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

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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
Ratings:
3,002
Reviews:
885
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.2%
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
477
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Greasy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ATLAS_NOVUS
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a six pack from the liquor store i work at for $5.99 as we're getting Oberon and a few other seasonal's, so at that price point in had to give it a shot.

L- Nice opaque brownish purple with a non aggressive pour so there wasn't too much of a head but the little head that was there left some nice lacing. A few visible carbonation bubbles too.

S- Lots of toasted malts with a subtle hint of caramel but no chocolate which is unfortunate as i love a nice bitter cocoa taste but the hops shine through which brings a nice bitterness balance to the toasty malts.

T- Taste follows the smell with lots of toasty malt, caramel, a small hint of dark fruit brings a little bit of sweetness, and a nice hop bitterness balances everything out.

F- A nice medium body, decent carbonation, which coupled with the moderate abv makes this very drinkable and easy to knock back a couple without getting hit hard.

O- Overall a really nice brown ale, i would have preferred a little more complexity to it as it is quite a simple beer but its highly drinkable and very tasty. Bells has a track record of fantastic beers and this is definitely one of them, cheers!

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Photo of Timc32
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jodio
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jcole524
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of duvel1979
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hackattack
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My first taste of a malty sweet beer some time ago. I am now a huge fan of this type of brew. Nice hints of chocolate and caramel. Price is not too bad either for Bell's stuff........ which is always a treat!

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Photo of FaustieMo
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bill69
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MizzouBrew
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bwbetts
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tuowl74a
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire123
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Light brown with orange tint, tan cap with moderate lacing.

Aroma is rich, caramel toffee malt with a covering layer of fresh yeast bread.

Taste is straight forward darker malt without roasty bitterness. Not complex but flavor aplenty like a well made brownie. Sweetness is restrained giving more a sense of sweet without really tasting sweet. Entry is clean, rich dark malt which flavor sustains throughout. Hops are present but way in the background. Clean quick finish which carries a bit of breadyness into the aftertaste.

Medium body without any heavyness.

Overall it's a winner. The more Bells I try the more impressed I am with their consistent level of competency. They know how to design and make quality stuff. Brown Ale, like a grey business suit, isn't a flashy style but is always acceptably correct. My real test when approaching a new beer is whether I would buy more and this is one I would buy by the case.

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Photo of matcris
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cola brown in color, rust up to the light. A finger of slowly receding tan head and good carbonation when I rock the glass. The aroma is malty, some chocolate, raisins, and toasted bread. The flavor is a nice blend of toasted malt, raisin, and mild chocolate. A little earthy quality. Good looking lacing down the glass. The feel is medium full, a little slick, with medium full carbonation. Overall the flavor is mild, and just the slightest amount of bitterness to the beer. Very nice brew for the Fall or Winter months.

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Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 9/7/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish copper/light brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and toffee; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, nuttiness, herbal, grass, pepper, citrus, dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light earthy/citrusy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, and toffee; with lighter notes of chocolate, cocoa, nuttiness, herbal, grass, pepper, citrus, dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, toffee, cocoa, herbal, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light earthy/citrusy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly silky/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.8%. Overall this is a great American brown ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/light roasted malts and light earthy/citrusy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. This feels less hoppy/drying, and creamier/fuller in the mouthfeel than I remember in the past. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark brown/orange color. Thin head with some lacing.

S: Malty and nutty.

T: Toasted malt, brown sugar, some nuttiness, and chocolate.

F: Fairly smooth with a little bit of a dry, bitter finish.

O: Not bad, not great. I wouldn't go out of my way buy more.

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Photo of duceswild
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Buck89
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. A slightly hazy dark copper brown color with a generous off white head. Nice aromas of caramel, brown bread, and floral hops. Nice smooth, easy drinking brown with roasted malt, leather, floral notes, and a hint of char. Medium bodied and lightly carved. A great brown, one of the best I've had.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/23/15; drank 10/30/15 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big khaki head; a curtain of tree-rung lace.

Brown sugar, autumn leaves & faint orange citrus notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Faint brown sugar & smoke flavors up front; dry pumpkin & autumn leaf notes on the finish. Super tame with nice accents.

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Photo of Ristaccia
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Junior
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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