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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

2,318 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,318
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 85
Gots: 125 | 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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FosterJM

California

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

1756th Review on BA
Draft to Pint

@Brick Taven, Lombard, IL

App- A darker bit of red with some browns intermixed. I like to use the analogy and it works, like a wood stain color. Had a nice dense center with a bit of lighter reddish/brown edges. The head was a nice 1/2" of off white and went quickly.

Smell- Its a malty smell with a bit of the roast lingering after the initial smell. Was a small bit of an earthy hop aroma as well. Wasnt too much here on this one.

Taste- After being a Fat Tire for so long I dont really drink Ambers anymore. I paired this with a Kobe Burger to get the malts to bring a bit of earthiness out of the burger. This beer was a bit malt forward with that distinct red ale flavor but was negligible really. Well balanced with only a small bit of bitter to it.

Mouth- A smaller medium body with a bit of thickness behind. Medium carbonation and a slight amount of malts on the finish with residual bitter.

Drink- I had to drive home but would have loved to stick around for a few more pints of this nice little beer.

02-23-2013 20:05:28 | More by FosterJM
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ruckus232

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

02-23-2013 19:55:42 | More by ruckus232
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jlindsey

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-23-2013 17:41:36 | More by jlindsey
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Clockwork12

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

02-23-2013 05:40:53 | More by Clockwork12
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RumHam

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-23-2013 05:15:32 | More by RumHam
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callmeoz

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-23-2013 05:03:48 | More by callmeoz
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-22-2013 22:32:31 | More by JohnnieNepal
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-20-2013 22:20:13 | More by THECPJ
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shep8821

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-20-2013 20:14:40 | More by shep8821
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mjenkins5

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-20-2013 02:52:27 | More by mjenkins5
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Rons35

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-19-2013 22:00:23 | More by Rons35
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Danielr26

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-18-2013 13:34:56 | More by Danielr26
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2GOOFY

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-18-2013 03:30:12 | More by 2GOOFY
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dougbassett

Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -11.5%

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #16 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Bell's is a good brewery, but this is not a favorite style of mine, so keep that in mind.

Appearance is very nice, as I would expect from Bell's, with a warm golden-brown/toasty color and a head that lingers satisfyingly. The mouthfeel also lingers satisfyingly: one thing I do like about this Amber Ale is that it's built with more stick-to-it-tiveness than what I've had in the past, it just seems like a more substantial beer than what you usually get in the style.

Unfortunately I don't get much nose, outside of a mild buttery/malt kind of thing, and the taste, while not bad, isn't noticeable enough to be "good", either. Very smooth, a hint of butter, a hint of sweet malt, a bit more assertive in the finish. That's really it.

Maybe as well constructed as this particular style can be, but this genre has a lot of mushy, tastes-like-a-whole-heck-of-a-lot-of-nothing beers in it, and so really damning with faint praise here. Not awful, this is actually a higher score than I'd expected to give it, but I doubt I'd ever knowingly go looking for it again.

02-17-2013 18:44:08 | More by dougbassett
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purppy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-17-2013 16:41:12 | More by purppy
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Fusion7777

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-17-2013 08:50:36 | More by Fusion7777
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Almost an unfiltered look, this amber was unusual in appearance. Amber color but quite cloudy it had a stiff creamy head.

The scent was a sweet nuttiness. A tinge of roasted malt and a few earthy tones mixed in, the nose was toasty, toasty and nutty.

There was a sweet roasted malt on the tongue with caramel, barley, pecan and light hops. Grassy flavors mixed with a malted barley flavor finished the taste.

The feel is full, above average in carbonation, but refreshing.

This amber constraints on the roasted nutty qualities of the malt and doesn't showcase huge hops, as so many ambers seem to be doing. For that I say thanks.

02-17-2013 01:37:06 | More by KYGunner
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browniewithnuts

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%

02-16-2013 00:47:38 | More by browniewithnuts
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11%

02-15-2013 14:59:15 | More by ROBSTARR
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jrfehon33

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-14-2013 00:50:09 | More by jrfehon33
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DukeX13

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-14-2013 00:24:57 | More by DukeX13
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yankinwis

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -21.7%

02-13-2013 22:32:13 | More by yankinwis
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markmcconv

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-13-2013 19:02:17 | More by markmcconv
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jopezu

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

02-12-2013 01:13:25 | More by jopezu
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matjack85

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

02-11-2013 22:01:42 | More by matjack85
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,318 ratings.