Midwestern Pale Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
78
okay

128 Reviews
THE BROS
86
very good

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Reviews: 128
Hads: 823
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 12.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 120 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pschul4 on 11-06-2012

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Photo of MattyG85
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale and hazy golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready malt forward aroma that is fairly floral. Sweet pale malts and wheat grains with hints of biscuit, yeast, hay, and crackers. Lightly grassy scent with lemon zest but the hop presence is pretty light. There is a nice floral aroma mixing with the malts. Laid back but decent Blonde style aroma.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a malty and grainy pale taste. Pale malts and wheat grains with a taste of biscuit, yeast, hay, cereal grains, and crackers. Fairly musty and grassy with some citrus lemon zest. Floral with a very laid back hop bitterness. A nice taste for a lighter wheat style beer.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and slightly drying.

Overall: A decent beer, but its a lot more in the Blonde wheat style than American Pale Ale. Nice floral taste. (1,074 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Midwestern pale with Michigan barley is a worthy attempt but comes up a bit short.
Color is golden and a bit light for a pale, maybe more towards a blonde. Has a hazy appearance, and sports a really nice fluffy bright white head.
Aroma lacks hops. I can detect none at all. Malts are nutty and bready. Taste is for want also, drinks flat with a nutty grainy malt flavor no hops that I can tell.The finish is abrasive and dry.
This beer is only a month old so its not stale hopefully the recipe will be tweaked as they become more familar with their own particular barley. (571 characters)

Photo of CHickman
2.94/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours sparkled gold color with a ton of sediment floating around in it like a snow globe and a thick foamy 1 finger eggshell color that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving very nice lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of malt, light caramel, corn or wet brown rice like a macro lager, grass and mild spices; nose did not match the looks and was quite boring, which surprised me.

Tastes of malt, lemon zest, light caramel, faint piney hops, very light coriander, biscuit and then like the nose there was corn or like a macro adjunct lager, grass and herbs; easy to put down and sessionable if you’re not looking for flavor, but damnit this is a Bell’s brew and I expect it to taste very good if not great.

Mouthfeel is very light and almost watery, with mild to average carbonation, a thin, slick feel and a slightly grainy bitterness to end it. Overall it was nothing special and actually went downhill after the pour. Not sure why it’s so dull, but it is and seemed like any old lager that you could grab at a 7-11. (1,061 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden amber body with a thick, creamy head; loads of foam rings on the glass. Fully roasted grain smell with a pinch of ripe apricot floating about. Mild grain flavors carrying a soft, sweet maltiness with a dirty hop bitterness underneath it all; cardboard. Soft and smooth feel with a medium-light body; dry.

A fair brew with an overall weird (if not disagreeable) flavor. The malt sweetness is underwhelming while the hop bitterness is too sharp and the overall feel seems overly dry. In many ways it comes across like an astringent slice of semi-dessicated tangerine. I'd give it a second shot, but I'm in no hurry to revisit this beer anytime soon. (655 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 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 mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 06/10/2013 printed on the label. About as fresh as I could hope for. Scored this during a recent trip to Cedar Rapids at Benz Beverage Depot.

Poured into a Miller Lite pint glass.

A - Slightly aggressive pour only conjures one finger of doughy off-white head that settles down quickly. Body is a light bright orange color when held to the light with tons of tiny specks of yeast sediment floating around. I happen to enjoy the appearance of yeast sediment, so I think it looks rather nice.

S - Smell is more subdued. A bit of fresh juicy peach, apricot, corn, and some earthy grains and malts.

T - Taste follows suit: lightly bitter citric hop presence, grainy barley & malt backbone, and crisp carbonation.

M - Feel is crisp and light-bodied, with a dry bitterness lingering on the palate. Very ideal.

Overall, a delicious summer beer, easy drinking and highly sessionable with a nice 5.20% abv. The label identifies itself as a blonde ale, but it tastes like the ideal American pale ale to me. Nothing extraordinary or groundbreaking, but a solid, well-made Michigan beer. An offering from Bell's I would gladly drink again and again.

Bell's Midwestern Pale Ale ---3.5/5 (1,216 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a CCB pint glass.

A: Hazy deep gold with a finger's worth of creamy eggshell head and tons of visible carbonation made of tiny bubbles.

S: Pilsner malt; floral, herbal and grassy hops; hints of sulfur and spiciness.

T: Pilsner and light cracker malts, mild grassy and floral hop bitterness, and a touch of almost astringent sulfur. The mild hop bitterness with the creamy sweet malt flavor lasts into the hang.

M: This actually has a creamy mouthfeel, and I don't think that's good here. No alcohol presence to speak of, but a heavier body for an APA.

O: Yeah - don't know if I got a bad bottle, or if this was just a bad beer. There's some lager and APA characteristics mixed together, but it misses the style for both. I've had Cream Ales with less of a creamy body than this one. So many tasty, refreshing summer APAs out there, but unfortunately this isn't one. Sub-par. (931 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottled on 110512

A- pours a straw golden sunshine color with a white 1 finger head some lacing looks good

S- pale malts and fruit a hint of spice

T-watery with a hint of beery like fruit a touch of citrus hops and dry spices

M- tart and dry with berry like flavors

O- just an average pale ale watery with not alot of taste or hops drinkable for sure just not one i would reach for when i want a PA (410 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.82/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into an Olde Hickory glass on 1/20/13

11639 Pkgd 12/19/12

Golden yellow with a dulled cloudiness to it. Two fingers of foam are topped by loose bubbles. The head recedes slowly leaving ample lace across the glass.

Aromas of grass, honey suckle, flowers, pollen, biscuit and orange peel. Toasty and very slightly herbal. More layers of grass as it opens up. The taste and feel are both succinct. Very grassy with a hint of herbal twinge on the finish. Mild bitterness. Toasted grains throughout. The body is light, though somehow kind of syrupy. Carbonation is sharp. This beer is not one to dally.

Overall, this is drinkable but I made the right choice to hold out for a single bottle. (696 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cooperish color with a nice large lacing head. There is a mild grainy aroma. The taste is the same; very grainy, balanced, strong malt flavors, with hints of hops. Very drinkable and nice body, but rather light in flavor. Overall its a very mild and maltier Pale Ale, nothing to special, but its enjoyable. (314 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.23/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy golden with a superlative white head and attractive tree-line lace. Lovely!

Nose is crisp malts and a snappy citrus hops presence. Seems balanced and enticing.

Taste is nicely hopped, but not overly so given the style. I get a complementary malt bill alongside the hops. Overall, a perfectly balanced and exemplary pale ale. Top marks for the style. (366 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.37/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I saw this at Save On and it looked new-to-me so I grabbed one. I'll cut to the conclusion - I would gladly grab some any time.

This pale ale comes out mirky. Very mirky, in fact. That was unexpected and interesting. It has great head and lace. The aroma hits you pretty quickly after opening - great finishing hops. Truly a first rate aroma for the style.

Next you taste it and you are treated to a dry, hoppy, mildly bitter (not over the top). It is extremely well balanced - perfect for the style. The aftertaste is pleasantly bitter but fresh.

I could see this as an outstanding session beer. I want more! (612 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label on the back has a brief description of the beer and it lists the abv at 5.2%.

Appearance: Midwestern Pale Ale has very thick and creamy off white head which hangs on well. It sits on top of a deep golden/light amber body with some hazing and yeast sediment floating around. As I drink it makes lots of cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: It has a sweet bready and malty character with a light herbal, almost mineral like hop note for balance.

Taste / Palate: Up front it has sweet honey and orange marmalade flavor with a smooth bready base underneath. Light herbal and floral hop notes move in and a good balance of hop bitterness to the finish. It has a solid medium to full body and the palate feels smooth and balanced with carbonation. (826 characters)

Photo of Omnium
2.92/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Hazy gold, 1 finger soapy white head, little lacing.
S - Very little aroma, some bready malt, a little pepper.
T - Watery taste, some bread and biscuit malt, rye, pepper, some other spice, very little hop character.
M - Very thin, watery, forgettable.
O - This is a really lame APA, no good display of hops, weak flavor. (348 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

a cloudy orange with stuck carbonation.. i see about a million bubbles just hanging out in my glass. 2 fingers of head with great lacing. yeesh, all i really smell is yeast.. and it smells like lager yeast. no hops, no barley, nothing. ok, i get a nice caramel, burnt like bitterness out of this. not bad, but seriously what gives? this isn't what an APA is supposed to taste like. i don't get it this tastes like a lager. yeasty and malty. no hops. granted ofr a lager it's tasty, but for an expired ale (if there is such a athing which i believe this is it) it's still decent. medium body, moderate carbonation, refreshing, and sessionable.

i don't get what's going on with the taste. tastes like shit beer but good for the "genre". (735 characters)

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a golden color and is slightly cloudy. Yeast particles float throughout the glass. A thin, off-white head sat atop the glass. Some lacing remained around the glass.

Aroma - Reminded me of being drinking a SN Pale Ale while playing a round of golf in late spring/early summer. However, the beer does not compare to SN Pale Ale. The smell brought undertones of malt, floral hops, and a little bit of spiciness.

Taste - Similar to the smell; malts and spice with a hint of floral hop flavors in the background.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Some bitterness at the end from the hops, but not strong.

Overall - A nice, refreshing pale ale. A decently crafted brew. The appearance was not great, but flavors were there and what I was expecting to get out of the beer. I still prefer the classics like Dale's Pale Ale and SN Pale Ale, but glad I tried this one from Bells. (918 characters)

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 11/26/12

Pours a hazy bright golden orange body with a white head that leaves lace sticking around.

The aroma is malt with floral and spicy hops.

The taste mimics the aroma with those same three components.

A little watery, light bodied, refreshing, and hits with a little hop bitterness.

An enjoyable beer. Not much to write home about though. (361 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 hophugger
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color, semi-cloudy. Nice head and very nice lacing all around. Aroma is slightly piney and citrus, with a touch of malt. Taste is well balanced between the hop bitterness and citrus and the malt takes a background position as you drink. Carbonation is good and mouthfeel is pleasant and crisp. A touch of grapefruit with this one, nice !! (358 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 ONUMello
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, bottling date 1/16/13 poured into a pint glass
A: Hazy orange color with a one-finger head that lingers
S: Aromatic, with strong malt, florals and just a hint of hops
T: Lots of grain, florals up front then an absolutely empty midpalate and a slight hop note on the finish
M: Medium-bodied, again empty midpalate, otherwise decidedly average
O: In general I'm a fan of Bell's but unfortunately this is probably my least favorite beer I've had from them. There's just not a lot of complexity or anything intriguing on the palate. (541 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours golden with an orange blush on it. It has quite a bit of sediment and it's very cloudy. The head is fat and off white and fell slowly to a ring and film on top. Left soapy lace. Nose is citrus and a sweet malt. The citrus is faded a bit but it's orange peel and stone fruits. The malt is biscuit and honey on the nose. The taste is muddled. It's got a body that is a bit thick and it travels the palate slowly because of that. It's not crisp or light. The carbonation is prickly and that's a good thing and adds to the drinkability. The fruits combine for an all over citric taste that has a bit of pith and hop floral . The cracker malt starts out strong but then that taste flattens out in the drink and there's hardly any finish. Spice doesn't come forward until mid glass and by then there is a bit of hop oil to add to the slow body. Has a some herbal in the finish. It's just ok. (896 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 TwelveOunces
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served o tap in a pint glass

A hazy lighter orange color. This beer is very floral and earthy. The hops in this beer provide a bright and pungent citrus of mostly oranges and lemon. The hops are somewhat soapy and remind me of lysol (in a good way). The beer isn't quite a farmhouse style but there is a lot of wheat in this beer, It's a borderline whear beer. It's got a ton of wheat and is very grassy and floral. This beer has a light feel and is rather easy drinking. This is a solid session able brew. (507 characters)

Midwestern Pale Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.