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

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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 314
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 24
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of drabmuh
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Bell's pint glass. At the time of this review, this is the #10 American Pale Lager on beeradvocate.com best of lists.

Beer is yellow and mostly clear but has nearly no head, low carbonation, no lacing.

Aroma is grainy and almost vegetal.

Beer is thin and biting, it gets better the more I drink it but the finish is dry with a mild bitterness that is a little harsh. I don't really like it or understand how this could really be the #10 lager but I guess it is an indication that this style sucks. I won't have it again, I semi-regret having it to begin with.

drabmuh, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of shand
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

This is a great looking lager, it pours a transparent pale gold color with a big head that retains quite well. Looks very refreshing. Aroma is good, there's some nice grainy, sweet, and light malts over a bit of noble hops. A bit watery. The taste is that of a very clean, high quality lager. There's a solid amount of bittering hops on the finish. There's really no way to better describe it. The mouthfeel is good, it's crisp at first, but ends semi-dry. The drinkability is also good. Overall, a solid, well-orchestrated lager.

shand, Jul 31, 2011
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.

glid02, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of Blueribbon666
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Yep...smells like a lager. Poured into pint glass a golden straw color w/thin lacy white head. Being a fan of Bell's I was interested in trying this one. However, I was surprised @ the bold almost bitter taste on the front end followed by an average to underwhelming finish. 1st impressions as the rest of the sixer grew on me, however I would by other offerings from Bell's before returning to this crisp, yet slightly bitter offering. Worth the try, but not high on my return to list.

Blueribbon666, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of zoso1967
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lager of the Lakes pours a very pale gold color that is very akin to the fizzy yellow stuff that most of our country drinks. The head gives away this beer as a craft offering though, with its tightly packed white bubbles and excellent retention and lace.

The aroma is predominately bready malts with a bit of herbal hops mixed in as well. Overall the aroma is pretty subdued, if not clean.

The flavor is similar to the aroma except that the malts seem to have a bit more going on with some toasted, grainy character. The hops also seem to come through more and have a very nice noble flavor to them. This beer tastes very clean and very “soft.” I don’t think I have ever described a beer as soft before, but this one strikes me as being such.

As one would imagine with a beer like this, the body is on the light side. Carbonation seems to be at just the sweet spot and is not too bubbly. The finish is overall dry with some nice hop character lingering on my palate.

This lager is a well made beer that goes down easily. It is refreshing, crisp and clean. It is also ultimately not that interesting to me. Not one I would seek out again, but also not one that I would avoid.

zoso1967, Jul 13, 2011
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.

goldennectar, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Lizardville in a pilsner glass. Pours a straw yellow with a 1" head that reduces to a thin soapy lid, with decent retention down the sides.

Has a grainy, almost oaty smell, with straw, corn(!) and malt. Smell is thicker than I would expect given how light this looks.

Starts crisp, with a forward profile of grain, malt and grass. Has a slight hop turn as it finishes, with an aftertaste of, I have to admit, corn. I find it very difficult to believe Bell's would use corn in any beer, so it must simply be an artifact of the barley used.

Medium bodied, this lager is more than meets the eye, mouthfeel-wise. What helps save it is a healthy enough helping of hops to give it a decent bitter at the end. However, I have to wonder if this was truly "lagered" in the German tradition if it would retain any of that bitterness.

Decent lager, which I know I've had in a bottle before, and if memory serves, is much better on draft. Still, it is decent at best; have it after you've had your first and secnod choices of the evening.

TheHoppiest, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of nickthegun12
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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

nickthegun12, Jul 06, 2011
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.

bsp77, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours out a yellow body with a thin white head that has good retention and lacing. Also has good carbonation.
S. I get some cereal grains and lemon in the aroma
T. The taste starts out with a biscuit taste, followed by some more cereal and sweet grains with a lemon taste in the back.
M./O. The mouthfeel is nice smooth and crisp and overall it is a nice easy drinking beer for the nice summer weather.

DannyDan, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass 24/6/11

A pale golden yellow with only a few bubbles but somehow a long lasting dense thumbs width of foam that leaves lots of unorganized lace

S grainy lemon with some floral hops

T much more floral in the mouth with some sweetness and cereal

M light with a clean finish more bubbles then I could see in the glass

O a decent beer but that's about it, no real flaws but pretty basic stuff

something I'd drink again I'm just not going to go looking for it, and if Bells were on the shelf I'm sure I'd be buying some of their other stuff

wordemupg, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a fizzy gold, capped with a short-lived with wisp of froth. This beer is more herbal-hoppy in the nose than an average APL or general Lager, but otherwise it is straightforward as they come. Pale grain, faint sweetness, light earthy and floral notes, and a refreashing, light body comprise this brew. Not bad, not great either.

ktrillionaire, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of BBP
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear pale gold. Above average carbonation. Slight head which quickly fades away into a film which remains for the duration of the drink.

S- very grainy. Slight herbal hop hints.

T- grains in the front. A hint of butter. Some hop bitterness. A bit of citrus. All is good but the finish wasn't entirely to my tastes. Nicer than the average lager.

M- fairly creamy but a but overcarbonated imo. Dry, slightly sticky finish with a body that is a bit heavier and thicker than the norm.

D- a good drink but nothing to blow you away. Bells took a what I think to be a boring style and improved it a little. I give them extra credit for doing that and having a sub 5.0%abv. If you enjoy a lighter beer I'd check it out.

BBP, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-Very pale and light golden body. I'm watching the Giants/Cardinals game through it. Off white soapy 1 1/2 finger headwith decent retention and some big bubbles. Nice lacing.

Smell-Smells like a lightly cleaner version of a BMC. Lots of grain. Not funky or skunky at least.

Taste-Like noted in the smell, its just a cleaner, more refreshing version of a BMC...I guess thats what happens when you put a little effort into a beer. Crisp, Smooth and very refreshing. Light citrus, light hops, and pretty grainy.

Mouthfeel-Light bodied, pretty close to high carbonation, not even close to as bad as a BMC.

Overall-This was a very hard difficult to review. Would I drink this again? Probably not. I'd definitely prefer other sessionable beers, but for the style it's good, clean and refreshing. I would like to give this to my Dad and see what he thinks as a BMC drinker.

SWMeyer4141, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Erish
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. My Bell's Brewery batch finder tells me that this beer was brewed on June 23, 2010. I should have known better when I bought this single bottle at Trader Joe's! I will re-rate this beer when I get a fresher one.

A: hazy pale golden color, off-white colored head quickly falls into a decent cap with good lacing.

S: trademark lager sulfurous aroma, the malt is cracker-like, and the hops have a touch of citrus to go along with a snappy herbal top note and an earthy bottom note.

T: the malt is subdued and somewhat dry, there is a mild citrus/herbal taste in the middle, and the finish has a mineral dryness along with a faint herbal hop character.

M: light-bodied, silky texture, abundant carbonation, and a mineral-dry finish.

O: I'm sure this beer will rate a little better when I get my hands on a fresh one, but honestly I thought this beer held up pretty well for a 10 month old low ABV lager.

Erish, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- 3 Very average light golden yellow color with minimal head but smooth lacing. Watery.

S- 3 Malted barley, grain, little hops. Not much going on.

T- 3.5 It is balanced in taste between malts and grains. I get a wheat bread like taste that leaves a dryness.

M- 4 Crisp, clean and smooth like a lager should be, it goes down light and easy. It is just above light in body with a good moderate carbonation.

D- 3.5 Though I could drink plenty of this I probably wouldn't want to have more than a couple. It just doesn't have that much going for it. Rather bland for Bell's as I have come to know it.

KYBrewgrass, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of clarkkr
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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 TMoney2591
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Figured I'd start the drinkin' day with something on the lighter side. It pours a very lightly hazy pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light lemon zest, coriander, and a very mild touch of orange sherbet. The taste musks things up a bit, dirtying up the wheat and adding a pinch of black pepper (which, in these surroundings, goes a pretty long way). According to the label, this isn't an out-of-date bottle, so I'm not really sure what to think here. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a pretty nice pale lager, though I'm not too big a fan of the taste profile I got.

TMoney2591, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bell's lager has a crystal clear, dull golden-colored body with a good bit of active carbonation bubbles. The head is small and white, and despite the plethora of bubbles it doesn't stick around for very long; it does, however, manage to leave some lacing behind.

The aroma is lacking. It isn't unpleasant, it's just very weak. Light pale malt sweetness and that's about it.

It does taste better than it smells, which is good. In fact, it tastes pretty good period, without a comparison to the aroma. Moderate to high amounts of hops from the beginning to the end. Grass, lemongrass, hints of lemon and a good amount of bitterness all come from the hops. The finish has a maltiness to it, but it is surprisingly not a standard pale, pils malt that I thought I smelled in the aroma. Although some of that is in there, the dominant malt characteristic is a lightly toasted flavor. After reading the bottle I realize that this beer is brewed with pils and Munich malt. The Munich malt explains the toasted flavors.

The bitterness from the hops is prickly on the tongue and the carbonation is high. The body still feels that it is in the medium to high range for the style, and overall the beer manages to be smooth and crisp.

Although the look and the smell weren't promising, Bell's Lager proved to be a quality lager with a good bit of hops. Refreshing and easy to drink.

Hojaminbag, Mar 29, 2011
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

JDFish, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of r3o
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours deep yellow with a white short lived head, lots of bubles. On the nose there's some burn-sweet like scent, the taste is pure malt, it leaves a bitter-sweet taste, medium body with plenty of carbonation. Feels the mouth in a good way, very easy to drink, I never had a lager like this before.

r3o, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of biggred1
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light blonde with cornsilk highlights and a stiff white head that leaves a little fine lace on the glass. Untoasted grain, pale malts and an earthy, herbal hop aroma. Light and well balanced with a nice balance between grain and herbal hops. Light bodied with crisp carbonation. Good stuff, one of the better lawnmower beers.

biggred1, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sending this one my way, Matt.

A: The pour is a clear straw color with a short lived white head that's about a finger and a half tall.

S: Lots of toasted, almost burnt, grain and malt. Definitely some corn aroma, maybe a bit of grass and straw. Maybe a little bit of bread in there, too.

T: Surprisingly bitter with a fair amount of pine, maybe a little bit of skunk. Corn, which provides some sweetness, and there's a definite grainy character to it as well. Pretty simple flavor profile here.

M: The body is light to medium with a moderate carbonation and a lingering bitterness and/or astringency.

D: A pretty rare miss from Bells, at least in terms of their regular lineup.

womencantsail, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of ChadQuest
3.05/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw color with great clarity and a bone white head.
Aroma and flavors are grainy and earthy from the noble hops. Slightly nutty with a musky straw and a corn likenes, crisp in that dark earthy sense. Flavors finish clean with just a bit of residual lingering. A well made brew that would appeal to others more then myself, the dark earthy aspects are probally what lowers it for me, i'd have prefered to see more of a bright balance.

ChadQuest, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of codsmith
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark gold, but very hazy with no residual head

Smell: A little sweet malty smell, but not a huge nose

Taste: Very crisp and refreshing, with a light malty body and a bitter ending

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and very thin taste profile

Drinkability: Its a good daytime summer beer where you can easily put away a case

codsmith, Mar 02, 2011
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