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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

2,436 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,436
Reviews: 866
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 94
Gots: 164 | 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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Photo of maxpower
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange-amber color, nice foamy head leaves a nice lace. Cloudy with floating yeast. Clean mild hop aroma, very balanced medium body feels full on the palate, nice hop bite in the finish, a little sour.

maxpower, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of SLeffler27
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fills a pint glass cloudy, golden-honey under a one-inch rocky almond head which drops to deposit some sticky lace.

Upfront hoppy resins with orange, followed by caramel and very pleasant fruitiness, but not particularly complex.

Far more malty sweetness than bitter hops. Clearly caramel with some orange, coriander, and a touch of green tea. Balance is upside down to begin, but finishes very nicely.

Slick texture, with a light body and soft carbonation is cleansing with a hint of metallic notes.

Lots of flavor and light body makes this easy to quaff. Let 'em flow for any occasion, particularly when looking for a thirst quencher, tailgating, or any large gathering.

date consumed: 10 Dec 2008

SLeffler27, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of Jeffreysan
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty copper, amber color with a quarter of a finger of off-while head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very bready and malty. Lots of fresh bread, and floral notes, like honey and clover.

Taste: Very similar to its aroma, it’s very malty and bready upfront, followed by some honey-like sweetness and finished by some floral notes of hoppy bitterness. Excellently balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, but with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.8%, there’s just the slightest hint of alcohol on the palate, but not much.

Overall: This is a damn good amber ale. Very easy to drink, very refreshing, and very tasty. Solid offering. I’d certainly get it again.

Jeffreysan, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of cjgiant
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried to rate this one to style, as it might be one of my least favorite styles. This one tasted along the lines of an ESB.

The appearance was a little on the orange side, translucent with some head along the edge. The smell was grainy with what to me is a typical British pale ale yeast. The taste follows this, grainy with a little lemon added to produce a faint copper taste that I associate with ESBs. I guess the good thing is that since it does remind me of an ESB, it does have a hop presence, which some of the style seem devoid of. The feel is a bit watery, but I think that of almost any beer in this style.

I will probably not revisit this beer unless it's the sole option, but that's due more to my preferences than the quality of the beer. If not obvious, if you're an ESB fan, I think you should give it a whirl to decide for yourself.

cjgiant, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of KTCamm
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours deep red amber, bordering on a brownish crimson. 1-1/2 fingers white foam with good retention and lacing.

Mild sweet smell, but otherwise not able to grab anything specific.

Taste is mixture of light fruit, mild hop and caramel sweet. Possesses a real bite/toasted sharpness at the finish that makes the close memorable.

Good carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Drinkable brew - this was my first Bell beer, and I'd be interested in sampling some of the other varietals whould I get the opportunity.

KTCamm, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Light red pour, whitish head. Sweet malt, some pine aromas. Malt and toffee flavors throughout, little raisin or something green fruit. Nice bittering hops through the finish. Well balanced and drinkable, but nothing outstanding. There are some pale ale tones in this one, which some will find off putting. One of Bell's more sessionable ales. Also pretty equal on draft or bottle.

Bung, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Bell's imperial pint.
5.8% ABV, Batch #10141 (Bottled Dec. 15, 2010)

A - The color plays the part as this brew pours a faintly cloudy amber orange color. The off-white head doesn't last long but leaves some fingers of lace behind.

S - Slightly fruity yeast esters certainly proclaim that it's an ale. Hints of buttered popcorn are disheartening but with a brewery of Bell's caliber I'm not thinking anything is off here. Musty old liquor store and earth with a small toasted amber malt backing.

T - A more playful malt flavor elevates this brew a bit. Toffee and caramel poke out of the toasted wheat bread background. Earthy hops balance well and join the yeasty esters up front.

M - Smooth, medium-bodied and almost creamy, the mouthfeel could use just a touch less carbonation I think. The tingling finish distracts from the balancing dry bitterness.

O - A pretty solid amber all around, it's unique from others in that the yeast notes play a bigger role than other brews. It challenges the drinker with something other than a hop-loaded amber like the rest of the world produces. Well-balanced here.

BeerFMAndy, May 24, 2011
Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Bros have this one scored really high. The problem with Amber is that it tastes different batch to batch, sometimes bottle to bottle. I would recommend having one and then a few months later having another one. Maybe I'm crazy.

The times when it's been good, this beer is super drinkable and very tasty. When it's not good, it honestly doesn't taste a whole lot different from Michelob Amber Bock. Sacrilege!

However, this beer is ridiculously popular in the upper Midwest. Chances are, if a store carries Bell's, they carry this brew and Two Hearted (a beer which the Bros have ranked very low, surprisingly).

Give it a try if you find a single, pass on a six pack though.

JamesShoemaker, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I was actually a little surprised to find that I've never had this ordinary Bell's offering before. Go figure. I'm havin' now, then, I guess. It pours a clear russet-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises thick caramel, grapefruit, orange peel, and flowers. The taste favors the orange over the grapefruit, but doesn't really deviate from the smell beyond that. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice amber, nothing standoutish but tasty and drinkable regardless.

TMoney2591, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber with some orangeish tint to it. Head is just off white and lasts quite well. Almost no lacing.
S- Quite sweet with some sugary cookie, some fruityness, caramel, and floral.
T- It's quite sweet and sugar. Very much like a cookie with a bit of dried apple in the finish. The hops are very subdued until a floral and light citrus rounds it out in the finish.
M- Very smooth. Light medium body, with medium-high carb that keeps it lively.
O- A drinkable smooth ale. It's a bit too sweet for my preferences, but there is nothing glaringly wrong with it.

jsprain1, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Your prototypical catch all beer style. This particular is a bit bland.
The color is golden amber with a small head. I cant really detect much aromatics.
Taste is basically malt driven with only hints of hops. Drinks smooth with a bitter finish.
This beer is good and has no real drawbacks but there is also nothing really to take notice too either.

micromaniac129, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper colour with loats of sediment and floaters with at thin white head.

Smells very sweet and malty with some citrus notes...

Pretty sweet with some mild hop bitterness, not much body to this beer, near the end it started tasting really bland and just bitter, no sweetness, but overall not a good beer.

GodOfBeer, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of stoutman
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange/Bronze color with a very thin and short-lived tan head. Pale and malty, with a slightly hoppy and slightly sweet aroma. Medium-bodied; Slight astringinent flavour with an ever present hoppiness and even the smallest of sweetnesses. Aftertaste definately bittered from the malt and suffers from the Astringent characteristics, but is not bad at all. Overall, this is fairly good for an amber. What kind of water does Bell use?? All his beer has a similar, almost erie, aftertaste.

stoutman, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of ATPete
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Bells Amber pours a slightly hazy orange brown color with a monster of an off white head. Some visible sticking and slow rising carbonation. The nose doesnt jump out at you, i gather a semi sweet earthy/fruity nose with hints of malt subtleties. Nice toasty caramel malty taste. Other tasting notes include burnt wood, rust, cherry, apple and a slight hop bitterness/citrus character. The burnt malt/grainy aftertaste lingers and its probably its weakest point. Its mouth feel on the other hand is definitely its strong point. Perfect carbonation with a medium/light body. I dunno, i wasn't crazy about this one, maybe a bad bottle, maybe im just expecting more out of this brewery, i mean come on HopSlam is nothing short of a work of art. Bells Amber is by no means a bad beer but for its style there are better choices, available in NJ or else where.

ATPete, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of hmbrewer336
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: rich amber color with an off-white head about 1 finger thick spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Malt and Biscuit dominate the nose a slight fruity tone come through as well

T: Bready and Biscuit up front with a slightly bitter and fruity hop finish.

M: Medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation that bites the mouth and is refreshing.

O: Nice beer I can drink this any season and really enjoy Bell's interpretation of this style. I also like the new label

hmbrewer336, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of markgugs
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass

A: Pours a sparkling clear copper with a large, frothy head of off-white foam and leaves some thick, sticky lacing. Looks good.

S: Gives off a moderately nutty, toasted aroma, with perhaps a dash of yeasty doughiness.

T/M: Initial sips produce some light citrus notes, then bigger, bolder flavors of toffee, butterscotch, and even milk chocolate take over. A very nice sweet, malted finish. Beer features a medium-bodied, slightly oily mouthfeel and is carbonated well.

D: This is a very solid beer, I could drink large quantities of this with ease and would do so if I could find them more regularly!

markgugs, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of SheepNutz
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a slightly hazy golden-amber color with 3 fingers of head. There is lots of sticky lace left on the glass. The smell has bits of flowers and pine to it, with a little fruityness. The taste is fairly malty with some caramel, apples, and a hint of alcohol. There is a bit of hops to the finish that balances it all out. The body is just a little above average, a little thin. The drinkability isn't that bad though. Not a bad session brew.

SheepNutz, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a nice amber color with lost of visible carbonation and foamy offwhite head.

Smell is dominated by caramel malts with a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Taste follows the nose. Really nice caramel sweetness with a bitter finish

Mouthfeel is a highlight for me - some ambers can be a bit too sweet but the carbonation and bitter finish makes this beer very refreshing to drink.

Overall an excellent example of the style.

Dave_in_GR, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of axeman9182
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of BA StormKing47 , batch 9750 which was bottled on May 21st, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Bell's Amber pours surprisingly light for a so called amber ale, much closer to a burnt tangerine. Two fingers of fluffy white head rises up, and then fall by half before holding for a while. Lacing is serviceable, but nothing to write home about. Nose is pretty much devoid of hops, which I guess is to be somewhat expected with an amber that's approaching its "best by" date (listed on the Bell's website as six months after bottling), but there's definitely still some caramel and biscuit floating around. The hops are still appreciable on my palate though. The previously mentioned malty flavors lead things off, and a gentle suggestion of bitterness fades into a bitter grapefruit and pine finish. This beer is undoubtedly a bit hoppier fresh, but tastewise I think I like it with a more subdued hop influence. Body is solid, but not overwhelming, though the brisk carbonation is a nice touch. Overall I found myself reaching for synonyms for decent a lot while writing this review, and that's a good way to describe Bell's Amber. It's clearly a well made beer, but one that didn't wow me in any way.

axeman9182, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of bozebus17
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy copper. There is a small white head that goes away rather quickly.

It smells of fruity hops with a bit of a malt backbone. The scent isn't overpowering but it is pleasant.

This is a very well balanced beer. The hops taste a bit spicy but are balanced nicely by a slightly sweet malt flavor. This beer is light to medium bodied and goes down easy.

A great session beer and one of many solid offerings from Bell's. This beer is a regular in my fridge and I would recommend it to anyone. This may also be a good crossover beer.

bozebus17, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of ISmith87
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bell's is a brewery I used to drink beer from in high school. I loved Oberon back then and I'm excited to try the Amber Ale! Bottled 5/24/2013

A – 3.5 – Nothing that impressive, nice brown/amber color to it, hazy. Basically no head, looks heavily carbonated. Yeast in suspension.

S – 3.75 - malty, breadiness, caramel, floral hops

T – 3.75 – Real mellow, earthy, bready, malty, caramely, easy hop bitterness to it, with not too many specific hop flavors coming out.

M – 3.75 – Heavy carbonation, medium body, alcohol completely hidden.

O – 3.75 – It's alright, I'm kind of disappointed though because I got such great feedback on it from my friends back home in Michigan. It's an Amber Ale, for sure.

ISmith87, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of malvrich
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from brown bottle into a pilsner glass
a: a good hazy, rusty orange/gold color. beer is very cold so a gentle pour only yields a small amount of head. minimal lacing and little visible carbonation in the sediment. this is not a clear beer.

s: slight hops with a spicy bit of sweetness, very subtle smell overall.

t: mild but upfront hop bite gives way to a sort of fruity sweet malt taste. oranges and pumpkin bread? quite well balanced with nothing stealing the show. extremely refreshing despite the haze and easily sessionable. very tasty beer. i was expecting more alcohol hotness but thankfully it is not noticeable.

m: soft but full. maybe a little wheaty which i generally don't care for but is nice here. carbonation is present but very subdued. lingering flavors seem to maintain balance with maybe a bit of hop stickiness dominating the finish.

o: my first experience with Bell's Amber was a good one. nice tasty and well balanced beer will not put off anyone except maybe those freaked out by cloudy appearance. not a favorite but definitely glad I tried it!

malvrich, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Turbo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Turbo, Jun 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

joemetric, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

danthehopslamman, Aug 10, 2013
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,436 ratings.