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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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Reviews: 942 | Ratings: 2,999
Photo of Carolvs
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice frothy head with stamina that griped the glass all the way down. A bit underperforming on the flavor side, though. I think the community rating here better maches my experience than the Bros' rating.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours easily and settles into a thin white head, prevalent lacing, is moderately carbonated,and It's nearly clear.

S: A good solid bready malt aroma with caramel and bready character. It also provides an alcohol smell to a small measure.

T: The malt just provides so much presence on my pallet, with smooth and rich spectrum of flavors. Those flavors include caramel, nut and some burnt flavors. A clean finish with only a hint of hop character.

F: A full malt body that provides depth and a mouthfeel that does not come up short.

O: Another great beer among many other great beers from Bell. It's hard to find a significant criticism of this beer, and certainly, if you like a full bodied malt beer with excellent smoothness, and isn't a stout or porter, you cannot go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well, all I can really say about this beer is that it is indeed an Amber ale. Nothing amazing but still solid in every way. Bell's amber has a nice appearance along with pleasant caramel notes. Mouth feel is crisp and finishes clean. Overall it's a solid example.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Starts off pouring very blonde but that develops into a beautiful hazy, juicy light iced tea color (ambers, honeys, reds) and a head that doesn't quit. 2 fingers, popcorn colored, and slow to recede leaving lots of evidence of its existence behind.

A bit of caramel sweetness on the nose, with amber malts, a touch of honey. Faint to nose, otherwise pretty decent.

Taste overall, like the nose, is muted. It starts off with cereal grains, followed by a small dose of piny hop, and some brown bread crust, finally fading with some baked sugar sweetness.

Feel is creamy but still light enough to enjoy thoroughly. A semi dry feel permeates the whole profile, and it dries politely.

While I like this Amber and I feel it's a solid craft, I wish the flavors and aromas were louder and I could do with a bit more character overall.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Amber Ale

Final actual review of the night ( the next one will just be rated without one ). Part three of four on the random brew up north trip. How I have never had this beer from my favorite brewery is a total fucking mystery since I see I in singles everywhere. Maybe I just never thought it sounded too appealing. Who knows. By here it is. Let's do it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottled hard poured into a pint glass. This brew pours on the lighter shade of amber with a moderately high level of clarity. The head demanded a three time and stop and go pour so that there was no spillage. It is exceptionally pillow and starts leaving a massive amount of clingy cloudburst amongst a slow death. This is a pretty beer thus far. Leaves some rather attractive lacing and stick

Smell - The scent is typical of the style. A large dosage of toasty caramel malts with a touch of nut. Borderlines on burnt. Hop presence is minimal. Can't say much else here.

Taste - The taste follows the nose though the malts do get a bit darker. A near roasted caramel malt type of deal though the hop aspects do play a key role as well and come through in lemon like qualities. Surprising alcohol as well but nothing that makes it hard to drink. Low bitterness.

Feel - They body on this brew is thick and almost like syrup in a way though it doesn't take any of its flavors. The taste actually becomes more hop forward as it sits in the mouth and it swallows easy as can be with a slightly tuned up bitterness.

Overall - Not a favorite style of mine but this was probably the smoothest amber ale I have ever consumed and that's greater for Bell's since it was made to be that way. Nothing mind blowing here in terms of flavor but the balance is great and a straight six pack could be consumed without hesitation..

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Photo of T100Mark
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12 ounce bottle (nice label) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A burnt orange color. Murky. Off-white, foamy head. Great lacing.

Smell - Subtle herbal nose.

Taste - A syrupy malt sweetness. Musty, earthy hop flavor. A little zip on the backend. Cool!

Mouth - Good!

Overall - My first Bell's! This is a very interesting, complex ale. Bell's calls the beer an amber ale but it looks and tastes a little like a Belgiun ale.

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Photo of generallee
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a packaged on date and an abv of 5.8%.

Appearance: The body has a dark brownish amber color with a light haze and a creamy tall light tan head on top. It’s head fades slow and makes nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: I get some sweet maltiness and doughy bready notes. I also pick up a slight orange rind note from the hops.

Taste / Palate: This one has light and balanced mix of sweet bready maltiness and orange rind like hop bitterness. The feel is fairly light and softly carbonated.

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Photo of stevoj
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours orange/amber with minimal head. Aroma of oranges, malt, sourdough. Taste is dry and recalls bread, ginger, apricots. Mouthfeel is medium weight and dry. Smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 14803 bottled 9/9/15.

12 oz bottle served chilled into a Pilsner glass, Bell's amber ale is a slightly hazy reddish brown color. Head is thick and has good retention with spotty lacing.

Aroma is slightly roasty with a hint of floral hops.

Flavor starts of sweet with the toasted malts bringing wheat bread and caramel notes. The bitterness comes through from middle to end. It's bitterness from malts mostly but there is some grassy and piny hops too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very good amber ale from back in the days (1985 to be exact) when balanced traditional styles were more appreciated.

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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 Caveworm
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Amber Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is one half finger thick, with lateral lacing, and a clear medium-light brown body.

Smells like nice full-bodied malts and grains. Not too much going on with the hops in this discipline of the review.

I taste brighter malts, as well as the richer elements described above. Nothing is overpowering the other in that regard. Again, not much going on with hop bitterness here. A very small touch of caramel comes into play mid-palate as well. A very decent balance and drinkability.

The mouthfeel I'm getting here is smooth and clean.

Overall, I'll give Bell's Amber Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc. a solid 4. I would have rated this higher had the visual presentation been better and the flavor had just a tiny pinch more of hops. Still, I enjoyed this brew and might pick it up again if the mood strikes me.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated "pkgd 11/5/14" so this is 10 months old. Pours a cloudy dark amber color - almost honey-colored. Nice tan head. Moderate carbonation. Strong malt presence initially, although hops are somewhat evident in the finish. Medium bodied. Carbonation is actually on the low side, which is unusual for the style. Smooth finish with lingering sweetness on the back of the tongue. Alcohol is well hidden.
Quite drinkable, and I think a good example of the style.

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Photo of jancona
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle - cloudy orange-gold color. The foam dissipated rather quickly. Some nice citrus notes and malt on the nose. Taste has light caramel, toasty malts, light citrus hops and orange. A very enjoyable amber!

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Photo of seedyone
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cooper's Chelsea, NYC. Looked fine, reasonable head that fled pretty quickly. Aroma was milder in the malt than the actual flavor. Falls off in the texture area. On the watery side. I wouldn't put this too high on the list unless it was a VERY short list & then begrudgingly. Ilve had better Bell's brews.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: This beer from a 12oz. bottle had a medium carbonation level. There was a 1-2 finger head that didn't stick around for long, but some decent lacing continued for some time.

Smell: Not too much on the aroma side from this beer. There is a slight hop fruitiness and some caramel malt apparent.

Taste: Not much bitterness (hops) and there is a slight fruity sourness. Some malt and sweet notes fade in and out. There are also slight apple/cherry fruit flavors in the mix.

Feel: There is a medium body with not a whole lot of carbonation and has a moderate dry finish.

Overall: This is a decent Amber Ale, but nothing really stands out as being phenomenal. It falls within the style, but I would prefer some more flavor/aroma hops. Not my favorite Bell's brew for sure, but I would drink it again.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated 01/28/15. Sampled on July 5, 2015.

Medium amber heady pour. Moderate clarity.

The aroma is of sweet malts mainly, which is what one might expect from the style.

Medium body.

Sweetness in the taste at first and that is about it. The hop bitterness is non-existent. But it may be because this bottle is 6 months old. Don't buy craft beer at a convenience store.

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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 TheBeerMaster1
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of horchata spiced tea and sriracha. Weirdest smell on a beer I've ever consumed. However, it tastes totally different. It's a heavier amber ale with a bit of booziness and grain. Brown sugar and herbal spices enter thereafter.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pilsner, light copper in color with two fingers of white, foamy head that settle to a cap with some sticky lacing. Lots of lazy carbonation, small, slow bubbles that eventually make their way to the surface. Some floaties.Aroma is toffee, caramel, biscuits and some floral notes. Tastes follows, with a sometimes there-sometimes-not bite on the end. Nice and smooth, a solid offering. Not something I'd see myself craving, though.

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Photo of stompilator
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a nice, clear copper. Light, easy head.

S - Very light spicy hop aroma.

T - Complex grain notes of toasted biscuits, caramel, and nuts. Spicy, earthy hops spice up the malt flavor nicely, creating a near-seamless balance.

M - Medium-light body with very light carbonation.

O - Does what ambers do best: create a synergistic complexity between every element of the brew.

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Photo of mzingie
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Attractive 2 finger head with average lacing covering a honey color. The smell has something in it I find absolutely repulsive that killed this beer for me. Reminiscent of diapers. The taste is actually pretty good. Clean balance of hops, very subtle citrus, solid carbonation. The mouthfeel is what it should be, fairly heavy with the presence of alcohol in its aftertaste. Overall I am disappointed in the brewery that brought me two hearted ale but if it were not for the smell I would probably but this again.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red brown with quite a bit of floaties a a one and one half finger white head. Aroma is caramel, biscuit, and crackers. Taste is caramel, biscuit, crackers, and a slight balance of hoppy floral notes. Mouthfeel is thin to medium and nicely carbed. Overall, this is a very good amber ale that is malt forward and hopped for balance. Could easily spend an afternoon at a bbq or pool with these.

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Photo of Gear54
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

From a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pour is deep amber in color with 1/2 finger of thin off white foam and no lace left on the glass.

Smell is carmel and bread malts with citrus and hop notes as well.

Taste follows the nose quite well. Carmel and citrus flavors with a strong punch of brown sugar sweetness. Bitter and hop forward as well. Malty backbone just gives enough balance.

Feel is the strongest part of this brew. The hop bitterness and brown sugar sweetness last on the palate for a long while after the sip. Very smooth and easy drinking even for the high level of bitterness. Really well put together

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Photo of Azaitouna
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's amber ale is a dark gold/yellow color. It smells well balanced with aromas such as wheat and carmel. The taste was smooth with wheat and maple syrup being the main flavors. Personally was not my cup of tea but still overall still a good beer.

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Photo of Blueshirts
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is ridiculously good, giving it such a high rating because it's become my favorite beer, let alone amber. It's difficult to say this because I love Maine Beer Co's Zoe, but this is better in my opinion. I did notice though that it tastes much better cold, especially out of a frosty mug. This isn't too surprising but I think the cold temp has an especially strong effect on ambers.

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