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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
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

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150
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532
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
18.81%
 
 
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Photo of DrMullet
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow.
The smell is slightly floral with a bit of citrus.
Taste is crisp and bready. The major flavor is pine.
More hoppy than your average lager.

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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 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 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 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 delta490
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pale gold, effervescent with a thick-ish faintly foamy white head. There is good retention and it leaves small sticky lacing throughout. The aroma is light but has light notes of grain, grass, and green fruit. It tastes a little washed out, lacking even he punch of the aroma. The body is light and crisp, with a nice carbonated feeling throughout.

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Photo of jaketaz
2.42/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow, highly carbonated, heavy body for this style. Very thick head that takes a long time to melt, everything about the appearance and feel is good. I can't deal with the taste or smell, both of which reminded me of brie cheese. I love stinky cheese but I don't want to drink it. Both the smell and taste were abrasive and stinky. I don't mean bitter or alcoholic, I love gin and barrel proof spirits, I can handle bitter and alcoholic just fine. I mean stinky.

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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 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 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 BrownAleBollocks
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale straw color with a two finger soapy white head. Aroma is bread dough, cracker, biscuit malt, with light floral undertones and pine in small hints. Taste follows with more pine coming through, followed by a spicy floral wave, rounded out throughout by the wonderful malt backbone with flavors of unbaked bread and cracker. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, with enough punch to know you are drinking more than water. Overall, this is a very good, albeit different and interesting lager. Definitely worth the price of admission.

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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 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.

RJT

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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 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 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 PirateParrot
2.8/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

I've never had anything bad from Bell's, until I tried this beer.

It was the color of piss when you're slightly dehydrated, golden just like I like it. The smell was intoxicating and I couldn't wait to feel it in my mouth.

I was wrong. It tasted like someone dry hopped Miller Lite with a pine cone. I felt violated.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comes in a crystal clear, bubbly straw color with a huge creamy white head, which dies down into a thing ring that leaves splotchy lacing.

The aroma is Simcoe, alright, but more crisp and refreshing and less dank than other heavily Simcoe-hopped beers I've had. There's pineapple, tons of lemon, fresh cut grass, cracker, honey, wet dankness, even a light touch of white grape.

The taste follows the nose. Pineapple, lemon, grass, basil and chive, spruce, mint. Soft cracker malt with honey. White grapes. Super crisp, and clean, with refreshing wintergreen mint, pine, and lemon candy notes.

The mouthfeel is light, medium-carbonated, extremely thirst-quenching and drinkable. Goes down like seltzer water.

A darn good pilsner, and a quite a unique take on the style, thanks to the deliciously unique flavors of the Simcoe hops. A great summer refresher.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a pale yellow with a fluffy layer of bright white head. Nice retention and clings to the glass after each sip.

S - Yeast, grass, bread dough in the nose, hops subdued, but present.

T - Malt base that builds with crackers, bread dough, lemon grass, balanced with dry hops, piney, light citrus notes. Medium bodied, and a smooth feel.

O - This is a special lager indeed. Nicely hopped and truly stands out in this style as it toes the line of pale ale. Balanced perfectly for my taste. This is a terrific Lager that I will continue to recommend to anyone.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Bright shiny lemon yellow body, and with nice crystal appearance. Slow streams of steady long carbonation throughout the body. Head is bright bleach white, very bright with a bit of classic soapy retention and solid three fingers. Bowled puck as it settles, almost like a crown. Very nice looking lager here.

Clean muted bread malt tones on the nose. Nice dough like character, a bit of very mild herbal hop presence, and simple clean aroma. Quite neutral and pleasant actually, just very solid.

Real nice palate. A bubbly crispness, but with some nice quality malt sweetness in the mid palate. Hop angle really accentuates with green herbs and spice on a slow lingering aftertaste. Chewy body but with a bit of playful carbonation and giving to popping hop like qualities as well. Comes off like a simple lager, but with a great unexpected hop experience.

A real nice solid and tasty lager with a great mouthfeel to go with it.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a low to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of grassy hops along with notes of cracker and bready malts with a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-to medium-bodied, crisp, and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This lager is nice and hoppy and has a refreshingly crisp and dry mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

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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 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 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 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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