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Schell's Pils - August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's PilsSchell's Pils

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284 Ratings

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Ratings: 284
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 9
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.

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Photo of dwhitney

1/5  rDev -72.4%

07-11-2012 18:18:19 | More by dwhitney
Photo of zzurn

1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

02-08-2013 07:38:17 | More by zzurn
Photo of RushLimbmalt


1.98/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A friend happened to bring over a sampler pack of Schell. I made the mistake of trying this beer. It pours a swill gold color and has a thin head. It had weird aromas that one might expect from a adjunct lager. That sickly corn smell. I did not expect that from a so-called German Pilsener. The flavor was even worse IMHO... It reminds me more of a can of beast that a glass of Pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 07:44:17 | More by RushLimbmalt
Photo of badelsman


2/5  rDev -44.8%

06-19-2012 05:17:44 | More by badelsman
Photo of XmnwildX12


2/5  rDev -44.8%

12-13-2013 06:29:11 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of KarlHungus


2.08/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a cloudy pale straw color with no head. Last time I checked pilsners weren't supposed to be cloudy. I have a felling this might foreshadow whats to come. The aroma is exacly like that of every other Schell product. Thin and vaguely sweet. The taste is as thin as the smell. It is much too sweet for a pilsner. The mouthfeel lacks any sort of crispness. Overall, beer is a big disappointment. For a brewery that prides itself on its German heritage, I would think that making a quality pilsner would be a must. I guess not.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2005 21:25:03 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of pmcadamis


2.42/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 16:27:28 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of Metz


2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

08-21-2013 20:43:11 | More by Metz
Photo of youngleo


2.58/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured to a nice slightly offwhite head in color. Beer itself was golden yellow in color. The two fingered head didnt hang around very long. Just around the edges. Left some lacing at first then that dissapated. light in smell, just of lemon or citrus. Had a slight bitter aftertaste. The bitter aftertaste seemed to hang in the mouth for a little while. Also notes of lemon or citrus. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was right. I didnt care for the bitter aftertaste. Maybe if this brew was ice cold some of the bitterness would go away and bring out the citrus. I only had one bottle to try.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 17:25:24 | More by youngleo
Photo of KI9A


2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Beautiful golden, great puffy head, decent lace.

S: A strange mix of bisquits, and metal. Definate metallic smell.

T: Great, as it passes my tounge. Malts, citrusy hops, then, BOOM! At the back, there is a horrible metallic taste. Wondering if this is maybe a bad bottle?

M: Poor. The metallic taste lingers.

D: Take the metallic aftertaste away, and this is a SOLID Pils. I understand the reasons there could be a metallic aftertaste, but, this is too much. Drank half, poured half.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 06:10:43 | More by KI9A
Photo of jwilli7122


2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

pours out a medium gold color. white head with much lacing and good retention.

all i can smell is hops.

very crisp on the tongue. very dry. acidic. medium body. hint of honey, some hop zing. I'm not a big fan of this type of hops...reasonably moderate in this beer though. It balances alright. Aftertaste is not pleasant to me.

This has some character, just not a personal favorite.

note: warms well. I suggest drinking this barely cool.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2003 03:47:03 | More by jwilli7122
Photo of ProfessorHops


2.7/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- gold and clear. With more reddish wood hues, then most American pils.

Smell- very hoppy and bold.

Taste- Bitter grain causes discomfort, but it backed down a little by a good roundness.

Mouthfeel- moderately thick

Drinkability- easy for the hop head, hard for a malt man. A bitter thick beer.

I've had more refreshing and better tasting Pils. But it's better than Bud.

Gulp Gulp,

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 07:36:09 | More by ProfessorHops
Photo of Whiskeydeez


2.75/5  rDev -24%

02-10-2014 02:47:56 | More by Whiskeydeez
Photo of mmulebarn


2.75/5  rDev -24%

11-23-2013 06:03:59 | More by mmulebarn
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 jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.93/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a four finger, chunky white head that fades to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Ugly pale amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight malt and hop nose. Starts balanced maybe a little hoppiness, middle sweetness, clean finish. $1.29 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 23:45:51 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2004 03:09:04 | More by Sammy
Photo of csmartin6

New York

3/5  rDev -17.1%

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


3/5  rDev -17.1%

09-22-2013 15:24:06 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
Photo of Bighorn


3/5  rDev -17.1%

06-30-2012 02:04:08 | More by Bighorn
Photo of TooGood


3/5  rDev -17.1%

05-03-2014 23:39:04 | More by TooGood
Photo of ptarmigan98

Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.1%

12-14-2013 17:57:28 | More by ptarmigan98
Photo of battlekow


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

Reviewing this simultaneously with Lakefront's Klisch Pilsner. This is a perfectly average beer. It looks, smells, and tastes exactly like stereotypical beer. Pale gold, malty, smooth, refreshing, utterly lacking any distinguishing characteristics. Klisch is much better. Thanks to sopor for sending me a couple bottles of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 19:58:23 | More by battlekow
Photo of sparx1100


3/5  rDev -17.1%

08-07-2013 03:51:24 | More by sparx1100
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Schell's Pils from August Schell Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 284 ratings.