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 HopHEAD1522
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CTHomer
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: slight haze; bronze in color; 2 finger light khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S; nutty with sweet malt behind it;

T: toasted grain, nutty, a little floral; finish is malty with mild bitterness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish that continues to dry out into the aftertaste;

O: very nicely balanced amber - not too sweet;

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Photo of stucat
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Franziskaner
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light amber in color with a bit of light sediment suspended throughout the body. There's a fingernail of beige resting on top. The aroma is of caramel, a hint of citrus, and faint grassy hops play a background note. The flavor is mostly caramel and light marzipan along with just a hint of grassy hops at the back of the palate. The mouth is light and delicate.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rpm0003
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rufus1
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark apricot with a two finger creamy head. Some smoke on the nose but drowned out by the toasted grains and lightly toasted barley. Not big on hops. Taste is caramel with toasted bread. Some herbal/citrus hops. Nicely balanced with good carbonation. Soft medium mouthfeel. Dry finish. Smooth and very drinkable. Nice smooth brew but not spectacular. It will however be on my list of restaurant beers. Be great at a fish fry.

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Photo of dwilt
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SmokySignals
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 0z. bottle of Bell's Amber Ale, dated 4/25/17 with a 6 month shelf life listed - poured into a generic tumbler. 5.8% abv

Very hazy/cloudy honey or lemon tea - colored ale. Murky, rusty water look. I don't like this appearance. Fair depth of foam, which soon flattens out to a thin fuzzy film.

Smells pretty good, with faint honey, light caramel, malt, sweet herbal or grassy notes. Needs to warm up a minute.

Tastes like it smells, yet the sweetness is held in checkmate by the hops for nice balance and pleasantly bitter end. Smooths out as it comes to its preferred temp.

Not overly fizzy, and not too heavy on the palate. Nice slippery after effect.

Not sure if I will partake of another 6 pack of these. There are other Amber Ales that have much more going on than this.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to nonic pint glass, the appearance was a sturdy amber color with a finger's worth of dissipating white foamy head. Sliding messy lace.
The aroma had some soft sweet nuts, somewhat crisp and roasty, nice caramel/toffee smooth sweet contour flowing into the blend. Ended with a little bit of grassy to floral hops.
The flavor was moderately sweet touching down on the roast and the grassy to floral bitter hop qualities. Adequately followed through in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt fine.
Overall, pretty nice American amber ale well worthy of having again.

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

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

Photo of Antc2382
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BeerSexLove
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Plain and simple, this is a very good beer. Hats off to Bell's!!!!

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

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

My third bottle of this one; bottling date is March 20th, 2017 and slightly above that the label mentions a 6-month shelf life.

Very nice dark orangey color to this beer -- always the first thing I notice when pouring one, honestly one of the nicest colors I've seen in a beer. Forms a decent little layer of off-white/very light tan foam on top upon pouring, which shrinks into a thin cap shortly thereafter and begins to vanish away as I drink some of the beer. Beer is mostly clear, a little haziness and a good number of bubbles rising up from the bottom.

The smell is kind of mild but it's pleasant, mostly toasty and doughy malt. On the back end the hops sneak in just a little, reminding you of their presence without standing out ahead of the malt.

Taste is similar, toasty and slightly doughy malt coming out ahead but the hops are also definitely present, maybe a little bit of citrus at first and then a bit of a bitter herbal/floral "bite" coming in at the end. Hop flavor and bitterness lingers a bit longer than the malty flavors, especially after a big gulp interestingly enough. Flavors are slightly sweetish but doesn't come across sugary or sticky at all, it's very nicely balanced. Leans toward the malt at the start of the glass, with the hops starting to assert themselves a bit more toward the end -- definitely keeps things interesting from one end of the glass to the other. Something about the way the flavors are balanced is almost reminiscent of Samuel Adams Boston Lager, I wonder if the hops jump out even more when it's really fresh on draft the way Boston Lager does.

Feel is fairly light and crisp, with just enough richness to it and some nice carbonation contributing. I did notice on my previous bottle that the feel seemed to thin out a bit too much if left to sit for a while (seemed like maybe the carbonation started to fizzle out?), but that's probably my fault more than the beer's since I was slowly sipping at one while cooking dinner over the course of about half an hour.

Overall this is a pretty simple beer, but a very tasty one, and one of those that I seem to find more to like about it the more I drink -- everything about it just works really well and it's so nicely balanced, there's really not anything less-than-positive I can say about it. Probably my favorite amber ale so far.

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Photo of joshautry
1.41/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Commandophile
2.64/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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

Photo of MHJeff06
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Atg1095
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a hazy, translucent amber with a frothy off white head and decent retention and lacing. The beer has a ton of floaties, though. I don't know if that's normal, or an age thing, or what.
It smells pretty decent. Toasted bread, toffee, caramel, earthy, woody, and herbal hops. Some roasted grains and even light chocolate notes akin to a porter.
It tastes like toasted brown bread, leaning toward toward caramel and toffee but nicely balanced all along. There's some roasted grains leaning toward a milk chocolate or cacao nib note. The hops are earth, wood, and herbal, and it ends up tasting like iced black tea by the finish. There's also a subtle orange peel flavor throughout. Finishes lightly dry and superbly balanced.
Despite the disturbing amount of floaties, this smells and tastes very enjoyable. Dynamic, balanced, and flavorful, this is one of the best non-imperial/hoppy amber ales I've ever had.

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Photo of DanLane
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber Ale from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 3,191 ratings