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

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 262
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 63
Gots: 18 | 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 Azaitouna
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The look of bell's lager was gold/yellowy. The smell was of summer and yumminess with a hint of citrus fruits. The taste was refreshing and light with hints of wheat. Overall a fantastic summer beer.

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Photo of aasher
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

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Photo of alleykatking
4.71/5  rDev +15.2%
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!!!

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Photo of MarkIntihar
4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, HUGE thanks to Frank for randomly tossing me this one because of a post I'd made in a thread discussing the beer. Cheers dude!

Poured from the bottle into my (fittingly) Bell's pint glass.

A - Pale is definitely the correct descriptor for this beer, as everything about it is light. The pour is golden, but perfectly translucent, with a nice two finger pale white head that dissipates somewhat quickly, those there are clinging wisps of frothy head around the edges of the glass. Really an exceptionally beautiful looking beer. I can't get over the perfect golden color in this one.

S - Citrusy hops backed by the familiar smell of lager yeast. Honestly unlike any lager I've ever had before. The hop profile on this one is incredibly prevalent, and with the accompanying lager smell, this one is almost like a "hint of orange" slice of bread.

T - Balanced and excellent, the taste of this beer follows beautifully from the nose. The citrusy hops work in perfect tandem with the lager profile, allowing for an exceptionally balanced and drinkable 6.4% lager. There is only the slightest hint of alcohol in the taste, and it's so faint that it almost acts more as an additional complexity in the beer, rather than an unwanted intruder. The finish is crisp and clean, and leaves a nice lemon/orange taste coating the mouth. This beer is everything I would expect from a pale lager.

M - Crisp and clean. Pleasant throughout. An excellent balance to it with an almost juicy feel up front, and a very crisp, clean finish.

O - Overall an exceptional take on the style. I look forward to the day when this is a readily available year-round offering from Bell's.

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Photo of zbuc919
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Ashley's in A2, and was intent on trying new beers. As a big fan of Bell's Brewery I asked what was on tap from Bell's and the bartender recommended Q-falls, and described it as two-hearted had a baby with a lager and he was right on. Not usually a lager fan, but this is delicious! Like a very light bodied, very flavorful APA, if you see this pick it up. Great blend of styles!

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Photo of tectactoe
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this on-tap a few times at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Served in a pint glass.

A - Puffy two-fingered off-white foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. The body is a transparent golden straw color. Looks like most pale lagers, but with better head retention and lacing.

S - It's a hoppy lager - verging on IPL levels. Big notes of tropical fruits, citrus, and herbaceous elements, and minimal malt character that imparts some faint dough character.

T - Again, it's heavy on the tropical fruits, with notes of apricot and peach as well. The malt character is light and graham crackery. Finishes very clean. I was surprised to see this was 6.4% - I was sure it was in the 4-5% range.

M - Medium-light body, very crisp and refreshing, medium-high carbonation. Spot on for the style.

D - This is a superb session lager. Not sure what else you'd want from the style. Wish they sold this stuff in the mini-kegs.

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Photo of jampics2
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brewzilla, the grand tasting of Cleveland Beer Week. This was one of the best beers at the event, and I had it early on a clean palate to be able to properly assess it.

The beer looks great in the glass. Its a gold color, relatively cloud-free, with very nice active carbonation. A white head atop the lustrous body has great staying power and leaves a trail of lacing.

The beer is a hop lover's dream. Seriously, this does for American Pale Lagers what Hopslam does for DIPA's. Huge notes of pine, mango, grapefruit and orange jump out of the glass. Super expressive and enjoyable hop bill, and just a kiss of sweet malt lurking underneath giving a hint of bread.

The flavors in this American Pale lager are uncompromising and distinct. Tons of pine and citrus hops bury my palate in a entire hopback of flavor. Some bready sweet malt and a touch of honey come through once the hop assault ceases. Not just a one-trick pony, the malt is substantial enough to support the barrage of Humulus lupulus. This is really quite a remarkable beer - I'm surprised that this is flying under the radar. It kicks Bell's Pale in the ass and turns the flavors up to 11.

The carbonation is very crisp, the body is light and the finish is mild lingering bitterness with a dry edge. Just a bit high in the carbonation - almost champagne like. The drinkability is high with this one. If it were bottled, I would certainly enjoy several in a night. While many American Pale Lagers go the less-is-more route in terms of citrus and pine hops, this isn't afraid to go big. Hopslam's little lager brother.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a surprise! Definitely a random beer to stumble upon one afternoon at The Wexfod Ale House. Pours bright, traspnslucent, golden yellow with a foamy white head that recedes in the expected fashion. However the nose implies some serious hops here. Citrus and pine with a solid husky yet sweet pale malt backbone.

A great deal more pronounced than the appearance woyld lead you to believe. Lots of hops up front. Spice and pine with some citrus zest. Fades to substantial malt. Sweet and bready with a nice toasty note. Fantastic balance and extremely drinkable.

Crisp and bright on the palate really framing the fresh hoppy notes. Definitely more substance in the body than I would have guessed as well. What a flavorful and drinkable lager! If you get the opportunity its a must try.

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Photo of Flux
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe, served in a pint glass.

A- Golden straw color, clear, no head and minimal lacing.

S- Smells of grapefruit peels and light grassy notes. hard to pick up on much else...very clean smelling.

T- Upfront fruity citrus hops.

M- Crisp. Medium carb.

Overall a pretty crushable beer. Very clean tasting, no off flavors. I've had a selection of their other beers before served into plastic cups where the head retention was way better...Don't know if their cleaner effects this in any way?

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is the #1 beer on the Top Beers - American Pale Lager list on the beeradvocate.com best of lists. Another #1 put away for me. I'll get there. Served in a pint glass, I had 3 pints of this and if Black note weren't on draft at this location at the same time, that's all I would have drank that night.

Beer is yellow, almost clear, soft white head, small and medium bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is mildly sweet with some earthy and pine hops, hints of fruit. Nice aroma, hoppy but not over the top.

Beer is medium to light in body, wet finish, mildly bitter on the end, hop bitterness, good hop bouquet in the middle. One of the finer lagers I've had recently, I would buy it by the keg if possible.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

draft at sams quik shop in durham

pale yellow color with a perfect head. smell of citrus, pear, yeast, hops. taste is extremely refreshing but also flavorful with pear dominating as well as a perfect hop finish on the back end that gives you just enough bitterness but leaves you satisfied and wanting to drink more immediately. Perfect lager right here. light body, even at 6+% ABV. just great.

overall Bells was on the money here, its too bad this isnt available more often because it flat out rocks.

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Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ashley's.

Beautiful golden-lemon straw bodoy. Clear, clean. One finger of thick, creamy, off-white head. Great lacing. Clean aroma of honey, biscuit malt, and fresh, piny-citrus hops. Nice and refreshing.

Taste starts with grainy, bready malts. Turns sweetish with notes of honey, before the hops take over. Deliciouos citrusy, piny, minty hop bitterness. Hints of sea-air funk as well. Mineral-y twang. Clean, bitter finish. Lingering hop flavor (mostly piny and herbal). Medium-bodied with a nice creamy feel. Delicious and very drinkable. Please bottle this!

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at Churchkey:

Pours a light yellow color with a small white head. Average lacing on my snifter glass. Nose is mainly citrus, lemon and hops. Excellent for the style. Taste is grapefruit, lemon, hops, and a little spice. Feel is light, hoppy, and dry. Very easy to drink. Overall, there's a reason this is number one in the style- it rocks. Cheers.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
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

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Photo of thagr81us
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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...

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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently had the Quinannan Falls Lager in a liter glass ($3.75 on Wednesdays) at Dan's Tavern in Saline, MI. A very good APL and went very well with the pub fare. Good strong taste all the way through without a strong after taste.

I highly recommend it while you can find it.

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Photo of TheBear11D
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap August 5th at Bell's

Pours a clear golden yellow with an off white soft creamy head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells like a fresh fruit bowl with some sugar thrown on top.

Great flavor! Fruit and sweet malts with a citrus hop finish. This is well balanced and quite enjoyable.

Has a medium body with active carbonation yet lager smooth.

Overall this may be my favorite lager I have encountered thus far. Rumor is they dry hop this one and I quite enjoy what it brings to the table.

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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft pint at Four Moon.
Bright gold, a couple fingers of white foam, lasting intricate lacing.
Clean crisp lager aroma, slight fruity grapefruit note from the Pac NW hops.

Taste is full of grapefruit, bitter peel in the aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing, perfect balance of hop bitterness and a light bodied lager. Easy to drink a couple of these, just really great stuff.

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Photo of thepeter
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear with a champagne color a nice small head adn great lacing. Aroma of pears and elderflower and a bit of floural hops. Tastes of a clean crisp nicely hopped pilsner with a bit of fruit essence. Palate is dry and crisp carbonation is perfect, overall it is a wonderful pilsner.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe

...Outstanding beer. I see the picture on here shows it in a bottle... what the hell? Is it rare in bottles? I'd buy this a shit constantly if I had six-packs. Brewery only, maybe? Who knows. I sure as hell don't. This is a golden lager (imagine that) with solid lacing. Not too shabby. The smell/taste is what really gets me with this one. I think of it as Two Hearted with less bitterness... and maybe somehow someway even bigger floral/Fruity Pebble aromas. Holy damn is it nice. The taste is a bit more mild, but that only makes this even more easy to drink, and I don't have a problem with that.

Quinannan Falls Lager is most definitely "exceptional". People need to try this.

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Photo of gatornation
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml c&c bottle purchased from the brewery, thanks stickman1220. Bottle #111 of 313. Batch K10438. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale BMC looking brew. Half finger bright white with good carbonation. Clearest craft beer I have ever seen.

S: Actually get some fruity hops, from a lager? Almost pineapple-ish. Definitely some lager yeast notes. This is the best smelling lager I have ever had.

T: It's a deliciously crisp beer. Session crazy. No hop bitterness in tip of the tongue. You get a punch of flavor in the mid mouth. Nice solid. There is some citrus, lemon, in there.

M: Light bodied.

O: This one gets an A for sure. If the rumors are true and this is going into 12oz bottles, I can understand why. Great summer beer.

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Photo of BigMike
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A light straw golden color. Lot's of carbonation coming off the bottom. A foamy white head on top. Pretty thin and soapy like. Typical Lager appearance

S: A real nice blend of hop aromas. I get lot's of citrus and floral and also big grassy notes as well.

T: Wow. This thing blew me away. The huge hop flavor definitely caught me off guard. I've never had a lager that was this hop forward. The super light lager body blended with the huge hop bill make this a real tasty easy drink beer.

M: Light bodied with lot's of carbonation. Nothing too extraordinary.

Overall: AN awesome lager. Hands down the best i've had. Tons of flavor,extremely easy to drink and very refreshing.
Glad i got to try this at The Blue Dog Tavern

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Photo of wedge
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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