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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

895 Reviews
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Reviews: 895
Hads: 2,748
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 119
Gots: 350 | 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:
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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Reviews: 895 | Hads: 2,748
Photo of wedge
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What better way to start my Bell's experience than with their flagship beer? Pours a slightly clouded orangey amber with a fluffy, lumpy head that retains well. Sweet malts, fruit, and mellow citrus juice in the aroma. Tastes flowery, powdery malts, finishing with a mostly sweet hoppiness. There's a nice graininess that supports the oily hops. There's a slight British flair to it actually. Medium bodied and appropriate carbonation.

Might be a little too oily sweet for my personal preferences to make me a regular buyer, but its still a quality amber. (558 characters)

Photo of Grundle20
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Pours a hazy amber in to a pint glass. There is a sticky white head with some great retention.

Smell:
The scent is a little on the detergent side with a mild English hop profile. It's not very strong, it's not very bad, it's not very great.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
There is a familiar flavor of orange tootsie pops to this beer. The body is light and drinks smoothly with little bitterness to speak of. The finish is a little grassy, but crisp with an orange zest aftertaste.

Drinkability:
There really isn't much playing against this beers drinkability aside from it being a rather full flavored brew that I really don't see myself drinking more than a 6-pack of.

Bottom Line:
Another shining brew to Bells' repertoire. I would snag this if you are a big fan of the style. (799 characters)

Photo of OSUbrewman
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance -This beer poured a cloudy golden amber (like aged apple cider) with a 2 finger off-white head that exhibited great retention and some lacing.
Nose- Some citrus was detectable in the nose, and some hoppiness, but noting too special.
Taste- Crisp and refreshing, this is definately a very citrusy amber. There were some hops, but not as hoppy as I would have liked. The taste in thirst quenching and has a clean finish with very little lingering on the palate.
Mouthfeel- Crisp carbonation, not very heavy at all.
Drinkability- Highly drinkable and a good session amber,
Bell's Amber would go quite well on a warm summer day, as it is definately a thirst quencing and refreshing offering of this style. However, while it wasn't bad, it definately left something to be desired. (792 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid it a cloudy orange color good carbonation. The head is 2 finger thick bone white and fades leaving little lace.

The smell is afresh & fruity sweet malt aroma.

The taste follows just a pain but pleasant sweet malt, lightly roasted to a mild carmel.

The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation and a thinner then medium body to make it quite sessionable.

The drinkability is good pound a few.. No Problemo. Prosit MK (477 characters)

Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first purchase after Bell's unexpected arrival in NC...haven't tried one of these since the Slint attempt in Chicago

appearance: Pours a low, eggshell white head that has decent retention of the thin layer left behind. The beer is, well, a bright amber in color with a few yeasts floating about.

smell: Grainy pale and light caramel malts. A moderate, papery green hop aroma. Light fruits and light whole grain bread.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium and smooth, and the body a lighter medium.

taste: Flavors of pale and lightly toasted malts give some grainy notes. Not much malt complexity, but distinctly grainy with a touch of sweetness. Light, nondescript hop flavor and a light, cleansing bitterness lingering with some grain in the finish.

drinkability: easy...not an exceptional amber, but rock solid

batch #7748 (843 characters)

Photo of becktone
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

When poured into my glass all I can say is wow, the head is perfect. It pours two and one half fingers in height and is a creamy egg white in color. As it recedes to a stable one finger size it leaves a fairly good amount of lacing along the sides of the glass, though I have seen better lacing characteristics. Color is orange dark yellow and the beer is not very clear, cloudy-overcast.

There is a deep sweet malty caramel aroma to this beer. The nose also picks up citrus hop tones. Aroma is nicely balanced between malt and hops. Fruity esters and clove and banana phenols are present in small amounts.

The beer is fairly well balanced in flavor as well as aroma. Its got enough bitterness and hop flavor to off set the caramel, phenolic, and ester flavors of this brew; but it could use more hop bitterness and flavor. There is also a bit of a grainy/huskiness flavor in this beer. I also notice a wheat characteristic to this beer, reminds me a bit of Oberon and it just doesn’t seem to fit here. Definitely wasn’t expecting any yeast phenol and ester characteristics, however it does make for an interesting interpretation of the style.

In the mouth this beer is creamy, that much became evident when I burped and some of the beer came up with the burp-very creamy. Carbonation is subtle and is not really noticed unless specifically focusing on that aspect of the beer. It does not interfere with this beer’s flavor profile and actually accents the malt characteristics of this beer’s flavor. Does not have a dry finish, and goes down quite easily. I probably won’t buy this beer again(in the near future) just because there are so many other interpretations of this style. I am also not a big fan of banana and clove phenols in an American style. (1,772 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, batch 7713, which, according to the website, was packaged on 11/1/06. Sampled on 11/29, so it doesn't get much fresher than this. It pours an unfiltered caramel/amber with high carbonation and a voluminous head that is craggy as it recedes, leaving good lacing. It smells of juicy fruits (mainly white grapefruit) along with some sweetness, but it's a bit light. On the palate there are pale and caramel/toasted malts, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, oily/perfumy, pine, and possible Curacao hops along with a touch of yeast. The caramel quality really strengthens as it warms. It is tingly, yet medium and smooth on the palate, leaving a medium finish but thinning a bit as I progress. Overall a pretty good amber that would make for a good session. (763 characters)

Photo of gmfessen
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a murky golden amber color with a slightly carbonated head. Smell is of amber and caramel malts, sweet. Taste is initially sweet, followed by a nice balance of hops that finishes dry. Beer is medium bodied, chewy, with creamy carbonation. Overall I would have to say that this is definitely a drinkable beer, but it doesn't really stand out to me as anything too special. (421 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first sip, there were some lightly caramalized malts, and a nice fresh yeasty aroma, but by the end of the bottle it had become just another decent amber ale in a sea of amber ales designed to be friendly and approachable to those who are new to craft beer. Nothing wrong with that, but I can save a buck and support my local brewer to boot by drinking regular Dominion Ale, which is more of a British Pale Ale, but has more character. So yeah, Um, I'll just go an do that I guess. (484 characters)

Photo of adammills
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer on tap in a glass beer mug. It pours a pleasing amber with a frothy white head. Its smell like its taste is malty and slightly bitter. There are some solid citrus undertones, easy drinking. Light to moderate mouthfeel. Very drinkable. This is a good cross over beer for a macro drinker that like Killians. (321 characters)

Photo of DrainBamage
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber color with a nice layer of head and Is moderately carbonated. The aroma is a little piney and possibly some floral notes. It goes down very smooth and is rather malty. It is easy on palate even though it is quite bitter. This beer could use a litter better balance between the malts and hops but is still a good beer. This is the first time I've had it out of out a glass and it is much better. Having this one out of a bottle definitely doesn't do it justice. (481 characters)

Photo of Darkale
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tawny and cloudy yellow body with a tight-bubbled, impenetrable-looking head that is smooth and long-lasting. Perhaps a bit light in color to be called a true amber ale. Mild aroma of fruit, juicy and citrusy in the nose. Full in the mouth, almost chewy -- very nice mouthfeel. Interesting slightly tangy aftertaste, astringent and hoppy.

Higher and lighter in the mouth than some other amber ales that I've had. Very drinkable. An enjoyable beer and a fun introduction to Bell's, which has up to now not been available here in Virginia. (541 characters)

Photo of MrVisegrips
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is an attractive copper gold with a short lived white head. Very little lacing with this one. Aroma is light malt with detectable flowery hop notes. Taste starts off with sweet light malt and light toasted grains. The finishes has a nice bitter hops taste. Mouthfeel is creamy with decent carbonation and drinkability is good due to the light body. Overall, this is a good example of the well crafted amber ale. Nothing that makes it a standout, but very enjoyable nonetheless. (486 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 7691, bottled October 10 (18 days between bottling and it's introduction to the Iowa market!).

This is a good beer. One of the better Amber ales I've had. I can certainly see why it is the flagship beer, though I've been under the impression it was Two Hearted.

This beer pours to an Amber color [surprise!] with golden hues. A little bit hazy, though I think I got some of the sediment in the glass. Has a solid white head that stays at just over a millimeter after it finally recedes, leaving a great lacing as it moves down. There is a light to moderate carbonation apparent. Looks good aside from the haze.

The smell is good. Nice and biscuity malt with some flowery hops. Bubblegummy esters. The taste is just as good, and very similar to the nose. (sidenote: reminds me of a recent homebrew, though lower in gravity and more biscuity; incidently we were going for an APA "clone" of Two Hearted IPA.)

Nice body with a creamy mouthfeel. Very crisp with a biscuity malt and flowery hops finish. I could, and probably will, session on this beer. (1,065 characters)

Photo of psinderson
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Obvious amber color, very clear. Fizzy, off-white head with not much staying power.

Smell: Mostly malts with caramel notes standing out. Some faint hop aroma in the background.

Taste: Sweet up front, toasted grains in the middle and a very smooth finish. Taste leaves nothings much on the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Good body and carbonation. Felt like a great balance.

Drinkability: This is where the beer scores best. Somewhat complex upfront and clean in the finish makes for a great drinking beer. The lower ABV helps, but is perfect for this beer. (621 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy apricot color with modest white puffy head.
Smell is mild with some soft malt notes detected.
Taste is big time sweet malt, but a lingering hoppy dryness is also present. This dryness begins to dominate and eventually is the main taste sensation.
Leaves an austerely dry feeling at the finish.
An OK beer but not a great one. (344 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The ale is an orange/amber color with a thin ring of head and a great deal of sediment.

S: The aroma is very biscuity with little hop bitterness.

T: The taste is a grainy malt that is underscored by a sweet honey flavor that is very subtle and soft. There is not a great deal of flavor here beyond the malts.

M: The mouthfeel is malty with a bit of hops, fitting in well with what I would expect.

D: The slight sweetness makes for a good drinkability here. (471 characters)

Photo of Phatz
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is certainly a flagship beer for Bell's and in as much is a mainstream-ish Amber that makes for a very approachable and easy amber ale.

Appearance: Pours a murky rusty color with a creamy off white head and decent lacing.

Smell: Butterscotch pineapple and orange pleasantly tease the senses.

Taste: It has a buttery citrus and malty flavor like a pineapple and angel food; cake fluffy maltiness. The presence of yeast and cake bread and more hops is a brilliant swirl of flavors. The after taste lasts and lasts.

Mouthfeel: Medium / full body with moderate carbonation but lot of spicy prickles at the cheeks and a slick easy center.

Drinkability: No doubt this is an easy drinker. I finished mine before I could even get these note written. I would say this is an ideal party beer. Light in the stomach but full in the mouth.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (882 characters)

Photo of terrabyte
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy copper color with a short white head.

Aroma was a sweet buttery malt. A little sour.

A sweet caramel or toffee flavor that is smooth and silky. There is a lot of toasted breadiness to it which isn't a bad thing, but soaks up some of the flavors. It blends well with the caramel. The aftertaste is just a little bit sour for my liking, and has a small enjoyable bitterness.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and smooth. No complaints.

I have mixed feelings about this beer. But only because of all the other great choices from Bell's. (564 characters)

Photo of quasimoto
3.17/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Slightly hazy copper color, with a big frothy head.

S - Some grapefruit/piney hops are there, and are mixed with some sweet bready, biscuty malts.

T - it starts off with a papery malt flavor. It turns to a caramellish malt but there is still a papery taste.

M - Starts light but turns to a carbination bite. Leaves the mouth nice and dry though.

D - Nothing spectacular. Drinkable, but leaves me wanting more. (428 characters)

Photo of pvsob
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a lovely light copper with an inch head that slowly dissipates, leaving a good amount of lacing.

Smell - Starts off with a big, sweet malt aroma and moves into a nice subtle hop aroma.

Taste - Begins with a sweet almost chewy malt flavor and ends with a nice hop bitterness to balance things out.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full with steady carbonation.

Overall - A great Amber that is very balanced and highly drinkable. Grab a six pack and enjoy. (474 characters)

Photo of mattgert
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Very cloudy copper color with nice white head. Very surprised to find little if any smell at all. A touch of citrus and malt at best. Taste: Nice hop punch with malt backbone. Citrus is present. Very drinkable and very smooth. Mouthfeel is excellent with a little dryness in the finish. Carbonation is just a notch higher than expected. Interesting that this is an amber. Has the appearance of most APA's and could easily pass as one. Definitely worth sampling. (487 characters)

Photo of neenerzig
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy copper color with a white head about 2 fingers thick when poured that shrinks to about 1/4 inch about 3 minutes after being poured, leaves some pretty good lacing though. It has a sort of hoppy smell with hints of bread and maybe some citrus. It has a sweet malty and sort of bread like taste upfront rounded out by a touch of citrus and some hop bitterness. The aftertaste is a bit dry. It has a full bodied and crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink, in a good way too. Another fine offering from Bell's.

Eric (562 characters)

Photo of Enola
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dertbert for the bottle

This beer is as if someone mixed a pale ale and an amber. The beer is a cloudy golden orange. There is a fair head with minimal lacing. The smell is somewhat hoppy. The taste is good. Like stated above, amber and pale ale mix. The mouthfeel is smooth and there is a nice aftertaste. The drinkability is good as well. Bell's makes some fine beers and this is no exception. (408 characters)

Photo of wcudwight
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color. With a solid inch beige head that recedes to cap the top of the beer. Lacing covers the glass.
Smells of buttered toast and a bit of toffee.
The malt dominates as a sweet toast flavor, but the citrus hops are there to add complexity. There's a nice tangy flavor in the finish.
The mouthfeel is dry, dry, dry. Nice dry finish that makes you thirst for more.
Overall a nice drinkable session ale from an excellent brewery.
Recommended.
Thanks to Derbert for the offering. (502 characters)

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