JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very fine lager to be sure, the kind of thing that gives me an appreciation for well done examples of a style I usually overlook. Pale, refreshing, with a good malty heft to it, it suffers only from the high price point.
Aggie80 (818) - Michigan, USA - SEP 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pale yellow with some head and good lacing. Bitterness without a strong hop flavor, good earthy undertones in this beer. Another good one from Bells!
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’m not sure how this "Lager of the Lakes" escaped a tasting, until now, but it has. I enjoy so many of Bells’ beers, but sometimes you just want a pilsner, and they tend to specialize in ales and stouts. This, however, is a good pils. Nice medium gold color, and an almost white head, which dissipates in about two minutes, start off the brew. Nose is lightly bitter and clean. Flavor is nice. Hoppy, for a pilsner, but not overly so. Good mouthfeel. This would be a very nice session beer, I think, and I’m likely to make it so during tonight’s NFL opener. Another good offering from Bells.
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 3, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear gold with white holey head. Light beer aroma of bitterness and fruit. Clean, refreshing, smooth. A good lager.
jcr (2691) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - SEP 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear light golden pour with white head. Sweet aroma with notes of bread, citrus (orange and lemon) and grass. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. Crisp mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. This is an excellent summer refresher — a clean lager with nice aroma and flavor.
rowefam3 (70) - kendallville, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s pretty hoppy for a pilsner. The aroma is earthy, kind of musty. It is very nice on a summer day if your in to hoppy beers.
WeeHeavySD (3386) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lager of the Lakes 12oz Batch 8008. Purchased today @ Chevy Chase Wine and Liquors in Washington DC. Pours yellowy with a pinky width bright white head. Nice pilsner nose. Taste is fresh with slight bitterness. Overall pretty tasty for the style, another good beer from Bells.
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
(Labeled as Lager of the Lakes): from a bottle: Smells and tastes like a macrobrew, only slightly better. This was my fourth in a series of Bells beers one night after Batch 8000, Two-Hearted Ale and Kalamazoo Stout. I am certain that this rating suffered because of that, but I don’t see this beer being all that good to start with.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - AUG 25, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Clear gold with a small white head. Grass and floral nose, a bit of bread. Body on the light side. Grassy, floral and grainy bread flavors. Not bad.
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very light, straw yellow color. Small head. Floral aroma, light but inviting. Highly carbinated, goes down smooth. This is a freshing pils.