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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,609 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,609
Reviews: 886
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 109
Gots: 251 | FT: 0
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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Photo of jzlyo
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is malts, fruit and tangerine/tropical fruit. The flavor is fruit/tangerine, very mild hop resin, malts and a bitter/slightly tart finish.

Photo of malvrich
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

Photo of maxpower
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a really nice mahogany color with orange highlights and a fluffy, pillowy, off-white, tan-ish head on top.

S: I get light scents of toffee and caramel. Maybe a little herbal character too.

T: This has a nice toasted biscuit flavor to it. I taste caramel and I get a funny taste sweetness as if I were chewing on a sugar cane stick. Really delicious.

M: Moderate carbonation and a medium body.

D: Very high. I really like this beer, it could become a new standard Amber for me.

Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to BARLEYWINEO for this! Batch 7838

Pours a hazed light orange/peach tea-colored with 3+ fingers of pillowy sand colored head. Hazing never really cleared, average lacing above & average head retention

S: Caramel, doughy notes & a hint of cocoa with just a whiff of citrus hops at the finish

T: Nice bready caramel signature up front along a little citric (tangerine & lemon) hops. Grapefruitty hops & some grainyness as this warms. Finishes a touch dry& astringent , toasty & with just a bit of puckery grapefruit hops

MF: Medium-bodied, low carbonation & okay balance

Drinks pretty good, just didn't quite live up to the initial taste up front, not a bad amber though, just not a great one

Photo of seanyfo
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back from Kentucky by my good mate Feech!

Bottle poured into shaker pint glass.

A- Dark amber caramel body, with a 1 finger solid head reducing quickly to a crown. Lacing is good to minimal. Clarity is slight haze

S- Lots of toffee! Maybe a little vanilla.

T- Toffee comes through first on the tongue which fades to a more delicate vanilla flavour which lingers. Perhaps finish is a little subdued. No hop presence to speak of really.

M- Low to mod carbonation, medium body, perhaps a little thin.

D- Easily drinkable with a nice malty flavour which is neither overpowering or sticky on the tongue.

Albeit there should be a slight malt dominance, there is really no hop presence to balance the sweetness.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with batch code on back label, easily looked up on their website.

Pours a protein particle-infused amber. A tannish head soon becomes a ring. Smell is clean, toasted malts. I get some mellow hops at first taste, then that nice malty backbone. Smooth, silky sweetness it is. Then another round of bitterness, until finally mellowing out into an almost minty aftertaste. Carbonated well, and lively, despite not looking like it. Unique, but almost all Bell's are. Drinks good.

Photo of DrJay
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber capped with a short white head that settles into a solid ring. Some fine bubbles ended up sticking to the glass. Malty caramel and brown sugar aroma with a bit of toasted grain husk. Fruity as well, with floral and citrus hop character. Pleasant malt sweetness with balanced bitterness and moderate hop flavour. Some caramel into the finish. Medium/light body, medium carbonation with a solid mouthfeel. Quite nice. Another top-notch beer from Bell's.

Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of cjgiant
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 – I’m not a huge fan of the style, but this is about as good as it gets. Or, I should say, about as good as I’ve had to date.

Comments – Thanks to feloniousmonk for including this in a nice trade package.

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hazer115
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

A: Murky amber with about a one to two inch head when poured. The head dissipated after some time but there was always some leaving distinct rings on the glass after every drink.

S: Slight hop smell leaves me a bit intrigued.

T: A clean crisp slightly sweet start gives way to a slightly bitter aftertaste reminiscent of an IPA.

M: Smooth and slightly heavy, seems to leave a slight film to chew on and ponder what you've just drank.

O: Overall, I like this beer. While it seems a bit heavy after drinking it, I look forward to having another.

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.

Photo of techfed87
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is from batch number 9,282, bottled on July 29th, 2009.

Pours at thick, amber head. Color is a mix of red and yellow, with sediment floating throughout it.

Smells of sweet malts. First sip is that of a scotch ale in its overall malty sweetness. In fact, can be considered the majority flavor. However, this is by no means a detriment to the beer itself. This beer is a tasty brew, with a deep and complex malty flavors. A real pallet pleaser.

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.

Photo of Mojo
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours up a nice coppery amber color with a small white head, decent retention and decent lacing. The nose is fairly subtle. To my nose I could really only pick up what smelled a little like cinammon. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. Taste is nice. Kind of grass, biscuit, and hops. The malt upfront is kind of buried in the mix though. Not too bad. About what I expect from Bells.

Photo of DCon
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 12 FL OZ bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $1.49 and added to my Mix-A-Six Pack. Poured from the boring, red bottle into a Pint Glass.

Aroma- Starts off with the average amber aroma and then corn syrup aroma.

Appearance- Poured a 5 finger head with a clear, amber body. The head dies down quickly and leaves almost no lace on the sides of the glass.

Flavor- CS

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, and watery at the finish.

Overall Impression- Not the best from Bell's. I'm hopping there was going to be more mouthfeel and flavor but too sweet for a amber ale. Won't go back to this beer but wouldn't sway someones opinion to a negative one about this beer.

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.

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.

Photo of armock
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper brownish color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Isn't all that strong but theres some sweet malt scents

T - Follows the nose pretty much sweet malt with a touch of caramel

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Pretty much what an amber should be nothing crazy going on but thats not a bad thing a good drinkable beer

Photo of DmanGTR
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 11/3/09

A - poured relatively clear with lots of particles. I suppose I'll let it settle a bit. Anyway, a deep sienna red, maybe roasted pumpkin hues with a well formed off-white head that retained as a thin cap. Sparse islands of lace scatter around my Duvel tulip. 3.5

S - caramel, biscuit, and light burnt sugar notes. The rest of the aromatic profile is much more subdued, with mild spiciness of hops barely coming through. 3.0

T - The first sip yields much grainy sweetness. The malt profile is light and sweet. Some light fruits are detected as well. Hints of apricots and grapes, but they only complement the malts. Any hop presence is hidden in the finish, where the bitterness melds gently with the sweet aftertaste. All in all, quite a departure from the smell. Quite balanced. 4.0

M - Light bodied, crisp. This is a beer that will retain its mouthfeel and taste even at very cool temperatures. The carbonation offers a very smooth sensation on the palate. 4.0

D - Quite drinkable. I would certainly keep this beer in stock for a bbq or a pork chop dinner, maybe even a ham and swiss sandwich with mustard! 4.0

Photo of Bighuge
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is cloudy deep golden with orange tinting. Very slight head. Not a lot going on in the aroma. Some sweet malt tones are noted. The beer has that trademark bready yeastiness to a small degree. Pretty good maltiness, but it is not so huge with the caramel malts as some ambers are. This is a refreshing example of the amber ale style. Some nice little spicy hop notes. Fruity tones are also of note. Solid brew, but there are many other Bell's beers that I enjoy a lot more.

Photo of Brez07
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Reviewed as part of the Blind Beer BIF #5

A: Very dark orange/amber that pours with a small amount of off white head. The retention seems ok, but not much more then a thin coating on top of the beer (3.5)

S: Very light nose consisting of toasted bread, earthy berries and caramel (3)

T: Light caramel malt undertones, setting the stage for a small amount of citrusy hops on the backend. Even a tiny bit of spice (ginger) that is very fleeting. By no means is this sweet but the malt does provide a bit of a sugary presence (4)

M: Light, bordering on medium bodied. Carbonation is spot of for (what I think is) the style. Has brief sweet malt finish (4)

D: I polished this off pretty quickly. Probably would be a staple in my fridge. I think I had this recently. As in, last week. Going with Bell's Amber Ale (4)

Photo of Alextricity
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/30/12

Appearance: Pours a really nice, medium amber color. Forms a decent head that goes away pretty quickly. Lacing is sparse, and the beer appears to be unfiltered. Pretty nice.

Smell: Absolutely STRANGE. It smells dirty. Musky. Like a wet trunk. It isn't very pleasant at all. To be honest, I figured this was a dud based on the smell alone. Really not a nice smelling beer to my nose.

Taste/Feel: Thankfully, what matters most, is probably the best part about the beer... the taste. It has a pretty mild carbonation with a whole lot of malt. Some of that muskiness from the smell I get in the taste, but it's barely there, and goes away quickly when it does show up, which is a very good thing. There's a little bit of spice there too, but I just get a lot of malt, and I dig it. There are traces of alcohol in there too. The feel isn't bad at all... it's great for an amber, with a fairly low carbonation.

Overall, I thought right off the bat I'd be let down as soon as I caught a whiff. I was happy to see that the taste isn't much like the aroma at all. I actually enjoyed this beer the more I drank it, and I feel I'd just enjoy it more if I tried it again. A very good amber if you can get passed the smell.

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,609 ratings.