Amber Ale
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

Amber AleAmber Ale
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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #46
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
87
Ranked #16,264
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 11.66%
Reviews:
1,019
Ratings:
3,291
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
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Amber AleAmber Ale
Notes: The beer that helped build our brewery; Bell’s Amber Ale features both toasted and sweet caramel notes from carefully selected malts, balanced with herbal and citrus hop aromas. Capped by a clean bitterness, it’s incredibly versatile with food, but very tasty on its own.
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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy and medium amber with a excellent fluffy head that retains well and good lacing.

Simply aromas of caramel malt, hints of dark fruit, and yeast great the nose.

The brew is drier and hoppier than is typical of the style, but it is tasty. Caramel malts are forward. Dark fruit and yeast arrive in mid-stream with some spicy hop notes and mild citrus at the finish.

The brew is medium-bodied and smooth, but with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice take on this style.

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Photo of Lucular
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5 oz pour on tap. Pours a moderately dark amber/brown. The aroma and flavor feature light fig, toasted malt, caramel, and citrus. Surprisingly complex and highly quaffable.

Amber ales aren't usually my favorite but I need to get more of this one - I sense a 6-pack is in my future.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of Bell's bedrock beers. There's a nice gradual roast build-up that lingers into the aftertaste, giving this smooth amber brew a bit of substance. With a touch of hop presence, this is a beer for all seasons.

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Photo of Urtravel
4.69/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: cloudy golden pale with foamy head and lace and lively carbonation
S: nice sweet Malta up front with mild floral aromatic hop finish
T: get the nice sweetness of the malt up front and then a tangy bite of hops at the finish
F: not too heavy not too light feel with vibrant carbonation penetrating in tongue
O: a well rounded balanced beer that invites you to a dances on the tongue on the way down

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Photo of German-Helles
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This 12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass delivered 2" of slightly off white foam. After several minutes I still have a half inch with some nice lacing on the sides of the glass. This is a hazy amber, leaning a little toward the orange end.
The aromas are faint, slightly malty.
The taste starts with a little hops, then finishes a little bitter sweet. The taste is very good, I just always hope for a little bread flavor from the Amber Ales.
I like the creaminess that is felt when the Ale first touches the mouth. The dryness takes away from the sweet caramel flavors.
This beer is very good, my personal opinion would be to less with the hops and let more of the sweet flavors show.

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Photo of Fizzer
4.61/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Really great beer. Looks good, smells decent but the taste is very good. I didn’t realize that this was the same style as fat tire until the website here pointed that out, this is way better than fat tire. In fact I usually get one of these if it is available, after trying so many beers I’ve realized that this one is difficult to beat. sampling might be a waste of time.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draught at Frontier Brewing and Taproom.

Pours a hazy orange gold..kinda red. Good head of foam and lacing.

Smells of some grain and roast, citrus hops.

Grain, bread, roast, citrus hops, smooth and enjoyable.

Lightish body, but again, very smooth.

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Photo of MNAle
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber color, slightly hazy, moderate to light carbonation. Tall creamy off-white head receding very slowly, leaving thick lacing. Aroma is sweet bready malts, with a touch of citrus and toffee. Very attractive and inviting aroma. A bit of floral comes through after a few minutes. Sweet and mild taste, bready malts, honey, toffee balanced with a very slight bitterness in the late middle to finish. Body is moderate, with a little carbonation on the tongue. Quite enjoyable and easy drinking.

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Photo of defunksta
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color with an slight orange hue. A mild head. SRM of 14 (3.75)

Aroma: Strong aromas of ruby red cherry, citrus, plusm, apricot with slight spice and vanilla. A slight floral and piney hop aroma. A sweet, toffee, and dark bread malt profile. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavor is more ruby red cherry, citrus, plum with some piney spice and vanilla. Then some dark bread and toffee. Finishes slightly bitter. (3.75)
Feel: Lighter-bodied. Finishes bitter, but clean. Bitterness lingers slightly, but not overwhelming. Balanced.

Compared with an Altbier (Alaskan): This one has more citrus. It's lighter and drier. The malt profile is more wheat, and less dark German rye.

Overall: An excellent expression of an American Amber. Captures American hops, but has the German amber malt profile of sweet, dark bread. The cherry and dark toasted bread is what stands out here, combined with its citrus and pine American hop presence which imparts a mild bitter finish. (Final Rating: 3.80)

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Photo of jlindros
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed as part of BJCP training, 19A American amber ale. Bottles 12/05/18
Decent fizzy head with fair retention, little lacing, little hazy mostly clear amber copper color

Nose fair malts, toasted caramel amber malts, hint at sweetness, hops are a bit light, mild floral and fruity

Taste fair hop profile, but fruity, little herbal and turning ever so slightly spicy later, fair moderate bitterness, moderate malt profile, enough to support the hops, more caramel amber malts, little toasty, malty sweet thoughout, hops get slightly citrus, mild spicy hop and sweet caramel malt lingering

Mouth is medium to fuller bod, decent moderate carb

Overall not bad, wish the hops came through more, fairly muted in general, otherwise fairly on style wise

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Hazy amber with over a finger of thick, foamy white head with good retention.

Smell: Hop-forward, backed by toasty malt.

Taste: Mild hoppiness with bitterness layering on the tongue. The malt is difficult to uncover underneath.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, high carbonation.

Overall: I'm growing a bit weary of Bell's obsession with hops. While their Two-Hearted IPA got them fame, not every drink has to follow in the hoppiness. While not a bad beer, this doesn't really meet the style you'd expect from an amber ale due to the covering of malt flavor.

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Photo of Foyle
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. A 2" off white head drops very slowly with mild lacing. Color is cloudy amber with particles in suspension. Aroma is toasted malt, caramel, floral notes. Mouthfeel is light with a mostly dry finish. Flavors: caramel, toasted malt, biscuit, herbal and floral hops. Overall: very enjoyable.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Nonic Pint
Bottled on 11/5/18
Pours amber with thick white head, gorgeous lacing
Smell is malt forward,  with jammy notes
Tate follows the nose with tons of bready malts followed by citrus jam, subtle bitter finish
Smooth creamy feel
Overall this is a solid malt forward beer, that is nicely balanced

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Photo of beersampler6
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice tasty ale but not quite of the caliber of Bell’s other outstanding beers. Pours a mild amber color with a little head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells of some nice faint fruity hops, malt, biscuit, caramel and some nuttiness. Smooth mild thin mouthfeel. Good carbonation. A nice safe beer but I would personally pick something else from Bell’s.

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Photo of keithmurray
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - copper body with white head

Smell - grapefruit, tea, caramel, apple

Taste - toasted caramel, apple skin, tea, hint of grapefruit

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium plus carbonation, caramel sweetness upfront, citrus in the back with a bit of hop bite

Overall - tasty amber ale here. Solid - worth a try

price Point - $8.99/6 pk 12 oz bottles

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid beer, I still do not like it as much as El Rojo or Killians. Having Erik the Red in this category as well because it just cannot compare to it. I would still take a Killian's over this one.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap.

A - Medium amber colored pour with thick creamy white lacing.

S - Toasted sweet caramel, slight earthiness, a hint of citrus.

T - Toasted caramel malt from start to finish and finishes malty with mild citrus bitterness.

M - Medium body.

O - Not my beer style but could easily recommend this as a gateway beer to many Macro drinkers. Well brewed.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle stamped 062018 on neck poured Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Large tan pancake batter head with good retention and small lacing. Gold body with lots of sediment / suspended particulates. 4.25

Smell - Corn, honey and malt. 3

Taste - A little thin, bitter, and maybe a bit coffee. Citrus rind. 3

Mouthfeel - Mostly clean with a little bit of an astringent finish. 3.75

Overall - Interesting beer that doesn't conform to standard expectations. Not a session beer but worth trying. 3.75

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Photo of Act25
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Finally, enjoying this classic, love the style and this example, since RedTail Ale was my first craft.
a) Color along would get this to 4, and the off white head and lace lift it to 4.25.
s) Ample hops, grapefruit, floral, outweighed by caramel malts, brown sugar, toffee.
t) As expected the caramel malts, without being too sweet, balance with more subtle herbal, floral, earthy hops. Some grapefruit. Really excellent food beer profile.
f) It's medium body and mid carbonation, with a nice clean finish that balances.
As one wrote: "great with or after fish / shellfish".
o) Full flavored, special, classic.

Overall: One of the more full flavored amber ales and very drinkable.

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Photo of SB2017
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful amber color, thin and bubbly tan head. A very vibrant, yet reserved look to it. Not much on the nose, I think due to this being an older bottle. What remains is a mild hoppy smell, with a solid amount of grain with it. This beer tastes very good. I'd like to leave it at that but the flavors here bring so much to the table that I would be remiss not to draw them out individually. The primary flavors here come from an impeccable balance of herbaceous and earthy hops with both bright yellow grain and a sweet corny flavor characteristic of many classic American lagers. This, unlike many with this source of flavor (whatever it is), does not overwhelm. The aftertaste is primarily roasty and malty, rounding out the whole tasting experience quite nicely. I find this beer's taste to be a perfect exercise in both balance and diversity of flavor. Well done to the brewing team in this regard. I will not be tired of this beer by the end of its 6 pack and will likely go back for another soon. One last note: the feel of the beer is impressive, but has an almost oily quality. Still, it feels like a true mouthful of beer, which I've gotta give a shout out to.

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Photo of jwrichmo
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I'm all hopped out! Lately I've drunk so many IPAs that my tongue
looks like HOPS. So I thought I'd try an amber ale from one
of my favorite breweries; Bell's Amber Ale didn't disappoint,
very refreshing. Clean taste with a very nice finish. Couples well
with food.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Das Biergarten. Clear amber body. Smells of caramel and bready malts with some floral hops. Tastes of more bready and toasty malts. Faint caramel malt lends a bit of sweetness. Back end is toasty with a honey floral flavor and hop bitterness. Medium body. Solid all around.

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Photo of spectru
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

slightly hazy amber with a frothy cream-colored head. A rich good beer smell; A smooth rich creamy taste with a hint of hops. Smooth mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Rich and drinkable, flavorful but more mild than robust.

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Photo of CopperMtnPlowboy
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Received a bottle as a gift from one of our top salesmen from Detroit. Poured into a pint glass, look is a deep caramel with very little head. Now I'm a little worried about what I'm to experience..I'm not a fan of no head, typically. Uh, giggety. Gotta bring it somewhere else...so, let's waft and smell...not bad, but a tinge on the malty side for my preference. A swig, and good news - it tastes better than I expected given the no head and strong malty smell. Feels a little thick, as I feel with most "malty", no head beers. Overall a very solid beer as I've found most Bell's to be on the whole, but I think I'm usually a tougher grader that most who seem to give away 4's and 5's like candy, so my score for the Amber Ale with the cool label, while under the "norm" for the BA community, is to me a very decent beer. I'd go somewhat out of my way to drink this again, might even get up off the couch myself rather than ask the kids to get it from the fridge.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear glass. Has a sort of dark opaque honey color, nice fluffy tan head, moderate carbonation, many floaters, and good lacing.

I smell a sweet roasted nutty malt, along with toasted grain, bread crust, and a sweet honey/faint toffee note. Hops are moderately present among all the different smells. Overall earthy and especially woody in aroma, each note is somewhat subtle. In the larger picture, a nice comforting smelling beer.

Tastes like it smells. Is very grainy and woody. Toasted grain, bread crusts, toasted nuts, a sort of doughy malt, an apple flavor, nice grassy, floral, and earthy hops with a spiciness that is just right, along with a sweet caramel taste that supplements the backbone of the beer. Feels smooth and weighty on the palette.

Pretty great and wholesome amber ale that reminds me of the woods and the countryside.

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Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 3291 ratings