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Bell's Amber Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,333 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,333
Reviews: 856
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 87
Gots: 130 | 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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satellite85

New Mexico

4.25/5  rDev +11%

07-03-2014 02:19:36 | More by satellite85
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mrochford5151

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-03-2014 12:55:35 | More by mrochford5151
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aaronbeach69

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%

appearance a dark orange... copper... not dark enought o be "amber". 1.3 fingers head, lace holds to sides of cup pretty well... head is somewhat carmel-white...

smell: fruity with subdued hops

taste: nice bitter aftertaste in the back of the mouth... somewhat of a warm alchohol glow left...tips of tounge tingle between carbonation and alchohol showing through more than expected. However, the mid-taste seems subtle to non-existent...

mouthfeel - a nice mouthfeel... somewhat filling than most pale ales I have had but much less than a hearty IPA...

drinkability - easily drinkable... however a little bit of alchohol jumps out that the ABV doenst' justify...

notes: an ok beer, something I would repeat... but not that I plan to

07-10-2004 03:14:01 | More by aaronbeach69
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hmbrewer336


3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

A: rich amber color with an off-white head about 1 finger thick spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Malt and Biscuit dominate the nose a slight fruity tone come through as well

T: Bready and Biscuit up front with a slightly bitter and fruity hop finish.

M: Medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation that bites the mouth and is refreshing.

O: Nice beer I can drink this any season and really enjoy Bell's interpretation of this style. I also like the new label

04-19-2012 21:55:15 | More by hmbrewer336
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burntoutphilosopher

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Appearance:
great filtered beer. i expected unpasteurized. mildly cloudy. nothing like if it were on Lees

Smell:
sharp but good

Taste:
Really top notch. surprisingly so. great amount of bitter for a neutral Ale. and has a perfect balance of malt and sweetness that is still tastable.

Mouthfeel:
on par with killian's or Sam Adams.

Overall:
A Very Good beer. taste is king to me and this has it. two layers of bitter and sweet. not a bit watered down like Goose Island or Sam Adams hopology.
For what you get though, i felt overpriced. not on any lees, says unpasturized but mine pours very clear.

04-02-2014 00:33:22 | More by burntoutphilosopher
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drifter29

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

A: A bit more orange than amber, cloudy appearance

S: Slightly citrus, not much in aroma

T: Smooth and sweet with a hint of hops, not as hoppy as my usual favorite but clean with little aftertaste

D: Very drinkable, ABV less than expected and even with the shortfall in the hops department I could easily drink more than a couple

02-06-2010 00:12:20 | More by drifter29
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beerhawk

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

I guess Bells is big on bottle conditioning. I don't think I am a fan for that in this type of beer. The bottle poured with a cloudy amber color. Head was good and lasted most of the way. The hops were notable but nothing over the top. Taste was good and very fresh, but the yeasty notes just don't need to be there. I really think this might be a better beer if it were not bottled conditoned. Worth a try, but I think it could be better.

04-01-2007 03:11:39 | More by beerhawk
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maltusaurelius

District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +30.5%

Pours an orange tinged amber with a two fingered fluffy beige head that leaves a moderate lacing on the glass. Sweet caramel malts on the nose with a spicy floral hop aroma coming through as well.

Taste follows, medium sweet body with caramel accents in the malts, accompanied by an assertive hop bitterness. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is lively and crisp. Very drinkable, and would pair well with a wide variety of foods.

Confession time: I'm from west Michigan (Grand Rapids to be specific) and this was the first local craft brewed beer available in my town. I drank a lot of it in the early to mid 90s - it was my go-to beer back then. This is the first time I've had it in years, and the taste is tinged with nostalgia - to me it's like coming home in a bottle. So my review may be a bit biased.

Bell's was one of the first craft brewers in the U.S. and the first in the Midwest (at least they claim to be), and this beer helped define the American Amber style. I think still one of the best. Like I said I haven't had it in years, but having tasted it again it will be a staple from now on. Truly exemplary.

02-26-2009 00:54:03 | More by maltusaurelius
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navinsula

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +11%

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

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

08-09-2012 05:42:41 | More by pkmnzach
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jzdecourcy

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

03-26-2013 03:16:45 | More by jzdecourcy
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maedwa3

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-24-2014 02:40:20 | More by maedwa3
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Clockwork12

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

02-23-2013 05:40:53 | More by Clockwork12
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mrjonesezn


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

02-05-2013 00:04:55 | More by mrjonesezn
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Rwainman

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +24%

03-30-2013 23:05:13 | More by Rwainman
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mchenry1313

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

04-28-2014 01:01:44 | More by mchenry1313
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OSUbrewman

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%

Appearance -This beer poured a cloudy golden amber (like aged apple cider) with a 2 finger off-white head that exhibited great retention and some lacing.
Nose- Some citrus was detectable in the nose, and some hoppiness, but noting too special.
Taste- Crisp and refreshing, this is definately a very citrusy amber. There were some hops, but not as hoppy as I would have liked. The taste in thirst quenching and has a clean finish with very little lingering on the palate.
Mouthfeel- Crisp carbonation, not very heavy at all.
Drinkability- Highly drinkable and a good session amber,
Bell's Amber would go quite well on a warm summer day, as it is definately a thirst quencing and refreshing offering of this style. However, while it wasn't bad, it definately left something to be desired.

12-23-2006 16:03:15 | More by OSUbrewman
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Lookalive07

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

08-05-2014 04:57:16 | More by Lookalive07
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beerquestman

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

Appearance: limited head and a hazy amber look.

Smell: I could smell berries and a fruitiness, specifically cherries.

Taste: I could taste the hops, caramel, a bit of plum skin, a bit of peach and a tart cherriness.

Mouthfeel: Very well balanced and soft not he tongue.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable, but a bit too sweet for me. I think I could only have one per sitting and no more than that.

02-09-2011 01:44:29 | More by beerquestman
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rdpoint

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

The appearance of the beer is a soft red with lots of particulates floating around, not the best in terms of appearance but the taste well makes up for it. Very small head on it.

Smell is flowery and a little sweet

Taste is great, this beer is delicious, its a beer that you could drink all day. Nice clean crisp taste with little to no after taste. A little on the sweet side but still a great tasting beer.

Easily one of the easiest beers to drink that I've had in a while, you'll wonder if there was a hole in the bottle before you know it.

This beer should be a staple of all bars and pubs, I would recommend this beer to anyone.

02-14-2011 20:08:43 | More by rdpoint
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smulford68

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

06-19-2012 17:46:01 | More by smulford68
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michaeldrogers

Illinois

5/5  rDev +30.5%

12-17-2011 06:43:35 | More by michaeldrogers
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michiganbeerman3

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-09-2012 03:31:34 | More by michiganbeerman3
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jdgerow

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-16-2011 20:16:53 | More by jdgerow
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drewgentry

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

03-06-2012 04:03:00 | More by drewgentry
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,333 ratings.