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:
157
Gots:
581
For Trade:
2
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Photo of LambicPentameter
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of lovindahops
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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Photo of hopsputin
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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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of BB1313
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Way past due for a review on this. I enjoy this stuff often.

12 oz brown bottle with a awesome label fit spring through the fall. Scenic and reminds me of the place I live now and grew up. Soothing label and an all time favorite. Poured this into a Bell's Standard pint glass.

A - a golden amber with hints of orange highlights. Yes that's amber with a touch of gold. Lots of haze and what appears to be light sediment floating throughout giving the orange highlights. Good creamy head that leaves a sturdy ring of long lasting lace. Stick is perfect and continues to cling to the walls throughout the experience. This is what an American Amber ale is supposed to look like.

S - an equal display of both hops and malt. Citrusy hops with an equal whiff of caramel malt. Bready yeast character with some nice wafts of soft milk chocolate. Nothing real dominant with this aroma as it has a lot going on and is well balanced but everything seems to remain soft and nothing really grabs hold of the nose.

T - bread like yeast character. Some awesome sweetness in the overall flavor due from the caramel and maybe toffee malt. Almost buttery sweet in and out with a citrusy hop providing a semi bitterness in the finish. Nothing flashy. Just damn tasty.

M - creamy medium body with awesome Bell's texture. It's easy to drink and very sessionable. One of my all time favorites and great any time of year. It's balance is out of this world allowing for maybe the perfect ale a person could enjoy any time.

O - a real deal classic and what I consider the staple of American amber ales. It's very good stuff and enjoyable. There's nothing flashy or in your face with Bell's amber. Just a down right good tasting ale that's really stunning to look at. There's nothing bad to say about this. Ill continue picking this up throughout every year like I have for the multiple years that's past. One I can pick up and know exactly what I'm getting and one that always brings a smile to my face.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jroberts8811
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-beautiful in a pint. amber, transparent, lots of big carbonation, settles into a reasonably fluffy head. good sticky lacing.
S-strong sweet malt notes, caramel, honey, slight hops
M-Thin, doesn't coat the mouth, lots of bright carbonation, but not crisp
T-roasted malt, slightly bitter, apricot (?)

Started off thining it was "meh" but i've somehow made it through the whole thing...Guess that's what it's supposed to be. Easy to drink and enjoy. It is what it is and nothing more.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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