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Bell's Lager Of The Lakes - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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782 Ratings
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Ratings: 782
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.71%
Wants: 28
Gots: 57 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: proc on 10-16-2006

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Ratings: 782 | Reviews: 328
Photo of capilial
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very mild for a lager. Goes down very smooth with a touch of toasted tones.

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 8/87/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A bit too fruity/estery in the nose, but not overwhelming. Taste of lemon, cracker, toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes noticed in the flavor. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice Dortmunder lager style. All around good balance and robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of dbtossi
3.34/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp clean flavor, light in color

Photo of kbernthal
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

light in color and smell, very refreshing and crisp taste

Photo of PA-hunter
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5% abv

Appearance- Pours a dull, semi dark yellow with mild cloudiness. Two finger head that dissipates fast.

Smell- Fresh grains, biscuity malt, with spice notes.

Taste- Quite grainy with a semi sweet malt with a touch of a toasted flavor. Clean finish with a touch of hop bitterness. Some watery flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body.

Overall- A decent craft lager but I wouldn't seek this one out. I thought it would be better coming from Bell's. Has a watery quality to it that some macros do. A Budweiser edges this one out a few points in a lager battle IMO. Still not bad and drinkable, just could use more flavor.

Photo of solomon1122
4.24/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good taste, Strong aroma.

Photo of KF_MSU
4.34/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light in color and very flavorful. Smooth beer with an interesting aftertaste.

Photo of redinge7
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

light, golden in color. Refreshing and crisp. I would drink this on a sandy beach.

Photo of barczar
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grainy and floral aroma. Flavor is grainy and floral, as well, with a bready finish. I burp sulfur. There's also some light fruity character present. Clean finish, but nondescript.

Photo of WillWillows
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Crisp clean flavor, slight hop bitterness on the front end, maintains its clean taste to the end. It can sit with you and is not bad as it moves towards room temperature. No need to pound these, the taste is worth taking your time.

Photo of boomecho
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy head that hangs around for a bit; great lacing and legs; color of honey with a head of light khaki; taste is biscuity delicious with some very subtle bitterness at the front. Goes great with a fat Angus burger.

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.85/5  rDev +34%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

great example of a lager. Very drinkable refreshing session beer. taste,smell,look..perfect example of a classic beer. this beer is great after having a stout or porter!

Photo of RyanPoff
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

A: Pours an apple juice color with little head or retention. A bit expected of the style, but not the best.

S: Cereal malts, sweetness, and a touch of bread. Very good for a lager.

T: Smell accurately reflected in the taste, with a slight balance of hops. Malty, but again, a good example of the style.

M: Fuller than you'd expect of a BMC and a lager in general. Substantive.

I tend to not drink lagers except in the summer, but this is a good example of the style.

Photo of Ag-Hag
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

Extremely good beer. Very good balance of strength and flavors. Nice complexity without being overblown or stilted. Highly recommended.

Photo of Caveworm
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bell's Lager Of The Lakes - Bell's Brewery, Inc. Poured from the bottle into a mug, this brew's got a finger thick, mildly porous frothy head, nice lacing, and a clear, pale golden body.

I smell faintly roasted malts and JUST a dash of hop bitterness.

Tastes like light biscuit malts. A slightly metallic bite hit the tongue, but I like it.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Overall 3.25 is given to Bell's Lager Of The Lakes - Bell's Brewery, Inc. A very refreshing brew, I may pick this up again.

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Lager of the lakes brewed by Bell's Brewery Inc. with an ABV of 5.0% This brew pours out a cloudy amber with a small white head. This is an unfiltered brew you can not see thought it. The smell is rich with sweetness and grains. So far this brew is nice now for the taste. The taste is sweet and smooth, but there is a little bit of a bite at the end. There is nothing over powering in this brew. Lager of the the lakes has a nice balance to it. Bell's did a nice job with this one. The mouthfeel is smooth and clean. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5.
I would buy this brew again.

Photo of HattedClassic
3.8/5  rDev +5%

The beer pours a white bubbly head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear and pale gold color. The beer smell has a strong sweet malt smell. The smell also has yeast notes and a bit of a light hop profile that create a bitter banana smell. The beer taste is similar to the smell but that the notes are stronger and that hops are more noticeable than in the smell. The beer is very refreshing but a little sticky. The beer has a very light body and very smooth. It also has very little carbonation. Overall, a pretty good beer worth getting.

Photo of majorbase2
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a slightly darker straw color with a small white foam head. Dissipates quickly. A litle bit of visible carbonation.

Aroma is some wheat, along with some lightly toasted grainy and bready malts. Slight hint of citrus.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Leads with wheat followed by some citrus. Lemon zest. Lightly toasted, grainy malts. A little sweet.

Mouthfeel is light. A little watery. Refreshing and super easy to down.

Overall, a pretty un-noteworthy lager. Very similar to New Glarus' Totally Naked. Not a bad lager, but wouldn't seek it out.

Photo of cbutova
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Fairly clear golden yellow pour from the 12oz bottle to a chalice. A puffy frothy white cap builds to two fingers before falling to a thick ring. Decent head retention. Lacing starts with sheets and webs that drizzle down the glass.

S- Somewhat simple but still plenty of aromatic strength. Light cracked cereal grains with some apple light fruit notes, spiciness, citrus and bready yeast.

T- Once again plays on the side of simplicity but delivers a clean, flavorful lager beer. Overall the beer has a strong fruity feel of both light apple and pear hints as well as some citrus zest. Other hints of bread, cracked pilsner and cereal grains and spicy hops.

MF- Light and crisp overall body with a foamy texture. It really puffs up with agitation to the moderately high carbonation. Tiny bitterness.

I think this is a very underrated lager. It doesnt blow me away but it is very clean and the flavors employed balance out very smoothly. This is what summer brews should be like.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, straw gold coloring, with a sparse filmy white surface coat. Nose of toasted grains, subtle berry sweetness, and floral hops. Flavors are fruit and floral forward, with a tangy caramel nackbone, some hops resin, and subtle pine notes. Fruitier than I would have expected. Smooth, light bodied, with a tangy, sweet, berry fruit aftertaste. Smooth, slick finish.

Photo of elNopalero
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For what it is, it’s enjoyable. This pours a clear, light straw color. Light aroma, some bready and lemony notes. Crisply flavored with a touch of breadiness and a quick finish. Makes me burp—take that for what it’s worth—but with no nasty aftereffects.

Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am generally a fan of Bell's, so I picked up a six pack of this when I was in Chicago (the Great Lakes area, if not actually Michigan.) Just off the bat, I love the elegant label and the name. The beer is not bad at all either. It tastes crisp and clean, with a clear hop element that is refreshing, not overpowering. Not a ton of flavor but pretty tasty for a lager. Easy to drink.

Photo of LooseGasCap
4.46/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Lager of the Lakes speaks to me. It's a lager that drive flavor and texture of lager to memorable levels. I am always impressed by the Bell's touch, which includes a hoppy finish with a dry mouthfeel.
This lager is memorable and light enough to warrant a second try.

Photo of Tucquan
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2014-02-15 in Columbia, PA

A - Somewhat hazy straw-orange with a 1-finger pillowy white head that sticks around and leaves some lace.

S - Rising bread, lemon, floral. Not powerful but nice.

T - Yeasty bread, herbal tea, lemon. Almost a Pils-like bitterness. Finishes dry with a some lingering sour dough, lemon and grassy bitterness. Pretty nice.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Smooth. Not watery.

O - Not a standout but an enjoyable brew with enough going on to hold my interest.

Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with classy understated label art and unbranded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN for $1.79 and served into a stem-tulip. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. 5.% ABV confirmed. Packaged 09/06/13.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Some foam gushes out upon opening.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Not as thick as I'd like. Could be creamier. Complexion is somewhat soft. Decent consistency. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes. Nice even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear dull copper. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. Clean and appealing. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not unique or special. Standard fare for a lager.

Sm: Pilsner malts, munich malts, floral hop character. Straw. Perfumey spritzy hop character. A biteen bready. A clean appealing aroma. Perhaps a bit sweeter than would be ideal. Simple and straightforward. I'm looking forward to trying it. Quite mellow.

Average in terms of strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T/Mf: Crisp clean barley feels full and comforting on the palate and is joined nicely by complementary munich and pilsner malts. Hop character is almost entirely floral. Straw. It's quite simple - lacking complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance, but it's pretty well balanced and has a cohesive flavour profile, albeit not a gestalt one.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. I do like it, but it's a bit underwhelming. Also a bit too far towards the sweet end for my tastes.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Smooth, wet, somewhat refreshing, and crisp. A biteen thick and too full-bodied for a lager. Nice presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile nicely, but doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically to it. Very overcarbonated, which may be the beer's biggest flaw.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, or rough.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but largely unremarkable. I wouldn't buy it again, but you could do worse for a straightforward simple lager. I'm glad I got to try it, but wouldn't recommend it to friends. I could drink a 6 pack in a night, but wouldn't want to and would be bothered by the accosting overcarbonation. Above average for the style, but not up to par with Bell's' best offerings.

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Bell's Lager Of The Lakes from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.