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Bell's Beer - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 17.37%


Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 05-24-2002)
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Reviews by MJR:
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MJR

Missouri

3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a soft, pale yellow with great clarity. A bright, off-white head starts out thick and fades to a sturdy cap.

Smell: The aroma is a bit plain, with some crackery malt, and a 'small' suggestion of Saaz hops.

Taste: Starts out with a crackery maltiness, then opens up with some freshly mown hay and grassy notes. A good amount of doughy breadiness is in there too. Finishes with a somewhat generic hop flavor and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Here's where it get's a bit strange. Being a bottle-conditioned beer, the mouthfeel is a bit creamy and smooth, without having that snap and crispness that pilsners (what their website calls this) usually have. It's off for style, but still quite nice.

Drinkability: Average... This is an o.k. beer, but there's simply not enough going on to make me reach for a second or third. Lacking in any real flaws, but a bit average.

This would make a good first beer for those just entering the world of better beer.

Thanks to 'Realale' for the fresh sample.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 07:40:08 | More by MJR
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rolandboy

Michigan

3/5  rDev -10.2%

10-20-2012 03:14:29 | More by rolandboy
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kimcgolf

Georgia

2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a light yellow, with halfway decent carbonation and little head or lacing. Aroma is skunky if anything, mouthfeel balnd, and taste grainy. Not surprisingly, this leads to a finish that is short and metallic.

Unfortunately, a very disappointing offering from Bells.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 13:05:30 | More by kimcgolf
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub.Neutral aroma, very pale staw colour, but also fresh and lacey. Well carbonated, well balanced. Average mouthfeel. Refreshing for coming off the hot and dusty trail. You can make a good drinking pils without Saaz hops.Sessionable and smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 04:04:59 | More by Sammy
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent pale yellow with a thin, creamy white cap.

Nose is grassy, just a bit skunky.

Taste is crisp and grassy, with a dry, cracker-like malt note. Leads to a light, lingering bitterness on the clean finish.

Light body and light carbonation, but never watery. Nice pils. Would be in my regular rotation during the summer if I could get it.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 14:20:24 | More by JohnQVegas
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle acquired in trade with Styles (thanks!).

Poured a light straw and see through straw color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of grass, light grain and honey. Tastes of grass, honey, and light citrus. Thin body.

Notes from 11/6/06

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 19:28:48 | More by hopdog
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JDV

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to alexgash i think... If not, probably gregis on RB. Hell, thank you both either way...

Pours pale yellow with a nice big lasting white head in a pilsner glass. Smell is pleasantly malty with a grainy almost slight corn like sweetness. There is an actual, nice hop presence in both the smell and taste. Good balanced mild malty/light bitter hops to it. Nice bitter bite and a nice mouthfeel actually. Slightly thick but crisp carbonation as well. Simple, but nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 20:36:44 | More by JDV
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beerking1

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice malty aroma, with a faint hop that is noble but not Saaz. Medium gold with a small white head. Flavor is clean, hoppy, and with a decent malt backbone. Hops have a slightly harsh edge, esp. in the tail. Body is a good medium character. It does smooth out as it warms up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 02:18:19 | More by beerking1
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a hazy honey color with a medium thin white head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing. Floral hops, grass and light malt in the nose. Light body with moderate carbonation. Saaz hops character alongside malt, straw and yeast flavors. The finish is bitter hops and bready malt with lingering bitterness. Above average all around.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 20:17:39 | More by Dogbrick
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden with a thin white head that goes to a thin film that laces the glass.

The aroma is doughy, slightly sweet malts, with some grassy hops (Saaz?).

The flavor is mostly noble hops (Saaz) that are slightly metallic, but provide more bitterness than expected. A little sweetness from the malt comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium and kind of watery.

Overall, a pretty good, albeit one-dimensional pilsener (not my favorite style).

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 03:50:19 | More by Beaver13
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hoffman

Nebraska

3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ho Hum...So So...Decent....Mediocre....

Not phrases typically associated with Bell's in this case it fits the bill.

An average looking pils, hazy, tawnee gold, lack luster head, thin and fizzy.

The aroma here is pronounced smooth, sweet, and biting....effervecent herbs...almost like tea tree oil...I was intrigued

The taste follows with the same palate as the aroma, smooth and herbal a bit sweet and stinging like a hints of a plug of Levi.

The mouthfeel is where this one falls down....bad. Very watery not balanced at all, a bit fizzy and then it falls on it's face with nothing in the end...honestly like bottle of Dasani.

Ultra swillable...but not one I want again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2007 02:14:46 | More by hoffman
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

2.6/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Maduro.

Very lacking for a Czech pilsener. Feels more like an American Macro Lager in all categories. Feel is too heavy and undercarbonated. Appearance is too cloudy and lacking in carbonation. Aroma lacks hops. Taste is too sweet.

Otherwise, it’s an alright beer. Easy to drink with some subtle but interesting tobacco and herbal hop notes. Flavor is bland but macro drinkers seem to love it.

My least favorite beer form Bell’s to date.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2006 19:48:57 | More by DaPeculierDane
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe, stopped in on the way back from the Michigan Summer Beer Fest. Arrives in a 12oz glass, at the amazing price of $1.75, a bright, vibrant golden color with a nice white head. Aromas of crisp, pale slightly sweet malts met by a bright herbal hop character. The fresh hops really jump out of this one.

First sip brings a lightly toasty, grainy maltiness with a bit of sweetness that quickly flows into a nice smooth bitter herbal hop flavor on the way down. Just a really tasty, hoppy pilsner that really shines fresh from the tap. A great warm weather beer or for when you're just looking for something lighter.

Mouthfeel had a touch of creaminess while still being rather light. Went down easy and I could see myself having quite a nice session with this one. Looks like it will be coming back in bottles in September 2006 and I'll be sure to pick some up!

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2006 03:06:19 | More by orbitalr0x
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Lightly hazy copper amber color with a medium-small fizzy white head. Good lacing.

Aroma shows that this has hops. Lots of herbal hop flavor in the smell but that is balanced out by a toasted sweet maltyness. This malty flavor almost seemed smoky at times. Some cigar notes perhaps. Raw citric tannins also come out.

Taste is extroadinary. Very clean with no off flavors yet there's a complexity in here I have never had from a pils. A spicy hop flavor comes and goes. A bit of caramel sweetness evolves. Citric qualities lie in the body. Biscuit seems to form a moderate base. Slight fruity sweetness. Hops do prevail however. Earthy raw flavors come out at the end. Finish is long, smooth, and somewhat spicy bitter.

Mouthfeel is solid all around. Hoppier than your average pilsner yet the lagering really helped to smooth it out and the malt balance fits nicely. I believe the yeast lends a slight spicy and fruity flavor which really glides through the palate.

After my first one of these on a hot summer day out in garden I needed many more. Easy drinkability for sure. If you go to Bell's, give this a try fresh from the tap.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2006 21:54:20 | More by granger10
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aforbes10

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at the eccentric cafe. clear, orange with a bubbly, quickly gone head. light malty odor. very crisp and hoppy flavor. overall a very easy drinking, great beer for a bar. it says that this is only available on draft and i think that they should stick with it that way. dont ever bottle this because its just too good straight from the tap.

edit: now, looking at the other reviews, it seems they do bottle it. well, then, to everyone out there reading this...only drink it on tap. i can't imagine that it would hold up when bottled (and it looks like theres a real disparity in the reviews between draft and bottles confirming my worry).

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2006 18:08:33 | More by aforbes10
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft, at Bell’s Eccentric Café. So with all the amazing brews they make, there’s one they simply call "Beer." Nice golden pilsener color. Served perhaps a bit too cold in a plastic cup (my choice there, I only wanted a 16 oz. serving), so the head was light, and it may have been too cold to get the best experience. But there was an interesting bitter aftertaste that takes a minute to sink in. A nice hoppy smell, and a sharp hop character that mellows out toward the end.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2005 14:23:34 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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Brian700

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a nice straw color with a white head that doesn't sit very high. I didn't really like this one the first time I had it but just bought a 6 pack of it and its starting to grow on me a little more now.(I should state that I wrote this review a long time ago and am just now submitting it. You can no longer buy bottles of this style Bells). It smells grainy and sweet. The taste is grainy and sweet like the nose and there is a light hop after taste. It has a good mouthfeel with light-medium carbonation. It is a drinkable beer but I am still not all that impressed with it.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2005 17:30:43 | More by Brian700
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nomad

Kansas

4.08/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apparently this is a completely different beer on-tap than from a bottle. I am beyond surprised in reading the descriptions from others below.

Pours a deep golden yellow with a very light haze - seems to be more yeast than chill born. Props a clean and even head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Smells of herbal hops through and through with soft but opposing hay and mint like accents. Behind this zing is a slightly husky pale malt base. Straight ahead and definitely true to form.

From first sip to last the hop flavor on this beer persisted. Exposure to air, warming up, some food, it did not matter - the Noble spice stayed on, though it seemed more like American-ized varieties than, say, Saaz straight from Bohemia. Bodied was smooth, well-rounded, showing soft water and a firm base of pale malts with a hint of something else in the malt department. This pils certainly had a malty body, maybe not exploding with intrigue, but supporting better than most microbrewed lagers and coming in handy with the hop onslaught. In other words, the occasional hints of sweetness were appreciated.

A great discovery and served well at Zingerman's restaurant in West Ann Arbor.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2005 13:13:43 | More by nomad
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francisweizen

Arizona

3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dissapointing. A cloudy amber tinged brew with a nice cap of white foam. Aromas are sickly sweey and a tad bit overwhelming. It's that famous bell's yeast going to town, I bet! The taste is sweey, and very caramelly, this stuff is reminiscent of bubble gum or cotton candy...better yet, this stuff is very much like butterscotch hard candy! (Think worthers original!). The hops are in there on the finish, but they do not do enough to salvage the flavor of this brew. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, but it does not mean much at this point! However, despire all of its noted flaws, this brew still drinks pretty damn good! This is probably Bell's worst beer, and it is still not that bad!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2004 00:16:27 | More by francisweizen
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oberon

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well Iam lover of Bells but this beer leaves alot to be desired in my mind.Pours a lighter shae of gold with a decent head that leaves some light lacing,aroma is ver slight some light maltiness with a few whiffs of herbals hop.Taste is also subdued a little grainy with some grassy hop but neither are real persuasive on your taste buds.Not a horrible brew my any means but way to average compared to other Bells brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2004 19:58:33 | More by oberon
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Boilermaker88

California

2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another one of the laundry list of Bells beers I rounded up while visiting in Indianapolis, Bell’s Beer had a clear pale straw color and a pillowy white head that left decent amounts of lace on the glass. Lots of bubbles were seen chasing to the surface. The aroma was of mild pale malt and hints of floral hops. Really very little in the way of aromas can be pulled from this brew. The taste was predominantly of grassy malt with a very lightly bittered finish. The feel was light-bodied, fizzy and thin.
Bell’s Beer was my least favorite offering from Kalamazoo Brewing Co. It struck me as their version of the Great American Macro - not much aroma, not much flavor, and a pretty lifeless feel. With so many good to great beers in their lineup, KBC can stop brewing this beer and I’d bet it wouldn’t be missed.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2003 19:25:01 | More by Boilermaker88
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marburg

Michigan

3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours the expected golden color. Nice and clear. Head drops off pretty quickly. No real aromas to speak of outside of a bready, moist sensation in the nose. Flavors are largely the same. Lightly herbal and leafy. Very simple but hardly off-putting. Low hop profile with a decent hop finish for a lager of this type. A nice, simple lager. Pretty drinkable, though I think the chewy, doughy mouthfeel might get a bit annoying after a couple.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 00:08:59 | More by marburg
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hotstuff

Indiana

2.15/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a small head that had small sized bubbles. The hue of this beer was pale yellow. This beer had a malty aroma to it and a flavor of banana. I found nothing special about or with this brew at all.I was totally unimpressed all the way around.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2003 17:56:31 | More by hotstuff
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Realale

Missouri

2.93/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light clear gold. Thin raspy head dissapates quickly to a tiny rim of foam.

Nose is quiet - just a touch of crackery malt, with a hint of earthy hop.

Medium weight on the palate, with the crackery malt dominating. Touch of hop bitterness in the finish, but not much of a factor on the palate. Nice bottle-conditioned mouthfeel makes for a thirst-quenching brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 08:00:19 | More by Realale
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TheDM

Indiana

2.2/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew has a slight malty aroma that arose from a very small head of fine bubbles and a light yellow orange colored body. It has a carbonated taste of banana and typical low grade beer flavor. My first sips gave me gas within minutes.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2003 07:49:54 | More by TheDM
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