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

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 22
Gots: 25 | 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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District of Columbia

3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a perfectly clear, deep golden color with a steady stream of bubbles rising to the surface that support a fluffy white head that leaves streaks of lacing. Aroma is fairly mundane, toasted malt, typical American lager, light hops, ho hum. Body is fairly light, watery in the finish, but supported by strong carbonation and a hoppy finish. Strong flavor of grain and toasted malt, obviously not the most remarkable Bell's beer, but a very flavorful lager compared to others in this class. I'd still prefer Great Lakes Dortmunder for the price and availability for this "class" of beer, but still worth a six pack in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 01:56:53 | More by yourefragile
Photo of BDLbrewster


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden hue, amazing clarity... Small bubbly head that is gone as quickly as it appeared. Thin ropey lacing shows as well.

Smells of sweetness, honey and very light toasted malts all around. Tiny notes of noble hops also make an appearance.

The flavor is much more rich than I expected. The malts come off a lot heavier than most lagers I have had, almost tastes like an Oktoberfest Light. Sweet on the front and nice pronounced spicy and slightly bittering hops make for a very clean, crisp finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit more full than one would expect while still remaining slick and refreshing, especially for the light carbonation.

All around a great beer and a benchmark for lagers. Larry, how do you do it?

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 23:29:11 | More by BDLbrewster
Photo of mdwalsh


3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale, piss yellow color. Just perfect. Huge 3+ ginger while head with big bubbles not too much active carb though. And the head dies fast. Which I guess might be considered to style. I don't really get the difference between a pale lager and an adjunct lager.

S: Sweet malt, not hops, only a little 'wet dog' smell that I get with so many of these. Nothing terribly appealing. But nothing too offensive either

T: Extraordinarily bland. I get something quick and almost bitter for a split second, then I can't taste anything. This is really not what I want from Bell's. This is honestly below standard for the industry, let alone Larry Bell. Guess you have to give something to the idiots.

M: Light, fluffy, airy. Good for what it's supposed to be I guess. Can feel it about as much as you can taste it.

D: I couldn't, but someone without tastebuds could.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 15:54:15 | More by mdwalsh
Photo of civilizedpsycho


3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Golden and semi-transparent with a good 1 finger head. A little cloudier than your typical American Lager.

Smell: A slightly funky hop aroma. It's not offensive or anything, but it's not exactly enticing either.

Taste: Very smooth. A nice malty taste with a small hop kick and no skunk that the smell previously indicated.

Mouthfeel: Not exactly watery, but pretty thin.

Drinkability: It's pretty good. It's nice and light and smooth. Perfect beer for a bbq.

This is the closest microbrew I've had to a standard American Adjunct Lager, but it still has more flavor and character than Bud or MGD. I think this would be a good beer for someone used to those beers to begin branching out.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 20:05:27 | More by civilizedpsycho
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3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Heavy poured produced a rocky 3 inch head that dissipated to a half inch white head with slight lacing.

Smell is hollow much like an American lager. Not much there...

Taste is crisp, grainy-sweet with a slight noble hop bite.

Quaffable, light summer time lawn-mower beer

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 16:47:36 | More by GordonQuid
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3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, straw yellow with a thin head and very active carbonation.

S: Typical malt character with yeasty aromas and a clean finish.

T: Munich malts with a bountiful hop character and a yeasty finish which is just in the slightest bit phenolic. Leaves the palate bitter.

M: Very clean and crisp. The effervescence of the carbonation really shines through.

D: Very drinkable, kick-back-and-relax kind of brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 04:27:40 | More by thekanna
Photo of beachbum1975


3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 9109 - 12 ounce brown bottle.

Pours a crystal clear, light brass with a white, fizzy head (much like a lager should!). Head retention is average for a lager. Nice thick lacing for the trace amount of head that retains.

Smells of moderately heavy, floral hops, white bread yeast and light, pale malts. Very nice for a lager.

Nice bitter hops presence on this one with a super crisp and rerfreshing mouthfeel. High carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Very nice and easy to drink on a hot day!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 03:36:45 | More by beachbum1975
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New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice golden color.

Pours with a decent head, about two fingers.

A noticeably dry finish, but I expected more hop flavor which usually comes with Bell's beers.

I could definitely drink more than one, which I did, but I guess I wanted more from what I consider to be my favorite brewery right now.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 23:03:40 | More by montecristo2
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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. A transparent shade of a medium golden yellow. A pristine white head fleeting fast leaving little lace lines around the rim of the glass.

Smells like lager with a very faint hint of hops hidden in there somewhere.

Taste is much the same with some bitterness from the hops I suppose. A little stronger than I imagined it would be.

Feels good with a nice little bite from the hops.

A very drinkable lager for a craft drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 04:00:18 | More by JordanEllwanger
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3.73/5  rDev +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.


Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2009 01:01:12 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a maze colored haze, with creamy 3/4 inch head. Lacing is nice but quick. Smelled like a jar of worms. Grains, slightly sweet malts come through. Piney hops, that finish crisp. This is very good. Mouth is smooth in middle and sharp bite at finish. Overall this is tasty and satisfying. Great beer for summer in the sun. Enjoyed thoroughly.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 22:16:39 | More by JohnWaynes44
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lager of the Lakes! 12 oz bottle, think I got it at Siciliano's in GR.

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow, very light in colour, thin white head forms, quickly drops down to a thin ring, few lace spots stick. Smell is nice, sweet and malty, very clean, some toast, oats and cereal, light floral and grassy hops. Taste is similar, really full and clean maltiness, a touch sweet, oats and cereal again, some toast, light floral, grass, touch of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low to medium carbonation, goes down easy. A real nice everyday lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 20:06:23 | More by Viggo
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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
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3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found a single bottle at a good local store. Batch 8742 -- hmm, bottled 10/27/08. Well, we'll see -- I've sampled this before at fests and liked it, but I never wanted to invest in a whole sixer.

A -- Clear pale straw color with a decent white head that lingers.

S -- Mellow, lightly fruity hops with good biscuit malt character peaking through.

T -- Good balance of biscuit malt and citrus hops, leaning to hop bitterness in the finish. Some lingering malt in the aftertaste. Sort of a light-bodied Pilsner or even a very light Pale Ale. Clean lager-like finish.

M -- Light body with a crisp mouthfeel.

D -- Very good -- 5.0 from the Bell's site, not 4.5 as listed here. I like this one for a no-nonsense quaffer. Try it on your macro-drinking friends.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 20:02:04 | More by steveh
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3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz. brown bottle. 1/2" white cap on top of pristine maize colored body with a very, very slight haze.

S: Wonderful grassy hop aroma w/a heavy dose of Munich malts.

T: Sweet and bready on the tongue with a crisp, clean, dry, hoppy finish.

M: Light-Medium, but it hits all corners of the mouth quite nicely.

D: Very much drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 01:05:45 | More by GruvisHops
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4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A straw colored lager that releases a light to moderate amount of foam when poured. Some sticky bits of lace are left behind as the head falls. Very hay-like smell. Tastes very crisp, light with some toasted malt and fairly bracing peppery and bitter finish. Quite dry. A delicious lager beer. A little more refined and maybe drier than the Third Coast Beer which I think is an ale anyways. Bitterness coats the tongue after a few sips. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 04:35:34 | More by marcobrau
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3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

twelve ounce bottle. pours clear straw color with thin white head. some lace.

sweet fruity smell. malts also. no off odors.

sweet taste with a good hop presence. crisp beer. subtle aftertaste.

light to mid body. adequate carbonation. i like this beer. i would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 02:07:11 | More by ajmoody76
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3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer is poured a brilliantly clear pale straw colour with a nice big fluffy head. The carbonation in the beer is quite evident just by looking at it because of the clarity. When smelling the beer a rich malty flavour comes through, but it's mostly grainy notes. The beer has a fairly assertive bitterness that I wasn't expecting with a nice floral/spicy hop character backed up nicely by a rather subtle grainy flavour. The flavour is very good; the crisp balance between the noble hops and the maltiness is grand. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy with, but light enough for the style. I don't know how much I could drink of this, even though it's pretty damn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 22:17:07 | More by swizzlenuts
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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. The beer was pale yellow color, crystal clear, with a thin wet head. The aroma was clean, neutral, no real flavors beyond light malt. The beer was tasty but the flavor is not strong, kind of muted and malty. Medium body, easy drinking, definition of a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 03:34:00 | More by TurdFurgison
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3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour is a sunflower yellow with a light tint of green. no murkiness what so ever. nice carbonation. consistent bubbles coming up from bottom of glass. smell is a light hop of mint. palate a wood pulp malt and apple with as not sweet but mealy apricot finish. will have again.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 04:34:39 | More by rtepiak
Photo of Brenden


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is a clear amber color. It pours a thick, clean white head with good retention and leaves rings of sticky lacing.
The smell is simple but pure and natural: malts and grains with a nice hops profile. It actually has something of a white wine in the aroma.
There's a nice grapefruit and pine hops profile in the taste. Clean grains and malt back it up. Very dry, again interestingly reminiscent of a white wine.
The mouthfeel is pretty crisp and smooth, light-bodied without sacrificing flavor. Carbonation is moderate. A very dry finish lingers nicely.
This is a very drinkable brew and a good offering from Bell's.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 22:41:49 | More by Brenden
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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bell's Lager of the Lakes pours a clean and crisp classic lager - clear golden yellow with a nice white cap of foam on top. Lace rings all the way down.

Thick and rich malty aroma, no veggie, no corn. Grainy bite of malt and hops in the quaff that finish off cleanly. Quite the tasty pilsner, this will make for a nice summer beer, albeit this is kind of a high priced to be a session brew.

Alcohol is 5%, not 4.5 as BA notes.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 20:24:08 | More by Vancer
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3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

G: Poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Pale goldish-straw color with a decent bone-white head. Head has a decent amount of foam bubbles, and there is a lot of carbonation visible through the nearly-transparent brew.

S: Definite malt character. Slightly sweet; not many hops.

T: Good taste. Mostly malt but some hops there. Slightly sweet and a little bit bitter.

M: Decent amount of carbonation with a light mouthfeel. Not much of an alcohol presence.

D: Definitely drinkable, but not the best example of the style--after one, I think I'd probably opt for a different beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 00:09:17 | More by Thorpe429
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New Hampshire

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle at 52 degrees.

Pours sparkling clear pale gold, with an inch-plus head of dense white. Retention is moderate and theres some decent lacing throughout the glass.

Aromatics are fairly mediocre, with an extremely light malt presence, and hints of corn and peppery hops. Skunky overtones detract.

Ligth bodied and crisp. Clean with a bit of a watery mouthfeel.

Crackery malt and peppery hops are the mainstay of the palate. A faint corny sweetness pulls through in the finish as well as a fairly firm, drying bitterness.

Clean, quenching, and fairly boring. Reminds me of Budweiser.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 22:07:16 | More by brewandbbq
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2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a beer you'd buy in a gas station. Very light, very clear, very Bud Light-ish.

Smells very lager-y. Lots of grass and corn and skunkiness.

Fortunately, tastes better than it smells. Has a little hop spiciness in the finish.

Not bad, though not very good either.

Mouthfeel is very thin, highly carobonated. Spices tingle the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 04:16:06 | More by PaleAlien2
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