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

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83
good
2,263 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:
2,263
Reviews:
748
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.04%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
419
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 2,263 |  Reviews: 748
Photo of Raime
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky orange with a one finger white frothy head that half dissipates. Left no lacing.

S - Lemon peel, Orange peel, Wheat.

T - Basically the same as the smell. Lemon peel up front, Stale orange in the middle and a very wheaty finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, It's alright. Definitely not even in the top ten for Bell's though.

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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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Photo of PhillyStyle
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass:

A: Poured a very nice hazy orange color with a light white head that dissipated quickly.

S: The aroma was also good, it had a nice wheat/cirtus/banana aroma to it. Well blended.

T: Taste was very good. Mainly wheat and banana, just what you would expect from a Belgian style wit.

M/D: Think body, good carbonation level and highly drinkable. Not sure why this is a winter beer as it seems perfect for summer, but overall a very good beer and one that I will definately be picking up again.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a hazy light yellow golden color reminiscent of lemonade. The headankness is fluffy, 2 fingers high and bright white. Retention is moderate and there is some spotted lacing.

Smell is fruity, bready, yeast, that banana like clove flavor. A bit subdued, but pretty nice.

Taste is the same. Flavor is mild, but very good. Clove flavor hangs on well into the aftertaste.

Feel is light, smooth and very easy drinking. Crushable.

Overall a good beer. I wish the flavor was a bit stronger though. I also find it strange this is a winter beer bc I would much rather drink one on a hot summer day.

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Photo of OtisCampbell007
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scootny
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A bottle poured into an IPA glass. Cloudy pale yellow with a clean white head that is decent and leaves some streaks and spots of lace all along the glass. A slow fade leaves a mild covering. Nose is excellent with a healthy sourness and wheat malt twang that shows amazing spiciness considering that this is not spiced. I'm blown away by the amount of clove, light coriander, bubblegum, pepper, and faint banana and light fruit esters all from just the grains, hops, (what there is) and yeast. Taste showcases classic wit tartness and lemony citrus notes. Mild cloves and cinnamon flow to a tight, light bitterness that releases bubblegum and soap, leaving a surprising dark graininess that lingers with mild almost graham like cracker flavors. Cinnamon and cloves hang in the background. Feel is velvety smooth and light with a mild creaminess. Superb drinkability and all around deliciousness, a great wit and right up there in my top five. As a winter ale the light and drinkable nature may seem a bit of a contradiction, the flavor and satisfaction in the drinking make for an enjoyable winter brew that would also do well in the warmer months.

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Photo of cfrances33
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ttylicki
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of McAndrew
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of kmos27
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of carteravebrew
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Ssippisam
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of ajm5108
2.67/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours the expected golden straw color but head retention is minimal. Belgian yeast & clove on the nose but there is some off-note that is reminiscent of sawdust and spoiled lemon. Taste is very clove forward, has a spicey phenol vibe without the booze kick, but lacks any distinction or delicateness that wheat provides. You get the sense it overwhelms with the clove to hide the bland base.

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Photo of jooler
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of match1112
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of rcjennings
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of carrollmel7
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Lelampp
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of gwiedman1
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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

Photo of steve8robin
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer in a recent trade. 12oz bottle, packaged 11/15/11...

A: A hazy lemon color with a small 1/2 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Decent.

S: I get a musty lemon scent upfront with some spices quickly becoming prominent. Decent.

T: I get an acidic mild breadiness upfront quickly subdued by a mild puckering lemon blended with some breadiness. Decent.

M: Medium body with a huge carbonation. A bready finish. Decent.

O: All in all, I'll preface by saying I'm not a huge fan of witbiers. That being said, this one is a little syrupy and has that classic Witbier taste. A good representation of the style, but overall not a great beer. It's decent, but nothing to write home about. Try this if you like the style.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance is a hazy golden yellow with a half inch white head that quickly dissipates into nothing but a few clusters of bubbles on top.

The aroma is interesting it's almost like part Witbier/part Hefeweizen. Besides the breadiness of the wheat, I am getting some light citrusy tones, orange, banana, and some spiciness like cloves.

The taste is initially citrusy with the orange coming through most and the banana being pushed in the back slightly. A layer of bready wheat malt wraps around the flavors as well. The spiciness is a bit more phenolic here and it finishes with the spiciness lingering on with a strong wheaty character. A small amount of herbal and spicy hops are present on the linger as well.

Mouthfeel is pretty good for the style, light bodied, crisp and refreshing. Something tells me this would be better as a summer beer.

This isn't a bad beer but it's definitely not one of the top witbiers I have tried. Middle of the pack in the Bell's line.

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Photo of capnamerica
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Bell's Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,263 ratings.
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