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Bell's Raspberry Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Raspberry AleBell's Raspberry Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 11
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Wildman on 10-13-2003)
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Photo of CortexBomb
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe.

Colour was about what one would expect for a raspberry beer, deep red. Small white head on top. Smell, mainly a light raspberry aroma, but nothing otherworldly.

The taste on this was very strange though; it started out with a good tart aspect and genuine raspberry, but then it segued off into this strange, indescribably unenjoyable back end which made the earlier raspberry flavour come across as very fake. If this beer's flavour stayed consistent from the front end, then it would at least be decent, but the abrasive finish knocks points off for me.

Mouthfeel, not bad, a few tingles in the right places. Drinkability, terrible. Hard to drink. Wish that I had tried a sample before buying an entire glass of the stuff!

Bottom line: Try a sample before you buy a glass, not impressive.

CortexBomb, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of bonSreeB
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

bonSreeB, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Hopstout
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Hopstout, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.6/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml corked and caged bottle numbered 380/495 poured into a Heady Topper pint glass. Shared with schen9303.

Beer pours a nice, frothy 2 finger powdery white head with poor retention. Beer is an elegant, clear bright red. Lacing is patchy and sparse with little cling. Average for the style though the color bumps up the score just a bit.

Nose is raspberry juice and some corn and yeast in the background. Adjunct-y. Weird.

Opens sweet raspberry that turns a touch tart half-way through. Simple and nice except for the fact that this all seems to be placed against a background of rice and corn adjuncts that completely ruin the experience. Finish is tart with a raspberry fruit aftertaste. A bit watered down too... though this one gets better as it warms a bit.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and a bit watery going down. Slightly messy finish with an aftertaste that lingers just a touch. Average.

I'm really disappointed by this one. Bell's hasn't made any duds by my account but this one comes alarmingly close. For a brewery that puts out the likes of Hopslam, Two Hearted, and Double Cream stout, this is a bit of an aberration... skip it.

SpeedwayJim, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
2.73/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on draft at KBC. Don’t know why I kept trying all the raspberry beers as I pubcrawled across Michigan, but here's another. Opaque pink color looks like one of those candles in a wine glass. A more tart finish than other Raspberry beers, and a little less of a “wine cooler” taste... but not much less. Some malt works its way through, as well.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of drewone
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

drewone, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of mattafett
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

mattafett, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of MNBeer1017
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

MNBeer1017, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of RocPorterFanatic
2.8/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear vibrant red, almost crystal clear with an airy head that quickly dissipates.

Smell is just plainly raspberry. Nothing spectacular here. A syrupy soda thing is going on with it too, like its been cooked. All beer is "cooked" and that's not what I'm getting at. Its almost porridge like. Its faint, but present.

The flavor is of a pale ale with raspberries added. Could the raspberry have been frozen when added? Its almost watery. The berry flavor is good, but the base beer is what I'm really tasting. There's a big biscuit flavor here. Almost outshines the berry.

Mouthfeel here is spot on. Vibrant enough to keep it interesting, but mellow enough to let the beer be the star.

Not a great beer, but a drinkable one. I'm glad I got to share this with somebody else. $20 was a little steep.

RocPorterFanatic, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of PhineasGage
3/5  rDev -15.3%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Robdiesel21
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Robdiesel21, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of redblacks75
3/5  rDev -15.3%

redblacks75, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Maduro.

Against illegal aliens period

Appearance: Bright pinked ruby with a thick pink bubbly head that immediately dissipates to nada. Active carbonation streams.

Aroma: Raspberry soda and light malts like one might find in a pilsener.

Taste/mouthfeel: Light raspberry puree blended into and then filtered out of a lager like beer. Little to no hops. Seltzer like mouthfeel. Blistering carbonation. Light body. Easy to drink.

A definite winner for most women and light beer drinkers but not for me. Lacks character and could use more raspberries and certainly more tartness.

DaPeculierDane, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of prototypic
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Watch out when you pop the cork on this one! Definitely a gusher!

Raspberry Ale is a pink stained copper color. Backlighting gives it sort of a crimson look. A light pinkish-white head covers the top. It only rises to about a finger before falling. Surprising given the excessive carbonation. Lacing was stickier than expected.

The nose is rather average. It lacks strength and depth. It smells grainy and a bit earthy up front. Raspberry wastes little time jumping into the mix. It definitely dominates the nose. Frankly, it works pretty well with the earthy notes. Alcohol isn’t a factor. It doesn’t smell overtly bad. It just doesn’t smell very good either.

The flavor is a little better. It starts out grainy and earth. Definitely reminiscent of a wheat beer. Raspberry is more subdued in flavor. I like that. It still is the focal point. It works well with the earthy and grainy notes, but it’s still just a tad too fruity. There are some light malty notes that are interesting. They give it a little more of a ‘beer’ flavor. Definitely a good thing. Alcohol is very light in the mix. Finishes with a mix of berry and grainy flavors.

Raspberry Ale has a lighter body. Carbonation is definitely excessive and buzzy. Not even close to smooth. Less bubbles would really be an improvement. It still goes down easy and is somewhat refreshing. I wouldn’t mind it on a hot day.

Bell’s Raspberry Ale is just okay. I was excited to find it in the general store on our trip to Michigan, but it’s not quite up to Bell’s usual standards. The raspberry aspect and the excessive carbonation are just a tad too much. To be fair, it’s not bad. I’ve had far, far worse berry beers. If you’re into fruit beers, you just might love it…if you can find a bottle.

prototypic, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending this one, Derek.

A: The beer pours a bright reddish color with a white head that maybe has a hint of pink.

S: Smells like raspberries. Apart from those, there is a lot of grass and a light grain scent, perhaps some corn, too. A decent amount of wet straw, in there as well.

T: The taste is a bit like raspberry seltzer water. Very highly carbonated with a decent amount of sweet raspberry. It is a touch watery and like the aroma, is heavy on the grain, straw, and grass.

M: Somewhat light in body with a very high level of carbonation.

O: Disappointing. The fruit flavor is pretty decent, but the base beer is just not good and detracts from the overall experience.

womencantsail, Aug 18, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Mantooth, Apr 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

cfrances33, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of PHBoiler
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

PHBoiler, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of HopHead84
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

8/27/2011

Bottle shared by Javier at Woodshop Classix, thanks!

A: Dark red with good clarity a fleeting bubbly head.

S: Sweet, unbridled raspberry seed and flesh. Smells nice, but there's nothing else going on. Raspberry jam.

T: Tastes like sparkling raspberry cider. Moderately sweet with a low bitterness. The fruit isn't enough to make this interesting, and the base beer has a lot of corn in the flavor that becomes tiring.

M: Lower medium in body with upper moderate carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel.

Overall: An okay fruit beer. The aroma is much better than the flavor.

HopHead84, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of blackie
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The beer is ruby in color with practically no head.

smell: Aromas of raspberry puree and light malts are found. Moderately sweet smells.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a medium high, and the body a lighter medium.

taste: Slightly tart flavor or raspberry blended with the grainy sweetness of light malts. No hops are noticeable to me at the time.

drinkability: easy enough...as a beer, this could use some more character

Sampled on tap at Maduro in Madison at the Bell's Great Taste pre-party. Not sure if this is the same beer or not, but it was listed as Raspberry Ale, so this will do until I hear otherwise.

blackie, Aug 22, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

ackeeper, May 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

BEERschlitz, Oct 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Docrock, Jun 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

spycow, Jan 18, 2013
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Bell's Raspberry Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.