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

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3.84/5
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3,216 Ratings
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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:
#13,354
Reviews:
998
Ratings:
3,216
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
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Photo of Kilconey
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ben_tries_brews
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SB2017
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
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 +25%
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 arrowsmith_
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of eppie82
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chris826
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dafla67
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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 chiefz1
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Holderness
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hornsdude77
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mortarforker
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of Kwright
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spectru
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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 Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vylo
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of CopperMtnPlowboy
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Alex725
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of npdevil27
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kelly10359
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nvrmind16
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

mmmmm close but not quite.

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Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,216 ratings