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

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BA SCORE
82
good

702 Ratings
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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 24
Gots: 34 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: proc on 10-16-2006)
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Reviews by semihobo:
Photo of semihobo
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A single 12 oz of Batch 8682, brought back from Kalamazoo.

Pours with a huge head that settles with sticky lacing, very impressive head for the style. Body is clear as glass, a dark yellow straw color. Clear is fine for the style, color and bubbling are great, and the lacing is impressive... a great looking lager.

Dry malt on the smell, with some peppery noble hops. Clean.

Pretty dry taste, very grainy on a delicious lingering aftertaste also sprinkled with peppery bitterness. Whole wheat crackers. Again, very clean.

Lively mouthfeel, body seems a tad heavier than usual for the style, maybe because of the hearty finish.

As lagers go, it's a little dry and hoppy for sessioning. Solidly crafted, though... a very good lager.

semihobo, Nov 11, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

oberon, May 14, 2008
Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -3%

DanGeo, May 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

tectactoe, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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:

ArrogantDeadGuy, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of bdkucharski
3.5/5  rDev -3%

bdkucharski, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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!!

orbitalr0x, Feb 25, 2007
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2.5/5  rDev -30.7%

WuAnquo1, Jan 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

bronwynbh, May 30, 2013
Photo of clarkkr
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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

clarkkr, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of warriorsoul
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

warriorsoul, Mar 14, 2007
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3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

tigg924, Aug 20, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Tom_Mattawan, May 10, 2014
Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev -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.

bsp77, Jun 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of Osiris9588
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Osiris9588, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

MattyG85, Oct 12, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

elBecko, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

ADR, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 13, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

vfalstad, May 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

tallfellapgh, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

glid02, Jul 25, 2011
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Bell's Lager Of The Lakes from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.