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Schell's Fresh Hop - August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's Fresh Hop
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BA SCORE
85
very good

47 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Singled hopped with Mosaic hops.

(Beer added by: gatornation on 11-06-2013)
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a fairly hazy straw yellowish orange with a lot of bubbles. Huge four finger white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell:A bright, zesty, earthy, and fairly sweet aroma with lots of hop hints and pils malt. Upfront mix of earthy, floral, herbal, and citrus hops. Hints of grass and dank wet pine resin. Citrus fruit hints of orange peel ,lemon zest, grapefruit, mango, and lime. Bready malt balance with hints of pilsener malt, straw, cracker, biscuit, grains, and yeast. Hints of pepper spice as well. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity, earthy, and sweet bready wet hopped version of a pilsener. Upfront hop taste with earthy, floral, citrus, and herbal notes. Grassy notes along with some wet and dank pine resin spice. Citrus fruit notes of orange, lemon zest, lime, mango, and grapefruit. Bready pale malt presence with notes of pilsener malt, biscuit, cracker, straw, grains, and yeast. Slight taste of pepper spicing. A very good zesty taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, clean, juicy, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good hopped up twist on a Pilsener. Good wet hop flavors with a solid pils malt balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 08:07:38 | More by MattyG85
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a light gold colour with a two finger snow white head. it sticks and stays in merengue like fashion. nice lace. lemony hop aroma with a cracker and biscuit malt base nose. the mosaic hops dominate the pils profile with more citrusy pith of the lemon and grapefruit kind. pils malts provide a sturdy foundation for the slight spicy bite the hopping provides. it certainly is one dimensional but the quenching aspect is a puckering pleasantry that certainly slakes a thirst. i'd give the overall body a thumbs up for being a bit beefy and the mouthfeel is great due to the semi coarseness of mosaic hops. drinkability is great. no one does a pils like Schell's.

overall i would say that this isn't as good as the citra pils from last year but it's satisfying nonetheless. a solid beer, this would be a great summer quencher. looking forward to the anniversary series!

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12-27-2013 23:05:45 | More by budgood1
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Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle reviewed early November.

A: Pretty golden straw with a white head. Good retention. Several bottles have had a little precipitate, which as best as I can tell, is hop particulate.
S: Nice cracker pilsner malt, fruity, floral hops. Just a little peppery. Reminds me of last year’s version despite hop difference (not too many of this style to compare, I suppose). I think this one is a little more aromatic.
T: Nice combination of bitterness, citrus, white pepper, pine and berry flavor. I usually don’t get that much depth from most hoppy beers. Finishes dry with a bit of white wine character.
M: Light body with medium-heavy carbonation. Lively but pretty smooth

Really like this one. Last year’s was pretty good, but Citra doesn't seem to be my favorite hop. Conversely, I must be a big Mosaic fan because this and the Indeed '13 (Mosaic) Fresh Hop were right up my alley.

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12-20-2013 03:38:24 | More by GeezLynn
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Hazed pale golden yellow, excellent layer of suds that sticks well to the glass. Orangey, woody, and resiny hop aroma with some cracker and doughy malt. Very smooth, orange zest, cedar, soft resin, bready, peppery, slightly biscuity, clean, doughy, leafy drying finish.

Love the Mosaic hop, well done on keeping this balanced yet leaving a solid fresh hop impression.

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12-15-2013 04:00:20 | More by Jason
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3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A couple things stand out with this beer....

-I get a lemony hop impression....some lighter citrus notes but a lot of lemons...lemongrass....on the nose and the taste

-The spritzy carbonation and feel to this beer....almost a seltzer like feel....not a fan of this....

I'm reviewing this probably too far past when it was bottled. I got my hands on this two weeks ago and thought it was pretty good but it is losing gusto fast. Right now this is pretty average. Prefer last years version better.

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12-09-2013 05:26:23 | More by ZAP
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Pintofbrown

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3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a snifter.

Huge developing head, two finger's width of pillowy, white foam. Fresh Hop shines with a lemon custard colored body with a nice unfiltered haze.

Vegetal and lemon rind aromas coming from the glass. Not sure I enjoy this combo. Some kind of earthiness /mustiness that does not work either.

Same earthy pilsner flavor on the palate mixing with lemon rind, white grapefruit, and a floral flavor. Still not a fan of the combination. Impressive that the palate is so incredibly mimicking the nose.

Champagne-y pilsner feel. Not very bitter or dry at all. Not a great feel with this sweeter profile.

Fresh Hop is a beer with a decent following. I cannot jump on the bandwagon. The flavor profile is just, weird. Don't go into this thinking of a Mosaic single hop IPA, because that is not what you get.

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4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

From: Beertopia, Omaha, NE
Date: Best by 2014-01-30
Glass: Ayinger pokal/pils glass

Schell's fresh hop pilsner series continues to be an excellent blend of German pilsner tradition and flavor with novel US hopping and resultant aromas and flavors. This is a fairly traditional pilsner base with US hops contributing much of the distinct bitterness and fruit-like flavors; very interesting and good. If this were a year-round and regularly available in my city, I would pick this up fairly often.

Pours a 3cm head of clean, white foam, of small to medium-sized bubbles. Well above average retention of about three minutes, falling to a 0.5cm cap of foam atop the body. Lacing is excellent, a thick sheet of punctuated white foam wrapped around the entire inside of the glass. Body is a hazy, rich, golden-yellow, with light bringing out a pale golden yellow hue throughout the beer. Carbonation is visible through the haze (about 10-20% opaque from sediment), allowing for the viewing of plentiful, active bubbles.

Aroma of grain, light and sweet pilsner malt, light orange and musty grapefruit, slight phenolics, and hints of guava and mango. Good, solid: lighter and more ephemeral than last year's Citra variation, this is still really solid.

Taste is of tropical fruits with modest citrus, mild to moderate bitterness, and slightly sweet pilsner malts. Front of palate notices fruity esters and hop flavors (apple, pear, guava, mango, passion fruit) with light pilsner malt sweetness. Mid-palate finds mild to moderate bitterness and orange, guava, pineapple, mango, and passion fruit flavors combined with lightly sweet pilsner malt for a bright, slightly dank, fruity hop and sweet malt pilsner flavor. Back of palate notes a modest increase in bitterness and slightly doughy pilsner malt; fruit is present, but less so, and slight cat urine. Aftertaste is of moderate lingering bitterness, tropical fruits and apple, slightly sweet pilsner malt.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body with carbonation of medium-low intensity, leading to a slightly foamy (1/3) and smooth (2/3) mouthfeel; works for the style and the beer itself. Closes dry with light stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

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Schell's Mosaic Pilsner, Fresh Hop, August Schell Brewing, New Ulm, MN.

Appearance: Clear, bright, golden, big, blooming snow-white head, leaving a little lace.

Aroma: Mosaic. What are you, man? Everybody's using you like you're the new hot hop. What are you giving us, what are you bringing to the table, what do you add? It spills out bitter, it busts out sweet, and it gives forth a mind-boggling melange of fruity esters. Maybe Mosaic is an appropriate appellation for this hop, because I can't find one single thing to pin on it. Blend of tropical and citrus.

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Hey, they have some gobbledygook on the label. " Schell's Fresh Hop Pilsner is made with freshly harvested hops. They are quickly shipped and put in the kettle, preserving their aromatic oils and resins. Contains wheat."

This is pretty tasty stuff, and drinkable as heck. Mmmm. Man, can you drink this one!

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Schell's Fresh Hop from August Schell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.