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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 RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty clouded orange-ish brown amber. Slight leafy nose. Seems very calm though. The flavor really brings it here. Even and firm bodied. Consistently earthy woody tones. Feel is very well bodied on the liquid and a good carbonation as well. I'm calling this as a good example of the style and an overall good brew to try.

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Photo of praufs01
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Cloudy amber with a creamy off white head.

Aroma - Light caramel and floral aroma.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied ale with light small bubble carbonation.

Taste - Very light grapefruit hop on a nicely subdued caramel backbone.

Overall - This is a smooth and refreshing ale. Light in taste, but not watery or weak in character.

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Photo of jayrod20
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious copper colored ale with a hearty malt flavor that goes down smooth as water.Nice aftertaste and no carbonation gives an enjoyable experience from the moment it hits your tongue to the moment it hits your stomach.Highly recommended I will be buying this ale again!!!!

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Photo of ngandhi
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Along the lines of a malty pale ale, Bell's Amber is a fantastic balance of malt and hops. Cascadey, but milder like Willamette, the hop aroma and tongue are fleetingly bitter, floral, but without the perfume of Two Hearted. This must have been designed to be a session ale and, indeed, it is. I had a pitcher to myself with Mexican food at Fiesta Cafe in Champaign, IL (only 8.00).

Highly recommended, this is certainly unlike any bock. The opening is malty and sweet with a hop bitterness and the finish lightly crisp, bitter, and still malty. Toffee. Consistent and entirely enjoyable. This might be my favorite Bell's brew.

Drink it.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six-pack of the Amber Ale at The Happy Cat 2 in Athens, OH.

Appearance: hazy orange-copper color (not much of an amber color); nice 1" white head on the pour
Smell: maybe some citrus, a little bit of hops
Taste: nice; a nice balanced flavor; a decent amount of hops with some citrus flavor
Mouthfeel: medium bodied
Drinkability: very good, you can have a few in a night

Overall, an impressive beer. This would be a great session beer.

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Photo of dmfrench
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A sweet, creamy, earthy and delicious American Amber.


A: Beautiful copper/orange body, filled with fine particulate and percolating bubbles, crowned with a persistent one finger cream white head.

S: Sweet buttery biscuit and caramel malt and earth, spicy hops. Not incredibly potent, but perfectly balanced and inviting.

T: Quite creamy and sweet... the emphasis is definitely on malt, and earthy, dry hops aren't really noticed until the finish, which is long and delicious. There's just a hint of metallic taste in there, the only thing preventing me from giving this brew a perfect flavor score.

M: Nice easy drinking weight and pleasant carbonation... just about perfect. I could maybe use a bit more weight, but I'm probably wrong.

D: Sky high.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Copper/amber in color with a moderate head of white foam.
Aroma-Faint malt, spice
Taste-Caramel notes,subtle spiciness, sneaky little hop bite. Creamy, tasty, robust and flavorful, with a sweet/spicy finish. Interesting and very drinkable. Would make a nice session beer or a perfect "entry-level" beer for someone interested in trying a craft beer.

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle to a glass.

Pours a bright golden orange color, with no head or lacing.

Had a fruity, wheat smell.

First taste was an alumminum, then quickly to a wheaty flavor ending woth a slight citrus (orange).

Very crisp and refreshing, perfect mouthfeel.

Could drink these all night long.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi clear light amber with a thin lace. Fruity in the nose; dark fruits soaked in sugar. Then a biscuit and toasted malt aroma. There was also a strong element of caramel in both aroma and taste. A bready and malt forward taste, sweet, fruity, the malt lingers in the aftertaste. However, the drink is balanced by a dry and leafy hops element. The hops leave a bitter finish and after taste especially as the drink warms and they begin to take ov. Full mouthfeel, medium body, very drinkable. Piercing carbonation. A well balanced beer that combines the best of sweet and bitter. A great job by one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle Inspection: 5.8%, a note about pale malts, and marketing blurb. There's a long code (8221) which I guess might tell me the date brewed, and going on their webpage does let me know (in IE, not Firefox) that it was packaged on Nov. 7, 2007 (sampled Leap Day, Feb. 29, 2008).

Aroma: Citric hops, a mix of orange, grapefruit, and a hint of ginger in the yeast.

Appearance: Lightly hazed copper orange body holds a creamy white head all the way through the beer with some lacing.

Flavor: An APA profile with some toffee and caramel notes. The orange rind hops start, then the slow transition over to the toffee malt which goes a bit sweeter to caramel, then a blend of all of it in the finish. Nice profile!

Mouthfeel: Moderate to low carbonation leaves a creamy mouthfeel, finish is a bit dry.

Overall Impression: Wow, nice amber! Great flavors in moderation and balance let both the hop and malt characteristics shine. I think this might be my favorite Bell's yet!

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Photo of rdpoint
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of the beer is a soft red with lots of particulates floating around, not the best in terms of appearance but the taste well makes up for it. Very small head on it.

Smell is flowery and a little sweet

Taste is great, this beer is delicious, its a beer that you could drink all day. Nice clean crisp taste with little to no after taste. A little on the sweet side but still a great tasting beer.

Easily one of the easiest beers to drink that I've had in a while, you'll wonder if there was a hole in the bottle before you know it.

This beer should be a staple of all bars and pubs, I would recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Amber color (of course) with a semi-transparent look. A good head that continues with some fair lacing.

Smell: A strong malt aroma with some hops in the background.

Taste: Starts kind of sweet with a good bitter finish that doesn't linger too long and become offensive.

Mouthfeel: A very mild body due to carbonation.

Drinkability: Very good beer. This is certainly something that I could drink on regular basis.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love a well done, toasty amber ale, but it seems most breweries want to add too much hops to everything. This one is a good representation of a beer style that's meant to be more subtle, and shows why amber ales can really be great.

Pours a dark, rusty, amber with a fluffy white head, leaves quite a bit of foam around the edges of the glass, and some thin lacing. Smells like toasted bread with a hint of hoppy freshness. Taste is mostly malt forward: lots of toasted malt, bread, and caramel type flavors. There's a little bit of herbal and piney hop flavor way in the background, just enough to balance the dark, toasty flavors and offset some of the bready sweetness. I found this easy and refreshing to gulp, and "refreshing" is not often a word I associate with amber ales. Feels creamy, smooth, and even somewhat full in mouthfeel. The hint of hops helps give it a little bit more of a clean and dry finish, but it still has some lingering toasty flavors. Overall, one of the best amber ales I've had yet, and a highly recommended option if you're looking for something more easy drinking.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Amber is a good golden color with pleasant honey floral notes. It has a crisp mouthfeel, generous malt to round it out, and a great sweet citrus flavor from the hops, though it isn't at all too sweet. I expected no less from this brewery, but I was surprised nonetheless. This is a real joy to drink.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ive had this beer a couple times and am quite impressed with it. Its a nice amber colored drink, good amound of lace left on the glass. Its got a nice sweet taste to it, along with roasted flavors. Also a hint of citrus is detected. This is one that i would recommend.

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Photo of theecaleb
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Brewed date 9/20/12.

A: A mix of orange and light amber. Creamy colored head, leaves nice thick lacing along glass.

S: Citrus, malty with hints of barley and grain.

T: Medium body. Earthy. Light hint of hops, semi sweet

M: Good amount of carbonation, complex mixture of fruit and spice.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. Ambers are not my "go to beer" of choice, however, Bells Amber is a easy drinking, anytime beer. Right up there with Alaskan Amber in my book.

I would recommend this beer to a friend.


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Photo of botham
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a sam adams glass. pours a lightly cloudy, rich amber color with a single finger of off white head. no lacings.

aroma is mainly of caramel malts, with a lightly sweet overall character and a hint of roasted malts. a light grassy aroma in the background rounds out the profile.

taste is of sweet caramel malt up front, with a creamy character and a lightly bready base. distant fruit notes of apple and pear mix in with the malts, working well to enrich the overall profile finishes with a note of distant grassy hops and caramel.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy texture. very smooth on the palate. finishes with soft CO2 and a lightly bitter aftertaste.

drinkablility is great. this is a rich and complex brew that has an excellent profile and a mellow finish. the flavors work well to create a complete profile, with a smoothness that makes it finish easy. cheers!

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Photo of bogeypro64
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint

Beatiful golden amber w/ eggshell head which diminishes quickly leaving a thin layer of white foam.

Smell is a mix of citrus, hops, and sweet malt

Sweet malt, citrusy hops and slight bitterness prevail. Finish is dry

Nice level of carbonation, smooth but drying finish diminishes the experience somewhat.

Could easily drink several of these. Great beer overall

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Photo of cabsandking
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dark shade of amber with a dense, creamy off white one finger head, and super retention leaving lacing to the bottom. The nose is faint with notes of candied sugar, nutty malt, and a light fruit scent. A remarkably smooth mouthfeel thats even, creamy, slightly chewy and just enough carbonation to develop a fizzy build at the end. Flavors of toasted grains, bready, caramel, mild tartness midway through, and a flash of spiciness just before it goes down. The finish is semi-dry with much of the roasted malt residual and nuttiness.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: From a moderate pour, this beer produced two and a half fingers of thick, creamy head, displaying great retention and much lacing. Its color was the quintessential amber, dead-on for the hue, and looked rather delicious.

S: The smell seemed to indicate that the flavor would be mildly hopped, but also there appeared to be a grainy side as well. Hopefully this will equate to a delicious and well-balanced amber.

T: Wow.. impeccable balance to this beer, which was noticeable almost immediately. A good malt base comes first, followed by a hop presence in the middle, which is where the flavor hits its peak balance. The finish is one of the smoothest I've tasted, washing into an aftertaste that leaves a quaint residual bitterness from the hops. Amazing.

M & D: Well-carbonated, and perfect for the taste. The mouthfeel is creamy and crisp with a great body. Again, balance is the key and its done so well here. For being a brewery that's mostly known for its stouts, this amber has sure proven its worth amongst the Bell's fold. This one is definitely a must-have for Amber fans, and the flavor will definitely allow you to drink your fill.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Figured I'd give Bell's flagship brew a try...

Cascading into my pint glass, it forms an attractive looking dark copper color topped off with a generous head. Good head retention and good lacing. The smell was big on the malts with a slight hop bouquet. True to the aroma, the taste was long on the malts. Smooth and creamy malt was kept in check with some tight carbonation. Sweet malt, caramel, a little butter was first on the palate. Some good toasty flavor leads into crisp hops for a dry, citrous finish. After you have a few sips, you begin to notice a dry bitterness that is almost coffee-like. Surprisingly complex taste that I missed on the first sip. Well balanced and easy to drink. Good choice for a flagship brew. I really think this would please the masses.

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Photo of Tylergross1
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a little darker in color then I typically would prefer. The smell was very good, smelled of caramel and a little bit of citrus similar to Oberon. The overall taste was very good, although the alcohol content was a little higher it was very smooth and crisp overall very good.

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Photo of king75
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
Pours amber red, with about an inch or so of a creamy head. Light amplifies the redness and cloudiness of the beer.

Smells of fresh fruit with a subtle, but lingering smell of hops.

Taste very smooth from the start, can taste the hops towards the end, but left with a crisp clean taste.

Notes: a very drinkable beer, a beer that you can drink either one of or have an entire six pack of. Either way you cannot go wrong.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a deep robust brown crimson color with a nice thick cream colored head. Sits really nice in the glass with bubbles moving freely about. Nice web of lacing in the glass

Smell: roasted malt nose and sweet candy/caramel swirling about. Touch of a earthy type of hops...very little but is present.

Taste/Mouthfeel: great sweet toasted malt flavor! Has nice malt characteristic overall and is paired nicely with sweet caramel. It has a nice crisp and smooth body and I even noticed a little bit of fruity orange overtones as it glides down.

Drinkability: this is a staple beer for me and never disappoints. Solid all around and is very easy to drink.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This one pours a hazy amber to light brown orange-ish hue that reminds me of a certain kind of wood finish that people often use on their decks. The head is a fluffy one finger off-white substance that shows some really nice retention and leaves a small amount of lace on the glass. Looks like an O-fest brew.

S - Sweet and fruity with a lot of really nice malt notes. Cinnamon rolls (the little cheap kind that you can unroll into one long cinnamon strip), honey bread, and fruitcake. This is really deep and ripe! Over-ripe bananas that have just turned black, banana crunch muffins, and big cheese danishes that come in a vending machine.

T - Malty and fruity like the nose, but the flavor adds in some nice firm hop bitterness that is very much like freshly rolled hay. I'm reminded of Banana Nut Crunch cereal. Some critusy wheat-like flavors are there too, and this helps keep the beer summery and refreshing. There are some really crisp citrus and toasty caramel malt characteristics that make this a great early autumn/late summer brew.

M - Medium bodied and extremely creamy. This is bordering on full bodied with all of the lush and rich fluffy carbonation that is produced in this beer.

D - One of the better amber ales out there. This stuff is thirst quenching and relatively light, but provides enough complexity and depth of character to keep a beer lover interested. A very fine choice for a session brew.

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