Bell’s Winter White Ale is reportedly fermented using a Belgian ale yeast with a mix of barley and wheat malts, and no spices.
The beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a thin white head that vanishes quickly.
The aroma is a mix of yeast, cloves, and malt.
The flavor (and this is surprising for a Bell’s product) is not particularly hoppy. In fact it is much more like a Belgian white ale like a Wittkerke than it is a traditional Bell’s beer like Two Hearted. I think it might be the first Bell’s product that I actually like and would buy a second time.
Beer Advocate rates Bell’s Winter White Ale an 83 or “good”. Rate Beer gives it an 86 overall.
As a White Ale, it deserves an 8/10 rating because it’s as good as any other I’ve had. As a winter or holiday ale, it’s a nice change, but not really what I’m looking for, so I give it a 7/10.
I found this particular bottle at Kenny Road Market. I would imagine that it’s available at other local retailers as well.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, or Bitter: Malty
Spice Level: Virtual non-existent apart from cloves in the aroma
Hops Level: Very Low
Dominant Flavors: Malt, mild cloves
My Rating: 9/10