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Schell's Zommerfest - August Schell Brewing Company

Schell's ZommerfestSchell's Zommerfest

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%

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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Photo of zeledonia


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Seeking out various local summery brews, and this is an obvious one I haven't had. Tasted 29 July 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours medium-pale golden yellow, glass-clear. One finger of almost-white head, plenty of visible carbonation. Okay retention, little lacing.

Smell is very grainy, like mid-summer wheat and corn, but pleasantly crisp. A toasty/buttery aroma near the end is a little odd, not fitting in with the other elements.

Taste is just kinda meh. Bland, with just a touch of hop zing. Grainy again, just not much going on. Not flavorless, but not flavorful either.

Feel is okay. Medium-bodied, more buoyant than I want it to be, and with rather low carbonation. Could be better.

One of those beers that I can drink, but that I don't feel any need or real desire to. Refreshing enough, though the toasty/buttery character and the mouthfeel bring it down a notch.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 02:16:48 | More by zeledonia
Photo of hardy008


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a two finger bright white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma is sweet and reminds me a little bit of Wrigley's Juicy Fruit gum. It has grapes, bread, light caramel, and lemon.

The taste is much like the aroma. It is sweet, but not as much as I thought it would be based on the aroma. There are grapes, bread, lemon, a little bit of caramel, and light hop bitterness.

Light bodied and smooth with medium carbonation. A nice refreshing beer for summer which I could drink again and again.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 01:02:45 | More by hardy008
Photo of MattyG85


3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden straw orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three fingers of white head with good retention. Good amount of lacing is left.

Smell: Aroma of pale malts and yeast with a good amount of wheat grains. Big hints of biscuit and crackers. Nice presence of grassy hops and subtle hints of citrus lemon and orange in the mix. Somewhat spicy. A very well balanced smell.

Taste: A nice mix of malts and spicy hops. Bready pale malts with good notes of biscuit, crackers, and caramel. Lots of wheat grains. Good hop presence for the style with some grassy hops and hints of citrus orange and lemon zest. Some spice from some European hops. Pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp, clean, and smooth. Somewhat drying.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a Kolsch. Nice balance between bready sweetness and hop spices.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 05:47:56 | More by MattyG85
Photo of Humulus85


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first of a summer seasonal review session. From a 12oz bottle into my Darkness snifter for effect.

Pours a crystal clear, light-gold. A firm pour produced a one-finger, white head. Decent retention leaves behind some sticky lacing.

Grassy hops upfront, pale grains behind it. Well balanced and clean, but far from complex.

Moderately assertive grassy, slightly florally hops upfront. Balanced by cereal grain malt. Some mineral flavors in the finish that aren't offensive. Finishes surprisingly bitter.

Light to medium in the mouth. Good amounts of carbonation. Balanced, but on the dryer side.

Overall this is a quality Kolsch and a nice, clean, drinkable summer ale. Nothing mind-blowing, but that is not what this intends; just a good, clean, refreshing brew for a hot summer day. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 18:07:45 | More by Humulus85
Photo of homebrew311


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass. Appearance is a pale yellow with dense white head, decent amount of lacing left behind. The aroma has a heavy dry wheat character along with lemon zest and yeast. The taste starts off with a mild malt character, very bready, fruit comes in next, primarily lemon. The finish is dry and slightly yeasty. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall, this is a refreshing Kolsch and stick to the style well.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 05:22:28 | More by homebrew311
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Clear golden straw color, single finger of white foam for a head that lasts for about half a minute, minimal lacing left behind on the glass. Smells of light florals and citric peel, tastes of the same but has a flourish of pale malt flavor as well. Watery lighter body and decent carbonation. A very basic and refreshing kolsch. Nothing fancy, but it doesn't really need to be.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 23:01:06 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of TMoney2591


3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Part Three of my six-part intro to the brewery. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises light lemon zest, light orange zest, very light wheat, and a tiny peck-on-the-cheek of sweet flowers. Yeah, it's all pretty weak, but it works here. The taste follows pretty closely, though the power missing from the aroma has shown up here in spades. The emphasis is on the lemon, with some cardamom tossed in for good measure. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a rather fluid feel. Overall, this was a surprisingly enjoyable kolsch. It's nothing overtly spectacular, but more than tasty enough for one of those hot summer days we all try to remember in these cold times (well, I mean, I kinda enjoy the colder months, but you get where I'm coming from here, right?).

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 04:00:42 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

crystal clear light golden amber, more of a yellow pale then anything. A very nice two inch white head formed on the top. This faded pretty quickly leaving behind only a half inch or so of lace

pretty hard to pick up anything at all of of this right out of the gate. As I let it settle I started to pick up some light tones of grain and maybe even corn off the top. But again very light and hard to detect. A slight yeasty presence . There was some ;ight hoppiness to it and maybe a touch of grape or fruit of some kind but very light. I could almost see this as a replenish drink after a long hot day. It just came off as that light in body

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 19:12:42 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of pweis909


4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really starting to gain an appreciation for the simplicity of balanced German beer styles, in no small thanks to Schell's offerings. Recently loved their pils, and now their Kolsch-style beer.

It's pale yellow hue and perfect clarity are the stuff summers are for (even though I find myself reviewing this beer in mid-autumn).

The aroma presents malt and slightly spicy hops, initially, with the malt dominating as my time with the beer elapses. The taste is also a delicate balance. The malt has slight sweetness, but the beer finishes bitter and dry.

This is the kind of beer meant to be consumed leisurely throughout the day, which is what I find myself doing now.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 21:08:27 | More by pweis909
Photo of tvv375ia


3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle into pilsner glass

A-buff yellow with a 1/2" head that faded quickly leaving no lacing

S-grainy bread type smell with some light malts

T- a little old malt with not much hops but a little grain taste

M-light body pretty thin

O-maybe it was a little past its prime but it would be a good everyday drimk that you don't need to think about

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 02:01:54 | More by tvv375ia
Photo of PokerGod


2.5/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance- golden, straw color. Not much for head, or lacing. Transparent, dull.

Smell- aroma of herbs and malts, maybe a slight hop presence. Corn.

Taste- dull, flat. Drinkable, but not special. Boring. Unimpressive. Chemical aftertaste. Bland.

Overall. Flat and unimpressive. Nothing worth rebuying here.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 01:56:28 | More by PokerGod
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grain, light caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with mildly bready flavors of grain and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and there’s also a touch of malt sweetness in the background. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent lighter beer worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 02:57:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of FreshmanPour77


4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8-6-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A – Poured a finger of foam, clear dark lemonish color. Good amount of carbonation present

S – Malty with slight hop aroma

T/M – Lighter bodied brew with slight malt and hop flavor. Decent hop piney back bone. Easy smooth flavor

D – Good brew from Schell’s. Light bodied brew with a fair amount of hops and malt. Easy drinker that you could have more of. A good grilling brew. Nice for the warm weather

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 17:49:47 | More by FreshmanPour77
Photo of lwillitz


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - a finger and a half of thick white head over a transparent golden body; loaded with carbonation; nice lace

S - pleasant citrus; grassy hops with a touch of spice; grains

T - light bready malt up front; citrus; grassy hops with a moderate bite; lots of citrus in the finish; well-balanced and refreshing

M - light/medium body, high carbonation; oily and smooth

O - not my favorite style, but a decent brew nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 01:57:30 | More by lwillitz
Photo of falloutsnow


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Obtained from Beertopia in Omaha, NE.

A: Pours a 4cm, fairly pure white head that dissipates quickly with no remnants. No lacing apparent, ever. Beer is transparent goldenrod yellow in color with very active carbonation.

S: Sweet, biscuity malt with some floral/grassy/spicy hop aroma. Also pick up some other strange sweetness in the back, almost a bit like cake batter. Early on, I got a bit of light bacterial-style funk, too, but this seems to go away rapidly while warming.

T: Flavors generally light and uplifting, a good beer for a hot day. Opens with biscuity malt sweetness, transitioning to nice, sharp, bitter hop flavor that's accompanied by floral/herbal/grassy notes. Bit of cracker flavor mixed with citric tang towards the latter half of the tasting, providing some clarity for the finish of light hop bitterness.

M: Relatively thin, watery body a bit too much so, even for this style. Carbonation a bit too aggressive for the thin body. Finish is dry, quite nice and refreshing.

D: A very drinkable Kolsch, not the best I've ever had, but a solid representation of the style. Would have liked to tone the carbonation down a notch, and maybe slightly more citric flavor would do wonders, but this is a very pleasant summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 22:54:42 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of WYVYRN527


3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale straw color with a thin white head that slowly settles to a thin lace on the surface. Carbonation is lively, and presents itself well in the glass.

S: Cracker-like malt aroma up front, with some grassy hop notes lingering in the back. Smells quite refreshing.

T: Very crisp flavor. Slightly fruity at first, followed by malty notes of cracker and honey. Hops lend some lemon and grass notes in the background, and give the beer a dry, crisp finish.

Notes: Zommerfest is an easily drinkable, light bodied beer that would be perfect for a hot Summer day. It lacks a bit in body, but the flavor makes up for it. Very well balanced and quite refreshing. It's always been one of my favorite seasonal releases from the folks in New Ulm.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 04:13:15 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of steveh


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got my mitts on some of this in K-Town, WI. Heard good things, here's hopin'!

A -- Clear, deep gold with a dense and firm, off-white head.

S -- Nicely balanced mix of mellow breadiness and spicy hops.

T -- Hmm, Spicy hops are fleeting at the top and the mildly sweet, bready malts take over with the vaguest fruitiness back. The spicy hops return in the finish to balance some good bitterness. There's light yeasty breadiness in the aftertaste.

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

O -- If it wasn't for some light fruit esters -- even slightly tart, in the main flavor body of the beer, this could almost be a Helles. As it is, it's a great quencher with good flavor character that isn't just another pale beer on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 21:03:32 | More by steveh
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou


3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Perfectly clear, pale yellow. Short frothy head, spotty lace.

S: Unfortunately, this comes off with adjunct (BMC) aromas. Even a little skunk.

T: Either this is a bad bottle or Schell's has finally let me down. Basic malt blend with uncomfortable bitter aftertaste. On the plus side, very refreshing, light, and has moments of brightness.

M: Oily. Medium carbonation. Good.

D: Hmmmm....despite the negative aspects here, this is a decent summer drinking beer. I love Schell's but this is far from their best IMHO. Willing to try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 17:39:39 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

August Schell Zommerfest

Pours a bright clear straw color, foamy white head. Aroma of bready malts and honey. Tastes like a straightforward kolsch, light, bready and refreshing. Some lemon notes. Crackery yeast. Biscuity malt, uber clean. Consider it a very decent summer beer, a lawnmower classic.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 04:08:18 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of afinepilsner


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Schell's Zommerfest was golden in color with good clarity. It had a white head with poor retention and no lace. The smell was sweet light malt and slightly floral. The taste was light malt with some floral and earthy hops. The finish was dry with some hop flavor and touch of bitterness. The mouthfeel was good with a just less than medium body and good carbonation. The drinkability was good. This is a refreshing beer and good for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 23:08:13 | More by afinepilsner
Photo of DrDemento456


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A summer beer I drank during the fall. Oddly enough reduced to 1.00 individuals.

A - Pours a kind of a pee yellow with a bit of foamy white head. Golden yellow.

S - Slight citrus but mostly grain and malts. Very little hops on the nose.

T - Interesting. The flavor wasn't as bad or skunked as I pictured it would be. A refreshing bit of citrus sort of like a Summer Shady and a nice bit of bitterness from grain and hops but not that harsh. Kind of refreshing.

M - Light. If it had more flavor I could drink it all day.

D - Well it was ok but nothing to go back for repeated visits. What was weird was the label looked like something out of BMC standards which made me kind of weary of purchase but I did not regret it. Would love to try it fresh next summer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 05:50:10 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of kanders74


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a clean weizen glass.

A: Nice clear warm golden color. About 2 fingers of head with steady lacing

S: Grainy, smells like liquid beer.

T: Again, like bread with slight lemon zest.

M: Medium build, little bit of carbonated zing. Light lingering taste.

D: Might not be the first beer I'd grab, but definitely not the last....kind of a slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 00:13:11 | More by kanders74
Photo of jera1350


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color. Thinner head.

Clean grain smell, bready yet citrus hops as well.

Grainy bread with a slight lemony hop presence. Clean and easy tasting.

Between light and medium bodied. Clean and smooth.

A nice summer beer that is easily sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 00:37:19 | More by jera1350
Photo of bristol2120


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold, with a fairly quickly dissipating head that leaves about an inch thick layer of foam. Aroma is a bit underwhelming, though some hops is there to be found. Taste is good, with a restrained hops presence up front, and apricot and citrus notes lingering in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is nicely crisp, with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall, a good representation of the style, which would be best enjoyed on a nice, hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 01:33:15 | More by bristol2120
Photo of exonthebottle


3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

golden head might be over-carbonated

grain but faint smelling not really much to smell

the taste is kind of sweet okay but kinda of boring watery hops light beer. not much going on

nothing special I wouldn't recommend this beer to anyone but I guess it fits as a summer beer

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 16:51:40 | More by exonthebottle
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Schell's Zommerfest from August Schell Brewing Company
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