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

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,126 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:
3,126
Reviews:
975
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
157
Gots:
581
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 3,126 |  Reviews: 975
Photo of beagle75
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of diminishing off-white foam head. Moderate stepwise lacing remains on the glass and profuse solids hang suspended throughout the column.

S: Bready, with mild caramel and crystal malt.

T: Begins dry, with refined bread, mild herbaceous hop aromatics, and a whiff of caramel. Acidity is of minor presence into the middle where grain becomes maltier before earthy flavors step up to dominate in the mildly bitter finish.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and slightly astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This amber ale is satisfactory in its ability to capture some English plae ale qualities while remaining clean and versatile. Hopping is light but appropriate, while malt components are varied and interesting without being challenging.

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Photo of vinny21bal
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Raime
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bell's Amber Ale

Final actual review of the night ( the next one will just be rated without one ). Part three of four on the random brew up north trip. How I have never had this beer from my favorite brewery is a total fucking mystery since I see I in singles everywhere. Maybe I just never thought it sounded too appealing. Who knows. By here it is. Let's do it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottled hard poured into a pint glass. This brew pours on the lighter shade of amber with a moderately high level of clarity. The head demanded a three time and stop and go pour so that there was no spillage. It is exceptionally pillow and starts leaving a massive amount of clingy cloudburst amongst a slow death. This is a pretty beer thus far. Leaves some rather attractive lacing and stick

Smell - The scent is typical of the style. A large dosage of toasty caramel malts with a touch of nut. Borderlines on burnt. Hop presence is minimal. Can't say much else here.

Taste - The taste follows the nose though the malts do get a bit darker. A near roasted caramel malt type of deal though the hop aspects do play a key role as well and come through in lemon like qualities. Surprising alcohol as well but nothing that makes it hard to drink. Low bitterness.

Feel - They body on this brew is thick and almost like syrup in a way though it doesn't take any of its flavors. The taste actually becomes more hop forward as it sits in the mouth and it swallows easy as can be with a slightly tuned up bitterness.

Overall - Not a favorite style of mine but this was probably the smoothest amber ale I have ever consumed and that's greater for Bell's since it was made to be that way. Nothing mind blowing here in terms of flavor but the balance is great and a straight six pack could be consumed without hesitation..

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Photo of Eman17
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Wildman
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

@Betty's:
Okay, it has a nice gold/amber color and creates a nice bubbly off white head. A little light for this style, but I beginning to feel this is what this company aims for. An aroma of malt and cirtrus. A flavor of malt, hops and citrus. A good beer, just lighter than I think this style should be.

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

Photo of lovindahops
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just finished some yard work so my reward will be a bell's amber ale

A- a very hazy brownish orange body with a huge head of foam that refuses to go away. Creamy lacing all over the edges of the glass. A bold looking amber to say the least

S- strong malt presence focusing on caramel, earthy scents, and even some fruit in the back end. Good scent profile that is very malt forward

T- extremely malt with herbal and earthy flavor overlapping the sweetness. Slightly biscuity (much more less than fat tire), but still full of flavor on all realms. Even a little bitter at the end

M- smooth and carbonated right. Not too sticky with the caramel malt flavor

O- a good amber ale from bells that will always be a solid choice!

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Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smi69
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of firkingroovin
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cvstrickland
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a seidel yields a golden amber body capped by a finger of milky white froth with big soapy bubbles that are left scattered when the head settles into a fine film that leaves the merest of fine-bubbled lacing.

Smelling the beer leaves it a mystery...perhaps a little malt and a faint earthiness, but not much here at all.

Taste is pale malty and sweet, with snappy carbonation, a tame minerally bitterness, and a little caramel in the finish. Underwhelming, but light and refreshing.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With a semi vigorous pour, the brew makes about two fingers of off white cranium, and has a hazy copper colored body.

In the aroma the bready malts arve very detectable, somewhat in the way of a sweet style bread, and there is a slight herbal fragrance too.

Taste wise it's also very much in the way of a sweet bready flavor. Thre is a slight metallic flavor along with an herbal finish.

This is crispy yet a little chewy along with a slight oily slickness. This makes for a good standby to go to for the American Red Ale genre IMO.

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Photo of qcghost
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of victory4me
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of thain709
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy amber body...a solid one inch off white head...great lacing

S - Not too impressive here...just some sweet citrus smells

T - I was surprised here...right off the bat I tasted the citrus hops...they were present throughout my entire palate...now towards the end of my glass the malts started shining through...the taste then produced a caramel covered hop...delicious

M - Medium bodied...creamy and smooth

D - Another solid brew from Bell's...I really liked how well rounded this beer was...I could drink this beer all day

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Photo of Josholson666
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Gtg642
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of JayS2629
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An amber, copper colored beer with a nice thick white head that fades fast but leaves ok lace. Teh smell is of biscuits, caramel, and earthy hops. The balance is very well done. Hops make theirself known with some grassy, earthy notes and a hint of spice but dominated with caramel malts and a touch of cocoa. The mouthfeel is a bit thin with a creamy edge. Overall, a nice, easy to drink, crisp and refreshing amber ale. Simple, but great.

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Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,126 ratings.
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