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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

2,402 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 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 meanmutt
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

meanmutt, Feb 05, 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 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 Pog-Mo-Thoin
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Dec 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jeffthepony, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of harsley
3/5  rDev -21.7%

harsley, Sep 16, 2013
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
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Mikexw, Apr 08, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

TicoCali, Feb 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

seavercm, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of beermanbrian
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another of the Bell's lineup that i am thrilled to be able to pick up in central PA finally.

Pours a murky orange color. A nice foamy off white head builds as you pour and continues building to a nice full one inch cap after you finish. This slowly drops to a nice think coating on the top of beer that leaves nice spotches of lacing on the glass. Sweet toffee like smell with some spicey citrus hops notes. It smells like a clean, smooth beer. The malt is really the backbone of this beer when you taste it. Everything else seems to go the the background but things are balanced so that it is not overly sweet. Some earthyness to the malt. Nice dry finish. Very smooth and easy drinking. Overall this has been my biggest surprise of the Bell's beers I've tried. It was the one I was expecting the least from but probably the one I enjoyed the most. Not a knock your socks off brew but a good solid every day beer.

beermanbrian, Jun 30, 2006
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

jminch, Nov 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

ruckus232, Feb 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

twowheelssoar, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Rborre321, Jun 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

JLapadura, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of minterro
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark non-transparent amber. no carbonation rising from the bottom. A speckled star of light head is formed midway through drinking it, almost no lacing (bit and pieces).

S: semi-strong sweetness. possible banana and lemon?

T: complex sweet flavors throughout the time in the mouth, finishes with bitter tingles like relaxingly poke at ur tongue. finishes dry and first then i always get a rush of moisture

M: medium to thick body, little to medium carbonation

D: easy to drink

Overall: overall good. bells always produces good beer and this one is no exception, in fact one of my favs so far that i have tried from their catalog.

original rating: 3.5, 4, 4.5, 4, 4


S&A: more bready tones then before, complemented with a caramel. bits of citrus also. Head poured about 2 fingers and died to a ring around the glass within a min or two.

T&M: more breadiness then I remembered it. medium bodied, medium to low carbonation. touch of boozy in the aftertaste.

minterro, Dec 19, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

CB2maltygoodness, Jan 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Envelopes, Oct 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

PeakedInHighSchool, May 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Petey_the_Quiet, Feb 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Bieniek30, Jul 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,402 ratings.