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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

2,222 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,222
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 76
Gots: 101 | 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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Ncpogs

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.7%

06-20-2014 18:46:53 | More by Ncpogs
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ChrisKayler

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-20-2013 03:53:08 | More by ChrisKayler
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on premise at KBC. A little cloudy, and the color is a bit lighter than other ambers. A thin head. Good biscuity malt profile. Likeable, but really not quite the thrill I had been led to expect from a Bell's. But what the hey, Kalamazoo seems to be a brewpub heaven, on to another... and another...

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2003 14:44:40 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Tan head, fluffy with ok retention. Amber brew, somewhat hazy with small-particle floaties.

S-Toasty and bready, light.

T-Moderate bitterness over a toasted malt and bread flavor base, with just a hint of semi-sweet malt. Hop character is minimal, perhaps a hint of spiciness. Slight caramel character.

-Medium-high carbonation, gives this medium-bodied beer some pizazz.

D-This would be a great session brew; its smooth flavor and ease of drinking makes it so. Complexity isn't necessarily high, but the quality of the characters that this beer has is good.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 19:48:41 | More by CHSLBrew
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falconxman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-04-2013 04:27:33 | More by falconxman
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*review from notes on 3/04/11*

Batch #10178 (1/4/11)

12oz bottle into a pint glass, a hazy amber body with 2 fingers of off white head that does leave some lacing. A nice array of citrus hops and sweet malts have been apparent from the initial pour. Well balanced on the tongue, the hops are upfront and fairly prominent ... but give them a few seconds as a nice malty finish is coming. Also a great feel to this Amber Ale, medium bodied and maybe a touch under average carbonation, and has a creamy texture - quite nice. I really liked this, another great beer from the folks at Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 04:19:02 | More by prdstmnky
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bconsidine

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-29-2013 14:22:13 | More by bconsidine
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BrewMaster

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. It pours a cloudy orange with sediment floating in it that eventually settled to the bottom. The aroma is mostly of pale malt. The flavors is a light malty aroma with hop bitterness up front and sweet pear ending. The ending is crisp with a bready aftertaste but it is not pasty or overdone. This could definately be a daily drinker for those who have access to it.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2004 16:08:00 | More by BrewMaster
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superdoopersauce

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-12-2013 22:54:58 | More by superdoopersauce
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle pours a nice cloudy dark-amber under a two-inch head that faces to a sticky ring with decent lacing.

Smell has that nice Bell's note of sweet maltiness. Some biscuit, and a bit of citrus hops.

Pleasant sweet malt taste, with grain and grass. (I just love what Bell's does with malt!) Nice balance with hop dryness, but not much bitterness.

Carbonation makes for a nice mouthfeel, and spreads the malt sweetness around.

Very drinkable -- really smooth and fine.

Overall, a fine example of an easy-drinking amber ale. Wow! Bell's scores big again!

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 03:35:40 | More by ColoradoBobs
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber/copper color, off-white head with less than moderate retention but really good lace.

Nose is of caramel and toffee malt with a floral and citric hops note.

Flavor is similar to the profile found in the nose but the toffee comes out more. There is also a buttery diacetyl note that is not necessaruly bad

medium body, moderate carbonation.

I could drink a few, but my need for hops would make me switch

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 23:24:21 | More by jackorain
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ruckus232

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

02-23-2013 19:55:42 | More by ruckus232
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Anthony1

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type- on tap poured into a pint glass

appearance- mildly cloudy amber color. small head with not too much lace, but what it did have stuck.

smell- a hoppy citrus. smells of orange and lemon

taste/mouthfeel- a bit malty hops with an citrus flavor, tipped with a bit of banana. hoppier then i expected with a bitter after taste. medium body with ok carbonation

drinkability- wasn't impressed for a brand i've been waiting for. not much of a defining flavor

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2009 13:09:51 | More by Anthony1
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beerme626

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-12-2013 04:33:24 | More by beerme626
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RMelyon

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

06-22-2013 00:00:50 | More by RMelyon
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Rons35

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

02-19-2013 22:00:23 | More by Rons35
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jryanj927

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11%

08-21-2013 00:21:00 | More by jryanj927
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a deep straw with a nice head, leaving sticky lace all around.

Aroma is of sweet malt, fruity with a light hop back.

Taste is of sweet malt, caramel and honey, fruity with a clover honey hop back. There is a but here, I can't pull out everything.

Mouthfeel is very good, creamy with a light carbonation.

Very nice, I would look for it in a pub.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 01:34:57 | More by wheatyweiss
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11%

02-15-2013 14:59:15 | More by ROBSTARR
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Crimsontider22

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-28-2012 06:44:41 | More by Crimsontider22
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meanmutt

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

02-05-2012 21:05:14 | More by meanmutt
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harrylee773

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

04-23-2012 03:08:37 | More by harrylee773
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-05-2012 01:51:16 | More by Schmuckles
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malcontent

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, light amber body with lots of visible yeast in suspension. Head comes on strong but fades all too quickly.

Big amber malt nose laced with an orange peel hop scent. Biscuit notes linger. A fine aroma profile for the style.

Biscuity right up front and back-loaded with citrus hops. Outstanding balance of soft brown sugar-sweet malt with a crisp, controlled finishing bitterness.

A touch over-carbonated although thinking back to the head I'm wondering if I should have poured harder. The body is full but never heavy. This has been, and in my mind still is, one of the reasons this style exists. An often overdone, underwhelming beer that is taken to new heights here. Sessionable in every way and a Midwestern classic.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 04:14:11 | More by malcontent
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pottergator

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-03-2014 06:11:59 | More by pottergator
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,222 ratings.