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

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,127 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:
3,127
Reviews:
975
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
158
Gots:
583
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of dorianmarley
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is murky, light brown; like apple cider. Head is light and oil-slick. The lacing is nice.

Nose is sweet malt, light hops, apple cider, mild spice, and light citrus.

Taste is smooth hops with a light kick, lightly toasted malt, and apple.

Mouthfeel is a good amount of carbonation. It is very easy-drinking and very refreshing.

Overall, a tried-and-true American ale.

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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 bezakjon
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Clandestinex
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Huntbuc
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of areich6
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of murf1087
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ewalden
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of afdempse
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky amber colored beer with cloudiness and floaties from sediment. Head dissipates and leaves decent lacing.

Aroma is great. Strong scents of freshly baked bread, with an earthy spiciness contributed by the hops.

Flavor is a bit muted compared to the aroma. The bread flavor doesn't quite come through fully. Decently malty, and slightly fruity, but rather neutral and subdued. Hops come in and take over, finishing a bit edgy with yeasty notes following on.

Carbonation is good, body is medium and the finish is semi-dry. Hops seem to be a bit on the astringent side.

Overall, not bad. Certainly not in my top 10 Bell's list, however. For their "flagship" beer, it would seem like they'd put a bit more effort into getting the flavor out there.

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of boudreaux
5/5  rDev +29.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of RollTide05
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Unchi
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Tackle42
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of bkisliuk
5/5  rDev +29.9%

Photo of kmatlack
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,127 ratings.
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