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

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Bell's Amber AleBell's Amber Ale

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2,648 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,648
Reviews: 898
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 110
Gots: 282 | 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: 2,648 | Reviews: 898
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.

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

Amber/copper color, off-white head with less than moderate retention but really good lace.

Nose is of caramel and toffee malt with a floral and citric hops note.

Flavor is similar to the profile found in the nose but the toffee comes out more. There is also a buttery diacetyl note that is not necessaruly bad

medium body, moderate carbonation.

I could drink a few, but my need for hops would make me switch

Photo of righlander
4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber with a frothy foam head with nice lacing from a 12 ounce bottle. Smells of sweet malt with some citrus hop hiding nicely in the background. Taste is smooth sweet malt with some toasty grain and excellent hop balance. Perfectly carbonated and crisp with sweet malt and nice mellow hop balance. Very nice on the tongue. Drinkability is great, very nice amber. probably the best amber ale i have ever had. i could drink several of these. The cool thing is I took a chance with these and bought a whole 6-pack because they were bottle conditioned I figured there was a chance they could be decent. And I am pleasantly surprised! I love it when this happens! Like i said probably the best amber i have ever had. 5 more to go... CHEERS!

Photo of jayrod20
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious copper colored ale with a hearty malt flavor that goes down smooth as water.Nice aftertaste and no carbonation gives an enjoyable experience from the moment it hits your tongue to the moment it hits your stomach.Highly recommended I will be buying this ale again!!!!

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

Pours a murky amber in color, medium head with spots of lacing. Smell is good and balanced but all I think is buttered bread and toasted caramel. Some grain and light hops. Very delicate and balanced taste. A brief hint of bitterness up front but this is more of a malted amber. Toasted bread and light grain with some sweetness. Good earthy, light citrus hops. Smooth, lightly crisp but almost doughy mouthfeel. Carbonation level keeps it from becoming creamy or full. The hops keep this brew in check but malt flavor is the winner. Very drinkable, session amber. A vacation from the hopped up trend of ambers that seems to be going on, I like it.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass that allows you to see the unfiltered nature of this ale. The color is a cloudy, light amber that is topped off with an off-white two finger head.

The aroma is nice, sweet with a faint hoppy smell. I detect some small pepper aroma and also citrus orange. The taste is very good, well blended malts and hops. The hops come into play at the tail end but are well received. The flavor also has a little pepper kick to it. The MF is medium bodied and very flavorful. Very good.

Photo of biggred1
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy,dark bronze with tons of suspended yeast.Creamy tan head,leaves lots of thick rings on the glass.

S-Caramel malt and floral hops dominate the nose.

T-Fruity but not too sweet,very complex.Well balanced between smooth malty flavors and hop bitterness.

M-Good medium smooth mouthfeel.

D-Pretty high on the drinkability scale.This may be the best american amber I've had,usually a boring style in my opinion.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light amber with a thin white head with virtually no retention.

The smell was very faint, hints of breads and malts.

Great taste; earthy, bready, and lightly hoppy.

Watery in the mouth, not very full, but a great carbonation level and a pleasant after taste.

Very drinkable, wish I had bought a few more.

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

Poured a nice amber-orange color with little chunkies floating around the glass. Actually had a cascading effect as it settled in the glass to develop a nice two-finger head nice ring laces going down the glass.

Smell is slightly sweet, with bready malts and fruit.

Taste is the same. Bready, yeasty, fruity hoppiness and good balance.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, slight bite at the end, and good carbonation.

All around good amber ale. I would definitely revisit this one in the future.

Photo of jeremyd365
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 8274, poured a very cloudy amber/copper with a thick, foamy head. It had a pretty strong malty and slightly floral smell. The taste is more of the same--a pretty strong malty flavor with a slightly bitter finish. Overall this one is a pretty drinkable beer. Not too bad at all.

Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy amber colored hue with a nice thick off-white head. Moderate amounts of lacing.

S: Bready, sweet pale malt aroma with hints of brown sugar. No real hops noted.

T: Tons of malt up front. The malty is yeasty and sweet with some buttery tones as well. The hops are nearly non existant in the taste as well.

M: Light and refreshing.

D: Not a favorite when it comes to taste, but it is very sessionable.

Overall: A solid American Red. The taste is pretty solid and it is very drinkable. An Amber loving buddy of mine raves about it on draft.

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

Poured a nice dark golden color into my Sam Adams beer glass. Hard pour produce and nice thick two finger head that held up all the way to the bottom of the glass with some nice lacing.

Smell is faint hops, a little sweetness, maybe some citrus?

Taste is light and crisp on the front of the tongue with a stonger, fuller finish.

Mouth feel is moderately carbonated, medium body and smoothness. A bit of an after taste, but it's a pleasant one.

Drinkability is excellent. I could definitely session this brew and be satisfied. I'll definitely be drinking this one again.

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

Drank w/bud in Chicago on rainy day in April.
A-Poured a copper golden brown w/nice off-white head. Some floating sediment. Nice light tracing.
S-Aromas of nuts and malt w/light esters, raisin, and light hops.
T-Malty w/faint hops and slightly sweet throughout.
M-Medium bodied with nice balance of sweet malt and dry hops w/roasted nuts.
D-Smooth, nice and malty w/adequate hops to balance. Very enjoyable. I love Bell's.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: A robust looking, cloudy ... well, amber-colored body, appropriately. Head is very rocky and dense and lasts for about two minutes. Lacing is very fine, splattery (not a word? whatever) and wavy, sort of like a third-graders attempt at cursive. With a freshly sharpened pencil. And, in Elvish.

Aroma: Hmm, a very well balanced duo of toasty malt - lightly toasted though, there aren't any bitter astringencies present, just a nice, buttery sweet note - and mild, light hops. A few citrusy, floral notes hit the top of the nose in the finish.

Taste: A little deeper than the nose, with a few smooth buttery malt tones (not sure if that's from the yeast or the malt roast, though I'll assume the latter) accompanying the lighter, sweeter bready malt notes, and a strong but light citrus kick, again in the finish. Bitterness is low - the hops don't quite balance the malt so much as dampen it ever so slightly, mostly just serving to lend the breezy, fruity notes. Most quaffable.

Mouthfeel: Leaves an aftertaste, but it's a nice one - not darker astringencies, but lighter, sweeter tones. It's moderate in just about everything here - carbonation, body, crispness - and that's a good thing. This sweetness of this beer could be distracting if it didn't meld so well with the mouth.

Drinkability: I've gotten over my fear of rating a beer's drinkability higher than the sum of its parts. This beer's getting a 4.5 because everything comes together so well - relatively low abv%, no funky aftertastes, nice to look at, well-balanced. Extraordinarily sessionable.

A great American amber. I've had bad luck with this style before - they're either too sweet or too bland or too something, but this one is excellently balanced, very robust, and very drinkable. Check it out.

Photo of botham
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a sam adams glass. pours a lightly cloudy, rich amber color with a single finger of off white head. no lacings.

aroma is mainly of caramel malts, with a lightly sweet overall character and a hint of roasted malts. a light grassy aroma in the background rounds out the profile.

taste is of sweet caramel malt up front, with a creamy character and a lightly bready base. distant fruit notes of apple and pear mix in with the malts, working well to enrich the overall profile finishes with a note of distant grassy hops and caramel.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy texture. very smooth on the palate. finishes with soft CO2 and a lightly bitter aftertaste.

drinkablility is great. this is a rich and complex brew that has an excellent profile and a mellow finish. the flavors work well to create a complete profile, with a smoothness that makes it finish easy. cheers!

Photo of SpecialK088
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured it from the bottle into a pint glass, has a very dark amber hue more orange than anything. Minimal headwith decent lace.

Has a overwelmingly malty and hoppy smell

Taste is a bit weak in the inital mouthful but has a nice finish that stays with you with a hoppy finish. This is not a beer i would nessasarly drink all the time but not a bad amber as it is smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of Fish113d
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color (obviously) with an orange-rind-colored head that billows to the top about 2 fingers thick, but starts to dissipate while leaving a lot of cling on the glass.

Aroma is mostly of a mild, biscuity malt, along with some slight toffee notes. A bit of floral hops also come in on the "under" side of the brew. NOthing spectacular; solid.

Rather sweet at first, but quickly the hops comes and turns much of this into a biscuit flavor along with some toffee. Aftertaste is rather boring, but okay flavor.

Body is medium, while carbonation runs quite high, tingling my tongue. Slightly dry finish.

Fairly drinkable in that it's easy to drink. Not the BEST flavor and not the best I've had, but just sticks solidly to the style.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, Batch 8259, bottled 12/5/2007. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an amber/orange color with a very small off-white head. Head retention and lacing is average. Aroma is a bit light, it smells like caramel and toasted malt. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes like caramel/toasted malt, citrusy hops, and biscuit/bread/grain. Finishes with a slight bitter aftertaste. It's a mostly malty sweet tasting brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium with average carbonation. There's some substance to this brew, it's not thin or watery. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and easy to drink. It's good choice as a session beer. I think this is a good beer, I'd buy it again.

Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

A - Poured out a golden color with flecks of ruby. It had a foamy, off-white, two-finger head that left some nice rings of lace.

S - It smelled fruity (orange and grapefruit?). It also smelled of caramel, toffee and some hops.

T - It was malty and biscuity with a good dose of caramel. Also, had some spicy hops.

M - It was very smooth and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a great amber. Makes a great session brew.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice copper amber with some sediment floating around in the haze. Minimal head, but fizzy.

Smell is a nice balance between some sweet caramel malt and just a hint of citrusy hops.

Taste is where this one earns its bread. Nice caramel at the base with slowing creeping citrus fruit towards the end.

Overall, this is a very nice sessionable ale.

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

12oz bottle into nonic.

Amber... with floating chunky yeast suspended throughout, and a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

Mild grain with a very flowery perfumish smell, and that's pretty much it. A very mild aroma.

The grain is there but only because you know it's there. Most of the flavor is from the hops and a little bit from the yeast. The hops are bitter with a little bit of citrus flavor. Medium bodied with high carbonation. The finish is the lingering hops.

Not a bad American Amber Ale. Pretty tasty, and sessionable at that (barely). It's rather enjoyable, and I'm sure it goes great in the summer on a hot day or in the Spring on a mild day. Take your pick. Recommended.

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

Hazy light orange body, topped by three fingers of rocky off-white micro-bubbles. Some floaties. Some nice lacing.

Stong aroma of hay/grass and fresh bread.

Nice sweet-but-not-too-sweet malt beginning. Caramel with just a hint of dark chocolate, with a bit of juicy fruit at the swallow. A bit of earthy, herbal Englishness too.

Smooth light/medium mouthfeel. Good sessionable drinkability.

A nice amber ale that could be easily overlooked in the shadows cast by its bigger and darker brothers.

Photo of eberkman
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy orange-tinged amber brew with a white head that reduces to a ring fairly quickly, but leaves thick lacing along the glass.

The aroma itself is quite faint (perhaps it was served too cold) but mostly malts.

Biscuity/citrusy body with an aggressive but not overpowering hoppy bite in the finish. Nice balance. Lingering bitterness afterwards.

Brisk snappiness in the mouth with some real carbonation buzz on the tongue and roof.

Interesting enough and dry enough in the finish to make me want more. I would happily session this one and I could see it being a very versatile beer with meals. It's a pity this isn't available in Massachusetts -- I always savor my visits home so I can enjoy the offerings of this great brewery.

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

Bottling code printed clearly.

This is the first of several forthcoming Bell's reviews. They don't sell Bell's here in Colorado, so before I moved here I bought a bottle or two of several varieties. And since I just moved, I am broke, so Bell's is all I'll be drinking for a little while. Life's hard sometimes.

a: Deep gold body, cream colored head.

s: Pale malt and earthy hops.

t: Caramel, biscuity malt, is paired with slightly piney, predominantly floral hops. The flavor doesn't blow you away, but the balance brings you back for more.

m: Medium body, appropriate carbonation. A smooth brew.

d: It seems like many amber ales are watery, bland beers that primarily exist to offer BMC drinkers their first taste of "craft." This is not a typical amber ale, this is a more worthy amber ale that offers an above average hop profile and a pretty damn tasty session beer.

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

Had this on-tap at Dewey's Pizza. It arrived at my table in a pint glass with a scant 1/4" of left-over head that quickly diminished to a thin cap. The color is clear and medium/dark yellow.

The nose is not readily apparent... just some slight toasted malt.

Taste: This is one SOLID AMBER. Malt sweetness, a little buttery smoothness and a tiny hop bitterness at the end that makes for a well-balanced brew.

MF: Medium carbonation, buttery smooth, nice aftertaste.

Drinkability: Hech yeah!... have these all day long.... this one is all about sessionable goodness.

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