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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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2,224 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,224
Reviews: 852
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 76
Gots: 102 | 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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3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass mug.

This beer pours an amber (duh) brown color. The head is light, fizzy, and is quick to disappear.

The smell is rather faint. The malts stand out more than anything else. I can't put my nose on it but there is also a almost plastic-like smell in there as well.

Fortunately, the taste overcomes the smell. It's a simple brew. A small bite, a malty flavor, and maybe some fruit? Maybe some honey? Either way, it's not too bold.

Bottoms up, these go down easy.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2011 00:35:04 | More by DerekStek
Photo of Nerudamann


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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - amber color, murky with about a finger's worth of off-white colored foam that dissipates slowly. Good carbonation.

Smell - malty with a very fruity, almost lambic aroma.

Taste and Mouthfeel - deeply malty, still somewhat of a lambic type of taste. Not complex, but very distinct flavors in the middle and finish. Beginning is sweet. Texture is very well balanced and bubbly.

Drinkability - Pretty interesting brew. Not terribly complex, but nice-tasting and unique.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 04:33:03 | More by Nerudamann
Photo of FanofHefe


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

On tap in a pint glass. Slightly hazy amber body with very little head. Light lacing.

The aroma is light. Biscuity malt with just a hint of tart hops.

Nice malty flavor with some light sweet citrus hop flavor in the background. This is a solid "sessionable" brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 01:22:51 | More by FanofHefe
Photo of JunkYardJake


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bulls Head Pub in Lititz.
First time having Bells Amber. Looks good sitting in the glass with a creamy off-white head and sharp clarity. Nose is subdued but smells fresh. Mostly caramel and bready malts but there is a bit of earthy hop aroma coming through. Palate is quite mild, even compared to the nose. Clean caramel malt flavor with a small hop profile. Moderate body with a proper level of carbonation. Easy drinking brew that could easily be sessioned. Although I enjoyed it, I was expecting a bit more from this beer in the flavor department. Nonetheless, worthy of a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2011 23:13:27 | More by JunkYardJake
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3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hard to believe it took this many years to give this one a review.
Bottled in Sept. 2010, so it's within the brewery recommended 6 month window.
Strong malt presence with the aroma and a mixed, kinda' earthy hop background. Kinda' unsweet caramel malt with some pale male in there too.
Pretty big off-white head that forms an interesting shape in my SA glass. Amber and somewhat cloudy. Gold highlights.
Still malt forward, but less so than the aroma. More balancing from the hop flavors and bitterness. Touch of sweetness with a bit of caramel in it. A real blended sort of drink with ample complexity and nothing really distinct. There are no flavors of concern, just kinda' mix of flavors tampered down a bit.
Sufficient carbonation and body for style. Feels a little heavy on the bubbles (filling).
The previous comment takes away from last category. Too bad. It seems to be going for an everyday sort of drink - I believe it was referred to as the brewery "flagship" beer, in which it probably under-represents what this fine brewery is capable of producing. Nonetheless, a adequately drinkable beer, that I'd like to give a shot to fresh and on tap.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 00:50:45 | More by garymuchow
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New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Amber in color with a hint of copper, very little head and lacing the dissipates quickly.

S- Sweet malts and smell of sour cherries.

T-Very different, tasted of sweet malts, with some type of citrus hops, well balanced though.

M- Medium bodied, with slight carbonation

D- Nothing special, but something that you can sip on regularly if you have an acquired taste for it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2011 04:05:19 | More by thedoubler55
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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper/amber, 1 finger head, average lacing.

S: bread/biscuit, malt, and spices.

T: malt, bread, spices, sweet middle and hint of bitter finish.

M: medium body, solid carbonation, smooth

D: not a huge red/amber ale fan, but this is quite good. Try this offering by Bells.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 22:21:43 | More by BeerLover99
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3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy and orange in color with a thin white head. Lots of suspended sediment in here as well.

Smell: Malty and a little sweet with some grain and a little citrus. Rather week.

Taste: Good malty sweetness toffee and toasted malt and a slight bit of bitterness in the finish with some citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Medium body with medium to medium high carbonation. Not much on the nose for a Bells beer but it makes up for it in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 00:49:00 | More by meatmallet
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North Carolina

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

Poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint

Beatiful golden amber w/ eggshell head which diminishes quickly leaving a thin layer of white foam.

Smell is a mix of citrus, hops, and sweet malt

Sweet malt, citrusy hops and slight bitterness prevail. Finish is dry

Nice level of carbonation, smooth but drying finish diminishes the experience somewhat.

Could easily drink several of these. Great beer overall

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 00:36:57 | More by bogeypro64
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4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Exceptional carbonation. Appears solid red with a purple-brown hue to it as well. Very unique. Decent foam and good lacing.

Smell: Smells like a great combination of raspberries, bitter lemon hops, and some mild honey or caramel. A top of the line smell for sure.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This is a bitter one. Dry bitter lemon pervades at the onset. There's a nice watermelon sweetness at the finish. Mouthfeel is definitely rough and rustic, but it goes well with the finish.

Drinkability: Very enjoyable and pretty unique for the style.

Overall: A winner from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2011 06:12:51 | More by tjsdomer2
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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A sweet, creamy, earthy and delicious American Amber.


A: Beautiful copper/orange body, filled with fine particulate and percolating bubbles, crowned with a persistent one finger cream white head.

S: Sweet buttery biscuit and caramel malt and earth, spicy hops. Not incredibly potent, but perfectly balanced and inviting.

T: Quite creamy and sweet... the emphasis is definitely on malt, and earthy, dry hops aren't really noticed until the finish, which is long and delicious. There's just a hint of metallic taste in there, the only thing preventing me from giving this brew a perfect flavor score.

M: Nice easy drinking weight and pleasant carbonation... just about perfect. I could maybe use a bit more weight, but I'm probably wrong.

D: Sky high.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2011 02:43:14 | More by dmfrench
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice cloudy amber color with a thin lacing of foam around the rim and some slight carbonation.

Smell: Buttery biscuit smell with some maltiness thrown in for good measure.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A bit sweet upfront. Tends to have a slight hop flavor along with the malts. The ending also tends to have a slight bit a acidity, but nothing that isn't unpleasant. Mouthfeel is pretty much one dimensional.

Drinkability: Being as this was my first Bell's beer, it was very enjoyable. Easily drinkable. Looking forward to more from this company, whenever I can get my hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 23:14:05 | More by July2Nov
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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Not a strong amber color but nice a semi active head but nice all around

Smell: Fall smelling. Nice hints to make of a mid autumn spice good brew cant wait for the sip

Taste mouth feel: Good mouthfeel. Slight hints of fruit and spice nice over all. Slight hoppy after taste just enough to let you know they were there

Drinkability: A good pairing for Indian. had this with Indian style meat loaf was fantastic. A good beer for higher surroundings

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 00:15:05 | More by JCBears
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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap at the Clearbrook country club in Saugatuck, Michigan.

A: clear reddish amber, gorgeous, thick, long-lasting tan head, great cap and lacing.

S: heady vanilla and oak mixed with caramel malt, some herbal and woody notes, metallic note.

T: tons of vanilla and caramel up front, the middle has plenty of woody oak, butter (diactyl?), cherries, and earthiness, the finish is long, herbaceous, and woody.

M: light to medium-weight, silky, low carbonation.

D: I felt like I was back in London drinking this lovely cask ale!

Serving type: cask

01-02-2011 04:54:54 | More by Erish
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3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a turbid amber color with vislble carbonation rising up from the edge of the glass. Small particles blend in to the swirl of bubbles. A tight creamy white head forms on pouring. Eventually a ring is left, with a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Pale malt with some toasted notes and toffee. The hops are floral with a touch of citrus.

Taste: It starts off lightly sweet, with pale malt that gives off a toasted flavor. Some toffee flavor yields to a floral hop character. The finish has a soft lingering bitterness. Overall the flavor has a nice balance to it; it starts somewhat sweet and finishes somewhat bitter, without ever straying too far in either direction.

Mouthfeel: Really creamy, light crispness from the carbonation. Fuller than medium carbonation in a medium body.

Drinkability: This was pleasantly drinkable with some nice complexity that will continue to develop over a session. Amber is not my style of choice, but there is good reason why this is their flagship beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 02:29:54 | More by KickInTheChalice
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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep copper colored brew with a substantial, fluffy white head that leaves a nice chunky island and nice lacing.

Smells of malty, sweet, bready yeasts and mild earthy hops.

Tastes bread-like with mild caramel toasted malts and mild citrus hops. Excellent balance.

Light/medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

This is a highly drinkable brew - a crowd pleaser and caseworthy.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 01:13:35 | More by ujsplace
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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A cloudy amber color. Slight head and a nice lace on the glass.

S - Caramel malts and other fruity malt aromas are apparent.

T - Very malty up front. Very well balanced. Not bitter at all. Caramel is very prevalant.

M - Pretty high carbonation. Drinks very smooth.

D - Very high. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 00:54:27 | More by BeerDawgs
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 00:21:11 | More by magine
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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

This beer is a very copper color with a ton of visible sediment suspended in the brew. The head was tiny but pillowy, and leaves decent retention on the way down. The smell is mostly sweet malts and grains. The taste on this beer is quite solid for an amber ale. It's a pretty standard affair at first with some well done sweet, pale malts, but then something fruity comes in! I interpret it as something like apples, but I'm sure that's up in the air to what it really is. There's just a little bit of bittering citrus hops in the finish as well. Just a well-composed beer without whacking you in the face with flavor.

The mouthfeel is spot-on as well. It's on the lighter side of medium bodied and about medium carbonation too, it works well with the flavor profile. Which is super-drinkable, by the way. It lends itself to huge gulps, and almost tastes like apple cider if I close my eyes and drink fast. A great beer and a worthy flagship for Bell's. Anyone should be able to enjoy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 05:53:41 | More by shand
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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Distillery in Savannah, GA

A - Reddish-amber with a thin white ring around the glass
S - Subdued nose of caramel malt and earthy hops.
T - Sweet amber malt with more earthy, floral hops.
M - Creamy and smooth.
D - Very drinkable, cask adds tons of character to this beer.

Serving type: cask

12-25-2010 19:17:59 | More by jsanford
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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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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


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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 20:35:30 | More by minterro
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/13/13- Had this one on-tap at 3rd and Hollywood.
A: Cloudy copper amber, a nice one-finger cream head died to a collar and film with lacing.
S: Musty caramel malt, balanced mild cheesy hops with slight grapefruit. Nice.
T: From creamy to crisp, cheese and caramel throughout, with a banana citric copper bitterness. Again, nice.
M: Heavier with good carbonation, but it ends crisp.
D: Great.

This one sounds simple but its rather good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2010 01:23:51 | More by ne0m00re
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Alberta (Canada)

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

A selection offered by our waiter, a from a freshly tapped keg.
Deep brownish-orange color, short slightly off-white foam. Good head retention, and thick lace on the inside of my glass. Sweet, grainy smell. Fruity sweetness and a clean hop aroma. Full malt body, sweet but not too sticky or cloying, with enough hop finish keeping things in balance. Medium body, good mouthfeel, flavorful, crisp and lclean finish, easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2010 21:54:00 | More by BigBry
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3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for this one!

A: Pours an amber color with lots of little floaties. Very small head that dissipates to a layer of foam on top. Decent lacing down the sides.

S: There is a sweetness, and a little bit of caramel malt. A slight floral hop aroma as well.

T: Some citrus upfront with a caramel flavor in the middle. There is also a toasted malt flavor as well.

M/D: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall its good, but I have had better in the style and probably wouldn't reach for it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 01:23:23 | More by mdaschaf
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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