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Kalamazoo Royal Amber Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Kalamazoo Royal Amber AleKalamazoo Royal Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

20 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 20
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Monsone on 12-08-2007)
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Reviews by emerge077:
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emerge077

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Silver Cloud Bar & Grill.

Hazy amber orange tone, good amount of offwhite foam. Aroma is a little average. Vague malt and cereal grain.

Aftertaste of cereal grain like puffed wheat. Perceptible level of hops give the mouthfeel a little zippiness. Light toasty malt seems to be the showcase here.
Adequate carbonation, and pleasant overall feel make this one an easy drinker. Approachable for non-craft drinkers, this will probably be fairly popular in Chicagoland area drinking establishments.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2007 22:52:58 | More by emerge077
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

08-03-2013 23:19:22 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-23-2012 02:00:54 | More by ygtbsm94
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-09-2012 00:46:12 | More by imperialking
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

11-27-2011 05:24:39 | More by barnzy78
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-27-2011 03:37:25 | More by brandoman63
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mynie

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Beer Bistro in Chicago, a place that's pretty middle of the road and not at all known for their rare selections. Seeing this there was surprising, to say the least.

Pours almost a candy colored bright, cheery amber. Almost more red than it is amber, actually. Nice and hazy, like a popsicle. Big tight white head that sticks around.

Smells like a fruit bowl--big and juicy and really not what I was expecting but still nice. This mellows out at the beer warms and there's a very firm balance between toffee biscuit malts and fairly strong citrus hops. Goodness, what a profile from an amber.

Tastes a lot like it smells but not *quite* as perfectly balanced. The fruit nodes are a lot more pervasive and they kind of blot out the malt-hop interplay. Still, well balanced and tasty.

Very crisp and sweet, this is one hell of an easy drinking summer ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2008 19:41:02 | More by mynie
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle.

Hazyish, yeast-flecked orange-amber body. Half inch of thick, creamy, beige head. Good lacing. Nose is caramel and toffee sweet with yeasty bread, and floral hops. Toasted malt and a hint of floral hop bitterness up front. Becomes very caramelly and bready, kind of like a caramel roll. Nice toasted biscuit and yeast flavors before a floral, slightly herbal, bitter hop finish. Medium-bodied with a creamy feel. Reminds me of something I've had many times here in Michigan...

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 23:54:39 | More by alexgash
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GbVDave

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

Batch # 8388

A: Pours a nice looking hazy-copper color with a creamy/sticky, light-tan/light-orange colored head that recedes quickly and leaves droopy ropes of lace behind.

S: Aromas of toasted grain, lemony hops, toasted bread/fresh-baked biscuits, caramel, cinnamon, and vanilla.

T: See above. Toasted malt, citrus hops, caramel, and toasted bread make up the bulk of what's going on here. Nice sweet caramel flavors in the finish that are balanced by bitter citrus hops.

M: Starts relatively juicy and rounded and quickly turns spicy and astringent. Bitter citrus flavors play out and continue to develop in the finish.

D: Quite good. Very easy to drink and should make a very enjoyable BBQ/summer party beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 23:05:07 | More by GbVDave
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tmitch75

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I miss having access to Bell's beers in Chicago, so I am excited to try this out and see if it's the same.

Coppery orange color, ample cream-colored head that drops fast. Lots of little flecks in it, but I'd think it must be fresh since it's the first time I've seen this stuff anywhere.

Sweet smell, like cinnamon sugar, with a lightly floral element to it.

Bready and caramelly sweet with floral and lightly citric hops.

Medium body with good crispness.

A good sessioner, but I had higher expectations of a Bell's beer. That may be unfair as I could well have idealized their amber in the last year or so...

Tasted on 6/15/08.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 04:07:57 | More by tmitch75
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Slynger

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kalamazoo Royal Amber poured a hazy amber-orange fading to gold near the bottom of my glass. Medium lid of is a fine and fuzzy eggshell color and quickly slips to leave some slinky lace.

Nose is a bit light, but I detect a light pale malt sweetness along with some citrus fruitiness, toasted malts, and floral and earthy hops.

It's medium bodied with a soft and lightly creamy smoothness coming through with a lightly fluffy carbonation. The flavors come in mild and pleasant. There is a gentle pale malt and citrusy sweetness in excellent balance with lightly toasted biscuity malts. There is some light floral creaminess as well and a light, fresh, earthy hop bitterness.

This is a nice, pleasant, and drinkable Bell's import. Far from great, but I don't remember finding the original to be great either. Glad to have it in Illinois.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 03:38:24 | More by Slynger
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KBomb

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Kalamazoo Amber was a dark copper, small head that quickly disappeared and minimal lacing. A slightly crisp hoppy aroma and a hint of sweetness. The taste was a little more bitter and hoppy, almost more like a Pale Ale rather than an American Amber. Liight mouthfeel and moderate carbonation that make it quite drinkable...

...still I was a little "thrown off" by this beer. I contend that this brew is different than Bell's Amber Ale. It lacked some of the malty sweetness, smoothness and balance of other ambers. It goes down easy and is a fine hoppy brew, but it wasn't my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 03:31:14 | More by KBomb
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spointon

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle featuring the Kalamazoo label but with obvious nods to the Bell's heritage. On the back of the label, it proclaims "Brewed for the fine people of the State of Illinois". Welcome to beer distibutor politics...

A= This beer poured an orange amber color with a thin white head that quickly disappeared. Lacing down the glass was minimal as well. There was a significant amount of particulates floating in this beer for the style - not really off-putting, just a bit different and unexpected for the style.

S= The aroma of this ale had a lot of caramel malt and earthy notes up front. Overall though, the aroma is very muted and underwhelming.

T= The taste follows the nose with a lot of caramel malty flavors. There is also a drier, citrusy hop character coming in near the end.

MF= The relatively low carbonation release and the medium body combine to make this beer a pleasant and easy beer to put down.

D= An all around easy to drink brew. I find it hard not to compare it to Fat Tire. Same style, probably a bit better. I will drink more of this if I find a good price...

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 01:51:29 | More by spointon
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nmyers

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice reddish amber color with a thin tan head on it with minimal retention. The aroma of this beer has hints of caramel and malty notes. It also has hints of hops as well. The taste of this beer begins with a smooth caramel flavor with malty notes. It had smooth hop finish to it as well. This was a very smooth and easy to drink. It was probably the lightest and smoothest beer on-tap at the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2008 19:38:56 | More by nmyers
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Redrover

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was on tap for $5 at the Taylor in Lombard. Much better choice than their house beers....

Served in a standard shaker, the beer is a red tinted gold with a beige head. It has very active carbonation.

The aroma is of slightly roasted malts hints of citrus. Fresh, simple and inviting.

The taste is of cereal and malts. Becomes slightly bitter late with nice citrus notes. Well balanced, it is an easy sipper. The mouth is slightly soft in spite of the carbonation.

Glad to see this available again in the Illinois market. It's like catching-up with an old friend.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2008 16:38:30 | More by Redrover
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kajerm

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Clark St. Ale House. The beer pours reddish amber with two fingers of fine white carbonation and lots of lacing.

The aroma is a mixed toffeeish and caramel malts with a slight background of piney hops.

The flavor opens up with bready, slighlty sweet malt flavors, which grow mid-palate. Hop bitterness comes in to round out the finish and hangs around a bit.

The mouthfeel is creamy and satisfying, a product of the maltiness of the beer.

Drinkability is great, especially because I feel like every sip is going to fund Larry Bell's lawsuit.

Bell's--I mean Kalamazoo Brewing Co.--it's great to have you back; now about that IPA...

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2008 00:45:43 | More by kajerm
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Lunar. Am I out of the beerloop, is Bell's back in Illinois, or was this just a fluke. Either way, great to have a Bell's brew on tap again. Comes out a great medium amber with light, lethargic bubbling and no head. The aroma was a great mix of mild, crisp hops and slightly dry yet sweet hops. Tastes a little adjuncty and corny. But a firm malt bill comes through with refreshing and leasing hps to balance out the dry, very biscuity malts. Could be a bit easier to drink if the adjuncty flavors were a little less.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2007 06:05:01 | More by scruffwhor
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a bold amber body with a spongy snow white head that last for a good bit and sticks to the glass. There is a gentle carbonation of big bubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The smell of fresh malt that is lightly toasted increases as the beer warms a bit but the smell of pine green hops with a note of pungency and a hint of orange is always present.

T- The taste starts with a soft fresh lightly toasted malt flavor. As it develops notes of sweet caramel and a faint biscuit dryness comes through. The malt flavor blends with a juicy orange note like that of jelly beans which is quickly over taken by the nice pine bitterness of hops. The hop bitterness lingers a bit after each sip with notes of the malt lingering in the background.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with just a light sweetness which is cleaned up by a tight little fizz that boost the hop bitterness nicely.

D- This is a well-built beer with nice depth to the malt and a good hops profile. It is not a big hop monster by any means just a good quaftable session beer with depth.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2007 14:12:03 | More by rhoadsrage
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MillRat

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, slightly hazy yellow with a fine white head. Aromas of citrusy hops and clean malt. Taste follow suit, medium-bodied with a slight sweetness. Yeast character is very subtle. This is a nicely crafted and accessible beer, one that has neither any detracting characteristics nor any outstanding unusual features, which is a nice lead-off for entering a market. It is quite quaffable and would be a great beer to carry you through a night at the tavern.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2007 02:27:00 | More by MillRat
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Monsone

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Clark Street Ale House.

A - Smallish head with a slight amber color
S - Not much here. Beer was a served a little too cold though. Smells pretty clean.
T - Pretty tame. Not a lot going on. Slight hop and malt flavors. Not what I remember a Bell's Amber tasting like.
D - Pretty damn drinkable.

Okay flagship for getting back in the market. I hope the IPA is more like Two Hearted though.

Either way, this is a decent beer that will appeal to the masses. It is good to see Bell's back though.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2007 02:16:21 | More by Monsone
Kalamazoo Royal Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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