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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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2,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,618
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 110
Gots: 256 | 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

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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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.

Photo of Lerxst
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours copper with a small head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing.

S-Malty sweetness with caramel notes, a bit of citrus hops as well.

T-Malt, some caramel, biscuits and a nice but subdued citrus hop bite on the back end.

M-Smooth light/medium body with decent carbonation thats not overly done. A bit of an oily finish.

D-This one went down easily and I could do another if I wanted.

A solid, yet not outstanding offering from Bells.

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
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
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
4.77/5  rDev +24.5%
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
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,618 ratings.