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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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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
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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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jp312

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-09-2014 22:33:31 | More by jp312
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harrylee773

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

04-23-2012 03:08:37 | More by harrylee773
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malcontent

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, light amber body with lots of visible yeast in suspension. Head comes on strong but fades all too quickly.

Big amber malt nose laced with an orange peel hop scent. Biscuit notes linger. A fine aroma profile for the style.

Biscuity right up front and back-loaded with citrus hops. Outstanding balance of soft brown sugar-sweet malt with a crisp, controlled finishing bitterness.

A touch over-carbonated although thinking back to the head I'm wondering if I should have poured harder. The body is full but never heavy. This has been, and in my mind still is, one of the reasons this style exists. An often overdone, underwhelming beer that is taken to new heights here. Sessionable in every way and a Midwestern classic.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2007 04:14:11 | More by malcontent
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8136. There was a ton of yeast at the bottom of the bottle and a fair bit of it infused throughout the glass as well ... murky and hazy with an orange hue. I saw a good variety of different sized bubbles and really energetic carbonation. Off white head dissipated soon enough to leave a film covering the glass, a good ring and some lacing, the head regenerated easily with a swirl.

The smell was feintly of pear or fresh plum but not very strong. The taste was of citrus, yeast, all spice, mild hops. The mouthfeel was pleasant, well rounded bitter taste and finish, very tasty. I could go for another of these, it's a very complete and satisfying sample of the style from Bells, thanks again Merchant's in Dearborn.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 00:31:11 | More by ThatWineGuy
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours a clear amber (shock!) with a decent head that stays around to ring the glass. Biscuity malts and grains in the nose while the taste is slightly sweet and fruity with a bit of hops in there to balance. Finish is clean and refreshing, not dry at all.

A very good example of the style, though I still like this brewery’s Two Hearted Ale more, but this is a very solid brew that I would love to try on tap someday.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 06:02:31 | More by saintwarrick
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber colored liquid with a smallish off-white head. No retention or lacing.

Smell: Bready, sweet pale malt aroma, vaguely buttery. Quite interesting. No real hop presence on the nose.

Taste: Very clear cut pale malt flavor. Bready and sweet with some nice buttery tastes as well. Faint hops on the finish. Hefe-like clove in the background.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, yet light in body. Very smooth and quite refreshing.

Drinkability: I can see why this is their flagship beer. Probably one of the best sane session beers I've had, second only to Oberon. If you need to show someone what pale malt tastes like, begin with this.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 02:57:09 | More by ManekiNeko
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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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burnstar

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark gold amber with a nice sized head. Aroma is sweet with herbal and floral hops. Some citrus notes. Tastes caramelly and sweet. Lots of herbal hops. Balanced and flavorful. Medium to full bodied and well carbonated. Pretty drinkable. Solid amber overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 01:24:02 | More by burnstar
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jmccullough108

Missouri

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle dated 09/24/2012 into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a rich copper color, two finger head, lacing sticks around.

Smell: Malt, hints of caramel, chocolate, hints of citrus

Taste: very sweet, almost taste a bit of vanilla, caramel, a bit earthy

Overall: Solid amber ale! Absolutely would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 00:30:35 | More by jmccullough108
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Furley80

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%

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

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11%

10-13-2012 13:52:44 | More by RandyKemka
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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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washburnkid

New York

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Let me start by saying that this is not one of Bell's best. Now...onward!

A: Approximately one finger of bubbly beige head, with a transluscent brew that is copper to amber in hue. Decent retention and good lacing.
S: Bready malt, heavily toasted, that is balanced by a touch of piney, semi-citrusy hops that are pretty vague and take a minute to locate.
T: Heavy emphasis on the toasted biscuit with an accompanying grainy character. Heavily metallic and also unpleasantly sour. Very sweet residuals, and a biting bitterness, though I can't place much of a hop characteristic. Just...bitter.
M: Light-ish body and heavy carbonation. Nothing spectacular.
D: I am happy to re-review this beer, and hopefully I'll get the chance to try it on tap someday. But I will not go out of my way to seek another bottle out.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 21:20:09 | More by washburnkid
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mrchrisray

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-10-2014 01:14:53 | More by mrchrisray
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,261 ratings.