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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

2,380 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,380
Reviews: 858
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 89
Gots: 150 | 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 droomyster
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful hazy amber, full of fine particles gently suspended mid-body. A small tan head to top it off. Aromas are subtle but extremely good. Sweet drizzly malts like molasses and citrus hops. The taste is stunningly good. Perfectly balanced; complex malts with flavors ranging from tropical fruit to toffee, toasty goodness backed by equally complex hops that span the floral spectrum and with a touch of oranges. Extremely tasty. Medium body is sticky; its flavors linger long. I could become a evangelist for this brew. Exceptionally good taste in an eminently drinkable beer.

droomyster, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of mwbrady12
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

mwbrady12, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Enola
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dertbert for the bottle

This beer is as if someone mixed a pale ale and an amber. The beer is a cloudy golden orange. There is a fair head with minimal lacing. The smell is somewhat hoppy. The taste is good. Like stated above, amber and pale ale mix. The mouthfeel is smooth and there is a nice aftertaste. The drinkability is good as well. Bell's makes some fine beers and this is no exception.

Enola, Sep 15, 2006
Photo of dmamiano
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice, copper colored ale, with a nice, off white head and some lacing.
At first smell, I could tell right away I was in for a treat. Heavy malts hit the nostrills. Caramel malt were detected, sweet and heavy with nary a note of hops. My eyes almost rolled bck in my head from pleasure.
Tatse was big o malts, thick in the mouthfeel with heavy malts of caramel, bready and nice.
Good, good beer1

dmamiano, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of BostonPhilly
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

BostonPhilly, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of assman79
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

assman79, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of anticipation23
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

anticipation23, May 06, 2013
Photo of beerman999999
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

beerman999999, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of gmfessen
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a murky golden amber color with a slightly carbonated head. Smell is of amber and caramel malts, sweet. Taste is initially sweet, followed by a nice balance of hops that finishes dry. Beer is medium bodied, chewy, with creamy carbonation. Overall I would have to say that this is definitely a drinkable beer, but it doesn't really stand out to me as anything too special.

gmfessen, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +4.4%

scootercrabb, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of BigJim5021
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gorgeous, cloudy copper color with a slightly rocky white head. The sediment really makes the beer look great. Definitely wasn't expecting something unfiltered with this one.

The smell is nothing to write home about. Slightly sweet and somewhat pleasant, but nothing earth-shattering.

The taste is semi-sweet to begin with. The bottle claims to use mostly pale malts, but it definitely has a caramel malt character to it. There's some nice hop presence in the finish making this a really well-balanced beer.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and much less thin than other ambers that I've had. I really dig that aspect of it.

This stuff is really drinkable. I only bought a single, but I might have to get a sixer sometime in the near future. Bell's is my favorite brewery, and they've definitely got a winner with their flagship beer. Kickass stuff.

BigJim5021, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of zenithberwyn
4/5  rDev +4.4%

zenithberwyn, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of TheNightwatchman
4/5  rDev +4.4%

TheNightwatchman, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of srw
4/5  rDev +4.4%

srw, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +4.4%

EasyReader, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of dacrza1
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

DATE REVIEWED: August 14, 2014... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: more Shark Week...APPEARANCE: orange bron amber body; two-finger, creamy off-white head; slowly effervescent and rather hazy; a decent-looking pint; nice, thick lacing... AROMA: floral hops mesh with caramel malts; sweet confectioners’ sugar is front and center ... PALATE: medium-bodied, chewy and active--a pub draft, in its consistency... TASTE: strong malty presence; mellow hops roll off the teeth and take a backseat to the nutty, somewhat buttery aftertaste--a confident offering...OVERALL:a pint for conversing over or eating pubfare with--a sessionable beer that sits well in the Bell’s sampler case...

dacrza1, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of martyl1000
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

martyl1000, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of HumphreyLee
3/5  rDev -21.7%

HumphreyLee, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of csmalley
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

csmalley, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of atpca
3/5  rDev -21.7%

atpca, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of ethanmc12
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

ethanmc12, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of jmich24
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. 5.8% ABV
A: Amber almost copper in color. One finger head. Some yeast and possible hop residue floating. Apears to be on the high side of carbonation.
S: Smells great, very sweet earthy maltiness. No hops at the nose.
T: Outstanding balance. Again sweet maltiness with nice hop bitterness that lingers just for a bit.
M: Medium to light mouth feel. Very wet, some sharpness from the carbonation.
D: Great session beer on a cool evening.

This is my first Bells Amber. Pleasantly surprised, I will definitely be picking this up regularly during the cooler months.

jmich24, May 07, 2010
Photo of Pintofbrown
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Cloudy, orange body with dark amber highlights. The one finger, white head is now a film.

Smell- There is a decent amount of sweet malts and a good combination of floral hops.

Taste- There is a strong back bone of honey, caramel malts. Wheat starts to come through in the finish that also meshes with the floral hops from the nose.

Mouth feel- It is medium bodied and smooth. There is a little bit of bubbliness from the carbonation.

Overall- It is a very good ale that is refreshing and has an original flavor I have not yet experienced in an ale.

Pintofbrown, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev +4.4%

jeffthepony, Nov 15, 2011
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,380 ratings.