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Schell's Dark - August Schell Brewing Company

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212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.82%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is dark because the barley is roasted longer– a flavorful lager that everyone will enjoy.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-17-2002)
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AmberMan22

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would have to say that the appearance is actually one of the highlights at this beer. Taking the style into context, many Munich Dunkel's have a fair amount of transparency, plenty of them being...well, not all that dark looking.

That however, is where the similarities end.
Smell and taste seem almost like fabrications, like it's just not real. The mouthfeel backs up this perception, due to the generally wishy-washy heft it provides.
Lightly toasted malt, with a faint afterthought of hops. Kind of like a St. Pauli Girl Dark or Beck's Dark, though those even have a tastier 'bitter' flavor to them.

This is the first beer from Schell that really disappointed me, but having this after their stout is a tough act to follow.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 20:31:01 | More by AmberMan22
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12 oz glass bottle. Birthday gift sampler pack! This is my first trial run.

Appearance - through the glass it has a beautiful dark amber color. Leaves a lacing even in the bottle.

Smell - bready, caramel, A lot like Grain Belt Nordeast. Sweet. An exquisite smell.

Taste - surprisingly great! but not exceptional. I like the smooth flavor but it ends a tad too bitter/sour for me. I consider Nordeast to be the quintessential red beer for myself, so keep that in mind. Has a bit of a Budweiser smoky flavor to it as well. I would say it starts better than it ends and it ends on a sour metallic note.

Mouthfeel - glassy smooth. Bubbly. Goes down easy.

Overall - this is a good beer. I would order it in a pub and drink it again if Nordeast was not available. Schell has done another great job, good stuff.

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Served from a bottle

I usually steer clear of dark beers and resisted trying Schell's Dark. I often associated dark beers with being bitter and filling. This was not the case. I loved there was very little bitterness. A very refreshing beer, light malt with a great aftertaste. Not a lot of carbonation though. With some types beers I have one and I am done. I will usually have one after work and one with dinner. Goes great with meat and potatoes.

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Schell's Dark from August Schell Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.