fattybladdy (628) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle to pint, bottled under the name "Lager of the Lakes." Clear golden pour with white head. Classic pilsner scent, however not offensive like many of its peers. Taste is grainy, crisp, not bad for a lager but certainly nothing special.
Chad9976 (1390) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
alobar (3059) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear pale yellow color with no head. Aroma of grain and lemon with bread, grass and lemon flavor. Decent for a lager.
guzzler67 (1561) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
jandd1983 (3145) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled at the W&C Beer Fest 2015. It poured a pale yellow color with a white head. The aroma was bread and some yeast. The taste was similar to the aroma with a touch of grass, some bitterness with a dry finish. It had a thin body.
Bif (1679) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. served a light golden color with a decent head. Aroma of malt sweetness, light citrus and grassy. taste of malt sweetness, bit of citrus and grain. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Light body, light crispness, smooth feel. Nice summer beer to relax or BBQ with.
allienora603 (20) - - MAY 5, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
caramel, coffee, golden, lightly bitter, thin feel, More a thin lager, still good
superspak (3334) - Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 8/87/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, cracker, toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A bit too fruity/estery in the nose, but not overwhelming. Taste of lemon, cracker, toasted bread, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes noticed in the flavor. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth crisp, and lightly sticky/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very nice Dortmunder lager style. All around good balance and robustness of pale malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
sawbuck (430) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet corn/grains on the nose. Thin golden yellow in color. Sweetness up front is full. Nice peppery finish on the back end. Nice balance and malty mouthfeel is delightful.
mikem409 (1816) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Color is crisp bubbly yellow with soft white head. Aroma of cereal and corn. Also some faint hop. Taste is crisp easy drinking. Mild bitter grain finish.
Weevo (70) - Indiana, USA - MAR 21, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, pours gold with small white head. Could drink this all day, but not much of a wow factor.
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