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

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Bell's Amber AleBell's Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

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
Reviews:
939
Ratings:
2,980
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
21.3%
 
 
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147
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505
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Photo of JCBears
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Not a strong amber color but nice a semi active head but nice all around

Smell: Fall smelling. Nice hints to make of a mid autumn spice good brew cant wait for the sip

Taste mouth feel: Good mouthfeel. Slight hints of fruit and spice nice over all. Slight hoppy after taste just enough to let you know they were there

Drinkability: A good pairing for Indian. had this with Indian style meat loaf was fantastic. A good beer for higher surroundings

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Photo of Cmack15
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber ales are style I have not explored all that much, having said that tho I feel like this beer is a good example of an amber ale. The color of the beer is a nice deep mahogany, which reminded me of the first runnings of my last all grain batch. The aroma is a nice toasted malt smell. The taste has some is a nice balanced beer that might lean a little towards the malty side but not much. Hops are present but not over powerful just there to balance it all out. This beer is very easy to drink and I would consider a great session beer.
Cheers

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Photo of Evocatus
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

orange-copperish color with a thick head. Aroma has some sweet maltiness to it. Taste is a perfect mix of bitter and sweet. Initially a sweet malt taste with some hints of nuts and caramel, but by the time you finish, the hops kick in so the beer is not overly sweet. Only downside is that the taste could have been a bit stronger. Body was a good thickness. A bit on the expensive side compared to what else was available, but still cheap enough to be an any week beer.

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Photo of Avantyawn
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Standard nice amber coloring, nice fluffy head, large bubbles

S: Crystal malts, mild but detectable yeast , apple cider vinegar, raspberries . Not super into the nose on this...

T: A mild creamy amber ale, the taste doesn't pop out much really, taste is very mild with a little hop kick at the end of mild sweet start., OK but not really impressive.

M: Nice light medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, no complaints here.

O: Overall, I'd imagine this would be a different story fresh on tap, but this 6 pack has been a bit underwhelming and falls short of what I expect / hope for in an amber ale. Decent but forgettable.

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Photo of WillWillows
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bell's Amber in the bottle. I poured it into a pint jar. Very nice and pours a nice reddish gold with a good head that dissipates. Taste is stronger than other Ambers, such as Abita, and has a better mouthfeel, no backbite. Nice. Two for two on Bells having consumed an Oberon recently. I will be back for this one again, I bought a sixer just in case. The five remaining are in grave danger of a quick disposal.

I am drinking the last one now. I slow poured it into a Mason jar and let it sit for 3 minutes until the head was down and the lacing was left. The taste and the temperature were perfect. This is a fine ale.

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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 pasdachuri
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good amber ale. This is a balanced, very tasty and drinkable ale, light but full of character with subtle complexity. It's caramelly, doughy, and toasty with lightly toasted bread and light, caramel malty sweetness balanced with mostly citrus hops.

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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 afdempse
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky amber colored beer with cloudiness and floaties from sediment. Head dissipates and leaves decent lacing.

Aroma is great. Strong scents of freshly baked bread, with an earthy spiciness contributed by the hops.

Flavor is a bit muted compared to the aroma. The bread flavor doesn't quite come through fully. Decently malty, and slightly fruity, but rather neutral and subdued. Hops come in and take over, finishing a bit edgy with yeasty notes following on.

Carbonation is good, body is medium and the finish is semi-dry. Hops seem to be a bit on the astringent side.

Overall, not bad. Certainly not in my top 10 Bell's list, however. For their "flagship" beer, it would seem like they'd put a bit more effort into getting the flavor out there.

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

I had this beer on tap in a glass beer mug. It pours a pleasing amber with a frothy white head. Its smell like its taste is malty and slightly bitter. There are some solid citrus undertones, easy drinking. Light to moderate mouthfeel. Very drinkable. This is a good cross over beer for a macro drinker that like Killians.

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Photo of bozebus17
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy copper. There is a small white head that goes away rather quickly.

It smells of fruity hops with a bit of a malt backbone. The scent isn't overpowering but it is pleasant.

This is a very well balanced beer. The hops taste a bit spicy but are balanced nicely by a slightly sweet malt flavor. This beer is light to medium bodied and goes down easy.

A great session beer and one of many solid offerings from Bell's. This beer is a regular in my fridge and I would recommend it to anyone. This may also be a good crossover beer.

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Photo of BeerMark
3.06/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bell's Amber Ale pours an amber color with a medium head. The smell is of light malts and nothing else. The taste is weak with some malt and very little hops in the mix. This is a beer that I had high expectations for but was let down in the end. It's drinkable, but that's about it. There just ain't a whole lot of flavor goin' on here. I look foward to trying some of Bell's other offerings. This amber ale will not be purchased again.

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Photo of HopHeadKen
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have been on the trail of Amber Ale recently, acquiring several for a trade I am about to ship; so as a consequence, I have reviewed a number of them in the past week; I am sorry to say that this is my biggest dissapointment from Bell's - (BTW, I LOVE Expedition Stout, and several others) This sixer has a bottle code of #6302.

It is bottle conditioned, with a large layer of loose sediment in the bottom of the bottle, I had two of them, trying to isolate the sediment, which poured like chunks of green/brown trub from my first attempt, somewhat un-appetizing; if this is a negative in your beer book, then POUR CAREFULLY !

The pour is hazy orange copper, not as dark or red as other ambers that I have been recently been drinking. It has an ivory head that quickly dissapates to a thin lace.

The smell is faint, carmel malt; and the taste is carmel malty with the thinnest hints of plumb or raisin (maybe I was really looking too hard); with a subtle hop bitterness that finished tart. wondering if it might have been bottle conditioned with a Belgian Lambic yeast ?

I won't be running out to get more of this; and IF you are shopping for it, look at the bottles first, to see how how much sediment is in the bottom.

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Photo of cpmichael
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a deep ruby red/amber color, true to the name. light head retention, white foam.

S: toffee-like with malts up front, then a touch of hops hit the nose.

T: Toffee and malts, with a mild hop flavor that seems to increase towards the end of the taste.

M/D Good carbonation, easily drinkable. Representative of the style.

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Photo of car2052
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass.

A: Very nice dark orange with a 3/4 in off-white head. Cloudy appearance. Probably unfiltered.
S: Sweet, caramel malt. Hint of orange and alcohol.
T: Bready taste. A bit of tartness followed by light dark fruit notes, of cherries and wild berries. Yeasty acidity. Ends with a bit of hop bitterness not felt in the beginning of the palate.
M: Medium mouthfeel. Creamy. Slight hoppy aftertaste.
O: Pretty good. A little too tart. Well made and pretty flavorful.

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Photo of VTR
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up for something different as I transition from my dark beer to lighter summer beers. I do not usually like Amber Ales but I found this refreshing and enjoyable. Definitely not too hop forward with nice caramel/toffee flavor. Kind of a funkiness to the taste with some tartness but totally enjoyable. Carbonation is a kinda high but I did not mind. I am pleased with this.

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Photo of srv33
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour, hah, thin head, a little medium-fine lacing. Smells of pine, honey, sweet light citrus, bread. Taste is solid and has a non-overpowering balanced malt-hop ratio, excellent session brew, great signature, very solid taste, would buy again. One of my favorite non-ipa ales from Bells.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a nice amber color with lost of visible carbonation and foamy offwhite head.

Smell is dominated by caramel malts with a hint of hoppy bitterness.

Taste follows the nose. Really nice caramel sweetness with a bitter finish

Mouthfeel is a highlight for me - some ambers can be a bit too sweet but the carbonation and bitter finish makes this beer very refreshing to drink.

Overall an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of schoolcb
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I decant the 12oz. longneck into an appropriate drinking vessel. A tan head of about 1/2" rises up and slowly fades away leaving a persistent ring of lace. I immediately catch malt and hop aroma. The beer is fairly clear, and a pale copper color. I must have poured to fast as I have floaters in the beer. I have read that Bell's beers are bottle conditioned so I'm not alarmed by the floaters. Flavor is a nice caramel malt balanced nicely with American hops...although I can't make out the specific hop. The hop bitterness finishes nicely in the aftertaste. Overall a very nice drinkable beer

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Photo of ncbeermonger
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super Amber Ale!
The pint glass looks great with this beauty in it. Red and amber in hue it looks fantastic.
You can smell the hoppiness and the amber malt.
This amber has an amazing taste and a super smooth finish! I love it!
The mouthfeel is clean, smooth and crisp
This is an extremely drinkable amber, in fact it is my favorite Amber I have ever had!

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Photo of runner440
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an awesome Amber Ale. A perfect session beer to drink all night. A perfect amount of Big thanks for Marc for hooking me up with this flagship beer. There are epic tastes of sweet caramel and malt. The mouth-feel was very nice and had a perfect amount of carbonation. The drinkabilitly on this beer is huge! One of the best Amber Ale's I've ever had.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

had this from a 12 oz bottle.

A: pours a typcial amber-orange color with minimal head and no lacing. A decent looking bier.
S: very slight smell, nothing spectacular.
T: not as robust as many ambers, a little weak.
M: nothing exciting here, doesn't offend bu doesn't excite.
D: could have a few of these on a hot summer day, but it wouldn't be too remarkable.

Bells usually makes a good product, this is not one of it's best. This is a "recommend slightly".

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Photo of cadenwhitaker
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an almost clear amber, just a little cloudy.

Drink is lots of caramel, its almost like the subtle hops are just to add a bit of crispness to the taste.

This beer fits into a particular style that I enjoy, on the spectrum of amber ales this could almost lean towards that of an Oktoberfest. Almost.

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Photo of natemort13
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, 12-25-2011

Bottled 11/09/11

Nice new label, love the Michigan nature scene...good to be home.

Pours a light orangey brown with a decent frothy white head.

Nose is almost all malty sweetness and bread, slight touch of hops, not overly impressed but hey I'm a hophead.

Nice strong malt presence up front, carbonation lingers on the finish with slight hop bitterness that balances out the malty sweetness. Caramelly, some biscuit.

Overall it's better than I remember, I definitely appreciate the balance of this beer much more now, but when two-hearted is sitting on the shelf next to it I know what I'm gonna reach for.

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Photo of Spiekerbox
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice light amber color with a small white head the quickly dissipates.

S- Sweeter malt is a light scent with a small hop backbone, not very strong but it is pleasant.

T- Nice mix of malts, some sweeter than others, bit of a bitterness at the end with a slight citrus hop flavor, balances well with the malt.

M- Medium body and on the higher side of medium carbonation. Nice and crisp finish.

D- Very good beer, one of the better amber's that I have had. Nothing too special but would make an excellent session beer.

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