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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

2,369 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,369
Reviews: 857
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 88
Gots: 143 | 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.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours dark amber and slightly cloudy with very little head. Nice nutty aroma with some citrus tones.

Nice sweet malty caramel flavors which give way to some creamy nuttiness. Some nice hop bitterness finishes it off. This is a very smooth and easy-drinking beer. The hops contribute, but don't bite too hard. There are no questionable off-flavors or odd qualities. A good session beer with a nice balance. If you're a real hop head, you might be a little disappointed. Sometimes I get tired of all my beers tasting like IPAs, so I will definitely buy this again. It's a great example of this style.

deadonhisfeet, May 17, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

A: Pours a really nice mahogany color with orange highlights and a fluffy, pillowy, off-white, tan-ish head on top.

S: I get light scents of toffee and caramel. Maybe a little herbal character too.

T: This has a nice toasted biscuit flavor to it. I taste caramel and I get a funny taste sweetness as if I were chewing on a sugar cane stick. Really delicious.

M: Moderate carbonation and a medium body.

D: Very high. I really like this beer, it could become a new standard Amber for me.

tlazaroff, May 11, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

A: Deep dark orange-brown in color. Mostly clear. Forms a half inch of thick, creamy, tannish colored head.

S: Mostly a caramel maltiness with with some dark fruit and a stewed tea aroma.

T: More caramel malt, but not at all overpowering with a nice bitterness on the finish. Quite earthy tasting.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation and a bit of a bitter bite.

O: A good beer and a very nice everyday drinker. Surprised I haven't picked up one of these before, but I certainly will again.

Florida9, May 04, 2011
Photo of Transatlantic
4/5  rDev +4.4%

A - Pours a hazy orangish-copper color with a bubbly finger off-white head. Closer look will show many fine carbonation bubbles bubbling up from the bottom. Very good looking beer.

S - First up is a very molasses/caramel type of dark sweet maltiness. Through the second smell, you can pick up on some fruitiness, maybe some kind of melon? Deep in the back on the third smell is a bit of a warm wet grassy sort of smell that i'm not too keen on, but it's not harsh in any means.
As strange as it may seem, the smell reminds me of a pumpkin ale but without the spice.

T - Not bad at all. It's a very balanced beer in a staple sort of category. Very bready, yeasty and cracker like taste. The beer is as it says, a sweet one. It's by no means a "sweet" beer by reputation. There's not a trace of hops that I pick up in the beer.

M - Light to Medium bodied. It's perfectly carbonated but leaves a bit of a cross between a creamy and oily mouthfeel.

O - I might have found my staple beer. Whether you're a session drinker or not, this beer will satisfy both sides. It's something to talk about and something to have on hand to quench your thirst.

Transatlantic, May 03, 2011
Photo of ccrida
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured into my Schell's shaker pint, Bell's Amber is amber with an egg-shell head leaving clingy lace.

Smell is sweet, a little citrus hops.

Taste is similar, a really nice sweet malt base here, with just enough fruity hops to provide depth, but not bitter, with a clean, quick finish. I consider Amber Ales to be a bit of a benchmark of a (US) brewers ability, and Bell's is really showing off their ability here.

Mouthfeel is pretty well carbonated, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is high, this is a really tasty Amber Ale, just sweet enough to satisfy but not get cloying, the citrus note of the hops keeps it interesting, very well made. I'll have another!

ccrida, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of engagechad
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Purchased as a sixer from whole foods in Glen Allen, VA - Poured into tulip

Pours a perfects mahogany color with adequate head, crowns above the glass and sticks for a bit, leaves good lacing. Smells of thick sweet malts and tastes smooth and slightly sweet. Of the ambers I have had this is on the sweet end, probably too sweet for most but it just depends on what you want out of an amber. Feels good, but as it warms it gets a little burny.

Overall it's a good amber. However if i'm going for a sweet amber, i'm getting a Duck rabbit.

engagechad, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of 6thomas3
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

Appearance - Hazy caramel with a tight pristine brownish-yellow body, minuet fragments of sediment that are bready in nature dwell at the bottom of my glass and float in suspended animation until my glass is disturbed; head retention is modest with ample lacing as the beverage is consumed, carbonation bubbles excitedly rush to the top with a sense of urgency

Smell - Faint hints of floral and coffee like aromas tickle my nostril; not overwhelming though

Taste - Beautiful blend of malt with an organic coffee snap at the end engulfed in a remnant aftertaste of mother earth

Mouthfeel - Delicate cohesion infused with immaculate uniformity and smoothness entice my taste buds and possess my arm to continue reaching for more

Overall - This beer transcended my expectation and has opened my eyes to the bold and exhilarating world of red ale and I now have a longing for more

6thomas3, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Holland
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

A: beautiful golden brown color with the perfect amount of head, about one inch. This gives way to a nice consistent lacing.

S: grain, oh grain. That is all I can smell here, and it's all I want to smell. A little acidic, though not citric.

T: Tastes of malt, a bit of caramel. There is some floral taste of the yeast.

M: Medium body, very smooth in your mouth.

O: A little disappointing, but it made its way over 1000 miles from Michigan to Florida. Definitely tasted better when I had it on tap, or so I thought.

Holland, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Vdubb86
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

Served in a 3Floyds pint glass

This was given to me by my father because he was looking for "something craft like Killian's". I immediately went to this style and based upon availability and previously positive experiences I recommended this beer. I just never realized I'd never gotten around to reviewing it.

This beer poured a very light amber color with a fizzle of perhaps a half finger of white foam on the surface. The aromatics are malty and pleasant. There's nothing much to them, but there doesn't have to be. A touch of caramel malt gives this beer the mild caramel sweetness to accent the premium pale malt used. The hops tingle on the palate upfront, but don't really leave much residual bitterness. It's a solid beer tastes great, very few people would find something wrong with this tasty yet simplistic beer. I have already recommended this beer, and will continue to do so.

Vdubb86, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%

Poured this American Amber Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a cloudy orange color and produced a 1 inch white head. Head retention was below average. Lacing was very good. The Aroma of the ale was full of roasted malt with a hint of hop and citrus. The taste of the beer was outstanding. It was very drinkable, and had nice body. The beer was first and foremost filled with roasted and malt and it gave way to a nice sweet finish. High drinkability- Perfect session beer. This is the most outstanding example of an American Amber Ale that I have had to date.

GossageBrewery, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: A deep and cloudy reddish gold. Very small white head that slowly fades. Not much lacing.

Smell: A strong sense of caramel malt sweetness with earthy bitterness and a hint of fruit.

Taste: Tastes like it smells with sweetness from the caramel and fruit. Hop bitterness is very light.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with light carbonation.

Overall: A decent version of a red but a little too light.

MattyG85, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a standard pint glass. batch number 10154 (bottled 1/4/2011, roughly 3 months in the bottle)

pours out a fairly clear reddish bronze color with a nice 2 fingers of creamy off white head. held some very nice retention, slowly faded to a thick layer with some sporadic lace.

kind of a sweet malty nose. some toasted grains in there as well as an earthy herbal aroma and maybe a slight hint of citrus hops.

sweet toasted grains, herbal citrus hops, a nice balance, a simple beer, but quite tasty. finishes bitter sweet.

medium to light in body, adequate carbonation. some light hop oil bitterness noticable on the palate after each sip.

super sessionable and easy to drink. i very much enjoy this style, mostly for its tasty simplicity. the aroma doesnt suggest a whole lot of flavor, but despite the lack of complexity, its quite tasty. i would drink this again if it was available to me, just not something id really go to much out of my way to try again.

dogfishandi, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +7%

S: Light caramel malt, semi-sweet, some fruity esters, some toastiness.

L: Fairly clear amber, off-white head that dissipates.

T: Sweet caramel malt with some toastiness with pear like ester backbone. Medium earthy bitterness. Finishes with some more soft fruit tones and drying slightly.

M: Medium carbonation, medium bodied.

A really solid malty amber. Nice caramel and toasty flavors, usually not a fan of these beers, but this was pleasant.

bum732, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of gregalobeer
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

Bells makes better. Not that this was bad, just a bit uneventful.

A: opaque, burnt orange ale, with speckles of yeasty sediment
S: not much at all, definitely weak on the hops, citrusy
T: orange, vanilla, broad strokes of un-accented maltiness
M: very smooth, moderate to low carbonation, full-bodied and creamy; it feels like the body doesn't match the flavor, missing sweetness, or something to fill in the awkward silence of character

I mean, it's not unpleasant, but there's something missing here. I could drink more, but it leaves me wanting ...

gregalobeer, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

Aromas of bready, caramel, biscuity, nuttiness and a hint of spice. Nothing too complex; some light indistinguishable hop notes.

The taste begins with some light spice and caramel maltiness, followed by some decent hops bitterness. As you re-examine you can detect some lesser toffee and toasted breadiness.

The mouthfeel is light-bodied with moderate, soft carbonation. Pleasant, finishes crisp and clean.

Overall this is a decent example of an amber but nothing too extraordinary. I want to give it more credit than it deserves but find it just too plain. It is was it is supposed to be, a sessionable Amber/Red ale. I just wish it had more memorable characteristics.

claspada, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Hoser77
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

Appearance-Pours a hazy amber color. Thin, whispy off-white head that quickly dissapates. Lacing persists.

Smell-Malty sweet. Biscuit, toast, and bready notes. Moderate floral and spicy hop aroma. Slight fruity fermentation esters. Balance is towards the malt.

Flavor-Very similar to aroma. Moderate hop bitterness that lingers thoughout the experience, finishes floral and spicy. Malty sweet up front, becomes toasty and biscuity towards the middle and end. Slight fruitiness from fermentation. Finish is crisp, dry, and refreshing.

Mouthfeel-Chewy up front, but finishes crisp and dry. A tad overcarbonated. No astringency.

Overall-A very drinkable version of the style. Nothing memorable about it. A classic version of a midwest/east coast amber focused more towards malt than hops. I prefer the hoppier versions of the style. That being said, a very drinkable, full-flavored session all.

Hoser77, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Axic10
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours an amber orangish color with a thin layer of head that disappears quickly.

Smell: A very week nose with hints of slightly bready malt.

Taste: Caramel, bready malt with a somewhat weird sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and semi chewy.

Overall: Bell's makes so many great beers, this is not one of them.

Axic10, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of kkohler5
4.25/5  rDev +11%

This Bell's beer pours to a beautiful red color with some cloudiness. The head was off white and just about 2 fingers and rolls down the glass with every sip. The smell was malty with a very smooth taste. I loved this beer from the first sip and will purchase many more.

kkohler5, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of flyingspatula
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Bell's makes some of my favorite beers, and the amber is a great one. It has a beautiful copper color, and a nice clear appearance. The head is a decent sized off-white. It has a mild, but very tasty hops profile. I would describe the body as being on the lighter side which makes this a very easy beer to drink. I think this is better than any of the amber ales I've had in awhile. It might not be strong enough for some people, at least compared to other ambers, but I think most would agree that it tastes great.

flyingspatula, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of godfathermg57
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

A: Very clear amber with fine head

S: Smell is faint and has hints of malt but nothing much to it

T: Very nice for an amber. Smooth malt and a hint of honey.

M: Glorious mouthfeel, thick for an amber and with carbonation. I could feel the beer linger after each sip.

D: Very drinkable and would be a good session beer

I'm wondering whether having it on-tap changed the feel, because it felt much thicker to me than it seems for most other people judging from the other reviews.

godfathermg57, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a bright, crystal clear copper coloring, with a thin ring of film for head. The nose is a very pleasant, mouth watering toasted caramel smell. In mouth, the beer has slightly sour caramel flavors riding on a mild bitter hopped backbone. Round and slightly oily in mouth, with a slick finish. Toasty and sour aftertaste, with lingering bitter and sour flavors in the finish. Decent beer, but not mind blowing. Very easy to drink, and drink lots of.

GarthDanielson, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of PENGUIN5B
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%

Looks like an amber ale...

Smells ok, nothing special or offensive.

taste: way too much bitterness for a non-IPA, to me anyway. The hops dominate the entire taste spectrum, which is great if you're a big IPA fan, which I'm not. Wouldn't have bought it if it said IPA on the label.

MF: medium body, just slick enough.

drinka: see "taste"

PENGUIN5B, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of zrab11
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

A- pours a nice soft red with a nice think head

S-has hints of citrus with some hoppy maltness

T-Has a nice plum and peach taste with a hin of hoppiness and carmel.

M-Light bodied with ok carbonation

D- Very drinkingable beer. Really like this beer. Nothing amazing about this beer but very good overall

zrab11, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

A - Poured an orange tinted amber with a three finger white head and decent lacing. A slight bit of haziness.

S - The aroma was more pine hoppiness than malt. Also some breadiness but more subdued than the hops.

T- Quite a bit of hoppiness....almost like an IPA. There was some dry graininess and a hint of butterscotch as well. A bit of tart citrus on the finish.

M - Medium body....smooth drinker. Decent carbonation. A light resinous feeling left on the roof of the mouth.

D - A decent beer here. More than I would have expected from an Amber. A nice sessionable drink.

Brunite, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Pours a reddish golden color with a tight creamy head that settles into a light cap leaving some nice lacing on the glass. The color is several shades lighter than most ambers and there are tons of yeast particles floating about.

The aroma is sweet with some caramel and brown sugar notes. Some grains and a tea like twang as well as some grassy hops.

The flavor is big on the caramel. Some light tropical fruit hops as well as some grassy bitter hops. The malt is fairly bready and has some earthy qualities.

Moderate body with tingly carbonation; has a somewhat smooth feel and bit more body than a typical amber. Some grassy bitterness in the finish.

An average amber ale, not something that I would seek out. Drinks fine but the flavors don't blow me away.

Gmann, Feb 19, 2011
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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