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Schell's Deer Brand - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 07-10-2002)
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TeamSeinfeld, Jul 09, 2014
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4.15/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, single bought at the corner liquor sto'

typical light corn yellow look, bone white rocky head. smell is light grain, cooked corn, freshly cut grass. taste is light and wheaty, crisp, with a light sprinkling of herbal hops.

this blows away most others in the category

jimmah120, May 09, 2013
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ipcolling, Jan 09, 2012
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3.83/5  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.

Greggy, Jan 04, 2009
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3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I guess they actually use cascades in this although you'd never guess it...still not a bad beer...depends on how you look at it....compared to top quality lagers this falls a little short(but is in the same ballpark)..but compared to the basic macros this is better than most (if not all)and quite good.

Pours a nice looking clear golden color...one inch head fades to nothing in seconds....nose is strained barley and corn...body is creamy and smooth...no bitterness....it is on the lighter side of medium bodied for this style....very drinkable...

Taste is sweet malt...like a helles light...I really think this is a decent every day beer and actually I'm surprised....Unfortunately this costs a little more than the macros but fortunately less than the micros....If you like regular macro beers this is worth trying....and if you hate macros you still might give it a shot because it could surprise you a little...Much better than their Schells Dark...

This would be my top choice for a basic every day...macro like lager...a great summer beer that won't break the bank....highly drinkable..

ZAP, Jul 24, 2003
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

deebo, Sep 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

BeerSnobRobinson, Oct 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

richaa01, Mar 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

Bravak, Sep 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A= a darker than macro fizzy yellow color with a pretty decent head
S= corn and rice
T= sweeter than I expected. Really tastes like minnesota grown bi color sweetcorn. Pretty good I must say
M= average all around
D= high. I like the sweetcorn taste. Good summer beer I think. Not bad at all

jjanega08, Jan 11, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pale in color much like a mass produced beer.

Smell - Presence of hops, not overpowering.

Taste - Hops and some sweetness are present.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and clean.

Drinkability - It would be easy to drink several of these in one session. Very drinkable.

Serving type - 12 ounce bottle.

hardy008, Feb 16, 2008
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3.74/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I gave Schell's Deer Brand such high marks because it is one of the best American lagers I have had. Compare it to Coors, Bud, etc and you will know why. I view an American lager as a beer that doesn't get in your tastebuds way. Every gulp should be a nice experience and not leave you thinking "what else can I drink." I do prefer other styles of beer over American lagers, this is the one I enjoy drinking.

EZ054098, Mar 22, 2014
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3.73/5  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.

beachscrat, Nov 14, 2010
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3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Metalmonk, Aug 31, 2007
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3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

woodychandler, Dec 28, 2010
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3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

TastyTaste, Jan 26, 2004
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3.58/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

objectivemonkey, Dec 30, 2005
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3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

morimech, Jun 11, 2010
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3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A) Bright yellow body with a white cap that leaves spotty lace

S) A richer, deeper aroma than expected, mild orange rind gives some complexity

T) Some fruit in the taste, some hops that are citric (the orange rind and grapefruit), fairly balanced

M) Medium light body, medium carbonation

O) A very nice flavor lends drinkability. The citric notes along with some honey aspects make for an easy session beer.

HardTarget, Apr 24, 2009
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3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light straw to golden color. Incredibly clear. Light bubbling. Head formation is light, only a film left.

S - A light pilsner malt note comes off the beer. Overall, nothing potent of note.

T - Starts off with a light pilsner malt note. Gets a bit bitter, dry, balanced through the mid-stream. Somewhat grainy. Finishes with a smooth pilsner malt note - almost sweet. Seems more pils like than a macro lager.

M - Somewhat light beer body. Carbonation sting is present, not overwhelming. Finishes clean. Can be a bit empty at times.

D - Very easy drinking. Well hidden abv, which is manageable. Not filling. Clearly designed for sessioning.

Nothing very distinctive about this beer - but that may be the point. It pulls off a smooth drinking beer with light easy flavors.

katan, Feb 06, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

DaftPatrick, Jul 02, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

sgttibbs, Jan 24, 2012
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Schell's Deer Brand from August Schell Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.