Schell's Pils - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

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 Jason
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with no freshness date. Picture of an old time saloon serving Schell beer.

Appearance: Rich and bright sunrise gold hued brew with and excellent clarity, very sticky white lace leaves rings all the way down the glass. Attractive to the eye.

Smell: Lightly sweet pale malt aroma of honey and a faint zing of lemon, trace of flowery hop within an extremely clean nose.

Taste: Light to moderate body, crisp and refreshing mouth feel with a tight and flowing carbonation. Broad malt flavour of sweet grain and mild toasted biscuit, full flavour of the malt hits hard in the middle with a continual flavour explosion of fresh whole grain crackers. Bitterness from the hops is clean and sharp and balances flawlessly with a bit of fresh flowery oil, herbal hop flavours appear middle to end. Dough malt with an almost nutty back ground adds another level of flavours to this brew. Touch of biscuity husk and hop flavour make the end long and drawn-out. Clean and semi-dry finish makes the taste buds beg for more.

Notes: This beer is shooting for the old world American pilsner style, if you have wondered what beer tasted like before Prohibition this gives and excellent glance at what the style might have been. A great beer to have around all year long. Clean and balanced, just the way it should be.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner a light straw yellow with a large blooming bone white head that held great retention, nice and spritzey looking.Very grainy aromas like wet grain and mineral at first unappetizing but it grew on me after a bit.Quite dry and toasty malt tilted flavors quite grainy lightly sweet doughy finish with a decent herbal smack of hops in the finish.Somewhat basic but with a little character the herbal finish was its saving grace in my opinion.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy onion skin/ chicken broth yellow beer that looks like somebody spit in it. Just a touch of light sulpher in the nose.

Tastes very, very faintly of corn and syrupy sweet light malt, and alcohol is unexpectedly present, all this is the background for a big earthy hop taste, which definately saves this beer. The finish is long and not clean at all, which seems wrong for a pilsner. This is a ballsy stab at pilsner, and one of the better beers from A. Schell, but still, not cohesvie really.

Mouthfeel is mid-viscosity, syrupy, and carbonated.

Photo of skybluewater
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a standard clear yellow color. Smell's not the greatest. Taste is just like your average pilsner, with a touch of lemon.

All in all, not a bad pils (it's not my favorite style), but it IS quite drinkable, which is always a plus. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Schell's mug.

This beer is a crystal-clear pale gold with a two-finger head from an aggressive pour that quickly compacts to some light foam on top of the beer and some spotty lacing down the glass.

The aroma is crackers and biscuits with a hint of a floral note.

This pils tastes great. Smooth malt with a taste of lightly crisped toast and a hit of lemon and pepper from the hops and a lingering mild bitterness that's quite nice.

Mouthfeel is thin and slightly sticky.

Overall, a fine and refreshing pilsner that goes down great. A "yellow" beer with lots of flavor.

Photo of Frostedluck
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought 6 bottles of Schell's Dark a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it, so I bought a twelve bottle variety pack of Schell's to try out their other products. I don't prefer pilsner, but the beer was very drinkable with good, although very simple, flavor.

Poured into pils glass from 12oz bottle.

A: Strong gold color and a large head forms on pour. High carbonation content is evident.

S: Not a very aromatic beer. I smell hops and malt.

T: Overall a good delivery on taste. Moderately bitter themes with a grassy herbal taste. I'm not impressed with the flavor left behind between samplings, but nothing offensive about it.

M: High carbonation lends to a very slippery mouthfeel. Nothing much to note otherwise.

D: There isn't much special about this beer, but it is very drinkable and there is really nothing negative or offensive about it. Considering the delivery of quality Schell's offers for the price, I wouldn't mind keeping some of this in my cooler.

Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

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

Smell: Mostly straw and grass, with some apple, pear 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.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body that is almost creamy, not quite as dry as I like in a great Pilsner but smooth.

Drinkability: Great thirst quencher. Over the years, this beer has become better balanced and more smooth.

Photo of ryanocerus
4.14/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As others have said, this is an excellent American Pils. But it is not my favorite style, and the Czech pils are much better. It poured a clear dark golden with little to no head. The aroma was very nicely hopped with a slight malt presence. The flavor was nicely hopped as well, and clean. The mouthfeel was above average, nothing great, but not bad either. I had to give it high drinkability. Refreshing and light.

Photo of beerkittycat
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is crystal-clear straw yellow with a tight white head. Good lacing. Aroma is that familiar biscuit and cereal grain pils malt with lots of pretty noble hops. Flavor much the same with medium hop bitterness. Finish is a bit dry for the style, almost tastes a bit over-attenuated, but very crisp and refreshing. An excellent example of a pilsener. Be sure to enjoy on a hot summer day in mass quantities.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright and clear gold-yellow, very little head to speak of -- mostly rim clinging bubbles and skim in the middle of the Pilsner glass. Barest hint of a hoppy aroma. Better than expected malt flavors, a "catch" of sweetness mid tongue. Hops are noticed later as a definite slight bittering in the back of the mouth, especially after a few sips. Not super crisp as some of the style are, but a good brew and very refreshing.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a bright looking offering with a best by date on the neck of 031311. Appears a brilliant golden hue straw colored really with a bright white eggshell like head. Forms fine speckled lacing down the sides of my glass. Aroma has a bit of sulfur going on with, lemongrss/herbal and a bready pale malt breadiness with hints of mineral water. Flavor citric/lemongrass hops actually not bad at all, not strictly German style but it's got a craft brewing approach. Harsh bitterness is a bit lingering, compared to a classic clean pils. Mouthfeel is light bodied effervescent sturdy carbonation, I talked about the finish. Drinkability overall is pretty solid a nice example of a pils, just not as good as the PA versions.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a pilsner glass)

A-This beer pours a bright yellow crystal clear body with strong carbonation and a fluffy white head.

S- The smells of spicy and green hops are very noticeable with a light fresh grain aroma. A faint sulfur smell lingers in the background.

T- This beer has a nice smooth hop flavor and bitterness. The taste of grain and pale malt are very soft and do not overpower the hops. The finish is dry with a faint fruity hops note that last after the finish.

M- The beer has a medium mouthfeel with no fizz or astringency.

D- This is a very nice session beer. It has lots of good qualities but the slight fruitiness in the finish is a little different. Good hops in this Pils.

Photo of LordofTime25
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a clear well carbonated golden with a one inch cream white head that last for about half the brew, but does leave lacing on glass.

Smell fruity, biscuity malts, and sweet.

Has a light fruit taste with some sweet tangy malts and hops blend.

Has a medium body with a nice dryness!

Could dry a few on nice hot day!

Photo of brewQ
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A classic golden yellow lager with a wispy head.

Aroma is illusive which seems to be in style- the brown bottle at least prevents euro skunking.

Althought slightly grassy and sweet the taste is not bad.

The carbonation allows it to finish rather nicely.

For a beer at the ball park or a pre-noon brew this is acceptable.

As another reviewer noted, the descriptive copy on Schell's bottles could use some work- quite weak.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light straw color with a thin head that doesn't last long, disappearing entirely in several minutes. Looks exactly like a light beer. If I was just going by looks, I wouldn't be too thrilled...

Aroma gives off lemon, bread and hay.

Taste: a rough sugar sweetness dominates, along with strong graininess and vibes of wet hay, honey and lemon. There's a kickback in the finish recalling the metallic/cooked-vegetable element of bad macros, but the main part of the sip almost makes you forget about it. Almost.

Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and more syrupy than expected. Had it been thinner, this could've been a terrible experience. As it is, it's simply a run-of-the-mill offering. There are many better German pilsners out there, but there are some enjoyable characteristics in the flavor and especially the mouthfeel that helped avoid total disaster.

Photo of cokes
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice American Pils.
Throws a moderately hazed, pale golden. Fizzy white head settles quickly, then sticks around as an edging.
Balanced nose of doughy malts and lemon-pepper hops.
Enters the mouth with an almost chewy doughiness. Settles into a crispier flavor resembling baked crusty bread. Hops exude some of the aforementioned lemon pepper notes towards the finish. Slight lingering sour/bitterness. Otherwise quite clean.
Medium bodied...on the thick side for a pils. Smooth and very refreshing.
A quick drinking american pils with rewards for those who stop to think.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of the Pilsner style, but this is one I make an exception for because it's done so well and has so much flavor.

Appearance - Sparkling golden yellow with a foamy white head. Not much retention, but laces nicely.

Smell - Slightly sweet, with malty and hoppy aroma. A little grassy smell in there, too.

Taste - Crisp, clean and the hops are always right there. One of the better Pilsners I've had over the years.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated, which gives a little life to an otherwise thin mouth feel.

Drinkablity - Very drinkable. I've done many sessions with this beer over the years, and it's always one of my favorite Schell's beers.

Photo of Sammy
2.97/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow pour with dishsoap head that sizzles out. Interesting bubbles. Some clean malt hops and faint citrus so you could get through it. Unusual afterburn, but at least it did not taste like dishsoap. Reasonable floral honey smell. One to try for pils fans. Cheers to feloniousmonk for the sample.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.44/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - A four finger eggshell head rises above a slightly hazy marigold brew. The head exhibits good retention, and gets pitted and rocky while leaving lots of white webwork on the glass.

S - Fresh lemon and sea salt. Lemon cookie malt notes with a small suggestion of pepper.

T - Lemon cookie / lemon chiffon flavors with a juicy and tart lemonade aspect. This doesn't really taste like a German pils....the flavors are more lemony and malty than spicy and hoppy.

M - Light bodied and crisply carbonated with a puckering sour tartness on the finish.

D - I don't care for this one. This is nothing at all like the style should be, and the lemonade flavors are off putting for me. Way to sour and tart for sessioning. This is more like a shitty wheat beer than a German Pils.

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Clear and light golden-yellow in color. Bright white head with decent retention and pretty good lacing.

S: Good balance of light pale malt sweetness and earthy hop spiciness. Nose is pretty subtle.

T: On the hoppier side. Nice spicy hops mingle with a crisp malt presence. Quite refreshing. Not particularly deep or complex, but what's there is very tasty.

M: Light, bordering on medium mouthfeel. Great, crisp carbonation and clean finish.

D: Smooth, light and refreshing. One could easily make a night out of a few of these.

A pleasant, lighter beer. Good for a hot day and even as a stepping stone beer. Quite nice all around.

Photo of tempest
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Decent stab at a pilsner. Yellow body with white head, could use a little better retention. Grainy, but clean smell, lacks personality or depth. Slightly fruity with a sweet malt taste. Slight off-flavor, maybe from adjunct or age. Small bite at the end, with a little lingering bitterness. At least the conbonation feels right. Easy drinking and can wash down food.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this draft at the brewery last year, but this bottle leaves a better impression on me. Thin, transitory head. Darker than style, almost coppery. The malt is even a little toasty. There's a firm hop bitterness, just a little bit peppery. A very fine American pilsener. Can be slammed as a lawnmower beer or sipped slowly to enjoy its complexity. Previously named "Schell Pils."

Photo of Southernbrew
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange color, good sized bubbly head. Pretty attractive beer.

Aroma has a bit of sweetness and a flowery hoppiness.

Light bodied, very refreshing. Lots of malt flavor and hints of bread up front. Sweetness comes in in the middle as do flowery hop flavors. Bread flavors come back for the finish.

Very fine pilsner, super easy to enjoy. A big thanks to Tastytaste for the beer to help celebrate my 22nd b-day and 1 year anniversary on Beeradvocate!

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