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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

2,340 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,340
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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bohemyth

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

01-24-2013 20:29:40 | More by bohemyth
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Filabee

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

04-04-2014 21:49:49 | More by Filabee
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TheMaimed


2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

08-11-2012 00:23:31 | More by TheMaimed
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ajb1050

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

04-07-2014 19:48:02 | More by ajb1050
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

11-14-2013 23:52:27 | More by mmulebarn
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RMelyon

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

06-22-2013 00:00:50 | More by RMelyon
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PartyHatjo

Ohio

2.8/5  rDev -26.9%

Appearance: Good amber color, leaning more towards red than yellow. Head was nonexistent (likely due to the pour quality, why don't bars know that some head is good on beer?).

Aroma: Malty, biscuity notes, slight earthy hop tones, not enough for what I think an amber ale should have--disappointing in general.

Taste: Quite malty/nutty flavor with overtones of biscuit, but it's lack of hop flavor/aroma was really a detractor for me--flavor balance in this brew is shifted heavily towards malt (maybe I'm too used to troeg's hopback, which has great malt/hop flavor balance). Taste is more reminiscent of an ESB than what I'd consider an amber.

Mouthfeel: Nice bitterness, decent sweetness and carbonation was good enough. There's a bit of pungency that comes through the nose that I'm not too fond of.

Drinkability: Nothing spectacular, I didn't really want another one, in fact, I could barely finish the first one.

03-09-2006 03:30:18 | More by PartyHatjo
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mjc410

Vermont

2.8/5  rDev -26.9%

The pour into my Fuller's nonic raises a light tan, stable but short head. The lacing it leaves is sparse and slick, but clings a bit. The body is a very hazy golden copper, with a significant amount of sediment floating about. I wonder why that's in a beer like this, but I'm sure it helps the flavor, and maybe it's even bottle conditioned. The nose is very malty-sweet, with a toasted bit to it as well. I pick up mellow citrus notes, too. The beer has a nice taste balance, with the hops leading at first, but, again, mellow. It finishes with a relaxed toastiness that invites another taste. A bit too acidic, though. The mouth is medium, with too much carbonation, despite being very fine. Overall, it's not hard to drink, but too many faults make me regret that I bought a whole case.

05-05-2007 18:30:00 | More by mjc410
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Anthony1

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -24.3%

Serving Type- on tap poured into a pint glass

appearance- mildly cloudy amber color. small head with not too much lace, but what it did have stuck.

smell- a hoppy citrus. smells of orange and lemon

taste/mouthfeel- a bit malty hops with an citrus flavor, tipped with a bit of banana. hoppier then i expected with a bitter after taste. medium body with ok carbonation

drinkability- wasn't impressed for a brand i've been waiting for. not much of a defining flavor

05-28-2009 13:09:51 | More by Anthony1
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PENGUIN5B

Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -23.5%

Looks like an amber ale...

Smells ok, nothing special or offensive.

taste: way too much bitterness for a non-IPA, to me anyway. The hops dominate the entire taste spectrum, which is great if you're a big IPA fan, which I'm not. Wouldn't have bought it if it said IPA on the label.

MF: medium body, just slick enough.

drinka: see "taste"

03-01-2011 23:48:55 | More by PENGUIN5B
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Murphious

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -23%

This one by Bell's is a typical amber ale---well, typically good. Nothing really bad about it, but nothing stands out as better than the rest out there. Good balance of malt and hops, no bitterness, caramel smooth finish, and the cloudy appearance makes it somewhat different.

06-15-2012 00:37:02 | More by Murphious
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Cubieblu

Illinois

2.99/5  rDev -21.9%

Poured from a bottle that was bottled on 1/16/13 (Drinking date is 6/6/13) into a Stella Artois Chalice.

A – Pours a one finger off-white head that dissipates leaving only a small about of head around the rim of the glass. Color is burnt-orange that is hazy with quite a bit of partials floating. Some carbonation and a good amount of lacing are noticeable.
S – Very off-putting smell comes off to me. Smell reminds me of baby puke. I can get hints of other smells but the puke smell over-whelms them.

T – Up front malt sweetness. Bread taste in the middle. Nice balanced bitterness in the follow. Leaves a sweet flavor in the mouth. Well balanced beer.

MF – Clean and dry with a decent amount of carbonation.

D – The taste isn’t bad but the aroma really is hindering my enjoyment.

06-06-2013 18:39:07 | More by Cubieblu
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.7%

11-24-2011 11:54:12 | More by beerhunter13
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DanGeo

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.7%

04-16-2013 13:41:09 | More by DanGeo
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tectactoe

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.7%

06-16-2012 01:21:48 | More by tectactoe
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beaversfan12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -21.7%

09-28-2013 20:11:03 | More by beaversfan12
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locckdown

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.7%

03-24-2012 21:58:12 | More by locckdown
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ianpstephens

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.7%

10-24-2013 06:29:02 | More by ianpstephens
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PaleAleWalt

New York

3/5  rDev -21.7%

09-01-2014 00:02:43 | More by PaleAleWalt
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

3/5  rDev -21.7%

01-01-2014 19:29:29 | More by Cloaked_Phantom
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LJWalker

Alabama

3/5  rDev -21.7%

02-08-2012 03:17:32 | More by LJWalker
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BogAl

Indiana

3/5  rDev -21.7%

06-25-2014 02:45:36 | More by BogAl
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Gorthaur25


3/5  rDev -21.7%

07-19-2012 01:28:33 | More by Gorthaur25
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.7%

01-30-2013 02:10:13 | More by Blanco
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freduardo

Alabama

3/5  rDev -21.7%

11-14-2011 16:54:57 | More by freduardo
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,340 ratings.