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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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1,171 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,171
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 17
Gots: 53 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Biggness on 06-14-2008)
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DMarlinJ

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

02-02-2013 19:28:16 | More by DMarlinJ
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.51/5  rDev -3.8%

Pours a hazy gold with a two finger bright white head with good retention and nice lacing. the aroma has rye, yeast, floral hops, and biscuit malt.

The taste is lightly sweet up front with bread malt, but is more bitter and spicy as the rye, yeast, lemon,and floral hops more in. The biscuit malt flavor comes in at the end, making for a beer which starts with light sweetness, goes to being spicy and bitter, and then finishes balanced, all in one sip. Funny thing is this keeps happening as I continue to drink it.

Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Finishes dry. Not a bad beer, but I would like it better if it didn't have as much bread and biscuit malt flavor to it.

02-02-2013 03:17:52 | More by hardy008
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TheKOshow

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

02-02-2013 03:10:29 | More by TheKOshow
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CWhite

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +9.6%

02-02-2013 02:50:00 | More by CWhite
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peabody

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%

Batch 11695 bottled 1/14/13.
Man the floaties in this. Pours out a semi-clear yellow liquid with three fingers of white suds that stick around for most of the glassfull. No lacing to speak of here.
Smell is freshly mowed grass and straw. Almost a green aroma. The sugar and malt are way behind this everpresent rye aroma.
Taste is strong rye at first then the hop comes in. The bitterness is not just hop here. The rye is coming through and it isn't too bad.
Mouthfeel is sticky and bitter so there must be sugar in behind the rye somewhere.
Overall I am more confused by this beer than anything. I like it but don't know how to review the thing. Probably wouldn't buy this if weinstephaner was available. Still Bells kicks butt and this is not a bad beer by any means.

02-02-2013 01:47:18 | More by peabody
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enelson

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

02-02-2013 01:39:20 | More by enelson
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getbehindthemule

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

02-02-2013 00:26:28 | More by getbehindthemule
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

02-01-2013 15:50:53 | More by KevinGordon
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dfillius

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.6%

02-01-2013 13:16:06 | More by dfillius
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meanmutt

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-01-2013 06:01:41 | More by meanmutt
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Efay

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

02-01-2013 01:55:32 | More by Efay
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-31-2013 21:36:59 | More by chinchill
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Lantern


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-31-2013 20:06:36 | More by Lantern
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

01-31-2013 17:03:12 | More by BEERchitect
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TheConnMan

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-31-2013 06:26:51 | More by TheConnMan
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mkennedy119

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11%

01-31-2013 06:26:39 | More by mkennedy119
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Hanzo

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-31-2013 02:31:22 | More by Hanzo
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bubseymour

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-30-2013 22:44:51 | More by bubseymour
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freduardo

Alabama

3/5  rDev -17.8%

01-30-2013 05:10:41 | More by freduardo
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J-beer

Michigan

3.61/5  rDev -1.1%

A new Bell's in six pack form..A straight to the point review IMO. If you like Bell's Pale Ale try this. It seems somewhat similar less hoppy add rye. A sweet bready smell. Taste sweet, rye at first followed by hoppy kick...overall I like it and I would try it again if I was in the mood for this style.

01-30-2013 03:59:22 | More by J-beer
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LeahNDale

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

01-30-2013 03:32:38 | More by LeahNDale
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shamrock071521

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-29-2013 23:35:45 | More by shamrock071521
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seeswo

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-29-2013 13:38:45 | More by seeswo
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-29-2013 12:34:32 | More by MN_Beerticker
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +1.6%

Another mixed six pickup. 6 packed for a $1.75 Bottled 1/15/13 so less than two weeks old.

A - Wow this one is unfiltered too with a crap ton of floaties. Mild carbonation resulted in just a thick sticky lace ring. Beer seems to be a bright yellow.

S - Smells of spicy rye, some bread, and a touch of wheat.

T - Starts of dry and bitter with some rye then I get some bready malts, touch of wheat and a dry finish. It's not as rye forward as other rye beers so it's enjoyable.

M - Light and crisp, somewhat watery so it could use more carbonation.

Overall I haven't found one bells beer that I hated and even though I don't enjoy rye this one is very drinkable.

01-29-2013 02:49:59 | More by DrDemento456
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,171 ratings.