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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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very good

2,369 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,369
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 88
Gots: 143 | 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.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

ZEB89, May 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured on tap in a 6oz tumbler at a Beer Garden we found in Chicago. Review is from my notes.

Presents an amber, reddish color complete with a slightly thickened yet yet foamy head that eventually dwindles down to a modest ring. Carbonation is fairly plentiful, although it disappears rather quickly. Looks relatively clear and not too thickened overall with each swirl. Slightly syrupy in feel as well. Looks like a good but fairly above average American amber.

At the nose there's a bunch of classic toasted characteristics, with the biscuit backbone and freshly cracked grains following soon after. Slightly soapy as well, which came as a surprise. There's a bit of a malty character that melds with the sweetened toasted flavor but everything ends up remaining overtaken by the bitterness. Slightly spicy, perhaps, but not too complex. Relatively straightforward when reviewing to style.

The flavor continues what was left off from the aroma, with more maltiness this time, especially verging on a toasted cereal grain flavor. The malt backbone provides slight fruitiness, ranging from apples to a hint of apricot, although it eventually melds into a biscuit-like flavor that these beers are known for. Not difficult at all to drink, as the carbonation is well present and it ranges to being semi-dry to wet on the palate. Not too explosive, but a solid offering.

Works as a good summer beer, although it's a little maltier than I like my ambers. The toasted character is highly emphasized but doesn't seem to hold on all the way through, especially when the strong grainy bitterness comes around. I wish the hops were a little bit more present as well, and the same goes for the initial cereal flavors I found satisfying. Solid, but not my favorite offering by Bell's.

magictacosinus, May 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Chris77McGrath, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of Kelsiemoeller
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance: Caramel in color like a light brown, pretty clear

Smell: You can smell a hint of caramel and yeast, but there is only a very vague smell overall

Taste: You can definitely taste the caramel malt in the beer. There is a kick of bittering hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel; somewhat thick, but not too thick

Overall: You can't go wrong with this Bell's Amber Ale!

Kelsiemoeller, Apr 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

yuenglingade, Apr 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

psmith161, Apr 24, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

Bamarooster, Apr 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

navinsula, Apr 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

jreindl, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Jason1337, Apr 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

ClintonRalston, Apr 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

HardyA, Apr 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

ac22rush, Apr 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

dbrelsfo, Apr 17, 2013
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4.51/5  rDev +17.8%

A: Pours a dark gold / orange-brown color. Very hazy, almost unfiltered in appearance. A small amount of sudsy head.

S: Slightly sweet, with some hints of malts.

T: Surprisingly complex flavor. Really nice balance of malts and grains, with a nice honey or caramel sweetness at the end. I was pleasantly surprised with the taste.

M: Also a nice mouthfeel. Medium, but with a sort of slick, oily quality to it -- in a good way.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. For an amber ale, it has a nicely complex taste, with a great sweetness to it. I'll definitely grab this one again sometime.

timn, Apr 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Punqbert, Apr 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

jcb7472, Apr 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

DanGeo, Apr 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Bromine, Apr 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Segelstrom, Apr 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Arsenal0328, Apr 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

FreshZ, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Lelampp, Apr 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Ljoreilly, Apr 07, 2013
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,369 ratings.