Style: Pale Lager
Bell's Brewery, Inc. Lager of the Lakes
What the brewers say
“Bell’s Lager Beer focuses on the flavors developed in the brew house, matching a crisp bitterness and distinctive herbal hops aromas to a simple yet firm malt backbone. This beer spends six weeks maturing in the fermentation vessels. This extended conditioning period refines the overall flavor, highlighting the contributions of the malts and hops.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Light malt with subtle sulfur notes. Moderate German hops aroma. Some fruity esters, sweetness, and yeast aroma. A bit of corn-like, wheaty sweetness. Citrusy notes of lemon and orange.”
Flavor: “Smooth malt offset by light hop bitterness. Sweet, corn-like, and wheaty. Spicy hops slide right into the finishing bitterness. Very fruity, but light alcohol flavor. Yeasty, yet clean profile. Light carbonic bite.”
Overall: “Crisp and refreshing, a great beer to take to a cookout. Neither a pils nor a Vienna lager, just an easy-drinking beer. Finish is cleaner than an ale, yet not quite lager-like. If someone brought this to a summer barbecue, everyone would be happy.”
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