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

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1,194 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,194
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 16
Gots: 59 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Biggness on 06-14-2008)
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An easy drinking ale. Prevalent but not edgey rye flavour, a decent pale ale level of IBU. Good drinkability. Floral. Cloudy golden colour with a good lasting head. A bit above average mouthfeel. Bottle from February 2012, thanks Steve.Rich, satisfying.

Sammy, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

t0rin0, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bell's last weekend.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose carries some rye and a bit of light spicing. The hops are mostly floral and there is an earthy component as well. Nothing over the top. The flavor has a bit of rye and spice with mild hops. Light body and high carbonation. Body is crisp and fairly bitter. A nice, easy-drinking brew.

Thorpe429, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -11%

nmann08, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The first pout created a huge head but subsequent pours were more as expected, bringing a hazy amber head to settle on top of the honey colored liquid

Smell: Lemony and grassy, with a biscuity undertone

Taste: Biscuity malt brings a hint of sweetness, but the hops and the rye take over rather quickly; lemon, grass and a spicy/peppery character emerge; very bitter, after the swallow, with a rather metallic edge to the bitterness; dry finish, as would be expected from a rye beer

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: An interesting twist but I am not a fan of the flavor profile here, particularly in the metallic edge

brentk56, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smitten- what a clever name for a beer that is down to earth, charismatic, and a real beauty to look upon. Yea, maybe I have a little crush on this honey rye.

Smitten opens with a bright and cheery straw color with just enough of a haze to create a vale that gently breaks up the light. A light and foamy head caps the beer with persistence and clingy lace. Though a pale ale, the beer takes on lager-like appearances.

The lightly kilned barley makes way for a grainy-sweet scent that's accompanied by a kiss of floral honey tones. Spicy to the nose, that background husky rye and grassy, citrusy hop notes deliver the scent from the grain and balance the sweetness at the same time.

Thin caramel sweetness greets the front of the mouth, light enough to allow the earthy and flowery taste of honey to make equal impact. At the same time, the zingy spice of rye tingles the tongue with the grainy, peppery, spicy tone of the steely adjunct. The rye balance to the sweetness links up seamlessly to the citrusy hops at middle palate and then the sharp yet clean grassy bitterness that finishes the beer. It's overall balance is even-keel with the taste of malt that evades much of the sweetness from malt.

The beer's short-lived sweetness is whisked away, favoring a dry malt bready texture that's light, airy, and highly refreshing. The rye spice pangs on the tongue with the heated sensation of fresh cracked peppercorn. But the beer delves into a dry finish with mild alcohol warmth and clean hop bitterness.

Smitten pits its supple sweetness against raw spicy notes for balance that shows both its seduction and its boldness.

BEERchitect, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Texasfan549, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

kjkinsey, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

GRG1313, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

kylehay2004, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

11726 - 01/24/13

Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark golden body with a tall, growing, near white head.

Smell: The aroma is weak, hesitant, with a faint degree of maltiness, a touch of rye grain, and a some dried flower petal undertones.

Taste: A little toasted grain to the maltiness, with a definite rye kick to it. Very low sweetness on hand. Firmly floral throughout. Medium bitterness. Some sustained spiciness on the bitterish, bone dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: I found it to be tiresome and tedious, frankly.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of oberon
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours into a standard pint a clear light to medium golden with a great looking sticky over one finger white head that lift multiple rings of broken lace as it settled into a frothy mass.Aromas were just mild with a sharp note of rye over top of light citric hops,again pretty light.Flavors have some decent citric hops and sharp rye notes but they end ebruptly and nothing really lingers.There is some earthiness that comes into play but the flavors seem to die out pretty quickly after a good start.Not one of the better rye ales I have had but it's not horrible by any means.

oberon, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a moustachioed shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for this bottle!

But what did he end up saying when the last petal was plucked? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear gold populated by a steady suspension of floaties and topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises pine sap, leek-y grass, funky lemon rind, and a light dusting of rye spice. The taste generally brings in more of the same, though now the leek character is more of a dank/dark one, and there's less of a funkiness present, allowing the lemon to express itself as it sees fit. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a relatively dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice rye beer, one I could easily see enjoying a few sixers of over the course of its availability.

TMoney2591, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3rd bottle of the sixer thus far, it's fairly unique, and more of a Rye IPA imho.

Pale orange yellow, murky with suspended sediment, billowing white foam and concentric halos of spindly lace in the glass. Lasting head retention, looks rustic like a saison, and the first whiff lent to this impression.

Complex aromatic combination of hops, rye, and yeast, sort of rustic and herbal, mildly grainy.

Firm herbal bitterness, floral, lemon rind, rye and pale malt, lingering dandelion bitterness. Light bodied and a little bit thin, would be quenching on a hot summer day for sure. Hope to revisit in warmer months.

emerge077, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, orange color with a one-finger, white head of foam. It left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of spicy rye bread with some caramel.

T - Some toffee and caramel sweetness. A very subtle spiciness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale.

O - This was really tasty. I wished that I had another one as soon as I finished the first.

zeff80, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A bit thinner than I would have expected for a rye beer. But it's a nice earthy presentation overall. Inky and earthen tones are there on the end. Fairly full carbonation. A hearty drinker, even though it's on the lighter side of most rye beers you get out there.

RblWthACoz, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

nickfl, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Listening to Dr. John on Spotify goes great with this light summer/spring brew from Bell's...color is a kiss of orange/apricot preserves with a whipped head that brings a beige cream colored head forms thick with fine even banded lacing poured into a Tripel Karmeliet chalice. Aroma heavy hitting with floral citrus based hops, underlying hints of spicy rye malts with signature Bell's house yeast strain glowing through like your favorite artisanal crusted bread. The nose hits with orange marmalade like notes heavy on the peel, glazed with sweetness from the malts and balanced with the rye sharpness. Flavor is melding well, heavy bitterness with minimal crashing waves of alcohol seeping through this beer is sending out a lovely message, refreshment with hop bitterness. Someone had to do it I'm glad it's a great company like Bell's, I'm going to quit trying to act like somebody else and just enjoy what's good and not what's popular. I don't see this beer getting raved about, let me start the bandwagon, it's fuckin' good simply pleasurable well crafted American pale ale. The more I taste and smell this beer I'm getting limoncello with spiced rye grains bleeding through the alcohol, not nearly as strong but the same presence. Mouthfeel is creamy textured with hints of nuttiness on the sides of my palate, ample flowing carbonation this beer is smooth but still has that lingering rough hop oil bitterness that most "normal" beer drinkers don't care for, however I'm a "hophead" and I wouldn't expect anything less. Overall high quality well thought out beer, that I'm pleasured to sample a bottle of keep 'em coming good stuff from our friends up in Michigan.

WVbeergeek, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Bell's Eccentric Cafe on 4/23/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden copper with a thin head of foamy brite-white. Retains mostly around the edges, leaving some light spotty lace back. The aroma is mostly smooth smelling rye that is promiment but doesn't dominate the profile, as I'm also getting strong backing notes of bread, citrus, and floral hops, as well as a touch of alcohol heft.

The taste is similar with drying rye notes up front that balances the sweetness that comes courtesy of bready malts and some citrus character. Firm dose of hops in the back ends things with light bitterness and dryness from the rye. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharper feeling carbonation that punctuates the hops and rye. There is also a bit of beef to the body, that when mixed with the heavier rye notes, kept the drinkibility down somewhat for me.

Not bad. This definitely brought the crisp rye character but the alcohol was dialed up just just a tad to too much make this thirst quenching. This was worth a try though.

Kegatron, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Packaged 01/14/13

Pours honey colored with a thumb of beige head. Pretty good head retention & some lacing

S: Grassy, bready, some dry hay, some floral notes

T: Grassy, lemon, floral & pepper notes up front, along with some herbal hops. Slight lemon pepper notes as this warms, just a touch of grapefruit & some grain husks. Finishes crisp with lemon zest, grainyness & grassyness

MF: Light body with subtle carbonation, decent balance

Easy to drink, but nothing I'd buy again. I'll take Red's Rye any day. I would take this over Oberon to be sure

russpowell, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale. Hey, at last a new Bell's seasonal offering that I can actually find on the shelves and won't cost me $16 for a six-pack. I had a pint of this on tap at a bar a few weeks ago, and like it, then. Looking forward to sitting down and tackling it in the quitted of home, with a mind undistracted.

First off, what about the name? Cute, dear, darling. The dandelion with the petals pulled? Are they shooting for a female market? Perhaps the colors, images and name are looking for ladies who want to be pulled towards something approachable, but substantial, not the same old honey wheats and wits they're used to being marketed to? Just some thoughts. Now let's get to the beer…

Highly hazed, with plenty of particles, but a beautiful golden color despite that, under a slim, sure white dotted head, leaving a little film behind.

Aroma: Bright, fresh hops lead the way, citrus-y, spicy, but not too bitter. Floral hops meets spicy, bread-y rye malt. A nice combination.

Taste: That one-two combo jumps right on to the palate, when the liquid lands on the tongue and floods the mouth. A very vivacious flavor in the mouth, a fantastic combination of slightly bitter hop profile and sweet and spicy malt mouthfeel. Light to medium body, smooth to somewhat tickle texture.

I'm really getting it now. I'm suspicions about the name, branding and imaging are proven true. The flavor is a step up from Oberon, for the craft beer fan needing a little something more, …not so much from hops, but enough. Not too much from malt, but the right amount to keep things tasty, light and easy to drink.

I like this. Might not choose it myself too often. But I recommend it. Refreshing and delightful. Maybe I'm smitten?

Here's the typically terse but clever label verbiage from the bottle: "With wonderfully bitter citus notes, resinous hop flavors and earthy overtones, this interesting take on the American Pale Ale doesn't leave a lot of room to wonder if you'll love it." Well done, but I'd skip the superlatives. "wonderful" and "interesting" should be left to the consumer to decide. True enough, it's a very likable brew.

feloniousmonk, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Giant in the mix-a-six cooler enjoyed chilled from a willybecker.

The color is slightly darker golden with light amber accent with mild haze and thick pale cream of about 2.5 fingers and retention is very good with lace stickage on the glass. The smell is nice with some floral hop elements and mild nutty and grainy malt in the nose with slight citrus in the hop aroma with light orange rind and grapefruit tinged nose. The feel is very good with moderate bitterness and mild sweetness with slight husky grain presence midway through with semi-dry and moderately astringent aspect toward the end with spicy and gently acidic quality in the finish

The taset is pleasant with citrus peel hop flavor and gentle earthy malt with slight grassy taste from the hops w/ light tannic element which seems like a tea-like hop astringency with toasted maltiness in the back end. Overall a pretty tasty rye w/ nice balance and plenty of hop flavor which is almost a Rye IPA in terms of perceived bitterness with fresh taste and dry feel that brings you back for more.

Slatetank, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Churchkey, beer is yellow, mild haze, wispy white head, minimal lacing, low retention, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is a little nutty, a little yeasty, a little spicy, I really like the aroma.

Beer is medium to light in body, a little grainy, a little dry on the finish, overall a nice beer but a little bit of a let down. I"d have it again though.

drabmuh, Feb 02, 2012
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Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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