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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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2,645 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,645
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 110
Gots: 281 | FT: 2
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

Amber Ale deftly balances a mixture of toasted grain & light caramel notes with a range of floral, citrus and herbal hop notes, capped by a clean bitterness. This balance of flavors makes Amber Ale quite versatile as a food pairing option, not to mention being rather tasty in its own right. Whether serving as a jumping point to other styles or as a familiar standby, Amber Ale is central to the Bell’s portfolio.
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Ratings: 2,645 | Reviews: 897
Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Poured amber, slightly orange in color with a very thin white head clinging to the sides of the glass.

The aroma shows more of a malty, caramel flavor to it then anything else. Some hints of citrus hops come through a bit. Pretty nice aroma for an Amber Ale.

The taste also shows a nice caramel, bready, malty flavor to it. It finishes with some citrus hoppiness coming through to really balance it out. Very nice flavored amber ale.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it was an easy drinking beer with some nice flavors. Very solid amber ale overall.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a clear...well...amber. Had a thin bubbly head and no lacing. Subtle carbonation.

S - Earthy malt. Little roasted, little caramel. Nothing too wild.

T - Malty. Roasted. Touch sweet. Nice amber.

M - Smooth and silky. Biscuit-like.

D - Very easy drinker. A bit earthy/malty, but could drink these all night. Not my favorite bells offering, but a good amber none-the-less.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Amber-esque until held up to the light, which reveals translucent yellowish colour. Decent head and lots of bubbles.

S: Unexpected. Instead of a sweet, malty scent, I'm getting hops and a tinge of skunk. Malt does lie underneath, a bit concealed. Beery, overall.

T: Good, and a beer that is balanced, rather than tilted towards malt, as many amber ales are. The main taste is dry but full, with a slightly toasted feel. Rather carbonated. The aftertaste is pleasantly round and malty, with the hops running underneath. Mostly sweet but dry. A very interesting brew, but not my favourite.

M: Watery-smooth meets spicy-tingly. It's alright.

D: Honestly, I was expecting a lot more from this beer. It's a more than decent, but not anywhere near outstanding. I've had much better brews from Bell's and better amber ales than this. Drinkable, but not recommended.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, batch 9685,

A: Pours an amber orange with a fizzy light white head, no lace. Minor floaties, not the most attractive brew.

S: Biscuity malt, hint of diacetyl, oranges, pastry bread. A pretty fruity nose at times almost Belgian.

T: Toasted malt, very grainy at first. Fairly bitter overall, has a bit of citrus complexity. Some berry notes. Semi-sweet on the finish.

M: Light-bodied, creamy. Spritzy, fizzy carbonation - somewhat soda-like, but not watery. Moderate aftertaste.

D: A solid amber ale, not overhopped and in this style I like that, more in the English bitter realm. We all know Bell's makes some amazing brews, but this a good staple to pay the bills.

Photo of king75
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
Pours amber red, with about an inch or so of a creamy head. Light amplifies the redness and cloudiness of the beer.

Smells of fresh fruit with a subtle, but lingering smell of hops.

Taste very smooth from the start, can taste the hops towards the end, but left with a crisp clean taste.

Notes: a very drinkable beer, a beer that you can drink either one of or have an entire six pack of. Either way you cannot go wrong.

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

A 12 ounce bottle received as a gift from Halcyondays. On to the beer:

A little hazed in this orangeish brown colored beer. The head drops to a thin creamy lace on top, leaving a little lacing on the glass. The nose is a little subdued. Faint fruity esters, a little toasted malt. A little warming up intensifies those aromas, and even brings out some butterscotch. That's better.

Bell's version of an amber ale tastes like this; it goes toasty and fruity, like strawberry. Not super hoppy, which with Bell's I though it would be. There are touches of pine though. Ok, tasting those resins, maybe it was hoppy once upon a time, and now the hop juice is gone. No worries, it's all good.

Expectations sometimes get really high with certain breweries. Although I was expecting something explosive, I shouldn't complain too much about this beer.

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

With a semi vigorous pour, the brew makes about two fingers of off white cranium, and has a hazy copper colored body.

In the aroma the bready malts arve very detectable, somewhat in the way of a sweet style bread, and there is a slight herbal fragrance too.

Taste wise it's also very much in the way of a sweet bready flavor. Thre is a slight metallic flavor along with an herbal finish.

This is crispy yet a little chewy along with a slight oily slickness. This makes for a good standby to go to for the American Red Ale genre IMO.

Photo of waldoiverson
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into us pint

A: not much head and I wonder if my glass wasn't fully rinsed as it seems like it should have a goodly amount after an aggressive pour. amber/light brown is the color with a slightly thick looking appearance

S: bright malt smell with clean hops, leaning toward citrus, in the background

T: graham-like malt with a sweetness that turns to a lingering bit of citrus but not in a rind-like, bittering way

M: Smooth with a bit of carbonation prickle and a slightly dry finish. it compels me to take another sip to wet the mouth again but not to save a bbq'd set of taste buds...just right.

D: this beer hits all cylinders and can transition across seasons and sessions.

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

Poured into a mug.

A: A slight haze on a golden orange body, The white nose retreats slowly, leaving a thin haze.

S: A malt sweetness is present with the aroma.

T/M: The sweet malts from the nose come through on the taste. A silk mouthfeel brings on other flavors of slight spice.

D: With a nice medium body, this is a nice session beer. Easy drinking brew, that has subtle thickness but still has the crisp freshness.

Photo of hosehead83
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Copper/amber in color with a moderate head of white foam.
Aroma-Faint malt, spice
Taste-Caramel notes,subtle spiciness, sneaky little hop bite. Creamy, tasty, robust and flavorful, with a sweet/spicy finish. Interesting and very drinkable. Would make a nice session beer or a perfect "entry-level" beer for someone interested in trying a craft beer.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice strong orange color with a nice thin white head that is about .25 inches tall. Quit dense and recedes quickly to a thin film.

S - Nice grainy malt and bread notes up front with very good mild hop hints. Seems very well balanced.

T - Grain up front as the aroma dictates. With nice bread hints and some mild malt sweetness to add avery delicious malt profile. The middle shines with a nice mild grassy hop character. Very well balanced beer with a nice dry bitter finish.

M - Very well balanced. Good CO2. Good drinkable beer.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy copper color, with a thin white head that fades quickly, becoming patchy. Lots of sediment floating about.
Smell is bready malts with a touch of hops. Faint roasted notes, as well as very faint notes of caramel and toffee.
Taste is slightly bready malts with some subtle hops and barley. More subtle notes of brown sugar and toffee. Some crackery notes come in before the finish. Finish is slightly malty and hoppy. Both the hops and malts carry well.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, with a touch of crispness at the end. Light body.
Drinkability is very good. Well-rounded beer.

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

Pours a medium-dark amber with a modest head; nice retention. There is some unattractive suspended sediment, but other than the look of it, I'm not bothered.

Aroma is of grains and toasted malt. Sweet and bready.

This beer has a nice flavor and balance. It starts very bready and smooth, and finishes with a tinge of hop flavor. Kind of a tea-like finish. There is a mellow nutty flavor reminiscent of some English session beers. Nice medium mouthfeel and mid-level carbonation. Very drinkable, if a bit of a bore.

A restrained, easy-going Amber, which I like in the end. Far better than Bell's Pale Ale. Worth a shot.

Photo of seh410
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Randy (randjuke) for this brew :)

Appearance: Beautiful opaque amber color with a thin, fizzy white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves little islands of thin foam on the top. This beer is really pretty - the amber is so vivid: reddish-orange at the top of the glass and yellow-orange at the base.

Aroma: It smells very sweet but balanced: warm toasted malts and caramel with maybe just the tiniest bit of piney hops in the way back

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is similar to the nose - lots of sweet malts and caramel on toast - but with a more pronounced bitterness. The mouthfeel is full and chewy, on the creamy side with very little carbonation

Notes: Very drinkable. The beer is balanced: not too sweet, not too bitter, and certainly not too heavy. I'd drink it again for sure.

Photo of bnes09
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A hazy orange, amber brew. Pours a thin off-white head with little retention but does produce nice lines of lace. Some sediment flakes at the bottom.

Lots of citrusy hop aromas. A tad spicy on the nose.

Flavors began with a piney and grassy hop character. Buscity malt in the back to smooth things out. Yeast adds an earthy tone. Very well balanced and all the flavors seem to blend well. Crisp and smooth at the same time and intriguing for the palate.

Nice medium-body with moderate carbonation. Hops provide a drying finish and the yeast imparts a coarse texture on the tongue.

Not a bad brew at all. Very refreshing with lots of flavor. Well worth the money.

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

A - Nice slightly hazy amber colored beer. Thick larger than normal head that clings to the glass and dissapates slowly while providing some nice flavor for the first few sips. Little carbonation.

S- The smell is mild but is a nice mix of malts and sweets. A caramel smell is definitely there but I'm having a hard time picking out the rest. smells

T - Great tasting amber. It has some toffee and caramel mix malts up front and a little tart at the end. The overall taste is very quick and upfront but overall very nice and tasty. It's not too sweet but an excellent blend of malts that isn't overkill.

MF - You can taste the carbonation being released as it swirls around, mediumlight bodied.

D - One of the best Amber's I've ever had. Definitely coming back

Photo of DovaliHops
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper/amber, very lightly clouded color with a small white head that settles very slowly. Smell a bit of caramel and sweetness. The malt smell is present, but the smell is nothing to write home about. The taste is pretty much like a typical amber ale. A hoppy taste with a stronger malt presence, with just a bit of grapefruit. The mouthfeel is fairly typical for you average amber ale. The drinkability is very high considering this beer is extremely light and crisp.

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


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.

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