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

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Bell's Amber AleBell's Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,547 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,547
Reviews: 874
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 104
Gots: 196 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2001)
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Photo of karst
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber orange with dense 1 fingered head leaving some lace on the Grindstone pint glass. Yeast particles settle to the bottom.

Aroma of tart fruits and mild diacetyl merged with light caramel malt. Excellent hopping that adds an earthy "Willamette and/or Goldings notes".
One reviewer commenting that it approaches an ESB. Definately a little on the english side IMHO.

Bready and biscuit malt flavors with a clean light caramel malt sweetness balanced by hop bitterness. Body is fuller than most of this style. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Butterscotch continues to emerge with warming. Finish is clean bittersweet with bready malt notes. Very drinkable!

Photo of Kaveman
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of EvanWilliams
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Mistofminn
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Bryant Lake Bowl celebrating a friends birthday with some beers and a round of bowling.

Color is hazy reddish brown, otherwise known as amber. Thin half finger foamy off-white head. Decent retention, nothing impressive. Minimal lacing.

The aroma displays a nice battle of earthy and citrusy hops, with the earthy hops winning this time. Huge malt backbone, caramel and buttery.

Initial taste is citrusy hop bite that gives way to the malt backbone after a few seconds. Sweet malts, with caramel and a toffee like character, and a fair bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a nice carbonation. Nothing too impressive. Drinkability is good.

Overall, a solid beer. This is a beer I've passed up in stores since...well...ever, and that may have to change. Good stuff.

Photo of ruckus232
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of zenithberwyn
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jackndan
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice Amber color (duh).Thick rocky head, with great Belgian lace. Very rich and creamy mouthfeel, with a smooth malt flavor. Very well balanced, heavily malt, but with a noticeable hops bitterness to avoid the beer being too cloying. Very easy to drink, and very well made.

Photo of seanyfo
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brought back from Kentucky by my good mate Feech!

Bottle poured into shaker pint glass.

A- Dark amber caramel body, with a 1 finger solid head reducing quickly to a crown. Lacing is good to minimal. Clarity is slight haze

S- Lots of toffee! Maybe a little vanilla.

T- Toffee comes through first on the tongue which fades to a more delicate vanilla flavour which lingers. Perhaps finish is a little subdued. No hop presence to speak of really.

M- Low to mod carbonation, medium body, perhaps a little thin.

D- Easily drinkable with a nice malty flavour which is neither overpowering or sticky on the tongue.

Albeit there should be a slight malt dominance, there is really no hop presence to balance the sweetness.

Photo of pearljam118
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of themind
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of magine
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a deep amber color, cloudy and has a thick fluffy white head. Head leaves a patchy lace around the glass. Island head remains throughout. Very good looking amber ale.

Brew smells caramel and yeasty, sweet and subtle. Good stuff.

Brew is smooth and creamy, yeasts, caramel and hoppy fruits can be detected. Tastes and feels smooth clean and balanced. Brew finishes clean and a little dry. Malty and creamy goodness here. Mouthfeel is a little lacking. Very good sessionable brew.

Very good amber ale, tremendous session brew. Another top shelf effort from Bell's, who are among the top breweries right now.

Photo of assman79
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of lochef81
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering pours a deep burgundy color with a small off white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The nose is subtle but pleasant with a nice balance of malt and hops as well as an underlying alcohol note. It sips smooth and clean with a light to medium body. The flavor is pleasant and quite balanced between the sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops. This is definitely a beer that you could sit and drink a number of and enjoy each one. Not particularly complex or remarkable but very balanced and damn good.

Photo of harsley
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of dedrinker
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first sip, there were some lightly caramalized malts, and a nice fresh yeasty aroma, but by the end of the bottle it had become just another decent amber ale in a sea of amber ales designed to be friendly and approachable to those who are new to craft beer. Nothing wrong with that, but I can save a buck and support my local brewer to boot by drinking regular Dominion Ale, which is more of a British Pale Ale, but has more character. So yeah, Um, I'll just go an do that I guess.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BigJim5021
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a gorgeous, cloudy copper color with a slightly rocky white head. The sediment really makes the beer look great. Definitely wasn't expecting something unfiltered with this one.

The smell is nothing to write home about. Slightly sweet and somewhat pleasant, but nothing earth-shattering.

The taste is semi-sweet to begin with. The bottle claims to use mostly pale malts, but it definitely has a caramel malt character to it. There's some nice hop presence in the finish making this a really well-balanced beer.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and much less thin than other ambers that I've had. I really dig that aspect of it.

This stuff is really drinkable. I only bought a single, but I might have to get a sixer sometime in the near future. Bell's is my favorite brewery, and they've definitely got a winner with their flagship beer. Kickass stuff.

Photo of Backer2004
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's just been too long (five years) since I've enjoyed my first and last experience with Bell's. Way before I enjoyed all these styles, I made my way up to the Eccentric Cafe for one of the best beer experiences of my life. The good memories came back with this one. Nice orange copper hue with fruity maltiness that I could not get enough of.

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Caudalie
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a yellow amber with a nice thick off white head with some suspended floaties.

Smell is malty and bready.

Taste is smoothe, malty, toasty with light hops to keep it crisp.

Nice carbonation keeps the mouthfeel full and excellent balance makes this extremely drinkable.

Photo of rodlavers
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Bell's flagship beer and I believe its best seller. Nice hop presence that slightly overtakes the malt in this one. This is not Killian's Irish Red by any means. A red that makes you appreciate a true amber.

-----------Re-rate 8/28/02---------
I've got to bump this beer up. Unlike my earlier review, this beer now seems to exhibit a fantastic balance between malt and hops. You get a full, rich, malty mouthfeel, followed by a very generous, but not overpowering dose of hops. A wonderful beer and one you could drink quite a few of...

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,547 ratings.