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%
 
 
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67
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416
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Reviews: 747 | Ratings: 2,257
Photo of schusterbauer
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

at a certain point, i think the what-to-drink-during-which-season conversation needs to stop, or at least be significantly toned down. do i understand why Bell's markets this as a winter seasonal? yes, i think so. could it be a year-round? yes, probably.

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the beer is hazy, thick yellow, with a slight white head, and gives off aromas of citrus, yeast, grains, coriander, and other spices. the taste follows the aromas accordingly, with orange peel cutting through the grains and then being tempered by spice -- an intriguing mix of refreshing and warming qualities. finishes a bit bitter, but not a snappy hop bitterness. it's a bit of an abrupt end -- not terrible, but definitely needs to be washed away with another sip (a vicious circle of sorts!).

drinkable, warming, and refreshing after leaning heavily on the darker, higher-octane beers during the cold months.

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Photo of julian89
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-A good orange yellow, slightly translucent with a minimal head and no lacing.

Smells: Citrus and wheat, weak smell, crisp though.

Tastes: Very light citrus, strong wheat taste, kind of grainy.

Mouthfeel: Very light almost watery.

Overall: I generally really enjoy Bell's but this one didn't do it for me.

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Photo of tar
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit of a different winter time offering from Bell's. Nice looking in the glass with a hazy golden color and thin, white, bubbly head. Presents a pleasant floral aroma with hints of banana, oranges, and a bit of spice (coriander and maybe a bit of pepper?). A mild overall taste with a dry finish. The spiciness present in the aroma along with citrusy flavors linger and add some depth of flavor. A light bodied beer with a crisp dry feel in the mouth. Not a bad tasting beer, but not particularly exciting--I feel like I'm still waiting for something else to emerge flavorwise.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this on tap at my local pub. The beer had a nice light golden color with a smallish white head and minimal lacing. A slight fruity, yeasty smell also comes out in the taste. No taste of coriander or clove, but it does have a good, crisp mouthfeel. Overall, I would say this is a pretty solid witbier and I would order it again.

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Photo of swid
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer #4 (of 13) from my beer purchase in Indiana.

Bell's Winter White Ale pours a hazy light gold color into my glass. A 1/2" white head forms, then quicky collapses down to a soapy ring. Low carbonation, no lacing. The aroma is good for a wheat ale, elements of bready yeast, cloves, bubblegum, and perhaps a little bit of funk. The slightest hint of herbal aroma from the hops is present. A very inviting aroma for this style.

Unfortunately, the taste doesn't quite deliver on what the smell promises. Lots of bread, bubblegum, and clove, with just a hint of hop bitterness. That's about it. The mouthfeel is light, silky and somewhat thin; this beer creates a moderate level of tanginess on the tongue. Goes down smooth, finishes with a lingering bubblegum/clove/bread aftertaste.

All in all, an OK wheat; however, there are better options out there. This is a moderately sessionable beer; if you like bubblegum, you'll probably like this beer.

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Photo of Pete9094
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty straightforward witbier. Hats off to Bells for going against the grain in the winter with this seasonal. It's a nice change of pace in a time of pumpkin ales and spice bombs.

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

From a lottle to a pilsner glass. Very cludy pale yellow in apprearance with a small white head that fades. Grassy aroma. Taste is grassy with wheat and hint of citrus. This tastes like a thin Hefeweizen. Strong carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, tasty and overall a pleasant beer to drink, just don't expect a punch.

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Photo of Cmack15
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bells is a great brewery and its a shame that they don't distribute in MA. I recently bought a sampler case that this beer, the pale ale, best brown ale, and amber ale. A beautiful light straw colored beer that lightly greets your nose with the typical witbier aroma. Nothing too exciting or flashy about this beer, its just a well crafted ale by a good brewery.

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Photo of Evocatus
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a light wheat color with a orange hue when poured. Head was thin and white. Aroma was filled with spice and citrus, which was also in the taste. Going down, it was nice and and crisp. Not watery or too thick. Definitely a great seasonal and witbier.

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Photo of VTR
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

I had beer at my local taproom. A/cloudy yellow glass was brought to me in a standard pint glass. S/I didn't pick up too much here, just a touch of yeast and hops. T/Not much going on here. I got a small amount of hops, banana, and yeast. O/ Light easy drinking beer. Not very complex but very enjoyable and non offensive. I found that the remainder of my glass went very well with the pizza that was brought to me. I would pick this up for a lazy afternoon where you just want something light.

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Photo of Jables
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Esquire (I was confused, it's not a beer bar yet they had Bell's, this is outstanding)

Pours a bright and murky yellow with medium carbonation.

Aroma is banana and flowers with some spices in there as well.

Flavor is bananas and candy with some spicy notes threatening to breakinto the "main event" of the flavor so to speak. Unfortunately, the more I drink the more the sweetness just becomes too much.

Body is about a medium and is actually quite befitting the style.

Drinkability is hampered by the sheer sweetness of the is brew. In fact my buddy said it tasted like a "Blue Moon on a night on the town, ready to put out." I'm not quite sure what that means exactly but I think I agree.

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Photo of chiefydawg
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Came out a little more clear than I expected until I remembered the sediment packed at the bottom. Swirled and poured out the thick, nutrient-rich haze to make a translucent, straw-colored glass of beer. That sediment is in there tight. Wondering about the expiration date, especially being a Winter Ale. Deep head that dissipated quickly, and without as much lace as I expect.

Getting a yeasty banana clove scent like a many wheat beers, but with a sweeter scent. Not much hoppiness; but even for its apparent age it still smells somewhat fresh.

Tastes like a luxurious and well-made heffy. I would never put fruit in one of course, but especially not this. There is enough bite from the wheat and yeast, with nearly invisible hops, to weigh out the sweet lushness of the body of it. Really no conflict or aftertaste to this. Which brings up the alcohol snap. Not catching one, even towards the end. Either I am drinking it too fast, Bells hides it well, or it's unusually low for a Winter Ale. Still well done.

The mouthfeel, although I usually mix it in with the taste, deserves a special mention here. There is something plush and velvety about this that makes me want to sip and chew a couple just for the sake of enjoyment.

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Photo of pasdachuri
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange with absolutely no head at all. You can tell this beer is unfiltered.

Strong bready yeast flavor and thick wheat malts.

Lemons and heavy, very juicy orange citrus, coriander, cloves, and strong spice. The cloves, coriander, and winter spices are a little too overwhelming. Bell's may have hit what they were aiming for here but I'm not liking this too much.

Semi thin, decent carbonation but I would expect more for the style.

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Photo of crisis1290
4.16/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big fan of the entire Bells line. If you get a chance to check out the Bells products, do so ! This is a nice crisp clean taste. .Pretty standard wheat flavors .Golden color, in a frosted mug !
Nice carbonation. First sip brings a nice citrus flavor and something else. A super easy drinking beverage for sure ! I would reorder with out question.

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Photo of adammills
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It poured a slight golden yellow with a smallish finely bubbled head. Little to no aroma, maybe a very faint biscuit, not sweet at all, no esters. I tastes creamy with no hop taste of aroma. The flavor is very bland, a shocking lack of complexity from what I expect from Bells. Finishes very smooth, very drinkable, and very much lacking in flavor.

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Photo of Dalem
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark cloudy golden color. Looks like a peach dosed glass of pineapple juice, minimal head lots of bubbles at first that slow down quickly but there's a spite of them that rise around the top with each sip. Lot's of yeast in the aroma with citrus, bananas and spices around it.

Think a slight heartier and well, winter version of the Oberon in the flavor. Little bit more of a Hefe slant. It's sparkly though a bit more bready and a ginger thing not noticed as much in an Obie. A little too lemony and coriander for what I prefer in an winter beer. A creamy banana thing on the back of the throat in the finish. Good but it just doesn't seem all that wintery. Early spring or late fall maybe. Quality recipe and very drinkable stuff but nothing all that exciting. Oberon lost it's charm for me awhile back (but was more than a passing fancy in my heyday with it) and this just doesn't seem all that different or special to me.

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Photo of bozebus17
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy BA cosmosys for bringing this by for me to try out.

Poured a very cloudy yellow/orange. There is a nice bright white head that doesn't hang around for long.

The smell is full of wheat and yeasty esters. I thought the nose on this one was a bit peppery.

The taste is full of wheat with its distinct sweetness. This is well balanced. Spice comes through with definite coriander. The orange peel is quite subdued. It is light on the palate and finishes clean.

This isn't a style I would usually seek out on my own. Hefes turned me off of wheat beers in my earlier craft days but I later realized it was the banana/clove I didn't care for. Now I'm not afraid of wheat and I must say I found this beer to be pretty good. It was crisp and refreshing. It seems like kind of an odd choice for a winter seasonal, spring would probably be more appropriate.

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Photo of KalH
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with literally no head. The pour was an unfiltered orange-yellow typical of a witbier and I was instantly hit by a citrus aroma. Upon the first taste, it became apparent this had little carbonation, though it had a very good citrus and subtle spice flavor. Malty, clean finish. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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

This Sunday afternoon the D train pulls into Kalamazoo Michigan to try Bells Winter White Ale. Poured this witbier into a Sierra Nevada Imperial pint glass. Attractive light golden orange color with head that dissolves quickly. Notes of corriander, oranges, and lemon in the nose. Light bodied feel with nice blend of yeast, orange, lemon, and a hint of spice at the end.

This is definitely not like most other "winter brews." Although I desired a bit more taste, Winter White Ale is crisp, refreshing, and has year-round drinkability.

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, maybe I am just thirsty from having officiated four hockey games tonight, but this is a keeper in my book. Straw color with a touch of cloudiness, light going down and a magnificent wheat beer.

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Photo of dananabanana
2.43/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Hazy yellow color, no head. A little bit of white foam. No lacing.

S: Lemony, wheaty.

T: Wheat, a hint of lemon. Slightly metallic. Not at all complex.

M: Very bubbly, over carbonated.

D: Just not flavorful enough to be worth finishing. I suppose it might be good to wash down a spicy chilli in the winter, but that's about it.

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Photo of stouty1
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all I did not know that they would pour this into a Frosty Mug. Whoops! It was so cold there was no head or nose. I waited awhile and things warmed up a bit...

Smell got better with a move to orange spice. Taste was definitely worth the wait, but not very over powering. But, I am wondering if the deep freeze chilled things down too much? A good Bell's version of a Wit beer, but definitely not of German comparison. I could definitely sit back and drink a couple more of these.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy "sunshine gold"with a bubbly white, quickly dissipating head. Little retention.

S: Clove, grains, lemon, orange peel, a strong zesty fruit aroma. A classic light wheat smell.

T: The spices and wheat predominate. It's fresh, fizzy, fun. An easy drinker.

M: Bubbly, light.

It hits the marks for a light witbier, but why is this a winter release? It's the perfect drink in the yard after mowing beer.

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Photo of Jaynuze
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful cloudy/oily orange with a thick white head that leaves a beautiful Belgian lace behind.

The nose was a bit weak, but then again it is a Belgian White, so not much of a nose was expected. All the usual suspects were there, banana, bubblegum, banana nut bread, etc.

This beer tastes great! A wonderful tip of the hat to the Belgians. Not much of a winter style (spices), then again the corriander does lend a nice zip to the beer!

Carbonation is really nice with this one ... the MF is very thick and bready, yet light. Finishes really smoothly.

Very easy to drink. Thank goodness I only had one from a friend ... otherwise I could have easily plowed through a twelver on my own. It's that tasty. Thank you Mr. Larry Bell!

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Photo of ljbrisson
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw yellow into a pint glass with a sudsy white head that quickly frothed to a negligible film and left no lacing. Aroma is sour, with orange, spice, coriander, a little clove. Mouthfeel is a little slippery and very spiny with carbonation. Taste is banana, lemon, no tartness from the aroma, slightly grassy, finishing with an odd dry hop bite. Drinkability is moderate due to what is in my opinion a slightly unbalanced hop bitterness. Overall this is an ok beer, nothing more, nothing less.

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