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

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,783
Reviews:
1,000
Ratings:
3,222
pDev:
11.98%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
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171
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Photo of safaricook
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty tasty for an amber ale

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Photo of johnverduin
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Thin head with effervescent bubbles over opaque honey tone; suspended sediments permeate
Smell: Fairly subtle, but a tad hoppy- not a crisp, conspicuous smell
Taste: Grainy with a touch of hops, so slightly bitter
Feel: Crisp and medium-bodied; grainy aftertaste
Overall: Very drinkable, but not exactly memorable. I love Bell's packaging, especially their animal labels and caps on this beer, Best Brown, and Two-Hearted. Really stands out

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Photo of Pav42
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Detlef90
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bell's Amber is probably the best example of a well made American amber beer (in northern France it is quite common to come across one). Quite drinkable but also complex. Malty, roasty with a bready aftertaste. Also easy on the stomach and not too overpowering on the palate. Smooth finish. Definitely an underrated beer. I recommend trying it when you see it at a bar. Also I imagine that this style is a lot harder to make than a smack in your face hop bomb. Respect!

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Photo of Nass
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Reminds me of the New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale which is not a good thing. Cheers! C (75-79) score range

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Photo of Fading2black
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice hazy copper/amber color. I recklessly poured in the middle of the glass and holy sh*t the head took up 3/4 of the glass, off white and beautiful. I had to wait to be able to pour the rest of the bottle. Head subsided to three fingers, and only slowly did it dissipate throughout the drink. There was always foam on the beer to the last drop. Prominent lacing that lasts. Smell is underwhelming. If I were blindfolded I probably wouldn't know the difference between this and a "common" grocery store beer. Taste, though, is excellent. Not a complex beer, quite simple actually. But sometimes simple is good, and this is one of those times. Mouthfeel is excellent, creamy and moist. Light aftertaste that does not linger. This will definitely be a regular for me.

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Photo of RoadLizard
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours with a solid head and a nice copper color. Lacing is thick and stays the whole time. Smells a little like bread with some hops and light maltiness too. Great smelling beer. Tastes exactly like an Amber ale should: Nice and balanced with a little upfront ale flavor floowed by a tinge of caramel & sweetness on the back end. Perfect amount of carbonation and the mouthfeel is dead on. Just a great example of what an amber ale should look, smell and taste like. Easy to recommend this beer to anyone. Its easy to enjoy and the ABV wont kill you. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Egon0044
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MGoeltz
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chuckpalka
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the tap in a standard pint glass, has a rich copper color with one finger of white foam that faded to a thin layer but never went away. A nice subtle malt smell and tiny bitterness in the taste. Some carbonation present with just a little touch of pine. Medium mouth feel and nice lace left on the glass. This is a very good beer.

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Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 7.24.17, poured into a Bell's tulip glass. Enjoyed on 9.28.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a nice amber color, opaque with some faint clarity and a two finger tall off white head that has very good retention and yields nice sticky lace. The aroma is nice, soft amber malts, lightly sweet with a bit of caramel and some light piney and citrusy hops. The flavors are good, super smooth amber grains, lightly sweet, a touch of nuttiness, bready with some caramel and a bit of earthy hops, pine, grapefruit peel, grassy with a crisp finish. The mouthfeel is good, sturdy medium body, coating and creamy with some lively carbonation and an easy soft finish.

Verdict: A great amber ale from Bell's. Firing on all cylinders for the style and very well balanced. I think this might be the freshest bottle I've tried to date, and it's really a great beer. Malty for sure, but at the the moderate 5.8% ABV, it's approachable and really refreshing.

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Photo of AuntBea
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of slenner
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ds53838
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moundbz
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kevintaraross
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

WONDERFUL AMERICAN RED AMBER ALE IF THAT IS YOUR THING.

LIGHT ENOUGH THAT MY WIFE ENJOYED ONE WITH ME.

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Photo of VABA
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark hazy amber color with very little head or lacing. Aroma has subtle floral and citrus hints, the taste follows the nose with subtle floral and citrus flavors. A decent beer.

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Photo of Sullymsu
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kemblain
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of hman43
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours amber with a white head. Head retention is moderately low.

Smell: It has aromas of malty sweetness with caramel. It also has a bread crust quality to it. There is light apple in the background.

Taste: The flavors are sweet with bread crusts and caramel. There is also some light apple and light herbal.

Feel: It has a moderate body and light bitterness.

Overall, this is very easy drinking and a balance towards the malts.

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Photo of Hackattack
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is WAY underrated as a "very good". In aligning with another rating I had seen..it does remind me of what is called a bitter... when you order it at a pub in the UK. They "pull" it up by pumping the handle at the bar and it comes up through pipes/tubes connected to the keg/barrels from the cellar. I went there way before great American craft breweries began the revolution here, so the brew in the UK was even more special back then.

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Photo of jet812
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BishopJ
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Wow! I'm a huge fan of English bitters such as John Smith's and Burton Ale. This Amber Ale takes me right back to pubs in Leeds or Newcastle! Just superior and rare to find in a US brewer.

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Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,222 ratings