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

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83
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2,262 Ratings
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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:
2,262
Reviews:
748
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
418
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,262 |  Reviews: 748
Photo of Wobbly
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a cloudy orange with good carbonation. The Head is 3 fingers white fades fast leaving some lace.

The smell is ok a citrus peal aroma over a grainy malt.

The taste follows yet is a bit better. The grainy malt is goog and is nicely complemented by the cirrus and mild spice. The spice is low key enough to be a welcome addition. Hops do not seem to be a major player bud present enough to give good balance.

The mouthfeel is good very nice medium body and ok carbonation.

The drinkability is very good this is not a great style for me but I am enjoying this one. Prosit, MK

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

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz glass into a speiglau wheat snifter.

Look is a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head.

Definite clove and banana ester note on the aroma. Lots of the yeast coming through.

Body is thin but th taste is full. A dry floral banana taste that lingers across the palate.

Interesting take on a winter beer, and very good.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of civicm87
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of PopnLoads
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mikereaser
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch 8780

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with 1/4 inch of foam that left a fine layer of bubble

S - very little aroma on this one, faint hints of lemon and some yeast

T - not much in the taste department, a bit of lemon and I swear a chalkiness

M/D - Not really what I was expecting, there didn't seem to be much to this one at all.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of bmjivi221
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Winston3737
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 HollyHops
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of AlexJ
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Extremely hazey dull orange in color with a sizzling white head that quickly fades to nothing. No lace or even a ring. Looks kind of lifeless.

Aroma is pleasant and subtle. It has all the trademark citrus and spice overtones with plenty of yeast. Nice but average.

Flavor is very similar. It's got the orange and lemon, it's got the slick wheaty feel, it's got the spice. It's just nothing stands out at all to set it apart. The finish is a little overhopped for this style IMO. A typical, traditional, American version that is just a bit off the mark, a real rarity coming from this brewer which happens to be one of my favorites.

Body is slick and slippery and just a little too big for a Witte. There are big, loose bubbles when the beer is poured, but the carbonation quickly leaves the beer. My last few gulps were nearly flat. Like any Witte, drinkability is still good. Would be a better Summer release.

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Photo of rypkr
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of M1A2
1/5  rDev -72.8%

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

Brought back from my trip to Indy. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. The back label has a bottling code that you can type into the website and get the bottling date (Oct 13, 08 for this one so 3 months old today). It was a cloudy pale yellow color with good carbonation and some lacing. It had a smallish, fizzy white head that quickly settled into a carb fed foam center with a decent collar.

The aroma was heavy corriander, wheat and clove. It was lacking the orange aroma I usually find in the style. It needed it in my opinion as it was too spicy and dry in the nose. That carried to the taste. Very spicy and dry. It tasted more like a saison to me than a wit. A good fruity offset would have done wonders for it. Mouthfeel had good carbonation but was a bit dry for a wit. Again more like a saison.

Overall, a good but not great beer. I've loved most Bell's that I've had but this one misses for me. Would like to try again since the store I got it at is a bit questionable on their handling of beers. Had bunch of good ones but a few really off ones as well. Except for the retry, one and done as their are too many other good wits out there.

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

Appearance is a hazy, orangy-yellow with relatively low carbonation. The color is typical of this style. Nose has notes of bread, orange zest, cloves, and lemon.

Flavor is mild, but is spot on for this style. Nice wheaty tones accompanied by a hint of graininess and lots of sweet and tangy fresh orange, lemon, and banana fruit notes. There are just enough hops to dry the finish a bit and leave your palate ready for another sip. Mouthfeel is thin to firm and does not interfere with the flavor at all. This beer is refreshing, highly drinkable, and goes down shockingly fast. I could drink it all day long.

Belgian white ales are one of my favorite styles and this is an excellent example. I am grateful that Bell's releases this in the winter as opposed to the summer. It gives me something to enjoy during the winter months when I want a break from the heavier winter beers. If you enjoy Belgian-style wit beers, do not pass this one up.

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Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mmmbeer
4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle, batch 7760 (bottled on 12/13/06). It pours an opaque yellowed orange with two fingers of white head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is lightly tart with a good wheat presence, straw, and hints of orange, with mostly just wheat on the palate, yet still tastes quite nice. The body is a bit creamy and fairly full for a wheat beer, with medium carbonation and finish. Overall a well-structured wheat beer that is quite drinkable, as it was gone before I even knew it.

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Photo of MN_Beerticker
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of fishguyac
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerCon5
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy bright yellow-orange color with 1 finger of white bubbly head that doesn't last long.

The scent is dominant of oranges, notes of grain and yeast.

The taste is also dominant of oranges, there is also yeast, grains, and some spice.

Light bodied, crisp and clean, high carbonation.

This was a decent beer there was good flavor, but nothing really stood out. I wouldn't mind drinking this again but would not seek it out.

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Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,262 ratings.
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