DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2002
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I tried this beer the other night at my friend nicks house. Bells should have never made a pilsner. Their bringing their good name to shame. It WAS better than all of the Macro poo.
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fantastic lager. Nothing special or fancy. Just a good ole fashioned beer with no fancy gimicks. Ingredients are uniquely balanced to produce a lager which blows away the mass-producing breweries.
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Straw colored. Nice two-finger head. Fairly strong hop aroma. Tastes like Saaz with some citric notes. Pleasant malt aroma. Quite bitter for the lightness of the beer. Not as clean as most Pilseners. Some of the trademark Bell’s breadiness. Spicy. Medium body. Very tasty. Refreshing, easy-drinking beer. Interesting that it’s a bottle-conditioned Pilsener. I went into this beer with low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. This one definitely gets a bad rap from fans of the other Bell’s beers. Similar to Victory Prima Pils with more breadiness and mild citric notes. Some similarities to Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA in that this is also a quite highly hopped light beer, although stylistically they’re fairly different. A big Pils. Jerm, give this one another try!
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2004 Crazy 3-layer thingy in the appearance. Divided into head and body, but the body was further divided into a top and bottom. The top was very cloudy and like an unfiltered Beligian wit. The bottom was like a clear lager, like Bud or Corona. Maybe almost like a pour similar to Guiness, but that got stuck before totally seperating into head and body. The beer seemed to be ok. It was not skunky, and actually a bit like an APA - bitter, some citrus, etc. Some knock from the three layers. Maybe the best light-type lager I've ever had. Still not spectacular, but acceptable.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 14, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours great, like a light Guiness, to a medium-amber color, slightly hazy with a nice rocky head. Sharp citrusy nose, flavor bitter/sweet with orange/lime citrus flavors dominant but enough caramel malt to keep it out of IPA territory (yes I know it is a lager!). Long, bitter, warming finish; one of the best straightforward lagers I’ve ever had, a model for the style.
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 28, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong hop presence. Pretty good for a pilsner.
Odin (123) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nothing really jumps out as a major plus with this brew, but for sure there is nothing wrong with it either. Better than most, but not quite up to par with most other Bells products.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours to a large bubbled, yet frothy foam with mega stickiness. Aroma is super clean, like lying in a field of freshly picked Saaz; some breadiness detected underneath the blanket of hops. Flavors are slighlty subdued but a fresh, floral hoppiness arises along with a fresh flavor of dough. Finish is also very clean and long. I don’t know what the other raters expect from a pilsner but the cleanliness and hop/malt character in this sit rather nicely with me. More bitterness and complexity would make this beer complete, IMO.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 7, 2001
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The cloudiest Pilsner i’ve ever seen, it didn’t look like a Pilsner at all. The worst Bells product by far
proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2001
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very good, but I am in agreement with the rest, the other Bell’s beers are better.