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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,618 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,618
Reviews: 889
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 110
Gots: 256 | 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

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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Photo of kwalters
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This isn't a brew I'd attach the word "Flagship" to, but nonetheless it's a nice beer. Perhaps it's Bell's most widely appealing beer able to satisfy both the macro and micro crowd?

This particular bottle poured a true coppery red color with a nice 1-inch off-white head. I immediately noticed a bit of yeast in the head. After examining the beer beneath it, I noticed a lot of yeast particles in suspension. I guess I didn't pour it delicately enough.

The scent and flavor are quite a mixed bag. I can pick out some yeasty bread flavor, some sugary sweetness and some apple sourness. And then there's a hop finish. There's a lot going on and none of it seems to blend together all that well. I enjoy it, but Amber Ale isn't what I thought it would be.

Photo of SmithwicksNut
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: If you don't like sediment in your beer this one is not for you. It was cloudy with plenty of sediment floating throughout. The sediment quickly settles to the bottom of the glass. A nice with head with lacing lasting throughout the beer. A very nice copper color.

S: The malt is really the only thing one will smell.

T: This is a very good beer. The malts are sweet and lingers in the back of the mouth.

M: medium to low carbonation with more fuller body than other amber ales.

D: I truly enjoyed this beer. I can drink a few of these. It is a easy drinking beer. You will enjoy it.

Photo of BrittEBurke
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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

A - Pours a hazy orangish-copper color with a bubbly finger off-white head. Closer look will show many fine carbonation bubbles bubbling up from the bottom. Very good looking beer.

S - First up is a very molasses/caramel type of dark sweet maltiness. Through the second smell, you can pick up on some fruitiness, maybe some kind of melon? Deep in the back on the third smell is a bit of a warm wet grassy sort of smell that i'm not too keen on, but it's not harsh in any means.
As strange as it may seem, the smell reminds me of a pumpkin ale but without the spice.

T - Not bad at all. It's a very balanced beer in a staple sort of category. Very bready, yeasty and cracker like taste. The beer is as it says, a sweet one. It's by no means a "sweet" beer by reputation. There's not a trace of hops that I pick up in the beer.

M - Light to Medium bodied. It's perfectly carbonated but leaves a bit of a cross between a creamy and oily mouthfeel.

O - I might have found my staple beer. Whether you're a session drinker or not, this beer will satisfy both sides. It's something to talk about and something to have on hand to quench your thirst.

Photo of RodneyX
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber colored beer that had a head with some okay retention and some small lacing on the sides. It smells mostly of caramel malts and grain and has just the slightest bit of hops there. Taste is really a lot like the nose, although the hops are not quite as much as I thought they would be. Some medium-level carbonatoin and the beer has a good syrupy coating aspect to it while managing not to get too heavy. I found this to be very drinkable but I wish there was more hops in it.

Photo of chasesitten
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TallNerdGuy
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of bhayle
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of HefeRules
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of NBMLove
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Miz77
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of elspaniard
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of locustking
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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 TinkerToys
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of BeardedSquash
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy brass body with a small cream colored head which falls quickly. A few pillars of carbonation.

S: Buttery hops. This is the type hop smell that inspired my ill-conceived hallertaur croutons. (does not translate into actual butteriness on bread) Rich sweet malt comes through after a while.

T: Wonderful. That rich hoppyness stays in the back seat, but makes itself known throughout the beer. A slight lake water flavor at the back of the tongue if that makes any sense. Malts rearlly shine through as the beer warms. Surprisingly different for an American Amber.

M: Light on the tongue, but sticky on the lips. You can almost lick the malts off your moustache.

D: I first snagged one of these from a friend who's first beer choice is Shiner Bock. I wasn't expecting a bad beer, but needless to say I wasn't expecting something this good. Well rounded, and ballsy with the hops. A nice surprise. Hope to have it one on tap one day.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of goldennectar
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of larrynevins
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of DanielGJ0
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of HOPHEADNATIONMATT
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of cssosprey
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of ribby
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From my days in Kalamazoo, I remembered Amber as my favorite Bell's. Alas, though it is good, it is not quite what I remembered, particularly, it is less balanced than I remembered.

It pours a very light brown, from almost clear to cloudy depending on how carefully you decant, while the aroma is very mild, not showing the hoppiness in the flavor.

The taste is somewhat on the hoppy side, with some smokiness in the malt flavor, and a hint of citrus. (Maybe the Oberon has become an invasive species.)

The mouthfeel is reasonably full, but the head is a little rough.

This is still a very drinkable beer. The flavor is strong but not overpowering.

Photo of towersfall
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy amber with a decent off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a nice amount of lacing trickling down the glass from pour to finish.

Smell: Caramel malts, nuts and some other scent that my nose just can't register.

Taste: Sweeter than most ambers in my opinion, but it does display the malts, caramel, and nuts just right. Well balanced but still leans toward the sweeter side of the amber spectrum.

Mouthfeel: Higher carbonation that matches it's medium body well.

Drinkability: Great by the books amber. Shines high in it's category and proves how Bell's is one of America's finest breweries.

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,618 ratings.