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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

2,372 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,372
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 88
Gots: 145 | 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 RMelyon
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

RMelyon, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Ricochet
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Just like an average amber should be. Orange, nice head, little lacing. Bonus points go for the particulate in the beer. Bell's seems to have this in a lot of thier beers.

S: Average. There was a hop profile just like other Bell's beers I've sampled, but still came out average.

M: Average. This was kind of like drinking a Genesee red. Still, it was more potent being an ale, but still seemed average for the style.

T: This was pretty decent. It was a little like the pale ale without the overpowering hops. This had more of a malt character with a nice alcohol note that blended with the fruit from the hops. I'd say one of the better amber ales I've had.

D: I could buy this again. I could drink a few. Does it stand out? Not really for me, but compared with BMC, this is an okay drinker.

Ricochet, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of GDBEERMAN
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

A: A slight haze on a golden orange body, The white nose retreats slowly, leaving a thin haze.

S: A malt sweetness is present with the aroma.

T/M: The sweet malts from the nose come through on the taste. A silk mouthfeel brings on other flavors of slight spice.

D: With a nice medium body, this is a nice session beer. Easy drinking brew, that has subtle thickness but still has the crisp freshness.

GDBEERMAN, Jul 17, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

jp312, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of bradfordjohnson
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

bradfordjohnson, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

lilsmizzul1225, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of GreenWBush
2.3/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The classically unfiltered flagship beer from Michigan - Bell's Amber Ale. One that seems to be divisive amongst die-hard Larry Bell fanatics and casual K-zoo stout and Two-Hearted quaffers. I basically grew up on this shit so it tasted good then, but now i've more than given up on it.

At first the beer plops out with fecal earthy tones. The head swirls up to the top of the imperial pint with a confrontational hello. All of the sudden I find myself coaxing anything from the head - and this is the beer cleanest of all my glasses.

There's a bit of that worn-out cheese-like hop character on the nose of this beer. One would assume this was an improperly handled sample. Au Contraire! This came straight from a recently delivered case. There is a nice yeasty malt character that pulls together as room temperature encroaches. There is something about the look and smell of the beer that evokes chewiness.

There is a dulled hop bite in this beer floating atop of a cheeseburger-y blend of heavy yeasts and clunky sweet malts. The beer is thick and bold, one both a macro drinker and a blind taste-tester could harmonize negatively about. There's also a weird hybrid brownie / locker room thing going on somewhere in there.

Uh, i'm in the Two-Hearted camp as always ... but maybe being nursed with this beer forever altered the place in my heart.

GreenWBush, May 09, 2004
Photo of beerme626
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

beerme626, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Mojo
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.

Mojo, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

mrcraft, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy light amber with lots of bubbles and particles. Two-finger, creamy white head that lasted a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Malt, caramel, dark fruit, some hops. But, overall, it was difficult to smell anything.

T: Moderate sweetness and mild hop bitterness. Kind of a nutty, earthy hop finish, which I liked.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Kind of creamy. Very refreshing.

O: This Amber ale is really drinkable, and I loved everything about it, but I do with it had a bit more of an aroma. Still, one of my new favorites.

SolipsismalCat, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a really nice mahogany color with orange highlights and a fluffy, pillowy, off-white, tan-ish head on top.

S: I get light scents of toffee and caramel. Maybe a little herbal character too.

T: This has a nice toasted biscuit flavor to it. I taste caramel and I get a funny taste sweetness as if I were chewing on a sugar cane stick. Really delicious.

M: Moderate carbonation and a medium body.

D: Very high. I really like this beer, it could become a new standard Amber for me.

tlazaroff, May 11, 2011
Photo of giblet
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

giblet

giblet, Jul 01, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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

Schmuckles, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Natural510
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Natural510, Feb 14, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

bconsidine, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Fish113d
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Fish113d, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of Magpie14
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Magpie14, Nov 12, 2007
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

pottergator, May 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

ToddThompson, Sep 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

firstlighthiker, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

emwild12, Dec 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

atpca, Aug 31, 2014
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,372 ratings.