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

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Ratings: 732
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 26
Gots: 39 | 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:
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(Beer added by: proc on 10-16-2006)
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4.93/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the most difficult styles of beer to do is a lighter gravity, modestly hopped lager. Unlike other styles, there is nothing to hide behind. I can't tell you how many Beer Advocate darlings are severely unbalanced and flawed- but can hide behind the high gravity or obscene amount of hop character.

Bell's has crafted one of the world's great lagers. Heady malt and floral hop aromas, are mirrored on the palate. There is a magical balance of hedonistic flavors and delicacy that it's nothing short of impressive. This is the beer world's answer to a Grand Cru Chablis.

Madrigae, Aug 23, 2010
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4.93/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best lagers Ive ever had, Highly addictive and easy to drink. Not as good on draft but still good, wish this would replace bud light in most peoples fridges. Very clean crisp with a great nose to it, goes great with all most anything. Only problem I cant all ways find it and when I do I cant get a 12 pack just a 6.


crytapusta, Feb 24, 2011
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4.88/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pleasing golden color with a nice white two finger head. Active carbonation floats upward - a nice looking lager.

Nice grassy hops aroma with a hint of spicyness and a little pine resin. A little bit of malt sweetness comes through as well.

Taste is assertively hoppy with a sweet grainy malt in the background. The malt is pilseneresque, the hops have a nice, crisp pine resin bitterness with a little spice.

Mouth feel is lively and crisp. This is one easy drinking brew with enough going on to keep things interesting. It's almost up there with Prima Pils in the hops department, and I'd say it is pretty comparable to that fine lager. I'll be buying it again. Nice to find a top shelf lager from my home state.

maltusaurelius, Jul 02, 2009
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johnbosma, Apr 07, 2013
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4.63/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"The Lager of the Lakes" is a very tasty, characterful lager with good body and flavour.

A strong, deep gold, it has a small white head, creamy, frothy, and long-lasting, slowly thinning to a frothy ring and some nice rings of lace.

The aroma is grain, flowery, lemon, herbs, grapes, overall very nice. It's a complex, strong, and characterful interpretation of the traditional American lager aroma.

The taste is firm, strong grain body with a lot of herb, lemon, hints of pine and grass. Again, it is a very flavourful, complex interpretation of the American-style lager, clearly within that tradition yet with great firmness and some complexity. It also is more hoppy and bitter than usual for the style and yet clean, crisp, and nicely crafted.

Offa, Dec 07, 2008
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Sandtownchuck, Sep 20, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lager of the Lakes has become my favorite Bell's beer. This has all the great qualities of Bell's (smoothness, full flavor, and obvious, "made with care" quality all-around) without the negative qualities (the chewiness, overdone flavors and syrupy aftertaste of the heavier Amber, Two Hearted Ale, Best Brown, etc.) This is a straight-ahead no pretenses beer with full flavor and excellent drinkability. Refreshing without being light bodied, crisp, clean and very enjoyable. It's kind of an overlooked Bell's offering, but for those who just want a great no nonsense beer, this is it. They also have a "Third Coast Beer" which seems to be in the same category as Lager of the Lakes. Not sure what they're thinking, since I've tried both and they seem incredibly similar, except the Lager reviewed here is better tasting.

MNJR, Dec 22, 2009
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Extremely good beer. Very good balance of strength and flavors. Nice complexity without being overblown or stilted. Highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

mtsmith1, Jul 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a regular shaker pint. Vigorously.

A \ A vigorous pour will produce a bubbly white head, and a lively effervescence develops in this light straw yellow beer. The head won't last, and is a bit thin

S \ Good for the style certainly, but not a very strong feature. Getting a good bit of european hops, light malt sugars (though just a little, it's fairly dry and well attenuate, which can be told somewhat from the nose).

T \ ok, right up front I' m gonna say this: I love what this is doing for a variety of otherwise plane lagers. It almost resembles a good czech pilsner. The Hop taste is really pronounced and very spicy, which is just perfect for this clean lager (very clean, no off flavors). The malt is not hidden, but the hops carry away the taste much more. The malt profile tastes more German than American. The hop profile tastes bohemian. The style is still the yellow-fizzy-every-random-bro-has-it-in-the-fridge beer, which might not be a favorite for most of us beer enthusiasts, but this one tastes as best as possible in that realm.

M \ The mouthfeel is good, and works for the style, but it's not the best thing this beer has going for it, and ends up above average in this regard but not notable.

D \ I could have a bunch of these. Yummy stuff that goes down easy and tastes great next to a meal or a snack.

philosobeer, Feb 12, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, batch 7761 - packaged on 1/11/07. It pours crystal-clear gold, with a few floaties, light carbonation, and a loose, white, three-finger head that leaves decent lacing. In the nose there is lemon, citrus rind, spicy hops, and a touch of malts - fairly mild, but you can tell that there's some good stuff down there. And the flavor is where you can tell that this is true; lots of lemony, grassy, spicy/skunky, and earthy hops deliver a medium bitterness, backed by lightly toasted and pale malts, and a slight sea-saltiness - all of which combine to impart a pleasant, lingering finish. The body is light to medium, with an initial crispness that is quick to even out, gliding easily across the tongue, drying the palate a bit as I drink. Damn that is a tasty lager. It is a supreme session beer whose taste and mouthfeel combine to create a great beer experience - a wonderful example of just how delicious a plain-old American lager can be.

mmmbeer, Aug 15, 2007
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Bell's Lager Of The Lakes from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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