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

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,101 Ratings
Bell's Amber AleBell's Amber Ale
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
Ratings:
3,101
Reviews:
967
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
563
For Trade:
2
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Photo of bruachan
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from heinen's in hudson

copper color with some sediment in suspension, though it slowly settles out. i question the condition of my glass, so i'll give the head the benefit of doubt: i had a collar...sounds like others saw lasting foam. sweet caramel nose with some flowery hops and brown sugar
caramel taste, too. and a slight butterscotch finish to go along with the lingering bitterness. very little hop flavor

hopback is my existing benchmark for ambers, but this has a nice focus on the sweetness, with enough hops to show through. i love munich malts...mmm. i also love the texture of this beer: the munich gives it a great chance to stick around while your tastebuds do their thing

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Photo of deepsouth
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a nice clear amber with a thin pale head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. the nose is surprisingly full. not sure why i'm surprised, but i am. citrus notes and floral notes abound in the nose. some faint malt notes as well. the taste is agressive but pleasing. this is really a full flavored amber ale. much tastier than i was expecting, consistent with the nose. the mouthfeel is what i expect from an amber ale and i could drink these all night.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a straight pint glass. Bottled on 05/22/14

A- Pours a hazy medium amber with a two finger slightly off white head.

S- Light spiciness, light banana, sweet bready notes.

T- Light flavors of sweet bread, light spiciness, very light pine, finishes with a light raisin bread flavor and a very mild bitterness.

M- Very easy drinking beer, a great beer to have 2-3 in a sitting, like I'm doing now. Still has some a nice full mouthfeel for a beer with a lighter flavor.

O- This beer is special to be as it is the first craft beer I was exposed to when I was a kid and saw adults drinking things that weren't BMC products. I really enjoy this beer as a nice sessionable malty beer and I also enjoy the history of this beer as it was Larry Bell's flagship offering back in 1985.

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Photo of Ristaccia
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roman5150
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

bottle into Duvel glass

appearance: cloudy burnt orange with a dark amber hue, 1 finger white head, not too much lacing. very nice looking beer.

smell: bready, citrus, floral, sweet malt, some rye, subtle corn flavor (think macro lagers, but don't interpret that the wrong way, this actually has a somewhat decent aroma, albeit not superb).

taste: Has similarities to a lager or a pils, lots of bready notes, but with a sweeter more emphasized malt bill. The hops are pretty earthy and resinous, but takes a back seat to the malt profile. Very drinkable, highly refreshing and smooth, hardly any bitterness at all. The overall taste is a well balanced earthy, bready, malt favored brew that hit's the spot.

mouthfeel: medium to high carbonation, medium to thin body

overall: A highly drinkable beer from Bell's, also their first beer I think as well. Probably their most accessible, I'd find it hard for someone to not like this, yet it doesn't have any super complex flavor profiles to make it super interesting. But that's what their goal was, make a great well balanced beer that you can enjoy in almost situation. I wouldn't say seek it out, but it's widely available and cheap and you will not be disappointed. Perfect summer beer.

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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 rangerred
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours easily and settles into a thin white head, prevalent lacing, is moderately carbonated,and It's nearly clear.

S: A good solid bready malt aroma with caramel and bready character. It also provides an alcohol smell to a small measure.

T: The malt just provides so much presence on my pallet, with smooth and rich spectrum of flavors. Those flavors include caramel, nut and some burnt flavors. A clean finish with only a hint of hop character.


F: A full malt body that provides depth and a mouthfeel that does not come up short.

O: Another great beer among many other great beers from Bell. It's hard to find a significant criticism of this beer, and certainly, if you like a full bodied malt beer with excellent smoothness, and isn't a stout or porter, you cannot go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of etenbus
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured 3/4" of pillowing head atop a copper-orange, hazy glow.

The aroma is appealing. There is plenty of fruit in there: raisins, apricots, and a little citrus, although the citrus (tangerine?) is not from the hop footprint. In fact, there's not a large hop presence here on the nose.

The taste backbone has some malt in the center. It goes down smooth, and, wham, there is a surprising hop bite at the end. The ale finishes very dry for an amber. Perhaps Bell's got some of the flavor hops for their super hoppy IPA (Two-Hearted) mixed in with this one; it's almost a hybrid. It almost finishes like one of the super dry Belgian ales, like Orval.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and, while this was a noisy beer on the pour, the carbonation is subdued. I rate the drinkability high due to the wonderful appearance, pleasant taste, and hop flavor.

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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 psmillig
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy light amber with lots of bubbles and particles. Two-finger, creamy white head that lasted a few minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Malt, caramel, dark fruit, some hops. But, overall, it was difficult to smell anything.

T: Moderate sweetness and mild hop bitterness. Kind of a nutty, earthy hop finish, which I liked.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Kind of creamy. Very refreshing.

O: This Amber ale is really drinkable, and I loved everything about it, but I do with it had a bit more of an aroma. Still, one of my new favorites.

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Photo of Gemini6
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mmmbeer
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, batch 7713, which, according to the website, was packaged on 11/1/06. Sampled on 11/29, so it doesn't get much fresher than this. It pours an unfiltered caramel/amber with high carbonation and a voluminous head that is craggy as it recedes, leaving good lacing. It smells of juicy fruits (mainly white grapefruit) along with some sweetness, but it's a bit light. On the palate there are pale and caramel/toasted malts, grapefruit, mango, pineapple, oily/perfumy, pine, and possible Curacao hops along with a touch of yeast. The caramel quality really strengthens as it warms. It is tingly, yet medium and smooth on the palate, leaving a medium finish but thinning a bit as I progress. Overall a pretty good amber that would make for a good session.

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Photo of DavyJones
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Bitzer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bdkucharski
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Outchillen
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a perfect pint glass. Thanks to Kidwell for loading up his trunk over Thanksgiving.

A nice cloudy orange amber. Thick hoppy looking head, that sticks around to lace the glass.

Smells a little Earthy-hoppy, with a bit on the floral side, and some citrus-fruity notes as well.

Great balance of a light citrus sweet kick and a very mild bittering hop. Not too overpowering in either direction.

Mouthfeel is a bit thicker, almost chunky for a Pale Ale, but it works. It seems almost creamy.

Very drinkable, though the heavy creamy feel might get in someone's way (not mine).
As always, I find myself impressed with Bells, and wishing it were easier to get in Massachusetts.

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Photo of Chris_Panos
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Andrew_Rios122
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of donunrue
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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