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Bell's Quinannan Falls Lager - Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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90
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228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 59
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: zoso1967 on 06-07-2010

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Photo of tectactoe
4.52/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of nickadams2
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BigJim5021
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of thagr81us
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of alleykatking
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!!!

Photo of dfclav
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the source while in Kalamazoo with Kzoobrew.

Appearance – Comes in a typical pint glass and has a golden straw color. There is about two fingers of white head.

Smell – Subtle floral hops, tropical citrus, and grassy aromas.

Taste – A crisp burst of hops up front followed by slightly bitter citrus flavors. The fruit is not as prevalent as the aroma though it is still there ever so slightly. Finishes with sweet malts.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, prickly carbonation.

Overall – A solid, refreshing and crisp beer. Would love to see this in six packs.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a pint glass. Sampled 9/27/11.

A: Arrives with 1 finger of bubbly bright white head that is quick to recede leaving a scattered film and thin collar behind. The body is a pale golden straw color, very light, with ridiculous clarity. A spare smattering of lace sticks to the glass. Minimal carbonation is visible.

S: The nose lays down an excellent blend of citrus, floral and piney hops. Fantastic. Pale malts lend a crackery note to add light sweetness and round out the aroma. Honestly, I don't think it gets any better than this for an American Pale Lager.

T: The hop character is what distinguishes this beer from others in its field. Citrus and floral hops come together on the front end while pine finishes out the flavor. Just a small step down from the nose...

M: The hop bite rolls right into a pleasant crispness that is accentuated by the bitter finish. Rather dry and very crisp. Medium to high carbonation. The flavor and mouthfeel are designed for long-term imbibing.

O: Bells absolutely nailed this one. Glad to have tried it.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright yellow with a small white fizzy head. Looks a lot like most lagers.

Smells of grassy/piney hops with a little cracker.

Tastes is unique. Definitely has a little graham cracker like crispness, but also loads of grassy hops with a little pineyness as well.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy for a lager with good high carbonation level.

Always glad to try to a new style and I think Bell's hit their mark here, but I wasn't the biggest fan. The hops were a bit too bitter with not enough malt support and the alcohol was a bit too present for its ABV. Solid brew and definitely recommended for something unique, but not my favorite.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza for their Bell's Tap Takeover.

Pours a golden pale straw yellow, with a half inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells fairly floral and piney, with some "sweaty" yeast aromas.

This ones tastes pretty good, but there is sort of a sweaty sock flavor feel to this one, from the yeast, I'm guessing. Slightly bready, with some pine, floral, and cat pissy flavors. Not all that bitter, doesn't linger.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel and fairly drinkable. There's a medium amount of carbonation.

Not bad, but there seems to be some off flavors here.

Photo of wedge
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

@ Busy Bee

Clear yellow with almost no head. Stinky, leafy, oily hop aromas along with pineapple, herbs, and lager yeast. Similarly hopped-up flavor: lightly sweet, pine resin dankness, earthy/spicy hop. Medium bodied with a firm bitterness and pleasantly crisp. A nice, pungent hop presence all-around making for a unique, very enjoyable pale lager.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden amber with a crystal clear look to it. A small head of maybe an inch rose up, but immediatly fell back down, leaving a naked top to it.

The aroma was light. Lots of light grain and bready malts abound here. Small light fruit notes and an overall light profile. Taste was more of the same, light grain, light fruits, small doses of grain. A crisp, clean, and refreshing profile

Photo of oline73
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Eccentric Cafe during our beercation to Michigan. Served in a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden color with just a layer of head that disappears almost completely.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt. This one is mildly fruity. I'm picking up some peach aroma.

Taste: Unlike the smell this doesn't have much sweetness in the taste. There is a citrus peel hop bitterness and a hint of peaches as well. The finish is hoppy and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very crisp beer. I enjoyed the peach notes. Easy drinking and I would have another.

Photo of zoso1967
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at a Bell's Beer Brunch at the Sidecar for Philly Beer Week 2010. This beer arrived at my table a pale golden color with only a small bright white head, and could have easily been mistaken for your run of the mill macro lager. One whiff and all of my preconceptions were shattered. This beer has a nose that one would expect from an American pale ale with tons of citrus zest and some pine, though it lacked some of the fruity character. Suffice to say I was intrigued and quickly took a sip. I had never tasted anything quite like this beer, as it had plenty of American hop character with citrus, pine, grapefruit and a bit of grassiness. It also possessed very clean, mild malt character and fairly neutral yeast. I did not find it to be overly bitter, though more bitter than your typical pale lager style beers. It had a light body that was thinner than I generally prefer, but it was 90 degrees outside and this hit the spot just right. Clean finish, if not a tad dry. This beer was super drinkable and a revelation. Not the best ever, but very creative. I hope they keep on making this and others follow suite.

Photo of aasher
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, I have to start this off with wow. It pours a BMC like dark straw yellow with no head at all. It look no different than a Bud or Miller Lite. This deception leads to a greater finish. It smells great. It has this Gumballhead mixed with IPA aroma to it. It is very piny, floral, has hoppy bitterness to go with subtle sweetness. The flavor mirrors this. It has the flavor of Gumballhead mixed with an IPA to feature a perfect mix of the two. This is by far the best lager I've ever had. It drinks very light and smooth. The content is very deceptive. It drinks so light and has exceptional flavor that this beer can creep up on you. It is excellent, absolutely phenomenal. Wow. It's disappointing that this may have been my only time to drink it. What a beer!

Photo of gatornation
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap@ Blue door pub (pint)

A- pours a clear golden yellow color with a white 2 finger head nice lacing and collar thru out
S-pine and hops lemon grass and herbs malt biscuits and yeast
T-delicious first it its pine and citrus hops light but so tasty with baked bread followed by german lager yeast
M- crisp and pure hoppy and fruity with bread and spice prickly on the plate herbs great carbonation
O- could drink this all day great lager

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub and Herb's Bell's Fermented Eclipse Event. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale shade of yellow with a bit of haze. Several finger white head and a bit of lacing. Nose consists primarily of a really nice earthy pine scent with a bit of a floral aspect to it as well. Taste isn't quite as heavy on the pine, and adds in a bit of mild bready flavors. Mouthfeel is nice and dry with the spice. Although a bit heavy and unique in the flavor to be too drinkable, this was quite good.

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visit down to dfclav's for a nice tasting. Started the night at Blue Dog Tavern and got one of these.

Creamy 1 finger head fades semi slowly with sticky lacing, crystal clear golden pils color.

Nose light sweet pilsner malt aromas, touch fruity and light lager crispness, hint of floral hops.

Taste is light and crisp, light pilsner malts, crisp lager flavor with hints of lager fruits, nice hoppy kick, semi bitter with floral and light spicy hop flavor, slight creamy malt. Finishes dry and crisp, clean with a spicy hop kick and long bitter earthy spicy hop.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall nice, clean crisp lager with nice hop profile, but nothing super special. very drinkable and crisp clean finish, I could drink quite a few of these.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a light strawy color. nice foamy white head that leaves a little bit behind. nice clarity

Smell: piney hops, with some lager yeast coming in behind

Taste: the pine hops take the front end but the nice bready malts come in behind to balance it nicely

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter but overall it is pleasant and nice

Overall: probably my favorite of this style thus far but still has a way to go to be near my favorites

Photo of tykees88
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very nice light pale copper amber color. White as white head. Solid lacing.

S- Hop alert. Duh. It's dry hopped so of course. There is a really nice floral hop aroma from this beer. It really overpowers everything else, but there is nothing wrong with that.

T- Tastes very hoppy. A residual malt sweetness helps balance a little bit. Very very clean tasting beer.

M- Crisp is the best way to describe it.

O-Pretty nice beer here. Get it if you have the chance.

Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow colored body with a big white head that left lots of spots on the sides.

S - Nice citrus and lemon zest on this. Has a nice bit of hops on top of all the malts. This smells light, but great.

T - Flavor is right in line with the nose. This is a great lager. Some grass, citrus, malt. Easy to drink, tasty, and refreshing.

M - Lighter bodied with good carbonation.

O - I was surprised by how much I liked this beer. Very well done, easily sessionable, and would go great with food like pizza.

Photo of sweemzander
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tuilip. Bottle #132 of 378. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours a pale yellow color. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- A fruity white grape and smooth earthy grains. Some subtle woody pine.

(T)- A primarily grainy profile with some dry neutral-like honey malts.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Crisp and refreshing; smooth.

(D)- Nothing extraordinary, but very easy to drink and enjoy. Would make a great summer beer.

Photo of carolynschaf
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crisp refreshing lagar with citrus and floral scents. Light bodies with a slight bitter bite that is perfect to quench a summertime thirst.

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Bell's Quinannan Falls Lager from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.