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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
BA SCORE
3.98/5
Very Good
626 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#4,425
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
626
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 626 |  Reviews: 179
Photo of Junichi
3.17/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of corby112
3.22/5  rDev -19.1%
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 oso
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JeffKowalek
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MJensen
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of JDoHo
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hophugger
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of user785335
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zainyolprospector
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
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 hman43
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours straw and is very clear. It has a white head that has moderate head retention.

Smell: It has a balance in the aroma of grain and herbs. There are background notes of bread and earthly elements.

Taste: It has flavors of grain, bread, herbs, and some earthen elements. The balance between the malt and hops is nearly even. It is very clean overall.

Feel: It has a moderate body with a dry finish.

Overall, it is a well balanced lager that is clean and crisp with a dry finish.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Clear gold with a minor sparkle and a very large, white foam dome leaving fuzzy lace.

Smell is Corn Flakes with grassy, spicy piney orange- and lemon-esque hops.

Leaning bitter and spicy, yet still clean and smoothly crisp, flavors are lemon, grapefruit, corn, light white wheat and pearl onion.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
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 -12.6%
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 Mark-Leggett
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of psmith161
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stephen_Woods
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hellpop65
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of C_Pel
3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhilsPils
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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 cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of qcbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of bob_d_j
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 626 ratings
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