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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:
146
Ratings:
510
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
18.81%
 
 
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Reviews: 146 | Ratings: 510
Photo of Lingenbrau
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable thirst quencher. Brilliantly clear yellow with a sticky frothy white head. Great combo of spicy and fruity hops, good malt sweetness and cracker like flavor to compliment its smooth, dry finish. Cheers!

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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of joe1510
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Can
$10.99 6-Pack
Binny's - Mokena

This beer should have been available to-go years ago, 'bout time! Quinannan Falls is a bright golden libation, clear and polished with the brightness of 24kt gold. The faintest touch of haze runs through the body and carbonation seems to rush to the surface from every imaginable surface of the glass. Those bubbles help bolster an already impressive, dense, creamy white head. the foam leaves behind thick drink lines with each successive sip. This is one fine looking beer!

The nose is a thing of beauty. It's floral bready and spicy in the best of ways. The perfume-y, floral quality hits off the bat, the smell of damp flowers, before the fresh baked bread maltiness takes over the middle. Clean, freshly cracked grain is close behind. The hop profile takes on a grassy exceedingly spicy character on the finish that's perfect for the malt profile. This beer screams out to be drank. It's superbly clean.

Well, the nose on this beer about sums up the flavor as well. It's vibrant from the get go. That freshly baked bread maltiness lays down a base that runs from front to back along with the freshly cracked grain. Spicy hops kick in at the start before segueing into a more restrained floral quality mid palate. The finish is a touch of lemon rind before the vibrant spiciness takes hold through the swallow. Excellent beer!

The mouthfeel is as excellent as the rest of the beer. The body is a hair shy of moderate with a near perfect frothiness when it hits the tongue, The carbonation is snappy and active while a mild to moderate bitterness coats the entire mouth. The finish is appropriately dry, leaving me wanting another drink instantly. A summer quencher if ever there was a summer quencher.

Quinannan Falls is probably my favorite Bells beer in a lineup with some exceptional versions of their respective styles. It's bright, crisp, and downright delicious. A 12-pack of this beer in the fridge probably isn't enough. Go get some. I'm going to finish this can.

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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 tigg924
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, light yellow in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is cracker, peach, and a touch of pale malts and pine. Light bodied, slightly bitter, with moderate carbonation. Tasty, crisp, clean, really drinkable. All that I expect from Bells, clean and really amazing example of a style. Another beer I would get all of the time if I could get it more often.

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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 KevBot89
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow, white head, serious head retention.

Smell is some earthy, piney, bitter hops (with some faint tropical notes) balanced by cracker and biscuit aromas. Some delightful skunk present as well.

Taste is crisp and clean bitterness: pine and a touch of spicy hop flavor, tropical fruits. Finishes with a tasty buttered biscuit flavor, sweet malts too. Some crackers, also minor skunk hiding delicately behind everything else. This is tasty.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and medium bodied.

Overall this is great for a hot day. Quaffable.

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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 pezhead_79
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very solid summer beer. It has plenty of flavor with a nice clean finish. Overall another solid beer from one of the best craft breweries in America.

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Photo of carlborch
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can dates 06.09.16. It pours brilliant gold and forms a 2-inch white, pillowy, head. Moderate carbonation. Nice hoppy nose with plenty of malt, but also hints of rosemary and honey. Medium body with delicious hop bitterness balancing the malty sweetness. Dry, long finish. Hints of pine. Belgian lace forms. Great refined hop flavor on the palate. This is an excellent lager, and it is surprisingly moreish for a lager. It makes me think of my early beer drinking days. Anyway, I am thankful for the dream and will definitely be back for more!

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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 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 utopiajane
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells very spicy and is at the end of it's life I think by the canned on date. This is at least 6 months old. very pale. Clear sudsy head. Dry hopped and clear. big bold nose with hop spice and a little citrus behind that. Crisp lemon. Malt is in there . Drinks smoothly and softly with lots of hops still int he flavor. All over bold spice. It's forward and the hops are right at the middle in the finish. Crisp and dry and breaddy. A little bitterness to finish it with piney spice. It's different but it tastes very good .

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Photo of ZAP
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a German style pilsner with American hops. Crisp and dry on the finish. Hops give a floral/piney aroma with hints or lemons and citrus. Flavor is more pine with a touch of lemon...Body is light side of medium and the dry finish fits what I'd look for in German Pils. Refreshing, but comes off a little unbalanced deeper in.. Definitely not to style for a German Pils but tastes like one would with West Coast hops. Solid for what it is designed to be.

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Photo of laketang
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 12 oz. can
straw with a nice foamy white head
tropical,forrest floor passion fruit
not too grassy ( good exposure time dry-hopping)
tropical notes, light, refined bitterness
really, no bitterness, delicate balance

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.95/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Best IPL yet to date. Crisp but yet hoppy taste that goes down pretty smooth for its hoppiness. Color is light to medium with a small head to boot!!!!!!

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Photo of jimbrinkruff
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 6/16/16. Purchased as impulse buy at Bell's general store. Was a good decision. Pours a light yellow color with 0.5 finger head poured into Samuel Adams Sensory Pint Glass. Smell was very mild perhaps some biscuit malt but not much. The taste was much more compelling. Very smooth feel and the alcohol was very well hidden. 6.3% is pretty high for a lager. Seemed to get more aromatic with warming. Another great Lager which when well done is one of my favorite styles. Prost to Bell's for this one.

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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 Czequershuus
4.99/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a pale yellow with a medium sized head. The aroma begins with a lot of sour lemon juice, as well as honey, rosemary, nettle, and other floral tones. The flavor is very crisp, with biting lemon, sage, rosemary, and some anise. The mouthfeel is very crisp, light, clean, and refreshing. Overall this is a brilliant beer - light a refreshing yet full of flavor. It begs you to drink more.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear straw yellow with a two finger white head. Nice amount of spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is light citrus and sweet bready malts.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Sweet bready malts, earthy hops, light citrus and a peppery finish.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - Really glad Bell's put this in cans. Hope they keep this in rotation.

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