As I mentioned yesterday, most winter beers that I have come across tend to be dark in color. With roasted malts that give the beer coffee and toasted caramel notes to warm a drinker on a cold winter's night. Yesterday's winter beer was orange, today's - Bell's Winter White Ale - is a more typical amber color. The difference is intentional. According to their site; it was designed to be "a lighter yet abundantly flavorful alternative to the traditional heavy winter warmers."
In other words... "if you are tired of the porters and stouts, we brew a summer wheat ale - but only in the winter time." And because it is a Belgian-styled wheat/white beer, we call it Winter White and put a picture of a white snow-covered forest on the label. Aren't we clever!
In general, I like wheat beers, but this one - not so much. The overwhelming sweetness that I couldn't stand in Shakparo is hinted at here. RateBeer.com's readers gave it an 86, DrinkHacker.com gave it a B, but noted a "grape bubblegum" flavor and I suppose others might like that. It is ok enough to earn a 3, but just barely.
Jim from Milwaukee