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

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Amber AleAmber Ale

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-12-2001

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up by Greg on a work trip in the midwest somewhere, thanks man.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Batch 8563.

Pours a foggy amber-brown with a two finger khaki colored head that sticks around for quite a while. A good layer of webbing clings to the sides of the glass. Smell is musty pale malts with a good caramel sweetness. A faint pine hop tickles the nose with an oak aroma as well. Creamy caramel up front on the tongue with roasted malts and some nuttiness. Midway, grains and bread emerge with a subtle pine hop that balances this out quite well. Aftertaste is sweet and a touch woody. Mosty smooth feel and light to medium body with a mild sting from the carbonation. Bell's makes some of the best beers out there and this is not to be overlooked. A solid ale that is very flavorful and drinkable, a combination that I'd like to experience more often. I've said it before and I'll say it again, we need Bell's in NY!!!

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Caramel amber medium copper color, nice 2 fingers of head on top, good lacing down the glass.

S- Toasty, malty, cashew, slight watermelon, grapefruit.

T- Caramel malt, creamy, balanced and clean with a nice malt back bone, mild balanced hops, creates a pleasant delivery. Delivers like an Amber, sitting almost on the sweetness side of a Scotch Ale.

M- Buttery, smooth, clean, very nicely balanced.

D- Very drinkable beer, teetering on the edge of a session beer, definitely makes me want another.

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Photo of jaz
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This mildly hazy, medium amber beer was a true delight. The small head provided good lacing about half way. The aroma was fruity and sweet. Taste was clean and smooth, with a nice sweet middle and hoppy finish. Some acetic flavors were present in the aftertaste. A nice, easy drinking beer with good flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of BitteBier
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden amber color with perfectly-suspended sediment and just a bit of carbonation. Head and lacing are minimal. Sweetness and floral hops combine for an appealing nose. Smooth, malty flavor quickly gives way to hoppy middle. Finish is surprisingly strong--crisp and even a bit warm. Another characteristically drinkable Bell's product.

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Photo of Garvey
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of psuKinger
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #11288, bottled July 2nd, 2012 (about 2 months old). Bottle into nonic.

A: Classic hazy amber hue, with a big frothy 2-finger off-white head on top. Near-perfect.

S: Lemon grass and herbal notes. Sweet bread. Perhaps a touch of pine resin and a twinge of alcohol.

T: Lemon zest is present, as the nose indicated, but there's also a bright grapefruit flavor with a pale malt twinge here that I didn't really pick up on in the nose. I'm not picking up on much in the way of a classic caramel/amber malt profile, which is suprising based on the name of the beer. Pine-bitterness arrives at the finish to round things out.

From the nose I feared that this beer might run overly sweet. But no, this has been healthily-hopped, keeping everything in balance.

M: Light and lively, with decent carbonation and a good dry finish.

D/O: Goes down smooth. Easy-drinkin'. I could knock this back in large quantities. I'm attributing a significant percentage of the flavor here to hop addition, and therefore I do believe "freshness" would be a concern here moreso than for many other "amber/red ales". If fresh, I could blast a six-pack of this.

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Photo of jtw21
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kels
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've always liked Bell's brews, but this one never made it into the rotation with all the bigger releases. About time I tried it. Review from a bottle poured into my pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a lovely golden-red-brown with a lot of clarity that highlights sediment and carbonation suspended within. The thick, white, pillowy head forms at about 2 1/2 fingers with good retention and soft, sheetlike lacing.

Smell: Hardly detectable despite so much head. Slight grainy malt and slight piney sap.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Excellent taste is deep and complex without being heavy. A real toasty malt presence meets a crispy, cracker-like malt along with some slight piney hops and a crispy green apple presence. They give a clean and bitter effect to the malty undertones. Mouth is creamy thanks to the retained head, with good carbonation as well.

Drinkability: Very high and would pair well with a lot of different foods.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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 WillWillows
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bell's Amber in the bottle. I poured it into a pint jar. Very nice and pours a nice reddish gold with a good head that dissipates. Taste is stronger than other Ambers, such as Abita, and has a better mouthfeel, no backbite. Nice. Two for two on Bells having consumed an Oberon recently. I will be back for this one again, I bought a sixer just in case. The five remaining are in grave danger of a quick disposal.

I am drinking the last one now. I slow poured it into a Mason jar and let it sit for 3 minutes until the head was down and the lacing was left. The taste and the temperature were perfect. This is a fine ale.

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Photo of millert83
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of BeardedSquash
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A cloudy brass body with a small cream colored head which falls quickly. A few pillars of carbonation.

S: Buttery hops. This is the type hop smell that inspired my ill-conceived hallertaur croutons. (does not translate into actual butteriness on bread) Rich sweet malt comes through after a while.

T: Wonderful. That rich hoppyness stays in the back seat, but makes itself known throughout the beer. A slight lake water flavor at the back of the tongue if that makes any sense. Malts rearlly shine through as the beer warms. Surprisingly different for an American Amber.

M: Light on the tongue, but sticky on the lips. You can almost lick the malts off your moustache.

D: I first snagged one of these from a friend who's first beer choice is Shiner Bock. I wasn't expecting a bad beer, but needless to say I wasn't expecting something this good. Well rounded, and ballsy with the hops. A nice surprise. Hope to have it one on tap one day.

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Photo of Jrcassiday
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of eblue33
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jacksonhole72
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of johnhansen
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GOBLIN
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well, all I can really say about this beer is that it is indeed an Amber ale. Nothing amazing but still solid in every way. Bell's amber has a nice appearance along with pleasant caramel notes. Mouth feel is crisp and finishes clean. Overall it's a solid example.

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Photo of asabreed
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Reminds of Smuttynose IPA in the sense of all the floaties and the natural hazy color due to that. It adds so much more than just a clear brew in a glass with rising carbonation. The haze adds a copper hue to the ligher amber color of the body. Lacing all over the place: from clumps to thin lines to single bubbles.

Smell: Ripe fruit, with strawberry and some banana, is at the forefront of this sucker, some dough and yeast aromas, caramel, and ripe citrus as it warms I imagine from the hops, though it's mild as I expected.

Taste: Again, ripe fruit at the forefront, with some dough and toasted grain flavors. Then it slides into some banana, from the yeast possibly, vanilla, caramel, a bit of citrus hops, and ends with flavors of ripe apples and strawberries, still cut a bit by some citrus hops to not make it too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied with a good creaminess.

Drinkability: A pleasurable and sessionable amber offering from Bell's. I love the unfiltered look, which I think adds a lot with all the floaties, though I think that could turn some people off.

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Photo of kenito799
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler.

Medium clear amber, raises a creamy foamy head, lovely lacing. Great appearance that somehow communicates comfort.

Aroma is fresh, malty, subtly hoppy, in line with the tyle, not an IPA aroma.

Taste offers an impeccable balance between creamy smooth malt and a refined bitter finish. Really harmonious and makes for a great soft session beer. Not nearly as full-flavored as many other stellar Bell's beers, but this a a robust and highly drinkable American amber ale.

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Photo of Cummins9110
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into mug

A - first off this pours an excelent head that lingers for a long time

S - smells of delicious carmel, like candy bar carmel!

T - taste like carmel and toffee, and fruit(I cant tell you what fruit, maybe apricot?) my brain is searching for the taste im tasting! im thinking its apricot that has me stumped

M - Very soft, yet i would consider it light, maybe more fluffy

Overall like all the Bell's beers im very impressed. This is a great Amber!

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Photo of Neorebel
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's deep, hazy amber color reminds me of cider, and it's frothy head retains shape similar to a nice cafe latte. The aroma smells of fresh baked bread with a hint of juicy grapefruit hidden beneath. When tasting the beer there is a nice balance of malt, grains, tropical fruit, and a piny zing towards the end. Reasonably full mouth feel - while it is not 'thick' it coats the mouth pleasantly. A good beer for any time.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a cloudy consistency. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of sweet malt, a bit of hops and fruit.

T: Taste consisted of fruit, sweet malt and some hops. A mostly bitter flavor, but generally well done.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: I'm not the biggest fan of ambers, but this one is a pretty drinkable example of one.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ypsifly
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz batch# 6883, which reads as 5-23-05 as per the Bell's website.

Clear amber with two fingers of off white. Good retention with ringed lace.

Sweet malts, yeast, and dry hops in the nose.

Caramel malt, slightly nutty with a good dose of bitter hops for balance. There are some yeast notes ofbanana way in the back. Nice dry finish. The body starts off a little more than full, but the dryness and carbonation clear it without being too abrupt. A classic session beer.

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Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,189 ratings