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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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1,157 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,157
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 17
Gots: 49 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Biggness on 06-14-2008)
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Ratings: 1,157 | Reviews: 218 | Display Reviews Only:
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Norseman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-11-2014 00:28:17 | More by Norseman
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Wukk

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-09-2014 23:38:11 | More by Wukk
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -17.8%

01-09-2014 19:25:51 | More by smartassboiler
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PatrickKlopfenstein

Iowa

4/5  rDev +9.6%

01-09-2014 02:29:26 | More by PatrickKlopfenstein
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
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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kyle86

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-07-2014 01:28:20 | More by kyle86
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loganburgh

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-06-2014 07:56:49 | More by loganburgh
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rbmjr1

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

01-04-2014 15:23:46 | More by rbmjr1
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deadchef

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +11%
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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DiggerDahl

North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-03-2014 00:28:49 | More by DiggerDahl
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drbenderdo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

01-02-2014 18:33:52 | More by drbenderdo
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DeFaz

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-01-2014 07:33:11 | More by DeFaz
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Jstewart6

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -17%
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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chrishensley

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-28-2013 18:27:19 | More by chrishensley
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ghowehattrick

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-28-2013 03:16:41 | More by ghowehattrick
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Badger6

Virginia

3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
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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stealth

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-26-2013 02:39:12 | More by stealth
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AKuehn47

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-24-2013 15:26:36 | More by AKuehn47
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oceanpeak

Colorado

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-24-2013 04:41:46 | More by oceanpeak
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Jordy777

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-18-2013 05:35:17 | More by Jordy777
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TheSteak22

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-06-2013 18:46:10 | More by TheSteak22
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RochefortChris

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-03-2013 21:42:03 | More by RochefortChris
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

12-01-2013 22:09:33 | More by jsprain1
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -17.8%

11-22-2013 03:02:26 | More by XmnwildX12
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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