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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

2,333 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,333
Reviews: 856
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 87
Gots: 130 | 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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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
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Beestin

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-06-2014 03:12:31 | More by Beestin
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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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lilsmizzul1225

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-11-2014 01:37:00 | More by lilsmizzul1225
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emwild12

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-25-2013 20:10:39 | More by emwild12
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bconsidine

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-29-2013 14:22:13 | More by bconsidine
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Mikexw

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-08-2014 02:49:46 | More by Mikexw
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beerme626

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-12-2013 04:33:24 | More by beerme626
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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

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
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

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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pottergator

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-03-2014 06:11:59 | More by pottergator
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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11%

03-02-2013 00:33:18 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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prdstmnky

Vermont

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
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jryanj927

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11%

08-21-2013 00:21:00 | More by jryanj927
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firstlighthiker

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-28-2013 22:54:09 | More by firstlighthiker
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BrewMaster

California

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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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

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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Mojo

Alabama

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.

10-05-2012 03:18:22 | More by Mojo
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Rborre321

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-06-2014 21:19:37 | More by Rborre321
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

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
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Anthony1

Colorado

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
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

05-24-2008 01:34:57 | More by wheatyweiss
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mrcraft

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-23-2014 03:23:52 | More by mrcraft
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kguard

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-24-2013 16:07:32 | More by kguard
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ToddThompson

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-23-2013 15:11:33 | More by ToddThompson
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,333 ratings.