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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

2,315 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,315
Reviews: 855
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 84
Gots: 123 | 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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vrbulldog22

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

05-13-2013 18:25:59 | More by vrbulldog22
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jkball01

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

05-13-2013 16:02:43 | More by jkball01
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Punkrckr281

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-12-2013 13:41:21 | More by Punkrckr281
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TheSixthRing

California

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%

Bottled on date of 01/16/13

Appearance - Pours hazy golden amber with an off-white finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin layer of microbubbles, building thicker around the edge of the glass. Fair lacing with decent stick.

Smell - Moderate caramel notes, with less notes of red apple sweetness. Hints of earthiness and bread.

Taste - Moderate caramel and lesser buttery diacetyl character upfront and throughout. Mild earth tones and apple mid-taste and into the finish, while faint citrus character rides out in the aftertaste, giving this beer a welcome balance.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with moderate carbonation and a buttery smoothness. Goes down all too easy.

Overall - A solid Amber from Bell's. As smooth balanced as they come, while still maintaining an interesting profile. I could see myself buying this a few times a year if it were to ever hit the shelves in California.

05-11-2013 04:25:59 | More by TheSixthRing
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Slay40

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.7%

05-10-2013 21:28:20 | More by Slay40
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tesla92

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-08-2013 17:14:33 | More by tesla92
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anticipation23

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

05-06-2013 19:59:31 | More by anticipation23
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Beer21

Florida

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-06-2013 07:10:16 | More by Beer21
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Hobo

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

05-06-2013 05:00:31 | More by Hobo
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MaxOhle

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

05-06-2013 00:27:26 | More by MaxOhle
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csparace

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

05-04-2013 22:52:20 | More by csparace
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

05-04-2013 22:28:35 | More by ZEB89
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magictacosinus

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured on tap in a 6oz tumbler at a Beer Garden we found in Chicago. Review is from my notes.

Presents an amber, reddish color complete with a slightly thickened yet yet foamy head that eventually dwindles down to a modest ring. Carbonation is fairly plentiful, although it disappears rather quickly. Looks relatively clear and not too thickened overall with each swirl. Slightly syrupy in feel as well. Looks like a good but fairly above average American amber.

At the nose there's a bunch of classic toasted characteristics, with the biscuit backbone and freshly cracked grains following soon after. Slightly soapy as well, which came as a surprise. There's a bit of a malty character that melds with the sweetened toasted flavor but everything ends up remaining overtaken by the bitterness. Slightly spicy, perhaps, but not too complex. Relatively straightforward when reviewing to style.

The flavor continues what was left off from the aroma, with more maltiness this time, especially verging on a toasted cereal grain flavor. The malt backbone provides slight fruitiness, ranging from apples to a hint of apricot, although it eventually melds into a biscuit-like flavor that these beers are known for. Not difficult at all to drink, as the carbonation is well present and it ranges to being semi-dry to wet on the palate. Not too explosive, but a solid offering.

Works as a good summer beer, although it's a little maltier than I like my ambers. The toasted character is highly emphasized but doesn't seem to hold on all the way through, especially when the strong grainy bitterness comes around. I wish the hops were a little bit more present as well, and the same goes for the initial cereal flavors I found satisfying. Solid, but not my favorite offering by Bell's.

05-02-2013 18:26:20 | More by magictacosinus
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Chris77McGrath

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-30-2013 17:34:54 | More by Chris77McGrath
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Kelsiemoeller

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance: Caramel in color like a light brown, pretty clear

Smell: You can smell a hint of caramel and yeast, but there is only a very vague smell overall

Taste: You can definitely taste the caramel malt in the beer. There is a kick of bittering hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel; somewhat thick, but not too thick

Overall: You can't go wrong with this Bell's Amber Ale!

04-26-2013 18:14:54 | More by Kelsiemoeller
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yuenglingade

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11%

04-26-2013 12:55:42 | More by yuenglingade
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psmith161

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-24-2013 13:28:20 | More by psmith161
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Bamarooster

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +24%

04-23-2013 22:43:34 | More by Bamarooster
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navinsula

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +11%

04-21-2013 01:14:13 | More by navinsula
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jreindl

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

04-20-2013 13:13:26 | More by jreindl
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Jason1337

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-19-2013 10:30:09 | More by Jason1337
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ClintonRalston

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

04-19-2013 00:26:12 | More by ClintonRalston
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HardyA

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

04-18-2013 22:59:15 | More by HardyA
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Keithandandrewdotcom

Delaware

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-18-2013 01:12:48 | More by Keithandandrewdotcom
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ac22rush

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

04-17-2013 18:33:15 | More by ac22rush
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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