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1984 - August Schell Brewing Company

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1984
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84
good

43 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 11.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gatornation on 03-12-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 43 | Reviews: 12
Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
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 bright and clear golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready and fairly sweet malt forward aroma with good hints of biscuit and straw. Upfront pale malt with hints of grains, straw, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Fruity hints of lemon. Subtle earthy and spicy hop presence with hints of grass. A pretty solid classic pils style aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma hints at, a bready and fairly sweet and spicy malt driven taste with notes of biscuit and straw. Pale malt with upfront notes of straw, grains, biscuit, cereal, cracker, and yeast. Fruit notes of lemon. Earthy and floral hop presence with some noble spice and notes of grass. Nicely bready and clean. A very solid pils taste.

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

Overall: A very solid classic Pilsener taste. Good bready malt flavor with some subtle hop notes.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Super clean throughout, pale yellow hue shows a perfect clarity. Lacing does a great job sticking to the glass. Peppery, herbal, floral hop nose with dried grainy grass in the back. Very crisp as expected, clean dry malty palate with a good dose of balancing hops that provide a decent amount of flavor.

Would love to see this in 16oz cans ... a delicious brew.

Photo of bsp77
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Light, slightly hazy, yellow with moderate white head and slight lacing lines.

Smell: Mostly straw, grass, and peppery hops.

Taste: Fairly similar to the smell but a little more pronounced. Grassy, grainy and straw-like, with sweet apple and pear. Has a peppery finish that is just a little bit bitter. Doesn't quite seem like a true Pilsner to me, as it has some of the sweeter, more grainy qualities of a Euro Lager.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body, very dry.

Overall: Great thirst quencher. This older version seems to fall between a German Pilsner and a Euro Lager. Much more straw than the newer version; less fruity hops.

Photo of morimech
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear, pale straw color with over a finger of firm head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Quite heavy lacing left down the glass for a pilsner. Appears to be very actively carbonated.

Slightly sour malt aroma with hints of lemon and cut grass.

Taste is ever so slightly tangy but dry. Extremely clean pilsner malt flavor with hops adding mild pepper and grass notes. Just a bit on the bitter side of the balance spectrum. Not big flavors but well complimented.

Light body with lively carbonation just the way a pilsner should be. Just lacks the crispness of superior pilsners.

A 30 year old recipe brought back. There was good beer available back then. Not as assertive as what craft brewers are producing today, but still worth drinking.

Photo of gatornation
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear yellow color with a fast receding 1 finger white head a touch of lacing
S-grain grass and light white fruits baked bread malts
T-german malts light floral grassy hops with white fruits very tasty it has a slight noble hop taste
M-moderate carbonation light crispness light hops
O- very tasty would have liked more hop bite to this still very good IMO

Photo of garymuchow
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I guess in 1984 this wasn't too far from a premium Am. lager. And I'd say a good one at that, but still closer to that than a German pils.
Brilliantly clear smallish head as I poured into a pils glass. Good looking yellow gold.
Seems like an adjunct aroma with almost a grit quality with pale malt and soft hopping.
Flavor holds some nice soft spicy hop character and dries out pretty good too and a solid streak of hop flavor through the middle.. Nice clean drink. As it warms takes on some adjunct flavors along with some gritty/grainy malt flavor.
Appropriate body for style and fully carbonated.
I like this. I like the 2014 much better, but I can drink this, and will again. I wonder how many recipes this beer went through in the past 30 years.

Photo of jimmah120
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with no date only an endorsement by the king of pop himself (how did they pull that one)

clear golden color, small fluffy head. smell is creamed wheat, slight corn, old school hops. taste is crisp malted wheat with a dusting of earthy hops.

super tasty, glad schells put out this pack.

Photo of steveh
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer that enlightened me to finding better beers back in the mid-80s. Merchant du Vin found one of the oldest breweries in the country, recognized the good beers they were brewing and decided to let the rest of the country know.

Schell brought this one back for the 30th anniversary of those pre Micro Boom® days, complete with the vintage, Charles Finkel label design. Here's to hoping it's the same beer I remember so fondly. Prosit to Chaz and Grant for making this available.

A -- Clear, light gold with a sudsy white head that holds up well.

S -- Light grains and bready malt with mild citrus, spiciness and DMS.

T -- Mildly sweet, bready malts up front, spicy hops balanced with yeasty breadiness in the middle, yeastiness bread in the finish with a distinct spicy bitterness, with some mild citrus, in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a dry finish and medium-light body.

O -- A very nice beer to enjoy in great quantities. There's some of that nostalgia in the sweet bready flavor; something lacking in just about all mass-produced U.S. beers in 1985 when I first found this. In those days regionals ruled for those of us looking for something beyond the ordinary. I can taste the roots of my current tastes in beer with this throwback. Please, make more!

Photo of mothman
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Part of the 30th anniversary pilsner collection. This bad boy is the original!

White head. Some lace. Good retention. Color is a clear gold. Active carbonation. Very nice.

Flavor profile: German noble hops. Grassy, earthy and spicy. Pilsner malts. Bready.

Mouthfeel: crisp and clean. Lighter bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a great representation of the style. Very easy to drink and very flavorful. Well done.

Photo of budgood1
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours out a hazed straw yellow hue with a moderate bone white head supported by ample carbonation. some clingy lace for good measure. bready malt aroma, spicy noble hops and a hint of yeast. the taste is certainly different than the contemporary pils. neutral bread and yeasty malt base, a hint of adjunct with a subtle noble, yet dirty hop bite. there is even a discernible alcohol note. some lingering bitterness rounds out the dry finish. an ample, full, body with a crisp and hop prickly mouthfeel. drinkability is pretty decent...crisp and refreshing, yet yearns to paired with a salty snack.

overall a pretty decent euro style pils. i'm curious if the hop bill is 100% noble and german, or has some sort of domestic variety included. anyway, this throwback original is a great beer. glad i had the chance to drink it down!

Photo of BryanCarey
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Golden straw in color with a nose of pale malt and spicy hops with a hint of grass, this beer looks like a standard pilsner. The white head of foam settles quickly atop the clear, see- through body of this beer and the carbonation is moderate. The beer drinks clean, with little or no lacing left behind.

With the taste, this pilsner features flavors of grain, bread, earthiness, and light spice. Noble hops finish off the tasting experience with smooth character and just the right touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel is clean and crisp, with just a light peppery hop finish. The beer isn’t watery, however, and it has enough body to hold its own against some of the better pilsners.

This pilsner, a relic from Schell’s past, is a very good one from August Schell and it’s a shame they don’t continue it as a regular release. I like it better than the current pilsner, although the latter is certainly good in its own way. This one seems closer to an authentic German pils and is definitely a beer worth seeking out. It’s a limited release, so find one if you can before the release is possibly gone for good.

Photo of Mdog
3.09/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear yellow, ok head at first but fades quickly.

Smell: Corny sweetness.

Taste: Sweet, slick, bit of fruitiness and grassy hop. Reminds me of Grain Belt Premo with a little more hop bite.

Overall: First one from the Schell Pilsner mix pack. I wasn't too impressed with the 1984, it reminds me of a hoppier Grain Belt. Since I'm not a fan of Premo, the extra hoppiness here helped it a little but it still was a little too much like medium quality malt liquor.

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1984 from August Schell Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.