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Schell's Pale Ale - August Schell Brewing Company

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
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August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

replaced by Hopfenmalz

(Beer added by: budgood1 on 12-03-2002)
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Photo of ghebel


3.9/5  rDev +8%

A - Gold color with 1/2" head. Slightly turbid, not completely clear.

S - A good balance between malts and hops, but nothing stands out. Also has a fruity aspect in the background.

T - Mild to moderate bitterness. Good flavor overall. Again key word here is balance.

M - Medium body - smooth

D - Good drinkabilty. Smooth and tastes good. Nothing is overpowering.

Overall - An above average beer, but not great. I would buy it again and drink a few.

01-05-2009 22:58:40 | More by ghebel
Photo of LordofTime25


3.45/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours to a copper color with a thin off white head.

Smells of buiscuty malts with a kinda earthy floral tone to it.

Tastes of carmel malts with a good hops bite that gives it that classic pale ale taste.

Very light bodied with a god carbonation.

A nice beer you could drink a few of.

12-28-2008 22:42:43 | More by LordofTime25
Photo of morimech


4.13/5  rDev +14.4%

Schell's calls this beer a German Pale Ale. One of a kind. Pours a clear amber with a large white head that has good retention. Moderate amounts of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Aroma consists of floral and citrus hints from the hops and a sweet smell from the caramel malt. Nicely balanced flavor of malt and hops. Sweet upfront with the caramel malt and citrus flavors from the hops. The bitterness at the end is mild but is definately noticed. The German yeast adds a unique dark fruit element before the finish. The body is medium/light with low carbonation. The texture is semi-creamy and quite good.

A unique beer and worth a try. Has a low ABV and the flavors are not over the top so it is very sessionable.

12-10-2008 23:06:17 | More by morimech
Photo of sholland119


3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Received from beerbeagle as part of the Local Beer and Glass BIF. Thanks, Randall.

A-Pours a clear copper with a thin tan head.

S-Biscuity with a nice floral hop note.

T-Taste has some caramel malt and a bit of hop bite in the finish. Nice.

M-Mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

D-A pleasant drinker. An interesting take on a pale ale.


11-17-2008 00:56:05 | More by sholland119
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%

Bottle, as pictured above. Sampled during the brewery tour, and again from a mixed case.
Poured slightly hazy, golden orange color, slightly off white head. Impressive retention, with nice thin strings of soapy lace. Aroma has some nice hoppiness, fruity and slightly citrus. Good smell for a pale ale, could be more if it is compared to an IPA. There is a solid toasted malt background, pretty well balanced with the bitter, piney hops.
The mouthfeel is medium, with a clean bitter finish. A very drinkable pale ale.

10-14-2008 19:22:15 | More by BigBry
Photo of dnichols


3.93/5  rDev +8.9%

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: It poured a rich orange body with a medium sized white head that receded quickly into a ring around the edge of the liquid. It had decent lacing that clung to the side of the glass. This one poured a deep, bright orange in color with a bright white, head.

S: It had a creamy yeasty white bread aroma that was complemented by lightly roasted sweet malts and hints of citrusy hops and white spices.

T: It had a pleasant sweet malty base with a sweet lemony flavor and some hints of white spices and grapes.

M: It was light bodied with a creamy sweet presence on the tongue. It was moderately carbonated and finished dry with little aftertaste.

D: This is a solid session beer. No great shakes but a decent well balanced beer that tastes good and finished clean.

09-13-2008 23:19:41 | More by dnichols
Photo of Cresant


3/5  rDev -16.9%

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. Dated 8/30/08. The body was pale honey color. Head faded to a ring and stayed throughout.

Smell was fruity. Caramel. Mild.

Taste was well balanced and reflected the aromas. Mild bitterness countered the sweet caramel malts.

Mouthfeel was medium in body but it had a lingering zestiness.

08-14-2008 14:46:43 | More by Cresant
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.28/5  rDev +18.6%

I am editing my review (1-2-09) , because I know how to review beers better now then I did on 8-12-08. (except for my choice of glass; I only had this one on hand at my friend's place).

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass.

Color is a yellow bronze with light head that leaves some decent lace.

Smell is of floral hops with notes of carmel malts. The taste is quite 'citrusy'. The floral notes come back and are much stronger. When I was drinking it, I thought I was drinking an IPA and then I looked at the category and it said it was an IPA, which made a lot of sense. This beer is a lot stronger than a regular pale ale. The malts are at a medium level, nothing overdone here. They taste kind of nutty.

Mourhfeel is very smooth, but bitter. The beer becomes very creamy at the end.

This beer is great! It is definitely one of my favorite from Schells. It is an IPA that is easy to drink and can definitely have a few in one sitting!

08-12-2008 06:39:06 | More by mothman
Photo of slyke


3.85/5  rDev +6.6%

Schell Pale Ale pours a golden-orange color with an inch of pillowy white head. The head falls to a well-sticking cap with nice lacing.

The smell is hoppy, with a hint of caramel.

Taste has a crisp start and finish with a caramel maltiness in the center.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation and a hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability is very good with this beer. I'll be picking up more of this.

06-08-2008 21:18:48 | More by slyke
Photo of Greggy


4.33/5  rDev +19.9%

I noticed this is categorized as an IPA. I think this is a mistake so I will review it from the viewpoint of a regular pale ale.

A- Nice golden color with no sediment, a nice 2.5 finger thick rocky head that ever so slowly recedes, but leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S- Balance Defined. Nice maltiness with just light hints of banana and light caramel but has a nice, but not harsh, hop aroma.

T- This is one smooth Pale ale. It doesn't have the hoppy bite that some have. It starts smooth and finishes smooth with a nice citrus backbone coming through in the finish but all the maltiness stays intact. This reminds me of the English Styling of Pale ale.

M- Ultra smooth and velvety with almost no carbonation but it works great with the great balance of the beer.

D- This could be my new session pale ale. It's affordable, can be found pretty easily in MN and tastes great without being to heavy. I can see myself with these in the future.

06-05-2008 02:06:58 | More by Greggy
Photo of BigRedN


3.2/5  rDev -11.4%

Purchased as part of a mixed six pack. The bottle says Pale Ale, its listed as an IPA, which I will rate it as such. Date stamp on bottle of 060908.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass a clear, light orangey, copper color. My vigorous pour produced a thick white head, about one and a half inches in height. Head stuck around for a long time, settling to a thick cover half way through.

Smell: As is typical for the style the hop-related aromas come through. Floral hop scents, a touch piney as it warms.

Taste: A bit of a caramelly malt backing, with a decent hop bitterness. Not as hoppy as I would hope for for in an IPA though.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body and well carbonated. Finishes clean (low hoppy aftertaste) and a little dry.

Drinkability: My first beer in a mixed 6 pack that I bought. I believe Schell is fairly new to Nebraska, I just noticed this about a month ago. A decent beer, easy to drink for an IPA, I usually like my IPA's a bit more hoppy than this though.

04-22-2008 02:25:06 | More by BigRedN
Photo of Mdog


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance: Orange/amber with a good head.

Smell: Mild citrus aroma.

Taste: Dry cracker followed by a dry citrus finish. A little breadiness shows up in later sips.

Drinkability: Light, and easy to drink.

This surprised me as I remembered it to be a little more full bodied and not as dry. It seemed to be very dry throughout but was tasty and easy to drink. Another quality beer from Schell's.

04-12-2008 02:50:02 | More by Mdog
Photo of timmlimestone


3.28/5  rDev -9.1%

Appearance - Pale golden Yellow with a rish head easily more than three fingers.

Smell - light hop flavors.

Taste - Very smooth Pale Ale nice light bite.

Mouthfeel - Slight acidic tone and fizziness.

Drinkability - This is good, real good. Very smooth malt character, but a little too heavy on the carbonation.

Overall a very good middle of the road pale ale. nothing to write home about, but definitely worth a nip.

03-25-2008 04:12:40 | More by timmlimestone
Photo of akorsak


3.15/5  rDev -12.7%

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with DarkerTheBetter.

A: The ale is a pale amber color, a brighter orange color that is clouded by sediment. A two finger head sat atop the beer on pour and has laced nicely.

S: The nose is all malt, grainy with a touch of buttery note that is ringwood-esque. Some floral fruitiness also emerges.

T: The taste matches the floral (non-hoppy) flavors from the nose. A touch of hops is present to add some needed bite. The ale is nothing to get excited about.

M: The mouthfeel is dominated by the grains, full of bready flavors.

D: A good sessioner with the moderate abv but it's nothing to get excited about. The flavor profile is that of an APA, not an IPA.

03-23-2008 19:04:54 | More by akorsak
Photo of Adam2200


4.33/5  rDev +19.9%

I tried a sample pack with this beer luckily they put two beers of each in the pack. I am one to say I am not a pale ale drinker but this beer is a very good beer. I like the smooth taste. The smell is a standard ale with certain stoutness that surpasses others. the flavor is intense with light aftertaste witch is very good. I like this beer and recommend this sampler pack if able. Look at the website to see if you can get this pack

02-27-2008 03:32:54 | More by Adam2200
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.13/5  rDev -13.3%

Appearance: Pours an orangey-copper body with a lush, frothy white head. Very nice lookin'.

Smell: Pale maltiness with a hint of day-old breadcrusts, watered-down citrus, and a faint buttery note.

Taste: Pale malts with a slight, toasty breadiness. Thin measure of sweetness. Thinned down taste of citrus. Tiny hint of butter. It's as though they took a potentially pleasant taste and cut it with water. Rats.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Very watery.

Drinkability: They blew it. And things had started off so well, too.

02-16-2008 04:03:46 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of brewdoc75


3.8/5  rDev +5.3%

Brewed just down the road in New Ulm. This beer pours a nice orangish hue w/ amber tones. Strong carbonation, but not too much. The head is strong initially but dwindles down to a minute lace. The aroma is nothing to write home about. Some nice floral hops are present, but not as much as I'd like. A hint of citrus from the hops, but not overly evident. The taste is good. Great hoppy flavors. Unique when compared to some other APAs I've had. There is definitely citrus flavors here, but there are some nice flowery flavors. A little more delicate than some APAs I've had. The malts are a little light, but there. Mouthfeel is a little weak. Lighter bodied pale ale. This makes it easy to drink, but it is a little watery.

All in all, this is an above average APA. Not phenomenal, but pretty solid. It comes in 12 packs and 6 packs where i live. I'll pick it up by the 12 pack. I think I'd like this during the summer after a nice round of golf or after I mow the yard. Another great beer from the Land of Amber Waters.

02-05-2008 03:04:05 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of uwmgdman


3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

This Pale Ale pours fairly clear, deep golden color with a thin white head. The aroma is moderately hoppy, fairly fruity as well. The flavor is moderately hoppy, floral and spicy. There is a low amount of sweetness, moderate fruitiness, and moderately bready like malt. The hop bitterness is moderate and body/carbonation is medium. Overall a good PA, more English than American IMO.

12-30-2007 21:42:59 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of biggmike


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%

Poured an attractive orange/copper color with a decent slightly off-white head that dissipated pretty quickly. Aroma is difficult to distinguish as it is not real strong; a bit malty. Flavor well-balanced between malt and hops. Can detect the Cascade hops in this one. Mouthfeel is pleasant, lacing is okay. Kind of tastes like a less-hopped Sierra Nevada Pale Ale to me. Drinkability is prettty high. Not bad, I enjoyed.

10-16-2007 14:02:37 | More by biggmike
Photo of dogger6253


3.9/5  rDev +8%

Large, pillowy head with lots of lacing and decent retention. Dark orange body, very inviting.

Grapefruit, hops, a malty sort of scent too. Much like candy or sugar.

The taste is much the same, grapefruit, hops, sweet malt, but also gets some sweetness from a honey taste. Bits of corn in the taste as well.

There isn't much to the feel of this beer, it's light bodied, but smooth and pleasant so I have trouble scoring this higher than average. However, it is highly drinkable, very easy to sip.

09-08-2007 16:11:31 | More by dogger6253
Photo of benito


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%

The Pale Ale is the lone renegade in Schell's lineup--a non-German style...given how tasty it is, they should go this route more often.

A: Bright copper with a big, creamy head with long-lasting persistence.

S: Super malty--almost juicy in its fruitiness; almost no sign of aroma hops. Until I had my first taste, this had me concerned.

T: Great malty start followed by a hop blast and a strong, bitter finish. The hop flavors are mostly floral and have a nice bite. Were the hops less pronounced, this might be a decent amber...as it is, it's an excellent APA.

M: Excellent balance overall and good length too. This develops more complexity with each drink, as warming really allows the strength of the hops to play out in this beer. The transitions from maltiness to strong hops are seamless.

D: One of the most drinkable pales I've had.

Overall, this is a fine, hop-forward pale ale with a surprisingly muted aroma. Compared to Summit Extra Pale Ale--Minnesota's "other" craft APA, this is a very different brew with a little more malt tolerance. Both are worth a look, but this is a real treat.

07-31-2007 05:16:33 | More by benito
Photo of macpapi


3.95/5  rDev +9.4%

Had yet to see this beer--or brewer for that matter--around my neck of the woods. Decided to give it a try.

Schell Pale pours a medium-brown/copper color with a pretty decent and fluffy-looking tannish head. There is a good deal of sticky lacing throughout the glass.

Smell is of medium hop aroma with a somewhat flat--but otherwise impressive--sweetness. A bit of a floral pull at the end of the whiff. To my mind this is very well-balanced.

Taste is full and moderately hopped. Again a very deep sweetness is present. A good citrus snap comes at the back of the swallow but not over the top on either that or hop flavor. Very different from some other pales in that the hop bitterness is present but muted. Well done and somewhat complex.

Mouthfeel is sharp and full with the right amount of bitterness for the style. Carbonation is moderate.

On the whole this is a very impressive beer. It is not over the top as so many American pales and IPAs try to be. Good flavor and well-balanced all around. Very smooth and drinkable. If it were more prominent around here I could see this becoming one of my standbys. Glad I gave it a try!!

07-12-2007 23:57:51 | More by macpapi
Photo of xav33


3.48/5  rDev -3.6%

Schell Pale Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent brewing, enjoyed 07/07.
Moderate pour in a mug.

Poured a clear light brown copper with a moderate somewhat lasting white head.

Smelt of moderate herbal hops and light caramelized bread.

Taste was upfront moderate spruce and grassy hops and light sweet bread followed by a moderate to strong spruce hops and light sweet bread on an average finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, watery, lively carbonated and lightly astringent.

This is a good pale ale. Soft overall, very well rounded on flavors. Very intriguing color for a pale ale!

07-09-2007 06:52:39 | More by xav33
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%

Poured into a standard pint glass a clear copper with a tight craterous white head that held nice retention leaving two sheets of lace behind as it settled very slowly into a creamy mass.Leafy herbal English hops in the nose quite a big dose at that over top over lightly sweet bready malt, quite balanced.Like the aromas this pale is about balance lightly sweet biscuit malt intertwined with leafy "green" hop,to me liker a bigger English style pale ale in character.Not a bad quaffer decent flavors it wont punch you in the face with hops wich is ok "sometimes".

07-03-2007 22:02:16 | More by oberon
Photo of bluemoonswoon


3.68/5  rDev +1.9%

12oz bottle picked up as part of a sampler (at least where I am from these seem to be the only way to get beer from this brewery).

A: Poured into pint glass the beer is a clear amber, with a sticky off white head with decent retention and lacing. This sticky head seems to be the calling card of beers from this brewery, as they all look this way. A little lighter than most other APAs I've seen, also not too much carbonation, but still a nice looking beer.

S: Nice and bready with a decent kick off floral hop aroma. Something smells like it does not belong, something a bit off but I can't put my finger on it, it almost smells of pure alcohol, but not too much.

T/MF: Malt flavor dominates this pale ale with a nice thick bread and biscut taste coupled with a crisp bite of apple and lemon rind and pine nuts that leaves the mouth feeling quite dry. A bit more bitter than it initally led on as the hops attack the tongue.

D: Pretty nice and for me a bit more hop kick than Alpha Kings and Sierra Nevada Pale Ales I've tried in the past. This would not be my first choice when reaching for a pale ale, but still a nice change of pace from what I am used to.

06-22-2007 00:15:15 | More by bluemoonswoon
Schell's Pale Ale from August Schell Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.