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

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Bell's Amber AleBell's Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

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
Reviews:
939
Ratings:
2,980
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
21.3%
 
 
Wants:
147
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505
For Trade:
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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gloden orange with a good two finger head. Head retention is better than normal with moderate lace left behind. Smell was not too impressive. Smells of malt and grain, but I also detect an almost yeast like smell, similar to a Belgian. Taste is better. A nice malt profile and noticable grain presence. No real hop bitterness to this as expected. Moderate carbonation leaves a crisp and clean feeling with a slightly dry aftertaste. Overall not a bad beer. I admit I'm not a huge fan of Amber's but this was one of the better ones I've tasted yet.

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Photo of Magpie14
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a deep robust brown crimson color with a nice thick cream colored head. Sits really nice in the glass with bubbles moving freely about. Nice web of lacing in the glass

Smell: roasted malt nose and sweet candy/caramel swirling about. Touch of a earthy type of hops...very little but is present.

Taste/Mouthfeel: great sweet toasted malt flavor! Has nice malt characteristic overall and is paired nicely with sweet caramel. It has a nice crisp and smooth body and I even noticed a little bit of fruity orange overtones as it glides down.

Drinkability: this is a staple beer for me and never disappoints. Solid all around and is very easy to drink.

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

Pours a murky dark gold amber with a nice sized head. Aroma is sweet with herbal and floral hops. Some citrus notes. Tastes caramelly and sweet. Lots of herbal hops. Balanced and flavorful. Medium to full bodied and well carbonated. Pretty drinkable. Solid amber overall.

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Photo of nycjag
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another yummy beer from my Bell's mixpack. Brazenly purchased in Harrisburg, PA, and stealthily brought back across the New York State border via an underground tunnel that was carved out under the Hudson River at least a half century ago. Maybe drinking Bell's in New York City makes it taste better because we vociferously aren't supposed to have it. If so, who cares? This is a great beer.

It pours a nice deep amber (duh) with about a one-inch head. The aroma hops aren't too far forward and the maltiness you get from quaffing this beer is also present in the aroma.

This is an Amber you could drink gallons of and not get tired of it. Some nice biscuity flavors going on here.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying this beer whilst sitting outside in my side yard before I go to see "Dracula" at the Tallahassee Little Theatre.

Poured into my Newcastle pint glass to reveal a foggy dark orange with a one finger head, that held reasonably well due to the stream of bubbles going up the side of the glass.

Nice aroma. I get sweet malts. But also a good bit of fruit and a faint earthiness. A touch of sourness comes through upon the swirl of the glass. It has a bit of a Belgian smell to it .. just a bit.

The taste leaves something to be desired after a wonderful aroma. Still a very nice flavor, though. A typical amber, nicely malty, with only the tiniest toasted flavor ... no hops or bitterness present.

Medium carbonation and body.

Very drinkable and quite enjoyable. Remarkable smell, predictable taste.

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Photo of bort11
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. No a lot of head, but it does leave a thin ring around the edge that has solid retention. Color is a hazy copper orange, with lots os sediment floating around. I don't mind sediment, but a heads up would have been nice. It would have change how I poured the beer.

Smell is a rich malty surprise. Dark fruits, plums, some brown sugar, a bit of chocolate. Taste follows smell very well. Has a faint hops in the back to give it some balance.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a smooth carbonation. I will definitely have to revisit this one again.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle to a hazy orange-red, much more reminiscent of an IPA than an Amber. There is a thick pillowy off-white head that lasts throughout the glass and leaves excellent lacing. The nose is mostly a sweet caramel-honey-maple, with just a hint of some citrus hops. Taste is more of the malt-hop blend but unfortunatley, the thin body detracts from the flavor. Finish is sweet caramel and somewhat warming, but again, is adversely affected by the thin body, making it a little more watery than I prefe.

Not a bad effort by Bell’s though

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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 tugdriver7
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visiting my brother in NC; he bought this to try. (Thanks D!) Beautiful deep orange deep orange color with decent head that laced the glass all the way down. Balanced malt in the nose with a very pleasant, spicy hops scent. So far, looks and smells like a Pale Ale. Taste was nicely balanced. Good mouthfeel with moderate to a bit more carbonation. Pale Ale-like hops taste at first, mellowing to balanced hops/malt and spicy aftertaste. Extremely drinkable and enjoyable. What a wonderful surprise.

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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 dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i am 90% positive that Bell's Amber was the first Bell's beer i ever had when i moved back to the midwest...i think i bought some cheesy midwest microbrewery sampler that was probably quite overpriced

anyways, batch 8023, single, riley's

appearance: poured into a Bell's pint glass of course...copper-amber body with a foamy beige head, strong stream of bubbles throughout, lots of yeast also present

smell: aroma is that of which an amber should be - fruity and bready, caramel, apple cider

taste: the "flagship" of bells - maybe so, maybe not. sweet apple, caramel malts, toasted nut. still one of my favs of the style

mouthfeel: smooth, medium body

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of GrillMeister
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally reviewing the last bottle of this beer I have.
Drinking from the bottle, I can see a nice foamy head that lingers after the bottle is open.
Can definitely smell the hops in the beer.Good aroma.
Taste is good. A nice blend, definite hop taste.
This beer is foamy, feels really good.
Drinkability is high. I only wish I had more than one bottle left.
Definitely one of the better amber ales I've drinken.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.
A: Nice deep amber color with a frothy layer of off-white head that leaves a spotty layer on top of the beer. Little amount of lacing, plenty of carbonation visible.
S: Sweet caramel malts, somewhat earthy, and some floral hops. Pleasant combination.
T: Smooth and malty at first, with a floral hop aftertaste. Notes of honey and earthy grains, as well.
M: Fairly smooth, with a crispness in the aftertaste.
D: Pretty good. Easy to drink and fairly refreshing.
Overall, a pretty solid amber ale. I enjoyed the mixture of malts/hops that went into this beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to MuddyFeet for this brew.

Pours a cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tannish head, some sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, and some caramel. The taste is malty and some caramel. Slight bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Drinkable, another nice brew from Bells, recommended.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a medium copper body with a small, white head. It's rather hazy, but then again, I didn't think to check the temperature setting on the hotel refrigerator (it was set to MAX). Let's give it some time to warm up and maybe clear up while I run some luggage down to the car. Yes, it did in fact clear up. Phew! That's a relief.

Smell: A fine aroma of caramel malts, with notes of citrus and candied sugar.

Taste: Initial flavor of toasted caramel with just the right amount of sweetness. Notes of juicy lemon. There's just enough hop bitterness to clear the palate from sip to sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Delicate, spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: A nicely done, well-balanced amber ale. In fact, I've found the bulk of the Bell's line-up from top to bottom to be quite solid.

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Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to BARLEYWINEO for this! Batch 7838

Pours a hazed light orange/peach tea-colored with 3+ fingers of pillowy sand colored head. Hazing never really cleared, average lacing above & average head retention

S: Caramel, doughy notes & a hint of cocoa with just a whiff of citrus hops at the finish

T: Nice bready caramel signature up front along a little citric (tangerine & lemon) hops. Grapefruitty hops & some grainyness as this warms. Finishes a touch dry& astringent , toasty & with just a bit of puckery grapefruit hops

MF: Medium-bodied, low carbonation & okay balance

Drinks pretty good, just didn't quite live up to the initial taste up front, not a bad amber though, just not a great one

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Photo of cabsandking
4.26/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A dark shade of amber with a dense, creamy off white one finger head, and super retention leaving lacing to the bottom. The nose is faint with notes of candied sugar, nutty malt, and a light fruit scent. A remarkably smooth mouthfeel thats even, creamy, slightly chewy and just enough carbonation to develop a fizzy build at the end. Flavors of toasted grains, bready, caramel, mild tartness midway through, and a flash of spiciness just before it goes down. The finish is semi-dry with much of the roasted malt residual and nuttiness.

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Photo of abramorton
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really a great alternative for Fat Tire lovers. I am not a lover of FT, but this beer has a touch of the biscuit taste everyone digs. Less the hops. Another solid beer from Bell's. Great head. Good flavors--- touch of spruce. Not the least bit heavy. Good score from across the border. Can't wait to hoard it.

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Photo of Drew966
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Amber Ale pours a copper color with a white head from a brown bottle. There is a mild, malty aroma. The flavor is superbly well balanced. Toasted malt is evenly matched with hops, the malt is more prevalent in the finish leaving a caramel flavor. They call this the flagship of their line, and for good reason. This is an excellent, highly sessionable beer. Recommended.

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Photo of saintwarrick
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brew pours a clear amber (shock!) with a decent head that stays around to ring the glass. Biscuity malts and grains in the nose while the taste is slightly sweet and fruity with a bit of hops in there to balance. Finish is clean and refreshing, not dry at all.

A very good example of the style, though I still like this brewery’s Two Hearted Ale more, but this is a very solid brew that I would love to try on tap someday.

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Photo of matty
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious copper colored ale with a hearty malt flavor that goes down smooth as water.Nice aftertaste and no carbonation gives an enjoyable experience from the moment it hits your tongue to the moment it hits your stomach.Highly recommended I will be buying this ale again!!!!

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Photo of genog
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange cloudy mixture with some bubbly head that never really amounts to much. Maybe its because I had a batch 8000 before this, but I smell the spices of coriander, and ginger, as well as some pepper. Taste is smooth and lightly carbonated with some copper type of taste that is smoothed over by sweet malt. Another great offering from Bells.

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Photo of SSBrennan
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dull copper color with a thick slow falling tan head.

The smell is rich with roasted grain and only hints of hops. Very clean odor with the right sweetness.

The taste is initially dominated by smooth roasted malt which gives way to earthy herbal hops with a slightly acidic finish.

The mouthfeel is smooth and rich with a clean finish.

Extremely drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of flowerysong
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium brown body, coarse tan head.

Smell: Sweet malt with some citrusy hop aroma and a bit of caramel.

Taste: Starts out sweet, toasted malt; some earthy and yeasty notes in the background along with just a hint of diacetyl; nice medium hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Excellent example of the style. Full of flavour and well-balanced, easy to drink quite a few.

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Photo of tapman
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark, rusty color with a hazy complexion. An off-white, 1-finger head adorns this brew.

Smell is of sweet biscuit malts mixed with a Granny Smith apple hoppiness. The tart apple aroma lingers on the palate and pleasantly stings the nose.

The alcohol hits the palate immediately, but it is soon supported by the bitter-sweet hops. A sweet toffee maltiness also lends to the alcohol relief effort.

Mouthfeel is that of a typical craft beer. crisp, but not too interesting. Has a decent carbonation and definitely beats a crappy BMC lager mouthfeel any day.

I've certainly had better amber ales from Dogfish Head and Three Floyds, but when you are in Michigan and its $3 a pint, hell give me five!

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