Bell's Christmas Ale | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Christmas AleBell's Christmas Ale
1,714 Ratings
Bell's Christmas AleBell's Christmas Ale

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

Style: Scottish Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BierFan on 11-06-2008

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Ratings: 1,714 |  Reviews: 531
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 1.5-finger bubbly, cream-colored head. Pretty good retention and some nice lacing. Lots of yeasty floaters make the beer appear murky.

S – Lots of caramel malt, some nutty and toasted malt, and some earthy and faintly smoky aromas, too. There may be some very faint orange hops in here, as well.

T – Sweet caramel malt up front giving way to toasted, nutty malt and some earthiness. Possibly a presence of bitter citrus hops can be appreciated at the finish.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a sticky and somewhat creamy mouthfeel, and a toasted and slightly bitter finish.

O – This is a pretty good beer. It just seems a little watered down, especially for a Christmas beer. I think it would do well with some more of that sweet caramelized malt and definitely some more smoky and earthy aromas and flavors. Still, this is a tasty and very drinkable beer. Even when Bell’s misses, they don’t miss by much.

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Photo of Jerone
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Hazy golden tan one finger head, some lacing. With every beer from my six pack I got large sized floatables that I do not like at all.

S - Nice malt smell, bready, touch of yeast, touch of hops.

T - Mostly bready malt with a kinda weird and nice aftertaste of yeasty bread with a hint of hops.

M - Mouthfeel was good, medium carbonation, pretty light body.

O - Meh, nothing I would buy again, could be done much better and I don't know why I kept getting large floatables in my beers, and yes I was very careful when pouring.

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Photo of MikeD71
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer, it was better than expected. Still developing my palette and have been trying various craft brewers out.

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Photo of jadedlilmonkey
3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of CMUbrew
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ninaturner
3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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2.75/5  rDev -23%

Photo of Mojo
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> dimpled mug

This offering from Bell's Brewery pours up a kind of hazy copper with a big fluffy two finger head with great retention, and plenty of lacing. The smell is kind if grassy and pine. Taste is kind of dry and flat, not very strong at all. It isn't bad but it certainly wasn't as good as I expected it would be. Mouthfeel is okay, but has a mild lingering unpleasant aftertaste. I've had worse, but this was kind of a disappointment considering the brewery.

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Photo of jdavolos88
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ironwill54
3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of tiwee23
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Efay
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of bigaltemple
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle Packaged 10/16/12

A - Bright copper with lots of yellow and orange. Two-finger, foamy, off-white head settles to 1/4" thickness and remains that way throughout. Thick sheets of lacing coat the glass after every drink. Just an amazing look to this beer!

S - Light caramel malts. Some muted spices. Small hint of orange peel and mild bitterness. Nothing really standing out here.

T/M - A bit spicy and lots of malt initially. Has some citrus rind bitterness, with a little hops bite. Light to medium body. A little thin. Very crisp carbonation.

O - After being stoked about the appearance of this one, everything else just stuck to a pretty average brew. Easy to drink, and I could very easily handle a few, but can't say it makes me want to seek it out.

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Photo of ralphw56
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of wingman14
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange caramel with a frothy off white head. Smell is sweet and malty, a little bready, very different and inviting. Taste follows, less sweet than expected but a unique malt flavor, with not much else except a hint of bitter at the end. I was surprised to read on bells website that they use no spices, considering the smells and flavors. A nice smooth medium mouthfeel. Overall a unique Christmas ale, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of deebo
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bulldog-uptown
Served in a pint with a thin finger of white head that laces the glass. Looks like Christmas-copper/amber and clear. Smells of warm spices and breast caramel toasted malt. Slight aroma of pine tree hops. Taste is smooth. Malt forward with a nice finish of NW US hops. A full bodied brew with a hint of astringency/hop resin in the finish. Overall a very nice winter beer. Aromatic, malty with some nice complexity.

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Photo of weaselchew
4/5  rDev +12%

Bell's Christmas Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 1,714 ratings
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