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

Bell's Smitten Golden Rye AleBell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale

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Ratings: 1009
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%

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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3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Bell's Eccentric Cafe on 4/23/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear golden copper with a thin head of foamy brite-white. Retains mostly around the edges, leaving some light spotty lace back. The aroma is mostly smooth smelling rye that is promiment but doesn't dominate the profile, as I'm also getting strong backing notes of bread, citrus, and floral hops, as well as a touch of alcohol heft.

The taste is similar with drying rye notes up front that balances the sweetness that comes courtesy of bready malts and some citrus character. Firm dose of hops in the back ends things with light bitterness and dryness from the rye. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharper feeling carbonation that punctuates the hops and rye. There is also a bit of beef to the body, that when mixed with the heavier rye notes, kept the drinkibility down somewhat for me.

Not bad. This definitely brought the crisp rye character but the alcohol was dialed up just just a tad to too much make this thirst quenching. This was worth a try though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2009 16:44:31 | More by Kegatron
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3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bell's brewpub on 11/28/08. Served in a 12-oz. glass.

A - Slightly hazy golden body with minimal carbonation and half a finger of off-white that receded into a thin ring of retention, some patchy film and spotty lacing.

S - Not much going on here except some graininess and some toasted malt. Hop presence is minimal with just a pinch of grassy hops.

T - Dull grassy hop bite with quite a bit of dryness from the addition of the rye. Hops are mild overall, with the grainy and toasted malt characteristics dominating the flavor.

M - Medium body with a dry, crisp texture and fizzy mouthfeel. Finish is dry and moderately bitter on the palate.

D - Not a lot happening with this brew, but it does have a dry rye presence and a decent hop bite in the finish. Pretty average for Bell's.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 22:15:13 | More by ffejherb
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am surprised that a New Yorker is adding a beer to the site. This beer was suggested to me by one of the workers @ Bell's and I was not disappointed. This was my first Rye beer. This beer poured a cloudy golden... cloudy is always a good sign in my books. The smell was nice but no overpowering. The taste was similar to a wheat beer but nicer. I will keep my eyes open and hope to try some new rye beers. Well done

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2008 12:14:17 | More by Biggness
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Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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