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

Bell's Quinannan Falls LagerBell's Quinannan Falls Lager

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BA SCORE
90
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203 Ratings
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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%


Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: zoso1967 on 06-07-2010)
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wedge

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2013 16:32:58 | More by wedge
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2013 11:26:40 | More by tectactoe
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Alextricity

Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 03:42:25 | More by Alextricity
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2013 02:10:43 | More by SportsandJorts
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 10:47:08 | More by spdyfire83
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 14:37:24 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2011 03:03:51 | More by drabmuh
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timtim

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2011 11:29:20 | More by timtim
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 00:46:53 | More by Huhzubendah
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2011 00:35:15 | More by jayhawk73
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mdfb79

New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap tonight at Churchkey in Washington, DC. Poured into a becher glass.

a - Pours a hazy bright yellow orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of light fruit, citrus hops, pale malts, bready malts, and floral hops. Nice citrus and fruit, pretty nice here.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, floral notes, fruity malts, fruity malts, bready malts, grains, and light wheat. Again, pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice, easy drinking lager. Some nice citrus and floral hops, and super easy to drink. If they sold this in 6 packs I would definitely buy it and would be able to drink a few of these. Looking forward to having again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2011 01:46:36 | More by mdfb79
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy golden. Head is small but it lasts fairly well.
S- Aroma is sweet, slightly floral. A good balance of hops and malt on the nose, though somewhat mild.
T- Fairly sweet up front. It's got a sweet crackery flavor all the way through, though a floral and slightly citrusy hop carry through.
M- Medium body, fairl substantive for style. Carbonation in medium.
O- A decent easy drinking lager. It's got a bit more than your standard pale lager. It's worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2011 08:29:34 | More by jsprain1
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Serving type: growler

11-04-2011 02:05:07 | More by mikesgroove
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2011 19:18:29 | More by BigMike
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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...

Serving type: growler

10-26-2011 14:42:28 | More by thagr81us
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.22/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 20:20:52 | More by AgentZero
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 17:42:12 | More by Sean9689
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Buddy got hooked up with a growler of this on his SC visit... Poured from 32oz growler into snifter.

A- One of the lightest, most clear beers I've seen. Puts Bud Light to shame!

S- Has a citrus, slightly tart aroma. Lemon zest and hints of sulfur. Definitely hoppy with a soft grainy supporting malt.

T/M- Overall its a light flavor. The bitterness is all on the backend, finish is completely raw IBUs. Hop flavor is minimal, but grassy and spicy, and just a hint of citrus, enough to make you know its there, yet not throw off the crisp lager balance. The malt is a subtle white bread and hay like flavor. Incredibly clean. Light body, not incredibly high carbonation, but crisp. Finishes very dry.

O- Definitely a different take on a lager. I very much enjoyed this. Soft, balanced, clean. Would absolutely get this again if possible.

Serving type: growler

10-14-2011 13:03:19 | More by TheGordianKnot
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 16:57:32 | More by BEERchitect
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tykees88

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 23:59:08 | More by tykees88
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Flux

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 03:54:47 | More by Flux
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2011 02:32:12 | More by jlindros
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dfclav

New Jersey

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 16:15:37 | More by dfclav
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 22:21:55 | More by tempest
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 00:51:26 | More by SpdKilz
Bell's Quinannan Falls Lager from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
90 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.