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Schell's Pils - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

179 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 179
Hads: 320
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: light grainy pils malt, slight sweetness, noble hops, no fruity esters, no diacetyl.
Appearance: Brilliantly clear pale yellow-gold, 1” head quickly dissipates but provides delicate lacing.
Flavor: more full flavored that standard American lagers, noble hop bitterness medium, leans to the hop, Pilsner malt flavor with a touch of malt sweetness but the finish is dry and the hops shine – moderate malt. Mouthfeel: medium body, medium carbonation, creamy, rich.
A very good Pils. (493 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear light gold with a finger of white head that disappears pretty quickly
Smell: Cereal maltiness and herbal hops
Taste: Moderate maltiness with little sweetness. A pretty substantial herbal hops kick. Bold and sharp flavors.
Feel: Light to medium bodied, pretty average carbonation for a craft pilsner.

Overall: A full-flavored "robust" pilsner with a big hops kick. I think Schell's is closer to the European examples of the style than a lot of other American craft brewers. There is some sharpness to the flavors that might exclude it from session drinking, but for a summer grill-out this is perfect. (619 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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. (611 characters)

Photo of Foyle
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Pours a thick sudsy 3" white head that recedes very slowly with plenty of lacing. Color is pale straw with plenty of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: bready malts, yeast, some grass and bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: light bodied and frothy with a mostly dry finish.

Flavor: pungent earthy and grassy hops balanced with sweet lightly toasted barley.

Overall: well done pilsener, very much to style. (446 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pils pours a golden color with not much of a head. There is a nice crisp aroma with small hints of floral hops. The taste is very crisp and rich, with some noticeable hop flavors that leaves just a hint of bitterness. Good body, and very nice strong flavors. Overall its a nice strong pils, with a nice noticeable hop and bitterness. (333 characters)

Photo of fizzy
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 ! (561 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of PieOhMy
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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! (568 characters)

Photo of Weli
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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! (676 characters)

Photo of herman77
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (1,013 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of TCbrewz
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (521 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (1,148 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of MNJR
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
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. (818 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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. (668 characters)

Photo of OleJohnnieAle
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of pBRale
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (646 characters)

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Schell's Pils from August Schell Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.