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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:
134
Ratings:
468
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
18.52%
 
 
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69
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Photo of xnicknj
4.17/5  rDev +3%
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 +3%
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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Photo of microbrewlover
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mostly transparent pale straw color with a big, fluffy white head, some of which sticks around the whole way through and lots of lacing.

The smell is full of cracker like malts, musty wet hay, sweet malts and pine; it makes you want to dig in.

The taste mostly follows the nose with cracker like and sweet malts dominating. The feel is crisp and clean all the way though and the finish is slightly dry with a hint of pine. Overall, try it!

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Photo of jimbrinkruff
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 6/16/16. Purchased as impulse buy at Bell's general store. Was a good decision. Pours a light yellow color with 0.5 finger head poured into Samuel Adams Sensory Pint Glass. Smell was very mild perhaps some biscuit malt but not much. The taste was much more compelling. Very smooth feel and the alcohol was very well hidden. 6.3% is pretty high for a lager. Seemed to get more aromatic with warming. Another great Lager which when well done is one of my favorite styles. Prost to Bell's for this one.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap tonight at Churchkey in Washington, DC. Poured into a becher glass.

a - Pours a hazy bright yellow orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of light fruit, citrus hops, pale malts, bready malts, and floral hops. Nice citrus and fruit, pretty nice here.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, floral notes, fruity malts, fruity malts, bready malts, grains, and light wheat. Again, pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice, easy drinking lager. Some nice citrus and floral hops, and super easy to drink. If they sold this in 6 packs I would definitely buy it and would be able to drink a few of these. Looking forward to having again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is transparent, appearing a pale yellow color with a white cap. Nice aroma of citrus, hops, fruit, biscuits, subtle malt. Nice refreshing flavor. Hop forward with abundant citrus notes, exhibiting a lot of pale ale characteristics. Lingering bitter finish. Pretty dry. Overall, a really solid beer. It would be easy to have a few of these in a session.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Bright shiny lemon yellow body, and with nice crystal appearance. Slow streams of steady long carbonation throughout the body. Head is bright bleach white, very bright with a bit of classic soapy retention and solid three fingers. Bowled puck as it settles, almost like a crown. Very nice looking lager here.

Clean muted bread malt tones on the nose. Nice dough like character, a bit of very mild herbal hop presence, and simple clean aroma. Quite neutral and pleasant actually, just very solid.

Real nice palate. A bubbly crispness, but with some nice quality malt sweetness in the mid palate. Hop angle really accentuates with green herbs and spice on a slow lingering aftertaste. Chewy body but with a bit of playful carbonation and giving to popping hop like qualities as well. Comes off like a simple lager, but with a great unexpected hop experience.

A real nice solid and tasty lager with a great mouthfeel to go with it.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
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 larryarms847
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an absolutely crystal clear light straw yellow with a pillowy two finger head of foam.

Nice strong aroma of toasted malt, herbal and tea like spicy hops, and some grassy pine notes.

Piney, grassy, and spicy hop notes definitely shine in flavor and the sweet toasted malt biscuit like quality lacks in flavor in comparison that it does in aroma.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp bitterness, easy drinking.

Overall, quite a solid lager Bell's has here. My only knock is that it should come in at least 16oz.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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 elNopalero
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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 HorseheadsHopHead
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a crystal clear, bubbly straw color with a huge creamy white head, which dies down into a thing ring that leaves splotchy lacing.

The aroma is Simcoe, alright, but more crisp and refreshing and less dank than other heavily Simcoe-hopped beers I've had. There's pineapple, tons of lemon, fresh cut grass, cracker, honey, wet dankness, even a light touch of white grape.

The taste follows the nose. Pineapple, lemon, grass, basil and chive, spruce, mint. Soft cracker malt with honey. White grapes. Super crisp, and clean, with refreshing wintergreen mint, pine, and lemon candy notes.

The mouthfeel is light, medium-carbonated, extremely thirst-quenching and drinkable. Goes down like seltzer water.

A darn good pilsner, and a quite a unique take on the style, thanks to the deliciously unique flavors of the Simcoe hops. A great summer refresher.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden amber with a crystal clear look to it. A small head of maybe an inch rose up, but immediatly fell back down, leaving a naked top to it.

The aroma was light. Lots of light grain and bready malts abound here. Small light fruit notes and an overall light profile. Taste was more of the same, light grain, light fruits, small doses of grain. A crisp, clean, and refreshing profile

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Extremely pale gold with a white head. Moderate lacing. The aroma is sweet malt, a bit of grapefruit and citrus with some pine hops. Taste is lightly sweet, grainy with citrus and pine. This is a really good and lighter bodied pale lager that is perfect for summer.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C&C bottle number 11 of 313 poured into Lost Abbey tulip. I don't know why I hung onto this bottle so long, hopefully it's still got some zest.

A: Straw yellow color, near golden. Great lacing on this beer, it really has some good visual character. Frothy white head dissipates slowly, and leaves a pretty decent film on the shoulders of the lager. Obviously quite transparent and plenty of light getting thru.

N: Good amount of piney hop character coming through, with some mild fruitiness, like New Zealand Sauv Blanc grapes or nice spruce. No discernible corn presence, but an interesting bread character. Dry crisp.

T: The taste is more of the same from the nose. The pine is more of the throat sensation, with some real nice bright fruity character on the front. No malt really coming through, but more of that crisp bread character.

M: Punky. It's lively in the mouth, alot going on. Kind of drying, with proper carbonation.

D and O: Probably one of the better traditional American lagers I have ever had. I think it's great, maybe not quite typical of the style, but the hop addition was welcomed, and went nicely with what would otherwise be going on.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a pale yellow with a fluffy layer of bright white head. Nice retention and clings to the glass after each sip.

S - Yeast, grass, bread dough in the nose, hops subdued, but present.

T - Malt base that builds with crackers, bread dough, lemon grass, balanced with dry hops, piney, light citrus notes. Medium bodied, and a smooth feel.

O - This is a special lager indeed. Nicely hopped and truly stands out in this style as it toes the line of pale ale. Balanced perfectly for my taste. This is a terrific Lager that I will continue to recommend to anyone.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Catracho5
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a pale, straw color with a bright white head, nice amount of carbonation streaming up the middle, slight lacing, beer is clear, looks light bodied.

A: Very hoppy for a lager, subtle aromas of pine, spicy earthiness, touch of grassy, hay notes.

T: Up front there's a touch of piney bitterness, crisp finish at the end with malty breadiness coming through, finish has the hop notes lingering, dry finish.

M: Light bodied with crisp dry finish, great drinkability, very smooth.

O: A light bodied lager with some hop presence, very drinkable and refreshing, really enjoyed this one, glad to have picked up a sixpack, a beer that fits well into hot southern CA summer days.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 6/9/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy pale straw/yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-medium pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, lemon/orange peel, pine, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy hop earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.3%. Overall this is an excellent hoppy pale lager. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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 mschrei
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned June 16. Poured into pint glass. Thick foamy head, healthy carb and lacing. Cloudy pale yellow color. Mild malt and slight citrus on the nose. Crisp and refreshing taste with a mild tangy bitterness on the back end. A very respectable lager, and I would buy it if it comes out again next summer.

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Photo of drtth
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear bright golden yellow color with a 3/4" fluffy white head that slowly recedes to a layer of foam on the surface and leaves a lot of foam clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates some arches and small scattered patches of foam.

The aromas are impacted by the piney character of the Simcoe hops but there's also some grassiness and a nice bisquity malt character here.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose and include some bisquity malt in the background supporting a touch of citrus and lots of pine/spruce. In addition there's a hint of sweetness that keeps the bitterness in check. There are also some floral and grassy notes coming out.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with a smooth but slightly prickly tingle from the light but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium length and begins as most of the flavors begin to fade and the bitterness recedes to the back of the palate to slowly fade away into dryness.

Overall, as I've come to expect from Bell's this seems to be a very well made beer and one I'd be happy to have again. It is a candidate for my spring-summer beer list as it fills the bill when one wants a Pilsner like beer with American hops and that isn't something with only a focus on the intensity of the hops the we find in some IPAs.

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Photo of CAD5
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's for the Bell's event. Pours a light golden color. Smell is bready with some great hop aroma. Crisp/clean and refreshing mouthfeel with nice lingering hop finish in the taste. Excellent hoppy lager. In my opinion, kin to a nice pale ale, despite the obvious ale/lager differences. Another great Bell's beer.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour into a tulip from a 12 oz can dated 16 June, so just one month. Pale straw color, nice and clean with moderate head, good retention. Rich aroma of malts, biscuits and yeast with a hint of floral notes. Just enough hops there for backbone and balance. The taste is exceptionally clean and with just enough complexity to keep it interesting. We like this one a lot. New Glarus Totally Naked is our favorite beer of this type and Quinannan Falls may give it some serious competition for beer fridge shelf space.

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Photo of mothman
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Stubs for Bell's Fermented Eclipse

Served into a pint glass.

Served with a light layer of white head that fades down fast leaving slight splattered lace. Color is a very clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Very hoppy for a lager. Lots of pine with a hint of citrus. Some bready malts show. Reminds me a lot of 2H.

Taste: More 'lager-like' here, but still fairly hoppy. Big pine hop profile with some floral notes. Some bready malts show. Great flavors for a lager.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and fizzy with a touch of bitterness. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bitter.

Overall, this one is extremely drinkable. It has a lot of great flavors and has a light bodied which makes this one a great session beer. This is something I would like to see in the summer more often from Bells.

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