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

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,102 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:
3,102
Reviews:
967
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
563
For Trade:
2
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Photo of TOPHER333
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of nuebs
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jsh420
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled on 11/29/11

pours cloudy amber orange with a frothy 2 finger off white head that left some spotted lacing

smells of sweet caramel malt, apples, and earthy hops

taste is semi sweet biscuit malt little grain fruity floral earthy hops - could use more bitterness

mouthfeel is a tad thin - decent carbonation very smooth and easy drinking

overall - not a mind blowing beer but well made good flavor very sessionable

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Photo of Beeryce
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nice slightly off-white head atop a cherrywood coloered, clear beer. Steally carmel malt and pronounced bitter and floral hop aroma. Taste is well balanced interplay of hop bitterness and sweet chewy malt. Nice mouthfeel fits the beers flavor profile and adds to the high drinkability. A great session or six-pack beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy apricot color with modest white puffy head.
Smell is mild with some soft malt notes detected.
Taste is big time sweet malt, but a lingering hoppy dryness is also present. This dryness begins to dominate and eventually is the main taste sensation.
Leaves an austerely dry feeling at the finish.
An OK beer but not a great one.

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Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color: Cloudy amber color with a thin one-finger head and ample carbonation.

Aroma: Sweet and malty with mild hop bitterness. Light as well. Nothing overpowering.

Taste: Sweet with a decent breadiness. Clean. Smooth. Mild hop bitterness. Seems quite drinkable. Goes down very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Sweetness, malt and mild hop bitterness. Clean on the palate. Breadiness is present.

Drinkability: Clean and drinkable. Unremarkable though. Still a good choice for an amber ale if you're looking for one.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to pilsner, light copper in color with two fingers of white, foamy head that settle to a cap with some sticky lacing. Lots of lazy carbonation, small, slow bubbles that eventually make their way to the surface. Some floaties.Aroma is toffee, caramel, biscuits and some floral notes. Tastes follows, with a sometimes there-sometimes-not bite on the end. Nice and smooth, a solid offering. Not something I'd see myself craving, though.

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Photo of zkoehn
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aklude
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Natural510
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper, um, amber color with medium amount of creamy head with proper lacing.
Nose is somewhat faint caramel malt and a hint of herbal-pine hops.
Caramel biscuit malt to the forefront of the flavor with a sweet, herbal tea quality. Hints of fruit with an astringent finish. Hop bite minimal at best.
Medium bodied; not too light, but not as full as many craft ambers of today.
This one didn't knock my socks off, so I have to think like other flagship brews it meant more back in its day than compared to other offerings from its brewery (think SNPA or Boston Lager).
It's okay, but I prefer ambers with a bit more body and hops.

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Photo of aaronh
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

****Revisited*****
Pours a copper/amber color with a thick, light tan head. Excellent head retention. Malty, caramel aroma is evident from the moment the cap pops on the bottle, and easily wafts 18 inches from my glass to my nose. Upon closer inspection, a very pleasing earthy hop balance is evident within the carmal aromas. The taste presents a woody flavor surrounded by malt and hops. Biscuit and caramel flavors are definitely present, but the woodiness is dominant. Slightly fry finish, with a slight note of alcohol esters of some sort. Earhty notes linger in the aftertaste. The woodiness diminshes a bit as the beer warms, but a stronger bitterness assumes it;s palce. The mouthfeel is solid, and the drinkability pretty good. Although this is much better than the evidently bad bottle from late winter, the flavor profile just doesn't suit my palate well. I think it was Cottonwood's Low Down Brown that had a similar woodiness to it, which I also didn't care for. I'll have to do some investigating as to what that taste is.

*original review, 2-6-03*
Copper colored beer poured with a huge, off-white head. However, it had a large amount of sediment chunks floating around in it. I've seen these before in other ales, and they look like little flakes of minerals. Usually doesn't affect the taste, but it isn't attractive. The aroma is hoppy, with a sweet malt aroma behind it. Smells like a sweetly scented flower. The taste had a bit of a strong pine note to it, with alcohol clearly evident. Surprisingly so for a 5.5% ABV beer. A bit of a sourness was present on the finish, with strong pine flavors as well. Very bitter as well, but in a bad way. Mouthfeel was decent, but drinkability was poor due to the off flavors. I'm presuming this bottle was of sub-par caliber. I'll re-visit this beer later in the year after obtaining another sampl

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Photo of Beaver13
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bell's Amber poured a golden amber with lots of big flakey particles, and a nice creamy thick head with nice retention - almost stout-like. The aroma was pretty underwhelming with some slight fruity tones. It was a nice tasting amber with a fruity initial flavor and a nice hoppy finish. Overall, a good drinking amber ale.

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Photo of Jack_Frost79
3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of singletary
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Budlum
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of terrabyte
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly cloudy copper color with a short white head.

Aroma was a sweet buttery malt. A little sour.

A sweet caramel or toffee flavor that is smooth and silky. There is a lot of toasted breadiness to it which isn't a bad thing, but soaks up some of the flavors. It blends well with the caramel. The aftertaste is just a little bit sour for my liking, and has a small enjoyable bitterness.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated and smooth. No complaints.

I have mixed feelings about this beer. But only because of all the other great choices from Bell's.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Samuel Smith's pint glass. Pours a clear copper with a finger and a half of creamy, white head that dissipates quickly and has a lot of visible carbonation. Smell is malty, but not strong. I do get buttery biscuits and light caramel, but there is not much to this. Taste is malty and light, and it drinks very easily. Leaves behind a beady aftertaste that lingers.

Overall: Not much too this one, but that doesn't make it unenjoyable. It's light and sessionable, so it has it's place in the beer drinking world.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber color, one finger head.

S- Not much here, just some light sweet malt smells.

T- Sweet toasted malty taste just enough hops to balance it out.

M- Nice, decent carbonation.

D- I'll prolly grab a sixer in the near future.

Pretty good, it's kind of reminiscent of an Oktoberfest in the malt profile.

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Photo of beergoot
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Orange-copper color with some cloudiness; light head, not very thick, but sticks around to the end. Nice lacing with rings stepping down the glass. Looked like some sediment/yeast effervescing at the bottom of the glass (somewhat surprising, because I don't think this is supposed to be an unfiltered brew - I could be wrong).

Smell: Slight citrus aroma; not much else noticeable.

Taste: Light malt forward, kind of bread-like. A hint of caramel. Light bitterness finish.

Mouthfeel: Good, medium body, perhaps a bit too much carbonation.

Overall: A decent all-around beer. I much prefer their porter, Two-Hearted ale, and Oberon wheat, but this beer is also worth checking out when looking for a solid, middle-of-the-road style of beer.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium-dark amber with a modest head; nice retention. There is some unattractive suspended sediment, but other than the look of it, I'm not bothered.

Aroma is of grains and toasted malt. Sweet and bready.

This beer has a nice flavor and balance. It starts very bready and smooth, and finishes with a tinge of hop flavor. Kind of a tea-like finish. There is a mellow nutty flavor reminiscent of some English session beers. Nice medium mouthfeel and mid-level carbonation. Very drinkable, if a bit of a bore.

A restrained, easy-going Amber, which I like in the end. Far better than Bell's Pale Ale. Worth a shot.

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Photo of teovaldi
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a white two finger head that sticks around for a while.

Smells of a toasty aroma with a light touch of hops.

Taste starts out with sweet malts followed by hops and finishes bitter.

Fairly light body with lots of carbonation.

This is a highly sessionable brew.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber pours a deep bronze amber color and has very nice clarity. The head is parchment in color and has pretty nice retention and lacing qualities.

The aroma is pretty subdued. It is slightly malty with some caramel and a touch of fruitiness, as well as some herbal hop aromas.

The flavor is pretty similar except that I am able to pick up a bit more of the hoppy character. It is nicely fruity with hints of apple, a bit if caramel and a slight toastyness.

The body is medium with a bit too much carbonation for my taste and a pleasant finish that is nicely dry. The finish is pretty nominal leaving a good mix of the malt and hop flavors on the tongue.

Bell's Amber is a classic, but I don't find it to be one of their better offerings. I could drink a lot of these and have at parties down in K-zoo when my friends were going to Western for college, but it is not really a beer I ever buy anymore unless it is the only Bell's available. If you are a big fan of ambers though, you may think differently

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Photo of Tonmeister
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured in Goose Island Glass

Appearance: murky, brownish with a thin white head with a lacing that breaks when tilting the glass

The aroma contains a slight hopp presence, somewhat citrusy, but more earthly. I can smell the malts, but it;s hard to distinguish the specific details.

The taste is very smooth, almost tastes like water, but still contains a slight hop presence.

The mouthfeel is thin, with not much carbonation, very smooth and easy on the tongue.

Overall, this is a great breakfast beer. It's light and it goes down smooth. It doesn't feel like I'm drinking a beer. This is not one of my favorites, but for its style, I dig it because it's simple.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/12/08. Bottle. Pours amber with a white head. Aroma of floral hops. Flavor of floral hops (light), light fruits (especially apple), sweet malt, and a bitter hops finish. As the beer warmed, it got a bit sweeter. A pleasant beer, but nothing special.
6/4/7/4/15 (3.6/5)

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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,102 ratings.
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