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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

2,381 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,381
Reviews: 858
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 90
Gots: 151 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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

falconxman, Feb 04, 2013
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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
Photo of JLapadura
3/5  rDev -21.7%

JLapadura, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Caudalie
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 NumberNone
4/5  rDev +4.4%

NumberNone, Sep 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Furley80, Apr 05, 2014
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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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
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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
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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
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Beestin, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of JEdmund
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Smell
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.

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

JEdmund, Jun 22, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

superdoopersauce, Dec 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

ROBSTARR, Feb 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

nitter, Oct 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

ShepardCommander, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of climax
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a true amber hue, pretty cloudy, and a nice tan head. Retention is very good and lace is decent.

There's nice balance in the nose. Lemon zest and grass make up the bright hop profile, while buttery caramel and bready grains comprise of the backbone.

The flavor has the malt forwardness of Bell's Oktoberfest, yet adds the extra hop dimension. It's balanced all the way, and not too shabby on intensity either. Sweet caramel and bread are consistent throughout, and the bitterness is always able to keep up.

Plenty of carbonation greets the tongue and lingers throughout the semi-dry finish. The body is on the light side of medium and the feel is slightly thin. There's no doubt this makes a good well-balanced session beer with enough flavor to stay satisfying.

climax, Feb 20, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a clouded amber color with some sediment with a finger and a half of white head that has better retention and lacing than I expected.

S: Pale malts, light toast, caramel, and some nuttiness.

T: Citrus, light floral hoppiness, burnt toast, cereal malts, and caramel.

M: It has a medium-light body with above average carbonation and a refreshing finish.

D: This is solid but nothing to write home about.

bucklemyshoe, Feb 06, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a 20 oz Spiegelau glass.

Appearance: Murky orange, amber color. Opaque. Off-white head of 1-2 fingers with decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Not great. Musty is upfront. Beyond that, I get a lot of nutty characters, a hint of floral hops, roasty malt backbone.

Taste: Easy-drinking. Definitely a balanced brew with a mild amount of spice, hops, and malt. For a beer-drinker who appreciates balance and subtlety, this beer is good.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Light on the mouthfeel. Average finish.

Overall: An above-average amber ale. Nothing I'd go out of my way for, but it's definitely drinkable and tastier than a lot of the other mass-produced amber ales out there.

MCain04, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of supercolter
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was kinda all over for me. It was orangish red in color with little to no head and some small chunks. Smell is exceptional, with a peach and plum smell up front with a bit of malt and hops to follow. Taste is a bit above average, nice and complex but reminds me alot of flavored sparkling water. Mouthfeel and drinkablity are very good goes down smooth and easy.

supercolter, Jun 25, 2006
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,381 ratings.