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Schell's Zommerfest - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 189
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Introduced on Memorial Weekend, 1998, and only available in the summer, Zommerfest is brewed in a 'Kölsch' style, which originates from Cologne, Germany. Its characteristics are fairly light—in color and in flavor. It is a pale gold color, low in hop flavor and aroma, with a light body and a somewhat dry finish. This is a pleasant, light-flavored beverage that goes well with any summer activity.

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2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

LeeEvolved, Nov 11, 2014
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themorninglark, Oct 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Donkster46, Sep 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Turbo, Sep 26, 2014
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3.65/5  rDev +2%

cbcrunch, Aug 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

SF_Posse, Aug 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

MykeJ, Aug 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

enelson, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of jwc215
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Freshness date of 09/21/14 on neck:

The smell is mild - some grain, a hint of dry yeast.

The taste is of honey-like sweetness - grainy - slightly nutty - with just enough balancing dryness in the soft, refreshing finish.

Crisp, clean, smooth and refreshing. The body is what is expected for the style.

It could use a bit more of a floral hop touch in the finish, but that is just my opinion. I'm far from complaining, however, because it's a solid example of the style and fits wonderfully as a refreshing summer brew!

jwc215, Aug 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

ovaltine, Jul 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

gunterheidrich, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Round two of my birthday gift sampler pack.

Zommerfest is a Kolsch, which I have never tasted or even heard of before tonight.

Appearance - n/a, in a 12 oz glass bottle.

Smell - smells lemony, like the leinenkugel's summer shandy. Slightly metallic. Pilsner-esque. A hint of honey. Floral. Pleasant to smell.

Taste - there's a lot going on here. First thought was "wow". A coppery lemon wheatiness with a soft syrupy bitterness on the finish. Stays pleasantly bitter on the palate for a few seconds afterwards.

Mouthfeel - excellent balance of carbonation and smoothness. Not much I would improve here.

Overall - I'm impressed with the beer. New to the style so I can't compare to others in its class, but it's pleasant and drinkable.

Final note : Zommerfest is Best if drank by itself and not with food - not a good combination I've found.

The-Adjunct-Hippie, Jul 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

herman77, Jul 13, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Special edition 89.3 The Current labeled 16 oz. tallboy. Pours into a weizen glass with a thick, rocky, white head over a clear golden body. Excellent retention on the head and leaves big, thick, three-dimensional chunks of lacing everywhere.

Aroma is pilsner malt and wheat. Very bready. A bit of honey, but just a general overall pale malt sweetness. Slightly grassy and floral hoppiness.

Flavor is a very bready malt sweetness and slightly roasted. Dry, earthy and roasted finish.

Thin, highly carbonated mouthfeel. Crisp, but very thin.

Overall, this is a fairly bland beer and a poor example of a Kölsch-style. Way too bready and malt forward. Where are the fruity yeasty esters? Where's the clean finish? Another "meh" beer from Schell's.

Phocion, Jul 13, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

elec, Jul 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Zommerfest pours a golden color with not much of a head. The aroma was non existent and not present. The taste was rather light and not very noticeable, some crisp flavors, but not really present. Light body, light flavors. Overall its not a "bad"beer and its not a very flavorful beer.

vette2006c5r, Jul 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

skynyrdbyrd, Jun 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

nowhere_native, Jun 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

Letitryde01, Jun 23, 2014
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3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First try on this one. Being from Minnesota, I try to make sure to try as many of the locals as I can.

I got this one on a hot, humid day after work. Im in construction so Im outside a lot, so I wanted something smooth, light and crisp. This purchase did not disappoint. I didn't hurt that my liqueur store had them on sale so the choice was fairly easy.

The first toast is just as I stated but finishes with a hint of grapefruitiness. I paired it with some home made Mexican food with a medium-hot homemade salsa. The combination of the salsa and Zommerfest left a great lingering taste.

Well pleased.

BrianF, Jun 18, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

fuzzcherry, Jun 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

TX-Badger, Jun 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

karlt, May 31, 2014
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SD-Alefan, May 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a large pint glass. 2014 version named after the radio station 89.3 The Current.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A crisp and bready malt forward aroma with hints of grains and cracker. Pale malt with upfront hints of grains, straw, cracker, wheat, biscuit, and lager yeast. Light hints of earthy noble style hops. Slight hints of lemon and orange fruit. A pretty decent German style lager aroma.

Taste: Like the smell, a crisp, bready, and somewhat sweet malt driven taste with notes of grains and cracker. Upfont bready pale malt with notes of grains, cracker, straw, wheat, biscuit, and lager yeast. Good kick of earthy hop bitterness with some Euro noble notes. Subtle fruit notes of lemon and orange. A solid light lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and fairly drying on the finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the German Kolsch style. Nice crisp and clean light lager taste that is a good summer option.

MattyG85, May 24, 2014
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Schell's Zommerfest from August Schell Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.