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

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626 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:
#4,433
Reviews:
179
Ratings:
626
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 626 |  Reviews: 179
Photo of SomethingClever
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a nonic pint glass canned on 6/8

A: bright yellow gold with superb clarity. Head is a small creamy white that settles to a haze.

S: light pineapple with some herbal qualities then some light corn and a little sweet malts.

T: lots of light fruits, pineapple, grapefruit rind lots of citrus then some bitterness lights hints of sourdough breads.

M: nice carbonation with a rich body something that has a nice cling and feel.

O: this was drank at almost room temperature and what really shines to me about these beers is the great body. Yet I would still say it is easy drinking with a nice clean feel.

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Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Elneely88
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of claminat420
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

from a can poured rough into a pint glass. labeling on bottom is smudged but all I can read is 18466 pkgd 12:32 there are numbers below it but are blurry.

Appearance- it's a severely clear yellow piss color. super frothy white head that leaves decent lacing. for the style it's pretty solid.

Aroma- biscuit and slight cracked pepper. get a tiny bit of citrus but also get a weird melon scent. not bad just weird. get some yeasty notes as well.

Flavor- light bread with the yeasty action. do get a slight bitterness that washes the b.s. bland lager taste away which invites some citrusy and grassy notes. pretty good. abv is well hidden.

Mouthfeel- the typical crisp lager feel. light/medium bodied. good carbonation. for the style it's great.

Drinkability- I've been looking to grab another six of this stuff but it must of been really limited this year. oh well. good but not going out of my way to track down.

Overall- it hits the marks for the lager style but labeled an india style pale lager I think the hops need to bring more to the table on this one. the bitterness is the savior in the beer. without it would be just another good pale lager with nothing outstanding or different than other good pale lagers (victory prima pils comes to mind). bitterness is spot on but I would like to see just a tiny but more hop flavor come through and this would be a home run.

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Photo of GinDC
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slarson7
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hman43
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours straw and is very clear. It has a white head that has moderate head retention.

Smell: It has a balance in the aroma of grain and herbs. There are background notes of bread and earthly elements.

Taste: It has flavors of grain, bread, herbs, and some earthen elements. The balance between the malt and hops is nearly even. It is very clean overall.

Feel: It has a moderate body with a dry finish.

Overall, it is a well balanced lager that is clean and crisp with a dry finish.

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

Photo of Golfontap
4.49/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of grover37
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mccorjf54
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BKotch
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of sethcroisant
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of meanmutt
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beardown2489
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I do not many beers these days, but this one deserves it.

This is an imperial pils. The water profile and bitterness is perfect. That combination makes this beer extremely drinkable.

It has the drinkablity of a premium north german pils, but then add the INSANE flavor added from the simcoe dry hopping and you have a absolutely perfect marriage between old school and new school

This beer is great as is, but if Bells could somehow drop this by a percent, they could easily replace Lager of the Lakes. A decent check pils, but the execution of QF is simply masterful. I even as is, I would always have some of this in the fridge, I just wouldn't be able to drink it as often

Well done Bells

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Photo of Suds
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can, this brew is a lightly hazy straw color with a puffy, tall, white head. The aroma is spicy and musty. with a little malt underneath. Hoppy taste...Earthy, bitter, hoppy, and interesting. Full in body. Interesting and solid.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of skepticnibble
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from can dated 6/8/17 into pint glass, well within stated 3mo shelf life.

L: Pale green with high clarity. Foamy white head survives the glass and leaves significant lacing. Most decisive characteristic of this beer.
S: Pine and lemongrass. Not as aromatic as expected from dry hopping. Yeasty.
T: Dry, tart, pale malt and pine, with interesting lemony sourness.
MF: Light, crisp, refreshing.
O: Very interesting medley of pale ale and lager. Well executed for the style and worth trying. Ultimately, I'll probably stick with a pale ale or lager.

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Photo of AD17
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a c;lear golden color with a tight, white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of pale malt and some grass.

Tastes of the grassy hops layered over a soft malt base. Hops lead off with notes of lemon and grass. This gives way to pale, doughy malts along with some grainy sweetness. Hops become more floral towards the end. Finishes fairly clean with a bit of lingering grains.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a solid lager.

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Bell's Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 626 ratings
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