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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

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150
Ratings:
531
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
18.81%
 
 
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Photo of BB1313
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 6/9/16. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a pale light golden with a subtle glowing haze; fluffy white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are earthy with lots of cracker and fresh grass. Some pilsener malt notes in the mix. Some fresh pear notes as well. The flavors are very crisp and refreshing. More pear notes. Solid bitterness, but not overwhelming. Earthy hops. Malts do their thing. Finishes clean. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. Very smooth and quaffable.

This is a very nice lager. It has a nice hop bite, but remains true to style and doesn't come off as a hybrid. Great beer for the warm/hot weather. Well done.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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 brew3crew
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Cincy winter beerfest...

A-pale yellow with white lacing
S-stram grassy smell. More on citrus hops side
T-tastes a lot like it smells. Nicely balances with a slight edge to the hops
M-extremely light and crisp.
D-Very drinkable. Taste gone in no time

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Photo of Retail1LO
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap during a Bell's event at Capone's. Pours a light pilsner type gold. Smell is lightly hoppy. The taste is so crisp and clean. This is a beer you can cozy up with for hours. Mouth is nice and light. Very refreshing on the palate. Overall, my favorite lager. Ever.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, canned on 06/09/16 printed on the bottom of the can. A new one to me from Bells', and my second canned offering from the Michigan pioneers; acquired the six pack box from the local beer store. Can lists a 6.30% abv.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a crisp pale greenish-yellow gold body, with two fingers of frothy bubbly white head that stays a while, leaving some okay random fluffy lacing behind. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma is crisp, fresh, earthy, grassy, & floral. Hops come through fresh, floral, earthy, & grassy, with notes of pine, flowers, cracked pepper, and earthy wheat / dried grasses. Subtles notes of lemongrass / citrus peel. A fresh pleasant and appealing aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose: good balance of earthy, grassy, piney hops, with the dry / grainy earthiness of the lager yeast.

M - Feel is very smooth, crisp, fluid, & clean. Very light and easy drinking stuff. Finishes dry & bitter, with residual piney hop oils lingering.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a bright yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a two inch, foamy, long-lasting head. Below average lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, citrus, and some other light fruit.

T: Tasted of a little bit of malt, hops (especially in the finish), citrus (lemon), some pine notes, pineapple, and a slightly herbal quality as well. A well rounded flavor that's pretty balanced and sweet. Lots of fruit and hops seem to balance out the taste here.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is a an easy to drink, well done beer. Bell's takes a style that can be uninteresting and makes it work.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -1%
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 timtim
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a very clear yellow gold with a white head that has a decent stay and lace. nose is fruity hops, crackery malt and fruity peppbles (w/out milk). taste is in balance, but the fruity hops seem to come out winning, and take over a bit. They even seem to create a bit of sweetness. Not over-hopped, but you can really see how Euro hops work in a traditional lager by contrast. No spicy grassy zippy here. Well defined medium-light body at first, but the sweetness and oilyness of the hops takes over and coats my palate after a few sips, which ruins some of the definition and elegance. overall, a fun experiment that blurs the line between pale ale and lager, and really showcases the power/beauty of pac nw hops.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with 1 finger of head that reduces to a light ring around the glass.

Aroma is of floral hops, citrus, and lager yeast. A bit of hay/ corn as well.

Taste is very floral hop forward. A bit of pine with a slightly medicinal bitterness/ aftertaste. Moderate level of carbonation with a light mouthfeel. Nice amount of citrus also.

Overall, the beer is a decent lager. Not a huge fan of medicinal bitterness though. I see it pairing well with a thick and spicy Texas-style chili. It gets a 80/100.

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Photo of 57md
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with a huge head of over two fingers. The nose is hoppy and a touch dank. The body is light and the flavor is crisp and hoppy.

This is a top notch IPL -- maybe the best that I have sampled.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tuilip. Bottle #132 of 378. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours a pale yellow color. Some white froth and lace.

(S)- A fruity white grape and smooth earthy grains. Some subtle woody pine.

(T)- A primarily grainy profile with some dry neutral-like honey malts.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Crisp and refreshing; smooth.

(D)- Nothing extraordinary, but very easy to drink and enjoy. Would make a great summer beer.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a two finger soapy white head. Aroma is bread dough, cracker, biscuit malt, with light floral undertones and pine in small hints. Taste follows with more pine coming through, followed by a spicy floral wave, rounded out throughout by the wonderful malt backbone with flavors of unbaked bread and cracker. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with enough punch to know you are drinking more than water. Overall, this is a very good, albeit different and interesting lager. Definitely worth the price of admission.

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Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visit down to dfclav's for a nice tasting. Started the night at Blue Dog Tavern and got one of these.

Creamy 1 finger head fades semi slowly with sticky lacing, crystal clear golden pils color.

Nose light sweet pilsner malt aromas, touch fruity and light lager crispness, hint of floral hops.

Taste is light and crisp, light pilsner malts, crisp lager flavor with hints of lager fruits, nice hoppy kick, semi bitter with floral and light spicy hop flavor, slight creamy malt. Finishes dry and crisp, clean with a spicy hop kick and long bitter earthy spicy hop.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb.

Overall nice, clean crisp lager with nice hop profile, but nothing super special. very drinkable and crisp clean finish, I could drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

translucent, sunlight gold from the tap to a standard pint glass with a thin foamy white long lasting head leaving lace to the rim.

very subdued / subtle light hops aroma and not much else.

crisp, clean subtle piney hops up front, followed closely by a bready, dry finish. citrus notes also jumping out after the first few sips. refreshing, and very agreeable. impresses me as a nice american pale rather than a lager.

highly carbonated, crisp, light bodied, minimal bitters to the front of the tongue.

drinkable - yep.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also had at Wexford Ale House, as LetsGoPens did.

A: Pours a light straw color. Provides a small white foam head with sufficient lacing.

S: Lots of pine hops with some sweet, caramel malt scents.

T: There is a tremendous amount of pine that hits the palate first. It lasts throughout the taste, but the malt, honey and caramel hit the palate on the back end.

M: A nice clean crisp bitter taste is left on the palate.

D: This is a fine pale ale to drink. Easy to drink. A great pale ale.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Uptown Grille Commerce MI.

A_Pale gold with a thin bone white head. Nice lacing.

S_Huge pine aroma. Very hoppy for a lager. Some citrus.

T_Hops and pine. Grapefruit. Pale malt rounds out the taste. Very nice.

M_Thin but very crisp with a nice dry finish.

D_Very delicious lager that you can drink all night.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can packaged 6/23:
Very clear, but it doesn't seem crystal clear. Straw yellow with a nice couple fingers of head. The fluffy white stuff leaves copious lacing down the glass.

Nose initially is mostly grass and pine hop notes, but the overall power of the nose isn't too much. The style might generally have a lighter nose, so maybe this isn't too big a deal. Later on, I start to get a hint of pepper and the ever so lightest tang of yeast.

Taste starts peppery, and the grass and pine hops come on strong. As I drank more of the beer though, the bitter attack is not as strong as my initial impression. A sweet cracker (like a Ritz, but not so buttery) thread emerges for me, I am thinking a combination of malt and yeast. Slowly there becomes a nice balance between the two, even leaning slightly sweet at times.

Definitely a decent peppering of the tongue, if by spice or carbonation. Lively action on my palate which goes from prickling to bitter rawness.

A nice beer that I get a different specifics from various sips, but ends up being a bitter-leaning beer with some sweeter tendencies. Enjoyable, and I will likely grab another 6er.

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a glass at the Bell's Cafe on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The clear yellow lager had a white head and light lacing. The hops character reminds me a lot of Surly's Bitter Brewer for the mix of juicy apricot up front and herbal, dry lemon in the finish. There was really no malt character, the hops were the star here and damn, they were tasty. It's dry, hoppy, and drinkable. Give it a try if you can.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just when you think that all the potential flavors of light lagers have been discovered and repeated ett nasium, Bell's comes along and rewrites the recipe.

The beer delivers with a bright straw colored glow and constant streams of carbonation that develops the creamy white head that shows great persistence and lace. The classic look of a well made lager.

Brisk aromas of cracker-like malts, soft supple grain sweetness, and an on slaught of hop character. Chocked full of bright citrus, spice, pine, and hay fill the nose with a decidedly hoppy balance.

Following up on aroma, the flavors are a consistent carry over with the crisp malt base of dry crackers, lightly baked barley, light breads, and fresh elegant sweetness. This all sets the stage for a fully hopped taste that seems part of American and part of German varieties. Spicy, floral, and earthy; and with a zesty, citrus, and sprucy roundness. Seemingly a fortified German Lager with Americanized attitude with hop variety and proportion.

Rich and creamy at first, the beer makes quick work of the carbonated features and ushers in a very crisp, very clean finish with a fresh linger of floral and spicy hop bitterness.

A delicious beer that almost imperializes the standard Bell's Lager and elevates it to near-IPA balance. Favorable comparisons are drawn to Dogfish Head's My Antonia except with lighter body and more rounded hop character. This is a no brainer choice to start and finish any session.

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Photo of NickSMpls
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour into a tulip from a 12 oz can dated 16 June, so just one month. Pale straw color, nice and clean with moderate head, good retention. Rich aroma of malts, biscuits and yeast with a hint of floral notes. Just enough hops there for backbone and balance. The taste is exceptionally clean and with just enough complexity to keep it interesting. We like this one a lot. New Glarus Totally Naked is our favorite beer of this type and Quinannan Falls may give it some serious competition for beer fridge shelf space.

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Photo of mothman
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Stubs for Bell's Fermented Eclipse

Served into a pint glass.

Served with a light layer of white head that fades down fast leaving slight splattered lace. Color is a very clear golden yellow.

Aroma: Very hoppy for a lager. Lots of pine with a hint of citrus. Some bready malts show. Reminds me a lot of 2H.

Taste: More 'lager-like' here, but still fairly hoppy. Big pine hop profile with some floral notes. Some bready malts show. Great flavors for a lager.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and fizzy with a touch of bitterness. Lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bitter.

Overall, this one is extremely drinkable. It has a lot of great flavors and has a light bodied which makes this one a great session beer. This is something I would like to see in the summer more often from Bells.

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Photo of drtth
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear bright golden yellow color with a 3/4" fluffy white head that slowly recedes to a layer of foam on the surface and leaves a lot of foam clinging to the sides of the glass. Sipping creates some arches and small scattered patches of foam.

The aromas are impacted by the piney character of the Simcoe hops but there's also some grassiness and a nice bisquity malt character here.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose and include some bisquity malt in the background supporting a touch of citrus and lots of pine/spruce. In addition there's a hint of sweetness that keeps the bitterness in check. There are also some floral and grassy notes coming out.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied with a smooth but slightly prickly tingle from the light but persistent carbonation. The finish is medium length and begins as most of the flavors begin to fade and the bitterness recedes to the back of the palate to slowly fade away into dryness.

Overall, as I've come to expect from Bell's this seems to be a very well made beer and one I'd be happy to have again. It is a candidate for my spring-summer beer list as it fills the bill when one wants a Pilsner like beer with American hops and that isn't something with only a focus on the intensity of the hops the we find in some IPAs.

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Photo of CAD5
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's for the Bell's event. Pours a light golden color. Smell is bready with some great hop aroma. Crisp/clean and refreshing mouthfeel with nice lingering hop finish in the taste. Excellent hoppy lager. In my opinion, kin to a nice pale ale, despite the obvious ale/lager differences. Another great Bell's beer.

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Photo of mschrei
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the source while in Kalamazoo with Kzoobrew.

Appearance – Comes in a typical pint glass and has a golden straw color. There is about two fingers of white head.

Smell – Subtle floral hops, tropical citrus, and grassy aromas.

Taste – A crisp burst of hops up front followed by slightly bitter citrus flavors. The fruit is not as prevalent as the aroma though it is still there ever so slightly. Finishes with sweet malts.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, prickly carbonation.

Overall – A solid, refreshing and crisp beer. Would love to see this in six packs.

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