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

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Ratings: 2,030
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 56
Gots: 104 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

04-02-2014 14:13:02 | More by GOBLIN
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3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a reddish amber rather than the brown I was expecting, one finger tan head dissipates quickly. Lots of suspended sediment is present (batch #9981 so I assume it's not left over from last year).

S: All kinds of caramel and toffee sweetness are present in the aroma; this smells just like October should.

T: A bit too sweet, caramel overload hits taste buds right away, followed by a nice nutty finish.

M: Lively carbonation and light body, very smooth.

D: Hampered by sweetness a bit, otherwise no problems here.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 07:56:04 | More by AwYeh
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

03-25-2014 16:34:24 | More by billhelm
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

10-21-2012 23:46:44 | More by WoodburyMN
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-23-2013 15:11:51 | More by ToddThompson
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-23-2014 03:24:14 | More by mrcraft
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

06-04-2013 01:43:01 | More by firstlighthiker
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-22-2013 03:44:33 | More by maDUECEgunner
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3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves a one finger head that has good retention and good lacing. Body is a hazy, if not cloudy , garnet.

Smell - nutty, toasty malt bread, a hint of lemony hops.

Taste - some of the toasty malt bread, not much more than that.
Rather one dimensional.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a little bit dry.

Drinkability - this is decent, far from great, but decent enough to drink, and so somewhat sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 20:26:57 | More by ultralarry2006
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

02-14-2012 23:33:20 | More by kayrex
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-13-2013 14:59:37 | More by Bunuelian
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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color, with a tint of orange. The head is a beige color, rocky, creamy, and long lasting. On the nose there is aromas of roasted malts and hints of caramel. On the palate there is a nutty flavor, slightly grainy, dark toasted bread, and just a hint of molasses. Not as good as the brown ale I had from smuttynose a couple of days ago, but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2002 13:22:27 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-22-2013 00:31:47 | More by sacrelicio
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South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Label has an empty box where the batch # should be.

Pours a light brown. Three fingers of tan foam stick around retain very well, and there's some nice lacing on the glass.

Malty, somewhat nutty aroma. Smells like maybe some brown sugar in there contributes to the sweetness.

Flavor pretty much follows the nose. A nice dose of caramel, and some soft fruitiness. A slight smoky/roasty quality in the drying finish.

Medium-full body. Soft texture. Smooth, easy drinker. Yet another winner from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 01:54:50 | More by Gyle41386
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

06-23-2012 19:53:16 | More by Vylo
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

08-21-2012 17:34:47 | More by slowdaddy
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3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A hazy medium brown. The creamy off white head leaves a thin sheen and nice lacing. Aroma is a sweet malt with a little bit of hops in the background. The taste is very malt forward with a hint of nuttiness and hops. Thinner feel is good with the overall sweetness of the beer. A nice brown ale that doesn't overawe but doesn't disappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2013 21:01:23 | More by delta490
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Siciliano's Specialty Market in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Pours a deep brown hue with copper edges, one finger of beige foam, some chill haze, and rings of lacing on the tumbler glass.

Smell is toast, caramel, toffee, earthy and grassy hops, dark bread, brown sugar, fruity yeast, cocoa powder, and a mild nuttiness.

Taste is toffee, caramel, toasted brown bread, nondescript fruitiness, unsweetened chocolate, light earthy-grassy hop bitterness with musty-nutty flavours on the cough.

Mouthfeel is lush, medium-bodied, silky texture through the middle, firm carbonation, balanced bitterness precedes a bone dry, toasty finish.

Overall, Bell's Best is a great easy-drinking brown ale. The style tends to bore me if it's not done properly, but there's enough flavour here to keep things interesting. I would buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 02:47:16 | More by cratez
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich caramel colorvery little head, fine lacing with bits of yeast floating around.

S: Citrus, grassy, nice floral fragrance from hops.

T: Nice carmel and malt flavors mild hoppy flavor on the back end.

M: Medium body like the way the bubbles drift across the tongue and help cleanse the palate.

D: Very drinkable smooth, nice everyday beer, but at 5.8% cannot be considered a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 03:15:29 | More by nukem5
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3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with almost no head and practically no lacing. It was bottled 2 months ago. Looks like a coke in the glass.
S- Caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits. Given a good swirl, a grassy, citrus aroma pops out.
T- Light flavors. Follows the nose almost exactly. As it warms, some nice citrus hops come out in the finish.
M- Medium, light body with a pretty good drying effect.
O- This was pretty good. I loved it when I first started tasting beers, but now that I'm trying it again, it is just a little too light for my tastes. I would certainly drink it if offered, but I probably won't be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 03:21:20 | More by tmm313
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

04-16-2013 19:28:37 | More by kguard
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3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle -> goblet
code: 7670 -> website -> packaged 9.26.06

Pours a light copper with a generous off white almost tan head, that leaves sporadicly thick lace. Carbonation appears high on the pour.

Nose: Kinda of a spicey yeasty smell along with some faint malts.

Taste: Some sweet malt flavor along with a little nuttiness and spice on the finish with just a tad of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin and the carbonation seems a little excessive.

Not the best brown ale i've ever had, but not the worst either, i prefer a fuller malt presense.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 23:26:01 | More by beerphan
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4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Von den Anmerkungen

12 oz bottle into antique green Mason jar.

A: Four finger tan head. Nice looking dark amber with nice clarity. really nice head retention and good lacing as well.

S: Malts with a bit o hops. Raw what and corn mash and a hint of fresh caramel.

T: A bit o hop bite, malts, and the slightest caramel hints.

M: Nice light to medium body.

D: Very good. Yay.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 23:34:13 | More by baos
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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