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

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Bell's Quinannan Falls LagerBell's Quinannan Falls Lager

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Reviews: 69
Hads: 262
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.01%
Wants: 62
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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Reviews: 69 | Hads: 262
Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (466 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of BigJim5021
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (925 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crisp clear golden yellow. Not much head to speak of... Hops on the nose but nothing too strong. very light. not much else on the nose. Tastes hoppy. Very hoppy for such a light beer. Very mellow and smooth. Highly drinkable but for the percent its a bit too hoppy for me (279 characters)

Photo of dfclav
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
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. (1,287 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Cincy winter beerfest...

A-pale yellow with white lacing
S-stram grassy smell. More on citrus hops side
T-tastes a lot like it smells. Nicely balances with a slight edge to the hops
M-extremely light and crisp.
D-Very drinkable. Taste gone in no time (266 characters)

Photo of Retail1LO
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap during a Bell's event at Capone's. Pours a light pilsner type gold. Smell is lightly hoppy. The taste is so crisp and clean. This is a beer you can cozy up with for hours. Mouth is nice and light. Very refreshing on the palate. Overall, my favorite lager. Ever. (272 characters)

Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (761 characters)

Photo of robwestcott
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

translucent, sunlight gold from the tap to a standard pint glass with a thin foamy white long lasting head leaving lace to the rim.

very subdued / subtle light hops aroma and not much else.

crisp, clean subtle piney hops up front, followed closely by a bready, dry finish. citrus notes also jumping out after the first few sips. refreshing, and very agreeable. impresses me as a nice american pale rather than a lager.

highly carbonated, crisp, light bodied, minimal bitters to the front of the tongue.

drinkable - yep. (523 characters)

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also had at Wexford Ale House, as LetsGoPens did.

A: Pours a light straw color. Provides a small white foam head with sufficient lacing.

S: Lots of pine hops with some sweet, caramel malt scents.

T: There is a tremendous amount of pine that hits the palate first. It lasts throughout the taste, but the malt, honey and caramel hit the palate on the back end.

M: A nice clean crisp bitter taste is left on the palate.

D: This is a fine pale ale to drink. Easy to drink. A great pale ale. (492 characters)

Photo of nickadams2
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just when you think that all the potential flavors of light lagers have been discovered and repeated ett nasium, Bell's comes along and rewrites the recipe.

The beer delivers with a bright straw colored glow and constant streams of carbonation that develops the creamy white head that shows great persistence and lace. The classic look of a well made lager.

Brisk aromas of cracker-like malts, soft supple grain sweetness, and an on slaught of hop character. Chocked full of bright citrus, spice, pine, and hay fill the nose with a decidedly hoppy balance.

Following up on aroma, the flavors are a consistent carry over with the crisp malt base of dry crackers, lightly baked barley, light breads, and fresh elegant sweetness. This all sets the stage for a fully hopped taste that seems part of American and part of German varieties. Spicy, floral, and earthy; and with a zesty, citrus, and sprucy roundness. Seemingly a fortified German Lager with Americanized attitude with hop variety and proportion.

Rich and creamy at first, the beer makes quick work of the carbonated features and ushers in a very crisp, very clean finish with a fresh linger of floral and spicy hop bitterness.

A delicious beer that almost imperializes the standard Bell's Lager and elevates it to near-IPA balance. Favorable comparisons are drawn to Dogfish Head's My Antonia except with lighter body and more rounded hop character. This is a no brainer choice to start and finish any session. (1,473 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Stubs for Bell's Fermented Eclipse

Served into a pint glass.

Served with a light layer of white head that fades down fast leaving slight splattered lace. Color is a very clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Very hoppy for a lager. Lots of pine with a hint of citrus. Some bready malts show. Reminds me a lot of 2H.

Taste: More 'lager-like' here, but still fairly hoppy. Big pine hop profile with some floral notes. Some bready malts show. Great flavors for a lager.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and fizzy with a touch of bitterness. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bitter.

Overall, this one is extremely drinkable. It has a lot of great flavors and has a light bodied which makes this one a great session beer. This is something I would like to see in the summer more often from Bells. (815 characters)

Photo of CAD5
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's for the Bell's event. Pours a light golden color. Smell is bready with some great hop aroma. Crisp/clean and refreshing mouthfeel with nice lingering hop finish in the taste. Excellent hoppy lager. In my opinion, kin to a nice pale ale, despite the obvious ale/lager differences. Another great Bell's beer. (325 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (309 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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 (384 characters)

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.12/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,169 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the WLV Pig Roast. Poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a golden yellow color, clear body, thick white head, thick collar, cap, and spotty lace.

S - Grassy hops, slight floral notes, some hay, light citrus, touch of Pils malt. Very light and hoppy, really nice, the floral notes add another dimension to your basic Pale Lager.

T - Grassy hops, light citrus, wheat/malt, some grain. Straight forward light hops with some malt and grain mixed in there. All very well-done and enjoyable.

M - Light body, good carbonation, very refreshing, clean finish.

O - Really liked this one. Very easy to drink even at 6.4%. I would def have again if I'm looking for something easy to drink with some complexity. (711 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,062 characters)

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