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 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 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 ajdemma
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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 lovindahops
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vinny21bal
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Barleycorn
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of prisdefer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wildman
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy, reddish brown color and formed a huge nice light tan bubbly head that left some nice latticed lace. A heavy amount of carbonation is present. A slight aroma of malt, hops and caramel. A flavor of hops and caramel. A farily light finish but dry finish with a touch of caramel sweetness. Another good beer from Bell's.

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Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Cycle69
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of joemochas
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of micropale
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of cvstrickland
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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 victory4me
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of NickyDee21
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of qcghost
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of dfillius
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of thain709
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +4.4%

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