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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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2,341 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,341
Reviews: 856
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 87
Gots: 132 | 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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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured a yeast cloudy, medium amber with a one finger head that faded to a collar. The aroma was sweet. The taste was malty sweet, slightly smoky. No bitter aftertaste. I like it for it's subtle, not over-powering taste. Feel is light bodied with little carbonation. The drinkability is good.

09-01-2009 00:26:49 | More by kegger22
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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

Clear amber with red highlights with thin tan fluffy head. Sweet lager malt and floral hop with malt finishes. Toasty biscuit, nice balance. Slightly hoppy before swallowing and lingers lightly. Sharp feel up front but smooth with light fuzz.

Easy drinking with good flavor and nothing takes over. A good fairly subtle amber to drink a few of. Hoppy finish increases but not considerably.

07-18-2011 01:19:41 | More by Bfarr
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

09-08-2012 02:02:34 | More by tmars13
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

01-10-2014 01:39:04 | More by TaylorK
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3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance: This pours a hazy amber/orange color w/ a 1 inch white head that slowly disappears.
Nose: I get a little bit of green apple in the nose along with some hops
Flavor: it's a very hoppy amber but it's offset by sweetness, too. This makes it quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is crisp & clean.

07-30-2003 00:49:46 | More by jcalabre
Photo of Zraly


4.25/5  rDev +11%

Pours hazy medium orange with off-white two finger head into a stein. Smells grainy and a bit like dough. A wisp of citrus lingers.

Not too heavy and not too light, this is a very tasty amber ale. Nice notes of honey, toast, and grains. Malty and smooth, this is on the outer edge of session ale territory. Crisp citrus hop finish that dries nicely on the palate. Medium-bodied and carbonation eases the drinking experience as it is spot on for style.

Refreshing and an extremely solid brew. Good year round for session or to maybe convert a few macro folks. Approachable and I recommend this.

12-28-2012 23:54:38 | More by Zraly
Photo of Slynger


3.13/5  rDev -18.3%

Pours a very lightly hazy tangerine color with a slight lean towards bronze. An off-white head settles quickly to a ring around the glass leaving some solid lace.
The nose is quite weak. Biscuit malts and a little bit of sweet honey accompanied by a light floral hop presence.
The taste picks this one up a bit. Mostly toasted bread with a small amount of sweetness. Bitter and earthy in the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and dry and leaves me thirsty, only maybe I will try something else .
This one is okay, but there are a lot of other beers I'd rather drink.

12-31-2007 05:43:29 | More by Slynger
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-26-2014 16:08:33 | More by assman79
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-20-2012 03:00:51 | More by Caudalie
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-05-2012 21:05:14 | More by meanmutt
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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

A delicious copper colored ale with a hearty malt flavor that goes down smooth as water.Nice aftertaste and no carbonation gives an enjoyable experience from the moment it hits your tongue to the moment it hits your stomach.Highly recommended I will be buying this ale again!!!!

08-31-2007 02:37:16 | More by matty
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

03-12-2013 12:15:11 | More by themind
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-28-2014 05:19:02 | More by Williaar
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

03-17-2014 13:50:33 | More by seavercm
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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

01-24-2012 01:29:32 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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3.43/5  rDev -10.4%

Appearance: Very nice light amber color. Yeast was suspended, but it's bottle conditioned, so that's ok. Head was about 1/2 inch in pint glass, help fairly well. Overall good looking.

Scent: A good mix of scents, a little sweet, a little carmely. not a terribly overwhelming hop smell. Very slightly floral smell

Taste: A thin, malty taste when first touching the tongue, then leaving a bitter, hoppy aftertaste which diminished towards the end of the glass. Too hoppy in my opinion for an amber ale.

Mouthfeel: Beer felt good, slightly smoother than homebrew, and a little thin, but not very. Perfect carbonation, especially for a bottle conditioned beer.

Drinkability: Overall, alright, but not something I would target again. The hops are just not what I'm looking for in an Amber.

I bought this beer because I never got to visit the brewery as I had planned when home in Chicago over Christmas. I should have assumed based on who referred Bell's to me that it would be hoppy. I'll be sure to avoid any pale ale's from that direction, but I wouldn't refuse this beer if offered again.

02-03-2009 02:21:05 | More by mdwalsh
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New York

3/5  rDev -21.7%

03-09-2014 20:38:12 | More by JLapadura
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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

Smells of red licorice and a slight bit of butterscotch. Pours to a slightly red light brown color with a multi-sized bubble head. Taste is again some red licorice, beer laces nicely on the glass. Very well balanced ale. Great body, silky smooth mouthfeel. Taste is neither sweet nor bitter, but both. A little more malty in the front end and slightly more bitter at the finish. Not overly bitter, though with malts coming through tarty at the very end. Very drinkable, tasty brew.

01-30-2009 05:02:41 | More by mooseisloose
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-04-2013 04:27:33 | More by falconxman
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-28-2012 06:44:41 | More by Crimsontider22
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3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

Orange/Bronze color with a very thin and short-lived tan head. Pale and malty, with a slightly hoppy and slightly sweet aroma. Medium-bodied; Slight astringinent flavour with an ever present hoppiness and even the smallest of sweetnesses. Aftertaste definately bittered from the malt and suffers from the Astringent characteristics, but is not bad at all. Overall, this is fairly good for an amber. What kind of water does Bell use?? All his beer has a similar, almost erie, aftertaste.

12-06-2003 03:41:11 | More by stoutman
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-18-2011 19:17:50 | More by mgbickel
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4.6/5  rDev +20.1%

Poured this American Amber Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a cloudy orange color and produced a 1 inch white head. Head retention was below average. Lacing was very good. The Aroma of the ale was full of roasted malt with a hint of hop and citrus. The taste of the beer was outstanding. It was very drinkable, and had nice body. The beer was first and foremost filled with roasted and malt and it gave way to a nice sweet finish. High drinkability- Perfect session beer. This is the most outstanding example of an American Amber Ale that I have had to date.

04-07-2011 22:03:00 | More by GossageBrewery
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4.38/5  rDev +14.4%

Cloudy, apricot; minimal white head; more orange than amber

Fruity, sweet, and floral, reminiscent of pear, peach, berry, and caramel

Taste & Mouthfeel
Nicely balanced with an initial crisp bitterness, followed by a light bready sweetness and fruity notes. Mouthfeel seems perfect--not water-thin nor too heavy for the style. The finish is very clean, leaving me wanting more and making for an easy-drinking ale.

Bell's Amber Ale is a good session beer, as it manages to stay drinkable while packing in a lot flavor.

06-22-2009 19:47:31 | More by JEdmund
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

02-23-2013 19:55:42 | More by ruckus232
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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