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

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Ratings: 702
Reviews: 313
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 24
Gots: 34 | 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 semibaked
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Tulip (I don't know why it just was handy)

A - Pours a good light golden color, about 2 fingers of fluffy white head that creates some really pretty lacing and has a lot of carbonation.

S - Smells of light malts, some fresh baked bread, and hops.

T - Light taste of malts, bread, the hops hit in the middle, then ends with bread crust. Crisp and clean.

M - Has a slight oily quality but overall light bodied.

D - Just a nice lager, I could see having this in the summer, but I think this would be a good beer to introduce BMC drinkers into the craft beer world.

semibaked, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of CPeterson
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -- Pours a bright crystal golden color with a light head that dissipates quickly and a little lacing.

S -- Smells of light malt and hops, no real distinguishable notes aside from that -- consistent with the style.

T -- Light malt sweetness and some grain backed by a solid hop punch.

M -- Light and easy, a little dry on the back of the palate.

D -- Very easy to drink, nothing amazing. A solid czech style pilsner, almost indistinct from Pilsner Urquell aside from the different grain profile. Good, but not mindblowing.

CPeterson, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of eschapp
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hoppy lager with a golden color and consistent color. Lager of the lakes tastes like what you expect an american lager would with a slightly more robust flavor.

Easy to drink and my only complaint is that it is a little too carbonated. But that is only a minor issue.

Good lager which is slightly overpriced @ 10 a sixer in DC.

eschapp, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of pzrhsau
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice bright golden color with little visible carbonation. Slight head that leaves a little residue on the glass.
Smell: Nice aroma of pale malt coupled with a slight toasted aroma.
Taste: Very clean malt flavor that really pops with the carbonation. There is a grain aftertaste which is interesting.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Very clean but might not leave enough of a presence on the taste buds to be a stellar beer. Solid lager with a subtle carbonation which really tickles the tongue.

pzrhsau, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of MIbeerfan
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light cloudy yellow brown. A thin white head that dissipates rather quick.
S: Nothing sticks out faint smell of hops.
T: Slight citrus followed by crisp hops
M: Good carbonation and suprisingly light and crisp
D: Overall solid lager which drinks rather light, would be a good session beer.

MIbeerfan, Feb 23, 2010
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle to pint glass. Batch #9250.

A: Large 3 finger foamy white head. After patiently waiting, the head is reduced to a sudsy film. Lightly hazy (maybe chill haze) in the golden yellow body which is very light in color.

S: Well malted with Pils and Munich malts. Average herbal hop content and light fruity yeast esters.

T: Light alcohol on the palate which is surprising given the 4.5% ABV. Otherwise great flavor with plum, blueberry, fig and honey. Semi fruity and lightly sweet. Bottom line is this is a full flavored pale lager. Bringing the taste rating DOWN to a 4.0 is the alcohol which is particularly abundant on the exhale. Also, light acidic aftertaste.

M: Great mouthfeel, much fuller than what I expected. Perfect carbonation, lively and fizzy. The flavor duration is above average.

D: Drinkability is through the roof. Quite a sessionable brew.

FeDUBBELFIST, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of BigJim5021
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale straw with a decent white head. Good lacing and retention for a "run-of-the-mill" lager.

Smell is of light biscuity malts and sweet grains.

Flavor is a good mix of sharp grains, biscuity malts and a sweet and sour grassy quality. Very interesting, but not really strong. Hop bitterness is fairly low given the description on the bottle (which claims pils-like bitterness).

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Very easy going.

Drinkability is very high. This is an incredibly clean, crisp lager. I could drink a gallon without batting an eye. I can see myself grabbing more as the weather warms.

BigJim5021, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of colefsuwr
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lager of the Lakes is a great pale lager that works as a great "stepping stone" beer. Do you have a friend that drinks Miller Lite and they dont like the stuff you bring over? Give them this and they will begin to see the light. Not too much flavor but a nice light "pilsner-esque" taste that will be the life of the summer party for your "uncultured" friends.

colefsuwr, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of NeutroMan
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Slightly hazy pale straw color. Eggshell head with average retention and lacing.

Grainy, corn-like aroma with minimal hops and some low levels of yeast character like green apples.

Hop bitterness is more pronounced than the nose would have you believe and surprised me somewhat upon my first sip. Malts are not very noticeable, thus the hop bitterness dominates and it's not all that pleasant and probably inappropriate for the style.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a dry finish. Highly carbonated which gives it a little bite. But the unbalanced bitterness doesn't lend this beer to more than one or two in a sitting.

NeutroMan, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Avagadro
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw colored with moderate lacing and good retention. The thing that kills me is that the beer is cloudy, never a good thing in the world of Pilsners.

S: Bouquet is well presented, with notes of bread and spicy Czech hops.

T: Quite dry, with an emphasis on the hops. Quite pleasent.

M: Light body with heavy carbonation. Everything a good Pils should be.

D: A fine example of the Pils style. Sorry BA, but even the description calls this a Pils. If they cleared it up, it would be near perfect.

Avagadro, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of MNJR
4.53/5  rDev +25.5%
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
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 12/11/2009. Bottle. Pours a clear light yellow with a small white head, very piss-like. Aroma of sweet wheat malt, bready malt. Flavor of stale bready malt, a touch of light fruits but only slight. I'm a bit disappointed with this beer -- overall, a boring pale lager.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of CRichardsMN
1.78/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours out a straw yellow with a huge foamy white head that leaves a pretty decent amount of lacing. Also has some off-white floaters.

Pretty much only grassy straw and some bitter hops. Not bad but not a whole lot to look forward to in the first drink...

Like the smell, not a whole lot going on but grass and hops. Flavor is actually pretty full but not great. Also has a bit of a musky off taste like a pilsner gone bad. Finishes with a long lingering bitterness.

Nice carbonation and medium body with no residue.

Not a fan and had a hard time finishing this one.

I've had quite a few different brews from Bell's and have not had anything approaching this poor. I have to imagine that I picked up a badly handled bottle.

CRichardsMN, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 12 ounce bottle and into my shaker glass. the lager appears a clear golden yellow color with about two fingers of pillowy off white foam. Notes of toasted bread, sweet caramel malt, fruity apples, grassy, prickly hops, and some biscuits make up the majority of the nose and taste here. Medium bodied and amply carbonated. Quite easy to drink and a nice session lager.

ClockworkOrange, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Batch number of 9109.

Appearance: Thin white head. Yellow body has a slight haze.

Smell: Nice sweet maltiness. Hops are vaguely fruity. Smells pretty crisp.

Taste: Reminds me a lot of their Third Coast Beer. Probably using the same hops for both beers. Nice lingering spice from the hops.

BierFan, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear golden color. The head is an inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma of bready malt, with hints of spicy and fruity hops. The taste is more balanced than the aroma. There is a nice lingering spiciness. The mouthfeel is slightly lighter than medium bodied with ample carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, I really like this beer. It has more than enough going on in the taste/aroma to keep me interested, yet is still light enough to make it very sessionable.

KarlHungus, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of bristol2120
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Moderate sized head with minimal lacing. Pale golden in color.
S - Pleasant but subdued hops present.
T - Nice, spicy hop notes. Decent bitterness
M - Good mouthfeel. Decent level of carbonation, and very smooth.

Very assertive hoppiness for a lager. Overall, another quality product from Bell's.

bristol2120, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of dmfrench
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good, simple, well-rounded Pale Lager... perfect for pizza.

A: Primary yellow, virtually clear body with a sudsy, pretty persistent two-finger white head.

S: Clean, dry hops, maybe a bit of biscuit malt.

T: Tastes a lot like a Pilsner to me... dry, biscuit malt with a balancing dose of crisp hops... not a lot of character, just clean, simple, quality beer flavor... would be great for washing down a fine brick oven pizza.

M: Feels nice and full with proper carbonation, but it's a little chalky.

D: Take a wild guess.

dmfrench, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of yourefragile
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

yourefragile, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of BDLbrewster
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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?

BDLbrewster, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

mdwalsh, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

civilizedpsycho, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of GordonQuid
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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

GordonQuid, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of thekanna
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

thekanna, Jul 29, 2009
Bell's Lager Of The Lakes from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 702 ratings.