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

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3.84/5
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3,141 Ratings
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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:
#10,813
Reviews:
980
Ratings:
3,141
pDev:
11.98%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
159
Gots:
598
Trade:
2
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Photo of paco1029384756
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange amber color with a small head and a thin ring of lacing.

Scent of malts and hops, a little grainy, and some honey as well.

Taste of sweet malts starts with a nice hoppiness coming in. Simple and balanced, I don't usually like Amber Ales this much.

Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, drinks easy.

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Photo of Kyrojack
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of AirBob
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkinniePost
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of ajdemma
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kubrickx
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Belittle
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of ralphw56
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Gatch
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Papago Brewing Company in Scottsdale, AZ.

A - Well, amber in color with an off-white head.

S - Sweet malt and fruit in the nose.

T - Fruity malt and slight hop presence in the finish. Sweet, sugary, slight alcohol. Toasted, not roasted, malt.

M - Drinkable and while sweet, not cloying.

Solid Amber Ale.

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Photo of ninaturner
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Caramel color, somewhat chalky, unfiltered.

Aroma: You can smell a hint of caramel malt and some yeast, but there is little aroma.

Taste: You can definitely taste the caramel malt in the beer. I love the kick of bittering hops at the end. Probably my favorite part of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Great mouthfeel; somewhat thick but not too thick--similar to other amber ales.

Drinkability: Mouthfeel and overall flavor make this beer highly drinkable.

Overall: You can't go wrong with this Bell's Amber Ale!

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick and hazy brown in color. Fairly dense white head that evaporated down to a scuzzy layer. Malty nose with a slight evergreen whiff to it. Flavor is a nice solid malt backbone. Kind of an oakiness to it as well. Hops give a slight sprice and evergreen flavor too. Medium to almost full mouthfeel. odd for the setyle but I am really digging it. Nice almost-session beer.

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Photo of Raime
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 AdmiralOzone
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of firkingroovin
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of donspublic
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap into tulip, 1/2 finger light tan head, recedes quickly so so lacing. Slightly hazy dark amber in the glass. Smells of roasted grain, some toffee/caramel and slight earthy notes. Taste is initially sweet caramel/toffee, some slight toasted grain that leads into some floral/earthy hops, slight citrus and a clean semi sweet bitter finish, almost crisp. Not much of an amber fan, but this did it for me.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nordbier
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of lovindahops
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finished some yard work so my reward will be a bell's amber ale

A- a very hazy brownish orange body with a huge head of foam that refuses to go away. Creamy lacing all over the edges of the glass. A bold looking amber to say the least

S- strong malt presence focusing on caramel, earthy scents, and even some fruit in the back end. Good scent profile that is very malt forward

T- extremely malt with herbal and earthy flavor overlapping the sweetness. Slightly biscuity (much more less than fat tire), but still full of flavor on all realms. Even a little bitter at the end

M- smooth and carbonated right. Not too sticky with the caramel malt flavor

O- a good amber ale from bells that will always be a solid choice!

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Photo of TooGood
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of qcghost
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of beagle75
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Moderate stepwise lacing remains on the glass and profuse solids hang suspended throughout the column.

S: Bready, with mild caramel and crystal malt.

T: Begins dry, with refined bread, mild herbaceous hop aromatics, and a whiff of caramel. Acidity is of minor presence into the middle where grain becomes maltier before earthy flavors step up to dominate in the mildly bitter finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and slightly astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This amber ale is satisfactory in its ability to capture some English plae ale qualities while remaining clean and versatile. Hopping is light but appropriate, while malt components are varied and interesting without being challenging.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@Betty's:
Okay, it has a nice gold/amber color and creates a nice bubbly off white head. A little light for this style, but I beginning to feel this is what this company aims for. An aroma of malt and cirtrus. A flavor of malt, hops and citrus. A good beer, just lighter than I think this style should be.

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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,141 ratings
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