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

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,119 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
Ratings:
3,119
Reviews:
972
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
156
Gots:
576
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 3,119 |  Reviews: 972
Photo of HoppyBastard1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of micropale
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of antoines15
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: reddish orange color. hazy but not quite opaque, a little bit less than a finger of an off white head. leaves a lacing around the edges

Smell: malt forward. caramel and crystal mostly some toastiness. some citrus to herbal hop but fairly subdued.

Taste: opens up with sweet and caramel tastes rounded out by a toasty malts. backend has a bit of hop flavors including citrus and some slight herbal

Mouthfeel: fairly light and drinkable, good balance between the sweet and bitter as neither lingers too long

Overall: a good classic interpretation of an american amber ale. well brewed and well rounded.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Really good example of how an understated style can be complex and surprising. Great session ale.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid it a cloudy orange color good carbonation. The head is 2 finger thick bone white and fades leaving little lace.

The smell is afresh & fruity sweet malt aroma.

The taste follows just a pain but pleasant sweet malt, lightly roasted to a mild carmel.

The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation and a thinner then medium body to make it quite sessionable.

The drinkability is good pound a few.. No Problemo. Prosit MK

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Amber ale. Good carbonation, mellow sweet and biscuit aroma, balanced but maybe a tad bitter. A classic. Cheers!

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Photo of kdown
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of nuebs
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of bmjivi221
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of fishguyac
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of donspublic
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber and slightly cloudy with very little head. Nice nutty aroma with some citrus tones.

Nice sweet malty caramel flavors which give way to some creamy nuttiness. Some nice hop bitterness finishes it off. This is a very smooth and easy-drinking beer. The hops contribute, but don't bite too hard. There are no questionable off-flavors or odd qualities. A good session beer with a nice balance. If you're a real hop head, you might be a little disappointed. Sometimes I get tired of all my beers tasting like IPAs, so I will definitely buy this again. It's a great example of this style.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa Nellie. This is one great beer. An incredible cloudy orange amber brew covered by heaps of golden tan creamy head. Lovely, really lovely looking beer. Gorgeous lace deposits that won't quit. The nose seems somewhat subdued 'neath the heavy cover of foam, but comes across as bready and yeasty. Looks to be lots of chewy substance in the fluid portion of the beer. Great balance between the grainy sweetness and the bittering hops. Lip-licking taste and a nice medium body that is perfectly matched to the look and taste of this great beer. Man, I'd like to get this on tap. Time to head north to Michigan.

Postscript notes: nose moves to caramel as the beer warms. Lots of cream sediment in the bottom of the glass. Please, go get yourself one of these.

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3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OtisCampbell007
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of May 2013. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style pint glass.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields a one-finger head of gold-tinted tan that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a rim of healthy foam right around the edges of the glass. Body is a caramel apple amber brown that appears sightly cloudy.

Smell - I detect a pretty solid element of hops, grass along with an underlying bready characteristic. Some faint notes of caramel.

Taste - Not terribly bold, but the flavors are highlighted by some semisweet caramel that evolves into notes of bittering hops and slightly over-browned biscuits.

Mouthfeel - A nice moderate amount of carbonation that provides an element of refreshment and gives the feel some complexity where many amber ales can seem watery and flat. Body is medium-to-light.

Overall, an excellent take on the classic American Amber. Not my favorite style, but this is definitely one I would buy again for a change of pace if I ran across it on the shelves of my local bottle shop.

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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,119 ratings.
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