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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 by Boilermaker88:
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First 12oz bottle of a 6-pack I just picked up while visiting in Indianapolis. Poured into a 12oz mug.
Appearance: clear golden color, scores of tiny bubbles charging to the surface, and topped by a sticky white head that shown good durability and left chunks of lace on the walls of said mug.
Smell: nice malt aroma, kind of a dried grass with hints of bread. Also a decent level of grassy hops notes.
Taste: hops bite gets you right away. Grassy, rather spicy hops flavor counters the malt platform nicely. Feel is light, crisp and refreshing.
Overall, a good hopped-up pils thats great with grilled foods and is easily drinkable. A good lager that's worth trying out if you see it. (684 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner a dull light golden with a nice formed but quick to fade white head leaving no lace behind,bready malt and wet grain aromas mainly and not much hop presence.Flavors are malt tilted very bready and toasty with a touch of honey-like sweetness with just a light smattering of floral hop in the finish.A solid malt tilted lager here not wimpy by any means,pretty good. (386 characters)

Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tectactoe
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: active carnonation in this golden pour. A
thin white head is briefly present.

T: Malt sweetness followed by the hop trailer is
a nice balance of these two showcased tastes.
Surprising flavors for the lager style.

M/D: ALmost a dry finish left behind after a
smooth gulping lager.

T: (294 characters)

Photo of bdkucharski
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My one and only bottle of this brew since Bell's is no longer available in Illinois. Pours into my glass a wonderfully clear goldenrod hue with plenty of active carbonation and a half inch of white foam. Aromas start out with crisp malts, pils stands out. Lightly toasted grains alongside a quite pronounced grassy, herbal hop aroma. This brew even smells refreshing.

First sip brings a crisp pilsner maltiness right off the bat that has a mild toasty flavor as well. Slightly grainy, it flows down with plenty of herbal, grassy hop tones that bring in some good bitterness to the mix. Finishes off crisp and clean. A tasty, easy drinking lager by all accounts.

Mouthfeel is smooth and easy drinking. Nice body that's not too light but not too heavy. Steady carbonation throughout. Nearly perfect IMHO. Drinkability here is quite huge. I could see myself taking down a six pack of this on a hot summer day without blinking an eye. A solid, tasty lager from Bell's that doesn't fail to impress me with its subtle nuances. If I could get it again in IL I would!! (1,066 characters)

Photo of DaftPatrick
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WuAnquo1
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of Jpinoniemi
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bronwynbh
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of clarkkr
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle -> tulip glass

A - Pale golden straw with a solid finger of bright white head. A lot of lacing around the glass that lasts for a long time. Pretty heavily carbonated.

S - Very mild hops aroma along with some light malt (maybe a hint of wheat?) scent. Overall, a very mild pilsner-esque scent.

T - There isn't much body, but it delivers a very refreshing, clean pils/light malt flavor with some bite! The mild hops hit the front of your tongue and spices (coriander?) come later in the taste on the back end. It's very well-balanced, complex bitter flavor.

M - It's got a pretty thin, mildly oily texture that's very pleasant with the substantial carbonation (677 characters)

Photo of warriorsoul
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A crystal clear golden color with two fingers of bright white head...most remains with incredible web-like lacing.
A fruity, sweet caramel malt...some carbonation in the nose that distracts from the aroma a bit.
Flavor is nice...earthy, floral with a gentle sweetness and a crisp finish.
Mouthfeel is thin for the style, but finishes dry w/ no cloying factor.
Definite session beer here...not dazzling the taste buds, but plenty to keep it occupied...would love it on tap. (476 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: gold in color, clear, moderate carbonation, frothy 1 inch head

Smell: toasted malt and grass

Taste: toasted pale malt, grass, and light hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, slightly bitter.

Drinkability: True to style, but nothing to get excited about. I like how Bells usually takes ordinary styles and does something extraordinary with it. Here I do not get that same feeling. Perfectly drinkable, but nothing I will seek out again. (461 characters)

Photo of JC333
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Tom_Mattawan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass. Bottled on May 11, 2011.

Appearance: Clear pale yellow with fairly thin white head and not much lacing. Almost a strong appearance, but the lack of head and lacing is a minor problem.

Smell: Pepper, citrus and some other light fruitiness. Quite strong hay and straw characteristics as well. Almost a great aroma, but it didn't last.

Taste: Semi-sweet fruity malt backbone that is enveloped by lemon, pepper, straw and a nice lingering bitterness. Almost a really great tasting lager but is dampened by a metallic and grainy aftertaste.

Feel: High carbonation, light body, with a crisp, mostly dry finish. A little too tingly. Almost.

Overall: This really is a beer of "almosts". This is so close to a world class lager, but just misses the mark in every category. (822 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of capilial
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (75 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 Osiris9588
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, batch #7761--January 2007. Pours a lucid golden color. A small foamy white head recedes quickly, yet leaveds behind some small-bubbled lacing haning is mall sticky clusters.

The aroma is dominated by grain, accompanied by some malt, a strong note of hops, a little grapefruit and pine, and a touch of sulfur.

The flavor is very reminiscent of a German Pils--well rounded with prounced, earthy hops on the finish.

The mouth is light, but balanced and demonstrates solid complexity. The grain never becomes syrupy or watery like some, as the hops anchor it into a crisp, dry finish.

This brew brings out the best characteristics of the style. Though I haven't read any other reveiews of this on BA yet, I'm sure some will slam it only because they prefer big ales and the like. But this is a wonderful Lager. I forsee a lot of this brew thoughout my summer. (882 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and clear golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid four fingers of white head with good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Pale Munich and Pils malts with some caramel, yeast, and wheat grains. Light hints of earthy noble hops. Smells bready and buttery.

Taste: Bready and sweet Munich and Pils malts with lots of caramel and some toffee. A good amount of grassy hops add a mild bitterness. Very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid lager. Nice level of hop bitterness for a pale lager. (686 characters)

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of elBecko
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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