Bell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager BeerBell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer
BA SCORE
81.9%
Liked This Beer
3.98 w/ 623 ratings
Bell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager BeerBell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States
bellsbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,256
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
623
Liked:
510
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
9.55%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
72
Gots:
90
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 623 |  Reviews: 177
Photo of woodychandler
4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A big, huge "Thank You!" to Larry Bell & his circus for listening to the impassioned pleas of The CANQuest (tm) & putting this beer into an extruded aluminum cylinder just in time for the summer! I love yinz guys!

From the CAN: "

I Crack!ed this beauty open and I did not hesitate to CANduct an inverted Glug. Man, the head came roaring up & I had no choice but to back off and down. It puffed itself into three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. That gave me time to CANtemplate the coming week, last week's damage, last night's damage, the RNC & other weighty ideas. It finally sat back down like a naughty school child chastised by its teacher. Speaking of which, on Wednesday, my newest supervisor, Melly Mel, told me to "Wrap up whatever shenanigans & mischief you are up to, gather all of your paraphernalia & meet me at my desk in five minutes!" Ha ha. I was engaged in hijinx, so the joke's on her. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity. The nose smelled of freshly mown grass, oven-baked biscuits and blue skies above, outdoors on a hot, humid summer's day. Hey, that was today! It smelled like today! Mmmm. Finish was dry and refreshing & if you don't think that it was just the ticket, you are out of your mind! I am packing my cooler full of it and going on CANcation.

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Photo of Wonderweasel
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of carlborch
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can dates 06.09.16. It pours brilliant gold and forms a 2-inch white, pillowy, head. Moderate carbonation. Nice hoppy nose with plenty of malt, but also hints of rosemary and honey. Medium body with delicious hop bitterness balancing the malty sweetness. Dry, long finish. Hints of pine. Belgian lace forms. Great refined hop flavor on the palate. This is an excellent lager, and it is surprisingly moreish for a lager. It makes me think of my early beer drinking days. Anyway, I am thankful for the dream and will definitely be back for more!

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Photo of zbuc919
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Ashley's in A2, and was intent on trying new beers. As a big fan of Bell's Brewery I asked what was on tap from Bell's and the bartender recommended Q-falls, and described it as two-hearted had a baby with a lager and he was right on. Not usually a lager fan, but this is delicious! Like a very light bodied, very flavorful APA, if you see this pick it up. Great blend of styles!

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Photo of tectactoe
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Rollmeaway2loadout
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MasterSki
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
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 +13.1%
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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