Bell's Raspberry Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.63/5 rDev +2.5%
Where most fruit beer makers like to celebrate the candied fruit components of raspberry, Bells prefers to draw from more Belgian-esque form and employ a more tart and true-raspberry character that chases from nose to finish.
Certainly fruit-centric, the ale pours with a mauve body but capped with a modestly pinkish froth. Light and and foamy, its head retains half the session before giving way to the acidity of the fruit. After which, a memory of lace adorns the glass in the beer's wake.
Fruit forward for certain, the culinary experience starts with a must fruit scent and overtones of raw raspberry. Settling in a bit its taste is semi-sweet and semi-dry with the robust character of vine-picked raspberries. Both its delicacy and its racy acidity plays out on the bed of dry cracker malts that provide the most modest of sweetnesses- its an ale that plays off of the fruit but doesn't entirely rely upon it.
Mid-light in body, its early malt and embedded carbonation gives creamy impressions, but after that, win-like acidity and dryness balances that of malt for a finish that's fruity, semi-dry and lingers with a memory of berry.
I love the ale- but I understand that as a fruited beer, its potential is limited. It's easy, effortless and straddles the fence of what's sweet and what's sour. But its sessionability is not questioned as it can be enjoyed all summer long!
05-26-2013 07:13:56 | More by BEERchitect
3.2/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
08-18-2011 17:02:12 | More by womencantsail
3.35/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
08-31-2011 05:35:12 | More by HopHead84
3.48/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
08-22-2006 17:47:53 | More by blackie
3.2/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
10-16-2011 02:25:27 | More by prototypic
3.6/5 rDev +1.7%
Poured with a faint hue of purple/pink. Aroma is powerful raspberry. Taste is incredibly tart and just overpowers any malt flavors or hop bitterings. Real fresh fruit taste as opposed to so many fruit beers. Main issue with this is it's just too powerful and hard to plow through even 10-12 ounces. I did get a second and mixed with Third Coast Beer and this double cut produced an even more drinkable beer.
12-10-2003 03:40:08 | More by CRJMellor
4.08/5 rDev +15.3%
750ml bottle split between two people (Deschutes snifter and Lost Abbey snifter). Bottle 376 of 495; Batch K10357. Thanks to stickman1220 for this one.
A: Pours a really nice looking redish pink amber color. Really clear with nice carbonation coming off glass bottom. About a finger of loose white big bubbled head. Sticks around a little bit. On swirl, it gives two fingers. Some nice lacing.
S: It almost smells of a traditional Gueze or Kriek. You get a little funk along with the raspberry notes for sure. Smells very inviting.
T: Again, Kriek style on the tip of the tongue but for sure not AS sour. Lots of raspberry tart and sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Some funkiness I. The mid mouth and a dry wine like finish. The sip gets better with some temp warming. Very nice beer.
M: Light and refreshing beer. Some MIGHT say its getting to medium with the tartness.
O : Bell's gets a nice A- on their stab at the style. I really enjoyed this one. Would have been a great summer beer, but also would age nicely.
11-21-2011 15:52:43 | More by inlimbo77
2.6/5 rDev -26.6%
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.
08-29-2011 01:49:48 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.18/5 rDev -10.2%
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.
08-22-2006 19:35:16 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.9/5 rDev +10.2%
Okay, another entrance in this huge rasberry craze, but this time not as a wheat beer. I was really surprised to see this on tap at Bell's. The beer surprised me by pouring a hazy light red color that you could not see through at all and formed a foamy pink(yes, I said pink)head that left circular lace as it subsided. It had an aroma of malt and raspberry. The flavor was of malt and rasberry, but not overpowering. The finish was light and somewhat astrigent. Unusual style for them to make and not give it a name. Wasn't expecting to like this one since I am not a big fan of the style, but maybe not doing as a wheat style helped it.
10-13-2003 21:50:07 | More by Wildman
3.58/5 rDev +1.1%
Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for sharing this with me.
Batch K10357. Bottle 407 of 495.
A: Cherry red in color, with a nice soft pink head on top of it. The head dissipates rather quickly.
S: There is a nice sweetness to the smell. It smells like raspberry preserves. The raspberry notes almost seem over-ripe. There is a cooked aroma to this. A touch of spice in the finish.
T: Sweet with just enough tartness. The raspberry is noticeable but not overpowering. The cooked aroma continues into the taste. The finish is biscuity.
M: Medium light in body. Carbonation levels are high. Perhaps a touch dry with a finish that clings in your mouth with a slight pucker.
O: Overall a very interesting beer. Classier than your typical raspberry beer. But certainly not a perfect execution.
08-22-2011 01:41:37 | More by Beejay
4.03/5 rDev +13.8%
The second pairing of RFD Washington's Bell's Beer Dinner. I had never heard of Bell’s Raspberry Ale before. They paired it with mixed greens with candied walnuts, prosciutto and shaved Romano drizzled with Raspberry Ale vinaigrette.
A: Pink to red pour with a few fingers of white head. Beautiful lacing down the side of the wine glass and decent retention 4.5
S: Huge raspberry aroma. Very sweet, basically the only thing I can smell is the fruit, which is a good thing. 3.5
T: The taste is a bit more balanced. Raspberries and a slight hoppiness combine to create a fruity, but clean taste. 4
MF: Light body with a good amount of carbonation. Extremely drinkable and pairs very nicely with this light salad. The calm before the storm I would assume 4
O: Very much liked this. Very win like, sippable, palatable, delicious. Not sour! 4.5
01-14-2012 17:12:10 | More by russwbeck
Bell's Raspberry Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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