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.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a 12oz Bottle, Lager of the Lakes, Batch #7613. Clear, lightly golden color with a small layer of gleaming white head. Light, grassy hop aromas and a hint of unseasoned corn nuts. Light bodied, sparkling mouthfeel. Very light malt characters with a touch of corn fusels forms some sort of sourish malt composition. A respectable smack of grassy Saaz hops lingers on the palate, but is only moderately clean, leaving the final smack refreshing, but somewhat disappointing. Thanks, Tom!
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Clear gold in color with a white head. Aroma of corn syrup, grassy hops, and some yeast. Flavor, yeasty, some corn, grassy hops. Light bodied, crisp finish.
vyvvy (4777) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours pale yellow with a fizzy white head. Aroma has smooth pale malt - fairly creamy with a hint of spice. Medium / thin body with soft, yet fizzy carbonation. Starts with grainy pale malt with a bit of sourness. The finish brings a good helping of Saaz hops. Starts fairly full tasting and ends crisp and refreshing. Not a groundbreaking beer, but very enjoyable and refreshing.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 6, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden color. Smell of malt, hops, skunk and rubber. Taste of malt, hops, lemon, hints of spice and a rubber band bitter aftertaste. It tastes like the dust/powder that is on a ballon when you start blowing it up.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden tone, fuzzy white head. Nice lager look.
Nose is slightly sweet and malty, thoroughly clean, minutely hoppy, light hints of apple and pear. Pleasant enough.
Taste: clean again, sheer and sure, gleans off the palate once upon entering it. In and out, refreshment. A small scale scintillating delight. Nothing to take offense at, and just enough flavor to keep the tastebuds happy. Crisp, dry malt base, tidy hops, solid execution.
Light body, long, if clean and rudimentary finish, meager texture. Crackling cereal malt, nearly sweet, but solid, very solid.
I mean not to pan with faint praise. It’s quite a fine lager. Problem is, I’m just not moved by them, no mater how good they are...though this hits it, and I really hope they have success with it. Certainly would be my choice if a gun were cocked and set next to my temples and I was told I had to drink a lager.