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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
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
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
515
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
18.56%
 
 
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Reviews: 149 | Ratings: 515
Photo of jaketaz
2.42/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow, highly carbonated, heavy body for this style. Very thick head that takes a long time to melt, everything about the appearance and feel is good. I can't deal with the taste or smell, both of which reminded me of brie cheese. I love stinky cheese but I don't want to drink it. Both the smell and taste were abrasive and stinky. I don't mean bitter or alcoholic, I love gin and barrel proof spirits, I can handle bitter and alcoholic just fine. I mean stinky.

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Photo of PirateParrot
2.8/5  rDev -30.7%
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 JuicesFlowing
3.08/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a nucleated shaker pint glass.

Look: Murky straw yellow colored body with lots of rising bubbles that lead to a thick white head. The head is slow to recede and leaves random patches and islands of lacing.

Aroma: Whatever malt bill there is gets drowned out by pine and subtle citrus.

Taste: Bitter grapefruit and pine up front with a wheat-driven malt body. Lemon and pine needles in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: Crisp, but too heavy and hoppy to really enjoy. Basically tastes like an IPA.

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Photo of VTR
3.15/5  rDev -22%
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 -20.3%
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 -20.3%
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 orcrist_cleaver
3.4/5  rDev -15.8%
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 tone77
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
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 GreesyFizeek
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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 -13.4%
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 -12.1%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quinannan Fall's Special Lager has a very thick, spongy, white head, a hazy, straw-gold, bubbly appearance, and some fairly heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of strong citrus/pine hops, with sweet, white bread. Taste is the same, and it comes across like an IPL. Mouthfeel is between light and medium, and Quinannan Falls finishes crisp and not so strong.

RJT

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Photo of teromous
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can: "16015 PKGD 10:59 061616 033053"

Appearance: The body is a light straw color with moderate haze. The white head is medium sized with a creamy and fluffy texture. It leaves outstanding lacing and the head has good retention.

Aroma: There is a bit of a yeasty aroma with a light spicy and earthy hop scent. It smells nice but it is very weak and without any defined hop aroma.

Taste: It has a nice light spicy and pine-like hop flavor with a bitterness that is considerably stronger than the hop flavor. There is a moderate grain flavor that increases in its presence at the end of the sip and lingers on the palate in the aftertaste. It is quite nice but after drinking it for a while it starts to develop more of a doughy flavor which doesn't quite support the hops but rather muddies the flavor up.

Mouthfeel: The body is light and the bitterness is fairly high. The finish is not quite crisp or clean. It has an off-dry finish and it lingers on the palate long after drinking.

Overall: It has a lot of bready, yeasty, and doughy flavors which aren't bad but they don't help the already faint hop flavors. There are a lot of lagers that are not even American Pale Lagers which have greater hop presence. It isn't clean or crisp either. It is still an enjoyable and well made beer but I would never pick it up when looking for a crisp clean hoppy lager. The one saving grace (aside from the appearance) is that it has a good bitterness to it which gives it a nice bite. Overall I probably wouldn't buy it again and I can't think of a situation where I would recommend it unless there was some extenuating circumstance. If you purchased this on a whim you are likely to find a few positive features to make it an enjoyable beer to drink but it is likely to leave you unfulfilled in the hop flavor department.

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Photo of delta490
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pale gold, effervescent with a thick-ish faintly foamy white head. There is good retention and it leaves small sticky lacing throughout. The aroma is light but has light notes of grain, grass, and green fruit. It tastes a little washed out, lacking even he punch of the aroma. The body is light and crisp, with a nice carbonated feeling throughout.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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 -11.4%
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 DrMullet
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow.
The smell is slightly floral with a bit of citrus.
Taste is crisp and bready. The major flavor is pine.
More hoppy than your average lager.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
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 tykees88
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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 K-Dog
3.66/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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 -8.4%
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 -8.2%
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 -7.7%
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 -7.2%
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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