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

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,118 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:
3,118
Reviews:
972
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
156
Gots:
574
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,118 |  Reviews: 972
Photo of DBotma
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Had on tap at a bar in Manhattan on 4/19/17.

Look - An archetypal amber ale. Amber in color, light to medium carbonation, and a medium head with some lacing.
Smell - Biscuits, malts, and a hint of hops.
Taste - Taste as it smells: bready, malty, and packed with flavor. Hops are light with a nice floral finish.
Feel - Medium bodied, and just right for an amber ale. Not too boozy. Flavorful, but refreshing enough to still be paired with a meal.
Overall - Excellent beer and a great example of the style, and really quite tasty.

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Photo of superfriend
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HipCzech
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving: 12 oz bottle ("PKG 02/08/2017"), poured into a 7 oz Libbey Gibraltar glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber with a frothy head of nearly white foam and thick whisps of lace.

Smell: Pleasant crystal malt aroma of caramel and lightly roasted grains. Slight citrus and floral hops

Taste: Smooth malty body with layers of caramel and toasted grain that never become too sweet; pleasantly fruity ale yeast notes. Well hopped with plenty of citrus and herbal bitterness to keep the malt in check, but never seek the forefront.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation with a creamy smooth feel.

Overall: A terrific example of the style, finding an often missed balance and complexity in malt forward ales.

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Photo of mattlerjor
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer was very light and distinct in its color. I had a amber fresh taste to it that tickles your nose when you inhale. I enjoyed the aromas of this beer along with its light fresh taste.

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

Photo of kevin3046
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Biscuity smell. Amber color with moderate head and lacing.
Super creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Tastes of malts and citrus with moderate hops background. A good drinkable beer!!! Highly recommend!!!

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Photo of beaulabauve
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bpkrippner
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 94rocker1
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jmikepool
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jacobus79
4.49/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mjurney
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance:
Deep Amber, a little haze. Moderate carbonation. Thick creamy head.

Aroma:
Toasted malts, caramel, brown bread, just a little earthy.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Bready, toasted malts, caramel, brown bread, a little nutty. Hop bitterness is mild, leafy-floral. Slight tartness towards the end. Finish is dry. Medium bodied, smooth, super drinkable.

Overall:
It's an awesome Amber Ale!

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Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cdwil
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle dated 11/17/2016

Pours hazy amber orange with a creamy frothy white foam head. Smells like toasted bready malts, caramel, spicy grain, melons, papaya, orange citrus, grapefruit, mild chocolate, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like toasted bready malts, caramel, spicy grain, melons, papaya, orange citrus, grapefruit, mild chocolate, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice amber ale.

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

Poured from tap into tulip, 1/2 finger light tan head, recedes quickly so so lacing. Slightly hazy dark amber in the glass. Smells of roasted grain, some toffee/caramel and slight earthy notes. Taste is initially sweet caramel/toffee, some slight toasted grain that leads into some floral/earthy hops, slight citrus and a clean semi sweet bitter finish, almost crisp. Not much of an amber fan, but this did it for me.

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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,118 ratings.
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