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

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BEER INFO

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

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,721
Reviews:
980
Ratings:
3,140
pDev:
11.98%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
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Ratings: 3,140 |  Reviews: 980
Photo of IPAcraig
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying this beer whilst sitting outside in my side yard before I go to see "Dracula" at the Tallahassee Little Theatre.

Poured into my Newcastle pint glass to reveal a foggy dark orange with a one finger head, that held reasonably well due to the stream of bubbles going up the side of the glass.

Nice aroma. I get sweet malts. But also a good bit of fruit and a faint earthiness. A touch of sourness comes through upon the swirl of the glass. It has a bit of a Belgian smell to it .. just a bit.

The taste leaves something to be desired after a wonderful aroma. Still a very nice flavor, though. A typical amber, nicely malty, with only the tiniest toasted flavor ... no hops or bitterness present.

Medium carbonation and body.

Very drinkable and quite enjoyable. Remarkable smell, predictable taste.

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Photo of donspublic
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Fmontana93
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Fatty_Mccracken
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, Batch 8259, bottled 12/5/2007. Served in a snifter, the beer pours an amber/orange color with a very small off-white head. Head retention and lacing is average. Aroma is a bit light, it smells like caramel and toasted malt. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes like caramel/toasted malt, citrusy hops, and biscuit/bread/grain. Finishes with a slight bitter aftertaste. It's a mostly malty sweet tasting brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium with average carbonation. There's some substance to this brew, it's not thin or watery. Drinkability is pretty good, it's smooth and easy to drink. It's good choice as a session beer. I think this is a good beer, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of AaronRed
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very inviting looking beer. Nice amber hue, just perfect for fall. Hops are present, as is a clean malty flavor. There is something very simple about this beer, but there is a rich hop note that clings to your tongue. Very easy to drink and could be one of those "anytime" beers.

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Photo of Phatz
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is certainly a flagship beer for Bell's and in as much is a mainstream-ish Amber that makes for a very approachable and easy amber ale.

Appearance: Pours a murky rusty color with a creamy off white head and decent lacing.

Smell: Butterscotch pineapple and orange pleasantly tease the senses.

Taste: It has a buttery citrus and malty flavor like a pineapple and angel food; cake fluffy maltiness. The presence of yeast and cake bread and more hops is a brilliant swirl of flavors. The after taste lasts and lasts.

Mouthfeel: Medium / full body with moderate carbonation but lot of spicy prickles at the cheeks and a slick easy center.

Drinkability: No doubt this is an easy drinker. I finished mine before I could even get these note written. I would say this is an ideal party beer. Light in the stomach but full in the mouth.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of YoungMtn52
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this one as part of a mixed six-pack at Fairway...heard good things about this Michigan brew and was not disappointed...also got the Oberon and liked this one better...nice crisp clean taste with pleasant hoppy notes...will look for this one again.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Morey
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, let me just say that I dig the artwork on the bottle which is going to factor into my appearance grade.

This beer is more of a hazy orange color than red/amber. Some sediment, but it is very tiny and insignificant. Decent off-white head that settles to a thin lace after a couple of minutes. Head has some pretty decent stick.

Smells similar to some wheat beers that I've tried with whiffs of grain and citrus fruits.

Taste is a bit like an Ipa mixed with a wheat beer. Hops are very noticable, but not overpowering (although they do linger a bit though...which I like).

Mouthfeel is thin-medium with a bitey carbonation which enhances the bitterness a touch.

Drinkability is great due to low alcohol content and nice balance.

Morey's Bottom Line: This would be a great summer beer for me. I've had better examples of the style, but this would have to be the most sessionable one that I've tried. It's really more of an Amber/Wheat if you ask me. Try one and see.

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Photo of BeerHonky
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange/amber. A bit of very fine sedimet is floating around. Bubbly white head, about two fingers worth.. Smell's of faint hops and sweet malt. Very refreshing smelling. It makes me want to take a huge gulp as the first taste. Fairly sweet malt flavor with well balanced hop flavor. Very little bitterness. It seems like the sweetness might be sticky, but a nice crisp carbonation seems to scrub it clean. Excellent smooth, but crisp mouthfeel. You can easily drink three or four of these. After drinking so many stouts and IPA's this winter, this has been an awesome change. A perfect example of a simple beer that can please any craft beer enthusiast.

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Photo of magicmoose66
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottling code printed clearly.

This is the first of several forthcoming Bell's reviews. They don't sell Bell's here in Colorado, so before I moved here I bought a bottle or two of several varieties. And since I just moved, I am broke, so Bell's is all I'll be drinking for a little while. Life's hard sometimes.

a: Deep gold body, cream colored head.

s: Pale malt and earthy hops.

t: Caramel, biscuity malt, is paired with slightly piney, predominantly floral hops. The flavor doesn't blow you away, but the balance brings you back for more.

m: Medium body, appropriate carbonation. A smooth brew.

d: It seems like many amber ales are watery, bland beers that primarily exist to offer BMC drinkers their first taste of "craft." This is not a typical amber ale, this is a more worthy amber ale that offers an above average hop profile and a pretty damn tasty session beer.

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Photo of zulufactor
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- slightly murky rich gold color with a light but fairly tall white head

S- Mainly citrusy hops but with some nutty and malty notes

T- Start with a orange and pine bite followed by nutty goodness form the malts with an straw note that lingers

M- good carbonation coats the mouth well

A good beer that is very well balanced. It would defiantly appeal to all types of taste.

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Photo of thain709
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 palate...now 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 +3.6%
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 +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MrJuengling
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Drew966
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +3.6%
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 +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Transatlantic
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CrellMoset
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +3.4%
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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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,140 ratings
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