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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

2,448 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,448
Reviews: 866
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 94
Gots: 170 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +11%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

ShepardCommander, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of robertjskelton
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

robertjskelton, Jan 24, 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%

mrchrisray, Mar 10, 2014
Photo of kegger22
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a yeast cloudy, medium amber with a one finger head that faded to a collar. The aroma was sweet. The taste was malty sweet, slightly smoky. No bitter aftertaste. I like it for it's subtle, not over-powering taste. Feel is light bodied with little carbonation. The drinkability is good.

kegger22, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of NumberNone
4/5  rDev +4.4%

NumberNone, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of ttylicki
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

ttylicki, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Zraly
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy medium orange with off-white two finger head into a stein. Smells grainy and a bit like dough. A wisp of citrus lingers.

Not too heavy and not too light, this is a very tasty amber ale. Nice notes of honey, toast, and grains. Malty and smooth, this is on the outer edge of session ale territory. Crisp citrus hop finish that dries nicely on the palate. Medium-bodied and carbonation eases the drinking experience as it is spot on for style.

Refreshing and an extremely solid brew. Good year round for session or to maybe convert a few macro folks. Approachable and I recommend this.

Zraly, Dec 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

nitter, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of superdoopersauce
4.25/5  rDev +11%

superdoopersauce, Dec 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

tmars13, Sep 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

TaylorK, Jan 10, 2014
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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
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

RMelyon, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Fcolle2
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.

Fcolle2, Dec 23, 2013
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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3.88/5  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
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

ROBSTARR, Feb 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

lilsmizzul1225, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of mdwalsh
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
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,448 ratings.