Schell's Emerald Rye - August Schell Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
01-30-2013 21:24:40 | More by zeff80
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
09-10-2012 07:37:53 | More by feloniousmonk
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.79/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
07-16-2013 00:39:20 | More by mothman
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
4.48/5 rDev +15.8%
I rarely pick up a sixer of something untested by my tongue anymore, but Schell's? A rye? I'm in for six, easy. 12 oz. bottle poured up.
First, it's not green, which is a bonus. Middling dark red, & yes, it has bubbles. Smell is a nice blend of warm rye, lager yeast, & fresh bread.
Emerald Rye slings serious rye. Both ends of the rye spectrum are represented: a lovely rye zing coupled with that damp spring earth. The lagering pings gently in the middle before getting overrun by rye toast & a scorch of bitterness that closes like Joe Nathan. The peppery rye up front, unassuming lager, & hop prod form a gentle riot of yummy. It's been four minutes & I think half the bottle is gone.
Ridiculous. This is a front-line rye beer that delivers a stunning combination to the palate. This might just become my fishing beer for the rest of the summer. Superb in its excellence.
08-01-2012 02:33:11 | More by maximum12
4.43/5 rDev +14.5%
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!
10-01-2012 23:09:13 | More by KarlHungus
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
3.51/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
05-24-2013 07:49:38 | More by harrymel
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
Amber body with a velvety looking sand colored head of foam that is sticky and leaves plenty of lace.
Bready and toasty with earthy hops.
Bready taste and I think the rye comes through plenty here. Can definitely tell there is rye in this beer. Spicy and earthy from the rye and hops. Solid amount of hop bitterness with a touch of alcohol.
Wow, I was not expecting this mouthfeel. So pillowy soft and velvety smooth across the palate. Awesome feel.
Really impressed with this one. The taste is solid and doesn't blow you away with the bitterness. Very drinkable and the mouthfeel is just wonderful. This is a nice new beer for Schell's.
07-26-2012 01:45:18 | More by jera1350
4/5 rDev +3.4%
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!
12-10-2012 03:09:25 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.55/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
09-09-2012 18:09:55 | More by garymuchow
4/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
08-25-2012 19:50:43 | More by jsprain1
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
4.25/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
12-23-2012 22:10:35 | More by budgood1
Schell's Emerald Rye from August Schell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.