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

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,101 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:
3,101
Reviews:
967
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
563
For Trade:
2
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Photo of gunnerman
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass, pours a rustic redish amber with a a bit of head that leaves minimal lace on the glass. Smell has that sweet hoppy smell with a bit of bread and clove. This beer has a taste of sweet bread with a nice malt tone and some nice earth hop flavor in there, very well balanced and the drinkability is high on this fine product. Overall a regular that I go to and a nice session beer.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into pint glass

a: copper color with minimal head, slight carbonation

s: light malt smell, not much else to it

t: nice sweet malt taste, well balanced beer not overly hopped

m&d: medium bodied beer, decent mouthfeel. Finishes slightly dry but clean

Good beer true to the style

Cheers!!!

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle pours a nice cloudy dark-amber under a two-inch head that faces to a sticky ring with decent lacing.

Smell has that nice Bell's note of sweet maltiness. Some biscuit, and a bit of citrus hops.

Pleasant sweet malt taste, with grain and grass. (I just love what Bell's does with malt!) Nice balance with hop dryness, but not much bitterness.

Carbonation makes for a nice mouthfeel, and spreads the malt sweetness around.

Very drinkable -- really smooth and fine.

Overall, a fine example of an easy-drinking amber ale. Wow! Bell's scores big again!

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Photo of bnes09
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A hazy orange, amber brew. Pours a thin off-white head with little retention but does produce nice lines of lace. Some sediment flakes at the bottom.

Lots of citrusy hop aromas. A tad spicy on the nose.

Flavors began with a piney and grassy hop character. Buscity malt in the back to smooth things out. Yeast adds an earthy tone. Very well balanced and all the flavors seem to blend well. Crisp and smooth at the same time and intriguing for the palate.

Nice medium-body with moderate carbonation. Hops provide a drying finish and the yeast imparts a coarse texture on the tongue.

Not a bad brew at all. Very refreshing with lots of flavor. Well worth the money.

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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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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm quite fond of Amber Ales and this is a good example of what a quality Amber ought to be like...

Not much carbonation on the pour, the bottle opens with hardly a hiss and even with some vigor to the pour there's barely a think white collar. The beer itself is an unfiltered cloudy deep amber-brown in color with plenty of red highlights when held up to the light.

The smell is very inviting with lots of caramelized malt notes and good fruity esters of apricot and cherry. There's a mild hop note in the nose but not much - just enough of a piney note to add another dimension.

The flavor as well is quite short on hops (which is fine) The style has a lot of latitude when it comes to hopping and here they've opted to put most of the spotlight on the malt and yeast. Lots of good caramel notes, some sweet browned sugar flavors and an interesting toasted grain note that compliments the rest well. The yeast plays a big part here with plenty of sweet fruity notes very similar to a British Pale Ale. Again, not much hopping but just a bit of pine or green grass to compliment the toasted grain note at the finish of the sip.

Mothfeel is surprisingly heavy - this is quite a 'thick' feeling Amber. Just enough bittering on the back end to give each sip some balance. While there isn't quite enough carbonation for my taste what bubbles are there are fine and soft - I'm guessing this is bottle conditioned.

A really drinkable Amber Ale even though it's a bit undercarbonated. Some ambers are much hoppier (North Coast's Red Seal) while this is very, very similar to Anderson Valley's Boont Amber except for two important areas: It's less filtered leaving a lot more substance in each sip and this bottle was undercarbonated the bottle conditioned bubbles add a very nice texture and leave it feeling more "crafted" than AV's Boont. This may not get as much attention as Bell's many fine Stouts but it's just as well made.

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Photo of jera1350
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with lots of bits swimming about. Thin layer of suds on top.

Light roasted malt. Pilsnerish, followed by some fruity and citric hops.

Rich and semi-sweet malts followed by some lighter citric hops. Clean and slightly complex.

Maybe a bit over medium bodied which was unexpected. Pretty thick and smooth with some moderate carbonation.

Absolute session beer here. I could make a night of this. Really well crafted beer that's available year round which is a bonus.

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Photo of LaurenZ
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark colored with caramel and amber hues. The head is small, just around the edges does it appear. Has a copper look to it. The beer is roasty and caramelly in the aroma and has some slight malt hints. The fruity and caramel aroma comes through in the flavor as well. It is slightly bitter and hoppy with bitter and roast notes lingering afterwards. the Beer overall is good and crisp.

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Photo of Morris729
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden amber in color with a bit of an orange tint with an off-white head that fades into a pretty solid lace. Nose is sweet toasted malts and grains with some underlying notes of butterscotch. Medium in body with a bit of a buttery texture towards the end. Taste begins with notes of buttery toffee and diacetyl followed by some doughy and bready flavors with just the right amount of hop bitterness to balance everything out. A pretty nice American amber ale and certainly a beer that would make for a wonderful session brew. Thanks to feloniousmonk for the sample!

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Amber Ale has a thick, off-white head, an amber appearance, lots of bigger and tinier tan yeast chunks, throughout,, and minimal lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, honey-topped, brown bread and a touch of lemon. Taste is of those elements, with some background stone fruit skin and relatively low bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium (almost heavy) and fluffy, and Bell's Amber Ale finishes in the dry realm.

RJT

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Cloudy caramel-colored copper color with specks of residue(?). A light cream colored head that recedes to a swirly light film. Light watery lines of lacing.

Aroma: Light caramel, toasted grains, buttered toast, subtle tea leaves.

Taste: Soft sweet malts up front with toffee and caramel followed by light hop bitterness in the form of black tea tanginess.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: All the things I look for in an amber: sweet, toasty, with a tangy hop finish.

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Photo of Zach136
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy orange, light tan head.

Aroma-Flavor: Light, nutty and caramel aroma. Touch of grassy hop.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, touch of residual sweetness, touch of bitter lingering.

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Photo of SafeAtFirst
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange-like amber with off-white head and thin lacing. Sweet caramel aromas with faint wafts of citric hops. Taste is predominantly biscuit and caramel malts with a good earthy and spicy hop balance. Finish is a little bitter. Medium body.

Overall this is a pretty good amber ale. I would drink more.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSFS
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Poured into a Cigar City snifter (my all-purpose glass for vacation time beer drinking).
The beer was a hazy copper color with a small tan head.
Caramel malt aroma, sweet. Both floral and citrus hops.
Very much caramel in the taste, late hops, mostly citrus, but some piney hops also.
A little more depth in the mouthfeel than I'm accustomed to in this style.
Very sessionable.

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

Appearance: Orange tinted glowing amber hazed body with an off white orange cream colored head nice two finger sized head full thick and creamy in appearance, lacing is speckled through out. Aroma: Bready mix of sweet grain and yeast tones along with a very intriguing hop aroma especially for an amber ale earthy tones with a bite of citrus there. Taste: Great malt profile blends well balanced between the doughy sweetness, fuggle hops, and grain driven honey like sweetness with a brown sugar quality about the flavor. Mouthfeel: Sticky in a good way medium to fuller bodied for an amber ale, excellent carbonation nothing to knock gotta give it praise. Drinkability: Challenging amber ale I am definitely impressed by the flavorfulness of this if this is there flagship ale that speaks volumes about Bell's, they make flavorful beer, yum.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the last of my haul from the Liquor Loft in Tallahassee.

Pours a nice amber color with some orange tint when held up to the light. A one-finger white head recedes into a light layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Lacing is not very sticky.

Smells good. There's a solid light hop smell - mostly floral, and some malt aromas, both sweet and bready.

Tastes a little better than it smells. There's a floral taste up front, followed by a sweet malt taste. The taste transforms into a breadier taste with a hint of caramel as the beer warms. A mild amount of bitterness comes through at the end.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's thicker than most other Ambers, and it's almost creamy. Very smooth.

Drinkability is good. This goes down very easily with a pleasant aftertaste.

Overall I was once again impressed by Bell's. Hopefully they'll make their way to GA soon. Until then I'll seek them out anytime I can get my hands on them.

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

Back of bottle says "PKGD 05/02/11" Also lists ABV as 5.8%, not 5.5% (change request submitted)

A. A moderate pour delivers a finger and a half of beige or tan looking head. Within a couple of minutes it has shrunk down to a decent frosting on top. Lacing fights to stay clinging to my glass. The body is a nice orangey-amber/ copper color.

S. Nice malty caramel smell up front. Goes into a light floral hop scent from there.

T. Malty and sweet up front but not finding the caramel I smelled. A good breadiness after that, then transitions into a slightly bitter floral hop flavor.

M. Very good. Medium bodied, Nice bitter finish that is a little dry.

O. The flavor is better and more complex than I had hoped for. Definitely a buy again.

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

This is an excellent beer to always have on hand. Very tasty with lots of character, but easily sessionable and easy drinking.

I've been trying to sample some of my favorite breweries standard pale and amber ales of late, I didn't realize my habit of passing these "simple" offerings by, and it's a shame too because sometimes you just aren't looking to burn your tastebuds, you just want something that tastes good without being over the top about it.

Pours a very nice hazy amber in color with a good two finger head. Nose is very yeasty with some dry grassy notes lurking underneath. Taste is very nice, bready with a nice hop kick, slightly herbal, but mostly just bitterness. Decent malt backbone. The yeast character is where it's at with this beer, quite distinctive. Mouthfeel is good, medium. Drinkability is quite high, easily sessionable and easy drinking.

Slàinte!

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

9-6-14. (Re-reviewed 8-7-15, bottle dated 7-15-15) Water goblet.

A: Pours a dark amber with 3 fingers sandy head, foamy. Outstanding retention and lacing. Hazy; lots of fine sediment.

S: Sweet, toasty malt; slight esteryness, slight floral hoppiness; blackberries.

T: Slightly sweet arrival, gentle across mid-palate, to a notable, but not quite firm bitterness at the end.

M: Mid-to-lightweight. Ample but not excessive carbonation. Remarkably clean for an amber ale.

O: A supremely approachable ale. Tastes like a light malty pale ale without much citrus. I will buy this again and again as an easy-drinking ale for sure. Less heavy than Censored or Mt. Carmel; less hoppy than Censored, more so than Mt. Carmel. Consider this what the fall is made of.

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

12 oz bottle into us pint

A: not much head and I wonder if my glass wasn't fully rinsed as it seems like it should have a goodly amount after an aggressive pour. amber/light brown is the color with a slightly thick looking appearance

S: bright malt smell with clean hops, leaning toward citrus, in the background

T: graham-like malt with a sweetness that turns to a lingering bit of citrus but not in a rind-like, bittering way

M: Smooth with a bit of carbonation prickle and a slightly dry finish. it compels me to take another sip to wet the mouth again but not to save a bbq'd set of taste buds...just right.

D: this beer hits all cylinders and can transition across seasons and sessions.

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

Bottled on 28 June 2012. The back label mentions this was first brewed in 1985!

A mildly hazy amber with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and great lacing, this is beer is a looker. The nose is great. A moderate, complex malt character is present, with a blend of caramel, toasted bread, a little bit of a grain character, and even a little bit of dough. A mild hop character is present, pairing really well with the malt profile. A little bit of citrus, a hint of pineapple are the most prominent notes.

The palate opens with a nice blend of toasted and caramel malt with some cotton candy, brown sugar and bread notes, all light and in great balance. The is accompanied by the hop character, which is soft and resplendent, with a blend of sweet grapefruit, pine and oranges. Medium-light in body with a mildly chewy feel and mid-palate, this beer is moderately carbonated and is a treat on the palate. This is a pretty excellent amber if you ask me. Highly recommended.

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

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,101 ratings.
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