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

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2,059 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,059
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 63
Gots: 108 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-05-2012 02:32:04 | More by ruckus232
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-23-2011 18:37:24 | More by CB2maltygoodness
Photo of twelvsies


3.78/5  rDev -1%

Bought a mixed case of Bell's while visiting the folks, seeing as I can't get it in Boston. The brown is pretty solid. A nice, dirty, rusty brown amber color holds up a decent head which leaves a thin layer of foam on top for quite some time. Smells of lightly roasted malts under a nice array of nutty, carmelly, brown sugar aromas. Taste is solid, but perhaps a little bland compared to the smell. Still interesting enough though. All of the nutty, carmel characters mix nicely with a definate English style hop profile, mellow and spicy. Perhaps just a tad thin or watery around the edges, but nothing too much to complain about, this is a good beer.

12-24-2005 22:32:20 | More by twelvsies
Photo of happygnome


3.93/5  rDev +2.9%

a: pours an orangish brown color, others have used "rust brown" and i must say that is an accurate description. produces about half an inch of head that disappears quickly leaving a bit of lace around the edge of the glass as well as atop the beer few carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top
s: nutty aroma hints of caramel and chocolate sweet
t: butty taste followed quickly by a sweet caramel flavor
m: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this one bells does a great job

12-11-2009 17:51:49 | More by happygnome
Photo of bucklemyshoe


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Notes from 10/21/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a deep mahogany color with half a finger of tan, heavily carbonated, and creamy head.

S: It smells like brown sugar, nuttiness, and some caramel.

T: This features notes of molasses, hazelnut, toffee, butterscotch, and caramel.

M: This is light-bodied with a fair amount of caramel and a creamy finish.

D: This isn't the tastiest brown ale I've ever had but it is quite sessionable.

10-25-2010 00:42:43 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of ethanmc12


4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-28-2013 23:32:08 | More by ethanmc12
Photo of confer


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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-03-2014 16:31:51 | More by ffshore545
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-31-2013 02:00:00 | More by Hopsiam14
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-05-2013 21:45:30 | More by nitter
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

10-31-2013 04:19:49 | More by tuckerlikesbeer
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-28-2012 01:56:19 | More by Mark5252
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

11-19-2013 05:13:11 | More by Morakaton
Photo of Fcolle2


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
Photo of treyrab


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%

02-19-2013 22:01:08 | More by Rons35
Photo of phisig137


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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New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%

10-20-2013 01:24:24 | More by Evarigan
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

04-08-2014 02:50:27 | More by Mikexw
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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
Photo of SolipsismalCat


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
Photo of giblet


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