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

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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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
397
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
19.07%
 
 
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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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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 Shibbykaiyai
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +6.4%
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 +5.6%
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 +5.6%
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 pezhead_79
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
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 ajm5108
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +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 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 laketang
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 12 oz. can
straw with a nice foamy white head
tropical,forrest floor passion fruit
not too grassy ( good exposure time dry-hopping)
tropical notes, light, refined bitterness
really, no bitterness, delicate balance

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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 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 KevBot89
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow, white head, serious head retention.

Smell is some earthy, piney, bitter hops (with some faint tropical notes) balanced by cracker and biscuit aromas. Some delightful skunk present as well.

Taste is crisp and clean bitterness: pine and a touch of spicy hop flavor, tropical fruits. Finishes with a tasty buttered biscuit flavor, sweet malts too. Some crackers, also minor skunk hiding delicately behind everything else. This is tasty.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and medium bodied.

Overall this is great for a hot day. Quaffable.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable thirst quencher. Brilliantly clear yellow with a sticky frothy white head. Great combo of spicy and fruity hops, good malt sweetness and cracker like flavor to compliment its smooth, dry finish. Cheers!

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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Grassy, some cereal/grain notes. Pear & apple notes late & perfumey hops as well

T: Follows the nose, pear skin, dryness & a little aspirin & pine up front. Malty sweetness as this warms, grassy & slight tangerine peel as well. Finishes crisp, with flinty bitterness & faint grainy bitterness

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, good balance

Super poundability, crisp with just enough bitterness to offset the sweetness. I imagine they wil sell a lot of this this Summer

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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 zoso1967
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at a Bell's Beer Brunch at the Sidecar for Philly Beer Week 2010. This beer arrived at my table a pale golden color with only a small bright white head, and could have easily been mistaken for your run of the mill macro lager. One whiff and all of my preconceptions were shattered. This beer has a nose that one would expect from an American pale ale with tons of citrus zest and some pine, though it lacked some of the fruity character. Suffice to say I was intrigued and quickly took a sip. I had never tasted anything quite like this beer, as it had plenty of American hop character with citrus, pine, grapefruit and a bit of grassiness. It also possessed very clean, mild malt character and fairly neutral yeast. I did not find it to be overly bitter, though more bitter than your typical pale lager style beers. It had a light body that was thinner than I generally prefer, but it was 90 degrees outside and this hit the spot just right. Clean finish, if not a tad dry. This beer was super drinkable and a revelation. Not the best ever, but very creative. I hope they keep on making this and others follow suite.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can packaged 6/23:
Very clear, but it doesn't seem crystal clear. Straw yellow with a nice couple fingers of head. The fluffy white stuff leaves copious lacing down the glass.

Nose initially is mostly grass and pine hop notes, but the overall power of the nose isn't too much. The style might generally have a lighter nose, so maybe this isn't too big a deal. Later on, I start to get a hint of pepper and the ever so lightest tang of yeast.

Taste starts peppery, and the grass and pine hops come on strong. As I drank more of the beer though, the bitter attack is not as strong as my initial impression. A sweet cracker (like a Ritz, but not so buttery) thread emerges for me, I am thinking a combination of malt and yeast. Slowly there becomes a nice balance between the two, even leaning slightly sweet at times.

Definitely a decent peppering of the tongue, if by spice or carbonation. Lively action on my palate which goes from prickling to bitter rawness.

A nice beer that I get a different specifics from various sips, but ends up being a bitter-leaning beer with some sweeter tendencies. Enjoyable, and I will likely grab another 6er.

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Photo of Lillenk
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance is very nice. Very light golden color that is very see through.

Smell was huge. Lots of hops and citrus but still some smell of the lagering yeast.

Taste was great. Flavors of IPAs with tons of hops and citrus, but way lighter mouthfeel, which it very drinkable and I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub and Herb's Bell's Fermented Eclipse Event. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale shade of yellow with a bit of haze. Several finger white head and a bit of lacing. Nose consists primarily of a really nice earthy pine scent with a bit of a floral aspect to it as well. Taste isn't quite as heavy on the pine, and adds in a bit of mild bready flavors. Mouthfeel is nice and dry with the spice. Although a bit heavy and unique in the flavor to be too drinkable, this was quite good.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.17/5  rDev +2%
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.

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

Clean and clear lemony yellow colored body. Two finger fizzy white head sits atop. The head fades at a reasonably quick rate. A healthy dose of lacing clings to the walls of the glass. A scant cap remains atop for most of the duration.

The hop aroma is dominant. Citrus and soft grass aroma. Sweet malt base compliments the hop aroma quite well. Not an overly complex bouquet but pleasant none the less.

Flavor once again is hop forward very similar to the nose. Tropical fruit and citrus. Grassy and herbal flavors develop just beneath. Soft sweet bready malt provides a pleasant base. Bitterness is assertive but not overbearing, approaching IPA or IPL levels rather.

Light bodied pale lager. Carbonation comes in at a moderate level. Finish is dry, very little lingers on the tongue.

One of my favorite light bodied lagers. Pleasant hop presence displayed in a very drinkable beer. I prefer tap version to bottle, with that said I would love to see this in a six pack format.

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Bell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
91 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.
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