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Bell's Amber Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,578 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,578
Reviews: 880
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 108
Gots: 225 | FT: 0
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

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Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a standard pint. Pours copper with a minimal white head. There was no apparent lacing present. The aroma was comprised of only subtle hops. The flavor was of small hops and subtle sweet malt. It was light on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew was really smooth and was stupidly drinkable. It did not have the greatest flavor and could have been more complex, but it was still enjoyed and was really refreshing.

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a cloudy orangeish amber with a HUGE 3 finger offwhite head. The head looks amazing, thats for sure. No lacing, which makes me a sad panda.

S- muted. I'm not getting the hops I'd like, thats for sure...I get some malt, and thats really all. Disappointing.

T- very, very mild. Tastes sweet and fruity as opposed strong and fruity like I normally get out of good amber ales. Its totally different from either of the ambers Troegs produces, which is what I'm used to...not sure if I'm a huge fan.

M- light. Feel is thin, not overwhelming. Not syrupy at all. I approve.

D- its really drinkable because its nice and mild, doesn't beat you over the head with hops or mouthfeel. But...its not nearly one of my favorite ambers. Too sweet for my tastes.

Photo of pootz
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle;

Pours a hazed orangey-copper color with a 2 finger sticky cap.

Aroma has some roast, some toffee over citrus-floral hopping. Average mouthfeel and body.

Flavor profile is pretty much like it's aroma. Front is roasty-toffee malting balanced with grapefruity resinous bittering, moderate drying finish ends mildly bitter.

I've always maintained that so-called "amber ale" is a catch all style for brewers to throw their own innovative signature into it. This one, although not bad or cheap in any way, disappoints if for nothing more than its ordinaryness. I expected more from this brewer. On the upside the ale is tasty, balanced, properly conditioned and made for sessioning.

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

Im not a huge Amber fan, but this beer is so pleasant and available, that I drink it quite often.

Pours amber of course. Nice malty aroma. Beautiful carbonation really helps the mouthfeel and the balanced taste. Could be my favorite amber that I have ever had. So drinkable!

Photo of
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick foamy head, lots of carbonation and lacing at the top. golden and opaque but not thick. Excellent.

Smells faintly nutty. mostly sweet malt here.
Slight almond flavor, carmelly malts and apricot. This is well balanced. A little less carbonation is present than I would have guessed from the appearance. The alcohol is definitely present. 4

This is pretty light in body, but definitely full flavored. The alcohol stands out a little too much to make this an outstanding session beer, but I wouldn't mind stocking this.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper pour, ample head. Great aroma, very citrusy and orange from an amber.

Hoppy taste, even for Bell's, and definitely for an amber. Makes it more interesting, even if it can be criticized as simply being a hoppier version of a traditional style. Cool with me. A little sweetness from the almost balanced beer. A little oily as well. Not hopped over the top, should appeal to a wide variety of drinkers. I used to think this was a little pricey at 8.99 a 6er, but now everyone charges that it seems.

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

12oz bottle at The Shores Festhaus in Daytona Beach, FL. Served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager pint glass.

A: reddish maroon body, rustic brown edges, a ring of cream head, some lacing.
S & T: light yeastiness, roasted barley, sweet caramel, toasty pale malt, toffee, raisins, brown sugar, and a mildly citric hop bite. Seems like English hopping, but I'm not sure. A fruity and malted amber ale, surprisingly balanced for this brewery.
M: resiny, almost viscous, spicy in the middle, moderate bitterness to finish. Went down easy with my Cajun Dutchman sandwich.
D: a great quaffer to pair with food. Less hopped than other ambers, though delicious in its own unique way.

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

12oz bottle batch 9667, bottled April 2, 2010.

Pours very hazy orangish-amber with a good off-white head that leaves some lacing and maintains a good cap.

Aroma is some floral hops, yeast, bread, almost like homemade dinner rolls, some light fruit, caramel. One of the more aromatic Amber Ales I've had.

Flavor is fruity, green apple, pear, maybe a little melon, a touch of citrus hops, some floral in there too. Also some bread and caramel malt. Fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel is full for the style, oily, medium carbonation.

This is a great Amber Ale, very glad I went with a 6-pack instead of just buying a single.

Photo of Spica66
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been drinking this beer since the only way to buy it was to bring your own growler to Larry at the window in the old warehouse. I grew up in Kalamazoo, MI, and it was a happy day for me when I could legally make that stop! The beer has always had a fresh amber taste, medium body and hops, and medium mouthfeel. Never heavy or light, a good, all-round example of amber ale. I used yeast from some of the first brewery bottles that you could buy to brew my first amber ale.

Photo of homebrew311
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a orangeish amber, somewhat cloudy with a fluffy 2 finger head, great retention

S: biscuity malts up front which are undercut with some citrus hops with some lemon and grapefruit character

T: nicely balanced between the malts and hops. Malts provide notes of bread and caramel while the hops provide lemon zest, and some spicy earth tones, the finish is slightly bitter

MF: medium body and appropriate carbonation

D: nice full flavor and good balance, good for a session

Photo of bigpoppacueball
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review: Copper in color, two fingers of head when poured into a room temperature glass. A mild smell, with a pleasant, well balanced flavor and mouth feel with little to no aftertaste. A very good, drinkable American Ale. One of those full flavor very drinkable beers that is not a watered down light but not heavy either.

Photo of jmich24
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. 5.8% ABV
A: Amber almost copper in color. One finger head. Some yeast and possible hop residue floating. Apears to be on the high side of carbonation.
S: Smells great, very sweet earthy maltiness. No hops at the nose.
T: Outstanding balance. Again sweet maltiness with nice hop bitterness that lingers just for a bit.
M: Medium to light mouth feel. Very wet, some sharpness from the carbonation.
D: Great session beer on a cool evening.

This is my first Bells Amber. Pleasantly surprised, I will definitely be picking this up regularly during the cooler months.

Photo of ribby
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From my days in Kalamazoo, I remembered Amber as my favorite Bell's. Alas, though it is good, it is not quite what I remembered, particularly, it is less balanced than I remembered.

It pours a very light brown, from almost clear to cloudy depending on how carefully you decant, while the aroma is very mild, not showing the hoppiness in the flavor.

The taste is somewhat on the hoppy side, with some smokiness in the malt flavor, and a hint of citrus. (Maybe the Oberon has become an invasive species.)

The mouthfeel is reasonably full, but the head is a little rough.

This is still a very drinkable beer. The flavor is strong but not overpowering.

Photo of Cognac1765
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps the bottle I picked up from one of those mix and match custom 6 pack places was a bit stale but I didn't get much in the way of smell.

The beer looks fantastic. The head poured a wonderful off white almost brown head but I think due to it being flat didn't stay around long. The beer still looks nice in my glass, hazy and deep copper in color. The smell is probably what suffers the most here. Taste wise its nice filled with malts and light fruits. I'm sure if it had the proper cabonation it would be an amazing brew. Even being a bit old its still good and I would love to get my hands on a fresh on.

If it wasn't old I would probably rate it at an a+ because I'm really enjoying it a few weeks old.

Photo of vivalanation734
4.82/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. This is one beautiful beer. Pours a hazy dark copper/amber with a fluffy off white head.

S. Sweet caramel malts and a light fruitiness (orange peel and some dark fruit)

T. A superb amber ale. Nice sweet malty backbone with a light bitter finish. Hints of caramel, orange peel, brown sugar, and a nice yeastiness.

M. nice medium body with a good MF.

D. Easily a sessionanble amber ale with some great flavor. Definitely gonna pick up a 6er real quick.

Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours out a dark orange/light brown with a lot of floaties in it. The head is white and foams up to be two to three fingers in size. It retains pretty well and ends up falling to a white cloud that covers the whole beer's top. A coat of fine lacing is left all over the glass.

S- A balance of fruit notes and caramel malt. The fruits are definitely lighter ones like pear, apple and white grape. I really don't pick up any citrus. The caramel malt is nice in the background but the aroma needs some more strength.

T- The taste, like many beers, is like the smell if it had more strength. The light fruits are very nice, apple, white grape and pear are very noticeable with some citrus peel notes. The malt has caramel notes and some very nice bready aspect to it. The hops lend a light-moderate bitterness that feels right for the other flavors.

MF - Body is light-moderate but has very nice creaminess to it. The carbonation levels are medium and suit the flavors well. The bitterness stays on the tongue after taking a sip along with some light fruit notes. The beer is a tiny bit warm but I like the feeling.

DB - A pretty straight forward amber with a nice malt/hop balance. The light fruits are nice for a change. This one is certainly sessionable but not for me since I only have a six pack from PA. The price was good and the beer was of good quality. I will try more and more Bell's when I start trading or go back to PA.

Photo of dpodratsky3
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours with a massive head that you have to wait for, sticky, very foamy, off white, beer is pure amber in color, hazy

S: Has a pretty fruity hop smell, pears and apples stick out, but a little mild, some caramel in there too

T: Taste has a nice malt backbone throughout, hops start to hit after you swallow, a good flavor to counter the medium-high bitterness level, typical amber flavors, good

M: Finishes pretty dry, good solid medium body

D: Really good, good flavors but not hard to handle

Notes: This beer doesn't do anything special for an amber ale, it just does things really well.

Photo of DmanGTR
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 11/3/09

A - poured relatively clear with lots of particles. I suppose I'll let it settle a bit. Anyway, a deep sienna red, maybe roasted pumpkin hues with a well formed off-white head that retained as a thin cap. Sparse islands of lace scatter around my Duvel tulip. 3.5

S - caramel, biscuit, and light burnt sugar notes. The rest of the aromatic profile is much more subdued, with mild spiciness of hops barely coming through. 3.0

T - The first sip yields much grainy sweetness. The malt profile is light and sweet. Some light fruits are detected as well. Hints of apricots and grapes, but they only complement the malts. Any hop presence is hidden in the finish, where the bitterness melds gently with the sweet aftertaste. All in all, quite a departure from the smell. Quite balanced. 4.0

M - Light bodied, crisp. This is a beer that will retain its mouthfeel and taste even at very cool temperatures. The carbonation offers a very smooth sensation on the palate. 4.0

D - Quite drinkable. I would certainly keep this beer in stock for a bbq or a pork chop dinner, maybe even a ham and swiss sandwich with mustard! 4.0

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

This is really good - a great sessionable beer that would be refreshing on a hot day.

Pours copper, hazy with some suspended particles, with thin white head. Aroma is malty, camelly, with a sweet hop character. The flavor is sprightly, light carmel, spiced peach, a little bitter orange. It is refreshing and sweet, yet tart, almost like a good iced tea The mouthfeel is slick and prickly.

Photo of teovaldi
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a white two finger head that sticks around for a while.

Smells of a toasty aroma with a light touch of hops.

Taste starts out with sweet malts followed by hops and finishes bitter.

Fairly light body with lots of carbonation.

This is a highly sessionable brew.

Photo of kevinjosephlee
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: Amber orange, with an off-white head. The sediment at the bottle of the bottle was agitated, and by the presence of "floaties" I would guess that it was not only yeast but also some proteinaceous precipitate. No lacing and relatively low head retention.

S: A caramel malty scent with some hops sharpness as well.

T: It has a caramel malty presence that is moderated by a hops bitterness. Some floral notes (citrus) emerge later in the drink along with a clove spiciness.

M: Not much alcohol warmth, but the alcohol flavor does make an appearance. Good carbonation and body.

Notes: A great beer. I am glad it was recommended to me by my local bottle shopman. I have been on an amber ale kick and find that I enjoy the balance between hops and malt. This beer is very drinkable, yet needs to be enjoyed, so sip slowly, or make sure you have a six pack.

Photo of pzrhsau
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nice tawny maroon color and nice finger measure of head.
Smell: Nice sweet malt aroma coupled with a slight hop undertone.
Taste: Very good malt flavor with some tart hop presence. Clean and smooth.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Good carbonation and doesnt overwhelm the palate. It tickles the tongue and has a weight to it but allows you to sample other beers afterward.

Photo of goblue3509
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color with a thin head which gives way to some lacing. The aroma is of sweet malt and caramel malt with a hint of citrus hops. The taste has a malt backbone, sweet malt and caramel malt with some breadiness, which has a backend taste of citrus hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied. The drinkability is good, for an amber it has a nice flavor and is complex enough to keep you interested. One you will want more than a couple of.

Photo of PhxHorn
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep yellow with a huge fluffy white head. Smells of yeast and more yeast. Tastes of yeast and not much else. Not a bad flavor, but out of balance. I'd have preferred to have a bit of malt in there. Not a bad beer, but I've had better ones in this style.

Photo of techfed87
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle is from batch number 9,282, bottled on July 29th, 2009.

Pours at thick, amber head. Color is a mix of red and yellow, with sediment floating throughout it.

Smells of sweet malts. First sip is that of a scotch ale in its overall malty sweetness. In fact, can be considered the majority flavor. However, this is by no means a detriment to the beer itself. This beer is a tasty brew, with a deep and complex malty flavors. A real pallet pleaser.

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,578 ratings.