Smoked Lager
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Lager - Rauchbier
Ranked #77
Ranked #39,388
3.59 | pDev: 15.88%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
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elNopalero from California

4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This pours the color of a well-made craft lager: like a clear gold-tan with no hint at all of the flavor explosion in store! Smells like a campfire, tastes like smokey band-aids, and if that’s your thing (as it is for me) then you’ll enjoy it. Otherwise, avoid. More for me!

Feb 05, 2014
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secondtooth from Indiana

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crisp semi opaque amber with nice head of white bubbles. Lace is minimal in my Stone pint glass.

Nose is mildly smoky, grainy and lagery. Not bad.

Taste is pleasant and mild...hint of smoke among the malty grains. Very drinkable, and a fresh twist on a summertime brew that I wish more would attempt.

Jan 04, 2014
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TwelveOunces from Kentucky

3.51/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a pint glass

This beer pours clear light amber color with a frothy white head. The beer tastes as it sounds. It is a smoked lager. The smoke is the domiant flavor and is still quite light. There is a slight oak character as well as a touch of BBQ. Other then the smoke this beer seems like a plain old lager. It has a light malt backbone and a subtle grain character. The Lager yeast is obvious and also attributes to the flavor. This beer is balanced, easy drinking, and pretty well done. It is also quite safe and boring.

Mar 07, 2013
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear light golden color with a very thin head that doesnt stick around for long. The nose is slightly smokey with a bit of meat. Touch of malt in the background. Flavor adds in a good touch of smoke and hits the crisp malt quite well. Nice balance and not overly smoked. Light to medium body with good carbonation and a smokey finish. Tasty. I like it.

Apr 29, 2011
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LilBeerDoctor from New York

1.71/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Reviewed on 6/24/2010. On tap at Eccentric Cafe. Pours a clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of mild smoke and malt. Flavor of smoke, tons of leather, and tar. Very thin palate and overall this was a gross, disgusting beer (and normally I am a fan of smoked beers). Would not recommend!!

Dec 23, 2010
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bamadog from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to try this at the Eccentric Cafe on a recent beer tour of Michigan. Review is from notes taken on 6/19/2010 and poured from the tap to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pretty standard coppery color; starts with a scant 1/4 inch white head that fades to absolutely nothing; body is very clear and shows signs of light carbonation; no lacing is left behind at all.

Smell: Light toasty graininess and some faint hints of smokey malts; I feel like I'm picking up some faint hints of barley; the nose is really quite weak and I thought I was going to get quite the blast of smokey malts creeping up my nose, alas...

Taste: OK, things are finally picking up for this beer and in a big way. Quite nice and smooth, the malts are up front and are layered with smoke; there's a bit of slightly toasty graininess and a hint of barley; a very nice take on smoking a style like this, thumbs up!

Mouthfeel: Body is light, crisp and refreshing; carbonation is stronger than it looks and really helps provide some crisp "pop" to the beer; a fairly clean and moist finish with just a hint of smokiness lingering makes for a great beer in the summer.

Drinkability: This is really good, and would be great for outdoor evenings from the summer throughout the fall; moderate ABV allows for plenty of drinking it, but I would personally limit it after a bit as the smokiness may become a bit much after a while. Solid though, glad I got to try this unique beer.

Jun 22, 2010
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft at City Tap House.

Pours a slightly hazy golden copper orange color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Sporadic streaks of lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey malt aroma that is quit bland reall with faint hints of oak, toast, BBQ, charcoal and bacon. These hints are a stretch and hard to point out but there is a faint caramel malt presence in the nose. So far this beer is disappointing. Hopefully the feel, taste and drink will improve.

The mouthfeel and flavor of the beer are both substantially better than expected. Full bodied with a prominent spicy, hoppy character ip front that is slowly countered by a sweet caramel malt backbone which has a nice smokey presence that lngers into a long dry finish. Subtle hints of charcoal, BBQ, bacon, campfire and butane. The smokiness bcomes more evident as this beer mares and really shows in the finish but I wish it was a touch more intense. Nicely balance bur not one of the best examples of he style.

Jun 08, 2010
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BedetheVenerable from Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz draft pour; unfortunately the barman topped it off to the very rim, so not much in the way of a cap

Appearance: dark golden copper beer with nice clarity and a thin white ring

Smell: Pretty light aromas for a smoked beer, actually; there are sweet, light malty tones and just a hint of earthy smoke.

Taste: Holy cow. Smokiest. Beer. I've ever had. This isn't so much a bacony smoke like a lot of others I've had though. It's more like freshly burning hardwood campfire. There are some light earthy notes as well, and a light astringency that's a bit much for me. There's also (I know it sounds weird) like a hint of smoked Gouda creaminess.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability:'s a bit intense really

Conclusion: The first few sips of this I was pretty sure I grew on me as I drank it and I reconciled myself to the fact that this was not a smoked meat kind of rauchbier. Overall, decent, I might give it another try.

May 24, 2010
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bruachan from Massachusetts

3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i should preface this with the admission that i am a sucker for smoke

golden color. no head (well...collar with patchy fuzz)

the aroma is of pilsy sweetness and some bacony smoke. i mean BIG smoke aroma

it's a grainy, sweet lager with well-executed bitterness. the smoke flavor is strong and thoroughly Bambergian, though more woody than meat product. that's a funny thing to say about a beer, you might say...i always think of those wonderful Bamberg rauchbiers as bacon in a glass, but the smoke in this one seems more like woodfire than smoked sausage

Apr 18, 2010
Smoked Lager from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 21 ratings