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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

2,618 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,618
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 110
Gots: 256 | 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 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 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 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 CorgiDad
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

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.

Photo of scootercrabb
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of nitter
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of gonzo000
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 ShepardCommander
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of proc
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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 mmcnaughton
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of WakeandBake
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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 OgreSanchez
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jman005
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mrchrisray
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
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 2,618 ratings.