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RATINGS: 1381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Made from mostly pale malt and some Munich and caramel malts. These add a little sweetness, which is balanced by more hops. The result is a rich color and fruity flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Panzuriel (1358) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2002
This beer is very bitter and very hoppy. The hops are almost overpowering. Greatly distracting from my enjoyment from the rest of the brew. I donít quite get it. Maybe I donít have tolerance for hops or something. Every time someone mentions nice restrained hops, I can rest assured that Itís going to make my mouth burn. So, thatís my soapbox rant for today.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - AUG 16, 2002
Cloudy orange/amber pour with little head. Aroma reminds me a little of sweet tea with lemon. Nice body with a little hop bite at the end. Thanks to MaxPower for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2002
austinpowers, my man, you write a fine review and you are a beer lover and trader par excellance, but you are hopeless when it comes to birds. That, my friend, is no swan, it is a GBH (great blue heron), a more spectacular bird than a cygnus, in my eyes. About the brew, however, you and I agree exactly. The definitive 3.6 - well made, sturdy, dependable. A fine rich malt action generously balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2003 Pale orange-amber color, nice foamy head leaves a nice lace. Cloudy with floating yeast. Clean mild hop aroma, very balanced medium body feels full on the palate, nice hop bite in the finish, a little sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2002
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2656) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - AUG 4, 2002
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2002
Light amber color, medium head. Malt aroma. Hop flavor. Over carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2002
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 21, 2002
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2002
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.

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