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 | website

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by proc on 10-16-2006

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Reviews:
369
Ratings:
964
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
20.82%
 
 
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Photo of barczar
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grainy and floral aroma. Flavor is grainy and floral, as well, with a bready finish. I burp sulfur. There's also some light fruity character present. Clean finish, but nondescript.

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

Crisp clean flavor, slight hop bitterness on the front end, maintains its clean taste to the end. It can sit with you and is not bad as it moves towards room temperature. No need to pound these, the taste is worth taking your time.

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Photo of boomecho
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fluffy head that hangs around for a bit; great lacing and legs; color of honey with a head of light khaki; taste is biscuity delicious with some very subtle bitterness at the front. Goes great with a fat Angus burger.

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Photo of Joshuafzylatra
4.85/5  rDev +32.9%
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 RyanPoff
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

A: Pours an apple juice color with little head or retention. A bit expected of the style, but not the best.

S: Cereal malts, sweetness, and a touch of bread. Very good for a lager.

T: Smell accurately reflected in the taste, with a slight balance of hops. Malty, but again, a good example of the style.

M: Fuller than you'd expect of a BMC and a lager in general. Substantive.

I tend to not drink lagers except in the summer, but this is a good example of the style.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bell's Lager Of The Lakes - Bell's Brewery, Inc. Poured from the bottle into a mug, this brew's got a finger thick, mildly porous frothy head, nice lacing, and a clear, pale golden body.

I smell faintly roasted malts and JUST a dash of hop bitterness.

Tastes like light biscuit malts. A slightly metallic bite hit the tongue, but I like it.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Overall 3.25 is given to Bell's Lager Of The Lakes - Bell's Brewery, Inc. A very refreshing brew, I may pick this up again.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Lager of the lakes brewed by Bell's Brewery Inc. with an ABV of 5.0% This brew pours out a cloudy amber with a small white head. This is an unfiltered brew you can not see thought it. The smell is rich with sweetness and grains. So far this brew is nice now for the taste. The taste is sweet and smooth, but there is a little bit of a bite at the end. There is nothing over powering in this brew. Lager of the the lakes has a nice balance to it. Bell's did a nice job with this one. The mouthfeel is smooth and clean. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5.
I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%

The beer pours a white bubbly head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear and pale gold color. The beer smell has a strong sweet malt smell. The smell also has yeast notes and a bit of a light hop profile that create a bitter banana smell. The beer taste is similar to the smell but that the notes are stronger and that hops are more noticeable than in the smell. The beer is very refreshing but a little sticky. The beer has a very light body and very smooth. It also has very little carbonation. Overall, a pretty good beer worth getting.

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Photo of majorbase2
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a slightly darker straw color with a small white foam head. Dissipates quickly. A litle bit of visible carbonation.

Aroma is some wheat, along with some lightly toasted grainy and bready malts. Slight hint of citrus.

Taste is similar to the aroma. Leads with wheat followed by some citrus. Lemon zest. Lightly toasted, grainy malts. A little sweet.

Mouthfeel is light. A little watery. Refreshing and super easy to down.

Overall, a pretty un-noteworthy lager. Very similar to New Glarus' Totally Naked. Not a bad lager, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of cbutova
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Fairly clear golden yellow pour from the 12oz bottle to a chalice. A puffy frothy white cap builds to two fingers before falling to a thick ring. Decent head retention. Lacing starts with sheets and webs that drizzle down the glass.

S- Somewhat simple but still plenty of aromatic strength. Light cracked cereal grains with some apple light fruit notes, spiciness, citrus and bready yeast.

T- Once again plays on the side of simplicity but delivers a clean, flavorful lager beer. Overall the beer has a strong fruity feel of both light apple and pear hints as well as some citrus zest. Other hints of bread, cracked pilsner and cereal grains and spicy hops.

MF- Light and crisp overall body with a foamy texture. It really puffs up with agitation to the moderately high carbonation. Tiny bitterness.

I think this is a very underrated lager. It doesnt blow me away but it is very clean and the flavors employed balance out very smoothly. This is what summer brews should be like.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, straw gold coloring, with a sparse filmy white surface coat. Nose of toasted grains, subtle berry sweetness, and floral hops. Flavors are fruit and floral forward, with a tangy caramel nackbone, some hops resin, and subtle pine notes. Fruitier than I would have expected. Smooth, light bodied, with a tangy, sweet, berry fruit aftertaste. Smooth, slick finish.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

For what it is, it’s enjoyable. This pours a clear, light straw color. Light aroma, some bready and lemony notes. Crisply flavored with a touch of breadiness and a quick finish. Makes me burp—take that for what it’s worth—but with no nasty aftereffects.

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Photo of AmyfaceNYC
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am generally a fan of Bell's, so I picked up a six pack of this when I was in Chicago (the Great Lakes area, if not actually Michigan.) Just off the bat, I love the elegant label and the name. The beer is not bad at all either. It tastes crisp and clean, with a clear hop element that is refreshing, not overpowering. Not a ton of flavor but pretty tasty for a lager. Easy to drink.

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Photo of LooseGasCap
4.46/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Lager of the Lakes speaks to me. It's a lager that drive flavor and texture of lager to memorable levels. I am always impressed by the Bell's touch, which includes a hoppy finish with a dry mouthfeel.
This lager is memorable and light enough to warrant a second try.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2014-02-15 in Columbia, PA

A - Somewhat hazy straw-orange with a 1-finger pillowy white head that sticks around and leaves some lace.

S - Rising bread, lemon, floral. Not powerful but nice.

T - Yeasty bread, herbal tea, lemon. Almost a Pils-like bitterness. Finishes dry with a some lingering sour dough, lemon and grassy bitterness. Pretty nice.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Smooth. Not watery.

O - Not a standout but an enjoyable brew with enough going on to hold my interest.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
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 ONUMello
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, bottled poured into a pils glass
A: Yellow, a one-finger head that lingers & a pleasant looking stream of carbonation
S: Quite aromatic with fresh bread, corn, & sweet malts
T: Grains, malts, hint of corn & hops
M: Light-bodied, light carbonation
O: Fairly darn tasty overall, one of the better APLs I've had recently. What BMC wishes they could be

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 06/28/2013 printed on the label. About as fresh as I could ask for, just under two months old isn't bad. A beer from Bell's that I've never tried before. Expectations are in the high range; I tend to enjoy Bell's beers.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours about one finger of eggshell white head that recedes quickly. Body is a hazed, but still clear, golden yellow color. No yeast sediment this time around, which is surprising. The color could pass for about the same as a Miller Lite, but the body is visibly more full.

S - Smell is of pale grains, corn, yeast, vinegar, and the obvious Pilsner and Munich malts.

T - Taste follows suit of the nose: crisp carbonation, light citric tartness, corn, grain, wheat, and the unmistakable Pilsner and Munich malts.

M - Feel is crisp and clean. An easy going, drinkable brew.

Overall, definitely a more authentic and flavorful take on the style by Bell's. The kind of beer you could use to ease your father or grandfather into beer that isn't chemically treated swill. Definitely a sessionable, flavorful beer. I wish I could get more of this around where I'm at.

Bell's Lager Of The Lakes ---3.5/5

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Photo of DBlackford
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazey golden straw with medium white carbonation. Immediate bready malt aroma spreads out of the glass with light earthy hops in the background. Quick round malt flavors up front give way to a mild fruit/hop note that lingers in the mouth. Hop bitterness seems slightly sharp on the finish when paired with the welcoming malt nose of the beer. Lightly kilned malts and lively mouthfeel paired with hop presence aid in its refreshingness.

A delicious beer, though not outstanding when compared to some of Bells' better known ales. I would have liked a little less sharpness on the finish. Good as always for the sun, but a lager with enough zing for three seasons.

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Photo of scotorum
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Craft Beer Outlet in Philadelphia in June. Surprised to find Bell's there, don't usually see this Michigan brewery's products along the Northeast Coast.

Bottled 5/13/13 with a six month shelf life.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Clear gold with a finger thick white head which receded quickly to a heavy surface foam film and some lacing.

s: Light malt.

t: A little soapy, more malt flavor than the mainstreams but not a whole lot better tasting. A mildly bitter finish lingered.

m: Light. Dense carbonation.

o: Okay but unexceptional lager. The hint of soapiness could not have come from the glass, which was thoroughly rinsed before using, and its ongoing presence detracted from the experience.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Drank last night, 7/3/13.

Head was a finger of sudsy white. The body was a nearly see-through straw yellow. The head was gone in a minute, leaving frothy ring but no lacing. Also noted a lack of bubbles in the body.

I smelled pale malt, light wheat and grassy/gardeny hops.

The flavor was sweet and pale malty. I got grass and light hints of spice.

This beer was light bodied. It was refreshing, a working-outside-in-summer kind of beer. It left no residue but ended slightly dry.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As it tuns out I'm not really much of a lager fan. And even less of a pale lager fan.
There is nothing special to note with this beer. It's bland and boring at best.
The color is quite light, no head after some fizzy suds on the pour. The aroma is bread and yeast. The taste is bready and toasted like in vienna lager.
Full Sail's session line is much better.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Straw / gold with a short white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with low carbonation.

Nose
Bread and lemongrass. Hint of toast, brown sugar and bubblegum.

Taste
Nice and bready with touches of honey, toast and brown sugar. Light bitterness with notes of lemongrass and earthy hops. There a hint of bubblegum in there as well.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, smooth, crisp and dry.

Overall
Simple and straightforward like a Lager should be. Great for summer.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pale golden yellow. a small head that didn't keep too long

S: Smells like a lager. A little adjunct corn flavor there but more of a yeast note with some buiscut thrown in.

T: Some pale malts. a grainy bread quality. a little citrus on the end.

M: Highly drinkable. Goes down smooth. A nice amount of carbonation. springy. Crisp.

O: Well this is refreshing. Nice and easy to drink. More flavors than your typical macro lager and the flavors that are there aren't bad at all. It goes down super easy. Reminds me of back in the day when i first started drinking. I could easily crush a ton of these. /78

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Photo of Roman5150
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

bottle into pint glass

appearance: very clear piss yellow, looks like an american macro, foamy white head

smell: corn, bready notes, rye

taste: typical corn macro lager taste but with some more complexities and spices that would not be found in a macro lager. Follows the nose with a lot of breadiness and some english malts. This is highly drinkable, very smooth and light.

mouthfeel: average carbonation, very light feel

overall: If you live in Michigan, and drink shitty lagers, you are an idiot. Why buy Bud or Coors when you can get this, for cheap... what a lager is supposed to taste like, just enough flavor to be enjoyable.

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Bell's Lager Of The Lakes from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
83 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.
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