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

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very good

2,360 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,360
Reviews: 801
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 71
Gots: 174 | 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 kkrez
4/5  rDev +4.4%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of yergermeister
4.25/5  rDev +11%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +4.4%

jminch, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of ruckus232
4/5  rDev +4.4%

ruckus232, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Iamjeff6
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Iamjeff6, Oct 07, 2014
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was served in a glass stein.

Appearance- The head is khaki colored and rises to about one and a half fingers of bubbly foam. There are a nice amount of tiny bubbles on top that leave a dappling of craters. The body is the color of raw cinnamon sticks with some darker auburn notes.

Smell- There is a sweet bread malt that is the most dominant, as it certainly should be. I was also surprised to pick up a little grassy hoppiness, and I'm not sure I like that.

Taste- Bread malt leads the way and picks up notes of brown sugar. In the finish, there is a good amount of earthy hop and some more bread malt. This is pretty average for a brown, and I'm glad the grassy hop didn't transfer well to the palate.

Mouth feel- Bells can do mouth feel all day. You know it is Bells if it drinks easy. A great medium body and a rich, creamy finish on this brown ale.

Overall- This is a decent brown ale, but it is hard to say what Bells was trying to do with it. They had some hops in the nose, but they weren't utilized well on the palate, in fact, I"m not sure they needed to be there at all. And the malt they used was far too reserved.

Just because this is a brown, doesn't mean it needs to err to middle of the road flavor profiles. Either bump it up, or put something on the taste buds that makes it interesting.

Pintofbrown, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Dave1999
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid brown with lighter amber hues and nice white head.

The smell is sweet and malty with some nutiness.

The taste is light malt, nuts and very light hop bitterness. The flavours are very subtle but complex enough to at least make it decent.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

Overall a decent brown ale a little light for my tastes but enjoyed the one bottle I bought.

Dave1999, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of 1Sundown2C
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

1Sundown2C, Oct 19, 2014
Photo of ffshore545
4/5  rDev +4.4%

ffshore545, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of beermanbrian
4.25/5  rDev +11%

beermanbrian, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Big, fluffy, light khaki head, high retention with soapy lacing. Aroma includes sweet caramel malts and light roasted notes. Taste has a nice caramel sweetness, some walnut and cashew, faint coffee and roast. Crazy drinkable and sessionable. No off flavors at all and very nice.

KickbacksSteve, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of hellhammermario
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

hellhammermario, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Golden2wenty1, Sep 12, 2005
Photo of Envelopes
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Envelopes, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of Hopsiam14
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

vwbus7, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

jcdiflorio, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of rodlavers
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Pellinore1, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

TheMarkE, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Bill235
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Bill235, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of ShepardCommander
4/5  rDev +4.4%

ShepardCommander, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Greggy
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Greggy, Apr 09, 2008
Photo of bigdeuce
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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!

bigdeuce, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of falconxman
4/5  rDev +4.4%

falconxman, Feb 26, 2012
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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