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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

2,261 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,261
Reviews: 853
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 79
Gots: 106 | 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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Natural510

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper, um, amber color with medium amount of creamy head with proper lacing.
Nose is somewhat faint caramel malt and a hint of herbal-pine hops.
Caramel biscuit malt to the forefront of the flavor with a sweet, herbal tea quality. Hints of fruit with an astringent finish. Hop bite minimal at best.
Medium bodied; not too light, but not as full as many craft ambers of today.
This one didn't knock my socks off, so I have to think like other flagship brews it meant more back in its day than compared to other offerings from its brewery (think SNPA or Boston Lager).
It's okay, but I prefer ambers with a bit more body and hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 03:02:00 | More by Natural510
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11%

02-15-2013 14:59:15 | More by ROBSTARR
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color (obviously) with an orange-rind-colored head that billows to the top about 2 fingers thick, but starts to dissipate while leaving a lot of cling on the glass.

Aroma is mostly of a mild, biscuity malt, along with some slight toffee notes. A bit of floral hops also come in on the "under" side of the brew. NOthing spectacular; solid.

Rather sweet at first, but quickly the hops comes and turns much of this into a biscuit flavor along with some toffee. Aftertaste is rather boring, but okay flavor.

Body is medium, while carbonation runs quite high, tingling my tongue. Slightly dry finish.

Fairly drinkable in that it's easy to drink. Not the BEST flavor and not the best I've had, but just sticks solidly to the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 23:21:31 | More by Fish113d
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Magpie14

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a deep robust brown crimson color with a nice thick cream colored head. Sits really nice in the glass with bubbles moving freely about. Nice web of lacing in the glass

Smell: roasted malt nose and sweet candy/caramel swirling about. Touch of a earthy type of hops...very little but is present.

Taste/Mouthfeel: great sweet toasted malt flavor! Has nice malt characteristic overall and is paired nicely with sweet caramel. It has a nice crisp and smooth body and I even noticed a little bit of fruity orange overtones as it glides down.

Drinkability: this is a staple beer for me and never disappoints. Solid all around and is very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2007 23:46:31 | More by Magpie14
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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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emwild12

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-25-2013 20:10:39 | More by emwild12
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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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ChrisKayler

Virginia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

03-17-2014 13:50:33 | More by seavercm
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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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superdoopersauce

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-12-2013 22:54:58 | More by superdoopersauce
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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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beerme626

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-12-2013 04:33:24 | More by beerme626
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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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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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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with a fair amount of sediment floatin around. Head Is about a finger and a half in height, off white and retains nicely.

Smell has some good lightly sweet malty aroma forward that is balanced nicely with some slightly floral sligtly earthy hops.

Taste follows the nose with some lightly sweet bready malt forward on the palate which is balanced nicely with some delicate floral hoppy flavors with a very mild heathy spicey bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, mild carbonation and medium body leaves this drinkable but not to light.

All around great balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 00:13:45 | More by Fcolle2
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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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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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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11%

03-02-2013 00:33:18 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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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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pottergator

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-03-2014 06:11:59 | More by pottergator
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Schmuckles

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-05-2012 01:51:16 | More by Schmuckles
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,261 ratings.