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 warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of FBarber
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours reddish brown. Clear and slightly effervescent. Fizzy white head dissipates leaving just a slight ring of tan foam along the outside of the beer. appears very thin to the eye.

Smell is earthy, very nutty, roasted. Nice malts come through.

Taste is nutty, malty, with some earthy hops on the back end. Touch of wood or oak is noted. Very straightforward and classic representation of the style.

Feel is light, easy drinking, medium carbonation, a bit thin in the mouth.

Overall a nice classic brown ale.

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Photo of justinm4bama
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of sposter4
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cvstrickland
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a dark chestnut body capped with a finger of fine ecru foam with ivory highlights. The foam reduces to a ring that deposits thin swatches of lacing on the glass.

Smell is earthy, with soft buttered caramels and oily notes of nutty brown bread.

Taste is toasty and hazelnut-oily smooth with savory biscuity malt and semi-sweet toffee and cocoa, all rolled together in a wonderfully mellow package. A light, crisp note of bitter citrus zest provides a contrasting edge in a juicy finish that leaves the palate clean.

Smooth and soft with a fullish medium body, the drink is nicely carbonated with superb drinkability.

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Photo of AMarkle6524
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lovindahops
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thain709
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Served with a clear brown body that had some ruby highlights...the head was tan in color and creamy...it held up pretty well and left some patches of lace on the mug

S - Very malt forward with hints of caramel, toffee, nuts, and some faint fruits...pretty solid for a brown

T - Again, being a brown ale this is very malt forward...the toffee and caramel flavors reign supreme...the nuttiness and fruity flavors are in the middle of the beer and they help to add some character...I would have liked some more nutty nuances...there is a surprisingly high hop presence at the end of the beer...it's earthy and goes well with the other flavors

M - Medium bodied...a little thin and not enough lingering on the palate

O - I would not turn down another one of these...I feel Bell's did a nice job making a classic English Brown Ale

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Photo of Drucifer
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of callmemickey
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark chestnut brown... thin tan head

S: Nutty toasted malts...

T: Following the smell, toasted malts are paramount with a nutty character... some hops round out the back end of the flavor

M: Kind of thin for a darker beer... Moderate carbonation is pleasant

D: Easy to drink, not bad over all, I probably wouldn't drink two in a row as the depth isn't quite there

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Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Tschnab
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- a great brown pour with a khaki head that is 2 fingers high, plenty of lace trails the glass.

S- very malty, leading to carmel and toffee like aromas, followed by a nuttiness and breadiness.

T- the taste confirms the nose completely. the flavor is quite full for the abv, and the malty sweetness is balanced by a good bitterness and nutty earthiness.

O- a very very sessionable brown ale that goes down the hatch quite well. Not so roasted, not so malty, just a really well balanced beer.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very good beer. Slightly murky brown with a one finger off-white head that fades fast but leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is simple with a medium malty blend of chocolate and caramel tones. Mild earthy notes and a light sugary smell.

Great, mild sweet chocolate with some nutty edges and slight bit of roast. Balanced and smooth with a cream like note.

Nice and medium balanced with a smooth edge.

Overall, a nice, easy drinking, mild but full flavored brown. Great!

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Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Dave1999
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid brown with lighter amber hues and nice white head.

The smell is sweet and malty with some nutiness.

The taste is light malt, nuts and very light hop bitterness. The flavours are very subtle but complex enough to at least make it decent.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

Overall a decent brown ale a little light for my tastes but enjoyed the one bottle I bought.

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Photo of MKrauss
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of HoppyBastard1
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jkrug5
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of qcghost
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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