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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

2,329 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,329
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 86
Gots: 127 | 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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PeakedInHighSchool

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

05-06-2014 14:50:36 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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MCain04

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%

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.

02-04-2013 19:16:22 | More by MCain04
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ethanmc12

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-02-2013 00:27:46 | More by ethanmc12
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supercolter

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

06-25-2006 08:07:03 | More by supercolter
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superdoopersauce

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

12-12-2013 22:54:58 | More by superdoopersauce
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-14-2011 22:44:11 | More by Elfastball7
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nitter

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-08-2012 01:03:16 | More by nitter
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Bieniek30

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-05-2014 15:16:58 | More by Bieniek30
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

A: Just like an average amber should be. Orange, nice head, little lacing. Bonus points go for the particulate in the beer. Bell's seems to have this in a lot of thier beers.

S: Average. There was a hop profile just like other Bell's beers I've sampled, but still came out average.

M: Average. This was kind of like drinking a Genesee red. Still, it was more potent being an ale, but still seemed average for the style.

T: This was pretty decent. It was a little like the pale ale without the overpowering hops. This had more of a malt character with a nice alcohol note that blended with the fruit from the hops. I'd say one of the better amber ales I've had.

D: I could buy this again. I could drink a few. Does it stand out? Not really for me, but compared with BMC, this is an okay drinker.

02-19-2006 08:28:05 | More by Ricochet
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured into a mug.

A: A slight haze on a golden orange body, The white nose retreats slowly, leaving a thin haze.

S: A malt sweetness is present with the aroma.

T/M: The sweet malts from the nose come through on the taste. A silk mouthfeel brings on other flavors of slight spice.

D: With a nice medium body, this is a nice session beer. Easy drinking brew, that has subtle thickness but still has the crisp freshness.

07-17-2010 02:12:00 | More by GDBEERMAN
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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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RMelyon

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

09-05-2012 12:35:03 | More by bradfordjohnson
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GreenWBush

Oregon

2.3/5  rDev -39.9%

The classically unfiltered flagship beer from Michigan - Bell's Amber Ale. One that seems to be divisive amongst die-hard Larry Bell fanatics and casual K-zoo stout and Two-Hearted quaffers. I basically grew up on this shit so it tasted good then, but now i've more than given up on it.

At first the beer plops out with fecal earthy tones. The head swirls up to the top of the imperial pint with a confrontational hello. All of the sudden I find myself coaxing anything from the head - and this is the beer cleanest of all my glasses.

There's a bit of that worn-out cheese-like hop character on the nose of this beer. One would assume this was an improperly handled sample. Au Contraire! This came straight from a recently delivered case. There is a nice yeasty malt character that pulls together as room temperature encroaches. There is something about the look and smell of the beer that evokes chewiness.

There is a dulled hop bite in this beer floating atop of a cheeseburger-y blend of heavy yeasts and clunky sweet malts. The beer is thick and bold, one both a macro drinker and a blind taste-tester could harmonize negatively about. There's also a weird hybrid brownie / locker room thing going on somewhere in there.

Uh, i'm in the Two-Hearted camp as always ... but maybe being nursed with this beer forever altered the place in my heart.

05-09-2004 00:02:03 | More by GreenWBush
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SolipsismalCat

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy light amber with lots of bubbles and particles. Two-finger, creamy white head that lasted a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Malt, caramel, dark fruit, some hops. But, overall, it was difficult to smell anything.

T: Moderate sweetness and mild hop bitterness. Kind of a nutty, earthy hop finish, which I liked.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Kind of creamy. Very refreshing.

O: This Amber ale is really drinkable, and I loved everything about it, but I do with it had a bit more of an aroma. Still, one of my new favorites.

08-24-2011 01:11:58 | More by SolipsismalCat
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tlazaroff

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Pours a really nice mahogany color with orange highlights and a fluffy, pillowy, off-white, tan-ish head on top.

S: I get light scents of toffee and caramel. Maybe a little herbal character too.

T: This has a nice toasted biscuit flavor to it. I taste caramel and I get a funny taste sweetness as if I were chewing on a sugar cane stick. Really delicious.

M: Moderate carbonation and a medium body.

D: Very high. I really like this beer, it could become a new standard Amber for me.

05-11-2011 21:16:32 | More by tlazaroff
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giblet

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

poured decent with one half inch of head. the head settled a little too quickly. small carbonation. color was lighter than expected. the taste was quite refreshing and smooth. felt good drinking this beer. some medium lace on the glass. pretty darn good ale.

suckem up and moven out!

giblet

07-01-2008 11:48:16 | More by giblet
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11%

02-15-2013 14:59:15 | More by ROBSTARR
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Natural510

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

02-14-2010 03:02:00 | More by Natural510
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vwbus7

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-26-2014 04:15:49 | More by vwbus7
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mrchrisray

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-10-2014 01:14:53 | More by mrchrisray
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Furley80

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%

04-04-2014 23:45:24 | More by Furley80
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Fish113d

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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

Michigan

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

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.

11-12-2007 23:46:31 | More by Magpie14
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,329 ratings.