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Bell's Best Brown - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,623 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,623
Reviews: 832
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 83
Gots: 266 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

A smooth, toasty brown ale with hints of caramel and cocoa, the malt body has the depth to stand up to cool weather, but does not come across as heavy. This balancing act is aided by the generous use of American hops.
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Ratings: 2,623 | Reviews: 832
Photo of Mooslerfitness
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

solid brown ale i think it's tasty

Photo of DisneyDreamer29
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color. Aromas of caramel, oats, hops. Bitter to the taste with notes of sweet caramel. A little harsh to drink. Not my cup of tea.

Photo of Imperialjake
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing exciting about this brew. A pretty typical brown ale. But I wouldn't go as far as to say its not tasty.

Photo of SaltofOH
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 8/15/14. Threshold beer glass. Reviewed on 11/1/14

Appearance: Dark brown with 2 fingers tan, rocky head. Epic lacing and a thin cap of retention.

Aroma: Roasty and yeasty. Very nice. Pungent.

Taste: Off-dry arrival. Fairly dry across mid-palate with a savory note; slightly tart at the end with a mild, bittering finish. Slight hint of roast.

Mouthfeel: Mid-bodied with ample carbonation.

Overall: This is a very dry and balanced brown ale; I could drink several of these; not too sweet, not too much ABV. Plan on buying again next year.

Photo of Jammin_comedy
4.71/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is delicious! It has a great dark Amber taste and the caramel and oaky flavors really shine through. It's dark but not too heavy! Great choice for all seasons!

Photo of chefhatt
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice rich malt flavor. Smooth, very tasty brown ale.

Photo of Beejay
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium to deep brown in color, with an asteroid field of yeast chunks in the glass. Off white head on top.

S: Malt dominated with caramel, bread, and licorice. A slight syrup smell in the finish.

T: Malty sweetness, with a hint at a burnt caramel flavor. Like fresh baked bread, and molasses.

M: Medium light, with fairly high carbonation.

O: A solid brown. Tasty, malty, and simple in the best way possible.

Photo of dbl_delta
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle "pkgd 8/14/14" into pint glass. Dark but clear reddish-honey-amber color, with moderate tan head.

Malty, full-bodied with maybe a little molasses or caramel, but almost no hint of hops bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel. At 5.8 ABV, it's quite drinkable.

I'm not a brown ale fan, but this was pertty good.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - good head and a dark auburn color with good lacing.
Smell - malty toasty spicey sweet smell
Taste - sweet toasty carmel molaces malt taste but with a slight hop in the back
Feel - medium body and carbonation
Overall - this is a great go to brown ale that can easily get possible brown ale fans start drinking brown ales. Great balanced beer!

Photo of tedvr
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear with a small creamy head, light brown with a reddish tint. Has a mild malt smell with a hint of honey or molasses in the background. Has a malt taste with the molasses/honey coming through. Mild carbonation with a nice finish. A very good brown ale with quite a lot of depth.

Photo of HopticalDeployment
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really a fantastic brown. Much more dynamic and drinkable than most reds and browns. Bell's is up there in quality in the craft scene.

Photo of Mikus
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love Bell's. Not the biggest brown ale fan, admittedly. Open minded I like to think! Poured from a pint can into a pint glass. Can was dated, but I couldn't read it. Sweet ass owl on the can. Clear brown with a full finger of tan head. Medium bubbles and good retention. Aromas of bready, rich malts. Mild nose. Pretty clean on the palate. Nutty flavors on the mid-palate, bready note on the end. No noticeable hops, as advertised. However, this had balance in spades. Mouthfeel was top notch. Extremely smooth. This was by far the best brown ale that I have tried. In terms of browns, this was excellent.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, cloudy, deep mahogany color with practically no head what-so-ever. What little head there was, quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed wispy clouds that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice and malty, like freshly baked bread. Strong notes of black pepper, clover and brown sugar.

Taste: Like the aroma, nice and malty, with strong notes of freshly baked bread, coriander and black pepper. Notes of brown sugar-like sweetness follow the malt and spices, and the beer finishes with some nicely balanced hops bitterness. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 5.8%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a damn good brown ale! Great balance between malt and sweetness and hops. I’d certainly get it again!

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.71/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Basic brown ale ok drinking beer

Photo of mchegash
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.75/5
Dark brown-red, fairly hazy, can see some small particles. A small amount of head. Moderate amount of carbonation can be seen rising up.

Smell - 4/5
Toasty, chocolatey malts, moderate hops presence.

Taste - 3.75/5
Roasty, maybe a little chocolatey, a little smoky. Minor hops presence. Lightly sweet

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium-bodied, light carbonation, very smooth.

Overall - 4/5
A well balanced beer. Has a nice level of toastiness balanced with some hops.

Photo of schoolboy
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm not sure this is really still their best, but it's a great brown ale ready to drink any time.

It's brown and barely translucent, with just a bit of fizz. Not much aroma, but it is clean. The taste is nicely balanced with not too high a malt profile - just right. The aftertaste is excellent. Nice burp.

This is a great brown for any time, and it will go good with any food. My sample was fully four months old and it is just fine. I think I had this before as I remember it being exactly the same. Great quality stuff that is very drinkable.

Photo of Seaj11
2.7/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I don't know why my review is an outlier. Smooth, fragrant ale. Strong hops. Pleasant brown ale.

Photo of gotmics
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My favourite brown. Richly malty, but surprisingly bitter. Like most Bell's beers, very well balanced.

Photo of henrichsj
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a 16-oz pub glass.

A- Beautiful dark amber color, an inch and a half of creamy light tan head that sticks around

S- Roasted malts and some caramel

T- Heavy malts with caramel, almond notes; some slight hops keep it more fresh than other browns

M- Goes down creamy and smooth; nicely carbonated

O- This is one of my winter go-to beers. Delicious.

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Brown, with a strong red undertone, mostly opaque, but some translucence. Off-white head, short, but sticky and persistent, and very thick lacing.

S - A certain soapy quality, with a grassy hop note, and a foundation of roast and caramel.

T - Mostly bread, dark brown, with a strong roast note that suggests burnt sugars. A mildly bitter close, but nothing too abrasive. As it warms, the hint of soapiness in the nose does make an appearance along with nuttiness in the close, but this is fairly typical of beers I've had in the style.

M - A bit light, but quite easy to tip back.

O - A good beer to tip back over a cold afternoon in fall, this is a decent, subtle take on the English brown.

Photo of MrIncognito
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

A - light aroma of dark malt and toasted nuts
T - Somewhat chocolaty with a hint of cinnamon. Toasted nuts.
M - medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth
O - very good brown ale. Not quite as good as Smuttynose Old Brown Dog IMO

Photo of JLSIV
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass, very rich brown, with a decent one finger head, not too much lacing, but decent retention.

Aroma was mostly malt, some earthy tones, I like the fact that it was not trying to cover the type with nut, or spice. Very true and clean

Taste was right on, and very true to the type, allows for the grain and malt flavors to be mellow and show the quality.

Mouthfeel was smooth, full side of medium. very nice drinkable beer. I like this type, and am glad that Bell's works it well.

Overall, my second try at Bell's and I was impressed. Great quality in a bottle, and as I said earlier, good brown ales, need no additional flavorings.

Photo of OldeSchool
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy, caramel colored with a big off-white head that dissipated fairly quickly.
S: Malty, roasted nuts.
T: Follows the nose; Very little bitterness, I detected a bit of maple flavor for some reason. Not strong at all, but definitely there. Need to check this the next time I have one.
M: Medium body and carbonation.
O: Easy-drinking, crowd-pleasing brown. Not the best I've had of the style, but a solid entry.

Photo of FLima
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown color with a thick beige head with great retention and leaving some laces.
Predominant nice nutty aroma but also with some chocolate and a distant toffee.
Likewise nutty flavor with notes of mild cinnamon, some citrusy, light cocoa, caramel and a hint of earth. Dry aftertaste with a mild carbonation.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Very pleasant and balanced Brown Ale, quite faithful to the English style, with controlled hop addition. Nice drinkability as well.

Photo of brentdill
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Typical Brown Ale. Very drinkable and a definite drink again.

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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,623 ratings.