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

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very good

2,402 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,402
Reviews: 864
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 92
Gots: 155 | 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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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Way past due for a review on this. I enjoy this stuff often.

12 oz brown bottle with a awesome label fit spring through the fall. Scenic and reminds me of the place I live now and grew up. Soothing label and an all time favorite. Poured this into a Bell's Standard pint glass.

A - a golden amber with hints of orange highlights. Yes that's amber with a touch of gold. Lots of haze and what appears to be light sediment floating throughout giving the orange highlights. Good creamy head that leaves a sturdy ring of long lasting lace. Stick is perfect and continues to cling to the walls throughout the experience. This is what an American Amber ale is supposed to look like.

S - an equal display of both hops and malt. Citrusy hops with an equal whiff of caramel malt. Bready yeast character with some nice wafts of soft milk chocolate. Nothing real dominant with this aroma as it has a lot going on and is well balanced but everything seems to remain soft and nothing really grabs hold of the nose.

T - bread like yeast character. Some awesome sweetness in the overall flavor due from the caramel and maybe toffee malt. Almost buttery sweet in and out with a citrusy hop providing a semi bitterness in the finish. Nothing flashy. Just damn tasty.

M - creamy medium body with awesome Bell's texture. It's easy to drink and very sessionable. One of my all time favorites and great any time of year. It's balance is out of this world allowing for maybe the perfect ale a person could enjoy any time.

O - a real deal classic and what I consider the staple of American amber ales. It's very good stuff and enjoyable. There's nothing flashy or in your face with Bell's amber. Just a down right good tasting ale that's really stunning to look at. There's nothing bad to say about this. Ill continue picking this up throughout every year like I have for the multiple years that's past. One I can pick up and know exactly what I'm getting and one that always brings a smile to my face.

BradtheGreat7, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of NappyB
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

NappyB, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of jroberts8811
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-beautiful in a pint. amber, transparent, lots of big carbonation, settles into a reasonably fluffy head. good sticky lacing.
S-strong sweet malt notes, caramel, honey, slight hops
M-Thin, doesn't coat the mouth, lots of bright carbonation, but not crisp
T-roasted malt, slightly bitter, apricot (?)

Started off thining it was "meh" but i've somehow made it through the whole thing...Guess that's what it's supposed to be. Easy to drink and enjoy. It is what it is and nothing more.

jroberts8811, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Fargrow, Jun 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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schoon, Jun 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

khargro2, Jun 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

cfrances33, Jun 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

SC_Beer_Drinker, Jun 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Nunya, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

MarkGutz, Jun 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Riik3, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of RhinoDBJ
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is my first real "review" ... so here goes. I'm not up on all the terminology ... but I'm gonna work at it!

Bought this at a Trader Joe's to try. I'm kind of an "amber" guy ... so it seemed worth a try. It's nice to see that BA rates this one pretty high (87).

It looks nice in a New Belgium Tulip glass and has a nice amber/rose color

Off white head

Malty smell.

Very drinkable! I'll consider it again!

There, how'd I do!!??

RhinoDBJ, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of dmgeng
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried one of Bell's flagships to harvest yeast for Two Hearted clone.

A - Nice amber color. Strong off-white head with moderate lacing.

S - Malty and sweet nose with a light touch of hops.

T - Strong malty sweetness with notes of caramel. Light earthy hop tone in the middle but is malt heavy. Though slightly unbalanced this amber has everything for the style.

M - Medium mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. Mostly clean finish for an amber.

Overall, a very good session beer if you prefer ambers over pale ales or darker beers. The caramel tone is a very desirable flavor and would be a very nice change of pace for anyone stuck in a rut. Used the harvested yeast for an American brown and it came out great.

Glass- Pint

dmgeng, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of Matthewpakula
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Matthewpakula, Jun 11, 2013
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,402 ratings.