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Schell's Pils - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

289 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 289
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 10
Gots: 4 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001)
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Reviews by herman77:
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herman77

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

10-09-2012 01:03:36 | More by herman77
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev 0%

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.

07-08-2007 01:30:16 | More by oberon
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Turbo

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-19-2013 22:38:11 | More by Turbo
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JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

3.48/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

02-10-2006 20:05:49 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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skybluewater

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

10-10-2004 04:17:42 | More by skybluewater
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kgeijer


4/5  rDev +10.2%

05-07-2012 03:31:02 | More by kgeijer
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

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.

08-11-2014 00:42:19 | More by SD-Alefan
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-02-2014 18:40:03 | More by DaftPatrick
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csmartin6

New York

3/5  rDev -17.4%

06-08-2013 01:30:31 | More by csmartin6
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Frostedluck

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -5%

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.

01-12-2011 04:00:43 | More by Frostedluck
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Jason

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

10-24-2001 14:47:20 | More by Jason
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev 0%

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.

03-19-2010 02:14:43 | More by bsp77
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ryanocerus

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

10-29-2002 09:59:17 | More by ryanocerus
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beerkittycat

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

08-20-2008 01:57:44 | More by beerkittycat
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

07-25-2012 05:09:14 | More by MattyG85
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

12-29-2011 23:37:26 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

05-29-2002 09:00:40 | More by ADR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev 0%

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.

02-11-2011 23:05:15 | More by WVbeergeek
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -17.4%

09-22-2013 15:24:06 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

10-24-2012 12:31:20 | More by sgttibbs
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

(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.

07-30-2005 21:23:32 | More by rhoadsrage
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

03-07-2013 01:35:58 | More by richkrull
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PacketHauler

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-12-2012 20:55:47 | More by PacketHauler
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

08-13-2013 20:30:29 | More by LXIXME
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LordofTime25

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev +1.4%

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!

11-27-2008 21:26:25 | More by LordofTime25
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Schell's Pils from August Schell Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.