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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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DrunkCaleb (69) - Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2002
As a person familiar with American swill, the aroma and flavor of this beer was pure heaven. It is everything I’m looking for in a Pilsner.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2002
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2518) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Light yellow in color, good head retention. Full-bodied, can taste the alcohol. Citrusy, bitter, slight hay flavor. Nothing uniquely different from Bells.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2001
A good beer but, this one doesn’t get grouped with the rest of the Bell’s stuff around my house, it just isn’t as good as their others.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2002
Light golden hazy with some floating particulate. Quickly diminishing head. Citrus hoppy bitter finish. The alcohol taste is obviously present but does not predominate.

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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 Light golden color. Clean tasting Pilsner. I really like it. Great session beer.

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.


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