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

Bell's Amber AleBell's Amber Ale
BA SCORE
3.84/5
3,136 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:
#10,296
Reviews:
978
Ratings:
3,136
pDev:
11.98%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
159
Gots:
594
Trade:
2
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,136 |  Reviews: 978
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of imbibehour
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very large creamy and light caramel colored head off the pour. Body is a cloudy dull amber orange and brown. Lots of big sticky retention.

Grassy malts off the nose mixing a mild hop present. Slight graham cracker smelling too.

Sweet tasting malt and brown bread in the palate. Sweet but subtle hop finding mixing in with some of the graham cracker taste. Mouthfeel is just about perfect, lots of body, not syrupy just on the money. Texture builds an almost creamy taste as well.

Overall I love a solid red ale and this is no exception.

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Photo of 22Blue
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of AlexFields
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tasted in a pint glass from draft and bottles on numerous occasions. Look is cloudy orange with an off-white head and nice rings of lacing. Smell is sweet malts, grain, with floral and citrus hop aromas. Taste is sweet and toasted malts, caramel, toffee with floral and citrus hop flavors. Feel is medium in body with a crisp and somewhat bitter finish.

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Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typical 12 ounce bottle, w/o pours typical lighter amber, clear, light tan head, showing better then average retention and then leaving decent frothy lace on the glass. Faint malty, honey nose. Malty brew, smooth and balanced. Middle of the road style, and certainly not my favorites but this one is better then the rest. Balance is the central theme. Fine sessioner.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to nonic pint glass, the appearance was a sturdy amber color with a finger's worth of dissipating white foamy head. Sliding messy lace.
The aroma had some soft sweet nuts, somewhat crisp and roasty, nice caramel/toffee smooth sweet contour flowing into the blend. Ended with a little bit of grassy to floral hops.
The flavor was moderately sweet touching down on the roast and the grassy to floral bitter hop qualities. Adequately followed through in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt fine.
Overall, pretty nice American amber ale well worthy of having again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty clouded orange-ish brown amber. Slight leafy nose. Seems very calm though. The flavor really brings it here. Even and firm bodied. Consistently earthy woody tones. Feel is very well bodied on the liquid and a good carbonation as well. I'm calling this as a good example of the style and an overall good brew to try.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a bright, crystal clear copper coloring, with a thin ring of film for head. The nose is a very pleasant, mouth watering toasted caramel smell. In mouth, the beer has slightly sour caramel flavors riding on a mild bitter hopped backbone. Round and slightly oily in mouth, with a slick finish. Toasty and sour aftertaste, with lingering bitter and sour flavors in the finish. Decent beer, but not mind blowing. Very easy to drink, and drink lots of.

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Photo of jwc215
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with a one-finger creamy head that lasts. Creamy lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of toast, caramel, earthiness. Woody undertones.

The taste is sweet. Slightly roasted caramel mingles with butter. The smell of an undertone of wood lingers into the taste. Sweetness in the finish rounds it out.

The body is light to medium. A touch watery, but enough of a body to keep the flavor hanging on. Nice carbonation.

This is a nice, sessionable amber.

Thanks to dekker0 for including it in our trade!

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Photo of Duff27
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 10669
PKGD 9/12/11 A

A- Full inch of white head on a sediment filled amber bodyied beer.

S- Smells of biscuits and caramels.

T- Some caramel notes. Well balanced between malts and hops.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Smooth, lower end of carbonation.

D/O- Just a nice, easy drinker from Bell's. For whatever reason, this beer has never done much for me....aside from the appearance and drinkability it doesn't really stand out in any way. Good, but pretty middle of the road.

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Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, caramel malt, hint of biscuit, hit of tea, spicy hops, yeast, and slight brown sugar. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, slight caramel malt, slight piney hops, hint of alcohol, slight citrus hops, and floral notes. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend. The feel is too carbonated, but the subtle citrus flavors blend well with the malt profile to cut the cloyingness.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always seem to have unresolved questions for the Kalamazoo Brewing Company, and right now it's: what's the significance of the heron? Maybe it's the Michigan state bird, and I'm just an idiot...This was introduced to me as not only the "flagship" brew of Kalamazoo, but "the beer Larry drinks." Then I found out that when the K'zoo crew really get to partying, it's hard liquor...
Color is hazy orange, bordering on brown, and the head is a good inch thick, properly white. Aroma is sprucey, piney, full of hops, fruity, but mainly pineapple and citrus. There's a touch of tart, but it's mostly sweet.
On the palate, nothing but smooth, smooth, smooth. Malt looms large in this ale, but it's perfectly matched. Hops are tingly, tasty, and not quickly forgotten. I can see tossing back a million of these! Yum-a-licious!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,136 ratings
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