Review for the better liked tires:
I personally hate Hankook tires. But I have limited experience with them on my girlfriends 2011 VW Golf. It came with Hankook optimo all-seasons... cheap, junk tires imho.
Don't put performance winter tires on it. I run Michelin Pilot Alpin PA3's on my GTI in the winter, and they are only marginally better then all-seasons. But this is my to and from work vehicle, which is only a 10 minute drive.
So, with all that rambling. The important thing with winter tires is your weather conditions. Not all winter tires are created equal. Some are better in ice then deep snow, etc. So buy for what kind of conditions you have. I run General altimax arctic's on the VW Golf and Blizzak WS70's on our dedicated winter car. We get a mix of ice of snow, so I think these tires are good balance.
As you have not really driven in the snow much/at all. I think the bigger factor will be lack of experience over the car you choose. If you decide to use the beetle, spend some time in big empty parking lot, where you know were all the curbs are (snow hides them sometimes). Practice breaking hard, getting used to the ABS and traction control. Try turning hard in one direction, so you start to slide, turn slightly into your slide to regain traction and once you have control again point the car where you want to go. Always look where you want the car to go, not where it is sliding!
Some winter driving tips:
Winter Driving Tips on Braking - YouTube
Winter Driving Tips on Accelerating - YouTube
For my GTI, the manual recommends that you disable traction control in deep snow. It is designed more for gravel and wet conditions. So, if the beetle recommends the same thing make sure you practice with it off at least a few times.
EDIT: Not sure why, but the tirerack links wouldn't work properly as urls