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RATINGS: 542   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hogan873 (449) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Pale golden body with a thin white head. Grass, malt, and citrus make up the aroma. The palate is a bit heavier than I expected based on its appearance. The flavor is decent. Semi-sweet malt, a bit of spice, and a hoppy finish. Bit of a metallic aftertaste. Not bad.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
arminjewell (8632) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mark_Eck (1134) - - JUL 22, 2015
Draft. Pours a golden yellow color. Aroma and taste are light malty sweetness and some citrus.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chudwick (2443) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1421) - Albany, New York, 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

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (3101) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
guzzler67 (1563) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (3160) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2015
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bif (1698) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2015
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allienora603 (20) - - MAY 5, 2015
caramel, coffee, golden, lightly bitter, thin feel, More a thin lager, still good

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (3417) - Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2015
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.


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