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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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1,149 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,149
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Biggness on 06-14-2008)
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-06-2013 00:53:56 | More by savagepm
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Thomas_Picton

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-05-2013 23:33:32 | More by Thomas_Picton
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mgroothuis

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

06-05-2013 21:15:31 | More by mgroothuis
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Rihup

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-04-2013 00:47:51 | More by Rihup
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bobbyr5

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-02-2013 19:48:19 | More by bobbyr5
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teraflx

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-01-2013 20:47:50 | More by teraflx
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ironchefmiyagi13

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-01-2013 17:35:32 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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Jas45678

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-01-2013 01:01:12 | More by Jas45678
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Pencible

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
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
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.25/5  rDev -11%

05-30-2013 03:11:17 | More by mothman
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JArena13

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

05-30-2013 02:06:11 | More by JArena13
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woodchip

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-30-2013 00:29:12 | More by woodchip
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to ClockworkOrange for gifting me with a bottle of this. 12oz poured into a pint. The brew appears a hazed golden with particulate stuck in suspension. A fluffy white cap rests atop with patchy lace sticking to the glass.

The aroma is lemony essenced with a grassy to noble hop character. A bit of biscuit to cereal grain quality provides a pleasant contrast/backing to the hops.

The flavor is fresh and grainy with a bit of toasty taste about it that is minorly like cereal sweetness. Some lemony citrus hops break things up before getting progressively more herbal to more dank and piney in the finish.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a nice summertine refreshing brew with lots of enjoyable hop aspects. I could see where someone who doesnt dig pale ales or IPAs might be turned off by this as it has quite a hop punch to it. Thanks again Jason!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 18:15:45 | More by stakem
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mpayne5

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-28-2013 01:52:47 | More by mpayne5
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jet812

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -11%

05-28-2013 00:52:59 | More by jet812
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WKole81

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

05-25-2013 04:35:15 | More by WKole81
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-25-2013 01:44:36 | More by jaswilson2
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Lawl3ss

Texas

2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

Chilled 12 oz. bottle into a 33 cl snifter. Bottling date 1.14.13.

Look- Pale Amber, lots (and I mean LOTS) of suspended particulate. Looks pretty unappealing, actually It's not that old and it's been in my fridge the whole time, so I'm not sure what's up with that. Three fingers of pillowy head fall quickly, nice lacing.

Smell- Bready, definitely saison feel. Light spice, melon, apricot.

Taste- Very saison-like, light biscuit and a little funk, noticeable bittering, mild soft fruitiness. Grassy hop flavor and light metallic twang builds as the glass empties. Aftertaste of shortbread and white tea.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, medium carbonation. Juicy, full feel but dry, slightly chalky finish. Has a hard water feel to it. Easy drinking.

Overall- Meh, I'm not really a fan of this brew, doesn't really come together for me and it's neither light nor dry enough for what I want it to be. Spicy, bold ale? No. Light, crisp ale? Not really. Too middle-of-the-road I suppose, and the rye characteristics are overshadowed by the yeast and what I interpret to be the liquor/water characteristics. I probably wouldn't avoid it, but I'd likely not order it for myself either.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 00:10:10 | More by Lawl3ss
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ncstateplaya

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-22-2013 18:50:36 | More by ncstateplaya
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Envelopes

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -11%

05-21-2013 06:30:45 | More by Envelopes
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden yellow, almost orange. Lots of yeast. Very rustic, but a tad flat. Overall, the lacing is very nice...again...rustic.

Smell: Freshly mown lawn and dandelions, like the one on the bottle. Slightly sour.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet corn and a hint of flowers. Quite herbal. Not a whole lot of rye. Pretty good. Fairly creamy, but a bit too thin. Too light-bodied for a rye.

Overall: A light rye beer is a cool idea, put not great in practice. It is good though.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2013 04:17:43 | More by tjsdomer2
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701beer

North Dakota

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy golden color that is slightly copper. White head that appears fluffy and disapates slowly in a beer clean glass. Leaves moderate amount of lacing on glass with each drink.

A: Smells of hoppy citrus and spicyness from the rye that reminds me of a saison, like Tank 7. As it warms some fruitiness shows through with slight peaches and pineapple and orange oil. Moderate maltiness.

T: Spicy and peppery, with citrus notes. As it warmed the fruity characteristics that were present in the nose showed up. Aftertaste of citrusy hop bitterness.

M: Perfect carbonation. Malt profile creates a medium bodied beer.

O: Great warm weather beer that is somewhat reminiscent of a saison. Won't break the bank and stands up well to many foods, I enjoyed a few with some green curry chicken in the past. Hops make the heat of the curry stand out.

Soild offering from Bells. Also great on tap.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 01:32:05 | More by 701beer
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-20-2013 14:12:26 | More by InspectorBob
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bcuz7

Florida

3/5  rDev -17.8%

05-19-2013 21:44:29 | More by bcuz7
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drgonzo2k2

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-19-2013 18:14:10 | More by drgonzo2k2
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,149 ratings.