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

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2,390 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,390
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 70
Gots: 182 | FT: 3
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:
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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Photo of tewaris
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy rust brown color with an off white creamy head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is, well, browned malts ;-) Tastes slightly sweet with a good specialty malt character manifesting itself in caramel flavor and roast. Just a hint of hoppiness at the end with a long, comforting aftertaste. Good body, rather high carbonation. Plenty of residual sweetness. A good brown ale.
4, 3, 4, 3.5, 4

tewaris, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a very good interpretation of the brown ale style. Pours out to a very, cloudy brownish, amber in the glass. The aroma is that of baking bread, light yeast and malted milk balls. The taste is wonderfully malty and hoppy without either taking over. Incredible balance. Very slightly sweet with a light fruit taste present, but not overly so. I enjoy this beer and recommend drinking it on a cold, autumn evening.

proc, Nov 07, 2003
Photo of kzoobrew
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut colored body. Great clarity, no haze or sediment noticed. Soft one and a half finger sand colored head. The head recedes fairly slowly. Spotty but thick lacing left clinging to the glass.

Warm bready Brown Ale. The warmth of the malt is really the focal point. Soft brown sugar, hints of toffee and a touch of nuttiness peak out from beneath. A pleasant grassiness from the hops compliments the warmth from the malt very well.

The flavor takes its cues from the aroma. Brown bready malt provides the base. Soft caramel sweetness peaks out from beneath providing some levity. Earthy, grassy hops very complimentary to malt. There is just enough hop flavor to be noticed and provide balance but allows the malt to stay in the forefront.

Medium bodied Brown Ale. Carbonation is moderate, texture is soft and smooth. Medium finish, very appropriate for the beer.

Best Brown is very appropriately named, just an outstanding example of the style. Brown Ales are certainly not the most exciting style but I find them a very comforting, enjoyable style when done well. I am not certain why I do not drink this one more often.

kzoobrew, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Brushkanna
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Brushkanna, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Bdel34, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of AMCimpi
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

AMCimpi, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of brownbeer
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours brown amber with thin off-white head. Good retention, thin lacing. A lot of sediment though, whiched knocked the appearance down a bit for me.

S- Malt forward, caramel and biscuit. Subtle hoppy background.

T- Sweet and caramely up front balanced by slight minerality and hops leaving the finish slightly dry.

M- Just enough heft to be satisfying and soft enough to be encouraging.

D- A little heavier than most browns but tasty and smooth enough to session through.

brownbeer, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

batch # 8749.A brownish amber color with a thick off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted nuts and caramel malt with a touch of citrus and grassy hops. Taste is smooth, medium bodied, lightly carbonated with flavors of light caramel malt, some citrus zest and a touch of pecans.maybe a hint of grass. Finish is smooth, creamy with a more malty aftertaste than any bitterness.Very quaffable,and quite enjoyable.

WakeandBake, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of martyl1000
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%

martyl1000, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of meanmutt
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

meanmutt, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of Khazadum
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Khazadum, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of pearljam118
3/5  rDev -21.7%

pearljam118, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Beezee
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Beezee, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Hopsiam14
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Hopsiam14, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of adamant1912
4/5  rDev +4.4%

adamant1912, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +4.4%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +11%

A - Brown of course, with 1 finger of head and a tiny bit of lacing on the glass

A - Brown sugar, toffee, malts

T - Light malty, toffee and caramel. Brown sugar, but not sweet. Just perfect.

M - Light bodied, smooth, well balanced.

O - Probably the best Brown I have had, no pun intended. Bells kills it once again!

BeerDawgs, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of brbrocc
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

brbrocc, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice deep chestnut colored ale with ruby hues and a dense tan head. The beer itself is clear, I mean not hazy but there are some of the floaties that seem to define this brewery for me so far. I could pour more carefully but I'm not terribly concerned about it.

A really nice sweet malt profile to the aroma, some roasted malt and burnt caramel. Nothing discernible in the hop department as far as aroma goes. The taste is somewhat roasty, with the toasted caramel and malty sweetness as well. Hope flavor comes through in the middle and blends nicely with the very sweet malt. Some hop bitterness comes through in the finish with some noticeable alcohol also.

Nice medium bodied brown, maybe a little hot for the style, but what do I know? I guess it's on the high end. Really a very drinkable and quality brown ale.

ZimZamZoom, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of CesarLopes
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

CesarLopes, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of EvanWilliams
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%

EvanWilliams, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Bunuelian
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Bunuelian, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of jbphoto88
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very pretty opaque leather brown with bronze highlights. A firm head with quick dissipation and light lacing.

Scent is of light roasted nuts, caramels and toffee. A warm and inviting nose that has toasted malts in the background. The smell is so pleasing I would buy a candle of it and light it in my house.

Taste is similar to the nose, warm toasted malts with a nutty, metallic toffee touch. A slight buttery flavor and mouthfeel comes through in the aftertaste. No hop profile to speak of, which in this case is ok with me. This beer is about the malts, sweet to the tongue and pleasant on the palate, nice thin but even carbonation adds to the pleasure of this brew.

I've never been a fan of English styles but this one is excellent. A flavorful experience with a nice medium body that keeps every sip interesting. I would definitely buy this again and have it on hand, especially in the winter time. The nutty, toffee, caramel flavors and scents bring a holiday warmth with it.

jbphoto88, May 08, 2008
Photo of Beestin
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Beestin, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of zenithberwyn
4/5  rDev +4.4%

zenithberwyn, Aug 25, 2012
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,390 ratings.