Sunday, May 6, 2018

Bell's Lager of the Lakes (2018 re-review to BJCP specs)

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Judged to 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines for: 3B Czech Premium Pale Lager

AROMA: Moderate bready-rich malt base (though not especially sweet). Low herbal/floral hops. Clean fermentation. Overall nose is rather muted for the style. 8/12

APPEARANCE: Clear golden color (2-4 SRM). Moderate white foam retains and laces very well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderately-strong pilsner malt presence throughout with a slight bready character and subtle sweetness. Hops are fairly high (much stronger tasting than they are smelling). Noticeable spicy/herbal flavor up front with a firm dry bitter bite at the apex. Finish is quite dry and hops do linger momentarily. Attenuation is quite high; clean fermentation. 13/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; medium-high carbonation (a bit too light and effervescent for the style). Smooth, crisp and somewhat refreshing. Feels a bit lighter than 5% ABV; definitely sessionable. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Though tasty and highly drinkable, I'd say this is more of a German than a Czech pilsner. Not sure why they're marketing it as such. 6/10

TOTAL SCORE: 33/50

NOTE: Read my 2015 original review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2015/07/bells-lager-beer.html

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