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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

2,249 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,249
Reviews: 853
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 78
Gots: 105 | 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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BigJim5021

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gorgeous, cloudy copper color with a slightly rocky white head. The sediment really makes the beer look great. Definitely wasn't expecting something unfiltered with this one.

The smell is nothing to write home about. Slightly sweet and somewhat pleasant, but nothing earth-shattering.

The taste is semi-sweet to begin with. The bottle claims to use mostly pale malts, but it definitely has a caramel malt character to it. There's some nice hop presence in the finish making this a really well-balanced beer.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and much less thin than other ambers that I've had. I really dig that aspect of it.

This stuff is really drinkable. I only bought a single, but I might have to get a sixer sometime in the near future. Bell's is my favorite brewery, and they've definitely got a winner with their flagship beer. Kickass stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 04:58:03 | More by BigJim5021
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jcalabre

California

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This pours a hazy amber/orange color w/ a 1 inch white head that slowly disappears.
Nose: I get a little bit of green apple in the nose along with some hops
Flavor: it's a very hoppy amber but it's offset by sweetness, too. This makes it quite enjoyable. The mouthfeel is crisp & clean.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2003 00:49:46 | More by jcalabre
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Slynger

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very lightly hazy tangerine color with a slight lean towards bronze. An off-white head settles quickly to a ring around the glass leaving some solid lace.
The nose is quite weak. Biscuit malts and a little bit of sweet honey accompanied by a light floral hop presence.
The taste picks this one up a bit. Mostly toasted bread with a small amount of sweetness. Bitter and earthy in the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and dry and leaves me thirsty, only maybe I will try something else .
This one is okay, but there are a lot of other beers I'd rather drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 05:43:29 | More by Slynger
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jeffthepony

Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-15-2011 22:38:16 | More by jeffthepony
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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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scootercrabb

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-06-2011 18:12:54 | More by scootercrabb
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matty

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious copper colored ale with a hearty malt flavor that goes down smooth as water.Nice aftertaste and no carbonation gives an enjoyable experience from the moment it hits your tongue to the moment it hits your stomach.Highly recommended I will be buying this ale again!!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2007 02:37:16 | More by matty
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minterro

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark non-transparent amber. no carbonation rising from the bottom. A speckled star of light head is formed midway through drinking it, almost no lacing (bit and pieces).

S: semi-strong sweetness. possible banana and lemon?

T: complex sweet flavors throughout the time in the mouth, finishes with bitter tingles like relaxingly poke at ur tongue. finishes dry and first then i always get a rush of moisture

M: medium to thick body, little to medium carbonation

D: easy to drink

Overall: overall good. bells always produces good beer and this one is no exception, in fact one of my favs so far that i have tried from their catalog.

original rating: 3.5, 4, 4.5, 4, 4

2011:

S&A: more bready tones then before, complemented with a caramel. bits of citrus also. Head poured about 2 fingers and died to a ring around the glass within a min or two.

T&M: more breadiness then I remembered it. medium bodied, medium to low carbonation. touch of boozy in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 20:35:30 | More by minterro
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very nice light amber color. Yeast was suspended, but it's bottle conditioned, so that's ok. Head was about 1/2 inch in pint glass, help fairly well. Overall good looking.

Scent: A good mix of scents, a little sweet, a little carmely. not a terribly overwhelming hop smell. Very slightly floral smell

Taste: A thin, malty taste when first touching the tongue, then leaving a bitter, hoppy aftertaste which diminished towards the end of the glass. Too hoppy in my opinion for an amber ale.

Mouthfeel: Beer felt good, slightly smoother than homebrew, and a little thin, but not very. Perfect carbonation, especially for a bottle conditioned beer.

Drinkability: Overall, alright, but not something I would target again. The hops are just not what I'm looking for in an Amber.

I bought this beer because I never got to visit the brewery as I had planned when home in Chicago over Christmas. I should have assumed based on who referred Bell's to me that it would be hoppy. I'll be sure to avoid any pale ale's from that direction, but I wouldn't refuse this beer if offered again.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 02:21:05 | More by mdwalsh
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EasyReader

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-29-2011 02:41:50 | More by EasyReader
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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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Zraly

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy medium orange with off-white two finger head into a stein. Smells grainy and a bit like dough. A wisp of citrus lingers.

Not too heavy and not too light, this is a very tasty amber ale. Nice notes of honey, toast, and grains. Malty and smooth, this is on the outer edge of session ale territory. Crisp citrus hop finish that dries nicely on the palate. Medium-bodied and carbonation eases the drinking experience as it is spot on for style.

Refreshing and an extremely solid brew. Good year round for session or to maybe convert a few macro folks. Approachable and I recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 23:54:38 | More by Zraly
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csmalley

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-14-2013 23:50:20 | More by csmalley
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-18-2011 19:17:50 | More by mgbickel
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this American Amber Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a cloudy orange color and produced a 1 inch white head. Head retention was below average. Lacing was very good. The Aroma of the ale was full of roasted malt with a hint of hop and citrus. The taste of the beer was outstanding. It was very drinkable, and had nice body. The beer was first and foremost filled with roasted and malt and it gave way to a nice sweet finish. High drinkability- Perfect session beer. This is the most outstanding example of an American Amber Ale that I have had to date.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 22:03:00 | More by GossageBrewery
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mooseisloose

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of red licorice and a slight bit of butterscotch. Pours to a slightly red light brown color with a multi-sized bubble head. Taste is again some red licorice, beer laces nicely on the glass. Very well balanced ale. Great body, silky smooth mouthfeel. Taste is neither sweet nor bitter, but both. A little more malty in the front end and slightly more bitter at the finish. Not overly bitter, though with malts coming through tarty at the very end. Very drinkable, tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 05:02:41 | More by mooseisloose
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Cloudy, apricot; minimal white head; more orange than amber

Smell
Fruity, sweet, and floral, reminiscent of pear, peach, berry, and caramel

Taste & Mouthfeel
Nicely balanced with an initial crisp bitterness, followed by a light bready sweetness and fruity notes. Mouthfeel seems perfect--not water-thin nor too heavy for the style. The finish is very clean, leaving me wanting more and making for an easy-drinking ale.

Overall
Bell's Amber Ale is a good session beer, as it manages to stay drinkable while packing in a lot flavor.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 19:47:31 | More by JEdmund
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climax

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a true amber hue, pretty cloudy, and a nice tan head. Retention is very good and lace is decent.

There's nice balance in the nose. Lemon zest and grass make up the bright hop profile, while buttery caramel and bready grains comprise of the backbone.

The flavor has the malt forwardness of Bell's Oktoberfest, yet adds the extra hop dimension. It's balanced all the way, and not too shabby on intensity either. Sweet caramel and bread are consistent throughout, and the bitterness is always able to keep up.

Plenty of carbonation greets the tongue and lingers throughout the semi-dry finish. The body is on the light side of medium and the feel is slightly thin. There's no doubt this makes a good well-balanced session beer with enough flavor to stay satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 00:35:38 | More by climax
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a clouded amber color with some sediment with a finger and a half of white head that has better retention and lacing than I expected.

S: Pale malts, light toast, caramel, and some nuttiness.

T: Citrus, light floral hoppiness, burnt toast, cereal malts, and caramel.

M: It has a medium-light body with above average carbonation and a refreshing finish.

D: This is solid but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 04:54:35 | More by bucklemyshoe
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TheNightwatchman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-28-2012 19:50:31 | More by TheNightwatchman
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stoutman

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange/Bronze color with a very thin and short-lived tan head. Pale and malty, with a slightly hoppy and slightly sweet aroma. Medium-bodied; Slight astringinent flavour with an ever present hoppiness and even the smallest of sweetnesses. Aftertaste definately bittered from the malt and suffers from the Astringent characteristics, but is not bad at all. Overall, this is fairly good for an amber. What kind of water does Bell use?? All his beer has a similar, almost erie, aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 03:41:11 | More by stoutman
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-20-2012 03:00:51 | More by Caudalie
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drdiesel9483

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11%

07-21-2014 23:40:07 | More by drdiesel9483
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supercolter

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was kinda all over for me. It was orangish red in color with little to no head and some small chunks. Smell is exceptional, with a peach and plum smell up front with a bit of malt and hops to follow. Taste is a bit above average, nice and complex but reminds me alot of flavored sparkling water. Mouthfeel and drinkablity are very good goes down smooth and easy.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 08:07:03 | More by supercolter
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MCain04

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a 20 oz Spiegelau glass.

Appearance: Murky orange, amber color. Opaque. Off-white head of 1-2 fingers with decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Not great. Musty is upfront. Beyond that, I get a lot of nutty characters, a hint of floral hops, roasty malt backbone.

Taste: Easy-drinking. Definitely a balanced brew with a mild amount of spice, hops, and malt. For a beer-drinker who appreciates balance and subtlety, this beer is good.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Light on the mouthfeel. Average finish.

Overall: An above-average amber ale. Nothing I'd go out of my way for, but it's definitely drinkable and tastier than a lot of the other mass-produced amber ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 19:16:22 | More by MCain04
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,249 ratings.