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Schell's Emerald Rye - August Schell Brewing Company

Schell's Emerald RyeSchell's Emerald Rye

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BA SCORE
87
very good

127 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%


Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

We are excited to announce our latest year round- Schell’s Emerald Rye! Schell’s Emerald Rye is assertively hopped (hopped again, and again, and again, and then dry hopped) to impart a firm, dry bitterness and features the uniquely fruity, hoppy aroma of the German Emerald hop. With 60 IBU’s this lager rivals that of an IPA, but unlike an IPA we lagered it, giving this beer a crisp, smooth, clean finish on your palate. A biscuity malt foundation gives it balance and a luxurious, deep ruby color. A hint of rye enhances the subtle spiciness of the Emerald hop and complements the delicate notes of lemon and orange marmalade within the aroma. The rye also adds a layer of spicy complexity that leaves you wanting more.

60 IBU

(Beer added by: bsp77 on 07-20-2012)
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big light brown/tan head slowly falls above a clear reddish amber colored beer.

Rye accented by bready malts and light spices with maybe some light citrus sneaking in the aroma of the Schell's offering.

Rye outweighs the light spices and light bready malts in the taste of this rye beer that seems to have a hint of citrusy hops sticking around.

A dryish aftertaste with much of the beers taste sticking around with this light to medium bodied beer.

A pretty smooth rye beer, just a touch on the light side of my desired rye taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 20:58:03 | More by LXIXME
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color is a copper amber. Off white tan head with nice retention.

Flavors are rye and spice. Bready malts. A decent amount of pine hops. Some floral. An orange citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel: A bit bitter, but fairly clean. Light to medium bodied. Ends a little sticky.

Overall, a really enjoyable rye beer. Easy to drink and can have in multiples.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 00:39:20 | More by mothman
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lwillitz

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into pilsner glass

A - 4+ fingers of khaki head over a transparent body of orange amber; thin trail of rising carbonation; head sticks around, lacing the glass well

S - citrus, grass, spice, fruity notes, biscuity malt, rye

T - rye bread, citrus, and spice lead in; touch of caramel sweetness and herbal hops; bittersweet (more bitter) finish with hints of rye, caramel, and citrus

M - slick, oily medium body; medium carbonation

O - a complex and well-crafted lager

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 21:25:54 | More by lwillitz
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Woodman's, Kenosha, WI
Date: Best by 2013-08-15
Glass: Tulip

Schell's Emerald Rye is a good-tasting, quite bitter, rye-influenced beer. While the flavors are subtle and well-balanced, they are so perhaps to the point of this coming across as a fairly congealed mix of caramel-malt with specialty grains and high bittering hops. It's not bad, but not something that is distinct enough to make me seek it out again.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of slightly off-white foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, creating a very dense look. Retention is excellent, the head lasting two to three minutes and giving way to thick washes of lacing hanging on all sides of the glass and a thin island of foam resting atop the body of the beer. The beer's body is a transparent dark amber brown color, with light bringing out bright orange-red hues. Carbonation is visible, very active, and plentiful, rising up from the center of the glass and along its sides.

Aroma of heavy rye malt tempered with caramel malts and subdued tea-like, herbal, Germanic hops. Aroma is, overall, rather mild and a bit one-dimensional.

Front of palate notices substantial earthy/spicy/nano-sour rye with some caramel malts to balance this out and a very subdued herbal and floral Germanic hoppiness. Mid-palate of caramelized malt sugars with notable earthy, slightly spicy rye with a touch of sourness. Some herbal and tea-like hop components round out the flavor here. Back of palate picks up solid bitterness, earthy/spicy/nano-sour rye, caramelized malt sugars, and tea-like hops. Aftertaste is of medium-high bitterness with an herbal edge and caramelized malt sugars in the background.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with medium levels of carbonation, resulting in a slightly fizzy mouthfeel at first, which quickly settles to a pleasant foaminess for the rest of the sip. Closes semi-dry, with moderate stickiness lingering on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 01:34:38 | More by falloutsnow
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harrymel

Washington

3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 16SEP13

Amber lager with a sheet of creamy foam atop a brilliantly clarified beer. Smells primarily of malt, then some corn and flour tortilla and a touch of fruity hops. Flavor is all malt, some grass, some hay, some tea. The flavor profile seems really german in the hop character, with a hint of spice and raw grassiness. Medium on full for the style with a moderate carb and a wet finish. Nice beer, I am seriously on the fence for this one. On the one hand I feel like: "well, I would drink this." on the other I say, "I can't quite get my finger on this, so I'm uncertain of my feelings on this..."

Hmmm, totally torn on this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 07:49:38 | More by harrymel
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no date into mason jar

look is a dark amber-brown, with a white sudsy head. smell is light grain, woodsy hops, and some pepper. taste is bitter and piney at first, with a lot of peppery rye at the end. heavy emphasis on the rye. medium feel is perfect.

great addition to the year-round lineup.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 09:00:08 | More by jimmah120
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dhannes

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a Sam Adams' Perfect Pint.

A=Darker reddish amber; head was bright white (almost too white)...appealing.

S=Caramel and molasses with hops.

T=Complex...this is the first I've had of the style...this is the 5th bottle that I've had of the 6-pack--much more sour now than what I remember, as well as a sharp tang...sweetness present.

M=A bit watery, but probably necessary due to the sour presence.

O=I don't think I will buy this again, simply because there are more beers out there that I like better. Still, if you like rye beers, this may be one worth trying IF you like sour and hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 21:37:25 | More by dhannes
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pweis909

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing red color, crystal clear, with thin head.
Slight metallic aroma; no strong beer smells.
Bitter taste, something different noticed. Rye? Light sweetness balance. With slight grapefruit bitterness in the finish. For not smelling like much, there are some interesting things going on in this beer.
Mouth feel has slick character, but not overly so. Light carbonation prickles the mouth to give a crisp finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:58:11 | More by pweis909
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to maximum12 for this extra!

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a semi-translucent dark red/amber color with two and a half fingers of soapy, light khaki head. Retention's average. Lively carbonation. Appealing, but unremarkable.

S - Heavy spicy and toasted rye. The spiciness of the rye works nicely alongside sweet crystal malts and nutty/toasty notes. Buried floral hops notes. Subtle and well balanced. Looking forward to it.

T - The rye character is prominent, but far from overpowering. Toasted malts comprise the body. Pepper. Burnt caramel and light bittering hops. Clean lager yeast are unassuming, but present throughout. Well balanced.

M - Well carbonated. Medium bodied and slick.

D - Sessionable as hell, especially at over 6%. It lacks a bit of depth and complexity. Not a huge fan of the style, but I'd definitely have it again. I look forward to trying more from the brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 01:26:54 | More by blakelive784
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zeledonia

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've been overlooking Schells in favor of newer Minnesota breweries, but I'm trying to give more of their beers a shot. Best by 30 March 2013. Tasted 10 Feb 2013.

Pours a deep cherry-wood reddish brown. Clear, allowing me to see the thin curtain of bubbles rising up. 1.5 fingers of off-white head, dense and lasting. Relaxes to a thin layer of foam, leaving amazing lacing. Wow.

Smell is faint and warm. There are hints of something I could really like, some light spice, but I have to dig for them.

Taste starts out somewhat dull - warm and grainy - but then surges through with lovely rye spice. The middle to late part of the taste really showcases rye, bringing bright grains and deep chipper spice, about as well as any beer I've encountered. Unfortunately the rest of it doesn't measure up to that very impressive standard.

Feel is good. Medium-light body, a fuzz of carbonation that lasts throughout. This works, and helps to bring out that spice.

In general, I'm impressed with this beer. There are two pieces that really stand out - the appearance and the middle of the taste. If the rest of the beer could measure up to those two aspects, it'd be an amazing beer. Still pretty darn good as it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 04:30:31 | More by zeledonia
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zeff80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark burgundy color with a one-finger, khaki colored head of foam. It left some sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - Good rye bread aroma with some caramel notes.

T - Spicy upfront with rye, caramel and some toasty notes.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a nice rye beer. Another good brew from August Schell.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 21:24:40 | More by zeff80
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deebo

Minnesota

3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An older bottle with a BB date of 1/28/13

A-Poured into a pilsener glass this beer is super foamy, a fistful of off-white frothy head with good staying power and great lacing. Just a bit of chill haze and amber in color.

S-Clean malt aroma, some spicy rye character. Non-descript hoppy character as well, more noble than NW US in aroma.

T-As the aroma, a spicy flavor (rye and hops intertwined) dominates this brew.

M-Medium bodied, fairly highly carbonated with a medium length finish that is drying and slightly bitter. Alcohol well hidden for such a high ABV lager.

O-An interesting brew, one for the fans of rye and hop forward brews this is a drinkable beer from Schells.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 03:06:15 | More by deebo
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budgood1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a clear darkened amber colour with a huge frothy light tan head. froth reduces slowly to some very chunky and festive lace. slightly spicy hop aroma with house yeast aroma. very slight hints of malts and rye spice. things pick up again upon tasting....very formidable hop and rye spice are front and center on the tongue. base malt provides a toasted bread foundation which provides the rest of the profile to shine. i'm surprised at how hop forward this is...lots of herbal spice and hints of citric bite really liven things up. it certainly is all of 60 IBU's. quite a bitter finish. no real hint of the high ABV...in a lagered beer it should be more prevalent, and maybe is intertwined in the hop and rye spice, although it is a bit of a belly warmer. yummy stuff. emerald rye is a medium bodied, with a typical lagerish mouthfeel that is pumped a bit by the tongue tingling bitterness. this has a nice drinkability....it's certainly not slammable due to the ABV.

overall a very tasty treat from Schell brewery. they have done it again. definitely one to seek out if you like rye beers and spicy hops. delicious. highly recomended.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 22:10:35 | More by budgood1
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TheSSG

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a large, dense, thick head that has some serious persistence and some really nice lacing. Nice burnt umber color. Nice floral/grassy hops in the nose, with notes of grapefruit and malt. Starts off with a fantastic grapefruit hoppiness, moves into a medium bitterness with notes of pine, and finishes with a bold rye spice maltiness that blends well with the lingering hop bitterness. If you give it enough time, the bitterness becomes more mild, and the sweet biscuit can be found.

Holy hell, this is fantastic. The mouthfeel is amazing. This is a lager, but it's thick and luscious across the tongue.
This is like Cane & Ebel, Jr. The clarity that the lager brings to this really just lets the hops and rye burst through.
This just lept to the top of my all-time favorites list.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2012 02:25:25 | More by TheSSG
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to duff27 for just giving me a bottle fo this beer to try! Thanks duff!

poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: medium amber bodied beer with 2 fingers off white head. Spotty lace.

Smell: caramel sweet malts and a touch of spicy rye!

Taste: It honestly reminds me of sam adams boston lager with a nice rye kick instead of that cereal note that I dislike. A touch of grassy hops and citrus hops in the finish. And more rye bread notes! Its a really tasty beer!

Mouthfeel: low end of medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Crisp lager feel and really drinkable.

Overall: This is a really enjoyable rye beer! Nothing crazy, but it would be an awesome beer on a hot day!

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 03:09:25 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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fizzy

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh my gosh!!! This is from a small ancient, craft brewer in central Minnesota? This is the same brewer that was spared destruction during the Sioux War of the 1860s because the Indians had no beef with the Schell family. What a history, and now to complement they year round offering with Emerald Rye. There is nothing more to say about this brew except EXCELLENT.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 17:44:39 | More by fizzy
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear red color. The head is one inch of off white foam that recedes slowly leaving a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of toasty caramel, hints of cherry, a little bit of spice, and some nice floral hops. This is a pleasant and complex aroma. The taste is a bit firmer than the aroma with a sharp, but not overpowering bitterness. In fact, the bitterness is very well integrated into the malty, caramely, spicy flavors that are the core of the flavor. Like the aroma there is a ton of complexity going on here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a really good beer that is going to become part of my regular rotation. Great job Schell's!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 23:09:13 | More by KarlHungus
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured out from the bottle and into a pint glass. It was deep caramel in colour with an orange/reddish tinge. Had good clarity to it. Smelled of peppery rye with slight malt. Distinct hoppy rye taste with a clean finish.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 22:13:24 | More by NilocRellim
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another great local sent by Aaron (thanks man) poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark caramel color, off-khaki head with decent lacing and only moderate retention.

S: Spice and herbal hops, orange, citrus rind, malty and bready, some caramel and toffee.

T: Right in line with the aroma, starts with spice and rye and finishes with a flash of toffee...pretty malty and bready but also balanced with a moderate herbal hop presence and bitterness.

MF: Dry, medium body with appropriate carbonation levels...creamy, moderately bitter and dry.

O: A good rye beer for sure.

Cheers Aaron!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 16:13:03 | More by Scotchboy
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Schell's Emerald Rye Lager, August Schell Brewing Company, New Ulm, Minnesota. Best by January 3, 2013. Beyond that, no other information. Gratefully, too, no gobbledgook.

So, then, let's crack 'er open. And see what we find.

First off, what's "emerald" about it? This is no green beer. It's poetic license, the green standing for hops, maybe? It's a clear, rich, amber brew, close to crimson. Sizeable, cream-toned head sits atop, leaving lace.

Aroma: Hops are here, and grow louder with time. Grassy, grapefruity, lime and lemon, …lovely, lovely stuff.

Taste: Spicy rye malt greets the tongue first, tasting like liquid pumpernickel. Which hops are hanging on top? Can't tell, don't know, but it's keeping things tasty. Some caramel malt flavors shine through, a trickle of cocoa, traces of toffee.
Medium-bodied, but fully flavored. Sturdy mouthfeel. Solid. Absolutely solid. Soft, malty finish, hops hang in there through it all, without sticking out or making a scene.

This one's a unique effort from August Schell. It fits no particular style, and doesn't try to …there's nothing to say but, "it is how it is." And it's sessional and delicious. That fits into their wheelhouse, as people like to say these days.

Mmmm, mmm, good beer and you can drink it.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 07:37:53 | More by feloniousmonk
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was a little slow to get on this one. So many new breweries and beers in MN to try. Since it's a yearly, no harm no foul.
Nice crunchy rye aroma with a soft hopping. The distinct Schell aroma (from the yeast or water - I can't tell), is in the background and blends nicely overall.
Nice dark amber of bronze and very clear. Dense tan head that settles out relatively slowly and leaves some drippy lacing.
Very nice and enjoyable complex flavors in a drink that is clearly a lager with clear crispness and clean feel. Some really nice hopping with a clear hop flavor and long soft bittering on the finish. Yet it doesn't mask the wonderful malt flavors with a nice crunchiness/nuttiness and bite of spice from the rye.
Fullness from a reasonable soft carbonation. Moderately light feel overall in a lager way. Another piece that works well overall.
This truly great beer pushes the limits in so many ways without passing to the point of excess. So many times I'm at the point of "that's rich" and yet soon enough there I am desiring and then taking another pull.
Well done, well done, well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 18:09:55 | More by garymuchow
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jsprain1

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber, large off white head. Head has decent retention.
S- Smell is bold enough but kind of muddled. Noble hops with some bready notes as well.
T- Clean malt flavors with some earthy and slightly piney hops. Clean and smooth flavors.
M- Medium light body. Smooth carbonation.
O- Interesting flavors and very easy drinking. This is one I could enjoy regularly.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2012 19:50:43 | More by jsprain1
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herman77

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear dark amber/light brown with a small off white head.

S: Toasted carmel malt, mild earthy hops and a bit of that rye spice coming through.

T: Nice balance of hops, malt and spice. Some hop bitterness lets itself known at first, then some mild rye spiciness comes. A nice toasted carmel malt backbone all the way through. Nice crisp finish.

M: Lighter body. Average carbonation. Nothing too special here, but not bad.

O: A delicious hoppy lager with a nice mild rye kick to it. Great drinkability. Glad to see that this will be year round.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 22:51:12 | More by herman77
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theHoff77

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Edited 12/6/12
Poured into a pint glass. Appearance is a dark amber with a one finger head. Not much lacing.
As far as smell and taste I really only pick up on the rye. Reminds me of pumpernickel bread. Very easy to drink and it reminds me of something I'd drink in the fall and winter. This is a solid Rye beer. It has become a staple in my go to rotation due to its drinkability, quality, and affordability. Goes great with anything you eat, especially ruben sandwiches and pizza.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 03:08:35 | More by theHoff77
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Body is a reddish brown with good clarity. Big off-white head is well-retained.
S: Aroma starts malty and fruity, with some mustiness and sharp noble hops in there.
T: Contrary to some reports, the rye is very obvious. Brown malt is light, with bitter pine and citrus flavors standing out. A spicy rye kick shows up midway, followed by a sharp hoppy bitterness that carries through the lengthy finish.
M: Feel is surprisingly soft, with medium-low carbonation and a lighter body.

The heavy hop and rye combination provides plenty to contemplate here. Nice to have a local beer of this variety available in 6-packs. Schell’s might not always be high on style, but the substance is there. I’ll be drinking plenty of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 03:04:12 | More by GeezLynn
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Schell's Emerald Rye from August Schell Brewing Company
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