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Schell's Deer Brand - August Schell Brewing Company

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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 13.98%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of spycow
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label proudly proclaims "'Deer Brand' original beer" with no mention of the actual style. I've heard of near beer, but never deer beer. Venison-flavored perhaps?

Mildly hazy, soft lemon-gold with a modest number of tiny floaters swimming amidst the fine carbonation. The head is small, off-white and falls to a thin film rather quickly. I've seen higher quality heads on some macros. The nose is nice though; not a hint of skunkiness, adjuncts or off-aromas. It's mostly lightly toasted grain, but is pleasant for all that.

The flavor is mildly enjoyable as well and is sweeter than most Munich Helles Lagers. It's softly malty, and therefore almost wheat beer-like, and has a nearly nonexistent hop profile. Thankfully, there's no hint of venison. Even though this is not great beer by any stretch of the imagination, neither does it have any serious faults. The body could be more full, but it's a pretty drinkable offering and might even be considered a sessionable one.

Schell Original is a decent effort. I'll be on the lookout for more of their beer.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
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 zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Contrary to the report from our man in Des Moines, this says nothing about Deer Brand on the label, though it is known coloquially as such..no, wait, I found it on the 6-pack, Deer Brand, it is...haven't had one in several years, so my palate is pretty fresh for it...away we go...
Crystal-clear, golden color, big, fluffy, pristine white head, perfect fit for a lager.
Aroma, some hops, bright and floral, but a bit soapy, growing sweet, smellish cornish...wonder what adjuncts are at play here? Okay, I'll play nice...but it is "corny"...
Taste: clean, brisk, almost crisp, then fading quick. Very refreshing, highly downable, tastes pretty decent, actually. Not too much flavor, but it doesn't taste bad, and almost squeaky clean. I though this would be an empty, hollow, even unpleasant experience, and I'm a Schell's fan...silly me, it's a nice lager, nothing but. I'd never choose it against many of my favorites, but I can imagine this being quite a nice alternative in many Minnesota/Midwest locations where the only other options are Bud, High Life and the like.
Yeah, I can drink these, and it's not bad for $4.97 a 6'er! (At that's at an expensive downtown Mpls shop, must be cheapo outside of the cities.)

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of woodychandler
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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ahhh... good ole deer brand. This is the only beer at the parent's house so I had to get used to it unless I bring my own beer.

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a 1 finger of fizzy white head that lasts seconds. Lots of carbonation bubbles in the glass. Color is a golden straw color.

Aroma: It is odd, because I seem to get banana flavors from the aroma. This isn't the first time this has happened (different beers) and I think it is odd. Besides that, I get grain, corn, and a low level of hops.

Taste: Again, I get some fruity banana flavors mixed in with the grain and corn. I find this to be very odd and not something I would expect from the style. However, I do seem to enjoy it. The beer is fairly malty with a low amount of grassy hops present.

Mouthfeel: Dry and dry. Yep, that is about it. Lighter bodied with a lower amount of carbonation. Ends malty and very dry.

Overall, it is a decenmt beer for the style. It is a home town beer of mine, but I prefer there other offerings. However, I am glad I get to drink this over the BMC crap. This actually has some flavors. Very easy drinking.

Photo of tempest
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
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 rhoadsrage
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Bighuge
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy pale yellow hue. Very light in color. Thin off white head disappears quickly. Carbonation appears to be vigorous. Malt is faint and sweet on the nose. Light notes of grain as well. And just a bit of herbal hoppiness as well. Adjunct like sweetness with corn coming into play. There's a straw/hay like quality. Dusty grain. Crisp. A bit quenching, but lacking in depth of flavor overall. Good enough to drink on a hot summer day if there's no beer of substance to be found.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.41/5  rDev -25.2%
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 Bitterbill
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got 2 bottles handed to me by a fellow trivia player at our Old Chicago. Thanks Dave!

It pours a clear and very bubbly straw gold qith a small head of foam that seems to want to hang around for a spell. The lacing is slightly better than what I've seen for most of this tyle.

The smell is slightly...grainy, malty, and hoppy. Slightly across the board but acceptable to my nose.

The taste is largely grainy with some corn noticeable giving it a sweetish note. But..it also has a decent flavour of some bittering going on about mid palate to balance things out. The finish returns to more of the grainy taste and if the bitterness could have held out in the finish, I'd score it higher. Still, not a bad tasting brew by any means.

Typical light body with medium carbonation.

Drinkability? An easy to quaff brew of the style...what more can I say? I'd buy it on occasion if it was an available to me beer.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
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 tavernjef
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a clearish golden yellow, very thin white head fizzed away super fast as it poured. Smell is all sweet fruity malts, very close to a white wine fruity likeness in the aroma, late notes of popcorn as it warms. Taste is smooth, crisp, mostly malts of light fruityness and grain, over quite quickly with a light creamy feel with a light fizzy carbonation and just a touch of hops carries over in the swallow. End is lightly crisp and dry. Nothing heavy here, its all about the light drinkin' and easy-goin'-down-smoothability. Which it has alot of. Its just a bit boring on the palette, basic, run of the mill, slightly-better-then-macro beer. Perhaps with a little help in the longer lasting taste dept., this could be a very good Munich Lager style brew.

Photo of ZAP
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..

Photo of KarlHungus
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
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 alexgash
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale straw body with a fluff of fizzy white head. Grainy malt aromas with hints of sweetbread balanced against spicy, floral hops. Slight adjunct-tinged malt up front. Dry, with increasing cereal sweetness. Light metallic taste leads to a mildly bitter, clean finish. Light bodied lager with a dryish feel. Thirst-quenching, but rather boring. I'll take Grain Belt over this.

Photo of morimech
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.

Photo of jera1350
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fizzy yellow beer. That's one way to describe it. Pale and clear yellow with a fizzy white head that shrinks down quickly.

Grainy corn with some lemon.

Actually tastes better than I expected and isn't half bad. Corn and grain throughout, but pretty clean with a light sweetness and a touch of grass in the finish.

For the style, I think the mouthfeel is actually quite nice. Feels a little larger than light bodied and is mostly smooth with the exception of some prickly carbonation.

This is a style that is hard to like, but this one isn't too shabby considering. Doubt I would go out and buy this one, but it's a helluva lot better than supporting BMC products.

Photo of Metalmonk
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.

Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Schell's Deer Brand from August Schell Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.