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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: 1,263
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 19
Gots: 80 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 tedho21
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
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
4.16/5  rDev +14%
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
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
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
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
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%

Photo of DMarlinJ
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of hardy008
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of TheKOshow
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of CWhite
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of peabody
3.54/5  rDev -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.

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,263 ratings.