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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

2,369 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,369
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 88
Gots: 143 | 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 climax
3.83/5  rDev 0%

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
Photo of nitter
4/5  rDev +4.4%

nitter, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of ShepardCommander
4/5  rDev +4.4%

ShepardCommander, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

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
Photo of MCain04
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.

MCain04, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of supercolter
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.

supercolter, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of Fcolle2
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.

Fcolle2, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of Elfastball7
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Elfastball7, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Rons35
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Rons35, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of mrchrisray
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

mrchrisray, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of RMelyon
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

RMelyon, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Ricochet
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.

Ricochet, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of GDBEERMAN
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.

GDBEERMAN, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of jp312
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

jp312, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of bradfordjohnson
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

bradfordjohnson, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

lilsmizzul1225, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of GreenWBush
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.

GreenWBush, May 09, 2004
Photo of beerme626
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

beerme626, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of SolipsismalCat
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.

SolipsismalCat, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Mojo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

This beer pours up a nice coppery amber color with a small white head, decent retention and decent lacing. The nose is fairly subtle. To my nose I could really only pick up what smelled a little like cinammon. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. Taste is nice. Kind of grass, biscuit, and hops. The malt upfront is kind of buried in the mix though. Not too bad. About what I expect from Bells.

Mojo, Oct 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

mrcraft, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of tlazaroff
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.

tlazaroff, May 11, 2011
Photo of giblet
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

giblet, Jul 01, 2008
Photo of vwbus7
4.25/5  rDev +11%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

ROBSTARR, Feb 15, 2013
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,369 ratings.