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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

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

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

Pours a clear, clean golden color. Big white head with plenty of carbonation. Head falls slowly with nice lacing.

Smell is clean and slightly sweet. Almost the typical lager smell.

Smooth with mild malt sweetness then slight bitterness and a dry hop finish.

Thin to medium in the mouth with plenty of carbonation.

Although this is not my favorite style of beer these go down fairly easy, quite drinkable.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yello with one finger foamy white head. Little retention and decent lacing. Lots of little bubbles rising up to the top.

S - Strong tart aroma of crisp malt and spicey hops.

T - Light and crisp sweetness up front but not too strong at all. Quickly overtaken by a earthy and spicey hop taste.

M/D - Very crisp and clean in the mouth. A very drinkable lager.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very nice summer session beer, at least on tap. Sit outside in the sunshine at your favorite pub and enjoy.

Pours an almost unearthly clear pale yellow with a slight head and great lacing. The smell is bracing - fresh, Pilsner-like with a hint of lemon. The flavor is honey-like and grainy, with just a hunt of plum and a whiff of floral hops. The mouthfeel is pleasantly thin and watery, just what you'd be looking for on a hot summer day.

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

A 12 oz bottle poured into my pint glass. This beer is a light to medium golden color. The white head is a good 1.2 inch when poured. Settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of my glass. Good lacing. Non complex sweet malt and hop aroma make up the smell here. The taste is pretty much the same, fairly sweet malt upfront balanced by a nice hop flavor and a bit of spice. Very good, but it lacks the complexity and subtleties I am used to from Bell's' beers. Has a crisp, light to medium bodied mouth feel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. A very good solid brew, but I was expecting a bit more here from Bell's.


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

12-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a clear pale golden body capped with a thick finger of white fluff that recedes to a sheet and leaves hash-marks of lacing on the glass.

Smell is spicy and dryly malty with a touch of green citrus.

Taste is dry, bready malt with pungent herbal hops, a dash of juiciness, and a lingering hint of oil and a bitter finish.

Mellow carbonation lightens a dense medium-bodied feel. The drink is dry and crisp with superb drinkability.

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Photo of timbro81
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nmajdan for the opportunity. Pours a crisp clear golden straw color with intense carbonation that feeds a small yet impressive head. Good lacing. Smell isn't all that great, sweet light malts and perhaps a little noble hops too. Taste is kind of balanced, leans heavily on the spiciness of the hops. Refreshingly crisp. An American "Pils" perhaps?

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Photo of giblet
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first off, i am more of an ale guy than a lager guy. this is likely one of the better lagers i have had so far (i admit that i have a long way to go - and willingly!). this poured nice into my glass with beautiful golden color. a nice 3/4" of head with excellent carbonation. lacing lasted the entire glass down. nice malt aroma with a hint of the hops. nice refreshing taste with slight dry aftertaste. excellent. top 5 for sure.

suckem up and movem out!


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Photo of wingman14
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark yellow with a frothy white head that sticks around for a bit. The smell is strong on the malt and grain, not much else going on, maybe a bit of sweetness, but not a whole lot is going on here. The taste was a nice surprise considering the smell was not very powerful. The taste is crisp starting and finishing somewhat bitter with very little aftertaste. I have been searching for a lager that isn't afraid to pack some flavor in, and I think I found one. The mouthfeel is a lighter medium with plenty of carbonation and a good balanced taste. This is a very enjoyable beer that is not very overwhelming but still delivers, a great lager!

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Photo of Donnie2112
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: slightly cloudy, pale, golden yellow, small bubble carbonation, little to know head retention

smell: sharp and beery, something slightly sweet and almost bubblegum like in there but it's faint

taste: light malt flavor balanced with light citrusy hops, grain husk bitterness cobmining with a certain malt sweetness and then the citrus hits you, nothing unpleasant about this but nothing stand out either.

mouthfeel: light bodied, nicely carbonated a hint of astringence. very refreshing

drinkability: Nothing offense and very refreshing crisp mouthfeel. A great beer to drink when you just want a beer and you don't want to think about it. I really like this one.


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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of donteatpoop
3.37/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This lager was adequate.

My wife loved it, but she doesn't have a BA account and I do.

It poured a pale yellow with a bit of white head, absolutely average in appreance.

It smelled a little skunky and also had a sharp scent that reminded my of hay burning.

The taste was very similar to the scent, the hops a bit sharper and biting. It reminded me of Heinekin. My wife loves Heini so I offered her some expecting her to go crazy over this. As expected, she loved it.

The mouthfeel was a bit awkward on this one, made my tongue feel a little heavy and dry after everything was swallowed down. Perfectly pleasant while in the mouth, but not so much after swallowed.

Definately drinkable. I compared it to Henekin, but it's a little better than Henekin. If my wife didn't dig on it so much, I doubt I'd be buying it again. I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me, but I wouldn't seek it out either

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Photo of brewdoc75
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the mood for a good lawnmower beer, I grabbed a six pack of this.

Pours a golden yellow into my fluted pilsner glass. Vivacious carbonation arises from the bottom. Crisp white head on top. The aroma is pretty good. Strong malts, w/ evident sweetness and graininess. There is a hint of some floral hops as well. The flavor is impressive. Definitely a solid pilsner taste. Strong, sweet malts, but light enough to make this easy to abuse. There is a subtle bitterness and strong, floral hops present. Very clean and crisp mouthfeel along with the taste. No skunkiness or unpleasant aftertaste. Very vibrant on the palate and finishes clean.

Overall a remarkable pilsner. One of my favorites. I do enjoy a good Pilsner Urquell when I can get some on draft and I do think this beats it. Unfortunately it is a $8.99 a 6 pack, so I'll have to enjoy it sparingly.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems like many American craft brewers that make solid ales have difficulty making a clean and crisp pilsner/lager. So, it was with some trepidation I tried Bell's Lager, but it was a $3 pint at Roman's Pub, so the price was right and that was enough for me. And I was pleasantly surprised - a solid, clean, and crisp lager that was perfect for a warm spring evening.

This beer was a straw color and while clear was not brilliant. Head was abundant. Aroma was clean, lightly malty with some hop evidence. Flavor was predominantly malty and light, with solid pilsner credentials a bit fainter but similar to European lagers. Light, refreshing mouthfeel and drinkable.

I'd recommend this beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a sunshne golden yellow, with slow moving, small bubbles. Great, thick merengue like foam with sporadic lacing. The aroma is a slightly funky, grassy mlt, and very earthy hop aroma. The The earthy hops jump right up front to the palate, slowly receding to grassy malts in some very soft water. The finish is a standard, light hop citrus. Astringent palate with a well balanced hop and malt bill. Very refreshing and easy to drink lager.

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Photo of botham
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a golden straw color with two fingers of tight white head that leave moderate lacings.

aroma is od mildly sweet malts, with a subtle grainy character and a mild floral base.

taste is of munich malts up front, with the same floral base from the aroma and a finish of distant hops.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a lightly smooth texture and a crisp, clean finish. for the lightness present, this one showcases some solid flavors.

drinkability is great. this is a light bodied lager that boasts some great flavors and a solid profile. a macro body with a craft profile.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hello kitty? Pours a very lemony yellow color with sparkling clarity. Needed lots of help with the pour and left a very bubbly, rocky head that very quickly dissipated. No lacing at all, but I guess that is ok for style.

The nose is light overall. Some pilsner and grainy smells. A touch of honey and limited bready aromas. Some hops aromas, not to style, with a more herbal almost floral meets earthy hop aroma.

The taste is delicate and light overall. A subtle grainy flavor with a lighter pilsner flavor in the undertone, nice to style. Some lighter soapy touches but not overall off. Some lighter bready flavors on the back end. The hops are well represented, not to style, with a bigger bitterness that hangs on through the aftertaste. Some finishing hops with a more earthy feel, but hidden.

Nice texture with a crisp smooth taste. Hit the style there. Light on carbonation but very smooth with just a tad residuals. I guess for style this is a nice easy drinking beer that is to hoppy for style but still good. Easy drinking for sure.

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Photo of argock
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. No freshness date, but batch number plainly visible.

A: Clear straw color with medium-thick white foamy head with average retention and scant lace trails.

S: Very Pilsner-like in aroma with heavy malt graininess with strong hops contribution of a herbal nature.

T: Pretty typical malt-lager flavor with balanced grainy malt with citrus, herbal hops finish which is above-average dry.

M: Full-bodied lager with dry finish and clean aftertaste. Carbonation is in line with the style.

D: Solid, but nothing special. There are several other American lagers that are more distinctive and enjoyable.

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Photo of PhageLab
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pale tangerine coloration, small head, no retention or lacing. Not too impressive.

S - Apples. That is all.

T - Slightly acrid pale malt body, faint hop backing, decent balance, but this is really bland. It's not even remotely memorable.

M - Light bodied, mild carbonation.

D - Forgettable, this one was completely average. Bell's can do much better. I guess if you didn't want to think about what you were drinking, this wouldn't be bad.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light honey-gold w/thick white head that slowly faded into a think cap, and left thick traces of lacing. There is also a suspended haze. Smell is of rich, grainy Pilsner malt, light hops, spice, and faint citrus. Taste and mouthfeel is full and dry, with nice malts and slightly discernible rye, bitter citrus and spicy hops, and faint herbaceous notes. I really enjoyed this lager's simplicity, and light, yet rugged character.

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Photo of oelergud
4.27/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic brown 12oz glass bottle. Old map of the great lakes on the label. Batch 8124.
Orange golden clear body. Medium size white part creamy part airy rocky head. Good retention and a little lace.
Bread and grainy scent with abit of anise and piney hops.
The flavor is like the scent only stronger and better. Spiced and delicious hoppy flavor with plenty of complexity and a lingering aftertaste of anise, spiced hops and bready malts.
Medium body that leaves only slight coating yet is slick, hydrating and finishes dry.
Great lager and great drinkability.


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Photo of ROMER79
3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour was a golden color with a slight white head. It had a citrus smell laced with a hop aroma. The citrus flavor was made present in this beer, but hops and wheat came through as well. It was almost like a Bud meets a Rolling Rock. It was easy to drink and it could definitely be a session beer for many. The mouthfeel was good but it was lacking something that should have been there. There was no bite.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: this beers head...ha...byebye. the color on the other hand is pretty nice, amber wheat color. I have to knock it for the terrible head retention, even for a lager

S:not much here, a some what fresh bread malt type aroma

T: a bit meatier than many lagers but a bit too bitter? not sure if its biter or not but there is a distinct finish that i am not sure i am keen on.

M/D: this has an easy drinking feel, the mouth feel is a bit crisp and i cold enjoy a few, but would not be my first choice for this style

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Photo of pweis909
4.29/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale gold color. Clear, except for some whitish particulates that are floating about. Possibly chill haze? Small amount of white foam does not persist long, although the beer is well-carbonated. The initial whiff presents sulfide, which gives way to familiar pilsner malt aroma and light hops that are both spicy and citrusy. The taste is gently sweet up front, with a crisp finish. This beer is maltier and hoppier than American macro-style lagers, making it an interesting option as a thirst quenching spring or summer brew. The mouthfeel is smooth, with a slightly creamy texture. It's balanced flavors and moderate alcohol content make this a highly drinkable brew. A personal favorite among US lager types.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed as a Dortmunder Export as catagorized in BJCP
Bottled 12/20/07
Pours a gorgeous clear, sparkling rich golden color with plentiful brilliant white head. Really nice tracing as well. Trully one of the most beautiful lagers I've seen. Aroma is mostly coming from the Munich and Pils malts, a slight sulfur touch, and a little DMS. It finishes with some hop aroma and a little caramel. Incredibly bready on the palate, malts are very complex, ranging from whole grain crackers to whole wheat bread to fresh biscuits. The hops are certainly in there; not so much in flavor but with a quite bitter finish. Stylistically, it is lower in abv as a typical DME, and I would imagine on the high end for hop levels. It finishes also with a bright citrus flavor, coming from either Hallertau or Styrian hops, and a fruitier than normal yeast flavor. Overall, I thoroughly enjoy this beer like most from Bell's given its strong malt backbone and bitter Noble hop bite.

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Photo of mobyfann
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $8.99 for a mixed 6'er at Party Source...

The beer pours a clear golden base with a large white head, long-lasting head retention and very nice waves of lacing throughout the glass. The beer hints of malt and partial alcohol (smells like a nice macro lager to be blunt).

The taste is good for it's style, subtle malt flavor, crisp and clean aftertaste, what more do you want? The beer stings you with a little sharpness but the head eases it a little, and this is a very drinkable beer for its class.

Final Thought: Not worth the price, but a classic example of what PBR can become if they substitute more malt for corn.

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