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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

911 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 911
Hads: 2,872
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 21.09%
Wants: 136
Gots: 419 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale | 5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2001

Amber Ale deftly balances a mixture of toasted grain & light caramel notes with a range of floral, citrus and herbal hop notes, capped by a clean bitterness. This balance of flavors makes Amber Ale quite versatile as a food pairing option, not to mention being rather tasty in its own right. Whether serving as a jumping point to other styles or as a familiar standby, Amber Ale is central to the Bell’s portfolio.
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Reviews: 911 | Hads: 2,872
Photo of car2052
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

A: Very nice dark orange with a 3/4 in off-white head. Cloudy appearance. Probably unfiltered.
S: Sweet, caramel malt. Hint of orange and alcohol.
T: Bready taste. A bit of tartness followed by light dark fruit notes, of cherries and wild berries. Yeasty acidity. Ends with a bit of hop bitterness not felt in the beginning of the palate.
M: Medium mouthfeel. Creamy. Slight hoppy aftertaste.
O: Pretty good. A little too tart. Well made and pretty flavorful.

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Photo of schoolcb
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I decant the 12oz. longneck into an appropriate drinking vessel. A tan head of about 1/2" rises up and slowly fades away leaving a persistent ring of lace. I immediately catch malt and hop aroma. The beer is fairly clear, and a pale copper color. I must have poured to fast as I have floaters in the beer. I have read that Bell's beers are bottle conditioned so I'm not alarmed by the floaters. Flavor is a nice caramel malt balanced nicely with American hops...although I can't make out the specific hop. The hop bitterness finishes nicely in the aftertaste. Overall a very nice drinkable beer

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Photo of ncbeermonger
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super Amber Ale!
The pint glass looks great with this beauty in it. Red and amber in hue it looks fantastic.
You can smell the hoppiness and the amber malt.
This amber has an amazing taste and a super smooth finish! I love it!
The mouthfeel is clean, smooth and crisp
This is an extremely drinkable amber, in fact it is my favorite Amber I have ever had!

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Photo of runner440
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an awesome Amber Ale. A perfect session beer to drink all night. A perfect amount of Big thanks for Marc for hooking me up with this flagship beer. There are epic tastes of sweet caramel and malt. The mouth-feel was very nice and had a perfect amount of carbonation. The drinkabilitly on this beer is huge! One of the best Amber Ale's I've ever had.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this from a 12 oz bottle.

A: pours a typcial amber-orange color with minimal head and no lacing. A decent looking bier.
S: very slight smell, nothing spectacular.
T: not as robust as many ambers, a little weak.
M: nothing exciting here, doesn't offend bu doesn't excite.
D: could have a few of these on a hot summer day, but it wouldn't be too remarkable.

Bells usually makes a good product, this is not one of it's best. This is a "recommend slightly".

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost clear amber, just a little cloudy.

Drink is lots of caramel, its almost like the subtle hops are just to add a bit of crispness to the taste.

This beer fits into a particular style that I enjoy, on the spectrum of amber ales this could almost lean towards that of an Oktoberfest. Almost.

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Photo of natemort13
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, 12-25-2011

Bottled 11/09/11

Nice new label, love the Michigan nature scene...good to be home.

Pours a light orangey brown with a decent frothy white head.

Nose is almost all malty sweetness and bread, slight touch of hops, not overly impressed but hey I'm a hophead.

Nice strong malt presence up front, carbonation lingers on the finish with slight hop bitterness that balances out the malty sweetness. Caramelly, some biscuit.

Overall it's better than I remember, I definitely appreciate the balance of this beer much more now, but when two-hearted is sitting on the shelf next to it I know what I'm gonna reach for.

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Photo of VTR
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up for something different as I transition from my dark beer to lighter summer beers. I do not usually like Amber Ales but I found this refreshing and enjoyable. Definitely not too hop forward with nice caramel/toffee flavor. Kind of a funkiness to the taste with some tartness but totally enjoyable. Carbonation is a kinda high but I did not mind. I am pleased with this.

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Photo of Spiekerbox
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice light amber color with a small white head the quickly dissipates.

S- Sweeter malt is a light scent with a small hop backbone, not very strong but it is pleasant.

T- Nice mix of malts, some sweeter than others, bit of a bitterness at the end with a slight citrus hop flavor, balances well with the malt.

M- Medium body and on the higher side of medium carbonation. Nice and crisp finish.

D- Very good beer, one of the better amber's that I have had. Nothing too special but would make an excellent session beer.

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Photo of OatherS
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of cbleary
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was a disappointng beer. I especially enjoy Bell's Two-Hearted Ale but this one did not agree with me nearly as well. It arrived a bit lighter than I expected for an amber ale. The taste was of sourish malts and bitter hops, but they didn't seem to balance or mix very well. It was a bit of a lopsided brew. Decent, but not extraordinary. Maybe it's better out of the bottle?

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Samuel Smith's pint glass. Pours a clear copper with a finger and a half of creamy, white head that dissipates quickly and has a lot of visible carbonation. Smell is malty, but not strong. I do get buttery biscuits and light caramel, but there is not much to this. Taste is malty and light, and it drinks very easily. Leaves behind a beady aftertaste that lingers.

Overall: Not much too this one, but that doesn't make it unenjoyable. It's light and sessionable, so it has it's place in the beer drinking world.

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Photo of BigHead
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After driving 4600 miles to get a boat, and a pit stop in Chicago to get beer from Sams, this was my first Bell's beer that I get to try out of the variety that I purchased. It poured out nicely, keeping a good head, and had a good amber color with some cloudiness to it. Malty sweet and hop aroma with the hint of spiciness and fruit. A smooth flavor with a finishing bite that leaves my tongue feeling rough on the top. The beer is not overpowered by anyone particular flavor, with the malts and fruity hops balancing each other out nicely. The beer ends with a bready aftertaste. So far so good.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from an engine at happy our at PROOF.

reviewed from notes.

A-Pours burn orange with a thin bubbly head. Sticky lace sheets with a sudsy consistency.

S-Hoppy with hints of caramel and sweet doughy notes that combine very well with the hops

T-Good amount of light hops followed by a good malty light background of sweet bread and caramel. Very clean finish

M-Thin light and airy with a little carbonation that softens the beer.

D-Through the roof on this one. Amazingly more flavor than the original. A little on the thin side but the abundance of flavor carries it well.

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Photo of Vec2267
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - murky orange with nice off white head, not much lacing

S - caramel, grass, notes of citrus

T - caramel and toasted bread, grainy, but a surprising hop bite for the style

M - quite creamy

O - I like that the grains and breads are balanced with some hops heft - but not what I was expecting from the style

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Pours a bright golden orange color, with no head or lacing.

Had a fruity, wheat smell.

First taste was an alumminum, then quickly to a wheaty flavor ending woth a slight citrus (orange).

Very crisp and refreshing, perfect mouthfeel.

Could drink these all night long.

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Photo of Opethsprite
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!!!

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Photo of Beeryce
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice slightly off-white head atop a cherrywood coloered, clear beer. Steally carmel malt and pronounced bitter and floral hop aroma. Taste is well balanced interplay of hop bitterness and sweet chewy malt. Nice mouthfeel fits the beers flavor profile and adds to the high drinkability. A great session or six-pack beer.

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Photo of Larrytown
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden-brown with a small head a little lacing. There's some malt on the nose, but I'm not picking up much else.

The taste is, well, an amber. It's nicely balanced with the sweetness balanced off by a hint of hops. At the same time, it's not wildly different than any other amber.

Before tasting the Rush River Amber, I might have said "Yeah, it's boring, but all Ambers are." Turns out that's not the case. So although this is tasty, I'd probably turn elsewhere in the future.

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Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle (no freshness date) poured into my infamous SN pint glass...

A-thick and frothy four fingers of tan head laying atop a hazy orange, almost copper body

S-ultra spicy hips, with a small kick of pale malts and some caramel

T-slight citrus (tangerine?) up front with loads of pale malts throughout

M-smooth and simply

D-sessionable, no questions asked

a simply style that is always hard to rate for me yet so easy to drink...this brew is one of the better ambers that I've had to date...it's no Cindercone, but a good one nonetheless. Way to go Bell's!

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Photo of littlelorib
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first example of the style.

Cloudy orange brew with a persistent creamy head. Smells wonderfully of biscuit and yeast topped with sweet and floral notes. Taste is middle of the road, but nice and balanced. All the things hinted at in the smell come out - the biscuity sweetness of the malt balanced nicely by the hops.

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer. It makes a nice change from the porters and stouts i've been drinking recently, and i can definitely see myself getting more.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice heavy amber color. Lots of sediment in glass, which is very appealing. Plenty of carbonation visible. Pours with medium head. Fruity, green apple aroma. Mildly sweet, with a thick/burnt toast combination to the taste. Slightly bitter. Malt over rides hops, but the hops which do come through are pleasantly received. Rest deliciously on the palate. The balance of malts and hops linger and fade away evenly, which entices you to another drink. Finishes with a hint of citrus, with a mix of straw. Overall, one of the most balanced, well tasting brews available.

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Photo of teovaldi
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a white two finger head that sticks around for a while.

Smells of a toasty aroma with a light touch of hops.

Taste starts out with sweet malts followed by hops and finishes bitter.

Fairly light body with lots of carbonation.

This is a highly sessionable brew.

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Photo of TheDoorman
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy translucent orange with minimal white head and little lacing. Aroma is floral, perfumy, and malty. Taste follows the nose. Reminiscent of spring flowers with a light spicey malt backbone. Carbonation is present in the body. Light, effervescent and sweet. A pleasant beer, but nothing special.

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Photo of jman42
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Drank a 12 oz bottle in a goblet outside after a day of Autumn chores.

A = Fairly clear with a deep orange color. TONS of tiny CO2 bubbles. Great head and lacing. Very pretty beer.

S = Minimal. Being an amber, it obviously won't be overly hoppy, but no specific scent came to mind. Just smelled like "beer".

T = Good, but again, no specific taste jumps out. Tastes like "beer".

M = Creamy. No lingering bitterness or anything. Five minutes after finishing it, I can still feel the creaminess.

O = A good drinking beer. Nothing outstanding like their Oberon...just a nice beer to have sitting around on the deck. Bet this would be a good beer to win over Bud/Coors drinkers.

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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 911 ratings.