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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: 1,193
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 16
Gots: 59 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Biggness on 06-14-2008)
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Marty91, Jan 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Rhettroactive, Jan 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Rob315, Jan 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

craigdb, Jan 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

mattmarka1, Jan 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

amishbooze, Jan 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

SamAdams327, Jan 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

EZEKIEL_F, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

Huhzubendah, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of Mitchster
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%

$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.

Mitchster, Jan 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

ygtbsm94, Jan 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Norseman, Jan 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Wukk, Jan 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

smartassboiler, Jan 09, 2014
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3.19/5  rDev -12.6%

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.

Pintofbrown, Jan 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

kyle86, Jan 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

loganburgh, Jan 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

rbmjr1, Jan 04, 2014
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4.05/5  rDev +11%

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!

deadchef, Jan 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

DiggerDahl, Jan 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

drbenderdo, Jan 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

DeFaz, Jan 01, 2014
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3.03/5  rDev -17%

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.

Jstewart6, Jan 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

chrishensley, Dec 28, 2013
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,193 ratings.