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

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,127 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:
3,127
Reviews:
975
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
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158
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For Trade:
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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

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

Appearance: Nice tawny maroon color and nice finger measure of head.
Smell: Nice sweet malt aroma coupled with a slight hop undertone.
Taste: Very good malt flavor with some tart hop presence. Clean and smooth.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Good carbonation and doesnt overwhelm the palate. It tickles the tongue and has a weight to it but allows you to sample other beers afterward.

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

Pours a cloudy dark orange to copperish color with a decent sized creamy head that shrinks, but never disappears, as you enjoy this drink. Carbonation is very visible.

I smell the yeast which would make this beer smell like fresh homemade bread, right out of the oven. I also pick up on some spiciness and cloves.

I definitely taste the yeast and the sweet malts. The spices really come out along with the cloves. After that, I noticed the hops. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't jump out at you for the beer is pretty balanced, but just enough to get your attention. As the beer warms up, the hops seems to come out more.

The first thing I noticed was the creaminess of the drink and how smooth it went down even when seeing the carbonation bubbles rising.

I'll definitely be coming back to this beer after as I really enjoyed it. Great job Bell's, great job!

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Photo of Angerhaus
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Batch 8136. There was a ton of yeast at the bottom of the bottle and a fair bit of it infused throughout the glass as well ... murky and hazy with an orange hue. I saw a good variety of different sized bubbles and really energetic carbonation. Off white head dissipated soon enough to leave a film covering the glass, a good ring and some lacing, the head regenerated easily with a swirl.

The smell was feintly of pear or fresh plum but not very strong. The taste was of citrus, yeast, all spice, mild hops. The mouthfeel was pleasant, well rounded bitter taste and finish, very tasty. I could go for another of these, it's a very complete and satisfying sample of the style from Bells, thanks again Merchant's in Dearborn.

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

Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep copper colored brew with a substantial, fluffy white head that leaves a nice chunky island and nice lacing.

Smells of malty, sweet, bready yeasts and mild earthy hops.

Tastes bread-like with mild caramel toasted malts and mild citrus hops. Excellent balance.

Light/medium mouthfeel, good carbonation.

This is a highly drinkable brew - a crowd pleaser and caseworthy.

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Photo of wilso411
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Cloudy orange body with a huge billowy light-tan head.
S: Yeasty, some grain, maybe a bit of orange.
T: Almost tasted like a wheat beer but more interesting. Begins with the round creamy start of a wheat but finishes with sweet malts or a bit of caramel.
M: Great--really creamy and light.
D: Would like to try it on tap sometime. And maybe try it before having two others. Will definitely get again

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Photo of glinnebur
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Picked up by Greg on a work trip in the midwest somewhere, thanks man.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Batch 8563.

Pours a foggy amber-brown with a two finger khaki colored head that sticks around for quite a while. A good layer of webbing clings to the sides of the glass. Smell is musty pale malts with a good caramel sweetness. A faint pine hop tickles the nose with an oak aroma as well. Creamy caramel up front on the tongue with roasted malts and some nuttiness. Midway, grains and bread emerge with a subtle pine hop that balances this out quite well. Aftertaste is sweet and a touch woody. Mosty smooth feel and light to medium body with a mild sting from the carbonation. Bell's makes some of the best beers out there and this is not to be overlooked. A solid ale that is very flavorful and drinkable, a combination that I'd like to experience more often. I've said it before and I'll say it again, we need Bell's in NY!!!

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Caramel amber medium copper color, nice 2 fingers of head on top, good lacing down the glass.

S- Toasty, malty, cashew, slight watermelon, grapefruit.

T- Caramel malt, creamy, balanced and clean with a nice malt back bone, mild balanced hops, creates a pleasant delivery. Delivers like an Amber, sitting almost on the sweetness side of a Scotch Ale.

M- Buttery, smooth, clean, very nicely balanced.

D- Very drinkable beer, teetering on the edge of a session beer, definitely makes me want another.

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

This mildly hazy, medium amber beer was a true delight. The small head provided good lacing about half way. The aroma was fruity and sweet. Taste was clean and smooth, with a nice sweet middle and hoppy finish. Some acetic flavors were present in the aftertaste. A nice, easy drinking beer with good flavor and mouthfeel.

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

Golden amber color with perfectly-suspended sediment and just a bit of carbonation. Head and lacing are minimal. Sweetness and floral hops combine for an appealing nose. Smooth, malty flavor quickly gives way to hoppy middle. Finish is surprisingly strong--crisp and even a bit warm. Another characteristically drinkable Bell's product.

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

Photo of psuKinger
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #11288, bottled July 2nd, 2012 (about 2 months old). Bottle into nonic.

A: Classic hazy amber hue, with a big frothy 2-finger off-white head on top. Near-perfect.

S: Lemon grass and herbal notes. Sweet bread. Perhaps a touch of pine resin and a twinge of alcohol.

T: Lemon zest is present, as the nose indicated, but there's also a bright grapefruit flavor with a pale malt twinge here that I didn't really pick up on in the nose. I'm not picking up on much in the way of a classic caramel/amber malt profile, which is suprising based on the name of the beer. Pine-bitterness arrives at the finish to round things out.

From the nose I feared that this beer might run overly sweet. But no, this has been healthily-hopped, keeping everything in balance.

M: Light and lively, with decent carbonation and a good dry finish.

D/O: Goes down smooth. Easy-drinkin'. I could knock this back in large quantities. I'm attributing a significant percentage of the flavor here to hop addition, and therefore I do believe "freshness" would be a concern here moreso than for many other "amber/red ales". If fresh, I could blast a six-pack of this.

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Photo of kels
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've always liked Bell's brews, but this one never made it into the rotation with all the bigger releases. About time I tried it. Review from a bottle poured into my pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a lovely golden-red-brown with a lot of clarity that highlights sediment and carbonation suspended within. The thick, white, pillowy head forms at about 2 1/2 fingers with good retention and soft, sheetlike lacing.

Smell: Hardly detectable despite so much head. Slight grainy malt and slight piney sap.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Excellent taste is deep and complex without being heavy. A real toasty malt presence meets a crispy, cracker-like malt along with some slight piney hops and a crispy green apple presence. They give a clean and bitter effect to the malty undertones. Mouth is creamy thanks to the retained head, with good carbonation as well.

Drinkability: Very high and would pair well with a lot of different foods.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper-brown clear body, slightly fizzy light tan head, strong streams of carbonation. Nose and taste have strong notes of sweet caramel and malt, mild bitterness with no specific hop flavor attributed to it, and a kiss of raw grain. Something about this is rich and warm, deep and balanced flavor, despite the seemingly simple profile. Body is moderately heavy, with a rich but gulp-able quality.
Who says an Amber Ale can't be delicious?? (I think I've said that...) This is a great beer, something all those easy mass-appeal craft beers can strive to be. The profile is simple, rich grain and mild bitterness, but the depth is astounding. Not a beer than would necessarily stand up in an all-comers lineup, but it would certainly win among the domestic/American Amber category.

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

Bell's Amber in the bottle. I poured it into a pint jar. Very nice and pours a nice reddish gold with a good head that dissipates. Taste is stronger than other Ambers, such as Abita, and has a better mouthfeel, no backbite. Nice. Two for two on Bells having consumed an Oberon recently. I will be back for this one again, I bought a sixer just in case. The five remaining are in grave danger of a quick disposal.

I am drinking the last one now. I slow poured it into a Mason jar and let it sit for 3 minutes until the head was down and the lacing was left. The taste and the temperature were perfect. This is a fine ale.

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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,127 ratings.
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