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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

2,358 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,358
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 bluesplit63
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

bluesplit63, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of kegger22
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy, medium brown with a one finger head that slowly faded to a solid skin. Unfortunately, my nose has failed me again and I didn't get anything. The taste was nutty sweet, safe and comfortable. The feel was medium bodied with sufficient carbonation. Drinkability was quite good. Best Brown was a good beer that doesn't require you to be a risk taker to enjoy. That said, it's not very exciting either. I would definitely drink again, reminds me of Newcastle.

kegger22, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of -NESTO-
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

-NESTO-, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of suckaj
2/5  rDev -47.8%

suckaj, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of nitter
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

nitter, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of beergod1
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flows a creamy dark brown then clears up a bit, a light fading head. Nice toasty sweet nutty flavor,smooth mouth feel, I think a slap of hop at the back of my tongue on the finish, rounds out nicely. This is in my top 5 or 6 Brown ales, along with Dogfishhead, Sammy Smiths, Goose Island, Avery and a couple of others.

beergod1, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of tmars13
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

tmars13, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of ToddGingerich
4.25/5  rDev +11%

ToddGingerich, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Crimsontider22
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Crimsontider22, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of confer
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cola brown with a tan head. Part of the head stays around.
Small is all toasty malts. Smells like toasted wheat bread.
At first I though I tasted a some hoppy bitterness but I think it is all the toasty malts giving the flavor.
Smooth and a bit creamy , low carbonation.
I don't know if it is truly the best brown but very good and worth getting again.

confer, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Slynger
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer really looks like somethin' else. It's sort of a deep, cloudy, tarnished copper with amber and butterscotch highlights. A fairly creamy dirty white cap leaves some slippery lacing.

The nose is nice and cooly sweet dark fruits and caramel. Lightly toasted aromas mix with a nuttiness and spicy woodsy hops.

Medium bodied and chewy with large bubbled creaminess. Sweet caramel malts are noticed at first, with a light bitterness that lingers throughout the journey. Fruity apple and plum overtones blend well with the light spiciness of earthy woodsy hops.

I like most of Bell's offerings a lot but this one really caught me off guard. It is a great brown and should be recognized among the top few of the style. It is quite unique, incredibly drinkable, and thankfully I picked up more than one bottle as I definitely did not grasp all that there was to experience in this brew. Bell's Best Brown will in fact hold that title in my book until I come across a real rival.

Slynger, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of Fcolle2
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost mahogany brown with a thin half finger tan head. A good looking brown ale.

Deep Carmel notes in the nose. Slight hints of cocoa and some spicy hops also pull through

Rich Carmel malt body, slightly sweet. minimal hop bitterness but some of the spice from the hops is present. hints of toffee on the back end.

Not a whole lot of oily stickiness from the hops but the deep Carmel malt body keeps it nice and rich. Carbonation is moderate which makes it slightly creamy.

Fcolle2, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of elec
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

elec, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

dt_gbpackersfan, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of ChadQuest
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sunburst amber, some floaties from the bottle of the bottle, some lacing, a thin cap.
Aroma is sweet malt, some brown sugar, a bit of toffee, but overall on the sweet side of the spectrum with a variety of malt notes.
The flavors have a bit of toasy caramel on them, some brown sugar, ginger bread, and a light flavor of hops. A nice brown ale, a bit creamy.

A nice beer, but not one that is going to make a brown ale your fav style.

ChadQuest, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of ROBSTARR
4/5  rDev +4.4%

ROBSTARR, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4/5  rDev +4.4%

lilsmizzul1225, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of mdwalsh
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into dimpled mug

A: Very nice brown wth amber-red edges. Poured a 1 finger head that quickly left only a thin skim. Some lacing, no active carb. Suspended sediment from bottle conditioning is visible

S: Nutty-malty sweet. Not at all over powering, but very definitely present. Very enjoyable.

T: Same nutty/malty sweet as the nose, but more complex. Some roasted taste in there and a slight hop bitterness. A little alcohol warmth on the way down, but it mostly blends into the complexity of the flavor.

M: Velvety smooth, absolutely great.

D: Pretty good, could be mistaken for a session beer even I would say if I just tasted it. Something I would buy again.

mdwalsh, Feb 19, 2009
Photo of jemarent
4/5  rDev +4.4%

jemarent, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of stoutman
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a foggy burnished copper color with a huge head. Creamy in consistency with a light tan color, Sweet malt with a hint of walnuts, crisp and clean nose, with the start nicely malted and somewhat sweet, top is moderate in its feel to the palate. Finish is apparrent in its acidity; hops are pleasing and spicy, slightly tart and dry aftertaste, quite tasty.. but that aftertaste.. is like all the other Bell's beer... Is it the water??

stoutman, Dec 06, 2003
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, slightly cloudy amber hue, thick clumpy tannish head, retains and sticks in patterns. A very clean nose, some caramel and malts notes. Up front, a great mixture in tastes of nutty, caramel and syrup/sticky molasses. Medium bodied, very creamy, and slick at the same time. Biscuitty, toasty, perhaps some deep roasted malts tucked away. Rather mild and tame, nothing jumps at ya', decent mouthfeel, overall a pretty solid brown, a good go-to-brew.

GeoffRizzo, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of GossageBrewery
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this English Brown Ale from a bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a hazy brown color with lots of particles floating around. I might need a spoon! The ale produced a decent light brown head and it has decent lacing. The aroma of the beer was mostly toffee and molasses. The taste of this beer was very nice and I can say that it ranks very high on my list for English Brown Ales. The taste was sweet, toffee, and malty. The body is light. Very good beer- Highly recommend it!

BTW- I skipped using the spoon.

GossageBrewery, May 11, 2011
Photo of WesMantooth
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - deep ruby reddish brown with a big fluffy off white head

Smell - roasted nuts, carmel or toffee

Taste - carmel, roasted nuts and malt, toasted bread, slight chocolate

Feel - medium bodied, somewhat creamy feel

Overall - excellent brown ale with an earthy feel and taste. Very easy drinking beer that you can enjoy a few of. A perfect compliment to a cool fall evening.

WesMantooth, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of twelvsies
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a mixed case of Bell's while visiting the folks, seeing as I can't get it in Boston. The brown is pretty solid. A nice, dirty, rusty brown amber color holds up a decent head which leaves a thin layer of foam on top for quite some time. Smells of lightly roasted malts under a nice array of nutty, carmelly, brown sugar aromas. Taste is solid, but perhaps a little bland compared to the smell. Still interesting enough though. All of the nutty, carmel characters mix nicely with a definate English style hop profile, mellow and spicy. Perhaps just a tad thin or watery around the edges, but nothing too much to complain about, this is a good beer.

twelvsies, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of heerboth
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

heerboth, Sep 11, 2014
Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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