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Schell's Pils - August Schell Brewing Company

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181 Reviews

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Reviews: 181
Hads: 324
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 13.66%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | 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 hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Freshness date of 051610 (May 16, 2010) Stamped on the neck.

Hazy yellow color with a white foamy head with good retention. Smells of lemon, pale malt, and hops. Has a pleasing sweet malt flavor, and the hops, lemon, and some nutty flavor also come through nicely.

Crisp, clean, light bodied, and properly carbonated. This is a Pilsner the way it is meant to be. Very drinkable, and my favorite Pilsner on the market so far.

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Photo of kegger22
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Schell Pilsner was a golden yellow color with a fluffy, two finger white head that had good retention.

The aroma was a little grassy but not much else; however, I've a sinus infection so I'll blame that instead of the beer.

The taste that first impressed my palate was saltiness. Not heavy salt like a gose, but noticeable and a good fit to the overall flavor. Otherwise, it was buttery and had that typical grain taste, though not particularly sweet.

The mouth feel was light bodied, lightly oily and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability was good; flavor, ABV and price combine for easy drinking.

IMO, this was not a remarkable beer except for one thing - the salt taste that I got made this beer for me. The was the sixth beer from a Schell's sampler that I have tried, and I have been impressed by the sampler. In fact, I have already returned to the store to buy 2 more sixers of the stout.

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Photo of bsp77
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Light, slightly hazy, yellow with moderate white head and slight lacing lines.

Smell: Mostly straw and grass, with some apple, pear and peppery hops.

Taste: Fairly similar to the smell but a little more pronounced. Grassy, grainy and straw-like, with sweet apple and pear. Has a peppery finish that is just a little bit bitter.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light body that is almost creamy, not quite as dry as I like in a great Pilsner but smooth.

Drinkability: Great thirst quencher. Over the years, this beer has become better balanced and more smooth.

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Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

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Photo of katan
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a Sams Perfect Pint

A - Pours a light, bright golden color. Lots of bubbling, very clear. Strong head formation, but it was quick to break down.

S - A pilsner malt scent, but is overall a is extraordinarily light. Grainy and husky at times.

T - Clearly a bomb of pilsner malts, coming across potent but not overwhelming. Extraordinarily clear bite of those grainy sweet notes. Builds a phenolic mid-stream and hop note - exerting more alcohol than is there. Finishes with an acidic, floral, and almost boozy finish.

M - Strong body - even stronger carbonation. Aftertaste carriers some strong oily bitter textures.

D -Moderate drinkability - abv is manageable, but the taste would fool you. Flavors are strong enough to take you back a little. A bit filling.

Not as clean as I would prefer my pils - but nothing really wrong with this beer.

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Photo of PaleAlien2
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty golden color. Startlingly clear. White head.

Nice malty, grainy aroma. Also smell grapefruit or something.

Prevalent malt flavor. Also tastes of corn. Some hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.

Pretty good beer overall. Reminds me a little of Grain Belt.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner Glass. 010210 Julian date?

A - Totally clear pale yellow straw color with a bit of carbonation rising up to a pillowy white head. Small stature and medium retention with a collar of lacing.

S - The smell has a light mineral hint to it that works well with the light lemon citrus grassy aroma. Pale malts with straw and a crisp, clean noble hop nose.

T - Delicious. Crisp and clean noble hops are accentuated by a light lemon grass and a pale base maltiness with a kiss of dry straw.

M - Very dry like wine and a bit of striking bitterness to the finish. Hops run wild with the lack of a strong maltiness. Crisp and clean that's nicely refreshing and light in body.

D - It's just a touch too bitter for me but is a good, flavorful pilsner that's also fairly drinkable. Not my favorite style but one of the better versions of it certainly.

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Photo of CRichardsMN
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazy straw yellow with a bubbly white head to the top of the glass (16oz pub). Head falls to a very smooth ring with a great pile of lace that would rival most stouts.

Nice malty grassiness with mild hops. Pretty mild.

Full balanced compliment of grain and hops. Tiny bit of sweet then a well rounded smack of bitterness. Finishes with only a slight bitter aftertaste. Much more beer in the beer than expected by the thin color.

Mild carbonation but smooth and moderately full bodied.

If all pilseners and lagers were as deceptively flavorful as this, I would be prone to drink a whole lot more of them. This one goes down easily.

Was invited to the beer bus tour of the August Schell brewery in New Ulm but had to work. Decided to buy the sampler pack and take my own mini tour. This is #1 of 6 styles (going to drink them in order from least to most anticipated) and I'm now really looking forward to the rest of them.

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Photo of spointon
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this from a 12oz brown bottle into a DFH stemmed glass.

A= This beer poured a lightly hazed yellow gold color with a 1/4" white head. The head dropped to a thin ring very quickly but left behind some of the nicest lace I have ever seen on a pils.

S= Smelled of pale malt with a citrusy sweetness that was just perfect. The hops were floral with a touch of grass in my nose.

T= This started off grainy and mildly sweet, but quickly developed a depth of flavor showing biscuit, honey, and a floral/herbal hop note. The finish cleaned all that up and made my mouth dry enough to want some more.

MF= Lighter side of medium bodied with a clean and crisp mouthfeel. Carbonation was well evident without being too sharp.

D= Extremely drinkable. This is a hell of a session beer and makes me wish I could get it regularly. If I could, this would be my lawnmower, baseball game tailgating beer of choice.

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a white bubble head that dissipates quickly.

The smell is of malt, grass and floral hops, very nice for a pilsener.

The taste is good, fresh grassy taste, smooth malt and floral hop flavors, great example of the style.

Crisp refreshing mouthfeel, good level of carbonation with a light body.

This is a very drinkable beer, I could drink quite a few of these bad boys and love every sip.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a solid golden color with a decent white head above it. Nice bready, malty notes were balanced in the aroma by grassy hops, perhaps a touch of sulfur.

The beer flows fairly light on the palate. A slight sweet biscuit flavor melds into decent lemon and grass hoppiness. The beer exits with a snappy finish.

I liked it.

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Photo of JamesS
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden straw color with nice head and nice bubbles, with a bit of decent lacing. Great scent, a deeply sweet malty aroma with a hint of pepper. Excellent taste, refreshing and crisp, a great malty sweet beer with a nice slight pepper finish (nice noble hops). Goes down wonderfully smooth. A great lawnmower beer, or any time beer really.

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Photo of jsh420
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

best by 09/19/09

pours bright clear gold with a 1 finger head that left notches down the glass

smell is very sweet - with bready malts and lemon

taste is a good mix with the bready malts first then bitter sweet hops and lemon which gives a nice bite - maybe a little honey i pickup also

mouthfeel is a nice light body pils with plenty of carbonation that gives you a crisp yet creamy finish

drinkability is good - a crisp light beer with clean flavors

this is the 3rd beer out of the schell sampler i have tried and so far they are 2 of 3 - i would buy this one again

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Photo of meatmallet
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color. Has a medium white head which quickly dissipates.

Smell: Sweet and earthy. I pick up on grain, hay, and lightly toasted malts. The dominant fruit smell is lemon and a bit of honey.

Taste: Actually a bit sweet for a pilsener. That may be why I liked it so much. More hops than you would expect from the nose .Has a citrus hop flavor with toasted malts and grains. The only issue is I can also taste a slight aluminum aftertaste. This would go much higher if it were not for that.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Highly carbonated and light bodied.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint pilsener glass.

A-Crystal-clear light-golden beer. 2-fingers of fluffy bright-white head, which retained moderately, reducing to very sparse bubbles.

S-Spicy-sweet hops with a bready, grainy malt, and an almost grassy character underlying.

T-Bready, European malt character. Slight grassy spixce, herbal and perfumy. Hop bitterness is assertive. Finishes dry and spicy.

M-Medium-high carbonation level is surprisingly not overbearing. Medium-light body, providing an interesting an appropriate mix.

D-An easy-drinking, full-flavored pilsner. Accessible and smooth, though not amazing. However, I bet this one would be an amazing post-lawnmowing beer :D

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Photo of argock
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass tumbler. Bottled on date on neck. Purchased as Schell's sampler 12-pack.

A: Clear yellow with ample 1-finger head with average retention and spittles of head.

S: Very toasted aroma which did not fit all that well with the style. There is some sharper, spicier hops also which is more fitting.

T: The flavor is also more toasted and huskier than most pilsners. Hops flavors are less sharp but still full with an herbal, earthier quality.

M: Feel is pretty basic with good even carbonation and light-to-medium body.

D: A basic but good German pilsener.

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Photo of jera1350
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a pilsner glass a light champagne yellow color with eggshell white head that steadily reduces. Small remnants of lacing.

Light malt and hop smell. Some lemon zest is present as well.

Considerable hop bite here. Not complex, but definitely bitter from the hops. Finishes pretty clean.

Light bodied, lively carbonation to tickle the pallate.

Great hot weather beer. As easy to drink as any of this style. Easier to drink with each sip.

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Photo of Rayek
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Brilliant brass with excellent clarity and active carbonation from small bubbles. A Dense and pillow like white head forms on top. Head retention is exemplary. About halfway down the glass, it started leaving a decent patchy lace.

S: Lemon, grass, plus raw barley. Slightly musty too.

T: Clean and crisp. Raw dry malt starts things out. Bitterness comes on with a pronounced pepper and lemon bite. Finishes slightly metallic, with a lemon tartness.

M: The medium light body is smooth in the mouth.

D: This is an excellent session beer. It's fairly restrained in the flavor department, but I found myself enjoying it.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with nice label and clearly marked best by date

Appearance: Hazy medium-golden beer...fairly high CO2 levels; fairly dense white head which soon fades to a 1/2 finger film with decent retention and a little bit of lacing

Smell: Light graininess, just a touch of fruitiness, some grassy hops as well.

Taste: Good balance between malt and hops...crisp, somewhat sharp graininess with light grassy hops...not a lot going on here, but fairly pleasant

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied, crisp, refreshing

Drinkability: Medium/high

Conclusion: Not a bad pilsener, but nothing stand-outish at the same time.

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Photo of docfootdude
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just discovered this brewery on a recent trip to IA. Picked up a sample sixer. Our local distributors don't carry AC products here in IN.

Beautiful clear pour with an inch of crisp foam. Great bready aroma with some hop nose in there.

Body was full and there were zero off flavors which is great for a pilsner. I would guess that this leans a bit to the bitter/ hoppy end of the scale for pilsners, but I don't count that a flaw other than covering the malt profile a little bit.

I only wish that I could have picked up a case; this is the perfect summer beer. I wish more breweries paid attention to making simple and well crafted beers such as these.

Gives me something to look forward to after the 8 hour trip back to Iowa next time.

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Photo of Riccymon
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle a pale yellow with a fluffy couple inches of head. Loads of carbonation bubbles throughout the life of the beer. Smell is predominantly pale malt with a grainy note, which reminds me of Boston Lager.

Taste is similarly pleasant and grainy with the added bonus of a lemon note; subtle in a good way. Body is light and smooth with a lingering lemon bitterness in the finish. Drinkability is next to none.

Schell's pils was my introduction to the style a few summers ago, and after returning to it, I think I prefer its balance and understated flavors to some of the hoppy pilsners floating around.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of the Pilsner style, but this is one I make an exception for because it's done so well and has so much flavor.

Appearance - Sparkling golden yellow with a foamy white head. Not much retention, but laces nicely.

Smell - Slightly sweet, with malty and hoppy aroma. A little grassy smell in there, too.

Taste - Crisp, clean and the hops are always right there. One of the better Pilsners I've had over the years.

Mouthfeel - Highly carbonated, which gives a little life to an otherwise thin mouth feel.

Drinkablity - Very drinkable. I've done many sessions with this beer over the years, and it's always one of my favorite Schell's beers.

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Photo of steveh
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -- Clear, straw to gold color with a persistent white head.

S -- Nice Pils malt with some vague DMS, as to be expected, and a mellow citric note.

T -- Fleetingly sweet, grainy, bready malt character with a bitterness that seems a bit harsh to the balance -- not sure what gives, maybe just wrong hop usage. Finishes nicely dry.

M -- Soft to crisp mouthfeel with a light body.

D -- Very drinkable. As I sample a little more, the beer smooths out well, the bitterness balances better as the beer warms, goes down easily.

The August Schell line is really impressing me more, their beers got me into better beer back in the mid 80s.

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Photo of Goliath
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow/orange color with a 2 inch off white head sitting on top. Good head retention and really nice lacing.

The aroma is fine, but a little bland. It seems slightly citric with notes of lemon as well as some pale malt, almost wheat like.

The taste is good, but doesn't quite seem to hit the pilsner spot for me. Some pale malt and a bit of lemon zest as well as a slight bitterness on the finish. Seems slightly soapy too.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is high. The flavor profile isn't quite there for me, and niether is the look. It's alright, but definitely not my favorite.

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Photo of KeefD
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden yellow with a nice two finger head and good lacing. Aroma is grainy and sweet, light floral hops. Flavor is a bit sweet for a pilsner, lots of grainy malts, slightly floral with hints of honey and herbal hops. Bitterness is there but nothing crazy. Pretty well balanced actually. Crisp and refreshing, lots of carbonation. A good take on a pilsner and another solid offering from Schell's.

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Schell's Pils from August Schell Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.