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Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Smitten Golden Rye AleBell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale

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1,469 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,469
Reviews: 280
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 23
Gots: 191 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Biggness on 06-14-2008

Drawn from one of our oldest recipes, Smitten Ale began as part of a series of rye beers at our Eccentric Café. The combination of sharp citrus & resinous flavors from the hops with the earthy, rustic overtones of the rye malt contribution yield an interesting take on the American Pale Ale.
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Ratings: 1,469 | Reviews: 280
Photo of EmGM
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Look: clear golden
Smell: citrus, rye malt
Taste: sweet malts, citrus, a little grassy
Aftertaste: a bit bitter but a lighter bitter because of the citrus tones
Overall: it's okay...not really anything terribly special but it's pretty good

Photo of importedfromdet
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting to look, golden color with lots of particulate, making a statement!

Smell is very basic, with the wheat coming through.

Taste comes in, with floral notes to start, and hops fading in to round it out. Not complex, but very good to sip. Notes of citrus throughout, though very slight. Balanced.

Definitely a pale ale finish and mouthfeel, which is what I enjoy. Taste of citrus as well.

Photo of Maryobeerian
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured on tap in 16 oz glass at local yacht club. Well balanced with a nice, mild hop character and light malt back bone. Goes well with a range of food but interesting enough to drink on its own. Would not seek out but happy to drink again.

Photo of BreakfastStout
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasty Rye Pale Ale.
Pours light clear amber from 16 oz can into a Bells pint glass. 3/4 head from semi aggressive pour. Nice carbonation bubbles originate from the bottom for the duration of the taste test. Very light crisp nose with just a touch of rye. A very light crisp hop profile with a nice malt balance. A light (there's that word again) mouth feel that's not overly bitter. Overall a solid beer. Even at 6% I'd call this sessionable. Not bad Larry.

Photo of maedhros09
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Hazy gold with white head film and lacing
Smell: citrus hops
Taste: Basically a fresh citrusy pale ale with rye overtones
Feel: light to medium body, smooth and well carbonated
Overall: A nice example of the style - the rye is well proportioned for the simple american-style pale ale. Nice balance, not much complexity. On the light and refreshing side.

Photo of Jjski
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A tasty new ( to us in Upstate NY) rye beer to add to the quiver. Serious aura of lemon, earth, snappy rye spice and wheat grass coming from this. Excellent warm weather ale to compete with the lagers. The dryness is signature, very little residual sugars perceived.

Dry and sharper than Red's Rye, easier to knock back than Ruthless, but still behind Southern Tier 2x Rye IMHO. Too bad 2x is fall only release.

I will proudly drink more to support our American Brewers

Photo of mchegash
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - 4/5
A bright yellow orange, fairly clear but with some haze due to the small particles that can be seen in the beer. Pours a nice finger and a half of pure white foam. There are a less-than-average amount of carbonation bubbles seen rising up the beer.

Smell - 3.75/5
Orange, some light and mellows pine and resin hops.

Taste - 3.5/5
Slightly sweet with orange citrus and pine/resin hops. A small amount of bitterness from the hops. Tastes a little bit like an amber.

Mouthfeel - 3.75/5
Medium bodied. Quite smooth, carbonation is quite light as well, although occasionally I get a little bit of a carbonation at the end of a sip.

Overall - 3.75/5
Overall, a decent beer, but nothing special.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a quite hazy gold with a dense white head that leaves lots of lacing.
Great aroma with hints of citrus and spice, pine, candied fruit and dark bread.
I dig the taste. Pine and citrus up front with hints of spice and a lingering bitter, resinous bite.
Great mouthfeel, smooth and almost creamy.
Thoroughly enjoyable beer.

Photo of jooler
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tastes more like a bitter shock top

Photo of jwc215
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Packaged on 01/13/15:

Pours slightly hazed golden. A thin lasting white head leaves lacing.

The smell is floral, slightly citric, bready. A hint of minty rye comes through.

The taste is floral, piney, citric, bitter, with a touch of sweetened bread to balance it. There is a subtle hint of minty/spicy rye in the dry finish.

It is light-bodied, a bit fizzy. Crisp.

An easy-drinking, balanced refreshing pale ale with a subtle hint of rye.

Photo of Smachuflanny
4.83/5  rDev +32%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pretty great warm weather beer light and refreshing

Photo of IPAlmighty
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer advocate gives a harsh grade on this one. Not overly complex, But I don't the sense that was the goal. It screams "spring", simple and clean.

Photo of lipster
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour from a tallboy can into a 16 oz pint glass, with a fizzy, fairly short-lived craggy white head, some lacing. Transparent gold color with mild carbonation. Faint smell of pine and hop. Tastes of pine, resin, with tiny bit of fruit, a little watery at the front but with a citrus hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is pleasant, sticky. The relative thinness of taste might fool you into thinking this is a session ale, save for the tacky, slightly boozy aftertaste that lingers. It took a couple sips for me to get into this, and I still don't love it. I always have such high hopes for anything from Bell's so I was eager to try this. For this ABV, I think I'd rather something a little more complex or flavorful. Maybe I just do not appreciate this style.

Photo of drpimento
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance has a large off-white head, some lace and a clear amber color. Aroma is malt, hops, yeast, and a little fruit. Taste is similar to nose, bittersweet with a little carbonic tang and lingering bitterness on back of the tongue.The flavor isn't bad, just not super interesting. Body is just right. One off for me I think.

Photo of chopp02
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was in the mood for something light one evening while working on a small project but still wanted some flavor so I decided to pull this beer out of the fridge and give it a try. It has a nice golden color to it and you can smell that rye flavor. Oddly, though, the aftertaste is more enjoyable than the taste of the beer itself. That's not to say it tastes bad, but it leaves me wanting an IPA. Again, though, the aftertaste is good so I enjoyed the beer overall.

Photo of DeadeyeOTDO
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rye + IPA = Blargh. not a good effort Bells.

Photo of rjs246
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I hadn't tried rye ales before but I will definitely be trying a few more now.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.65/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic golden from Bells. Loved this.

Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight rye, slight pale malt, hint of honey, hops, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of a Rye Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops, sweet malt, slight rye, hint of pale malt, hint of honey, and a hint of yeast. Overall, looks good, but body and aroma are weak and not impressive.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light copper in color with lots of tiny sediment suspended within the body. A quarter inch off white head rests on top. Brussels lacing. I smell earthy rye and a bit of citrus hops in the background. The flavor is a blend of bitter citrus hops and earthy rye, but the hops dominate until after the fade. If it wasn't for the lingering rye I would bill it as a rye IPA. The mouth is moderately carbonated with some stickiness from the hops.

Photo of tigg924
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In my opinion, what Bells does as well as any brewery is take ordinary styles and perfects them. They make super clean and tasty offerings of styles that I would not be as excited to drink a six pack of. Smitten is no exception. The beer tastes somewhat leafy, very citrusy, and has a touch of spice from the rye. Not the most complex brew, but wow is this juicy and drinkable. This is one that I will certainly revisit.

Photo of everythingiszen
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Full golden colored. Healthy ring of fuzz, lacing. Spicy pine. Tangy citrus. Take your pick. Definitely leads pine. Pinier than most ryes I've tried, an interesting combination. It's growing on me... fans of bitter IPAs will like this; fans of ryes with low IBUs will tolerate it I imagine.

Photo of nickapalooza86
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice gold, finger of white head with great lacing, lots of floated

Smell is earthy piney hops, some spicy rye notes, bread, some lemon like citrus

Taste is quite heavy on the rye up front but then some very piney hop notes kick in, a light citrus quality, nice bready malt, a little orange

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, slight drying in the finish

Very unique beer, good, but glad I only grabbed a single. Not something I would drink on the regular. If you like rye, my guess is you will love this.

Photo of Maxbier
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden pour with big off white head. Big citrus pine aroma. Flavor is light spicy rye malt with piney bitter and a citrus grassy hop finish. Tasty.

Photo of sataylor888
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the better golden ales that I have had, I am a sucker for rye at the moment though. If you sometimes feel golden ales are missing something, this may be it, a little more spice.

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Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,469 ratings.