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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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2,573 Ratings

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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2001

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Photo of Offa
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a balanced, very tasty and drinkable ale, light but full of character with subtle complexity.

It's amber, and unlike most many "amber" ales, it really is almost truly amber in colour,a bit hazy with sediment floating in it, with a very big pale tan head that slowly shrinks to a lasting foamy top and leaves nice rings of lace down the glass.

The aroma is somewhat mild but very nice, very malty with caramelly fruit and bread, juice, some citrusy hops and a leafy hint.

The taste is similar, mostly malty with some hops to round it out and balance it nicely. It's caramelly, doughy, and toasty with lightly toasted bread and light, caramelly malty sweetness balanced with mostly citrusy hops that have a light leafiness. The citrus has a clear hint of grapefruit but this is just barely prominent. It also has a light juiciness and hint of yeastiness. It has a slightly creamy feel but a crisp finish. It is light, but has complexity, good, lasting flavour, nice balance, and a defintie English quality overall. It is highly drinkable.

Photo of adamette
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ballantine in Willoughby, Ohio a few hours ago. Poured into a clean, clear pint. From notes on the menu: "Slightly sweet flavor copper color."

A Minimal head but with big bubbles, light brown. Body is a new penny copper color. Looks nice.

S Not much smell. What there was revealed a light amber malt smell with maybe some sweetness to the nose. Nice.

T Nice gentle amber (medium malt) bite with the sweetness that was described in the menu description. Really quite pleasant and true to style.

M Light with just a bit of medium malt amber bite to keep it from being too light.

D Really good. I could have 4 to 5 of these without much trouble at all.

Notes: Nice, light amber. True to style and very drinkable.

Photo of Guzzler78
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite American/Amber Ales.
Pours a cloudy amber. A nice white head that leaves some nice lacing.
Smell of sweet malt and floral hops.
Taste great-nice sweet caramel maltiness balanced with some fruitiness and bitter hops.
Nice light and effervescent mouthfeel.
I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/12/08. Bottle. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma of floral hops. Flavor of floral hops (light), light fruits (especially apple), sweet malt, and a bitter hops finish. As the beer warmed, it got a bit sweeter. A pleasant beer, but nothing special.
6/4/7/4/15 (3.6/5)

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

I poured this yummy beer into my tumbler at 40 degrees which was too cold. The beer was cloudy most likely cause it was cold. It was a pretty copper color with a nice big head. The smell was malty and of caramel and so was its taste. The beer had great lacing and this is another winner from Bell's I will buy again for sure.

Photo of HomebrewPgh
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice amber, though not up to par with the rest of this brewery's beers. Aroma was all caramel malt. Pour was a nice cloudy amber with no head. Taste was all caramel malt with barely any hops to balance out the sweetness. Little carbonation. Bell's makes some outstanding beers. This is just decent.

Photo of kingothewoods
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle with an amber color with maybe a tint of red. It is sweet smelling and the taste had some nutty and caramel tones. I really enjoyed the smoothness of this Ale with a nice aftertaste. Had a couple more to confirm my liking to this one.

Photo of noladarling
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- beautiful reddish cloudy appearance with a nice white head in the mug, plus some tiny little floaty chunks.

s- not much of a scent compared to the flavor.

t- big bright malty yummyness!! I am sad that I only had the one bottle. Next time I head north I will look for this beer again!

m/d- I really enjoyed this beer. Felt great going down and finished really clean.

A friend from work brought me this beer that he bought in St. Louis, it isn't usually available in New Orleans. Thanks dude!! This is the kind of beer I really like.

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

A - deep orangy amber color with a large foamy white head. Lots of debris floating around as well.

S - Some sour yeast and some malts. Not much going on here.

T - big bready malt taste up front, some slight sour hop bitterness towards the back. Not what I was expecting for a red ale. An obvious malt dominance.

M/D - Medium bodied. Very easy to drink due to the maltyness. Great brew to keep in the fridge.

Photo of daythree16
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Cloudy amber/brown in color. Has a lot of floating chunks suspended in the beer. 1.5 finger head with good lace.

Smell is a little bit of sweetness and not much else. Taste has some light caramel and roasted malt with a barely there spicy hop finish.

Medium bodied with good drinkability. This would be a great gateway beer for someone looking to get into craft beer. Good flavor, but highly sessionable.

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

Super Amber Ale!
The pint glass looks great with this beauty in it. Red and amber in hue it looks fantastic.
You can smell the hoppiness and the amber malt.
This amber has an amazing taste and a super smooth finish! I love it!
The mouthfeel is clean, smooth and crisp
This is an extremely drinkable amber, in fact it is my favorite Amber I have ever had!

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a hazy reddish orange color with a stick off-white meringue of foam.

Aroma is grainy and metallic with a light sour note.

The taste is quite watery with just a hint of malts and red fruit. Not much else.

Lighter bodied, thin, and lightly carbonated.

Not really much to say on this one. Thin and weak don't make a great amber ale.

Photo of jwinship83
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- light amber in color with a small, quickly vanishing, lacy off white head.

S- strong odor of caramel and toffee like malt and a strong hop presence also. one of the better smelling reds in memory

T- very much the way it smells, which is a good thing. the hops stand out more in the taste than in the smell. great.

M- feels pretty big, while staying creamy.

D- a great example of the style. no wonder this is bells flagship beer. easy to have a couple, but probably no more than that before i wanted something else. check this one out.

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

Picked up by Greg on a work trip in the midwest somewhere, thanks man.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Batch 8563.

Pours a foggy amber-brown with a two finger khaki colored head that sticks around for quite a while. A good layer of webbing clings to the sides of the glass. Smell is musty pale malts with a good caramel sweetness. A faint pine hop tickles the nose with an oak aroma as well. Creamy caramel up front on the tongue with roasted malts and some nuttiness. Midway, grains and bread emerge with a subtle pine hop that balances this out quite well. Aftertaste is sweet and a touch woody. Mosty smooth feel and light to medium body with a mild sting from the carbonation. Bell's makes some of the best beers out there and this is not to be overlooked. A solid ale that is very flavorful and drinkable, a combination that I'd like to experience more often. I've said it before and I'll say it again, we need Bell's in NY!!!

Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a yellow amber with a nice thick off white head with some suspended floaties.

Smell is malty and bready.

Taste is smoothe, malty, toasty with light hops to keep it crisp.

Nice carbonation keeps the mouthfeel full and excellent balance makes this extremely drinkable.

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

Pours a coppery brown into the glass. Beautiful foam head lingers around. Lace will descend down the glass as drinking commences.

The smell is quite sweet. The most noticable scent is malt. Almost a caramelly sweetness. Taste follows the smell, although not as sweet tasting as the smell. The hops balance the sweetness a bit better than the smell suggests. Overall, it is a very very strong Amber Ale selection.

Photo of psugrad98
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a reddish brown into a pint glass. Nice thick foam hung throughout with slight lace as beer went down.

Slight sweet hints of sweet carmel malts with hoppy undertones. Very smooth and slightly sweet maltiness was first flavor followed by smooth balancing hoppiness. Finished smooth and was very drinkable. A very approachable Amber ale that is neither too hoppy or too malty. Very nice and balanced.

Photo of tempest
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a few bottles with friends. This one pours hazy amber with a white head.

I was expecting more flavor from this beer. Really, the malts are just light caramel and there's just a slight spicy hop note in the aftertaste. Yes, it's very drinkable and not really bland, but it's boring. It just sort of smells and tastes like a generic Amber Ale. There's nothing distinguishing.

Photo of BigJim5021
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gorgeous, cloudy copper color with a slightly rocky white head. The sediment really makes the beer look great. Definitely wasn't expecting something unfiltered with this one.

The smell is nothing to write home about. Slightly sweet and somewhat pleasant, but nothing earth-shattering.

The taste is semi-sweet to begin with. The bottle claims to use mostly pale malts, but it definitely has a caramel malt character to it. There's some nice hop presence in the finish making this a really well-balanced beer.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and much less thin than other ambers that I've had. I really dig that aspect of it.

This stuff is really drinkable. I only bought a single, but I might have to get a sixer sometime in the near future. Bell's is my favorite brewery, and they've definitely got a winner with their flagship beer. Kickass stuff.

Photo of orcasteve
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this starts out with sweet carmal malt then gets a tuch sour befor finishing with a mild hop flavor, this one also has a fair amount of yeast to it that makes it heaverer and cloudy. this is a nice beer that drinks smooth, this isn't my stile of choise but for a stile i dont care for, this is a deacent repersation.

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

Discovered at an obscure little airport cafe in Minneapolis this brew poured a cloudy amber color with a modest light tan head and outstanding lace. The aroma was mild roasted malts and peanut butter toffee. The taste was crisp grassy hops and sour malt, medium body, melon hints and a good peppery bite on the tongue. Not my favorite Bells but a good quality brew none the less.

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

Pours a cloudy unfiltered amber with a decent white head leaving plenty of good lacing. Plenty of yeast particles float around letting me know this is bottle conditioned.

Aromas of toast and light fruitiness.

Taste is cracker like malt, fruitiness that I can't quite pin (maybe apricot), and an almost buttery finish with hops just shy of balancing the malt flavors.

Mouthfeel was medium with lighter carbonation.

With a sweetness that doesn't really get cloying, you could enjoy a few of these without it wearing on the palate. I would enjoy a bit more in hop balance, but it is still a rather unique tasty beer.

With all Bell's beer they are unfiltered and every batch seems to be slightly unique. The website allowed me to know that this batch was bottled almost 7 months ago.

Photo of mothman
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well I would first like to point out the Batch Number on this beer being 8231. It was packaged November 14, 2007. I was very disappointed when I found this out.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. This beer had a nice fluffy, off white colored head. The color was very awesome, fading from a light orange to an amber orange at the top. I can definately taste that this beer is almost a year old and it makes me sad that I didn't get to enjoy the full potentials of Bell's. The beer tasted very skunked, so I am going to stop my review here and when I get a chance to try an "up to date" bottle, then I will write a new review.

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the last of my haul from the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a nice amber color with some orange tint when held up to the light. A one-finger white head recedes into a light layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is not very sticky.

Smells good. There's a solid light hop smell - mostly floral, and some malt aromas, both sweet and bready.

Tastes a little better than it smells. There's a floral taste up front, followed by a sweet malt taste. The taste transforms into a breadier taste with a hint of caramel as the beer warms. A mild amount of bitterness comes through at the end.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's thicker than most other Ambers, and it's almost creamy. Very smooth.

Drinkability is good. This goes down very easily with a pleasant aftertaste.

Overall I was once again impressed by Bell's. Hopefully they'll make their way to GA soon. Until then I'll seek them out anytime I can get my hands on them.

Photo of deepsouth
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a nice clear amber with a thin pale head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. the nose is surprisingly full. not sure why i'm surprised, but i am. citrus notes and floral notes abound in the nose. some faint malt notes as well. the taste is agressive but pleasing. this is really a full flavored amber ale. much tastier than i was expecting, consistent with the nose. the mouthfeel is what i expect from an amber ale and i could drink these all night.

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