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

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Bell's Best BrownBell's Best Brown

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2,048 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,048
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 61
Gots: 107 | 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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3.79/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a cola brown with a tan head. Part of the head stays around.
Small is all toasty malts. Smells like toasted wheat bread.
At first I though I tasted a some hoppy bitterness but I think it is all the toasty malts giving the flavor.
Smooth and a bit creamy , low carbonation.
I don't know if it is truly the best brown but very good and worth getting again.

10-27-2013 21:17:17 | More by confer
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

10-31-2013 04:19:49 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-23-2011 18:37:24 | More by CB2maltygoodness
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-28-2013 19:45:09 | More by ToddGingerich
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-05-2013 21:45:30 | More by nitter
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-28-2012 01:56:19 | More by Mark5252
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-03-2014 16:31:51 | More by ffshore545
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

03-07-2014 05:13:38 | More by HeadyTheElder
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Finally got to drinking this one as it sat in my cellar for a month. Poured into my pint glass...

A: Pours a pretty clear dark copper with a small tan head. The beer is a bit lighter than expected, but the positive is that the head is extremely sticky and laces well

S: Smell is nice and robust with sweet caramel, toffee, slight roast and a touch of hops

T: The taste is lighter than expected, but has some nice flavors. Starts with a sweet caramel, which is followed by the slightest touch of coffee, and finishes with a nice light roast and a touch of hops.

Overall, a pretty good brown ale that doesn't overdo things. It is light and airy, but gets the job done.

10-22-2008 03:07:36 | More by treyrab
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

01-13-2012 22:29:16 | More by C2H5
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

11-19-2013 05:13:11 | More by Morakaton
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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Vigarous pours yeilds a nice autumn like brown color, with some red tinge. Two finger head has great retention, and leaves behind nice lacing.

Aroma is malty and toasty. Not sweet or caramel like at all, but more toasty biscuit aromas. Fairly mild, but enjoyable.

Flavor is just as the smell, malty and toasty. Not really sweet, but not quite dry either. Great biscuit malt flavor, like fresh bread. Finish is smooth and lingering. Creamy mouthfeel, and excellent drinkability.

Although I prefer most American browns to British Browns, I really like this beer. Well made, and very drinkable. Nice representation of the "restrained" british style of brewing. Nothing sticks out as being incredible, but I think that's the point. Well balanced and easy drinking, I say once again.... I am VERY happy that Bell's is now in Virginia!

12-05-2006 03:18:43 | More by phisig137
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-05-2012 12:35:28 | More by bradfordjohnson
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-12-2012 22:58:31 | More by GaryMarkle84
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

02-19-2013 22:01:08 | More by Rons35
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

First off, what happened to the cool reggae green, yellow, and red bottle with the owl? But I digress...

Bell's Best Brown pours forth a unique rubied brown, much like some cough syrups in color. Moderate head produces an interesting pattern of Rorschach blots on the glass.

Nose is somewhat sparkly and champagne-like, oddly. Stands also as exemplar of how Bell's house yeast can get downright dirty on some beers. Funkdafied brown-ale smell reminds me of some English breweries I visited while living in the UK.

Taste comes on slow and steady, a malt attack. The maltiness stays somehow dry and not-sweet, battling with an earthiness and stiff resolve. Little of the 'dirtiness' of nose comes through to palate. Quite prune-like...seems like this would be a good snow-shoveller.

Lingering soupiness on the mouth drags down mouthfeel, but quite smooth and pleasingly weighted on the tongue. This sixer won't go down particularly easily, but then again brown ale is one of my least favorite styles.

04-28-2006 14:46:28 | More by GreenWBush
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-28-2013 23:32:08 | More by ethanmc12
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3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy medium brown with lots of bubbles and a two-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a few minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Alcohol.

T: Light malt sweetness and moderate hop bitterness. Roasted caramel malt flavor. Kind of nutty. Bitter finish.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Relatively smooth. Dry.

O: Looks good. Smells kind of weird, but not bad. I was hoping for a nutty more roasted flavor. Not bad overall.

10-08-2011 20:02:49 | More by SolipsismalCat
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours an almost mahogany brown with a thin half finger tan head. A good looking brown ale.

Deep Carmel notes in the nose. Slight hints of cocoa and some spicy hops also pull through

Rich Carmel malt body, slightly sweet. minimal hop bitterness but some of the spice from the hops is present. hints of toffee on the back end.

Not a whole lot of oily stickiness from the hops but the deep Carmel malt body keeps it nice and rich. Carbonation is moderate which makes it slightly creamy.

06-25-2013 00:56:23 | More by Fcolle2
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New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-20-2013 01:24:24 | More by Evarigan
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4.38/5  rDev +14.7%

poured nicely into the glass with about three eights inch of head that settled quickly. thin film of head. light steady carbonation. nice lightly roasted malt aroma. the taste is very good. roasted malt, caramel, slightly sweet but not over done. very little lacing down the glass.

suckem up and movem out.


05-02-2009 18:56:19 | More by giblet


4/5  rDev +4.7%

02-15-2013 22:41:32 | More by ROBSTARR
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4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a rich, dark crimson red with thick head. Subtantial layer of foam resides on top after dissipation, coating the pint glass well.
Smells malty, of sweet brown sugar with a bitter hop note.
Sweet toasted (almost burnt) malt mixes with a significant oily-hop profile. Flavor of molasses, toffee, vanilla, nuts, and earth...like tree-bark.
Feels good in the mouth with the carbonation and hop kick.
Different from other brown ales I've tasted, this one is less sweet with more hops. The malt profile is still there, but this one mixes it up with other elements. Enjoyable.

10-06-2008 16:51:33 | More by Natural510
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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a dark mahogany color into a pint glass chilled. Little light gets through the glass. Tan surface layer w/ decent glass cling.

Aroma is mainly of caramel malts; some wheat aroma also. Grainy hops sneak into my nostrals as well. Pretty sugary and sweet aroma overall.

Sweet caramel w/ a slight oak, vanilla, and plum flavor. Some slight floral hops hit my palate also on the finish. A bit of alcohol hints as well maybe. Very nice for the style.

Decent amount of carbonation up front w/ a light to medium body. Some slight alcohol, but nice overall feel.

Thumbs up to drinking this one. It'd make a nice Friday evening growler brew. I'd definitely drink this if I had more access to it on a regular basis.

07-27-2006 15:55:57 | More by Fish113d
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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

Appearence: Pours a hazy brown with a foamy tan head. Head lingers for a while. As with a decent amount of Bell's brews I've had, there are massive chunks of yeast floating. I know it's a result of the bottle conditioning but I think it's a bit overboard.

Smell: Smells malty and creamy, with milk and coffee notes. The hops make a decent presence, and create nice balance.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Tastes very much like toffee. The roasted caramel notes shine through, and the hops are floral and provide a long lingering finish. The mouthfeel is the normal velvety feel most Bell beers have, but I can actually feel the yeast in my mouth. Maybe just a bad bottle.

Drinkability and Overall: This is very nice tasting beer, but the yeast is overboard. Too much. This is a problem that needs fixed. Other than that I loved the flavor of the beer, and it smelled among the best. Hopefully this is just a bad bottle.

01-14-2005 06:12:29 | More by santoslhalper
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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