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

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3.84/5
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3,154 Ratings
Bell's Amber AleBell's Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,383
Reviews:
983
Ratings:
3,154
pDev:
11.98%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of jayhawk73
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/copper color w/ a thin off white head. Good lacing on the side of my snifter. Lots of yeast hanging out in this brew- just enjoying life living in a Bell's beer. The nose is sweet malt, fruit, yeast. A very nice smelling brew- very balanced and pleasant. The taste follows the nose exactly, with hops being added to the mix. Very tasty for the style. Feel is medium, creamy, with a nice full finish. Overall, another solid brew from Bell's. Cheers.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of dexterk1
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Color is little hazy reddish brown. Head was small and dissipated relatively quickly.
Odor is pleasant and is malty and sweet with some caramel notes.
Taste is good overall. First you get some malt and toffee. Finish has some hops bitterness and a little more malt.
Mouth feel is not too bad. Does not linger too long and feels a little light on your tongue.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of VaterRoss
1.75/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12oz bottle into tumbler, bottled 12/15/11

Pours a mostly clear amber with a nice off-white frothy head. Looks good so far. Not much going on in the nose, a light biscuity malt and hint of hop spiciness. Oh my, what happened here; taste starts aright with some mellow malt biscuit and some hoppiness, then I am hit by the distinct taste of soap (ugh). Mouthfeel is even worse with the smooth.creamy, and very slick texture of soapy water. Not even the nice maltiness can save this one as it is buried in soap.

This beer tastes like very mild soap (this could be the diacetyl) and that is not a good thing. Starts off tasting fine and then turns into dishwater. This is one of the more unpleasant beers I have had. Perhaps this was just a bad batch?

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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2/5  rDev -47.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear amber with some sediment. Huge head with lovely, detailed lace.

Nose is delectable -- biscuity grains, yeast, sweet malts.

Taste is sweet and malty, too, with a hint of hops at the finish. Certainly a solid, easy-to-drink ale that would make an ideal gateway ale towards craftier ales. Solid.

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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,154 ratings
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