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

2,727 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,727
Reviews: 933
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 118
Gots: 339 | 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: 2,727 | Reviews: 933
Photo of BethanyB
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Lots of visible carbonation, even though the dark amber body turns out to be quite cloudy. The cream-colored head is quick to melt.

Smell: Tons of toasty malt, and a very diverse bill. There's cracker, almond, and burnt cream of wheat. A bit of sawdust, caramel, and a dribble of sweet apple cider round things out. A yeasty character plays a strong supporting role.

Taste: Appropriately malt forward. Quite toasty, with flavors of warm, whole wheat rolls, mixed nuts, and even a bit of rye. The caramel in the nose makes a bigger impression on the tongue, and is accompanied by a light peach taste. caramel than in the smell. A bit yeasty. Doughy malt dominates the finish and lingers into the aftertaste. The bitterness is no more than moderate, but does well at providing balance. Well done, indeed.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light body with a very high amount of carbonation and a medium dry finish with a bit of a tang to it. The result is incredibly refreshing and extremely drinkable.

Overall: A fine amber ale. The type of beer that is just plain good. Give it to a Budweiser fan to show them that even beers without a ton to dissect are a thousand times better than what they're drinking. This would be my go-to session beer for a day when I just want to lie back and relax.

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 UTPharm2012
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a weird aftertaste, not even close to abita amber ale quality

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.

Photo of Bm1
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Kind of smells like a Michelada. Not too bad of a flavor yet not my favorite.

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 stompilator
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a nice, clear copper. Light, easy head.

S - Very light spicy hop aroma.

T - Complex grain notes of toasted biscuits, caramel, and nuts. Spicy, earthy hops spice up the malt flavor nicely, creating a near-seamless balance.

M - Medium-light body with very light carbonation.

O - Does what ambers do best: create a synergistic complexity between every element of the brew.

Photo of mzingie
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Attractive 2 finger head with average lacing covering a honey color. The smell has something in it I find absolutely repulsive that killed this beer for me. Reminiscent of diapers. The taste is actually pretty good. Clean balance of hops, very subtle citrus, solid carbonation. The mouthfeel is what it should be, fairly heavy with the presence of alcohol in its aftertaste. Overall I am disappointed in the brewery that brought me two hearted ale but if it were not for the smell I would probably but this again.

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red brown with quite a bit of floaties a a one and one half finger white head. Aroma is caramel, biscuit, and crackers. Taste is caramel, biscuit, crackers, and a slight balance of hoppy floral notes. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and nicely carbed. Overall, this is a very good amber ale that is malt forward and hopped for balance. Could easily spend an afternoon at a bbq or pool with these.

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.

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