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RATINGS: 682   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The basic inspiration for Bell’s Christmas Ale was to create a sessionable holiday beer, using locally grown malt, which would stand apart from the array of spiced winter warmers that are typically introduced this time of year. In contrast to many other seasonals, Christmas Ale doesn’t contain any spices: all of the dry, toasted notes & subtle toffee flavors come from the 100% Michigan-grown barley, custom malted by Briess Malting, while a blend of hops from Michigan & the Pacific Northwest lend earthy, herbal aromas. At 5.5% ABV, it stands as a smooth, highly drinkable beer intended to complement holiday menus, not overshadow them.

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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oly (67) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2014 Meh. Everything about this beer is mild. There isn’t much to love or hate. This beer is to other Christmas/Scottish ales as a session beer is to a robust pale ale. Pours a hazy orangey-amber color with a thin off-white head. The little aroma that is there is malty. The flavor is mild, almost watered down, but it’s pleasant enough to drink. The caramel malt notes dominate because not much else is going on. There is a surprising amount of carbonation in the palate, just on the border of being off-putting. If you’re looking to bring a beer to a social function where most of the people there are satisfied with crappy beer, then this is probably the one for you. It won’t offend you, and it’s decent enough, and you won’t have to deal with the anguish of having Philistines complaining about how damned overpowering your Alpha King is...


2.5
higgsbison (204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2017
Malt forward. Odd spicy notes. cloves? I didn't care for it because of the spices. Sorry, I had to upload these old ratings. They were for me, not for uploading. And also I need 75 characters, hence this sentence. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
Hopper8 (207) - Holland, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2017 It's maybe not as bad as it's been rated before. It's got great drinkability and it's a decent scotch Ale. The malts are nice and the Hops give a fun piney character to a Christmas beer. Overall though it just lacks complexity and a real incredible flavor. Utterly drinkable, but falls a little short.

3.2
bwy (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Nothing Christmas stands out. Extremely misleading. In terms of a Scotch Ale, it works. Reviewed - A Brew With You, Ep. 63

3.1
MBlessing (1388) - Württemberg, GERMANY - MAY 6, 2017
Helles leicht trübes braun schöner schaum, im Geruch viel Getreide malzig süß würzig, im Geschmack würzig malzig süsslich aber auch herb saurer Abgang , ok aber nichts so tolles

2.6
DrNosha (2511) - Württemberg, Germany, GERMANY - MAY 6, 2017
12oz Flasche. Hellbraunes Bier mit flüchtigem Schaum. Laut Edikett ein Scottish Ale. Es riecht nach geschrotetem Korn. Antrunk Körner und Malz. Recht schlicht.

3.5
DocJitsu (2013) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2017
Pours a copper color with a very light khaki head. Caramel and toffee nose with a hop note or two. Heavy mouthfeel. Rich caramel flavor. Finishes with a bit of hoppiness.

3.2
voyageurmike (475) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2017
12 oz bottle from liquor store in Macon. No way this is a legit Scottish ale. Copper colored with spicy caramel sweet taste, and mildly cloying finish. Not awful but surprisingly not up to the standard of this brewery.

2.8
HuskerTan (2320) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - MAR 6, 2017
Draft. A- Caramel, malty, spices. A- Copper color, clear liquid, off white head. T- Malty, caramel, spice. P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, boring finish. O- More like a scottish ale than a scotch ale for sure. Pretty boring and maybe one of the least exciting beers I’ve had from Bells.

2.9
crajun (1255) - , Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2017
maybe my least favorite Bells. not much spice. not quite a Scottish ale either. some toffee, some bitter; over carbonated. not much flavor

3.6
sinfull (1728) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2017
Copper color. Average, yellowish head. Aroma of malt , toasted bread and caramel. Malty taste. Bread in aftertaste. An unusual beer for winter seasonal . Very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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