really makes for a nice, easy drinking beer. What is weird about this style though, is I wouldn't imagine it pairing with winter comfort food classics like pot roast, or pot pie....Mmm, pot pie. Might go well with another kind of pot, lol? In the end though, this is a nice crisp beer which is a pleasant change of pace from all the big IPAs or heavy stouts of winter, you know, when you're running around the house, cooking or cleaning and getting kinda hot and you just want something refreshing, I can see this one shining through in those sort of moments.

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Photo of adman08
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very cloudy, pale straw color with a moderate amount of white head that leaves a thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer.
S-Aroma of slightly sweet spices like coriander. Slightly butterscotch belgian yeast aroma.
T-Fairly spicy, not spicy hot but spicy as in baking spices. Some sweet spice flavor like coriander. Obvious flavor of wheat.
M-Fairly light bodied but that's to be expected for the style. Slight spice warmth, decent carbonation.
Overall, a very good version of the style. Slight wheat body, slight spice flavors and fairly light bodied.

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Photo of dmfrench
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A crisp, lemony, refreshing S̶u̶m̶m̶e̶r̶ Winter Witbier

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A: Like it came from a person with a UTI :) Extremely cloudy light urine yellow body with a two finger nearly pure white fairly persistent head that laces the glass adequately.

S: Buttery bread malt on bottom with spice, banana, lemon, clove, and piney/citrus hops... an almost Belgian nose. Not the best Wit nose, but interesting.

T: Lemon is the most obvious flavor, and the other spicy notes from the nose lurk underneath. Sweet/buttery/wheaty malt is way down there, but it's there... the beer does have foundation. Finish is on citrus hops. Nothing about this beer says 'Winter' to me. I'd drink this one while grilling out or after mowing the lawn. If you've ever had Upland Wheat, this is like a more well rounded version of it.

M: Heavy carbonation adds to the refreshing experience, and the weight is perfect for the style... heavy enough not to fly away, but light enough to drink.

D: Through the roof.

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

Had this one on tap at Wild Wing Café in Charlottesville watching the Orange Bowl.

A: Pours a very hazy amber orange, if a very pale one. The small amount of head present quickly turns into uneven foam and then a sheet of fine lacing.

S: Pale, citrusy, and slightly spicy. Light tropical fruits--coconut and banana in particular, and white pepper are clearly present.

T: Lemons and heavy, very juicy orange citrus, coriander, cloves, pepper, and spicy crisp green apples.

M: Good crisp bubbly mouthfeel.

D: Pretty drinkable and a solid brew, but not my favorite Bells.

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Photo of birderbeerer
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very light, nearly translucent. Pours a nice head.

Great sweetness and spice in the aroma with a little yeast. Very rich.

Taste is also rich. Loads of flavor, mostly spice, sweet and light with a bit of yeast.

Pretty thin for my tastes, but it's still good flavor.

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Photo of JDK
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured a golden wheat color with very little head that quickly disappeared.
Faint smell of oranges, hops and spices
Lite carbonation with medium mouthfeel
Nothing really separated this from a regular wheat beer except for the slight orange taste, I guess I expected a lot more from Bell's.

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