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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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very good

2,376 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,376
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 89
Gots: 147 | 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 azorie
4/5  rDev +4.4%

azorie, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

DudMan, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Nordbier, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of spedprof
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

spedprof, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of paulys55
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

paulys55, May 24, 2013
Photo of jmccullough108
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.

jmccullough108, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of ttylicki
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

ttylicki, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of LukeGude
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

LukeGude, Aug 20, 2014
Photo of yeaprolly
4/5  rDev +4.4%

yeaprolly, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of RandyKemka
4.25/5  rDev +11%

RandyKemka, Oct 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

gory4d, Jul 19, 2014
Photo of washburnkid
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.

washburnkid, Oct 13, 2009
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

ej285701, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of PhageLab
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.

PhageLab, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of arguemaniac
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…

arguemaniac, Feb 04, 2007
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

JRBecks, Apr 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

aflies, Jul 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

RichD, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of AwYeh
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).

AwYeh, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

WoodburyMN, Oct 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

instinct2, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of ultralarry2006
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.

ultralarry2006, Jun 08, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

EF4, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Gyle41386
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.

Gyle41386, Mar 21, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

slowdaddy, Aug 19, 2012
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,376 ratings.