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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

2,620 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,620
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 110
Gots: 257 | 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 pearljam118
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 assman79
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Kaveman
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Mistofminn
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Bryant Lake Bowl celebrating a friends birthday with some beers and a round of bowling.

Color is hazy reddish brown, otherwise known as amber. Thin half finger foamy off-white head. Decent retention, nothing impressive. Minimal lacing.

The aroma displays a nice battle of earthy and citrusy hops, with the earthy hops winning this time. Huge malt backbone, caramel and buttery.

Initial taste is citrusy hop bite that gives way to the malt backbone after a few seconds. Sweet malts, with caramel and a toffee like character, and a fair bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Nothing too impressive. Drinkability is good.

Overall, a solid beer. This is a beer I've passed up in stores since...well...ever, and that may have to change. Good stuff.

Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TheNightwatchman
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of RMelyon
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of jackndan
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Amber color (duh).Thick rocky head, with great Belgian lace. Very rich and creamy mouthfeel, with a smooth malt flavor. Very well balanced, heavily malt, but with a noticeable hops bitterness to avoid the beer being too cloying. Very easy to drink, and very well made.

Photo of logicalparadox
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Not bad, but not very memorable. I'll file this under my "things to order when I'm out of ideas" list.

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 adamant1912
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 magine
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Fcolle2
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber in color with a fair amount of sediment floatin around. Head Is about a finger and a half in height, off white and retains nicely.

Smell has some good lightly sweet malty aroma forward that is balanced nicely with some slightly floral sligtly earthy hops.

Taste follows the nose with some lightly sweet bready malt forward on the palate which is balanced nicely with some delicate floral hoppy flavors with a very mild heathy spicey bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good, mild carbonation and medium body leaves this drinkable but not to light.

All around great balanced beer.

Photo of sonofliberty2
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CorgiDad
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 Caudalie
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jmich24
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. 5.8% ABV
A: Amber almost copper in color. One finger head. Some yeast and possible hop residue floating. Apears to be on the high side of carbonation.
S: Smells great, very sweet earthy maltiness. No hops at the nose.
T: Outstanding balance. Again sweet maltiness with nice hop bitterness that lingers just for a bit.
M: Medium to light mouth feel. Very wet, some sharpness from the carbonation.
D: Great session beer on a cool evening.

This is my first Bells Amber. Pleasantly surprised, I will definitely be picking this up regularly during the cooler months.

Photo of Backer2004
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,620 ratings.