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

Bell's Amber AleBell's Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,063 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2063
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%


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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Halcyondays

California

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, batch 9685,

A: Pours an amber orange with a fizzy light white head, no lace. Minor floaties, not the most attractive brew.

S: Biscuity malt, hint of diacetyl, oranges, pastry bread. A pretty fruity nose at times almost Belgian.

T: Toasted malt, very grainy at first. Fairly bitter overall, has a bit of citrus complexity. Some berry notes. Semi-sweet on the finish.

M: Light-bodied, creamy. Spritzy, fizzy carbonation - somewhat soda-like, but not watery. Moderate aftertaste.

D: A solid amber ale, not overhopped and in this style I like that, more in the English bitter realm. We all know Bell's makes some amazing brews, but this a good staple to pay the bills.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 00:39:35 | More by Halcyondays
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

recieved this one in a trade.
Poured a deep amber color with an average off white head, kinda rocky. Nose was malt, hops and that was about all I could take from it. Well hopped and well balanced, smooth. Something was different with the malts, caramel malts and maybe some English malts. Not like most Ambers I had tasted but ok nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 14:35:01 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a few bottles with friends. This one pours hazy amber with a white head.

I was expecting more flavor from this beer. Really, the malts are just light caramel and there's just a slight spicy hop note in the aftertaste. Yes, it's very drinkable and not really bland, but it's boring. It just sort of smells and tastes like a generic Amber Ale. There's nothing distinguishing.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 14:11:56 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip because I can. Bottled on 02/07/12, batch 10918.

a - Pours a deep, murky oranger-brown color with one finger of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, toasted malts, caramel malts, fruity malts, light floral hops, grains, and citrus hops. Ton of malts in the nose, pretty nice.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, toasted malts, bread, grains, wheat, caramel malts, dark fruits, light sweet sugar, and citrus hops. More fruit then the nose and less toasted and bready malts; slightly better then the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty nice beer. Not my favorite style, but one of the better easily accessible amber ales out there. Not of toasted and bready malts in the nose and some sweet fruity malts in the taste. Very easy to drink, could see a lot of non-craft beer drinkers enjoying this. Wouldn't buy it too often but worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2012 01:27:38 | More by mdfb79
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The ale is an orange/amber color with a thin ring of head and a great deal of sediment.

S: The aroma is very biscuity with little hop bitterness.

T: The taste is a grainy malt that is underscored by a sweet honey flavor that is very subtle and soft. There is not a great deal of flavor here beyond the malts.

M: The mouthfeel is malty with a bit of hops, fitting in well with what I would expect.

D: The slight sweetness makes for a good drinkability here.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2006 13:00:17 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical 12 ounce bottle, w/o pours typical lighter amber, clear, light tan head, showing better then average retention and then leaving decent frothy lace on the glass. Faint malty, honey nose. Malty brew, smooth and balanced. Middle of the road style, and certainly not my favorites but this one is better then the rest. Balance is the central theme. Fine sessioner.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 02:05:38 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy warm golden copper body with a creamy off-white head. Strong carbonation of tiny bubbles keep the head alive for a bit.

S- clean smell with some nice soft citrus hops and a slightly pale malt aroma.

T- Nice light citric, grapefruit and a hint of lemon, hop flavor with a smooth pale malt flavor to balance the hops. Hints of light toasted and biscuit malt give it good depth in the malt.

M- Medium body with smooth finish.

D-This beer has a nice hop taste with a good malt backbone. The hops are citrus flavors but they have depth so you can't really pick out one flavor. The malt has lots of pale but some toasted malt to give it depth and character. Nice smooth amber.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 21:29:46 | More by rhoadsrage
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: On tap, served in a 16 oz. American tumbler glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange hued amber with a well dispositioned tiny bubbled lace leaving several thick rings on the glass.

Smell: Malty sweet with overtones of fresh toasted grain and a subtle flowery oily hop holding a citric nose.

Taste: Well formed malt sweetness within the medium body, moderate crispness from the carbonation. Faint buttery diacetyl, toffee and toasted malt make for the base of this brew, a tamed yet multi-layered hop runs through a pungent bitterness, an oily flower and a citric flavour towards the end. After taste lingers long and hard with more toasted and citric flavours.

Notes: This is an awesome example of the American Amber Ale Style, robust and very flavourful yet still not a problem having a few or even making it a session beer. Right up there with Full Sail or Anderson Valley in greatness in this style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2002 06:14:19 | More by Jason
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Wasatch

Utah

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to MuddyFeet for this brew.

Pours a cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tannish head, some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, and some caramel. The taste is malty and some caramel. Slight bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Drinkable, another nice brew from Bells, recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 01:37:50 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy copper color with amber hues when held to a light source and a one finger foamy white head that settles quickly into a lasting ring. Very little in the way of lacing.

Bland aroma with a balance of caramel malt and floral hops. Not much else to speak of.

Very hop forward with a nice caramel malt backbone and slight crisp fruit. The hops dominate this beer and linger all the way through over the malt backbone and subtle light fruit notes in to a bitter dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 01:57:24 | More by corby112
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from deejaydan as part of the WTF ASAP BIF. Thanks for the opportunity. From their website: The Batch ID that you entered '7039', is a Bell's Amber Ale. Your Bell's Amber Ale was packaged on August 25, 2005.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head above the clear copper brew. What head there was lasts pretty nicely, with abundant bubbly lacing. Aroma is well-balanced, with pronounced malt present. Taste is also balanced, with grain husks and hoppiness duking it out, ending more or less a draw, but with the bitterness lingering. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pleasing, and this one would make a nice everyday type of brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 21:31:56 | More by ppoitras
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle, the head dissolved at a medium pace. Left little to no lacing on the glass. Looks are as one would expect an amber to appear, nice orange glow unfiltered with lots of little particles hanging out doing their thing at the bottom of the glass. Smells malty, and low and behold so is the taste. Its malty sweetness is the first thing picked up with little carbination with bits of bitterness bringing in the rear. Drinkability is smooth and easy going, I like it.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 22:01:34 | More by stakem
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DoubleJ

California

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle received as a gift from Halcyondays. On to the beer:

A little hazed in this orangeish brown colored beer. The head drops to a thin creamy lace on top, leaving a little lacing on the glass. The nose is a little subdued. Faint fruity esters, a little toasted malt. A little warming up intensifies those aromas, and even brings out some butterscotch. That's better.

Bell's version of an amber ale tastes like this; it goes toasty and fruity, like strawberry. Not super hoppy, which with Bell's I though it would be. There are touches of pine though. Ok, tasting those resins, maybe it was hoppy once upon a time, and now the hop juice is gone. No worries, it's all good.

Expectations sometimes get really high with certain breweries. Although I was expecting something explosive, I shouldn't complain too much about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 03:37:27 | More by DoubleJ
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, orangeish colour. Not much head stays but could be easily called back with even light swirling. Spots of lacing left behind. A very musty aroma, lightly roasted caramel malts mostly. Smells certainly closer to a pale ale. Musty and unappealing. Not much flavour either. Some nice malts but hints of diacetyl. Perhaps I expect more from Bell's given their excellent lineup of offerings or perhaps just the limitations of the style, but this one is just painfully average (at best). Thanks Frozensoul 327!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 15:45:44 | More by biegaman
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plaid75

New York

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at Draught 55, NYC.

Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel malt with a spattering of grassy hops.

The taste consisted of soft caramel malts with a balancing hop spice.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a smooth finish.

Overall a tasty and well balanced amber.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2014 21:56:18 | More by plaid75
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for bringing this one biegaman!

Pours a hazy amber, off white head forms, goes pretty fast, leaves a few lace spots. Smell is sweet, vegetal, citrus, some bread, nothing special, bit of citrusy hops. Taste is sweet, some caramel, yeast, bread, very light, floral in the finish, light bitterness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation. Drinkable, but a good example of mediocrity, maybe past its prime a bit? Thanks Jan!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 23:32:19 | More by Viggo
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper pour, ample head. Great aroma, very citrusy and orange from an amber.

Hoppy taste, even for Bell's, and definitely for an amber. Makes it more interesting, even if it can be criticized as simply being a hoppier version of a traditional style. Cool with me. A little sweetness from the almost balanced beer. A little oily as well. Not hopped over the top, should appeal to a wide variety of drinkers. I used to think this was a little pricey at 8.99 a 6er, but now everyone charges that it seems.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 18:38:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2002 19:27:35 | More by Bighuge
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice light burnt amber color with a creamy tan head.

S: soothing sweet caramel and fruitiness

F: For flavor there is a big creamy caramel palate, apples, some citrus hopping and a nice soft roasted character. The flavor is very rich, caramel malting, a well balanced floral hoppiness.

M: The mouthful is moderate with some warm caramel apple notes upon warming on then tongue.

D: A decent malt bill with good drinkability making for a good session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2008 00:11:22 | More by beerthulhu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bells Amber Ale pours a ruby brownish color. Small short livid head sticks around the edges of the glass.

Smell is malty upfront with fruity tones.
Taste follows the nose providing layers of malt complexity, ranging from chewey malt sweetness to a pronounced roasted flavor. Tastes very delicious.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewey, lingering on the palate a good while.

Drinkability is great. This is an above average American Amber Ale, and focuses more on the malt profile than the hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 13:43:26 | More by Stinkypuss
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 00:59:00 | More by DrJay
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glid02

Georgia

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the last of my haul from the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a nice amber color with some orange tint when held up to the light. A one-finger white head recedes into a light layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is not very sticky.

Smells good. There's a solid light hop smell - mostly floral, and some malt aromas, both sweet and bready.

Tastes a little better than it smells. There's a floral taste up front, followed by a sweet malt taste. The taste transforms into a breadier taste with a hint of caramel as the beer warms. A mild amount of bitterness comes through at the end.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's thicker than most other Ambers, and it's almost creamy. Very smooth.

Drinkability is good. This goes down very easily with a pleasant aftertaste.

Overall I was once again impressed by Bell's. Hopefully they'll make their way to GA soon. Until then I'll seek them out anytime I can get my hands on them.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 01:53:49 | More by glid02
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Red Rocks in Alexandria, Virginia.

A: This beer appears crystal clear and amber hued, with a half inch of head that leaves some good, sticky lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is very subtle, but I can detect some faint malt and amber scents.

T: Very refreshing and easy to drink. Quite simple, and a really good choice for a lower alcohol beer with a nice flavor.

M: Medium bodied, with solid carbonation levels. Aftertaste doesn't linger too long, but the beer is very crisp and easy to drink by the pint.

D: Especially tasty when served fresh and on draft, this was an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2010 23:27:36 | More by Huhzubendah
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Gusler

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A vaporous orange on the pour with a bubbly and light tan head that is portly in size with a thin curtain of lace. Nose is butterscotch sweet, fresh and quite clean to the senses, the start quite sweet, nice malt profile and the top a light to medium feel. Finish is brisk in its acidity, hops mellow and pleasant with the aftertaste desert dry and long lasting, quite nice Amber Ale, from a “World Class Brewery”.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2003 00:32:46 | More by Gusler
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Boddington's hourglass shaped ale glass, served cold.

A - The appearance of Bell's flagship ale left something to be desired at first, perhaps due to my vigorous pour which produced a three finger head that gradually relaxed leaving plenty of lace. Suspended floating matter most likely yeast was evident in the golden amber liquid.

S - A delightful smell of honey like malt, faint berries, and tinges of woody hops mask a slightly estery ale yeast scent.

M - Medium body w/ adequate, but not overpowering carbonation. A sweet but light dryness leads to a crisp smooth finish.

T - Nice malt flavors are saddled by slightly citric hops at the initial taste. Pleasant nuttiness leaves a clean taste of pale malt and faint ginger spiciness and sweet wheat notes. More of an earthy flavor emerges as it warms.

D - Surprisingly drinkable, great example of the style. A beautifully balanced amber ale with subltle hops and a clean finish. Most definitely something you may want to session in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2007 00:15:22 | More by Slatetank
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