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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:
135
Ratings:
469
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
18.52%
 
 
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69
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57
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Photo of DovGibor
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
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 -30.9%
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 +1.7%
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 +1.5%
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 +2.2%
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 -2.5%
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 -8.4%
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 +3.7%
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 +5.7%
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 +0.7%
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A big, huge "Thank You!" to Larry Bell & his circus for listening to the impassioned pleas of The CANQuest (tm) & putting this beer into an extruded aluminum cylinder just in time for the summer! I love yinz guys!

From the CAN: "

I Crack!ed this beauty open and I did not hesitate to CANduct an inverted Glug. Man, the head came roaring up & I had no choice but to back off and down. It puffed itself into three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. That gave me time to CANtemplate the coming week, last week's damage, last night's damage, the RNC & other weighty ideas. It finally sat back down like a naughty school child chastised by its teacher. Speaking of which, on Wednesday, my newest supervisor, Melly Mel, told me to "Wrap up whatever shenanigans & mischief you are up to, gather all of your paraphernalia & meet me at my desk in five minutes!" Ha ha. I was engaged in hijinx, so the joke's on her. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with NE-quality clarity. The nose smelled of freshly mown grass, oven-baked biscuits and blue skies above, outdoors on a hot, humid summer's day. Hey, that was today! It smelled like today! Mmmm. Finish was dry and refreshing & if you don't think that it was just the ticket, you are out of your mind! I am packing my cooler full of it and going on CANcation.

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Photo of tlema1
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: straw yellow color, big thick billowing white head
S: not much nose, a little bready
T: slight sweetness, very smooth
F: light body, much there is a ton of mouthfeel
O: wish I would've grabbed a pack instead of a single

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Photo of cjgiant
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
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 PhilsPils
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My daughter and I call this "Quinine Falls" because of its strange bitterness and astringency. Definitely a different duck here, for sure. I see that lots of people rave about it but even for a Bell's fan like me, I just don't really get it. As a homebrewer, it tastes like the brew liquor was overloaded with gypsum, which is the only thing I have experienced that gave this harshness that I experience when I drink one of these.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.21/5  rDev +4%
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 NickSMpls
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour into a tulip from a 12 oz can dated 16 June, so just one month. Pale straw color, nice and clean with moderate head, good retention. Rich aroma of malts, biscuits and yeast with a hint of floral notes. Just enough hops there for backbone and balance. The taste is exceptionally clean and with just enough complexity to keep it interesting. We like this one a lot. New Glarus Totally Naked is our favorite beer of this type and Quinannan Falls may give it some serious competition for beer fridge shelf space.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Extremely pale gold with a white head. Moderate lacing. The aroma is sweet malt, a bit of grapefruit and citrus with some pine hops. Taste is lightly sweet, grainy with citrus and pine. This is a really good and lighter bodied pale lager that is perfect for summer.

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Photo of OrangeMen
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2016 release
~ 3 weeks from canning date

Appearance- Pours a pale yellow, light golden color. Crystal clear transparency. Two finger thick, soapy white colored head, lasts and lasts with lots of spotty head lacing.

Aroma- Crisp cracker type malts, fruity sweetness, bit of that clean lager yeast. Floral, zesty spice, pine, hay, grass.

Taste- Smooth, sweet bready malts. Fruity sweetness. Good punch of piney hop on the finish, some spice and grassy earthiness as well.

Feel- Light bodied, crisp yet very smooth and refined. Refreshing with a moderate carbonation.

Overall- Great summer beer. Has a pronounced smooth character up front, bready malts and yeast, and then finishes with a spicy, piney, herbal hop character.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw color with 1 finger of head that reduces to a light ring around the glass.

Aroma is of floral hops, citrus, and lager yeast. A bit of hay/ corn as well.

Taste is very floral hop forward. A bit of pine with a slightly medicinal bitterness/ aftertaste. Moderate level of carbonation with a light mouthfeel. Nice amount of citrus also.

Overall, the beer is a decent lager. Not a huge fan of medicinal bitterness though. I see it pairing well with a thick and spicy Texas-style chili. It gets a 80/100.

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Photo of Apellonious
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can that I believe was packaged on 6/16/16 poured into a Guinness pint glass. A clear, pale yellow gold with a two finger fluffy white head and active carbonation. Decent lace retention. The aroma is of pale malts, grass/pine, and bread. Taste follows suit, with a crisp , slightly bitter finish, with what seems to be mild grain and lemon notes. The mouthfeel is medium light, carbonation medium high, and again, crisp, but not overly drying. Been trying to get back into some lagers and pils this summer, and this one is a good quaffable offering.

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Photo of joe1510
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
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 Hop_God
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: clear lemon lime yellow. Thick merengue white bubbles

S: spice. Banana. Citrus. Some hops

T: same as nose. More bitter spice. Some banana hints and citrus pith

F: very soft and smooth. Very crisp finish

O: I try and rate these for what they are and style not just did I like it. For a lager I think it's quite good. That said. I don't enjoy it that much. Great summer time bbq or camping brew

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, pale yellow body with an inch or so of light, airy, white foam. Scant lacing.

Smell: Straw-like, pils malt with a progressing of restrained hop notes, smelling of flowers, faintly resinous pine sap, and pithy citrus.

Taste: Light, softly bready pilsner malts, minimally sweet. Piney, floral hops with some grapefruit pith. Medium-light bitterness. Touches of the florals and pith, though light, do remain beyond the drying finish with just a kiss of lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Certainly worth a go and makes for a nice, refreshing beer during the summertime.

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Photo of tigg924
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, light yellow in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is cracker, peach, and a touch of pale malts and pine. Light bodied, slightly bitter, with moderate carbonation. Tasty, crisp, clean, really drinkable. All that I expect from Bells, clean and really amazing example of a style. Another beer I would get all of the time if I could get it more often.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an absolutely crystal clear light straw yellow with a pillowy two finger head of foam.

Nice strong aroma of toasted malt, herbal and tea like spicy hops, and some grassy pine notes.

Piney, grassy, and spicy hop notes definitely shine in flavor and the sweet toasted malt biscuit like quality lacks in flavor in comparison that it does in aroma.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, crisp bitterness, easy drinking.

Overall, quite a solid lager Bell's has here. My only knock is that it should come in at least 16oz.

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