Lager Of The Lakes
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #140
Ranked #39,650
3.67 | pDev: 12.26%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Lager Of The LakesLager Of The Lakes
Notes: Following in the tradition of Czech Pilsners by offering a combination of firm malt and herbal hop bitterness, Bell’s Lager of the Lakes is as refreshing and crisp as a swim in the Great Lakes.
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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Foamy head forms with 2/3 of the can poured into a 24 ounce glass. It recedes slowly in pockets. The liquid is crystal clear with a light golden color. Fine, if skimpy, stringy lace on the glass.

Grainy smell with a good dollop of corn mixed in. Closer to a Helles than a Pils, particularly the Czech kind. Very light hop, almost imperceptible.

Mostly grainy, and far less corn (though still present) on the tongue. The hop is also far more pronounced. Neutral body but with a lower than expected effervescence. The aftertaste is straight up bitter. I never picked up on the subtlety expected from the noble hops. The combination tastes American to me.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A hearty bohemian pilsner. Strong malt presence and character. Bright, golden pour. Surprisingly sturdy mouthfeel for a pilsner, giving a knowing nod and a wink to the great Czech pilsners.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is straight rated a podunk 83 and Raul is not feeling that. I’d at least give this one a Dodgers ‘88 (if not more).

It’s crisp and clean like Emma Watson after a shower. What’s not to like?

Get it and get it good!

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Photo of BuckyNBeer
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The can for this beer was packaged on 7/9/19 so it is just a few days past the 3 month shelf life that is printed on the can.

Lager of the Lakes pours a slightly cloudy golden hue with a one inch head that leaves behind a decent lacing.

The aroma is pretty nice as it comes across as earthy and sweet with a slight spice element.

The flavor and finish are somewhat sweet with a noticeable spiciness that turns into a moderate bitterness. There are also elements of bread in the finish.

Overall this is an enjoyable Pilsner but still has more of an American characteristic to it rather than Czech.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. can dated 08/05/19. Sampled on October 2, 2019.

The pour is straw yellow with lively carbonation bubbling up to a white, foamy head that lingers. Good clarity. Looks like a Pilsener.

The aroma has a bread dough sort of character and a more abundant grassy hop sensation. Also a kind of mashed vegetable thing.

Light, effervescent body.

The taste has a bready sweetness but not as toasty and crackery as I like in my Pilseners. The grassy hop finish is dry with a mild-moderate bitterness. Overall clean but not as enticing as some PIlseners I have had.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the #1 beer of a 6 beer flight at the source in May 2014.

Gives you a light slightly cloudy yellow and gold appearance with a 1/2" head topping. Lager aroma was equal parts Euro and American. Firm but not over the top skunky.

Good drinking stuff, well hopped by lager standards, seems to be the noble/saaz thing, plenty of crispness to the bite in the mouth feel, well carbonated, well hopped by genre. Mild 2 row barley is appropriately done. Grain feels for days even though its a relatively light bodied lager. Having this on tap was definitely an upgrade compared to the single time I had it out of a bottle I believe. Has a lot of similarities to Urquell, aside from the massive skunky Euro lager difference.

I definitely need to pick up a 6 pack of this next summer. Its snowing out here now at the end of this summer, but 2020, gonna grab one of these, they distro'd too late in the season this year to bother with it now.

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Photo of EMV
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Very slightly clouded clear golden pour with massive foamy white head. Outstanding retention and lacing.

S: Citrusy and floral.

T.F: Light crackery grains. Lemon citrus and floral hops. Honey, yeast, and herbal bitterness. Light bodied and well carbonated. Crisp and clean.

O: A very solid and easy drinking Pils. Perfect for the end of summer when you want something light.

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Photo of defunksta
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a light, pale yellow color. Just a touch off of clear. A massive white and billowing head that clings to and crawls down the glass. One of the best heads for a pilsner I've seen. SRM of 5.5. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of honey, grains, bread, yeast, sweet rice and corn, some vinegar and lemon citrus behind that. Very light grass. (3.50)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with tons of grains. There is honey, rice, and creamed corn upfront. Lots of grains and yeast. Oh, is there ale yeast and bread. So much bread and yeast here. Leans a little sweet, but very light and pale sweetness. (3.75)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Moderate carbonation. A touch of sweetness and yeast linger on the palate. (3.75)

Overall: I didn't pick this up as a Bohemian pilsner. It has some a lot of grains and bread with some rice, honey, and corn flavor with a touch of citrus that make it lean slightly American. Drinks similar to an American Wheat. I think it could use more Euro hops and biscuity malts for a Bohemian pils. Still, it's pretty good though with nice yeast and flavor. (Final Rating: 3.69)

Second Review:

Appearance: Same appearance. (4.25)
Aroma: Strong aromas of lemon citrus and wheat. Lots of dry grains, potato, and flaked wheat. Reminds me of fresh air. There's even a grapey dryness that I don't know how to describe. (4.00)
Flavor: On the tongue it's more lemon, light yeast, wheat and dry white bread. Really nice lemon profile. Some buttered potato and popcorn. Lots of salt. A nice salty, buttery profile. Similar to Urquell in terms of popcorn, but more of a sweetness and less of a pop. Sort of like a salty french fry. (4.25)
Feel: Body is medium and crisp. Finishes dry and clean. Light on the tongue and palate. (3.75)

Compared with Dorothy's New World Lager: It pours a lighter yellow color. More lemon citrus aromas. More hope profile. Similar in sweetness and body. Maybe less sweetness due to the hop balance. Overall, a more delicious beer IMO.

Overall: Again, not what I would classify as a Bohemian Pilsner, but it does have nice dry lemon and wheat flavors. A little potato here too. Very much like a wheat but maybe a larger body and a touch more flavors than some of the weaker wheats out there. An absolutely decickous beer, but a lower rating b/c it misses the style of a Czech pils. (Final Rating: 3.89)

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 5/17/19. Pilsner glass.

A: three fingers of foamy white head atop a slightly hazed straw yellow with carbonation that is just blasting away.

S: hard to smell through the head, but the can and the bit that spilled from the head overflowing smells of a fragrant, floral and spicy noble hop. After I drink it down a bit, I can smell the real spicy, borderline skunky hops. I really love this style, and this is a very good example. Maybe a little DMS? Something funky in there.

T: really shines. Not the crispest pils I’ve had, not the richest either, but more on the crisp side than the rich side. Arrives with some noble hoppy spice, crisp malt, full light/bready malt middle, closing out floral with a little lingering hoppy floral spice.

M: heftier side of lightweight. Highly carbonated, crisp but not super crisp.

O: I am really happy with this beer, but it is not the best pils I’ve had by a long shot. In many ways it seems more like a poor example of a lighter, crisper German pils than it does like the more robust Bohemian pils that it purports to be. Still, really enjoyable and glad I bought six. Would do so again (but might get Troegs or Urquell first).

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Photo of arizcards
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer from TW Arrowhead on 4-29-19 for $9.99. Canned on 9-14-18 (doh!); consumed on 6-23-19.

Beer poured a cloudy golden with a decent white head with the initial pour.

Nose is a light suggestion of sweet grains and not much beyond that.

Taste follows the nose with the intial sips being a nice lager sweet cracker over a small but heavier body. Finishes with a touch of Saaz hops but in the end is sweeter than what i would expect for the style.

Mouthfeel is heavier than anticipated, medium bodied and more smooth than refreshing.

Overall a decent brew but one that is likely past its prime whiling away on the Total Wine shelves. Suspect a younger version would be more true to the style. Not bad, but likely better fresher.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Well, fry me for an oyster! I bought this CAN on Friday at The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore, PA with a more nefarious intent than including it in Even More New Odds & Sods Beer Sunday (Week 747), not realizing that I had NOT previously reviewed & rated it on here! What a bit of luck! Two birds, one stone, etc.

From the CAN: "As refreshingly crisp as a morning swim in the Great Lakes, this Golden Lager sparks thoughts of sandy beaches and freshwater islands."; "Bohemian Pilsner".

I CANnot explain why I am so excited about all of these Lagers (& a Kölsch), but I think that it has a LOT to do with my recent bout of Stouts! If you think that cheese is binding, try a day & a half of nowt but Stouts. 8=p Man, it felt like I was the goose in foie gras yesterday & the clearing house giveaway only beCAN late today! 8=p

The Crack! was like music to my ears. I celebrated the opening of the vent by CANducting a slow, gentle C-Line Glug, which resulted in the quick formation of just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with very good retention. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a pleasant malty biscuitiness along with a grassy, hay-like hoppiness. Yum! Mouthfeel was medium, big for the style. The taste was not as hoppy as the style dictates, meaning a mark-down in that aspect. It was not bad-tasting, but the focus in a Czech/Bohemian Pils should be the Noble hops and I was getting more of a maltiness. Finish was semi-dry to dry & highly refreshing. I CAN easily envision filling the cooler with these CANs & engaging in any of the multitude of activities depicted on the label. YMMV.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Frontier Brewing and Taproom.

Pours a clear straw gold, long lasting head of foam, lacing is good.

Noble hops nose, some biscuit, lightly sweet, less lightly bitter.

Taste is refreshing. Noble hops bring a nice twang. Some balance with biscuit, finishes with more of that pleasant hop bite. Again, very refreshing and has a good mouthfeel to it.

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Photo of hman43
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden with a full white head. Head retention is excellent. It has very good clarity.

Smell: It has a light herbal and bready aroma.

Taste: It has moderate bread flavors with a balance in the hops which is an herbal and spice combination. The flavor is clean.

Feel: It has a medium body with moderately high carbonation.

Overall, a clean refreshing pilsner with a good balance between the malt and the hops.

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Photo of Lucular
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can. Absolutely fantastic Bohemian pilsner. Crisp yet soft mouthfeel, bright European hops with a light floral hint. I need to get more of these this summer.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw color with a little white head decent retention

Smells bready wiht notes of mineral

Taste is grainy, grassy, with a hint of lemongrass on the finish. A little peppery spice

Smooth, crisp, below average carbonation

Overall a very solid beer....would be great for the outdoors

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Photo of IronLover
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with a deep hazy appearance. Poured with a tall, dense, rocky, bright white foam with excellent retention. Bready and biscuity malt aromas with very light herbal and floral notes in the background. Medium light bodied with delicate, yet medium high, carbonation and a light smooth feel. Mellow herbal hop flavors with bready, pilsner malt beneath with very light buttery notes. Medium bitterness near the end as this finished cleanly with light, lingering herbal bitterness that quickly tapers. Soft, subtle hop and malt characters with a delicate feel and easy finish. Very tasty and easy drinking.

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Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft at horseshoe
Big creamy dense head good retention and lacing, steaming bubbles and clear straw color

Nose nice sweet grainy malt, grainy bready like, little floral almost spicy saazer hop, straw pilsner malt,

Taste fair hops, medium bitterness with nice floral slight herbal hop and mild spicy with a crisp bitterness on the finish, hint sulfate to add the hop crispness, nice light lager notes and little grainy sweet pilsner malt, clean lager, medium dry finish long bitter hop finish

Mouth is med to lighter bod, medium to as little higher carb

Overall pretty nice, good malt profile, nice strong hops with good bitterness and flavor, very enjoyable, really not sure why it's so low rating

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Photo of mushroomcloud
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz canned 1-21-19 (opened 3-16-19).
1 1/4" stark white head, excellent retention and sticky foamy lacing follows. Deep gold, clear and clean with a ton of bubbles actively racing towards the top. Good looking beer.
Quick hit of sulfur on the nose. Grainy, corn. Subtle breadiness. Spicy Saaz-like hop aroma.
Grain and a grassy hop. Simple. Well made. Good. Afternoon over the bbq pit.
Crisp, clean, high carbonation. Decent bitter punch that lingers.

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Photo of KarlDK1990
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally a great craft pilsner. I love when a brewer doesn't try too hard. I had founder's PC pils and in a vacuum it's not a bad beer, but it just tastes like and IPA. This will have a regular place in my fridge. Keep it up bells... I'm from Michigan and i appreciate this great beer

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Photo of Webcowes
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. can into a glass. Hazy gold color with nice white head. Maintained a good lace throughout. Mild yeasty smell but not off putting. Plenty of flavor for a Pilsner, neither sweet nor sour, hits the right notes. Crisp and clean finish. An unexpected delight thanks to my wife bringing it home on our grocery run. A great alternative to mass market Pilsners when in the mood for for a thirst-quenching beer with character.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another terrible example, I did not like this beer on bit. This one had a very weird bitter taste to it. Not a well done lager, just a strange tasting beer that reminded me more of weird vegetables rather than anything else.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice pale gold beer with a fluffy white head. Globs of lacing left behind. The aroma is grainy and hoppy. Taste is light, sweet, hoppy, grainy with some tart lemon.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Can
PKGD: 083018

Pours a pretty nice clean/clear golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, lemon. The taste is pretty nice, malty, hoppy, with a nice touch of lemon. Medium body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can in the Gray Lot at UM-SMI game.

Pour: drank from the can...

Nose: drank from the can. Maybe a slight aroma

Taste: Crisp malts with slight earthiness, slightly bitter hops. Really clean and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, crisp feel in the mouth but still some body.

Overall: a solid pilsner that works in nearly any situation or food choice. Well done.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A - Pale gold colored pour with nice carbonation and creamy head retention.

S - Light citrus and earthy cereal grain.

T - Crisp cracker cereal grain from start to finish, light citrus, a hint of herbal earthiness, and a small amount of honey. Ends with a pleasant balanced bitterness.

M - Medium body with just the right amount of pricklies on the tongue.

O - Crisp, refreshing, and deserving of a higher score than the current 3.64 rating.

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Lager Of The Lakes from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 1262 ratings