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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
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3.98/5
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628 Ratings
Bell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager BeerBell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer
BEER INFO

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

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
Ranking:
#4,486
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
628
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 628 |  Reviews: 179
Photo of mvanaskie13
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a small chalice: even with a thicker-than-should-use glass the color is straw and clear, strong effervescence, head is bright white with fine to medium bubbles, presents about 1/2 inch thick and lingers with mixed thickness and lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is lightly toasted, hint of sweetness, then grassy hops, some light earthiness.

Taste is very good: moderate hopiness, mild toasted malt with some light cracker and biscuit like flavors. Hops are grassy, earthy, not overdone or out of place.

Mouthfeel is crisp like a lager and just bitter enough as a pale style. Hints of helles bock like presence and flavor which I seem to look for from 'american pale lagers'.

Overall a good beer, one of the better in the style with a good malt presence and lighter but still bitter hop flavor/presence.

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Photo of GarbageMan10
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bones10
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I appreciate that this comes in a six pack of cans.

When I crack the can a pour into a pint glass, I'm thinking two things: one, this looks like Bud Light, and two, what fantastic aroma!

The taste almost contradicts itself. I get the light crispness of a lager, but the bitter bite of a pale ale. It's enjoyable and refreshing.

Great beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Maxi's Lineup. Clear golden. Smells a little bready with some resiny hops. Tastes resiny right off the bat. Bready and doughy malt flavor. Strong Pilsner malt profile. Pine hop bitterness. Medium body. Delicately hopped to show off a great malt profile, but just enough to be an IPL.

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Photo of firkingroovin
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brutalist
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tjmiller718
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, light yellow body with good head and lace patches down the glass. Light, easy to drink, crisp, clean, has that lager dryness with bit of sweetness one might expect from a pils yet has this clean, earthy hoppiness on the backend and is just a real easy-to-drink and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Higdon
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Pro_Magnon
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ericcmay
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJ64
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of probert
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of twenteone
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour. 1.5 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Lager malts... mild evergreen hops. Biscuity.

T/F: Follows the nose. Sweetness from the lighter malts... cracked grains and cut grass. The hops are present but not overly bitter. A bit of evergreen and mild lemon. Light in body... zesty carbonation.

O: A light and easy drinking lager. Great flavor... relatively low ABV... overall well done beer.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Blackop555
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours light yellow. Wet, Foamy, medium, white head that lasts shortly fading to a rocky cap and lace.

Smells lemon, citrus, pale malt, light grassy, pineapple, light pine and hints of grain.

Tastes citrus peel, light orange, lemon, pine and light grassy. Finish is dry with citrus and light grain. Lighter body and fizzy higher carbonation.

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Photo of Hookstrat
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

12 oz can poured into snifter

IPLs are kind of weird. I've been thinking about them since I had one at Ballast Point tap room ~8 yrs ago. Bell's Special Lager does not have much in common with that Ballast Point beer, but it is certainly delicious. Especially the second and third one. Delicious hop gold with a crisp finish. Could drink a billion.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a shaker.

Appearance
Light straw. Moderate carbonation. Excellent clarity. 1 finger of loose white head.

Nose
Grapefruit, pine, tangerine, cracker, candy sugar, and lemon.

Taste
Bread, cracker, and candy sugar maltiness. Grapefruit, pine, candied lemon, and tangerine zest.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, semi-dry, and lightly bitter.

Overall
Light and refreshing. The hops are pretty balanced.

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Photo of cyrushire
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DrDemento456
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very bright yellow clear with a 1/2 inch of frothy head. Smells rather tame more lager tones of grain and corn with just a pinch of bittering hops. Clean taste of grain, mild malt sweetness and a lingering bitterness on finish which caught me off guard since it didn't smell that hoppy. Almost acidic bitterness. Body is light and crisp with a smooth taste.

Overall I like this a bit more than most India pale lagers but I just can't seem to love the style. This one was fairly good but I think the extreme bitterness kind of ruined it.

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Photo of Evilyak
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

wonderfully executed - this is exactly what they said it would be.

bright, clear yellow beer with a pristine, white head that fades to some mild lacing. pine and earth really come forward on this one in the nose with a touch of unripe pineapple. taste leans more to the pine up front and pineapple at the end. bitterness is noticeable at the end, but not overwhelming.

mouth is fully carbonated, finishing a bit viscous.

great drinkability. great beer.

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Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 628 ratings
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