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Schell's Deer Brand - August Schell Brewing Company

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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 07-10-2002

Schell's Deer Brand was developed prior to Prohibition and has been Schell's flagship beer ever since. Brewed from 70 percent barley malt, 30 percent corn, and our unique 'Schell' yeast, Deer Brand is full flavored American Lager.
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Ratings: 132 | Reviews: 57
Reviews by Buebie:
Photo of Buebie
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poures a transparent light transparent and quite yellow. Head at first is bursting to 2 inches of white fizz and settling in under 5 seconds to leave a fizzy cola collar.
Plenty of carb rise, resembling champagne.

Aroma is straight up dried straw, corn and grains, with mild chemical perm aroma. Leaving little to be desired.
Taste is better, dry and filled with typical adjunct flavor, although more cereal grains and earthy dry grass hop flavor.
Carbonation abundance.
Not my go to style, but a decent entry to it none the less.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.39/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Meh, not the greatest effort. Pours a little darker than your average yellow adjunct stuff, but the smell is not enjoyable. Call it "old farm". Why do I have horse blanket in an AAL?

Taste has a decent amount of malt backbone. But no hops. What is this, like 23 ibus? Hangs out on the palate without being obtrusive or ditching you, but it wasn't much to begin with, just simply isn't likeable enough in the other attributes to warrant any drinkability points.

Photo of ADR
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber and clear in appearance, head is 1/4 inch in height to start but fleeting in duration. Slightly malty aroma, just a bare sense of brown sugar. Flavor is very transparent and limited, overall, just a light impression of molasses and cane sugar comes through. The hopping seems poor, but with a light-bodied and sprtitzy carbonated general character -- this brew is easy enough to throw back in quantity. No apparent adjunct characters, just not a lot of flavor.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

( served in a talk hefe-weizen glass)

A-This beer is a clear straw yellow color with a pure white head. gentle carbonation.

S- light pils malt nose with some German hops bitterness, no strong aroma of fresh green hops just bitterness

T- German hops and pale malt are the main flavors with a light almost lemon apple hint. a slight honey malt in the finish as it warms, but very faint.

M- medium light mouthfeel with a light fizz to the feel.

D-This is a smooth clean beer that is refreshing yet has some interesting character but very subtle to mach the style.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Helles" indeed, pouring a bright and clear yellow, capped with a two-finger head that settles too quickly and leaves no lace.

Flowery hops and lemon in the nose, a little fruity...a very clean, uncomplicated aroma.

Flavors are flowery, lightly sweet, mild citrus fruit (esp. lemon), mild grains, a slight honey-ish stick to the finish.

Extremely light in the mouth without being thin or watery...pretty crisp...raised up by healthy carbonation.

It would be easy to knock this if you're looking for a big beer...but this isn't even trying to be a tastebud-ripper. This is good, solid and enjoyable for the style...it's completely hitting the spot on this hot final day of August...and it's the best of the August Schell stuff I've had so far.

Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint on happy hour at Stub & Herb's. They served up a clear, light gold pint with a short white head. This beer reminded me a bit of Miller High Life (and Miller Lite) for the corn character. This lager, however, is cleaner and just plain tasty (for the style). There's a touch more body, and non of the acidic, seltzer-like bite in most adjunct beers. Worth a try when you're feeling thirsty.

Photo of TCbrewz
2.96/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My buddies and I pick up a case of this every year when we're in New Ulm for Bockfest. It pours very clear yellow with a white head. Head disappears quickly. It smells a little grainy and adjuncty. The flavor is pretty decent. It's a little grassy upfront, with a bit more hop bitterness than I expected. Finishes with a nice bready flavor. Body is pretty spot on, maybe a little too much carbonation. Overall, I'll get another case next Bockfest, but probably not before.

Photo of morimech
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even for an adjunct lager, this thing is pale. Almost no color at all. Looks like Seven $ 7 where there was just a few drops of whiskey and the rest of the glass was filled with soda. This thing developed a massive head that had very good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. This would score higher in appearance if it had some color. Very weak aroma. A little graininess and sweet malt. No hops detected. The taste is also weak but somehow it tastes better than the big 3. Slightly sweet with some real malt flavor. No bitterness or hop flavor. The mouthfeel is where this beer really stands apart from other adjunct lagers. Smooth and creamy with a nice texture. Carbonation is kept in check. Easy to drink but not as good as Lakemaid, Grain Belt, or Dave's Brewfarm Select, but this is a lot cheaper than those other three.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a pale gold with a very small white head. It smells like sweet malt, corn and citrusy hops. The taste isn't too strong, but it tastes mainly like malt and corn, with a slight bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light, but the beer is crisp and goes down easy. Overall, it's an OK beer. Nothing great, nothing awful.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

hay in color with lots of carbonation. A nice big head of fizzy white on top that only hangs around for a few moments before settling back down into virtually nothing. Dull aroma of musty bready notes with hints of light grain and a very light overall presentation. Taste is crisp, clean, and not long lasting. What is there is your traditional wet hay like flavor, hints of malts, and just the slightest bit of bite from a bitter note toward the end.

Photo of tvv375ia
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-light straw yellow with about a finger of head that faded to a thin film without much lacing

S-not much just a faint hint of malt and some grains

T-grainy corn taste is about all I get very in line for the style it represents

M-ok carbonation but thin and watery

O-pretty plain but that is what they are trying for I think with this style

Photo of beachscrat
3.74/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Cheers and deer beers!

Cracked an ice cold can of deer beer and poured into an old school shorty mug.

Clear and pale straw with little to zero foam head.

Faint sweet grain aroma. Not offensive.

Clean and crisp, balanced slightly sweet grain with just a kiss of bitter. Clean finish. Again, not offensive.

Sparkling water mouthfeel. Nothing there.

Slammable, poundable, crushable drinkability. Car wash squeaky clean. This is where this beer shines, unbelievably drinkable. Goes with everything. I wish the average beer Schell's drinker would reach for one of these instead of a Grain Belt Premium Light. But hey, all the more for me.

Photo of JamesMN
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Poured into a pilsener glass (keeping it fancy). Translucent body with effervescence floating towards a fizzy white one finger head that is quickly dissipating.

Aroma: All adjunct and lager yeast with a hint of dried lemon peel. Decently clean but there isn't anything inviting about the smell.

Taste: Really not much there. Flaked corn and subtle airy/grassy hops. It is aggressive on the palate but that has more to do with CO2 than anything else. The finish is not as crisp as I would have expected. At 4.8% ABV it seems like they could have packed a lot more flavor in here.

Mouthfeel: Immediate carbonation attack on the palate. Light in body with average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Not sure what the point of this beer is. Schell's makes a decent pilsener and this one has nothing on that. It basically tastes like a lighter version of Grain Belt Premium. Would I drink it again? Doubt it.

Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My thanks to Chaz who sent this to me and has been awaiting my review since its arrival. The CANQuest (TM) soldiers on in its march to 500 and beyond!

The Crack & Glug produced a finger of bubbly bone-white head that gave up some huge, burpy bubbles before it gassed itself out of existence. It was entertaining to watch, anyway. Color was a lightly hazy light-lemon yellow. Nose was pretty typical for the style - a light lager-sweetness underlain by the adjuncts. Not much corn, though, or if there was, it was not blatant. Mouthfeel was medium with a cleaner lager taste than in many examples of the style. I am not recommending rushing out to find some, but if the price were comparable to a Bud/Miller/Coors product, I would throw my money this way rather than that way. Finish was pretty clean for the style, whether it was a case of not going overboard on the adjuncts or what, I CANnot say, but this was pretty tasty and worthy of my cooler.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this straight from the 12 oz. brown longneck, with a brown deer label. The smell of this beer was dominated by malt, but I was expecting that. The taste was full and robust, but the thing that stood out from macro offerings, was the absence of any adjunct/corn flavors whatsoever. In the price range, and the lager category, this is one of my favorites.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, quite clear, with little head or lacing. I smell some malty sweetness, corn, ... and thats about all. Not at all very strong aroma, but still decently pleasant. Taste is nothing special or complicated, but I expect that out of lagers. Indeed, it is one of my least favorite styles of beer, but I can still tell that this is a decent lager. Bright, clisp and clean is how I'd discribe this beer. A good lager taste that fades quickly, which isn't so bad. When I first saw this when I poured it, I thought it'd be somewhat tasteless, flat, thin, but it turned out to be quite the opposite. Good taste, good body, good carbonation. So this doesn't score too high, but still its a quality beer. Schell lived up to my expectations... yay!

Photo of shadow1961
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

August Schell Original pours a stiff white head over a clear yellow brew. Carbonation
is extremely active- those clouds of bubbles maintain a finger of head all through the
session. The nose is your basic macro brew corn and rice. The flavor is surprisingly
good- sure there's sweet corn up front, but there's also a bit of herbal hop in the finish,
and a little grain flavor in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light, of course, but there's something
of the hop here, otherwise there would be no lacing at all. There's nothing special here, but
it's still a bit better than your run of the mill macros, and really, that's what counts. If you're gonna
get some swill for lawnmowing, stick with the fresh local stuff. Cheap, slammable, sessionable,
and for what it is, surprisingly good.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First off I want to say, even though I'm right next door to minnesota, I had one heck of a time finding this beer. When i finally DID see it in the wild, I grabbed onto it like it was the last six pack on earth for fear I'd never see it again. Literally this search went statewide for about 1 year. So I am now the proud owner of six bottles of "Deer Brand" aka, Schell's Original.

Appearance : An unusually very, very pale body that almost looks crystal clear. It's got a slight tint to it that borders on yellows, but pale is definately the word here. The head is a stark white gorgeous fluff on top and recedes to a ring within a couple minutes' time. Lacing looks like icing on a cake.

Aromas : A dirty herbal aroma from hop comes out immediately, followed by some calmer, more delicate malt notes. The grain heads are apparent here, perhaps slightly baked. A faint metallic smell carves a backbone to the nose.

Taste : very smooth malts - a very delicate dance of barley and perhaps rice or wheat; it follows with an unusual "pasty" hop flavor that has a moderate bite; finally ending with a slight breadiness with some yeasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel : very smooth yet retaining moderate carbonation to keep things interesting. The end contains a sandpaper-like parch, it's nice and adds character.

Overall : I was glad I found this. A solid beer with few caveats.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.57/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle to a light yellow with thin white head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Aroma was grassy, grainy hops and the flavor followed suit, with just a touch of malty sweetness toward the end. Mouthfeel was thin and the finish was short and stale.

Not much better than the BMC’s and if this is the "flagship beer", I’m afraid this ship might sink.

Photo of Greggy
3.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've got to get this off my chest. Straight from the Schells website it puts this at 70 grain/30 corn. Therefor, shouldn't be a munich helles... whew... ok

A- Pours a clear yellow with faint sediment dancing around. The head is 1 finger in height, white, and short lived as it recedes down to a micro cap in about a minute.

S- Not a bad nose at all. I get notes of some hops, some graininess, a bit of nutmeg,caramel, some breadiness and sweet malt.

T- Starts out rather malty but a hoppy edge comes in to balance out the caramel and biscuit notes. The finish retains a bit of the caramel and grainy bread notes. I can't help but to gather bits of green apple skins on the finish.

M- Medium carbonation scrubs the palette in a delicate manner. The finish is long and actually has CHARACTER!

D- What a great beer. I tended to shy away from this beer as the deer just screamed macro, however, this turned out to be a nice sessionable beer with ample character for what it is.

Photo of bullwinkle88
4.85/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is what a man drinks. This is what I consider to be a great beer. Good price, and something I can enjoy in all seasons. Great to have while hanging out in the yard over the summer, and also a great remedy after a day of shoveling heavy snow. An interesting flavorful beer with a unique dry finish, a dryness thats pleasing and not off-putting like alot of the dry beers of the '90s. My tastes change, and I typically don't buy more than a 6 pack because by the time I'm done the 6, I'm ready for something new. This is not the case with Schell's. I buy this buy the case because I will always be in the mood for it. A perfect beer.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear pale straw color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into nothing. The bready malt with soft hints of caramel. The taste is like the aroma. Malty and straight forward. The bodied is a little fuller than light bodied with appropriately high carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good American Lager. I could drink this again on a hot day.

Photo of Bravak
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Ok, this is much better than I ever expected. If you are craving an IPA, well no. But an awesome beer when craving a lager. Love the malt taste and simple mouth feel. My new lawn mowing beer and I think this one is a hidden gem.

Photo of hanco005
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, marked 06158 and 00024676, poured into a pilsner glass

A—clear pale yellow with a ¾ inch fizzy white head that quickly dissolves to a thin sheet, no lacing produced by this one

S—sweet grains, some lemon notes, a bit sour as well

T—not as sweet as the smell, mild grains overall, not much in distinct flavor really, just a bunch of mild grain flavors blended together

M—a bit thin, light bodied, mild carbonation

D—not bad, but nothing outstanding. Easily drinkable in mass quantities if you are going for that.

Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, auburn color with a bubbly, foamy, white, two-finger head. It left minor trails of lace.

S - It smelled of caramel malt, grains and barley. It had a very subtle floral aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt. It wasn't overly sweet but it was good. It had a slight bitter hop kick.

M - It was crisp, sharp and a little fizzy. A light bodied lager.

D - This is a nice solid, sessionable lager.

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Schell's Deer Brand from August Schell Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.