1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Bell's Best BrownBell's Best Brown

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

2,061 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,061
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 63
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,061 | Reviews: 777 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of duffalo
duffalo


4.26/5  rDev +11.5%

Nothing frilly, just a really well done brown ale. The balance is great - there's no hop smell, but they nicely cancel out the sweetness that could easily be in this beer given the amount of grains they pack in. I think the taste is great, but personally I think it's almost on the verge of a porter in darkness and alcohol content - not quite as light as most of the brown ales I'm used to. Nevertheless, this is a great choice if you're in the mood for a no frills well done brown.

01-18-2013 00:51:58 | More by duffalo
Photo of BrownAleMale
BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-17-2013 05:49:10 | More by BrownAleMale
Photo of ShutOutTheSky
ShutOutTheSky


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-17-2013 03:22:48 | More by ShutOutTheSky
Photo of BMMillsy
BMMillsy

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours brown with a bit of a red hue. Medium head that looks creamy and fades somewhat quickly. Smells sweet like a red ale, cherry amd roasty presence here. Flavor is nutty and smooth, different from the aroma. A bit of chocolate with the nut and a bit of fruit on the finish. Nice easy drinker. Good beer.

01-16-2013 20:22:50 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of bohemyth
bohemyth

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-15-2013 22:57:29 | More by bohemyth
Photo of RichH55
RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-15-2013 19:48:09 | More by RichH55
Photo of bismarksays
bismarksays

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-15-2013 10:49:53 | More by bismarksays
Photo of Jhollamu
Jhollamu

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-15-2013 00:34:43 | More by Jhollamu
Photo of Bin33chef
Bin33chef

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-14-2013 22:08:57 | More by Bin33chef
Photo of BlissJunkie
BlissJunkie

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-14-2013 17:35:44 | More by BlissJunkie
Photo of polishkaz
polishkaz

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-14-2013 17:00:07 | More by polishkaz
Photo of Coduhhh
Coduhhh

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-14-2013 04:35:53 | More by Coduhhh
Photo of shamrock071521
shamrock071521

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-14-2013 00:39:38 | More by shamrock071521
Photo of schmityl
schmityl


3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-14-2013 00:35:22 | More by schmityl
Photo of kevin34
kevin34

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-13-2013 22:45:15 | More by kevin34
Photo of psmith161
psmith161

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

01-13-2013 00:19:35 | More by psmith161
Photo of Dave1999
Dave1999

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

01-12-2013 22:23:01 | More by Dave1999
Photo of Gmann
Gmann

New York

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a yeasty chocolate brown color with a tight bubbled cream colored head that settled into a light ring with some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet with caramel notes. Some brown bread and toasted scents from the malt. Nothing outrageous but inviting.

Good nutty flavor from the toasted malt. Some bark and bitter chocolate notes as well. The caramel sweetness comes in and balances the brew and makes it quite smooth; almost tastes as if there is some oatmeal in the mix.

The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation. Good balance between sweet and bitter. Some bitterness in the finish. Probably could use some softer carbonation to help bring out the good flavors some more.

A very enjoyable brown ale, good representation of the style.

01-12-2013 18:04:47 | More by Gmann
Photo of TheMarkE
TheMarkE

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-11-2013 22:31:19 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of morganmcd
morganmcd

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.7%

01-10-2013 18:47:20 | More by morganmcd
Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
6thstreetbrewpub

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-10-2013 01:19:33 | More by 6thstreetbrewpub
Photo of biblo1979
biblo1979

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

01-09-2013 18:41:27 | More by biblo1979
Photo of AlexFields
AlexFields

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-09-2013 16:09:25 | More by AlexFields
Photo of cleonile2000
cleonile2000

Indiana

3/5  rDev -21.5%

01-09-2013 03:52:32 | More by cleonile2000
Photo of sjanowiak
sjanowiak

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

01-06-2013 22:29:01 | More by sjanowiak
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
86 out of 100 based on 2,061 ratings.