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

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Ratings: 2,591
Reviews: 823
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 81
Gots: 242 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

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.
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Photo of carlmoberg
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of deebo
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown with light white head that quickly dissipates
S-Roasted malts with touch of toffee sweetness
T-Very good balance of rich malt flavor, sweet brown notes with hop balance
M-Medium bodied-doesn't linger
D-Very good for this style of beer

Bell's as usual has produced a very good beer that is tasty yet easy to drink.

Photo of NODAK
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose is a pretty rich one....very malty. Hints of caramel, molasses, dark chocolate, and some roast is evident. About as malty as you'd expect a much heavier beer to smell.

Taste initially has a nice, sweet caramel malt to it and in abundance. I also notice a bit of chocolate in there as well. In addition, a nice toasty component is in there towards the finish and this sets it a bit apart from some other brown ales in my opinion. Very tasty. Easy to put down and full of flavor.

All in all, it's a pretty good and distinctive brown ale, which is a style that I often find can be dull or repetitive.

Photo of PGVG
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of mwar
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of NJB145
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a frothy beige head. Lots of bubble action at first before it settles out. Lacing coats the glass.

Aroma is musty and malty with an abundance of toasted grain, almost a floral hop presence.

More toasted biscuits, grains, malt forward all the way. Sturdy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Pretty light in body, moderate in alcohol, good session brew.

Solid brown ale overall

Photo of meanmutt
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.71/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Basic brown ale ok drinking beer

Photo of becktone
4.71/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To the eye this beer is just about perfect. Pours a deep reddish copper with a huge tannish head. We're talking at least three fingers, had to sip some of it up to keep ir from overflowing out of the glass. As it receedes (sure some of this is due to the oil on my lips) it leaves beautiful lacing. Retention is at about one and a half fingers' width.

To the nose this brew has a warm, malty carmel aroma. No hop aroma so to speak of. Smells great, though I'd be much happier with this brew's aroma were it more potent.

Very strong malt backbone, with a nice simple yet refined flavor. Sure there's a bit of complexity, though its pretty straight forward. Carmel and malty flavors dominate this brew, quite good. Hop presence-flavor- is low, there is a small amount of bitterness to help offset this brew's infectiously good malty profile.

In the mouth this brew is full bodied with a creaminess to it. Lower carbonation levels are well within the boundaries for this style's accepted profile. All-in-all this is a great brew that I could drink all night long. I recommend this brew to anyone who just wants to kick back and drink a good brew. I'll definitely be buying this one again next time I see it. Its a good anytime beer, perfect with lunch.

Photo of Strix
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange-brown, nice head with good retention and lacing.

Malty nutty smell.

Toasted malts, roastiness, nuts, molasses, and a grassy hop finish. Well balanced.

Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

A very good example of the style - nice balance and highly drinkable.

Photo of beerluvr
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a sticky light tan head over semi-clear light brownish liquid tinged with some redness. Mellow roasted maltiness with some chocolate and brown sugar notes in the nose. Flavors of bread dough and light butterscotch wash over the palate with a slight tanginess coming in at the end. Finishes well-hopped and nicely roasty. Well done.
Thanks to CRJMellor for another kick-ass trade!

Photo of klewis
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

batch 7216

A: Pours a hazy mahogany color with a small foamy head.

S: Toasted malt aromas with a bit of hop bite.

T: Similar to the aroma, smooth malty taste with some flavors of nuts and chocolate.

M: Smooth and slick with a medium body.

D: Very pleasing in all aspects and quite easy to drink.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Shaker pint glass. Batch 10708, bottled 09/20/11.

Appearance: Despite a careful pour some sediment got in. I could see that it was a clear brown/orange, but now when held up to the light it is a hazy to cloudy brown/orange. Some coppery notes as well when held up to the light. Off-white to light tan head very thin across the top, but persistent. Some sheets and strands of lacing noted. With a swirl the foam really comes back to 1/8" and sticks around.

Smell: Toasted malt with just a hint of burnt sugar.

Taste: Wonderful toasted malt, with some mocha notes thrown in for good measure. Finish is piney and bitter, with the bitterness taking on some black coffee flavor. just right against that sweeter malt flavor. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation - a little spicy on the tongue. Past the carbonation it's just a hair thicker than water. A little bit of cling to the teeth noted.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite a tasty beer. Simple in flavor profile and very drinkable. I could easily have another. A little weak in aroma, but this is made up for in taste. Went well with chili and cornbread, and I'm sure it would be good with a lot of other food as well, and of course, by itself after the meal.

Photo of JizackFH
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a nice hazy deep brown color. It has a nice 3-finger tan head. The head left behind some nice lacing.

S - This smells sweet and nutty. I can smell some lightly toasted malts, caramel, and brown sugar. The smell is a bit tame but nice.

T - It tastes a lot like the nose suggests. Lightly toasted malts, caramel, some nuttiness, brown sugar and a hint of hops. It is very well balanced , which makes it quite pleasant.

M - This has a medium body and nice carbonation. It also has a rich and creamy quality to it.

D - Drinkability is good. It goes down very easy. I would have no problem drinking a few of these in a sitting. This is a good beer, and I recommend trying it.

Photo of Arithmeticus
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into flared glass.

A: reddish brown; 1-finger head, but abundant carbonation; decent lacing on cup
S: sweet, malty, caramelly smell
T: bright side of flavor spectrum; simple, semisweet, not very hoppy
M: silky, poppy, smooth

very good offering in this genre

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of PatrickJR
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Reddish brown; beautiful dark amber/red color. Two fingers of tan head fall quickly to a thin collar. No lacing.

S - Big chocolate aroma upfront with a nice butterscotch core. Lots of caramel and toffee, especially for a "smaller" beer. Nice fruity sourness hiding on the back end.

T - Immediate butterscotch. Spans caramel, toffee, brown sugar, buttered popcorn, molasses, and even maple syrup. Great synergy of flavor upfront. Mid palate the brew dries a little bit with hints of a bitter bread and a smidge of the sour-ish overripe dark fruit from the nose. Late palate yeilds an earthy and slightly spicy (almost onion-y) finish. Very nice compliment to the big malt sweetness.

M - Smooth, viscous medium body with a soft-moderate carbonation. Extremely smooth.

D - Another quality offering from Bell's. Excellent balance of buttery/caramely sweetness and a touch of spiciness to dry things out. A good interpretation on a sometimes underwhelming style.

Photo of GRPunk
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (Batch ID 8235) poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- It poured a dark red/brown with a 1 finger pillowy tan head. It had medium carbonation and the lacing stuck nicely to the side of the glass.

S- It smelled malty, sweet, and roasty with a touch of hop tones.

T- It had more malt character in the flavor. There was a hint of nutty tones (almonds perhaps). It seemed more flavorful than many browns I've had.

M- Medium carbonation made for a smooth feel.

D- It's an easy drinking brown ale.

Overall- It's a flavorful and versatile brown ale. It's a safe and solid offereing that's missing a bit of the "wow" factor of some of Bell's more eccentric offerings. A nice fall/winter beer.

Photo of Segelstrom
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of FanofHefe
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark brown with a solid one finger creamy head. Good lacing. Very little aroma, a little nutty smell.

Solid flavor and very smooth. Light caramel and nutty flavors. Not overwhelming in carbonation and slight coffee-like bitterness in the aftertaste.

Solid brown that is easy to drink.

Photo of MNBeer1017
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of NonicPanic
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of ssjkyle
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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