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

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

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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.56/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can
A - hazed pale straw colored body capped with a pillow of foamy white colored head
S - intriguing aroma of grass, pale malt, faint lemony citrus, pine, and yeast
T - quite piney (as the brewer's description mentions), wheat, pale malt, honey, grass, lemon-lime citrus, yeast
M - lighter body, higher carbonation, very very dry with pine sticking to the astringent dried out palate
O - interesting twist on the style. This is a great beer for drinking while camping or enjoying the wilderness. If I see this again, I may get it before going camping, otherwise I'd probably pass on it if I saw it again.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz can into snifter glass. 6.3% abv

Appearance- Dull lemon yellow in color. Tall heavy white head. Semi cloudy.

Smell- Cooked grains, lemon, pine.

Taste- Sweet bready flavor with heavy grain backbone. Lemon/grassy hop taste turns into a bitter pine punch. Dry and piney hop presence indicative of the simcoe hops it was brewed with. Finishes clean and crisp with a touch of lemon.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- A fine example of an APL. Generously hopped. Should be a part of Bell's mainstays.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz 2016 can.
Pours with a slightly hazy, pale golden body topped by a generous, frothy white head tha has excellent retention. Plenty of sticky lacing.
Aroma: robust and complex for style, with lemony, grassy and herbal aspects.
Flavor: hop profile largely follows the aroma but this is also nicely bready, more piney. and less lemony. Well-balanced. Bold for style, yet not aggressive.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.14/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can. Pours clear golden, medium white head, good lacing. Aroma is grassy, grain, pine, hints of citrus. Flavor is light sweet, light plus bitter, grainy start, citrus grass and pine middle, and lingering honey on the finish.

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Photo of Zraly
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold with fluffy white head.

Light grain flavor, with a crisp finish. Pine resin and citrus peel upfront, and it is an interesting approach to to the lager category. A touch of sulfur in the finish.

Very enjoyable and very American in its appeal, unlike your standard lager or pilsner out to mimic, at least stylistically, classic European variations of bottom fermentation. I do get a hint of alcohol, while not entirely unpleasant, it is a bit unexpected. Again, very tasty and pleasurable to drink.

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Photo of gcasher
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Special is the word. Best AAL ever. Light in color, foamy white head, hoppy bouquet, big hop flavor, not too bitter. Out of a can, this is what craft is all about.

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Photo of arizcards
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a can from Craft Beer Hop Stop in late July for $1.83. Canned on 6/16/16.

Beer poured a straw color with a beautiful white head that has some great hang time.

Nose is bready and has notes of pine.

Taste is bready and crackery up front combining beautifully with a crisp piney hop profile.

Feel is crisp and clean, refreshing.

Overall an excellent beer that I would consider doing a 6 pack of in the future. If you can find it refrigerated definitely pick it up.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 Fluid Ounce Can
Reviewed on September 24th, 2016
Served in a Pint Glass

Poured a straw colored body. Plenty of bubbles racing throughout. Very generous sized bright white head quickly collapsed and left tons of sticky lacing.

Herbal / grassy hops. Faint notes of grainy malts.

Herbal hops hit the tongue first. Pine and lemongrass. Fruitier tones of lemon peel and light citrus developed over time. Very subtle malt presence. Touch of grain and cracker.

Light-bodied. Moderate/heavy carbonation.

Nice hoppy lager. Crisp and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. can
Served in a Michigan Wolverines pint glass

This beer pours straw colored with a slight haze. It is topped with two inches of white head that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is pine, light citrus and earthy.

The taste is citrus and plenty of pine with a bitter finish.

Medium to moderate mouthfeel

This is a very tasty lager. I guess this would be in the IPL category. It is an easy drinker, too.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-spiegelau ipa glass. Canned 06.16.16. Consumed 09.14.16.

A: Light orange good clarity reveals a strong sense of micro-effervesce within. A bright white head tops things off at 0.5 inches, with a frothy texture and was well lasting. Nice full band lacing.

S: Forrest like aroma, fresh pine trees, evergreens, leaves, hay and dried grains. Some dried orange peel, and dried lemon peel.

T: Dried pine, hoppy, nicely bitter with some dried orange peel and lemon. Hay, dry flowery bitterness on the trail. Some citrusy pine.

M: Crisp, sharp and tingly. Lager like, very good to style, turns creamy and frothy on the hold.

O: A nice addition of hops, dry, crisp lager grain like backing with the rate amount of balance. Lingering dry bitterness finish. Could drink multiples of this. Earthy, almost fall like, ocktoberfest feel. Giving lagers respect. Outstanding try per style.

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Photo of K-Dog
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking but not much for smell. I not a huge lager fan but decided to give this a try. Was pleasantly. Diffinately the best larger I have had. Very flavorful and refreshing. Will be visiting this one again soon

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can with PKGD on dating 61616

Pours very light and near clear, nice light and fine film and lacing left on the glass

Grassy hops on the nose

Light and refreshing with some tea notes, as well as lime and light pepper.well hopped but not bitter finish....easy drinking, appraochable and enjoyable brew..would go well with some grilled spicy food....good craft selection to use as a "gateway" brew with newbies

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear pale yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate lemon yellow highlights. The beer has two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized half finger thick cap in the center of the glass surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grassy + floral hops over the top of light aromas of grainy malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of grainy + bready malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of lager yeast and light flavors of grassy + floral hops. The hops contribute a light amount of lingering bitterness to the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront with a light amount of dryness in the finish.

O: Enough hop flavors + aromas to make this lager a little more interesting than some of the others in the style and a crisp + dry mouthfeel makes it very refreshing. Easy to drink and enjoyable, great for a summer afternoon.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally trying this one. Poured out a 12 oz. can into one of my pokal glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium golden color with a fluffy heard that's initially over 2 inches thick when first poured with several stream of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Very nice lacing after the head settles down a bit. Head eventually settles to a very thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a cluster swirl of a film layer of foam on the beer's surface. Aromas of some crisp, pale malts that reminds me of cereal that gives way to a piney, dank hop bitterness. The taste is pretty much the same, with a crisp, just slightly sweet, cereal like malt flavor that gives way to a piney, dank hop bitterness wish just a slight spiced bite. Has a mainly crisp, just slightly prickly, also smooth, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink in the good way well crafted beer ought to be.


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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can dated 6/23/16, so nearing the end of shelf life. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Big head (hop fade does that) with lots of lacing, cap, ring, etc. Beer is a clear pale gold with carbonation bubbles.

S: Almost all Pilsner and other malts. Not getting much of the pine. This is why I keep harping about freshness.

T: Perfectly good lager, but nothing out of the craft-beer ordinary. Pilsner and other malts, just the faintest hint of floral and pine, but it really is gone and just about buried. As a lager, it's not bad, though I think it ends up a bit sweeter than intended because of the hop fade.

F: Light bodied, medium carbonation, good drying. All else within decent lager parameters.

O: Oh, you want a better review? Get me one of these when they're fresh. I can only report on what I smell and taste, not what I think there once was. Honestly, this is totally decent as a craft lager, but all the bells and whistles (ha ha!) are gone after 10 weeks on the shelf.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very nice surprise.

Poured a beautiful, clear but not watery, gold with a thick white mountain of foam. Tenacious, pretty lacing.

Smelled like a good lager hiking in a northern forest. Think that's what they were going for.

Tasted like a very good lager, only with a strong piney finish. As the beer drinks on the finish mutes a little and is more mixed in with the lager-ness but still there.

Feel was nice, not watery, but not thick at all, either.

A very tasty beer, and most certainly "hoppy" without being overboard about it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

for all the hype bells gets for their hoppy stuff, sometimes its their lagers that really impress me the most, and while this one is hoppy, thats not necessarily its essence, and i am again stoked on something new from bells here. this is great beer, i think more a style that will come into vogue here soon. pale and heady, this looks fresh and lively, blonde, mostly clear, and the head has great retention and rings. its a pretty beer. the aroma and flavor are of a crisp lager yeast, a pale pils type malt base, and these piney grapefruity hops that are scaled way back below ipa level, but definitely have some of that dankness that us uncommon in a pale lager style. its dry as can be, and stronger than a lot of lagers at the same time. the hops are dosed perfectly, they dont rise way above the fresh cereal base, but they compliment it nicely, more pine than grapefruit in the taste, although both are there. impressive beer for being somewhat simple you know? its everything you want and nothing you dont, sort of simple perfection. this is awesome for summer, but i think has enough mass to be useful in fall and winter too. i hope i see a bit more of this one around here in colorado, i love the story and i love the beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the reigning champion of canned beer, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a clear yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, light hops. Taste is citrus hops, malts, smooth and easy drinking, light bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy yellow body, white head, lots of lacing.

S - Mild sour grain, hop resin and pine goodness.

T - Pine, and grapefruit, pith and a strong bitter finish.

M - Light body, strong drying.

O - Clean and crisp, bright hop notes, and refreshing.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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 microbrewlover
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
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 crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the most quaffable craft brews I know. I could literally drink pitchers of this and be satisfied. No flaws. Just a perfect straw yellow, plenty of carbonation to cleanse the palate, a delicately floral and slightly piney dry hop over a refreshing and slightly sweet pale lager. Leagues above not just the BMC beers of the world but better than many of the flavor-bombs out there (barrel aged, quadruple hopped, blah blah blah).

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.4/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: One of the clearest beers I've come across. In many ways telling this beer apart from bud light by appearance alpine would be impossible.

S: Pilsner, cracker malt base. Some sweet phenols on light wafts that mixes with pine needles. I think the subtleties can be missed as the strong conifer perfumes and pulls really tend to dominate from time to time. In short, i'd say it smells like the label.

M: Slick, but crisp. Good carbonation throughout. Alcohol seems heavy at times.

T: Pine, a little orange, and some crazy tannin bitterness on the end. The bitterness wouldn't a big issue, but I find it sharp considering the one-dimensionality of the beer. The strong floral hop perfume showcase itself in poor contrast. They are so strong sometimes I feel like I'm drinking a melted Little Tree car freshener.

A conceptually great beer, which isn't necessarily a great consumer experience.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.62/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a decent looking fluffy head that takes a bit to dissipate. The beer looks itself is an uninspiring clear pale gold color.

The smell is decent. It mainly has a moderate pine note and a tiny bit of sweetness that easily gets covered up buy the hops.

The taste is fairly decent and better than the smell. It has a light malt sweetness to it but the strongest note would have to be the pine hop notes with a little bit of orange in it. It isn't overpowering or strong but it's enough that you can enjoy it on a hot day.

The feel is decent. It has a light body but some decent weight on it. It's smooth with a nice and refreshing finish.

Overall, it's a decent lager that has a good idea but doesn't really perfectly execute it. It's certainly worth a try and you won't regret having it on a hot summer day but a regular pilsner or some other lager might be better.

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Photo of mschrei
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
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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