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Schell's Pils - August Schell Brewing Company

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283 Ratings

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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 8
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 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 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 23:37:47 | More by akorsak
Photo of therica


3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought in August 2006, consumed in March 2008.

A= very little head which quickly faded but left a ring and mild lacing around the glass. Pale urine-yellow (sorry but that's about the only thing I can compare it to!). Some streams of small bubbles rising.

S= grassy sweet hops & mild malts, stronger after it sits for a few minutes.

T= far better than I had expected. Very nice and refreshing mouthful of air before the gulp, and the taste is more evident when gulped down than savored. Much like the scent in flavors, adequate hoppy-bitters but not overdone. Very nice floral-citrusy hops, sweetness and a mild musty taste more reminiscent of lagers than pilsners but quite fitting. Slight lemon-orange in there somewhere.

M= slight bitterness in the aftertaste, more so as the beer is consumed, light sweetness on the tongue.

D= very. Try it if you can.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 00:15:57 | More by therica
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 04:39:15 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of daledeee


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a "regular" beer color. Yellow with a nice medium head. The smell is hoppy and a hair grainy. The taste is the winner here. This reminds me of the beer I had in northern Germany. Excellent blend of hops, lemon and malt. Very enjoyable. The joy lasts to the last sip. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 04:03:18 | More by daledeee
Photo of biggmike


3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive yellow/golden color with a nice white head that dissipated fairly quickly. Aroma is not real strong, with a hint of hops. Taste of hops; smooth, clean and crisp. Lacing on glass is nice. I thought this was a very enjoyable quencher and the drinkability of this one is very high. I enjoyed

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 23:44:16 | More by biggmike
Photo of daaru


3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

it is hard to get too excited about most pilsners but this one is really quite good. attractive blonde in the glass, but more complex taste and aroma than might be expected from the appearance. light floral hop notes in the nose and on the palate, where it is mixed with a nice roasted malt top note. not much of a head. very drinkable with pleasant mouthfeel. i'd buy more of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 00:58:14 | More by daaru
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another one of my finds on my last trip to the midwest.

It's a crystal clear, very, very pale yellow-gold brew with a rocky ivory head. Nice lacing left on the glass. A very sweet pale malt aroma, some faint sweet but herbal hops aromas as well.
Very sweet malt, balanced somewhat by the herbal hops. Very sticky (for a pilsner) in the finish but the noble hops get more pronounced in the aftertaste the longer you drink it. Body is a bit soft and sweetish; I like my pilsners crisp and clean, at least as far as the malt goes.

Nothing at all wrong with it, I only wish it was just a touch less sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 20:07:39 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of shadow1961


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

August Schell's Pilsner pours a stiff creamy head over a clear honey-colored
brew. Carbonation is quite active, the nose being slightly fruity barley malt and
pils yeast. The flavor is rich, slightly sweet malt up front. There are citrus notes
there too, and the finish is a tiny nip of grassy hop. Mouthfeel is round yet crisp-
it's a very easy drinking beer. The only thing keeping this brew from perfection
is a lack of a slightly more assertive hop profile. As it is, it's a good, drinkable
session breer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 07:28:54 | More by shadow1961
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 22:17:40 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of afinepilsner


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Schell Pilsner was a pale golden color and a little hazy. The white head was medium in size with good retention and left some lacing behind. The aroma was light malt with a little citrus. The taste was malt upfront followed by a nice hop flavor and bitterness. The finish was dry with some hops and bitterness lingering. It was medium-light in body with good carbonation. Drinkability was good. It's a crisp and refreshing lager that I enjoy on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 00:24:18 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of WesWes

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 00:08:36 | More by WesWes
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 17:11:54 | More by zeff80
Photo of Windigstadt


3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale straw color with a one-finger white head; slightly opaque.
S: Bready, malty aroma, with hints of citrus; slight grassiness, but overall hop aroma was lacking.
T: Clean flavor of pilsner malt up front; quickly gives way to moderate noble hop finish.
M: Moderate mouthfeel; slightly full for a pilsner but refreshing nonetheless.
D: What you would expect from a pilsner.
Overall: Good example of a German pils, but nothing exceptional. If you're in the mood for a pils and this is available, I'd recommend it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 17:14:47 | More by Windigstadt
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 01:30:16 | More by oberon
Photo of beveritt


4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bronw bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is the standard Schell label, which I believe depicts the brewery itself. A code is printed on the neck that seems to indicate this was brewed on the 341st day of 2006.

Appearance: Pours with just over an inch of initially big, bubbled white foam. This slowly settles and compacts, leaving 3/8 inch of nice, dense white head with some lacing already. The beer itself is pale yellow with a slight haze.

Smell: Very strong aroma, you can smell it before you even begin to bring it to your nose. Sweet with a little spiciness. SLight metallic aroma in the finish. Hints of citrus and grass.

Taste: Upfront bready malt flavor with not as much sweetness as you would expect from the smell. Rolls smoothly into a hint of furitiness followed by a decent level of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Average carbonation with a nice, mouthfilling body.

Drinkability: Admittedly, the light lagers are not my normal cup of tea, I lean towards very malty beers. Hwoever, this is great. Refreshing enough for a hot summer's day, yet complex enough to have year round. Big fan. I continue to be impressed by this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 01:29:54 | More by beveritt
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pilsner glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a nearly clear pale gold with a thick, tightly bubbled white head with nice retention, about an inch of it and with very nice lacing and a good cap of retention halfway thru the glass.

S: Very fresh and clean smell sweet malt aroma coupled with hints of floral hops. A very nice balance exists between the malts and hops which is a nice suprise as most other pilsners I've tried stick heavily on malt almost ignoring the hops alltogether.

T/MF: Very nice and sweet malt presence with carbonation that spreads the flavor evenly across the palate, also quite creamy for a pilsner. The beer finishes quite clean with a nice hop and grassy presence that does not leave the mouth feeling too dry. A very well balance beer. Nice on the malts, nice on the hops, nice solid beer.

D: I was quite impressed by this beer as it was not like I expected. I've had this beer before, but now I can say I truly took the time to appreciate this beer. I can't give this one fives yet because I need to have some more pilsners, this one turned me onto them again and I'm glad. I'd try this again in the future and share it with some friends next time.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 20:53:41 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of happygnome


3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: golden color with about an inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: grassy notes ligh hop aroma
t: very clean and refreshing no taste is very strong very enjoyable
m: clean and smooth medium bodied beer that is not overly carbonated very nice

overall this is a very enjoyable pils that is very refreshing

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2007 00:05:16 | More by happygnome
Photo of andrewmartin


3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Came in a variety pack I picked up the last time I was through MN.

A: Pale gold with a thick head.

S: Very light malts and grassy notes, very subdued

T: Starts off very clean, soft malt and bready, with just a hint of hop bitterness to round things out.

M: Clean and crisp.

D: Not exactly a muscular pilsner like Prima Pils, but the soft malt flavor is absolutely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 23:08:10 | More by andrewmartin
Photo of Phocion


3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no date, served in a pint glass. Pours a transparent dark-golden/straw color with a small but fairly retentive foamy white head that melts down into a thin crown.

Aroma is mostly floral/grassy hops with a nice balance of sweet, slightly roasted caramel malts.

The aforementioned hops are actually a bit more bitter than I had expected, with a nice honey-like taste from the malts as well as a grainy backbone and a somewhat tangy finish.

Very crisp mouthfeel and refreshing, medium-bodied with good carbonation. Good local example of a pils, that I'd more than likely try again.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 20:45:22 | More by Phocion
Photo of HardTarget


3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Light overall aroma, mainly got some wet grain, an earthy note, and a hit of what I thought was Saaz hops.

Appearance: Golden glass with a thin white collar that left spots of lace.

Flavor: Mild peppery hop gave the beer a nice crisp taste without being bitter.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and a slightly creamy texture.

Overall Impression: Easy drinking Pilsner. Big thanks to Chad for bringing some Schell beers back from Minnesota for us!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 20:14:05 | More by HardTarget
Photo of sauron681


3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden color, that turns slightly cloudy. Starts out with a nice head but leaves soon enough, with very minimal lacing which also leaves quickly. Lots of carbonation and sticky bubbles on glass.

The aroma is of the typical pilsner/europe lager. A mild cabbagy smell, with the more predominant mettalic smell. To me, this tasted alot like a Pilsner Urquell. Quite fizzy on the tongue, with a dry bitter taste and finishes very chalky. Maintains a slight citrus tang on the way down. The aftertaste lasts forever.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 03:28:50 | More by sauron681
Photo of kimcgolf


3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer started out like a traditional BMC type beer, but actually ended on a better note. Poured to a light golden color with little carbonation, head or lacing. Aroma was very grainy and not real pleasant. Surprisingly, the taste was somewhat fruit and floral, with a good lingering after-taste. While not a great beer, this would make a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 02:48:00 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a very grainy malt (perhaps some corn) and a light, yet spicy noble hop.

The taste was pretty well balanced. The flavor began with a sweet grain with perhaps some corn element followed by a stiff spicy noble hop. I can see this beer as a throwback American adaptation of the German Pils. The authentic hop profile is present with what I interpret as a bit of corn.

The mouthfeel was light with good carbonation.

Overall a very nice session beer - tasty and drinkable. Thanks to bulldogsturge.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 03:53:29 | More by plaid75
Photo of umustdrink


4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear faint orange color. Lots of carbonation bubbles running up the side. Fluffly white head sits at a shallow eight inch. Minimal lacing.

S - Smell is of sweet wheat with just a faint hint of the normal pilsener funk.

T - Very faint hop bitterness at first, with sweet wheaty notes present. Very sweet and citrusy throughout.

M - Carbonation bites a little but, bit it's not too bad. Good and filling.

D - This is a lot better than I thought it would be. One of my new favorites from Schell.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 03:30:24 | More by umustdrink
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