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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

898 Reviews
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Reviews: 898
Hads: 2,773
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 120
Gots: 369 | 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: 898 | Hads: 2,773
Photo of breakingbland
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I get a finger of bright bone-colored foam on-top of a deep amber beer with rich hop/yeast haziness. The head settles at a medium pace and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass behind.

Cereal grains with a near-brown ale toastiness. Loaf bread, slight minerality, chalkiness, and an air of floral and semi-citrusy hops. Not very fruity, at all. Very standardized, but hunky.

Spicy hops and rigorous toastiness melds in with rich amber malts. The maltiness is pretty dominant, yet curt on by-flavors, in an American way. Crispiness from the hops pulls out interesting hints of brown sugar and almost cinnamon or clove from the steeped grains. Hardly noticeable is any alcohol. Hops are more spicy and floral than anything else, however, there is a backdrop of citrus pith. No sweetness from the hops, and only a malty sugar sense from the fermented grain remains with still-persistent dryness. Fuller-bodied for an amber ale. A lot went into this beer to produce a fantastically clean, refined, and simple beer. Bell's Amber offers a solid-bodied drink with a crisp, effervescent mouthfeel that really pulls out all of the quality ingredients in their naked simplicity. Good. (1,179 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed amber orange. Cloudy with a loose head of foam that fell fast to a thin ring. Leaves soapy lace to fall as you drink. Nose is faint. If I dive right in I can get some light caramel and bread and the faintest hop floral. Taste is mild. The grain is toasted to amber perfection and has a nice round and full flavor that presents a natural sweetness but the caramel is almost too faint to be observed on the palate. it tastes like whole grain bread. As it warms it starts to develop a hop floral that is a bit sweet on the nose and in the drink. It has soda like carbonation so quite strong. It finishes with a bit of bitter but mid palate it's just bland. It could have used more malt depth and more malt sweetness. The body of the beer is thin and has a bit of slickness to it. Finishes semi dry with an aftertaste of flaked cereal grain. There is a hint of citric tartness also int he finish but it seems like too little , too late. (946 characters)

Photo of confabulatedgod
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Just a random pick up in a choose your own 6-pack. I've had a few other Amber ales that weren't bad, but nothing I'd join a site just to review and remember. My expectations weren't too high, which made it all the better. It looks good, and smells great, but that's just the start. Slightly hoppy, slightly bitter, slightly smokey, great feel. Overall it has all the elements of a great beer, and they're in harmony unlike other beers that overkill one element. I think it's my new favorite all-season beer. (507 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (823 characters)

Photo of WillWillows
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bell's Amber in the bottle. I poured it into a pint jar. Very nice and pours a nice reddish gold with a good head that dissipates. Taste is stronger than other Ambers, such as Abita, and has a better mouthfeel, no backbite. Nice. Two for two on Bells having consumed an Oberon recently. I will be back for this one again, I bought a sixer just in case. The five remaining are in grave danger of a quick disposal.

I am drinking the last one now. I slow poured it into a Mason jar and let it sit for 3 minutes until the head was down and the lacing was left. The taste and the temperature were perfect. This is a fine ale. (621 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Packaged on 10/03/13.

A: Pours a hazy amber ruby with a fairly large off white head. Little too opaque to see any visible carbonation. Some nice rings of lacing are left on the sides of the glass.

S: Mild malt aroma with a touch of hops in the background. Not overwhelming in the aroma department. Bit of breadiness

T: Well balanced approach to an amber ale here, starts off with a mildy sweet carmel malt, then some bittering hop hits your taste buds. Aftertaste rounds out with some wheat like malt.

M: Smooth body with a creamy feel. Average, perhaps slightly low carbonation. Nice drinkability on this one.

Overall balance is key with this one. Is smooth and something anyone could enjoy. (737 characters)

Photo of Chiefy770
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (packaged on 7/12/2013) into a nonic pint glass.

A fluffy eggshell-white head formed on top of a hazy dark-orange body.

Toasty malts stand out in the nose. Minor hints of citrus also come out.

This amber ale is very well balanced. A sweet malty taste blends in perfectly with very mild hops. The subtle citrus flavors from the hops leave a mild tangy feeling in the mouth.

Overall: This is an Amber Ale done right. I find it hard to crown a beer the "best" of its style but Bell's certainly competes for a top spot in my book. It is very easy to enjoy a few of these on a mild autumn afternoon... or anytime for the ambitious ones.

Bottom Line: If you are a fan of Amber Ales, go out and find this. Definitely worth trying. (751 characters)

Photo of ISmith87
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bell's is a brewery I used to drink beer from in high school. I loved Oberon back then and I'm excited to try the Amber Ale! Bottled 5/24/2013

A – 3.5 – Nothing that impressive, nice brown/amber color to it, hazy. Basically no head, looks heavily carbonated. Yeast in suspension.

S – 3.75 - malty, breadiness, caramel, floral hops

T – 3.75 – Real mellow, earthy, bready, malty, caramely, easy hop bitterness to it, with not too many specific hop flavors coming out.

M – 3.75 – Heavy carbonation, medium body, alcohol completely hidden.

O – 3.75 – It's alright, I'm kind of disappointed though because I got such great feedback on it from my friends back home in Michigan. It's an Amber Ale, for sure. (726 characters)

Photo of carolinahophead
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This really could be a fall selection.
A: Light copper to a burnt orange tint. Not much head but does have some lacing.
S: Tight nose . Caramel malt and brown sugar aromas
T: Moderate carbonation with toasted malt flavor. Do like the sweet to bitter thing.
M: Medium mouthfeel with a nice finish. Not hoppy at all.
O: It's a good example of a well made amber. Easy to drink and might be a fall alternative to all those octoberfests . (438 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Dark copper with a 1.5 finger white head. Dissipates to a thin collar and leaves minimal lacing.

S - Bread, caramel, Amber malts, floral and earthy hops with a hint of herbs.

T - Bready, cracker, malty, with some sweet caramel. Floral and earthy hops followed by hints of herb.

M - Medium body with good carbonation, well balanced.

O - Solid Amber that is well made and well balanced. (432 characters)

Photo of Zach136
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange, light tan head.

Aroma-Flavor: Light, nutty and caramel aroma. Touch of grassy hop.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, touch of residual sweetness, touch of bitter lingering. (192 characters)

Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a nice amber color with lost of visible carbonation and foamy offwhite head.

Smell is dominated by caramel malts with a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Taste follows the nose. Really nice caramel sweetness with a bitter finish

Mouthfeel is a highlight for me - some ambers can be a bit too sweet but the carbonation and bitter finish makes this beer very refreshing to drink.

Overall an excellent example of the style. (476 characters)

Photo of stckhndlr
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A- Quite a dark amber color. good head and lacing. Cloudy with sediment that reminds me of some quads I have had before.

S- good solid notes of caramel and breadiness. A hint of spice as if from the hops.

T- That is just delightful. Sweet bready caramel up front with a hoppy bitter in the finish.

M- All is right with this one. Perfect balance of smoothness and carbonation. Just right.

O- This is a great amber that will be gracing my fridge for years to come. (469 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of May 2013. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style pint glass.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields a one-finger head of gold-tinted tan that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a rim of healthy foam right around the edges of the glass. Body is a caramel apple amber brown that appears sightly cloudy.

Smell - I detect a pretty solid element of hops, grass along with an underlying bready characteristic. Some faint notes of caramel.

Taste - Not terribly bold, but the flavors are highlighted by some semisweet caramel that evolves into notes of bittering hops and slightly over-browned biscuits.

Mouthfeel - A nice moderate amount of carbonation that provides an element of refreshment and gives the feel some complexity where many amber ales can seem watery and flat. Body is medium-to-light.

Overall, an excellent take on the classic American Amber. Not my favorite style, but this is definitely one I would buy again for a change of pace if I ran across it on the shelves of my local bottle shop. (1,054 characters)

Photo of lovindahops
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finished some yard work so my reward will be a bell's amber ale

A- a very hazy brownish orange body with a huge head of foam that refuses to go away. Creamy lacing all over the edges of the glass. A bold looking amber to say the least

S- strong malt presence focusing on caramel, earthy scents, and even some fruit in the back end. Good scent profile that is very malt forward

T- extremely malt with herbal and earthy flavor overlapping the sweetness. Slightly biscuity (much more less than fat tire), but still full of flavor on all realms. Even a little bitter at the end

M- smooth and carbonated right. Not too sticky with the caramel malt flavor

O- a good amber ale from bells that will always be a solid choice! (726 characters)

Photo of hopsputin
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: copper/dark burnt caramel. slightly hazy, with a 3 finger frothy off white head

s: sweet malt and biscuits. faint hint of something earthy

t: follows the nose. the taste is mostly sweet caramel malt. there is a generic bitterness along with some citrus and berry flavors. slight nutty

m: lighter side of medium with mild carbonation

o: pretty average. i'm a fan of sweet beers, so a well made amber is ok by me. nothing great here, but nothing bad - you can drink without thinking about it. (497 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a hazy amber; nice big fluffy head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of caramel malts and earthy hops. There's a strong breadiness in the aromas and flavors. The flavors are grainy with a subtle bitterness. Tons of caramel and grass going on. Solid flavors, but it doesn't have the depth I recall from the past. Mouthfeel is nice. It's light, but feels hearty with active carbonation. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. It's ultimately clean and refreshing.

It's been a minute since I've had this beer. It's a good example of the style. (621 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Way past due for a review on this. I enjoy this stuff often.

12 oz brown bottle with a awesome label fit spring through the fall. Scenic and reminds me of the place I live now and grew up. Soothing label and an all time favorite. Poured this into a Bell's Standard pint glass.

A - a golden amber with hints of orange highlights. Yes that's amber with a touch of gold. Lots of haze and what appears to be light sediment floating throughout giving the orange highlights. Good creamy head that leaves a sturdy ring of long lasting lace. Stick is perfect and continues to cling to the walls throughout the experience. This is what an American Amber ale is supposed to look like.

S - an equal display of both hops and malt. Citrusy hops with an equal whiff of caramel malt. Bready yeast character with some nice wafts of soft milk chocolate. Nothing real dominant with this aroma as it has a lot going on and is well balanced but everything seems to remain soft and nothing really grabs hold of the nose.

T - bread like yeast character. Some awesome sweetness in the overall flavor due from the caramel and maybe toffee malt. Almost buttery sweet in and out with a citrusy hop providing a semi bitterness in the finish. Nothing flashy. Just damn tasty.

M - creamy medium body with awesome Bell's texture. It's easy to drink and very sessionable. One of my all time favorites and great any time of year. It's balance is out of this world allowing for maybe the perfect ale a person could enjoy any time.

O - a real deal classic and what I consider the staple of American amber ales. It's very good stuff and enjoyable. There's nothing flashy or in your face with Bell's amber. Just a down right good tasting ale that's really stunning to look at. There's nothing bad to say about this. Ill continue picking this up throughout every year like I have for the multiple years that's past. One I can pick up and know exactly what I'm getting and one that always brings a smile to my face. (1,985 characters)

Photo of jroberts8811
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of RhinoDBJ
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is my first real "review" ... so here goes. I'm not up on all the terminology ... but I'm gonna work at it!

Bought this at a Trader Joe's to try. I'm kind of an "amber" guy ... so it seemed worth a try. It's nice to see that BA rates this one pretty high (87).

It looks nice in a New Belgium Tulip glass and has a nice amber/rose color

Off white head

Malty smell.

Very drinkable! I'll consider it again!

There, how'd I do!!?? (436 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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 (730 characters)

Photo of Tonmeister
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured in Goose Island Glass

Appearance: murky, brownish with a thin white head with a lacing that breaks when tilting the glass

The aroma contains a slight hopp presence, somewhat citrusy, but more earthly. I can smell the malts, but it;s hard to distinguish the specific details.

The taste is very smooth, almost tastes like water, but still contains a slight hop presence.

The mouthfeel is thin, with not much carbonation, very smooth and easy on the tongue.

Overall, this is a great breakfast beer. It's light and it goes down smooth. It doesn't feel like I'm drinking a beer. This is not one of my favorites, but for its style, I dig it because it's simple. (676 characters)

Photo of Roman5150
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle into Duvel glass

appearance: cloudy burnt orange with a dark amber hue, 1 finger white head, not too much lacing. very nice looking beer.

smell: bready, citrus, floral, sweet malt, some rye, subtle corn flavor (think macro lagers, but don't interpret that the wrong way, this actually has a somewhat decent aroma, albeit not superb).

taste: Has similarities to a lager or a pils, lots of bready notes, but with a sweeter more emphasized malt bill. The hops are pretty earthy and resinous, but takes a back seat to the malt profile. Very drinkable, highly refreshing and smooth, hardly any bitterness at all. The overall taste is a well balanced earthy, bready, malt favored brew that hit's the spot.

mouthfeel: medium to high carbonation, medium to thin body

overall: A highly drinkable beer from Bell's, also their first beer I think as well. Probably their most accessible, I'd find it hard for someone to not like this, yet it doesn't have any super complex flavor profiles to make it super interesting. But that's what their goal was, make a great well balanced beer that you can enjoy in almost situation. I wouldn't say seek it out, but it's widely available and cheap and you will not be disappointed. Perfect summer beer. (1,242 characters)

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 898 ratings.