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Schell's Emerald Rye - August Schell Brewing Company

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87
very good

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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Photo of mattmarka1
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of morimech
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

morimech, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.51/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

harrymel, May 24, 2013
Photo of jera1350
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

jera1350, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of garymuchow
4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

garymuchow, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of wagenvolks
2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

wagenvolks, May 09, 2013
Photo of egrace84
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

egrace84, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Tucquan
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Tucquan, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of Herky21
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Herky21, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

MattyG85, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev +3.6%

gatornation, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of jsprain1
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

jsprain1, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +3.6%

richkrull, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of budgood1
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

budgood1, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bigbeers84, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of hardy008
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

hardy008, Jul 30, 2012
Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

jzlyo, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

bsp77, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of Chucker17
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Chucker17, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of bbadger
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

bbadger, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

zeledonia, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Hopstout
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Hopstout, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
3.55/5  rDev -8%
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.

falloutsnow, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Localdrinklax
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Localdrinklax, Dec 23, 2013
Schell's Emerald Rye from August Schell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.