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

BA SCORE
87
very good
3,101 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:
3,101
Reviews:
967
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
563
For Trade:
2
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Ratings: 3,101 |  Reviews: 967
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.36/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 10/10/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a good sized head, and it is lasting. Head color is creamy, white, with small bubbles. Has a very malty aroma, but not too strong. A sweet malty taste, Fat Tire/Newcastle-ish. Very malty, not a very balanced malt taste, not as much hops.

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Photo of bruachan
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

from heinen's in hudson

copper color with some sediment in suspension, though it slowly settles out. i question the condition of my glass, so i'll give the head the benefit of doubt: i had a collar...sounds like others saw lasting foam. sweet caramel nose with some flowery hops and brown sugar
caramel taste, too. and a slight butterscotch finish to go along with the lingering bitterness. very little hop flavor

hopback is my existing benchmark for ambers, but this has a nice focus on the sweetness, with enough hops to show through. i love munich malts...mmm. i also love the texture of this beer: the munich gives it a great chance to stick around while your tastebuds do their thing

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours a turbid amber color with vislble carbonation rising up from the edge of the glass. Small particles blend in to the swirl of bubbles. A tight creamy white head forms on pouring. Eventually a ring is left, with a little bit of lacing.

Smell: Pale malt with some toasted notes and toffee. The hops are floral with a touch of citrus.

Taste: It starts off lightly sweet, with pale malt that gives off a toasted flavor. Some toffee flavor yields to a floral hop character. The finish has a soft lingering bitterness. Overall the flavor has a nice balance to it; it starts somewhat sweet and finishes somewhat bitter, without ever straying too far in either direction.

Mouthfeel: Really creamy, light crispness from the carbonation. Fuller than medium carbonation in a medium body.

Drinkability: This was pleasantly drinkable with some nice complexity that will continue to develop over a session. Amber is not my style of choice, but there is good reason why this is their flagship beer.

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Photo of avaldivia
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in trade from Sobeleg. Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark red color. Very cloudy. Decent size head with good lacing all the way down.

S: Caramel malt. Some pine notes. Nice sweet, fruity notes. I want to say fig.

T: Similar to smell, but the pine note is virtually hidden. Good sweet malty flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied. The gravity seems to increase on he finish. A bit syrupy.

O: Solid amber ale. I was pleasantly surprised. I would get this again

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Photo of TooGood
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

an all-around solid beer from bell's. pours a hazy light amber, decent creamy head. this reminds me more of a bock than an american amber/red due to the malt/sweet balance of it. dough and toffee in the nose along with something i can't put my finger on. flowers? sweet caramel malts upfront with just barely enough hops to round it out before the sweetness comes returns on the back end. medium carbonation from the bottle conditioning, nice and creamy/crisp at the same time. almost medium in body. a nice session beer but for that i would prefer a pride and joy. sweetness can make this a little cloying after a while.

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

Photo of tastybeer
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color glows a deep orange brown with some added copper-like hues. White head is existant but easy going. Retention is a ring. Smells sweet with mild pine and more steady citrus. Aromas come together rather smoothly, and likewise with the flavors. Bitterness is thorough and entertaining. Malts hold up just right and flavor hops come along for the ride. Citrus and other fruit mainly with an earthiness too. Entertaining amber and one of the better. Mouthfeel is smooth with prickly carbonation. Very nice. Quite drinkable too.

A good one for getting again. Certainly sessionable.

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Photo of zrab11
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a nice soft red with a nice think head

S-has hints of citrus with some hoppy maltness

T-Has a nice plum and peach taste with a hin of hoppiness and carmel.

M-Light bodied with ok carbonation

D- Very drinkingable beer. Really like this beer. Nothing amazing about this beer but very good overall

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

This is really good - a great sessionable beer that would be refreshing on a hot day.

Pours copper, hazy with some suspended particles, with thin white head. Aroma is malty, camelly, with a sweet hop character. The flavor is sprightly, light carmel, spiced peach, a little bitter orange. It is refreshing and sweet, yet tart, almost like a good iced tea The mouthfeel is slick and prickly.

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

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of DudMan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Lob
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of atpca
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of bamadog
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was able to have this on tap about a week ago and didn't have anything to write with at the time, but once again, that has proven to be a detriment to the review game -- I picked up a six-pack today and while it's very good in the bottle, it doesn't really compare to the tap. Oh well, still solid.

Appearance: Nice coppery/amber in color with a solid 1 and 1/2 finger head that would eventually fade to a thin skim on top with some serious life to it. Lots of sticky lacing are being left on the glass as I drink it down. The body appears to be a little cloudy and there seems to be some sediment getting churned around by the solid carbonation.

Smell: Didn't get a whole lot out of the nose, but it does smell a little bitter from the hops - no real kind of fruit attribute to the hops either, it is however, slightly grassy and metallic.

Taste: More malty up front than I would have expected and that brought a slightly sweeter, (very slightly) breadier quality to it. The hops seem subdued, but there is a bit of a bitter aftertaste to it.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, I would have expected a bit more tingle from the type of carbonation that is showing, so it's a pleasant surprise. Coats evenly and leaves a bit of a stickiness to it as well.

Drinkability: I'd give it a solid 4 on this - it's not overwhelming and the lower ABV makes it easy to get through them. It's not an especially heavy beer either so I don't feel weighted down by it.

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

Photo of Lelampp
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 THEOPTIMATOR88
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

This beer pours up a nice coppery amber color with a small white head, decent retention and decent lacing. The nose is fairly subtle. To my nose I could really only pick up what smelled a little like cinammon. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. Taste is nice. Kind of grass, biscuit, and hops. The malt upfront is kind of buried in the mix though. Not too bad. About what I expect from Bells.

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Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of freduardo
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Bell's Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.85 out of 5 based on 3,101 ratings.
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