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

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3.84/5
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3,145 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
Ranking:
#10,965
Reviews:
980
Ratings:
3,145
pDev:
11.98%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
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160
Gots:
600
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,145 |  Reviews: 980
Photo of macpapi
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Amber begins a nice dark-amber color. It is somewhat opaque, with a fine half-inch white head. There are sediment particles discernable through the hazy aura of the brew. It smells crisp and fruity. Malt and citrus notes are there right off the bat, followed by a light floral aroma. The taste is pleasant, but not terribly complex. There is little hop action. The taste of malt and fruity elements are there. Sweetness level is high, but overall the flavor is not exceptionable. In the mouth there is a tart feeling on the tongue. Not offensive, but the relatively high level of carbonation and lack of fullness make for a less than substantial beer. Overall this is a decent beer that is drinkable to a degree. It is not, however, the most flavorul or easily appreciated. While above mediocre, and certainly session worthy, it is not the best that Bell's has to offer.

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Photo of kplooki
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden tangerine with quite a bit of suspended yeast. The head is off-white, soft yet dense, falls to a barely covering film and doesn't leave a whole lot of lace. The nose is a combination of sweet, biscuity malt and earthy hops.

The flavor is of bready caramel malt with a solid undercurrent of earthy-spicy hops. It's also a little fruity; spiced apple perhaps. The finish is long, bitterish and dry. Solid mouthfeel for the style.

Amber Ale is another tasty beer from Bell's. Although nowhere close to their best effort, its balance ensures that it will be enjoyed by malt lovers and by hop lovers alike. A good session ale that I wish was available in the Hawkeye state.

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Photo of Kips
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of burntoutphilosopher
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
great filtered beer. i expected unpasteurized. mildly cloudy. nothing like if it were on Lees

Smell:
sharp but good

Taste:
Really top notch. surprisingly so. great amount of bitter for a neutral Ale. and has a perfect balance of malt and sweetness that is still tastable.

Mouthfeel:
on par with killian's or Sam Adams.

Overall:
A Very Good beer. taste is king to me and this has it. two layers of bitter and sweet. not a bit watered down like Goose Island or Sam Adams hopology.
For what you get though, i felt overpriced. not on any lees, says unpasturized but mine pours very clear.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a orangeish amber, somewhat cloudy with a fluffy 2 finger head, great retention

S: biscuity malts up front which are undercut with some citrus hops with some lemon and grapefruit character

T: nicely balanced between the malts and hops. Malts provide notes of bread and caramel while the hops provide lemon zest, and some spicy earth tones, the finish is slightly bitter

MF: medium body and appropriate carbonation

D: nice full flavor and good balance, good for a session

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Photo of Fish113d
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color (obviously) with an orange-rind-colored head that billows to the top about 2 fingers thick, but starts to dissipate while leaving a lot of cling on the glass.

Aroma is mostly of a mild, biscuity malt, along with some slight toffee notes. A bit of floral hops also come in on the "under" side of the brew. NOthing spectacular; solid.

Rather sweet at first, but quickly the hops comes and turns much of this into a biscuit flavor along with some toffee. Aftertaste is rather boring, but okay flavor.

Body is medium, while carbonation runs quite high, tingling my tongue. Slightly dry finish.

Fairly drinkable in that it's easy to drink. Not the BEST flavor and not the best I've had, but just sticks solidly to the style.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle- a gift from a good friend who had received it from friends travelling from Michigan (he and I both used to live in separate towns near Kalamzoo, but long before Bell's existed). He gave it to me with the statement that this is one of the best beers he has ever had.

Pours a hazy murky orange, It's very different from a "typical" amber ale in that it's actually amber. Most amber ales I've had are much more in the brown shades. The minor white head disappeared in a hurry.

Aroma of honey, butterscotch, and some grassy/herbal hoppiness. Decent enough.

Flavor continues the flavor profile, but the hops and acidic ending are much more pronounced, very much overtaking what is typically a more malty beer (in my understanding of the style). Probably why my friend likes it so much. Mouthfeel includes a nice creaminess.

I finished this, and thought, this is a decent, but different, amber ale. Good. Would be happy to drink it again (maybe fresher?), But I can't agree with my friend- it doesn't blow my socks off.

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Photo of Bones10
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Two Hearted is my favorite beer, but this is just slightly above average for a brewery I hold in very high regards. It's biggest redeeming quality is its proclivity as a session beer. It is also useful to get some new fans of craft beer as this has no offensive qualities. The unfortunate flip side is that it also has no outstanding qualities. But that goes with the style, I suppose. I have recommended this beer to people who are curious about beer to hopefully convert some macro drinkers to the better side of beer drinking.

Cheers!

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Photo of weizenbob
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Batch 9962 - 12 ounce bottle poured to a pint glass. The label calls this "the flagship of the Bell's family" which seems odd since it doesn't get a lot of attention in the Bell's lineup. Less than one finger of head summits the beer and quickly settles down to a thin blanket of bubbles. Some lacing remains. The brew is a hazy copper color with a lot of suspended sediment hanging around as well as some visible carbonation.

The aroma is loaded with sweet malts. The scent of apples is noticeable as well as a minor yeasty presence.

Subtle fruity flavors appear in the first sip. Hints of apricot, cherry and star fruit are apparent. Bitter grapefruitesque sensations reach the rear of the tongue. The fruitiness then disappears leaving an unpleasant alcoholic finish and a bitter hops aftertaste.

Of all aspects, the mouthfeel is where this amber ale excels. It's thick but smooth and the carbonation keeps it refreshing.

Drinkability is a wild card on this one. The menagerie of initial flavors is promising and the mouthfeel is really great, yet this is still a pretty unsatisfying beer. Even within the amber ale style, there are many other beers that I would rather be drinking. I love Bell's and appreciate a good amber, but this is not for me. Meh.

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Photo of Docrock
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tapman
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark, rusty color with a hazy complexion. An off-white, 1-finger head adorns this brew.

Smell is of sweet biscuit malts mixed with a Granny Smith apple hoppiness. The tart apple aroma lingers on the palate and pleasantly stings the nose.

The alcohol hits the palate immediately, but it is soon supported by the bitter-sweet hops. A sweet toffee maltiness also lends to the alcohol relief effort.

Mouthfeel is that of a typical craft beer. crisp, but not too interesting. Has a decent carbonation and definitely beats a crappy BMC lager mouthfeel any day.

I've certainly had better amber ales from Dogfish Head and Three Floyds, but when you are in Michigan and its $3 a pint, hell give me five!

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Photo of redfish2942
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of razzberries
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrborchert74
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodlavers
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fisherman34
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange in colour with a slightly off white head. Surprisingly fruity aromas and flavors, mainly lemon, orange, and perhaps even a bit of peach. There are some nice caramel flavors, but little contribution from the hops. Fairly thick bodied, and mellow. Not really what I expected from this brewer, and not quite up to the regular high standards of this brewery, but a solid beer nonetheless.

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Photo of mds1101
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of carwreCk
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance in the light is honey-like and foggy with a creamy head.

Smell is wheaty to me.

Taste is fruity and malty with a bitter end.

Mouthfeel is grainy, not too watery.

Drinkability is good, although the bitter finish could get old for some (including myself).

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Photo of cjgator3
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours an amber color with a nice off-white head. The aroma is toasted fruity malt and some citrusy hops. The taste is a dry toasty malt with a nice bitter hop finish. Overall, this is a very nice Amber that is recommended.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours deep red amber, bordering on a brownish crimson. 1-1/2 fingers white foam with good retention and lacing.

Mild sweet smell, but otherwise not able to grab anything specific.

Taste is mixture of light fruit, mild hop and caramel sweet. Possesses a real bite/toasted sharpness at the finish that makes the close memorable.

Good carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Drinkable brew - this was my first Bell beer, and I'd be interested in sampling some of the other varietals whould I get the opportunity.

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Photo of acostuhhh
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zooalbert
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love the color of this beer, a deep red brown. The immediate taste is on the bitter side but quite drinkable and enjoyable. Not a big fan of the after taste, which lingers. Not a very clean taste. Dark undertones of malt, reminds me of a dark chocolate or molasses.

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Photo of jsanford
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask at the Distillery in Savannah, GA

A - Reddish-amber with a thin white ring around the glass
S - Subdued nose of caramel malt and earthy hops.
T - Sweet amber malt with more earthy, floral hops.
M - Creamy and smooth.
D - Very drinkable, cask adds tons of character to this beer.

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Photo of Razonulzer
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,145 ratings
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