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Schell's Pils - August Schell Brewing Company

Schell's PilsSchell's Pils

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273 Ratings

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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Originally brewed in 1984, Schell's Pils is a shining example of the true European Pilsner style beer. Brewed with 100 percent barley malt, where the Sterling Hop flavor is showcased. Its full hop characteristic and delicate aroma were developed in Pilsen, Bohemia around 1840. This style was widely copied by early American breweries. Over the years, however, it has been lost to the much lighter-bodied, low-hopped relatives we refer to as American "Premium Category" beer.

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Photo of fizzy


4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

At 66 YO I've consumed a lot Schell's beer over the years. Before they became a craft brewery they old standbys were great. Now they make Grain Belt, Hauenstein, and a variety of craft beers and do so with wonderful success. Kudos to Schell's !!!
Schell's Pils is just plain wonderful. Need I say more? Dozens of small craft breweries pine for being as successful as Schell's. Summit has made it. Sierra Nevada has made it. Sam Adams has made, and hundreds more. When it is all said and done, good "old" Schell's, right in our backyard has been one to succeed !

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 21:34:10 | More by fizzy
Photo of harrymel


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 24JUN13

It's a yellow beer with a solid sheet of fine, bone white foam that seems unrelenting. Smells like grain, hints of corn, some sweetness, some metal. Flavor is what I would consider pretty hoppy for the style; sharp musty hops with some hints of resin and metal alongside a nice crisp malt undertow. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a nice dry finish. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2013 06:31:01 | More by harrymel
Photo of PieOhMy


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsener glass.

A Transparent amber. Thick white head slowly dissipates and leaves a thin lacing down the glass. Some bubbles rise from bottom.

S Nice wet grass/hay aroma. Malts. Peppery. Good zesty nose on it.

T Very surprised by the balanced extremes. Very hoppy and malty. Spicy/peppery wave. This taste remains.

M Light body. Fizzy and carbonated. Finishes nice and smooth.

O Good pilsener. Although not a staple of the style, I like the hit of hops. Clean and refreshing. Any fan of the style will dig Schell's Pils.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 01:31:28 | More by PieOhMy
Photo of TheSSG


4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pous a soft, white head that has decent persistence. Grainy, grassy aroma. Straw gold, with a slight haze. Starts almost tart, bright, and floral. Medium hop bitterness has a slight pine-grapefruit aspect as it peaks (this is a very quick flash), moves back into a more floral character as the malt comes through in the finish.

This is actually a really damn good pilsner. It's a bit more aggressive in the hopping than I am used to, but like any good Midwestern lager, it is still delicately balanced and refined. It is effervescent yet silky across the tongue, too!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 02:05:49 | More by TheSSG
Photo of Weli


3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale Straw with a delicate finger width of frost white foam dissipating to a thin lacing

S-Subdued aroma, slightly floral

T-Very clean malt flavor, appropriately balanced by hop bitterness. earthy hop flavor.

M-Cold, crisp and refreshing. Thin as per style

O- A very enjoyable pilsner. Not my favorite style but this was one of the better examples I've tasted. Clean and crisp without sacrificing flavor. Hint of malt sweetness balanced by earthy noble hop character.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 02:09:23 | More by Weli
Photo of sommersb


3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 10-26-2012
Freshness: Best by 11-26-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Pilsner glass
Purchased: Received in a trade

Lots of bubbles fill my glass in the clear, straw-colored brew. Nice rocky white head of 2 fingers has very good retention and also some good lacing.

Aromas have sharp, grassy and hay notes. The taste has a light pilsner malt base, but is more about the grassy and slightly citrus hops. Has a moderate amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a light body. The aftertaste is somewhat bitter.

Pilsners are very interesting to me, but this is a fine representation from Schell's.

Thanks to fLax for this one!

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 01:18:57 | More by sommersb
Photo of herman77


3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Super clear pale yellow. Small white head. Lots of carbonation bubbles streaming up. Good, sticky lacing.

S: Light sweet pale malts, pilsner malts. A bit bready and a touch of spice and citrus.

T: Great balance. Semi sweet pilsner malts with lightly toasted grains and just a bit of spicy bitterness from the hops. Semi dry, crisp finish that makes you want to go back for more.

M: Lighter body. Higher carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

O: Great drinkability. A great german pilsner in my book. Schell's really knows how to brew their lagers.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 01:03:36 | More by herman77
Photo of jimmah120


3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

Tasty pils, crisp, well carbonated(duh) with a zesty hint of lemon/pine. Look is a clear yellow gold with plenty of rising bubbles and a sudsy head. Goes down easy and actually has a good amount of flavor.

Decent as far as beers go, pretty damn good considering the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 02:49:49 | More by jimmah120
Photo of MattyG85


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden yellowish orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Bright and slightly spicy. Bready pale malts and wheat cereal grains. Big hints of hay, crackers and biscuit like you would expect from a Pilsner. Big hints of lemon and a little orange. Some spicy, earthy Sterling hops as well. Smells pretty solid.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely bready and mildly citrusy take on the style. Wheat grains and pale malts with big notes of crackers, biscuit, and hay. Solid hop presence with esters of lemon and orange. Nicely earthy and spicy hops bring some balance to the sweetness. Pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and very smooth. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty good American take on a Pilsner. Good balance of bready sweetness and spicy hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 05:09:14 | More by MattyG85
Photo of JamesMN


2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly cloudy bright yellow. White head. I'm actually surprised by the cloudyness since a true pilsener should be completely translucent.

Aroma: Bread/hops/yeast. Not particularly great.

Taste: Pretty clean. Little bit of hops at the beginning and some pale malt throughout. Good amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Almost refreshing at first but the drinkability went way down as it warmed up.

Final Thoughts: I actually thought this beer was pretty average for a pilsener. It was much tastier when I had it on-tap a few months ago though.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 02:01:02 | More by JamesMN
Photo of DrDemento456


3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A bit darker shade of yellow with a very elegant 1/2 inch of fluffy white head that sticks around for quite a while.

S - Yeast and corn smells are minimal and it mostly smells of sweet malts and mild grassy hops.

T - Pretty damn drinkable and close to the style Light grassy hops, pillsner malts, mild yeasts and a smooth corn like finish that is sweet. Crisp and long lasting flavors.

M - Light to medium. Great beer to sip or chug.

Overall this beer like their others is well crafted and distributed pretty well. Stacks up next to the better ones.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 03:26:42 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of TCbrewz


3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow color with a white head; head dissipates slowly. Very clear as expected with evident carbonation. Pleasant grassy hop aroma, not a lot of maltiness on the nose. Flavor is very good, with more hop bitterness than expected. Good balance and a nice dry finish. Mouthfeel is great for the style: carbonation is perfect, appropriate viscosity, leaves a very nice flavor in the mouth. Overall this is a pretty great domestic pils. Very drinkable, free of off flavors. I would definitely get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 19:23:00 | More by TCbrewz
Photo of beagle75


3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, pale golden color with one finger of white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Crackery grain, fresh chile fruit, and toasted corn are all detectable. These qualities are in balance with each other and with a carbon dioxide presence.

T: Begins dry, with minimalist pilsner malt, brief dimethyl sulfide, and defining floral perfume that completely fills the palate. Perfume carries past mild acidity into the middle, where some weak mint-herbaceous aromatics also lurk. Ongoing floral qualities persist to the finish, where they parallel bitterness that is mild to moderate for the style.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This Bavarian-style pilsner is a rare flower bomb. Although it isn't a beer that seems likely to shock, it manages to catch the palate completely off-guard with the emphasis it places upon floral tincture. The quality is nothing like the airy and dilute floral of Cascade hops, yet it stops short of tasting artificial. It is hard to predict how such a beer would be received by drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2012 23:40:36 | More by beagle75
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow beer with lots of carbonation, average clarity, the big head dissipates quite quickly. Aroma is grainy, almost like wheat and lemon, but everything is pretty minimal in that (well, every) department.

A little more evident alcohol and bitterness than one would think given the style and whatnot, a somewhat discernable hop presence, standard stuff, noble maybe or cascade in much less quantity since there doesn't seem to be the spicyness I've come to associate with a noble hop in a light body pilsner. Bit of sweetness.

All around, this is a relatively easy drinking beer at somewhat of a premium price for what you get.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 23:37:26 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of MNJR


4.53/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow color with a touch of gold, but the appearance is about the only thing average about this beer. Smells clean and fresh with light lemony hops and rich biscuity notes. Tastes exceptionally good. My favorite US produced Pils is generally Trumer Pils, and I give Schell's a better score. Trumer seems a bit thin and weak in comparison. This is rich with great grain flavors, lemony biscuit flavors, minty, with (what should be if it's not...) an award winning clean dry hops finish which is why I like Pilsner beer so much in the first place. The 5.0 score goes to the mouthfeel: just incredible carbonation; spiky at first and expanding until it thins on the swallow. Perfect weight for this style, not too thin or thick. I can't see any lover of great Pilsner beer not going absolutely crazy for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 23:19:27 | More by MNJR
Photo of jsisko01


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My review may be inaccurate because the "best by" date says 06-02-11 and it is currently 12-15-11..

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with a half-inch thick head that dissipates quickly but leaves big random bubbles floating around.. Has decent lacing. Looks unfiltered, or it's just because it's old.

Smell - Sweet with a slight bit of coriander, grains and corn, and citrus.

Taste - Very bitter.. definitely some coriander in there. Has a strong yeast flavor. Grains, corn, and bready malts are also present.

Mouthfeel - Has a thin body with high carbonation.

Overall - Not a favorite of mine, a little too bitter. But it's still good and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 04:38:24 | More by jsisko01
Photo of OleJohnnieAle


3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Is a clear pale straw in color and has a couple fingers of head.

S- Pretty dull scent but some sweet and light floral scents. A little sweeter than most pilsner.

T- Nice sweet taste for a pilsner. It looks a little lighter than than the taste.

M- Pretty dry light beer low carbonation.

O- Alright, it is decent but nothing too great.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 04:12:55 | More by OleJohnnieAle
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Transcribed from my notebook.

Translucent pale straw color, one finger short lived head with large amounts of lacing, a bit under-carbonated but medium bodied, smells of faint citrus hopping over a sweeter pilsener malt. Tastes of much the same, but more lemoney than citric in hopping, not as much spiciness as a typical pilsener, a bit sweeter than the typical pilsener as well...but none of these issues are really dealbreakers in severity.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2011 03:22:25 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of pBRale


3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From tasting notes 9-17-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Straw to pale gold pour with a foamy white head that settles relatively quickly leaving small amounts of fine lacing behind.

Smell: Rich malts and a hint of bitterness. Smells clean and fresh.

Taste: Sweet malts balanced by a small bit of sterling hops with a crisp clean finish that is slightly sweet and very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp and refreshing, super drinkable.

Overall: A very delicious pilsner with a refreshingly light body that is perfect for an afternoon on the boat or would make a very nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 20:46:58 | More by pBRale
Photo of jsprain1


3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear pale straw. Head is thick (3 fingers) and billowy white. A couple wisps of lacing.
S- The smell is somewhat sweet and crackery with a light floral note. Sweeter on the nose than most pilsners. There is also an apple like quality.
T- Same here. It's sweet and noticably floral here, but not as spicy as pilsners tend to be. The apple flavor pervades here.
M- A touch too light, but the biggest issue is that pilsners should have decently crisp carbonation and this one is not crisp. I find it far too low on carbonation. Dry finish.
O- Eh, it's drinkable enough, but the flavor profile doesn't fit my idea of a top notch pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 01:12:23 | More by jsprain1
Photo of FreshmanPour77


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6-26-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured a creamy white head with one finger of foam. Clear yellowish orange color, more yellow with lots of carbonation present

S – Slight malt aroma, lots of citrus notes. Little hop aroma

T/M – Lighter bodied brew, semi sweet malt taste. Smooth finish with a slight hop bite

D – Very drinkable brew, another good brew from Schell’s. A nice summer sipper with a clean and fresh taste. Very easy to have more than one of these. I recommend this brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 17:49:26 | More by FreshmanPour77
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of grain, lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then a decent burst of hops bitterness comes in. It’s not over-powering but it’s strong for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer worth pounding down for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 02:43:56 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of dnrobert24


3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Schell's Pils" says the bottle. Clear, pale yellow, with a bumpy head that dissipates into a thin bubbly islands. Smells of cereal grains and noble hops hit me on the first pour, which kind of got me excited about drinking this beer, but as I dig into it, I have trouble finding that floral-cracker connection again. Not a ton going on in the glass. I could tell this is a bit high abv for the style. Not that I am a stickler for such guidelines, but the higher abv does nothing for the beer other than to mask the delicate pilsner malt. I can taste the hops just fine, a nice clean bitterness to go with the warm alcohol. I still get some floral notes from the post-sip lingerings. Not a bad drinker overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:36:58 | More by dnrobert24
Photo of JackieTH


3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium gold with an inch of white foam leaving rings of lacing. Bottle label states "Schell's Pils"

Smell: Faintly malty.

Taste: Mildly toasted malt, lightly sweet. Mild bitterness appears toward the late-middle to end giving a nice crispness and clean palate for the next swallow.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium. Well carbonated.

Overall: Clean and easy drinking, if not outstanding in any significant way.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 00:07:24 | More by JackieTH
Photo of lwillitz


3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into weizen glass

A - transparent pale yellow; pure white foamy head; some carbonation bubbles; nice lace

S - sweet malt, citrus, and flowery hops

T - bready with a touch of lemon and honey, well-balanced sweet/hoppy finish; great balance overall

M - creamy medium body; medium-high carbonation; smooth

O - I was not expecting much out of this one, but for a pilsener it's pretty good. Thanks, Schell's!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 00:56:30 | More by lwillitz
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Schell's Pils from August Schell Brewing Company
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