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

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Ratings: 609
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%

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:
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(Beer added by: proc on 10-16-2006)
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Photo of AmyfaceNYC

New York

3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 20:06:55 | More by AmyfaceNYC
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 01:02:11 | More by LooseGasCap
Photo of Tucquan


3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 19:17:07 | More by Tucquan
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3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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.


Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 04:51:15 | More by kojevergas
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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, bottled poured into a pils glass
A: Yellow, a one-finger head that lingers & a pleasant looking stream of carbonation
S: Quite aromatic with fresh bread, corn, & sweet malts
T: Grains, malts, hint of corn & hops
M: Light-bodied, light carbonation
O: Fairly darn tasty overall, one of the better APLs I've had recently. What BMC wishes they could be

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 00:29:57 | More by ONUMello
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 06/28/2013 printed on the label. About as fresh as I could ask for, just under two months old isn't bad. A beer from Bell's that I've never tried before. Expectations are in the high range; I tend to enjoy Bell's beers.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours about one finger of eggshell white head that recedes quickly. Body is a hazed, but still clear, golden yellow color. No yeast sediment this time around, which is surprising. The color could pass for about the same as a Miller Lite, but the body is visibly more full.

S - Smell is of pale grains, corn, yeast, vinegar, and the obvious Pilsner and Munich malts.

T - Taste follows suit of the nose: crisp carbonation, light citric tartness, corn, grain, wheat, and the unmistakable Pilsner and Munich malts.

M - Feel is crisp and clean. An easy going, drinkable brew.

Overall, definitely a more authentic and flavorful take on the style by Bell's. The kind of beer you could use to ease your father or grandfather into beer that isn't chemically treated swill. Definitely a sessionable, flavorful beer. I wish I could get more of this around where I'm at.

Bell's Lager Of The Lakes ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 14:54:28 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of DBlackford


3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazey golden straw with medium white carbonation. Immediate bready malt aroma spreads out of the glass with light earthy hops in the background. Quick round malt flavors up front give way to a mild fruit/hop note that lingers in the mouth. Hop bitterness seems slightly sharp on the finish when paired with the welcoming malt nose of the beer. Lightly kilned malts and lively mouthfeel paired with hop presence aid in its refreshingness.

A delicious beer, though not outstanding when compared to some of Bells' better known ales. I would have liked a little less sharpness on the finish. Good as always for the sun, but a lager with enough zing for three seasons.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 22:04:06 | More by DBlackford
Photo of scotorum


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Craft Beer Outlet in Philadelphia in June. Surprised to find Bell's there, don't usually see this Michigan brewery's products along the Northeast Coast.

Bottled 5/13/13 with a six month shelf life.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear gold with a finger thick white head which receded quickly to a heavy surface foam film and some lacing.

s: Light malt.

t: A little soapy, more malt flavor than the mainstreams but not a whole lot better tasting. A mildly bitter finish lingered.

m: Light. Dense carbonation.

o: Okay but unexceptional lager. The hint of soapiness could not have come from the glass, which was thoroughly rinsed before using, and its ongoing presence detracted from the experience.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 05:30:01 | More by scotorum
Photo of CFHMagnet


3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Drank last night, 7/3/13.

Head was a finger of sudsy white. The body was a nearly see-through straw yellow. The head was gone in a minute, leaving frothy ring but no lacing. Also noted a lack of bubbles in the body.

I smelled pale malt, light wheat and grassy/gardeny hops.

The flavor was sweet and pale malty. I got grass and light hints of spice.

This beer was light bodied. It was refreshing, a working-outside-in-summer kind of beer. It left no residue but ended slightly dry.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 19:37:44 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of micromaniac129


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As it tuns out I'm not really much of a lager fan. And even less of a pale lager fan.
There is nothing special to note with this beer. It's bland and boring at best.
The color is quite light, no head after some fizzy suds on the pour. The aroma is bread and yeast. The taste is bready and toasted like in vienna lager.
Full Sail's session line is much better.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 11:21:54 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of justintcoons


3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Straw / gold with a short white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Bread and lemongrass. Hint of toast, brown sugar and bubblegum.

Nice and bready with touches of honey, toast and brown sugar. Light bitterness with notes of lemongrass and earthy hops. There a hint of bubblegum in there as well.

Medium bodied, smooth, crisp and dry.

Simple and straightforward like a Lager should be. Great for summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 13:06:03 | More by justintcoons
Photo of schwemjw


3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pale golden yellow. a small head that didn't keep too long

S: Smells like a lager. A little adjunct corn flavor there but more of a yeast note with some buiscut thrown in.

T: Some pale malts. a grainy bread quality. a little citrus on the end.

M: Highly drinkable. Goes down smooth. A nice amount of carbonation. springy. Crisp.

O: Well this is refreshing. Nice and easy to drink. More flavors than your typical macro lager and the flavors that are there aren't bad at all. It goes down super easy. Reminds me of back in the day when i first started drinking. I could easily crush a ton of these. /78

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 03:47:18 | More by schwemjw
Photo of Roman5150


3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bottle into pint glass

appearance: very clear piss yellow, looks like an american macro, foamy white head

smell: corn, bready notes, rye

taste: typical corn macro lager taste but with some more complexities and spices that would not be found in a macro lager. Follows the nose with a lot of breadiness and some english malts. This is highly drinkable, very smooth and light.

mouthfeel: average carbonation, very light feel

overall: If you live in Michigan, and drink shitty lagers, you are an idiot. Why buy Bud or Coors when you can get this, for cheap... what a lager is supposed to taste like, just enough flavor to be enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 05:42:14 | More by Roman5150
Photo of metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of corn and pale malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some faint hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't a bad beer for the style considering that adjunct-like flavors do not prominently stand out.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2013 14:02:58 | More by metter98
Photo of Kelsiemoeller


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: settled a lot, a bit hazy at first. hard to see past the dark bottle

Smell: vague aroma, difficult to pick up smell in bottle

Taste: fresh crisp & smooth

Mouthfeel: Crisp and Balanced.

Overall: Very drinkable and refreshing. Good Lager!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 18:17:04 | More by Kelsiemoeller
Photo of Thaddeus


3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light golden yellow in color with an average white head.

Aroma & Taste: Round crisp beer with moderate bitterness and an average duration. Pilsner style with some bitter hoppy notes, mixed with some toasted malt grains. Round, full beer with some earthy tones to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 16:04:05 | More by Thaddeus
Photo of noahallington


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This lager is a pale brilliant gold. It smells a lot like apples, and in fact, tastes like them too. The front of the taste is very sweet and appley, while the hops bring up the rear for a nice balance of sweet and bitter. The front of the taste almost reminds me of a white wine like a pinot grigio.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 23:06:31 | More by noahallington
Photo of Durtdiggler


3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle pours into pilsner glass very light golden clear a lot of lacing, 1 finger head settles quickly.

Aroma is very bready biscuity but don't pick any other additions.

Taste is Czech style upfront with alot of bread. Missing the bitterness, or any tanginess of citrus or even sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good. Light bodied law mower beer. Very smooth. Easy.

It's a good lager for macro fans to try but doesn't inspire me. I did enjoy it but a lot of tasty options for the money. If its summer your outside doing something active, would be a choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 23:29:35 | More by Durtdiggler
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3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear-ish yellow, nicely carbonated, one finger head that doesn't last long but somehow leaves behind some lacing.

S-Some skunky notes, malt, bread and wheat.

T-Very malty. Bread and wheat, nice balance. Semi-sweet and a tad bit of grass.

M-Heavier than I was expecting and some carbonation.

O-A boring run of the mill lager. Nothing stands out.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 00:38:51 | More by rlee1390
Photo of tone77


3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains and malts. Taste is crisp, lots of grains, some malts, earthy, bitter at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good session beer, probably better enjoyed during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 20:08:25 | More by tone77
Photo of screamking


3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance- gold-yellow but more yellow, thin uneven head which disappears quickly. 2.75

Aroma-grainy,light hops, not a lot here, small lemon,light malts, light smells all around. 3

Taste-dry malts, bitter hops, bit of corn liqour, not a lot else coming through. 3

Feel-carbonation up front, very grainy, leaves mouth very dry. 3.25

Overall- not worth the price at $10 a sixer, this is as average of a beer you can get. The only plus I can give it is its easy to drink. 3

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 00:23:45 | More by screamking
Photo of SportsandJorts


3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Pint
From: Meijer in Ann Arbor
Price: ~$8 a 6-pack

Appearance: straw-yellow color. completely clear, almost watery. small half a finger of head that fades pretty quickly to a small lacing.

Smell: very nice smelling beer. bread, grainy malts and some grassy hops.

Taste: drops off a bit from the nose. sometimes i get the skunky, cheap american lager taste. other times it is much more subtle with grainy malts, a slight pepperiness, followed by slight grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: light just like it should be. the carbonation is a bit lacking to me as i would looking for something a bit more crisp and refreshing. finish slightly bitter

Overall: I like it, but i get too many skunky sips. its really a good tasting beer but sometimes it just goes down wrong. It shouldn't be spoiled as it was bottled a month ago and refrigerated at the store.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 20:48:52 | More by SportsandJorts
Photo of Alextricity


3.29/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/21/12

Appearance: Looks like a decent APL ought to look ... a light amber color. Completely clear. No head to speak of, patchy lacing, and some nice carbonation.

Smell: Pepe Le Pew, is that you? Super skunky ... smells like an adjunct, and I can't say I'm too fond of it. Super skunky + malt aroma. It also sort of smells like rubber bands...

Taste: The skunk/rubber band comes out a bit at the front of each sip, but it goes away and the finish leaves a nice bit of hops and even more malts on the finish. Subtle, but not too shabby. I wasn't expecting a good taste at all after the smell. Considering the style, this isn't too bad at all for a pale lager. The feel is pretty light with some prickly carbonation... to be expected.

Overall, a fair camping/lawn mower/beach beer, but other than that, eh. Not a terrible beer, but not something that even warrants being poured into a pint glass. The smell's a bit of a turn off, but it's not too bad as a whole. Wouldn't buy a six pack, but would be a fair choice of light beer to have on a hot day in Michigan.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 04:29:49 | More by Alextricity
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

extremely clean light yellow pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head... smells "bologna-ish".. same smell i associate with heineken. bready, sweet scents with a peppery feel. sweet, with a very bready profile.. has almost a pretzel like flavor (minus the salt). this is REALLY good, especially for the style. light body, highly carbonated.. refreshing as a lager should be.

nothing special as far as bell's goes, but as far as lagers, one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 02:40:12 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with some golden yellow highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with some light amounts of grains. Very light hints of grassy hops.

T: Upfront this beer is quite malty but not sweet - bready malts with some additional graininess present. Light amounts of grassy hops but not very much bitterness is present and it fades quickly.

M: LIght to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with some light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is very well balanced as it does not exhibit the sweetness that you often find with the more malty beers but it is not overly hoppy or bitter either. Easy to drink and definitely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 01:10:09 | More by dbrauneis
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Bell's Lager Of The Lakes from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 609 ratings.