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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:
136
Ratings:
473
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
19.06%
 
 
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69
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Reviews: 136 | Ratings: 473
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 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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

277. Bell’s Quinannan Lager, International Pale Lager, 6.5% alcohol by volume. 7-25-16 shelf life 3 months canned June 2016. Pours brilliant pale straw with rapidly rising bubbles under a clean snow white 2” foam collar that takes 3 minutes to reduce to a thick film. Quinannan Lager has a piny, foresty nose with some light grain notes. The palate has light grains with citrusy lemony notes and traces of pine leading to a lingering, light herbal cintrsy aftertaste. The malt flavors are medium low but they provide balance. The hop flavors and bitterness are medium. It has a very smooth, clean and crisp rich texture with barely noticeable alcohol warming. Quinannan lager is a very light and refreshing beer with above average alcohol and carbonation and an above average dose of flavor.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a mostly transparent pale straw color with a big, fluffy white head, some of which sticks around the whole way through and lots of lacing.

The smell is full of cracker like malts, musty wet hay, sweet malts and pine; it makes you want to dig in.

The taste mostly follows the nose with cracker like and sweet malts dominating. The feel is crisp and clean all the way though and the finish is slightly dry with a hint of pine. Overall, try it!

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Photo of crob3888
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the most quaffable craft brews I know. I could literally drink pitchers of this and be satisfied. No flaws. Just a perfect straw yellow, plenty of carbonation to cleanse the palate, a delicately floral and slightly piney dry hop over a refreshing and slightly sweet pale lager. Leagues above not just the BMC beers of the world but better than many of the flavor-bombs out there (barrel aged, quadruple hopped, blah blah blah).

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 teh flavor is crisp and hoppy.

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

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Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love these types of beers when they are done well, such as this one. It has the light feel and crispness like a lager should, but just enough of a hop presence to keep it a little more tasty and interesting than a run of the mill light lager. Would definitely drink a six pack of this at a cook out on a hot summer afternoon type of beer.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A crisp and bready malt forward aroma with a scent of cracker, biscuit, and earthy hops. Pale malt with a scent of grains, biscuit, and cracker along with yeast. Earthy hop scent of pine, grass, and spice along with slight hints of citrus. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp and bready malt forward taste with notes of biscuit, cracker, and earthy hops. Pale malt with notes of cracker, grains, and biscuit along with lager yeast. Solid hop presence with earthy notes of pine, grass, and spice along with some floral notes and slight citrus. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on a Pale Lager. Good crisp malt notes with a solid earthy hop presence.

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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 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 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 Bartleby91
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear golden appearance with a bit of haze with good carbonation bubbling up the glass.
Aromas of pine, herbal dankness, citrus fruits and hop bitterness.
Tastes are similar with a big piney, citrus and dank resin. Has enough bread malt sweetness to have a semblance of balance which is enough.
The palate is medium with a sticky resin hop lingering well.
Overall this is an awesome beer that is almost an IPL but in a good way.

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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 oberon
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Man I miss the north woods in summer...anyways on to the beer.Pours into a becker a clear light straw color with a fluffy bone white crown atop.One of the best pale lager aromas I have come across,starts out with a mild sweet doughiness then a great floral and piney element comes into play,I also got a hint of mint in there as well.Much more crisp and clean than the nose,herbal and piney hops really stand out over top of a lightly toasted grain malt bill.Love the fact at 6.3% it's as dry as it is on the palate,likely the best of the style I have had and I think could match up against any pale lager around the world.

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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 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 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 citizencane
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank out of a can, although I have poured into a glass before. Aroma is of bitter bread with a hint of pine. Taste is pine-forward with a hint of bread and and had the balance I expect in a good lager, combining slightly thick oily mouthfeel with crisp dryness in the aftertaste. I realize now they both are Simcoe-hopped beeradvocate, which is why this reminds me of New Belgium's Ranger. I thought Ranger would be a good everyday beer but I got sick of it easily. Not so with this.

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