Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

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

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Bell's Best BrownBell's Best Brown
BA SCORE
3.83/5
Very Good
3,094 Ratings
Bell's Best BrownBell's Best Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,968
Reviews:
916
Ratings:
3,094
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
513
Trade:
5
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 3,094 |  Reviews: 916
Photo of MTWood
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of danp14
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of schmidtmattsays
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with decent slightly off white head that laced nicely. Smell is mild, with sweet and roast malts bolstering it with some hops being present. The taste is mild, some hops, a bit of nuttiness, bitter at the finish. Not bad but rather subdued flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

 368 characters

Photo of 13esd
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

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!

 386 characters

Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rolandboy
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Pours a dark amber with a nice frothy covering of light tan head that retained very well and left some great lacing. Aroma possesses deep notes of malt sweetness, bread, and nuttiness.

The tastes is a big hit of bready sweetness, and toasted malts up front but then a nice, tingling hop bitterness comes out amongst all that sweetness and helps even things out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly creamy carbonation.

With full deep flavors and good balance, this is one tasty and quaffable Brown Ale from Bell's. Solid.

 535 characters

Photo of menacho1
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BeerZack
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TylerHagler
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of falconxman
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of leinie13
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of poopsmitherson
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of vancean2
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 3,094 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.