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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 ruckus232
4.25/5  rDev +11%

ruckus232, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Williaar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Williaar, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

CB2maltygoodness, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of kegger22
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

kegger22, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of LittleDon
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the tab, I get a slightly darker than amber cloudy beer with a fine off-white creamy head that sticks around for a bit. There is slightly toasted caramel and hint of hops in the nose, all slightly subdued. A big chewy somewhat-sweet caramel flavor greets me on the first taste. The finish is a bit subdued, nothing to write home about.

LittleDon, Mar 12, 2009
Photo of themind
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

themind, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Bieniek30
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Bieniek30, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Rborre321
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Rborre321, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of Zraly
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Zraly, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of tmars13
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

tmars13, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of TaylorK
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

TaylorK, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of falconxman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

falconxman, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Crimsontider22
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Crimsontider22, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of jcalabre
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jcalabre, Jul 30, 2003
Photo of Slynger
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Slynger, Dec 31, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Caudalie, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of matty
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!!!

matty, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of JLapadura
3/5  rDev -21.7%

JLapadura, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

NumberNone, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of mooseisloose
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mooseisloose, Jan 30, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Furley80, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of mdwalsh
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mdwalsh, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of stoutman
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

stoutman, Dec 06, 2003
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

mgbickel, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

GossageBrewery, Apr 07, 2011
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,380 ratings.