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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,645 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,645
Reviews: 897
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 109
Gots: 281 | FT: 2
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: 2,645 | Reviews: 897
Photo of FLima
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber color with a thin off-white head with low retention.
Light aroma of honey and caramel malt.
Flavor of papaya, apple juice, American yeast, toasted malts, fresh oranges and earthy hops. Dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness.
Medium body with low carbonation.
I had high expectations on this, that is a very good beer, but far from blowing my mind.

Photo of axeman9182
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of BA StormKing47 , batch 9750 which was bottled on May 21st, poured into my Duvel tulip.

Bell's Amber pours surprisingly light for a so called amber ale, much closer to a burnt tangerine. Two fingers of fluffy white head rises up, and then fall by half before holding for a while. Lacing is serviceable, but nothing to write home about. Nose is pretty much devoid of hops, which I guess is to be somewhat expected with an amber that's approaching its "best by" date (listed on the Bell's website as six months after bottling), but there's definitely still some caramel and biscuit floating around. The hops are still appreciable on my palate though. The previously mentioned malty flavors lead things off, and a gentle suggestion of bitterness fades into a bitter grapefruit and pine finish. This beer is undoubtedly a bit hoppier fresh, but tastewise I think I like it with a more subdued hop influence. Body is solid, but not overwhelming, though the brisk carbonation is a nice touch. Overall I found myself reaching for synonyms for decent a lot while writing this review, and that's a good way to describe Bell's Amber. It's clearly a well made beer, but one that didn't wow me in any way.

Photo of bozebus17
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy copper. There is a small white head that goes away rather quickly.

It smells of fruity hops with a bit of a malt backbone. The scent isn't overpowering but it is pleasant.

This is a very well balanced beer. The hops taste a bit spicy but are balanced nicely by a slightly sweet malt flavor. This beer is light to medium bodied and goes down easy.

A great session beer and one of many solid offerings from Bell's. This beer is a regular in my fridge and I would recommend it to anyone. This may also be a good crossover beer.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: copper/amber, 1 finger head, average lacing.

S: bread/biscuit, malt, and spices.

T: malt, bread, spices, sweet middle and hint of bitter finish.

M: medium body, solid carbonation, smooth

D: not a huge red/amber ale fan, but this is quite good. Try this offering by Bells.

Photo of dmgeng
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried one of Bell's flagships to harvest yeast for Two Hearted clone.

A - Nice amber color. Strong off-white head with moderate lacing.

S - Malty and sweet nose with a light touch of hops.

T - Strong malty sweetness with notes of caramel. Light earthy hop tone in the middle but is malt heavy. Though slightly unbalanced this amber has everything for the style.

M - Medium mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. Mostly clean finish for an amber.

Overall, a very good session beer if you prefer ambers over pale ales or darker beers. The caramel tone is a very desirable flavor and would be a very nice change of pace for anyone stuck in a rut. Used the harvested yeast for an American brown and it came out great.

Glass- Pint

Photo of blackthistle
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle; batch 6883, packaged on May 23, 2005; $7.99 for 6-pack

Pours clear with a copper/orange color and a thick, creamy white head with lacing that lasts to the bottom of the glass. Aroma is mostly malt with a slight spiciness from the hops. Flavor profile consists of big backbone of sweet maltiness with a bit of a caramel followed by bit of fruitiness. A mild spicy hops flavor and bitterness balances the flavor profile out. Overall, a rich creamy ale that is sure to please.

Photo of blevel
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First review

A - poured in a pint glass, a cloudy copper with a one finger head. Looked very drinkable.

S - noticed malt and some light nutty aroma

T - very smooth with a good combination of malts and grains. Unlike most ales I've tried this was not bitter all the way through.

M - a little on the heavy/thick side which I liked

A very nice beer. I would pick up a six pack next time around.

Photo of BDeibs
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of breakingbland
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle dated 1/13/2014 into a pint glass.

Appearance: A rich reddish, gold with a small off-white head that dissipated quickly.

Aroma: Malty with a slight hops presence.

Taste: Like the aroma but with the addition of a hint of breadiness and a pleasant malty sweetness. The aftertaste is mainly of hops.

Mouthfeel: A nice level of carbonation with a medium rich body.

Overall: This beer is a nice example of this style. Don't know why it took me (a Michigander) so long to discover this beer - although I don't think it's overly prevalent in the stores and bars that I frequent. It will be my go-to beer when it's available and I want an amber ale.

Photo of afdempse
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky amber colored beer with cloudiness and floaties from sediment. Head dissipates and leaves decent lacing.

Aroma is great. Strong scents of freshly baked bread, with an earthy spiciness contributed by the hops.

Flavor is a bit muted compared to the aroma. The bread flavor doesn't quite come through fully. Decently malty, and slightly fruity, but rather neutral and subdued. Hops come in and take over, finishing a bit edgy with yeasty notes following on.

Carbonation is good, body is medium and the finish is semi-dry. Hops seem to be a bit on the astringent side.

Overall, not bad. Certainly not in my top 10 Bell's list, however. For their "flagship" beer, it would seem like they'd put a bit more effort into getting the flavor out there.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Bell's imperial pint.
5.8% ABV, Batch #10141 (Bottled Dec. 15, 2010)

A - The color plays the part as this brew pours a faintly cloudy amber orange color. The off-white head doesn't last long but leaves some fingers of lace behind.

S - Slightly fruity yeast esters certainly proclaim that it's an ale. Hints of buttered popcorn are disheartening but with a brewery of Bell's caliber I'm not thinking anything is off here. Musty old liquor store and earth with a small toasted amber malt backing.

T - A more playful malt flavor elevates this brew a bit. Toffee and caramel poke out of the toasted wheat bread background. Earthy hops balance well and join the yeasty esters up front.

M - Smooth, medium-bodied and almost creamy, the mouthfeel could use just a touch less carbonation I think. The tingling finish distracts from the balancing dry bitterness.

O - A pretty solid amber all around, it's unique from others in that the yeast notes play a bigger role than other brews. It challenges the drinker with something other than a hop-loaded amber like the rest of the world produces. Well-balanced here.

Photo of wedge
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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

The Bros have this one scored really high. The problem with Amber is that it tastes different batch to batch, sometimes bottle to bottle. I would recommend having one and then a few months later having another one. Maybe I'm crazy.

The times when it's been good, this beer is super drinkable and very tasty. When it's not good, it honestly doesn't taste a whole lot different from Michelob Amber Bock. Sacrilege!

However, this beer is ridiculously popular in the upper Midwest. Chances are, if a store carries Bell's, they carry this brew and Two Hearted (a beer which the Bros have ranked very low, surprisingly).

Give it a try if you find a single, pass on a six pack though.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Your prototypical catch all beer style. This particular is a bit bland.
The color is golden amber with a small head. I cant really detect much aromatics.
Taste is basically malt driven with only hints of hops. Drinks smooth with a bitter finish.
This beer is good and has no real drawbacks but there is also nothing really to take notice too either.

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

Orange/Bronze color with a very thin and short-lived tan head. Pale and malty, with a slightly hoppy and slightly sweet aroma. Medium-bodied; Slight astringinent flavour with an ever present hoppiness and even the smallest of sweetnesses. Aftertaste definately bittered from the malt and suffers from the Astringent characteristics, but is not bad at all. Overall, this is fairly good for an amber. What kind of water does Bell use?? All his beer has a similar, almost erie, aftertaste.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

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

A- Wow, pours amber... whoda thunk? Small white head that dissipates rather quickly

S- Fruity malts, very aromatic!

T- Caramel malts balanced by some citrusy hops

M- Nice carbonation and a nice body

D- Nothing spectacular but not a bad beer by any means

Photo of jroberts8811
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-beautiful in a pint. amber, transparent, lots of big carbonation, settles into a reasonably fluffy head. good sticky lacing.
S-strong sweet malt notes, caramel, honey, slight hops
M-Thin, doesn't coat the mouth, lots of bright carbonation, but not crisp
T-roasted malt, slightly bitter, apricot (?)

Started off thining it was "meh" but i've somehow made it through the whole thing...Guess that's what it's supposed to be. Easy to drink and enjoy. It is what it is and nothing more.

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Fills a pint glass cloudy, golden-honey under a one-inch rocky almond head which drops to deposit some sticky lace.

Upfront hoppy resins with orange, followed by caramel and very pleasant fruitiness, but not particularly complex.

Far more malty sweetness than bitter hops. Clearly caramel with some orange, coriander, and a touch of green tea. Balance is upside down to begin, but finishes very nicely.

Slick texture, with a light body and soft carbonation is cleansing with a hint of metallic notes.

Lots of flavor and light body makes this easy to quaff. Let 'em flow for any occasion, particularly when looking for a thirst quencher, tailgating, or any large gathering.

date consumed: 10 Dec 2008

Photo of Doughbodyboy
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it pours a slightly hazy slightly golden amber with a solid head that is hanging around. the malt is solid with a lasting taste. the hopy note is rather light with no real bitterness. it has the right refreshing fell in the mouth. nice and bubbly. i prefer a strong IPA. so this was surprising how good it was to me. i recomend this fine amber ale from bells!

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty copper, amber color with a quarter of a finger of off-while head that quickly dissolved into a thin lacing of foam that covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very bready and malty. Lots of fresh bread, and floral notes, like honey and clover.

Taste: Very similar to its aroma, it’s very malty and bready upfront, followed by some honey-like sweetness and finished by some floral notes of hoppy bitterness. Excellently balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light, but with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.8%, there’s just the slightest hint of alcohol on the palate, but not much.

Overall: This is a damn good amber ale. Very easy to drink, very refreshing, and very tasty. Solid offering. I’d certainly get it again.

Photo of daliandragon
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper coor with decent off-white head and strong lacing. Nose is faint malt. Body is translucent and not easy to peer through, which is a plus.

Broad, refreshing flavor with copious but unoffending biitterness from a surprisingly robust hop presence and a medium malt profile. A little metallic and tinny tasting in the finish. Mouthfeel could stand to be a little thicker but this still is a fairly solid amber ale (though the hoppiness almost makes you think it's a pale ale) with highly drinkable qualities, although maybe moreso in summer than in winter.

Photo of Kelsiemoeller
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Caramel in color like a light brown, pretty clear

Smell: You can smell a hint of caramel and yeast, but there is only a very vague smell overall

Taste: You can definitely taste the caramel malt in the beer. There is a kick of bittering hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel; somewhat thick, but not too thick

Overall: You can't go wrong with this Bell's Amber Ale!

Photo of birchstick
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 8312 - 12 oz. bottle

This pours a dark amber color with a nice head. Smells of sweet malts, with some toffee tones. Tastes pretty good. It has a delicate malty toastiness to it, with a bit of spiciness/pepper taste, and followed by a touch of hops. This is a pretty good amber ale and I definitely enjoyed it.

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