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

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948 Reviews
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
Reviews:
948
Ratings:
3,011
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
148
Gots:
523
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 948 | Ratings: 3,011
Photo of jayrod20
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious copper colored ale with a hearty malt flavor that goes down smooth as water.Nice aftertaste and no carbonation gives an enjoyable experience from the moment it hits your tongue to the moment it hits your stomach.Highly recommended I will be buying this ale again!!!!

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Photo of eljefe21
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber in color with a two-finger, white, fluffy head. Silky smooth fine lacing coats the sides of the glass. Some fine particles float suspended in the body of the beer.

S: Sweet malt smell up front with hints of hops lurking in the background. Smell is considerably strong for the style.

T: Toffee like sweetness melts in the center of the tongue. Maybe the slightest hint of hops, but just for balance to keep the sweetness in line.

M: A medium bodied beer that's smooth and a bit creamy in the middle. The slightest bit of carbonation on the edges of the tongue.

D: I was looking for something tasty and sessionable as my local beer store tends to stock bigger brews. Coming in just under 6%, this almost fits the bill. It certainly fits the spot taste-wise. A great year round pick.

Served: in an imperial pint glass.

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

Poured to a tulip.
Pours a nice honey amber, with a two finger fluffy white head that doesn't stick around long but leaves a nice lacing and keeps a thin whispy film atop the brew.
Smells of caramel malt and sweet carmalized sugar, I get a little breadyness In there with pretty discreet hops in the back.
Nice sweet malty flavors, I am still getting other burnt caramel. Nice lightly bitter hop finish.
Mouthfeel is medium light with medium high carbonation.
Easy to drink refreshing beer. I almost always have a bottle or two in the fridge.

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange-like amber with off-white head and thin lacing. Sweet caramel aromas with faint wafts of citric hops. Taste is predominantly biscuit and caramel malts with a good earthy and spicy hop balance. Finish is a little bitter. Medium body.

Overall this is a pretty good amber ale. I would drink more.

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Photo of tar
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Amber Ale pours a cloudy amber with a thick puffy white head. Some sediment/particles were present, suspended in the glass (I've had this beer several times before and have never noticed this). A fairly persistent head leaves rings around the glass as it slowly diminishes. Very little aroma is present---a bit of hops comes through, and a hint of floral scents. This is mirrored in the taste, which is good but rather mild. There is a slight yeasty flavor in the finish. A fairly smooth, medium bodied beer which is pretty good, but not exceptional.

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Photo of Minotaur
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A good, drinkable amber ale. It has a smooth, mellow mouthfeel with enough moderate carbonation to keep the beer from becoming heavy on the palate.

It has the style named color and is a bit on the darker side of amber and has a decent head that disperses evenly.

The aroma is very light with only a bit of toasty malt. I would say if there was a single weak point on this beer it is in the aroma.

The beer is a straightforward but flavorful blend of nutty, just slightly hopped and bright, toasted and grain-sweet malts. The most upstanding component is a mild nuttiness kind of like toasted chestnut. It is a pleasant tasting beer that could easily be drunk on its own, or eaten with mild and earthy foods.

A good solid drinking beer that exemplifies the style.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured true to its name...with a thin head that receded into a thinner cap and oily lacing. Some sediment and better than average carbonation. Very nice nose of malt and resin with a touch of caramel. Taste followed the nose with good bread and some grass. No aftertaste to speak of from this light to medium-bodied brew, tasted toward the back of the mouth. One of the better beers I've tasted recently. They call it the flagship of Bell's and while I haven't had the coveted "HopSlam" yet, it's the best Bell's offering I've had.

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Photo of Matt1516
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's been a week of hoppy IPAs, so perhaps drinking this more subtle amber ale a little too cold did it a disservice.

Pours clear amber with small head (into a tumbler). Aroma of toasted grain and caramel.

Some malts present in the taste, not much by way of hops. Balanced taste-neither too sweet or bitter. Good session beer but a little forgettable.

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