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

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,101 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:
3,101
Reviews:
967
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
563
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of dwoolley1
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 HRamz3
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BeerCon5
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly cloudy, bright amber color with less than one finger of bubbly white head that disappeared quickly.

The scent was pretty spicy, toasted grain, and notes of floral hops.

The taste was of moderately bitter floral hops, toasty grain, notes of citrus, and spice.

Medium body, smooth and kind of oily feel, moderate carbonation.

Overall a pretty nice, easy drinking beer. Very tasty and well balanced.

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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

Photo of cfrances33
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of scootny
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the lodge in Hilton Head. Great clarity with an off color head that just makes it that much prettier. Deep amber with a light brown tint. Nose offers up caramel and firm husky grains. Superbly balanced and delicious. Feel is supple and inviting. This is one I can drink all day and for enjoyment. Great solid beer.

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Photo of ttylicki
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BostonPhilly
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Ssippisam
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jkball01
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of smi69
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Miami66
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ShepardCommander
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Raime
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Nolen12
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of match1112
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of CB2maltygoodness
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of hoosier222002
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gwiedman1
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of kimcgolf
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle to a hazy orange-red, much more reminiscent of an IPA than an Amber. There is a thick pillowy off-white head that lasts throughout the glass and leaves excellent lacing. The nose is mostly a sweet caramel-honey-maple, with just a hint of some citrus hops. Taste is more of the malt-hop blend but unfortunatley, the thin body detracts from the flavor. Finish is sweet caramel and somewhat warming, but again, is adversely affected by the thin body, making it a little more watery than I prefe.

Not a bad effort by Bell’s though

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Photo of kingmaker
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,101 ratings.
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