Quinannan Falls
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Style:
American Lager
Ranked #9
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,531
Avg:
3.98 | pDev: 9.55%
Reviews:
194
Ratings:
680
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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
 
Michigan, United States
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Quinannan FallsQuinannan Falls
Notes: Formerly Bell's Quinannan Falls Lager

Literally born in a dream: Larry Bell, president and founder of Bell’s Brewery, dreamt that he was at the mystically hidden retreat of Quinannan Falls, somewhere in the boreal north.

Neither Quinannan Falls nor the beer actually existed outside his imagination, but he remembered enough about it to sketch a recipe and label, which was put into full form by Michigan artist Kathleen Kalinowski, the following morning.

The end result is a dry-hopped lager that possesses a crisp, dry bitterness you would expect from a German pilsner, but the use of highly aromatic Simcoe hops from the Pacific Northwest, evoke the fragrant pine forests that inspired this beer.
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as beer #4 in a 6 beer flight at the source in Kalamazoo at the end of May 2014. Right off the bat I kinda chuckled at the commercial tug job referencing the Simcoe hop as an aromatic one.

Pours light and yellow like a lager should. 1/2" white head. Nice aroma on it, I like higher hopped lagers. Bit of that mythical forest in the aroma.

Taste was cool. Bright, crisp, hoppy. Surprised the Simcoe hop worked as well as it did. Gave off a C hop like forest effect. While only 45 ibu, it does come across a tad higher than that. I hope they bring this out west with their new foray into distribution out here. Just not enough hoppy lagers on shelves. Not enough appreciation for the drinkability of something like this, no Chicago pours, just lots of goodness you can pound 12 oz at a time, and it doesn't get tiring or oppressive. Falls into equal territory between ipa and ipl given that the yeast isn't really discernable as a lager, but the other qualities (hopping aside) support the designation.

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Photo of mynie
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

IPL. 12 ounce container canned about 4 months ago. That should be good, right?

Pours, like many an IPL, unnervingly clear. Pale yellow. The color is indistinguishable from Bud, although it's much less fizzy.

Smells sharp, sweet, and pleasantly yeasty with a decent little hop kick. Reminds me of the good old imperial pilsners, though perhaps a bit less hoppy.

Tastes astringently sweet up front--not horrible but not great. It gets hoppier in the middle and finishes with a very fine yeast profile. The beer is solid, but were it not for a rough front end it would be much better.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If two hearted had a light beer, this would be it. This definitely has a lot of those bitter notes, but this has the lighter side of the coin because of the lager instead of the IPA notes.

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Photo of Brewno8it
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Average yellow color and foam head of an adjunct lager.
Smell: Piney and grassy.
Taste: Light to smooth medium body, piney and resinous taste. Hop bitterness forward.
Feel: The feel is my favorite part of this IPL. Reminds me of a session IPA.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very pale and very clear. Full white head. Initial aroma is of pale malt and some soft yeast, but not much for hops, if any. Hops show up in the taste but they are soft and well blended. Good hit on the bitterness and and strong hop finish with some drying. I should probably give this a try when it's fresher to see if the aroma and taste has more evidence of hop flavors.
Clean and lager crisp.
Drinks very nicely.
A gift from an employee. Thanks Anne.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little disappointing as I expect great things from this usually-reliable local brewery. Nice clear golden color with a little lingering head and some nice sheets of lingering lacing. Smells off though - kind of sour and dank, but not in a good way. Tastes much better - some grassy and herbal hops, grain, malt and caramel with just a hint of vanilla. Smooth mild mouthfeel and great carbonation. Likely wouldn’t try it again though. Bell’s has so many other better beers.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another very solid beer from one of the best breweries in the USA. Nice color, nice head, no overwhelming anything in the taste just all very well put together. I had never heard of this brew until I saw it at a Total Wine one Orlando. BSed on the brewery I said what the hell. Glad I did. II would buy it again if I see it.

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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a very clear golden with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has nice lemongrass hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a nice lemongrass flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A nice refreshing lager beer

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale straw color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a clean, crisp pilsner malt and German hop aroma. It's light and refreshing, but I don't get an overwhelming dry hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth, pilsner malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter. It has a good deal of German hop flavor, but nothing too crazy. The mouthfeel is fine. It's a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tasty lager that makes good use of both malt and hops, but nothing really stands out. That's alright though. It's an easy drinking beer regardless.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can to goblet. Light straw colored clear liquid with a finger of foam. Nice piney hop aromas float up from the glass, with some crackery malt. Flavor is bready malt complimented by a nice peppery bite and a slight pine finish. Clean and refreshing.

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Photo of jkrich
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a new product down here in the Florida panhandle - one that I have always wanted to try. Poured from a 12 oz. dated can: clear, golden-yellow with a foamy, white head. Canned less than a month ago, this one is very fresh.

Quite aromatic for a lager, this one seems to have some pumped-up European style hops.

Perhaps you can describe this as a pilsner on steroids, but "India Pale Lager" will do. The lager begins with a dry and crisp mouthfeel and ends with a satisfyingly bitter hop profile; hints of lemon and vanilla and flavorful cracker-like malt. This may be the lager's answer to champagne with sharp carbonation and a dry finish.

I am very pleased to see this available down here. Thirst-quenching and immensely quaffable at 6.3 percent ABV. I will certainly look for this one again at the liquor store.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Such a delicious beer!

Bell's hit this out of the park. Lager malts dominate, but the hoppy back end is where the magic is. This is what a hybrid lager/IPA was meant to be. Tons of flavor and super refreshing.

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Photo of jkblr
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz canned 6/8/18 (43 days ago) (shelf life 3 months per label) poured into a snifter at fridge temp 6.3% ABV. The beer pours bright, pale straw yellow with fluffy off white head. The head recedes to an island and leaves some lacing. The aroma is pine and citrus in a subtle delivery. The taste starts with a semisweet caramel and citrus and then trails off to a piney and dry finish. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated, with a sharpness from the yeast that is not unpleasant, but intended for the style. Overall, very good "India Style Pale Lager" as they declare on the label. All the hops with a cleaner, dryer finish.

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Photo of mushroomcloud
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz canned 6-15-18
2" head with excellent retention on top of a pale golden lager poured into a Pilsner glass. Plenty of visible carbonation holding up the head at a good 1/4", good lacing.
Soft green and subtly spicy hop aroma along with sweet honey and bready malts.
Well balanced flavors hops/malts don't overpower each other. Some pine, grass, fresh forest and a good malty backbone.
Medium body, medium carbonation with a clean mouthfeel. Quick, dry finish.
Good stuff, extremely poundable, a nice summer choice. Happy again that we have Bell's in Texas.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: lighr gold, large billiwing head, really good retention and lacing. Aroma: bready malt, light spicy and floral hops, a bit of caramel in the back ground but it is light. Taste: malt forward, bready, lightly cooked toast, some spicy hops in the finish but they are light. Feel: medium bodied, almost creamy texture. I'd say it is too full bodied for the style. Overall, this is a nice beer, but I wish it a bit lighter. (I never thoughd I'd say that.)

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Photo of tillmac62
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden pour with a touch of chill haze. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Borderline quite outstanding aroma with a nice fresh airiness about it. The base is slightly sweet which allows pineapple and light orange/tangerine to shine against the modest amount of zest. Pine is present but not as pronounced as the fruit notes.

Light body with a viscosity similar to water resulting in a slightly smooth texture. Outstanding carbonation / body balance. The middle has ample effervescence that just tickles the tongue. The finish is finely bubbled and prickly but falls short of rollicking.

The flavor profile is very good. It doesn't present as complex as the nose suggested, unfortunately. Flavors tend to stay blended rather than separate. If you search, you detect slightly sweet fruit and pine with a hint of zest. Bitterness is mild and predominately pine in nature. The finish is a slow fade with pine and zest lingering.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz can in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Randy!
This rather nice lager pours a pale golden color with a fantastic head of white
foam that settles down to a thick ring, thin pool, and after the billowy head has
subsided leaves a lot of fantastic lacing. Nose of piney hops, lemon zest, subtle
orange rind, and light grain notes mingling with a light sweet honey malt. Flavors
follow the nose with grain and sweet malts pressed against a background of pine
and subtle lemon zest with a nice balanced grain and hop finish. Nice mouth feel;
medium light body, medium high carbonation that is lively and refreshing, and a
nice hop laden finish.

Overall a SOLID brew worth trying.

Cheers

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Photo of moundbz
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours super pale with a bubbly foam head. Pleasant light smell there too, not to much though. Great taste, some bitter, mostly smooth hop flavor. Slight ting in the feel.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a minor sparkle and a very large, white foam dome leaving fuzzy lace.

Smell is Corn Flakes with grassy, spicy piney orange- and lemon-esque hops.

Leaning bitter and spicy, yet still clean and smoothly crisp, flavors are lemon, grapefruit, corn, light white wheat and pearl onion.

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Photo of michiganmatt
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: A very clear pale-gold with ample amounts of white head. Quite beautiful looking!

S: Malts, pine hops

T: Very balanced between a nice maltiness and a light pine hoppiness.

F: Medium-light body. Carbonation lower than average. Goes down fairly smooth, but with much more hop bitterness than the typical lager.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear pale straw producing 2 fingers of frothy, shorlived, white head that recedes to a thin collar & surface cap leaving a wash of of streaky, splotchy lace. Aroma is thin citrus, pineapple, herbal, grass, pine, bread & grainy malt in a background of lager yeast. Taste is light but full of flavor for such thin body: cracker/biscuit, cereal, resinous pine, tropical fruit, lemon, grass, earthy lager yeast & a little honey. The sip dries & gravitates toward bitter as it finishes becoming astringent in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation, silky & slightly creamy with a tongue coating bitterness that becomes an astringency on the back of the tongue & palate. Light, damn good & oh, so very drinkable.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a small chalice: even with a thicker-than-should-use glass the color is straw and clear, strong effervescence, head is bright white with fine to medium bubbles, presents about 1/2 inch thick and lingers with mixed thickness and lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is lightly toasted, hint of sweetness, then grassy hops, some light earthiness.

Taste is very good: moderate hopiness, mild toasted malt with some light cracker and biscuit like flavors. Hops are grassy, earthy, not overdone or out of place.

Mouthfeel is crisp like a lager and just bitter enough as a pale style. Hints of helles bock like presence and flavor which I seem to look for from 'american pale lagers'.

Overall a good beer, one of the better in the style with a good malt presence and lighter but still bitter hop flavor/presence.

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Photo of Bones10
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I appreciate that this comes in a six pack of cans.

When I crack the can a pour into a pint glass, I'm thinking two things: one, this looks like Bud Light, and two, what fantastic aroma!

The taste almost contradicts itself. I get the light crispness of a lager, but the bitter bite of a pale ale. It's enjoyable and refreshing.

Great beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Maxi's Lineup. Clear golden. Smells a little bready with some resiny hops. Tastes resiny right off the bat. Bready and doughy malt flavor. Strong Pilsner malt profile. Pine hop bitterness. Medium body. Delicately hopped to show off a great malt profile, but just enough to be an IPL.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, light yellow body with good head and lace patches down the glass. Light, easy to drink, crisp, clean, has that lager dryness with bit of sweetness one might expect from a pils yet has this clean, earthy hoppiness on the backend and is just a real easy-to-drink and enjoyable beer.

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