hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy straw body with a clinging white head. Aroma of bananas, coriander, yeast, and citrus. Smooth and spicy. Bananas, bubblegum, and wheat up front. Coriander and the bite of citrus rind at the end. Very tasty white ale.
Chad9976 (1243) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I tend to associate the witbier style with the warmer months, but Iíve noticed a lot of breweries offering witbiers as winter seasonals (mostly as play on the white=snow metaphor). Bellís Winter White Ale isnít 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 Ė almost like an Orange Julius.
Taste: As soon as it hits my lips Iím immediately brought back to summer, as this has the classic Belgian yeast esters of banana and citrus. I assume thereís 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 Ė itís 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 Ė slightly dry and a hint citrusy. Overall, itís a fine, enjoyable palette.
Drinkability: Bellís Winter White Ale is a beer Iíd rather drink this in summer than winter. The mouthfeel is thin, crisp, but not overly carbonated. Itís refreshing for sure and finishes clean. At only 5% ABV itís not surprising it doesnít have a lot of body, though itís quite tempting to session this (if you live in Florida).
pete4999 (1127) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy yellow pour. White head. Heavy on the citrus and maybe some banana and spice in the finish as well. Nice for the style.
TheCaptMatey (106) - Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy yellow gold colour with a thin white head. Aroma is bright with wheat, yeast, and clove notes and hints of citrus. Flavor is of wheat and yeast spice with strong bits of clove/banana on the finish.
dbeatdano (69) - - DEC 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My favorite winter beer. Aroma is orange peel, coriander, wheat, hint of lemon, and clove. Taste is wheat, spice, orange peel, toasted malt, and a touch of tartness at the end. Crisp, refreshing palate with a brief finish. Great winter session beer and a great wit beer.
tonypreto (115) - Akron, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a hazy light gold with a very little, rapidly dissipating head. Has a very yeasty aroma to it with slight amounts of citrus. Tastes a perfect balance of hops, yeast and wheat. Great beer.
unclemike (2305) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Aroma is citrus, banana, and cloves. Pours a very hazy (hard to see thru) pale yellowish-orange with a white head without a lot of retention. Flavor is very malty. Banana is very obvious in the flavor. A little spicey then sour and citrusy in the finish. Very smooth beer. Light banana aftertaste.
Maxbier (390) - Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy straw color big white head. Herbal yeasty aroma. Taste is lemon, grain, hop wheat. True to witbier style. Dry finish.
DedicatedToFun (2992) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, gold pour, white head, nose is funky, taste is cinnamon, lemon, pepper
AdamJackson (2870) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy light yellow and white. Very faint Banana hammock and coriander. Yeah. For sure has winter spices. Clove and honey and brandy with banana Esthers. Finish is spicy and sweet
bigbish (552) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very tasty ale, lots of yeast flavor and a very nice crisp finish. Great for drinks on a cold day.