Michigan Beer Spotlight: Bell’s Winter White Ale

I have decided to change up our Michigan beer spotlight post a little bit by making it  less of a tasting. I will also be adding a song that is currently boring a hole through my head. I am hoping to do these more often than I have.

This post’s beer is Bell’s Winter White. I have been enjoying this beer a lot this winter and even though Spring is almost here, there is still time to enjoy it.

The appearance is a cloudy light straw yellow with a foamy, quickly dissipating white head. The aroma is slightly citrusy with hints of banana along with other fruits and some clove. The flavor is what I really love. The sweet malts with fruity hints along with the slight tartness hits me in my beer sweet spot. Other flavors that are in the taste profile are clove, banana and citrus.  There is little to no hoppiness. The beer has a medium body and the mouth feel is slick yet is still has a bite and feels great on the tongue.

Don’t be fooled by the winter in the title of this beer it can be enjoyed all year long (at least while you can get your hands on it.) The medium body makes it very drinkable and the initial sweetness accompanied by a hint of tart makes this beer uniquely enjoyable. Look for the price of this beer to be marked down a little in the next few weeks since spring is only a month away. If not, try to convince the store to do so by telling them they need to make room for Oberon.

Hopslam Arrives

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Bell’s Hopslam makes it’s return this week and it’s just in time because this January could really use a hop infusion. And for the first time ever Hopslam will be available in mini kegs. Beware: That much Hopslam needs to be shared since it is 10 % ABV.

Hopslam is ranked as the #3 American Double / Imperial IPA by Beer Advocate and #4 byRatebeer. It is hoppy and big tasting without being heavy. The citrus hops and the warming alcohol tricks you into thinking you are vacationing in the tropics. Not thirsty yet? Here is Bell’s description of Hopslam from their website…

Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell’s Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell’s repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.

Some places had their release parties last night  but for the most part it won’t be available in Monroe till Friday. But I did put in a phone call and found out that it will go on tap tonight (January 10, 2011) at  Harbor Inn and Ale. Needless to say that we are eating there tonight.

Below is some good reads that will tie you over until you can get a glass of it…
 http://www.mlive.com/kalamabrew/index.ssf/2011/01/michigan_hopheads_beware_dont.html

http://www.annarborbeer.com/2011/01/hopslam-in-house.html

http://alesharpton.blogspot.com/