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

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very good

2,354 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,354
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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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jstewart1130, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of daliandragon
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the label with the bored looking owl sitting on top of the chain link fence post. Definitely barren looking. Attractive beige head sits above a translucent orange brown body. In the nose I detect a wintery mix of vanilla, dark fruit, brown sugar and caramel.

I find this beer very easy to drink. The taste is pleasant without being terribly complex and goes down very easy. Key notes in the flavor are nutty toasted malt and caramel. Hops don't seem evident but the sweetness factor is thankfully low and this finishes very clean for the style.

Slight over carbonation may muffle the flavor a little but hard to say. This isn't a great beer but it is tasty and reasonably flexible and I could see this being a good go-to winter beer.

daliandragon, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

EasyReader, Nov 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

jeffoatess, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of Neorebel
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Neorebel, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of fuzzcherry
4/5  rDev +4.4%

fuzzcherry, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of tbowers
5/5  rDev +30.5%

tbowers, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of TheBigBoy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of single bottle. One of the better brown ales I've tasted. Not like Newcastle but more like a Hobgoblin or Americanized brown with good brown beer taste that works for my palate. Not overpowering, not sweet, but very smooth with a hearty brown ale taste.

TheBigBoy, Nov 28, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

drh1382, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Tschnab
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a great brown pour with a khaki head that is 2 fingers high, plenty of lace trails the glass.

S- very malty, leading to carmel and toffee like aromas, followed by a nuttiness and breadiness.

T- the taste confirms the nose completely. the flavor is quite full for the abv, and the malty sweetness is balanced by a good bitterness and nutty earthiness.

O- a very very sessionable brown ale that goes down the hatch quite well. Not so roasted, not so malty, just a really well balanced beer.

Tschnab, Nov 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

AceMan, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

13esd, Nov 27, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

bkonk10, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

jnice1984, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

brandoman63, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 27, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

modernartblues, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Dope
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice mahogany brown with a huge fluffy offwhite head. Great lacing and retention.

S: Toffee, nuts, molasses and brown sugar.

T: Not too sweet like a lot of brown ales. A nice nutty toffee flavor backed up with a little molasses.

M: Medium body but seems like just a little too much carbonation. Needs to be a little more still in my opinion.

O: A decent brown ale. A little sweeter and a little less carbonation would make this amazing.

Dope, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

plumcrazyfx, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

KDTW, Nov 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

mdillon86, Nov 26, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

ryancorn, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of rangerred
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium brown with a nice 2 finger head. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Smells of caramel and toasted malt. There is also a certain yeasty smell.

The taste is very malty with strong caramel/toffee and also a slight sour yeasty flavor. There is a bitterness that really kicks in at the end that is nutty and hoppy. The mouthfeel is very creamy and pretty thick.

Overall I think this is a very good beer and a good example of the style. I wish it was available locally because I would definitely seek it out.

rangerred, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

joelBfrasier, Nov 25, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,354 ratings.