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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,219 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,219
Reviews: 851
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 76
Gots: 100 | 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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paulys55

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-24-2013 04:32:28 | More by paulys55
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LSUPT

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-17-2011 06:32:00 | More by LSUPT
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Beefytits4

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

11-15-2011 00:56:40 | More by Beefytits4
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tugdriver7

Maryland

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

Visiting my brother in NC; he bought this to try. (Thanks D!) Beautiful deep orange deep orange color with decent head that laced the glass all the way down. Balanced malt in the nose with a very pleasant, spicy hops scent. So far, looks and smells like a Pale Ale. Taste was nicely balanced. Good mouthfeel with moderate to a bit more carbonation. Pale Ale-like hops taste at first, mellowing to balanced hops/malt and spicy aftertaste. Extremely drinkable and enjoyable. What a wonderful surprise.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 00:19:23 | More by tugdriver7
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PeakedInHighSchool

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

05-06-2014 14:50:36 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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kguard

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-24-2013 16:07:32 | More by kguard
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ethanmc12

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-02-2013 00:27:46 | More by ethanmc12
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poppyjohn

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-21-2012 22:40:26 | More by poppyjohn
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AKuehn47

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-05-2013 20:54:57 | More by AKuehn47
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Beestin

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-06-2014 03:12:31 | More by Beestin
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malty

Michigan

4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. longneck - no freshness date.

Appearance is a beautiful glowing amber (go figure) with a brite white head. The tiniest of suspended yeast is apparent if you look closely into the beer, due to the fact that Bell's doesn't filter their ales.

Fresh, blossoming notes of sweet pale malt. Reminds me of fresh sugar cookies - nice & doughy. Very clean smelling.

Now I know why Bell's claims this to be their 'flagship' beer. Perfect balance of malty sweet and just the right touch of prickly hops. Oh so fresh... A faint spiceness evokes from the rich and sweet carmel liquid also.

Mouthfeel is perfect for this style. Soft, gentle and tiny bubbles caress the tongue making this light-medium bodied ale's flavor linger on past the swallow. Just enough dryness in the finish to insure this sweet nectar doesn't build-up and become cloying.

Drinkability is outrageously high. Beer drinkers from beginners to veteran would most likely agree it's hard to put down. It's got something for everyone.

Overall a splendid example of a style that's been butchered and pimped for over 15 years. This is a model interpretation of an easy drinking, yet refined and calculated amber ale. Fill up an aluminum wash tub with this and fire up the coals, it's summertime baby. This is how we do it in Michigan!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 23:06:35 | More by malty
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lacing is strong and holds to the glass almost a half an inch up as the head, which is white and foamy, fell leaving the thin layer. The color is gold to a red tint and is clear.

Bread and butter flavors are present and also a flowery and light bodied, not my style however enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is carbonated a little and felt like an average beer on my palate.

I will look for a new bottle from the brewery, but I won't go out of my way to try it again...there are too many beers in front of it in line.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2006 08:10:06 | More by Erdinger2003
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tmm313

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-03-2012 23:01:38 | More by tmm313
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

02-27-2014 03:00:14 | More by ChicagoNick
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WJVII

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by fellow advocate Cdkrenz (thanks bud)

This brew poured into a pint glass has a hazy orange color (not red like I would expect from an amber) with very visible carbonation rising from the bottom and a decent white head that caps well. It is warm out so I am really looking forward to tasting this, but first the smell... actually a nice hop aroma on this. There is a sweet floral taste to this leaning towards the end of a IPA. I enjoy the flavor but am not sure if it is completely true to the style. Good brew for me, but might catch some by surprise.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 00:19:29 | More by WJVII
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unclejimbay

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I have had a few 6 packs of this beer over the past few weeks. I enjoy the taste and smell of this brew, but have found a noticeable amount of flaky sediment no matter how the beer is tired, poured or handled. It seems the yeast in this beer does not compact and always gets stirred up no matter how I pour.

Appearance is copper in color with satisfactory head and lace. Flaky sediment gets stirred up even with the most gentle/careful pour.
Smells of caramelized malts and brew day delicisousness.
Tastes as it smells with s nice balance of caramel malts and mild hop balance. Tastes mildly sweet but enjoyable for an amber.
Mouthfeel is medium body, medium+ carbonation.

The only turnoff on the beer is the annoying sediment. I don't mind a bottle conditioned beer as long as you handle it properly. This beer seems to always pour with flaky sediment and is a turnoff. After my 3rd six pack over the past 2 weeks I will stick with Two Hearted or Oberon.
I love Bells beers, this is my least favorite to date. Apparently they use the same yeast in most thier beers, I don't know why Amber behaves differently?

I will try this again in the future, maybe we have some old or bad batches around here?

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 11:25:58 | More by unclejimbay
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SaisonRichBiere

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11%

03-02-2013 00:33:18 | More by SaisonRichBiere
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with an medium head that faded rather quickly. Lots of sediment. Good lace. Smell of sweet malt, with some citrus and perhaps a bit of caramel and vanilla. Taste is sweet malt with a nice crisp hoppiness, finishes dry. Very well balanced. Very drinkable. A very nice amber. Try some if you get the chance

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2004 23:16:35 | More by sabrills70
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aflies

Arizona

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-15-2012 03:15:12 | More by aflies
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Bieniek30

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-05-2014 15:16:58 | More by Bieniek30
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spedprof

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

09-15-2013 01:04:25 | More by spedprof
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ngandhi

Illinois

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

Along the lines of a malty pale ale, Bell's Amber is a fantastic balance of malt and hops. Cascadey, but milder like Willamette, the hop aroma and tongue are fleetingly bitter, floral, but without the perfume of Two Hearted. This must have been designed to be a session ale and, indeed, it is. I had a pitcher to myself with Mexican food at Fiesta Cafe in Champaign, IL (only 8.00).

Highly recommended, this is certainly unlike any bock. The opening is malty and sweet with a hop bitterness and the finish lightly crisp, bitter, and still malty. Toffee. Consistent and entirely enjoyable. This might be my favorite Bell's brew.

Drink it.

Relax, relax.
ng

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2003 03:55:47 | More by ngandhi
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UDbeernut

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass

a: copper color with minimal head, slight carbonation

s: light malt smell, not much else to it

t: nice sweet malt taste, well balanced beer not overly hopped

m&d: medium bodied beer, decent mouthfeel. Finishes slightly dry but clean

Good beer true to the style

Cheers!!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2008 17:36:27 | More by UDbeernut
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rousee

Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Disclaimer- These amber styles are not my fave.
I have not been as impressed with the 2 Bells beers as I have tried vs.the other MI ones + Great Lakes (OH).

Its allright. I am kind of disappointed because I thought Larry Bell was such an entertaining character from the movie American Beer. The 2 Bells I have tried have clearly been the least impressive of the MI lot which I have regarded highly. Another one that I bet is better on-tap instead of bottled but I cannot score it highly in the bottle.

Tasting notes are peach apricot colored murk with no lace. No foam. Too flat. Straightforward amber maltiness with a good amount of hops.Way too flat !!!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2005 00:18:23 | More by rousee
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DudMan

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-20-2013 23:56:01 | More by DudMan
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,219 ratings.