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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

2,263 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,263
Reviews: 853
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 79
Gots: 108 | 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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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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ethanmc12

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-02-2013 00:27:46 | More by ethanmc12
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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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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
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ej285701

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-17-2011 07:15:00 | More by ej285701
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Mojo

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Orange coloration with a nice reddish hue. Produced a half inch layer of froth and displayed both good retention and lacing. Bell's presentation once again is impressive.

S - Very pleasant sweet malty aromas, with a slight tinge of something cour/citrusy, like lemon perhaps.

T - Pale malt-like profile, dry body, and a bit of a citrus backbone. Finishes a little bitter. Decent balance, but somehow an unremarkable brew.

M - Light bodied, high carbonation level and a slightly odd aftertaste that I can't put my finger on.

D - Decent overall, but not my favorite offering from Bell's. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 14:57:09 | More by PhageLab
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Whoa, out of control head, it’s one of those situations where there is initially ten times as much head as there is beer and it takes a while to reduce down to a manageable size. Other wise, the beer pours an attractive orange amber with a nice haze. Sweet grain in the fairly mellow aroma. Bready malt sweetness and rounded grain along with a touch of caramel in the palate. A mild citrus hop spice balances to a fair extent. Somewhat thin mouthfeel.

It’s solid and nearly flawless (except for the mouthfeel) but it’s a bit watery and unremarkable. Still, it’s very drinkable with clean, easygoing flavors, which makes it a good session beer. Recommended, but just barely…

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 00:59:44 | More by arguemaniac
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled November 20, 2013.

A: Hazy copper-amber body with a finger of foamy white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Toasty malts and some earthy hops. Light but pleasant.

T: Mild and sweet caramel/bread malt flavor with earthy, floral, and citrus hops.

M: Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy, goes down easily.

O: Incredibly easy to drink. I hadn't had this in a while, but it reminds me of how a lot of people (myself included) treat Bell's Oberon in the summer- very sessionable (not in terms of ABV, but balance and enjoyability).

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 03:31:44 | More by AwYeh
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JRBecks

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

04-09-2012 16:14:12 | More by JRBecks
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +11%

10-21-2012 23:45:36 | More by WoodburyMN
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ToddThompson

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-23-2013 15:11:33 | More by ToddThompson
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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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Bieniek30

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-05-2014 15:16:58 | More by Bieniek30
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,263 ratings.