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

2,552 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,552
Reviews: 875
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 104
Gots: 200 | 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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Photo of kkohler5
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of flyingspatula
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of godfathermg57
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of PENGUIN5B
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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"

Photo of zrab11
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Brunite
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cocogan
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Visual - Hazy dark orange-red color. Pours a nice two finger head thats full of character. Head recedes to a think layer of froth on top. Minimal lacing

Aroma - Bread. grains, citrus, and apricot in the nose.

Taste - Initially the taste hits with a floral, grapefruit, earthy taste. The hops really begin to come through in the middle along with some grainy notes. Finishes up with a lingering apricot and hop taste in yo mouth. I did get a faint but unpleasant cough syrup taste throughout the brew that I wasn't all that in to.

Body - Rather light in body (not even near the extreme of macro brew light tho). Medium carbonation which brings a somewhat dry finish in yo mouth.

Drunkability - Could definitely throw a sixer down of these but it wouldn't be my first choice if I was craving red ale.

Photo of n00tz
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light tan head sets thinly above an amber body with a steady carbonation. Particles from what must be bottle-conditioning yeast are more prevalent than the carbonation bubbles.

S - Malty and sweet with a buttery scent shows itself. Light citrusy notes peek through.

T - Nutty brown ale-like tendencies in the malt character, but also includes a fair amount of woodiness. Piney hops bring up the rear.

M - The carbonation on the palate doesn't match what's seen in the glassware -- it feels flat on the tongue. The hops aren't sticky, but most of the flavor is from the malts, which are clean, smooth, and non-destructive.

D - At the price these were at a beer store ($9.89/6-pack) known for their notoriously great deals on craft beer, I cannot understand why this didn't come across as good as I was expecting. I'm no cheapskate, but these are simply not worth their value. Oh well. Overall, this is an average amber -- so it is very drinkable however I just don't see myself purchasing another unless the price comes down to par with New Belgium or Sierra Nevada.

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

A: a deep ruby red/amber color, true to the name. light head retention, white foam.

S: toffee-like with malts up front, then a touch of hops hit the nose.

T: Toffee and malts, with a mild hop flavor that seems to increase towards the end of the taste.

M/D Good carbonation, easily drinkable. Representative of the style.

Photo of rdpoint
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of the beer is a soft red with lots of particulates floating around, not the best in terms of appearance but the taste well makes up for it. Very small head on it.

Smell is flowery and a little sweet

Taste is great, this beer is delicious, its a beer that you could drink all day. Nice clean crisp taste with little to no after taste. A little on the sweet side but still a great tasting beer.

Easily one of the easiest beers to drink that I've had in a while, you'll wonder if there was a hole in the bottle before you know it.

This beer should be a staple of all bars and pubs, I would recommend this beer to anyone.

Photo of zulufactor
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly murky rich gold color with a light but fairly tall white head

S- Mainly citrusy hops but with some nutty and malty notes

T- Start with a orange and pine bite followed by nutty goodness form the malts with an straw note that lingers

M- good carbonation coats the mouth well

A good beer that is very well balanced. It would defiantly appeal to all types of taste.

Photo of beerquestman
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: limited head and a hazy amber look.

Smell: I could smell berries and a fruitiness, specifically cherries.

Taste: I could taste the hops, caramel, a bit of plum skin, a bit of peach and a tart cherriness.

Mouthfeel: Very well balanced and soft not he tongue.

Drinkability: Fairly drinkable, but a bit too sweet for me. I think I could only have one per sitting and no more than that.

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

Batch 10123. bottle advertises abv at 5.8%

A - Certainly an Amber colored beer. Frothy two-finger head, lots of floaties. Great color, but the floating particles are kind of meh.

S - lightly roasted malt, light fruit sweetness. A simple smell.

T - toastedness, light sweetness, some ordinary bitterness. It's a pretty good balance for a beer with light flavors.

M - Medium-full, light. I keep saying light...I guess maybe I mean subtle? It's a fine beer, just smaller than what I'm used to.

D - Easy to drink, for sure. Not my favorite, but it's no problem.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Cigar City snifter (my all-purpose glass for vacation time beer drinking).
The beer was a hazy copper color with a small tan head.
Caramel malt aroma, sweet. Both floral and citrus hops.
Very much caramel in the taste, late hops, mostly citrus, but some piney hops also.
A little more depth in the mouthfeel than I'm accustomed to in this style.
Very sessionable.

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

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a clouded amber color with some sediment with a finger and a half of white head that has better retention and lacing than I expected.

S: Pale malts, light toast, caramel, and some nuttiness.

T: Citrus, light floral hoppiness, burnt toast, cereal malts, and caramel.

M: It has a medium-light body with above average carbonation and a refreshing finish.

D: This is solid but nothing to write home about.

Photo of brew3crew
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-The name is not just a coincidence. Translucent brown with white head
S-nice biscuit malts on the nose. Very pleasant
T-tastes like it smells. Malty and clean. Good go to beer.
M-medium bodied, clean and crisp
D-very good. Done with my beer in no time.

Photo of zooalbert
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love the color of this beer, a deep red brown. The immediate taste is on the bitter side but quite drinkable and enjoyable. Not a big fan of the after taste, which lingers. Not a very clean taste. Dark undertones of malt, reminds me of a dark chocolate or molasses.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I was actually a little surprised to find that I've never had this ordinary Bell's offering before. Go figure. I'm havin' now, then, I guess. It pours a clear russet-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises thick caramel, grapefruit, orange peel, and flowers. The taste favors the orange over the grapefruit, but doesn't really deviate from the smell beyond that. The body is a light medium, with a light carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice amber, nothing standoutish but tasty and drinkable regardless.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with batch code on back label, easily looked up on their website.

Pours a protein particle-infused amber. A tannish head soon becomes a ring. Smell is clean, toasted malts. I get some mellow hops at first taste, then that nice malty backbone. Smooth, silky sweetness it is. Then another round of bitterness, until finally mellowing out into an almost minty aftertaste. Carbonated well, and lively, despite not looking like it. Unique, but almost all Bell's are. Drinks good.

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

12oz bottle, batch 10133, into a Duvel tulip. Extra from Modernartblues. Thanks, Eli!

A: Pours a lightly hazed orange-amber body with an inch of frothy white foam; mediocre retention and light lacing. Not bad.

S: Predominantly malty body, with bread, caramel, toast, nuttiness, and maybe a hint of rye spice. Light citrus hops show up on the tail end. Slight metallic twang. Fairly light and crisp, but lacking in character.

T: Starts out with spice and caramel, followed by some decent hops bitterness, and rounded out with a clean (but rather watery) finish. Pretty enjoyable, but not especially memorable.

M: Light-bodied with moderate, soft carbonation. Pleasant.

D: Extremely easy to drink, with its lightly bitter finish and restrained flavors. I'd like a bit more intensity to keep me interested, but I can't deny that it's a ridiculously easy beer to put back.

Notes: The more I drink this beer, the more I enjoy it. It's definitely on the malty side of the style, but its crisp finish keeps it from being cloying in the least. I could definitely see drinking a few of these during a game. Solid, sessionable amber.

Cheers!

Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Textbook amber ale, been drinking this for a decade or so, just now getting around to a review. Usually a go-to in bars where nothing better was available, how things have changed today...

Deep copper orange body, murky with yeast and unfiltered particles in suspension. Two fingers of foam settle down to one soon enough.

Smells like multigrain bread with a smear of peanut butter from the specialty malt. Some fruity yeast notes surface when swirled, pear and apple.

Flavor is malt driven, bready and sweet. Fairly tame and easygoing. Light astringency, some pear and apple fruitiness from the yeast. Vague residual bitterness in the background after a heartier gulp. Body is light, with mellow carbonation.

Not a bad introductory craft brew, it worked for me. Nowadays I usually reach for something else, but it's still a solid standby option.

Photo of Fieldzy27
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from an engine at happy our at PROOF.

reviewed from notes.

A-Pours burn orange with a thin bubbly head. Sticky lace sheets with a sudsy consistency.

S-Hoppy with hints of caramel and sweet doughy notes that combine very well with the hops

T-Good amount of light hops followed by a good malty light background of sweet bread and caramel. Very clean finish

M-Thin light and airy with a little carbonation that softens the beer.

D-Through the roof on this one. Amazingly more flavor than the original. A little on the thin side but the abundance of flavor carries it well.

Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber ales are style I have not explored all that much, having said that tho I feel like this beer is a good example of an amber ale. The color of the beer is a nice deep mahogany, which reminded me of the first runnings of my last all grain batch. The aroma is a nice toasted malt smell. The taste has some is a nice balanced beer that might lean a little towards the malty side but not much. Hops are present but not over powerful just there to balance it all out. This beer is very easy to drink and I would consider a great session beer.
Cheers

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,552 ratings.