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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: 263
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 11%
Wants: 64
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
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Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

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: 263
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 xnicknj
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a pale golden color, clear and bubbly with a crop of white head, some wispy film and a touch of lacing left on the glass.

Pilsner malt in the nose with straw, grassy hops and light floral tone, faint citrus fruit. Touches of grapefruit and orange peel with light sweetness.

Nice smack of pine hops up front, grassy and citrus tones as well. Toasted malts with grain, light biscuit. Interesting citrus fruit flavor and tempered sweetness. Orange peel and faint grapefruit with apricot. Finishes bitter and crisp.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, a little dry and crisp on the tongue with a clean finish. Excellent drinker, and imparts some distinct flavor to a sometimes boring style.

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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 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 AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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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 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 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 Sean9689
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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 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 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 jsprain1
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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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 SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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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 robwestcott
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
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

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