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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

2,341 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,341
Reviews: 856
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 87
Gots: 132 | 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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Shovelbum

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours a white head over a copper-amber body. Head rapidly recedes. Light aromas of caramel malt, hay and yeast. Sweet caramel malt flavors predominate, but are balanced by a decent hop bitterness in the background. Medium carbonation and body. Smooth mouthfeel and clean finish.

Well-balanced and fairly complex for the style. The Bell's yeast is definately detectable and lends an interesting twist. One of my favorite session beers. A Michigan classic.

12-11-2005 23:34:15 | More by Shovelbum
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sopor

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +7%

Slightly cloudy copper-amber with a finger of tan frothy head. Special bready malts and s a little caramel kissed by a small hop note tickles the nose, tantalizing and and giving you a good idead of what is to come. Slightly fruity caramel and an unertone of biscuity malts. Hops are well balanced kiss of bitterness. Light body with a slightly slick feel and nice lively but not frothy carbonation. Wow drinkable. A new balanced session brew for me! Why has it taken me this long to drink this beer, it's all over around here! Even the grocery stores that consider Heineken a special beer have this!

11-05-2005 16:45:30 | More by sopor
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Opethsprite

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours a deep, murky orange with a slight, foamy head. (It would be very nice to look at if there was more of a head.) Smells very sweet, but with a good balance of spices to keep it from being sickly sweet. Moderately plain, though. Given the nose, I wasn't expecting such a level of broadness and subtlety in the taste. Spicy and slightly metallic at first (but not overkill...ie Dogfish 90 IPA), the beer becomes honey-sweet and well-rounded. This is a beautifully crafted beer!!!

11-04-2005 02:36:20 | More by Opethsprite
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pweis909

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -13.8%

I've been sampling the local (i.e upper midwest/western great lakes) reds and ambers recently. Was saving this for last as I read that it was pretty special, but I am underwhelmed.

A-Appropriate color for style, more orange than red. Thin head, quick to disipate.
S-Malt and hops were evident, but not righly so.
T-The malt was not assertive enough for me. The hops were merely evident as bitterness, but no unusal characteristics come to mind.
M-OK
D-It's an unoffensive thrist quencher. It's quaffable, but not particularly special.

10-30-2005 17:14:50 | More by pweis909
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jasongootjes

Michigan

4.7/5  rDev +22.7%

Appearance - The beer was a golden amber color, as the name suggests. It had an off white head that left a lace through out the glass.

Smell - Very succulent smell. The aroma hitting my nose caused a sensation through out my body.

Taste - The beer has an excellent taste. It was almost sweet but at the same time bitter. Very good taste overall.

I could drink this beer all day. The taste smell and sensation that rushed, not only through my mouth, but through my whole body was absolutely delightful.

10-28-2005 04:14:06 | More by jasongootjes
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy warm golden copper body with a creamy off-white head. Strong carbonation of tiny bubbles keep the head alive for a bit.

S- clean smell with some nice soft citrus hops and a slightly pale malt aroma.

T- Nice light citric, grapefruit and a hint of lemon, hop flavor with a smooth pale malt flavor to balance the hops. Hints of light toasted and biscuit malt give it good depth in the malt.

M- Medium body with smooth finish.

D-This beer has a nice hop taste with a good malt backbone. The hops are citrus flavors but they have depth so you can't really pick out one flavor. The malt has lots of pale but some toasted malt to give it depth and character. Nice smooth amber.

10-16-2005 21:29:46 | More by rhoadsrage
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ypsifly

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

12oz batch# 6883, which reads as 5-23-05 as per the Bell's website.

Clear amber with two fingers of off white. Good retention with ringed lace.

Sweet malts, yeast, and dry hops in the nose.

Caramel malt, slightly nutty with a good dose of bitter hops for balance. There are some yeast notes ofbanana way in the back. Nice dry finish. The body starts off a little more than full, but the dryness and carbonation clear it without being too abrupt. A classic session beer.

10-06-2005 04:52:12 | More by ypsifly
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rousee

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%

Disclaimer- These amber styles are not my fave.
I have not been as impressed with the 2 Bells beers as I have tried vs.the other MI ones + Great Lakes (OH).

Its allright. I am kind of disappointed because I thought Larry Bell was such an entertaining character from the movie American Beer. The 2 Bells I have tried have clearly been the least impressive of the MI lot which I have regarded highly. Another one that I bet is better on-tap instead of bottled but I cannot score it highly in the bottle.

Tasting notes are peach apricot colored murk with no lace. No foam. Too flat. Straightforward amber maltiness with a good amount of hops.Way too flat !!!

09-28-2005 00:18:23 | More by rousee
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nota

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours cloudy amber with tan head. My wife could smell the sweetness of this beer three feet away! It is sweet, but I like the citrus tang of this beer mix with caramel overtones at end. Thier is enough hops to give it a good balance. I could drink this beer all day.

09-18-2005 01:05:45 | More by nota
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charlesw

New York

2.4/5  rDev -37.3%

Really cool bottle/logo. Pours a cloudy light orange-brown with a tiny head that is gone very quickly. Tiny nose to go with the tiny head - maybe citrus hops and a hint of sweetness - like a mass market lager. Tastes like citrus hops. Oddly, I think that I'm getting some chocolate malt in there, too - nothing overwhelming (not like the hops) but a hint. Aftertaste of citrus hops. Thin body.

Now, constructive. Well. I don't know, don't call it an amber, I guess. I'm sure that it'd be fine to drink ice cold on a really hot day. Heck, yeah, I've just bumped the drinkability up for that reason, but I, personally, wouldn't even buy it for that. I'm looking for more malt flavor, more body, better head retention and lighter use of citrus hops.

edit: you know, this is like some kind of crazy wheat beer only with the citrus already added in for you. Crazy, just crazy.

09-17-2005 20:46:03 | More by charlesw
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macpapi

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

Bell's Amber begins a nice dark-amber color. It is somewhat opaque, with a fine half-inch white head. There are sediment particles discernable through the hazy aura of the brew. It smells crisp and fruity. Malt and citrus notes are there right off the bat, followed by a light floral aroma. The taste is pleasant, but not terribly complex. There is little hop action. The taste of malt and fruity elements are there. Sweetness level is high, but overall the flavor is not exceptionable. In the mouth there is a tart feeling on the tongue. Not offensive, but the relatively high level of carbonation and lack of fullness make for a less than substantial beer. Overall this is a decent beer that is drinkable to a degree. It is not, however, the most flavorul or easily appreciated. While above mediocre, and certainly session worthy, it is not the best that Bell's has to offer.

09-15-2005 23:05:11 | More by macpapi
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evanackerman

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%

I beleive this is a very good beer for the style although it is my leas favorite in the Bell's lineup, which still makes it a very good beer.

The apperance is beautiful, there is much floating sediment due to the unfiltered nature of the beer. Taste is primarily malts with some bittering hops and a slight fruity character. The nose has some alcohol present which detracts from its appeal.

overall, a very solid but somewhat unexciting beer.

09-08-2005 01:42:35 | More by evanackerman
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%

Beautiful bright orange with lots of yummy yeasties floating around to distinguish the men from the people who don’t like little white aliens floating aroung in their beer.

Thin beige head. Cool Bottle.

Overall, I dig the presentation both in and out of the bottle.

Smell is pretty sweet and not to exciting.

Pretty darn robust taste but it could be better. Lots of flowers and citrus, toasted grain, slightly bitter.

I bet it would be better on tap.

Very, very drinkable any time of the year.

09-06-2005 16:22:03 | More by DaPeculierDane
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HopHeadKen

Iowa

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%

I have been on the trail of Amber Ale recently, acquiring several for a trade I am about to ship; so as a consequence, I have reviewed a number of them in the past week; I am sorry to say that this is my biggest dissapointment from Bell's - (BTW, I LOVE Expedition Stout, and several others) This sixer has a bottle code of #6302.

It is bottle conditioned, with a large layer of loose sediment in the bottom of the bottle, I had two of them, trying to isolate the sediment, which poured like chunks of green/brown trub from my first attempt, somewhat un-appetizing; if this is a negative in your beer book, then POUR CAREFULLY !

The pour is hazy orange copper, not as dark or red as other ambers that I have been recently been drinking. It has an ivory head that quickly dissapates to a thin lace.

The smell is faint, carmel malt; and the taste is carmel malty with the thinnest hints of plumb or raisin (maybe I was really looking too hard); with a subtle hop bitterness that finished tart. wondering if it might have been bottle conditioned with a Belgian Lambic yeast ?

I won't be running out to get more of this; and IF you are shopping for it, look at the bottles first, to see how how much sediment is in the bottom.

09-04-2005 20:42:10 | More by HopHeadKen
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whynot44

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

Coppery amber colored brew, hazy with yeast "floaties" and decent creamy tan head that stayed for a while..

Nice fruity sweet malt aroma with spicy, yeasty tones. A very nice amber ale, medium body, a nice light malt flavor complimented by a very nice blend of hops and oak with a citrus finish and aftertaste.

Crisp, refreshing. Nice label!

09-03-2005 05:37:29 | More by whynot44
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

from heinen's in hudson

copper color with some sediment in suspension, though it slowly settles out. i question the condition of my glass, so i'll give the head the benefit of doubt: i had a collar...sounds like others saw lasting foam. sweet caramel nose with some flowery hops and brown sugar
caramel taste, too. and a slight butterscotch finish to go along with the lingering bitterness. very little hop flavor

hopback is my existing benchmark for ambers, but this has a nice focus on the sweetness, with enough hops to show through. i love munich malts...mmm. i also love the texture of this beer: the munich gives it a great chance to stick around while your tastebuds do their thing

09-03-2005 03:07:15 | More by bruachan
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karst

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +7%

Pours hazy amber orange with dense 1 fingered head leaving some lace on the Grindstone pint glass. Yeast particles settle to the bottom.

Aroma of tart fruits and mild diacetyl merged with light caramel malt. Excellent hopping that adds an earthy "Willamette and/or Goldings notes".
One reviewer commenting that it approaches an ESB. Definately a little on the english side IMHO.

Bready and biscuit malt flavors with a clean light caramel malt sweetness balanced by hop bitterness. Body is fuller than most of this style. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Butterscotch continues to emerge with warming. Finish is clean bittersweet with bready malt notes. Very drinkable!

08-31-2005 23:27:45 | More by karst
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

I want to thank TripelJ for bringing this back from his recent trip to MI.

Pours a hazy, copper color with floaty bits. A good sized tan head three fingers deep that dropped evenly and leisurely.
Smell is wonderlul, I can smell it from over a foot away. Malt, fruit,yeast, hops, oak. Alcohol and spices as well, both light.
Taste is malt, hops, a hint of woodiness and almost a shoe shine polish note (light though). Some yeast and a a somewhat resiny hint in the aftertaste.
Smooth, somewhat creamy with light effervescence, medium bodied. A good beer. My only wish was that the taste had been as complex as the nose was.

08-30-2005 18:06:44 | More by PorterLambic
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monkeytoe

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%

Appearance - Orange/amber color with a pale tan head. Medium cloudy. Head is thin with some very light lacing.

Smell – Sweet and malty nose with a mild, citrusy, hoppy smell. Maybe a little chrysanthemum flower smell at the top.

Taste – Solid, malty, toasty taste with a bit of bright crispness from the hops. Finishes with a bright citrusy tang on the tongue that lasts and lasts. Not a lot of middle notes, mostly deep malty sweetness and high, bright citrus.

Mouthfeel – Medium-light mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation to keep the sweet maltyness from being cloying.

Drinkability – Excellent drinkability—delicious with plenty of flavor, but not overwhelming. The long-lasting citrusy finish makes me want more and more: a beer for the long haul.

08-27-2005 23:15:54 | More by monkeytoe
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

Bright orange in colour with a slightly off white head. Surprisingly fruity aromas and flavors, mainly lemon, orange, and perhaps even a bit of peach. There are some nice caramel flavors, but little contribution from the hops. Fairly thick bodied, and mellow. Not really what I expected from this brewer, and not quite up to the regular high standards of this brewery, but a solid beer nonetheless.

08-24-2005 16:33:48 | More by fisherman34
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Backer2004

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

It's just been too long (five years) since I've enjoyed my first and last experience with Bell's. Way before I enjoyed all these styles, I made my way up to the Eccentric Cafe for one of the best beer experiences of my life. The good memories came back with this one. Nice orange copper hue with fruity maltiness that I could not get enough of.

08-20-2005 19:45:49 | More by Backer2004
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bahumutx

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with the batch number of 6956.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a small head. Lacing all around the class as I drink the beer.


Smell: A slight smell of malt and hops. Smell very delicious. Also a slight fruity aroma.


Taste: Very well balanced beer. Starts of somewhat sweet with a slightly bitter hop finish. More malt taste present then hop. Also can pick out a somewhat roasted malt flavor.


Mouthfeel: Light body that has appropriate carbonation.


Drinkability: A very drinkable beer. Could defiantly drink more then one in a sitting.

Overall, another great beer from Bells. They never cease to amaze me with their beers. Keep up the great work Bells!!!

08-10-2005 00:07:00 | More by bahumutx
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OatherS

Kansas

3.83/5  rDev 0%

Nice plain purple label with a crane on the front.

A: Great two finger head. Light amber in color.

S: Not much aroma.

T: Good flavor, slightly hoppy. Not overwhelming, but not a bad beer.

M: Crisp.

D: decent beer. noticed that there was sediment at the bottom that I did not pour in, could have affected the review.

08-08-2005 23:46:29 | More by OatherS
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

Not a big fan of this style, but this is a really good beer. Bold, robust and malty. Good use of dark grains and malt. It's a liitle hoppier that most ambers, but it doesn't interfere with the sweetness or the body. Has more of a pronounced alcohol flavor and feel into the body and finish. Has some earthy / yeasty flavor along with hop flavoring. Less clean than I like, but still, good beer.

08-04-2005 14:25:09 | More by BEERchitect
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circuitmonkey

Wisconsin

2.68/5  rDev -30%

Not quite sure what to make of this beer. Its the first Amber that I've had that is cloudy, with a little bit of sediment in it. The color is a dark orange. Pours a low/medium head that doesnt last long, aside from the edge of the glass. Taste is a little more bitter than I would care for, but still has decent malt to balance it.

08-04-2005 00:27:15 | More by circuitmonkey
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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