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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
Brewed by:
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 Giggy
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Crisp, dry, and bitter. Pine after taste from the hops. Not a bad beer, not a great beer. Nothing outstanding with this one to make you want another.

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Photo of VTR
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Was not too impressed with this offering. Having gone on this on a whim at a local bar. Floral scents were there but not too much there. I found nothing enjoyable about this beer. There was nothing to catch my attention. I would not buy this again, not for a horrible taste but for me there wasn't much to it and nothing grabbed my attention. This might be your type of beer.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours a light golden-straw with generous foaming. I like the aroma—it’s lightly floral, with a grassy hop presence. There’s an assertive hoppiness to the beer that I’m enjoying. Like an easy drinking lawnmower beer with a bit of a kick and some bitterness to keep things interesting. I get green grass, a light vegetal-onion note, and a drying finish.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short Review. This is a good hoppy Lager, the hop profile is nice and it's got a great lager like mouthfeel with some good drinkability. I enjoyed this beer, It would be a good summer beer and I wish Bell's would put this in pint cans, I think it would sell well and I would buy some.

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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 GreesyFizeek
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant straw with a lingering frothy white head.

Light notes of fruit and grain are balanced by a soft sweetness. There's a hint of resin.

Flavor is oniony at the base, fairly bitter at the finish, resiny, with a modest crackery malt backbone. Soft grapefruit and citrus pith add complexity. The balance is bitter.

Body is a touch light, with moderate carbonation and some harsh hop astringency.

More bitter than I prefer, but the soft citrus is nice.

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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 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 MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear golden color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-cracker malt, grass, lemon, light pine, bready yeast

T-baked bread, grassy, lemon, pear, light pine, yeast, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-really enjoyed this delicious, flavorful lager

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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 corby112
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draft at The Cambridge in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a clear pale gold color with a frothy two finger white foam head that slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring.  Very nice retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Grassy floral hop aroma with ale malt and a slight adjunct presence.  Some grass, straw and light fruit with slightly earthy, grassy, saaz like hops.  There's also some pilsner malts apple and pear.  Decent but nothing special about the nose.

Medium bodied wih a crisp hop bite that lingers over the pale malt and sweet fruit notes into a dry finish.  Bitter and dry with grass, straw and subtle pine needle followed by bread, biscuit, apple and pear.  There's also a weird adjunct like metallic graininess that I can't put my finger on which lingers after the finish.  Crisp and refreshing with nice dryness but a weird and unpleasant aftertaste.

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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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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 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 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 spdyfire83
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

174th Review
Served in a half pint
On-draft at the mothership itself in Kalamazoo!

From notes.

A: Dreary golden yellow (almost like straw). Single (white) fingernail head.

S: Faint hops, floral notes, hay, orange zest, biscuit malt, and hint of spice. Inviting for a lager. I like!

T: Light biscuit malt character start to finish here. Not boring or dull, but well rounded as this basis for the beer is beautifully complimented by notes of lemon, orange zest, cracked hay, and dull earthy hops. Quite easy to drink!

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A very good go at this usually often dreadful style. A crisp and refreshing beer that satisfies through and through. Worth the hunt and/or stop in Kalamazoo to try this beer. Warning though...it is not always on draft there.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C&C bottle number 11 of 313 poured into Lost Abbey tulip. I don't know why I hung onto this bottle so long, hopefully it's still got some zest.

A: Straw yellow color, near golden. Great lacing on this beer, it really has some good visual character. Frothy white head dissipates slowly, and leaves a pretty decent film on the shoulders of the lager. Obviously quite transparent and plenty of light getting thru.

N: Good amount of piney hop character coming through, with some mild fruitiness, like New Zealand Sauv Blanc grapes or nice spruce. No discernible corn presence, but an interesting bread character. Dry crisp.

T: The taste is more of the same from the nose. The pine is more of the throat sensation, with some real nice bright fruity character on the front. No malt really coming through, but more of that crisp bread character.

M: Punky. It's lively in the mouth, alot going on. Kind of drying, with proper carbonation.

D and O: Probably one of the better traditional American lagers I have ever had. I think it's great, maybe not quite typical of the style, but the hop addition was welcomed, and went nicely with what would otherwise be going on.

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4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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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 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 timtim
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very clear yellow gold with a white head that has a decent stay and lace. nose is fruity hops, crackery malt and fruity peppbles (w/out milk). taste is in balance, but the fruity hops seem to come out winning, and take over a bit. They even seem to create a bit of sweetness. Not over-hopped, but you can really see how Euro hops work in a traditional lager by contrast. No spicy grassy zippy here. Well defined medium-light body at first, but the sweetness and oilyness of the hops takes over and coats my palate after a few sips, which ruins some of the definition and elegance. overall, a fun experiment that blurs the line between pale ale and lager, and really showcases the power/beauty of pac nw hops.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is transparent, appearing a pale yellow color with a white cap. Nice aroma of citrus, hops, fruit, biscuits, subtle malt. Nice refreshing flavor. Hop forward with abundant citrus notes, exhibiting a lot of pale ale characteristics. Lingering bitter finish. Pretty dry. Overall, a really solid beer. It would be easy to have a few of these in a session.

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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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Bell's Quinannan Falls Lager from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.