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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

2,268 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,268
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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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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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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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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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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JRBecks

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-23-2014 03:23:52 | More by mrcraft
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paulys55

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-24-2013 04:32:28 | More by paulys55
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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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firstlighthiker

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-28-2013 22:54:09 | More by firstlighthiker
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Bieniek30

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-05-2014 15:16:58 | More by Bieniek30
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a one finger head with decent retention, and not much lacing at all. Body was a cloudy orange amber.

Smell - toasty, bicuity, and above all, caramelly malt.

Taste - like the smell, and pretty straightforward, caramel, with slight milkiness to it. Toast, biscuits, also. Some slight grass and herbs.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carbonation, some chewiness.

Drinkability - this is very good and goes down well. Very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2006 19:42:49 | More by ultralarry2006
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an orange-amber. Three finger fluffy head. Gobs of sticky lacing.

Sweet malts in the nose, as well as some light hops and citrus.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of caramel malt. Dry finish with slight bitter aftertaste.

Smooth feel, heavier than expected. Probably slightly heavier than medium body. Creamy texture, and appropriately carbonated. Very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 04:50:24 | More by Gyle41386
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jewellrunner

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

06-09-2013 15:08:46 | More by jewellrunner
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EF4

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-04-2014 05:03:46 | More by EF4
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azorie

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-06-2012 18:41:03 | More by azorie
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slowdaddy

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +11%

08-19-2012 16:30:55 | More by slowdaddy
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kguard

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz bottle at The Shores Festhaus in Daytona Beach, FL. Served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager pint glass.

A: reddish maroon body, rustic brown edges, a ring of cream head, some lacing.
S & T: light yeastiness, roasted barley, sweet caramel, toasty pale malt, toffee, raisins, brown sugar, and a mildly citric hop bite. Seems like English hopping, but I'm not sure. A fruity and malted amber ale, surprisingly balanced for this brewery.
M: resiny, almost viscous, spicy in the middle, moderate bitterness to finish. Went down easy with my Cajun Dutchman sandwich.
D: a great quaffer to pair with food. Less hopped than other ambers, though delicious in its own unique way.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 18:32:29 | More by cratez
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tapman

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark, rusty color with a hazy complexion. An off-white, 1-finger head adorns this brew.

Smell is of sweet biscuit malts mixed with a Granny Smith apple hoppiness. The tart apple aroma lingers on the palate and pleasantly stings the nose.

The alcohol hits the palate immediately, but it is soon supported by the bitter-sweet hops. A sweet toffee maltiness also lends to the alcohol relief effort.

Mouthfeel is that of a typical craft beer. crisp, but not too interesting. Has a decent carbonation and definitely beats a crappy BMC lager mouthfeel any day.

I've certainly had better amber ales from Dogfish Head and Three Floyds, but when you are in Michigan and its $3 a pint, hell give me five!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 04:30:55 | More by tapman
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

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

A: Pours a great copper color with a beautiful tan cap and a nice set of legs.

S: Great malt bill and a good nip of hop aroma in the backside.

T: Awesome as ever for the Bell's Brewery every time I have one of these it just gets better and better same as Two Hearted and Oberon.

M: medium bodied full flavor beer with a dry finish.

O: As I keep purchasing this brewery's beer I can only say great beer and will go back to it time and time again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 23:43:04 | More by nukem5
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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