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

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,111 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:
3,111
Reviews:
970
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
156
Gots:
568
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a toasted orange color with tons of yeast sediment floating around in the glass and an off white one finger head.

Aroma is of slightly roasted malted grains, akin to sweet Connecticut tobacco and caramel, with gentle honeysuckle and candied apple undertones.

Flavor is modest and not in your face, although quite sweet even for an amber ale. Sugary with notes of caramel and tangy red apples, but with delicate roasted, smokey undertones. I'm getting notes of strawberry shortcake, vanilla cream, red apples, caramel and toasted english muffins.

Feel is light and crisp. Soft body with moderate carbonation. Sweet and unbalanced, except by a moderately bitter smokey hint of malted grain. Alcohol is noticeable for a 5.8%er.

Overall: Very sweet and rich. Light but sugary with roasted notes. I wouldn't want to session this, though I could see this pairing well with food. Not my favorite amber ale. Malty with slight notes of cherries, apples and toasted bread.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a lager glass. 29 August 2016 packaging date.

Pours with a deep amber colored body topped by a rather weak head that leaves better lacing than expected. Near equal bitter/sweet balance with sufficient malt flavor. More flavorful and lasting aftertaste than expected given what comes before.

Medium body with medium-light carbonation. Somewhat powdery finish(?).

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Photo of Rjk00
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it on draft at bells. A good tasting amber nice and hoppy which I like was good with a burger

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Darker cloudy Amber colored ale with nice wit head that retains fairly well. Smell of hops, citrus and caramel. This is a fine hoppy brew. Slick almost oily texture with medium body. Great after taste. Another great offering from Bell's. Yes please.

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Photo of Nat1975
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cracked a bottle casually. I'll have to revisit this in finer grain in future.

B- / WORTHY

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AirBob
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A darker shade of amber thats for sure. Head in the 1" range, off white, good retention. Overall a solid appearance of this amber ale. Aroma really kicked down as much citrus as I can remember in an amber ale.

This is a hoppy amber ale. Its not juicy like the nu NE ipa craze, but it imparts citrus sweetness. Its good stuff, not line up in the rain kind of good, but its plenty serviceable and significantly better than average. Usual caramel malt notes.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of razzberries
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of ZlaVydra
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Latarnik
3.21/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of _Adam_
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grupatre
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of seansean95
4.81/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of warpig372
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nobledust
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Speedihd
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jordanian2
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of TAisaBAlla
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,111 ratings.
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