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

Bell's Lager Of The LakesBell's Lager Of The Lakes
BA SCORE
44.5%
Liked This Beer
3.63 w/ 1,082 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:
#34,950
Reviews:
405
Ratings:
1,082
Liked:
482
Avg:
3.63/5
pDev:
12.67%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
155
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,082 |  Reviews: 405
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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

not the most compelling beer from bells, thats for sure, but a suitable lager, fine for summer, and very much a helles type in its grain complexion. i found it to be a bit generic though, and that was a surprise because all of their basic styles (like the amber for example) are so well done and distinct. this didnt have much head on it from the tap, but had a fine yellow shine to it and plenty of bubbles. the nose and taste are similar, with some sweetness from the grain coming though in both, and being sort of the oddest feature of this lager. it just doesnt resolve in the finish, the yeast never completes the job it doesnt seem, and thats my main takeaway from this beer. i like the high level of carbonation, it helps keep it moving, and i like that it has some real body to it for the style, not watery at all. i would drink a fair few of these, and thats probably the point, but i know bells to be capable of a lot more than this, so it was a letdown overall, even though the beer is plenty drinkable and a fine lager on the whole.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of corn and pale malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some faint hints of malty sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This isn't a bad beer for the style considering that adjunct-like flavors do not prominently stand out.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, it is what it is--A lager from Bell's. The name is plain and simple, just like the beer. Basically average on all flavor profiles, but with a well formulated recipe and precisely executed brewing technique, the balance rises beyond just average. The aroma, look, flavors, and feel are what you would expect from other very good lagers. But with no identifiable characteristics, is difficult to praise. Delicate and very drinkable beer--one to drink all night or to chase a pizza.

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3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with classy understated label art and unbranded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN for $1.79 and served into a stem-tulip. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. 5.% ABV confirmed. Packaged 09/06/13.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Some foam gushes out upon opening.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Not as thick as I'd like. Could be creamier. Complexion is somewhat soft. Decent consistency. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes. Nice even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear dull copper. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. Clean and appealing. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not unique or special. Standard fare for a lager.

Sm: Pilsner malts, munich malts, floral hop character. Straw. Perfumey spritzy hop character. A biteen bready. A clean appealing aroma. Perhaps a bit sweeter than would be ideal. Simple and straightforward. I'm looking forward to trying it. Quite mellow.

Average in terms of strength. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T/Mf: Crisp clean barley feels full and comforting on the palate and is joined nicely by complementary munich and pilsner malts. Hop character is almost entirely floral. Straw. It's quite simple - lacking complexity, subtlety, intricacy, and nuance, but it's pretty well balanced and has a cohesive flavour profile, albeit not a gestalt one.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. I do like it, but it's a bit underwhelming. Also a bit too far towards the sweet end for my tastes.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through.

Smooth, wet, somewhat refreshing, and crisp. A biteen thick and too full-bodied for a lager. Nice presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile nicely, but doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically to it. Very overcarbonated, which may be the beer's biggest flaw.

Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, or rough.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but largely unremarkable. I wouldn't buy it again, but you could do worse for a straightforward simple lager. I'm glad I got to try it, but wouldn't recommend it to friends. I could drink a 6 pack in a night, but wouldn't want to and would be bothered by the accosting overcarbonation. Above average for the style, but not up to par with Bell's' best offerings.

C+

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Photo of emerge077
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Lager of the Lakes"

Into a tulip glass, this lager generates a couple fingers of bone white foam. It gets right to work forming a sticky crown of intricate lacing. Body is straw gold, with very little visible sediment in suspension. Head retention is good, it remains for the duration of the glass.

Grassy, clean noble hop aroma, with some light honeyed saltine cracker.

Crisp bite, with some ghostly herbal hop flavor appearing in the background. Grainy and simple, some pilsner malt, and very mild hop flavor. Feels a bit flaccid, but the crispness saves it from being too bland. Pretty clean with no off flavors, just a simple straightforward lager. More of a lawnmower beer perfect for hot weather and barbecues.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a clear golden color and a modest head that leaves dots of lace

Smell: Grainy aroma with a hint of noble hops

Taste: Grainy flavor with a crisp finish that betrays the noble hop flavors, particularly as the beer warms

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Refreshing and well-crafted; right for the style

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12 oz bottle received from Dyan, into a trusty pint glass. This is my 10th Bell's beer, I believe; God bless beer trading. Perfectly clear golden-yellow in color with a small but long lasting head of pure white. Minimal lace.

Smell: Signature lager aroma here: light grainy sweetness from the malts, a touch of cracker-like lager yeast, faint floral hops. Pretty subtle, but nice for the style.

Taste & mouthfeel: Pale malts up front, bready and semi-sweet. There's a bit of floral/herbal hop flavor as well, but not to the extent that you'd find in a pilsner. Light and quaffable, but still full of flavor - this is what American macro lagers should taste like. There's a bit of soda cracker-like flavor near the finish, followed by a pleasing dryness with firm but light hop bitterness. Nice stuff, I could session the hell out of this were it locally available.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 8/87/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A bit too fruity/estery in the nose, but not overwhelming. Taste of lemon, cracker, toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes noticed in the flavor. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice Dortmunder lager style. All around good balance and robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of DrBier
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
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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3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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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Beer rating: 44.5% out of 100 with 1,082 ratings
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