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

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3.83/5
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3,094 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:
#11,946
Reviews:
916
Ratings:
3,094
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
104
Gots:
513
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 3,094 |  Reviews: 916
Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown with good foamy head and sticky lacing. Smells sweet, nice malty hit with mix of toasted caramel and some biscuit notes. The taste is very light and sweet, getting same flavors as nose and very smooth, this is a nice and easy ale on fall night, lots of flavor but zero bite or weight so you can enjoy a few by the fire. Light to medium feel.

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

Dark amber color. 2-finger head. Nose of brown sugar, a bit of dark fruit. Flavor is nutty, dryer than I expected, almost unnoticeable hops. This seems to be a lighter, less sweet BBB than the ones I used to drink in Michigan 20 years ago. A nice, mellow brew. —Reviewed 2017/09/06

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Photo of jkblr
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 8/12/17 poured into a pint glass at fridge temp 5.8% ABV. The beer pours light brown and bright with ruby highlights if held to light. The head is dense chocolate tan in color and leaves substantial lacing. The aroma is cocoa and caramel and is notable but not strong. The taste follows the nose with more cocoa and caramel with a perfectly offsetting earthy bitterness to close. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated and carries a barely noticeable tang on the finish similar to a porter. Overall, excellent. This beer is flavorful, balanced and very well made. Recommended if you find it fresh.

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Photo of foundersasap
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of OriginalWayOut
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Jsalz21
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GrumpyGas
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz draft pour into a pint glass is an enticing light mahogany brown body with just a whisper of a cream colored head. Slight lacing.
Aroma and flavor is caramel malt with toffee sans any bitterness.
Mouthfeel is clean, medium, with no heaviness or aftertaste. I just need a bonfire.
Overall a very nice beer with my meatloaf and with a cigar later.

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Photo of cdclark81
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep, unfiltered brown color with a head that dissipated rather quickly. A lot of malt and caramel on the nose. Same with the flavor, a lot of malt and caramel coming through. Very light bodied beer. It's good, I'd definitely drink more.

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Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16oz can into Seidel mug. Canned on August 9th 2017.

L: Murky russet brown, with a finger width khaki head that has pretty good retention.

S: Dark roasted malts, with some caramel and toffee, no hops on the nose.

T: Semi-sweet, caramel and toffee, nice bitterness, toasty flavors, nice hops.

F: Medium-Full body, crisp, dry, smooth and creamy.

O: A very very good Brown ale. Another great beer from Bell's.

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Photo of Strigiform_Witness
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of HopHEAD1522
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Squidretired
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good solid brown ale. pours dark brown with a nice head. No strong nose that I smelled but the taste had hints of caramel. The mouth had a nice creamy texture to it.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

it pours slightly brown and leaves a tan colored body and leaves a one finger off-white head. It leaves some nice spotty lacing and no carbonation is seen rising. The aroma has a fair amount of toffee up front with some nice subtle flavorings of nuts as well as some chocolates and caramels. The flavoring is basically the same with more of the maltiness coming out as the beer warms. Its pretty easy on the palate for the most part or at least as any English Brown ale can be; overall, this is a very nice English Brown that I recommend and would definitely have again.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ALHOPLOVER
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wattoclone
4.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered and unpasteurized gets this sessionable brown ale a rating upgrade. Pours a cloudy brown, with a pleasant aroma of chocolate chip cookies. Easy drinking, smooth semi-sweet taste with a subtle complexity of B&M canned Boston brown bread. The finish has a mild bitterness of burnt malt. Another great dark beer from Bell's.

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Photo of Greasy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ATLAS_NOVUS
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
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 -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jodio
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jcole524
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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