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Bell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager BeerBell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by zoso1967 on 06-07-2010

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4.05
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18.52%
 
 
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Photo of tectactoe
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
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 MasterSki
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this on-tap a few times at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Served in a pint glass.

A - Puffy two-fingered off-white foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. The body is a transparent golden straw color. Looks like most pale lagers, but with better head retention and lacing.

S - It's a hoppy lager - verging on IPL levels. Big notes of tropical fruits, citrus, and herbaceous elements, and minimal malt character that imparts some faint dough character.

T - Again, it's heavy on the tropical fruits, with notes of apricot and peach as well. The malt character is light and graham crackery. Finishes very clean. I was surprised to see this was 6.4% - I was sure it was in the 4-5% range.

M - Medium-light body, very crisp and refreshing, medium-high carbonation. Spot on for the style.

D - This is a superb session lager. Not sure what else you'd want from the style. Wish they sold this stuff in the mini-kegs.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

277. Bell’s Quinannan Lager, International Pale Lager, 6.5% alcohol by volume. 7-25-16 shelf life 3 months canned June 2016. Pours brilliant pale straw with rapidly rising bubbles under a clean snow white 2” foam collar that takes 3 minutes to reduce to a thick film. Quinannan Lager has a piny, foresty nose with some light grain notes. The palate has light grains with citrusy lemony notes and traces of pine leading to a lingering, light herbal cintrsy aftertaste. The malt flavors are medium low but they provide balance. The hop flavors and bitterness are medium. It has a very smooth, clean and crisp rich texture with barely noticeable alcohol warming. Quinannan lager is a very light and refreshing beer with above average alcohol and carbonation and an above average dose of flavor.

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Photo of jampics2
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
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 letsgopens
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, what a surprise! Definitely a random beer to stumble upon one afternoon at The Wexfod Ale House. Pours bright, traspnslucent, golden yellow with a foamy white head that recedes in the expected fashion. However the nose implies some serious hops here. Citrus and pine with a solid husky yet sweet pale malt backbone.

A great deal more pronounced than the appearance woyld lead you to believe. Lots of hops up front. Spice and pine with some citrus zest. Fades to substantial malt. Sweet and bready with a nice toasty note. Fantastic balance and extremely drinkable.

Crisp and bright on the palate really framing the fresh hoppy notes. Definitely more substance in the body than I would have guessed as well. What a flavorful and drinkable lager! If you get the opportunity its a must try.

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Photo of Flux
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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?

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
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 joe1510
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Can
$10.99 6-Pack
Binny's - Mokena

This beer should have been available to-go years ago, 'bout time! Quinannan Falls is a bright golden libation, clear and polished with the brightness of 24kt gold. The faintest touch of haze runs through the body and carbonation seems to rush to the surface from every imaginable surface of the glass. Those bubbles help bolster an already impressive, dense, creamy white head. the foam leaves behind thick drink lines with each successive sip. This is one fine looking beer!

The nose is a thing of beauty. It's floral bready and spicy in the best of ways. The perfume-y, floral quality hits off the bat, the smell of damp flowers, before the fresh baked bread maltiness takes over the middle. Clean, freshly cracked grain is close behind. The hop profile takes on a grassy exceedingly spicy character on the finish that's perfect for the malt profile. This beer screams out to be drank. It's superbly clean.

Well, the nose on this beer about sums up the flavor as well. It's vibrant from the get go. That freshly baked bread maltiness lays down a base that runs from front to back along with the freshly cracked grain. Spicy hops kick in at the start before segueing into a more restrained floral quality mid palate. The finish is a touch of lemon rind before the vibrant spiciness takes hold through the swallow. Excellent beer!

The mouthfeel is as excellent as the rest of the beer. The body is a hair shy of moderate with a near perfect frothiness when it hits the tongue, The carbonation is snappy and active while a mild to moderate bitterness coats the entire mouth. The finish is appropriately dry, leaving me wanting another drink instantly. A summer quencher if ever there was a summer quencher.

Quinannan Falls is probably my favorite Bells beer in a lineup with some exceptional versions of their respective styles. It's bright, crisp, and downright delicious. A 12-pack of this beer in the fridge probably isn't enough. Go get some. I'm going to finish this can.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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 alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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 tigg924
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, light yellow in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is cracker, peach, and a touch of pale malts and pine. Light bodied, slightly bitter, with moderate carbonation. Tasty, crisp, clean, really drinkable. All that I expect from Bells, clean and really amazing example of a style. Another beer I would get all of the time if I could get it more often.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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 thagr81us
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Shibbykaiyai
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently had the Quinannan Falls Lager in a liter glass ($3.75 on Wednesdays) at Dan's Tavern in Saline, MI. A very good APL and went very well with the pub fare. Good strong taste all the way through without a strong after taste.

I highly recommend it while you can find it.

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Photo of TheBear11D
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap August 5th at Bell's

Pours a clear golden yellow with an off white soft creamy head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells like a fresh fruit bowl with some sugar thrown on top.

Great flavor! Fruit and sweet malts with a citrus hop finish. This is well balanced and quite enjoyable.

Has a medium body with active carbonation yet lager smooth.

Overall this may be my favorite lager I have encountered thus far. Rumor is they dry hop this one and I quite enjoy what it brings to the table.

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Photo of emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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 thepeter
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Bartleby91
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear golden appearance with a bit of haze with good carbonation bubbling up the glass.
Aromas of pine, herbal dankness, citrus fruits and hop bitterness.
Tastes are similar with a big piney, citrus and dank resin. Has enough bread malt sweetness to have a semblance of balance which is enough.
The palate is medium with a sticky resin hop lingering well.
Overall this is an awesome beer that is almost an IPL but in a good way.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very solid summer beer. It has plenty of flavor with a nice clean finish. Overall another solid beer from one of the best craft breweries in America.

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Photo of DovGibor
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 05/16/16 poured into a tulip glass. Light straw color with good clarity, though not crystal clear. Two inches of pure white head formed, and lingered for a few minutes.

Aroma is rich earthy hops and a little pilsner malt. Rich and reminiscent of the outdoors, though I don't get much of the pine the label mentions. There is a touch of bready-yeast characteristic as well. Mouthfeel is light with noticeable carbonation. The taste is delicate and understated. It's clean and very crisp. It is light malt/biscuit at first with a smooth bitterness that lingers. It's very drinkable and would be great for a BBQ or poolside on a hot day.

Overall it's not the huge flavorful beer one might expect from Bells, but it's a good thirst quenching summertime beer. And while it matters less, I really like the waterfall on the label.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Classic visual on the pour, striking pale straw hue with ample fluffy head. Aroma features pale malt, wheat chaff and a very nice kiss of floral hops. Taste is very traditional with cracked wheat & farmtable biscuit, lager yeast & the hops, which are piney but not bitter or overindulgent. I'm not a hop head & I felt it add a good amount to add flavor but not overwhelm the other flavors. Body is light & crisp as you would expect. Not a flashy beer but exceptionally well done.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
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 MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A crisp and bready malt forward aroma with a scent of cracker, biscuit, and earthy hops. Pale malt with a scent of grains, biscuit, and cracker along with yeast. Earthy hop scent of pine, grass, and spice along with slight hints of citrus. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp and bready malt forward taste with notes of biscuit, cracker, and earthy hops. Pale malt with notes of cracker, grains, and biscuit along with lager yeast. Solid hop presence with earthy notes of pine, grass, and spice along with some floral notes and slight citrus. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on a Pale Lager. Good crisp malt notes with a solid earthy hop presence.

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Photo of gatornation
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
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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