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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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very good

904 Reviews

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Reviews: 904
Hads: 2,828
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 21.09%
Wants: 128
Gots: 396 | 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:
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: 904 | Hads: 2,828
Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of horchata spiced tea and sriracha. Weirdest smell on a beer I've ever consumed. However, it tastes totally different. It's a heavier amber ale with a bit of booziness and grain. Brown sugar and herbal spices enter thereafter.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pilsner, light copper in color with two fingers of white, foamy head that settle to a cap with some sticky lacing. Lots of lazy carbonation, small, slow bubbles that eventually make their way to the surface. Some floaties.Aroma is toffee, caramel, biscuits and some floral notes. Tastes follows, with a sometimes there-sometimes-not bite on the end. Nice and smooth, a solid offering. Not something I'd see myself craving, though.

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Photo of stompilator
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a nice, clear copper. Light, easy head.

S - Very light spicy hop aroma.

T - Complex grain notes of toasted biscuits, caramel, and nuts. Spicy, earthy hops spice up the malt flavor nicely, creating a near-seamless balance.

M - Medium-light body with very light carbonation.

O - Does what ambers do best: create a synergistic complexity between every element of the brew.

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Photo of mzingie
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Attractive 2 finger head with average lacing covering a honey color. The smell has something in it I find absolutely repulsive that killed this beer for me. Reminiscent of diapers. The taste is actually pretty good. Clean balance of hops, very subtle citrus, solid carbonation. The mouthfeel is what it should be, fairly heavy with the presence of alcohol in its aftertaste. Overall I am disappointed in the brewery that brought me two hearted ale but if it were not for the smell I would probably but this again.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red brown with quite a bit of floaties a a one and one half finger white head. Aroma is caramel, biscuit, and crackers. Taste is caramel, biscuit, crackers, and a slight balance of hoppy floral notes. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and nicely carbed. Overall, this is a very good amber ale that is malt forward and hopped for balance. Could easily spend an afternoon at a bbq or pool with these.

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Photo of Gear54
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pour is deep amber in color with 1/2 finger of thin off white foam and no lace left on the glass.

Smell is carmel and bread malts with citrus and hop notes as well.

Taste follows the nose quite well. Carmel and citrus flavors with a strong punch of brown sugar sweetness. Bitter and hop forward as well. Malty backbone just gives enough balance.

Feel is the strongest part of this brew. The hop bitterness and brown sugar sweetness last on the palate for a long while after the sip. Very smooth and easy drinking even for the high level of bitterness. Really well put together

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

Bell's amber ale is a dark gold/yellow color. It smells well balanced with aromas such as wheat and carmel. The taste was smooth with wheat and maple syrup being the main flavors. Personally was not my cup of tea but still overall still a good beer.

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Photo of Blueshirts
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is ridiculously good, giving it such a high rating because it's become my favorite beer, let alone amber. It's difficult to say this because I love Maine Beer Co's Zoe, but this is better in my opinion. I did notice though that it tastes much better cold, especially out of a frosty mug. This isn't too surprising but I think the cold temp has an especially strong effect on ambers.

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Photo of claudialeshok
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

smooth, nutty, bitter, hints of caramel. One of their best "food beer's" because it goes with just about everything. This beer got the brewery started.

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Photo of carolynschaf
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a smooth ale. It is woodlike with nut and maple notes. Bell's started their brewery with this beer. It is one of the best food beers because it goes with everything.

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Photo of Sydney10
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Visual: Pours a clear amber color.
Smell: Malty with light fruit undertones of strawberry and lemon.
Taste: Bitter, smooth beer. A bitter taste of a green caramel apple.
Overall: Average beer that is light on the tongue.

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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 Michelleluw
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great beer to ease into a darker beer. The light amber nodes give the beer a toffee and caramel taste. I love this beer with a nice piece of steak with sauteed mushrooms. Highly recommend this beer...then ease into Bell's Two Hearted!

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Photo of dacoit
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice amber ale, not incredible. Powerful malt (but not in a funky way), perceptible but relatively mellow hop profile, subtle citrusy twang, rich mouthfeel, medium dry finish.

Have not seen the bottle pictured (with stork type bird), but instead image is various natural scenes (dunes, evergreen trees, freshwater). Overall an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Packaged 1/28/15.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, toast, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, biscuit, and slight caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a Bell's shaker pint

A: Very hazy, orange, reddish, nice creamy off white head, looks very drinkable.

A: Caramel malts, picking up some floral hop aromas, smells sweet, like a slight brown sugar aroma, smells great.

T: Caramel malts, nice balanced bitterness in the middle, dry hoppy finish, not very sweet like the nose, very drinkable, great taste.

M: Very creamy, smooth easy drinking.

O: Very impressed with the drinkability, it's balanced with a nice bitterness in the middle, slight hoppy aromas and flavors. This makes me want to revisit some amber ales as I has been awhile since I've had one, I could see this beer fitting in where I might not want an IPA or a Pale Ale, I'd reach for this. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(Draft, The Refinery, Newhall, CA 2/28/14) A good beer but nothing really stands out. Been on a long hiatus from "ambers" so it is hard to judge for its' style.

Two-Hearted Ale (favorable)

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i love the new packaging on this beer, a landscape in watercolor, just beautiful and unassuming. the beer in the bottle is killer too, one of the better ambers out there really. its not sweet at all, but has all the rich froth of a good one, caramel malt, and probably some oats in here too, mildly tannic, really fluffy feeling, and remarkably dry for the style. the yeast is tough to place, it doesnt taste like an irish strain, but it could be done really cold. if its an american ale strain, its pretty darn flavorful still, which i think suits the style really well, i like a yeasty amber. the beer is clear and clean too though, for having so much flavor, and even brings some earthy dried bittering hops to the table, a pleasant way to finish up a beer thats not overly complex, but extremely drinkable. a six pack is the right dose of this, and its one of the better basic beers bells does. i had it in a bottle, but would love to get my lips on some draft. this keep my faith in bells enormously high.

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Photo of The-Beav
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

great beer, but not my favorite amber, very complex flavor bouquet with cocoa, coffee and hints of a smokeyness to it. mild bitterness comes in early in aftertaste but mellowed quickly. aroma doesn't appeal as much as taste does. overall would buy again, just not quite my favorite.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definitely one of those beers that is greater than the sum of its parts. I only was able to find one, but this would be a great beer to have a few of. Nice balance. Lots of bread crust type flavor. Clean and very drinkable.

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Photo of leantom
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice, sold beer. Here goes:

A: Hazy reddish-brown with a one-inch head and sufficient lacing. Good.

S: Ton's of baker's yeast with some malt. The yeast is really overpowering - I think this was bottle-conditioned. Would've liked more balance, but this is still OK.

T: Spice from the baker's yeast. Also fairly good amount of amber and caramel malt - some grainy, cereal malt as well. However, this is a yeasty bomb.

F: Great. Nice and bready; good carbonation, too.

O: Good beer. Well-balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of Dana_Campbell
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers ever! A brewing master piece! More flavor and better mouthfeel of any Amber Ale out there.....love it! The young microbrewery fans out there have no idea about the legacy that this beer is. It was one of the first micro brewed beers ever and helped start the whole revolution. Thanks Larry Bell for knocking down the door of boring American Lagers and introducing us to this great beer! By far my favorite go to beer!

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Photo of EvoRich
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Amber in color, two finger fluffy head. Hazy.

Smell: Yeast, hops, fruits and sweetness.

Taste: Excellent flavor. Very understated, but great flavor. The flavor of yeast and bread carry over as well as the sweetness of fruit.

Feel: Light-medium bodied enough to be refreshing, but not so much its watery.

Overall: Excellent stuff! Bell's rarely disappoints.

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Photo of scootny
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the lodge in Hilton Head. Great clarity with an off color head that just makes it that much prettier. Deep amber with a light brown tint. Nose offers up caramel and firm husky grains. Superbly balanced and delicious. Feel is supple and inviting. This is one I can drink all day and for enjoyment. Great solid beer.

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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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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 904 ratings.