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

very good
3,101 Ratings
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 thain709
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy amber body...a solid one inch off white head...great lacing

S - Not too impressive here...just some sweet citrus smells

T - I was surprised here...right off the bat I tasted the citrus hops...they were present throughout my entire towards the end of my glass the malts started shining through...the taste then produced a caramel covered hop...delicious

M - Medium bodied...creamy and smooth

D - Another solid brew from Bell's...I really liked how well rounded this beer was...I could drink this beer all day

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Photo of genog
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange cloudy mixture with some bubbly head that never really amounts to much. Maybe its because I had a batch 8000 before this, but I smell the spices of coriander, and ginger, as well as some pepper. Taste is smooth and lightly carbonated with some copper type of taste that is smoothed over by sweet malt. Another great offering from Bells.

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Photo of OldSmaug
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MrJuengling
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Drew966
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Amber Ale pours a copper color with a white head from a brown bottle. There is a mild, malty aroma. The flavor is superbly well balanced. Toasted malt is evenly matched with hops, the malt is more prevalent in the finish leaving a caramel flavor. They call this the flagship of their line, and for good reason. This is an excellent, highly sessionable beer. Recommended.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz undated bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a very appealing looking cloudy amber/orangey color. Large fluffy and thick white head that leaves some lacing on the glass
S: Sweet and malty with some fruity hints. Nothing that strong or persistent that jumps out at me, but pleasant
T: At first very sweet from malt and finishes with a strong hoppy/bitter flavor with some citrus flavors. Taste lingers for a long time
M: Medium bodied and creamy, very rich and smooth.
D: I like this a lot, very flavorful and great mouthfeel, but not too overpowering. Definitely would have this again.

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Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Transatlantic
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Determined419
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrellMoset
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i am 90% positive that Bell's Amber was the first Bell's beer i ever had when i moved back to the midwest...i think i bought some cheesy midwest microbrewery sampler that was probably quite overpriced

anyways, batch 8023, single, riley's

appearance: poured into a Bell's pint glass of course...copper-amber body with a foamy beige head, strong stream of bubbles throughout, lots of yeast also present

smell: aroma is that of which an amber should be - fruity and bready, caramel, apple cider

taste: the "flagship" of bells - maybe so, maybe not. sweet apple, caramel malts, toasted nut. still one of my favs of the style

mouthfeel: smooth, medium body

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mooseisloose
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of red licorice and a slight bit of butterscotch. Pours to a slightly red light brown color with a multi-sized bubble head. Taste is again some red licorice, beer laces nicely on the glass. Very well balanced ale. Great body, silky smooth mouthfeel. Taste is neither sweet nor bitter, but both. A little more malty in the front end and slightly more bitter at the finish. Not overly bitter, though with malts coming through tarty at the very end. Very drinkable, tasty brew.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 7691, bottled October 10 (18 days between bottling and it's introduction to the Iowa market!).

This is a good beer. One of the better Amber ales I've had. I can certainly see why it is the flagship beer, though I've been under the impression it was Two Hearted.

This beer pours to an Amber color [surprise!] with golden hues. A little bit hazy, though I think I got some of the sediment in the glass. Has a solid white head that stays at just over a millimeter after it finally recedes, leaving a great lacing as it moves down. There is a light to moderate carbonation apparent. Looks good aside from the haze.

The smell is good. Nice and biscuity malt with some flowery hops. Bubblegummy esters. The taste is just as good, and very similar to the nose. (sidenote: reminds me of a recent homebrew, though lower in gravity and more biscuity; incidently we were going for an APA "clone" of Two Hearted IPA.)

Nice body with a creamy mouthfeel. Very crisp with a biscuity malt and flowery hops finish. I could, and probably will, session on this beer.

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Photo of Reneejane
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer was poured with a thick off white head. The color was a light amber color that was slightly cloudy. The aroma was of a citrusy/fruity hop. The taste was yeasty with an estery taste with a bit of a fruity hop kick. It finished with a slightly sweet, yet slightly bitter flavor. But it leaves the mouth quite clean.

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Photo of Jerone
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber in color with a one finger cream colored head that fades to nothing relatively quick, very little lacing.

S - Slightly sweet malt flavor mixed with a touch of floral and citrus hops, some biscuity aromas in there too.

T - malts > hops, some sweet lightly toasted malts that have a biscuit and toasted bread flavor, with a touch of floral and citrus hops in there. The finish starts out with some hop bitterness but fades to a lingering flavor of malts.

M - Light body with low carbonation.

O - A solid beer that tastes good and is quite enjoyable, I would recommend it. I also wouldn't recommend going out of your way for it because imho there are slightly better amber ales that can be found quite easily.

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Photo of unit555
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber beer that pours with a deep rich copper color. The head looks almost "delicate" and rapidly disapepars but leaves a nice persistent lace ont he side of the glass that lasts the whole way to the bottom.

The aroma is prominent with hops and a sweetness. The taste nice and it is an easy drinking beer. There is a big taste that I am having trouble putting a finger on. It's not asweet per se but it is a tatste I associate with sweet.

As with other beers in the Bells line the flavors are long lasting and the beer is well crafted.

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Photo of Suds
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one on a recent business trip, with a heavy potato sausage dinner. It appears as an amber, hazy liquid with a thin, but firm and lasting white head. Aroma is very pleasing…malty and doughy, ripe fruit, and a little butterscotch. Caramel and some flowery hops. Foretaste is a little sweet, with a solid malt flavor. Hops really come out in the mid-taste and the beer finishes with a notable bitterness. It was a very nice accompaniment to my meal…exactly what I imagine in a drinkable, flavorful ale.

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Photo of dmarch
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The lable states that this is the flagship beer of Bell's and it's easy to see why. Nothing fancy. It just tastes like a beer, only a good beer making it an excellent cross-over beer for the people looking to convert swill-drinkers. It has an orange-amber color with a head that slowly dissappears. There are flavors of toasted malt and very slight hops. It's mostly the maltly sweetness that dominates here.

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Photo of devilmakesthree
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Achiaverini
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A cloudy amber color with sediment floating around. Thick head with good retention.

S: A bready grain smell with hints of citrus (oranges/lemon). Very vague hints of caramel.

T: Strong flavoring of malts. Not overly bitter taste. Some notes of citrus.

M: Leaves a light crisp taste on the tonuge. Moderately carbonated.

D: A really well put together amber. It is a rich and complex beer that comes together nicely.

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Photo of Lerxst
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours copper with a small head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing.

S-Malty sweetness with caramel notes, a bit of citrus hops as well.

T-Malt, some caramel, biscuits and a nice but subdued citrus hop bite on the back end.

M-Smooth light/medium body with decent carbonation thats not overly done. A bit of an oily finish.

D-This one went down easily and I could do another if I wanted.

A solid, yet not outstanding offering from Bells.

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Photo of lsrose
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 10159

A - Beer pours a medium darkness amber color. Some head, but it quickly dissipates.

S - First and main thing i smelled when I opened this beer, french fries!

T - Pretty good tasting amber ale. Would like more depth and flavors though.

M - Pretty lite but a bit of a bite.

O - Overall pretty good, but doesn't stand above other good amber ales.

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Photo of baos
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes: Up in Michigan.

A: Served in pint glass. Nice copper color with the slightest hint of haze. No head to speak of and minimal lacing.

S: Bit of grainy malts. With a bit of herbal clover hops.

T: Yum. This beer kicks in with malts then is balanced out with the Fuggle and Cascade hoppiness. Very nice.

M: Nice medium feel with an almost creamy carbonation.

D: Very drinkable brew. I would've had more but so many more brews here to try and on TAP!

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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,101 ratings.
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