krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bob klein, author of the beer lover’s rating guide, rates this one a dead zero, lower than keystone light. what a dope; hey, he likes rolling rock better than anything by spaten or hofbrau. bell’s amber is a bottle-conditioned offering, and relatively chunky, depending upon your decanting skills. i’m used to jump-starting stale ales by aggressive pouring, so this one is loaded with a swirling galaxy of particulate matter, it resembles a snow-dome. hazy yellow like a horned owl’s eyes and a handsome frothy top. very inviting aroma, honey, suede, faint citrus like grand mariner. good balanced flavor, lightly sweet, lightly bitter. finish? you bet i will.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really nice stuff--full, sweet malt body, and a nice touch of flowery hops, rather than the blast I’m used to from APAs.
TAR (2503) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2001
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good for an AMber. I mean, how good can ambers actually be. This is bottle conditioned which is trhe best thing about it, Rich, hoppy and some Munich malt sweetness make this beer enjoyable.
Northernbrewer (147) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2001
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Far better than many other ’red’ beers. Has a strong buiscuity character that is distracting and the last sample I had was a bit hazy. Still a good beer worthy of a try.
Beer Guy99 (250) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2001
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2003 Very balanced pale ale with a nice malty body and better than average hop character, seems like Cascades.
I have to say I was expecting much more than I got though for the $8.49 price per six pack. A lot of people sing Bells praises but I've got to say that this beer is really no more enjoyable or special than a less expensive pale ale from Good Island or Bluegrass or a host of others.
JMerritt (1813) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2001
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I wasn’t too impressed with this beer. It had a good color and aroma, but I didn’t like the initial aftertaste. It had a strange bittersweet taste that didn’t appeal to me, although I am probably in the minority.
tourette (211) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 27, 2001
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another winner from Bells. This beer isn’t really outstanding in any way, but it doesn’t have any weaknesses either.
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2001
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
quite tasty. nice hint of hops without that overpowering bitter pucker that some beers boast (and many of y’all love, i’m sure)
great color and good balance of carbonation. it seems to me that many red/amber beers are either too flat or too bubbly for some reason. not this one, though.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
johnson2020 (79) - Canton, Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2001
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good all around beer. A bit sweet.