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Schell's Pils - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

300 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | 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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Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, May 09, 2004
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

zestar, May 10, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy medium amber topped off by a medium-sized cap of dirty white. The head drops too quickly to a not-quite-covering film and leaves nothing more than a short collar of lace.

The nose is nothing to write home about. Grain/husk, mildly earthy hops and a faint skunkiness. I'm pretty certain that it isn't actually skunked, it's just that many pilseners smell that way to me to some extent. Must be one or more of the pils-specific hop varieties.

The flavor is actually better than the nose would suggest. There's plenty of malt and the fact that it's well-toasted gives this beer some character. It's also sweet and a little nutty with an underlying spiciness that isn't usually present in this style; at least in my limited experience. The body is firm and without appreciable faults.

Schell Pilsner is pretty good beer all things considered. It has more flavor and more personality than many domestic versions and that makes it okay in my book. I probably won't seek it out again, but this bottle was enjoyable.

BuckeyeNation, May 21, 2004
Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was decent. Very clear golden straw in color with lots of carbonation bubbling up to the surface. A big head of white quickly faded but was replaced by a broken crown that clung to the sides of the glass. Aroma is light grain and hay, a touch of light piney hops as it warms, but nothing really bowling me over here. As you take a sip, it is very clean, very crisp, but does not have a terribly great depth of flavor. Light grain note, light bittering hops in the finish, but the flavor is fleeting and leaves the mouth dry and looking for a sip of something else very quickly. Most likely the reason this one went by soo quickly.

mikesgroove, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a bright yellow body with a creamy white head.

Smell: Light, cereal-minded aroma with notes of spice and sour lemons.

Taste: Mild pilsner maltiness and some sweetness. Light spicy bitterness. Finishes dry with hints of sourdough and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. A tad watery.

Drinkability: Schell well well, what have we here? A light (even for a) pilsner, that's what.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

oberon, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear golden color with a fizzy, bubbly, white, one-finger head. It did not leave lace.

S - It smelled of gains and a little citrus.

T - It tasted of subtle, sweet malts. There was also a grain-like taste. It also had some hop bite.

M - It was crisp and dry. A light-bodied beer.

D - A pretty nice pilsner representation. Nothing special but it makes a descent session brew.

zeff80, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Jason, Oct 24, 2001
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

WVbeergeek, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden to bronze with very good effervescence & a 2.5" white head. Some lacing & no head retention

Smell: Malt & cornyness

Taste: corny up front, some floral hops follow &finishes astringent

MF: Light ot medium with good carbonation

Drinks okay, but nothing to get excited about to be sure

russpowell, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of XmnwildX12
2/5  rDev -44.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not too long ago, this beer went by the snappier, near-rhyming name of Schell's Pils. Que sera sera...
Color is a perfect gold, and clear, with a firm and compact white head. Aroma is fresh, and full of citrus, spice, and tingling with hops, the perfect picture of a pils. Clean, zesty, and a tiny bit sweet.
Mouthfeel fairly bristles with hops, which persists throughout the long and tasty finish. There's loads of hops, though they eventually dry out on the finish, as any good pils should. Very dry and satisfying. Tingly and tasty, with a hint of fruitiness, but nothing to threaten the dominance of the dry hoppy flavor.
For quite some time, this has been the Minnesota standard for local pilseners, and that reputation is warranted. A terrific lager, indeed.

feloniousmonk, Apr 18, 2003
Photo of WesWes
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/4" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an all malt aroma that boasts of pale and Munich malts . The taste is decent. It has a dry pale malt flavor with some Munich in there as well. It has a bitter hop bite that really turns me off. It has a nice malty taste, but the finish is unfavorable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent pilsner, but not my favorite for sure.

WesWes, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to morimech!

Freshness date of 041710 stamped on the neck - poured into a pils glass:

Pours bright golden. Streams of carbonated bubbles form a thick white foamy head that settles to a thin, lasting cover. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of grassy/floral hops with grainy maltiness. The hops and malts interweave to produce a very pleasant classic pils aroma.

The taste is sweet upfront - grainy, slightly nutty, maltiness slowly fades to a floral, balanced dryness in the finish. It has a refreshing finish, as a good pils should.

Clean, light-bodied (though towards medium with some thickness about it being light-bodied).

A nicely-made pils - certainly "sessionable" - This is what the macro "pilseners" should be!

jwc215, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

imperialking, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Trashcat, Nov 19, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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.

tempest, Apr 24, 2006
Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

LXIXME, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of mothman
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into strange glass (my Pilsner glass was at home, but this was pretty close).

Color is a light clear yellow. There is a thin white head that leaves great lacing.

Smell is very simple; it is grainy and smells like an American macro lager. Taste is similar, except there is a bread like taste and nothing relating to the macro lager smell. There are also floral hops that become present.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and clean. This beer leaves a slight dry aftertaste.

Overall, this is one solid Pilsner. It is very easy to drink! I think Schells hit the prime spot here! I definitely would recommend this!

mothman, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.1%

ejimhof, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of akorsak
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A bottle courtesy of DarkerTheBetter.

A: The pils is a pale golden yellow, straw-colored even. The pils is hazy even without any visible sediment. A thick head was already laced nicely around the uppermost portions of the glass.

S: The nose is primarily malty, grainy with a cereal finish. A hint of earthy hop bitterness cuts through the malts but it is fleeting.

T: The lager is good. Those four little letters nicely encapsulate a pils that doesn't wow you but it does get the job done. The malt flavor is grainy, touches of pale biscuit and caramel create a full taste that doesn't fill you up. The malts are met with a flashing hop body, fast but strong enough to register.

M: The mouthfeel is grainy enough to chewy, a nice after dinner drink in place of dessert.

D: A decent sessioner, this pils is a pleasant drink from Schell's.

akorsak, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schell's Pilsner

Appearance: Light straw in color with a chill haze. This is acceptable here. Soapy head forms and leaves a sheet of lacing. Very good looking pilsner beer.

Smell: Grassy hops, bready malts.

Taste: Pretty much mimics an imported German pilsner. Tea like hops on a light bready malt body. Herbal and light citrus. Crisp. Alittle earthy.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, smooth, crisp.

Drinkability: A nice no frills pils. Very true to the style. I can dig it.

Stinkypuss, May 01, 2011
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Schell's Pils from August Schell Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 300 ratings.