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

Bell's Best BrownBell's Best Brown
BA SCORE
3.83/5
3,054 Ratings
Bell's Best BrownBell's Best Brown
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:
#11,193
Reviews:
905
Ratings:
3,054
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
491
Trade:
5
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 3,054 |  Reviews: 905
Photo of rypkr
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of bzach
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hopsolutely
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nicely mild, British-style nut brown ale.

Pours a bright chestnut colour with minimal head and little residual lacing. Sweet aroma of caramelized malts with chocolate and hazelnut undertones. The taste is well balanced, with roasted and caramelized malts and a distinct nuttiness followed by a pleasantly bitter finish.

A clean and refreshing beer that is decidely more-ish.

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Photo of MisledTitan
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of mschrei
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Spreetaper
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of bundy462
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of justinm4bama
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Vivs85
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paco1029384756
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy ruby brown color with one finger off white head.

Scent of brown sugar, malts and a light nuttiness make this one enjoyable and light scent.

Taste of brown sugar balanced with some roasted malts. A slight grassy flavor on the finish. Some alcohol is apparent as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is light and a little oily.

A good session beer and a very enjoyable brown.

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Photo of Kyrojack
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of SkinniePost
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Kubrickx
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of MTNboy
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer has great color very true to the style. It is brown amber with just the right light brown head with lace that has an awesome amount of staying power.

Smell: It has a very sweet aroma with a bit of coffee like tones.

Taste: It taste was extremely malty with pasture like earthy tones. It is a bit nutty but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice medium feel with a bit of bit at first but that quickly settles.

Overall: I loved this one. A great beer with a great look.

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Photo of AMarkle6524
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deebo
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown with light white head that quickly dissipates
S-Roasted malts with touch of toffee sweetness
T-Very good balance of rich malt flavor, sweet brown notes with hop balance
M-Medium bodied-doesn't linger
D-Very good for this style of beer

Bell's as usual has produced a very good beer that is tasty yet easy to drink.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear red-brown color with a small head of tiny off white bubbles that didn't stick around for long at all. There are only a few bubbles rising, but they don't maintain the head.

Aroma: I get a nice mix of malt and hops that is so balanced that I hesitate to pick the dominant aromatic. I get a little sweet caramel and a tad of toast from the malt side of the equation, and there is a soft noble-like floral hop contribution weighing in on the hop side. There is a slight metallic note noticeable as you get deeper into the aroma.

Taste: The flavor is really pleasant and also reflects a nice mix of malt and hops. The malt starts out the profile with some sweet caramel, a hint of toast, and a slight roasty edge. It isn't long before the hops show up and make their way to the foreground. The hops keep up the pace until the finish where the malt, a slight mineral flavor, and the alcohol share the lead for the finish. The alcohol is the flavor that sticks with you the longest after the sip.

Opinion: Like all of Bells beers, I am not disappointed in this one. It has a good clean flavor that isn't too bold as to be annoying one way or the other. In flavor, it may have more American ingredients, but retains the British balance of flavor...except in the finish where the water is clean enough to leave the palate fresh rather than dry and chalky. This is a pretty good beer, and I wouldn't mind trying it again if the opportunity presented itself.

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Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 3,054 ratings
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