Schell's Emerald Rye - August Schell Brewing Company
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3.58/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
03-15-2013 01:26:54 | More by blakelive784
3.85/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
02-11-2013 04:30:31 | More by zeledonia
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
3.29/5 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
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
4.65/5 rDev +20.2%
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.
12-18-2012 02:25:25 | More by TheSSG
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
4.38/5 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
Schell's Emerald Rye from August Schell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.