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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

2,260 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,260
Reviews: 853
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 79
Gots: 106 | 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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Ratings: 2,260 | Reviews: 853 | Display Reviews Only:
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Jemenhiser

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

07-24-2012 20:56:12 | More by Jemenhiser
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BlakeL

Florida

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

04-08-2012 21:16:04 | More by BlakeL
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Gotti311

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

01-29-2013 17:40:20 | More by Gotti311
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jheiss

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

12-18-2011 20:08:04 | More by jheiss
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gafferjohn

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

01-16-2012 15:45:48 | More by gafferjohn
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TicoCali

California

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

02-26-2012 20:54:00 | More by TicoCali
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biercycle

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

04-08-2012 23:13:36 | More by biercycle
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washburnkid

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Let me start by saying that this is not one of Bell's best. Now...onward!

A: Approximately one finger of bubbly beige head, with a transluscent brew that is copper to amber in hue. Decent retention and good lacing.
S: Bready malt, heavily toasted, that is balanced by a touch of piney, semi-citrusy hops that are pretty vague and take a minute to locate.
T: Heavy emphasis on the toasted biscuit with an accompanying grainy character. Heavily metallic and also unpleasantly sour. Very sweet residuals, and a biting bitterness, though I can't place much of a hop characteristic. Just...bitter.
M: Light-ish body and heavy carbonation. Nothing spectacular.
D: I am happy to re-review this beer, and hopefully I'll get the chance to try it on tap someday. But I will not go out of my way to seek another bottle out.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 21:20:09 | More by washburnkid
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rmcnamee

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

05-15-2014 13:15:55 | More by rmcnamee
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Ahhdball

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brownish Orange with a slight beige head that dissappeared quickly.
Barely a smell, but what I did smell was bland burnt oranges.
Dull earthlike hop character and a finish that left nothing. No malt, no fruit, nothing. I know this is a Bell's but I'm very dissappointed.
Smooth watery feel and no aftertaste which i suppose is a good thing.
Overall this beer isn't terrible but it's not that good either.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 20:54:13 | More by Ahhdball
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy copper color with amber hues when held to a light source and a one finger foamy white head that settles quickly into a lasting ring. Very little in the way of lacing.

Bland aroma with a balance of caramel malt and floral hops. Not much else to speak of.

Very hop forward with a nice caramel malt backbone and slight crisp fruit. The hops dominate this beer and linger all the way through over the malt backbone and subtle light fruit notes in to a bitter dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 01:57:24 | More by corby112
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a slightly cloudy/hazy amber color. A nice 1/2" of cream-colored head that reduces fairly quickly. A decent amount of suspended sediment; this is my second amber/red ale of the evening that presents with suspended sediment; I wasn't aware this was common of the style, as other red ales I've had have not looked like this.

Smell is rather non-existent, with a hint of sweet malt.

Taste is unremarkable,with some toffee-malt, tempered with wet straw and other grains, and an underying woodiness like chewing on a plant stalk. Ends with a mildy sour/bitter taste that fades away.

Mouthfeel is thin.

I don't find this drinkable, and am glad I purchased it a a single.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 12:03:43 | More by TheHoppiest
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circuitmonkey

Wisconsin

2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not quite sure what to make of this beer. Its the first Amber that I've had that is cloudy, with a little bit of sediment in it. The color is a dark orange. Pours a low/medium head that doesnt last long, aside from the edge of the glass. Taste is a little more bitter than I would care for, but still has decent malt to balance it.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 00:27:15 | More by circuitmonkey
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nortmand

Virginia

2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours extremely cloudy amber, with little white head.
Smells like Bell's other standard beers: yeasty, doughy, bready, lacking in complexity or interest.
Tastes similarly yeasty, overpowering even. A little caramel flavor, but not enough to balance the extreme yeastiness.
Mouthfeel? Have you ever eaten Pillsbury biscuit dough raw? Like that, but with water and carbonation. Doughy? mouthfeel.
Drinkability is OK, but this beer is way too yeasty, man am I going to be regular in the morning.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 04:18:36 | More by nortmand
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Realale

Missouri

2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Slightly cloudy copper/orange in color. White fine fluffy head settles to a complete cap and leaves nice lace.

Nose is faint bready malt over a chalky-mineral base. Slight hint of fruit, and a touch of both yeastiness and caramel. Quite subdued.

Sweet palate impression, initially, then a bit of bready malt. No hop flavor, but a significant mineral component - chalky again. Some bitterness on the finish, but its quite short.

Mouthfeel would be helped by a bit higher level of carbonation - it might give this one some personality. No real faults, other than not being particularly interesting or well-balanced.

Purchased at the Brewery's General Store on July 3, 2003.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2003 13:08:49 | More by Realale
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seavercm

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

03-17-2014 13:50:33 | More by seavercm
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david18

New York

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

05-20-2014 13:36:10 | More by david18
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treeslothguy

Iowa

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

06-21-2014 22:46:21 | More by treeslothguy
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Fahrn13


2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

07-21-2014 01:28:27 | More by Fahrn13
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Jenessa

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

01-09-2013 02:53:34 | More by Jenessa
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mgironta

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

09-13-2012 19:32:45 | More by mgironta
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ldelancey

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

09-22-2013 21:11:26 | More by ldelancey
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

03-28-2012 03:52:17 | More by TheBigBoy
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Metz

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

02-02-2013 20:19:19 | More by Metz
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leadahmer

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

12-11-2013 03:06:02 | More by leadahmer
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,260 ratings.