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

Bell's Lager Of The LakesBell's Lager Of The Lakes
1,085 Ratings
Bell's Lager Of The LakesBell's Lager Of The Lakes

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

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

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Ratings: 1,085 |  Reviews: 407
Photo of Maiora13
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably my favorite Lager. flavorful yet light and exactly what i want from a Lager. Compared to most others it gives you the best bang for your buck.

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of sixerofelixir
5/5  rDev +37.7%

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of Madrigae
4.92/5  rDev +35.5%
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 crytapusta
4.92/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best lagers Ive ever had, Highly addictive and easy to drink. Not as good on draft but still good, wish this would replace bud light in most peoples fridges. Very clean crisp with a great nose to it, goes great with all most anything. Only problem I cant all ways find it and when I do I cant get a 12 pack just a 6.


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Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.85/5  rDev +33.6%
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 maltusaurelius
4.85/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a pleasing golden color with a nice white two finger head. Active carbonation floats upward - a nice looking lager.

Nice grassy hops aroma with a hint of spicyness and a little pine resin. A little bit of malt sweetness comes through as well.

Taste is assertively hoppy with a sweet grainy malt in the background. The malt is pilseneresque, the hops have a nice, crisp pine resin bitterness with a little spice.

Mouth feel is lively and crisp. This is one easy drinking brew with enough going on to keep things interesting. It's almost up there with Prima Pils in the hops department, and I'd say it is pretty comparable to that fine lager. I'll be buying it again. Nice to find a top shelf lager from my home state.

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Photo of eckk_rachel
4.82/5  rDev +32.8%
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 jaxray8
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of ironGEEKpete
4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance (Look): style points for labeling, nautical theme accented by the map of the lakes is a nice touch, poured into 20-ounce Arc International Luminarc Gravity Glass, straw yellow to yellow amber in color depending on lighting and angle thereof, one-finger creamy white head slowly dissipated to very thin lacing, clear and inviting, lively in terms of carbonation, which is abundant when first poured, gradually tailed off to sparse vertical strings of small bubbly rising from base of glass

Smell: a carb lover's dream, smells like bread, yeast, swirling contents produced light hop aroma

Taste: flavors match smell, simple, clean malt core stays true to the Ba description of an American Pale Lager

Mouthfeel (Feel): crisp, light, mild, a bit of fizz action on the palate and tongue

Overall: This is my first beer rating, EVER, so please pardon my ignorance. That being said, I have sampled quite a few beers in my time and as far as a lager goes, this is one of the best I've had the pleasure to imbibe. I was happy to discover the availability for this beer is year-round. When light, clean, crisp and simple are the criteria for selection, this is my beer of choice.

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Photo of Joseph01
4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Color - Orangish gold

Aroma - Grainy, Floral

Palate - Hints of grain, toasted notes, slightly bitter

Overall - Very good beer

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Photo of Offa
4.64/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

"The Lager of the Lakes" is a very tasty, characterful lager with good body and flavour.

A strong, deep gold, it has a small white head, creamy, frothy, and long-lasting, slowly thinning to a frothy ring and some nice rings of lace.

The aroma is grain, flowery, lemon, herbs, grapes, overall very nice. It's a complex, strong, and characterful interpretation of the traditional American lager aroma.

The taste is firm, strong grain body with a lot of herb, lemon, hints of pine and grass. Again, it is a very flavourful, complex interpretation of the American-style lager, clearly within that tradition yet with great firmness and some complexity. It also is more hoppy and bitter than usual for the style and yet clean, crisp, and nicely crafted.

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Photo of Sparty21
4.61/5  rDev +27%
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 Sandtownchuck
4.56/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of CashChel
4.56/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light malty smooth taste, with a crisp and clean finish.

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Photo of DanielleHazard
4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My favorite bells brewery beer

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Photo of MNJR
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lager of the Lakes has become my favorite Bell's beer. This has all the great qualities of Bell's (smoothness, full flavor, and obvious, "made with care" quality all-around) without the negative qualities (the chewiness, overdone flavors and syrupy aftertaste of the heavier Amber, Two Hearted Ale, Best Brown, etc.) This is a straight-ahead no pretenses beer with full flavor and excellent drinkability. Refreshing without being light bodied, crisp, clean and very enjoyable. It's kind of an overlooked Bell's offering, but for those who just want a great no nonsense beer, this is it. They also have a "Third Coast Beer" which seems to be in the same category as Lager of the Lakes. Not sure what they're thinking, since I've tried both and they seem incredibly similar, except the Lager reviewed here is better tasting.

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Photo of freewill35
4.5/5  rDev +24%

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

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

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