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

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
An alternative to dark and heavy winter warmers and stouts, Winter White is a stylish and refreshing Wheat Ale.

Fermented with a Belgian ale yeast, this blend of barley and wheat malts yields a mixture of clove and fruity aromas, all without the use of any spices. Deliberately brewed to retain a cloudy appearance, Winter White is a beer for embracing winter.

Added by maxpower on 02-22-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#37,867
Reviews:
766
Ratings:
2,351
pDev:
12.91%
Bros Score:
3.71
 
 
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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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Photo of grahamboudreaux
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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 deebo
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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Photo of dcotom
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of rcjennings
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of jvgoor3786
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Horbar
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Kyrojack
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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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Photo of Dewsby
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Buck_Jones
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ralphw56
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Ajlvt
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Lelampp
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
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 katan
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured out a hazy gold - looks very appealing. Not much lacing from carbonation.

S: Very subtle smell of orange peel/citrus.

T: Very subtle tasting, but it hits with a bit of a orange peel flavor. It finishes strong with something like clove. Perhaps thats a throwback to the Winter beer style. Reminds me of ales from around Christmas.

M: Lightly carbonated. Pretty pleasant.

D: Good session beer. I would drink on occasion.

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Photo of fishguyac
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of beagle75
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

A: Opaque, pale golden color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Generally mild but appropriate; clove is most apparent, followed by delicate lemon and baker's yeast.

T: Begins off-dry, with pasty wheat flour, mild clove spice, and citric acidity. Flavors simplify during the middle, tasting a bit like dilute powdered sugar solution soaked into Wonder bread. A mild thread of bitterness stands out in the finish, suggestive of juicy green plant stems.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This American-brewed wit brings a minimalist impression, seeming held back by it. The smell works, but could be more intense, while the appearance is pleasing in its luminous impenetrability. The flavors seem underdeveloped, which doesn't really elevate this beer over notables of the style. It is refreshing, but not at all memorable.

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Photo of Wildman
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very cloudy yellow color and formed a small foamy snow white head that left trace lace as it subsided. A small but busy amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, clove and yeast. A flavor of hops, clove with a slightly doughy aspect. The finish is sprite but a touch astrigent.

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Winter White Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 2,351 ratings