bartlebier (2820) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - MAR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Midwest backlog 08/2013, Milwaukee to Traverse City, MI roadtripping 6-pack). Even more modest, but by design, than their Midwestern PA, this lean and refreshing PA is the nearest the Midwest came to offering us an indigenous sessioning brew for the road, like in parts of Franconia. Goes down easy like a premium lager, on crisp biscuit malts, some peach ice tea and a citric bite, whiff of herbal hops and a quick but clean finish. There is a mineral note, which did not disturb me and complemented the lacking saltiness of Lake Michigan, also quenching our thirsts until days after foolishly climbing Sleeping Bear. I realise this is getting less than stellar feedback here given Bellsí standing and this minimalist recipe, but staying true to my initial glee of having a 6-pack of this to come back to on and off the warm UP road, plus counting extra bonus points for the Traverse Bay map label design, appealing to any beer tourist passing through, this amounts to personally memorable. Plus Iíd love an easy, affordabld late summer sessioner like this at hand this side of the Great Lakes (and the Atlantic).
Mittenator (1609) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Slowly normal ball. Not much Malta milk bit of caramel kind of multi weird.
chucklemation (927) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2014
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cloudy yellow color with a small white head. Has a strong skunky aroma, but a disappointingly mild flavor. Thereís a touch of dry bitterness, but not much else.
BrewHaMeister (326) - - JAN 22, 2014
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle pours a cloudy straw yellow with a thick white head. Faint but pleasant aroma. Light malt flavor.
jagad5 (89) - - DEC 15, 2013
1.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
A sour, bitter, and wholey unpleasant example of American pale ale. Pours yellow and cloudy with a thin head.
b3shine (7140) - Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle to half-pint glass (shared with the Mrs.). Bought at Bellís General Store today (bottled on 08/05/13). Looks subpar for the style; a completely transparent light gold with foamy white head. Smells of grassy hops and mild pale malt. Tastes like it smells with an average (at best) mouthfeel. Very underwhelming for the style, especially considering itís made by Bellís.
Thudstrum (18) - - NOV 26, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Closest thing to a macrobrew that bells makes. Pale ale but tastes like a light beer.
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koleminer20 (1383) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a pale pale hazy gold with a thin white head that quickly recedes. The light film that's left leaves minute amounts of lace. The aroma has a lot of lemon zest with small hints of a hoppiness and a little piny aspect. The flavor is overwhelmingly lemon zesty. And then it fades into a taste that you'd expect with a macro lager with a hint more of a hop kick
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SuperTiti33 (821) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Blonde pale. Grain frais. Houblon. "Skunk". Banane. Herbacé. Légère. Bière de soif.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2014 [Bottle] perfect straw color, nearly opaque from the haze with a fluffy white head from the heavy carbonation. Aroma is slightly metallic, straw, grain, a touch of lemon zest and apple skins with a slightly sulfuric/skunky note that isnít great. Taste has the same thing going on with a nice bite to the tongue. Grains, pale malt, sharp lemon spritz and a faint apple note. Hops are more vague, seem dried out and musty. Easy drinker and refreshing, but nothing too stand-out about it. Kind of vapid, but I guess its purpose it to be light.
[Tap] revisited on tap. Much more present lemon-lime character in the flavor, with a nice grainy underbody. Loses the sulfuric notes I often find in the bottles (wonder why?). Still nothing spectacular here, but itís a much better beer on tap, going from quite mediocre to pretty decent.