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

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Bell's Lager Of The LakesBell's Lager Of The Lakes
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by proc on 10-16-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
375
Ratings:
984
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
21.1%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
134
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 375 | Ratings: 984
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is mostly malty, grainy, clean. Taste follows with the clean, grainy malt profile but there is also a medium earthy hop bitterness. It doesn't linger to long though. Light to medium bodied with crisp carbonation. Overall it's an easy drinking clean lager but I think it's a bit too harsh with its earthy bitterness.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer is misunderstood. Look, don't rate this against Bell's other tremendous offerings like Two Hearted or Expedition. This probably shouldn't even get rated against other craft lagers.

But if you put it up against macro-lager swill, it is boss! This beer belongs in the family with Bud, Miller, Coors, etc. And when compared to those posers, it shines. A flavorful, refreshing lager that holds up well with a plate of hot wings or nachos. If you were thinking about a Corona or PBR with that spicy food, skip those and get this. Like everything else from Bells, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled 9/13/16 poured into a pint glass. Pours a touch cloudy, but mostly clear gold, with a one finger fluffy white head that retains well throughout the glass. The aroma is of mild toasted grains. The taste follows suit, with hints of cracker and pine. The mouthfeel is crisp, but smooth, with a medium low level of carbonation. A Pilsner worth giving a go.

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Photo of enzocc
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3.75

lemony - cloudy - grassy - perfectly & decent white head - clean taste - great nose but taste totally differs from it - I would say it is a GREAT PILSNER - I could drink it for days... Good job Bell's!

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Photo of Vixie
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw yellow with a large white head. There is a lot of carbonation with this one.

Smell is mainly bready malt with a hint of yeast.

Sweet malt and bread up front. There is hop bitterness on the back end, leaving a bitter aftertaste. There is an earthy, grassy component to it.

Smooth feel to it, with a bit of tingling from the carbonation.

A decent beer, one I think would be best on a hot day. Easy to drink and a decent flavor, a good choice for a summer beer.

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy straw color with an uneven, pockmarked head. Fine, if flawed.

Aroma is of the brewery floor; yeasty and damp. A flush of crisp oyster crackers floats by, with notes of parsley and lemon pith. Young and and enticing. Calls out for briny shellfish.

Taste is subdued and far less pungent than the nose. A bit watery, with hints of cut grass, allspice, and butter. Sweeter than anticipated on the palate, but finishes dry. Would be killer with a lobster roll (Connecticut-style), but would falter in the face of raw oysters.

Mouthfeel is mellow and rounded, with foamy, friendly carbonation. Maybe ever so slightly under-carbonated for the style, but still very nice.

Overall, not too shabby. Wouldn't go out of my way for it, but, appropriately enough, would be just about perfect for a day out by the lake.

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Photo of Squire123
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is light yellow with white cap and good lacing.

Aroma is a little more substantial than the appearance implies. I get clean maltiness, not too strong, with a hop presence that is more herbal than spicy. Also a distinct hint of yeast bread.

Taste is very pleasant. malt forward with hops in the background. Hops emerge more prominently mid palate and last through the finish. Hop herbalness is more present in the aftertaste which leans more toward the herbal than spicy.

Texture is medium with a pleasant creaminess.

Overall this is a worthwhile effort. This label doesn't mention the words Bohemian or Czech style (I believe earlier labels did) but for me it falls into that general category. This is a pleasant, low key lager that should appeal to beer drinkers generally and has enough extra in the body and hop finish to be interesting to beer aficionados.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: Clear golden body with slowly rising bubbles. A white soapy head remains in tact for some time leaving large swaths of lacing.

Aroma: Spicy and grassy with sourness on the back side.

Taste: Soft malts up front coveted in spicy hops, some lemongrass and even subtle bitter grapefruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Mefium bodied, dry.

Overall: Nice pils, good grassiness, a little too tangy or sour to be refreshing.

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Photo of timmy2b
3.52/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh pour at world of beers. Strictly rating on style, Almost clear gold color. Minimal white head. Skunky/metalic scent. Bitter, but a large amount of skunky/metalic aftertaste. True to style, but I would prefer it to have more crispness to mellow out the metalic taste.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bell's Lager has a thick, white head, a hazy, straw appearance, some lazy bubble streams, and splotches of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of subdued sweet & light malt, and the flavor is of sweet, white bread, pale malts, and low-to-moderate, somewhat grassy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Bell's Lager finishes crisp and easy drinking.

RJT

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Photo of beergoot
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light, straw colored body; decent carbonation; white, frothy head. Fresh grass with light cereal grain make up the aroma. Gentle malt sweetness with a light cracker flavor; bold hop bitterness developing midway and lingering through the finish. Crisp mouthfeel.

A good pilsner overall. It delivers solid if unremarkable flavors and mouthfeel.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.58/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Bell's Lager Of The Lakes pours a pale SRM-1 color with a tall, foamy head.

Aromas of Saaz, Mosaic, and other noble hop varieties, along with some pale malts and light herbal grassiness.

Very sharp flavors waxing strongly metallic; quite a bit of herbal and pilsner qualities, but the explosion of trash can metal just sort of ruins the experience.

Heavily carbonated, slightly creamy, and a dry finish.

A boat lager this is not. Nor is it in any way enjoyable. I'm gonna give the rest to someone else. Easily wins the award for Bell's worst beer.

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

pours a clear amber straw with a large white head that poofs. nose; yeasty dough, melon, lightly tart & skunky. taste; clean grain (pils), light grassy hops, & sweet fruity gose-like acetone. very simple flavor profile. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. an easy poolside drinker that offers no fight.

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Photo of LaurenZ
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The coloring is golden yellow and thin looking. This beer is sweet and refreshing, would be enjoyable on the beach or a boat in the summertime. The Aroma is malty and citrusy. It has a very light taste with hints of malts and sweetness and finishes slightly bitter. Overall it is not too exciting but it is good and refreshing.

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Photo of Angela1956
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold and transparent. You can see the carbonation in the glass as well as a nice white head. Malty aroma. To me this beer was a little plain and boring. You could taste the maltiness and it had a very little tinge of bitterness. The aftertaste was plain in flavor but a little bitterness lingered. A more enjoyable lager from those I've tried but not my favorite.

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Photo of hennin55
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: not much head, but is fizzy, light in color
Aroma: malty, citrus
Palate: dry, fizzy, crisp carbonation
Flavor: tart and malty slightly sweet

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Photo of stinewils24
2.9/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a light yellow color with a sweet and tart smell. The taste was of malt, faint orange with molasses, and it was bitter. The texture was a thin hops. Overall, I thought it was okay, not amazing.

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Photo of daweidavid
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium to small white head. I can smell kind of malty and cirtus aroma. Classic lager body and taste, my friends can taste some of the sweetness but i can't. It finishes with some bitter taste.

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Photo of Sparty21
4.61/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was amaazong. When tasting it, I felt like I should be on a beach on a lake in northern Michigan. With it's light golden color and the citrus/slight hop flavor it was a beer lighter beer and I could definitely have a few by the bonfire.

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Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an a chill-hazed and effervescent gold with a thumb of ivory colored head. Above average head retention and lacing

S: Wet cereal and grassiness, floral hops as it warms

T: Follows the nose, a little soapiness as well up front, a little dryness as well. Stays grassy as it warms, dry with a mineral hop notes. Finishes crisp, soapy with a little pear and dry breadyness

MF: Medium body, crisp carbonation, alright balance

Pretty good drinkability, just not a ton of flavor, a step above run of the mill for the style

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Photo of eckk_rachel
4.82/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance : Clear, Golden Yellow, Light , white head

Smell : Light & Pleasant Smell, Nice aroma

Taste: bready, slightly hoppy, could drink many, light

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Photo of defilli2
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a clear, golden-yellow color, typical lager look. It has very subtle smells, light and pleasant, nothing too strong and overwhelming. It is a light and refreshing beer, has good flavor to it and is not strong at all. Again, typical lager for those who enjoy them. I prefer stronger and heavier beers.

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

This beer was dark in appearance and was 100% malt. I'm not a huge malty beer fan, so it wasn't my favorite. But it had consistent flavors and was enjoyed by others.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.61/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Such an underrated beer and for all the wrong reasons. 83/100? Okay, so it isn't some massively hopped 10% abv limited edition double IPA with exotic ingredients from all across the globe, but what you have here is an absolutely delicious craft lager.

Freshness date printed on the bottle, two thumbs up to Bells.
Translucent gold stereotypical beer color with a white two finger head that leaves webs of sticky lacing.

When you pour it into a glass it smells of crisp salt water, almost like the ocean. There's a floral hop smell and cereal sweetness to the nose too.

The taste is bready, slightly hoppy and salty. Vaguely spicy with very subtle notes of basil and soapy cilantro. Finishes with a crisp slightly sweet malt note and delicate flowery hop snap.

Watery while still being flavorsome, very thirst quenching - a great transition beer in it's own right for people who are new to craft beer, but moreover a great spring/summertime lager. What exactly is wrong with that?

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Photo of jasadewi
3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a clear golden lager. The bottle is an awesome map, white and blue theme. There is an off white fuzzy head. It smells lightly grassy and I get a faint aroma of cheese. The feel is medium bodied and heavily carbonated. It has a crisp finish. It tastes faintly citrusy with a blunt malty taste. Overall, a decent lager.

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