Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
When the name Bellís comes up in Michigan, the two images people most frequently conjure are Oberon and Amber. The two most commercially successful of the Bellís beers. Bellís amber has a wonderful warmth to it ... a comfort food of beers. Dark amber with moody yeast swirls spiriting through the pint glass. A slight orange hue on an otherwise pristine white head. The hops are a little stronger than many ambers, but oh those malts! Those malts burst through on each sip ... like a hatchling escaping an egg. Similar to all Bellís products, this beer is yeast-y but that doesn not detract. To borrow a line from Hugh Hood, íNothing ever tasted any better than a cold Bellís Amber on a beautiful afternoon with nothing to look forward to but more of the same.í
Indra (2607) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 4, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Original rating: 2/14/02 - Fruity, yeasty aroma (pineapple?). Light amber color, which is very opaque due to the lack of filtration. The Caramel malt flavors youíd expect from an amber are there, but are mediated by some surprisingly strong and resiny hop flavors. The aftertaste has just a hint of sourness and more bitterness. Iíd be curious to know the IBUs for this beer, because I think this is the hoppiest amber Iíve ever had. Medium body. A bit unexpected, but nice once you let it warm up a bit.
Update: 8/3/02 - I had the opportunity to try this beer on tap, and it was so much better than the bottled version it was unreal. The consistency was much creamier, the texture smoother, and the flavors blended together in a much more satisfying fashion, plus it was still unfiltered in the keg version. Iím giving this beer a few more points for the ítap experience.í
Darkover (1513) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light amber color, medium head. Malt aroma. Hop flavor. Over carbonated.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought is was a pretty nice beer. Nice golden color. Nose has a bit some spice and some nice malty aromas. Citrus comes through in the body. Went very well with Lemon Pepper Chicken. Another nice effort from Kalamazoo.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Really, Iím not that all crazy about Amber beers. Strong flavor, almost like well water as it tastes like iron. Not bad but Iíd prefer to spend my money on some of their other concoctions.
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a delicious beer, plain and simple. The flagship of the Bellís line. Is it an amber or something else? It seems like much more. It seems like an Amber cross-bred with an IPA. The hops hit you and then you are whacked by the malt and back to the hops again on the swallow. Nothing thin or light with this amber. Yum! A winner! You cannot go wrong with any of the Bellís products.
legion242 (2174) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pale, cloudy orange; Head was thinish but whats there is dense; Aroma of bread, malt, and grapenuts. Mild first sip- hint of citrus, hint of spice, hint of malt, hint, hint, hint. Liquid biscuit. The perfect session beer? Could be.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An abstract depiction of a swan graces the label of this fine Amber Ale and serves as a harbinger of this brewís grace and poise. Wafting from the glass comes a heavenly scent of what is clearly a beer brewed with much TLC. Nicely hopped, this Amberís a joy to imbibe.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - JUL 7, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am having a few bottles of this with my braut lunch. This brew pours a sparkling hazy (floaties - lots) amber (go figure). The tight frothy white head is mostly lasting with fair lacing. The fresh nose is spice, caramel, fruit, resin, and earth. The flavor is warm and complex (great balance - sweet, acidic, and bitter) with a rich full finish. The medium body is lively and creamy. The finish feels dry. An all occasion brew, very well done!
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly cloudy, dark orange color. Slight hoppy, fruit aroma. Very bitter finish with a touch of fruit. This is a great brewery by the way, gotta love the stout selection - amazing. Go there in November, when the stouts are brewed.