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

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87
very good
936 Reviews
Bell's Amber AleBell's Amber Ale
BEER INFO

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

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
Reviews:
936
Ratings:
2,972
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
21.3%
 
 
Wants:
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Gots:
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Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first purchase after Bell's unexpected arrival in NC...haven't tried one of these since the Slint attempt in Chicago

appearance: Pours a low, eggshell white head that has decent retention of the thin layer left behind. The beer is, well, a bright amber in color with a few yeasts floating about.

smell: Grainy pale and light caramel malts. A moderate, papery green hop aroma. Light fruits and light whole grain bread.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium and smooth, and the body a lighter medium.

taste: Flavors of pale and lightly toasted malts give some grainy notes. Not much malt complexity, but distinctly grainy with a touch of sweetness. Light, nondescript hop flavor and a light, cleansing bitterness lingering with some grain in the finish.

drinkability: easy...not an exceptional amber, but rock solid

batch #7748

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Photo of drtth
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a nice medium dark amber or copper color with a 1/8" off white head that recedes quickly to leave a ring of foam and a couple of patches on the surface of the liquid. Sipping leaves only the ring and a couple of small legs of lace. The ring and any speckles of lacing are pretty much gone by half way through the beer.

Smell: The aroma has some soft malt (caramel) with no immediate hop presence but then you become aware of an earthy spicy undertone that moves in and prevents the malt from dominating the aroma

Taste: The flavor starts with sweet caramel and sometimes bready character but then the spicy earthy hops chime in and take over the beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with light carbonation. The long finish starts almost sweet and then slides slowly into a long dry ending in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability: This was a beer I grew to like more and more as I sipped my way through it. At first I thought it would be OK for an occasional beer, but as I finished the beer I came realize it is nicely drinkable. I'll definitely seek this beer out for a few more before I decide if I'd be willing to drink it though out an evening of good food and good conversation with friends. However my suspicion at the moment is that I'll like it better and better the more I have it.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a semi vigorous pour, the brew makes about two fingers of off white cranium, and has a hazy copper colored body.

In the aroma the bready malts arve very detectable, somewhat in the way of a sweet style bread, and there is a slight herbal fragrance too.

Taste wise it's also very much in the way of a sweet bready flavor. Thre is a slight metallic flavor along with an herbal finish.

This is crispy yet a little chewy along with a slight oily slickness. This makes for a good standby to go to for the American Red Ale genre IMO.

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

Hazy orange, light amber in color, with a slightly off white tiny bubble head that shows superior retention and leave some outstanding lace.
Smell: Sweet Malts, biscuits and some caramel. Citric hops, led by orange are evident.
Taste is of maltiness and roasted malts, not as sweet as the aroma. Has a lingering after taste that is dry and tart, very nice.
Malts are thick, chewy
A real nice brew to accompany a good evening meal.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the cask poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- Nice hazy amber-orange with a 1" fluffy white head.

S- Quite balanced. Sweet malts with some floral hops.

T- More balance in the flavor. Sweet up front with some light hops to clean up the finish.

M- Smooth as silk.

D- Very. I would have had many more, if there weren't other great tap selections to try.

Overall- I've had this beer many times from the bottle or a regular tap and thought it was pretty decent. However, it's a whole different experience from the cask. It really seemed to up the smoothness of this beer.

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Photo of eljefe21
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber in color with a two-finger, white, fluffy head. Silky smooth fine lacing coats the sides of the glass. Some fine particles float suspended in the body of the beer.

S: Sweet malt smell up front with hints of hops lurking in the background. Smell is considerably strong for the style.

T: Toffee like sweetness melts in the center of the tongue. Maybe the slightest hint of hops, but just for balance to keep the sweetness in line.

M: A medium bodied beer that's smooth and a bit creamy in the middle. The slightest bit of carbonation on the edges of the tongue.

D: I was looking for something tasty and sessionable as my local beer store tends to stock bigger brews. Coming in just under 6%, this almost fits the bill. It certainly fits the spot taste-wise. A great year round pick.

Served: in an imperial pint glass.

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Photo of thechaacster
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper, the color of a new penny. Nice little foamy head that retains well and leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Malty sweet aroma, with hops taking a back seat. Whole lot of sweet, caramelly, doughy malt up in this beer. Hop bitterness is substantial with floral and slightly citric flavor, not at all overwhelming though. Really well balanced. I definitely wouldn't mind sitting down and sipping a few of these. Definitely a great example of the style.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- light amber in color with a small, quickly vanishing, lacy off white head.

S- strong odor of caramel and toffee like malt and a strong hop presence also. one of the better smelling reds in memory

T- very much the way it smells, which is a good thing. the hops stand out more in the taste than in the smell. great.

M- feels pretty big, while staying creamy.

D- a great example of the style. no wonder this is bells flagship beer. easy to have a couple, but probably no more than that before i wanted something else. check this one out.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very tasty ale. Quite fruity (ala Two Hearted), but not very bitter. If I had access to this, it would be a great quaffer (first time i've used that!). Orangy tint, quite cloudy. Citrus flavors dominate, quite smooth and refreshing. Thanks for the sample, Al.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super Amber Ale!
The pint glass looks great with this beauty in it. Red and amber in hue it looks fantastic.
You can smell the hoppiness and the amber malt.
This amber has an amazing taste and a super smooth finish! I love it!
The mouthfeel is clean, smooth and crisp
This is an extremely drinkable amber, in fact it is my favorite Amber I have ever had!

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Photo of bigpoppacueball
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review: Copper in color, two fingers of head when poured into a room temperature glass. A mild smell, with a pleasant, well balanced flavor and mouth feel with little to no aftertaste. A very good, drinkable American Ale. One of those full flavor very drinkable beers that is not a watered down light but not heavy either.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into my favorite beer drinking glass -

poured a nice auburn red with a two finger head lots of bubbles the lace follows it down the glass -

Smell was clean with citrus - spice .

Taste was very good - hints of hops some citrus also fine malts and little spice -

Goes down easy - very drinkable .

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Photo of Bone53
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance (4.25): Orange amber color with a finger off white head

Smell (4.25): Toasted caramel and toffee with slight floral notes

Taste (4): The flavors do not add up to the promise of the aromas; A bit too subtle for me. It is balanced and tasty though between toasty and sweet

Mouthfeel (4.25): Heavy light body; Extremely smooth! Carbonation is spot on and bitterness is at a minimum

Overall: Good amber ale overall, but it could be a great one if the flavors were amped up a bit. I feel like i need to take a gulp to really taste it, which i do any ways because it is so smooth! Another example of why Bells is a solid brewery

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Photo of adman08
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear amber color with a great amount of creamy white head that leaves very nice lacing.
S-Aroma of sweet bread dough, it smells almost identical to fresh bread dough, very interesting. I detect a hint of baking spice.
T-Good balance of sweet, bready malt and mild hop bitterness.
M-Moderate body, good for the style. Good carbonation. Slightly sweet.
Overall, really great for the style. I think it's a totally overlooked style and I understand, it's not exciting but for the style this beer is excellent. It's one of those beers I could drink all day.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: I was very impressed when I poured this one which I guess I shouldn't have been. This one is amber for sure. Not light or weak but a nice solid color.

S: Probably the weakest point of this beer. A little malt comes through but that's about it. Maybe a little bit of yeast but... Rather light here.

T: Good malty note with a hint of yeast and hops and a nice smooth finish. Brings more than a lager while still being pretty easy to drink.

M: Sits medium light but the carbonation turns it into something very smooth and creamy rather than harsh. Very nice.

A very nice light beer here. Brings some nice flavor to the table but does not overwhelm. Should be good for the average beer drinker as well as people with a more refined taste.

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Photo of ADR
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, this brew wants to "rise", head like a custard with "rocky mountains" in the middle...Its a Bell's, so its murky but mostly grainy. Aroma is slightly orangey with a little vanilla. Nice smell... Very rich taste, malts are big and last to the swallow. A bit of butterscotch, satisfying body but also a bit of acidic hops. Well balanced! Big malt and a little sizzle, it has a lot of hand-pulled draught characteristics.

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Photo of prdstmnky
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*review from notes on 3/04/11*

Batch #10178 (1/4/11)

12oz bottle into a pint glass, a hazy amber body with 2 fingers of off white head that does leave some lacing. A nice array of citrus hops and sweet malts have been apparent from the initial pour. Well balanced on the tongue, the hops are upfront and fairly prominent ... but give them a few seconds as a nice malty finish is coming. Also a great feel to this Amber Ale, medium bodied and maybe a touch under average carbonation, and has a creamy texture - quite nice. I really liked this, another great beer from the folks at Bell's.

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Photo of endincolorado
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Orange-amber with lots of floating sediment and a solid, creamy off-white head. Moderate lace

Smell- Sweet pale malts with fruity esters, bready with light hop bitterness in background.

Taste- Bready malts with caramel and slight biscuit, (almost buttery) flavor. Slight hop bitterness comes out in clean tangy finish.

Mouthfeel- Great creamy mouthfeel, medium body with appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability- Excellent beer to have around the house, well balanced and refreshing. Probably a great session beer.

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Photo of shand
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a mug.

This beer is a very copper color with a ton of visible sediment suspended in the brew. The head was tiny but pillowy, and leaves decent retention on the way down. The smell is mostly sweet malts and grains. The taste on this beer is quite solid for an amber ale. It's a pretty standard affair at first with some well done sweet, pale malts, but then something fruity comes in! I interpret it as something like apples, but I'm sure that's up in the air to what it really is. There's just a little bit of bittering citrus hops in the finish as well. Just a well-composed beer without whacking you in the face with flavor.

The mouthfeel is spot-on as well. It's on the lighter side of medium bodied and about medium carbonation too, it works well with the flavor profile. Which is super-drinkable, by the way. It lends itself to huge gulps, and almost tastes like apple cider if I close my eyes and drink fast. A great beer and a worthy flagship for Bell's. Anyone should be able to enjoy this beer.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy, bright amber color with less than one finger of bubbly white head that disappeared quickly.

The scent was pretty spicy, toasted grain, and notes of floral hops.

The taste was of moderately bitter floral hops, toasty grain, notes of citrus, and spice.

Medium body, smooth and kind of oily feel, moderate carbonation.

Overall a pretty nice, easy drinking beer. Very tasty and well balanced.

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Photo of champ103
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear copper/reddish color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some light sticky lace is left behind.
S: Sweet malt up front. Lightly toasted with some caramel. A unique dark fruity aroma as well. Some plums, pears, even apples.
T: Again, sweet caramel malt. Lightly toasted. Some fruity flavors of pears and apples.
M/D: A medium body that is a little under carbonated for my tastes. A bit thin and watery. Really easy to drink. This is an easy chose for a session beer.

One of the better Bell's offerings that I have had. This is a top notch Amber. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Lots of visible carbonation, even though the dark amber body turns out to be quite cloudy. The cream-colored head is quick to melt.

Smell: Tons of toasty malt, and a very diverse bill. There's cracker, almond, and burnt cream of wheat. A bit of sawdust, caramel, and a dribble of sweet apple cider add both balance and complexity. A yeasty character plays a strong supporting role.

Taste: Appropriately malt forward. Quite toasty, with flavors of warm, whole wheat rolls, mixed nuts, and even a bit of rye. The caramel on the nose makes a bigger impression on the tongue, and is accompanied by a light peach taste. A bit yeasty. Doughy malt dominates the finish and lingers into the aftertaste. The bitterness is no more than moderate, but does well at providing balance. Well done, indeed.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light body with a very high amount of carbonation and a medium dry finish with a bit of a tang to it. The result is incredibly refreshing and extremely drinkable.

Overall: A fine amber ale. The type of beer that is just plain good. Give it to a Budweiser fan to show them that even beers without a ton to dissect are a thousand times better than what they're drinking. This would be my go-to session beer for a day when I just want to lie back and relax.

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Photo of Guzzler78
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite American/Amber Ales.
Pours a cloudy amber. A nice white head that leaves some nice lacing.
Smell of sweet malt and floral hops.
Taste great-nice sweet caramel maltiness balanced with some fruitiness and bitter hops.
Nice light and effervescent mouthfeel.
I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium amber color when poured into a pint glass. Small off-white head with several minutes of retention; good lacing.

S: Nice complexity of malts and hops. Not too aromatic but enjoyable.

T: Malts and hops blend together tipping toward the malty side. The flavors are richly married but not overwhelming. The finish allows the light bitterness of the hops to come through and allows it to be relatively quick and clean.

M&D: Light to medium body and fullness. Little to no separation on the tongue let the flavors stay together all the way down. Smooth.

I really like this one. If you are serving this to a squeamish friend, beware of the sediment on the bottom of the bottle. It made no difference to me whatsoever but there was no mention on the label or I would have poured more carefully. Beautiful ale!

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Photo of Reverand
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a nice hazy amber, orange in color with a nice white head. I was quite impressed with the head retention and the belgian lace that seemed to cling all the way to the bottom.
A nice balance of hops and malt make this beer easy to drink that finished with a nice aftertaste. Can't wait to try the other brews from this brewery.

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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 936 ratings.
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