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: 1,246
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 16
Gots: 72 | FT: 2
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Biggness on 06-14-2008)
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Photo of jmccullough108
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a golden color with a two finger white head. The head fades quite fast to leave a fantastic level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of rye bread and hop. The hop of the beer is mainly of a citrus nature with aromas of grapefruit and lemon but along with the citrus are some hop notes of pine as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a bitter and dry bready taste. The grapefruit hop and rye bread flavor that is present upfront is met with a light fruity sweetness in the middle with some flavors of wheat. These flavors soften the taste from the initial starting more bitter and dry taste. These flavors largely take the taste to its end where they are joined by a light pine hop flavor bringing back a slightly more resinous bitter flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is slightly above average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. A little more creaminess may have suited the rye flavors of the brew slightly better, but even so the mouthfeel was still quite nice.

Overall – A nicely hopped rye with lighter notes of wheat and a decent citrus showing. A little more refreshing then the typical rye IPA, but not quite as complex. A great brew to try (and likely try again).

Photo of cestlavie
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of tectactoe
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a somewhat hazy, golden-yellow color, some light amber highlights when held up to the light. A soapy and foamy white head forms and settles at about a quarter-inch where it sits atop the beer for a surprisingly long time. The nose has a very crispy and sharp stature, almost clean and lager-like with mild grains and dryness, most likely from the rye. The hops have an earthy, dirty, and musty appearance, maybe just a bit floral and rosey. All in all, the nose is a little quieter than I would have liked. Even upon letting this warm up a little bit, it never really hits your nostrils that hard and the rye isn't as powerful as I'd hoped for.

The taste has an initial bitter spike from the hops, which retain their musty, earthy, and floral characther. Coupled with the high level of carbonation, Smitten cuts the tongue sharply and feels very crispy and refreshing. This is drinking almost more like a lager than an ale. Some dry rye and bread comes out about midway through and rides into the aftertaste which actually becomes dominated by heavy rye, along with a light bitterness. Some clean yeast flavors on the very tail end, but not really enough to combat the rye. I'm very pleased to see the rye make a big appearance, even if it isn't until nearly the end of the sip. Better late than never, I guess, although I still wish it held a larger stance in the aroma. Medium body with pretty heavy carbonation.

A crispy, tasty, and refreshing ale that feels almost more like a lager. Nice helping of rye, though it would've been nice if it were more "up front" with it. Drinkability is great, but I could see this one getting old fairly quickly. Still a solid choice, though, but there are better rye beers out there.

Photo of GPHarris
4.23/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a - poured a one finger thick, fluffy off-white head into a tulip glass that left great lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright straw gold color with some orange tints.
s - very citrusy with a lot of lemon.
t - sticky hops with some nice rye spice.
m - prickly and lively carbonation.
o - terrific beer, very refreshing. i'll be going back to this one.

Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of SpongeRuiner
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of wedge
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy gold color, leaving a shit-load of sediment behind in the bottle. The head is tall and densely creamy, slipping down to a cushy covering and heavy lace. Pleasant floral and spicy hop aromas, rye, citrus, and a trailing pale malt sweetness. A little more sweetness in the flavor, which is welcome to balance the hops. Zesty citrus and rye, green and floral. Medium-ish, crisp, and refreshing. I like it.

Photo of tedho21
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with moderate stark white head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Sharp citrus, almost like orange zest and lemon rind. Some breadiness. Much of the aroma dies off after a few minutes, and it just smells bitter and dry.

Taste: Bready backbone, with strong juicy hop citrus overtones of orange and lemon. Some earthy, floral and spicy notes on the finish. Quite bitter.

Feel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very dry finish.

Overall: This is a very good hybrid of an American Blonde Ale and IPA, with some rye flourishes. Refreshing and crisp.

Photo of skaboom420
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of barnzy78
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled on 11/14/2013, batch 11695
The ale pours a nice bright golden color with some yeast particulates suspended, plenty of carbonation, and is topped with a frothy, white head that leaves some chunky lacing is on the glass. Aromas are grassy, earthy, spicy rye, fresh citric hops. Tastes are crisp, grassy, earthy, nice dry spiciness from the rye, lemony citrus, while finishing bitter. Thin-to-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Nice balance of flavors. Overall, I really like the rye in this one. Very crisp & clean. Nice variation on an APA with some rye. I'm surprised this wasn't released in the summer as I found it to be nice and refreshing.

Photo of morimech
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden color that is slightly hazy. Two fingers of head forms and has excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Thick lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is a pleasant combination of citrus from the hops, and rye malt.

Rye really comes out in the flavor. It has a nice spicy, bready flavor. The hops are complimentary with citrus and subtle grassy and lemon notes. Bitterness is not that high considering the hop flavor.

Medium body with low carbonation. Smooth texture but I would of liked a touch more carbonation to liven things up.

With all the rye beers out in the market now, this one stands up with the best of them. Really enjoyed the hop flavor that goes along with the rye flavor.

Photo of lilnicky068
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of alex021224
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Zuidman
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of elec
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Michigan
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of FlyingHellfish
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - orange with a thin lacing of white head; a lot of floating hop sludge

S - intense, peppery rye; some spicy hop notes; and some faint citrus notes

T - peppery, rye, some spicy hop notes, faint herbal notes, mildly bitter hop finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent beer. The rye is forward and intense. and the hop character is very complementary. There are some subtle, underlying citrus and herbal notes as well. Though not terribly complex, I am impressed with its drinkability. I really enjoy a rye beer especially a rye beer that showcases the rye as the primary ingredient rather than a secondary element. This is worth a try for all rye fans.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, Batch 11695, packaged on 1/14/2013. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with an inch and a half white head. The head stays around a long time, and there's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like bready/grainy malt, rye, citrusy hops, and some grassy hops. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some light peppery spice. There's a nice bittersweet finish in this brew. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy, but also refreshing with good carbonation. Would be a great beer on a hot day, but it's still good on a 25 degree day, too. I like this brew, I'd buy it again. $9.99 a 6-pack.

Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Lightly hazy gold in color. Forms a moderate sized bright white head. Decent retention. Minimal lacing.

S: moderate aromatic with lots of spicy rye and a little grapefruit and some bread.

T: very mild malts allows a lot of toasty rye to come through in this beer. Unfortunately, aside from the rye and some grapefruit pith, there just isn't much depth to the flavor.

M: thinner side of medium. Moderate to aggressive bitterness is fleeting. Medium carbonation.

O: a good beer. A bit one note, but this has to be one often most rye forward beers I've come across even if that's all there is to it.

Photo of 2dogbrew
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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