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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Photo of HollyHops
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of rypkr
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of M1A2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of TexIndy
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from Indy during XMas. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The back label has a 4 digit bottling code that you can type into the website and get the beer and bottling info. I really like that part of the code but the major drawback is that it does nothing for you at the store unless you got wireless with you or the store lets you on the internet - neither of which really happens. Keep the code but add a date to the bottle. Anyway. It was a deep reddish brown color with some yeast bits floating around. Tons of carbonation that resulted in a carb geyser in the center that continuously feed the foam and collar. It started with an average size light brown head that slowly settled.

The aroma was sorta weak even for a brown. What was there was good but would have like it amped up a bit. Biscuity with cocoa powder. The taste was really good. This is probably the best English Brown that I've had. Solid from the start. Good malty bite with a bit of sweetness that leaves a nice finish. This would be a great session beer. Also would be a good beer to convert your friends to good beer.

Overall, a great beer that I highly recommend. Another great one from Bell's. Oh how I wish they were available here in the Great Beer Desert of Texas. Can't wait to try the other Bell's I brought back. Will definitely pick up more of this the next time I'm in Indy.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stored this bottle in the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before pouring into a proper pub glass. It poured dark amber and slightly cloudy with a perfect 2-finger head. The beer had a nice aroma of nuts

Nice beer starts out sweet and malty. You get a solid hit of nutty, spicy flavor with a very creamy mouthfeel. The beer then gets slightly dry as it moves across your palate. Finally, the flavor kind of softens and vanishes. I detected no off-flavors or offensive characteristics.

Beers of this style don't really stand up and draw attention to themselves. The good ones are meant to be tame, mild, and well-behaved (like this one). This is a great beer to drink on a chilly, rainy afternoon (like this one).

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of mmmbeer
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. with some code on the back - checking the website tells me it was packaged on 9/26/06. It pours an unfiltered deep copper/rust with medium carbonation and a half-inch of yellowed-tan head that leaves light lacing. The bouquet consists of light, toasted malts, chocolate?, and green/piney hops which seem almost oily on the palate. It tastes essentially the same, but with a low bitterness and, although the flavor is a bit mild, it leaves a medium finish on top of a medium and tingly body. Overall an easy to drink brown, but could be more complex.

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Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of HRamz3
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Futbolmanby
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Washuffizi98
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of cfrances33
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of pknyc
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Vivs85
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blakaeris
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours murky chestnut brown with a great deal of sediment. Large soapy head dissipates to a thin ring.

Smell is big bready toasted malt, hints of earthy hop.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Flavors are balanced and mild, but pleasant. Nice nut profile, especially as it warms. Light fruitiness and a bit of mustiness. Finish is rather clean earthy hop and mild warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a pleasant and interesting brown ale. A solid brew.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an above average looking murky brownish colour with hints of amber here and there. Head is surprisingly minimal in size with a beige colour to it and sporadic amounts of residue left on the glass after each sip.

The aroma is malty for sure: toasted malt comes into play first and blends with a slight hint of caramel along with a bit of earthiness to it and perhaps a slight bit of nuttiness as well.

The flavour continues the aroma, with toasted malt once again leading the way. Sweetness subsides a bit and gives way to more of the earth and nut notes. If there is any sweetness, it's at the finish where it blends with some bitterness for a bit of a letdown at the end of each sip especially since the other flavour mesh so well. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with some creaminess to it, although it can be a touch thin at times and also has the aforementioned weird harshness to it.

Not a bad beer at all. I'd call it a slightly above average brown ale that gets the job done but is one that would barely stand out in a crowd. Worth a shot.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doughanson78
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to storminspank for this.

A: Medium brown color with good clarity. One finger light tan head with ok retention and alright lacing.

S: Cola and some light chocolate. A touch of vanilla and some nuttiness. Maybe a hint of toffee.

T: Cola and bittersweet chocolate. Nuttiness, caramel and toffee are light. A hint of coffee in the finish.

M: Light bodied, hinting on watery. Medium high carbonation. Lightly fizzy.

O: For a style I really don't enjoy, this is not half bad. I would drink it again.

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Photo of Raime
2.84/5  rDev -26%
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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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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