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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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1,214 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,214
Reviews: 221
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 17
Gots: 66 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

fredmugs, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of carlborch
4.56/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant golden-tan with a significant amount of minuscule flocculates - almost hazy. Produces a creamy, thick, 2 inch off-white head. Poured a second carefully and "candled" - stopped pouring when the flocculates reached the neck. The ale does have a slight haze! Beautiful, fresh citrus and hoppy nose. Bright, clean, spicy palate that lingers. Totally moreish. Perceptively sessionable, although the 6% ABV may be a concern. Develops a very nice Belgian lace. Forward bitter notes with lingering malt and woody-earthy notes! Poured a third . . .

carlborch, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of andrewjraab
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw like yellow with three fingers of white head. Smells of hop resin, grass, citrus notes. Opens with a mellow sweet bit of honey followed by a crisp hop jab for balance. A medium bodied brew that has a tart almost sour aftertaste. This is very solid brew that is easily and dangerously sessionable.

andrewjraab, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of RelentlessLefty
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

RelentlessLefty, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of twenteone
4/5  rDev +9.6%

twenteone, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of djschnabel
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

djschnabel, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of Kerrie
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This isn't a bad beer but I'm finding it fairly bland.

A- Golden color with minimal head yet quite a bit of lacing. Lots of sediment throughout the glass.

S- Not much here; just a faint hop smell.

T- A very mild beer with a slight hop taste. Not too strong or weak, and seems like it'd be a good summer beer.

M- Not too thick or thin; satisfying.

Not sure if I'd get this again, but it's not bad for a single bottle.

Kerrie, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of Jimmys
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. packaged 1/24/13.

A: I would say a slight haze on an otherwise very bright blond body. head is bright white with moderate retention. solid lacing.

S: a light, very herbal hop aroma. a little bit of vanilla. lemons. hibiscus. slightly floral. the aroma certainly grows on me more and more as I continue to drink.

T: chewy and herbal. not a ton of rye or a ton of hops, very similar to the nose. the rye dries things out a bit. finish is very grainy.

M: tingly carb on a light/medium body.

D: good, but I wanted this to be hoppier and more rye focused. without either of those aspects it is a tad middle of the road imo.

Jimmys, Feb 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

randylangford, Feb 11, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Tee2Grn, Feb 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

harrylee773, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of GRPunk
4.26/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (batch #11,695 date 1/14/13) poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- It had a hazy, golden body with moderate carbonation. The 1-1/2 finger, off-white head settles out to a nice, foamy, film. It left behind some awesome lace.

S- It's definitely a rye beer, though kind of delicate at first. Fresh, citrus hops might even give off some herbal tones. Everything about the aroma suggests that it's quite fresh.

T- Nicely balanced. A solid dose of rye mixed with grainy malts and citrus and slightly herbal hops. Really refreshing as rye beers go.

M- Medium-to-full bodied. Moderately carbonated. Slight hop/rye bite. Very pleasant.

O- I like it. It's a little more delicate take on a rye PA than its local counterparts from Founders and Arcadia. It's also a bit more drinkable in a "yeah, I'll have another" sort of way (which I might just do after typing this). It makes me want a fat Reuben sandwich right about now. I could see this as a really nice spring/summer brew.

As I've heard there could be a looming price rise/switch to a four-pack on Red's Rye, this could be a different, but totally suitable, replacement.

GRPunk, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of beergorrilla
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

beergorrilla, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of outsider
4/5  rDev +9.6%

outsider, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Danny1217
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Danny1217, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of TTAmod
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle born on 1/14/13 poured in S.A. perfect pint.

A: Old school appearance: hazy yellow with lots of sediment. One finger white head that has good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Smell is fairly tropical. Heavy orange and lemon scents dominate the nose. Floral and grass notes are present, as well.

T: Starts off with a mellow orange taste, but then the rye kicks in. Halfway through, a spicy, earthy wave of flavor crashes over the palate. The end is slightly bitter and has notes of lemon zest and orange peel.

M: Medium bodied and ample carbonation. A bit watery on the back end, though.

O: This is a good, hearty, old-fashioned ale. It has a very old-school feel and taste about it. You would think the citrus would heavily clash with the rye, but this doesn't really happen. The actual sweet tropical notes are quite low. This beer has more of the bitter, zesty aspect of the aforementioned citrus, which seem to complement the rye well; it ends up being slightly dry. In my opinion, this is an excellent rye beer. I hope to see more beers like this in the future.

TTAmod, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

zachary80, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 1/14/2013. Pours very cloudy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon, pine, floral, spicy rye, grass, bread, and light herbal. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of orange, grapefruit, lemon, pine, spicy rye, bread, toast, floral, grass, and light herbal. Fair amount of piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, floral, rye spiciness, bread, toast, and grass on the finish for a bit. Very nice flavor balance of hop/malt, with good complexity; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, lightly sticky, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice rye pale ale! Nice balance of hop/malt flavors with good complexity; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Feb 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

phunkydrummer, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of random846
4/5  rDev +9.6%

random846, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

ColdPoncho, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of Imperial_Sapient_Groat
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Imperial_Sapient_Groat, Feb 10, 2013
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 Jaycase
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: cloudy golden amber. One finger head. Leaves behind nice, sticky lacing

s: grapefruit, rye, orange peels, lemon citrus

t: breadiness & grapefruit hops fades into a nice rye spiciness.

m: light to medium body. crisp. finishes slightly dry

o: This is a nice, crisp, refreshing ryle ale. A great way to get into the mood for spring (if the weather alone doesn't do it). I'll certainly pick this up again next year.

Jaycase, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of drinkochoice
3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into craft pint glass.

Beautiful golden orange body with a 1/2" white head.

The smell is like fresh picked flowers and of earthy minerals.

The taste mirrors the smell with flowers and earthy minerals but what makes these flavors flow is the bitterness. The taste is surprisingly well balanced through the after taste.

Not to much carbonation as expected from the style.

Overall a very easy going little ale with large amounts of flavor.

drinkochoice, Feb 10, 2013
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,214 ratings.