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

I had this beer on tap at the Clearbrook country club in Saugatuck, Michigan.

A: clear reddish amber, gorgeous, thick, long-lasting tan head, great cap and lacing.

S: heady vanilla and oak mixed with caramel malt, some herbal and woody notes, metallic note.

T: tons of vanilla and caramel up front, the middle has plenty of woody oak, butter (diactyl?), cherries, and earthiness, the finish is long, herbaceous, and woody.

M: light to medium-weight, silky, low carbonation.

D: I felt like I was back in London drinking this lovely cask ale!

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

a- beautiful reddish cloudy appearance with a nice white head in the mug, plus some tiny little floaty chunks.

s- not much of a scent compared to the flavor.

t- big bright malty yummyness!! I am sad that I only had the one bottle. Next time I head north I will look for this beer again!

m/d- I really enjoyed this beer. Felt great going down and finished really clean.

A friend from work brought me this beer that he bought in St. Louis, it isn't usually available in New Orleans. Thanks dude!! This is the kind of beer I really like.

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

App: Not a strong amber color but nice a semi active head but nice all around

Smell: Fall smelling. Nice hints to make of a mid autumn spice good brew cant wait for the sip

Taste mouth feel: Good mouthfeel. Slight hints of fruit and spice nice over all. Slight hoppy after taste just enough to let you know they were there

Drinkability: A good pairing for Indian. had this with Indian style meat loaf was fantastic. A good beer for higher surroundings

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

Another fine beer by the Bell's brigade. Man, I really loved this amber, I thought the taste was amazing and everything about it just says impecably yummy.
Color is cloudy/creamy pale yellowish amber gold, very gem-like, never have I seen an amber like this. Head was small and off-white, faded slowly leaving some tight lacy patches.
Smell is faint, very clean, a bit sweet and fruity, very soft and pleasant.
Taste is very crisp and clean with a perfectly balanced combo of mild fruity hop and sweet malt. Oh, the finish is what got me going and wanting more, its a deep, earthy, even smokey, little pleasure that just gets slightly dry, and is just so smooth the whole way through its amazing. I just wanted to keep drinking it. Feel is a full-medium bodied delight, very nicely light and clean with that spectacular finishing quality I just had a weakness for. Great stuff!

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

Dark copper color and a tall but delicate off-white head that recedes to slippery bubbles around the glass. Smells like toasty malts, sweet malt and maybe a little plummy. The taste is a nice, round mouthful of toasted grain closing out with a bitter twinge that is a hair peppry.

Rich without feeling heavy. I could work my way through several of these without feeling overwhelmed or like I compromised for endurance sake. Welcome to the rotation, Bell's Amber.

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Photo of seh410
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Randy (randjuke) for this brew :)

Appearance: Beautiful opaque amber color with a thin, fizzy white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves little islands of thin foam on the top. This beer is really pretty - the amber is so vivid: reddish-orange at the top of the glass and yellow-orange at the base.

Aroma: It smells very sweet but balanced: warm toasted malts and caramel with maybe just the tiniest bit of piney hops in the way back

Taste/Mouthfeel: Taste is similar to the nose - lots of sweet malts and caramel on toast - but with a more pronounced bitterness. The mouthfeel is full and chewy, on the creamy side with very little carbonation

Notes: Very drinkable. The beer is balanced: not too sweet, not too bitter, and certainly not too heavy. I'd drink it again for sure.

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

On tap at Ballantine in Willoughby, Ohio a few hours ago. Poured into a clean, clear pint. From notes on the menu: "Slightly sweet flavor copper color."

A Minimal head but with big bubbles, light brown. Body is a new penny copper color. Looks nice.

S Not much smell. What there was revealed a light amber malt smell with maybe some sweetness to the nose. Nice.

T Nice gentle amber (medium malt) bite with the sweetness that was described in the menu description. Really quite pleasant and true to style.

M Light with just a bit of medium malt amber bite to keep it from being too light.

D Really good. I could have 4 to 5 of these without much trouble at all.

Notes: Nice, light amber. True to style and very drinkable.

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Photo of kkohler5
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This Bell's beer pours to a beautiful red color with some cloudiness. The head was off white and just about 2 fingers and rolls down the glass with every sip. The smell was malty with a very smooth taste. I loved this beer from the first sip and will purchase many more.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The flagship of Bells,pours a medium amber color with a nice medium sticky head,the aroma is is sweet with a good hop presence.A very nice balanced ale starts out malty sweet and fruity with a nice hop bitterness in the finish.A personal favorite and easy to find when Iam home in Michigan.

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Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now appearing in a kitchen near me, thanks to Brent. Hazy, opaque apricot color with a thick orangey-beige head that settles in for the duration. Interesting aroma of sweet malt with a distinctive banana smell. Some hints of candy as well. Very thick and creamy mouthfeel, with big fat rings of lace stuck to the inside of the glass. Flavor is full, but balanced with malt, a bit of hops, and lingering pine and orange peel. Excellent beer, with lots of character for an amber.

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Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy copper. The head pours pretty nicely and retains itself well, leaving patches of sticky lacing in rings.
The first thing on my nose is malt, then I get some toasted grains followed by hops. Citrus notes finish.
The taste really follows suit. It's a well-balanced brew that incorporates some complex hops flavors with some malt and natural malt sweetness with a little citrus bite and even some nice buttery biscuit notes come out in the toasty grains. Nice.
The body is medium with a nice crisp carbonation. Pretty smooth.
A great brew and a great option for a sessional.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid offering, I can see why it is the flagship ale. Nice amber color and a decent head. The taste was more on the lines of a pale ale than an amber. Hints of fruit, a good malt base and a surprise hop effect in the background. Quite tastey, overall.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's just been too long (five years) since I've enjoyed my first and last experience with Bell's. Way before I enjoyed all these styles, I made my way up to the Eccentric Cafe for one of the best beer experiences of my life. The good memories came back with this one. Nice orange copper hue with fruity maltiness that I could not get enough of.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bold, clear amber with a thin head and lace lasting to the end. It's aroma is of sweet, roasted malt, dough, pine and straw. The flavor is fruity with notes of roasted nuts, bread crust, and a hint of toffee in the background. There's a smooth hop bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium. Bells Amber Ale is a good brew, refreshing and very drinkable. Recommended!

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Photo of biggred1
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy,dark bronze with tons of suspended yeast.Creamy tan head,leaves lots of thick rings on the glass.

S-Caramel malt and floral hops dominate the nose.

T-Fruity but not too sweet,very complex.Well balanced between smooth malty flavors and hop bitterness.

M-Good medium smooth mouthfeel.

D-Pretty high on the drinkability scale.This may be the best american amber I've had,usually a boring style in my opinion.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle (packaged on 7/12/2013) into a nonic pint glass.

A fluffy eggshell-white head formed on top of a hazy dark-orange body.

Toasty malts stand out in the nose. Minor hints of citrus also come out.

This amber ale is very well balanced. A sweet malty taste blends in perfectly with very mild hops. The subtle citrus flavors from the hops leave a mild tangy feeling in the mouth.

Overall: This is an Amber Ale done right. I find it hard to crown a beer the "best" of its style but Bell's certainly competes for a top spot in my book. It is very easy to enjoy a few of these on a mild autumn afternoon... or anytime for the ambitious ones.

Bottom Line: If you are a fan of Amber Ales, go out and find this. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a bright, crystal clear copper coloring, with a thin ring of film for head. The nose is a very pleasant, mouth watering toasted caramel smell. In mouth, the beer has slightly sour caramel flavors riding on a mild bitter hopped backbone. Round and slightly oily in mouth, with a slick finish. Toasty and sour aftertaste, with lingering bitter and sour flavors in the finish. Decent beer, but not mind blowing. Very easy to drink, and drink lots of.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy amber colored liquid with a smallish off-white head. No retention or lacing.

Smell: Bready, sweet pale malt aroma, vaguely buttery. Quite interesting. No real hop presence on the nose.

Taste: Very clear cut pale malt flavor. Bready and sweet with some nice buttery tastes as well. Faint hops on the finish. Hefe-like clove in the background.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, yet light in body. Very smooth and quite refreshing.

Drinkability: I can see why this is their flagship beer. Probably one of the best sane session beers I've had, second only to Oberon. If you need to show someone what pale malt tastes like, begin with this.

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Photo of carolynschaf
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a smooth ale. It is woodlike with nut and maple notes. Bell's started their brewery with this beer. It is one of the best food beers because it goes with everything.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from Aug 19, 2008
I love the way this glows in my glass,kind of a copper penny color,kind of a thin white head but I poured it pretty carefully,dont want to spill any eh. Smells of sweet roasted malt, bread,toast,and mild hops,Taste,Oh my gosh is this stuff good, I could drink myself into a stooper every night on this stuff.Flavors of sweet malt and hops with kind of a sweet woody finish like candy,could I have another please ? THANK YOU Mr BELL.

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