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

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Reviews: 335
Hads: 854
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 33
Gots: 86 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: proc on 10-16-2006

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Reviews: 335 | Hads: 854
Photo of JMUbrewz
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I thought this was a solid lager from Bell's. Bready grain notes and a nice hoppy bite that lends the beer a dry finish. I enjoyed this more than I expected. I could drink a few of these on a hot, Summer day. (208 characters)

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.23/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Drank from the bottle. It smells like a lager, feels like a lager, and even initially tastes like a lager, but the aftertaste is like that of an ale, similar to their Two Hearted Ale.

As I'm not an ale person, I would have gone with something else if I had known it would have been Ale-like. (294 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear straw/gold with 1/2" fizzy white head that recedes quickly. Retention & lacing are both poor, but this is still a good-looking Lager.

S: Sweetish bready malt aromas & very faint floral hop undertones.

T: Bread dough jumps out to start, followed by sweet wheaty notes leading into the mid palate. Mid palate is just slightly floral/herbal with a slight uptick in bitterness heading toward the finish. The finish is a touch more hoppy with a bit of a lingering black pepper note. Nothing too complex, but very well-balanced & enjoyable.

M: Moderate carb married to just-on-the-light-side malty body. Finishes a little dull but ultimately crisp & refreshing.

O: This a very flavorful, drinkable Lager. (764 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Decent average brew. similar looks and taste of an AAL. Nice hop and malt balance. Clean, crisp finish and not that bad a of a beer. Not my favorite from Bell's, but not horrible.. (180 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours very pale straw color gold with a flourssh of healthy bubbles. A fat white head with excellent retention. Low pils malt aroma. Fine golden pils malt, a hint of sweetness close to graham. Hint of sulfur. Weedy herbal, hops. Peppery, saucy, pungent. Taste is smooth, breaddy pils malt with a hint of sulfur to round it out. Hops permeate the beer giving a light lemon backnote to the finish. A lighter bitterness takes hold slowly and then builds as it finishes clean. (479 characters)

Photo of DuffDaddy
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had a taster at the Beer Den in Lowes Food, Winston Salem, NC. Decent lager, but nothing outstanding about it. Would do the trick for a plain lager, but nothing to make is stand above its peers. (196 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Stag's Head in Manhattan.

App: clear yellow, 1/2inch frothyvwhite head with great retention. Big rings of lacing.

Smell: suggestion of clean water / beautiful early morning. Would love some hops or malt or even yeast along with it though.

Taste: Really really good. Slow build of herbal hops up front with some citrusy hints on the side. Dries out well bringing in a hit of fresh bread flavor. Very clean fermentation. Some apple-y tang but not much. Good pilsner malt in the finish.

Not your average "American Pale Lager." Stands up to the great things coming out of Pennsylvania and Europe.

Mouthfeel: Shines. Light side of medium bodied with a palate coating softness. Subtle IBU transitions into the moderately high dryness of the finish. Hits hard enough while remaining sublimely subtle. Excellently made.

Overall: I'm a sucker for a really well done lager like this. In fact, I'd order it over Hopslam or Two-Hearted any day. (961 characters)

Photo of Darin_J_Clune
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Not a terrible beer, but not my first choice either. It's got a light taste the lingers after the beer goes down. Decently crisp and refreshing. Would pair with a meal or cookout better than a guys night out or a bonfire. Nice beer from a local (to me) brewery, would probably drink again. (289 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

not the most compelling beer from bells, thats for sure, but a suitable lager, fine for summer, and very much a helles type in its grain complexion. i found it to be a bit generic though, and that was a surprise because all of their basic styles (like the amber for example) are so well done and distinct. this didnt have much head on it from the tap, but had a fine yellow shine to it and plenty of bubbles. the nose and taste are similar, with some sweetness from the grain coming though in both, and being sort of the oddest feature of this lager. it just doesnt resolve in the finish, the yeast never completes the job it doesnt seem, and thats my main takeaway from this beer. i like the high level of carbonation, it helps keep it moving, and i like that it has some real body to it for the style, not watery at all. i would drink a fair few of these, and thats probably the point, but i know bells to be capable of a lot more than this, so it was a letdown overall, even though the beer is plenty drinkable and a fine lager on the whole. (1,044 characters)

Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliant straw gold with a 1" white foam collar. Faint grain aroma with a hint of fruit. Light grain flavors with a touch of green apple. Bright, crisp and refreshing. Light body and medium to medium high carbonation. (225 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a typical straw yellow lager color. Funky barnyard aroma, some malt and fruity esters. Herbal, hoppy and peppery taste. Moderate but crisp carbonation.
An interesting lager from one of my favorite breweries. (215 characters)

Photo of Maiora13
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my favorite Lager. flavorful yet light and exactly what i want from a Lager. Compared to most others it gives you the best bang for your buck. (151 characters)

Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a stereotypical lager. When first poured it is a crisp golden color and has an overwhelming smell of yeast. It really did not have any over bearing notes but it is a little bitter. Overall a good beer and easy to drink but nothing overwhelmingly special. (267 characters)

Photo of Sydney10
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Visual: Pours a cloudy golden straw color.
Smell: Very fruity on the nose, lemon, apple and pear. Smells very bitter.
Taste: Subtle flavors because the bitterness is overpowering. Lemon, grassy, herbs, and yeast.
Overall: I would not drink this beer again because it is lacking in flavor. (291 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,456 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (180 characters)

Photo of WillWillows
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (233 characters)

Photo of boomecho
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (217 characters)

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.85/5  rDev +32.2%
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! (169 characters)

Photo of RyanPoff
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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. (470 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (525 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +9%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

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. (553 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (564 characters)

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