Schell's Emerald Rye - August Schell Brewing Company
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Reviews by fizzy:
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
12-01-2012 17:44:39 | More by fizzy
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4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
Despite the rye, I am entering this as an American Amber/Red Lager, as the rye is only 10%, and really is not focused on the rye, despite the name. Edit: Of course it was changed to a Rye Beer; the style classification on here is ridiculous at times,
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.
Appearance: Robust reddish amber with thick light tan head and great lacing for a lager.
Smell: Fruity and spicy, with some bread and citrus.
Taste: Strong malt backbone of dark fruit, toast, caramel and bread. Quite fruity actually. Great layer of hops on top, with straw, citrus and a great deal of spiciness (partially from the rye I am sure). Pretty bitter finish.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, crisp, dry finish that fits the beer very well.
Overall: This is the kind of beer the Germans should be making, if they were willing to step outside of their self imposed boxes. This is also exactly what Schell's needed to make - an "extreme" beer, but on their terms (lager, German influenced, more moderate alcohol). The Lager IPA.
07-20-2012 22:50:17 | More by bsp77
3.29/5 rDev -15%
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.
01-30-2013 03:06:15 | More by deebo
3.08/5 rDev -20.4%
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.
09-17-2012 22:13:24 | More by NilocRellim
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.
Smell: A good scent of rye spice and earthy hops upfront. Hints of citrus orange and lemon. Malts with good hints of toasted bread, biscuit, caramel, and toffee. Even smells a little dank with some earthy pine resin. Kind of smells like a spicy IPA with a big toasted malt background. Pretty good.
Taste: Like the smell indicates, a spicy and hoppy start with a bready finish. Big taste of rye spices and earthy hops up front along with some notes of oranges, and lemon. Some light pine resin adds to the rye spice. Midway comes a big bready taste of malts with notes of biscuit, toast, caramel, and toffee. Even picking up a subtle hint of dark fruits. Complex and very good.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, spicy, and very smooth. Finishes somewhat dry.
Overall: A pretty impressive take on a rye beer. Great balance of spices, hoppy bitterness, and malt sweetness. Glad to have this as a new year round option.
08-02-2012 04:29:04 | More by MattyG85
3.76/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
11-08-2013 20:58:03 | More by LXIXME
3.83/5 rDev -1%
Pours a dark amber color with a large head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.
Not the most interesting aroma. Bready, grainy, and a little musty. Not sure where the hops end and rye begins as the aroma is both mildly spicy and peppery.
This is a hoppy, bitter lager. Interesting malt profile but sadly the rye does not play a large part. Hints of rye bread, some fruity elements, and earthy, peppery hops. Dry, bitter finish. Faint alcohol warmth and flavor as well.
Not as well bodied as I was hoping. Falls off a little quick but has enough to carry the flavors. Wonderfully carbonated though.
For a beer with rye in the name, I expected more of it. More of a bitter, hoppy beer than a rye beer.
07-22-2012 22:50:11 | More by morimech
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
03-23-2013 21:37:25 | More by dhannes
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured from bottle to pint:
Nice copper gold body with steady, consistent beading and a dense finger or two of white froth. Decent lacing.
Obvious rye bits on the nose... earthy hops, very fresh smelling and a solid malt backbone.
Great rye and bitter hop character. Tremendous level of balance.
Easy drinking. Smooth. Great beer.
08-03-2012 21:56:42 | More by yamar68
Schell's Emerald Rye from August Schell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.