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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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Ratings: 1,149 | Reviews: 218 | Display Reviews Only:
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NJB145

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-19-2013 01:02:27 | More by NJB145
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-18-2013 03:39:00 | More by drewone
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GinsuDave

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -11%

05-15-2013 10:18:52 | More by GinsuDave
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bnes09

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright orange brew, somewhat hazy with lots of yeast chunks. Huge head on the pour, great retention and big frothy lace blotches.

Fresh, floral and citric aroma.

Mild rye bread in the flavor. Assertive citric, grassy hop which is well balanced. Tart, tangy on the dry side in the finish.

Medium bodied, snappy carbonation, crisp, dry finish.

Great rye brew. Love the fresh citrus flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 05:00:45 | More by bnes09
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vrbulldog22

Ohio

4/5  rDev +9.6%

05-13-2013 18:28:12 | More by vrbulldog22
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lsummers

California

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured a bright golden orange. Tons of floaters that give it a nice dense Haze. There's a two finger fizzy head but it recedes to a nice layer and leaves some lacing behind.

Smells of light spices clove and wheat. Kind of subtle on the nose.

Tastes of citrus and cloves with a peppery spice. Subtle grassy hop note blends well with the touch of grains and rye.

Moderate carbonation and that peppery spice is reminiscent of A saison.

Overall, this is a fantastic beer that is nicely balanced and light on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 17:13:12 | More by lsummers
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Rohkey

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.6%

05-12-2013 21:49:34 | More by Rohkey
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mdcrouser

Missouri

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden like the name says, hazy whitish head, great lacing - every half inch, there's a dedicated line left behind.

Wheaty, some rye spice, a very small bit of citrus.

Rye spice up front, a bit of mustiness, but it quickly fades to leave the rye behind. Earthy, a bit of spice, rye bread, lemonade. Uniquely summerlike.

Lightly carbonated, smooth throughout - easy to drink.

This is a different, much lighter take, on what can be done with rye. Not great, but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 03:53:49 | More by mdcrouser
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass at cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a nice 3-finger, frothy, foamy, cream-colored head. Awesome retention and some fantastic rings of lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles but with lots of floaters, giving the beer an almost gelatinous appearance.

S – The aroma consists of grainy, bready malt, spicy rye, and a nice bouquet of hops with citrus and grassy notes. It smells like a solid pale ale with some rye thrown in.

T – The taste opens up with the spicy bite of rye and bitter blast of grapefruit, orange, grassy, and floral hops. As those stronger flavors subside, citrus sweetness and grainy, caramel, and bready malt take the forefront.

F – Medium-bodied with great carbonation, a creamy and sticky mouthfeel, and a bittersweet, spicy, and very dry finish. Citrus hops and caramel malt probably linger the longest out of all of the flavors.

O – I really liked this beer. It really had all the things that I look for in a pale ale, plus the addition of rye to make it a “rye beer.” There’s nothing particularly groundbreaking here, but it’s definitely tasty, drinkable, and a great example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 00:59:37 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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HarmonMW

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-12-2013 00:32:55 | More by HarmonMW
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-11-2013 17:42:51 | More by JMBSH
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vette2006c5r

South Dakota

3.24/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smitten pours a golden golden color, with a nice large lacing head. The aroma is a bit similar to a bathroom, luckily its not too strong. The taste is crisp a nice strong citrus, and a nice bit of bitterness. Nice full flavor. Overall a not bad beer, good citrus flavors that work well in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 04:00:43 | More by vette2006c5r
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Slay40

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-10-2013 21:31:49 | More by Slay40
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bpowers315

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +9.6%

05-10-2013 10:22:20 | More by bpowers315
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RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

05-08-2013 15:22:33 | More by RichH55
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dalepryor

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -11%

05-07-2013 21:12:56 | More by dalepryor
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mattvandyk

Michigan

4/5  rDev +9.6%

05-07-2013 11:22:49 | More by mattvandyk
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Cloudy golden orange body with loads of specks and floaters. A whipped creamy off white head that hangs out for a good while.

S: Orange peel and oil, toasted rye, lemon zest, faint peaches, pineapple and earthy notes.

T/M: Spiced orange, toasted rye, sweet malt, chalky yeast, honey, and herbal tea. Zesty body that leave the palate subtly chalky and lingers bitter orange peel and spice.

O: Refreshing and easy drinking porch beer. The hop and malt profile are clean and simple yet play well together. A seasonal ale that doesn't break the bank.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 23:47:26 | More by Hopswagger
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Fusebuddy

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-05-2013 13:19:59 | More by Fusebuddy
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-04-2013 22:29:43 | More by ZEB89
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akttr

Michigan

3/5  rDev -17.8%

05-04-2013 22:10:13 | More by akttr
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BigJim5021

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-04-2013 08:39:27 | More by BigJim5021
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TheSixthRing

California

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours hazy golden orange with an off-white finger width head. Good retention, leaving behind a healthy layer of microbubbles atop the surface. Spotty lacing with good stick.

Smell - Bready, slight caramel, with moderate citrus tones and a touch of rye spice at the tail end.

Taste - Strong bready presence upfront and throughout. Rye spice kicks in shortly thereafter, and coincides with the juicy orange hop character, both of which strengthen toward the finish. The result is a sweet, bready, orange aftertaste with a mellow peppery spice.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, with low to moderate carbonation. Somewhat creamy. Finishes semi-dry.

Overall - This is a pretty awesome pale rye ale. Flavor-wise, reminds me a bit of Deschutes Red Chair. Solid all-around balance, with an interesting mix of flavor. Bring this to California, please!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 03:58:10 | More by TheSixthRing
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Extrajoker00

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

05-03-2013 22:49:09 | More by Extrajoker00
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BrewLip6

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

05-03-2013 03:33:18 | More by BrewLip6
Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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