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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Reviews: 962 | Ratings: 3,087
Photo of BSiegs
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Rich amber in color, mostly opaque. One finger of white head with moderate retention. Aroma is quite nice - malt, sourdough, bread, slight caramel, and earthy/piney hops. Nicely balanced on taste, the sweet malts and hop presence complement each other very well. Pine, spice, earthiness pop more from the hops on taste. Medium body, moderate carbonation, and very smooth. Slightly dry finish. A well done, well balance Amber Ale.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy amber with a one finger creamy white head. Nice amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is bready malts, caramel and light piney hops.

T - The taste is caramel malts, brown bread, piney hops and some black tea notes throughout.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Soft creamy mouthfeel.

O - A nice refreshing amber. The flavors are clean and bright.

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Photo of Buck89
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. A fairly hazy amber-orange color with a frothy off-white head. The foam had nice staying power and nice lacing. The nose was more prominent than expected (old beer) with oranges, some floral notes, and brown bread. The malts were front and center on the palate, with some caramel, toast, bread, and faint citrus and floral notes. Clean, slightly bitter finish.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: Hazy orange with an off-white 2.5 finger head. Excellent head retention lasts the whole beer through.

Smell: Fruity ester over a complex bed of malts and hops.

Taste: Good but not as much going on here as the nose would suggest. Malts up front followed by moderate hop bitterness. Reminds me of the way Yuengling used to taste.

Feel: Thin without being watery, moderately high carbonation. Goes down very easily.

Overall: A very good ale. The only fault I can find is the slight disconnect between the nose and the taste.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Copper red color, semi-transparent with a hint of haze, white head, thin, persistent wisps, and no lacing.

S - Lemon flavored tea notes, a bit of minerality, a hint of pine and mint.

T - Follows the nose in the open, with a tea-like herbaceous quality, lemon and zest, a malty caramel core, and a mildly bitter back end.

M - Crisp, with a light feel and a dry close.

O - Quite drinkable, pleasant flavors, but not terribly exciting.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a toasted orange color with tons of yeast sediment floating around in the glass and an off white one finger head.

Aroma is of slightly roasted malted grains, akin to sweet Connecticut tobacco and caramel, with gentle honeysuckle and candied apple undertones.

Flavor is modest and not in your face, although quite sweet even for an amber ale. Sugary with notes of caramel and tangy red apples, but with delicate roasted, smokey undertones. I'm getting notes of strawberry shortcake, vanilla cream, red apples, caramel and toasted english muffins.

Feel is light and crisp. Soft body with moderate carbonation. Sweet and unbalanced, except by a moderately bitter smokey hint of malted grain. Alcohol is noticeable for a 5.8%er.

Overall: Very sweet and rich. Light but sugary with roasted notes. I wouldn't want to session this, though I could see this pairing well with food. Not my favorite amber ale. Malty with slight notes of cherries, apples and toasted bread.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass. 29 August 2016 packaging date.

Pours with a deep amber colored body topped by a rather weak head that leaves better lacing than expected. Near equal bitter/sweet balance with sufficient malt flavor. More flavorful and lasting aftertaste than expected given what comes before.

Medium body with medium-light carbonation. Somewhat powdery finish(?).

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darker cloudy Amber colored ale with nice wit head that retains fairly well. Smell of hops, citrus and caramel. This is a fine hoppy brew. Slick almost oily texture with medium body. Great after taste. Another great offering from Bell's. Yes please.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A darker shade of amber thats for sure. Head in the 1" range, off white, good retention. Overall a solid appearance of this amber ale. Aroma really kicked down as much citrus as I can remember in an amber ale.

This is a hoppy amber ale. Its not juicy like the nu NE ipa craze, but it imparts citrus sweetness. Its good stuff, not line up in the rain kind of good, but its plenty serviceable and significantly better than average. Usual caramel malt notes.

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Photo of Squire123
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance of shimmering medium amber gold with white cap and good lacing.

Aroma is made up of rich caramel malt marching forth with hops singing in the background.

Flavor is rich, rounded and a bit voluptuous yet somehow restrained. Like the St. Pauli Girl, it shows just enough. A pleasant toffeeish malt taste first and building on that is a feeling as if the taste is expanding outward, yet staying on the same path. Hops join in the fun just before mid palate then grow along with the larger flavor to the end. Finish is clean with a receding richness in the aftertaste that fades quickly leaving absolutely no bitterness in it's wake.

Texture is medium and silky.

Overall this one needs no tinkering, it's just fine, leave it alone. Well rounded, old school, gold medal category everyday ale. Complex enough for comment, approachable for drinkers of any level and adaptable to any occasion that calls for a beer. Just darn good stuff.


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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 BigGold
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, label stamped "PKGD 03/19/16," into faceted mug. Lighter in body than a lot of amber ales, this is a very drinkable take on the style.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Cloudy caramel-colored copper color with specks of residue(?). A light cream colored head that recedes to a swirly light film. Light watery lines of lacing.

Aroma: Light caramel, toasted grains, buttered toast, subtle tea leaves.

Taste: Soft sweet malts up front with toffee and caramel followed by light hop bitterness in the form of black tea tanginess.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: All the things I look for in an amber: sweet, toasty, with a tangy hop finish.

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Photo of Craig-er
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Tasted this at a pizza joint. In a 12oz bottle with an art design label. Poured with a nice head and lacing. Taste was full with toasty notes. This pairs well with food.

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Photo of plumberman63
2.92/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours nice dark caramel amber. has nutty caramel malty aroma and taste with a hint of coffee. better from bottle than from a glass in my opinion. gets rid of some of the coffee flavor.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled 01/20/16 printed on the back label. Finally getting around to reviewing this classic from Bell's. Acquired a single bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a garnet burnt sienna orange body with hues of brown, lots of dark sediment, super unfiltered, with some chill haze. Less than a finger of frothy off-white head that lingers as a ring, leaving some okay spotty lacing. Appears well carbonated. Looks good per the style.

S - Aroma offers up notes of toasted malt, brown bread, tea leaf sweetness, some mild notes of lemongrass, very subtle floral hop presence.

T - Taste follows the nose: toasted / nutty malts, brown bread, toast, earthy tea leaf sweetness, smooth caramel malt. As the beer drinks on, notes of toasted oak wood, toffee, & vanilla emerge.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, creamy, clean. Good lingering bready malt sweetness on the finish. Good carbonation, and very easy drinking stuff.

Overall, an excellent classic example of a classic style from Bell's. Would be a great beer to pair with food.

Bell's Amber Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Amber Ale has a thick, off-white head, an amber appearance, lots of bigger and tinier tan yeast chunks, throughout,, and minimal lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, honey-topped, brown bread and a touch of lemon. Taste is of those elements, with some background stone fruit skin and relatively low bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium (almost heavy) and fluffy, and Bell's Amber Ale finishes in the dry realm.


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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper-brown clear body, slightly fizzy light tan head, strong streams of carbonation. Nose and taste have strong notes of sweet caramel and malt, mild bitterness with no specific hop flavor attributed to it, and a kiss of raw grain. Something about this is rich and warm, deep and balanced flavor, despite the seemingly simple profile. Body is moderately heavy, with a rich but gulp-able quality.
Who says an Amber Ale can't be delicious?? (I think I've said that...) This is a great beer, something all those easy mass-appeal craft beers can strive to be. The profile is simple, rich grain and mild bitterness, but the depth is astounding. Not a beer than would necessarily stand up in an all-comers lineup, but it would certainly win among the domestic/American Amber category.

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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 LaurenZ
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark colored with caramel and amber hues. The head is small, just around the edges does it appear. Has a copper look to it. The beer is roasty and caramelly in the aroma and has some slight malt hints. The fruity and caramel aroma comes through in the flavor as well. It is slightly bitter and hoppy with bitter and roast notes lingering afterwards. the Beer overall is good and crisp.

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Photo of Angela1956
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I LOVE THIS BEER. Bell's did a great job with this one. It has a beautiful copper color with a off-white, copper tinge head. The aroma smells like caramel and malts. Tastes like roasted caramel, slight maltiness, and a fun bitterness. The aftertaste is warm with roasted flavors. Extremely enjoyable for those that love a toasty, caramel flavored beer. It is by far the perfect beer for tailgating season!

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Photo of hennin55
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: good head, good lacing, amber/caramelized in color
Aroma: floral notes with caramel notes
Palate: not highly carbonated
Flavor: hoppy flavor with caramel notes and citrus flavor

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Photo of stinewils24
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of the beer is a rusty gold, amber. The smell is fruity, reminded me of prunes and white wine. The taste is a toasted grain with a light caramel. It is carbonated with a dry finish. Overall, it seems a little dull, but I enjoyed the mouth feel and aftertaste.

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Photo of fullerly
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Must be paired with foods to be able to truly enjoy
Pair with a great ribeye and this would be a wonderful beer
I could not drink it alone…too bitter and hoppy

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Photo of HensonJ3
4.98/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

An obvious amber color for this beer. Toasted flavors and some very floral, citrus and herbal scents to go along with it. Some bitterness to it. Would definitely order again.

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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,087 ratings.
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