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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Ratings: 1,051 |  Reviews: 392
Reviews by SportsandJorts:
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12 oz bottle
Glass: Pint
From: Meijer in Ann Arbor
Price: ~$8 a 6-pack

Appearance: straw-yellow color. completely clear, almost watery. small half a finger of head that fades pretty quickly to a small lacing.

Smell: very nice smelling beer. bread, grainy malts and some grassy hops.

Taste: drops off a bit from the nose. sometimes i get the skunky, cheap american lager taste. other times it is much more subtle with grainy malts, a slight pepperiness, followed by slight grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: light just like it should be. the carbonation is a bit lacking to me as i would looking for something a bit more crisp and refreshing. finish slightly bitter

Overall: I like it, but i get too many skunky sips. its really a good tasting beer but sometimes it just goes down wrong. It shouldn't be spoiled as it was bottled a month ago and refrigerated at the store.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Madrigae
4.92/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the most difficult styles of beer to do is a lighter gravity, modestly hopped lager. Unlike other styles, there is nothing to hide behind. I can't tell you how many Beer Advocate darlings are severely unbalanced and flawed- but can hide behind the high gravity or obscene amount of hop character.

Bell's has crafted one of the world's great lagers. Heady malt and floral hop aromas, are mirrored on the palate. There is a magical balance of hedonistic flavors and delicacy that it's nothing short of impressive. This is the beer world's answer to a Grand Cru Chablis.

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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 Joshuafzylatra
4.85/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

great example of a lager. Very drinkable refreshing session beer. taste,smell,look..perfect example of a classic beer. this beer is great after having a stout or porter!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at The Olney Place in Penn Yan, NY.

This one pours a light straw yellow, with a small head, and just a small amount of lacing.

This smells like bready grain, some grassy hops, and mild fruity lager type yeast aroma.

This is a simple but super drinkable lager. Clean and tasty, with a nice mild bready and grainy malt backbone, with some fruity flavors, a bit of corn, and grassy hops. Not a whole lot to say about this one other than it was super tasty and drinkable.

This is crisp and light bodied, with a normal level of carbonation.

Nothing wrong with this one here- not overly complex, but wins in how tasty and drinkable it is.

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Photo of Sparty21
4.61/5  rDev +26%
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 utopiajane
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours very pale straw color gold with a flourssh of healthy bubbles. A fat white head with excellent retention. Low pils malt aroma. Fine golden pils malt, a hint of sweetness close to graham. Hint of sulfur. Weedy herbal, hops. Peppery, saucy, pungent. Taste is smooth, breaddy pils malt with a hint of sulfur to round it out. Hops permeate the beer giving a light lemon backnote to the finish. A lighter bitterness takes hold slowly and then builds as it finishes clean.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Packaged 7/23/15.

Pours a clear dark gold with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, grass, hay, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grass, and hay flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of SWOhio-aquifer
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very good lager that has been a staple for me for years now.

A sign of a good microbrewer is if they can make a good lager.

It seems with my quest to find the best lager this one is one i keep revisiting.

Perhaps, one of bells most underrated offerings.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Pahn
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Stag's Head in Manhattan.

App: clear yellow, 1/2inch frothyvwhite head with great retention. Big rings of lacing.

Smell: suggestion of clean water / beautiful early morning. Would love some hops or malt or even yeast along with it though.

Taste: Really really good. Slow build of herbal hops up front with some citrusy hints on the side. Dries out well bringing in a hit of fresh bread flavor. Very clean fermentation. Some apple-y tang but not much. Good pilsner malt in the finish.

Not your average "American Pale Lager." Stands up to the great things coming out of Pennsylvania and Europe.

Mouthfeel: Shines. Light side of medium bodied with a palate coating softness. Subtle IBU transitions into the moderately high dryness of the finish. Hits hard enough while remaining sublimely subtle. Excellently made.

Overall: I'm a sucker for a really well done lager like this. In fact, I'd order it over Hopslam or Two-Hearted any day.

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner a dull light golden with a nice formed but quick to fade white head leaving no lace behind,bready malt and wet grain aromas mainly and not much hop presence.Flavors are malt tilted very bready and toasty with a touch of honey-like sweetness with just a light smattering of floral hop in the finish.A solid malt tilted lager here not wimpy by any means,pretty good.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of tectactoe
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: active carnonation in this golden pour. A
thin white head is briefly present.

T: Malt sweetness followed by the hop trailer is
a nice balance of these two showcased tastes.
Surprising flavors for the lager style.

M/D: ALmost a dry finish left behind after a
smooth gulping lager.

T:

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Photo of bdkucharski
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My one and only bottle of this brew since Bell's is no longer available in Illinois. Pours into my glass a wonderfully clear goldenrod hue with plenty of active carbonation and a half inch of white foam. Aromas start out with crisp malts, pils stands out. Lightly toasted grains alongside a quite pronounced grassy, herbal hop aroma. This brew even smells refreshing.

First sip brings a crisp pilsner maltiness right off the bat that has a mild toasty flavor as well. Slightly grainy, it flows down with plenty of herbal, grassy hop tones that bring in some good bitterness to the mix. Finishes off crisp and clean. A tasty, easy drinking lager by all accounts.

Mouthfeel is smooth and easy drinking. Nice body that's not too light but not too heavy. Steady carbonation throughout. Nearly perfect IMHO. Drinkability here is quite huge. I could see myself taking down a six pack of this on a hot summer day without blinking an eye. A solid, tasty lager from Bell's that doesn't fail to impress me with its subtle nuances. If I could get it again in IL I would!!

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Photo of DaftPatrick
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WuAnquo1
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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

Photo of bronwynbh
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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

Photo of clarkkr
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle -> tulip glass

A - Pale golden straw with a solid finger of bright white head. A lot of lacing around the glass that lasts for a long time. Pretty heavily carbonated.

S - Very mild hops aroma along with some light malt (maybe a hint of wheat?) scent. Overall, a very mild pilsner-esque scent.

T - There isn't much body, but it delivers a very refreshing, clean pils/light malt flavor with some bite! The mild hops hit the front of your tongue and spices (coriander?) come later in the taste on the back end. It's very well-balanced, complex bitter flavor.

M - It's got a pretty thin, mildly oily texture that's very pleasant with the substantial carbonation

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