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

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Ratings: 692
Reviews: 312
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 24
Gots: 33 | 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 ajmoody76


3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

05-06-2009 02:07:11 | More by ajmoody76
Photo of swizzlenuts


3.83/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

04-28-2009 22:17:07 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of TurdFurgison


4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

04-21-2009 03:34:00 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of rtepiak


3.78/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

04-11-2009 22:41:49 | More by Brenden
Photo of Vancer


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

03-25-2009 20:24:08 | More by Vancer
Photo of Thorpe429


3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

03-23-2009 00:09:17 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

03-22-2009 22:07:16 | More by brewandbbq
Photo of PaleAlien2


2.78/5  rDev -23.2%

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.

03-22-2009 04:16:06 | More by PaleAlien2
Photo of beerman207


2.83/5  rDev -21.8%

Poured into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance - cloudy yellow

Smell - malts, honestly it smells a bit like a fraternity party.

Taste - not impressive. Tasted a bit skunky to be honest

Mouthfeel - slightly carbonated and light

Drinkability - the drinkability of this beer is good if you're into the taste.

I may have to give this lager another try. I'm wondering if I got a skunked brew. I love the Kalamazoo Stout by Bell's so this one is leaving me unfulfilled.

03-16-2009 01:40:53 | More by beerman207
Photo of WakeandBake


4/5  rDev +10.5%

Bottle,batch #8654. A bright clear golden color with a medium fizzy white head,lots of carbonation going on here.A nice clean citrus hop and mild dry grain aroma,a little grassy,maybe some lemon. Flavor is very fresh and crisp, just mildly hoppy with some lemon,grass spice and kind of a light bready grain and then finishes slightly dry with just a bit more of the citrus zest . A nice easy drinker .

03-11-2009 03:11:31 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of KI9A


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Typical yellow, fizzy American lager. Not able to tell the difference between this, and a Bud/Miller/Coors/

S: Sweet, corn & malts. Inviting as hell.

T: Typical macro-ish sweet maltyness. Some sweet corn. Finishes with a bit more bitterness than a typical macro.

M: Light. Very refreshing. Crisp, clean, slight bitterness hangs around.

D: Well, I paid 10 bucks for this 6er, which I would do anytime for a nice craft beer. But, for about 3 bucks less, I can find Ray Hill's, which is this beers' equal. I really dig this beer, and wanted to like it more, but the price doesn't allow me to. But, then again, it is less than 2 bucks a bottle, which is actually not bad I guess..Confusing, but, would buy again. Smoetimes, a guy just wants to sit down, and have a great , refreshing American Lager!!

03-11-2009 00:10:06 | More by KI9A
Photo of mwa423


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

A- poured into a pint glass with a thin white head. color is a clear pale yellow.

S - very strong lager smell, very clean.

T - the corn is the most prevelant flavor. it is very good for the style but still very thin.

M/D - the mouthfeel is as thin as the taste. I could easily drink this any time but the price is as high as I have ever seen in the style

02-25-2009 02:47:22 | More by mwa423
Photo of Gehrig


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Clear light golden body supports one and one-half fingers of the whitest white foam, nice duration but little lacing on the Yankees pint glass. Malty aroma, sweet, veering toward corn malt in sweetness but richer; the Munich and Pils are nice choices.

Good taste, like a Helles Lager but not quite as full flavored. Hints of citrus, some floral hops, and a subtle but certain bitterness near the finish. Pretty uncomplicated, but light and delicious. Good, smooth, creamy mouthfeel--a standard trait of Bell's. I believe that, even with a beer that is just rather decent as Bell's Lager is, the taste and mouthfeel set it apart from pedestrian macro lagers by quite some distance. Same here.

Straightforward but delicious, Bell's Lager is one that would be a very good session beer.

02-12-2009 23:15:02 | More by Gehrig
Photo of madtowndmb1


3.23/5  rDev -10.8%

This beer poured a clear golden color with a decent white head. Almost no smell is present, maybe a touch of spice? The taste is very clean, not much going on but good. Overall this is a OK lager, but at the price it's going to be hard to buy a sixer.

02-12-2009 15:03:29 | More by madtowndmb1
Photo of nickynick


3.73/5  rDev +3%

Bells Lager poured a pale straw color with a small head, with ok lacing. The smell was strong with loads of citrusy hops. Taste was full of citrusy hops with hints of malty sweetness. Mouthfeel was good, and the drinkability was nice. This beer was refreshing. Overall this was not a bad beer. A little lighter then some of the other American Lagers. Good beer probably more meant for the summer, but a nice lager. Would buy again.

02-09-2009 15:55:33 | More by nickynick
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.48/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Crisp and clear pale golden beer, this one just looks refreshing. Topped with a fluff of bright-white head with strong retention. Carbonation is visible by several constant streams of rising bubbles.

S-Some hop spiciness floats over a grainy and bready malt aroma.

T-A bright and cleanly bitter flavor with an herbal/spicy hop character coming through. Malt flavors are light and grainy in nature. Dry on the finish, very crisp.

M-Medium-high carbonation with a crisp, moderate body. Feels slippery.

D-Drinkability is good. It was a refreshing beer, which made it very easy to put down. This would certainly be an appropriate beer for a warm summer day cruising on the pontoon, but it seemed a little off drinking it on a cold January evening. Regardless, pretty tasty.

02-06-2009 21:03:35 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of FCGrabo


2.63/5  rDev -27.3%

Into the glass. The beer came up with thick head but only about a half-inch's worth. The liquid was a nice golden yellow as promised with lots of medium sized bubbles. I'm thinking that the head will go away soon, so I better get crackin' here. The aroma was nice, reminding me of last night's Old Style. A good beery scent pervaded through my nose hairs making me want to have a sip real soon. Like now.

As soon as the first sip went down, the hops attacked. The flavor of the beer is rather robust, but the hoppiness at the swallow was a little harsh right out of the gate. I thought that another ounce of hops in this recipe at the brewery would push this beer into the realm of a mild IPA. Instead of it reminding me of Old Style, it reminded me of the Eliot Ness beer from a liitle while ago. The beer is not really that bad, it's just that, for me, the bitter end is a little much. Like getting a skin pinch or finding a piece of gristle in your Polish sausage or that cell phone ringing in the movie theater. Everything else was good, except for that.

By the time I hit the bottom of the first glassful, the head was still there and the hoppiness became less pronounced and more of the flavor became apparent. The flavor cavorts nicely with the taste buds all the time the liquid is in your mouth, but when you swallow, it's like a swat to the ass. Tolerable but lingering. The hops are really apparent at the exhale after the swallow.

A few sips into the second beer and all of the flavors sort of came together. Perhaps it was the initial hop shock of the first sip of the first bottle that put me off, but down the road it came together. That begs the prerequisite for this beer: drink one of these before you have your first one of these. What does this mean? It took two beers before I started liking the taste. Maybe it's more of a toleration factor than it is a liking. I'll say that this beer is a unique taste experience over time.

02-01-2009 06:06:28 | More by FCGrabo
Photo of droomyster


3/5  rDev -17.1%

The first thing that caught my eye as I poured this beer was its haziness. I give it props for this unexpected trait in a lager that would otherwise just be your typical, light golden brew with a small white head. Smells very grainy, with a honey sweetness and grassy hops. Taste is bizarre in that it seems slightly sweet and mostly zesty on the palate but then leaves you with a kinda stinky finish that just ruins it for me. I tend to like most of Bell's styles but this lager is one of the exceptions.

01-29-2009 08:27:28 | More by droomyster
Photo of Contagion


3.23/5  rDev -10.8%

When I poured it into a pint glass, a half inch white head. It faded after five minutes into a film on the top. The color is of golden straw. There is a slight haziness to it. Light passes through easily enough.

The smell is dominated up front by grainy malts. There is a hint of hops to it that balances the scent out. A slight grassiness also is noticeable. The beer starts off with a nice crisp malt and follows through with a grassy hop taste. The flavor is very light, it's reminiscent of a pilsner. A little bland for a lager, but more flavor than a pilsner.

This is a medium bodied beer, with a light carbonation.

This was an enjoyable beer, which was easy to drink. Nothing overly rememberable about it, it tastes good, but it really is a run of the mill lager. The flavor is kind of like a pilsner, but it has a medium body to it. Realistically it's a good meal beer; you can drink this with a burger because the flavor won't affect the flavor of the food.

01-22-2009 01:31:56 | More by Contagion
Photo of JimboHD2005


3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams glass. Is clear light yellow straw color and the head disapates quickly.

Has a scent of spicy hops.

Has a bitter taste from the hops. Similar to the dortunder style if a little more maltier.

Nice beer for the warmer months and has more fullness than the color of the beer would suggest. I'm thinking grilled burgers, chicken, chops, steaks.

A decent beer overall but at $10.00 a six'r not sure it's something I would consider a session beer.

01-17-2009 04:25:15 | More by JimboHD2005
Photo of akorsak


3.73/5  rDev +3%

A 12 oz bottle purchased at The Andersons Maumee.

A: The lager is pale, a straw color that is hazy due in part to temperature and in part to sediment. There is no retention to the half a finger of head.

S: The nose is grainy, punctuated with a creamed corn sweetness and a kiss of hops.

T: The lager has a great noble hop crispness, a grassy, earthy flavor that I'd expect from a pilsner, not a pale lager. Behind the big hop profile, pale biscuity malts emerge. A beer that was much better than I anticipated.

M: The hops are great, oily and full. They drive the flavor.

D: The lager tastes fuller than it is. I'd very impressed with this one.

01-04-2009 01:42:40 | More by akorsak
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

2.4/5  rDev -33.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Pale straw yellow, completely clear. A finger of bone white head rises with moderate retention before settling to a thin collar. Minimal lacing.

S - The use of noble hops is more than obvious here. Very onion-like and vegetal...tomato-like even. Though I'm sure this is what was intended, it smells remarkably like the regurgitation of a big Italian meal.

T - Even worse than the nose. Bottled gym socks with a shot of body odor topped off with some deadly haletosis. Flavorless malt kicks things off followed by a wash of the horrible flavors described above. Thankfully they die off quickly and give way to an earthy bitterness in the finish. Luckily this buffet of bodily functions does not linger.

M - The mouthfeel is actually right on point. High carbonation with a light, but not thin body.

D - Fuck this. I'm not sure what Bells was aiming for, but it's hard to fathom that this beer was the intended product. I'm having to choke this down as it is; this is surely destined for a drain pour. This tastes more like beer on the way back up.

12-19-2008 08:35:39 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of mikereaser


3.13/5  rDev -13.5%

Batch 8499

A - Pours an almost translucent straw yellow with a little foam that left a layer of bubbles

S - I didn't detect much of an aroma. Hints of lemon maybe

T - wheaty biscuit flavor with some citrus as well

M/D - overall not a bad beer, light bodied and refreshing, a good drinking beer.

12-18-2008 18:55:07 | More by mikereaser
Photo of AnalogReigns

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -19.9%

To my palate this beer is overly hopped. This is about the only Bell's beer that I would say that about, and it has to do with balance. The balance for this type of beer is just too much toward the hops, so it overcomes (on my tongue at least) the quality malt I'm sure Bell's is using.

Lager, especially American pale lager, is not supposed to be a light colored IPA--and to me, this is what this tastes like. Bells is one of my favorite brewers too....but this is my least favorite of their line.

If they could just do a pilsner like Lammsbrau's....mmm....

12-11-2008 06:01:12 | More by AnalogReigns
Bell's Lager Of The Lakes from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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