Bell's Winter White Ale | Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bell's Winter White AleBell's Winter White Ale
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Bell's Winter White AleBell's Winter White Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

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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4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of klipper
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of craigbelly
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of firkingroovin
4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phoodcritic
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours dark honey orange with a bright white head, minimal head retention, lots of lacing, very cloudy and hazy, looks a little thin.

A: Basic Belgian yeast characteristic, slight spice, banana, wheat, cloves, smell pretty solid for a 5% ABV beer.

T: Like the nose, Belgian yeast, cloves, spice, banana, grassy wheat flavor, finishes dry with a banana/clove after taste.

M: It's a little flat, dry finish, thin.

O: This is a pretty good witbier, balanced, I did not get much spice, it leans more on the fruity side, picked up a four-pack of 16 ounce cans, will definitely enjoy the other three I have left.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of DCon
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this & added it to my Mix-A-Six Pack @ Naked Vine in Chesterfield, MO for $9.99. Poured from the Baby Blue Labeled bottle w/ snow and trees on it into 16oz HotShots Pint Glass. Has PKGD 11/08/11 on the back of the label.

Aroma- Has a nice wheaty aroma with a bit of zest and herbal hop aroma. Might have some tartness hanging around but definitely has a "wheat heavy" aroma.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that dies fairly quickly. The body has a dark golden body (light orange) color with a big cloud. Leaves good lacing behind.

Flavor- Has a sweet flavor that starts off very easy and wheat then takes over mid drink until the end. There is definitely a light banana character that pops out and the most mild spice without being too noticeable. Ends with a semi-dry feel.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and then is dry going down and on the palate.

Overall Impression- A great refreshing White Ale from Bells but not one of my favorites from this style. Have enjoyed MANY wit biers lately and this one is just a notch above average. Wouldn't mind picking up some of the newer stouts from Bell's!

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of FreshmanPour77
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4-28-10
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Cloudy yellow, ½ finger of foam, decent lacing ring with lots of carbonation

S - Malt flavor with light on the nose hop presence, hints of citrus and lemon

T - Light bodied brew with a decent malt/hop mix. Slight lemon sweetness but not over the top

M - Mouth feel was pretty light, maltier then anything. Taste the light lemon flavor but it is pretty light

D - A decent brew from Bell's, makes me think of a summer sipper then anything but yet still pretty drinkable brew anytime of the year. I recommend this brew and think that it is a pretty good session beer

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I find this beer a little lacking and one dimensional. Appearance is fine at a yellow gold with a large white head. The nose is lemony and herbal. Coriander and orange peals are quite present. Taste follows the aromas with the addition of a strong yeastiness and a bit of ginger and cloves. All the ingredients are there but this beer just doesn’t scream, “I’m a fun and cheerful wit” to me like I like my wit beers to. It’s really almost hefe like and not very wintery to boot.

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Photo of number1bum
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of NEPA BC split #11.

Pours a hazy pale straw yellow color with some bubbles rising to the top. Only about a half inch of white head, which recedes to a thin lace and doesn't leave much stick.

Typical wit smells of soggy wheat, lemon zest, orange peel, and coriander.

Taste has a wheaty body with citrusy lemon flavor and some snappy hop bitterness. Orange peel no doubt contributes to the bitter citrusy flavor as well although it tastes more lemony to me. Some spice, too, but the theme here is that all of the flavors seem to be lacking in robustness. Just not enough flavor. It's pretty dry, too.

Pretty spritzy carbonation in this one, but the mouthfeel is pretty thin overall. Too light in the body. Especially as a winter seasonal, I'd think this would be heftier. It's drinkable enough, but it'd be a boring session beer.

For most brewers this would just be a pretty pedestrian beer, but given that it's from Bell's it's a disappointment. Not a bad brew, but a boring one. Bell's can do so much better.

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle packaged 10/28/11

A-With an aggressive pour a cloudy light yellow color with a couple fingers of pillowy head quickly breaking down into barely a hint of a white ringing foam.

S-Sweet Belgian yeast (plenty of fruity esters-banana). Typical wheat aroma. A hint of spicy hops in there too.

T-Typical of a witbier, but so clean and smooth. Lots of sweet belgian yeast, a significant amount of wheat and just the right amount of spices. Lighter in the citrus flavors of most. I love this beer.

M-Extremely smooth mouthfeel. Light to medium carbonation, a nice little bite of spicy hops at the end but finishes clean. A little more of a bitter end note than many.

D-About as high as a beer gets. I could drink this one any time of year in just about any quantity.

O-This witbier really does it for me. Not overally spiced or flavored, but a beautiful smooth taste that is simply delicious from start to finish. It does taste a bit more like a hefeweizen (fruits present are more banana than citrus) than most.

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3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
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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3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 2,340 ratings