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

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Bell's Amber AleBell's Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 Profundobaso
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at a bar in Manhattan on 4/19/17.

Look - An archetypal amber ale. Amber in color, light to medium carbonation, and a medium head with some lacing.
Smell - Biscuits, malts, and a hint of hops.
Taste - Taste as it smells: bready, malty, and packed with flavor. Hops are light with a nice floral finish.
Feel - Medium bodied, and just right for an amber ale. Not too boozy. Flavorful, but refreshing enough to still be paired with a meal.
Overall - Excellent beer and a great example of the style, and really quite tasty.

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Photo of mattlerjor
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer was very light and distinct in its color. I had a amber fresh taste to it that tickles your nose when you inhale. I enjoyed the aromas of this beer along with its light fresh taste.

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Photo of kevin3046
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Biscuity smell. Amber color with moderate head and lacing.
Super creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Tastes of malts and citrus with moderate hops background. A good drinkable beer!!! Highly recommend!!!

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Photo of mjurney
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Deep Amber, a little haze. Moderate carbonation. Thick creamy head.

Toasted malts, caramel, brown bread, just a little earthy.

Bready, toasted malts, caramel, brown bread, a little nutty. Hop bitterness is mild, leafy-floral. Slight tartness towards the end. Finish is dry. Medium bodied, smooth, super drinkable.

It's an awesome Amber Ale!

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle dated 11/17/2016

Pours hazy amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like toasted bready malts, caramel, spicy grain, melons, papaya, orange citrus, grapefruit, mild chocolate, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like toasted bready malts, caramel, spicy grain, melons, papaya, orange citrus, grapefruit, mild chocolate, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice amber ale.

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Photo of donspublic
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip, 1/2 finger light tan head, recedes quickly so so lacing. Slightly hazy dark amber in the glass. Smells of roasted grain, some toffee/caramel and slight earthy notes. Taste is initially sweet caramel/toffee, some slight toasted grain that leads into some floral/earthy hops, slight citrus and a clean semi sweet bitter finish, almost crisp. Not much of an amber fan, but this did it for me.

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Photo of dobroblues
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy amber color with a nice off-white head. Ambers always look visually appealing to me. I can smell malt, caramel, a hint of citrus, biscuit, and apple. The malt is upfront when tasting and a nice earthy bitter finish that builds for a little after swallowing. The two worlds sweet and bitter meld wonderfully together. The mouthfeel is a bit disappointing. It feels thinner than it should, leaving me with a feeling of wanting a little more from this part of the experience. Overall, a good brew and true to the amber style. I would definitely have again.

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Photo of crwrunner
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The smell of this beer is moderatley hoppy with a slight malt and Carmel aroma. The flavor is very balanced with a good tasting hop flavor up front followed by more of the caramel voting through in the finish. I don't typically enjoy Amber ales but this one is well made and will drink it again.

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Photo of puck1225
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Hazy golden brown color with a nice initial head and good lacing. Apple smell at the start with A subdued earthy smell to follow. The taste is malty with a pleasant woodsy after taste. A good beer.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color, white bubbly head. Streak lacing. The aroma is toasted malt and grain. Herbal and bread notes as well. The flavor is bread malt, light citrus and hints of caramel with herbs. A hops bitterness in the crisp, clean finish. A very nice beer overall.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rich amber in color, mostly opaque. One finger of white head with moderate retention. Aroma is quite nice - malt, sourdough, bread, slight caramel, and earthy/piney hops. Nicely balanced on taste, the sweet malts and hop presence complement each other very well. Pine, spice, earthiness pop more from the hops on taste. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and very smooth. Slightly dry finish. A well done, well balance Amber Ale.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy amber with a one finger creamy white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is bready malts, caramel and light piney hops.

T - The taste is caramel malts, brown bread, piney hops and some black tea notes throughout.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel.

O - A nice refreshing amber. The flavors are clean and bright.

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Photo of Buck89
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. A fairly hazy amber-orange color with a frothy off-white head. The foam had nice staying power and nice lacing. The nose was more prominent than expected (old beer) with oranges, some floral notes, and brown bread. The malts were front and center on the palate, with some caramel, toast, bread, and faint citrus and floral notes. Clean, slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: Hazy orange with an off-white 2.5 finger head. Excellent head retention lasts the whole beer through.

Smell: Fruity ester over a complex bed of malts and hops.

Taste: Good but not as much going on here as the nose would suggest. Malts up front followed by moderate hop bitterness. Reminds me of the way Yuengling used to taste.

Feel: Thin without being watery, moderately high carbonation. Goes down very easily.

Overall: A very good ale. The only fault I can find is the slight disconnect between the nose and the taste.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Copper red color, semi-transparent with a hint of haze, white head, thin, persistent wisps, and no lacing.

S - Lemon flavored tea notes, a bit of minerality, a hint of pine and mint.

T - Follows the nose in the open, with a tea-like herbaceous quality, lemon and zest, a malty caramel core, and a mildly bitter back end.

M - Crisp, with a light feel and a dry close.

O - Quite drinkable, pleasant flavors, but not terribly exciting.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a toasted orange color with tons of yeast sediment floating around in the glass and an off white one finger head.

Aroma is of slightly roasted malted grains, akin to sweet Connecticut tobacco and caramel, with gentle honeysuckle and candied apple undertones.

Flavor is modest and not in your face, although quite sweet even for an amber ale. Sugary with notes of caramel and tangy red apples, but with delicate roasted, smokey undertones. I'm getting notes of strawberry shortcake, vanilla cream, red apples, caramel and toasted english muffins.

Feel is light and crisp. Soft body with moderate carbonation. Sweet and unbalanced, except by a moderately bitter smokey hint of malted grain. Alcohol is noticeable for a 5.8%er.

Overall: Very sweet and rich. Light but sugary with roasted notes. I wouldn't want to session this, though I could see this pairing well with food. Not my favorite amber ale. Malty with slight notes of cherries, apples and toasted bread.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass. 29 August 2016 packaging date.

Pours with a deep amber colored body topped by a rather weak head that leaves better lacing than expected. Near equal bitter/sweet balance with sufficient malt flavor. More flavorful and lasting aftertaste than expected given what comes before.

Medium body with medium-light carbonation. Somewhat powdery finish(?).

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darker cloudy Amber colored ale with nice wit head that retains fairly well. Smell of hops, citrus and caramel. This is a fine hoppy brew. Slick almost oily texture with medium body. Great after taste. Another great offering from Bell's. Yes please.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A darker shade of amber thats for sure. Head in the 1" range, off white, good retention. Overall a solid appearance of this amber ale. Aroma really kicked down as much citrus as I can remember in an amber ale.

This is a hoppy amber ale. Its not juicy like the nu NE ipa craze, but it imparts citrus sweetness. Its good stuff, not line up in the rain kind of good, but its plenty serviceable and significantly better than average. Usual caramel malt notes.

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Photo of Squire123
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance of shimmering medium amber gold with white cap and good lacing.

Aroma is made up of rich caramel malt marching forth with hops singing in the background.

Flavor is rich, rounded and a bit voluptuous yet somehow restrained. Like the St. Pauli Girl, it shows just enough. A pleasant toffeeish malt taste first and building on that is a feeling as if the taste is expanding outward, yet staying on the same path. Hops join in the fun just before mid palate then grow along with the larger flavor to the end. Finish is clean with a receding richness in the aftertaste that fades quickly leaving absolutely no bitterness in it's wake.

Texture is medium and silky.

Overall this one needs no tinkering, it's just fine, leave it alone. Well rounded, old school, gold medal category everyday ale. Complex enough for comment, approachable for drinkers of any level and adaptable to any occasion that calls for a beer. Just darn good stuff.


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Photo of nausicaa-taos
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I wish I could have this color painted on my living room wall. Complex, yet easy and not over imposing. A perfect amber in a world of very imperfect ambers.

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Photo of BigGold
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, label stamped "PKGD 03/19/16," into faceted mug. Lighter in body than a lot of amber ales, this is a very drinkable take on the style.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Cloudy caramel-colored copper color with specks of residue(?). A light cream colored head that recedes to a swirly light film. Light watery lines of lacing.

Aroma: Light caramel, toasted grains, buttered toast, subtle tea leaves.

Taste: Soft sweet malts up front with toffee and caramel followed by light hop bitterness in the form of black tea tanginess.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: All the things I look for in an amber: sweet, toasty, with a tangy hop finish.

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Photo of Craig-er
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Tasted this at a pizza joint. In a 12oz bottle with an art design label. Poured with a nice head and lacing. Taste was full with toasty notes. This pairs well with food.

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Photo of plumberman63
2.92/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours nice dark caramel amber. has nutty caramel malty aroma and taste with a hint of coffee. better from bottle than from a glass in my opinion. gets rid of some of the coffee flavor.

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