Winter White Ale

Witbier Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

3.5

Winter White Ale, a Belgian-style Witbier by Bell’s Brewery, Inc.

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Winter White Ale is a Belgian-style Witbier brewed by Bell’s Brewery, Inc., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in a wheat beer glass from a bottle.

Appearance

The ale pours a hazy golden yellow and is topped by a generous stack of puffy white foam that shows good retention. A smattering of residue clings to the glass.

Aroma

The yeasty aroma adds fruity banana, spiced with clove.

Flavor

The palate begins with clove and banana atop a creamy wheat base. Vanilla appears for a moment and is quickly followed by a lingering but light tartness of lemon.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is smooth and creamy with a medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Finishes somewhat dryly.

Overall

The Winter White Ale looks great and its aroma is quite pleasant. The palate is delightful but its feel isn’t quite as effervescent as preferred. However, this bottle sat on a store shelf for a couple of months before I consumed it and perhaps some of the carbonation has dissipated. Regardless, this light, easy-drinking brew makes for a nice alternative to the abundance of warmers, stouts, and barrel-aged brews that are prevalent this time of year.

Recommended Pairings

Bell’s Brewery recommends the following food pairings with their Winter White Ale: meats of mussels, ham, sushi; salads; mont des cats cheese; sweets of fruit pies, banana, plum, blueberries, Bananas Foster ice cream.

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About the Witbier

The Belgian Witbier dates back four centuries and all but vanished by the 1950s. The style was revived at Hoegaarden and its popularity has grown during the modern craft beer movement. The wheat ale ranges in color from pale straw to gold and has moderate alcohol strength. Its feel is dry and slightly creamy with a medium-light to medium body. Effervescent from high carbonation. Light bready malt with little to no hop bitterness. Bright orange citrus flavor typically spiced with coriander.