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

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Ratings: 754
Reviews: 317
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 25
Gots: 45 | 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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Photo of Erish
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of clarkkr
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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

Photo of TMoney2591
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.66/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of JDFish
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
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

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.

Photo of biggred1
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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.

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.

Photo of ChadQuest
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of codsmith
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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

Poured a bright golden amber with a nice frothy and fizzy white head that quickly faed leaving behind simply an average looking macro like lager. The aroma was full of grain, tons of it and that was about all there was. A hint of corn in the back, but a predominant musty breadlike aroma. The taste was pretty bland to be honest. Not horrible mind you, just terribly average. Lots of corn and grain and bread again. This was your typical macro kinda lager, nothing really great at all, better then a bud light but I think I will pass.

Photo of crytapusta
4.92/5  rDev +35.9%
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.


Photo of damndirtyape
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (Batch 10006) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow (bit of a tarnished gold) beer with plenty of bubbles moving up through the beer. Poured with a white head that disappeared within seconds of pouring. No lacing and only some tiny little thin foam islands on the top of the beer.

Smell: Mild apple-cider like smell, but with a good swirl the hops come out a bit more to give something like a combination of cut grass and apple and floral all at the same time.

Taste: Crisp bitterness up front moving into some mild malt flavors and then a lingering hop (slightly piney) finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation on the tongue. Just a hair thicker than water with some lingering sensation on the teeth.

Drinkability: It's okay. Nothing special. Better than some lagers I've had, but not the best. The lingering hop bitterness in this one I think cuts the wrong way against the nice crisp start of the beer. Oh well. Not a waste but I probably won't get it again.

Photo of philosobeer
4.44/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Lager of the Lakes"

Into a tulip glass, this lager generates a couple fingers of bone white foam. It gets right to work forming a sticky crown of intricate lacing. Body is straw gold, with very little visible sediment in suspension. Head retention is good, it remains for the duration of the glass.

Grassy, clean noble hop aroma, with some light honeyed saltine cracker.

Crisp bite, with some ghostly herbal hop flavor appearing in the background. Grainy and simple, some pilsner malt, and very mild hop flavor. Feels a bit flaccid, but the crispness saves it from being too bland. Pretty clean with no off flavors, just a simple straightforward lager. More of a lawnmower beer perfect for hot weather and barbecues.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.87 at Ale Yeah! in Decatur, Georgia. Batch #10006.

Appearance: Pours out a crystalline, yellow body with a sudsy, snow white head. Small smattering of lace on the way down.

Smell: Lightly sweetish cereal grains on the aroma with the seemingly noble hops imparting hints of lightly spicy dried herbs.

Taste: Pils malts stirred up with a handful of day-old toasted biscuit tops. Lightly sweet, lightly grainy upfront. Spicy, zesty, faintly floral hop character, adequate, in terms of bitterness. A single, solitary drop of lemon. Increasingly drying as you reach the finish with a small bit of bitterness holding on for the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: No fancy tricks, no barrel-aging, no over-the-top hop profile, just a fine, serviceable, quaffable lager. Exactly what I needed on this mid-afternoon!

Photo of Spiekerbox
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Pale golden yellow with a pretty large head. Quite clear of a beer as well, leaves light lacing

S- Bready, pleasant but nothing outstanding

T- Little bit of hoppiness and slight sourness but otherwise quite plain. Is what I would expect from a pale lager though.

M- Light body with medium-high carbonation. Relatively crisp and refreshing finish.

D- Definitely drinkable, not a great beer in any sense though but that is an issue with the style. Would much rather be drinking these all night than an mass-brew beer, but would expect to pay the same price for it.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Not much foam, and ok on the carbonation. Lacing is decent as I recall. Straw yellow.

Smell: Some nice fresh, dry breadiness. Relaxing, not outstanding.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Just a bit of sour hops, nothing too impressive. Really mild overall. Nothing off-putting. Pretty watery though.

Drinkability: This seemed to take me a while to finish, which is not good with a light or pale lager. Definitely an average session beer.

Overall: Nothing I really loved and kind of bland.

Photo of buschbeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in pilsner glass.

A - Yellow in color in a half inch of white head that settles to a film on top.

S - Bell's captured that "adjunct lager" smell, grassy and grainy.

T - The taste reminds me of a European lager. It's got a metallic aftertaste. It's a little chalky on the tongue.

M - Thin

D - It fits the style. Problem is, I'm not a huge fan of the style.

Photo of projectflam86
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head that fades away quickly.

S- Some toasted malt and grain. Not much in the way of hops.

T- Cooked cereal and sweetness initially with a bit of bitterness in the finish. Pale malt and a bit of astringency come through.

M- Clean and crisp with ok carbonation.

D- Overall there isn't much flavor to this brew but it's pretty easy to drink.

Photo of Lillenk
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was very nice golden, clear, with a very nice white head.

Smell was quite bit from a lager. A ton of hop character coming through on the nose.

Taste was good. Very nice, very light, exactally what I would look for in a lager style.

Mouthfeel was very light. It was very nice and very easy to drink but still enough flavor to keep you satisfied.

Photo of Lothore
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden hue with a small, off white head.

S- Smells bready with light herbal hoppiness.

T- Wheat, light hop notes, bready

M- Medium/think bodied with medium carbonation.

D- This beer, while not terrible, really just fades into the fray for me. With so many other great session beers out there i'm not quite sure why you would pick this one.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden yellow straw with big fluffy head and fine lacing.

S - earthy grain, pine hops

T - hint of firm grain and bitter hops in the finish.

M - light/med. body with crisp finish, good carbonation feel.

D - Solid pale lager; do your BMC friends a favor and introduce them to this, they will thank you for it. Very sessionable. This is not amazing, just a nice lager for a hot day.

Photo of uwmgdman
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours clear straw yellow with a thick white head that diminished to a thin skim and left a little lacing. The aroma is moderately malty, grainy and sweet along with a bit of clean, European Pils yeast character if that makes any sense. The flavor is initially rather malty, crackers and grain with just a little sweetness. The beer transitions to moderately bitter with a pleasant, spicy, floral hop flavor and a dry, crisp finish. The carbonation is appropriately medium-high with medium body. Overall this is a well made very tasty American Pils. If all American Pils had always been made this way, the craft brew revolution may have never started; satisfying and refreshing.

Bell's Lager Of The Lakes from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
82 out of 100 based on 754 ratings.