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

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3.83/5
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3,080 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#11,690
Reviews:
911
Ratings:
3,080
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
505
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 3,080 |  Reviews: 911
Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I purchased a four pack of this from a local grocery store to break up the monotony of Oktoberfests and Pumpkin ales that I have been consuming this fall.

Bell's Best Brown Ale pours a dark brown hue with a thick and creamy head that leaves behind a really nice lacing.

The aroma is toasty with a bit of cocoa and sweetness.

The flavor is smooth and toasty with some hints of cocoa and coffee present. The finish is smooth with just a hint of bitterness.

Overall I was eager to try a good brown ale because I see less options for the style on store shelves. I found this beer to be very enjoyable and a great Autumn seasonal that I look forward to getting again next year.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of michaelbrian
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Joshuacarper18
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ajm5108
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Classic autumn hue, good head with retention. Aroma is pretty light - mostly just some mild caramel malt with some hops, very faint coffee. Taste is good - malt isn't too heavy, elements of nut and caramel malt, bittering hops at the end. What you would expect, well made but a little boring.

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Photo of sirzekel
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Alex725
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SL025
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Drewvel
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AColtonOfBeer
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kevanb
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, dated 8.14.17, poured into a Bells tulip glass.

The beer pours a deep brown color, dark amber and copper hues, fairly opaque with a foamy bone colored head, two fingers tall with good retention and nice swatches of lace cling to the glass. The aroma is nice, lots of rich bready malt, amber grain, caramel and brown sugar, light piney hops linger well with a pleasant earthy and grassy quality. The flavors are good, brown sugar comes out nicely with loads of caramel and amber malts, nice and bready, rich with a light amount of chocolate before the counterbalance of piney hops and earthiness sets in and lingers well. The mouthfeel is good, lighter medium body, lively carbonation, nice texture that coats pretty well with a soft, crisp and dry finish.

Verdict: A good brown ale from Bell's Brewery, really easy and pleasantly balanced. Good for a nice, cool and crisp Autumn afternoon and pairs well with a good meal.

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Photo of Skabiski
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pilsner glass. Glowing light brown ale topped with a few fingers of off-white head. Aromas of toasted malts, some caramel. Flavors of smooth chocolate, caramel, dark breads, and some fruity (green apple, pear) notes. One of my favorite browns, just wish it was more than seasonal.

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Photo of Jame515
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brocktune
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mmmbeer89
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pundit_of_Potability
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This one pours a rich dark brown with a head that quickly dissipates but with some stick to the side of the glass. It smells of cocoa, dark chocolate. The taste isn't far off from the smell, which is always a good sign. Dark chocolate flavors with no real bitterness except way in the back that lingers like roasted dark nuts. The feel is my only complaint, as it is creamy, but with very little carbonation. Still, very potable and drinkable!

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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mpolewan
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of _Adam_
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 3,080 ratings
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