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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

2,552 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,552
Reviews: 875
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 104
Gots: 202 | 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 Natural510
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper, um, amber color with medium amount of creamy head with proper lacing.
Nose is somewhat faint caramel malt and a hint of herbal-pine hops.
Caramel biscuit malt to the forefront of the flavor with a sweet, herbal tea quality. Hints of fruit with an astringent finish. Hop bite minimal at best.
Medium bodied; not too light, but not as full as many craft ambers of today.
This one didn't knock my socks off, so I have to think like other flagship brews it meant more back in its day than compared to other offerings from its brewery (think SNPA or Boston Lager).
It's okay, but I prefer ambers with a bit more body and hops.

Photo of baos
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes: Up in Michigan.

A: Served in pint glass. Nice copper color with the slightest hint of haze. No head to speak of and minimal lacing.

S: Bit of grainy malts. With a bit of herbal clover hops.

T: Yum. This beer kicks in with malts then is balanced out with the Fuggle and Cascade hoppiness. Very nice.

M: Nice medium feel with an almost creamy carbonation.

D: Very drinkable brew. I would've had more but so many more brews here to try and on TAP!

Photo of drifter29
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A bit more orange than amber, cloudy appearance

S: Slightly citrus, not much in aroma

T: Smooth and sweet with a hint of hops, not as hoppy as my usual favorite but clean with little aftertaste

D: Very drinkable, ABV less than expected and even with the shortfall in the hops department I could easily drink more than a couple

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a nice copper with creamy thick head. Lacing of the head remants as it was finished. Also, exceptional carbonation through the hazy copper liquid added to the appearance.

Smell was very subtle malty scent

Taste was smooth malt front followed by a toffee like middle and mild bite of hops on the finish. Solid good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, very nice.

Very drinkable, high marks here.

Overall a very good, drinkable beer.

Photo of kerokit
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A crisp, slightly floral amber full of round malty notes and a mild hop finish. It pours a classic caramel color with a moderate white head that develops into a light lacing by the halfway mark. Not the most interesting beer I've sampled, but it's smooth and supremely drinkable. A nice local discovery for this born and bred Bostonian who now calls the Midwest home.

Photo of Mavajo
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber color with a moderate white head. Taste and aroma are both malty with a slight fruitiness (banana, citrus) and a slightly buttery/toffee character. Generous carbonation which lends to a very clean, crisp mouthfeel. Very easy drinking. Not a world beater, IMO, but a well crafted and enjoyable beer.

Photo of Minotaur
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A good, drinkable amber ale. It has a smooth, mellow mouthfeel with enough moderate carbonation to keep the beer from becoming heavy on the palate.

It has the style named color and is a bit on the darker side of amber and has a decent head that disperses evenly.

The aroma is very light with only a bit of toasty malt. I would say if there was a single weak point on this beer it is in the aroma.

The beer is a straightforward but flavorful blend of nutty, just slightly hopped and bright, toasted and grain-sweet malts. The most upstanding component is a mild nuttiness kind of like toasted chestnut. It is a pleasant tasting beer that could easily be drunk on its own, or eaten with mild and earthy foods.

A good solid drinking beer that exemplifies the style.

Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Dark orange with two fingers of tan head with an assortment of different sized bubbles. Unfiltered floaties throughout. Top half of beer super cloudy from swirled sediment poured in.

S: Honey, apples, light citrus, floral hops and notes of vanilla. Smells fantastic.

T: Taste is even better than the smell. A creamy mouthfeel is supported well by a refreshing caramel and vanilla body with a great hop presence but not at all "piney." Very slight malty bitters in the aftertaste but overall a clean finish.

D: My advice is get at least a sixer. Never overwhelms.

Value: Amazing. I paid just over ten bucks for a six pack. This is one of the best ales I have ever tasted and for what I paid it was a total steal.

Highly recommended for those times when you wanna drink some awesome beer that you don't need to put too much thought into.

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

I got this from mrkanable in a trade. I poured from a 12 ounce glass into a standard pint glass. It is amber/orange in color with a moderate white head, a bit of lacing. The aroma is malt forward, sweet and roasty. The flavors a sweet breadish, a lingering sweet finish. A good all around beer that would pair well with most foods.

Photo of champ103
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear copper/reddish color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some light sticky lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt up front. Lightly toasted with some caramel. A unique dark fruity aroma as well. Some plums, pears, even apples.
T: Again, sweet caramel malt. Lightly toasted. Some fruity flavors of pears and apples.
M/D: A medium body that is a little under carbonated for my tastes. A bit thin and watery. Really easy to drink. This is an easy chose for a session beer.

One of the better Bell's offerings that I have had. This is a top notch Amber. Highly recommended.

Photo of Tinfoilrcr
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Bell's beer and let me just say that I will definitely be trying more of their beers, as this was a fantastic beer.

It has a beautiful red copper color with a good head that lasts throughout the life of the pint.

The beer has a wonderful balance of sweet citrus flavors and a good dose of hops for a very refreshing finish. Neither the sweet malts nor the hops are over-powering.

This is by far one of the best ambers I have had, and the only disappointing part was when it was finished.

Photo of kbeals
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- A pour into a pint glass reveals and amber color brew. About a finger of creamy white head appears and sticks around pretty well throughout the session. Holding this baby up to the light reveals tons of little floaties hanging around in the beer.

S- Good balance of sweet malts and a light floral hop aroma. The more this beer warms the more the malts show up and make the beer seem sweeter.

T- A good sweet, caramel malt front backed up by a good dose of hops. Neither one was overpowering, a fantastically balanced brew.

M- Medium body with decent amounts of carbonation.

D- Really good drinkability. I could drink this beer all night. The lower ABV coupled with a well-balanced aroma and flavor lead to a really good beer.

Photo of DerekP
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Amber Ale is unquestionably amber colored, with sweet malts that show in the taste and smell. I smell quality hops as well. What I really enjoy about this beer is the obvious lack of filtration. One look in your mug or pint glass and you'll see the aftereffects of mashing hops and barley; the little guys that find their way through a strainer, and into a carboy for the joy of fermentation.

I got about a quarter to half-inch thick head that seems to be planning to stick around for good, or at least until I'm through with the beer. The bottle shows the ABV as 5.8%; not too bad, definitely sessionable. There's a little over a hint of an alcoholic taste coming through, nothing to fuss about. The body is a solid medium, appropriate to the degree of sweet malts. Every bar in the country should have this brew available. I really stand behind this beer, not just in defense of microbreweries and the culture of better beer, but for the fact that it is extremely drinkable, and could definitely be appreciated by the most close-minded, light beer aficionado. Bell's Amber Ale should serve as the gateway brew to better beer for the lowest common denominator of beer drinkers.

Photo of alexhammond
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

my first Bell's product, and what a treat this one was.

the first scents I notice are fruity, with a bit of citrus and hops, all blended together nicely.
in the taste, I'm getting some hints of pear, apple, and maybe some kind of berry flavor. a bit of hops gives it just enough bitterness to balance out the sweeter flavors.

by far, one of the best amber ales I've had, the balance and intensity of the flavors really makes this one unique.

Photo of eljefe21
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber in color with a two-finger, white, fluffy head. Silky smooth fine lacing coats the sides of the glass. Some fine particles float suspended in the body of the beer.

S: Sweet malt smell up front with hints of hops lurking in the background. Smell is considerably strong for the style.

T: Toffee like sweetness melts in the center of the tongue. Maybe the slightest hint of hops, but just for balance to keep the sweetness in line.

M: A medium bodied beer that's smooth and a bit creamy in the middle. The slightest bit of carbonation on the edges of the tongue.

D: I was looking for something tasty and sessionable as my local beer store tends to stock bigger brews. Coming in just under 6%, this almost fits the bill. It certainly fits the spot taste-wise. A great year round pick.

Served: in an imperial pint glass.

Photo of jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the tap into a pint glass.

It pours a clear dark amber with a huge white head that lasts several minutes with decent retention.

The aroma is light not a whole there with a little hops.

The taste is pretty good, overall very drinkable for an amber ale.

Photo of fastsrt
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured form the bottle to a pint glass nice head that stayed till the last sip, laced my glass and had a rich-golden brown color, there was quite a bit of sediment in floating around. smelled of malt all the way. Just the way it smelled, this ale tasted of malt with just enough bitter to balance out the sweetness. over all i enjoyed this beer and could easily knock a few back.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Beautiful amber color with that coffee cream head. A little cloudy and not very active, maybe less carbonation. Smells sweet and delicious, very ripe. Great tones of malt and hops swim across my taste buds. A superb blend of ale. Feels medium with a tendency towards the lighter side. My most frequent stop on the Bell's lineup.

Cheers.

Photo of jera1350
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with lots of bits swimming about. Thin layer of suds on top.

Light roasted malt. Pilsnerish, followed by some fruity and citric hops.

Rich and semi-sweet malts followed by some lighter citric hops. Clean and slightly complex.

Maybe a bit over medium bodied which was unexpected. Pretty thick and smooth with some moderate carbonation.

Absolute session beer here. I could make a night of this. Really well crafted beer that's available year round which is a bonus.

Photo of tegelaar
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poors a nice reddish brown but not too dark. Decent sized head that mostly disappears but leaves spots of lacing. Smells sweet and malty with hints of caramel and molasses. Taste is sweet up front with malt and sugar. Back end is only slightly bitter. Carbonation and viscosity are great. Very drinkable but maybe a tad too sweet to drink a lot of this. Enjoyable brew.

Photo of Evocatus
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

orange-copperish color with a thick head. Aroma has some sweet maltiness to it. Taste is a perfect mix of bitter and sweet. Initially a sweet malt taste with some hints of nuts and caramel, but by the time you finish, the hops kick in so the beer is not overly sweet. Only downside is that the taste could have been a bit stronger. Body was a good thickness. A bit on the expensive side compared to what else was available, but still cheap enough to be an any week beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. Thanks to Kidwell for loading up his trunk over Thanksgiving.

A nice cloudy orange amber. Thick hoppy looking head, that sticks around to lace the glass.

Smells a little Earthy-hoppy, with a bit on the floral side, and some citrus-fruity notes as well.

Great balance of a light citrus sweet kick and a very mild bittering hop. Not too overpowering in either direction.

Mouthfeel is a bit thicker, almost chunky for a Pale Ale, but it works. It seems almost creamy.

Very drinkable, though the heavy creamy feel might get in someone's way (not mine).
As always, I find myself impressed with Bells, and wishing it were easier to get in Massachusetts.

Photo of samie85
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a really nice reddish amber color with a thick, lingering two finger white head.

S- Sweet caramel notes with some grain, and just hint of citrus hop.

T-Sweet caramel, some nuttiness, with biscuit notes. Finishes crisp and clean with a bit of citrus and bitterness.

M- Smooth and slightly oily with low carbonation and medium body.

D-This one is a personal favorite. I love a solid amber and this is definitely a fine amber. Very easy-drinking session beer.

Photo of towersfall
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy amber with a decent off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice amount of lacing trickling down the glass from pour to finish.

Smell: Caramel malts, nuts and some other scent that my nose just can't register.

Taste: Sweeter than most ambers in my opinion, but it does display the malts, caramel, and nuts just right. Well balanced but still leans toward the sweeter side of the amber spectrum.

Mouthfeel: Higher carbonation that matches it's medium body well.

Drinkability: Great by the books amber. Shines high in it's category and proves how Bell's is one of America's finest breweries.

Photo of cnally
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This has a really glowing orange-red tint to the beer. Its white head dissipates mostly leaving little lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a little yeasty, a little bitter, nice hop nose. There is some citrus in there, orange, grapefruit, but the hop bitterness is the story.

The flavor continues with the yeasty, bitter vibe. The initial flavor is bready and grainy, with the finish being bitter from the hops. Just a hint of sourness in the middle, but there is also a touch of very sweet malt.

A little watery on the body, but the carbonation level ends up being decent and the feel on the tongue is not sticky nor dry.

Would be good with a steak. Beyond that, is there much of a reason this would be sitting in my fridge? Not so much. There are many other Bell's offerings I would rather drink.

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