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

Bell's Lager Of The LakesBell's Lager Of The Lakes
BA SCORE
3.63/5
1,085 Ratings
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: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Following in the tradition of Czech Pilsners by offering a combination of firm malt and herbal hop bitterness, Bell’s Lager Beer is as refreshing and crisp as a swim in the Great Lakes.

Added by proc on 10-16-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,493
Reviews:
407
Ratings:
1,085
pDev:
12.67%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
158
Trade:
0
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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled date of 09/13/17

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden yellow in color with a white, finger width head. Fair retention before a mostly barren surface and a thin, broken ring around the edge of the glass. No lace save a small spot or two.

Smell - Hints of cereal grain and light bready sweetness with a faint whiff of grassy hops.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light grain with light grassy hops balancing it out. Hints of honey sweetness. Lingering, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with some bitey carbonation. Crisp, easy drinker with a slightly dry finish.

Overall - Good, solid pilsner overall, but nothing particularly special or noteworthy.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent Czech style pilsener. Had this one -finally, I feel I should have gotten this one years ago- out the in woods camping. Poured from bottle to gold Solo cup. Wheat-yellow in color with a collar of nice, white foam atop. Aromas of grain, white pepper, and herbal/floral hops with a lemony zip. Flavor of grain, honey, white bread, white pepper, clean lemon, floral hops. Still enjoying Stroh's Bohemian as my Czech style, but this one is very nice.

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Photo of dannycohen62
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Try-em-all
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a straw yellow color with a thick and, foamy head. I sense crackers and grass, some sweet bread and a tojch if apple. Perfect beer for.enjoying while at the lake, pick one.

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Photo of Irish57
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ribby
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale yellow. Very mild flavor all around, but still a decent if uninspiring example of the style. If you are looking for a lower alcohol beer in a style accessible to boft craft beer afficianados and bud drinkers, you would be better served by Bells Third Coast.

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Photo of chuckgietzen
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jacknyr08
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SicemWT
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Greasy
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, about 2 months old.

I have been trying to find a reliable czech-style pilsner made in the US of A that is easily attainable and fresh, and this is a winner in my book. Oily slick body, great aroma and refreshing as hell. Perfect summer beer that pairs with just about everything.

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Photo of Rootscipio
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of akopczyk
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of monk2021
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sethcroisant
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sabrills70
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Griphon
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Crystal clear straw with a big creamy white head. Medium-poor retention; a thin white ring remains, but also sheets of lacing.

S: Fresh green grass, candied lemon peel, white bread, honey, just a hint of white pepper.

T: Big pop of grass, lemon, and bell pepper upfront, followed by light but firm white bready backbone with a smack of honey. Hints of vanilla. Finishes dry with just a touch of white pepper and lingering green pepper zestiness.

F: Watery at first, but then fills out with a pushing ample carbonation that hits later on. Dries out nicely, crisp and clean, for a refreshing aftertaste.

O: A solid pilsner. There are a few widely available pilsners I hold above this one, but this hits the spot and certainly does not disappoint. Recommended to any pilsner fan.

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Photo of thebeers
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, very pale straw color with a finger of white head that settles into a thin film and crown.

Crisp lager aroma. Clean biscuit malts and floral hops.

A little more cakey tasting, with moderately strong hop bitterness. It has a hard water quality as well. A kiss of sulfer maybe. Still pretty crisp, though.

Medium bodied for the style with strong carbonation.

The malt isn't exactly where I like it (just a hair too much yellow cake or corn bread), but probably to style and pretty solid overall.

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Photo of Ssippisam
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KJV1963
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice amber color on pouring. About one finger of head. More body than the name brand lagers. Nice crisp taste without overdoing it. Would drink again.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 1,085 ratings
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