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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
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146
Ratings:
510
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
18.81%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the brewery's tasting room. A hoppy lager, very good for its style. Dry hopped. A nice lawn mower beer, and one that would replace others drunk in mowing days gone by. Very good drinkability, and one that would transition many a macro drinker who does not realize he likes hops. Medium mouthfeel.

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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 metter98
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a low to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grassy hops along with notes of cracker and bready malts with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-to medium-bodied, crisp, and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This lager is nice and hoppy and has a refreshingly crisp and dry mouthfeel.

Serving type: 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 emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft pint at Four Moon.
Bright gold, a couple fingers of white foam, lasting intricate lacing.
Clean crisp lager aroma, slight fruity grapefruit note from the Pac NW hops.

Taste is full of grapefruit, bitter peel in the aftertaste. Crisp and refreshing, perfect balance of hop bitterness and a light bodied lager. Easy to drink a couple of these, just really great stuff.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub and Herb's Bell's Fermented Eclipse Event. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a pale shade of yellow with a bit of haze. Several finger white head and a bit of lacing. Nose consists primarily of a really nice earthy pine scent with a bit of a floral aspect to it as well. Taste isn't quite as heavy on the pine, and adds in a bit of mild bready flavors. Mouthfeel is nice and dry with the spice. Although a bit heavy and unique in the flavor to be too drinkable, this was quite good.

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Photo of oline73
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Eccentric Cafe during our beercation to Michigan. Served in a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden color with just a layer of head that disappears almost completely.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt. This one is mildly fruity. I'm picking up some peach aroma.

Taste: Unlike the smell this doesn't have much sweetness in the taste. There is a citrus peel hop bitterness and a hint of peaches as well. The finish is hoppy and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: A very crisp beer. I enjoyed the peach notes. Easy drinking and I would have another.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2+ fingers of pearl colored head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Grassy, some cereal/grain notes. Pear & apple notes late & perfumey hops as well

T: Follows the nose, pear skin, dryness & a little aspirin & pine up front. Malty sweetness as this warms, grassy & slight tangerine peel as well. Finishes crisp, with flinty bitterness & faint grainy bitterness

MF: Medium body, slight carbonation, good balance

Super poundability, crisp with just enough bitterness to offset the sweetness. I imagine they wil sell a lot of this this Summer

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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 mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap tonight at Churchkey in Washington, DC. Poured into a becher glass.

a - Pours a hazy bright yellow orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Some spotty lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of light fruit, citrus hops, pale malts, bready malts, and floral hops. Nice citrus and fruit, pretty nice here.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, floral notes, fruity malts, fruity malts, bready malts, grains, and light wheat. Again, pretty nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice, easy drinking lager. Some nice citrus and floral hops, and super easy to drink. If they sold this in 6 packs I would definitely buy it and would be able to drink a few of these. Looking forward to having again.

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

On draft at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is transparent, appearing a pale yellow color with a white cap. Nice aroma of citrus, hops, fruit, biscuits, subtle malt. Nice refreshing flavor. Hop forward with abundant citrus notes, exhibiting a lot of pale ale characteristics. Lingering bitter finish. Pretty dry. Overall, a really solid beer. It would be easy to have a few of these in a session.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A big, huge "Thank You!" to Larry Bell & his circus for listening to the impassioned pleas of The CANQuest (tm) & putting this beer into an extruded aluminum cylinder just in time for the summer! I love yinz guys!

From the CAN: "

I Crack!ed this beauty open and I did not hesitate to CANduct an inverted Glug. Man, the head came roaring up & I had no choice but to back off and down. It puffed itself into three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. That gave me time to CANtemplate the coming week, last week's damage, last night's damage, the RNC & other weighty ideas. It finally sat back down like a naughty school child chastised by its teacher. Speaking of which, on Wednesday, my newest supervisor, Melly Mel, told me to "Wrap up whatever shenanigans & mischief you are up to, gather all of your paraphernalia & meet me at my desk in five minutes!" Ha ha. I was engaged in hijinx, so the joke's on her. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity. The nose smelled of freshly mown grass, oven-baked biscuits and blue skies above, outdoors on a hot, humid summer's day. Hey, that was today! It smelled like today! Mmmm. Finish was dry and refreshing & if you don't think that it was just the ticket, you are out of your mind! I am packing my cooler full of it and going on CANcation.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this on-tap a few times at Ashley's in Ann Arbor. Served in a pint glass.

A - Puffy two-fingered off-white foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. The body is a transparent golden straw color. Looks like most pale lagers, but with better head retention and lacing.

S - It's a hoppy lager - verging on IPL levels. Big notes of tropical fruits, citrus, and herbaceous elements, and minimal malt character that imparts some faint dough character.

T - Again, it's heavy on the tropical fruits, with notes of apricot and peach as well. The malt character is light and graham crackery. Finishes very clean. I was surprised to see this was 6.4% - I was sure it was in the 4-5% range.

M - Medium-light body, very crisp and refreshing, medium-high carbonation. Spot on for the style.

D - This is a superb session lager. Not sure what else you'd want from the style. Wish they sold this stuff in the mini-kegs.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Bright shiny lemon yellow body, and with nice crystal appearance. Slow streams of steady long carbonation throughout the body. Head is bright bleach white, very bright with a bit of classic soapy retention and solid three fingers. Bowled puck as it settles, almost like a crown. Very nice looking lager here.

Clean muted bread malt tones on the nose. Nice dough like character, a bit of very mild herbal hop presence, and simple clean aroma. Quite neutral and pleasant actually, just very solid.

Real nice palate. A bubbly crispness, but with some nice quality malt sweetness in the mid palate. Hop angle really accentuates with green herbs and spice on a slow lingering aftertaste. Chewy body but with a bit of playful carbonation and giving to popping hop like qualities as well. Comes off like a simple lager, but with a great unexpected hop experience.

A real nice solid and tasty lager with a great mouthfeel to go with it.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is the #1 beer on the Top Beers - American Pale Lager list on the beeradvocate.com best of lists. Another #1 put away for me. I'll get there. Served in a pint glass, I had 3 pints of this and if Black note weren't on draft at this location at the same time, that's all I would have drank that night.

Beer is yellow, almost clear, soft white head, small and medium bubbles, moderate to low carbonation, some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is mildly sweet with some earthy and pine hops, hints of fruit. Nice aroma, hoppy but not over the top.

Beer is medium to light in body, wet finish, mildly bitter on the end, hop bitterness, good hop bouquet in the middle. One of the finer lagers I've had recently, I would buy it by the keg if possible.

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Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can with PKGD on dating 61616

Pours very light and near clear, nice light and fine film and lacing left on the glass

Grassy hops on the nose

Light and refreshing with some tea notes, as well as lime and light pepper.well hopped but not bitter finish....easy drinking, appraochable and enjoyable brew..would go well with some grilled spicy food....good craft selection to use as a "gateway" brew with newbies

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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 aasher
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First off, I have to start this off with wow. It pours a BMC like dark straw yellow with no head at all. It look no different than a Bud or Miller Lite. This deception leads to a greater finish. It smells great. It has this Gumballhead mixed with IPA aroma to it. It is very piny, floral, has hoppy bitterness to go with subtle sweetness. The flavor mirrors this. It has the flavor of Gumballhead mixed with an IPA to feature a perfect mix of the two. This is by far the best lager I've ever had. It drinks very light and smooth. The content is very deceptive. It drinks so light and has exceptional flavor that this beer can creep up on you. It is excellent, absolutely phenomenal. Wow. It's disappointing that this may have been my only time to drink it. What a beer!

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at Blue Dog

Quinannan Falls Lager Goes in the glass a very bright yellow blond look with a whisp of bright white up above that fades and leaves no sticks. Looks similar to a BP Yellowtail Pale Ale. A bit of mist making things not so clear. Smell is pretty tame but consists of some pale malt and hop earthiness with small florals. Some bread and that's about it. Taste is down to the point plain and crisp with pale malt galore and some light earth with slight grain and lager essense. It is what it is, simple and to the point. Feel is light as is the body with a light punch of carb with bready aftertaste. I could drink a ton of this but don't see myself forking over the money for one of those 750's, glad I found it on Tap. This would be a good replacement for Bell's standard pale as that needs some re-tooling, but for now maybe sixers in the summer time would be nice.

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