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Bell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager BeerBell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

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.

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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured ontap into a pint glass. A golden lager with lots of lacing going down the glass. Aroma is hoppy with some bready malt underneath. Flavor is fairly complex, with pine, resin, citrus and honey all wrapped up in the flavor. As the beer warms a small hint of booze surfaces. The pine is there all the way from mid-sip to the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is solid. A nice little hoppy lager here.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza for their Bell's Tap Takeover.

Pours a golden pale straw yellow, with a half inch head, and not much lacing.

Smells fairly floral and piney, with some "sweaty" yeast aromas.

This ones tastes pretty good, but there is sort of a sweaty sock flavor feel to this one, from the yeast, I'm guessing. Slightly bready, with some pine, floral, and cat pissy flavors. Not all that bitter, doesn't linger.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel and fairly drinkable. There's a medium amount of carbonation.

Not bad, but there seems to be some off flavors here.

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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 corby112
3.22/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Draft at The Cambridge in Philadelphia, PA.

Pours a clear pale gold color with a frothy two finger white foam head that slowly settles into a lasting cap/ring.  Very nice retention with streaks of soapy lacing left behind. Visible carbonation bubbling up.

Grassy floral hop aroma with ale malt and a slight adjunct presence.  Some grass, straw and light fruit with slightly earthy, grassy, saaz like hops.  There's also some pilsner malts apple and pear.  Decent but nothing special about the nose.

Medium bodied wih a crisp hop bite that lingers over the pale malt and sweet fruit notes into a dry finish.  Bitter and dry with grass, straw and subtle pine needle followed by bread, biscuit, apple and pear.  There's also a weird adjunct like metallic graininess that I can't put my finger on which lingers after the finish.  Crisp and refreshing with nice dryness but a weird and unpleasant aftertaste.

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

-spiegelau ipa glass. Canned 06.16.16. Consumed 09.14.16.

A: Light orange good clarity reveals a strong sense of micro-effervesce within. A bright white head tops things off at 0.5 inches, with a frothy texture and was well lasting. Nice full band lacing.

S: Forrest like aroma, fresh pine trees, evergreens, leaves, hay and dried grains. Some dried orange peel, and dried lemon peel.

T: Dried pine, hoppy, nicely bitter with some dried orange peel and lemon. Hay, dry flowery bitterness on the trail. Some citrusy pine.

M: Crisp, sharp and tingly. Lager like, very good to style, turns creamy and frothy on the hold.

O: A nice addition of hops, dry, crisp lager grain like backing with the rate amount of balance. Lingering dry bitterness finish. Could drink multiples of this. Earthy, almost fall like, ocktoberfest feel. Giving lagers respect. Outstanding try per style.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

draft at sams quik shop in durham

pale yellow color with a perfect head. smell of citrus, pear, yeast, hops. taste is extremely refreshing but also flavorful with pear dominating as well as a perfect hop finish on the back end that gives you just enough bitterness but leaves you satisfied and wanting to drink more immediately. Perfect lager right here. light body, even at 6+% ABV. just great.

overall Bells was on the money here, its too bad this isnt available more often because it flat out rocks.

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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 barczar
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant straw with a lingering frothy white head.

Light notes of fruit and grain are balanced by a soft sweetness. There's a hint of resin.

Flavor is oniony at the base, fairly bitter at the finish, resiny, with a modest crackery malt backbone. Soft grapefruit and citrus pith add complexity. The balance is bitter.

Body is a touch light, with moderate carbonation and some harsh hop astringency.

More bitter than I prefer, but the soft citrus is nice.

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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 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 Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Served in a willi becher glass.

Pours a slightly cloudy light yellow-golden body, one finger white head, good retention, bits of bubbly lacing. Smells of light citrus, bread, cracker, mild earthy bite. Flavour is a light crackery sweetness, light lemon citrus, freshly baked bread. Earthy bitterness. A bit of grass. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, refreshing, mild light minerality along with bitter earthy hops on the finish. An overall solid lager, clean and nothing too sweet or bitter. A slight perfume-like aspect to it.

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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 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 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 xnicknj
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at khyber in philly

Pours a pale golden color, clear and bubbly with a crop of white head, some wispy film and a touch of lacing left on the glass.

Pilsner malt in the nose with straw, grassy hops and light floral tone, faint citrus fruit. Touches of grapefruit and orange peel with light sweetness.

Nice smack of pine hops up front, grassy and citrus tones as well. Toasted malts with grain, light biscuit. Interesting citrus fruit flavor and tempered sweetness. Orange peel and faint grapefruit with apricot. Finishes bitter and crisp.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, a little dry and crisp on the tongue with a clean finish. Excellent drinker, and imparts some distinct flavor to a sometimes boring style.

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

On tap, Michigan Summer Beerfest 2013. The body of Quinannan Falls lager sits somewhere around straw and yellow with deeper and brighter gold highlights at its very core. A finger's worth of stark white foam forms like a cloud and lasts much longer than expected. Some nice looking lacing webs up on the sides of the glass and stays there for the remainder of the brew.

Wow, the aroma is awesome! Citric and herbal hops abound, giving off notes of grapefruit, tangerine, grass, light pines, and lots of leaves. Some tropical notes lie farther in the background, too; faint mango and papaya. The malt bill does not go unnoticed, however - plenty of lightly sweet pale malts, grains, and a touch of biscuit and cracker. Hefty lager yeast gives a nice, fresh, and super-clean note in the afterthought.

One of my biggest gripes with "hoppy lagers" is that the "lager" portion of the beer goes largely under the radar, buried beneath the bashing of alpha acids an lupulins. I'm pretty excited to find out that it's not the case with Quinannan Falls Lager - the crisp, fresh, and bready yeast is the first thing that my palate picks out when I take a sip.

Without any hesitation, a brigade of citrus fruits, pines, leaves, tropical fruits, and herbal hops rushes in and jolts the palate. No doubt this is a substantial hop bill, but it's complementary to the yeast and the malt, rather than blatantly flaunting its superiority. Toasty bread and cracker malt with a very, very light imparted sweetness that balances nicely with the hop bitterness. The lager yeast is noticeable again in the final moments, giving a nice, clean finish.

Just like you'd expect from a lager, the body is somewhere between light-medium and there's plenty of carbonation to go around, providing a snip-snap, mildly sharp, crisp, clean, and dry mouth feel. I don't know what else you'd want from a pale lager as far as body and mouth feel goes. It feels exactly like it should, and does nothing but make this delicious beer even more drinkable.

Quinannan Falls Lager has eluded me for quite a while; it has been on tap numerous times at places near me, though somehow it has taken me this long to finally try it, but better late than never. This stuff is outstanding, and probably my favorite "hopped up lager". It showcases an IPA-like hop bill while retaining the discernible qualities you expect from a lager. Great balance of hops, malt, and yeast, and drinkability is through the roof.

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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 StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short Review. This is a good hoppy Lager, the hop profile is nice and it's got a great lager like mouthfeel with some good drinkability. I enjoyed this beer, It would be a good summer beer and I wish Bell's would put this in pint cans, I think it would sell well and I would buy some.

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