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Bell's Amber Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Amber AleBell's Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,223 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,223
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 76
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2001)
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jifigz

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Bungalow Alehouse in Gainesville, Va.

A: The beer is dark brown/red and had great lacing with a head that lasted quite a while.

S: I couldn't really smell a damn thing coming from this beer but it was, as in most public pub/beer-joint settings, chilled really, really cold. (so my smell category is skewed.)

T: The taste had a faint caramel flavor with a nice malt backbone being very evident. The hop bitterness kicked in late and was very dry and not very bitter.

M: Creamy and delicious and very well fitting. Not overly or under carbonated.

O: A very sold beer. I can't remember what exactly it was like because it was at a pub and I have had several other drinks since then, but either way a solid brew and a first time for this one for me.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 03:03:42 | More by jifigz
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mdjustus


3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-12-2014 20:27:39 | More by mdjustus
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cb500rider

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Being from Kalamazoo, where Bell's was originally made before moving five miles down the road to Comstock, I must admit I am a bit biased in my opinion of Bell's beers. However, they didn't brew their first batch until two years after I left home to become one of Uncle Sam's Misguided Children, so, my bias is purely geographical.

I discovered bells about ten years ago when I was visiting home. Being a fan of darker fare, I went to the Bell's Gastro Pub in Downtown, site of the original brewery, and had several beers including Kalamazoo Stout, Expedition stout, and the Best Brown. All of which are excellent.

Not until returning to my humid existence in rainy.. err.. sunny Florida, did I try Bell's original beer, the Amber Ale. WOW! this is an excellent beer. Hoppy, sweet and bitter, with unfiltered sediment in the pour. A tall, yet light head at pour. Yet not too heavy for the Florida heat. I love this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 23:31:48 | More by cb500rider
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Flip_Smash

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-11-2014 20:44:08 | More by Flip_Smash
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Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-11-2014 14:16:45 | More by udubdawg
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Ricklikesmibeer

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-11-2014 10:12:36 | More by Ricklikesmibeer
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KyleSweetsema

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-11-2014 04:06:59 | More by KyleSweetsema
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-11-2014 00:56:57 | More by citylifelover
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malvrich

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from brown bottle into a pilsner glass
a: a good hazy, rusty orange/gold color. beer is very cold so a gentle pour only yields a small amount of head. minimal lacing and little visible carbonation in the sediment. this is not a clear beer.

s: slight hops with a spicy bit of sweetness, very subtle smell overall.

t: mild but upfront hop bite gives way to a sort of fruity sweet malt taste. oranges and pumpkin bread? quite well balanced with nothing stealing the show. extremely refreshing despite the haze and easily sessionable. very tasty beer. i was expecting more alcohol hotness but thankfully it is not noticeable.

m: soft but full. maybe a little wheaty which i generally don't care for but is nice here. carbonation is present but very subdued. lingering flavors seem to maintain balance with maybe a bit of hop stickiness dominating the finish.

o: my first experience with Bell's Amber was a good one. nice tasty and well balanced beer will not put off anyone except maybe those freaked out by cloudy appearance. not a favorite but definitely glad I tried it!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2014 00:29:38 | More by malvrich
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joemetric

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-10-2014 16:30:21 | More by joemetric
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cl3

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-08-2014 16:54:52 | More by cl3
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GClarkage

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-07-2014 21:40:46 | More by GClarkage
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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a straight pint glass. Bottled on 05/22/14

A- Pours a hazy medium amber with a two finger slightly off white head.

S- Light spiciness, light banana, sweet bready notes.

T- Light flavors of sweet bread, light spiciness, very light pine, finishes with a light raisin bread flavor and a very mild bitterness.

M- Very easy drinking beer, a great beer to have 2-3 in a sitting, like I'm doing now. Still has some a nice full mouthfeel for a beer with a lighter flavor.

O- This beer is special to be as it is the first craft beer I was exposed to when I was a kid and saw adults drinking things that weren't BMC products. I really enjoy this beer as a nice sessionable malty beer and I also enjoy the history of this beer as it was Larry Bell's flagship offering back in 1985.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2014 20:11:30 | More by PaulyB83
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Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11%

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Lionhearted1987

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +11%

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nate-henry

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-06-2014 07:59:05 | More by nate-henry
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Bieniek30

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-05-2014 15:16:58 | More by Bieniek30
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chrismia

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-04-2014 21:11:15 | More by LaughingZebra
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joegard

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-04-2014 00:41:12 | More by joegard
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Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +11%

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Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,223 ratings.