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

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Reviews: 342
Hads: 879
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 35
Gots: 97 | 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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Reviews: 342 | Hads: 879
Photo of Thaddeus
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light golden yellow in color with an average white head.

Aroma & Taste: Round crisp beer with moderate bitterness and an average duration. Pilsner style with some bitter hoppy notes, mixed with some toasted malt grains. Round, full beer with some earthy tones to it.

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Photo of noahallington
4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This lager is a pale brilliant gold. It smells a lot like apples, and in fact, tastes like them too. The front of the taste is very sweet and appley, while the hops bring up the rear for a nice balance of sweet and bitter. The front of the taste almost reminds me of a white wine like a pinot grigio.

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Photo of Durtdiggler
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle pours into pilsner glass very light golden clear a lot of lacing, 1 finger head settles quickly.

Aroma is very bready biscuity but don't pick any other additions.

Taste is Czech style upfront with alot of bread. Missing the bitterness, or any tanginess of citrus or even sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good. Light bodied law mower beer. Very smooth. Easy.

It's a good lager for macro fans to try but doesn't inspire me. I did enjoy it but a lot of tasty options for the money. If its summer your outside doing something active, would be a choice.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear-ish yellow, nicely carbonated, one finger head that doesn't last long but somehow leaves behind some lacing.

S-Some skunky notes, malt, bread and wheat.

T-Very malty. Bread and wheat, nice balance. Semi-sweet and a tad bit of grass.

M-Heavier than I was expecting and some carbonation.

O-A boring run of the mill lager. Nothing stands out.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains and malts. Taste is crisp, lots of grains, some malts, earthy, bitter at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good session beer, probably better enjoyed during the summer.

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Photo of screamking
3.01/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance- gold-yellow but more yellow, thin uneven head which disappears quickly. 2.75

Aroma-grainy,light hops, not a lot here, small lemon,light malts, light smells all around. 3

Taste-dry malts, bitter hops, bit of corn liqour, not a lot else coming through. 3

Feel-carbonation up front, very grainy, leaves mouth very dry. 3.25

Overall- not worth the price at $10 a sixer, this is as average of a beer you can get. The only plus I can give it is its easy to drink. 3

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Pint
From: Meijer in Ann Arbor
Price: ~$8 a 6-pack

Appearance: straw-yellow color. completely clear, almost watery. small half a finger of head that fades pretty quickly to a small lacing.

Smell: very nice smelling beer. bread, grainy malts and some grassy hops.

Taste: drops off a bit from the nose. sometimes i get the skunky, cheap american lager taste. other times it is much more subtle with grainy malts, a slight pepperiness, followed by slight grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: light just like it should be. the carbonation is a bit lacking to me as i would looking for something a bit more crisp and refreshing. finish slightly bitter

Overall: I like it, but i get too many skunky sips. its really a good tasting beer but sometimes it just goes down wrong. It shouldn't be spoiled as it was bottled a month ago and refrigerated at the store.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/21/12

Appearance: Looks like a decent APL ought to look ... a light amber color. Completely clear. No head to speak of, patchy lacing, and some nice carbonation.

Smell: Pepe Le Pew, is that you? Super skunky ... smells like an adjunct, and I can't say I'm too fond of it. Super skunky + malt aroma. It also sort of smells like rubber bands...

Taste: The skunk/rubber band comes out a bit at the front of each sip, but it goes away and the finish leaves a nice bit of hops and even more malts on the finish. Subtle, but not too shabby. I wasn't expecting a good taste at all after the smell. Considering the style, this isn't too bad at all for a pale lager. The feel is pretty light with some prickly carbonation... to be expected.

Overall, a fair camping/lawn mower/beach beer, but other than that, eh. Not a terrible beer, but not something that even warrants being poured into a pint glass. The smell's a bit of a turn off, but it's not too bad as a whole. Wouldn't buy a six pack, but would be a fair choice of light beer to have on a hot day in Michigan.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

extremely clean light yellow pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head... smells "bologna-ish".. same smell i associate with heineken. bready, sweet scents with a peppery feel. sweet, with a very bready profile.. has almost a pretzel like flavor (minus the salt). this is REALLY good, especially for the style. light body, highly carbonated.. refreshing as a lager should be.

nothing special as far as bell's goes, but as far as lagers, one of the best.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with some golden yellow highlights and moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready malts with some light amounts of grains. Very light hints of grassy hops.

T: Upfront this beer is quite malty but not sweet - bready malts with some additional graininess present. Light amounts of grassy hops but not very much bitterness is present and it fades quickly.

M: LIght to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with some light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is very well balanced as it does not exhibit the sweetness that you often find with the more malty beers but it is not overly hoppy or bitter either. Easy to drink and definitely sessionable.

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Photo of dfillius
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Aggressive pour yields 3/4 finger of white head with fairly good retention. Nearly crystal clear lemon yellow liquid. Pretty, though I wonder why it's not 100% clear. I'd like more head please.
S: Clean grain, all malt I think. Slightly tangy grassy Euro-hop. Pleasant, no skunk or metallic edge. Sublime.
T: Taste doesn't gel as well as the aroma. Slightly rough hops stumble around a pleasantly sweet base. Some metal roams around the edges, but this mellows after I ate a tomato - interesting. Pretty nice actually.
M: A bit too fizzy, metallic twinge not so great. Full feeling, nice.
O: Decent. I might order another, but i doubt I'd buy 6. It's not bad, just not great.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks great for a lager the head is a 1/4 inch that seems to stick around for a while. Color is golden with a good amount of bubbles in the body.

S - Smell isn't as hoppy as I hoped but has a good amount of sweet malts and little corn.

T - Sweet, very balanced hops and corn flavor, and some bittering hops. Quite refreshing,

M - Light and crisp easy to drink lager.

Overall nothing I could session or find more than one (got this in an Ohio run) but it's a fairly balanced and tasty lager.

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Photo of brock146
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - White, fizzy, thin head that dissipates fairly quickly. Deep yellow/amber with many carbonation bubbles.

S - sweet malty essence with a minimal hop scent

T - Light, refreshing and a little bit sweet at first. Hops become more pronounced later on which lingers.

M - Cremy, smooth, and carbonated. Very nice.

O - Really quite good. It's simple like it should be. A nice and drinkable, refreshing pale lager. What more could you ask for?

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out a pale clear yellow with another flash head and minimal lacing. I'm starting to worry I might be pouring too cold. Smells and tastes like a generic blend of breakfast cereals....as it ought to. A dash of lemon peel and noble hopping appears as the glass warms up. Clean-cut and crisp body, perky carbonation.

Memorable for having slightly more flavor and depth than most American Pale Lagers I've had...but that's not particularly difficult to do in this category.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's never seems to disappoint (that I can recall), and this is no exception. As a lager, it's a bit too rustic for my personal tastes, but it definitely works. I have to wonder what this would be like on cask with the character it is presenting. Regardless, this is another good beer from Bell's.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a lager glass. Pours a standard lager yellow with about 2 fingers of head. At least, That's what I had gotten out of it. The smell is of strong citrus. And I mean STRONG. An appealing citrus though. The taste is a wee bit of corn flakes with an ever stronger hit of citrus coming through in the end. The mouthfeel is terrible. Tastes like Lemon pledge and soap suds. Overall, This is an alright beer for the summer, So long as you can actually choke it down

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Photo of davey101
2.84/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 03/09/2012. 12 Oz. bottle into a plastic cup. Pours a golden straw yellow body. Small white head settles to some thin edging. Smell is sweet, bready, and bland. No hops, just some sweaty off flavors. Nice carbonation and mouth feel. Taste is identical. Not a bad lager, but not a great beer.

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Photo of lwillitz
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into thick beer mug

A - 3 fingers of bubbly white head over a crystal-clear yellow body with moderate bubbles of carbonation

S - grain, honey and subdued hops

T - clover honey, grassy hop bitterness, lingering dry finish

M - medium body with high carbonation, carbonation coupled with some astrincency gives this one a bite

O - nothing special

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Photo of pearljam118
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass

A - Pours like any other BMC lager. No head whatsoever.

S - Smells like any BMC lager. Not very enticing.

T - Very slightly fruity, well balanced but still nothing much going on.

M - medium carb. light feel

O - This is better than any BMC offerings but I don't think I'd get it again. I like trying craft lagers but this one did nothing for me.

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Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Siciliano's. 12oz into a tulip, bottled May 9, 2012.

Clear golden yellow with a good bit of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass. Finger or two of white head, moderate retention and OK lace. Toasty, grainy bread on the nose with subtle hopping. Perhaps a bit earthy/vegetal, and doughy. Tastes about the same, grainy and crackery. Crisp hoppiness. Light body and medium carbonation. A simple beer, and nice for the style. I'd take this over their Third Coast Beer.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a straw colored yellow with a thin white fizzy head. Has a bit of a sour smell to it at first Very clear with many noticeable carbonation bubbles. Smell is somewhat bitter and hoppy as well. Somewhat grassy with a slight malty graininess to it. Has a nice straight forward pale grassy bitterness to it. The maltiness is more earthy and grainy going along very well with the mild hop bitterness. It has a nice strong flavorfull slightly bitter yet balanced finish. Very drinkable and very awesome if your not quite into craft beer. I would definitely buy this again. It is just a perfect all around lager for any kind of beer lover, and very session-able.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw colored and clear with a decent amount of carbonation. One finger white head dissipates rather quickly.
It smells rather grassy, I'm also picking up some bready notes.
I get a nice hop bittering flavor up front followed by a bready dough-like maltiness. Also tasting a slight bit of citrus that makes me think of lemons.
The mouthfeel is very crisp up front from a combination of hops and carbonation, which is followed by a nice malt presence and a slight aftertaste. It's a very refreshing beer.
I really like this beer. For a lager it's tasty, light, and refreshing. I could very easily drink an entire 6er of this after a day in the yard or at the ball park.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pils glass.

3.0 A: Clear light yellow color. Two fingers of foamy/frothy white head. Retention is average and no lacing is left.

3.5 S: Grassy hoppiness with a doughy/biscuity maltiness. Not overly complex, but pleasant.

3.5 T: Mild to moderate hop bitterness. Grassy and earthy hop taste. Super doughy with biscuity undertones. Mildly sweet overall.

4.0 M: Medium body. A like how this is a little thicker than most would brew. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and smooth.

3.5 D: Not bad. I like myself a good lager from time to time.

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Photo of bluHatter
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear gold in color, a small head, lots of rising bubbles.

S: Wheat, grain, malty

T: Clean, refreshing with just a tiny tinge of bitter/sour on the back, but just enough to make it a little more interesting than a typical lager. Very good.

M: Good crisp carbonation, light bodied

O: A fantastic lager. I've been craving one of these.

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Bell's Lager Of The Lakes from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.