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
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#12,673
Reviews:
993
Ratings:
3,189
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
4.35
 
 
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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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

Appearance: I tried Bell's Amber Ale from a bottle that noted that this was there flagship beer, so this set the standard high. First, the beer is an apricot color with lot's of debris that holds its place giving it a thick appearance. The light covering is foamy and yields a small amount of lacing. There was also a bunch of debris at the bottom of the glass.
Smell: Bold caramel malts and hops.
Taste: Rich malts and mild hops balance out decently. A slightly sweet taste that is of caramel and a hint of alcohol. Bold taste backed with and earthy hop quality.
Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: A decent beer, but not what I'd consider a flagship beer. Never the less, it is one of the better ones in this style.

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Photo of bahumutx
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with the batch number of 6956.

Appearance: Pours a dark amber color with a small head. Lacing all around the class as I drink the beer.


Smell: A slight smell of malt and hops. Smell very delicious. Also a slight fruity aroma.


Taste: Very well balanced beer. Starts of somewhat sweet with a slightly bitter hop finish. More malt taste present then hop. Also can pick out a somewhat roasted malt flavor.


Mouthfeel: Light body that has appropriate carbonation.


Drinkability: A very drinkable beer. Could defiantly drink more then one in a sitting.

Overall, another great beer from Bells. They never cease to amaze me with their beers. Keep up the great work Bells!!!

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

Orange amber in color with an abundance of fine bubbles. Orangish off white head is retained to almost the end. Good lacing. Plenty of hop presence, aroma is kind of agricultural. Taste is dry and clean, any sweetness from the malt is overshadowed by dry bitterness making it an excellent choice to accompany food. Feels like carbonated mineral water in the mouth. A good solid beer that I would happily drink again.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Agriverbear
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Jerone
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber in color with a one finger cream colored head that fades to nothing relatively quick, very little lacing.

S - Slightly sweet malt flavor mixed with a touch of floral and citrus hops, some biscuity aromas in there too.

T - malts > hops, some sweet lightly toasted malts that have a biscuit and toasted bread flavor, with a touch of floral and citrus hops in there. The finish starts out with some hop bitterness but fades to a lingering flavor of malts.

M - Light body with low carbonation.

O - A solid beer that tastes good and is quite enjoyable, I would recommend it. I also wouldn't recommend going out of your way for it because imho there are slightly better amber ales that can be found quite easily.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Thanby
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, light brown or maple appearance, good tan head. Aroma is of a complex malt with a little sweetness. Light flavor, full malt, lots of grain flavors rolling around. Light, clean body, malt sweetness in the aftertaste. Easy to drink, light amber ale, typical Bell's malty style.

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Photo of dougbassett
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Taste Before You Die" -- #16 of the ones I've reviewed here.

Bell's is a good brewery, but this is not a favorite style of mine, so keep that in mind.

Appearance is very nice, as I would expect from Bell's, with a warm golden-brown/toasty color and a head that lingers satisfyingly. The mouthfeel also lingers satisfyingly: one thing I do like about this Amber Ale is that it's built with more stick-to-it-tiveness than what I've had in the past, it just seems like a more substantial beer than what you usually get in the style.

Unfortunately I don't get much nose, outside of a mild buttery/malt kind of thing, and the taste, while not bad, isn't noticeable enough to be "good", either. Very smooth, a hint of butter, a hint of sweet malt, a bit more assertive in the finish. That's really it.

Maybe as well constructed as this particular style can be, but this genre has a lot of mushy, tastes-like-a-whole-heck-of-a-lot-of-nothing beers in it, and so really damning with faint praise here. Not awful, this is actually a higher score than I'd expected to give it, but I doubt I'd ever knowingly go looking for it again.

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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

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

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3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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