chicagobears (481) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Pleasing look. Amber color with a nice head.
Looks better then it tastes. Not much of a WOW factor. Seems to have an abudance of hops and malts, but nothing prominent. I wouldn’t drink more than one at a time. Maybe best for me for an after dinner drink. My wife enjoyed this more, so I’ll likely be trying this again. cdog69 (28) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 27, 2006
draft. Hoppy citrus aroma. Light burnt orange appearance with no head. Almost no malt flavor with the dominance of hops. light bodied with lots of carb feel and a slight malt feel and a balance of hops from start to finish. Didnt care for this beer much. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Bell’s Amber Ale is what an American Amber Ale, which has range within this broad style, really should be. Lots of beers fall under the amber ale category, and sadly, far too many of them, are boring, middle of the road yawners. Amber Ale really is an American pale ale with some malt brawn. You should get some really good hop aromas and flavors of a pale ale, but you also should get some good sweet malt character to stand up to those hops, much more than in pale ale or IPA. A good American amber ale strikes a balance between hops and malts, giving the beer lover the best of both. Bell’s Amber Ale is a bench mark example of a great American Amber Ale. This beer is brewed with mostly pale malts, but you will also find a good portion of caramel and Munich malts in the grain bill, to give this beer a firm malt back bone.
Bell’s Amber Ale pours to a deep amber color with a thick, dense, creamy white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is just bursting with aromas of fresh cirtic hops, sweet and nutty malt, and juicy fruity aromas. The palate is firm with lots of big sweet and caramel malt flavors, some grainy flavor, and a nice back drop of juicy, estery fruit flavors. Bell’s Amber Ale finishes with more of those malty flavors up front, then ends with a slightly cirtic tang that lingers.
This beer is just so fresh, flavorful, and delicious. I could literally drink liters of this stuff, and one could have a session with this beer, as it is only 5.5% abv. Amber Ale is a very food friendly dish, and would work well with a number of dishes. Anything from a big, juicy, NY Strip steak, to grilled bratwurst and saurkraut. BobbyW3363 (154) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
Cloudy amber-orange color with a small head that disappeared quickly. Sweet and hoppy aroma. Nice hoppy flavor, with notes of caramel. This is much better and much more well-balanced than I remember it being a few years ago. I avoided this beer for several years, and was pleasantly surprised tonight when I decided to give it another try. A nice amber ale. NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Aroma is grassy with hints of drier hay. Light amber color with a very nice two finger thick white head. Flavor is all smooth malt with just a hint of sweet caramel in the finish. This will be overlooked because it doesn’t have any wow factor, but this a damn fine beer. Excellent lacing a beautiful head and flavor that does what it is supposed to do.
Nejhleader (1574) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2008 . It was pretty much average. no aroma, not too much taste, but a slight hop presence was there, i’ll have to try again, everyone else seems to differ. Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Amber in color (duh) with a diminishing head. Light malt aroma, I cought just a hint of grass or something to that effect when I took my first whiff, but couldnt find it again. Light malts and even lighter hop taste, but a smooth and easy drinking beer. OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Copper in color with a slightly off white head. It is very tasty, one of the better amber ales I’ve had. Very smooth with a little bit of a dry taste to it. Both of the Bell’s brews I have had were very good. Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2006
Pours a cloudy copper with a large off-white head. Aroma is malty with hints of caramel. Initial flavor is sweet with a dry bitter finish. Very tasty and easy to drink. Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2006
12 oz bottle Pours a cloudy copper with a white head that produces nice lacing. Has a light malt aroma. Taste is crisp and barely sweet with a slight chalky finish. Nice duration and lively carbonation. Has a decent touch of bitterness. A good beer.