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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

2,380 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,380
Reviews: 858
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 89
Gots: 150 | 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 Biggness
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first beer @ Bell's last night. Seeing as it is their flagship beer I might as well give it a shot. I was impressed and delighted, especially after I had tried the Amber ale from another local brewery a few days ago and I could BARELY finish it. This poured a golden copper and had a slight head. The smell was nice and hinted to a great beer. The flavor was complex yet refreshing with hints of many great ingredients. The mouthfeel was nice and its certainly a beer I could see myself relaxing on the deck drinking a 6'er

Biggness, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of slatetupelo
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cooper/orange color, I expected it to be a little darker for an amber. A nice creamy off white head formed and then quickly dissipated leaving a good sticky lacing. Decent carbonation.

S - Sweet malt, sort of toasty, and possible hints of toffee. The aroma was mild and nothing special or overwhelming.

T - This is a really smooth and crisp beer with caramel and toffee malts, little hop flavor. Just an overall crisp beer.

D - I hate to repeat myself but these are just so "crisp" that I could see myself drinking this as a session beer. Really enjoyable and not too heavy, more light to medium bodied. After further thought I wanted to add that I think this would be a good beer to introduce someone into the world of craft beers.

slatetupelo, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a seidel yields a golden amber body capped by a finger of milky white froth with big soapy bubbles that are left scattered when the head settles into a fine film that leaves the merest of fine-bubbled lacing.

Smelling the beer leaves it a mystery...perhaps a little malt and a faint earthiness, but not much here at all.

Taste is pale malty and sweet, with snappy carbonation, a tame minerally bitterness, and a little caramel in the finish. Underwhelming, but light and refreshing.

cvstrickland, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of scottyshades
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a light brown/caramel color with a 4 finger head that leaves a decent lace

S: Sweet nose, mostly roasted malts and caramel...overall a sweet smelling beer. Nice and piney hops.

T: Sweet; caramel, roasted malts, hops, and possibly molasses

MF: Clean, not dry, not bitter, good aftertaste, goes down easily

D: Superb, very drinkable, definitely my new favorite session beer during the summer

scottyshades, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from bboven, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange/brown color, with a decent-sized white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus up front. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in quickly. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, this is a straight-forward beer with some good substance that is worth drinking for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of UFGUY2122
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Let me premise this by saying that I will probably edit this review in the future when I have a fresher beer. As I was searching around Bell's website I noticed that I could look up my beer's batch number. I discovered that my particular beer is possibly old enough to have impacted the taste..

A-cloudy deep orange with a one-inch creamy white head. head disippated shortly after pouring but left nice lacing.

S-bready malts, slight hint of hops if you're really smelling for it.

T/M-smooth and malty up front with a nice balance of carbonation. finishes crisp with the slight hint of hops detected in smelling.

D-Mouthfeel of this beer probably makes it pretty drinkable. However, I am not a big enough fan of the taste to turn this into a session beer.

UFGUY2122, May 25, 2008
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a deep straw with a nice head, leaving sticky lace all around.

Aroma is of sweet malt, fruity with a light hop back.

Taste is of sweet malt, caramel and honey, fruity with a clover honey hop back. There is a but here, I can't pull out everything.

Mouthfeel is very good, creamy with a light carbonation.

Very nice, I would look for it in a pub.

wheatyweiss, May 24, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 8312 - 12 oz. bottle

This pours a dark amber color with a nice head. Smells of sweet malts, with some toffee tones. Tastes pretty good. It has a delicate malty toastiness to it, with a bit of spiciness/pepper taste, and followed by a touch of hops. This is a pretty good amber ale and I definitely enjoyed it.

birchstick, May 13, 2008
Photo of jackorain
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber/copper color, off-white head with less than moderate retention but really good lace.

Nose is of caramel and toffee malt with a floral and citric hops note.

Flavor is similar to the profile found in the nose but the toffee comes out more. There is also a buttery diacetyl note that is not necessaruly bad

medium body, moderate carbonation.

I could drink a few, but my need for hops would make me switch

jackorain, May 10, 2008
Photo of righlander
4.6/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber with a frothy foam head with nice lacing from a 12 ounce bottle. Smells of sweet malt with some citrus hop hiding nicely in the background. Taste is smooth sweet malt with some toasty grain and excellent hop balance. Perfectly carbonated and crisp with sweet malt and nice mellow hop balance. Very nice on the tongue. Drinkability is great, very nice amber. probably the best amber ale i have ever had. i could drink several of these. The cool thing is I took a chance with these and bought a whole 6-pack because they were bottle conditioned I figured there was a chance they could be decent. And I am pleasantly surprised! I love it when this happens! Like i said probably the best amber i have ever had. 5 more to go... CHEERS!

righlander, May 07, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious copper colored ale with a hearty malt flavor that goes down smooth as water.Nice aftertaste and no carbonation gives an enjoyable experience from the moment it hits your tongue to the moment it hits your stomach.Highly recommended I will be buying this ale again!!!!

jayrod20, May 06, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky amber in color, medium head with spots of lacing. Smell is good and balanced but all I think is buttered bread and toasted caramel. Some grain and light hops. Very delicate and balanced taste. A brief hint of bitterness up front but this is more of a malted amber. Toasted bread and light grain with some sweetness. Good earthy, light citrus hops. Smooth, lightly crisp but almost doughy mouthfeel. Carbonation level keeps it from becoming creamy or full. The hops keep this brew in check but malt flavor is the winner. Very drinkable, session amber. A vacation from the hopped up trend of ambers that seems to be going on, I like it.

ncvbc, May 06, 2008
Photo of abcsofbeer
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass that allows you to see the unfiltered nature of this ale. The color is a cloudy, light amber that is topped off with an off-white two finger head.

The aroma is nice, sweet with a faint hoppy smell. I detect some small pepper aroma and also citrus orange. The taste is very good, well blended malts and hops. The hops come into play at the tail end but are well received. The flavor also has a little pepper kick to it. The MF is medium bodied and very flavorful. Very good.

abcsofbeer, May 05, 2008
Photo of biggred1
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy,dark bronze with tons of suspended yeast.Creamy tan head,leaves lots of thick rings on the glass.

S-Caramel malt and floral hops dominate the nose.

T-Fruity but not too sweet,very complex.Well balanced between smooth malty flavors and hop bitterness.

M-Good medium smooth mouthfeel.

D-Pretty high on the drinkability scale.This may be the best american amber I've had,usually a boring style in my opinion.

biggred1, Apr 30, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber with a thin white head with virtually no retention.

The smell was very faint, hints of breads and malts.

Great taste; earthy, bready, and lightly hoppy.

Watery in the mouth, not very full, but a great carbonation level and a pleasant after taste.

Very drinkable, wish I had bought a few more.

donteatpoop, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber-orange color with little chunkies floating around the glass. Actually had a cascading effect as it settled in the glass to develop a nice two-finger head nice ring laces going down the glass.

Smell is slightly sweet, with bready malts and fruit.

Taste is the same. Bready, yeasty, fruity hoppiness and good balance.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, slight bite at the end, and good carbonation.

All around good amber ale. I would definitely revisit this one in the future.

KeefD, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of jeremyd365
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 8274, poured a very cloudy amber/copper with a thick, foamy head. It had a pretty strong malty and slightly floral smell. The taste is more of the same--a pretty strong malty flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Overall this one is a pretty drinkable beer. Not too bad at all.

jeremyd365, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy amber colored hue with a nice thick off-white head. Moderate amounts of lacing.

S: Bready, sweet pale malt aroma with hints of brown sugar. No real hops noted.

T: Tons of malt up front. The malty is yeasty and sweet with some buttery tones as well. The hops are nearly non existant in the taste as well.

M: Light and refreshing.

D: Not a favorite when it comes to taste, but it is very sessionable.

Overall: A solid American Red. The taste is pretty solid and it is very drinkable. An Amber loving buddy of mine raves about it on draft.

tpd975, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of AgingWarrior
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice dark golden color into my Sam Adams beer glass. Hard pour produce and nice thick two finger head that held up all the way to the bottom of the glass with some nice lacing.

Smell is faint hops, a little sweetness, maybe some citrus?

Taste is light and crisp on the front of the tongue with a stonger, fuller finish.

Mouth feel is moderately carbonated, medium body and smoothness. A bit of an after taste, but it's a pleasant one.

Drinkability is excellent. I could definitely session this brew and be satisfied. I'll definitely be drinking this one again.

AgingWarrior, Apr 18, 2008
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank w/bud in Chicago on rainy day in April.
A-Poured a copper golden brown w/nice off-white head. Some floating sediment. Nice light tracing.
S-Aromas of nuts and malt w/light esters, raisin, and light hops.
T-Malty w/faint hops and slightly sweet throughout.
M-Medium bodied with nice balance of sweet malt and dry hops w/roasted nuts.
D-Smooth, nice and malty w/adequate hops to balance. Very enjoyable. I love Bell's.

BoitSansSoif, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: A robust looking, cloudy ... well, amber-colored body, appropriately. Head is very rocky and dense and lasts for about two minutes. Lacing is very fine, splattery (not a word? whatever) and wavy, sort of like a third-graders attempt at cursive. With a freshly sharpened pencil. And, in Elvish.

Aroma: Hmm, a very well balanced duo of toasty malt - lightly toasted though, there aren't any bitter astringencies present, just a nice, buttery sweet note - and mild, light hops. A few citrusy, floral notes hit the top of the nose in the finish.

Taste: A little deeper than the nose, with a few smooth buttery malt tones (not sure if that's from the yeast or the malt roast, though I'll assume the latter) accompanying the lighter, sweeter bready malt notes, and a strong but light citrus kick, again in the finish. Bitterness is low - the hops don't quite balance the malt so much as dampen it ever so slightly, mostly just serving to lend the breezy, fruity notes. Most quaffable.

Mouthfeel: Leaves an aftertaste, but it's a nice one - not darker astringencies, but lighter, sweeter tones. It's moderate in just about everything here - carbonation, body, crispness - and that's a good thing. This sweetness of this beer could be distracting if it didn't meld so well with the mouth.

Drinkability: I've gotten over my fear of rating a beer's drinkability higher than the sum of its parts. This beer's getting a 4.5 because everything comes together so well - relatively low abv%, no funky aftertastes, nice to look at, well-balanced. Extraordinarily sessionable.

A great American amber. I've had bad luck with this style before - they're either too sweet or too bland or too something, but this one is excellently balanced, very robust, and very drinkable. Check it out.

CrellMoset, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of botham
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a sam adams glass. pours a lightly cloudy, rich amber color with a single finger of off white head. no lacings.

aroma is mainly of caramel malts, with a lightly sweet overall character and a hint of roasted malts. a light grassy aroma in the background rounds out the profile.

taste is of sweet caramel malt up front, with a creamy character and a lightly bready base. distant fruit notes of apple and pear mix in with the malts, working well to enrich the overall profile finishes with a note of distant grassy hops and caramel.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy texture. very smooth on the palate. finishes with soft CO2 and a lightly bitter aftertaste.

drinkablility is great. this is a rich and complex brew that has an excellent profile and a mellow finish. the flavors work well to create a complete profile, with a smoothness that makes it finish easy. cheers!

botham, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured it from the bottle into a pint glass, has a very dark amber hue more orange than anything. Minimal headwith decent lace.

Has a overwelmingly malty and hoppy smell

Taste is a bit weak in the inital mouthful but has a nice finish that stays with you with a hoppy finish. This is not a beer i would nessasarly drink all the time but not a bad amber as it is smooth and easy to drink.

SpecialK088, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of Fish113d
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color (obviously) with an orange-rind-colored head that billows to the top about 2 fingers thick, but starts to dissipate while leaving a lot of cling on the glass.

Aroma is mostly of a mild, biscuity malt, along with some slight toffee notes. A bit of floral hops also come in on the "under" side of the brew. NOthing spectacular; solid.

Rather sweet at first, but quickly the hops comes and turns much of this into a biscuit flavor along with some toffee. Aftertaste is rather boring, but okay flavor.

Body is medium, while carbonation runs quite high, tingling my tongue. Slightly dry finish.

Fairly drinkable in that it's easy to drink. Not the BEST flavor and not the best I've had, but just sticks solidly to the style.

Fish113d, Apr 10, 2008
Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, Batch 8259, bottled 12/5/2007. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an amber/orange color with a very small off-white head. Head retention and lacing is average. Aroma is a bit light, it smells like caramel and toasted malt. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes like caramel/toasted malt, citrusy hops, and biscuit/bread/grain. Finishes with a slight bitter aftertaste. It's a mostly malty sweet tasting brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium with average carbonation. There's some substance to this brew, it's not thin or watery. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and easy to drink. It's good choice as a session beer. I think this is a good beer, I'd buy it again.

bluejacket74, Mar 30, 2008
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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