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

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3,101 Ratings
Bell's Amber AleBell's Amber Ale

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

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.

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Photo of kingmaker
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of SABERG
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle dated 11/23/15 into the modified tulip glass.
A - Orange marmalade in color, nice carbonation, a fine white cap, lacing is delicate.
S - Malt base is beautiful, a hint of tropical hops, add a delicate herbal quality.
T - Light brown sugar, toasted malts, delightful hop snap.
M - Medium in body, carbonation is quick to clean up, dry finish with little linger.
O - What a treat, an Amber ale that hits the high note, I grow nostalgic for more.
Cheers all

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Photo of Cath
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of roadhouse
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appears a hazy orange amber color with lively carbonation that lets thousands of bubbles wisp up to the top to create a two finger off-white bubbly head. Leaves huge sheets of lace down the side of the glass.

Aroma is very much like the smell of baking bread with some hints of caramel malt and floral hops.

Taste starts out with some sweet caramel malt and breadiness then that fades into some citrusy hops with just the right amount of bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and quite smooth.

I was surprised I hadn't tried this one from Bell's yet so I picked up a single and I must say it's quite good. It's not the best ever, but it's very sessionable. It's a very well balanced beer and I think someone who is at the beginning stages of the journey to becoming a hophead might really enjoy this as it's not too bitter but does have a certain kick to it.

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Photo of putnam
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice, roasted hop-scented beer. Suggestive of browned pine needles and grilled nuts. Old-time Bell's aromas.
The liquid is a deep tawny red/orange and sports a wild pattern of bubbles.
Now, hours later, the beer is warm and less fizzy, but not a bad drink at all. A wild, crabapple tartness strips away the generous, packed layer of baked cake flavor just enough to reveal a slight aluminum nuance. A solid effort.

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Photo of browniewithnuts
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of JimGlonke
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 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 clarknova
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.36/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 10/10/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a good sized head, and it is lasting. Head color is creamy, white, with small bubbles. Has a very malty aroma, but not too strong. A sweet malty taste, Fat Tire/Newcastle-ish. Very malty, not a very balanced malt taste, not as much hops.

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Photo of bruachan
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from heinen's in hudson

copper color with some sediment in suspension, though it slowly settles out. i question the condition of my glass, so i'll give the head the benefit of doubt: i had a collar...sounds like others saw lasting foam. sweet caramel nose with some flowery hops and brown sugar
caramel taste, too. and a slight butterscotch finish to go along with the lingering bitterness. very little hop flavor

hopback is my existing benchmark for ambers, but this has a nice focus on the sweetness, with enough hops to show through. i love munich malts...mmm. i also love the texture of this beer: the munich gives it a great chance to stick around while your tastebuds do their thing

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a turbid amber color with vislble carbonation rising up from the edge of the glass. Small particles blend in to the swirl of bubbles. A tight creamy white head forms on pouring. Eventually a ring is left, with a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Pale malt with some toasted notes and toffee. The hops are floral with a touch of citrus.

Taste: It starts off lightly sweet, with pale malt that gives off a toasted flavor. Some toffee flavor yields to a floral hop character. The finish has a soft lingering bitterness. Overall the flavor has a nice balance to it; it starts somewhat sweet and finishes somewhat bitter, without ever straying too far in either direction.

Mouthfeel: Really creamy, light crispness from the carbonation. Fuller than medium carbonation in a medium body.

Drinkability: This was pleasantly drinkable with some nice complexity that will continue to develop over a session. Amber is not my style of choice, but there is good reason why this is their flagship beer.

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

Acquired in trade from Sobeleg. Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark red color. Very cloudy. Decent size head with good lacing all the way down.

S: Caramel malt. Some pine notes. Nice sweet, fruity notes. I want to say fig.

T: Similar to smell, but the pine note is virtually hidden. Good sweet malty flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied. The gravity seems to increase on he finish. A bit syrupy.

O: Solid amber ale. I was pleasantly surprised. I would get this again

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Photo of TooGood
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an all-around solid beer from bell's. pours a hazy light amber, decent creamy head. this reminds me more of a bock than an american amber/red due to the malt/sweet balance of it. dough and toffee in the nose along with something i can't put my finger on. flowers? sweet caramel malts upfront with just barely enough hops to round it out before the sweetness comes returns on the back end. medium carbonation from the bottle conditioning, nice and creamy/crisp at the same time. almost medium in body. a nice session beer but for that i would prefer a pride and joy. sweetness can make this a little cloying after a while.

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

Photo of tastybeer
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color glows a deep orange brown with some added copper-like hues. White head is existant but easy going. Retention is a ring. Smells sweet with mild pine and more steady citrus. Aromas come together rather smoothly, and likewise with the flavors. Bitterness is thorough and entertaining. Malts hold up just right and flavor hops come along for the ride. Citrus and other fruit mainly with an earthiness too. Entertaining amber and one of the better. Mouthfeel is smooth with prickly carbonation. Very nice. Quite drinkable too.

A good one for getting again. Certainly sessionable.

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Photo of zrab11
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice soft red with a nice think head

S-has hints of citrus with some hoppy maltness

T-Has a nice plum and peach taste with a hin of hoppiness and carmel.

M-Light bodied with ok carbonation

D- Very drinkingable beer. Really like this beer. Nothing amazing about this beer but very good overall

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

This is really good - a great sessionable beer that would be refreshing on a hot day.

Pours copper, hazy with some suspended particles, with thin white head. Aroma is malty, camelly, with a sweet hop character. The flavor is sprightly, light carmel, spiced peach, a little bitter orange. It is refreshing and sweet, yet tart, almost like a good iced tea The mouthfeel is slick and prickly.

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Photo of jkermitj
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of DudMan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Lob
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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