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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
87
very good

898 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 898
Hads: 2,772
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 119
Gots: 368 | 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:
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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Reviews: 898 | Hads: 2,772
Photo of jancona
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle - cloudy orange-gold color. The foam dissipated rather quickly. Some nice citrus notes and malt on the nose. Taste has light caramel, toasty malts, light citrus hops and orange. A very enjoyable amber! (224 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cooper's Chelsea, NYC. Looked fine, reasonable head that fled pretty quickly. Aroma was milder in the malt than the actual flavor. Falls off in the texture area. On the watery side. I wouldn't put this too high on the list unless it was a VERY short list & then begrudgingly. Ilve had better Bell's brews. (315 characters)

Photo of sjdevel
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: This beer from a 12oz. bottle had a medium carbonation level. There was a 1-2 finger head that didn't stick around for long, but some decent lacing continued for some time.

Smell: Not too much on the aroma side from this beer. There is a slight hop fruitiness and some caramel malt apparent.

Taste: Not much bitterness (hops) and there is a slight fruity sourness. Some malt and sweet notes fade in and out. There are also slight apple/cherry fruit flavors in the mix.

Feel: There is a medium body with not a whole lot of carbonation and has a moderate dry finish.

Overall: This is a decent Amber Ale, but nothing really stands out as being phenomenal. It falls within the style, but I would prefer some more flavor/aroma hops. Not my favorite Bell's brew for sure, but I would drink it again. (816 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 01/28/15. Sampled on July 5, 2015.

Medium amber heady pour. Moderate clarity.

The aroma is of sweet malts mainly, which is what one might expect from the style.

Medium body.

Sweetness in the taste at first and that is about it. The hop bitterness is non-existent. But it may be because this bottle is 6 months old. Don't buy craft beer at a convenience store. (398 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Lots of visible carbonation, even though the dark amber body turns out to be quite cloudy. The cream-colored head is quick to melt.

Smell: Tons of toasty malt, and a very diverse bill. There's cracker, almond, and burnt cream of wheat. A bit of sawdust, caramel, and a dribble of sweet apple cider round things out. A yeasty character plays a strong supporting role.

Taste: Appropriately malt forward. Quite toasty, with flavors of warm, whole wheat rolls, mixed nuts, and even a bit of rye. The caramel in the nose makes a bigger impression on the tongue, and is accompanied by a light peach taste. caramel than in the smell. A bit yeasty. Doughy malt dominates the finish and lingers into the aftertaste. The bitterness is no more than moderate, but does well at providing balance. Well done, indeed.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light body with a very high amount of carbonation and a medium dry finish with a bit of a tang to it. The result is incredibly refreshing and extremely drinkable.

Overall: A fine amber ale. The type of beer that is just plain good. Give it to a Budweiser fan to show them that even beers without a ton to dissect are a thousand times better than what they're drinking. This would be my go-to session beer for a day when I just want to lie back and relax. (1,290 characters)

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of horchata spiced tea and sriracha. Weirdest smell on a beer I've ever consumed. However, it tastes totally different. It's a heavier amber ale with a bit of booziness and grain. Brown sugar and herbal spices enter thereafter. (234 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pilsner, light copper in color with two fingers of white, foamy head that settle to a cap with some sticky lacing. Lots of lazy carbonation, small, slow bubbles that eventually make their way to the surface. Some floaties.Aroma is toffee, caramel, biscuits and some floral notes. Tastes follows, with a sometimes there-sometimes-not bite on the end. Nice and smooth, a solid offering. Not something I'd see myself craving, though. (452 characters)

Photo of stompilator
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a nice, clear copper. Light, easy head.

S - Very light spicy hop aroma.

T - Complex grain notes of toasted biscuits, caramel, and nuts. Spicy, earthy hops spice up the malt flavor nicely, creating a near-seamless balance.

M - Medium-light body with very light carbonation.

O - Does what ambers do best: create a synergistic complexity between every element of the brew. (425 characters)

Photo of mzingie
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Attractive 2 finger head with average lacing covering a honey color. The smell has something in it I find absolutely repulsive that killed this beer for me. Reminiscent of diapers. The taste is actually pretty good. Clean balance of hops, very subtle citrus, solid carbonation. The mouthfeel is what it should be, fairly heavy with the presence of alcohol in its aftertaste. Overall I am disappointed in the brewery that brought me two hearted ale but if it were not for the smell I would probably but this again. (513 characters)

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red brown with quite a bit of floaties a a one and one half finger white head. Aroma is caramel, biscuit, and crackers. Taste is caramel, biscuit, crackers, and a slight balance of hoppy floral notes. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and nicely carbed. Overall, this is a very good amber ale that is malt forward and hopped for balance. Could easily spend an afternoon at a bbq or pool with these. (405 characters)

Photo of Gear54
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pour is deep amber in color with 1/2 finger of thin off white foam and no lace left on the glass.

Smell is carmel and bread malts with citrus and hop notes as well.

Taste follows the nose quite well. Carmel and citrus flavors with a strong punch of brown sugar sweetness. Bitter and hop forward as well. Malty backbone just gives enough balance.

Feel is the strongest part of this brew. The hop bitterness and brown sugar sweetness last on the palate for a long while after the sip. Very smooth and easy drinking even for the high level of bitterness. Really well put together (621 characters)

Photo of Azaitouna
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's amber ale is a dark gold/yellow color. It smells well balanced with aromas such as wheat and carmel. The taste was smooth with wheat and maple syrup being the main flavors. Personally was not my cup of tea but still overall still a good beer. (249 characters)

Photo of Blueshirts
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is ridiculously good, giving it such a high rating because it's become my favorite beer, let alone amber. It's difficult to say this because I love Maine Beer Co's Zoe, but this is better in my opinion. I did notice though that it tastes much better cold, especially out of a frosty mug. This isn't too surprising but I think the cold temp has an especially strong effect on ambers. (395 characters)

Photo of claudialeshok
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

smooth, nutty, bitter, hints of caramel. One of their best "food beer's" because it goes with just about everything. This beer got the brewery started. (151 characters)

Photo of carolynschaf
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a smooth ale. It is woodlike with nut and maple notes. Bell's started their brewery with this beer. It is one of the best food beers because it goes with everything. (173 characters)

Photo of Sydney10
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Visual: Pours a clear amber color.
Smell: Malty with light fruit undertones of strawberry and lemon.
Taste: Bitter, smooth beer. A bitter taste of a green caramel apple.
Overall: Average beer that is light on the tongue. (223 characters)

Photo of VTR
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up for something different as I transition from my dark beer to lighter summer beers. I do not usually like Amber Ales but I found this refreshing and enjoyable. Definitely not too hop forward with nice caramel/toffee flavor. Kind of a funkiness to the taste with some tartness but totally enjoyable. Carbonation is a kinda high but I did not mind. I am pleased with this. (391 characters)

Photo of Michelleluw
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great beer to ease into a darker beer. The light amber nodes give the beer a toffee and caramel taste. I love this beer with a nice piece of steak with sauteed mushrooms. Highly recommend this beer...then ease into Bell's Two Hearted! (244 characters)

Photo of dacoit
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice amber ale, not incredible. Powerful malt (but not in a funky way), perceptible but relatively mellow hop profile, subtle citrusy twang, rich mouthfeel, medium dry finish.

Have not seen the bottle pictured (with stork type bird), but instead image is various natural scenes (dunes, evergreen trees, freshwater). Overall an enjoyable beer. (346 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Packaged 1/28/15.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, toast, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, biscuit, and slight caramel flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle. (626 characters)

Photo of Catracho5
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a Bell's shaker pint

A: Very hazy, orange, reddish, nice creamy off white head, looks very drinkable.

A: Caramel malts, picking up some floral hop aromas, smells sweet, like a slight brown sugar aroma, smells great.

T: Caramel malts, nice balanced bitterness in the middle, dry hoppy finish, not very sweet like the nose, very drinkable, great taste.

M: Very creamy, smooth easy drinking.

O: Very impressed with the drinkability, it's balanced with a nice bitterness in the middle, slight hoppy aromas and flavors. This makes me want to revisit some amber ales as I has been awhile since I've had one, I could see this beer fitting in where I might not want an IPA or a Pale Ale, I'd reach for this. This is definitely worth a try. (764 characters)

Photo of JeffBlue
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(Draft, The Refinery, Newhall, CA 2/28/14) A good beer but nothing really stands out. Been on a long hiatus from "ambers" so it is hard to judge for its' style.

Others:
Two-Hearted Ale (favorable) (197 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i love the new packaging on this beer, a landscape in watercolor, just beautiful and unassuming. the beer in the bottle is killer too, one of the better ambers out there really. its not sweet at all, but has all the rich froth of a good one, caramel malt, and probably some oats in here too, mildly tannic, really fluffy feeling, and remarkably dry for the style. the yeast is tough to place, it doesnt taste like an irish strain, but it could be done really cold. if its an american ale strain, its pretty darn flavorful still, which i think suits the style really well, i like a yeasty amber. the beer is clear and clean too though, for having so much flavor, and even brings some earthy dried bittering hops to the table, a pleasant way to finish up a beer thats not overly complex, but extremely drinkable. a six pack is the right dose of this, and its one of the better basic beers bells does. i had it in a bottle, but would love to get my lips on some draft. this keep my faith in bells enormously high. (1,010 characters)

Photo of The-Beav
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

great beer, but not my favorite amber, very complex flavor bouquet with cocoa, coffee and hints of a smokeyness to it. mild bitterness comes in early in aftertaste but mellowed quickly. aroma doesn't appeal as much as taste does. overall would buy again, just not quite my favorite. (282 characters)

Photo of Andrew041180
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is definitely one of those beers that is greater than the sum of its parts. I only was able to find one, but this would be a great beer to have a few of. Nice balance. Lots of bread crust type flavor. Clean and very drinkable. (235 characters)

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