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

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3.83/5
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3,101 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:
#12,264
Reviews:
915
Ratings:
3,101
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
105
Gots:
519
Trade:
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Ratings: 3,101 |  Reviews: 915
Photo of polishkaz
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of bzach
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 Gatch
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flanny's in Tempe, AZ.

A: Medium amber. Decent lace and head retention.

S: Sweet, roasted malt.

T: Dry, sweet, lightly toasted malt and a nice nutty flavor throughout. Some quiet hops in the finish.

M: Great flavor, easy drinking. Sweet, nutty flavor lingers on the palate.

O: Fits the style well. Good English Brown Ale.

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Photo of ajdemma
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 Spreetaper
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Gajo74
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been a while since I had a Brown Ale. I can't think of a better brewery to choose from in Bells.
Best brown pours a dark brown/mahogany collar with a modest head. It soon dissipates into a thin ring like collar.
There is a rich malt aroma consisting of sweet dark caramel, nutty, and biscuity. There is even a hint of dank herbal hops that are IPA like. A light roast gives off a coffee aroma that is Porter like.
Medium bodied in the mouth with a mild sweetness. Big, even slightly robust malt profile with a silky and creamy feel. Flavors of dark bread crust, dark caramel, toffee, toasted malt, modest hops bitterness for balance. A light roast imparts coffee flavors and blurs the lines between brown ale and Porter. Creamy malt depth with a moderate carbonation. Spicy and slightly sticky hops flavor.
Complex and soulful. A dynamic brew. Who said Brown Ale is boring?

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Bear1964
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 Brolo75
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 ounce can poured into a shaker pint

Pours a cloudy dark brown with some slight ruby colored edges, nice creamy, fluffy head, not a lot of carbonation, some lacing. Smells of light roasted coffee, toast, toffee, caramel, smells more roasty than sweet. On the taste, get a hit of light roasted coffee up front, toasted bread, slight caramel, toffee, a hint of light bitterness, finishes dry and roasty, it has a great creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable.

I really enjoyed this, it's light yet tasty, doesn't have a big heavy feel to it, very sessionable, reminds of a light porter, very enjoyable, will definitely pick up more of this as long as its available.

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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 CNoj012
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy brown color reminiscent of iced tea. The head is two fingers, dense and tan. Retention and lacing are minimal.

The smell is nutty, caramel, toasted bread, a bit of chocolate and a touch of hop spiciness. A bit muddled though.

Taste is the same, but each flavor is more pronounced. Starts of nutty and bready, then transitions to chocolate and ends with a moderately bitter and spicy finish.

Feel is light and creamy. Very nice.

Overall a very solid beer. Taste and feel are great, and if the smell was on par with them it would be the best brown ale I've had.

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Photo of SkinniePost
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Kubrickx
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of craigbelly
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Raime
2.84/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours copperish brown with a two-finger white head. No lacing.

S - Raisins, roasted malt.

T - A wee-bit of coffee, raisins, roasted malt, a bit water.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, it was exremely average. I could have it at the the bar, but probably wouldn't buy it for the home.

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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 Phoodcritic
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 3,101 ratings
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