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: 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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Reviews: 388 | Ratings: 1,041
Photo of jopezu
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear amber straw with a large white head that poofs. nose; yeasty dough, melon, lightly tart & skunky. taste; clean grain (pils), light grassy hops, & sweet fruity gose-like acetone. very simple flavor profile. medium carbonation & mouthfeel. an easy poolside drinker that offers no fight.

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Photo of LaurenZ
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The coloring is golden yellow and thin looking. This beer is sweet and refreshing, would be enjoyable on the beach or a boat in the summertime. The Aroma is malty and citrusy. It has a very light taste with hints of malts and sweetness and finishes slightly bitter. Overall it is not too exciting but it is good and refreshing.

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Photo of Angela1956
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold and transparent. You can see the carbonation in the glass as well as a nice white head. Malty aroma. To me this beer was a little plain and boring. You could taste the maltiness and it had a very little tinge of bitterness. The aftertaste was plain in flavor but a little bitterness lingered. A more enjoyable lager from those I've tried but not my favorite.

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Photo of hennin55
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: not much head, but is fizzy, light in color
Aroma: malty, citrus
Palate: dry, fizzy, crisp carbonation
Flavor: tart and malty slightly sweet

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Photo of stinewils24
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a light yellow color with a sweet and tart smell. The taste was of malt, faint orange with molasses, and it was bitter. The texture was a thin hops. Overall, I thought it was okay, not amazing.

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Photo of daweidavid
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium to small white head. I can smell kind of malty and cirtus aroma. Classic lager body and taste, my friends can taste some of the sweetness but i can't. It finishes with some bitter taste.

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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 russpowell
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an a chill-hazed and effervescent gold with a thumb of ivory colored head. Above average head retention and lacing

S: Wet cereal and grassiness, floral hops as it warms

T: Follows the nose, a little soapiness as well up front, a little dryness as well. Stays grassy as it warms, dry with a mineral hop notes. Finishes crisp, soapy with a little pear and dry breadyness

MF: Medium body, crisp carbonation, alright balance

Pretty good drinkability, just not a ton of flavor, a step above run of the mill for the style

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Photo of eckk_rachel
4.82/5  rDev +31.7%
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 defilli2
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a clear, golden-yellow color, typical lager look. It has very subtle smells, light and pleasant, nothing too strong and overwhelming. It is a light and refreshing beer, has good flavor to it and is not strong at all. Again, typical lager for those who enjoy them. I prefer stronger and heavier beers.

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Photo of tomakara
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was dark in appearance and was 100% malt. I'm not a huge malty beer fan, so it wasn't my favorite. But it had consistent flavors and was enjoyed by others.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.61/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Such an underrated beer and for all the wrong reasons. 83/100? Okay, so it isn't some massively hopped 10% abv limited edition double IPA with exotic ingredients from all across the globe, but what you have here is an absolutely delicious craft lager.

Freshness date printed on the bottle, two thumbs up to Bells.
Translucent gold stereotypical beer color with a white two finger head that leaves webs of sticky lacing.

When you pour it into a glass it smells of crisp salt water, almost like the ocean. There's a floral hop smell and cereal sweetness to the nose too.

The taste is bready, slightly hoppy and salty. Vaguely spicy with very subtle notes of basil and soapy cilantro. Finishes with a crisp slightly sweet malt note and delicate flowery hop snap.

Watery while still being flavorsome, very thirst quenching - a great transition beer in it's own right for people who are new to craft beer, but moreover a great spring/summertime lager. What exactly is wrong with that?

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Photo of jasadewi
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a clear golden lager. The bottle is an awesome map, white and blue theme. There is an off white fuzzy head. It smells lightly grassy and I get a faint aroma of cheese. The feel is medium bodied and heavily carbonated. It has a crisp finish. It tastes faintly citrusy with a blunt malty taste. Overall, a decent lager.

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Photo of Kristie_Duve
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -15.3%
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 -15.3%
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 -3.6%
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 +27.9%
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 crisis1290
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 +4.4%
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 +10.9%
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 -3%
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 +16.1%
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 +7.1%
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 +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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Bell's Lager Of The Lakes from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,041 ratings.
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