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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1,246 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,246
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.33%
Wants: 16
Gots: 73 | FT: 2
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
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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3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A bit thinner than I would have expected for a rye beer. But it's a nice earthy presentation overall. Inky and earthen tones are there on the end. Fairly full carbonation. A hearty drinker, even though it's on the lighter side of most rye beers you get out there.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of corby112
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 1/24/13

Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden orange color with a half finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Spicy, faint floral hop aroma with some earthy resin and sweet citrus countered by pale malt and bready yeast. Somewhat bland really with not much of a rye presence. Just some spicy, grassy hops followed by bread, biscuit and subtle light fruit notes.

Full bodied and much more interesting than expected. The nose is pretty boring but it's actually complex, well balanced and flavorful. Crisp spicy hop bite up front gives off some dry bitterness with resinous oils, grass and pine needle flavor. Some peppery rye, but like the nose, it's not a dominant flavor. Nicely balanced by yeast, light fruit notes and a pale malt backbone. Hints of bread, biscuit and cracker round things out in the dry finish. Not a great beer but it's refreshing and easy to drink with nice hop flavor.

Photo of droomyster
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden body with lots of yeast suspended and swirling around, with a small white head with decent retention. Aromas of honey and grain with slight hints of flowers and pineapple. Taste is consistent with the aromas and extremely well balanced in the malt to hop ratio, and finishes dry with a flavor of orange pith. It's worth trying if you don't mind chewing yeast.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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2/5  rDev -45.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mattkoon
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

smitten golden rye ale is pretty bold. less citrus than an ipa with a more bitter finish. it smells hoppy and crisp. the look of this beer is cloudy and golden with small chunks suspended like fruit in jello. this isnt a bad beer at all pretty full flavored. id drink it again.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Green Dot Stables in Detroit, Michigan. $3 for a 12oz mug. Gimme!

Appearance: A beautiful golden color with a tiny head. The lacing's patchy and not that great, but the appearance surely isn't what matters most.

Smell: I tried, tried, and tried some more to get aromas out, and for some reason I didn't get that many, but they were more than pleasant. Rye, floral aromas, some sweetness, maybe like a honey... very inviting.

Taste/feel: Great stuff. I've only had about three or four rye beers in my life, and this one tastes different than most... but I think that's a good thing. The sweetness of this beer is something I'm not used to, because ryes generally seem more bitter to me. The floral notes with the sweetness and, really, light rye makes this a super tasty beer. The rye doesn't come out very strong, but a good beer's a good beer.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 1,246 ratings.