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:
3,007
Reviews:
888
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.2%
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
479
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 3,007 |  Reviews: 888
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

Photo of Gray88
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nunya
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AGoodStout
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of mthomp081
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
1.23/5  rDev -68%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This beer was quite disappointing. I love brown beer and I love Bells but I feel the makers of Bells put zero effort in the making of this brew. But what really boils me is that Bells has the nerve to label it Best Brown Ale when it is probably the worst brown beer on the planet. It's like come on Bells you make a good IPA with Two-hearted, an amazing whole cone IPA with Hopslam, make one of the best Amber beers, and amazing Christmas brew, what the hell is this brown brew? Should've tasted it and then try reformulating with better ingredients. But until making the best brown beer do not put it on the market. I strongly urge not to get this one.

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Photo of godawgs
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ctylinebeer
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of swfeidt
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of MOARBEEEER
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of scootercrabb
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Pens1967
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of erk0607
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 runwild99
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.84 out of 5 based on 3,007 ratings.
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