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Victory Winter Cheers

WINTER CHEERS: 80 Points

Interesting Winter

Interesting Winter

This Weizen is released seasonally in the Winter months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Winter weather may drive us indoors but cannot dampen our spirits when hearth, home and hops meet in jubilation. Hoisted high in its golden glory, Winter Cheers lives up to its name, fueling festive times and chasing winter’s chill. Glowing and glimmering, frothy and shimmering, our celebratory wheat ale features luscious fruity and spicy notes, making it a perfect brew to brighten spirits even on the deepest of nights.”

My Description: This is an interesting choice of style to brew for a Winter seasonal. I commend them for going a different route than your typical Winter Warmers but this beer just doesn’t seem to satisfy. I understand they have a higher alcohol content than most weizens to give a warming feel but overall this beer is whatever. It begins with a very large, bright white colored head with an excellent retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma in welcoming with an earthy presence along with notes of citrus, lemon, and straw. Winter Cheers is medium bodied with a moderately high carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is decent enough with notes of wheat malt, some banana and bubblegum, and yeast spice undertones. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with lingering spice notes. There is something in the finish that I don’t like, an almost buttery/toffee note that seems out of place. This beer is good but nothing I would seek out again. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with mild cheeses, grilled shrimp, or light salads.

ABV: 6.7% Color: Straw Yellow Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 2.5/10

Alaskan Winter Ale

WINTER ALE: 89 Points

A calming Winter

A calming Winter

This English Old Ale/Winter Ale is released seasonally in early Winter in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Brewed in the style of an English Olde Ale, this ale balances the sweet heady aroma of spruce tips with the clean crisp finish of noble hops. Its malty richness is complemented by the warming sensation of alcohol.”

My Description: This beer grows on you. At first, it doesn’t quite fit the Old Ale category but you can tell that it is Old Ale inspired. It is very smooth with tasty malt flavors and an overall warming presence. It pours a small, off-white colored head that fades quick and leaves no lacing; the head is rather disappointing. The aroma makes up for the weak appearance with pleasant notes of caramel malt, toffee, floral notes, and some fruit notes as well. Winter Ale is medium bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The flavor profile is slightly complex and enjoyable with some caramel sweetness coming through along with notes of fruit jellies like berries. The spruce actually comes through and is not just marketing, providing a woodsy like flavor. The aftertaste is clean with lingering toffee notes and very little bitterness. This beer is highly drinkable and great for sitting on a porch watching the snow. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with chocolate desserts, baked ham, or roasted duck.

ABV: 6.4% Color: Golden Amber Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Anchor Winter Wheat

WINTER WHEAT: 92 Points

Excellent Winter Beer

Excellent Winter Beer

This Wheat Ale is released seasonally in late Autumn in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “We’ve been making wheat beers since the summer of 1984. They’ve all been golden summer refreshers instead of dark winter warmers – until now. Anchor Winter Wheat is made with a unique blend of malted barley and five wheats from Belgium, Germany, the Midwest, and a family farm just 75 miles away, where we get our soft red winter wheat. Sown in November and harvested in June, it is used in artisanal flatbreads, cakes and pastries. In 1848, California farmers forsook their amber grain for golden fortune. By 1878, California wheat was back big-time, winning gold at the Paris International Exposition. There was a even a wheat beer brewery in North Beach, one mile from our first home. Today, the robust flavor, malty complexity, enticing aroma, ebony color, and thick creamy head of Anchor Winter Wheat reflect this delicious heritage. Cheers!”

My Description: This ale has great depth with the flavor and aroma notes really coming through as the beer warms. It pours a large, beige colored head with an amazing retention level that holds the whole way leaving behind a wall of lacing. The aroma is welcoming with notes of dark wheat malt, some roasted notes, chocolate, and a hint of licorice. Winter Wheat is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. A thick malt backbone with a complex wheat profile is the base of this beer. Hints of dark fruit, chocolate notes, and tobacco add character along with some yeast spice undertones. The alcohol is nicely hidden and the finish is slightly toasty. This is a great choice for a mild Winter Ale that does not contain a big alcohol content but still delivers warming notes and a complex flavor profile. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with chocolate desserts, baked ham, or you favorite cigar.

ABV: 7% Color: Dark Brown Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 2/10

Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball

HAIRY EYEBALL: 93 Points

Nothing's Sexier

Nothing’s Sexier

This Winter Warmer is released seasonally between October and December in 22 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Aroasty, toasty, malty, hangover-halting beer. Especially formulated for when you wake up feelin’ like you need to shave your eyeballs to see the new day.”

My Description: This beer tastes so similar to a Barleywine, just toned down a bit. It has a deep malt backbone with warming alcohol notes and a big body. It begins with a large, light beige colored head that is fluffy and lasts forever leaving behind a beautiful amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of toffee and caramel malt along with some fruit notes like figs. Hairy Eyeball is full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. A remarkably smooth texture allows the beer to glide easily and deliver delicious flavors. A strong malt presence dominates the flavor profile along with notes of caramel, molasses, hints of brown sugar, and tobacco. The aftertaste is slightly bitter bringing great overall balance and the alcohol flavor is nicely hidden. This is a great beer for when the temperatures really start to dip. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with baked ham, grilled spicy sausage, or your favorite cigar.

ABV: 9.4% Color: Mahogany Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

Ommegang Adoration

ADORATION: 95 Points

I adore this

I adore this

This Belgian Strong Dark Ale is released in the Winter season in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Ale brewed with Spices: Coriander, Cardamon, Mace, Grains of Paradise, Sweet Orange Peel. Adoration is a traditional winter ale, brewed in the Belgian manner, but with the twist of unusual spicing. Sip it on a winter eve sitting before a fire. You’ll understand why we couldn’t name it anything else.”

My Description: It’s easy to fall in love with this beer. The flavors are not only delicious, but compliment each other beautifully. The alcohol is nicely hidden and the texture is smooth as silk giving Adoration an easy drinking feel. It begins with a huge, light beige colored head that lasts for a long time and leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is complex and pleasant with yeast esters taking center stage accompanied by notes of coriander, orange peel, wood, and spices. Adoration is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is just as complex as the aroma with a tasty malt backbone holding up a plethora of spice notes from mace to coriander. Welcoming dark fruit notes of raisins and cherries along with a minor hint of bitterness makes this beer highly satisfying. The aftertaste is clean with a lingering sweet note. This is a great beer for the season and is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with chocolate desserts, roasted duck, or a game stew.

ABV: 10%  Color: Reddish/Brown  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

Avery Old Jubilation Ale

OLD JUBILATION ALE: 93 Points

Bring on the snow

Bring on the snow

This Old Ale is released seasonally in the Winter months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Our winter strong ale has a gorgeous mahogany hue, a hint of hazelnuts, and a finish reminiscent of mocha and toffee. No spices, just a perfect blend of five specialty malts.”

My Description: This ale just makes you want to sit outside on a cold winter night just so you can get warmed up by this beauty. It begins with a decent sized, light beige colored that fades quick to a film but holds the rest of the way leaving behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is complex and welcoming with a strong nutty presence along with notes of malt, bread, some earthy notes, and a touch of alcohol. Old Jubilation is full bodied with a lower carbonation level and a dry finish. This ale presents a great depth of flavors. Dark fruit undertones and malt are accompanied by nutty notes and toffee. An earthy presence and a slightly bitter aftertaste add character. This beer is really smooth and tasty. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with roasted lamb chops, honey-crusted chicken, or beef stew.

ABV: 8.3%  Color: Mahogany  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

Sweetwater Festive Ale

FESTIVE ALE: 89 Points

Complex Winter

Complex Winter

This Winter Ale is released seasonally during the Winter months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Winter Coat Season – A strong ale brewed with generous amounts of rich malt, coupled with a taint of cinnamon and mace to keep you warm and toasted all winter long  We Double Dog Dare You.”

My Description: This beer makes a nice Winter warmer; it sips cleanly, the flavors are enjoyable, and before you know this beer has got you feeling tingly. It pours a good sized, beige colored head with a nice retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is interesting with notes of caramel malt, molasses, and hints of spices like cinnamon. Festive Ale is full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Caramel malt dominates the flavor profile along with notes of toffee, molasses, earthiness, and a hint of cinnamon. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with an interesting lingering spice note, which must be the mace. The alcohol is only slightly noticed and this beer gets better as it warms. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with cherry desserts, roasted duck, or baked ham.

ABV: 8.6%  Color: Dark Mahogany  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

Sam Adams Cherry Chocolate Bock

CHERRY CHOCOLATE BOCK: 89 Points

The cherry blends cleanly

The cherry blends cleanly

This Fruit Bock is randomly released in the Winter variety pack in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This special release is brewed just for the holidays. For a new approach to a classic favorite, we added cherries to our traditional Chocolate Bock for a sweet, slightly tart note. Aged on a bed of dark cocoa nibs, the malty, chocolaty, and dark fruit flavors create a rich, complex beer perfect for winter. Cheers.”

My Description: The cherry addition to this seasonal bock adds a pleasant and tasty flavor that blends cleanly with the rest of beer. It begins with a decent, beige colored head that fades to a film and holds for a while leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is malty with a pronounced cherry aroma and hidden chocolate notes that smell great. Cherry Chocolate Bock is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is somewhat rich with malty undertones and dark chocolate with cherries that taste real, not artificial, and don’t overpower the other flavors. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and smooth. This makes for a nice Christmas beer that is memorable. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with chocolate desserts, blue cheese, or grilled lamb.

ABV: 5.8%  Color: Dark Brown  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2/10

Goose Island Sixth Day (2013)

SIXTH DAY (2013): 85 Points

It's a so-so Winter

It’s a so-so Winter

This American Brown Ale is released seasonally between October and December in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Every year to celebrate the holiday season, we brew up our Sixth Day, and with each year we change the recipe slightly so that you have something special to look forward to.”

My Description: This is a sweeter offering of a Winter Ale that makes for a good sipper and the alcohol is completely hidden. It pours a decent, light beige colored head that fades rather quickly leaving a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma has deep malt notes accompanied by caramel and toffee, toasted bread, and a touch of hops. The aroma is welcoming and pleasant. Sixth Day is medium/full bodied with a slightly lower carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is slightly complex with a malty backbone holding up an array of flavors such as tobacco, dark fruits, molasses, roasted malts, cherries, and a touch of spice. The aftertaste is minimally bitter and slightly chewy. Separately the flavors taste good, but together they do not compliment each other nicely in this brew. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with baked turkey, roasted ham, or vegetable stuffing.

ABV: 8.3%  Color: Dirty Brown/Red  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2/10

Shipyard Prelude

PRELUDE: 87 Points

Grows on You

Grows on You

This English Strong Ale is released seasonally between November and December in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Prelude Special Ale is full-bodied in the true English Style. It’s a rich and nutty ale with a hoppy finish and an inviting deep amber hue.”

My Description: The first few minutes of drinking this ale, I wasn’t too impressed but as I got towards the middle of the glass this beer starting to grow on me. It has a good sized, beige colored head that fades to a thin film but holds leaving behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma definitely malt forward with notes of caramel malt, hints of dark fruit, and it is a little nutty. Prelude is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The texture is chewy and the alcohol is completely hidden. The flavor profile is clean enough and slightly nutty with notes of caramel malt and spices, which are subtle. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and a little harsh. Overall, this beer is pleasant and satisfying. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with beef stew, roasted turkey, or a veggie pizza.

ABV: 6.7%  Color: Dark Brown  Sweetness: 2/10  Bitterness: 4/10

Brooklyn Brewery Winter Ale

WINTER ALE: 84 Points

Decent Winter Brew

Decent Scottish Brew

This Scottish Style Ale is releases seasonally in the winter months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “When the days grow short and the beach recedes into our dreams, we need a very nice beer to get us through the long winter. Based on the satisfying malty ales of blustery Scotland, Brooklyn Winter Ale will have you looking on the bright side of things. Rich Scottish malts bring deep bready flavors to a beer with a full copper color, a round, smooth palate, and brisk hopping that pulls the sweet malts into balance. See – things are looking up already!”

My Description: Many winter beers are designed to warm you up and this beer will do a good job of that. However, it slightly lacks in flavor and enjoyment. It has a good sized, light beige colored head but it doesn’t retain very well and leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant enough with notes of caramel malt, toasted bread, some toffee, and hints of dark fruit. Winter Ale is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Upfront, there are flavor notes of malt and bread along with some caramel and earthiness. The aftertaste is minimally bitter bringing some balance to the beer. Overall, the flavors are satisfying but they could be cleaner and more refined. Also, the dark fruit in the aroma made very little, if any, appearance in the taste which is disappointing. This ale is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with beef stew, grilled pork chops, or Gruyere cheese.

ABV: 6.1%  Color: Deep Amber  Sweetness: 2.5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

WINTER ALE: 79 Points

Winter does suck

Winter does suck

This Brown Ale is released seasonally in the Winter months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Winter Ale is brewed with deep-roasted chocolate malt. The taste predominates with a warm, roasty flavor, balanced out with a slightly dry finish. It is smooth but not cloying, with a warming belt of alcohol (5.6% ABV).”

My Description: This beer was a big disappointment, mainly because I expect more out of Weyerbacher. It just felt like they didn’t put any care or quality in producing this ale. It starts out with a good sized, beige colored head that fades rather quickly and leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is on the malty side with notes of roasted malt and some breadiness. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. It has a slightly creamy texture and it is fairly smooth but that’s about the end of what is good in this beer. It has flavor notes of roasted malt and a hint of raisins but overall the beer tastes dull and bland. It just feels watered down. It has a slightly bitter aftertaste but there is absolutely nothing special about this beer. Look elsewhere for a Winter seasonal. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with anything that has some flavor.

ABV: 5.6%  Color: Dark Brown  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2.5/10

OLD MAN: 88 Points

Old man winter

Old man winter

This Old Ale is released seasonally in the winter months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “For our winter seasonal, Southern Tier offers Old Man Winter Ale, a rich and complex amalgam of hops and barley that will put the feeling back in your toes and lift your spirits above the snow. Old Man Winter throws a deep and inviting hue with a thickness that clings to the glass and the warmth of an open flame. Because of its high alcohol content, Old Man Winter is a heady brew that encourages sipping and pondering its essential richness.”

My Description: This ale is welcoming in the cold winter months with its balanced flavors and warming alcohol presence. It starts with a decent, light beige colored head that fades quickly and leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma provides some nice notes of caramel malt and woodsy/citrus hops but it almost smells stale at some points and not as fresh as I had anticipated. It is roughly medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. Upfront, there are flavor notes of caramel malt accompanied by notes of dark fruit, roasted malt, and hints of spice and cocao. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and balances the beer out nicely. The alcohol is nicely hidden and overall the texture is smooth. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with roasted chicken, winter squash, or a hearty stew.

ABV: 7%  Color: Dark Amber  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 3.5/10

CELEBRATION: 93 Points

Hoppy Christmas

Using freshly picked Chinook, Cascade, and Centennial hops, this Winter IPA has an IBU of 65. It is available seasonally in the winter months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Wonderfully robust and rich, Celebration® Ale is dry-hopped for a lively, intense aroma.”

My Description: The reason this is a winter seasonal is because they make this beer right at hop harvest time, which is in autumn. The fresh off the vine hops really make a difference because you get a slightly fresher and cleaner hop taste that makes beer drinking that much more enjoyable. The head on this beer is average but does have a good retention and produces some good lacing. It has a huge woodsy hop aroma that can also smell piney or grassy; the hop fragrance makes you crave what’s to come (a big hop taste). The beer is medium bodied with a normal carbonation level. Immediately you will taste all hops from start to finish. They taste fresh with a woodsy hint and accompanied by that big bitterness flavor. The beer is of high quality and really hits the spot if you like IPA’s. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with chicken wings, fish and chips, or spicy meatballs.

ABV: 6.8% Color: Orange/Bronze Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 7.5/10

WINTER WELCOME ALE: 86 Points

A warm winter?

This winter ale is is available seasonally in the winter months in 550 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “The full body resulting from fermentation in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ and the luxurious malt character, which will appeal to a broad range of drinkers, is balanced against whole-dried Fuggle and Golding hops with nuances and complexities that should be contemplated before an open fire.”

My Description: This is a good beer with delicious flavors, however I was hoping for a little more body and warmth considering that this is a winter ale. The description says that this ale is full bodied, but to me it is medium bodied. It has a nice light tan colored head that provides good retention and decent lacing. The aroma is pleasing with a light malt base accompanied by notes of honey, grain, and spices. The carbonation level is good for this style and the beer is smooth. In the beginning you will taste different spices and fruits like plums and white raisins. There is also some honey and a little ginger as well. The aftertaste has a slight bitter note accompanied by some holiday spices. For this style I was hoping for a little more body and alcohol but it’s a good beer none-the-less. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with ham, roasted poultry, or apple pie.

ABV: 6.0%  Color: Copper  Sweetness: 4/10  Bitterness: 3/10

SNOW DAY: 89 Points

Must not have snowed.

This Winter Ale has 190 Calories and an IBU of 55. It is available seasonally in the winter months in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Pleasantly hoppy, Snow Day carries the subtle chocolate and caramel flavors of a new brewing malt known as Midnight Wheat. The Styrian Golding, Centennial and Cascade hops bring the backbone of hoppy bitterness to complement the roasty undertones.”

My Description: This beer is really good but it was not what I expected at all. I was thinking this would be warming with the taste of malt and winter spices since this is labeled as a winter ale. Instead it was bitter and roasty; not a bad thing in a beer but not characteristic of the style. It has a fluffy tan colored head that holds really well and produces some great laces. The aroma is strong with the scent of hops that smell earthy and citrusy with the hint of sweetness. The beer smells really good and inviting. In the beginning of your drink you will taste some roasted malt with a hint of coffee. The aftertaste is surprisingly bitter but clean and there was no hint of alcohol at all. It is an overall great beer but I was hoping for a more traditional winter ale because I was in the mood for one. It is best served around 40°F and pairs nicely with burgers, roast beef sandwiches, or BBQ chicken.

ABV: 6.2% Color: Dark Brown/Mahogany Sweetness: 4.5/10 Bitterness: 5/10

HIBERNATION ALE: 93 Points

3 of these, you’ll be in hibernation

This American Old Ale is released in the winter season in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “HIBERNATION ALE has been our celebrated winter tradition since 1995. This robust, dry-hopped ale has a malty richness balanced with a complex hop profile and hearty, warming character.”

My Description: This is a warming and satisfying winter ale with complex flavors and an alcohol taste that is nicely hidden. It has a decent sized, beige colored head that fades rather quickly leaving some lacing behind. The aroma is more on the chocolate and roasted end with some additional notes of caramel, sweet malt, and dark fruits like prunes and raisins. It is roughly medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. It is malty upfront with dark fruit notes similar to the aroma. There are also notes of toasted bread, a hint of molasses, and a touch of alcohol. The complex flavor profile develops further as the beer warms up. The aftertaste is slightly bitter and very smooth. This excellent ale is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with baked ham, duck in raspberry sauce, or a nicely cooked NY Steak.

ABV: 8.7% Color: Dark Copper/Brown Sweetness: 3.5/10 Bitterness: 3/10

K-9 CRUISER: 72 Points

Could have been better

This Winter Ale has an IBU of 30 and is available in the winter season in 12 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Sweet malt base with roasted, nutty, and spicy flavors.”

My Description: I think Flying Dog forgot to add a few things to their description: “it is unnecessarily bitter, the hops taste horrible, and you will leave with a taste in your mouth reminiscent of just smoking a stale Mexican cigar. Enjoy.” That should have been added so I could have just put this back on the shelf. It’s got some good things going for it though like the aroma; it smells rather sweet with notes of dark fruit and a hint of spice. The head is decent in size but fades quickly leaving a few laces here and there. The taste is where this beer dissapoints. It is pretty good in the front of your mouth with notes of roasted malt, dark fruit and winter spices. It is medium bodied and carbonated accordingly to the style. But once you swallow, everything just gets messed up. There is this moderate bitterness that does not belong because it ruins the swallow. Not only is it bitter but the hops taste sharp and old. Then there is this alcohol taste that seems too prominent for a 7.4% beer. The flavors don’t work together and this could have been better with less hops and better preparation. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with winter ham or a burger. Save your fine cigars for a beer more worthy of the smoke.

ABV: 7.4% Color: Clear Brown/Amber Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 4.5/10

WARMER WINTER WINTER WARMER: 90 Points

Warm and Sweet Winter

This Old Ale is released during the winter season in 750 ml. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “A old ale with american hop varietals that has a complex citrus and caramelized toffee aroma and underlying notes of chocolate.”

My Description: Considering how many different hop varieties are in this beer, I thought it would be more on the bitter side if not balanced. However, this is one sweet brew that is initially surprising but not necessarily incorrect for the style. It has a fairly large sized, light beige colored head that lasts for quite some time and leaves behind a good amount of lacing for such a high alcohol beer. The aroma is definitely on the malty side with accompanying notes of caramel, raisins, and a touch of alcohol. It is full bodied with a lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. The beer is sweet with a dense toffee note and dark fruit notes like raisins and plums. Brown sugar is apparent as is a touch of citrus zest. The aftertaste provides a touch bitterness with a minor cherry note. Although the alcohol is slightly noticeable the beer is very smooth and enjoyable. It is best served around 60°F and pairs nicely with roasted duck, bread pudding, or baked ham.

ABV: 11%  Color: Garnet  Sweetness: 5/10  Bitterness: 2/10

WINTER WHITE ALE: 90 Points

Always a white winter in Michigan

This Belgian Inspired Ale is released in the winter months in 12 oz. bottles with a six month shelf life.

Brewer’s Description: “Taking its cues from Belgian-style white ales, Bell’s Winter White Ale offers a lighter yet abundantly flavorful alternative to the traditional heavy winter warmers. Fermented with a Belgian ale yeast, this blend of barley & wheat malts yields a mixture of clove and fruity aromas, all without the use of any spices.”

My Description: This is a tasty and easy drinking take on a winter ale; it’s maintains the spice notes which one comes expect but it’s not as strong and warming as others. It has a decent, white colored head that fades rather quickly and leaves behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma smells great with notes of sweet malt, cloves and other spices, some citrus, and a hint of coriander. It is medium bodied with a higher carbonation level and a crisp finish. It is sweet upfront with notes of wheat, lemon/citrus, coriander, and bubblegum. This aftertaste is smooth with notes of cloves and spices which linger for a while. This enjoyable beer is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with baked ham, pumpkin pie, or roasted duck.

ABV: 5%  Color: Hazy Lemon/Orange  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10