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:
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

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Ratings: 3,175 |  Reviews: 991
Photo of mzingie
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Attractive 2 finger head with average lacing covering a honey color. The smell has something in it I find absolutely repulsive that killed this beer for me. Reminiscent of diapers. The taste is actually pretty good. Clean balance of hops, very subtle citrus, solid carbonation. The mouthfeel is what it should be, fairly heavy with the presence of alcohol in its aftertaste. Overall I am disappointed in the brewery that brought me two hearted ale but if it were not for the smell I would probably but this again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from good ta go beer store in PA for 1.99 - thanks to jfam for this

Appearance - Slightly hazy ambercolour with a large size fizzy/frothy beige head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fairly good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes. There are also some particles floating around.

Smell - Malts, caramel, dark fruits, light hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, fruits (apples/grapes?), and a bit of hops. There is also a bit of a floral flavour to it. It ends with a sweet caramel/malt flavour with some light fruitiness.

Overall - While tasty, it's pretty run of the mill as far as ambers go. I'd take a stone levitation over this. Still worth a try though.

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Photo of DBotma
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Eden
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of beagle75
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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 garymuchow
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hard to believe it took this many years to give this one a review.
Bottled in Sept. 2010, so it's within the brewery recommended 6 month window.
Strong malt presence with the aroma and a mixed, kinda' earthy hop background. Kinda' unsweet caramel malt with some pale male in there too.
Pretty big off-white head that forms an interesting shape in my SA glass. Amber and somewhat cloudy. Gold highlights.
Still malt forward, but less so than the aroma. More balancing from the hop flavors and bitterness. Touch of sweetness with a bit of caramel in it. A real blended sort of drink with ample complexity and nothing really distinct. There are no flavors of concern, just kinda' mix of flavors tampered down a bit.
Sufficient carbonation and body for style. Feels a little heavy on the bubbles (filling).
The previous comment takes away from last category. Too bad. It seems to be going for an everyday sort of drink - I believe it was referred to as the brewery "flagship" beer, in which it probably under-represents what this fine brewery is capable of producing. Nonetheless, a adequately drinkable beer, that I'd like to give a shot to fresh and on tap.

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Photo of Aenema
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a brownish orange, similar to the color of syrup with melted butter, a thin off-white head and little lacing.
Smell - Caramel malts, hay and grass.
Taste - Toasted, caramel malts, a nice hoppy finish - a smooth, well-balanced beer.
Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation, medium bodied and creamy.
Drinkability - Drinkable, but not a beer I would want more than maybe two of.
Overall - A fine beer worth trying, but not one I will revisit any time soon. It was not particularly good or interesting.

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Photo of TheWiredDJ
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of jayb
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

orangish red in color. Sediment throughout the glass. An off white head that settled quickly. Lacing was non-existant. Aroma was of sweet malts and a slight citrus tang. little bit of caramel as well. Taste was of sweet grains, herbal spice, slight roasted bitterness. Carbonation has a real bite to it. Very dry. Caramel and roastiness keick into full gear towards the end when the brew warms up. A pretty soild amber in my book.

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Photo of Eric_Leon
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of tpd975
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy amber colored hue with a nice thick off-white head. Moderate amounts of lacing.

S: Bready, sweet pale malt aroma with hints of brown sugar. No real hops noted.

T: Tons of malt up front. The malty is yeasty and sweet with some buttery tones as well. The hops are nearly non existant in the taste as well.

M: Light and refreshing.

D: Not a favorite when it comes to taste, but it is very sessionable.

Overall: A solid American Red. The taste is pretty solid and it is very drinkable. An Amber loving buddy of mine raves about it on draft.

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Photo of little_star
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Risenhower
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of colonia25
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Shrews629
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Very nice amber, copper color showing some orange hues. Substantial off white head that hung around for a bit and left a solid amount of lacing. Mostly clear body.

Smell - Attractive caramel malt pulling its way to the front of the nose. I'm also detecting a bit of a peach smell. Seems to be a bit more fruity in the hops department than most Ambers I have encountered. Nice and well balanced in the nose.

Taste - Malty at first in the taste, but gives way to the fruit kick. The malt is still the main ingredient however. A nice stab of the alcohol comes in at the end and brings a bit of the warmth and toastiness.

Mouthfeel - Seems to me to be a little thin on the mouthfeel, but it does finish rather dry and crisp. Coats the throat and tongue delicately.

Drinkability - This, all in all, is not a bad little brew. Nice bit of warmth at the end. The beer looks great and is very enticing. I'm glad I gave it a try. It's a brew that I wouldn't have a bit of trouble quaffing for and evening.

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Photo of hardy008
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Amber color, somewhat cloudy. Pours a white, 1 finger foamy head which has nice retention.

Smell - malt and citrus.

Taste - Mildly sweet and malty, with a hint of citrus bitterness. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and light to medium bodied.

Drinkability - Easy to drink, would make a good session beer.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice bronze colour. The smell is excellent--a bit of sweet floral, some malt, well-rounded. A yeasty bread loaf scent is also there.

Mouthfeel is average, but not bad. Taste makes up for this.

Subdued sweet start, some orange peel taste, sweet kick without being too overpowering, bitter chocolate-roasted coffee finish. Bitter aftertaste that lingers for a little while. Some hops to make it worthwhile. This would be an excellent session beer, I think. High quality and easy to kick back while still enjoying the taste.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I have had a few 6 packs of this beer over the past few weeks. I enjoy the taste and smell of this brew, but have found a noticeable amount of flaky sediment no matter how the beer is tired, poured or handled. It seems the yeast in this beer does not compact and always gets stirred up no matter how I pour.

Appearance is copper in color with satisfactory head and lace. Flaky sediment gets stirred up even with the most gentle/careful pour.
Smells of caramelized malts and brew day delicisousness.
Tastes as it smells with s nice balance of caramel malts and mild hop balance. Tastes mildly sweet but enjoyable for an amber.
Mouthfeel is medium body, medium+ carbonation.

The only turnoff on the beer is the annoying sediment. I don't mind a bottle conditioned beer as long as you handle it properly. This beer seems to always pour with flaky sediment and is a turnoff. After my 3rd six pack over the past 2 weeks I will stick with Two Hearted or Oberon.
I love Bells beers, this is my least favorite to date. Apparently they use the same yeast in most thier beers, I don't know why Amber behaves differently?

I will try this again in the future, maybe we have some old or bad batches around here?

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Photo of bigleague
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dwoolley1
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boogles
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This reminded me a lot of the lager, which people have rated lower, but with more of the same. Different from the masses, I really liked the lager (and its malt) but did not care for the amber. The amber is fuller and better balanced, but not special, for me. I did think it was a good beer, however, just not as good as others from Bell's. Maybe if it were more red, more hops, it would be a winner for me.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to THECPJ for this one!

A: Pours an amber color with lots of little floaties. Very small head that dissipates to a layer of foam on top. Decent lacing down the sides.

S: There is a sweetness, and a little bit of caramel malt. A slight floral hop aroma as well.

T: Some citrus upfront with a caramel flavor in the middle. There is also a toasted malt flavor as well.

M/D: Medium bodied with high carbonation. Overall its good, but I have had better in the style and probably wouldn't reach for it again.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-clear amber with some sediment. Huge head with lovely, detailed lace.

Nose is delectable -- biscuity grains, yeast, sweet malts.

Taste is sweet and malty, too, with a hint of hops at the finish. Certainly a solid, easy-to-drink ale that would make an ideal gateway ale towards craftier ales. Solid.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a standard pint. Pours copper with a minimal white head. There was no apparent lacing present. The aroma was comprised of only subtle hops. The flavor was of small hops and subtle sweet malt. It was light on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew was really smooth and was stupidly drinkable. It did not have the greatest flavor and could have been more complex, but it was still enjoyed and was really refreshing.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass. Color is little hazy reddish brown. Head was small and dissipated relatively quickly.
Odor is pleasant and is malty and sweet with some caramel notes.
Taste is good overall. First you get some malt and toffee. Finish has some hops bitterness and a little more malt.
Mouth feel is not too bad. Does not linger too long and feels a little light on your tongue.

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Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,175 ratings