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

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949 Reviews
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
Reviews:
949
Ratings:
3,022
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
21.3%
 
 
Wants:
149
Gots:
529
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 949 | Ratings: 3,022
Photo of runner440
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an awesome Amber Ale. A perfect session beer to drink all night. A perfect amount of Big thanks for Marc for hooking me up with this flagship beer. There are epic tastes of sweet caramel and malt. The mouth-feel was very nice and had a perfect amount of carbonation. The drinkabilitly on this beer is huge! One of the best Amber Ale's I've ever had.

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Photo of oelergud
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange and mahogany brown body. Lemon tinted head, creamy outer half and chaotic center. Good retention and beautiful lace.
Fruity and fresh scent, some lemon and light fluffy bread.
Sweet aluring malts sail over the tongue, quickly followed by a peppery, butterish hop character. Both blending well together and emerge seperately in an aftertaste of mild pine bitter notes with just enough burnt caramel to be noticed.
Full body with good coating and even a slick feel.
Another great warm weather session brew from bells.

-Oelergud

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Photo of deejaydan
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep copper, not quite an amber in my book though. Looks nice. Very good lacing, and good head retention, it hangs out for a while. Smells slightly yeasty/bready and a mostly malted barley smell. Taste is very bready, sweet, with a pinch of hops in there. Mouthfeel is robust for style, carbonation is just right. This is a great crossover, or session beer.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours with a massive head that you have to wait for, sticky, very foamy, off white, beer is pure amber in color, hazy

S: Has a pretty fruity hop smell, pears and apples stick out, but a little mild, some caramel in there too

T: Taste has a nice malt backbone throughout, hops start to hit after you swallow, a good flavor to counter the medium-high bitterness level, typical amber flavors, good

M: Finishes pretty dry, good solid medium body

D: Really good, good flavors but not hard to handle

Notes: This beer doesn't do anything special for an amber ale, it just does things really well.

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Photo of mchegash
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date: 8/17/14
Other notes: packaged 7/7/14, poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

Appearance - 4.5/5
A great dark, almost pumpkin-orange. I really like the color. Reminds me of ale I would see in a movie set long in the past, people drinking in a tavern. Minimal head retention. Beer is fairly clear, however there are a LOT of particles I see floating around the beer. This is not a bad thing, I was just surprised at how many particles I could see.

Smell - 4/5
Smells how I would expect an Amber Ale to smell. Malty and fruity smells (cherry smell comes to mind), along with some alcohol smells. Overall, a fairly pleasant smell. Nothing unique or special though.

Taste - 4/5
Beer tastes malty and sweet, with citrus flavors. There is some alcohol taste as well. A malty-alcohol-y aftertaste is left in the mouth. Fairly simple taste, nothing too complex going on. But simple does not mean bad, and sometimes you just want a good quality simple beer. This is a good example of that.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Beer has a medium body. It's quite smooth. Somewhere in-between crisp and creamy. Carbonation is light, but comes out stronger near the end of a sip. The carbonation level is good, because a lot of beers have too strong of carbonation which bites the mouth too much. The level in this beer seems just right.

Overall - 4.5/5
While this beer is nothing special, it's hard to find anything wrong with it either. This is an example of a really well done simple Amber Ale-style beer. I would definitely drink again and would pick up a 6-pack of this beer.

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Photo of fx20736
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World Jan/ Feb 2016. Served in a Duvel tulip at cellar temp.

Look: Turbid bronze, cream/ offwhite head, greatt lacing

Smell: Rich, caramel malt, orchard fruit

Taste: slight orchard fruit tartness, thick bready malt

Feel: superb, silky, bouyant

Overall: a great little gem of an ale

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Photo of rel
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy copper/brown color. Nice thick head that dissipates quickly with a little lacing.

The smell is of toasted and biscuit malts. Toffee and Coffee notes. Some subtle hops.

The taste is strong of toffee and toasted malts upfront, but the hops come through. The bitterness cuts the sweetness of the malts, so that every gulp is as new, tasteful, and refreshing as the first.

Both the malts and hops balance out and remain on the palate. A very appeasing aftertaste, with good carbonation to awaken the lingering flavors.

This amber brings out the best of its kind of beers, while utilizing hops in a more prominent, yet subdued role. Awesome beer and a new session beer for me.

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Photo of WJVII
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by fellow advocate Cdkrenz (thanks bud)

This brew poured into a pint glass has a hazy orange color (not red like I would expect from an amber) with very visible carbonation rising from the bottom and a decent white head that caps well. It is warm out so I am really looking forward to tasting this, but first the smell... actually a nice hop aroma on this. There is a sweet floral taste to this leaning towards the end of a IPA. I enjoy the flavor but am not sure if it is completely true to the style. Good brew for me, but might catch some by surprise.

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Photo of Kendo
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy honey-amber in color with a small off-white head. No lacing.

S: Modest caramel malt and earthy hops.

T: Biscuity malt foundation with a modest leafy, earthy hop bitterness at the finish with a touch of lemon. Nice balance. Reminds me of a good ESB.

M: Light-to-medium in heft; carbonation is modest and fine.

O: A nice easy drinker.

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Photo of Squire123
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance of shimmering medium amber gold with white cap and good lacing.

Aroma is made up of rich caramel malt marching forth with hops singing in the background.

Flavor is rich, rounded and a bit voluptuous yet somehow restrained. Like the St. Pauli Girl, it shows just enough. A pleasant toffeeish malt taste first and building on that is a feeling as if the taste is expanding outward, yet staying on the same path. Hops join in the fun just before mid palate then grow along with the larger flavor to the end. Finish is clean with a receding richness in the aftertaste that fades quickly leaving absolutely no bitterness in it's wake.

Texture is medium and silky.

Overall this one needs no tinkering, it's just fine, leave it alone. Well rounded, old school, gold medal category everyday ale. Complex enough for comment, approachable for drinkers of any level and adaptable to any occasion that calls for a beer. Just darn good stuff.




cople

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Photo of Jredner
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is grassy with hints of drier hay. Light amber color with a very nice two finger thick white head. Flavor is all smooth malt with just a hint of sweet caramel in the finish. This will be overlooked because it doesn’t have any wow factor, but this a damn fine beer. Excellent lacing a beautiful head and flavor that does what it is supposed to do.

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Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first purchase after Bell's unexpected arrival in NC...haven't tried one of these since the Slint attempt in Chicago

appearance: Pours a low, eggshell white head that has decent retention of the thin layer left behind. The beer is, well, a bright amber in color with a few yeasts floating about.

smell: Grainy pale and light caramel malts. A moderate, papery green hop aroma. Light fruits and light whole grain bread.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium and smooth, and the body a lighter medium.

taste: Flavors of pale and lightly toasted malts give some grainy notes. Not much malt complexity, but distinctly grainy with a touch of sweetness. Light, nondescript hop flavor and a light, cleansing bitterness lingering with some grain in the finish.

drinkability: easy...not an exceptional amber, but rock solid

batch #7748

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Photo of drtth
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a nice medium dark amber or copper color with a 1/8" off white head that recedes quickly to leave a ring of foam and a couple of patches on the surface of the liquid. Sipping leaves only the ring and a couple of small legs of lace. The ring and any speckles of lacing are pretty much gone by half way through the beer.

Smell: The aroma has some soft malt (caramel) with no immediate hop presence but then you become aware of an earthy spicy undertone that moves in and prevents the malt from dominating the aroma

Taste: The flavor starts with sweet caramel and sometimes bready character but then the spicy earthy hops chime in and take over the beer.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with light carbonation. The long finish starts almost sweet and then slides slowly into a long dry ending in the back of the mouth.

Drinkability: This was a beer I grew to like more and more as I sipped my way through it. At first I thought it would be OK for an occasional beer, but as I finished the beer I came realize it is nicely drinkable. I'll definitely seek this beer out for a few more before I decide if I'd be willing to drink it though out an evening of good food and good conversation with friends. However my suspicion at the moment is that I'll like it better and better the more I have it.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a semi vigorous pour, the brew makes about two fingers of off white cranium, and has a hazy copper colored body.

In the aroma the bready malts arve very detectable, somewhat in the way of a sweet style bread, and there is a slight herbal fragrance too.

Taste wise it's also very much in the way of a sweet bready flavor. Thre is a slight metallic flavor along with an herbal finish.

This is crispy yet a little chewy along with a slight oily slickness. This makes for a good standby to go to for the American Red Ale genre IMO.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the cask poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- Nice hazy amber-orange with a 1" fluffy white head.

S- Quite balanced. Sweet malts with some floral hops.

T- More balance in the flavor. Sweet up front with some light hops to clean up the finish.

M- Smooth as silk.

D- Very. I would have had many more, if there weren't other great tap selections to try.

Overall- I've had this beer many times from the bottle or a regular tap and thought it was pretty decent. However, it's a whole different experience from the cask. It really seemed to up the smoothness of this beer.

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Photo of eljefe21
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber in color with a two-finger, white, fluffy head. Silky smooth fine lacing coats the sides of the glass. Some fine particles float suspended in the body of the beer.

S: Sweet malt smell up front with hints of hops lurking in the background. Smell is considerably strong for the style.

T: Toffee like sweetness melts in the center of the tongue. Maybe the slightest hint of hops, but just for balance to keep the sweetness in line.

M: A medium bodied beer that's smooth and a bit creamy in the middle. The slightest bit of carbonation on the edges of the tongue.

D: I was looking for something tasty and sessionable as my local beer store tends to stock bigger brews. Coming in just under 6%, this almost fits the bill. It certainly fits the spot taste-wise. A great year round pick.

Served: in an imperial pint glass.

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Photo of thechaacster
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper, the color of a new penny. Nice little foamy head that retains well and leaves plenty of sticky lacing. Malty sweet aroma, with hops taking a back seat. Whole lot of sweet, caramelly, doughy malt up in this beer. Hop bitterness is substantial with floral and slightly citric flavor, not at all overwhelming though. Really well balanced. I definitely wouldn't mind sitting down and sipping a few of these. Definitely a great example of the style.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- light amber in color with a small, quickly vanishing, lacy off white head.

S- strong odor of caramel and toffee like malt and a strong hop presence also. one of the better smelling reds in memory

T- very much the way it smells, which is a good thing. the hops stand out more in the taste than in the smell. great.

M- feels pretty big, while staying creamy.

D- a great example of the style. no wonder this is bells flagship beer. easy to have a couple, but probably no more than that before i wanted something else. check this one out.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very tasty ale. Quite fruity (ala Two Hearted), but not very bitter. If I had access to this, it would be a great quaffer (first time i've used that!). Orangy tint, quite cloudy. Citrus flavors dominate, quite smooth and refreshing. Thanks for the sample, Al.

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Photo of ncbeermonger
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super Amber Ale!
The pint glass looks great with this beauty in it. Red and amber in hue it looks fantastic.
You can smell the hoppiness and the amber malt.
This amber has an amazing taste and a super smooth finish! I love it!
The mouthfeel is clean, smooth and crisp
This is an extremely drinkable amber, in fact it is my favorite Amber I have ever had!

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Photo of bigpoppacueball
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review: Copper in color, two fingers of head when poured into a room temperature glass. A mild smell, with a pleasant, well balanced flavor and mouth feel with little to no aftertaste. A very good, drinkable American Ale. One of those full flavor very drinkable beers that is not a watered down light but not heavy either.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into my favorite beer drinking glass -

poured a nice auburn red with a two finger head lots of bubbles the lace follows it down the glass -

Smell was clean with citrus - spice .

Taste was very good - hints of hops some citrus also fine malts and little spice -

Goes down easy - very drinkable .

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Photo of Bone53
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance (4.25): Orange amber color with a finger off white head

Smell (4.25): Toasted caramel and toffee with slight floral notes

Taste (4): The flavors do not add up to the promise of the aromas; A bit too subtle for me. It is balanced and tasty though between toasty and sweet

Mouthfeel (4.25): Heavy light body; Extremely smooth! Carbonation is spot on and bitterness is at a minimum

Overall: Good amber ale overall, but it could be a great one if the flavors were amped up a bit. I feel like i need to take a gulp to really taste it, which i do any ways because it is so smooth! Another example of why Bells is a solid brewery

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Photo of adman08
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Clear amber color with a great amount of creamy white head that leaves very nice lacing.
S-Aroma of sweet bread dough, it smells almost identical to fresh bread dough, very interesting. I detect a hint of baking spice.
T-Good balance of sweet, bready malt and mild hop bitterness.
M-Moderate body, good for the style. Good carbonation. Slightly sweet.
Overall, really great for the style. I think it's a totally overlooked style and I understand, it's not exciting but for the style this beer is excellent. It's one of those beers I could drink all day.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: Hazy orange with an off-white 2.5 finger head. Excellent head retention lasts the whole beer through.

Smell: Fruity ester over a complex bed of malts and hops.

Taste: Good but not as much going on here as the nose would suggest. Malts up front followed by moderate hop bitterness. Reminds me of the way Yuengling used to taste.

Feel: Thin without being watery, moderately high carbonation. Goes down very easily.

Overall: A very good ale. The only fault I can find is the slight disconnect between the nose and the taste.

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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,022 ratings.
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