Bell's Amber Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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3.28/5 rDev -14.4%
Shared a few bottles with friends. This one pours hazy amber with a white head.
I was expecting more flavor from this beer. Really, the malts are just light caramel and there's just a slight spicy hop note in the aftertaste. Yes, it's very drinkable and not really bland, but it's boring. It just sort of smells and tastes like a generic Amber Ale. There's nothing distinguishing.
09-27-2008 14:11:56 | More by tempest
3.15/5 rDev -17.8%
recieved this one in a trade.
Poured a deep amber color with an average off white head, kinda rocky. Nose was malt, hops and that was about all I could take from it. Well hopped and well balanced, smooth. Something was different with the malts, caramel malts and maybe some English malts. Not like most Ambers I had tasted but ok nevertheless.
07-22-2008 14:35:01 | More by barleywinefiend
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
Typical 12 ounce bottle, w/o pours typical lighter amber, clear, light tan head, showing better then average retention and then leaving decent frothy lace on the glass. Faint malty, honey nose. Malty brew, smooth and balanced. Middle of the road style, and certainly not my favorites but this one is better then the rest. Balance is the central theme. Fine sessioner.
08-19-2008 02:05:38 | More by Billolick
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours a beautiful orange amber with alittle haze a short head, and pretty good lacing. The residual head sticks around for a while. The nose has some cereal grains up front and some malt in the background. The taste is very balanced and very nice. Creamy and spicy with mild but noticeable hops, and some fruit on the finish. Nice balanced mouthfeel and quite a session beer. Good solid standard.
01-04-2007 03:32:56 | More by Georgiabeer
3.23/5 rDev -15.7%
A: The ale is an orange/amber color with a thin ring of head and a great deal of sediment.
S: The aroma is very biscuity with little hop bitterness.
T: The taste is a grainy malt that is underscored by a sweet honey flavor that is very subtle and soft. There is not a great deal of flavor here beyond the malts.
M: The mouthfeel is malty with a bit of hops, fitting in well with what I would expect.
D: The slight sweetness makes for a good drinkability here.
10-23-2006 13:00:17 | More by akorsak
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured from a bottle, the head dissolved at a medium pace. Left little to no lacing on the glass. Looks are as one would expect an amber to appear, nice orange glow unfiltered with lots of little particles hanging out doing their thing at the bottom of the glass. Smells malty, and low and behold so is the taste. Its malty sweetness is the first thing picked up with little carbination with bits of bitterness bringing in the rear. Drinkability is smooth and easy going, I like it.
06-12-2009 22:01:34 | More by stakem
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
A: Pours a crystal clear deep amber in color. The beer has a two finger tall tense beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film over the entire surface of the beer with thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with light hints of nuttiness and light hints of citrus hops.
T: The taste follows the smell, with a body of bready and caramel malts giving it light sweetness upfront. This is followed by some light nut flavors and moderate citrus hops that have a light lingering bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.
O: This beer is easy to drink and enjoyable. The beer is well balanced and could be sessionable (though it is approaching a touch too strong in ABV to have more than a few).
06-02-2012 00:38:31 | More by dbrauneis
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a hazy warm golden copper body with a creamy off-white head. Strong carbonation of tiny bubbles keep the head alive for a bit.
S- clean smell with some nice soft citrus hops and a slightly pale malt aroma.
T- Nice light citric, grapefruit and a hint of lemon, hop flavor with a smooth pale malt flavor to balance the hops. Hints of light toasted and biscuit malt give it good depth in the malt.
M- Medium body with smooth finish.
D-This beer has a nice hop taste with a good malt backbone. The hops are citrus flavors but they have depth so you can't really pick out one flavor. The malt has lots of pale but some toasted malt to give it depth and character. Nice smooth amber.
10-16-2005 21:29:46 | More by rhoadsrage
3.65/5 rDev -4.7%
A 12 ounce bottle received as a gift from Halcyondays. On to the beer:
A little hazed in this orangeish brown colored beer. The head drops to a thin creamy lace on top, leaving a little lacing on the glass. The nose is a little subdued. Faint fruity esters, a little toasted malt. A little warming up intensifies those aromas, and even brings out some butterscotch. That's better.
Bell's version of an amber ale tastes like this; it goes toasty and fruity, like strawberry. Not super hoppy, which with Bell's I though it would be. There are touches of pine though. Ok, tasting those resins, maybe it was hoppy once upon a time, and now the hop juice is gone. No worries, it's all good.
Expectations sometimes get really high with certain breweries. Although I was expecting something explosive, I shouldn't complain too much about this beer.
08-07-2010 03:37:27 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
3/5 rDev -21.7%
Well I would first like to point out the Batch Number on this beer being 8231. It was packaged November 14, 2007. I was very disappointed when I found this out.
Poured from a 12 oz bottle. This beer had a nice fluffy, off white colored head. The color was very awesome, fading from a light orange to an amber orange at the top. I can definately taste that this beer is almost a year old and it makes me sad that I didn't get to enjoy the full potentials of Bell's. The beer tasted very skunked, so I am going to stop my review here and when I get a chance to try an "up to date" bottle, then I will write a new review.
09-11-2008 03:58:47 | More by mothman
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
Thanks goes out to MuddyFeet for this brew.
Pours a cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tannish head, some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, and some caramel. The taste is malty and some caramel. Slight bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Drinkable, another nice brew from Bells, recommended.
09-27-2007 01:37:50 | More by Wasatch
4/5 rDev +4.4%
12oz bottle from deejaydan as part of the WTF ASAP BIF. Thanks for the opportunity. From their website: The Batch ID that you entered '7039', is a Bell's Amber Ale. Your Bell's Amber Ale was packaged on August 25, 2005.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head above the clear copper brew. What head there was lasts pretty nicely, with abundant bubbly lacing. Aroma is well-balanced, with pronounced malt present. Taste is also balanced, with grain husks and hoppiness duking it out, ending more or less a draw, but with the bitterness lingering. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both pleasing, and this one would make a nice everyday type of brew.
01-16-2006 21:31:56 | More by ppoitras
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
Bells Amber Ale pours a ruby brownish color. Small short livid head sticks around the edges of the glass.
Smell is malty upfront with fruity tones.
Taste follows the nose providing layers of malt complexity, ranging from chewey malt sweetness to a pronounced roasted flavor. Tastes very delicious.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewey, lingering on the palate a good while.
Drinkability is great. This is an above average American Amber Ale, and focuses more on the malt profile than the hops.
07-10-2009 13:43:26 | More by Stinkypuss
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 3/22/2012. Pours a very hazy orange amber color with a nice 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of biscuit, toast, caramel, light citrus, floral, and nuttiness. Some pretty good well balanced aromas that are a bit muted. Taste of caramel, biscuit, grapefruit, orange, floral, toast, nuttiness, and light pine. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, grapefruit, toast, floral, and light pine on the finish for a short bit. Slightly dry on the finish. Good balance of citrus hop flavors with the malt backbone. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and slightly crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all on the finish. Very easy to drink as expected for 5.8%. Overall this is a very nice amber ale. Nice flavor balance and smoothness; very sessionable and enjoyable.
06-25-2012 03:32:36 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
On draft at Red Rocks in Alexandria, Virginia.
A: This beer appears crystal clear and amber hued, with a half inch of head that leaves some good, sticky lacing on the glass.
S: The aroma is very subtle, but I can detect some faint malt and amber scents.
T: Very refreshing and easy to drink. Quite simple, and a really good choice for a lower alcohol beer with a nice flavor.
M: Medium bodied, with solid carbonation levels. Aftertaste doesn't linger too long, but the beer is very crisp and easy to drink by the pint.
D: Especially tasty when served fresh and on draft, this was an enjoyable brew.
12-24-2010 23:27:36 | More by Huhzubendah
3.38/5 rDev -11.7%
Pours a cloudy, orangeish colour. Not much head stays but could be easily called back with even light swirling. Spots of lacing left behind. A very musty aroma, lightly roasted caramel malts mostly. Smells certainly closer to a pale ale. Musty and unappealing. Not much flavour either. Some nice malts but hints of diacetyl. Perhaps I expect more from Bell's given their excellent lineup of offerings or perhaps just the limitations of the style, but this one is just painfully average (at best). Thanks Frozensoul 327!
03-09-2007 15:45:44 | More by biegaman
3.95/5 rDev +3.1%
Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A very large creamy and light caramel colored head off the pour. Body is a cloudy dull amber orange and brown. Lots of big sticky retention.
Grassy malts off the nose mixing a mild hop present. Slight graham cracker smelling too.
Sweet tasting malt and brown bread in the palate. Sweet but subtle hop finding mixing in with some of the graham cracker taste. Mouthfeel is just about perfect, lots of body, not syrupy just on the money. Texture builds an almost creamy taste as well.
Overall I love a solid red ale and this is no exception.
09-30-2011 19:12:27 | More by smakawhat
3.76/5 rDev -1.8%
On draft at Draught 55, NYC.
Poured a dark copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a light caramel malt with a spattering of grassy hops.
The taste consisted of soft caramel malts with a balancing hop spice.
The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a smooth finish.
Overall a tasty and well balanced amber.
02-21-2014 21:56:18 | More by plaid75
Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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