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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Ratings: 3,002 |  Reviews: 885
Photo of richj1970
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 10/21/2010:

12 oz. bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a deep mahogany color with half a finger of tan, heavily carbonated, and creamy head.

S: It smells like brown sugar, nuttiness, and some caramel.

T: This features notes of molasses, hazelnut, toffee, butterscotch, and caramel.

M: This is light-bodied with a fair amount of caramel and a creamy finish.

D: This isn't the tastiest brown ale I've ever had but it is quite sessionable.

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Photo of RAFH
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CMUbrew
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from Fall 2012

A: Looks like your typical brown ale. Dark brown body with lighter brown highlights, and a thin and light brown head sitting on top.

S: The toasty malt is about all that shows up in the nose. I wouldnt expect much else, although some sort of hoppiness could be there.

T: Toasted malts, graininess, slight nuttiness in the background, and earthy bittering hops to balance the whole thing out. Some chocolate flavors become apparent with warming.

M: Smooth, oily slickness, lighter side of medium bodied, drying finish.

O: Solid brown ale. Not too bold, but not lacking any desired qualities.

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Photo of MiWolfman
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Chackman151
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PackenGreen
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JNForsyth
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Rich woody brown body, opaque without cloudiness, grainy tan head. On the pour the head has the sinking/rising qualities of a nitro beer, but ends up being much more course. Bottle art is clean but uninspiring; still, bonus points for owls.

S: Chocolate, smokey toffee, a hint of sweetness. Slight soap.

T: Realistic rich chocolate, toasted malt, that toffee again, and subtle hops resins on the finish.

M: Moderately heavy, commendable smoothness.

O: I'm surprised by how much I like this. Some of the finest malty notes I've ever had, and well-integrated hops, which feels a little ridiculous saying for a brown ale. Small things were a letdown, such as the head and soap on the nose, but still a very enjoyable and even sessionable brown. I'll be revisiting it this season.

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Photo of joek440
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from tap into a pint glass. Reddish brown body which was cloudy. Head was very thin by the time it was brought to the table.

S - Main smell is citrus hops. Didn't pick up much complexity beyond there.

T - Malty initial taste followed by medium hop flavor. Well-balanced on both ends

M - Crisp and light feel with medium carbonation.

O - A fresh and inviting ale. The hops are noticeable but are well balanced with the malt. Enjoyable brown ale.

(reviewed 10/21)

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Photo of Marvicsin
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of homebrew311
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pour a dark red with some brown tones, velvety desne white head, good retention, loads of lacing. Perhaps a bit light for a brown.

S: the aroma features roasted malts, bread, and hints of coffee. Mellow hops come through as well.

T: mild roasted malts along with caramel and chocolate come through on the palate. All is mellow and smooth. Nice balance, taste is mild overall.

MF: light body, creamy texture

O: this is a nice and drinkable brown ale. It is rather mild and drinks like a brew that is 4%.

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Photo of stoutman
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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??

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy dark copper/bonze with a minimal tan head, but with good lace effect. The nose is of sweet caramel and tofee, and these repeat in the flaor. It is an almost chewable heavy brew with good notes in the finish - almost candy-like. a good all-around drinkable brew.

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Photo of telescifly
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joemama76
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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marty30
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 11-04-11. Served at fridge temp into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A. Hazy iced tea colored body,good carbonation leaves a good 2 finger off white head. Lots of sediment throughout the beer. Not much lacing to speak of.

S. I get a mild chocolate note up front but it's not rich like you would get in some stout's. Follows with some toffee and caramal.

T. Toffee and caramal dominate upfront,then a nice smooth nuttiness comes through in the backend. A slight bit of hop bitterness in the end.

M. Medium feel with good carbonation that stings the tounge. leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Overall this is a well crafted brown ale. I always get a couple sixers of this every year. Very easy drinker. Reccommend.

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Photo of bmac093
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of neckbracesub
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best of the winter amber ales, Bell’s Best Brown indeed does a terrific job balancing itself somewhere between too light and too heavy.

If I am entertaining guests and having to consider that not all people are accustomed to some of my favorite types of beer (imperial stouts, barleywines) and I have to get something everyone will enjoy AND still keeping with craft beers and out of the fuzzy yellow standard domestics, I almost always choose Best Brown.

It has the right balance to make nearly every drinker happy, without the usual blandness of a run-of-the-mill amber ale.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The chocolately malt profile is much deeper in the bottle. I also get a richer raisiny ("brown") note from the bottle. Bottle and tap is very similar otherwise. Astringent. Dry finish. Lots of yeast in suspension (good for harvesting).

Relax, relax.
ng

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Photo of devin305
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of francisweizen
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good brown beer from Bell's! This beer pours a nice dark brown colour with a nice head. It smells of bready malts, buttery british 'bell's' yeast and slight hops. It tastes like buttery yeast, bready malts, and hops. This is a very mild, british tasting brown ale. It reminds me of Newcatle but it is slightly better. This is not as good as Sam Smiths nut brown ale, however. The mouthfeel is a bit thin on this beer and the drinkability is hurt by its mild flavor.
A decent brown ale...
Cheers!
-F

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Photo of mackthknife
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of nwhittin
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.84 out of 5 based on 3,002 ratings.
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