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Formerly brewed at Bells Brewery
Style: Pilsener
Galesburg, Michigan USA

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Bell’s Beer uses a Bohemian-lager yeast culture, high-grade European malts, and of course, Czech Saaz hops. Keeping with tradition, the deep golden, pilsner will lager for two months before being served.


2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAR 29, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2003 This brew has a slight malty aroma that arose from a very small head of fine bubbles and a light yellow orange colored body. It has a carbonated taste of banana and typical low grade beer flavor. My first sips gave me gas within minutes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 14, 2002
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.

1.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
hotstuff (4069) - Indiana, USA - MAR 29, 2003
I found nothing special about or with this brew at all.I was totally unimpressed all the way around.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2475) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2002
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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Medium bodied malts with minimum sweetness. Nice fresh bright hops with a bit of citrus. Poured golden yellow, good head and lacing.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2002
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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 Light golden color. Clean tasting Pilsner. I really like it. Great session beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
Medium golden color, some head on the edge. Definite peppery hop bite from the middle till the finish. Lively.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2003
This may very well be a very old bottle of this - bargian bin in the wine shop, plenty of dust. Time defintely didn't hurt the hop action, which is sharp and substantial, long on lime. The rest of it though is like sticky, slightly moldy, not all the way cooked bread dough - weird counterpoint that doesn't work for me. I'll try to hunt up another of these for a rerate for sure, as I actually hadn't heard of this one before and I've been a Bell's admirer for some time.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2000
Not even Bell’s could make a good pilsner. They should stick to what they know best, good beer.


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