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

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3,127 Ratings
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

Photo of baos
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes: Up in Michigan.

A: Served in pint glass. Nice copper color with the slightest hint of haze. No head to speak of and minimal lacing.

S: Bit of grainy malts. With a bit of herbal clover hops.

T: Yum. This beer kicks in with malts then is balanced out with the Fuggle and Cascade hoppiness. Very nice.

M: Nice medium feel with an almost creamy carbonation.

D: Very drinkable brew. I would've had more but so many more brews here to try and on TAP!

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Photo of tapman
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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 pavpav12
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of hopnado
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

A- Caramel brown in color with 1 finger of off white head after a semi-agressive decanting. Nontransparent.

S- Brown sugar, sour hop notes, and creamy malt tones. Also, I can pick up a biscuity and buttery aroma.

T- Nice caramel backbone, with a great hop profile. Much more bitter and dry than I expected, but in a VERY good way. Same biscuity and buttery toast taste as there are in the nose.

M- Thin in the mouth and medium to high on carbonation.

D- High. Not too sweet like most brewers make this style ale. The finish is dry which keeps you wanting more.

Overall- I will have to say that this is definitely one of my favorite beers, if not THE favorite of this style so far. Very drinkable and just all around good. From what I have seen, Bell's really lives up to their reputation. I wish we could get it here in GA, but maybe one day. Thanks to my buddy, Aaron, for snagging a few of these from his wife to share with me!

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Photo of ne0m00re
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/13/13- Had this one on-tap at 3rd and Hollywood.
A: Cloudy copper amber, a nice one-finger cream head died to a collar and film with lacing.
S: Musty caramel malt, balanced mild cheesy hops with slight grapefruit. Nice.
T: From creamy to crisp, cheese and caramel throughout, with a banana citric copper bitterness. Again, nice.
M: Heavier with good carbonation, but it ends crisp.
D: Great.

This one sounds simple but its rather good.

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Photo of frosted33
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Muss42
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of gpogo
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light coppery amber color. Hazy with some yeast particles. Small creamy off-white head that dissipates slightly leaving a small covering.

A- Slight citrusy hop character. Caramel bready aromas.

T- Initially a citrusy hop hit followed by a sweet caramel bready malt flavor. There is a significant hop flavor, but nothing near overpowering.

M- Medium body with medium-light carbonation. Wonderfully smooth mouthfeel.

D- Very drinkable. Hoppy, but not overdone with a nice malty balance. Very sessionable at 5.5% ABV.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of jgarvis
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mtnwesdew
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of aklude
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nortmand
2.71/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours extremely cloudy amber, with little white head.
Smells like Bell's other standard beers: yeasty, doughy, bready, lacking in complexity or interest.
Tastes similarly yeasty, overpowering even. A little caramel flavor, but not enough to balance the extreme yeastiness.
Mouthfeel? Have you ever eaten Pillsbury biscuit dough raw? Like that, but with water and carbonation. Doughy? mouthfeel.
Drinkability is OK, but this beer is way too yeasty, man am I going to be regular in the morning.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bryantan
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of malty
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. longneck - no freshness date.

Appearance is a beautiful glowing amber (go figure) with a brite white head. The tiniest of suspended yeast is apparent if you look closely into the beer, due to the fact that Bell's doesn't filter their ales.

Fresh, blossoming notes of sweet pale malt. Reminds me of fresh sugar cookies - nice & doughy. Very clean smelling.

Now I know why Bell's claims this to be their 'flagship' beer. Perfect balance of malty sweet and just the right touch of prickly hops. Oh so fresh... A faint spiceness evokes from the rich and sweet carmel liquid also.

Mouthfeel is perfect for this style. Soft, gentle and tiny bubbles caress the tongue making this light-medium bodied ale's flavor linger on past the swallow. Just enough dryness in the finish to insure this sweet nectar doesn't build-up and become cloying.

Drinkability is outrageously high. Beer drinkers from beginners to veteran would most likely agree it's hard to put down. It's got something for everyone.

Overall a splendid example of a style that's been butchered and pimped for over 15 years. This is a model interpretation of an easy drinking, yet refined and calculated amber ale. Fill up an aluminum wash tub with this and fire up the coals, it's summertime baby. This is how we do it in Michigan!

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Photo of wiscokid920
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 01/19/2012 Poured in pint glass
Back label mentions this beer was first brewed in 1985 and “embodies the heritage of the Bell’s Brewery and nature of Great Lakes Region.” Big claims that I’m excited to enjoy!

A- Unfiltered, amber with 2 finger off white head with decent retention and lacing.

S- Nose is great combination of malts, caramels, toasted gains, hoppy with citrus notes

T- Smooth citrus up front, smooth and malty in middle and quickly subsiding to a crisp hoppy, grassy finish. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

M- Medium bodied with slightly chewy feel. Good carbonation that works well on the palate. Ends with nice crisp finish.

O- Definitely lives up to the Bell’s name. My favorite offering of the Amber Ale style. Without a doubt I will recommend and purchase again!

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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,127 ratings.
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