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

Bell's Lager Of The LakesBell's Lager Of The Lakes

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Ratings: 611
Reviews: 308
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%

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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Photo of Madrigae


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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 02:37:08 | More by Madrigae
Photo of crytapusta


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.


Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 21:39:40 | More by crytapusta
Photo of maltusaurelius

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 23:45:48 | More by maltusaurelius
Photo of Offa


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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 05:11:12 | More by Offa
Photo of MNJR


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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 01:36:21 | More by MNJR
Photo of mmmbeer


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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 20:31:16 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of philosobeer


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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 05:25:58 | More by philosobeer
Photo of wardough


4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle at the General Store in K-zoo.
A: Pours a medium yellow. Decent head. After drinking, leaves almost no lacing. Still looks good.
S: Bready goodness with slight hop aroma.
T: Bravo!!! Malty, no hoppy, no malty. This has a great balance and is well built.
M: Light on the palate. Very lightly carbonated.
D: This is surely a great lawnmower beer that your palate won't get tired of.
Seek this out. A great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 22:32:22 | More by wardough
Photo of LooseGasCap


4.46/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Lager of the Lakes speaks to me. It's a lager that drive flavor and texture of lager to memorable levels. I am always impressed by the Bell's touch, which includes a hoppy finish with a dry mouthfeel.
This lager is memorable and light enough to warrant a second try.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 01:02:11 | More by LooseGasCap
Photo of goldennectar


4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: 1 finger of head that settled nicely


Taste: Balanced - fresh crisp & smooth

Mouthfeel: Crisp and Balanced.

Overall: Very drinkable. Very flavorful. Refreshing. a knockout in my opinion. My favorite lager I will be buying more of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 19:02:15 | More by goldennectar
Photo of giblet


4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first off, i am more of an ale guy than a lager guy. this is likely one of the better lagers i have had so far (i admit that i have a long way to go - and willingly!). this poured nice into my glass with beautiful golden color. a nice 3/4" of head with excellent carbonation. lacing lasted the entire glass down. nice malt aroma with a hint of the hops. nice refreshing taste with slight dry aftertaste. excellent. top 5 for sure.

suckem up and movem out!


Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 16:03:39 | More by giblet
Photo of dirtylou


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2006 01:31:14 | More by dirtylou
Photo of schusterbauer


4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a -- pristinely clear; expected lager color with a noticable white head

s -- grass, slight hops, corn, malt; smells very fresh

t -- in the land of standard lagers, this beer is king. it tastes as clean and fresh as it appears, allowing faint citrus and grass notes to be noticed, all supported by a noticable maltiness; finish is very quick, and leaves an unexpected hoppiness in the mouth, which is a pleasant surprise.

m -- about as clean/crisp as you could hope for.

d -- i think this might be about as drinkable as beer can get. every sip is delicious and refreshing, without diminishing returns. this could be an absolute staple beer for sessioning.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2006 03:57:58 | More by schusterbauer
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed as a Dortmunder Export as catagorized in BJCP
Bottled 12/20/07
Pours a gorgeous clear, sparkling rich golden color with plentiful brilliant white head. Really nice tracing as well. Trully one of the most beautiful lagers I've seen. Aroma is mostly coming from the Munich and Pils malts, a slight sulfur touch, and a little DMS. It finishes with some hop aroma and a little caramel. Incredibly bready on the palate, malts are very complex, ranging from whole grain crackers to whole wheat bread to fresh biscuits. The hops are certainly in there; not so much in flavor but with a quite bitter finish. Stylistically, it is lower in abv as a typical DME, and I would imagine on the high end for hop levels. It finishes also with a bright citrus flavor, coming from either Hallertau or Styrian hops, and a fruitier than normal yeast flavor. Overall, I thoroughly enjoy this beer like most from Bell's given its strong malt backbone and bitter Noble hop bite.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 16:14:30 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of Osiris9588


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2007 17:50:28 | More by Osiris9588
Photo of pweis909


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold color. Clear, except for some whitish particulates that are floating about. Possibly chill haze? Small amount of white foam does not persist long, although the beer is well-carbonated. The initial whiff presents sulfide, which gives way to familiar pilsner malt aroma and light hops that are both spicy and citrusy. The taste is gently sweet up front, with a crisp finish. This beer is maltier and hoppier than American macro-style lagers, making it an interesting option as a thirst quenching spring or summer brew. The mouthfeel is smooth, with a slightly creamy texture. It's balanced flavors and moderate alcohol content make this a highly drinkable brew. A personal favorite among US lager types.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 23:56:11 | More by pweis909
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 06:12:10 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of oelergud


4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic brown 12oz glass bottle. Old map of the great lakes on the label. Batch 8124.
Orange golden clear body. Medium size white part creamy part airy rocky head. Good retention and a little lace.
Bread and grainy scent with abit of anise and piney hops.
The flavor is like the scent only stronger and better. Spiced and delicious hoppy flavor with plenty of complexity and a lingering aftertaste of anise, spiced hops and bready malts.
Medium body that leaves only slight coating yet is slick, hydrating and finishes dry.
Great lager and great drinkability.


Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 02:07:20 | More by oelergud
Photo of brewdoc75


4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the mood for a good lawnmower beer, I grabbed a six pack of this.

Pours a golden yellow into my fluted pilsner glass. Vivacious carbonation arises from the bottom. Crisp white head on top. The aroma is pretty good. Strong malts, w/ evident sweetness and graininess. There is a hint of some floral hops as well. The flavor is impressive. Definitely a solid pilsner taste. Strong, sweet malts, but light enough to make this easy to abuse. There is a subtle bitterness and strong, floral hops present. Very clean and crisp mouthfeel along with the taste. No skunkiness or unpleasant aftertaste. Very vibrant on the palate and finishes clean.

Overall a remarkable pilsner. One of my favorites. I do enjoy a good Pilsner Urquell when I can get some on draft and I do think this beats it. Unfortunately it is a $8.99 a 6 pack, so I'll have to enjoy it sparingly.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 20:49:44 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of JDFish


4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one delicious golden lager. Highly sessionable, clean, nice mouthfeel, moderately carbonated. Very easy to drink and one of the better summer refreshers I've had. Personally, I have Bells as overrated in most categories, but this is a knockout for the style. When I'm in the mood for an easy drinking, great tasting brew...this one hits the spot. I mean...why drink Bud when this is around!! Will purchase again

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 02:21:17 | More by JDFish
Photo of semihobo


4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 03:47:08 | More by semihobo
Photo of CharlieMopps


4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a transparent, shimmering straw/golden hue topped by half a finger of white head that dissipates rather rapidly, which fits the Lager style.

S: A very grainy slightly funky smell dominates the bouquet, but it does make the beer more tempting.

T: First sip reveals a low-lying watery smoothness, but this differs from macro-style in the sense that it's an enjoyable part of the flavor. Slightly sweet up front, there is a defined hop side that provides perfect bittering, not too over the top and crystal clear. A slightly drying aftertaste, as the beer washes out refreshingly. The clarity of the flavor is amazing, and for a lager this is done quite well.

M: Crisp and bubbly, hops leave a bit of oiliness, but not much. Good balance and light body make for a tasty lager.

D: What can I say? Bell's knows how to make great beer, and not just the dark stuff. This is a lager that provides a bit of hoppiness that can be savored, but with precise balance. A real treat in the lager category.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 22:32:02 | More by CharlieMopps
Photo of BeerBuilder


4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not a bad looking lager. It is clear golden, with a thick white head. It has a steady flow of carbonation. The lacing is pretty good too. The aroma is clean, fresh, and grassy. Has a slight breadiness to it as well.

It is clean and crisp tasting, with a bit of apple peal and bready malts. A nice full maltiness throughout balance by a light hop bitterness that is barely noticable. A very nice taste compaired to a lot of american lager beers.

It definitely has a lot more body than most lagers. Clean, crisp, flavorful and easy drinking. A very nice lager.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2006 01:18:28 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of ndekke39


4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single 12 oz bottle of this. Comes from batch 7613, packaged on October 5, 2006. Pours clear golden with a bright white head, very little retention. Smells like a crisp pale lager. Nice clean hoppiness to it. Hints of honey. Tastes clean and crisp. Seems the standard taste of an All-Malt Lager. Nice grainy aftertaste, very strong, comes in waves. A touch of bitter in the aftertaste, too. Nice fizzy bite to the mouthfeel. Very clean, sharp, easily drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 22:39:40 | More by ndekke39
Photo of kmpitz2


4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. This brew is pale straqw in color with a finger of head that falls to a bubbly coat over top with a few stray bubbles cascading up. There is a moderate haze in this one. The nose is mild with a peppery hop spiceyness, a touch of doughy sweetness and kiss of grain. It is very nice and crisp. The flavor is moderate grain and bready with a moderate spicey hop that moves to a mild bitterness on the finish. It is rather flavorfull and well balanced. Mouthfeel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. This brew is very easy drinking. The flavors really meld well. It certainly transcends what I expect from most brews in this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 01:36:37 | More by kmpitz2
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Bell's Lager Of The Lakes from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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