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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,731 Ratings
THE BROS
97
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 Gear54
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pour is deep amber in color with 1/2 finger of thin off white foam and no lace left on the glass.

Smell is carmel and bread malts with citrus and hop notes as well.

Taste follows the nose quite well. Carmel and citrus flavors with a strong punch of brown sugar sweetness. Bitter and hop forward as well. Malty backbone just gives enough balance.

Feel is the strongest part of this brew. The hop bitterness and brown sugar sweetness last on the palate for a long while after the sip. Very smooth and easy drinking even for the high level of bitterness. Really well put together

Photo of meganrosso
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

smelt nutty aand fresh. Tasted like coffee, nuts, caramel and was very smooth. Loved it

Photo of Azaitouna
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's amber ale is a dark gold/yellow color. It smells well balanced with aromas such as wheat and carmel. The taste was smooth with wheat and maple syrup being the main flavors. Personally was not my cup of tea but still overall still a good beer.

Photo of suckaj
3.02/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ambers are one of my least favorite styles

Photo of CashChel
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma of caramel and wheat. The taste is smooth not to overwhelming with hops. Very enjoyable beer and pairs well with food.

Photo of KatieS5643
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

THis is a foamy, darker beer. It smelled almost citrusy, but wan't citrus in flavor. it was smooth and caramel flavored. I think its better colder

Photo of Blueshirts
4.75/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is ridiculously good, giving it such a high rating because it's become my favorite beer, let alone amber. It's difficult to say this because I love Maine Beer Co's Zoe, but this is better in my opinion. I did notice though that it tastes much better cold, especially out of a frosty mug. This isn't too surprising but I think the cold temp has an especially strong effect on ambers.

Photo of Muscatjo
4.94/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was great and typical of the amber flavors. It had full color and some caramel notes

Photo of Maiora13
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful amber color. well rounded and flavorful but not as assertive as I would expect from some ales.

Photo of claudialeshok
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

smooth, nutty, bitter, hints of caramel. One of their best "food beer's" because it goes with just about everything. This beer got the brewery started.

Photo of QueenDiva2015
2.46/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

It was okay in my opinion. I was able to drink it but it was too bitter for my taste

Photo of carolynschaf
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a smooth ale. It is woodlike with nut and maple notes. Bell's started their brewery with this beer. It is one of the best food beers because it goes with everything.

Photo of Joseph01
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Color - Amber

Aroma - Fruity

Palate - Smooth, Caramel flavor, slight bitterness

Overall - Very good, very drinkable

Photo of Sydney10
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Visual: Pours a clear amber color.
Smell: Malty with light fruit undertones of strawberry and lemon.
Taste: Bitter, smooth beer. A bitter taste of a green caramel apple.
Overall: Average beer that is light on the tongue.

Photo of whitephi
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Caramel and herbaceous, too strong of a bitter flavor for my liking

Photo of jmalina121
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer is a rich amber color. It has aromas of maple and caramel and tastes savory, with a bitter finish.

Photo of wilgenb1
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

has a very sweet taste to it with hints of maple and caramel. beautiful color and hints of grain

Photo of VTR
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up for something different as I transition from my dark beer to lighter summer beers. I do not usually like Amber Ales but I found this refreshing and enjoyable. Definitely not too hop forward with nice caramel/toffee flavor. Kind of a funkiness to the taste with some tartness but totally enjoyable. Carbonation is a kinda high but I did not mind. I am pleased with this.

Photo of capilial
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't generally like amber ales but I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. It has citrusy undertones and it was very smooth and refreshing.

Photo of CreightonSM
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not one of my favorites from Bell but still a solid brew.

Photo of dbtossi
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Liked the carmel toasty flavors

Photo of Bruderhip
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pretty darn good winter beer yet not too heavy and overbearing

Photo of kbernthal
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

smooth beer with a caramel undertone to cut the bitterness

Photo of Michelleluw
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is a great beer to ease into a darker beer. The light amber nodes give the beer a toffee and caramel taste. I love this beer with a nice piece of steak with sauteed mushrooms. Highly recommend this beer...then ease into Bell's Two Hearted!

Photo of solomon1122
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very Smooth Beer and food for beer beginner.

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,731 ratings.