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

Bell's Best BrownBell's Best Brown
BA SCORE
3.83/5
3,058 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:
#11,213
Reviews:
906
Ratings:
3,058
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
103
Gots:
492
Trade:
5
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,058 |  Reviews: 906
Photo of EyeOfBuck
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance is hazy brown with very little head.
Smelled slightly of sweet malt
Taste citrus sweet taste with hints of yeast and a bitter finish.
Mouthfeel thin with considerable carbonation.
Overall, not a favorite especially for Bells, maybe my expectations were too high.

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Photo of terrabyte
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While pouring, the color is medium brown. However, once the the glass is filled, it seems a quite dark brown, and very cloudy. The trick of swirling the bottom tenth of the bottle before pouring the last out worked in this case, as large white yeasty sediments poured out. Has a very large, white, frothy head.

Aroma is quite mute. Nothing distinctive I could pick up except a normal 'beer' smell.

Flavor is also quite mute. I found this to be a pretty boring brown ale.

Mouthfeel is decent. Medium carbonation. Actually, would have been the perfect base for a better beer.

Drinkability is difficult to describe. Is one bottled water more drinkable than another?

I found this beer to be quite lacking in flavor, a completely worthless review by me (sorry!) and at a loss for words. It'll score better than other (bad) beers I've had, but only because those beers actively sucked for one reason or another. This one had nothing discernibly bad to make it repugnant. Average, average, average.

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Photo of GRE680
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of ALHOPLOVER
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Filler83
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of jtierney89
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Semi hazed deep amber glow with a big fluffy tan tinged head. Rich malty and breadiness on the nose. Faint nuttiness with some chocolate. Light mouthfeel. Brisk effervescence.

Rich nutty and bready flavor with subtle dark fruit. English hop presence to balance. Refreshing and good flavors but a little thin. For being a smaller beer though it has some mild tannic qualities which is nice. Good but not for me.

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Photo of cgrz
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of harripat
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of cleonile2000
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of melissab318
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of RandyJ
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of nosurrender23
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Group grade = C.
"Damn good Brown Ale -- At least it's a beer."

The beer pours a dark iced tea color like the ruffled feathers of a brown barn owl.

The smell is light with little to no smell that some compared to an olfactory nightmare, wet cardboard, a frat floor, and bathroom stall number 3 at Dixie Stampede.

The beer had a low carbonated, smooth feel.

Drinking wise, the beer had a smoothness with minimal complexity. "Your average Brown Ale."

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Photo of tfsimpkins
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of hoppedup82
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Josbor11
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of NonicPanic
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of DuffBrew85
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Johnhaley1989
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Nat1975
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SourNotes
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of leadahmer
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Klif
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Bell's Best Brown from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 3,058 ratings
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