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RATINGS: 556   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Nicely balanced, Bell’s Lager Beer focuses on the flavors developed in the brew house, matching a crisp bitterness & distinctive herbal hop aromas to a simple yet firm malt backbone. Following in the tradition of Bohemian-style pilsners, this beer spends a full six weeks maturing in the fermentation vessels. This extended conditioning period refines the overall flavor, highlighting the contributions of the malts & hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7775) - Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2015
10/2/15. TGIF. 12oz bottle, sixer, from Five Points. How on earth had I never rated this? Nice clear golden pour with a nice, fluffy off-white head that sticks and laces plenty. I’m kind of surprised actually. Enjoyed from a nice footed Pilsner glass because I was feeling fancy, I guess. Anyway, good aroma, crisp, light grassy aspects, a hint of a corn touch, doughy. Good flavor, crisp, doughy, pale malts, grassy, light malt sweetness and a surprising hop bitterness lingers. This is good stuff and hitting the spot with some local pizza!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jsporrer (466) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Pours a dull amber to straw color with a medium foamy white head. Some faint aroma of hops and grain. Fairly smooth with a citrus peel flavor that isn’t too harsh nor bitter but not really enjoyable. Overall it was kind of Blah.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Yomonk1 (4) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2015 does not count
Was looking forward to this as an offering from Bells but was curiously disappointed. A little salinity at the end is the only spark I get from this

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6382) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2015
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a vibrant golden color with a large fluffy white head that left good lacing. The aroma was tangy and sweetish with a hint of golden fruit. The flavor was tangy, sweetish and a bit bready with faint sour mash, grassy & perfumey hops and turned a bit dry and peppery towards the end. Medium length finish. Light body. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, clear golden pour with white head, aroma brought notes of bread, biscuit, yeast into some earth, spice, touch of grass. Taste was earthy, slight corn into grass, touch of bread, finishing slightly sweet, slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mark_Eck (1436) - - JUL 22, 2015
Draft. Pours a golden yellow color. Aroma and taste are light malty sweetness and some citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chudwick (2709) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUL 16, 2015
to my surprise, I’ve never rated this. 12oz bottle - bready grass nose. sip adds weeds. bitter for the style. refreshing. perfect for boating in the sun.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1610) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 6, 2015
It’s kind of funny, actually, when established, credible craft breweries put out a pale lager for no apparent reason. Some breweries make a traditional, to-spec pilsner, but beers like Bell’s Lager Beer (aka “Lager of the Lakes”) are just simple pale lagers with a nicer malt and hop variety than the adjunct macro versions. While this brew may not exactly redefine the style, it is a tasty and quaffable beer for what it is.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. It bottled on 5/11/15 and cost $2.09 ($0.17 per ounce).

Appearance: Yellowish/white gold hue with very clear body. Spastic carbonation is always visible. Pours to an average-sized, white, foamy head which retains and laces well.

Smell: Fairly generic lager aroma. Only minor flowery hop notes and pilsner malt.

Taste: You don’t have to have frills to make a good pale lager, all you really need is decent taste and that’s what you get here. There’s not a lot going on in this palette, but what’s here is pretty nice. Familiar pilsner malt base with only the faintest trace of specialty malt (not quite wheat, not quite rye). It has that familiar lager character all fizzy yellow brews tend to have, though I doubt there’s any corn or rice here – I certainly don’t taste any. The second half is nice as genuine hop flavor and minor bitterness emerges and creates for slight crackery flavor. Mostly dry with a touch of lemonpeel and perhaps a hint of black pepper – but nowhere near as strong as those of traditional Old World pils. I would not consider Bell’s Lager Beer to be bland or mild, though it’s not exactly the most robust or complex lager, either.

Drinkability: This is exactly the kind of delivery you want from a beer of this type: light, but effervescent; flavorful but clean. I enjoyed the high carbonation and appreciated its relative restraint. There’s no challenge to drinking it quickly at all. Refreshing while in the mouth and a dry, slightly pasty aftertaste. At 5% ABV I’d probably prefer just a tad more taste for the weight, though I could definitely consider this sessionable. Bell’s would be wise to put this beer in cans.

Grade: 7/10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (3390) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Pours a clear pale yellow color with no head. Aroma of grain and lemon with bread, grass and lemon flavor. Decent for a lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
guzzler67 (1645) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Bright gold appearance with an average size white head and a fair amount of lacing. Subtle aroma of grain and straw. Bready, moderately sweet malt flavor with a hint of spicy hops. Medium bodied, decently carbonated mouthfeel leading to a short lived finish.

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