Schell's Emerald Rye - August Schell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 37
Hads: 135
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 4.26%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bsp77 on 07-20-2012

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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.91/5  rDev -2%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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. (1,270 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (881 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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! (688 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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! (716 characters)

Photo of jera1350
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (642 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (764 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (1,097 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.51/5  rDev -12%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,196 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper color with a 2 finger off white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has rye, bread, and hints of orange and lemon.

The taste is an interesting combination of sweetness and bitterness. There is rye, lemon, oranges, bread, and caramel malt. A nice solid combination of flavors make this beer come together nicely balanced.

Medium bodied with average carbonation, and smooth. Nice and easy to drink. Another solid beer from August Schell Brewing. (464 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,145 characters)

Photo of herman77
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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. (1,212 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,051 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brown-amber, good head.

Smell: Rye spiciness, grass.

Taste: Sweet toffee to start then lots of rye bread. Slight citrus tingle then a bitter finish.

Overall: An interesting mix of rye and hops in a lager. A good beer, not quite in my wheelhouse, but well put together and flavorful. Glad to see Schell doing some innovative brewing from the German baseline. (372 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.55/5  rDev -11%
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. (1,935 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshness dating reads
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A= Pours a translucent deep amber sort of brown color wiht a nice looking finger of off white head that holds steady retention and lacing on the glass.

S= For Schell's I would say this smells really nice. A good hop character that is interplayed with a litte rye. I was expecting to be underwhelmed but this actually doesn't smell too bad. A nice light aroma but you can for sure get hops and rye.

T= The taste similar to the smell is a nice mix of rye and hops. It starts with a nice bitter hop punch before some spicy darker rye comes in to take it over. Both components are there and both let themselves be known. This is actually really good.

M= Nice carbonation. It's not overpowering which I was a little worried Schell's may do.

O= What the hell has Schell's done now. I've always respected them as sort of a nice into to craft beer. They make a nice mix pack for someone who may want to dabble. This on the other had is among the best ryes I've ever had. It isn't quite as outstanding as Summit's unchained rye but it is definitally up there in tastyness. I think of it as sort of the Unchained Rye only a little more clean. (1,174 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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! (601 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (681 characters)

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Schell's Emerald Rye from August Schell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 37 ratings.