Review: Bell’s Winter White Ale

After a long day of unpacking and running errands for my new apartment in December, I knew that I had most definitely earned a beer. Enter Bell’s Winter White Ale (heinously overpriced at $12.99 for a six-pack), available during a quick duck in to my neighborhood grocery store. After doing so much lifting and moving and hauling and driving all day long, I was most interested in something straightforward that I could drink at home, preferably in pajama pants.

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Poured from a bottle and into a Perfect Pint glass, it presents as a somewhat hazy gold color with no head to speak of. What little smattering of foam there was vanished quickly and left no lacing behind.

The smell is slightly hoppy, fruity, and zingy. There’s some clove in there. The signature backdrop of this nose is the witbier, which is bready or yeasty in nature. This beer is apparently not brewed with any spices, so the clove notes are all from fermentation.

The carbonation is moderate and the taste is ready at first. Next comes clove, allspice, and a slight banana undertone. The finish is slightly dry to me. It’s very drinkable, though maybe more like a witbier and a little less like a winter ale than I was expecting, but still good overall.

Review: Dogfish Head Namaste White

It’s always good to have things that we know we can rely on. People we trust, that pair of jeans that always fits just right, cell phone service in emergencies. One of the things that I know I can rely on is the consistently good brews that come out of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. If you’re on the east coast, you’ve probably heard of them. They’re kind of a big deal in the craft brewing movement. They’ve been doing their thing since 1995 and, if you ask me, they’ve been doing it well.

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I grabbed a six pack of Namaste White recently at my local grocery store for $9, which is a price that I sure like. They’ve been brewing this beer since 2009, but I could swear that this is the first ┬átime I’ve seen it for sale in a six pack in a grocery store fridge.

Poured from a bottle and into a Perfect Pint Glass (how I sing the praises of thee), this beer pours a light golden yellow color with a minimal head. It smells a little bready, a little citrusy, and there’s maybe some spice there, too – it could be the coriander that I’m smelling.

It’s a nice white ale with a light mouthfeel and an overall light taste. It’s has a grain taste to it, some orange, and a little peppercorn, too. I poured and drank it pretty cold, so it’s possible that I’m not tasting a ton of the subtler flavors. It wasn’t until the beer warmed up a little bit that I started to taste the peppercorn and spice as it came forward.

I enjoyed this beer while making a green apple and cherry chutney to enjoy in the cold weeks ahead. I feasted on a grilled cheese with my freshly made chutney for dinner and really like the refreshing nature of Namaste White with the vinegary, spicy flavors of the chutney.