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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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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.49%
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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3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this as part of a beer dinner. Served in a small snifter type glass from tap. Nice slightly red color, no foam with a whitish ring. There may have been foam when it was poured but not when I received it. The smell is fresh raspberries and a little hops. The taste is almost the same. Tart fresh raspberries and maybe a bit of hops. Light mouthfeel with a good bit of carbonation. Overall this is good but more sour/tart I prefer.

Kbogac, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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Photo of russwbeck
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

russwbeck, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

DoctorDog, Nov 25, 2011
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4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

inlimbo77, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of DGibb
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Brewery re-debuted its Raspberry Ale last night, tapping a keg at the R.U.B. BBQ restaurant in Detroit for Detroit Beer Week. Some of the Bell's employees were on staff to tell me a little about it. This beer is made with 800 pounds of fresh, locally sourced raspberries, and it has that punch that you only get from real fruit.

A - I wasn't able to see the head since the server took a little too long to get the drinks to the table, but there was a little bit of lacing as I drank. The ale was amber-crimson when held up to the light.

S - Wow! Fresh raspberries smell great. This is one of the major highlights of this beer. It has a great nose, slightly tart and sweet, like raspberry patches.

T - The raspberry punch is not only on the nose, but it comes through the amber ale in a nice, subtle way. It doesn't overpower the beer, but its presence is definitely felt. There are really no hops to take note of, but that's to be expected in a fruit beer.

M - Fairly crisp for an ale, the raspberry ale is fairly light on the tongue and it is very refreshing.

Overall - Without a doubt, I would drink this again. It is refreshing and fruity, but not cloying. Not bad for a seasonal release.

DGibb, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of prototypic
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
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 BMoney575
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 9-29-11
Batch 10357
Bottled on 6-21-11
#261 of 495

Pours a cool red color, very light, with almost no head and just a few bubbles rising to the top. Looks very viscous and sweet.

Smell is all raspberry, lighter than I expected and not as overtly sweet. A pleasant beeriness comes through, adding a sour character that balances nicely.

Taste is right where the smell leads you. Light and fruity, almost boring. The finish has that nice sour kick, with a light raspberry aftertaste. Not overly complex, but very well made.

Mouthfeel is good, light with good carbonation to keep everything light. Suits the style.

Drinkability is very good, it's hard to tell what the abv is. Still not even close to worth the price.

Overall, a very good beer, but I've had it before. It was a lot cheaper and easier to get, and it was called a Founder's Rubaeus.

BMoney575, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle number 41/495. Thanks Kevin!

A-red transparent body with a white head that quickly disapates

S-very sweet raspberries. Little bit of lager yeast

T-tartness up front, followed by smooth raspberries

M-light and crisp

O-i don't know why this is so poorly rated. This is exactly what I was expecting it to be, and maybe even s little better

brew3crew, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


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 SpeedwayJim
2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
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
Bell's Raspberry Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.