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

very good
3,118 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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3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that reduced to a thick film with a large collar and had excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of a light toasted grain malt, light floral hops and a mildly sweet doughy yeast with notes of caramel, honey and citrus (orange).

The taste was quite malty with a nice caramel sweetness from the onset with the finish being lightly hoppy with a slight bitter citrus peel presence and just a touch of honey at the end. The flavor lasted an average time with a good light bitter sweet taste left to linger for just a while longer.

Mouthfeel was a bit beyond light in body with a watery yet still slightly creamy texture and a nice mild carbonation.

Overall a smooth easy to drink brew with a nice light sweetness, that is offset by the mild hoppy bitterness...

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -41.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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

12OZ in a pint glass.

A- Hazy amber with a two finger head. Lots of random floating particles.
S- Sugary red with some caramel sweetness. Not a ton to it but pretty nice.
T- Silky smooth malts. This beer is as creamy smooth as they get. Good biter sweet balance. Tastes like a typical red, lots of Unique malts.
M- A very balanced beer. Not too bitter or sweet. Very nice drinking and satisfying. Full flavored and full bodied and yet, not too hard to drink.
O- Most amber ales dont stand out and tend to all blend together. This one may not be a unique step forward but its definitely a step up. A great amber ale for sure.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle- a gift from a good friend who had received it from friends travelling from Michigan (he and I both used to live in separate towns near Kalamzoo, but long before Bell's existed). He gave it to me with the statement that this is one of the best beers he has ever had.

Pours a hazy murky orange, It's very different from a "typical" amber ale in that it's actually amber. Most amber ales I've had are much more in the brown shades. The minor white head disappeared in a hurry.

Aroma of honey, butterscotch, and some grassy/herbal hoppiness. Decent enough.

Flavor continues the flavor profile, but the hops and acidic ending are much more pronounced, very much overtaking what is typically a more malty beer (in my understanding of the style). Probably why my friend likes it so much. Mouthfeel includes a nice creaminess.

I finished this, and thought, this is a decent, but different, amber ale. Good. Would be happy to drink it again (maybe fresher?), But I can't agree with my friend- it doesn't blow my socks off.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

copper/amber color....thick foam head that leaves some lacing...plenty of carbonation dancing up from the bottom of my glass

caramel malt nose....somewhat sweet....floral hops....hint of citrus also

floral hop gives you some bitterness at the start...toasted grain and sweet malt at the end...very good balance of malt and hops

nicely carbonated...medium body....very smooth

a very refreshing beer...nice balance...goes down way too easy

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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

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

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A) Hazy amber with many bubble rising to the surface. There was a fair amount of sediment. The head reached a full finger. It settled to a dusting. Nice sticky lacing, spider webbed the pint.

S) Malty, bready, caramel, earthy hops, light floral and fruit.

T) Pretty close to the nose, but more hops character than I picked up with the aroma. Nice malt flavors, caramel sweetness, toasted grains. This is balanced out by the hops and an earthy/grassy finish.

M) Medium body, pretty well carbonated, maybe just a tad too much for me, but that's knit picking. The aftertaste lingers a bit, but on the whole, this is an easy drinker.

O) Solid amber ale option.

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4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

Poured on tap in a 6oz tumbler at a Beer Garden we found in Chicago. Review is from my notes.

Presents an amber, reddish color complete with a slightly thickened yet yet foamy head that eventually dwindles down to a modest ring. Carbonation is fairly plentiful, although it disappears rather quickly. Looks relatively clear and not too thickened overall with each swirl. Slightly syrupy in feel as well. Looks like a good but fairly above average American amber.

At the nose there's a bunch of classic toasted characteristics, with the biscuit backbone and freshly cracked grains following soon after. Slightly soapy as well, which came as a surprise. There's a bit of a malty character that melds with the sweetened toasted flavor but everything ends up remaining overtaken by the bitterness. Slightly spicy, perhaps, but not too complex. Relatively straightforward when reviewing to style.

The flavor continues what was left off from the aroma, with more maltiness this time, especially verging on a toasted cereal grain flavor. The malt backbone provides slight fruitiness, ranging from apples to a hint of apricot, although it eventually melds into a biscuit-like flavor that these beers are known for. Not difficult at all to drink, as the carbonation is well present and it ranges to being semi-dry to wet on the palate. Not too explosive, but a solid offering.

Works as a good summer beer, although it's a little maltier than I like my ambers. The toasted character is highly emphasized but doesn't seem to hold on all the way through, especially when the strong grainy bitterness comes around. I wish the hops were a little bit more present as well, and the same goes for the initial cereal flavors I found satisfying. Solid, but not my favorite offering by Bell's.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up by Greg on a work trip in the midwest somewhere, thanks man.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Batch 8563.

Pours a foggy amber-brown with a two finger khaki colored head that sticks around for quite a while. A good layer of webbing clings to the sides of the glass. Smell is musty pale malts with a good caramel sweetness. A faint pine hop tickles the nose with an oak aroma as well. Creamy caramel up front on the tongue with roasted malts and some nuttiness. Midway, grains and bread emerge with a subtle pine hop that balances this out quite well. Aftertaste is sweet and a touch woody. Mosty smooth feel and light to medium body with a mild sting from the carbonation. Bell's makes some of the best beers out there and this is not to be overlooked. A solid ale that is very flavorful and drinkable, a combination that I'd like to experience more often. I've said it before and I'll say it again, we need Bell's in NY!!!

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,118 ratings.
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