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

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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 57md
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy copper with about a half finger of head. The nose is quite yeasty. The flavor is solid but basic - bready with a mild dry bitter finish.

Very drinkable but I doubt that I will be coming back to this one.

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Photo of Knutson_16
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Dark orange, amber, a little hazy when poured and has a thin white head as well.

Smell: This beer has a fairly weak aroma but is still very appealing. Has mild yeasty notes with some citrus undertones. Not as overpowering that a lot of beers are.

Taste: This beer tastes yeasty with some obvious pine notes. I would describe this beer as having a weak broth taste with some caramel , grain and malt notes as well. It also has a very weak citrus undertone. This beer has a complex flavor spectrum; there are obviously a lot of distinct flavors in this beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a very crisp, clean, and refreshing aftertaste. The flavor is not as overpowering like most beers. I found it to have slight carbonation but not as much as some other beers.

Overall: This beer is my favorite beer thus far. There is just so much going on with this beer and all the flavors work really well together, it creates a delicious beer. I enjoy the crisp, clean finish. It is such an easy beer to drink, not too strong yet has a distinct taste. I enjoy darker beers to begin with, so the color was what first appealed to me. The yeasty, malty, caramel flavors are delicious. I would highly recommend.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours an amber color and shows as hazy, opaque orange when held up to the light. There is a thin white head, some of which remains as a collar to the end. Light lacing and lots of carbonation

The smell is musty and full of toasted and sweet malts. Some flora and citric hops but these are mostly drowned out by the matls.

The taste follows the nose with strong toasted and sweet malts dominating. There is also a light caramel backbone with plenty of citrus and floral hops coming in at the end with a piney hop resin remaining on the tongue after swallowing. Overall this is an interesting beer; there is a lot going on here.

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Photo of adamhdg
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice Amber with a thin quickly dissipating head. Smell is very subtle with nothing specific coming forth other than grain. Taste is amazing with sweet caramel and grain. So delicious with a mild hop on the front and back. Refreshing carbonation through the entire experience. Really enjoyed this and will be drinking it again.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured mine into a beer mug, pours a nice copper color with a small foam head which does not last but sits thinly around the glass.

Smells kinda fruity to me, almost like a Michigan wet fall when it starts getting cold. Or maybe how the label looks, it smells like that. Very fitting.

Tastes like the notes/commercial description says, I couldn't word it better and never usually do, it's very plesant and not strong with the bitterness of its aftertaste making it refreshing and enjoyable.

Has a nice feel too, not thin, not thick, nicely carbonated and flows down smooth.

Overall, it's easy to drink and pleasant on the taste buds. This being the second Bell's I can say I like. A very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish gold with an off white head. Some cloudiness with ample carbonation. Nose gentle but full maltiness with promises of a bit of spice. Taste opens quickly into a mildly resinous, slightly creamy goodness with gentle hop overtones. After drinking several swallows I realize there are more hops than I first noticed... nice integration with the malt, and not overwhelming (thank you), but more hoppy the more I drink. Mouthfeel full, maybe a little too sudsy, but decent. The label says that this has been brewed since 1985, so its endurance through the changes in the beer scene of the last few decades is worth noting. A fine ale.

Bottled date on bottle reads "PKGD 01/13/16 A"

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sight: dark with a white foam head
Smell: nutty undertones with hints of caramel
Taste: full bodied, thick flavor

Hints of malt, caramel, honey, and coffee make this more of a dessert beer.

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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 fx20736
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World Jan/ Feb 2016. Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temp.

Look: Turbid bronze, cream/ offwhite head, greatt lacing

Smell: Rich, caramel malt, orchard fruit

Taste: slight orchard fruit tartness, thick bready malt

Feel: superb, silky, bouyant

Overall: a great little gem of an ale

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Photo of barnzy78
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Batch 15051, PKGD 11/11/15. It has to be at least 5 years since I had this beer. Amber ale - what ever happened? Now they're all overly hopped IPA's and "Session IPA's". Nice to come back to reality, thanks to my friend, Ken, for buying and sharing.
A - amber colored ale with a creamy ivory head that slowly fades to a foam
S - earthy, floral, and very herbal hop aroma coupled with caramel, grain, and pale malt
T - earthy and herbal again here with yeast, caramel, toasted grain, toffee, faint fruitiness and some tea-like notes
M - medium body, ample carbonation, finishes semi-bitter
O - not my favorite amber ale and always seems to be one that I want to love more; either way this is definitely a trip down memory lane. It reminds me of when I first started out rating/trying/reviewing beers. I've never been crazy over herbal hops, and this one is no exception. I always end up liking this one less than I feel like I should, and it ends up being just mediocre for me.

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Photo of Carolvs
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice frothy head with stamina that griped the glass all the way down. A bit underperforming on the flavor side, though. I think the community rating here better maches my experience than the Bros' rating.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours easily and settles into a thin white head, prevalent lacing, is moderately carbonated,and It's nearly clear.

S: A good solid bready malt aroma with caramel and bready character. It also provides an alcohol smell to a small measure.

T: The malt just provides so much presence on my pallet, with smooth and rich spectrum of flavors. Those flavors include caramel, nut and some burnt flavors. A clean finish with only a hint of hop character.

F: A full malt body that provides depth and a mouthfeel that does not come up short.

O: Another great beer among many other great beers from Bell. It's hard to find a significant criticism of this beer, and certainly, if you like a full bodied malt beer with excellent smoothness, and isn't a stout or porter, you cannot go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well, all I can really say about this beer is that it is indeed an Amber ale. Nothing amazing but still solid in every way. Bell's amber has a nice appearance along with pleasant caramel notes. Mouth feel is crisp and finishes clean. Overall it's a solid example.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Starts off pouring very blonde but that develops into a beautiful hazy, juicy light iced tea color (ambers, honeys, reds) and a head that doesn't quit. 2 fingers, popcorn colored, and slow to recede leaving lots of evidence of its existence behind.

A bit of caramel sweetness on the nose, with amber malts, a touch of honey. Faint to nose, otherwise pretty decent.

Taste overall, like the nose, is muted. It starts off with cereal grains, followed by a small dose of piny hop, and some brown bread crust, finally fading with some baked sugar sweetness.

Feel is creamy but still light enough to enjoy thoroughly. A semi dry feel permeates the whole profile, and it dries politely.

While I like this Amber and I feel it's a solid craft, I wish the flavors and aromas were louder and I could do with a bit more character overall.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Amber Ale

Final actual review of the night ( the next one will just be rated without one ). Part three of four on the random brew up north trip. How I have never had this beer from my favorite brewery is a total fucking mystery since I see I in singles everywhere. Maybe I just never thought it sounded too appealing. Who knows. By here it is. Let's do it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottled hard poured into a pint glass. This brew pours on the lighter shade of amber with a moderately high level of clarity. The head demanded a three time and stop and go pour so that there was no spillage. It is exceptionally pillow and starts leaving a massive amount of clingy cloudburst amongst a slow death. This is a pretty beer thus far. Leaves some rather attractive lacing and stick

Smell - The scent is typical of the style. A large dosage of toasty caramel malts with a touch of nut. Borderlines on burnt. Hop presence is minimal. Can't say much else here.

Taste - The taste follows the nose though the malts do get a bit darker. A near roasted caramel malt type of deal though the hop aspects do play a key role as well and come through in lemon like qualities. Surprising alcohol as well but nothing that makes it hard to drink. Low bitterness.

Feel - They body on this brew is thick and almost like syrup in a way though it doesn't take any of its flavors. The taste actually becomes more hop forward as it sits in the mouth and it swallows easy as can be with a slightly tuned up bitterness.

Overall - Not a favorite style of mine but this was probably the smoothest amber ale I have ever consumed and that's greater for Bell's since it was made to be that way. Nothing mind blowing here in terms of flavor but the balance is great and a straight six pack could be consumed without hesitation..

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Photo of T100Mark
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 12 ounce bottle (nice label) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A burnt orange color. Murky. Off-white, foamy head. Great lacing.

Smell - Subtle herbal nose.

Taste - A syrupy malt sweetness. Musty, earthy hop flavor. A little zip on the backend. Cool!

Mouth - Good!

Overall - My first Bell's! This is a very interesting, complex ale. Bell's calls the beer an amber ale but it looks and tastes a little like a Belgiun ale.

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Photo of generallee
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a packaged on date and an abv of 5.8%.

Appearance: The body has a dark brownish amber color with a light haze and a creamy tall light tan head on top. It’s head fades slow and makes nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: I get some sweet maltiness and doughy bready notes. I also pick up a slight orange rind note from the hops.

Taste / Palate: This one has light and balanced mix of sweet bready maltiness and orange rind like hop bitterness. The feel is fairly light and softly carbonated.

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Photo of stevoj
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours orange/amber with minimal head. Aroma of oranges, malt, sourdough. Taste is dry and recalls bread, ginger, apricots. Mouthfeel is medium weight and dry. Smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 14803 bottled 9/9/15.

12 oz bottle served chilled into a Pilsner glass, Bell's amber ale is a slightly hazy reddish brown color. Head is thick and has good retention with spotty lacing.

Aroma is slightly roasty with a hint of floral hops.

Flavor starts of sweet with the toasted malts bringing wheat bread and caramel notes. The bitterness comes through from middle to end. It's bitterness from malts mostly but there is some grassy and piny hops too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a very good amber ale from back in the days (1985 to be exact) when balanced traditional styles were more appreciated.

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Photo of angusdegraosta
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Amber is a good golden color with pleasant honey floral notes. It has a crisp mouthfeel, generous malt to round it out, and a great sweet citrus flavor from the hops, though it isn't at all too sweet. I expected no less from this brewery, but I was surprised nonetheless. This is a real joy to drink.

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

Bell's Amber Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is one half finger thick, with lateral lacing, and a clear medium-light brown body.

Smells like nice full-bodied malts and grains. Not too much going on with the hops in this discipline of the review.

I taste brighter malts, as well as the richer elements described above. Nothing is overpowering the other in that regard. Again, not much going on with hop bitterness here. A very small touch of caramel comes into play mid-palate as well. A very decent balance and drinkability.

The mouthfeel I'm getting here is smooth and clean.

Overall, I'll give Bell's Amber Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc. a solid 4. I would have rated this higher had the visual presentation been better and the flavor had just a tiny pinch more of hops. Still, I enjoyed this brew and might pick it up again if the mood strikes me.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated "pkgd 11/5/14" so this is 10 months old. Pours a cloudy dark amber color - almost honey-colored. Nice tan head. Moderate carbonation. Strong malt presence initially, although hops are somewhat evident in the finish. Medium bodied. Carbonation is actually on the low side, which is unusual for the style. Smooth finish with lingering sweetness on the back of the tongue. Alcohol is well hidden.
Quite drinkable, and I think a good example of the style.

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

Poured from a bottle - cloudy orange-gold color. The foam dissipated rather quickly. Some nice citrus notes and malt on the nose. Taste has light caramel, toasty malts, light citrus hops and orange. A very enjoyable amber!

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Photo of seedyone
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Cooper's Chelsea, NYC. Looked fine, reasonable head that fled pretty quickly. Aroma was milder in the malt than the actual flavor. Falls off in the texture area. On the watery side. I wouldn't put this too high on the list unless it was a VERY short list & then begrudgingly. Ilve had better Bell's brews.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: This beer from a 12oz. bottle had a medium carbonation level. There was a 1-2 finger head that didn't stick around for long, but some decent lacing continued for some time.

Smell: Not too much on the aroma side from this beer. There is a slight hop fruitiness and some caramel malt apparent.

Taste: Not much bitterness (hops) and there is a slight fruity sourness. Some malt and sweet notes fade in and out. There are also slight apple/cherry fruit flavors in the mix.

Feel: There is a medium body with not a whole lot of carbonation and has a moderate dry finish.

Overall: This is a decent Amber Ale, but nothing really stands out as being phenomenal. It falls within the style, but I would prefer some more flavor/aroma hops. Not my favorite Bell's brew for sure, but I would drink it again.

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