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

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86
very good

2,027 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,027
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 56
Gots: 102 | FT: 3
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002)
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srw

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-06-2013 00:46:41 | More by srw
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anticipation23

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-22-2013 21:43:38 | More by anticipation23
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deebo

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown with light white head that quickly dissipates
S-Roasted malts with touch of toffee sweetness
T-Very good balance of rich malt flavor, sweet brown notes with hop balance
M-Medium bodied-doesn't linger
D-Very good for this style of beer

Bell's as usual has produced a very good beer that is tasty yet easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2011 03:28:13 | More by deebo
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zenithberwyn

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-25-2012 08:29:07 | More by zenithberwyn
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's. It's nice to see some fall seasonals come in stock

Pours a mahogany/amber with a one-finger tan head and decent lacing. Smell is nice and sweetly malty, caramely and nutty. Taste starts off with the strong caramel malts, some brown sugar, cinnamon, and an alcoholic bite at the end that made me think this was stronger than it is (though at 5.75 it's still stronger than most english browns). Mouthfeel is smooth and light-bodied but not watery. Overall this was a tasty little brown. Probably the most flavorful "English Brown" that I've had, even though this is an American rendition. Reminded me fondly of New Glarus' Fat Squirrel and Big Sky Moose Drool.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 16:22:08 | More by Golden2wenty1
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Envelopes

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.5%

10-17-2012 18:03:00 | More by Envelopes
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped cap.

Cloudy,hazy reddish/brown color with a 1" off-white to light tan colored head that dissapated a bit quick leaving a constant creamy layer.Some webby lacing turning spottty half way down the glass

A good,clean, light,sweet,nutty,carmelly nose. Grassy with a faint roastyness,some dark fruit notes with some earthiness.

Burnt nutty carmelly tastes,tart, some dark fruitness,very earthy. Finishes dry with tart bitterness,clean not a lot of aftertaste. Lots of english style to this beer has a good balance.

Has a thick mouthfeel,grainy,slightly syrupy,some cloyingness with a tangy feel.
Could drink a few of these not much more,not a bad beer just nothing to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 01:48:59 | More by jcdiflorio
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-29-2012 22:36:29 | More by Brushkanna
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Pellinore1

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-21-2011 18:08:02 | More by Pellinore1
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- nice redish color with great yeast sediment and 2-finger head.

S- malty toasted grains, spice, touch of cinnamon.

T- Thicker creamy viscosity, nice pumpkin-esque malt backbone. The hops are mainly on the finish which is just a bit dry. Also, after some deep reanalysis, I detect a bit of banana.

M- Low carb works well with style

D- Good brown ale. Nothing overly complex. Seems like it would be a good ease into winter.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 02:43:24 | More by Greggy
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DruC4

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-12-2013 06:02:59 | More by DruC4
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Pog-Mo-Thoin

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-15-2013 22:16:29 | More by Pog-Mo-Thoin
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow, what a great looking brown! I wasn't as impressed with the taste as the smell and appearance. Medium bodied with nice malts just a bit of alcohol thunder to it. This was a pretty good one though, brown sugar and spices! A very filling and drinkable brown, with all kinds of spices floating around in the glass. Worth a shot or two!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 23:57:53 | More by bigdeuce
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jmich24

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-10-2012 00:11:09 | More by jmich24
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brbrocc

New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

12-30-2012 18:34:20 | More by brbrocc
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_morandi_

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-14-2014 20:39:56 | More by _morandi_
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mralphabet

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Reddish brown color in color, pretty clear, about 1/2 a fingers worth of head that settles to a nice layer and ring of foam. Very nice lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Sweet malt, little caramel and nuts.. pretty normal for a brown. Just smells right.

T: Great tasting little brown... Sweet malt, caramel and a hint of nuttiness. Everything you are getting in the smell is here. Again the mix is just right.

M: At first it was a little sharp with the carbonation, but it settles down as it warms and gets smoother and less carbonated... Just gets better and better.

D: Man this is just a good beer... a very solid brown. Good ABV, good flavors, smooth (when warm), good session beer. Worth a look at.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 05:34:12 | More by mralphabet
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bluesplit63

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-26-2011 22:18:53 | More by bluesplit63
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kegger22

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy, medium brown with a one finger head that slowly faded to a solid skin. Unfortunately, my nose has failed me again and I didn't get anything. The taste was nutty sweet, safe and comfortable. The feel was medium bodied with sufficient carbonation. Drinkability was quite good. Best Brown was a good beer that doesn't require you to be a risk taker to enjoy. That said, it's not very exciting either. I would definitely drink again, reminds me of Newcastle.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 20:59:49 | More by kegger22
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BigJim5021

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-06-2013 07:41:28 | More by BigJim5021
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beergod1

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flows a creamy dark brown then clears up a bit, a light fading head. Nice toasty sweet nutty flavor,smooth mouth feel, I think a slap of hop at the back of my tongue on the finish, rounds out nicely. This is in my top 5 or 6 Brown ales, along with Dogfishhead, Sammy Smiths, Goose Island, Avery and a couple of others.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 12:34:20 | More by beergod1
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bh123

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-25-2013 20:17:58 | More by bh123
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tmars13

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

12-12-2012 00:08:26 | More by tmars13
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Bill235

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

09-21-2013 18:40:14 | More by Bill235
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jeffthepony

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

11-15-2011 22:40:04 | More by jeffthepony
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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