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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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Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%

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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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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden yellow in color, thick white frothy head, leaves lots of lacing

S - Clean citrus smell, a little yeasty

T - Very crisp and dry, citrus hops, rye, bit of grapefruit

M - Medium-bodied beer, dry

O - Being a lover of Bell's I had to try this when I found it at a local grocery store. Not as good as their staples but not a bad beer. A decent refreshing, albeit dry, medium-bodied beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 04:11:50 | More by henrichsj
Photo of MasterfulIdiot


4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a riedel tulip glass.

Appearance is semi-transparent golden with tons of bubbles. Nice thick off-white head has really good staying power and leaves sheets and sheets of lace.

Aroma is mostly citrus hops, with some spicy/grainy rye underneath. Actually this is really incredibly citrusy - smells like there's orange juice in there!

Taste follows the nose. Mega- citrusy, with some nice rye spiciness underneath. Really nice mix of flavors and really well-balanced. It's actually amazing how much citrusy/floral hop flavor there is without being over-the-top or overpowering the rye. There's some nice subtle creamy malt sweetness backing everything up. Really really nice - relatively unassuming, but wonderfully flavorful!

Mouthfeel is also really great. Moderately thick and creamy with tons of prickly carbonation to cut through it. Perfect match for the flavor, and just feels wonderful in your mouth.

Really great overall - I could drink this every day. Super great hop flavors and really well balanced!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 01:48:03 | More by MasterfulIdiot
Photo of Lemke10


3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours a clear, light yellow color with a slight carbonated head. The aroma is full of rye and grain scents. The taste is full of rye and has a dry finish. There are lots of earthy tones that make this a fairly easy drinking beer. Interesting and very well made.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 05:44:06 | More by Lemke10
Photo of baos


4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into pint glass.

A: Nice copper color with 4 finger ecru head on pour. Dwindles to a nice sheen with good bits of lacing.

S: Very nice balance of fresh hops and great fresh malts.

T: Nice fresh hops and rye gives some nice flavors here. Grapefruit peel, with other citris, a bit of pine, maybe gin and tonic. It all ends in a very nice dry grapefruit and hint of rye finish. Yummy!

M: Medium light to medium, nice body on this brew.

O: Great bier. I will be having this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 06:17:00 | More by baos
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3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As a fan of Bell's and of rye beers I felt inclined to try this offering. Though it was met with mixed reviews, I am very glad I tried this offering. This ale pours a hazy beautiful golden amber color with a thick frothy white head that lasts throughout the pour. There is a significant amount of lacing for such a light bodied ale. The nose is very subtle with fresh flavors of rye and a little yeast. Almost smells more European than American in nature. The flavor is light and subtle as well. Slightly bitter and sweet at the same time with definite notes of yeast and rye. It is very light and easy sipping. By far not my favorite offering from Bell's or my favorite rye ale but none the less a very enjoyable ale that could be sessioned all day or just enjoyed as a refreshing quaff after work.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 02:26:25 | More by lochef81
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District of Columbia

3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy golden body with a soft, white head. The aroma brings grain, mild hops, earth, citrus. The flavor is ok. A bit too conservative for me. A hint of hops, mild bitterness, finishing dry. Crackers, grain, earth. Middle of the road. Not one of the better offerings from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 20:49:20 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of Mitchster


3.51/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.69 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo.
6% ABV, OG=1.055 per the website.

Pours out to a hazy dark golden, forming a billowing light yellow head with superior retention and lacing. Briskly carbonated, ~3.0 carbs or so. The nose is quite yeasty with a fair amount of sulfur, citrusy hops, and a certain earthiness. Mouthfeel is crisp, medium bodied with a lightly dry finish. The taste opens with bold citrusy hops, followed by moderate malt body, some bready malts, and is hoppy on the balance spectrum. Moderate yeast autolysis throughout. The finish is hoppy and slightly astringent due to the hops.

I'm just not a huge fan, nor everyday drinker, of pale ales. As it stands, this is a good pale ale. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 06:00:31 | More by Mitchster
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3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this in a snifter. Packaged 12/13/13 bottle dating.

A strong pour unleashes a finger's width of turbid white foam that appears soapy. Retention is good with a craggy ring clinging to the side of the glass, creating a crater on the cap. The jet stream-full body is a honey amber with caramel highlights.

A biting earthiness mingles with aromas of caramel and toffee malt. There is a tea-like scent as well, with a whiff of mineral water every sniff or two.

Well, the bottle says to expect resinous hops and earthy flavors, and those are certainly detected. The citrus notes, however, are another thing entirely: maybe some lemon, potentially grapefruit? The problem is that the citrus quality is overpowered by the resin notes and a twinge of aspirin on the finish. Malt? It is barely perceptible, and definitely not sweet like it was on the nose.

Smitten Golden Rye has a light-medium body and runs over the tongue almost like water, with some swishing, builds a decent creaminess. This beer is also dry, dry dry!

This Bell's offering misses the mark. I will never begrudge a hoppy beer with an edge. However, Smitten has too much resiny bitterness and not enough malt to back it up. And whatever the rye was supposed to do, it decided it had other places to be. Besides a quick earthy taste, I do not think the rye has contributed much. Really, this beer is just far too bitter with nothing to accentuate the brute force.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 11:17:54 | More by Pintofbrown
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4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

freshly released sixxer, poured into a pint glass.

a: clear golden with a nice two finger head that slowly dissipated.

s: citrus hops are the predominant aroma followed by some light toasty bread. smells very fresh!

t: clean on the tongue with medium intensity hops. slight bitter/ spicy finish. citrusy hops and rye are always a great pair!

m: fresh, clean, medium body lets the bitterness linger at the back of the tongue. medium carbonation. medium alcohol heat.

o: great beer here! if you are a fan of hoppy rye beers this is one to pick up. easy drinking, some rye beers get a bit too hoppy and all the acidity can make them difficult to consume for a session beer. this has great balance. wish it was available year round. it would make a great spring/summer beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 02:25:30 | More by deadchef
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3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My 2nd beer from Bell's and my 2nd let down. The label to me explains how it tastes. As a kid we would dare each other to break the stem of a dandelion and lick the white stuff....this beer taste like that. Very bitter and immediately after sipping I feel my sinuses clear. The after taste taste like a generic beer to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 01:54:30 | More by Jstewart6
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3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle, bottled on date 12/14/2013 (back label imprint). Poured into a clean Bell's Oberon Summer 2009 pint glass.

A - Poured out fast enough to build a good head on the beer, but get all 12oz into the glass with one pour. The head was pure white, roughly a finger to a finger and half tall on the beer. It mostly diminished within 2-3 minutes, with significant lacing on the glass. The body of the beer was a deep golden amber, with a hazy character, that allowed light to pass through easily, while obscuring the background of the glass. There were very fine bits of sediment suspended in the body.

S - The aroma is faint and subdued, though there is a clear hop note and a hint of citrus immediately noticeable. There is also a touch of floral scents in the aroma.

T - Labeled as a Golden Rye, there is not a pronounced rye flavor, though it is detectable as the beer progresses, never becoming significant. There is an intense piney and citrusy flavor to the beer, especially in the aftertaste. It starts with hints of sweetness, and finishes slightly bitter, as a priorly hopped pale ale should. It is not a terribly complex beer to taste, and is very much an American pale ale in its flavor profile. It has a slightly above average taste.

M - The carbonation starts very intense in the front of the mouth, but recedes a bit as the beer goes towed the throat. The beer has a medium body.

O- I enjoyed this beer, and would drink it again. The beer is labeled as a Golden Rye Ale, but the short description states that it is an "interesting take on the American Pale Ale." Based on the overall flavor of the beer, I'd concur that this is an interesting take on american pale ale, and that the Rye while part of the ingredient list is part of the flavoring rather than the primary grain. The 6.00% abv makes this a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 21:57:41 | More by Badger6
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 01/14/2013 printed on the back label. A new seasonal spring offering to me from Bell's, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store, I decided to try this one out before it was too late.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a nice golden lemon-orange colored body with tons of dark and light sediment twirling around the glass, and steady bubbles streaming topside. Just over a finger of soft fluffy off-white head with decent staying power. Looks pretty damn nice to me.

S - Smell is nice, but faint. I am actually getting a lot of prominent lemongrass, lemon zest, floral dandelion, piney hop bitterness, and graininess up front. White pepper is in the background.

T - Taste is of bright citrus lemon zest, grass, bitter grapefruit, piney hop resins, and some dirty herbal earthiness. Hardly picking up on any peppery rye in the taste, which is to my liking.

M - Feel ends citrusy, grainy, and dry. Lots of resinous grapefruit / pine hop bitterness sticking to the palate. Medium bodied with good healthy carbonation.

Overall, I surprisingly enjoyed this much more than I would have thought. The bottle identifies this beer as an American pale ale, which works much better than as a rye beer, since the rye is hardly a key player here. Modest 6.00% abv isn't noticeable at all. A nice seasonal from Bell's; I will definitely look forward to trying this beer again.

Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 23:36:34 | More by mfnmbvp
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3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We pour a brew of rusty bronze. It holds a one finger head of big, soapy bubbles, taking the color of sand. Islands and rods of lacing are left around the glass as it bubbles away at a faster pace. A thick haze and big chunks of sediment come with the dregs of the bottle, with carbonation appearing to be light . The aroma gives harsh metallics, pale and chalky white malts, baker’s sourdough yeastiness, mineral of well water, dandelion florals, adjuncty corn, Band-Aid medicinal phenols, definite rye bite, lemony and grassy hops, alcohol, lemon drop candy sweetness, and lime juiciness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is much, much better than the aroma, with a deep graininess that keeps you guessing until the very end. As we sip, the taste opens with granular white sugars, rye, surprisingly clean pale maltiness, burnt plastics, buttery popcorn, bitter citric and grassy hops, lemon rind, heavy creamer, and light adjuncty corniness. The middle comes to a peak with watermelon juice fruitiness, orange and lemon flesh bite, parsley herbals, lightly soaped hoppiness, pale grit, freshly baked wheat and rye breadiness, and candy corn sugars. The end washes with sunflower seeds, salt lick, honey-Dijon mustard, brown sugar, herbal raspberry tea, corn tortillas, baked beans, metallic coin, earthy mustiness, bitter herbal hops, red cherry sweetness, and freshly sliced apples. The aftertaste breathes of coffee bean metallics, medical tape adhesives, penicillin, resinous green grassiness, newspaper ink and paper towel, cooked brown sugars, green bean vegetals, dandelion aromatics, mossy musk, and light cheddar cheese funk. The body is medium, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip gives pleasant slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is cooled, but quickly fades to a chalky, lightly puckered, and chalky astringency across the entire palate. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks quite easily.

Overall, the best thing about this beer is its flavor, coupled with its ease of drinkability. The rye really flourishes with warmth, adding to the depth of the grain bill, while lightening up any inherent bitterness of hops that may have escaped the final blend. This is nice, as it adds a robustness to the main bulk of both the nose and the tongue. This does, however, seem like more of a commercial pull, with enough lightness to appeal to the masses. That said, we ended up very much appreciating that aspect of it, as it made it wonderfully drinkable, especially when coupled with the soft and creamy drag to each sip. Although well known within the stage, this is one of Bell’s sleepers, and definitely something we feel would appeal to many beer appreciators.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 01:26:07 | More by TheBrewo
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3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

"With wonderfully bitter citrus notes, resinous hop flavors and earthy overtones, this interesting take on the American Pale Ale doesn't leave a lot of room to wonder if you'll love it." Brewed in the style of an American Rye Pale Ale. This is Bell's current Spring seasonal, finally finding it's way to Georgia this spring, after being previously available on tap for several years closer to Michigan.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Bell's tulip snifter. Served north of 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp golden white head over a moderately hazy honey amber body with plenty of flaked sediment in tow. Carbonation is spritely and plentiful. Retention is average, lacing is light and stringy. 3.5

(Smell) Light biscuity rye serves as a mild enhancement to a sweet, clean pale malt body. The hop selections are a well-pronounced bouquet of citrusy, resinous and peppery hop notes with a modest bitterness. I do appreciate the relaxed use of rye malt in this beer as it makes a simple compliment to a recipe that could have stood just as fine on its own. Potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) The bitterness may take you by surprise, but still manages a bright accessibility, as freshly cut flowers with a mild vegetative bitterness. Citrus notes are toned down but still very much a part of the hop profile. The malt profile remains enthusiastically balanced with an even malt body and sweetness while still maintaining a high level of drinkability. Most tame aromas are pronounced in full with the flavor but the end product is a clean, flavorful and balanced ale. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is mildly dry, thin, clean and slick. Carbonation adds a busy wave of crisp fizzy textures to enhance the texture. Body is medium for the style and light/medium overall. Alcohol presence is light. Balance is equally bitter and sweet, lightness makes for high drinkability. 3.75

(Overall) As before mentioned, I appreciate not loading the flavor of this beer down with heavy rye syrup. Using a fraction of the malt bill as rye works wonders at preserving the body's lightness while still significantly altering the texture and flavor of the recipe. Aside from the rye, the flavors were all well balanced and enjoyable. I enjoyed the herbaceous hop aromas making a very "spring-like" entrance in the flavor. Hopefully this will make a return next spring, and if it does, it's worth seeking out. 3.75

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

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 01:19:59 | More by Jadjunk
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3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright yellowish orange with a white one finger head. Lots of sediment in here, so pour foul on my part I guess. Aroma is orange citrus, spicy rye, and a bit if wheaty yeast funk. Light orange rind flavor finishes with some hint of rye spice. Seems very much a summer ale. Not a bad beer, and a neat twist on the rye beer style. Almost a combo of Oberon and Ruthless Rye.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 22:02:02 | More by BMMillsy
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured fairly aggressively into a standard pint glass. Big, fluffy, off-white head nearly 2" tall develops. Really good retention, copious lace left behind.
Smell is floral, piney and citrus, some malt, rye obviously, grass. Pretty good balance.
Taste is pretty standard pale ale with citrus and piney hops foremost, malt, rye, and a little spice note.
Medium bodied with the effervescence sharp at first before mellowing. Drying throughout but slightly warming as well. Easy to drink, it fits more between a pale and an IPA than I thought at first. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 02:14:52 | More by PorterLambic
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3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This ale poured from a bottle a nice golden and cloudy colour. There was visible sediment in the bottle that was seen before even pouring into the pint glass. Ale smelled of rye and citrus hops, and tasted of bitter hops and rye. Very strong flavors. Sweet malt notes blended well with the citrus hops, and lingered on in the aftertaste.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 03:37:35 | More by NilocRellim
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3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy deep yellow with an off white head. In the aroma, floral and a dry to apple like rye note. In the taste, dry green apple to tartness, with some floral notes. A small bite and alighter bodied mouthfeel, with a lightly dry green apple rye presence and floral notes in the aftertaste. Nice presence of rye and floral presence, quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 13:25:18 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer at the end of May from Total Wine for $8.99. Bottled on 1/14/13, batch 11695. I missed the first distribution release in February, probably got lost in the hunt for Hop Slam.

Beer poured a cloudy orange with a decent white head that dissipated quickly.

Nose has hints of citrus, so i can surmise there has been some fade.

Taste is wonderfully addicting. Spicy rye/malt base is taken over by a wonderful citrus hop that is leaving a pine resin behind.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, mildly carbonated, refreshing.

Overall this is a brew that i thoroughly enjoy each time i have it. This is bottle #4 and just as pleasing as the first rounds I had after work. I will definitely be sure to grab this next winter when it comes out again! Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 23:08:05 | More by arizcards
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4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- Nice cloudy amber with an intense initial fizz, bits of yeast suspended beneath a thick head. Yeast settled to the bottom as it settled. Looks and pours a lot like a hefe.

Smell-Definite hop aroma with some herbal notes and a distinct grapefruit scent.

Taste- A fairly intense combo of floral, grain, and citrus notes almost like an alcoholic, malted tea. The rye malt almost reminds me of some characteristics of a whisky sour with rye whisky. Maybe some clove or something similar. Long finish with a slightly metallic hop flavor, but not necessarily a bad thing. Can taste the yeast as well.

Mouthfeel- Fairly creamy for something with as much hops but not really all that smooth...I expected it to be a little thicker based on the head as well.

Overall- Like having some sourdough rye toast with grapefruit marmelade in a glass. Very enjoyable and a unique change up from a lot of other summer type beers, would be great around a campfire at night. Perhaps an odd combination of flavors for some, but I'll be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 01:24:46 | More by Maninthearena
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4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up during my latest foray to Mari's 6-Pak 'n' Mor in Reading and have been awaiting the right moment to open it. I believe the flower of the label to be a daisy and that last petal represents "She loves me" as it applies to my Old Lady, a kitten with whom I am smitten.

From the bottle: "With wonderfully bitter citrus notes, resinous hop flavors and earthy overtones, this interesting take on the American Pale Ale doesn't leave a lot of room to wonder if you'll love it."

I allowed the beer to flow freely from the bottle until the foaming head threatened to pass over the lip of the glass. I easily had two fingers of French Vanilla-colored head with not only great retention, but as it fell, it was creating great lacing in its wake. Color was a cloudy orangish-yellow, like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. The nose was to die for! It had the black pepper of the rye along with a very earthy scent, like digging in the garden. Mouthfeel was medium and the black pepper flavor was immediately evident on the tongue. It combined nicely with the grapefruit flavor of the hops. This is an APA?!? Wow! The finish was dry, especially with that lingering flavor of freshly-turned soil. I would have this again real soon, hopefully to share with the Old Lady.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 15:55:23 | More by woodychandler
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3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Smitten is a nice looking amber-ish gold color. It’s very hazy. There are even bits of yeast swimming about in there. A solid white cap tops it. It stands about a finger or so tall and falls back to surface bubbles rather quickly. Lacing was a little sticky and moderate. Looks pretty good.

The nose is a little weak, but isn’t bad. More strength would help. It starts out with a very earthy, grainy scent that’s attributable to rye presence. It has a nice hoppy scent. Smells like a mix of citric and floral varieties. Citrus grapefruit and orange are the most prominent hop scents. Caramel malts smell sweet and seem to be holding the fort down nicely. Alcohol isn’t noticeable. This smells pretty good. Just a little bump in strength might drive it up a notch.

This is rather tasty stuff. It has a nice, sturdy caramel malt base. It’s a little sweet, but doesn’t dominate the flavor profile. It is earthy, grainy, and a little bread-like. Rye is very tasty and prominent throughout. It’s clearly the focal point. Hops are in the mix, but are secondary to the rye. Personally, I’d prefer them being closer to equal. They add some citrus grapefruit and orange flavors the blend well. Grassy and floral notes are also present. All the flavors work pretty well together. Alcohol is very light and subtle in flavor. Finishes earthy, grainy, and a little dry.

Smitten has a body on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is dialed back nicely, and the bubbles feel very soft and smooth. It has a really nice feel. Goes down easy, too.

Bell’s did a pretty nice job with this one. Smitten? Yeah…kinda. It’s good. The rye presence is probably a tad strong. A slightly stronger hop presence (with less rye) would be spot-on. This is good stuff though. Worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 02:59:50 | More by prototypic
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served on-draught into a plastic cup at the Elephant and Castle in the Crowne Plaza, Chicago on St. Patrick's Day. Reviewed from notes. Complimentary with my room (which, incidentally, was also complimentary with priority club points). I had high expectations given the brewery.

A: Pours a one finger head of white colour. Fair cream. Decent thickness. Nice retention. Body colour is a nontransparent murky peach. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Generally appealing for the style.

Sm: Floral hops, rye grain, milky citrus, and light grass. A mild strength aroma. Generally appealing. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Floral hops, rye grain, and milky citrus - with some buried orange notes. Nicely grassy. A bit of yeasty character. Clove. Pale malts. Balanced but simple. Lacks subtlety and complexity.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Pretty good carbonation. Lightly crisp. Decent presence on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but not great. I do like it, but I'm not impressed. I could take down a sixer of this with ease, but the quality just isn't high enough to warrant purchasing again. It's a solid offering from Bell's for what it is.

High C+ (Borderline B-)

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 20:53:13 | More by kojevergas
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New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a warm golden-brown color, with a puff of white foam over top, which clings nicely to the sides of the glass. The aroma brings to mind buttery bread crust, faint floral notes, and a trace of Rye whiskey. There's a strong taste of piny hop varieties accompanied by rye bread. It's got a medium mouth feel and quite the bitter finish. Greater than the sum of it's parts, it's a very solid Rye Beer all things considered.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 15:40:53 | More by Neorebel
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3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This poured a hazy gold with lots of sediment and a little white head.
S: It smelled like earthy copper hops with some citrus zest and bread crust.
T: It tasted like citrus zest and copper hops, with some spicy rye and earthy bread crust. It had a somewhat clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Ok body.
D: This was not a great rye beer. The scent was sub-par, and the taste and body weren't a big improvement. The finish wasn't bad but wasn't great. No real impressive or redeeming element. Not recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 14:51:00 | More by Pencible
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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