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

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Bell's Amber AleBell's Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,731 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,731
Reviews: 934
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 118
Gots: 343 | 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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Ratings: 2,731 | Reviews: 934
Photo of terrabyte
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Samuel Smith's pint glass. Pours a clear copper with a finger and a half of creamy, white head that dissipates quickly and has a lot of visible carbonation. Smell is malty, but not strong. I do get buttery biscuits and light caramel, but there is not much to this. Taste is malty and light, and it drinks very easily. Leaves behind a beady aftertaste that lingers.

Overall: Not much too this one, but that doesn't make it unenjoyable. It's light and sessionable, so it has it's place in the beer drinking world.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber color, one finger head.

S- Not much here, just some light sweet malt smells.

T- Sweet toasted malty taste just enough hops to balance it out.

M- Nice, decent carbonation.

D- I'll prolly grab a sixer in the near future.

Pretty good, it's kind of reminiscent of an Oktoberfest in the malt profile.

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

Appearance: Orange-copper color with some cloudiness; light head, not very thick, but sticks around to the end. Nice lacing with rings stepping down the glass. Looked like some sediment/yeast effervescing at the bottom of the glass (somewhat surprising, because I don't think this is supposed to be an unfiltered brew - I could be wrong).

Smell: Slight citrus aroma; not much else noticeable.

Taste: Light malt forward, kind of bread-like. A hint of caramel. Light bitterness finish.

Mouthfeel: Good, medium body, perhaps a bit too much carbonation.

Overall: A decent all-around beer. I much prefer their porter, Two-Hearted ale, and Oberon wheat, but this beer is also worth checking out when looking for a solid, middle-of-the-road style of 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 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 Beaver13
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bell's Amber poured a golden amber with lots of big flakey particles, and a nice creamy thick head with nice retention - almost stout-like. The aroma was pretty underwhelming with some slight fruity tones. It was a nice tasting amber with a fruity initial flavor and a nice hoppy finish. Overall, a good drinking amber ale.

Photo of jsh420
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled on 11/29/11

pours cloudy amber orange with a frothy 2 finger off white head that left some spotted lacing

smells of sweet caramel malt, apples, and earthy hops

taste is semi sweet biscuit malt little grain fruity floral earthy hops - could use more bitterness

mouthfeel is a tad thin - decent carbonation very smooth and easy drinking

overall - not a mind blowing beer but well made good flavor very sessionable

Photo of Beeryce
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice slightly off-white head atop a cherrywood coloered, clear beer. Steally carmel malt and pronounced bitter and floral hop aroma. Taste is well balanced interplay of hop bitterness and sweet chewy malt. Nice mouthfeel fits the beers flavor profile and adds to the high drinkability. A great session or six-pack beer.

Photo of tgbljb
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Cloudy amber color with a thin one-finger head and ample carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet and malty with mild hop bitterness. Light as well. Nothing overpowering.

Taste: Sweet with a decent breadiness. Clean. Smooth. Mild hop bitterness. Seems quite drinkable. Goes down very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Sweetness, malt and mild hop bitterness. Clean on the palate. Breadiness is present.

Drinkability: Clean and drinkable. Unremarkable though. Still a good choice for an amber ale if you're looking for one.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pilsner, light copper in color with two fingers of white, foamy head that settle to a cap with some sticky lacing. Lots of lazy carbonation, small, slow bubbles that eventually make their way to the surface. Some floaties.Aroma is toffee, caramel, biscuits and some floral notes. Tastes follows, with a sometimes there-sometimes-not bite on the end. Nice and smooth, a solid offering. Not something I'd see myself craving, though.

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 aaronh
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

****Revisited*****
Pours a copper/amber color with a thick, light tan head. Excellent head retention. Malty, caramel aroma is evident from the moment the cap pops on the bottle, and easily wafts 18 inches from my glass to my nose. Upon closer inspection, a very pleasing earthy hop balance is evident within the carmal aromas. The taste presents a woody flavor surrounded by malt and hops. Biscuit and caramel flavors are definitely present, but the woodiness is dominant. Slightly fry finish, with a slight note of alcohol esters of some sort. Earhty notes linger in the aftertaste. The woodiness diminshes a bit as the beer warms, but a stronger bitterness assumes it;s palce. The mouthfeel is solid, and the drinkability pretty good. Although this is much better than the evidently bad bottle from late winter, the flavor profile just doesn't suit my palate well. I think it was Cottonwood's Low Down Brown that had a similar woodiness to it, which I also didn't care for. I'll have to do some investigating as to what that taste is.

*original review, 2-6-03*
Copper colored beer poured with a huge, off-white head. However, it had a large amount of sediment chunks floating around in it. I've seen these before in other ales, and they look like little flakes of minerals. Usually doesn't affect the taste, but it isn't attractive. The aroma is hoppy, with a sweet malt aroma behind it. Smells like a sweetly scented flower. The taste had a bit of a strong pine note to it, with alcohol clearly evident. Surprisingly so for a 5.5% ABV beer. A bit of a sourness was present on the finish, with strong pine flavors as well. Very bitter as well, but in a bad way. Mouthfeel was decent, but drinkability was poor due to the off flavors. I'm presuming this bottle was of sub-par caliber. I'll re-visit this beer later in the year after obtaining another sampl

Photo of Brunite
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured an orange tinted amber with a three finger white head and decent lacing. A slight bit of haziness.

S - The aroma was more pine hoppiness than malt. Also some breadiness but more subdued than the hops.

T- Quite a bit of hoppiness....almost like an IPA. There was some dry graininess and a hint of butterscotch as well. A bit of tart citrus on the finish.

M - Medium body....smooth drinker. Decent carbonation. A light resinous feeling left on the roof of the mouth.

D - A decent beer here. More than I would have expected from an Amber. A nice sessionable drink.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.
Batch 103?

A - Pours a cloudy amber brown with a khaki colored head. Good retention and light lacing.

S - Sweet carmel, barley.

T - Lots of carmel, malts, barley.

D - Average body and carbonation.

O - Decent, sweeter and very carmel forward.

Photo of bluehende
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice amber but nothing special.

Photo of Hoser77
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-Pours a hazy amber color. Thin, whispy off-white head that quickly dissapates. Lacing persists.

Smell-Malty sweet. Biscuit, toast, and bready notes. Moderate floral and spicy hop aroma. Slight fruity fermentation esters. Balance is towards the malt.

Flavor-Very similar to aroma. Moderate hop bitterness that lingers thoughout the experience, finishes floral and spicy. Malty sweet up front, becomes toasty and biscuity towards the middle and end. Slight fruitiness from fermentation. Finish is crisp, dry, and refreshing.

Mouthfeel-Chewy up front, but finishes crisp and dry. A tad overcarbonated. No astringency.

Overall-A very drinkable version of the style. Nothing memorable about it. A classic version of a midwest/east coast amber focused more towards malt than hops. I prefer the hoppier versions of the style. That being said, a very drinkable, full-flavored session all.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out a hazy amber color with a short lived but pretty-while-it-lasts head, no lacing. Smells of biscuit dough and a touch of caramel apple with just a whispered hint of pie spicing. Tastes about evenly of bready notes and fruity esters, with a clean bitter finish, crisp texture and medium carbonation levels.

Photo of pootz
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle;

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 gmfessen
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a bold and cloudy copper color, not quite amber really. There is a nice head retention and it appears to have a nice amount of carbonation. The first smells are of caramel malts teasing my senses, and that later changes to a large wiff of hops that stays through the rest of the session. The tastes are strong of hops. A little bitter and souring, the aftertaste almost makes you smack your tongue on the roof of your mouth. After your frist few drinks there is a bready flavor sensed also. It doesnt have the "red beer" flavor or smell that I expected it too. But its not bad by any means, just not what I was expecting.

Photo of karengarys
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mine poured deep amber, very cloudy and with little floaties in it. I actually thought it looked kinda neat, but for the style I would not expect the clumps. It left a bit of a head, but not much. Some stuck to the glass.

It smelled quite good. Sweet, Floral, like a fresh spring day.

The mouthfeel was pretty good, creamy at first, and that dissipated quickly to a smoothness.

Taste is good, a bit bitter up front with the pine hop taste. There was a mellow roasty sweetness to balance that out a bit, but the bitter was up front.

It has a smooth finish that fades with carmel and banana.

Unfortunately, there is a bitter aftertaste left afterwards. ...guess I'll just have to drink and drink and drink and drink....

This is a good beer with lots of character. I would suggest to at least give it a try if you like slightly bitter beers.

Photo of Duff27
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 10669
PKGD 9/12/11 A

A- Full inch of white head on a sediment filled amber bodyied beer.

S- Smells of biscuits and caramels.

T- Some caramel notes. Well balanced between malts and hops.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Smooth, lower end of carbonation.

D/O- Just a nice, easy drinker from Bell's. For whatever reason, this beer has never done much for me....aside from the appearance and drinkability it doesn't really stand out in any way. Good, but pretty middle of the road.

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smells of horchata spiced tea and sriracha. Weirdest smell on a beer I've ever consumed. However, it tastes totally different. It's a heavier amber ale with a bit of booziness and grain. Brown sugar and herbal spices enter thereafter.

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