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

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Bell's Lager Of The LakesBell's Lager Of The Lakes

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by proc on 10-16-2006

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Reviews: 375 | Ratings: 984
Photo of Kristie_Duve
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Malt lager with very distinct flavors. Malt undertones, with high carbonation and bright golden color. Molasses and syrup hints and a pretty crisp aftertaste.

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Photo of bhblbagpiper
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

In both taste and smell a faint orange and molasses quality came through along with your average lager malts. The overall body/complexity of this beer I found to be rather thin and the hops really only added a slight bitter quality to the beer and no real flavor. Of the lager session I had that night this was my least favorite. Still certainly not a bad lager though.

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Photo of brandongoblue24
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into shaker pint glass.

L: Sparkling straw with a sudsy, bright white head that didn't last long.
S: Good blend of wheat, other grain, and old world hops. Some DMS, but not a fault.
T: Sweet with a slightly bitter finish.
F: Surprisingly fully bodied for style, and more syrupy than I was expecting. Not as crisp as I had hoped.

O: A solid lager, but nothing spectacular. Would drink again with no hesitation, but probably wouldn't actively seek it out.

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Photo of Tone
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of Euro yeast, hint of hops, slight earthy malt, and a hint of wheat. Fits the style of an American Pale Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight hops, hint of resin, strong pale malt, sweet malt, hint of earthy malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of wheat. Overall, good appearance, but average aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of ironGEEKpete
4.68/5  rDev +28.2%
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 crisis1290
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has to be one of my favorites thus far ! A nice light golden color. Light bodied, well carbonated.
This was yummy lager to say the least ! I really think , if more people had a chance to taste this beer, it might be a go to beer for them. Crisp & refreshing for sure !! Big fan of the Bells line and this one for sure doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; light gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a splotchy cap; very little lacing;

S: grainy, bready; pilsner malt; a little spicy;

T: follows the nose; a touch of malt sweetness in the middle; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: easy to drink;

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Photo of maedhros09
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Straw gold with a couple fingers of white head that settle pretty quickly with minimal lacing.
Smell: lightly grainy, grassy
Taste: Malty but not sweet, very smooth flavor that blends seamlessly to a herbal hoppy bitterness. I wasn't convinced on the finish at first (too bitter?) but by the end I liked the whole experience.
Feel: Light bodied, well-carbonated

Overall: Notable for its very smooth grainy flavors and balance as well as a puckery bitter finish, this is a great rendition of a Czech pilsner. Definitely a repeat buy.

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Photo of jimdalton
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale, golden yellow. Very clear. Small head with short retention.
Smell: Light malt aroma with earthy, grass tones
Taste: Crisp lager taste. Subtle grassy notes paired with some light citrus hops.
Feel: Crisp and light. Very easy drinking.
Overall: This lager is a fantastic, easy drinking beer. It is truly a fantastic execution of the Lager format.

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an extremely nice lager, and one that could easily be a replacement for a person's go to BMC beer. If this was put in more peoples hands, I think you would see a serious shift to more craft styled offerings. Very clean with a pleasant lager flavor, without being too heavy.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of ShanePB
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Crystal clear pale golden body. Small white head. Quick dissipation and no real lacing. Aromas of dough, grain, grass, lager yeast. Flavor is crisp and light, bready, slight grassy hop note and some corn-like flavors. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of SWOhio-aquifer
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
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 Billet
4.24/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice Lager here. It passes the first test with flying colors, it is very clear and clean looking. Smell is bready and clean. Flavor is lightly breaded malts with a mild spicy hop profile. Feel is not too light, not too heavy. Minimal to no yeast flavor, as it should be. Overall, the Balance is excellent. Very well done.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.76/5  rDev +3%
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 GreesyFizeek
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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 JMUbrewz
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I thought this was a solid lager from Bell's. Bready grain notes and a nice hoppy bite that lends the beer a dry finish. I enjoyed this more than I expected. I could drink a few of these on a hot, Summer day.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.23/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Drank from the bottle. It smells like a lager, feels like a lager, and even initially tastes like a lager, but the aftertaste is like that of an ale, similar to their Two Hearted Ale.

As I'm not an ale person, I would have gone with something else if I had known it would have been Ale-like.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear straw/gold with 1/2" fizzy white head that recedes quickly. Retention & lacing are both poor, but this is still a good-looking Lager.

S: Sweetish bready malt aromas & very faint floral hop undertones.

T: Bread dough jumps out to start, followed by sweet wheaty notes leading into the mid palate. Mid palate is just slightly floral/herbal with a slight uptick in bitterness heading toward the finish. The finish is a touch more hoppy with a bit of a lingering black pepper note. Nothing too complex, but very well-balanced & enjoyable.

M: Moderate carb married to just-on-the-light-side malty body. Finishes a little dull but ultimately crisp & refreshing.

O: This a very flavorful, drinkable Lager.

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Photo of hophugger
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Decent average brew. similar looks and taste of an AAL. Nice hop and malt balance. Clean, crisp finish and not that bad a of a beer. Not my favorite from Bell's, but not horrible..

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Photo of utopiajane
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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 DuffDaddy
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had a taster at the Beer Den in Lowes Food, Winston Salem, NC. Decent lager, but nothing outstanding about it. Would do the trick for a plain lager, but nothing to make is stand above its peers.

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Photo of Pahn
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Darin_J_Clune
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Not a terrible beer, but not my first choice either. It's got a light taste the lingers after the beer goes down. Decently crisp and refreshing. Would pair with a meal or cookout better than a guys night out or a bonfire. Nice beer from a local (to me) brewery, would probably drink again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
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 pat61
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliant straw gold with a 1" white foam collar. Faint grain aroma with a hint of fruit. Light grain flavors with a touch of green apple. Bright, crisp and refreshing. Light body and medium to medium high carbonation.

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