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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

2,448 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,448
Reviews: 866
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 94
Gots: 170 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Hanzo, May 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Slagerdad, Monday at 09:20 PM
Photo of dorianmarley
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is murky, light brown; like apple cider. Head is light and oil-slick. The lacing is nice.

Nose is sweet malt, light hops, apple cider, mild spice, and light citrus.

Taste is smooth hops with a light kick, lightly toasted malt, and apple.

Mouthfeel is a good amount of carbonation. It is very easy-drinking and very refreshing.

Overall, a tried-and-true American ale.

dorianmarley, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

hockenbeer, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

detrockcitey, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +4.4%

brandoman63, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, let me just say that I dig the artwork on the bottle which is going to factor into my appearance grade.

This beer is more of a hazy orange color than red/amber. Some sediment, but it is very tiny and insignificant. Decent off-white head that settles to a thin lace after a couple of minutes. Head has some pretty decent stick.

Smells similar to some wheat beers that I've tried with whiffs of grain and citrus fruits.

Taste is a bit like an Ipa mixed with a wheat beer. Hops are very noticable, but not overpowering (although they do linger a bit though...which I like).

Mouthfeel is thin-medium with a bitey carbonation which enhances the bitterness a touch.

Drinkability is great due to low alcohol content and nice balance.

Morey's Bottom Line: This would be a great summer beer for me. I've had better examples of the style, but this would have to be the most sessionable one that I've tried. It's really more of an Amber/Wheat if you ask me. Try one and see.

Morey, Mar 28, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

1jstafan, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jopezu, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours clear amber with a small white head. The head fades slowly and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace throughout. On the nose, there are aromas of caramel, grain, toasted malts, and hints of fruit and pine. The flavor is balanced between moderately sweet caramel malts and earthy, piney hops. The finish is moderate in length, with toasted grain. On the palate, it is medium in body with a smooth, watery texture and soft carbonation. An excellent and easy-drinking amber ale.

CuriousMonk, Dec 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

This was one damn smooth, drinkable beer. Almost too smooth. Almost.

slym, Aug 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

nmann08, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

srw, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours nice amber/copper color with a thick foam head that sticks well. Lots of carbonation bubbles.

S- Sweet caramel malt nose with subtle floral hops and citrus notes.

T- Spice and floral hop bitterness initially. Sweet malt and toasted grain flavor in the finish. Slight astringent alcohol and some diacetyl butteriness detectable as well. Nice balance of hops and malt.

M- Medium bodied and smooth. Lots of carbonation.

D- Nice, clean, and refreshing. Interesting flavor with a decent amount of complexity. Balanced pretty well.

projectflam86, Apr 28, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

doucmehu, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

poogas, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber ales are style I have not explored all that much, having said that tho I feel like this beer is a good example of an amber ale. The color of the beer is a nice deep mahogany, which reminded me of the first runnings of my last all grain batch. The aroma is a nice toasted malt smell. The taste has some is a nice balanced beer that might lean a little towards the malty side but not much. Hops are present but not over powerful just there to balance it all out. This beer is very easy to drink and I would consider a great session beer.
Cheers

Cmack15, Jan 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

gunclubchris, Oct 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

HoppyHoward, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

cd_beer_disapear, Jan 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

mychalg9, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

avalonct, Feb 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

JackRB, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

seanwhite, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Bis4beer70, Apr 08, 2014
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,448 ratings.