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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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very good

2,315 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,315
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 83
Gots: 123 | 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 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!


07-01-2008 11:48:16 | More by giblet


4.25/5  rDev +11%

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


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
Photo of Fish113d


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
Photo of Magpie14


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
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-05-2012 01:51:16 | More by Schmuckles
Photo of emwild12


4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-25-2013 20:10:39 | More by emwild12
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-29-2013 14:22:13 | More by bconsidine
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

04-04-2014 23:45:24 | More by Furley80
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-11-2014 01:37:00 | More by lilsmizzul1225
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

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...

12-08-2003 14:44:40 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

02-19-2009 19:48:41 | More by CHSLBrew
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New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-03-2014 06:11:59 | More by pottergator
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

03-02-2013 00:33:18 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-12-2013 04:33:24 | More by beerme626
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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

*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.

07-05-2011 04:19:02 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of jryanj927


4.25/5  rDev +11%

08-21-2013 00:21:00 | More by jryanj927
Photo of BrewMaster


4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

10-14-2004 16:08:00 | More by BrewMaster
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-26-2014 04:15:49 | More by vwbus7
Photo of ColoradoBobs


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

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!

05-12-2006 03:35:40 | More by ColoradoBobs
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-08-2014 02:49:46 | More by Mikexw
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-10-2014 01:14:53 | More by mrchrisray
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-06-2014 03:12:31 | More by Beestin
Photo of jackorain


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

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

05-09-2008 23:24:21 | More by jackorain
Photo of Anthony1


2.9/5  rDev -24.3%

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

05-28-2009 13:09:51 | More by Anthony1
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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