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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,573 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,573
Reviews: 879
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 108
Gots: 223 | 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 mwagner1018
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Caramel amber medium copper color, nice 2 fingers of head on top, good lacing down the glass.

S- Toasty, malty, cashew, slight watermelon, grapefruit.

T- Caramel malt, creamy, balanced and clean with a nice malt back bone, mild balanced hops, creates a pleasant delivery. Delivers like an Amber, sitting almost on the sweetness side of a Scotch Ale.

M- Buttery, smooth, clean, very nicely balanced.

D- Very drinkable beer, teetering on the edge of a session beer, definitely makes me want another.

Photo of washburnkid
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Let me start by saying that this is not one of Bell's best. Now...onward!

A: Approximately one finger of bubbly beige head, with a transluscent brew that is copper to amber in hue. Decent retention and good lacing.
S: Bready malt, heavily toasted, that is balanced by a touch of piney, semi-citrusy hops that are pretty vague and take a minute to locate.
T: Heavy emphasis on the toasted biscuit with an accompanying grainy character. Heavily metallic and also unpleasantly sour. Very sweet residuals, and a biting bitterness, though I can't place much of a hop characteristic. Just...bitter.
M: Light-ish body and heavy carbonation. Nothing spectacular.
D: I am happy to re-review this beer, and hopefully I'll get the chance to try it on tap someday. But I will not go out of my way to seek another bottle out.

Photo of corby112
2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy copper color with amber hues when held to a light source and a one finger foamy white head that settles quickly into a lasting ring. Very little in the way of lacing.

Bland aroma with a balance of caramel malt and floral hops. Not much else to speak of.

Very hop forward with a nice caramel malt backbone and slight crisp fruit. The hops dominate this beer and linger all the way through over the malt backbone and subtle light fruit notes in to a bitter dry finish.

Photo of AgentZero
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Orangish colour, very cloudy. Decent 1 1/2 finger head on it that quickly dissipated leaving behind no lacing.

S - Malty, but not really a whole lot going on there. A little bit of hops, somewhat biscuity.

T - Sweet with some caramel malts. Little touch of citris hops, finished with a bit of a bitter bite.

M - Carbonated, medium-light bodied. Fits the style, but not really doing a whole lot here.

D - Pretty easy to get down, the bite at the end gives this beer a little bit of character.

Photo of mklinger
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vigorously poured into a shaker pint glass.

A: About a half inch head that quickly dissipated. Slightly hazy due to somewhat poor pouring on my part. I didn't leave enough of the yeast behind in the bottom of the bottle. Color is a nice coppery orange.

S: Mostly malt coming through in the aroma. Mostly caramel with some toasty, bready smells also in there. Not much hop aroma.

T: Nice amber ale flavor profile. Lots caramel malt flavor, rich and sweet. Some hop bitterness comes through in the finish, not a lot, just enough to balance things out a bit.

M: Nice mouthfeel for such a sweet beer. It doesn't come across overly thick or sweet.

D: Easy to drink, but not a flavor profile that makes me want another right away. Don't get me wrong -- I like it and would be great to drink another, just not something I'm craving

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

A - Avery nice copper colored body topped by a rich, foam, pale tan, two inch head.

S - Malt aroma accented by hops.

T - Malty start and middle with a hoppy finish. There is an accent in the end consisting of plums.

M - Consistent throughout being smooth but having a very subtle coarseness just on top of it, very nice.

~ This is a good beer that can be consumed easily. I recommend it to all.

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into 2009 PGA Championship Pint glass (pretty sweet).

Appearance: Just slightly hazy light amber with small white head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Smells fairly dry (especially in comparison to the taste), with toast, caramel and citrus fairly evident.

Taste: Somewhat sweet upfront with a nice mix of caramel, toast, fruit and citrus. Turns slightly bitter toward the end with a mix of citrus and spice. Very well balanced overall, but still slightly too sweet for my liking in a session ale.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation with a light-medium body. Finishes quite dry.

Drinkability: Pretty high. While the American Amber Ale category is quite broad, I think of this as the prototypical example of the style. However, it may be slightly too sweet for my taste.

Feel: Moderate

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nose is softly malt, estery, with hints of hop. Smells okay-pretty good.

Pours clear orange copper with moderate head. Some yeast in the bottle. Looks pretty good.

Soft smooth malt, heavy on the esters. Hints of roast. Soft bitterness. Kind of a bubblegum/tutti fruitti feel to the ester. Finishes softly bitter and tart. Floral, spicy, herbal, somewhat piney hop with soft citrus fruit. Mild-mod sweetness. Bready caramel, toasty malt. Faint butter, toffee. Tastes pretty good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

Soft easy drinker with pleasant malt balance.

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

I had this beer yesterday (9/5/09) at the Yardhouse in Palm Gardens.

A - Beer was poured in regular pint glass and left a small head, somewhat short of 1" what unfortunately quickly disappeared. Great mahogany, amber color!

S - Almost typical Bell smell. IMO smells is very similar to Bell's Two Hearted Ale...

T - A true amber ale; HOWEVER, beer is a very close taste to the Two Hearted Ale. I'm sure similar malt, yeast, hop schedule, etc contribute to the similar taste. Definitely great but I was somewhat surprised to have such a similar taste between the two beers.

M - Smooth amber ale that appears to be very well balanced. Definitely an easy beer to which the light/medium body contributes a fair amount.

D - As already said, beer is very smooth and refreshing. Great beer for all occasions! Not too wild/crazy in variation to its style.

Photo of kegger22
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a yeast cloudy, medium amber with a one finger head that faded to a collar. The aroma was sweet. The taste was malty sweet, slightly smoky. No bitter aftertaste. I like it for it's subtle, not over-powering taste. Feel is light bodied with little carbonation. The drinkability is good.

Photo of drtth
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a nice medium dark amber or copper color with a 1/8" off white head that recedes quickly to leave a ring of foam and a couple of patches on the surface of the liquid. Sipping leaves only the ring and a couple of small legs of lace. The ring and any speckles of lacing are pretty much gone by half way through the beer.

Smell: The aroma has some soft malt (caramel) with no immediate hop presence but then you become aware of an earthy spicy undertone that moves in and prevents the malt from dominating the aroma

Taste: The flavor starts with sweet caramel and sometimes bready character but then the spicy earthy hops chime in and take over the beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with light carbonation. The long finish starts almost sweet and then slides slowly into a long dry ending in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability: This was a beer I grew to like more and more as I sipped my way through it. At first I thought it would be OK for an occasional beer, but as I finished the beer I came realize it is nicely drinkable. I'll definitely seek this beer out for a few more before I decide if I'd be willing to drink it though out an evening of good food and good conversation with friends. However my suspicion at the moment is that I'll like it better and better the more I have it.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Bryant Lake Bowl celebrating a friends birthday with some beers and a round of bowling.

Color is hazy reddish brown, otherwise known as amber. Thin half finger foamy off-white head. Decent retention, nothing impressive. Minimal lacing.

The aroma displays a nice battle of earthy and citrusy hops, with the earthy hops winning this time. Huge malt backbone, caramel and buttery.

Initial taste is citrusy hop bite that gives way to the malt backbone after a few seconds. Sweet malts, with caramel and a toffee like character, and a fair bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Nothing too impressive. Drinkability is good.

Overall, a solid beer. This is a beer I've passed up in stores since...well...ever, and that may have to change. Good stuff.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours deep red amber, bordering on a brownish crimson. 1-1/2 fingers white foam with good retention and lacing.

Mild sweet smell, but otherwise not able to grab anything specific.

Taste is mixture of light fruit, mild hop and caramel sweet. Possesses a real bite/toasted sharpness at the finish that makes the close memorable.

Good carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Drinkable brew - this was my first Bell beer, and I'd be interested in sampling some of the other varietals whould I get the opportunity.

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

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a brown bottle with no best by date.

A: Cloudy dark orange amber with a light tan head. Heavy lacing leaves several thick rings on the glass.

S: Malty sweet with mild citrus hops and grains.

T&M: Medium bodied with moderate crispness from the carbonation. Nice mild malt sweetness. Excellent balance of citrus hop flavor that is not over the top. Taste fades slowly and nicely with toasted and citrus flavors.

I bought a 6-pack for the amazingly low price of $4!!! The taste is really growing on me and each one is getting better. I've had this on tap and it seems better in the bottle, but very similar.

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

had 8/11/09
This beer pours a hazy deep toffee color with a thick white head that recedes rapidly leaving minimal spotty lacing on the glass. Nose is primarily of caramel and toffee malts, with a touch of citrus hops. Taste falls in line with the nose, many layers of malts to it - caramel, toffee, with some roasted malts mixed in here, finish has a bit of a fruity sweetness and bite to it. Medium body, low carbonation, smooth and creamy with a bit of a chewiness to it. Easily a sessionable beer.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice (appropriate) amber color with steady carbonation and a light head. There is some sediment in the glass that keeps circulating because of the incredible carbonation going on here. It's quite a sight.

Smells of wheat, malts, bread, caramel, caramelized sugar, cinnamon, spice, honey.

Tastes of orange peel, honey, cinnamon, caramel. Some hop character here...perfectly balanced with the maltiness.

The poppy carbonation helps this beer bounce around the palate, allowing it to linger quite a while.

This is an excellent beer...it really is. It is drinkable, and has just the right balance to make this beer stand out.

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

A - Poured a copper brownish color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Isn't all that strong but theres some sweet malt scents

T - Follows the nose pretty much sweet malt with a touch of caramel

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Pretty much what an amber should be nothing crazy going on but thats not a bad thing a good drinkable beer

Photo of Patrick999
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my Stone imperial pint. More of a golden amber than a true deep amber. Short but substantive foam.

Decent aroma of biscuits drizzled in caramel.

First thing I noticed is that the alcohol is more muscular than I would have expected for 5.5%. Malt heavy, almost a little peaty character.

Fairly thick mouthfeel for 5.5%.

Drinks bigger than it is. I would probably go for other browns before this one.

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

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Amber color (of course) with a semi-transparent look. A good head that continues with some fair lacing.

Smell: A strong malt aroma with some hops in the background.

Taste: Starts kind of sweet with a good bitter finish that doesn't linger too long and become offensive.

Mouthfeel: A very mild body due to carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good beer. This is certainly something that I could drink on regular basis.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bells Amber Ale pours a ruby brownish color. Small short livid head sticks around the edges of the glass.

Smell is malty upfront with fruity tones.
Taste follows the nose providing layers of malt complexity, ranging from chewey malt sweetness to a pronounced roasted flavor. Tastes very delicious.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewey, lingering on the palate a good while.

Drinkability is great. This is an above average American Amber Ale, and focuses more on the malt profile than the hops.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Charleston at the Charleston Beer Exchange. Batch # 9062 indicating that it was bottled on 3/30/09

Light fizzy white head forms when this is poured. The head fades rather quickly. Fairly hazy amber color with some copper/orange tones. Fairly active carbonation. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is of light grains and also slightly sweet. Light frit notes.. white grape or peach.

Flavor is lighter than I expected. Very good, but a lighter brew in body and boldness. Fruity sweet with some fruits to follow the aroma. Light summer fruits, light caramel... Floral Hop finish.

Crisp, refreshing and brightly carbonated. Very interesting.

I find this very drinkable and yet different than most Ambers. Seems like a spring or summer Amber beer. Could be a great gateway beer.

Photo of WJVII
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by fellow advocate Cdkrenz (thanks bud)

This brew poured into a pint glass has a hazy orange color (not red like I would expect from an amber) with very visible carbonation rising from the bottom and a decent white head that caps well. It is warm out so I am really looking forward to tasting this, but first the smell... actually a nice hop aroma on this. There is a sweet floral taste to this leaning towards the end of a IPA. I enjoy the flavor but am not sure if it is completely true to the style. Good brew for me, but might catch some by surprise.

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

Appearance
Cloudy, apricot; minimal white head; more orange than amber

Smell
Fruity, sweet, and floral, reminiscent of pear, peach, berry, and caramel

Taste & Mouthfeel
Nicely balanced with an initial crisp bitterness, followed by a light bready sweetness and fruity notes. Mouthfeel seems perfect--not water-thin nor too heavy for the style. The finish is very clean, leaving me wanting more and making for an easy-drinking ale.

Overall
Bell's Amber Ale is a good session beer, as it manages to stay drinkable while packing in a lot flavor.

Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle (no freshness date) poured into my infamous SN pint glass...

A-thick and frothy four fingers of tan head laying atop a hazy orange, almost copper body

S-ultra spicy hips, with a small kick of pale malts and some caramel

T-slight citrus (tangerine?) up front with loads of pale malts throughout

M-smooth and simply

D-sessionable, no questions asked

a simply style that is always hard to rate for me yet so easy to drink...this brew is one of the better ambers that I've had to date...it's no Cindercone, but a good one nonetheless. Way to go Bell's!

Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this from a 12 oz bottle.

A: pours a typcial amber-orange color with minimal head and no lacing. A decent looking bier.
S: very slight smell, nothing spectacular.
T: not as robust as many ambers, a little weak.
M: nothing exciting here, doesn't offend bu doesn't excite.
D: could have a few of these on a hot summer day, but it wouldn't be too remarkable.

Bells usually makes a good product, this is not one of it's best. This is a "recommend slightly".

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,573 ratings.