Bell's Quinannan Falls Lager - Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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4.53/5 rDev +12.1%
On tap, Michigan Summer Beerfest 2013. The body of Quinannan Falls lager sits somewhere around straw and yellow with deeper and brighter gold highlights at its very core. A finger's worth of stark white foam forms like a cloud and lasts much longer than expected. Some nice looking lacing webs up on the sides of the glass and stays there for the remainder of the brew.
Wow, the aroma is awesome! Citric and herbal hops abound, giving off notes of grapefruit, tangerine, grass, light pines, and lots of leaves. Some tropical notes lie farther in the background, too; faint mango and papaya. The malt bill does not go unnoticed, however - plenty of lightly sweet pale malts, grains, and a touch of biscuit and cracker. Hefty lager yeast gives a nice, fresh, and super-clean note in the afterthought.
One of my biggest gripes with "hoppy lagers" is that the "lager" portion of the beer goes largely under the radar, buried beneath the bashing of alpha acids an lupulins. I'm pretty excited to find out that it's not the case with Quinannan Falls Lager - the crisp, fresh, and bready yeast is the first thing that my palate picks out when I take a sip.
Without any hesitation, a brigade of citrus fruits, pines, leaves, tropical fruits, and herbal hops rushes in and jolts the palate. No doubt this is a substantial hop bill, but it's complementary to the yeast and the malt, rather than blatantly flaunting its superiority. Toasty bread and cracker malt with a very, very light imparted sweetness that balances nicely with the hop bitterness. The lager yeast is noticeable again in the final moments, giving a nice, clean finish.
Just like you'd expect from a lager, the body is somewhere between light-medium and there's plenty of carbonation to go around, providing a snip-snap, mildly sharp, crisp, clean, and dry mouth feel. I don't know what else you'd want from a pale lager as far as body and mouth feel goes. It feels exactly like it should, and does nothing but make this delicious beer even more drinkable.
Quinannan Falls Lager has eluded me for quite a while; it has been on tap numerous times at places near me, though somehow it has taken me this long to finally try it, but better late than never. This stuff is outstanding, and probably my favorite "hopped up lager". It showcases an IPA-like hop bill while retaining the discernible qualities you expect from a lager. Great balance of hops, malt, and yeast, and drinkability is through the roof.
08-07-2013 11:26:40 | More by tectactoe
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
Had on tap at Uptown Grille Commerce MI.
A_Pale gold with a thin bone white head. Nice lacing.
S_Huge pine aroma. Very hoppy for a lager. Some citrus.
T_Hops and pine. Grapefruit. Pale malt rounds out the taste. Very nice.
M_Thin but very crisp with a nice dry finish.
D_Very delicious lager that you can drink all night.
07-30-2010 00:32:19 | More by nickadams2
3.7/5 rDev -8.4%
Enjoyed at the brewery's tasting room. A hoppy lager, very good for its style. Dry hopped. A nice lawn mower beer, and one that would replace others drunk in mowing days gone by. Very good drinkability, and one that would transition many a macro drinker who does not realize he likes hops. Medium mouthfeel.
09-09-2011 20:48:19 | More by Sammy
4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
Had a glass at the Bell's Cafe on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The clear yellow lager had a white head and light lacing. The hops character reminds me a lot of Surly's Bitter Brewer for the mix of juicy apricot up front and herbal, dry lemon in the finish. There was really no malt character, the hops were the star here and damn, they were tasty. It's dry, hoppy, and drinkable. Give it a try if you can.
10-09-2011 22:21:55 | More by tempest
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
Just had this on draft at the Gerst Haus. Pours brilliant gold with a white head that doesn't leave much lacing.
Aroma is biscuit and pale malts with a nice floral hoppiness. Not really strong, but decent.
American pale lager? Bullshit. This is a German pils. The malt profile mixed with a fairly assertive floral hop bitterness spells pils in my book. And a good pils at that.
Mouthfeel is appropriately crisp and light. Very refreshing.
I can't say that I was pleasantly surprised with this one, as I always expect quality from Bell's. Its existence was the surprise, as I had no idea this brew existed. I think Bell's would be wise to toss this one into their year-round lineup. At the very least, they could release it as an alternative summer seasonal to Oberon, which is really lacking this year. Either way, I could drink buckets of this stuff.
And again, forget the style listing. This is a German pils for sure.
08-02-2010 21:35:50 | More by BigJim5021
4.38/5 rDev +8.4%
Served from growler into a Houblon Chouffee pilsner. Poured a golden pale yellow with a half finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, pine, and wine cooler. The flavor was of sweet malt, subtle fruit, pine, and pine hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The nose was a little off-putting for me with picking up on the wine cooler, but somehow it worked with the combination of the other aromas given off here. The flavor was where this brew shined with a nice healthy dose of piney goodness. Pine is usually quite abrasive to my palate, but this one managed to bring this flavor across in a delicate manner. Well done on this on Bell's. Well done...
10-26-2011 14:42:28 | More by thagr81us
4.75/5 rDev +17.6%
Had a couples on tap the other night.
A- Pours a light golden yellow color. Half finger white head dies down rather quickly. Couple light streaks of the lace on the side of the glass. Looks rather average at best.
S- Big hops in the front...well not huge like DIPA huge but for a lager this is exploding with hop aroma. Citrus, mango, pineapple, with a hint of pine as well. There is a light sweet bready malt in the background and kiss of lagering yeast as well. This smells fantastic!!!
T- The hops in this one come through huge and well even more huge! Citrus and pine hops come through in a balanced assaulton the palate. Over the top hops for a lager which is refreshing. Although, the bready malts come in the backing and balance this beast out before the hops give one last bitter bite on the tail end of the beer.
M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect for the beer. Hops and more hops left on palate with a hint of bready malt. Piney hops and a hint of alcohol left long into the aftertaste. This beer is balanced for style with a little hop fowardness toward the end of the mouthfeel. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Clean and crisp flavors throughout the entire beer.
D- This beer is a dominate under the radar beer. I drank many many pints of this and couldn't have been happier. I wish Bell's would bottle this one because they will have another beer to add to their onslaught of the craft beer world. The ABV is low enough to drink this all night and I wish I could plan on doing just that next time I see this on tap!!!
12-11-2010 16:50:26 | More by alleykatking
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
On tap at the Blue Dog - Chalfont, PA. Jlindros made a stop down here for a tasting with my cousin and I, and we stopped in here for a small meal and a beer. Was happy to see this on the menu. 1 of only 3 kegs brought to the state.
A - very nice creamy 1.5 finger head with a fairly straw yellow appearance active carbonation throughout very nice foamy lacing and retention, especially for the style.
S - very mellow tropical aroma that goes well with the floral hops. A bit bready.
T - a bit of bready malts a very nice hop profile very good flavors and a very clean finish. A bit of mellow tropical flavors, nice for a lager. In conversation I jokingly made the mistake of saying IPA instead of IPL, so that should give you an idea of where it's at flavor-wise; but it isn't as hoppy.
M - excellent balance and crisp clean carbonation throughout. Mouthfeel lighter to slightly below average for the style. Finish on the dryer end, but nothing extreme.
O - I think most BA's have a soft spot in their hearts for a good lager. This one was well made, and would be a fantastic get together family holiday beer should it be bottled regularly. This would be a great addition to bell's lineup because this could be a simple pick for a transition beer, and could turn legions into craft.
10-10-2011 16:15:37 | More by dfclav
Bell's Quinannan Falls Lager from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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