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Schell's Pils - August Schell Brewing Company

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303 Ratings

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.81%
Wants: 11
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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 BierFan
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Printed freshness date of "051409". Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice white head. Clear golden body. Real good head retention. Tiered lacing.

Smell: Biscuit and sweet pale malts. A slight bitterness in the smell.

Taste: Maltiness up front followed by bitterness. It's a really overlooked style and I wasn't expecting much from this one, but it ended up being a really solid beer.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle from a sampler.

I was really excited to crack this open. I've heard good things about it from people on here and in the real world (what?!?! BA is the real world!).

Pours a clear macro colored golden yellow with a one finger white head. Surprisingly there is a bit of lacing. Now that I look at it, in this lighting it has a greenish tint (the beer not the head).

There is a very strong citrus smell on the aroma. I'm not sure if it's supposed to be this strong, but it almost overpowers the malts and subtle earthy hops that are barely present.

Has a citrusy hop taste that balances well with slightly toasted malts and grains. I wonder if I got a bad batch or something, but I definitely get a distinct aluminum aftertaste here....not very pleasant. If not for that it would be pretty good though.

Crisp and refreshing. Light bodied with high carbonation.

Very drinkable, but so are most Pils. I most likely won't be seeking this out again, but it's still an average beer.

Photo of DocTheDJ
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear Yellow okay 1" head that fizzles fairly quickly, but sticks around to the bottom as a ring. A wee bit of lacing (surprisingly).

Smells surprisingly good. Typical Pilsner smell perhaps a bit stronger on the bitter hops and malt, & acids.

Taste not as good as I expected from the smell. A bit more bitter and zestier than I thought it might be which was nice.

Feel was okay carbonation matched alright, nice tangy zip on the tongue.

Overal: This beer is okay and I might buy it again in the summertime, maybe this isn't quite my style?

Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

Photo of sholland119
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new beer from the Local Beer and Glass BIF thanks to beerbeagle.

This one pours clear and golden with a thin white head. Smell is a little but spicy and yeasty with some citrus peeking through. Taste follows with a bit of bready malt and some added sweetness. Light to medium bodied and crisp. Very much a nice session pilsener.

Another really nice rendition of a not so favorite style from Schell's.


Photo of LordofTime25
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Photo of Offa
4.62/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So far, this is my favourite Schell beer and one of the best US pilsners I've had.

Golden, it has a small but dense white head that slowly shrinks to a ring and leaves some decent lace.

The aroma is grain, yeast, dust, hay, herbs, and pine.

The taste is bread, toasted grain, pine, lemon, and a hint of nuts. It has a firm malty body with enough sweetness and character to carry the definite hoppy flavour and bitterness to it. It is lively, engaging, with nice complexity, zesty, crisp, and highly enjoyable overall.

Photo of BigBry
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle sampled at the brewery tasting room, and again later in a mixed 12 pack. Label as shown above.
Pours slightly hazed, amber yellow color, decent sized white foam. The head shrinks quickly down to a floating film, leaves thin string line of lace. Slightly grainy smell, mild hops. The flavour is actually quite nice. Toasted malt character, slightly sweet, and a bit of spice in the finish. The body is full (for the style), good carbonation level. A pretty good beer all around, well made with no faults. This is the taste I am looking for in a pilsner.

Photo of dnichols
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured a clear yellow body with mountains of carbonation and a bone white head that disappeared fast leaving hints of bubbles on the surface.

S: It had muted lightly toasted malts as well as noticeable floral and citrus hops with a grassy and fresh grain undercurrent.

T: It was a smooth and well balanced pilsner with a graining pale malt front and flavoring and citrusy hops.

M: It was a light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation and a biting hoppy flavor that finished with a bite and a lingering bitter aftertaste.

D: It is a fine session beer for this style. It has low ABV, is light bodied and the flavors are well balanced. However, it is not a remarkable beer.

Photo of Buebie
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with no date. Into a tulip.
Great appearance on this. Golden transparent yellow, with a 2 finger fluffy white head. Astonishing retention for this style. Thick sticky white lace.
Smells of lemon zest, spiced wheat, floral hops.

Flavor is higher then expected. A zing of carbonation upfront, moving to a thicker creamy mouthfeel. A bit sweet turning bitter with a hop presence. More of that spiced peppercorn. A dab of lemon, some honey? Finishing dry with a hop linger.

Best Pils I've had yet.

Photo of beerkittycat
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Cresant
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pilsener glass. Coded 091208. The body was golden and clear. The head was creamy and white. This looked like the quintessential pilsener.

Smell was fruity. Biscuits. Hints of syrupy sweetness.

Taste was light fruitiness. Tangy balanced with non-descript sweet malts. Somewhat drying.

Mouthfeel was medium density. Somewhat zesty in the mouth.

Photo of RedBaron
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's been many years since I had the good fortune to drink Schell Pilsner (or any Schell, for that matter). Thanks to BA Marcobrau for the sample (brought back to the Windy City from the Twin Cities).

Appearance: Pale, straw yellow. Nice carbo, leaves a little lace.
Smell: Nice lightly toasted malted barley aromas. Not much hops.
Taste: Bready, earthy, nutty notes. Also has a pretty decent hop bitterness. Overall quite nice.
Mouthfeel: Slightly better-than-average malt/hop balance. Although crisp, it finishes just on this side of "a little too sweet" for me. Wish it was drier.
Drinkability: Quite good, especially on a hot summer day (which it is here in Chi-town). This beer used to be a bit hoppier - thus perhaps finishing a bit drier - as I try and remember it from over a decade ago, but I gotta hand to the folks in New Ulm: this is still a nicely made, German pilsener. It tastes more of a Bavarian-style pils (tending sweet) versus a Lower Saxony-kind of pils (tending dry). Whatever, this is nice stuff.

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

Schell Pilsner pours a clear straw yellow color with a finger of white, fluffy head.

The smell is has malt and citrus floral hoppiness to it as well as a note of grassiness.

Taste is balanced. Again, malt with citrus floral and grassy notes.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with a slightly crisp finish.

Drinkability is decent on this beer. Smooth, balanced, and refreshing. I doubt I will seek this beer out, but I wouldn't opt for water if this was offered either. Worth a try.

Photo of Greggy
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a thinner 1 finger head, although nice and fluffy. The body is yellow/golden with some nice light sedimentation.

S- A great blend of malt/hops. The hop aroma is really nice.

T- Clean refreshing taste gives way to an odd mineral character, and not much else. Overall.. not great.

M- Low carbonation works well but the finish is very odd.

D- I remembered this being better than it is. The finish seems really off, and there isn't quite as much hop presence as I was expecting.

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

Golden color, very slightly cloudy, with about 1/2 finger head when poured from a bottle to a mug. Had decent lacing, and good carbonation.

Smelled slightly grainy, without any real hops smell. Some grassy notes are also detected.

Taste, I thought this would be a perfect brew for someone who normally drinks the "Macro" stuff. It's a step up from those types of beers, but not doesn't have the WHAM of hops that something like Pilsner Urquell would have. I tasted no lemon notes at all.

Mouthfeel: I thought this had good carbonation, with an excellent balance for a someone like my folks who drink the BMC stuff. Not as crisp of a finish as I'd like for a pils, but still very drinkable.

Photo of tmitch75
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale straw color with 2-finger white head. Seems to me cloudier than a pilsner should be, but otherwise pretty good.

Sweet grainy smell with some hops.

Flavor is sweet and grainy too with a nice floral hoppy finish. Bitterness is good.

Light and pretty crisp, just right for the style.

A decent pilsner for sure, and better than the other Schell beers I have tried from the sampler pack.

Tasted on 3/31/08.

Photo of BigRedN
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of a mixed six pack. Bottle dated with (I assume) a best by date of 062808.

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass a perfectly clear golden color. Pour produces a 1 inch head. Fades to a tight cap on the liquid yet leaves minimal lacing. Since many Americans associate macro lager with the way beer should be, this looks like a really good beer.

Smell: Faint grainy malt, but I pick up more of a grassy, lemony citrus aroma.

Taste: Good balance of grainy malt (very light) tempered by a light hoppy bitterness on the finish. Very modest, non overpowering beer, but that is what I have come to expect for this style.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, well carbonated, lively. Finishes with a crisp clean aftertaste free swallow. This has everything the typical BMC drinker would like, except it probably has a bit too much flavor (and smell for that matter).

Drinkability: A bit light, an easy drinking beer. Sessionable, yes, but I tend to like my session beers around 5% ABV or less (at least when I am planning on consuming 6 or more or drinking all day). Still this is a good beer, that if the price were right ($6 or less) I would pick up again. Good for BMC drinker.

Photo of morimech
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with a small head that settles quickly. Leaves a moderate amount of soapy lacing on the glass. Very little if any carbonation bubbles in this beer. Seems a little odd for a pilsner.

The smell is grassy with some biscuit malt.

Very mild and well balanced. The malt and hops combine nicely for a refreshing and clean tasting beer.

Feels light bodied with low carbonation. It doesn't feel crisp.

Extremely drinkable and refreshing. An affordable beer that should be given a try.

Photo of Mdog
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Gold, decent sized head.

Smell: Mild grassy aroma.

Taste: Some grainy sweetness followed by some grassy hops. Well balanced between sweet and bitter.

Drinkability: Very quaffable, very reasonably priced.

For a good step up from macros this beer hits the spot. Only $6.99 a six (or $5.99 if you find it on sale) it is an inexpensive stepping stone beer. A well made pilsner that won't scare people away.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.44/5  rDev -32.6%
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.

Photo of akorsak
3.62/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of therica
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of daledeee
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Schell's Pils from August Schell Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.