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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:
150
Ratings:
531
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
18.81%
 
 
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67
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71
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Reviews: 150 | Ratings: 531
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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Photo of Immortale25
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottom of can says 061616.

A- Pours a clean light golden color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves large clots behind.

S- Clean dry-hop aroma that's a bit herbal with cracker-like malt behind it.

T- Dry with some medium bitterness and mild hop flavor. Alcohol shows its face a bit too much. Easy drinking but not particularly exciting.

M- Crisp with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- This is strange because the two cans I had last night were quite a bit sweeter and had more actual hop flavor and aroma. This is just kind of a plain old IPL. I'll have to see how the rest of the six-pack pans out.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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 IvoryFoxhole
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
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 OrangeMen
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
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 -5.7%
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 -5.7%
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 -5.4%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. The head is two fingers high, with a white shade. Retention isn't amazing, but the webs of lacing stuck to the glass redeem its aesthetic appeal significantly.

The hop profile is definitely of an old-school bend - lemongrass, spruce, and flowers are particularly dominant. There aren't many citrusy hop qualities here, but what's here works well with the malt backbone. Speaking of, some nice notes of white bread and table sugar balances things nicely. The way it comes together easily overshadows the lack of (subjectively preferable) new-school hops.

The flavors aren't explosive, but they're balanced incredibly well. It starts off with a gentle maltiness (again, table sugar and white bread dominate), while it finishes with some grass, pine, and flowers. This is a pretty simple flavor profile, but it's delicate and extremely cohesive.

This lager feels slightly big on the palate...or does it? Perhaps thanks to the hop dryness, it leaves the palate with effortless ease. The gentle carbonation also helps immensely.

Bell's just proved you don't need the sexiest, trendiest hops to make a great hoppy lager, you just need balance and subtlety. Even with the balance, it still manages to showcase Simcoe pretty well. I could genuinely drink this all day, and that's one of the highest praises I can give a lager.

3.83/5: This could replace Two Hearted on a fishing trip...

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

Bought this on the recommendation from my local as a ''juicy' lager.....Um, not really. A clear golden yellow pour into my favorite tulip. Decent head with a muted nose. I guess I still expect hoppy lagers to have a similar nose to their IPA cousins. All I cn say s it tastes like a decent lager. But for this IPA/APAIIPA freak this one leaves me wanting for a bit more....

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev -5%
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 -4.2%
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 Zraly
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
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 Hop_God
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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 -3%
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 -2.7%
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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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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 buschbeer
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Tsar_Riga
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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 Apellonious
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can that I believe was packaged on 6/16/16 poured into a Guinness pint glass. A clear, pale yellow gold with a two finger fluffy white head and active carbonation. Decent lace retention. The aroma is of pale malts, grass/pine, and bread. Taste follows suit, with a crisp , slightly bitter finish, with what seems to be mild grain and lemon notes. The mouthfeel is medium light, carbonation medium high, and again, crisp, but not overly drying. Been trying to get back into some lagers and pils this summer, and this one is a good quaffable offering.

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