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

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813 Ratings
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Ratings: 813
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 31
Gots: 66 | 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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Ratings: 813 | Reviews: 346
Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a golden straw color with two fingers of tight white head that leave moderate lacings.

aroma is od mildly sweet malts, with a subtle grainy character and a mild floral base.

taste is of munich malts up front, with the same floral base from the aroma and a finish of distant hops.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a lightly smooth texture and a crisp, clean finish. for the lightness present, this one showcases some solid flavors.

drinkability is great. this is a light bodied lager that boasts some great flavors and a solid profile. a macro body with a craft profile.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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:

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
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!!

Photo of clarkkr
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Photo of warriorsoul
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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 Osiris9588
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear bright gold color, small pale head, incomplete ring laces. Smell of honey, powdered sugar, and a strange bit of sourness. Mouthfeel is fairly sturdy, medium with higher than average carbonation. Good balance of malt and dry bittering hops that have just about the right amount of snap to balance the mild breadiness. Straightforward and drinkable beer, less so out of the bottle as many might consume it, some elements of the aroma are noticeable enough to detract from the beer somewhat.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly clouded yellow golden body with a bright white two fingered depth head creamy textured with specks of yeast floating in it. As the head dwindles it forms speckled even lacing with each sip. Aroma is full of biscuit and bready cracker like malt sweetness nice cerealg grains with a zesty dose of citric hops and a semi metallic mineral edge with an herbal grassy hop nose as well. Flavor has some lively carbonation more biscuit and bready malt flavors with ample bitterness from the grassy and citric hop edge a very nice agressive but sessionable lager full of flavor and thirst quenching characteristics. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied but not watery, carbonation is natural and the unfiltered yeast adds some nice textures crips clean finish perfect balance. Drinkability is dead on for any season I could make this a go to beer if I had more readily available I've never seen this one with all of the Bell's I've drank since 2001.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased from Ale Yeah in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden color with a bright white head that leaves solid lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with hints of lighter malt sweetness and floral and lightly earthy hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Smooth pilsner malts with moderate amounts of bready sweetness up front are joined quickly by light leafy hops. Midway through very slight herbal hops come into play and fade into a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is good, with decent thickness.

Overall I was very happy drinking a growler of this beer. Easy to drink and worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.91/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a warm yellow body that is crystal clear with a rapid carbonation of tiny bubbles. The spongy snow white head last a good bit.

S- The light dry pale malt aroma has a noble hop hint in the finish. Not much depth but pretty fresh.

T- The dry pale malt hint is soft with a big bland Noble hop finish. As it warms there is a slight field corn note to the malt.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a dry crisp finish.

D- This beer has all the makings of a run-of-the-mill lager that is not very interesting but it is fresh.

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

This one is a clear amber color. It pours a thick, clean white head with good retention and leaves rings of sticky lacing.
The smell is simple but pure and natural: malts and grains with a nice hops profile. It actually has something of a white wine in the aroma.
There's a nice grapefruit and pine hops profile in the taste. Clean grains and malt back it up. Very dry, again interestingly reminiscent of a white wine.
The mouthfeel is pretty crisp and smooth, light-bodied without sacrificing flavor. Carbonation is moderate. A very dry finish lingers nicely.
This is a very drinkable brew and a good offering from Bell's.

Photo of nickthegun12
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not bad...

the appearance is ok....absolutely no head on this beer....maybe i got a bad bottle i don't know!...the lacing is non existent...

the smell is alright...i get a peppery...slightly citrus smell...

the taste is pretty decent...almost comes across as an ale....fruity drinkable...and nice hop presence

the feel is nice although no head it is def carbonated...

overall this is a pretty drinkable session beer...but def worth the price....9.39!...yea american dollars

Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a big bubbly head that retains well, fed by a ton of bubbles rushing up to it. Typical color for the style: golden-yellow with good clarity. Thin bits of lace build up as the liquid goes down.

Aroma sees traces of lemon zest, wildflower, honey coming through the expected malt/hops combo.

No matter what you think of lagers, this is a fine representation of the style, as the flavor is full and satisfying, lacking nothing and not exhibiting any of the awful traits of lesser macro lagers. No cloying sweetness, no sneaky flavors of corn or other adjuncts; just clean and full, the sweet kiss of the hops offset well by a healthy malt presence.

Mouthfeel is airy yet bubbly, not overcarbonated. Resin-y, candylike stickiness in the finish.

Hey, most of us would prefer other Bell's beers; they've made their name on big, assertive, delicious ales. But if you want something light to session with, to kick back with on the deck, something to work on for the entirety of a lazy summer afternoon without making you feel surly and clutzy, it would be hard to find a better pick than this.

Photo of sullysbeer
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Delicate sweetness from the Pilsner Malt and a gentle hop aroma, slight corn aroma.

Appearance: Crystal clear. Light yellow, like a Bud Light or Miller Lite. White head that rings the glass.

Flavor: Light and refreshing, smooth, malty flavor and hopped gently like a pilsner making you take another gulp to put out the bitter sting.

Mouthfeel: Light body not as much carbonation as I thought there would be.

Overall Impression: First off, I would have never know this was a Bell's beer. Not only being a Lager but this is the clearest Bell's beer I have ever seen. Clean fermented and you can tell this was lagered for sometime as this is a crisp refreshing, thirst quenching beer. Anheuser-Busch look out!

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh. Served in a pint glass.

A - transparent gold with no head

S - lemon, faint cereal grains

T - lemon, cereal grains, grassy, noble hop notes

M - light bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent, light, easily drinkable beer. It is brewed to style so there is nothing that jumps out at you. It's just a refreshing, lighter offering that is rather enjoyable on a hot day.

Photo of secondtooth
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clean and golden, with an average head. Dense but thin single-finger lace.

Aroma is grainy and yeasty. Fairly typical lager nose.

Taste is similar, simple grains and yeast, and with a nice hops twang at the finish. Tasty and quite sessionable. Well-done!

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Not much foam, and ok on the carbonation. Lacing is decent as I recall. Straw yellow.

Smell: Some nice fresh, dry breadiness. Relaxing, not outstanding.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Just a bit of sour hops, nothing too impressive. Really mild overall. Nothing off-putting. Pretty watery though.

Drinkability: This seemed to take me a while to finish, which is not good with a light or pale lager. Definitely an average session beer.

Overall: Nothing I really loved and kind of bland.

Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz single, Steve's on University, batch 7613

appearance: This is a great label! old school map of the michigan/wisconsin region and all the surrounding lakes, with some sweet nature icons up and down the sides of the label. pours into great dane imperial pint glass...very light pale golden body, crystal clear, definite all-malt lager appearance

smell: rather fresh, grassy, zesty lemon, light citrus splash, nice spicing, bready

taste: for the style, this comes off terrific to me. very light and refreshing...sweet zesty lemon compliments a nice crisp malt body...lightly hopped, active spicing, grassy... a terrific version of the style

mouthfeel: light and crisp, refreshing

drinkability: very high

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

This was a good, but slightly odd tasting beer. The malt and yeast profile made for a flavor that reminded me of meat, maybe roast beef. Still there's a nice toasted-like barley and pale malt flavor with a kiss of herbal hops. I could go either way, I think it's a good beer, but just not for me.

Photo of Maiora13
5/5  rDev +38.1%
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.

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Bell's Lager Of The Lakes from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 813 ratings.