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Bell's BeerBell's Beer

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mitchster on 05-24-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 32 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by beerking1:
Photo of beerking1
3.36/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
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!

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Photo of Beaver13
3.01/5  rDev -9.9%
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).

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Photo of cokes
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A dim golden under a well-formed and kept white lather. Further obscured by any addition of the bountiful sediment within the bottle.

Nose of cornbread muffins and September pastures. Fallow and grassy.

Corn hits right up front on the buds. The same cornbread as the aroma, but now leaning more in a buttered cream corn direction. Not bad, necessarily, but makes me wonder about the possible use of adjuncts. However, the steamed cauliflower that enters next crosses the threshold into bad-ness.
Big time dough ball middle. Soggy white bread, with some saltine cracker salty dryness. Yeasty as the ultra-agressive girl that is all over you at the bar, but probably less attractive. Minor grassy Saaz closure, coupled with a late citric bitterness.

This is billed as a pils, but I can't commend it as such due to the lack of crispness or zest, along with all the corn, yeast and vegetal hues that are running rampant in here. Seems bogged down and heavy.

Easily consumed, however, despite its flaws.

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Photo of Sammy
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.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of rolandboy
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of jackndan
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bell’s Beer: An interesting brew, and one I could place right off the bat. My pour was golden and hazy. The guy sitting next to me had a pour that was crystal clear. Ah-ha, a bottle conditioned lager beer. I like the yeast, so I was happy. The head was nice white and not too long lasting. Very interesting crisp taste, with a light lemony flavor from the hops. I’d not have guessed that this was a lager, but it’s a decent brew and worth picking it up if you see it around.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.16/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

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Photo of MJR
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of hoffman
3.27/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of granger10
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.

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Photo of hopdog
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

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Photo of Realale
2.9/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mighty interesting lager. Full, rich, creamy, yeasty. The pour was a cloudy apricot look with a two finger off-white head that diminished to a light layer that left spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. The initial nose gave me the impression of sour milk. This was later more recognizable as heavy yeasting in the brew. Should this have aged a little? Too fresh? Not sure, but it does create an interesting brew.

The taste was mostly malt and hops with light bitterness covering a bready sense from the grain and yeast. This is quite quaffable beer. I wanted to gulp rather than sip. A light sediment appears as the brew settles down and it falls to the bottom of the glass. This is a lager than seems much like an ale.

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Photo of JDV
2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of Wildman
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I loved the color of this beer and it created and amazing head. But maybe the bar didn't know how to pour this beer properly. I found it's fruitiness getting in the way of me enjoying it more. I mound it to be a lighter, airy beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of Brian700
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.

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Photo of zerk
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Somewhat cloudy gold, with a thin lace of white. Aroma is very faint but I did detect some cut grass aroma. Flavor is slightly sweet and spicy, with some bread / nut undertones. Finishes with a touch of hop bitterness. Light to medium mouthfeel, and medium carbonation. This is a very drinkable and would be an excellent session brew. It's one of the best lagers I can remember drinking.

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Photo of marburg
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.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
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).

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