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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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Ratings: 1,218
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Biggness on 06-14-2008)
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Photo of CWhite
4/5  rDev +9.6%

CWhite, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of peabody
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

peabody, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

enelson, Feb 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

getbehindthemule, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +9.6%

KevinGordon, Feb 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

dfillius, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of meanmutt
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

meanmutt, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of Efay
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Efay, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

chinchill, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Lantern, Jan 31, 2013
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
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

TheConnMan, Jan 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

mkennedy119, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Hanzo, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

bubseymour, Jan 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

freduardo, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of J-beer
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

J-beer, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of LeahNDale
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

LeahNDale, Jan 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

shamrock071521, Jan 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

seeswo, Jan 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

MN_Beerticker, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

DrDemento456, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear brass and light copper color mix, minus the perfectly suspended yeast sediment. No bubbling, quick head, and a thin foam that lasts for most of the twelve ounces.

The aroma is full of lightly spicey rye, eathy and grassy hops, with toasted cracker malts. There's just a small note of yeasty fruity, sweetness.

Very light in body. Just a little syrupy in texture. Light flower hop bitterness and rye spice. Watery, toasted cracker with a little crouton dried bread crust. Easy to drink, spicey, bitter, but nothing special.

scruffwhor, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

jman005, Jan 28, 2013
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5/5  rDev +37%

KC9LDB, Jan 28, 2013
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
81 out of 100 based on 1,218 ratings.