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

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Bell's Amber AleBell's Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

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.

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Reviews: 962 | Ratings: 3,085
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled 01/20/16 printed on the back label. Finally getting around to reviewing this classic from Bell's. Acquired a single bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a garnet burnt sienna orange body with hues of brown, lots of dark sediment, super unfiltered, with some chill haze. Less than a finger of frothy off-white head that lingers as a ring, leaving some okay spotty lacing. Appears well carbonated. Looks good per the style.

S - Aroma offers up notes of toasted malt, brown bread, tea leaf sweetness, some mild notes of lemongrass, very subtle floral hop presence.

T - Taste follows the nose: toasted / nutty malts, brown bread, toast, earthy tea leaf sweetness, smooth caramel malt. As the beer drinks on, notes of toasted oak wood, toffee, & vanilla emerge.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, creamy, clean. Good lingering bready malt sweetness on the finish. Good carbonation, and very easy drinking stuff.

Overall, an excellent classic example of a classic style from Bell's. Would be a great beer to pair with food.

Bell's Amber Ale -----4/5.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Amber Ale has a thick, off-white head, an amber appearance, lots of bigger and tinier tan yeast chunks, throughout,, and minimal lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, honey-topped, brown bread and a touch of lemon. Taste is of those elements, with some background stone fruit skin and relatively low bitterness. Mouthfeel is high medium (almost heavy) and fluffy, and Bell's Amber Ale finishes in the dry realm.


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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper-brown clear body, slightly fizzy light tan head, strong streams of carbonation. Nose and taste have strong notes of sweet caramel and malt, mild bitterness with no specific hop flavor attributed to it, and a kiss of raw grain. Something about this is rich and warm, deep and balanced flavor, despite the seemingly simple profile. Body is moderately heavy, with a rich but gulp-able quality.
Who says an Amber Ale can't be delicious?? (I think I've said that...) This is a great beer, something all those easy mass-appeal craft beers can strive to be. The profile is simple, rich grain and mild bitterness, but the depth is astounding. Not a beer than would necessarily stand up in an all-comers lineup, but it would certainly win among the domestic/American Amber category.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love a well done, toasty amber ale, but it seems most breweries want to add too much hops to everything. This one is a good representation of a beer style that's meant to be more subtle, and shows why amber ales can really be great.

Pours a dark, rusty, amber with a fluffy white head, leaves quite a bit of foam around the edges of the glass, and some thin lacing. Smells like toasted bread with a hint of hoppy freshness. Taste is mostly malt forward: lots of toasted malt, bread, and caramel type flavors. There's a little bit of herbal and piney hop flavor way in the background, just enough to balance the dark, toasty flavors and offset some of the bready sweetness. I found this easy and refreshing to gulp, and "refreshing" is not often a word I associate with amber ales. Feels creamy, smooth, and even somewhat full in mouthfeel. The hint of hops helps give it a little bit more of a clean and dry finish, but it still has some lingering toasty flavors. Overall, one of the best amber ales I've had yet, and a highly recommended option if you're looking for something more easy drinking.

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Photo of LaurenZ
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark colored with caramel and amber hues. The head is small, just around the edges does it appear. Has a copper look to it. The beer is roasty and caramelly in the aroma and has some slight malt hints. The fruity and caramel aroma comes through in the flavor as well. It is slightly bitter and hoppy with bitter and roast notes lingering afterwards. the Beer overall is good and crisp.

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Photo of Angela1956
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I LOVE THIS BEER. Bell's did a great job with this one. It has a beautiful copper color with a off-white, copper tinge head. The aroma smells like caramel and malts. Tastes like roasted caramel, slight maltiness, and a fun bitterness. The aftertaste is warm with roasted flavors. Extremely enjoyable for those that love a toasty, caramel flavored beer. It is by far the perfect beer for tailgating season!

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Photo of hennin55
4.59/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: good head, good lacing, amber/caramelized in color
Aroma: floral notes with caramel notes
Palate: not highly carbonated
Flavor: hoppy flavor with caramel notes and citrus flavor

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Photo of stinewils24
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of the beer is a rusty gold, amber. The smell is fruity, reminded me of prunes and white wine. The taste is a toasted grain with a light caramel. It is carbonated with a dry finish. Overall, it seems a little dull, but I enjoyed the mouth feel and aftertaste.

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Photo of fullerly
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Must be paired with foods to be able to truly enjoy
Pair with a great ribeye and this would be a wonderful beer
I could not drink it alone…too bitter and hoppy

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Photo of HensonJ3
4.98/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

An obvious amber color for this beer. Toasted flavors and some very floral, citrus and herbal scents to go along with it. Some bitterness to it. Would definitely order again.

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Photo of eckk_rachel
5/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance : Dark Rusty Color with light Brown Head

Smell : Floral, Citrus & Light Caramel

Taste: Clean Bitterness, Smooth, Could drink lots more !

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Photo of defilli2
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I enjoy Amber's so I was excited to try this one. When I poured it, it had a dark rusty color with brown bubbles. I could immediately smell notes of caramel but strong fruity aromas as well. I did end up tasting the caramel fruits in this. It was a good balance of citrus and hops. Not too malty at all, definitely recommend. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of tomakara
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was very dark in color so I knew it was going to be on the heavier side, taste-wise. It resembled a malt taste with a hint of caramel as well. Had an interesting taste but was better after accumulating a few sips!

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful honey color, relatively clear with a white head that settles quickly. Aroma of caramel malt, biscuits, light grassy hop notes and a touch of citrus. Taste is smooth and malty, on the sweet side but modestly hopped to give light herbal and grassy notes. Easy medium body and modest carbonation makes the beer go down easy. It is leaving me wanting something more in the flavor though. Good but not Bell's top of the line beers.

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Photo of 57md
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy copper with about a half finger of head. The nose is quite yeasty. The flavor is solid but basic - bready with a mild dry bitter finish.

Very drinkable but I doubt that I will be coming back to this one.

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Photo of Knutson_16
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Dark orange, amber, a little hazy when poured and has a thin white head as well.

Smell: This beer has a fairly weak aroma but is still very appealing. Has mild yeasty notes with some citrus undertones. Not as overpowering that a lot of beers are.

Taste: This beer tastes yeasty with some obvious pine notes. I would describe this beer as having a weak broth taste with some caramel , grain and malt notes as well. It also has a very weak citrus undertone. This beer has a complex flavor spectrum; there are obviously a lot of distinct flavors in this beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a very crisp, clean, and refreshing aftertaste. The flavor is not as overpowering like most beers. I found it to have slight carbonation but not as much as some other beers.

Overall: This beer is my favorite beer thus far. There is just so much going on with this beer and all the flavors work really well together, it creates a delicious beer. I enjoy the crisp, clean finish. It is such an easy beer to drink, not too strong yet has a distinct taste. I enjoy darker beers to begin with, so the color was what first appealed to me. The yeasty, malty, caramel flavors are delicious. I would highly recommend.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours an amber color and shows as hazy, opaque orange when held up to the light. There is a thin white head, some of which remains as a collar to the end. Light lacing and lots of carbonation

The smell is musty and full of toasted and sweet malts. Some flora and citric hops but these are mostly drowned out by the matls.

The taste follows the nose with strong toasted and sweet malts dominating. There is also a light caramel backbone with plenty of citrus and floral hops coming in at the end with a piney hop resin remaining on the tongue after swallowing. Overall this is an interesting beer; there is a lot going on here.

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Photo of adamhdg
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice Amber with a thin quickly dissipating head. Smell is very subtle with nothing specific coming forth other than grain. Taste is amazing with sweet caramel and grain. So delicious with a mild hop on the front and back. Refreshing carbonation through the entire experience. Really enjoyed this and will be drinking it again.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured mine into a beer mug, pours a nice copper color with a small foam head which does not last but sits thinly around the glass.

Smells kinda fruity to me, almost like a Michigan wet fall when it starts getting cold. Or maybe how the label looks, it smells like that. Very fitting.

Tastes like the notes/commercial description says, I couldn't word it better and never usually do, it's very plesant and not strong with the bitterness of its aftertaste making it refreshing and enjoyable.

Has a nice feel too, not thin, not thick, nicely carbonated and flows down smooth.

Overall, it's easy to drink and pleasant on the taste buds. This being the second Bell's I can say I like. A very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of OldSwampy
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish gold with an off white head. Some cloudiness with ample carbonation. Nose gentle but full maltiness with promises of a bit of spice. Taste opens quickly into a mildly resinous, slightly creamy goodness with gentle hop overtones. After drinking several swallows I realize there are more hops than I first noticed... nice integration with the malt, and not overwhelming (thank you), but more hoppy the more I drink. Mouthfeel full, maybe a little too sudsy, but decent. The label says that this has been brewed since 1985, so its endurance through the changes in the beer scene of the last few decades is worth noting. A fine ale.

Bottled date on bottle reads "PKGD 01/13/16 A"

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sight: dark with a white foam head
Smell: nutty undertones with hints of caramel
Taste: full bodied, thick flavor

Hints of malt, caramel, honey, and coffee make this more of a dessert beer.

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Photo of SABERG
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle dated 11/23/15 into the modified tulip glass.
A - Orange marmalade in color, nice carbonation, a fine white cap, lacing is delicate.
S - Malt base is beautiful, a hint of tropical hops, add a delicate herbal quality.
T - Light brown sugar, toasted malts, delightful hop snap.
M - Medium in body, carbonation is quick to clean up, dry finish with little linger.
O - What a treat, an Amber ale that hits the high note, I grow nostalgic for more.
Cheers all

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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 barnzy78
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Batch 15051, PKGD 11/11/15. It has to be at least 5 years since I had this beer. Amber ale - what ever happened? Now they're all overly hopped IPA's and "Session IPA's". Nice to come back to reality, thanks to my friend, Ken, for buying and sharing.
A - amber colored ale with a creamy ivory head that slowly fades to a foam
S - earthy, floral, and very herbal hop aroma coupled with caramel, grain, and pale malt
T - earthy and herbal again here with yeast, caramel, toasted grain, toffee, faint fruitiness and some tea-like notes
M - medium body, ample carbonation, finishes semi-bitter
O - not my favorite amber ale and always seems to be one that I want to love more; either way this is definitely a trip down memory lane. It reminds me of when I first started out rating/trying/reviewing beers. I've never been crazy over herbal hops, and this one is no exception. I always end up liking this one less than I feel like I should, and it ends up being just mediocre for me.

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Photo of Carolvs
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice frothy head with stamina that griped the glass all the way down. A bit underperforming on the flavor side, though. I think the community rating here better maches my experience than the Bros' rating.

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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,085 ratings.
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