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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,578 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,578
Reviews: 880
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 108
Gots: 224 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2001

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This amber ale leans toward an orangey copper color. Pour produces a small head yet also plenty of quick-moving bubbles. Wouldn't expect this kind of beer to be bottle-conditioned, but from the layer of sludge at the bottom of the bottle, and the many minuscule floaters in my glass, I guess it is/was. Or maybe it wasn't filtered well, but considering the brewery, I'm gonna assume they know what they're doing.

Hops come into the nose with a rounded fruit sweetness, while candy-sugar and caramel balance it out. I swear there's a bit of sourdough yeastiness peeking around the corner too.

Firm bready malts take center stage once the sipping begins, they're rich and sweet (like brown sugar) with a slightly tart wang on the back end. Solid fruit succulence comes in thanks to hops. Finishes very dry. Mouthfeel is round and smooth...not stout-thick, but more weighty than expected from this style.

In a word: Yum.

This is precisely why Bell's is one of the best brewers in the U.S. They excel with their more sessionable beers as they do the high-ABV monsters. Long may they brew.

Photo of PhageLab
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Orange coloration with a nice reddish hue. Produced a half inch layer of froth and displayed both good retention and lacing. Bell's presentation once again is impressive.

S - Very pleasant sweet malty aromas, with a slight tinge of something cour/citrusy, like lemon perhaps.

T - Pale malt-like profile, dry body, and a bit of a citrus backbone. Finishes a little bitter. Decent balance, but somehow an unremarkable brew.

M - Light bodied, high carbonation level and a slightly odd aftertaste that I can't put my finger on.

D - Decent overall, but not my favorite offering from Bell's. Worth a try.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty clouded orange-ish brown amber. Slight leafy nose. Seems very calm though. The flavor really brings it here. Even and firm bodied. Consistently earthy woody tones. Feel is very well bodied on the liquid and a good carbonation as well. I'm calling this as a good example of the style and an overall good brew to try.

Photo of Slynger
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very lightly hazy tangerine color with a slight lean towards bronze. An off-white head settles quickly to a ring around the glass leaving some solid lace.
The nose is quite weak. Biscuit malts and a little bit of sweet honey accompanied by a light floral hop presence.
The taste picks this one up a bit. Mostly toasted bread with a small amount of sweetness. Bitter and earthy in the finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and dry and leaves me thirsty, only maybe I will try something else .
This one is okay, but there are a lot of other beers I'd rather drink.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange amber in color with an abundance of fine bubbles. Orangish off white head is retained to almost the end. Good lacing. Plenty of hop presence, aroma is kind of agricultural. Taste is dry and clean, any sweetness from the malt is overshadowed by dry bitterness making it an excellent choice to accompany food. Feels like carbonated mineral water in the mouth. A good solid beer that I would happily drink again.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is a hazy glowing orange amber in color. Hosts a light tan head that quickly fades. Nose is mildly vibrant with spicey wheat, and hints of nuts and orange marmalade. Enters the mouth softly tart sweet width tones of toasty wheat. A mineral hoppy feel greats the back of the tongue. A subdued malty nut feel also develops twords the end of the palate creating a even but slightly thick mouthfeel. Just the right amoutn of complexity for a amber ale. Very drinkable.

Photo of malcontent
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Hazy, light amber body with lots of visible yeast in suspension. Head comes on strong but fades all too quickly.

Big amber malt nose laced with an orange peel hop scent. Biscuit notes linger. A fine aroma profile for the style.

Biscuity right up front and back-loaded with citrus hops. Outstanding balance of soft brown sugar-sweet malt with a crisp, controlled finishing bitterness.

A touch over-carbonated although thinking back to the head I'm wondering if I should have poured harder. The body is full but never heavy. This has been, and in my mind still is, one of the reasons this style exists. An often overdone, underwhelming beer that is taken to new heights here. Sessionable in every way and a Midwestern classic.

Photo of yourefragile
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz undated bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a very appealing looking cloudy amber/orangey color. Large fluffy and thick white head that leaves some lacing on the glass
S: Sweet and malty with some fruity hints. Nothing that strong or persistent that jumps out at me, but pleasant
T: At first very sweet from malt and finishes with a strong hoppy/bitter flavor with some citrus flavors. Taste lingers for a long time
M: Medium bodied and creamy, very rich and smooth.
D: I like this a lot, very flavorful and great mouthfeel, but not too overpowering. Definitely would have this again.

Photo of mpyle
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Cloudy amber color. Large, thick white head, very creamy. Good head retention. 4/5

Aroma - Some caramel/malt aroma, and a citrusy, almost lemony hop aroma. 3.5/5

Flav - Slight caramel sweetness. rounding toward a nice hoppy finish. Well balanced and flavorful without being overpowering. 4/5

MF - Medium body and carbonation. No astringency or warming 4/5

D'ability - A nice American ale with some rich maltiness to balance out the hops. 4/5

Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange-like amber with off-white head and thin lacing. Sweet caramel aromas with faint wafts of citric hops. Taste is predominantly biscuit and caramel malts with a good earthy and spicy hop balance. Finish is a little bitter. Medium body.

Overall this is a pretty good amber ale. I would drink more.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This one pours a hazy amber to light brown orange-ish hue that reminds me of a certain kind of wood finish that people often use on their decks. The head is a fluffy one finger off-white substance that shows some really nice retention and leaves a small amount of lace on the glass. Looks like an O-fest brew.

S - Sweet and fruity with a lot of really nice malt notes. Cinnamon rolls (the little cheap kind that you can unroll into one long cinnamon strip), honey bread, and fruitcake. This is really deep and ripe! Over-ripe bananas that have just turned black, banana crunch muffins, and big cheese danishes that come in a vending machine.

T - Malty and fruity like the nose, but the flavor adds in some nice firm hop bitterness that is very much like freshly rolled hay. I'm reminded of Banana Nut Crunch cereal. Some critusy wheat-like flavors are there too, and this helps keep the beer summery and refreshing. There are some really crisp citrus and toasty caramel malt characteristics that make this a great early autumn/late summer brew.

M - Medium bodied and extremely creamy. This is bordering on full bodied with all of the lush and rich fluffy carbonation that is produced in this beer.

D - One of the better amber ales out there. This stuff is thirst quenching and relatively light, but provides enough complexity and depth of character to keep a beer lover interested. A very fine choice for a session brew.

Photo of GRPunk
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the cask poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- Nice hazy amber-orange with a 1" fluffy white head.

S- Quite balanced. Sweet malts with some floral hops.

T- More balance in the flavor. Sweet up front with some light hops to clean up the finish.

M- Smooth as silk.

D- Very. I would have had many more, if there weren't other great tap selections to try.

Overall- I've had this beer many times from the bottle or a regular tap and thought it was pretty decent. However, it's a whole different experience from the cask. It really seemed to up the smoothness of this beer.

Photo of nsmartell
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room after a long day at work. From bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Dull copper with a thick-slow falling head.

Smell: Rich with a hint of hops.

Taste: Pretty malty and a good Red Ale taste.

Mouthfeel: Rich and smooth.

Drinkability: Nice and refreshing. Nice session beer. Another solid outing by Bell's.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gloden orange with a good two finger head. Head retention is better than normal with moderate lace left behind. Smell was not too impressive. Smells of malt and grain, but I also detect an almost yeast like smell, similar to a Belgian. Taste is better. A nice malt profile and noticable grain presence. No real hop bitterness to this as expected. Moderate carbonation leaves a crisp and clean feeling with a slightly dry aftertaste. Overall not a bad beer. I admit I'm not a huge fan of Amber's but this was one of the better ones I've tasted yet.

Photo of Magpie14
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a deep robust brown crimson color with a nice thick cream colored head. Sits really nice in the glass with bubbles moving freely about. Nice web of lacing in the glass

Smell: roasted malt nose and sweet candy/caramel swirling about. Touch of a earthy type of hops...very little but is present.

Taste/Mouthfeel: great sweet toasted malt flavor! Has nice malt characteristic overall and is paired nicely with sweet caramel. It has a nice crisp and smooth body and I even noticed a little bit of fruity orange overtones as it glides down.

Drinkability: this is a staple beer for me and never disappoints. Solid all around and is very easy to drink.

Photo of burnstar
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark gold amber with a nice sized head. Aroma is sweet with herbal and floral hops. Some citrus notes. Tastes caramelly and sweet. Lots of herbal hops. Balanced and flavorful. Medium to full bodied and well carbonated. Pretty drinkable. Solid amber overall.

Photo of nycjag
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another yummy beer from my Bell's mixpack. Brazenly purchased in Harrisburg, PA, and stealthily brought back across the New York State border via an underground tunnel that was carved out under the Hudson River at least a half century ago. Maybe drinking Bell's in New York City makes it taste better because we vociferously aren't supposed to have it. If so, who cares? This is a great beer.

It pours a nice deep amber (duh) with about a one-inch head. The aroma hops aren't too far forward and the maltiness you get from quaffing this beer is also present in the aroma.

This is an Amber you could drink gallons of and not get tired of it. Some nice biscuity flavors going on here.

Photo of IPAcraig
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying this beer whilst sitting outside in my side yard before I go to see "Dracula" at the Tallahassee Little Theatre.

Poured into my Newcastle pint glass to reveal a foggy dark orange with a one finger head, that held reasonably well due to the stream of bubbles going up the side of the glass.

Nice aroma. I get sweet malts. But also a good bit of fruit and a faint earthiness. A touch of sourness comes through upon the swirl of the glass. It has a bit of a Belgian smell to it .. just a bit.

The taste leaves something to be desired after a wonderful aroma. Still a very nice flavor, though. A typical amber, nicely malty, with only the tiniest toasted flavor ... no hops or bitterness present.

Medium carbonation and body.

Very drinkable and quite enjoyable. Remarkable smell, predictable taste.

Photo of bort11
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. No a lot of head, but it does leave a thin ring around the edge that has solid retention. Color is a hazy copper orange, with lots os sediment floating around. I don't mind sediment, but a heads up would have been nice. It would have change how I poured the beer.

Smell is a rich malty surprise. Dark fruits, plums, some brown sugar, a bit of chocolate. Taste follows smell very well. Has a faint hops in the back to give it some balance.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a smooth carbonation. I will definitely have to revisit this one again.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle to a hazy orange-red, much more reminiscent of an IPA than an Amber. There is a thick pillowy off-white head that lasts throughout the glass and leaves excellent lacing. The nose is mostly a sweet caramel-honey-maple, with just a hint of some citrus hops. Taste is more of the malt-hop blend but unfortunatley, the thin body detracts from the flavor. Finish is sweet caramel and somewhat warming, but again, is adversely affected by the thin body, making it a little more watery than I prefe.

Not a bad effort by Bell’s though

Photo of CoSMoSYS
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark orange to copperish color with a decent sized creamy head that shrinks, but never disappears, as you enjoy this drink. Carbonation is very visible.

I smell the yeast which would make this beer smell like fresh homemade bread, right out of the oven. I also pick up on some spiciness and cloves.

I definitely taste the yeast and the sweet malts. The spices really come out along with the cloves. After that, I noticed the hops. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't jump out at you for the beer is pretty balanced, but just enough to get your attention. As the beer warms up, the hops seems to come out more.

The first thing I noticed was the creaminess of the drink and how smooth it went down even when seeing the carbonation bubbles rising.

I'll definitely be coming back to this beer after as I really enjoyed it. Great job Bell's, great job!

Photo of tugdriver7
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visiting my brother in NC; he bought this to try. (Thanks D!) Beautiful deep orange deep orange color with decent head that laced the glass all the way down. Balanced malt in the nose with a very pleasant, spicy hops scent. So far, looks and smells like a Pale Ale. Taste was nicely balanced. Good mouthfeel with moderate to a bit more carbonation. Pale Ale-like hops taste at first, mellowing to balanced hops/malt and spicy aftertaste. Extremely drinkable and enjoyable. What a wonderful surprise.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 8136. There was a ton of yeast at the bottom of the bottle and a fair bit of it infused throughout the glass as well ... murky and hazy with an orange hue. I saw a good variety of different sized bubbles and really energetic carbonation. Off white head dissipated soon enough to leave a film covering the glass, a good ring and some lacing, the head regenerated easily with a swirl.

The smell was feintly of pear or fresh plum but not very strong. The taste was of citrus, yeast, all spice, mild hops. The mouthfeel was pleasant, well rounded bitter taste and finish, very tasty. I could go for another of these, it's a very complete and satisfying sample of the style from Bells, thanks again Merchant's in Dearborn.

Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i am 90% positive that Bell's Amber was the first Bell's beer i ever had when i moved back to the midwest...i think i bought some cheesy midwest microbrewery sampler that was probably quite overpriced

anyways, batch 8023, single, riley's

appearance: poured into a Bell's pint glass of course...copper-amber body with a foamy beige head, strong stream of bubbles throughout, lots of yeast also present

smell: aroma is that of which an amber should be - fruity and bready, caramel, apple cider

taste: the "flagship" of bells - maybe so, maybe not. sweet apple, caramel malts, toasted nut. still one of my favs of the style

mouthfeel: smooth, medium body

drinkability: pretty good

Photo of GrillMeister
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally reviewing the last bottle of this beer I have.
Drinking from the bottle, I can see a nice foamy head that lingers after the bottle is open.
Can definitely smell the hops in the beer.Good aroma.
Taste is good. A nice blend, definite hop taste.
This beer is foamy, feels really good.
Drinkability is high. I only wish I had more than one bottle left.
Definitely one of the better amber ales I've drinken.

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,578 ratings.