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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 PirateParrot
2.8/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

I've never had anything bad from Bell's, until I tried this beer.

It was the color of piss when you're slightly dehydrated, golden just like I like it. The smell was intoxicating and I couldn't wait to feel it in my mouth.

I was wrong. It tasted like someone dry hopped Miller Lite with a pine cone. I felt violated.

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Photo of VTR
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Was not too impressed with this offering. Having gone on this on a whim at a local bar. Floral scents were there but not too much there. I found nothing enjoyable about this beer. There was nothing to catch my attention. I would not buy this again, not for a horrible taste but for me there wasn't much to it and nothing grabbed my attention. This might be your type of beer.

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Photo of Giggy
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Crisp, dry, and bitter. Pine after taste from the hops. Not a bad beer, not a great beer. Nothing outstanding with this one to make you want another.

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Photo of corby112
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draft at The Cambridge in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a clear pale gold color with a frothy two finger white foam head that slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring.  Very nice retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Grassy floral hop aroma with ale malt and a slight adjunct presence.  Some grass, straw and light fruit with slightly earthy, grassy, saaz like hops.  There's also some pilsner malts apple and pear.  Decent but nothing special about the nose.

Medium bodied wih a crisp hop bite that lingers over the pale malt and sweet fruit notes into a dry finish.  Bitter and dry with grass, straw and subtle pine needle followed by bread, biscuit, apple and pear.  There's also a weird adjunct like metallic graininess that I can't put my finger on which lingers after the finish.  Crisp and refreshing with nice dryness but a weird and unpleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza for their Bell's Tap Takeover.

Pours a golden pale straw yellow, with a half inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells fairly floral and piney, with some "sweaty" yeast aromas.

This ones tastes pretty good, but there is sort of a sweaty sock flavor feel to this one, from the yeast, I'm guessing. Slightly bready, with some pine, floral, and cat pissy flavors. Not all that bitter, doesn't linger.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel and fairly drinkable. There's a medium amount of carbonation.

Not bad, but there seems to be some off flavors here.

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.5/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My daughter and I call this "Quinine Falls" because of its strange bitterness and astringency. Definitely a different duck here, for sure. I see that lots of people rave about it but even for a Bell's fan like me, I just don't really get it. As a homebrewer, it tastes like the brew liquor was overloaded with gypsum, which is the only thing I have experienced that gave this harshness that I experience when I drink one of these.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy golden. Head is small but it lasts fairly well.
S- Aroma is sweet, slightly floral. A good balance of hops and malt on the nose, though somewhat mild.
T- Fairly sweet up front. It's got a sweet crackery flavor all the way through, though a floral and slightly citrusy hop carry through.
M- Medium body, fairl substantive for style. Carbonation in medium.
O- A decent easy drinking lager. It's got a bit more than your standard pale lager. It's worth a try.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells very spicy and is at the end of it's life I think by the canned on date. This is at least 6 months old. very pale. Clear sudsy head. Dry hopped and clear. big bold nose with hop spice and a little citrus behind that. Crisp lemon. Malt is in there . Drinks smoothly and softly with lots of hops still int he flavor. All over bold spice. It's forward and the hops are right at the middle in the finish. Crisp and dry and breaddy. A little bitterness to finish it with piney spice. It's different but it tastes very good .

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Photo of ZAP
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a German style pilsner with American hops. Crisp and dry on the finish. Hops give a floral/piney aroma with hints or lemons and citrus. Flavor is more pine with a touch of lemon...Body is light side of medium and the dry finish fits what I'd look for in German Pils. Refreshing, but comes off a little unbalanced deeper in.. Definitely not to style for a German Pils but tastes like one would with West Coast hops. Solid for what it is designed to be.

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Photo of tykees88
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very nice light pale copper amber color. White as white head. Solid lacing.

S- Hop alert. Duh. It's dry hopped so of course. There is a really nice floral hop aroma from this beer. It really overpowers everything else, but there is nothing wrong with that.

T- Tastes very hoppy. A residual malt sweetness helps balance a little bit. Very very clean tasting beer.

M- Crisp is the best way to describe it.

O-Pretty nice beer here. Get it if you have the chance.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery's tasting room. A hoppy lager, very good for its style. Dry hopped. A nice lawn mower beer, and one that would replace others drunk in mowing days gone by. Very good drinkability, and one that would transition many a macro drinker who does not realize he likes hops. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright yellow with a small white fizzy head. Looks a lot like most lagers.

Smells of grassy/piney hops with a little cracker.

Tastes is unique. Definitely has a little graham cracker like crispness, but also loads of grassy hops with a little pineyness as well.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy for a lager with good high carbonation level.

Always glad to try to a new style and I think Bell's hit their mark here, but I wasn't the biggest fan. The hops were a bit too bitter with not enough malt support and the alcohol was a bit too present for its ABV. Solid brew and definitely recommended for something unique, but not my favorite.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The photo shows a fancy bottle, perhaps this was meant to be a top shelf beer at one time. Now it's in cans. Doesn't make it any less so...but...ah I'll just get on with the review.

Pours an eerie green wood color with tons of puffy head with rings galore. Light haze among the effervescent bubbles give a Champagne-like appearance.

Lightly baked malts and bread with some light funkiness can be nosed.

Not sure if this is supposed to be an IPA or what...but there's a ton of pine out front, which thankfully subsides to some light bread and malt qualities that bring it back down to earth. Still ends bitter with pine and grapefruit rinds.

Feel is mellow and creamy with a firm carbonation.

Overall Bell's Quinannan (Quiannan? Quinnan? Quinannan?) Lager is not something I'll be visiting again soon. Too far outside of the boundaries of what a mild lager should be.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured ontap into a pint glass. A golden lager with lots of lacing going down the glass. Aroma is hoppy with some bready malt underneath. Flavor is fairly complex, with pine, resin, citrus and honey all wrapped up in the flavor. As the beer warms a small hint of booze surfaces. The pine is there all the way from mid-sip to the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is solid. A nice little hoppy lager here.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

Quinannan Falls Lager Goes in the glass a very bright yellow blond look with a whisp of bright white up above that fades and leaves no sticks. Looks similar to a BP Yellowtail Pale Ale. A bit of mist making things not so clear. Smell is pretty tame but consists of some pale malt and hop earthiness with small florals. Some bread and that's about it. Taste is down to the point plain and crisp with pale malt galore and some light earth with slight grain and lager essense. It is what it is, simple and to the point. Feel is light as is the body with a light punch of carb with bready aftertaste. I could drink a ton of this but don't see myself forking over the money for one of those 750's, glad I found it on Tap. This would be a good replacement for Bell's standard pale as that needs some re-tooling, but for now maybe sixers in the summer time would be nice.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 6-9-16. Takes a month to get across the state line? DFH Tulip.

A: pours a just off-clear pale straw with2 fingers bright white head and a few streams of bubbles flowing up. Fair retention, a decent thin white cap. Very little lacing.

S: pine for days. Floral comes through as it warms. Some tropical hints. Does NOT have that cat pee smell I detest, though there is a little onion. Citrus is notably absent.

T: slightly sweet and generally hoppy arrival turns to a white bread malt with tons of pine and resin in the middle followed by a lingering piney resin. What strikes me is how much sweeter this is than I expected it to be.

M: lighter side of midweight, with very active tingling carbonation, as a lager should be. Not as clean as I would expect it to be; in fact I can think of a couple of session IPAs that are cleaner. But it's 6.3%, and probably 70 IBUs, so I guess it comes with the territory.

O: a very hoppy, somewhat sweet, strong lager. Ditch your west coast IPA and give this a try. Very good summer beer. Would compare to Mystic Mama or Psychopathy locally, both of which I would pick over this. A very solid offering from a solid brewery; good every now and again, but I don't know that I'd buy a sixer given that I have better similar options I can get fresher locally. If I didn't, would be six-pack worthy.

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Photo of OrangeMen
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016 release
~ 3 weeks from canning date

Appearance- Pours a pale yellow, light golden color. Crystal clear transparency. Two finger thick, soapy white colored head, lasts and lasts with lots of spotty head lacing.

Aroma- Crisp cracker type malts, fruity sweetness, bit of that clean lager yeast. Floral, zesty spice, pine, hay, grass.

Taste- Smooth, sweet bready malts. Fruity sweetness. Good punch of piney hop on the finish, some spice and grassy earthiness as well.

Feel- Light bodied, crisp yet very smooth and refined. Refreshing with a moderate carbonation.

Overall- Great summer beer. Has a pronounced smooth character up front, bready malts and yeast, and then finishes with a spicy, piney, herbal hop character.

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Photo of tlema1
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: straw yellow color, big thick billowing white head
S: not much nose, a little bready
T: slight sweetness, very smooth
F: light body, much there is a ton of mouthfeel
O: wish I would've grabbed a pack instead of a single

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant straw with a lingering frothy white head.

Light notes of fruit and grain are balanced by a soft sweetness. There's a hint of resin.

Flavor is oniony at the base, fairly bitter at the finish, resiny, with a modest crackery malt backbone. Soft grapefruit and citrus pith add complexity. The balance is bitter.

Body is a touch light, with moderate carbonation and some harsh hop astringency.

More bitter than I prefer, but the soft citrus is nice.

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Photo of oline73
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Eccentric Cafe during our beercation to Michigan. Served in a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden color with just a layer of head that disappears almost completely.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt. This one is mildly fruity. I'm picking up some peach aroma.

Taste: Unlike the smell this doesn't have much sweetness in the taste. There is a citrus peel hop bitterness and a hint of peaches as well. The finish is hoppy and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very crisp beer. I enjoyed the peach notes. Easy drinking and I would have another.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short Review. This is a good hoppy Lager, the hop profile is nice and it's got a great lager like mouthfeel with some good drinkability. I enjoyed this beer, It would be a good summer beer and I wish Bell's would put this in pint cans, I think it would sell well and I would buy some.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is spices, malts and a hint of BBQ/ham. The flavor is citrus, fruit, malts/pale malts, mild grapefruit and a long and spicy/bitter/dryish/smoky finish.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: clear lemon lime yellow. Thick merengue white bubbles

S: spice. Banana. Citrus. Some hops

T: same as nose. More bitter spice. Some banana hints and citrus pith

F: very soft and smooth. Very crisp finish

O: I try and rate these for what they are and style not just did I like it. For a lager I think it's quite good. That said. I don't enjoy it that much. Great summer time bbq or camping brew

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with an inch or so of light, airy, white foam. Scant lacing.

Smell: Straw-like, pils malt with a progressing of restrained hop notes, smelling of flowers, faintly resinous pine sap, and pithy citrus.

Taste: Light, softly bready pilsner malts, minimally sweet. Piney, floral hops with some grapefruit pith. Medium-light bitterness. Touches of the florals and pith, though light, do remain beyond the drying finish with just a kiss of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Certainly worth a go and makes for a nice, refreshing beer during the summertime.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Served in a willi becher glass.

Pours a slightly cloudy light yellow-golden body, one finger white head, good retention, bits of bubbly lacing. Smells of light citrus, bread, cracker, mild earthy bite. Flavour is a light crackery sweetness, light lemon citrus, freshly baked bread. Earthy bitterness. A bit of grass. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, refreshing, mild light minerality along with bitter earthy hops on the finish. An overall solid lager, clean and nothing too sweet or bitter. A slight perfume-like aspect to it.

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