2014 - August Schell Brewing Company

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44 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 11.24%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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: Beer4Mike on 03-17-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 44 | Reviews: 12
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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
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 good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready and sweet malt forward aroma that has some more hop presence than the 84 version. Upfront pale malt with hints of grains, straw, biscuit, cereal, and yeast. Citrus fruit hints of orange and lemon. Earthy and floral hops with some hints of grass. Some spicy hop hints as well. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp, bready, and fairly sweet malt driven taste with good notes of biscuit and earthy hops. Pale malts with some upfront notes of biscuit, grains, straw, cereal, and yeast. Good citrus fruit notes of lemon and orange. Floral, earthy, and spicy hops with some notes of grass. A very solid pilsener taste.

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

Overall: A very solid pilsener taste. A little hoppier than the original but nicely balanced and clean.

Photo of Ri0
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into Pils glass.

A - Warm, clear light yellow with a pillowy 3 finger white head. Excellent retention and perfect lines of webbed lacing on glass.

S - Big floral, spicy hop presence along with a very clean malt scent. Some grain and very mild citrus notes.

T - For a Pils this one starts off with the hops. Bold with a floral and spicey flavor that moves into a very mild citrus taste. A very clean, cracker malt with grains finish this off.

M - Well carbonated and quite dry for a Pils. Very crisp and refreshing.

O - So I probably enjoyed this because it is quite different from a typical malty Pils. The hops are much more present that you would expect for this style and I like it.

Photo of getatmeimevil
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crisp and refreshing but nothing to write home about. Good beer to start with.

Photo of garymuchow
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into classic pilsner glass and classic looking it is. I feel like a beer commerial from the late 1960's.
Nice sweet hop aroma (kind of a surprise in what it packs not that it is there). A bit of sulfur. A slight grainy background, but the sweet fruit/herbal aroma is nice.
Nice white head caps a brilliantly clear yellow/gold body. Some lacing. "Here's to you"
Well mixed malt and hop character with each present and accounted for throughout the drink. A bit of that lager sourness and then drying on the finish with a lingering hop flavor (not as strong as some for style, but I like where this one is at). I like the grainy malt flavor, but again the hops are the show here. Fresh and flavorful, drying, bittering and overall interesting.
Body is as it should be - carbonated highly (which is filling) on a lighter body drink.
This seems less rich than the previous derivation of this beer and I, therefore, find it easier to drink and more likely to have another.

Photo of zeledonia
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this while watching the first match of the 2014 World Cup, Brazil vs. Croatia. Tasted 12 June 2014.

Pours a very clear pale golden yellow. Like diluted filtered apple juice. One finger of white head, good retention and decent lacing.

Smell is warm, golden, and corny. Very grainy, mildly sweet. Has a bit of the crisp hop bite, but not as much as I'd like.

Taste is more peppy. Some zip and some saaz hop bite. Kinda peppery, kinda prickly, kinda herbal. That spice and a little bitterness provide a nice balance for the warmth and sweetness (both of which are reduced from the smell).

Feel is fine. Medium-light body. A little more mouth-filling than I expect it to be. Lasts longer than I want it to, which makes it less refreshing, as it loses some of the crispness in the finish.

An okay pilsener. Drinkable, but nothing special about it. Reasonably flavorful, but not all that flavorful; reasonably varied, but not all that varied. Unremarkable, but not bad.

Photo of jimmah120
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the "30th anniversary pilsner series" 12-pack. drank out of the bottle for these notes.

smell is clean earth hops and delicious creamed wheat. taste is like the 1984, but with less sweet bread and more bittering earth and pine.

this one and the roggen were my favorites

Photo of TheSSG
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge, soapy white head with nice lacing. A nice grassy, slightly citric aroma. Gold color. Starts with a grassy, grainy hoppiness. Low-medium bitterness. A flash of malt and metallic. Lingering bitterness.

This isn't too bad. The metallic part really turns me off to it, though. Fortunately, by about the 4th sip, it disappears (metallic tastes always work that way for me), and this becomes much, much nicer. A solid pislner.

Photo of steveh
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First of all, points to appearance on the retro-label -- takes me back in time to when beer hunting was a true skill!

I have to admit that I didn't realize this was the 30th Anniversary 2014 beer when I grabbed it. I thought it was the usual Schell's Pils. That said...

A -- Clear, straw gold with a dense, pillowy white head. Just what to expect in a Pils.

S -- Mix of citrus and spicy hop characters very dominant, but not overwhelming. The bright citrus is a little off character than the usual Pilsner style, but it's not Cascade or Citra. Also wish there was more malt character in the aroma.

T -- Interesting in that you get a hit of citrus first that quickly blends to noble-hop spiciness and then some mellow, bready malt character balances out everything. A spicy bitterness takes up the finish and aftertaste. To me, the citrus character is a bit surprising in this style of beer, but the balance of lightly sweet, bready malts and spiciness is even more surprising in its great flavor.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to slightly (slightly) syrupy with a crisp, almost dry finish.

O -- Okay, I have to say that this beer may have perfected a good cross between the American Pale Ale and a German Pilsner. The hops are quite present and flavorful -- even slightly left of style, but they don't overwhelm and stunt the palate. The malt backbone could be a little more prominent to my liking, but the malt balances to the hops very nicely. I could drink a lot of this.

Photo of Taybeh
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured from a single into a pokal.
A: Golden, clear, 4 fingers of puffy head, subsiding to 1 finger after 2 minutes. Great lacing.
S: Little bit grassy, earthy, little bit grainy...but not the warm bready pils malt you get from other Schell's pils. Very little sweetness or spiciness here, which is also a bit odd.
T: Still some grain, some nice warm bready malt balanced against a little more zesty but still earthy spice that comes out most clearly on the back end.
M: medium; not as crisp as some pils, the hops linger.

Overall: Not as good as the 1984 version, to me, but still solid. Grows on me, actually, and by the end of the glass, I'm thinking maybe another is in order.

(Tasted against a Prima Pils...interesting contrast.)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Yellowish in color with a nose of sweet malt and grass, August Schell 2014 Pilsner produces only a small amount of white foam, but does leave some lacing as you drink. The body of the beer is clear and clean- looking, very non- intimidating overall.

Moving to the taste, this pilsner offers flavors of sweet malts, grains, and grassy hops. The beer is snappy and clean, medium in body, and easily drinkable. I could detect some slight piney notes, some herbs, and there is even a little bit of citrus if you search long enough.

2014 is one of four unique pilsner beers released by August Schell in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Schell Pils. This one, in a green- labeled bottle, is the 2014 version of the original. It’s a clean, crisp beer with many characteristics of a true Czech pilsner, but with an American twist. I find it tasty, agreeable, and not overdone or understated in any way. It might be a little bit better with more active carbonation, but I still found it good overall and it earns a recommendation from me.

Photo of Mdog
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Clear yellow gold, good head.

Smell: Grassy.

Taste: Grassy hops, light fruitiness, then back to a grassy, hoppy, moderately dry finish.

Overall: Beer #2 from the Schell pilsner mix pack. 2014 is a solid pilsner, definitely higher hop profile than the 1984, with a nice grassy hop profile and dry finish. Good easy drinking pils!

Photo of Beerlover
1.93/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

a: light gold in color, half inch white head some small tiny bubbles rising form the bottom of the glass.
s: the aromas here are subtle, the skunkyness of the pilsner yeast is apparent but more on the faint side, some maltiness but no hops apparent.
t: hmm. idk how to describe this one besides I don't like it. the slight skunkyness is still there but there are flavors in this beer that I've never had in any other beer before and cant really figure out how to describe...nutty...bland.
m: HATE IT. I know pilsners have a higher carbonation than I normally like which is fine for the style, but this has a crazy high carbonation to it as well as a ridiculously dry finish, not meshing with me at all.
o.a.: drain poured the last half

2014 from August Schell Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.