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

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,126 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:
3,126
Reviews:
975
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
158
Gots:
581
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Philcassella
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of potatoadapter6
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of YoungMtn52
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got this one as part of a mixed six-pack at Fairway...heard good things about this Michigan brew and was not disappointed...also got the Oberon and liked this one better...nice crisp clean taste with pleasant hoppy notes...will look for this one again.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It has the toasty caramely molasses flavors of a sweet beer without being sweet... rather dry in fact, straight bitterness with nothing "bright" about the hops, just unnecessary bitterness. Some earthy and soapy qualities in there. Definitely an amalgam of citrus fruit, some grass and spice, some metal as well. But bitterness is cranked too high for an amber.

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Photo of dstewart532
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Eammon1920
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of foghornleghorn22
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopHEAD1522
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HamdenHector
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: slight haze; bronze in color; 2 finger light khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S; nutty with sweet malt behind it;

T: toasted grain, nutty, a little floral; finish is malty with mild bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish that continues to dry out into the aftertaste;

O: very nicely balanced amber - not too sweet;

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Photo of stucat
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JPadilla
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light amber in color with a bit of light sediment suspended throughout the body. There's a fingernail of beige resting on top. The aroma is of caramel, a hint of citrus, and faint grassy hops play a background note. The flavor is mostly caramel and light marzipan along with just a hint of grassy hops at the back of the palate. The mouth is light and delicate.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rpm0003
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rufus1
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark apricot with a two finger creamy head. Some smoke on the nose but drowned out by the toasted grains and lightly toasted barley. Not big on hops. Taste is caramel with toasted bread. Some herbal/citrus hops. Nicely balanced with good carbonation. Soft medium mouthfeel. Dry finish. Smooth and very drinkable. Nice smooth brew but not spectacular. It will however be on my list of restaurant beers. Be great at a fish fry.

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Photo of dwilt
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SmokySignals
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 0z. bottle of Bell's Amber Ale, dated 4/25/17 with a 6 month shelf life listed - poured into a generic tumbler. 5.8% abv

Very hazy/cloudy honey or lemon tea - colored ale. Murky, rusty water look. I don't like this appearance. Fair depth of foam, which soon flattens out to a thin fuzzy film.

Smells pretty good, with faint honey, light caramel, malt, sweet herbal or grassy notes. Needs to warm up a minute.

Tastes like it smells, yet the sweetness is held in checkmate by the hops for nice balance and pleasantly bitter end. Smooths out as it comes to its preferred temp.

Not overly fizzy, and not too heavy on the palate. Nice slippery after effect.

Not sure if I will partake of another 6 pack of these. There are other Amber Ales that have much more going on than this.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to nonic pint glass, the appearance was a sturdy amber color with a finger's worth of dissipating white foamy head. Sliding messy lace.
The aroma had some soft sweet nuts, somewhat crisp and roasty, nice caramel/toffee smooth sweet contour flowing into the blend. Ended with a little bit of grassy to floral hops.
The flavor was moderately sweet touching down on the roast and the grassy to floral bitter hop qualities. Adequately followed through in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt fine.
Overall, pretty nice American amber ale well worthy of having again.

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

Photo of eblue33
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antc2382
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,126 ratings.
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