Based on my experience, many amber ales tend to be rather tasteless. Most craft brewed amber ales aren't bad per se, but they're rarely exciting. Bell's Amber is a welcome exception. This beer hits you with a sweet, malty, and just slightly hopped aroma. It has a rich copper color. The taste is a perfect balance of malt (pale, caramel... with flavors of bread and nuts) and hops (grassy, bitter, very light pine). It starts off a little sweet and finishes just slightly bitter. Creamy body, soft carbonation, easy to drink, and thirst quenching. I haven't had a Bell's Amber since last summer, and I'd almost forgotten how much I like it.