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

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3.84/5
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3,140 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
Ranking:
#10,778
Reviews:
980
Ratings:
3,140
pDev:
11.98%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
Wants:
159
Gots:
598
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,140 |  Reviews: 980
Photo of MHJeff06
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Atg1095
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a hazy, translucent amber with a frothy off white head and decent retention and lacing. The beer has a ton of floaties, though. I don't know if that's normal, or an age thing, or what.
It smells pretty decent. Toasted bread, toffee, caramel, earthy, woody, and herbal hops. Some roasted grains and even light chocolate notes akin to a porter.
It tastes like toasted brown bread, leaning toward toward caramel and toffee but nicely balanced all along. There's some roasted grains leaning toward a milk chocolate or cacao nib note. The hops are earth, wood, and herbal, and it ends up tasting like iced black tea by the finish. There's also a subtle orange peel flavor throughout. Finishes lightly dry and superbly balanced.
Despite the disturbing amount of floaties, this smells and tastes very enjoyable. Dynamic, balanced, and flavorful, this is one of the best non-imperial/hoppy amber ales I've ever had.

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Photo of DanLane
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kdivers
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MacRodge
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tastes planty and overly-fermented. There's an oakiness that's a little too intense for my palate. The grain elements are nice but the finish doesn't quite work the way I wish it would. I'd drink this beer again if given to me, but I would not go out of my way to seek it out.

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Photo of zkoehn
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MackT
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Citrusy aroma, but with my limited olfactory functionality, I'm sure it would be more prominent to most others. Cloudy amber look, "my vision is good." Clean taste that would pair well with food. Good mouthfeel, a tad to citrusy for my tastes, I'm sure some would find this appealing.
Quality product, worth a try.

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Photo of westyrun
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of onlymurderers
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DBotma
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Profundobaso
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HipCzech
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
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 +13.8%
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 -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kevin3046
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bpkrippner
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 94rocker1
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jmikepool
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jacobus79
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mjurney
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
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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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,140 ratings
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