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RATINGS: 1067   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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A Wheat Ale brewed with American Wheat and a proprietary blend of Hefe and classic Belgian-style yeasts. A refreshing winter alternative created from the subtle fusion of two classic flavors.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MBskier (2) - - JAN 11, 2015 does not count
Clean and crisp. Not overall fruity or sweet. Nice overall beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerdedDave (882) - - JAN 11, 2015
on tap at Red Owl in Philadephia; pale gold color with a white head; mild corriander and citrus aroma; nice mild wheat flavor with citrus and corriander notes

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skmikeg (1359) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Pours straw yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is of wheat, spices, banana, clove, and some light fruits. Taste is about the same as the aroma. Has a medium-light bod with a mostly sweet, medium finish. Overall, a decently tasty witbier.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lemke10 (904) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 3, 2015
On tap, this pours a hazy yellow color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is light and citrusy. The flavor is light with lots of citrus and hints of spices. Very well made and a nice change from other Christmas style brews.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bule (1278) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2014
12oz bottle pours a hazy straw color. An OK wit, but missing the complexity of an excellent one.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1562) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Absolutely splendid. Has a nice Belgian yeast note to it. Slightly sweet. Recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EtTuCthulhu (1384) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2014
The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a medium white head that fades quickly. The aroma blends wheat, Belgian yeast, clove, and orange peel. The taste is mildly sweet and slightly sour with an aftertaste packed with Belgian yeast flavors. The palate fuses a thick texture, average carbonation, and medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrettTaylor (638) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Poured from bottle into weizen glass. Pours a hazy gold with a 1 finger creamy head. Aroma - citrus notes, primarily lemon as well as some yeast spicy notes, especially clove. Taste is a mix between wit and Hefeweizen with some banana/clove notes and citrus (again mostly lemon). Not sure what makes this a winter warmer, but it is nice. Would be excellent on a hot summer day.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1442) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2014
I tend to associate the witbier style with the warmer months, but I’ve noticed a lot of breweries offering witbiers as winter seasonals (mostly as play on the white=snow metaphor). Bell’s Winter White Ale isn’t particularly wintery nor Christmasy, but it works as a traditional, to-spec witbier and I enjoy it as such.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 11/6/14 and cost $2.65 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: Pale orange hue over a mostly cloudy body. Pours to a small, white, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of orange and banana – almost like an Orange Julius.

Taste: As soon as it hits my lips I’m immediately brought back to summer, as this has the classic Belgian yeast esters of banana and citrus. I assume there’s orangepeel and coriander in the brew in addition to the wheat and pale malt used as the base malt. Orange seems to be the predominate flavor – it’s sweet, almost candy-like in flavor, but not tart. The spicy character is light, but complementary and its noticeable from beginning to end. I even detect some distinct bitterness – slightly dry and a hint citrusy. Overall, it’s a fine, enjoyable palette.

Drinkability: Bell’s Winter White Ale is a beer I’d rather drink this in summer than winter. The mouthfeel is thin, crisp, but not overly carbonated. It’s refreshing for sure and finishes clean. At only 5% ABV it’s not surprising it doesn’t have a lot of body, though it’s quite tempting to session this (if you live in Florida).

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1264) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Hazy yellow pour. White head. Heavy on the citrus and maybe some banana and spice in the finish as well. Nice for the style.


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