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Schell's Dark - August Schell Brewing Company

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76
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215 Ratings
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Ratings: 215
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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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PaleAlien2

Nebraska

3.4/5  rDev +2.4%

Has a nice ruby color with creamy lacing. I can tell it's watery just from swirling it around the glass--half a point off for that.

Unique smell. Kind of an odd sweetness to it.

Sweet malty flavor. Notes of caramel and fruit. Very little hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel is very watery.

This beer is decent, but I probably wouldn't ever get it again.

01-21-2010 03:32:14 | More by PaleAlien2
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Turbo

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

10-06-2013 00:54:23 | More by Turbo
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blackearth

Minnesota

3.2/5  rDev -3.6%

Purchased from 3 Corners Liquor in Medford, MN. Pours a dark amber body with lots of rising bubbles, which makes it look like Coca Cola. Aroma is of sweet malts and no hops at all. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavors of toasted malt and toffee sweetness. There's a very faint hop flavor in the overall sweet finish. There's nothing special here.

03-28-2010 19:47:38 | More by blackearth
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skybluewater

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -12.7%

Pours a deep amber color (I was expecting something black!), no lacing to speak of. Doesn't smell the greatest. Taste is pretty basic-fairly malty, but weak, with a touch of hops. Nothing offensive, but nothing at all special.

Not a great brew here, best to stick with Schell's Craft selections. But if this was on tap at some pizza parlor, I'd go for it.

10-07-2004 09:32:33 | More by skybluewater
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NWer

Washington

3.23/5  rDev -2.7%

"Dark" beer poured into a pint glass.
Strange to name a beer "dark" as if it tells us anything as to style.
OK, so it's a dunkel lager.
Poured brown with adequate head that dissipates quickly.
Taste of honey. Very sweet. Too sweet to be a session beer but perfectly willing to enjoy one if handed to me.

09-03-2011 19:23:26 | More by NWer
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SD-Alefan

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev +13%

04-19-2014 15:57:02 | More by SD-Alefan
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bsp77

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -5.7%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into single style glass.

Appearance: Dark brownish-amber with very thin head.

Smell: Very sweet - caramel and maybe a little cherry. Maybe a touch of spiciness.

Taste: Very malty and sweet. Lots of caramel and fruit, with maybe a touch of roastiness and spiciness. Really wish there was more than a touch of both. Slightly cloying aftertaste.

Feel: Pretty high carbonation, light to medium body.

Drinkability: Easy to drink but uninteresting.

Schell should make a real Dunkel, this is an American Dark Lager.

08-13-2009 21:51:02 | More by bsp77
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MattyG85

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a darker shade of amber red with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger off white head with good retention. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Sweet lightly toasted caramel malts with toffee. Lots of wheat grains. Light hint of chocolate. Mostly grains.

Taste: Mostly wheat grains with some lightly toasted caramel malts. A very light subtle hint of chocolate. Very grain driven and fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Subtle but not watery.

Overall: A decent lighter lager. Flavors are very subtle but this brew isn't watery at all.

10-23-2011 08:50:52 | More by MattyG85
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Timmuh


3.75/5  rDev +13%

03-17-2012 01:32:09 | More by Timmuh
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -8.7%

Clear dark tea-like brown, OK head that's down to a rim-clinging rim in 40 seconds. Slightly chocolate aroma. Mostly malty but pretty non-descript. A little bit of a nut flavor but not much. Some light brown sugar predominates, very little sense of hops at the finish. This is really ordinary in all aspects, not a beer I would choose to purchase on my own. Maybe a starter for people who like Michelob Dark. The bottle was a part of a sampler pack I got in order to try this year's Snow Storm rendition.

11-27-2002 08:55:43 | More by ADR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours from a clear bottle, labeling and bottle together bring out a retro feel to the product. Pours a dark copper ruby brown hue with a nice creamy tan head quickly dwindling. Aroma has hints of grainy malts, a touch of caramel and tart fruit in there as well. Flavor wise roasty malts/husky graininess/fruits with apple/raisin coming through with a touch of a grassy finish. Mouthfeel is a bit rough around the edges but a light to medium bodied lager from New Alt Minnesota is a welcome addition to the beers I've tried. This is nowhere near Penn Dark was it's hayday, but it's a decent drinkable beer.

02-12-2011 13:34:56 | More by WVbeergeek
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

01-05-2014 22:06:54 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -9.6%

10-24-2012 12:30:59 | More by sgttibbs
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.03/5  rDev -8.7%

(Served in 2 American pint glasses) it was happy hour I guess

A- This beer has a dark brown shoe polish colored body with a thin light tan film of head and a strong carbonation.

S- The smell of pot caramel had a faint dry dark malt note to it.

T- This beer had a pot caramel malt flavor with a nougat note. There was a faint sulfur note and a faint noble hop hint in the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel had a watery texture and a tight fizz in the finish.

D- This beer didn't have a lot of flavor and the flavors it did have were a little off. It would be nice to taste some other malt flavors like maybe some Munich malt or other lightly toasted malts.

06-08-2006 18:44:53 | More by rhoadsrage
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-05-2013 23:56:41 | More by richkrull
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.04/5  rDev -8.4%

Small off white to light tan head slowly settles down above a clear burnt reddish brown colored beer.

Light caramel malts aroma coming from richly roasted grain malts.

Lighter tasting roasted caramel malts taste without much else coming through with this Schell's Dark.

Wettish aftertaste without much taste associated with it with this lighter bodied beer.

This beer seems to be a bit light tasting for a dark, was hoping it would have more and richer tastes, although the taste that it has isn't bad, just lighter than I was thinking I would get with a Dark.

08-13-2013 20:28:12 | More by LXIXME
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bif_fat_sellout


3/5  rDev -9.6%

11-09-2012 23:42:08 | More by bif_fat_sellout
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optimator705

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +13%

06-27-2013 14:18:48 | More by optimator705
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zjungleist

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -8.1%

Amber/brown in color with a low medium head. The smell is generic caramel malt. Taste is caramel and roasted malts, with a distinct absense of hops, and kinda funky sulphury aftertaste. Mouthfeel is on the high side of medium and carbonation is average. Overall, I can't really say I was a fan.

09-14-2006 00:00:22 | More by zjungleist
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -9.6%

Well, I've seen darker. Here we have a caramel color with very good clarity and a half-inch soapy head that settles to a thin layer quickly.

Aroma: Light caramel notes and even lighter notes of chocolate and brown sugar arise from the glass.

Flavor is brown sugar, hazelnut, caramel. Barely any hops detectable, this is definitely more about the dark malts. It tastes okay, but leans toward the unspectacular.

On the thin side, body-wise, with a strange puckery, distracting feel during the dry finish.

The clear bottle scared me...the previous two Schell's I've had didn't psych me up...the label reminded me way too much of a Hamm's or Schlitz thing. All that hesitation doesn't help what is basically your average brown ale...err, I mean Munich Dunkel Lager. Whatever you call it, it's severely average.

08-24-2007 22:02:25 | More by Metalmonk
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kittywamp

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +18.4%

A: a nice brown with highlights of red

S: sweet, grain spice with a note of something i cant place the smell.

T: sweet caramel, malty and a hint of nut

M: creamy, buttery and smooth goodness

O: this is a great starter beer. made by a great brewery.

08-31-2011 17:35:42 | More by kittywamp
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.73/5  rDev +12.3%

When Gramps speaks of "real beer", this is what we means. No, not Westy. Nor Stone. Not even Sierra Nevada. He's talking about Schell Dark.

Now shuttup and listen.

This is American Lager done right.

"Dark" might be an overstatement. More of a golden copper. Obligatory, fizzy white cap.
Nose is grainy. Maybe with a touch of corn. Gramps tells you to stop your highfallutin' bullshit. This smells like beer. 'Nuff said.

Begins lightly sweet. Faint caramel notes, probably (though not certainly) adjuncted with corn. It doesn't develop much from here. Grainy midesection. Hopping is light but drying, especially in combonation with the carbonation (which, to its credit, does not seemed forced).
Simple stuff. But it works. Find your complexities elsewhere, and just drink.

Light bodied and totally guzzleable. As a regional/macro, it is positively top shelf.
This features a solid malt statement. Embrace that.

I received this as part of a Schell sampler pack, which defeats its very purpose. This should not be sold in denominations less than 12 (or, more likely, 24). If this was readily available and cheap, it'd be a staple in my fridge.
And Gramps would be proud of me.

12-26-2003 07:49:54 | More by cokes
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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -9.6%

Poured from a clear 12 oz. bottle into a chilled pint glass. Part of a 12-pack sampler from Schell's Brewery.

Appearance - Pours a clear brown with red tints, nice tan foamy head that retains well. Leaves a little nice lacing as it recedes.

Smell - Malty, malty, malty with a little hint of floral hops.

Taste - Smooth and no bitterness at all. Very pronounced taste of malted barley, with a little caramel and sweet hops on the finish. Not too shabby. A good dunkel lager.

Mouth Feel - Light and a little watery and thin. Good carbonation.

Drinkability - Surprisingly light and refreshing for a dark beer with dark roasted barley. Easy to drink, would definitely have another if it was around.

06-27-2009 19:07:40 | More by ChopperSmith
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.28/5  rDev -31.3%

A - Clear bottle...ahhh! This one pours a clear wood-varnish brown with some purple highlights. The head is about two fingers after a vigorous pour, and looks fluffy and puffy. Some foamy lace is left on the glass, and retention is decent, but not great.

S - Weak toffee notes make up the brunt of this nose, while some husky and grainy notes peg this as a lager. Some milk chocolate comes out as this one warms up, and some cinnamon dusted pumpkin pie is evident. This smells like a really weak oktoberfest.

T - This is a malty brew that shows some earthy mushroom notes on top of toffee and pumpkin. This isn't very complex or interesting, but it's not bad.

M - Light bodied and watery, but with a foamy-ness that doesn't do it for me. The finish is weak and unassertive.

D - Not terrible, but a sub-average brew. I don't like this very much, and it's a bad example of an already uninteresting style.

04-20-2008 06:48:08 | More by pmcadamis
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Schell's Dark from August Schell Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.