Arminius - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gatornation on 05-13-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Schell’s Arminius is a showcase of a unique blend of German, French, and American hops. It’s brewed with over 2.5 lbs of hops per barrel, and double dry hopped for a distinctly hoppy lager with wonderfully fruity and floral hop aroma. A clean malt bill combines with the crisp, smoothness that can only be achieved from a traditional lager, providing the perfect platform to highlight the hop character. Distinctively different, distinctively hoppy. Keep cold & drink fresh.
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Reviews by MattyG85:
Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a large pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. About one finger of white head which fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A floral and fairly spicy hop forward aroma with hints of grass and fruit. Upfront earthy and floral hops with hints of grass, pine, and Noble hints of spice. Citrus fruit hints of lemon and orange. Bready malt hints of grains, biscuit, caramel, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid aroma that is kind of minty.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp, floral, and somewhat spicy hop forward taste with notes of grass, fruit, and grains. Floral and earthy hops with some upfront notes of wet grass, pine, and herbal spice. Subtle citrus fruit presence of lemon and orange. Solid malt balance with bready notes of grains, cracker, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. A pretty solid spicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and nicely spicy and smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid hopped up lager. Nice taste of spicy hops with a solid malt balance.

More User Reviews:
Photo of nproehl
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smell - Clean, grassy, hoppy. Not overwhelming, but fully present. Hoppiness fades quickly, leaving a clean malty nose, slightly sweet.

Appearance - Pale golden. Very clear. Pouts into a tight head, dissipating quickly.

Taste - Hop forward. Not overwhelming bitterness. Hoppiness is not overly floral or piney, rather green, fresh. Maltiness comes through, stands well. Lingering bitterness.

Feel - Rich, not overly thick. Very clean, not harsh.

This is an excellent "IPL". Very, very clean, despite the large hop presence. The hop characteristics thankfully stray away from being overly citrus-based, and come across well-balanced between sweet, fresh, and grassy. The malt base is satisfying. It sits well, and is pleasantly filling. It is not sessionable. Overall, this is a very good beer, one that could be used to help define this emerging style.

Photo of tempest
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked a up a can from 4 Firkins. Interesting beer, an American lager — not as dry as a pilsner — with a mix of earthy European hops. The character is a bit grassy with a little orange peel and pepper, though not as big as an IPA. It'd call it on par with a good American pale ale.

Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was excited when I heard about this beer. I thought a bigger Hopfenmalz would be excellent. Pours a pale straw color with a large, macro type head that quickly settles to a thin skim of suds. A little spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of floral and mildly spicy hops. Bready and cracker like malt rounds things out. Not really that aromatic though.

Clean, crisp, dry flavor. Mild hop flavor of pepper and floral notes. Just not much going on in the flavor. Bitterness is low. Tastes like a common Euro lager but fresher and not skunked. I do appreciate the crisp and dry qualities as it is refreshing.

Deceiving body as it feels much lighter than a beer carrying this ABV. Robust carbonation adds to the deception.

If a person is looking for an IPL, this is not it, but a nice strong pale lager.

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Joe for this surprise extra!

Brilliant gold, bright and reflective with sharp clarity. Two fingers of foam initially that settled to a skim that kept up surface coverage for the duration of the glass. A sticky half inch band of sticky lace encircled the rim of the glass.

Very delicate and softly hoppy aroma, though still unique and clearly hoppy. Similar to smelling fresh hops on the vine before breaking them up. Slightly floral and fruity, passionfruit is vague but it's there, lending a somewhat exotic edge.

Light and smooth, mild guava creaminess, firm grassy bitterness that lingers in the finish. Pretty seamless and very drinkable. Leaves me wanting a little more amped up hop character, but it's not an IPA, and what's there is a pretty unique blend. Thanks again Joe for the beer!

Photo of MNAle
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smooth, easy drinking. Pale golden color. Head fades quickly, Light carbonation. Somewhat weak aroma, but what there is is nice.Hops present in the aroma. Initial taste is hoppy, but not citrusy. Doesn't have as much bite as the 70 IBU would suggest. Hops bite fades to a malty finish. Very well balanced. At 6.5%, this is not a session beer. Overall, I like it. Nice to see Schell's branching out.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Concerning appearance, I love the label art on this pint can. Just looks enticing. There's something about the brass/gold looking metal on the top of this can that helps me not take it too seriously. That is, it reminds me of old-timey beer while having a decidedly modern look to it. The beer itself is a slightly orange gold with a field of slow, tiny bubbles floating up from the bottom to sustain a soft, smooth off-white head.

Smells oddly appropriate, like a hopped macro-lager. There's a dry, dirty macro-lager essence here, with bits of sour grains and basement, but its nestled well into a field of simple woody hops.

The flavor makes me wonder why this style isn't more popular. It's got a pretty familiar macro-lager base, but, again, it's got an enticing and refreshing hop profile. Can you say "gateway beer?" This -may- be a way to get a macro-swilling buddy into the craft. A cross of highbrow and low brow.

Feels just a little heavier than I'd like, or seems appropriate. There's also a little bit of a CO2 sting in the finish too. Is "light pale lager" even a style? That may bring out a little more in this beer.

I'm a bit smitten with this one. Perhaps its just due to the novelty, but I will most certainly buy this again.

Photo of gatornation
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear pale golden color with a fast receding head that leaves no collar and no lacing swirling the beer reveals a fresh collar
S- slight smells of fruit,floral hops in addition to some citrus tones with bready malts
T- European and American hops that reveal just a slight floral edge give way to clean and bready malt bill nothing dominates here a slight herbal and grassy taste also lingers in the mouth
M- crisp and clean light on the hops smooth lower carbonation on the palate
O- a hybrid lager on the lighter side with hops,I would have liked more hops in this,its very drinkable but one i would not go out of my way for will drink it from time to time

Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright golden yellow with a fluffy white head that leaves a thin sheet of lacing down the glass.

The smell is floral/herbal and citric with a fresh grain aroma in the back.

The taste is very well-hopped - citric and floral. The touch of sweet grain in the middle add smoothness and support/balance. Finishes with a grapefruit taste, but clean, as a lager should be.

Very creamy, smooth and refreshing. The body and carbonation level fit the character of the beer wonderfully.

An outstanding hop-forward pale lager!

Photo of Oakenshield53
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Outstanding. A shot directly on target from August Schell.

Clean, crisp and refreshing, perfect for any activity on a hot day, but enough character to sustain interest when you're just having one.

Looks like a lager because it is one, thin head with good lacing, but the reason I like it is that the hops show up in a trailer - presents with good clean lager taste up front, and then on the finish - a little hop punch, right in the back of the nose.

I'm having one now, so let's see - yep, lager in front, hops in back. Kinda fun - this is good stuff.

This needs to be on tap at the Saints stadium and at Target Field. A clean, crisp, tasty lager with plenty of good mojo.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%

Couldn't pass this up at $3.99/4 pack.

Appearance (4) : A tall, pillowy 3 fingered head that sticks around for a little while and then recedes to 1 finger. The body is mostly transparent but slightly hazy, almost mellow-yellowish, but more on the golden side.

Aroma (4) : Wet, grassy hop, citrus and light floral pine, very fresh. The bouquet is hoppy and strong. Mild malts behind the initial aroma.

Flavor (4.25) : Very drinkable. The hops are flavorful - but most importantly - subdued, and the malt comes in clean to smooth out the experience. The finish is dry and slightly woody. A good tasting pale lager for sure!

Mouthfeel (3.75) : Light bodied, smooth, and crisp. Ends partly dry. Appropriate for its style.

Overall (4.12) : This lager is much better than I thought it would be. I saw "pale" and I almost didn't buy it, but for four dollars, I figured that's a gallon of gas (or maybe two now that winter blend is in), so what's to lose? Apparently not much. I'll be enjoying the rest of my four pack in the days to come. Cheers!

Photo of ALangsjoen
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An easy-to-drink hoppy beer. Very flavorful and has a good consistency.

Photo of garymuchow
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some nice fresh hop with shots of fruitiness at times that is really pleasant. Not strong, just pleasing. Also a soft pale malt mingles around a bit.
Very attractive with big full white head and a pale golden body that is not quite brilliantly clear but substantially clear.
Clear lager taste with a fine somewhat sweet, fruity, flowery hop flavor from start to finish, subdued but lengthy bittering, some extended dryness and soft graininess.
Lighter body appropriate for style and ample bubbles also fit for style.
I like this. Good clean lager for a hot day but with enough going on to provide interest beyond thirst and warm weather.

Photo of brentk56
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a massive head; plenty of lacing spots the glass

Smell: Cookie dough and sweet grains; the hops are somewhat grassy

Taste: For a hoppy lager, there is a lot of sweet malt flavor, with the cookie dough and sweet grainy character dominating; in the middle, the grassy hops appear and, while they linger into the finish, it is the sweeter and grainy tones that make the statement

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: I was expecting more of an IPL, but that is not what Schell's was shooting for; it's OK for what it is, but too malt and grain forward for me

Thanks, DaftPatrick, for the opportunity

Photo of Aaronmoon311
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer tastes like Grainbelt Premium (which is brewed at the Schell's brewery) that has been hop rocketed, or Randal Jr.'ed. Its not bad. Its unremarkable. It's not sessionable because I'd say it's too sweet. It's tastes like someone dry-hopped some fake blueberry blueberry muffin mix.

Photo of djuhnk
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Drank from a Can

Aroma is unlike any hop combination ive smelled before. It's very flowery and perfume like. Kind of similar to a chrysanthemum flower, also with some resiny, spicy smells intertwined. Not getting any malt

Taste is definitely hop forward. Very balanced with just enough malt sweetness to offset the moderate bitterness. There is a lot of perfume/flower essence in the hop character, which im not the most fond of, but it definitely makes for an interesting hop presence. This is not a run of the mill hoppy beer. I'm not picking up any sulfur or other typical lager esters, very clean beer.

Overall, this beer sparked my interest because you dont see too many hoppy pale lagers out there. I was definitely pleased with this one. Keep it up schells!

Photo of mothman
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crisp and clean. Easy to drink. Hoppy. Floral. Biscuit notes. Very lager like.

Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

A fresh floral aroma jumps out of the glass....leads into a very flavorful hop forward, yet not hop bitter lager. The floral notes continue on the taste and combine with a bready maltiness to deliver a very enjoyable beer.

Deeper in notes of limes, and bright oranges become evident as well on the aroma and the taste. 6.5% ABV is a bit of a surprise as this drinks more like a standard lager. Small dry kiss on the finish.

I really like this because it showcases the hops yet blends perfectly with the malt.

Photo of joe1510
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz Can
$8.49 4-Pack
Hayward CO-OP

Schell's Arminius pours the palest of pales, a straw golden body with near perfect clarity. Each and every bubble can be seen hurrying to the surface. The head is tightly bubbled and as white as snow. Foam forms easy on the pour and steadily shrinks to a skimming and thick ring leaving behind arched lacing.

The malt base is pale, a little candy sweet. Sugar cookie and sweet grain make up the majority of the base. The hop profile starts out with some candied citrus peel , orange and grapefruit, with a squeeze of pith as well. An earthy quality follows, somewhat herbal, segueing into soft pine. I like where this guy sits. It's approachable and good... smelling at least.

There's not as much sweet graininess in the flavor and more of that sugar cookie sweetness, more dense than others of the style, clean. The hop profile switches it up a bit. Herbals upfront, softly earthy throughout with whispers of pine mid-palate to the swallow. The candied citrus wraps it up nicely on the finish and goes well with the pine needle bitterness. Again, it's approachable and flat out good.

The body sits firmly in the middle of the spectrum, weight wise. There's a little density upfront but the carbonation picks up and gets things moving before the finish is crisply dry. Bitterness is not worth mentioning at first but grows with each drink before the crescendo just shy of moderate. Drinkability is ridiculous.

Arminius is crisp, clean, and delicious. The hop profile shows some depth over the top of a simple, yet appropriate, malt base. It won't knock your socks off in the hop department but it's much cleaner and more well done than most of the style. ,Tall boy cans and a beer this refreshing I could see myself grabbing for these all summer. Unfortunately, Schell's doesn't make it to my neck of the woods.

Photo of Mdog
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Appearance: Gold, big head.

Smell: Noble hops, grassy.

Taste: Grassy, with an underlying fruity sweetness. Grassy finish.

Overall: Very nice lager here, not as hoppy as a Prima Pils but you'll know the hops are there. I thought it might be hoppier before the purchase, but is a very solid beer and a much better choice than Deer Brand or Grain Belt from Schell.

Photo of Lonagan
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

This is a decent drinking beer, though it wasn't really what I was expecting when I bought it. It was labeled as a "hoppy pale lager," and I had never heard of such a thing. But I figured it was hoppy, and I like hoppy beers. Instead, it feels more malt-forward than hop forward. If that is what a "pale lager" is supposed to be (and it sounds like a "pale" lager is just a non-adjunct lager, so that would make sense), then they did well. I don't really think "hoppy should be in there though, and I don't think that's due to a palette distorted by years of IPAs.

Oddly enough, it also feels thin in addition to being dominated by malt flavor.

The price point seems off. Schells is selling this as a $9.99 canned four pack. I'll happily drink all four, but I won't pay $2.50 a beer in the future.

If nothing else, it forced me to learn what a "pale lager" is. Decent beer, but I don't know why I would drink this over, say, a pilsner. Indeed, I bought it along with Schell's pilsner, and prefer the latter, as well as its price point.

Photo of hardy008
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

Pours clear gold with a one finger white head. The aroma has lemon, orange, cracker, and bread malt.

Has a nicely balanced flavor with lemon, orange, cracker, bread malt, and grain. I wish more lagers tasted as good as this one.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very crisp and clean, with a light citrus aftertaste. Well worth buying again. Could become one of my go to lagers.

Photo of swgwilt
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light body, light hops, less than expected from such a variety of hops.

Arminius from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.