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:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
146
Gots:
505
For Trade:
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Photo of mattgert
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Very cloudy copper color with nice white head. Very surprised to find little if any smell at all. A touch of citrus and malt at best. Taste: Nice hop punch with malt backbone. Citrus is present. Very drinkable and very smooth. Mouthfeel is excellent with a little dryness in the finish. Carbonation is just a notch higher than expected. Interesting that this is an amber. Has the appearance of most APA's and could easily pass as one. Definitely worth sampling.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy copper color with a white head about 2 fingers thick when poured that shrinks to about 1/4 inch about 3 minutes after being poured, leaves some pretty good lacing though. It has a sort of hoppy smell with hints of bread and maybe some citrus. It has a sweet malty and sort of bread like taste upfront rounded out by a touch of citrus and some hop bitterness. The aftertaste is a bit dry. It has a full bodied and crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink, in a good way too. Another fine offering from Bell's.

Eric

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Photo of Enola
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dertbert for the bottle

This beer is as if someone mixed a pale ale and an amber. The beer is a cloudy golden orange. There is a fair head with minimal lacing. The smell is somewhat hoppy. The taste is good. Like stated above, amber and pale ale mix. The mouthfeel is smooth and there is a nice aftertaste. The drinkability is good as well. Bell's makes some fine beers and this is no exception.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color. With a solid inch beige head that recedes to cap the top of the beer. Lacing covers the glass.
Smells of buttered toast and a bit of toffee.
The malt dominates as a sweet toast flavor, but the citrus hops are there to add complexity. There's a nice tangy flavor in the finish.
The mouthfeel is dry, dry, dry. Nice dry finish that makes you thirst for more.
Overall a nice drinkable session ale from an excellent brewery.
Recommended.
Thanks to Derbert for the offering.

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

Now, this was just a nice and solid offering, again, from Bells. Intriguing pour – hazy amber / orange with a thing ivory head. Notes of malts with orange and spice in the aroma, which carried over to the quaff quite nicely. Luv a taste of the fall spices in an amber ale. A little cinnamon goes a long way, but the subtle hint was perfect.

Medium to full bodied for an amber, this was just an excellent drinker for one or many

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Photo of brentk56
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy ice tea color with a decent head that leaves a few shards of lace; clearly bottle conditioned

Smell: Caramel malt and grassy aromas

Taste: Starts out with a diacetyl influenced butterscotch flavor; after the swallow some toasted grain bitterness kicks in, providing a yeasty, sweet and fruity finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick bodied, with moderately prickly carbonation

Drinkability: Just not my cup of tea, here; this Amber has some flavors I find in some of my least favorite English brews; the combination of the diacetyl and the overwhelming yeasty flavors are a downer

Thanks, murrayswine, for the opportunity

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. I picked up this beer as part of a 12 pack Midwest Sample Pack. No date visible, but it was stored in a cooler and most of the beer in the store was dust free.

Appearance: Nice copper color with a steady stream of bubbles coming up form the bottom of the glass. Initially it has a one finger head comprised of pretty large bubbles. The head disappeared quickly and left no lacing.

Smell: Sweet, malty smell. It is almost like sticking your nose in a bag of fresh cracked grains before you dump them into your boiling kettle. Also noticeable is a citrusy smell from the hops.

Taste: Sweet and malty upfront, with a nice level of bitter aftertaste. Hints of caramel.

Moutfeel: The carbonation level is good, a decent amount stuck around, even after a heavy pour.

Drinkability: Not too heavy, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of bozebus17
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy copper. There is a small white head that goes away rather quickly.

It smells of fruity hops with a bit of a malt backbone. The scent isn't overpowering but it is pleasant.

This is a very well balanced beer. The hops taste a bit spicy but are balanced nicely by a slightly sweet malt flavor. This beer is light to medium bodied and goes down easy.

A great session beer and one of many solid offerings from Bell's. This beer is a regular in my fridge and I would recommend it to anyone. This may also be a good crossover beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very clear rusty hue enteers my glass with some friendly bubbling. The aroma is a slightly thick amber malt with some real subtle English hopping. This mix gave the aroma a very biscuity aroma. The taste is equally biscuity that takes on a more sweet Hawaiian bread profile. A little grityy on the tongue but good carbonation to clean that up.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Cloudy amber with thin, tan head. Some lacing but not much.

Mild malt aroma with subtle hops. Caramel quality to the malt.

More flavorful than the smell would let on. The malt leads with a solid sweetness, caramel and/or toffee overtones (can't decide which). Bitter meduim point as the hops arive. Finishes with mild bread/yeast quality.

Medium bodied, well balanced start to finish. Pleasant to drink. I could have a second or third easily enough.

Bell's continues to confound me with thier naming system. The Pale Ale is some type of wheat beer, while this "American Amber" is a classic ESB, IMHO. Weird. At any rate, this is still a solid entry and worth a try.

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

Another of the Bell's lineup that i am thrilled to be able to pick up in central PA finally.

Pours a murky orange color. A nice foamy off white head builds as you pour and continues building to a nice full one inch cap after you finish. This slowly drops to a nice think coating on the top of beer that leaves nice spotches of lacing on the glass. Sweet toffee like smell with some spicey citrus hops notes. It smells like a clean, smooth beer. The malt is really the backbone of this beer when you taste it. Everything else seems to go the the background but things are balanced so that it is not overly sweet. Some earthyness to the malt. Nice dry finish. Very smooth and easy drinking. Overall this has been my biggest surprise of the Bell's beers I've tried. It was the one I was expecting the least from but probably the one I enjoyed the most. Not a knock your socks off brew but a good solid every day beer.

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Photo of supercolter
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one was kinda all over for me. It was orangish red in color with little to no head and some small chunks. Smell is exceptional, with a peach and plum smell up front with a bit of malt and hops to follow. Taste is a bit above average, nice and complex but reminds me alot of flavored sparkling water. Mouthfeel and drinkablity are very good goes down smooth and easy.

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Photo of maundythirsty
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper color and a tall but delicate off-white head that recedes to slippery bubbles around the glass. Smells like toasty malts, sweet malt and maybe a little plummy. The taste is a nice, round mouthful of toasted grain closing out with a bitter twinge that is a hair peppry.

Rich without feeling heavy. I could work my way through several of these without feeling overwhelmed or like I compromised for endurance sake. Welcome to the rotation, Bell's Amber.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left a one finger head with decent retention, and not much lacing at all. Body was a cloudy orange amber.

Smell - toasty, bicuity, and above all, caramelly malt.

Taste - like the smell, and pretty straightforward, caramel, with slight milkiness to it. Toast, biscuits, also. Some slight grass and herbs.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carbonation, some chewiness.

Drinkability - this is very good and goes down well. Very sessionable.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lacing is strong and holds to the glass almost a half an inch up as the head, which is white and foamy, fell leaving the thin layer. The color is gold to a red tint and is clear.

Bread and butter flavors are present and also a flowery and light bodied, not my style however enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is carbonated a little and felt like an average beer on my palate.

I will look for a new bottle from the brewery, but I won't go out of my way to try it again...there are too many beers in front of it in line.

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Photo of hero27
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Batch # 7093.

Bell's self-proclaimed flagship brew. Pours a hazy orange with streams of carbonation and some tiny bits of yeast getting kicked around. The caramel malts dominate this one, but it does have a touch of spicy hops that add a little more depth to the flavor. Comes off a bit dry, with a slight metallic flavor. Overall, it's a solid amber with a good malt base, but Bells has a wide array of better brews.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Twelve ounce bottle pours a nice cloudy dark-amber under a two-inch head that faces to a sticky ring with decent lacing.

Smell has that nice Bell's note of sweet maltiness. Some biscuit, and a bit of citrus hops.

Pleasant sweet malt taste, with grain and grass. (I just love what Bell's does with malt!) Nice balance with hop dryness, but not much bitterness.

Carbonation makes for a nice mouthfeel, and spreads the malt sweetness around.

Very drinkable -- really smooth and fine.

Overall, a fine example of an easy-drinking amber ale. Wow! Bell's scores big again!

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Photo of cameraman
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A copper color with hints of a golden hue on the sides, a small head forms, white in color, a disappears very quickly. The scent of malt is very evident, not much in hop aroma. There are some fruity aromas that are there as well. The taste is mostly of the malt, which makes it very mild in flavor. The mouthfeel is thin and tad watery azt the beginning, then it gains more body as it crosses the palate. This an easy to drink beer, with the sweet malty flavor, making it favorable to drink. Overall though it needs some hops to balance out the sweetness. This would be a great session beer and even a beer to introduce someone to craft beer.

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

bought a bottle from world market in lansing, michigan. ($1.49)
pours a brilliant amber with orange hues.
aroma is malty, hint of hopsack, bit of carmelized malt.
flavor is malty, hopsack, carmelized malt, hint of citrus.
great beer over all, old stand by for most of us michiganders.

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Photo of bearrunner44
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium, slightly reddish-amber with a fluffy vanilla-tan head.

Smell: Caramelized malt, with a light and tangy fruitiness. Honey, banana, maybe a touch of lemon zest.

Taste: Mild sweetness from the malt, honey-like. Mellow fruitiness; tangy like banana, with a citric edge to it. A light, isolated kiss of hops shows up towards the finish. It ends with a bit of an oxidized wet cardboard taste; it's not too bad, just enough to be distracting. The alcohol peeks through a tiny bit. Well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat chewy, but with lively levels of carbonation.

Verdict: It's pretty good, except for the distraction of the off-flavors. I wouldn't mind having another one.

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Photo of hanco005
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of batch 7063, says that I am holding the Flagship of the Bell’s family in my hand, 12 ounces into a pint glass

A—copper/orange with ¾ inch thick foamy tan head, bits of sediment swirl in the glass, the head really isn’t moving, but it is leaving spotty lacing behind

S—smells similar to a Belgian, yeasty, modest ripe fruit up front, followed by some candy sweetness, gets sweeter with each inhale, brown sugar and maple are now starting to show up as it warms, some biscuity/oat cereal tones as well

T—sweet malts are explosive in this one, not much for bitterness, starts sweet and stays sweet, with caramel candy and brown sugar flavors

M—a little thin and watery with a slight slimy finish, lighter in body, a little low in carbonation…I was expecting more in the mouth

D--very good, but almost too sweet for me. Not sure that I could drink more than one more in a sitting as a result.

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Photo of Crosling
2.4/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

New penny in color. I’m sorry, forgive me, but I just can’t get excited about Amber ales with no hop aroma. Subtle malt aroma, with a light hint of caramel and a suggestion of doughy yeast. You’d think malt magician Larry Bell could come up with something a little better smelling than this. Mild, mediocre malt flavor, which is very crisp, but overall husky. Caramel and toasted malt flavors, with herbaceous, weedy hops. Lacking bitterness and a pronounced hop flavor and aroma. This seems like an amber ale from a crappy brewpub.

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

Clear amber capped with a short white head that settles into a solid ring. Some fine bubbles ended up sticking to the glass. Malty caramel and brown sugar aroma with a bit of toasted grain husk. Fruity as well, with floral and citrus hop character. Pleasant malt sweetness with balanced bitterness and moderate hop flavour. Some caramel into the finish. Medium/light body, medium carbonation with a solid mouthfeel. Quite nice. Another top-notch beer from Bell's.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle.

Poured a clear light copper color with sediments in suspension. The head was small to start with and went down super quick.

Bready, caramel tinged malts take the show in the nose, lightly accented by woody hop notes.

Medium light in body and a bit flat on the carbonation. Big bready malts come out again in the taste, caramel along for the ride. Hops are present just enough to clean up the finish, which is long and biscuity.

I've had better bottles of this beer - not as flat - so I'll probably have to review this brew again in the future to insure a fair whack.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
2.78/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Good amber color, leaning more towards red than yellow. Head was nonexistent (likely due to the pour quality, why don't bars know that some head is good on beer?).

Aroma: Malty, biscuity notes, slight earthy hop tones, not enough for what I think an amber ale should have--disappointing in general.

Taste: Quite malty/nutty flavor with overtones of biscuit, but it's lack of hop flavor/aroma was really a detractor for me--flavor balance in this brew is shifted heavily towards malt (maybe I'm too used to troeg's hopback, which has great malt/hop flavor balance). Taste is more reminiscent of an ESB than what I'd consider an amber.

Mouthfeel: Nice bitterness, decent sweetness and carbonation was good enough. There's a bit of pungency that comes through the nose that I'm not too fond of.

Drinkability: Nothing spectacular, I didn't really want another one, in fact, I could barely finish the first one.

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