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Midwestern Pale Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

131 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 131
Hads: 829
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 125 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pschul4 on 11-06-2012

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Photo of Mosca
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is about as close to a pilsner as an ale is going to get. Lots of carbonation, hoppy (but not complex), with malt and yeast sharing the aftertaste.

It suffers from living during the big beer movement, but it is more fair to understand what it is: an awesome soda pop beer. A lawnmower beer. A beer with balance, one that is light without being bland and flavorless.

Don't sip it. Open up your throat and pour it back. Drink 'em in pairs, the first one to quench the thirst, then the second to remind you how good the first one was. And to remember what it was about beer that made you like it. (607 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Midwestern Pale Ale comes out of the bottle a full, mostly transparent golden color. A frothy off-white head forms about an inch high initially, but it fades quickly to a few wisps on top of the beer.

The aroma is fairly light. There is a biscuity malt presence for sure. Grassy, slightly floral, with a little bit of lemongrass in the hop aroma. Overall the nose is pretty light, though.

Unfortunately the flavor really follows the nose. There is a bit of malt sweetness up front with a biscuity tone to it. A rising bitterness has a mostly grassy character, with a little bit of citrus and lemongrass as well. The finish is lemony and bitter, with a rather unpleasant aftertaste. There is not that much here, and what is here is not that good.

The mouthfeel is within the normal range for this style. Smooth, filtered, with a lightly crisp and moderately creamy carbonation. The body is a little bit lighter than medium for what I would expect.

I am rather let down by this offering from Bell's. I can usually pick something up from them and feel confident knowing that it will be a solid beer. While there is not anything technically wrong with this beer, I feel they are insulting the great beers that come out of the Midwest. (1,279 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bell's in NY is a VERY good thing. Enjoyed from a bells tulip. Bottle date of 12/19 (2 months prior to their ny debut).

Brew poured a really nice semi transparent orange yellow with a big foamy head that hung out and had awesome lacing and visible champagne like carb. Really attractive pale.

Nose is earthy and a bit grainy almost a sweet pilsner like malt.

Taste falls a bit flat from the nose. The grain is huge and over powers everything giving an almost flax like taste. Missing the sweetness of the nise.

A bit dry feel medium bodied

Overall, i love bells and i love that bells is now on the shelf in ny, that being said this beer is not geared towards me as a beer drinker so i dont envision this being in my regular rotation like some of the other bells brews that are now readily available. (804 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Cloudy yellow/orange one finger head that doesn't last.

S-A malty mess, lots of wheat, no hops very slight grass.

T-Lots of bread, malt and wheat. Not well balanced, Something is off. No hops. Orange and grass.

M-Light not much carbonation.

O-Bell's Pale Ale was bad, this was bad. If they can make Two Hearted you think they'd be able to make a good pale ale. Guess not. (377 characters)

Photo of BWED
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tumbler.

A- Pours a nice hazy golden yellow, with some nice debris suspended throughout the body. (Reminds me of the Bell's bumper stickers I saw back in the Midwest: "If God wanted us to filter beer he wouldn’t have given us livers.") Barely offwhite two finger head is strong and thick. It retains very well too. Lacing is fantastic, leaving a sheet of thin foam all around the glass, all the way down. This beer looks great!

S- Crisp and wheaty, a nice summer smell up front. A little bit of citrus, and a dry floral hint are in the background.

T- Wheat. Clean, light, almost lager-like. More floral than citrus. I think a good APA should have it the other way around.

M- Slightly sticky and bitter. Not in a bad way, but it leaves the mouth feeling a little dry. Almost astringent.

O- This is not a bad beer. It looks fantastic, smells great, but the taste just falls a little short. I could drink it again... but since Bell's already makes Oberon, I think I'll be passing this one up next summer. (1,044 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre snifter.

A- pours a caramel color with a 2 finger off-white head. Big bubbles and blotches of lacing remain.

S- light caramel, lemon, light spice and pine.

T- pale malts, caramel, lemon, light citrus rind/pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Syrupy surprisingly with crisp finish.

O- just a ok beer. A little to golden ale/pilsner ish for me. Maltier than a pilsner but just not like most pales. (456 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.37/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled on 2-6-13, so not the freshest...or even close.

Pours a hazy, full golden color. Nice, 2 finger, frothy head that retains and laces very well. Very light hops scent on the nose for a pale ale. Lighter malt is the dominant flavor in the smell. Taste is of solid malts in the beginning and middle of the drink. Some hops take over towards the end of the brew, with only a light bitterness to balance out the malts. Nothing terribly grounf breaking as far as hops in a pale go. About what you expect in a pale ale as far as weight. This would fall into the everyday beer category if you were a Bell's local. (613 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured into DFH signature glass; translucent yellow-orange with a thin white head that leaves sticky fine lacing as it fades into a nice ring of foam with lively bubbles feeding it.
Smells of crackery toasted malt, grainy, bit of diacetyl, metallic, slight hint of crisp hops.
Taste is crackery-sweet malt, toasted grain, slight crisp generic hop flavor and a slightly odd flat bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thin and lightly carbonated.
Overall, this is a bit boring. They could have upped the hops considerably without going too bitter, and it would have really expanded the flavor of this one. The simplicity of this beer would make it a good bridge for macro drinkers working their way into craft, though.
It's that type of session beer that you'd drink during a party, when you don't want to have to think about what you're drinking, but still want to drink something palatable. (882 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Honey yellow with a slight orange tinge, cloudy with a dust storm of yeast particles within.

S: Caramel, hard water, dried grass, very light essence of orange. Light and delicate smelling.

T: A caramel orange quality that is light, not syrupy or sweet, but it feels as if it would become that until it suddenly turns to a bitterness that is long and dull and continuing like an English style. The bitterness is more pronounced than the prior caramel like quality. Its more of a ruby grapefruit pith, not the flesh but the pith and a little flesh together. A certain cereal malt as well.

M: Light syrupy body, but clean bitter dry finish. Medium low carbonation.

O: Drank in Frankenmuth, MI where I picked it up at Kroger. Great brew, love the almost syrupy feel that ends in a smooth clean finish, the way it toys with the mouth is great. (846 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a mellow orange citrus hop. In the taste, a bit dryer and watery than expected, a mellow hop and a balance maltiness. A small bite, yet mainly smooth and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry, light malt in the aftertaste. Mellow and easy, balanced and enjoyable. (350 characters)

Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky dark yellow, not much of a head. Aroma is light wheat. Flavor is dominated by wheat with hints of lemon. There is medium carbonation, but with very little hops or bitterness. I find this to be a pretty solid pale ale despite the lack of complexity. (262 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy yellowish orange with strong fluffy white head. Smell seems off, with some citrus, sweet honey, funkyness. Very little hop influence in the flavor and aroma. A bit sweet, some honey, wheaty flavors, seems slight off, a little yeast, hay. Low to medium carbonation, light to medium mouthfeel. A bit of a miss here by Bell's. (334 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip for review. Appears a somewhat cloudy yellow. Lacing clings to the glass alright. Smells of wheat crackers, hay, and some citrus hops - maybe Cascade. Tastes sweet upfront with a tinge of bitterness and some citrus hops towards the back end. Feels medium with decent carbonation. Overall, slighty above average for a pale ale these days. This is definitely refreshing, just not a great representative of the style for craft beer. (449 characters)

Photo of tmm313
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light orange body with a fair amount of unfiltered particles. Poured a thick 2 finger head. Nice lacing.
S- Mainly bready. Super slight touch of citrus and malts.
T- Taste threw me a little. Much sweeter than the nose. Bread, lemony citrus, light orange, and a touch of caramel. Almost sour at times.
M- Medium body. On the creamy side. Dry finish with a strange lightly sour bitterness.
O- This was ok to me. BMC drinkers would probably love it. In fact, it would probably be a good bridge into craft beer. (514 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dirty straw color, with a chill haze. Frothy white head forms and leaves a bit of lace. Aroma of floral and citrus inducing hops. There is also a small grainy smell. In the taste, mild grass, resin, grapefruit and orange citrus going against a sturdy biscuity malt character, and an even finish. Bitterness is dialed in and the malts provide enough caramelization and breadyness to balance. Medium bodied, well carbonated, but a bit loose on the feel. Overall, this is a decent east coast style pale, and a good session beer. (533 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a single file of "bubbly" easing from the floor of my glass....
smells like 'adjunct and cheap crap.....
taste is.... yeah, adjunct and cheap crap.... especially while tasting with this Pappy burnt onto my tongue. not great. not even really good..... Bell's just came to SOCAL and, okay, it's alright. but this one is not great by any yardstick.... but I supoose it is "okay"... (381 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bottle into pint glass

appearance: cloudy unfiltered light orange/yellow, huge foamy head

smell: smells more like a lager or a pils than a pale ale, sublte citrus/lemon and faint earthiness

taste: very light flavor, i feel like this is more of a lager than a pale ale, not much hop presence. Watery, and very bready flavors come through in the finish, hint of Rye as well.

mouthfeel: not much carbonation, very very light on the palate

overall: A great summer pils or lager type beer, I don't understand why this is labeled a Pale Ale, probably explains the poor reviews. Either way, if you're looking for a hoppy pale ale, look elsewhere, if you want a smooth summer beer that tastes more like a czech pils or lager (a very good one at that) try this, it has subtle flavors but not much complexity. Great session beer. (824 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a thin head with low retention.
Aroma of pale malt with a bit of herbal hops.
Refreshing flavor with floral, herbal and citrus hops, notes of oranges, tea bags, spices and American yeast. Quite dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with medium carbonation.
A malty and yeasty APA, but still crisp hopped with a huge drinkability (355 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

A-dark hay colored with a nice stable white head and some lacing.

S-weeds and herbal hops. Smells aged, though it isn't. Good strength

T-grains with a slight hint of aged hops, almost weedy. Slight bitterness. Matching after-taste. The flavors are strong but not really good. This tastes almost amateur.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a semi dry finish

O-tastes like a microbrew pale ale. Doesn't taste like what Bells should be making. Very boring. Won't get again. (472 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - orange with a big, soft, pure white cap of dense head that has great retention

S - bready, doughy malt

T - bread, faint toast, citrus, mild hop bitterness; very light flavor

M - light to medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a disappointing pale ale. The flavor is very mellow. It's predominantly malt with a faint hop presence, but there is little to get excited about. It's really easy to knock this back, but it's boring all the same. This won't be a beer I'll pick up again. (487 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a balanced mix of citrusy hops and caramel malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but nothing interesting stands out in the smell or taste. This would make for a good session beer for someone who is getting into craft beer. (675 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly hazed golden with a thin, lasting creamy head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of grain - touch of honey - hint of hay. Pretty clean. Very mild.

The taste is of sweet grain with a honey-like character - a touch of light caramel weaves in and out. Sweetness is balanced by grassy, drying, bitter hop touch in the finish.

It is pretty creamy. Smooth. It has a nice, refreshing lingering dryness.

A sweet, becoming bitter-ish, basic American Pale Ale. It is on the mild/light side of the style spectrum. An easy-drinking, balanced ale. (547 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Packaged on 10/03/13.

A: Pours a hazy golden allowing just a bit of visibility. A white head sits on top of the brew. Lots of tiny bubbles can be seen rising to the surface. Leaves some spots of lacing.

S: Malt forward aroma from the barley in this one. A good amount of grain with a emanating sweetness. Hops are difficult to find.

T: Quite a malty pale ale. Starts with a heavy dose of malt that transitions into a sweetness. A splurge of hops hits you once you swallow bittering the back end.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Leaves a touch of stickiness after you swallow.

Overall not a very impressive beer but it would be a good transition from macro brews. Glad I got a single bottle. (742 characters)

Photo of AUGRAD06
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice Pale Ale by Bell's. Beautiful light golden color with a nice barley, malt smell. Just the right amount of carbonation to leave a slight tingle on your tongue. Taste lingers a little on your tongue which is a pleasant bread flavor without feeling you feeling over stuffed. Overall a great "light beer." (308 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe this is the same as the former "Bell's Pale Ale". Tried to find info on the website, but it was futile.
Nonetheless, I've been trying for a long time to finish off reviewing Bell's standard and widely available beers and I think this one just about finished that "ticking" task.
This is a surprisingly malt forward and hop background pale ale. Kinda' of the opposite of the standard pale ale in these parts - Summits EPA. Pale malt aroma and a soft spiciness to the somewhat grassy hops. Not complex or strong, but pleasant.
Dense but small white head. Cloudy pale gold body.
Very doughy flavor malt profile with soft hop flavors rolling in and around with a noticeable, but again, soft bitterness on the finish. Hops soften, fade and blend more as it warms with the pale malt character becoming more upfront.
Kinda' on the more side of carbonation (I'd prefer a little flatter), but not excessive. Nice bigger soft feel.
Real standard and basic. Good and solid.
Relatively fresh with a 5/13 bottling date. (1,016 characters)

Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.