Bell's Amber Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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Reviews by carwreCk:
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
Appearance in the light is honey-like and foggy with a creamy head.
Smell is wheaty to me.
Taste is fruity and malty with a bitter end.
Mouthfeel is grainy, not too watery.
Drinkability is good, although the bitter finish could get old for some (including myself).
05-30-2009 02:14:49 | More by carwreCk
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4.22/5 rDev +10.2%
The flagship of Bells,pours a medium amber color with a nice medium sticky head,the aroma is is sweet with a good hop presence.A very nice balanced ale starts out malty sweet and fruity with a nice hop bitterness in the finish.A personal favorite and easy to find when Iam home in Michigan.
08-07-2003 00:28:46 | More by oberon
3.7/5 rDev -3.4%
Appearance This is a gorgeous Amber Ale. The body is deep, rich, and hazy orange and the head is huge. It came up with an easy pour, showed great retention, and left some cool-looking lace on the inside of my glass.
Smell The light, grainy notes are quite nice. They are laden with an orangy sweetness and a rather impressive hop profile.
Taste This is about as good as American grain gets. It is husky but smooth and complimented by a nice sweetness, which I have found to be quite repugnant in most other grainy ales. The grassy hops keep this one balanced.
Mouthfeel Closer to medium-bodied than light, this crisp American Amber goes down well and even has a bit of dryness at the finish.
Drinkability Im not a huge fan of the style, but this is about as good as it gets. Or, I should say, about as good as Ive had to date.
Comments Thanks to feloniousmonk for including this in a nice trade package.
07-10-2004 00:56:03 | More by RoyalT
3.28/5 rDev -14.4%
Beautiful bright orange with lots of yummy yeasties floating around to distinguish the men from the people who dont like little white aliens floating aroung in their beer.
Thin beige head. Cool Bottle.
Overall, I dig the presentation both in and out of the bottle.
Smell is pretty sweet and not to exciting.
Pretty darn robust taste but it could be better. Lots of flowers and citrus, toasted grain, slightly bitter.
I bet it would be better on tap.
Very, very drinkable any time of the year.
09-06-2005 16:22:03 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.22/5 rDev +10.2%
A: Medium amber color when poured into a pint glass. Small off-white head with several minutes of retention; good lacing.
S: Nice complexity of malts and hops. Not too aromatic but enjoyable.
T: Malts and hops blend together tipping toward the malty side. The flavors are richly married but not overwhelming. The finish allows the light bitterness of the hops to come through and allows it to be relatively quick and clean.
M&D: Light to medium body and fullness. Little to no separation on the tongue let the flavors stay together all the way down. Smooth.
I really like this one. If you are serving this to a squeamish friend, beware of the sediment on the bottom of the bottle. It made no difference to me whatsoever but there was no mention on the label or I would have poured more carefully. Beautiful ale!
02-10-2008 22:29:58 | More by SIRIUS2
3.23/5 rDev -15.7%
Pours a very murky orange color, with the yeast I poured in accidentally. Smell is quite funky. I don't like it much at all (although I can't describe what it is I don't like...). Taste isn't all that bad (compared to other Bell's beers I've had), although I'm really not all that crazy about it. There's some malty, with a bit of creamy texture, and a little citrusy hops.
This, to me, is yet another disappointing Bell's beer. While it's better than some other Bell's beers such as Cherry Stout and Two Hearted (shudder), it isn't a beer I'd buy again. There are just too many good ones out there to waste my money on semi-drinkable brews.
12-24-2004 00:13:49 | More by skybluewater
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
This beer pours a nice golden amber color with a 1/2" think head. The head lingers for a bit, but dissipates pretty quickly. My nose picks up some malt tones coupled with hoppy undertones. Quite nice overall. There is quite a bit of yeast floating in the glass...and even more on the bottom of the bottle. The first sip comes with a strong sweet malty flavor and a bit of hop bite on the finish. Biterness is hardly there...mostly caramel tones and a bit of a bready yeast flavor. It's quite a tasty ale and goes down clean and smooth. This definetly would qualify as a quality session brew. Bell's produces some fine brews and this one is no exception.
09-08-2004 02:16:17 | More by orbitalr0x
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
Another yummy beer from my Bell's mixpack. Brazenly purchased in Harrisburg, PA, and stealthily brought back across the New York State border via an underground tunnel that was carved out under the Hudson River at least a half century ago. Maybe drinking Bell's in New York City makes it taste better because we vociferously aren't supposed to have it. If so, who cares? This is a great beer.
It pours a nice deep amber (duh) with about a one-inch head. The aroma hops aren't too far forward and the maltiness you get from quaffing this beer is also present in the aroma.
This is an Amber you could drink gallons of and not get tired of it. Some nice biscuity flavors going on here.
11-02-2007 05:52:05 | More by nycjag
4.05/5 rDev +5.7%
Poured into a Cigar City snifter (my all-purpose glass for vacation time beer drinking).
The beer was a hazy copper color with a small tan head.
Caramel malt aroma, sweet. Both floral and citrus hops.
Very much caramel in the taste, late hops, mostly citrus, but some piney hops also.
A little more depth in the mouthfeel than I'm accustomed to in this style.
02-07-2011 12:11:10 | More by lordofthewiens
3.95/5 rDev +3.1%
Cask at The Soup Spoon
Pours reddish brown with no head at all. Aromas of caramel malt, a bit of bread and maple, vanila and a faint nuttiness. Taste is similar with a bit of hops thrown in. Pretty nice. I've had this in bottles several times, and it is noticeably more enjoyable on cask. Very smooth mouthfeel with a faintly bitter finish. This is a style I normally don't enjoy that much except for hoppier ambers, but on cask this is pretty enjoyable.
06-01-2012 21:55:29 | More by warnerry
3.55/5 rDev -7.3%
Bell's Amber poured a golden amber with lots of big flakey particles, and a nice creamy thick head with nice retention - almost stout-like. The aroma was pretty underwhelming with some slight fruity tones. It was a nice tasting amber with a fruity initial flavor and a nice hoppy finish. Overall, a good drinking amber ale.
11-28-2003 06:52:23 | More by Beaver13
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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