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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
87
very good

2,459 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 2,459
Reviews: 868
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 94
Gots: 174 | 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 jrohrbacher
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

jrohrbacher, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of mtparty37
4/5  rDev +4.4%

mtparty37, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear amber with some sediment. Huge head with lovely, detailed lace.

Nose is delectable -- biscuity grains, yeast, sweet malts.

Taste is sweet and malty, too, with a hint of hops at the finish. Certainly a solid, easy-to-drink ale that would make an ideal gateway ale towards craftier ales. Solid.

secondtooth, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of jskennedy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

jskennedy, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of RoamingGnome
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A) Hazy amber with many bubble rising to the surface. There was a fair amount of sediment. The head reached a full finger. It settled to a dusting. Nice sticky lacing, spider webbed the pint.

S) Malty, bready, caramel, earthy hops, light floral and fruit.

T) Pretty close to the nose, but more hops character than I picked up with the aroma. Nice malt flavors, caramel sweetness, toasted grains. This is balanced out by the hops and an earthy/grassy finish.

M) Medium body, pretty well carbonated, maybe just a tad too much for me, but that's knit picking. The aftertaste lingers a bit, but on the whole, this is an easy drinker.

O) Solid amber ale option.

RoamingGnome, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

CB2maltygoodness, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes from my vacation to Arizona. Beer reviewed on 4/15/2011.

A - Beer poured from brown 12oz bottle to a pint glass. Pours a clear bronze/amber color with a good 2 finger cream colored bubbly head, good retention, and nice lacing.

S - The aroma is that of a sweet malt/toasted grains. A nice subtle earthy/herbal/citrus hop character.

T - The beer has a good flavor or toasted malt found in the nose. Together with that sweetness the hop character presents a well balanced beer. Nice herbal/citrus tones. Pretty solid

M - Lighter end of medium bodied and well carbonated.

O - I was pleasantly intrigued by this beer. For the style I've found the Ambers to be too malty or overhopped and not balanced. I wish it was distributed to Colorado :)

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 04-17-2011 18:42:05

hopfacebrew, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of jsprain1
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber with some orangeish tint to it. Head is just off white and lasts quite well. Almost no lacing.
S- Quite sweet with some sugary cookie, some fruityness, caramel, and floral.
T- It's quite sweet and sugar. Very much like a cookie with a bit of dried apple in the finish. The hops are very subdued until a floral and light citrus rounds it out in the finish.
M- Very smooth. Light medium body, with medium-high carb that keeps it lively.
O- A drinkable smooth ale. It's a bit too sweet for my preferences, but there is nothing glaringly wrong with it.

jsprain1, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12OZ in a pint glass.

A- Hazy amber with a two finger head. Lots of random floating particles.
S- Sugary red with some caramel sweetness. Not a ton to it but pretty nice.
T- Silky smooth malts. This beer is as creamy smooth as they get. Good biter sweet balance. Tastes like a typical red, lots of Unique malts.
M- A very balanced beer. Not too bitter or sweet. Very nice drinking and satisfying. Full flavored and full bodied and yet, not too hard to drink.
O- Most amber ales dont stand out and tend to all blend together. This one may not be a unique step forward but its definitely a step up. A great amber ale for sure.

TwelveOunces, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of poppyjohn
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

poppyjohn, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of hockenbeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

hockenbeer, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

msuspartan22, Jan 20, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

bcal16, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +4.4%

schopenhauerale, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of natemort13
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, 12-25-2011

Bottled 11/09/11

Nice new label, love the Michigan nature scene...good to be home.

Pours a light orangey brown with a decent frothy white head.

Nose is almost all malty sweetness and bread, slight touch of hops, not overly impressed but hey I'm a hophead.

Nice strong malt presence up front, carbonation lingers on the finish with slight hop bitterness that balances out the malty sweetness. Caramelly, some biscuit.

Overall it's better than I remember, I definitely appreciate the balance of this beer much more now, but when two-hearted is sitting on the shelf next to it I know what I'm gonna reach for.

natemort13, Jan 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

jacewg, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of Hinz13
1/5  rDev -73.9%

Hinz13, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of poogas
4/5  rDev +4.4%

poogas, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of nmeiborg
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

nmeiborg, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of jsh420
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled on 11/29/11

pours cloudy amber orange with a frothy 2 finger off white head that left some spotted lacing

smells of sweet caramel malt, apples, and earthy hops

taste is semi sweet biscuit malt little grain fruity floral earthy hops - could use more bitterness

mouthfeel is a tad thin - decent carbonation very smooth and easy drinking

overall - not a mind blowing beer but well made good flavor very sessionable

jsh420, Jan 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jhighlandbrewing, Jan 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Sparger, Jan 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

gafferjohn, Jan 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

page101, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of PaulMc
4.25/5  rDev +11%

PaulMc, Jan 14, 2012
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 2,459 ratings.