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

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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
Ratings:
1,051
Reviews:
392
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
152
For Trade:
0
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Photo of bubseymour
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottle says Bohemian Pilsner. BA says Czech. Regardless of style guide accuracy, its just ok IMO. Dry finish. Kind of sulfury smell. Can drink but not really answering the mail in flavors.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Brewery, Inc. "Lager Of The Lakes"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "PKG 04/11/2017" and sampled on 05/16/17
$2 @ Weis Market #231, Conshohocken, PA

Appearance: Almost fingerprint-through-the-glass clarity. Deep golden body. Frothy then creamy bright white head. Very good, and perhaps even better head retention and lacing. Nicely done.

Aroma: Clean. Grainy malt. Floral, grassy, and lightly herbal hops. It could be a bit brighter but it's certainly within the realm of a Bohemian Pilsner.

Flavor: As the flavor suggests with some additional spiciness from hops. Stiffly bitter. Dry finish with a dollop of almost honeyish, grainy malt that fades steadily amidst lingering herbal and spicy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body and delicately crisp with a fine-bubbled, slightly restrained standard carbonation.

Overall: A nicely done, pleasant take on the Bohemian Pilsner style that's really well balanced, rounded, and drinkable.

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Photo of Giggy
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dface
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TBoneJones
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smooth-feeling, fluffy-headed American-made, Czech-style pilsener with light characteristics of cracker, pilsner malts and (more pronounced) peppercorn. Nice for sunny Sunday sipping.

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Photo of fx20736
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

perfect pils in every way

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Photo of Hackattack
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another winner from Bell's......pours bright golden with a pretty serious head. This is as good as a lager can get in my view. If you want bitter hoppy taste, you may not like how mellow this is.

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Photo of BeerTest
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brauseboof
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mamaraza
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Premo88
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tall mug
(2/6/2017 born-on date)

L: cloudy yellow-gold, consistent mistiness, about 70-85% clear; pushes up almost an inch of white foam, no stick or lace, keeps a thick collar and most of skin of foam

S: faint lemon peel, earthy dirt, very sweet light malt ... cracker malt with a pinch of honey, almost to the sweet bread malt level

T: grain, light lemon tartness, cracker malt ... lightly sweet cracker malt, dirt/black pepper hop bite, pinch of grass; earthy dirt-hop aftertaste begins taking over with a bit of bread dough (not sweet) filling out the flavor; as it warms, the light malt sweetness begins to pop; a big swallow can get a bit medicinal

F: lightweight, filled out well with carbonation, giving it a good midweight heft, almost ale slick

O: great beer, simple but full of both hop and malt flavor

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baklo
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mjurney
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Light gold, slight haze. Moderate-high carbonation. Thick head.

Aroma:
Light, clean, slight earthy, bready, floral hops.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Clean malts, grassy, semi-toasted. Hop bitterness is light-medium, mostly floral. Finish is dry-clean. Light-medium bodied, crisp, clean, dry, highly drinkable.

Overall:
It's a very good Czech Pilsner.

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Photo of Acforster2
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Red5StandingBy
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a clear, light straw color with a small white head. The aroma is grass, yeast and some grains. The taste is a slight yeasty bread flavor with some grass tossed in.

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Photo of DavidST
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bear1964
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrentMcQuirk
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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