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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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2,160 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,160
Reviews: 782
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 66
Gots: 129 | 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 rodlavers
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 09/04/13, poured into my brand new Bell's snifter.

Strong appearance, opaque rusted brown/red, very light tan head, about an inch, recedes to a nice thin layer that fades in and out along the surface, and forms a thickish ring around the edge.

Aroma is a little flat, but still notes of brown sugar and spice mix with mild hops. Nutty, mildly filled with wood, roasty.

Taste is similar but sweeter; brown sugar, malt, some caramel. taste is better than smell.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp. Above average carbonation. Refreshing for a fall beer.

Overall fond of this as a fall beer; well-balanced bitterness and sweet flavors. I will go back to this. Cheers.

rodlavers, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of bluesplit63
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

bluesplit63, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of kegger22
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.

kegger22, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of Bill235
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Bill235, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of HeadyTheElder
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

HeadyTheElder, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of Hopsiam14
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Hopsiam14, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of beergod1
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.

beergod1, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of tmars13
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

tmars13, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of RyanAU
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

RyanAU, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of falconxman
4/5  rDev +4.7%

falconxman, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Crimsontider22
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Crimsontider22, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of ToddGingerich
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

ToddGingerich, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Slynger
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer really looks like somethin' else. It's sort of a deep, cloudy, tarnished copper with amber and butterscotch highlights. A fairly creamy dirty white cap leaves some slippery lacing.

The nose is nice and cooly sweet dark fruits and caramel. Lightly toasted aromas mix with a nuttiness and spicy woodsy hops.

Medium bodied and chewy with large bubbled creaminess. Sweet caramel malts are noticed at first, with a light bitterness that lingers throughout the journey. Fruity apple and plum overtones blend well with the light spiciness of earthy woodsy hops.

I like most of Bell's offerings a lot but this one really caught me off guard. It is a great brown and should be recognized among the top few of the style. It is quite unique, incredibly drinkable, and thankfully I picked up more than one bottle as I definitely did not grasp all that there was to experience in this brew. Bell's Best Brown will in fact hold that title in my book until I come across a real rival.

Slynger, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of ffshore545
4/5  rDev +4.7%

ffshore545, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of elec
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

elec, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Moses_Malone
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Moses_Malone, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sunburst amber, some floaties from the bottle of the bottle, some lacing, a thin cap.
Aroma is sweet malt, some brown sugar, a bit of toffee, but overall on the sweet side of the spectrum with a variety of malt notes.
The flavors have a bit of toasy caramel on them, some brown sugar, ginger bread, and a light flavor of hops. A nice brown ale, a bit creamy.

A nice beer, but not one that is going to make a brown ale your fav style.

ChadQuest, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of mdwalsh
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into dimpled mug

A: Very nice brown wth amber-red edges. Poured a 1 finger head that quickly left only a thin skim. Some lacing, no active carb. Suspended sediment from bottle conditioning is visible

S: Nutty-malty sweet. Not at all over powering, but very definitely present. Very enjoyable.

T: Same nutty/malty sweet as the nose, but more complex. Some roasted taste in there and a slight hop bitterness. A little alcohol warmth on the way down, but it mostly blends into the complexity of the flavor.

M: Velvety smooth, absolutely great.

D: Pretty good, could be mistaken for a session beer even I would say if I just tasted it. Something I would buy again.

mdwalsh, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of Bunuelian
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Bunuelian, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of stoutman
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a foggy burnished copper color with a huge head. Creamy in consistency with a light tan color, Sweet malt with a hint of walnuts, crisp and clean nose, with the start nicely malted and somewhat sweet, top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is apparrent in its acidity; hops are pleasing and spicy, slightly tart and dry aftertaste, quite tasty.. but that aftertaste.. is like all the other Bell's beer... Is it the water??

stoutman, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, slightly cloudy amber hue, thick clumpy tannish head, retains and sticks in patterns. A very clean nose, some caramel and malts notes. Up front, a great mixture in tastes of nutty, caramel and syrup/sticky molasses. Medium bodied, very creamy, and slick at the same time. Biscuitty, toasty, perhaps some deep roasted malts tucked away. Rather mild and tame, nothing jumps at ya', decent mouthfeel, overall a pretty solid brown, a good go-to-brew.

GeoffRizzo, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of confer
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

confer, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of GossageBrewery
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this English Brown Ale from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a hazy brown color with lots of particles floating around. I might need a spoon! The ale produced a decent light brown head and it has decent lacing. The aroma of the beer was mostly toffee and molasses. The taste of this beer was very nice and I can say that it ranks very high on my list for English Brown Ales. The taste was sweet, toffee, and malty. The body is light. Very good beer- Highly recommend it!

BTW- I skipped using the spoon.

GossageBrewery, May 11, 2011
Photo of Beestin
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Beestin, Jan 06, 2014
4/5  rDev +4.7%

ROBSTARR, Feb 15, 2013
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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