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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 wedge
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

@ Busy Bee

Clear yellow with almost no head. Stinky, leafy, oily hop aromas along with pineapple, herbs, and lager yeast. Similarly hopped-up flavor: lightly sweet, pine resin dankness, earthy/spicy hop. Medium bodied with a firm bitterness and pleasantly crisp. A nice, pungent hop presence all-around making for a unique, very enjoyable pale lager.

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

12 fl. oz. can
Served in a Michigan Wolverines pint glass

This beer pours straw colored with a slight haze. It is topped with two inches of white head that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is pine, light citrus and earthy.

The taste is citrus and plenty of pine with a bitter finish.

Medium to moderate mouthfeel

This is a very tasty lager. I guess this would be in the IPL category. It is an easy drinker, too.

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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.


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Photo of arizcards
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a can from Craft Beer Hop Stop in late July for $1.83. Canned on 6/16/16.

Beer poured a straw color with a beautiful white head that has some great hang time.

Nose is bready and has notes of pine.

Taste is bready and crackery up front combining beautifully with a crisp piney hop profile.

Feel is crisp and clean, refreshing.

Overall an excellent beer that I would consider doing a 6 pack of in the future. If you can find it refrigerated definitely pick it up.

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Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ashley's.

Beautiful golden-lemon straw bodoy. Clear, clean. One finger of thick, creamy, off-white head. Great lacing. Clean aroma of honey, biscuit malt, and fresh, piny-citrus hops. Nice and refreshing.

Taste starts with grainy, bready malts. Turns sweetish with notes of honey, before the hops take over. Deliciouos citrusy, piny, minty hop bitterness. Hints of sea-air funk as well. Mineral-y twang. Clean, bitter finish. Lingering hop flavor (mostly piny and herbal). Medium-bodied with a nice creamy feel. Delicious and very drinkable. Please bottle this!

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

This pours a light golden-straw with generous foaming. I like the aroma—it’s lightly floral, with a grassy hop presence. There’s an assertive hoppiness to the beer that I’m enjoying. Like an easy drinking lawnmower beer with a bit of a kick and some bitterness to keep things interesting. I get green grass, a light vegetal-onion note, and a drying finish.

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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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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 the flavor is crisp and hoppy.

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

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

on tap@ Blue door pub (pint)

A- pours a clear golden yellow color with a white 2 finger head nice lacing and collar thru out
S-pine and hops lemon grass and herbs malt biscuits and yeast
T-delicious first it its pine and citrus hops light but so tasty with baked bread followed by german lager yeast
M- crisp and pure hoppy and fruity with bread and spice prickly on the plate herbs great carbonation
O- could drink this all day great lager

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Photo of jsprain1
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Slightly hazy golden. Head is small but it lasts fairly well.
S- Aroma is sweet, slightly floral. A good balance of hops and malt on the nose, though somewhat mild.
T- Fairly sweet up front. It's got a sweet crackery flavor all the way through, though a floral and slightly citrusy hop carry through.
M- Medium body, fairl substantive for style. Carbonation in medium.
O- A decent easy drinking lager. It's got a bit more than your standard pale lager. It's worth a try.

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Photo of jampics2
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brewzilla, the grand tasting of Cleveland Beer Week. This was one of the best beers at the event, and I had it early on a clean palate to be able to properly assess it.

The beer looks great in the glass. Its a gold color, relatively cloud-free, with very nice active carbonation. A white head atop the lustrous body has great staying power and leaves a trail of lacing.

The beer is a hop lover's dream. Seriously, this does for American Pale Lagers what Hopslam does for DIPA's. Huge notes of pine, mango, grapefruit and orange jump out of the glass. Super expressive and enjoyable hop bill, and just a kiss of sweet malt lurking underneath giving a hint of bread.

The flavors in this American Pale lager are uncompromising and distinct. Tons of pine and citrus hops bury my palate in a entire hopback of flavor. Some bready sweet malt and a touch of honey come through once the hop assault ceases. Not just a one-trick pony, the malt is substantial enough to support the barrage of Humulus lupulus. This is really quite a remarkable beer - I'm surprised that this is flying under the radar. It kicks Bell's Pale in the ass and turns the flavors up to 11.

The carbonation is very crisp, the body is light and the finish is mild lingering bitterness with a dry edge. Just a bit high in the carbonation - almost champagne like. The drinkability is high with this one. If it were bottled, I would certainly enjoy several in a night. While many American Pale Lagers go the less-is-more route in terms of citrus and pine hops, this isn't afraid to go big. Hopslam's little lager brother.

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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 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 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 BigMike
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A light straw golden color. Lot's of carbonation coming off the bottom. A foamy white head on top. Pretty thin and soapy like. Typical Lager appearance

S: A real nice blend of hop aromas. I get lot's of citrus and floral and also big grassy notes as well.

T: Wow. This thing blew me away. The huge hop flavor definitely caught me off guard. I've never had a lager that was this hop forward. The super light lager body blended with the huge hop bill make this a real tasty easy drink beer.

M: Light bodied with lot's of carbonation. Nothing too extraordinary.

Overall: AN awesome lager. Hands down the best i've had. Tons of flavor,extremely easy to drink and very refreshing.
Glad i got to try this at The Blue Dog Tavern

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml c&c bottle purchased from the brewery, thanks stickman1220. Bottle #111 of 313. Batch K10438. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale BMC looking brew. Half finger bright white with good carbonation. Clearest craft beer I have ever seen.

S: Actually get some fruity hops, from a lager? Almost pineapple-ish. Definitely some lager yeast notes. This is the best smelling lager I have ever had.

T: It's a deliciously crisp beer. Session crazy. No hop bitterness in tip of the tongue. You get a punch of flavor in the mid mouth. Nice solid. There is some citrus, lemon, in there.

M: Light bodied.

O: This one gets an A for sure. If the rumors are true and this is going into 12oz bottles, I can understand why. Great summer beer.

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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 alleykatking
4.71/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had a couples on tap the other night.

A- Pours a light golden yellow color. Half finger white head dies down rather quickly. Couple light streaks of the lace on the side of the glass. Looks rather average at best.

S- Big hops in the front...well not huge like DIPA huge but for a lager this is exploding with hop aroma. Citrus, mango, pineapple, with a hint of pine as well. There is a light sweet bready malt in the background and kiss of lagering yeast as well. This smells fantastic!!!

T- The hops in this one come through huge and well even more huge! Citrus and pine hops come through in a balanced assaulton the palate. Over the top hops for a lager which is refreshing. Although, the bready malts come in the backing and balance this beast out before the hops give one last bitter bite on the tail end of the beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect for the beer. Hops and more hops left on palate with a hint of bready malt. Piney hops and a hint of alcohol left long into the aftertaste. This beer is balanced for style with a little hop fowardness toward the end of the mouthfeel. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Clean and crisp flavors throughout the entire beer.

D- This beer is a dominate under the radar beer. I drank many many pints of this and couldn't have been happier. I wish Bell's would bottle this one because they will have another beer to add to their onslaught of the craft beer world. The ABV is low enough to drink this all night and I wish I could plan on doing just that next time I see this on tap!!!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The photo shows a fancy bottle, perhaps this was meant to be a top shelf beer at one time. Now it's in cans. Doesn't make it any less so...but...ah I'll just get on with the review.

Pours an eerie green wood color with tons of puffy head with rings galore. Light haze among the effervescent bubbles give a Champagne-like appearance.

Lightly baked malts and bread with some light funkiness can be nosed.

Not sure if this is supposed to be an IPA or what...but there's a ton of pine out front, which thankfully subsides to some light bread and malt qualities that bring it back down to earth. Still ends bitter with pine and grapefruit rinds.

Feel is mellow and creamy with a firm carbonation.

Overall Bell's Quinannan (Quiannan? Quinnan? Quinannan?) Lager is not something I'll be visiting again soon. Too far outside of the boundaries of what a mild lager should be.

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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 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 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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