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

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,111 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:
3,111
Reviews:
970
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
156
Gots:
569
For Trade:
2
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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A- Quite a dark amber color. good head and lacing. Cloudy with sediment that reminds me of some quads I have had before.

S- good solid notes of caramel and breadiness. A hint of spice as if from the hops.

T- That is just delightful. Sweet bready caramel up front with a hoppy bitter in the finish.

M- All is right with this one. Perfect balance of smoothness and carbonation. Just right.

O- This is a great amber that will be gracing my fridge for years to come.

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3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of May 2013. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style pint glass.

Appearance - Aggressive pour yields a one-finger head of gold-tinted tan that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a rim of healthy foam right around the edges of the glass. Body is a caramel apple amber brown that appears sightly cloudy.

Smell - I detect a pretty solid element of hops, grass along with an underlying bready characteristic. Some faint notes of caramel.

Taste - Not terribly bold, but the flavors are highlighted by some semisweet caramel that evolves into notes of bittering hops and slightly over-browned biscuits.

Mouthfeel - A nice moderate amount of carbonation that provides an element of refreshment and gives the feel some complexity where many amber ales can seem watery and flat. Body is medium-to-light.

Overall, an excellent take on the classic American Amber. Not my favorite style, but this is definitely one I would buy again for a change of pace if I ran across it on the shelves of my local bottle shop.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finished some yard work so my reward will be a bell's amber ale

A- a very hazy brownish orange body with a huge head of foam that refuses to go away. Creamy lacing all over the edges of the glass. A bold looking amber to say the least

S- strong malt presence focusing on caramel, earthy scents, and even some fruit in the back end. Good scent profile that is very malt forward

T- extremely malt with herbal and earthy flavor overlapping the sweetness. Slightly biscuity (much more less than fat tire), but still full of flavor on all realms. Even a little bitter at the end

M- smooth and carbonated right. Not too sticky with the caramel malt flavor

O- a good amber ale from bells that will always be a solid choice!

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3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: copper/dark burnt caramel. slightly hazy, with a 3 finger frothy off white head

s: sweet malt and biscuits. faint hint of something earthy

t: follows the nose. the taste is mostly sweet caramel malt. there is a generic bitterness along with some citrus and berry flavors. slight nutty

m: lighter side of medium with mild carbonation

o: pretty average. i'm a fan of sweet beers, so a well made amber is ok by me. nothing great here, but nothing bad - you can drink without thinking about it.

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3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a hazy amber; nice big fluffy head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are full of caramel malts and earthy hops. There's a strong breadiness in the aromas and flavors. The flavors are grainy with a subtle bitterness. Tons of caramel and grass going on. Solid flavors, but it doesn't have the depth I recall from the past. Mouthfeel is nice. It's light, but feels hearty with active carbonation. Alcohol obviously goes unnoticed. It's ultimately clean and refreshing.

It's been a minute since I've had this beer. It's a good example of the style.

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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,111 ratings.
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