Schell's Zommerfest - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.61%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-22-2002

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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Reviews by jasonpeckins32:
Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a watery shade of straw yellow with very minimal head retention.

The nose is sweet, almost sugary, with a noticeable citrus zing to it.

The taste is different than I expected. The hops are much more prevelant than I thought they would be. Also quite refreshing with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Also decent drinkability. In all honesty, there are a lot better beers out there, but this one isnt bad, especially considering the cheap price.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a crystal clear pale straw clear with magic disappearing white head. It smells faintly of sugar and floral hops. The taste is smooth, buttery, sweet to bitter with a brisk, snappy finish. Impressively there are NO detectable off-flavors. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy. This is a very refreshing, drinkable, classic summer quencher.

Photo of blackearth
4.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass with a clear, light gold body and thin bright white head. Aroma of clean malts, honey and some flowery hops. Light bodied and crip with a good malt sweetness and a nice touch of honey. Clean finish with a small hop aftertaste. One of the best summer beers out there!

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

12 oz bottle, no freshness date.

Pours a lovely golden color, no lacing. Nice lemon, freshly mown grass smell. Taste is pretty much the same, like a hefeweizen, but I like this better. Goes down way too easy, but thankfully it's only 4.7% abv.

Nothing too complex here, just a darn good brew, perfect for a hot summer day, or anyday for that matter.

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into water glass at work.

Appearance: Clear bright yellow. Nice head at first but withers away; slight lacing left.

Smell: Light malt, noble hops. Mostly dry smell (almost sour), but very faint sweetness (maybe the honey). The sweet/honey smell seems to grow as the beer sits, while the hops fade. Smell is slightly too faint.

Taste: Starts with semi-fruity and slightly sweet light malts before switching to spicy and somewhat bitter noble hops. Reminds me of a Pilsner, but every once in a while I notice the honey.

Feel: Moderate carbonation. Medium body overall (certainly fuller than a pilsner). Fairly smooth (due to lagering?) and slightly creamy (due to the honey?). Very dry at finish.

Drinkability: Great lawnmower beer (too bad I am at work).

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served in a nonic glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped cap.
Clear,golden with an amber hue and about 3" of fluffy white head with fair retention settling into chunky islands of lace with some clinging to the sides of the glass and a few staggering bubbles rising.

Very grassy nose,bisquity/grainy,honey,toasty with light sweet malt aromas.

Grassy taste,grainy/dried hay with a bittersweet honeyied dried malt taste. good balance with a pleasing herbal/earthy finish.

The mouthfeel was slighty heavy for the kolsh style,some grainyness to the texture,yet still crisp. Decent kolsh nothing i'd buy,but wouldn't turn one down either.

Photo of ryanocerus
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow color with moderate head that lasted a long time and left excellent lacing. The smell was citrusy sweet with a yeasty hint and a touch of hops. The taste was citrusy sweet as well, with a mostly lemon character. There was a slight acidity to both the smell and taste that I did not care for, but I have little experience in the Kolsch category to judge this by. The mouthfeel is good with a smooth, long lasting flavor. This refreshing beer is light and very drinkable.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear darker yellow, very pale head that settles at 1/4 of an inch. Distinctive aroma from Kolsch yeast, bread and a touch of olive oil. Very subdued flavor, just a touch of ester and powdered sugar. Hops (Vanguard) are absolutely minimal until just a last slightly bitter catch close to the swallow. This is a great quencher, but as with a lot of Kolsch-styles and other Summer beers -- they set me in the mood for the beers of Fall and Winter.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant golden with a thin yet frothy white head lacing is evenly dispersed small patches very nice appearance poured straight up and down still not a big head on her. Aroma: Zesty lemon with grassy wheat notes not bad at all with definite evident honey fruit tones in their and an herbal hop profile making for an interesting golden brew. Taste: A bit grassy in the malts sweetness a tart lemon zing but mellow overall one of the more flavorful brews from August Schell though I enjoy this brew not a bad one at all picked it up for $0.99 can't complain. Mouthfeel is medium with a slightly sticky watered down honey texture very nice. I could make this a lawnmower beer without a doubt, what a great find at a very affordable price.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer pours a straw yellow with a big fluffy white head and a strong carbonation in a crystal clear body.

S- Very clean smell with a German hops hint but more pale malt notes.

T- This beer has a pale malt taste with hints of a bit of toasted malt and some soft wheat hints. The German hops have a light bitterness in the finish but no hop flavor. Very crisp finish with a hint of sweet lemon but that is very faint.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a bit of fizz from the strong carbonation.

D-This is very smooth and gentle beer and good as a seasonal. I would like to see just a bit more flavor to give it more of that Kolsch style.

Photo of LordofTime25
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Is a clear golden color with a thin white head that leave nice lacing on glass.

Smells of sweet malts.

Has a nice mildly sweet malts upfront with a nice mild bitterness from the hops.

Medium body and carbonation.

Could put down a few of these on a nice hot day.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best Honey Kolsch I've ever had.
Although listed as an ale, there is a definite Lager yeast aroma when I pour it in a glass. Lager yeast, sweet malts and honey.
A very pretty crystal clear pale yellow with a small white head that melts quickly yet a steady stream of fine bubbles keep rising in the glass from the bottom.
Taste is sweet pale malt, a touch of sweet honey, then crisp and clean dry hops.
Take another sip...and another...and another...each refreshes and satisfies.
What a wonderful summer beer.
Thanks budgood1 for this great summer beer.

Photo of cokes
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The little beer that could.
Pours slightly hazed pale staw. White head settles to just a skim.
Some slight pale malts and (larger) citric hops on the nose. Very clean.
Malts begin on the bready side and stay there. Just a touch of malt sweetness. Turns grainy and grassy for a moment, then the lemon-lime hops come in to finish things. Slightly acidic finish.
Light bodied, medium carbonation. Very refreshing. A rock soild summer brew and a premier kolsch.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Piured from a dark brown 12 oz. bottle into a chilled pint glass.

Appearance - Pours golden and clear with a nice white foamy head that doesn't stick around long. Slight lacing.

Smell - Malt, hops slight sweetness. Very beery, with no real outstanding or unusual scents on the nose.

Taste -Slightly sweet and malty with some grains. A lot like a Pilsner, but the honey adds the sweetness. Nice.

Mouth Feel - Heavily carbonated, light and fizzy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Low ABV, refreshing and smooth. A good beer for those that like Pilsners or lighter tasting beers.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rough pour delivers a slightly hazy golden body that's topped by a full head of frothy bright-white foam which holds well and initially leaves some very nice lace. The nose delivers a welcoming combination of bready Munich malt and citrusy (light lemon) and grassy hops. The body is medium/light and it's fine carbonation delicately caresses the tongue before leaving it just slightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor delivers bready and lightly toasted Munich malts up-front; followed by a flash of citrusy hops and a rising, bold bitterness; and then a more wheat-like malt and grassy hops in the dry finish. It's a surprisingly flavorful and complex beer; although it's far from what I'd expect from an authentic version from Koln or the Bonn region. Very nice!

Photo of tempest
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle from Princeton Liquors marked 091010. I believe that has it bottled on April 1 of this year. Overall this isn't a bad beer, but I don't think it's a good kolsch. There's a Grain Belt-like sweet corn taste, but otherwise there are mellow fruity malts and a mild earthy hop note.

Photo of bditty187
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow hue, clear, white bubbly head, the apex was a little less than a finger. Good retention. Laced well, in an unorganized fashion. The nose does nothing for me, clean, malty, grassy, light lemon… a ghost hint of odd “off-ness.” The palate has strong influences of lemon grass, hay, and clean maltiness. Yeah, its tasty but the lemoniness is a little overbearing (but it grew on me). Not as malty as the Reissdorf Kölsch, more complex in some ways. Solid hops bitterness. Exceedingly refreshing… this is an absolutely perfect summer ale… very drinkable, low abv. Firm carbonation. Medium-light body. Truly enjoyable… I will seek it out. Try one.

Thanks ZAP!

Photo of nortmand
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and golden, with a fluffy white head.

Smell is grass, but with some kind of malty body that comes across. Like an ale pilsner.

Grainy flavor, with a bitter, light grassiness on the sides of the tongue.

Light bodied and refreshing, a damn fine Kolsch.

Photo of bashiba
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden yellow with thick white head and good lacing.

Smells of minor floral hop aroma, but just a little.

Taste is crisp and clean with a nice mild bitterness to it. Goes down easy with a nice carbonated mouthfeel and good easy drinkability.

Overall, nothing to get excited about but not bad either.

Photo of morimech
3.89/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, pale golden colore with a nice two fingers of head that has good retention. Large amounts of lacing is left on the glass surface.

The smell is grainy, sweet malt, and buttery.

I think this is a nice represenation of a Kolsch. It has a sweet start and finishes slightly bitter so the sweetness doesn't linger in the aftertaste. Definately on the drier side.

Has a light body with moderate carbonation that isn't harsh.

A very easy drinking German ale. A thirst quencher and perfect for a hot summer day. Another good German style beer from Schell's.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into Kolsch glass, no freshness date.

A: Pours a dark gold with nice carbonation, sticky two finger head which fades into a thin cap, not too much lacing but it is there.

S: Not a very powerful aroma a bit grassy, but mostly citrus, orange and lemon zest, but all these scents are quite faint. This must be a trademark of Kolsch beer because the Goose Island kolsch I tried had a similarly subdued smell. But this beer seems to have a bit more of a presence which is quite nice.

T/MF: Got a decent malt presence and carbonation that spreads across the tongue, faint flavors of apple and grape with a oily hop presence that lingers on the tongue. Decent but not too exciting.

D: Schell has bette beers out there than this one, not too bad but I'd try some of their other offerings before returning to this one.

Photo of jsh420
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best by 10/19/09

pours clear golden yellow with very little head that left no lacing

smells of bready pale malts some honey and grassy hops

taste is pale malts grssy hops with sweet honey - very clean and crisp

mouthfeel is light and somewhat dry well carbonated

drinkability is good - very refreshing light beer anytine of the year

thsi was the last of the 6pack sampler from schell - enjoyed 3 and will pass on the last 3 next time

Photo of mikesgroove
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
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

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +12%
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

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Schell's Zommerfest from August Schell Brewing Company
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