DrunkCaleb (69) - Michigan, USA - NOV 21, 2002
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
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.
TAR (2526) - 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.
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!
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light yellow in color, good head retention. Full-bodied, can taste the alcohol. Citrusy, bitter, slight hay flavor. Nothing uniquely different from Bells.
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2001
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light golden hazy with some floating particulate. Quickly diminishing head. Citrus hoppy bitter finish. The alcohol taste is obviously present but does not predominate.
muzzlehatch (4420) - 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.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2006 Light golden color. Clean tasting Pilsner. I really like it. Great session beer.
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium bodied malts with minimum sweetness. Nice fresh bright hops with a bit of citrus. Poured golden yellow, good head and lacing.