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Bell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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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:
107
Ratings:
391
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
18.83%
 
 
Wants:
71
Gots:
43
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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 391
Photo of carlborch
4.57/5  rDev +11.7%
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 +0.2%
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 -5.4%
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 -12.5%
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 -12.5%
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 +3.9%
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 +21%
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 +1.5%
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 -2.9%
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 +22%
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 -3.4%
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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Photo of Stevedore
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
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 mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, canned on 06/09/16 printed on the bottom of the can. A new one to me from Bells', and my second canned offering from the Michigan pioneers; acquired the six pack box from the local beer store. Can lists a 6.30% abv.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a crisp pale greenish-yellow gold body, with two fingers of frothy bubbly white head that stays a while, leaving some okay random fluffy lacing behind. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma is crisp, fresh, earthy, grassy, & floral. Hops come through fresh, floral, earthy, & grassy, with notes of pine, flowers, cracked pepper, and earthy wheat / dried grasses. Subtles notes of lemongrass / citrus peel. A fresh pleasant and appealing aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose: good balance of earthy, grassy, piney hops, with the dry / grainy earthiness of the lager yeast.

M - Feel is very smooth, crisp, fluid, & clean. Very light and easy drinking stuff. Finishes dry & bitter, with residual piney hop oils lingering.

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Photo of Giggy
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Crisp, dry, and bitter. Pine after taste from the hops. Not a bad beer, not a great beer. Nothing outstanding with this one to make you want another.

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Photo of VTR
3.15/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Was not too impressed with this offering. Having gone on this on a whim at a local bar. Floral scents were there but not too much there. I found nothing enjoyable about this beer. There was nothing to catch my attention. I would not buy this again, not for a horrible taste but for me there wasn't much to it and nothing grabbed my attention. This might be your type of beer.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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 StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of Azaitouna
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The look of bell's lager was gold/yellowy. The smell was of summer and yumminess with a hint of citrus fruits. The taste was refreshing and light with hints of wheat. Overall a fantastic summer beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
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 barczar
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
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 emerge077
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Axnjxn
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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 MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-clear golden color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-cracker malt, grass, lemon, light pine, bready yeast

T-baked bread, grassy, lemon, pear, light pine, yeast, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-really enjoyed this delicious, flavorful lager

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Photo of gatornation
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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 corby112
3.22/5  rDev -21.3%
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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Bell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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