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%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
418
For Trade:
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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 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 MNAle
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light golden color, hazy, heavily carbonated. 1/2 inch thick white head, recedes fairly quickly. Light aroma, hints of banana/wheat and cloves. Moderate feel, initial taste is hefe-like, banana, cloves, wheat, following the aroma. Only slight bittering in the middle with a mild slightly sweet finish. A pleasant beer. Refreshing. A nice change from all the dark and/or high ABV beers in the winter.

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Photo of 88caprice
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass with minimal yeast rousing.

Golden like pineapple juice. Nice and cloudy. A thin bubble ring around the edge.
Smells like wheat, yeast, bread, and slight spice.
Tastes of Belgian yeast and a clove or pepper-like spice. A very subtle flavor profile.
Fairly smooth.

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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 JustLikeMyDad
2.82/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured this into a lager mug glass, or an ale mug glass considering who cares what the glass is called, it's a beer glass.
Pours a light golden color with little to no foam head. Unfiltered beer so lots of stuff floating around in it if you hold it to the light.
Smell fruity and malty.
Tastes slight bitter and malty, not quite an IPA taste but getting there.
Drinks smooth, light carbonation.
Overall it's alright, like most Bell's I've had it has that IPA bitter taste but in this one it isn't too much.

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Solid and enjoyable. Some citrus and spice notes. As a winter brew, it feels out of place among the holiday selections, though. It tastes more like a March day when spring is trying to push winter aside.

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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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Photo of fropones
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden yellow with barely any white head. Smell is wheat, spice, some citrus. Typical wit smells. Some yeast and banana as well. Taste is wheat, a little bit of citrus. For some reason I'm tasting a fair amount of copper. Some spice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, good amount of carbonation. Pretty drinkable. Copper taste subsided after the first couple of sips.

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Photo of gdfan47
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours a clody/ orange color with a small foamy head
S: nothing at all like a typical winter beer! can def smell the corriander smells very inviting, as a good session beer shoud
T: just smooth,a little more going on on the tounge then lighter belgian whites
M: creamy and easy to drink
D: cant say enough about how great this beer is and the low abv makes it a great great session beer

if you like this one, def make sure you check out Elysian Bi Frost

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Photo of cudmud
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A pale golden color with litle head and weak lacing. Very cloudy due to load of yeast in the bottle.

Smell: Smells of yeast and various spices.

Taste: Plenty of yeast and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: Very good and treat on w winter night.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (January 7, 2011). Batch "10125" is printed on real label, which according to the website was packaged on November 23rd, 2010.

Witbiers aren't exactly my bag, but they are slowly growing on me.

Eyes: Initially this poured an almost clear amber color, but a good swirl of the last couple ounces in the bottle stirred up the yeast and produced a very cloudy hue. A slightly yellow head caps the brew, retention is mild as is lacing.

Nose: Very yeasty, with wheat, coriander, some citrus and banana aromas. The citrus is more evident that other witbiers I've had, which an area that needs attention in this style. Well done.

Tongue: I like that the flavor profile provides the citrus, fruit, and coriander in mild but appropriate amounts. In addition the balance is near perfect.

Mouth: Good mouthfeel, maybe a bit heavy. A lively carbonation keeps this drinkable.

Libation: So this isn't a stellar example of the style, but it's certainly a great effort. It fits in very well amongst the great many offering from Bells. Flavorful, drinkable, and not too "Big" of a beer to overwhelm after a few sips.

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Photo of troysoy2
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hello winter.
Looks like a pretty standard witbier to me. Nice and cloudy, has that ideal golden color. The head is nice and stays around for a long time, so props for that.

The smell is citrus fruit, but clouded by the wheat and a bit of spice. The words to describe it are elusive to me... There might just be the slightest bit of funk to it that I don't find all that enticing.

The taste is better that the smell, luckily. Very refreshing and drinkable. On the front of the taste, you have a very mellow orange taste. Not much acidic bite to speak of. The aftertaste may have a tad bit of wintery spices in it, but not too much going on here.

The mouthfeel, in my opinion, is the most disappointing aspect of this beer. There simply isn't much carbonation to speak of. I almost forgot that I wasn't drinking fancy orange juice.

Though it's a decent tasting beer, I think Bell's fell a little short of my expectations on this one. There are plenty of better witbiers out there, and I doubt I'll be clamoring to buy more Winter White for a while.

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Photo of praufs01
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Milky orange yellow color with a frothy white head.

Aroma - Banana, orange zest, and lemon

Mouthfeel - Fizzy small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Light orange and lemon flavor with a hint of banana in the background.

Overall - This is a great looking beer. It looks just like an orange creamsickle that has been melted in a glass. The flavors are great although the orange, lemon, and banana are little subdued. If the banana and Orange flavors were a little stronger this brew would be euphoric.

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Photo of legalpete19340
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a light yellow/gold color with a big two fingers of fizzy and fluffy head that hung around for the entire drink but laced minimally.

S: Spiced bread, banana and grass.

T: Starts off a crisp clean wheat/grass flavor that immediately is erased by a massive spice profile of coriander, pepper, cloves and some cinnamon. This eases into spcied bread then notes of banana and lemon before the yeast gives it a biscuit finish. All the usual suspects well balanced.

M: Light and fizzy.

O: This is a well balanced Witbier. The usual spices and fruit notes play well together and dont overwhelm.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch number 10021 poured in a weizen glass.

Pours a somewhat cloudy pale straw with very little head. What little head there is dissipates quickly to a ring around the glass. Not very vibrant or impressive looking.

Aroma is a step up, with some orange rind and coriander and hints of spicy wheat and some banana in the background. Fairly potent and good for the style, but not particularly complex or interesting.

Up front, the taste is fairly well balanced between some orange, coriander and wheat. In the finish, however, the wheat takes over along with some hints of bananas and clove.

Mouthfeel is a little grainy with only a small amount of prickly carbonation. It's a nice, drinkable wheat beer.

I appluad Bell's for thinking outside the box with this winter seasonal, but my only gripe is that nothing besides the label suggests that this is actually a "winter beer." And this was consumed on a snowy 17 degree evening, but as far as the beer goes, it would've fit in just as well on an 85 degree summer night. Maybe some warmer spices and a little more depth would make the "winter" designation more fitting.

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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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