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

2,552 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,552
Reviews: 875
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 104
Gots: 202 | 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 seanyfo
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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 pearljam118
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of harsley
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of magine
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a deep amber color, cloudy and has a thick fluffy white head. Head leaves a patchy lace around the glass. Island head remains throughout. Very good looking amber ale.

Brew smells caramel and yeasty, sweet and subtle. Good stuff.

Brew is smooth and creamy, yeasts, caramel and hoppy fruits can be detected. Tastes and feels smooth clean and balanced. Brew finishes clean and a little dry. Malty and creamy goodness here. Mouthfeel is a little lacking. Very good sessionable brew.

Very good amber ale, tremendous session brew. Another top shelf effort from Bell's, who are among the top breweries right now.

Photo of assman79
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of lochef81
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering pours a deep burgundy color with a small off white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The nose is subtle but pleasant with a nice balance of malt and hops as well as an underlying alcohol note. It sips smooth and clean with a light to medium body. The flavor is pleasant and quite balanced between the sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops. This is definitely a beer that you could sit and drink a number of and enjoy each one. Not particularly complex or remarkable but very balanced and damn good.

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

At first sip, there were some lightly caramalized malts, and a nice fresh yeasty aroma, but by the end of the bottle it had become just another decent amber ale in a sea of amber ales designed to be friendly and approachable to those who are new to craft beer. Nothing wrong with that, but I can save a buck and support my local brewer to boot by drinking regular Dominion Ale, which is more of a British Pale Ale, but has more character. So yeah, Um, I'll just go an do that I guess.

Photo of TheNightwatchman
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BigJim5021
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gorgeous, cloudy copper color with a slightly rocky white head. The sediment really makes the beer look great. Definitely wasn't expecting something unfiltered with this one.

The smell is nothing to write home about. Slightly sweet and somewhat pleasant, but nothing earth-shattering.

The taste is semi-sweet to begin with. The bottle claims to use mostly pale malts, but it definitely has a caramel malt character to it. There's some nice hop presence in the finish making this a really well-balanced beer.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and much less thin than other ambers that I've had. I really dig that aspect of it.

This stuff is really drinkable. I only bought a single, but I might have to get a sixer sometime in the near future. Bell's is my favorite brewery, and they've definitely got a winner with their flagship beer. Kickass stuff.

Photo of Backer2004
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's just been too long (five years) since I've enjoyed my first and last experience with Bell's. Way before I enjoyed all these styles, I made my way up to the Eccentric Cafe for one of the best beer experiences of my life. The good memories came back with this one. Nice orange copper hue with fruity maltiness that I could not get enough of.

Photo of Caudalie
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a yellow amber with a nice thick off white head with some suspended floaties.

Smell is malty and bready.

Taste is smoothe, malty, toasty with light hops to keep it crisp.

Nice carbonation keeps the mouthfeel full and excellent balance makes this extremely drinkable.

Photo of proc
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's flagship beer and I believe its best seller. Nice hop presence that slightly overtakes the malt in this one. This is not Killian's Irish Red by any means. A red that makes you appreciate a true amber.

-----------Re-rate 8/28/02---------
I've got to bump this beer up. Unlike my earlier review, this beer now seems to exhibit a fantastic balance between malt and hops. You get a full, rich, malty mouthfeel, followed by a very generous, but not overpowering dose of hops. A wonderful beer and one you could drink quite a few of...

Photo of WesMantooth
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of mmcnaughton
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of WakeandBake
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from Aug 19, 2008
I love the way this glows in my glass,kind of a copper penny color,kind of a thin white head but I poured it pretty carefully,dont want to spill any eh. Smells of sweet roasted malt, bread,toast,and mild hops,Taste,Oh my gosh is this stuff good, I could drink myself into a stooper every night on this stuff.Flavors of sweet malt and hops with kind of a sweet woody finish like candy,could I have another please ? THANK YOU Mr BELL.

Photo of hotstuff
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at Bell's and I really, really enjoyed drinking it. In fact, this is a beer that I would drink all night at a bar or party. In fact, one just wasn't enough as it went down very smoothly and I just had to have more and more and more. It ended up being a fun night at Bell's!

Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of OgreSanchez
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of adamant1912
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dacrza1
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

DATE REVIEWED: August 14, 2014... GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... OCCASION: more Shark Week...APPEARANCE: orange bron amber body; two-finger, creamy off-white head; slowly effervescent and rather hazy; a decent-looking pint; nice, thick lacing... AROMA: floral hops mesh with caramel malts; sweet confectioners’ sugar is front and center ... PALATE: medium-bodied, chewy and active--a pub draft, in its consistency... TASTE: strong malty presence; mellow hops roll off the teeth and take a backseat to the nutty, somewhat buttery aftertaste--a confident offering...OVERALL:a pint for conversing over or eating pubfare with--a sessionable beer that sits well in the Bell’s sampler case...

Photo of minterro
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark non-transparent amber. no carbonation rising from the bottom. A speckled star of light head is formed midway through drinking it, almost no lacing (bit and pieces).

S: semi-strong sweetness. possible banana and lemon?

T: complex sweet flavors throughout the time in the mouth, finishes with bitter tingles like relaxingly poke at ur tongue. finishes dry and first then i always get a rush of moisture

M: medium to thick body, little to medium carbonation

D: easy to drink

Overall: overall good. bells always produces good beer and this one is no exception, in fact one of my favs so far that i have tried from their catalog.

original rating: 3.5, 4, 4.5, 4, 4

2011:

S&A: more bready tones then before, complemented with a caramel. bits of citrus also. Head poured about 2 fingers and died to a ring around the glass within a min or two.

T&M: more breadiness then I remembered it. medium bodied, medium to low carbonation. touch of boozy in the aftertaste.

Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a finger's worth of tan head. The head is fairly dense and leaves some sticky lacing behind as it fades. Over all the beer is a bit hazy and there is a healthy amount of floaties suspended throughout the glass.

A sweet malty aroma, some caramel with some mild hop spice in the background. There's not a lot going on here. The flavor is also a caramel sweetness with less hop profile. It's interesting in it's simplicity. The hops kick in for a bit in the finish but there's still some sweetness lingering there as well and it's hard to tell what wins out in the end.

Fairly light bodied but not thin by any means. A good drinking beer that I would definitely go back to if it was not bed time.

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,552 ratings.