edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Golden with virtually no head. Yeasty aroma. Bitter, sour. Poor by Bells standard. Tastes like skunky Budweiser.
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rich and toasty in both flavor and aroma. Many spicy flavors. Medium bodied. Too heavy to be an easy drinker, too light on flavor to be special
shigadeyo (3296) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch 7726 of "Bell’s Lager of the Lakes" Lager Beer made with Pils and Munich malts (5% ABV according to the Bell’s web site)...
Light golden yellow color with a small foamy white head. Moderate amount of visible carbonation. Aroma is pale malt, light grassy hops, and a certain tanginess that I can’t put my finger on (most likely a characteristic imparted by the particular strain of yeast used). Great pils flavor is accompanied by a well constructed grassy and slightly spicy hop bitterness (mild to moderate bitterness overall). More and more great European-like Pilsner flavor seems to surface with each drink, so the overall flavor also gets better and better! Light and crisp on the palate. A good, easy drinkin’ Pilsner offering from a great brewery!
12 oz bottle, $1.50+tax (sale) from Jungle Jim’s.
Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, pours a clear golden color with a thick white head. Faint aroma of spicy hops (Saaz as the description says)> Pretty bland flavor, clean, but almost to clean, doesn’t seem to be alot going on. Much better than any macro-swill, but I wouldn’t drink this regularly.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
ottle. Pours clear goldne color, fairly large foamy white head. Aroma of toasted grain, slight floral hop. Flavor of cereal grain, malt, grass. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp finish. Nice stuff.
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear deep gold, topped by half an inch of white foam. The head is fed by steady carbonation. Okay retention, decent lacing. Moderate cereal grain in the aroma - a little sweet, a little floral hop, a little grainy.
Dry cereal grain malt flavor - grainy and dry and tart and tangy. Stronger than a generic macro with a combination of lightly bitter and lightly spicy hopping. Interesting blend of flavor. Almost medium body, quite crisp and clean - a nice job with the carbonation. A fair supply of lemon in the finish.
IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours golden yellow with head that laces. Aroma has grass and malt. Flavor is somewhat sweet and earthy up front with a slightly spicy hop profile that leads to a clean, bitter finish. Gets extra overall points for low alcohol content. I could imagine old guys ice fishing and finishing a case of these.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Transparent golden pour with a white head. Aroma of pale malt, a tinge of funk and some yeast. Flavor of corn, pale malt, light grassy hops and a bit of yeast. Light body with a nice carbonation to it and a clean finish
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Chris (styles) Thanks. Pours out a yellow color without much of a head. Smell is clean, lemons, some malts, a little grassy smell as well. Taste is smooth and easily drinkable. There is a unique taste that I cannot quite pick up what it is. Soon maybe I will be able to buy this in NC so I can get more. This would be a session beer to rival prima pils. Good stuff.
GaltScat (195) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bells Lager of the Lakes from a six pack of 12 ounce bottles. The picture here at Rate Beer does not match the true bottle label.
Golden yellow with a low, white head. Aroma is of yeast, hops, grass, and (as the previous rater indicated) corn nuts (as odd as it sounds). The flavor is very much a standard, yet good, lager. Malty with a clean taste of bread, hops, and sweet corn. The finish is full yet crisp.