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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

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 Shibbykaiyai
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I recently had the Quinannan Falls Lager in a liter glass ($3.75 on Wednesdays) at Dan's Tavern in Saline, MI. A very good APL and went very well with the pub fare. Good strong taste all the way through without a strong after taste.

I highly recommend it while you can find it.

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Photo of TheBear11D
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap August 5th at Bell's

Pours a clear golden yellow with an off white soft creamy head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells like a fresh fruit bowl with some sugar thrown on top.

Great flavor! Fruit and sweet malts with a citrus hop finish. This is well balanced and quite enjoyable.

Has a medium body with active carbonation yet lager smooth.

Overall this may be my favorite lager I have encountered thus far. Rumor is they dry hop this one and I quite enjoy what it brings to the table.

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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 thepeter
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear with a champagne color a nice small head adn great lacing. Aroma of pears and elderflower and a bit of floural hops. Tastes of a clean crisp nicely hopped pilsner with a bit of fruit essence. Palate is dry and crisp carbonation is perfect, overall it is a wonderful pilsner.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice clear golden appearance with a bit of haze with good carbonation bubbling up the glass.
Aromas of pine, herbal dankness, citrus fruits and hop bitterness.
Tastes are similar with a big piney, citrus and dank resin. Has enough bread malt sweetness to have a semblance of balance which is enough.
The palate is medium with a sticky resin hop lingering well.
Overall this is an awesome beer that is almost an IPL but in a good way.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very solid summer beer. It has plenty of flavor with a nice clean finish. Overall another solid beer from one of the best craft breweries in America.

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Photo of DovGibor
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can dated 05/16/16 poured into a tulip glass. Light straw color with good clarity, though not crystal clear. Two inches of pure white head formed, and lingered for a few minutes.

Aroma is rich earthy hops and a little pilsner malt. Rich and reminiscent of the outdoors, though I don't get much of the pine the label mentions. There is a touch of bready-yeast characteristic as well. Mouthfeel is light with noticeable carbonation. The taste is delicate and understated. It's clean and very crisp. It is light malt/biscuit at first with a smooth bitterness that lingers. It's very drinkable and would be great for a BBQ or poolside on a hot day.

Overall it's not the huge flavorful beer one might expect from Bells, but it's a good thirst quenching summertime beer. And while it matters less, I really like the waterfall on the label.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally trying this one. Poured out a 12 oz. can into one of my pokal glasses, this beer pours a clear, medium golden color with a fluffy heard that's initially over 2 inches thick when first poured with several stream of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Very nice lacing after the head settles down a bit. Head eventually settles to a very thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a cluster swirl of a film layer of foam on the beer's surface. Aromas of some crisp, pale malts that reminds me of cereal that gives way to a piney, dank hop bitterness. The taste is pretty much the same, with a crisp, just slightly sweet, cereal like malt flavor that gives way to a piney, dank hop bitterness wish just a slight spiced bite. Has a mainly crisp, just slightly prickly, also smooth, medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink in the good way well crafted beer ought to be.


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Photo of ajm5108
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Classic visual on the pour, striking pale straw hue with ample fluffy head. Aroma features pale malt, wheat chaff and a very nice kiss of floral hops. Taste is very traditional with cracked wheat & farmtable biscuit, lager yeast & the hops, which are piney but not bitter or overindulgent. I'm not a hop head & I felt it add a good amount to add flavor but not overwhelm the other flavors. Body is light & crisp as you would expect. Not a flashy beer but exceptionally well done.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Bell's Eccentric Cafe

...Outstanding beer. I see the picture on here shows it in a bottle... what the hell? Is it rare in bottles? I'd buy this a shit constantly if I had six-packs. Brewery only, maybe? Who knows. I sure as hell don't. This is a golden lager (imagine that) with solid lacing. Not too shabby. The smell/taste is what really gets me with this one. I think of it as Two Hearted with less bitterness... and maybe somehow someway even bigger floral/Fruity Pebble aromas. Holy damn is it nice. The taste is a bit more mild, but that only makes this even more easy to drink, and I don't have a problem with that.

Quinannan Falls Lager is most definitely "exceptional". People need to try this.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A crisp and bready malt forward aroma with a scent of cracker, biscuit, and earthy hops. Pale malt with a scent of grains, biscuit, and cracker along with yeast. Earthy hop scent of pine, grass, and spice along with slight hints of citrus. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp and bready malt forward taste with notes of biscuit, cracker, and earthy hops. Pale malt with notes of cracker, grains, and biscuit along with lager yeast. Solid hop presence with earthy notes of pine, grass, and spice along with some floral notes and slight citrus. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on a Pale Lager. Good crisp malt notes with a solid earthy hop presence.

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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 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 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 laketang
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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 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 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 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 KevBot89
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow, white head, serious head retention.

Smell is some earthy, piney, bitter hops (with some faint tropical notes) balanced by cracker and biscuit aromas. Some delightful skunk present as well.

Taste is crisp and clean bitterness: pine and a touch of spicy hop flavor, tropical fruits. Finishes with a tasty buttered biscuit flavor, sweet malts too. Some crackers, also minor skunk hiding delicately behind everything else. This is tasty.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean and medium bodied.

Overall this is great for a hot day. Quaffable.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very enjoyable thirst quencher. Brilliantly clear yellow with a sticky frothy white head. Great combo of spicy and fruity hops, good malt sweetness and cracker like flavor to compliment its smooth, dry finish. Cheers!

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

A - Golden yellow colored body with a big white head that left lots of spots on the sides.

S - Nice citrus and lemon zest on this. Has a nice bit of hops on top of all the malts. This smells light, but great.

T - Flavor is right in line with the nose. This is a great lager. Some grass, citrus, malt. Easy to drink, tasty, and refreshing.

M - Lighter bodied with good carbonation.

O - I was surprised by how much I liked this beer. Very well done, easily sessionable, and would go great with food like pizza.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at a Bell's Beer Brunch at the Sidecar for Philly Beer Week 2010. This beer arrived at my table a pale golden color with only a small bright white head, and could have easily been mistaken for your run of the mill macro lager. One whiff and all of my preconceptions were shattered. This beer has a nose that one would expect from an American pale ale with tons of citrus zest and some pine, though it lacked some of the fruity character. Suffice to say I was intrigued and quickly took a sip. I had never tasted anything quite like this beer, as it had plenty of American hop character with citrus, pine, grapefruit and a bit of grassiness. It also possessed very clean, mild malt character and fairly neutral yeast. I did not find it to be overly bitter, though more bitter than your typical pale lager style beers. It had a light body that was thinner than I generally prefer, but it was 90 degrees outside and this hit the spot just right. Clean finish, if not a tad dry. This beer was super drinkable and a revelation. Not the best ever, but very creative. I hope they keep on making this and others follow suite.

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Photo of citizencane
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank out of a can, although I have poured into a glass before. Aroma is of bitter bread with a hint of pine. Taste is pine-forward with a hint of bread and and had the balance I expect in a good lager, combining slightly thick oily mouthfeel with crisp dryness in the aftertaste. I realize now they both are Simcoe-hopped beeradvocate, which is why this reminds me of New Belgium's Ranger. I thought Ranger would be a good everyday beer but I got sick of it easily. Not so with this.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very nice surprise.

Poured a beautiful, clear but not watery, gold with a thick white mountain of foam. Tenacious, pretty lacing.

Smelled like a good lager hiking in a northern forest. Think that's what they were going for.

Tasted like a very good lager, only with a strong piney finish. As the beer drinks on the finish mutes a little and is more mixed in with the lager-ness but still there.

Feel was nice, not watery, but not thick at all, either.

A very tasty beer, and most certainly "hoppy" without being overboard about it.

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