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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:
131
Ratings:
463
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
18.56%
 
 
Wants:
69
Gots:
58
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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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Photo of Catracho5
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a pale, straw color with a bright white head, nice amount of carbonation streaming up the middle, slight lacing, beer is clear, looks light bodied.

A: Very hoppy for a lager, subtle aromas of pine, spicy earthiness, touch of grassy, hay notes.

T: Up front there's a touch of piney bitterness, crisp finish at the end with malty breadiness coming through, finish has the hop notes lingering, dry finish.

M: Light bodied with crisp dry finish, great drinkability, very smooth.

O: A light bodied lager with some hop presence, very drinkable and refreshing, really enjoyed this one, glad to have picked up a sixpack, a beer that fits well into hot southern CA summer days.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 6/9/2016. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy pale straw/yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, biscuit dough, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-medium pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, peach, lemon/orange peel, pine, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy hop earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, and creamy/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.3%. Overall this is an excellent hoppy pale lager. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear golden color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-cracker malt, grass, lemon, light pine, bready yeast

T-baked bread, grassy, lemon, pear, light pine, yeast, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-really enjoyed this delicious, flavorful lager

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a pale yellow with a fluffy layer of bright white head. Nice retention and clings to the glass after each sip.

S - Yeast, grass, bread dough in the nose, hops subdued, but present.

T - Malt base that builds with crackers, bread dough, lemon grass, balanced with dry hops, piney, light citrus notes. Medium bodied, and a smooth feel.

O - This is a special lager indeed. Nicely hopped and truly stands out in this style as it toes the line of pale ale. Balanced perfectly for my taste. This is a terrific Lager that I will continue to recommend to anyone.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a crystal clear, bubbly straw color with a huge creamy white head, which dies down into a thing ring that leaves splotchy lacing.

The aroma is Simcoe, alright, but more crisp and refreshing and less dank than other heavily Simcoe-hopped beers I've had. There's pineapple, tons of lemon, fresh cut grass, cracker, honey, wet dankness, even a light touch of white grape.

The taste follows the nose. Pineapple, lemon, grass, basil and chive, spruce, mint. Soft cracker malt with honey. White grapes. Super crisp, and clean, with refreshing wintergreen mint, pine, and lemon candy notes.

The mouthfeel is light, medium-carbonated, extremely thirst-quenching and drinkable. Goes down like seltzer water.

A darn good pilsner, and a quite a unique take on the style, thanks to the deliciously unique flavors of the Simcoe hops. A great summer refresher.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden amber with a crystal clear look to it. A small head of maybe an inch rose up, but immediatly fell back down, leaving a naked top to it.

The aroma was light. Lots of light grain and bready malts abound here. Small light fruit notes and an overall light profile. Taste was more of the same, light grain, light fruits, small doses of grain. A crisp, clean, and refreshing profile

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Extremely pale gold with a white head. Moderate lacing. The aroma is sweet malt, a bit of grapefruit and citrus with some pine hops. Taste is lightly sweet, grainy with citrus and pine. This is a really good and lighter bodied pale lager that is perfect for summer.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

C&C bottle number 11 of 313 poured into Lost Abbey tulip. I don't know why I hung onto this bottle so long, hopefully it's still got some zest.

A: Straw yellow color, near golden. Great lacing on this beer, it really has some good visual character. Frothy white head dissipates slowly, and leaves a pretty decent film on the shoulders of the lager. Obviously quite transparent and plenty of light getting thru.

N: Good amount of piney hop character coming through, with some mild fruitiness, like New Zealand Sauv Blanc grapes or nice spruce. No discernible corn presence, but an interesting bread character. Dry crisp.

T: The taste is more of the same from the nose. The pine is more of the throat sensation, with some real nice bright fruity character on the front. No malt really coming through, but more of that crisp bread character.

M: Punky. It's lively in the mouth, alot going on. Kind of drying, with proper carbonation.

D and O: Probably one of the better traditional American lagers I have ever had. I think it's great, maybe not quite typical of the style, but the hop addition was welcomed, and went nicely with what would otherwise be going on.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an absolutely crystal clear light straw yellow with a pillowy two finger head of foam.

Nice strong aroma of toasted malt, herbal and tea like spicy hops, and some grassy pine notes.

Piney, grassy, and spicy hop notes definitely shine in flavor and the sweet toasted malt biscuit like quality lacks in flavor in comparison that it does in aroma.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp bitterness, easy drinking.

Overall, quite a solid lager Bell's has here. My only knock is that it should come in at least 16oz.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the WLV Pig Roast. Poured into Narke tulip.

A - Pours a golden yellow color, clear body, thick white head, thick collar, cap, and spotty lace.

S - Grassy hops, slight floral notes, some hay, light citrus, touch of Pils malt. Very light and hoppy, really nice, the floral notes add another dimension to your basic Pale Lager.

T - Grassy hops, light citrus, wheat/malt, some grain. Straight forward light hops with some malt and grain mixed in there. All very well-done and enjoyable.

M - Light body, good carbonation, very refreshing, clean finish.

O - Really liked this one. Very easy to drink even at 6.4%. I would def have again if I'm looking for something easy to drink with some complexity.

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